Featuring the novellas Taken by the Duke and How to Steal a Duke Taken by the Duke A vexed viscount… When Henry Selkirk, Viscount Bexley, is proclaimed the Prince Regent’s Master of Ceremonies for His Highness’s birthday celebration, Henry wonders what he ever did to deserve such punishment. Taxed with curbing the extravagant prince’s spending, Henry juggles the prince and the difficulties of preparing the venue, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. While touring Vauxhall, Henry encounters a gang of thugs and is taken prisoner by a disreputable criminal who calls himself the Duke of Vauxhall. The pleasure gardens are the duke’s domain, and he wants Henry gone. For good. A woman with a secret… When Kate Dunn sees Henry Selkirk again, she hardly dares to believe her first love will remember her. It’s been years since the two played as children together on the streets of London. She uses her influence to see him set free from the Duke of Vauxhall’s clutches, but when Henry refuses to give up his position at Vauxhall Gardens, his days are numbered. To add insult to injury, Henry warns Kate that it’s she who’s running out of time. He knows her secret, and once the gang finds out, she’s as good as dead. As the night of Kate’s greatest heist ever approaches, she must choose between failing the gang and losing her life or disappointing Henry and losing her only chance at true love. How to Steal a Duke (in Ten Days, Give or Take a Few Days, But Definitely in Less Than a Fortnight) Dominick Spencer, the Duke of Tremayne, is a powerful man used to having his way. When he sets out to find the lost volumes of The Duke’s Book of Knowledge to present to his favorite Oxford professor, Dominick takes his task seriously, even hiring a cat burglar to help him gain entry to a remote castle in Cornwall inhabited by a mad earl. Rosalyn Dashner knows accepting the duke’s assignment is dangerous, but her impoverished family and sick brother need the money. The daughter of a gentleman, Rosalyn is not impressed by titles. She’s not impressed by the haughty duke until she comes to know the kind but lonely man under the gruff exterior. The duke might be looking for a manuscript, but she’s found a man she loves. When Rosalyn must risk her life to obtain the manuscript, will Dominick choose her or his quest for the Duke’s Book? **These novellas were previously published in the anthologies The Dukes of Vauxhall and How to Find a Duke in Ten Days.**
Als Georgette aufwacht, sieht sie als erstes ihre Korsage, die an einer Tür hängt - wo sie ganz und gar nicht hingehört. Dann fällt ihr Blick auf den sehr attraktiven - und sehr nackten - Schotten, der neben ihr im Bett liegt und der da noch viel weniger hingehört. Und als ob das nicht genug wäre, steckt auch noch ein Ehering an ihrem Finger! Georgette hat keine Ahnung, was passiert ist, also tut sie das einzig Vernünftige: Sie flüchtet. Aber die Ereignisse der letzten Nacht holen sie schneller ein, als ihr lieb ist ...
In this brilliant and authoritative work, based on their private correspondence and papers, Michael Bloch describes the feud which developed between the Duke of Windsor and the British royal establishment after the Abdication, the humiliations which were suffered by the ex-King and his wife, and the plots to ensure that they remained in exile.
Drawing on unique sources, Michael Bloch describes the career of the Duke of Windsor during the Second World War.As a military liaison officer in France during 1939-40, he issued warnings which, had they been heeded, might have avoided the defeat of France;as Governor of the Bahamas 1940-45, he succeeded in what was regarded as one of the most difficult posts in the British Empire.But at the same time he and his wife (to marry whom he had given up a throne) had a second war to contend with - against King George VI and Queen Elizabeth who were determined to treat them as outcasts.This book caused a furore on publication, being the first work to give a detailed account of the bitter relations between the ex-King and his family.
Set in1936, a story of Love at First Sight, after a short romance of seven weeks, Ned and Ginny set sail for India on their wedding day. Life in India is challenging, however World War II set their lives in a spin. Ginny is forced to evacuate and leave Ned behind with the impending threat of Japan bombing Calcutta. Her trip back to New York was filled with challenges. The constant threat of war and the lack of transportation made her journey a long and grueling undertaking. Follow this moving love story as Ginny makes the biggest sacrifice of her life to make her way back to Ned, amidst the war torn world with Carolyn Potts Haywards Letters from India.
Mozart: A Cultural Biography is a fresh interpretation of a musical genius, meticulously researched and gracefully written. It places Mozart's life and music in the context of the intellectual, political, and artistic currents of eighteenth-century Europe. Even as he delves into philosophic and aesthetic questions, Robert Gutman keeps in sight, clearly and firmly, the composer and his works. He discusses the major genres in which Mozart worked - chamber music; liturgical, theatre, and keyboard compositions; concerto; symphony; opera; and oratorio. All of these riches unfold within the framework of the composer's brief but remarkable life.With Gutman's informed and sensitive handling, Mozart emerges in a light more luminous than in previous renderings. The composer was an affectionate and generous man to family and friends, self-deprecating, witty, winsome, but also an austere moralist, incisive and purposeful.Mozart is both an extraordinary portrait of a man in his time and a brilliant distillation of musical thought.
From the king of “Gonzo” journalism and bestselling author who brought you Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes another astonishing volume of letters by Hunter S. Thompson. Brazen, incisive, and outrageous as ever, this second volume of Thompson’s private correspondence is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Proud Highway. When that first book of letters appeared in 1997, Time pronounced it "deliriously entertaining"; Rolling Stone called it "brilliant beyond description"; and The New York Times celebrated its "wicked humor and bracing political conviction." Spanning the years between 1968 and 1976, these never-before-published letters show Thompson building his legend: running for sheriff in Aspen, Colorado; creating the seminal road book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; twisting political reporting to new heights for Rolling Stone; and making sense of it all in the landmark Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72. To read Thompson's dispatches from these years—addressed to the author's friends, enemies, editors, and creditors, and such notables as Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and Kurt Vonnegut—is to read a raw, revolutionary eyewitness account of one of the most exciting and pivotal eras in American history.
This comprehensive overview of the modern Chinese economy by a noted expert from China offers a quality and breadth of coverage. In this book, the author provides an introduction to China's economy since 1949 and original insights based on his own extensive research. The book sets out to analyze and compare the operational mechanisms of the Chinese economy between the pre- and post-reform periods and through national, regional and local dimensions. Both positive and negative consequences of the Chinese economic transformation have been clarified. A multiregional comparison of the Chinese economy is conducted in terms of natural and human resources, institutional evolution, as well as economic and social performances. At last, some key issues relating to the inherent operational mechanisms of and the dynamic patterns of the Chinese economy are also discussed.