Author: Clare Lydon
Publisher: Custard Books
“When the plane took off, I wondered what Karen was doing, if she was happy, knew I was leaving or wanted me back. Whatever, it was too late now. I was gone…” Jess Sharp is at a crossroads - back in London, living in her parents’ spare room, jobless and single. Not quite the irresistible package she was aiming for at age 32. One night things take an upward turn when she meets someone who could be a game-changer. But everything in her riotously chaotic life seems to get in the way, including her best friend’s wedding, far too much tequila and the ghosts of girlfriends past. The course of true love has never been so injury-prone. Will Jess eventually overcome her romantic ineptitude and find her happy ever after? Or will she continue to trip over her own feet in the race for romance? “Clare Lydon’s London Calling is as strong as any straight chicklit from a major publisher.” Planet of the Books, Planet London “A fast-paced warm & witty debut, whatever your sexuality.” Entertainment Focus
5 British Romances
Author: Ashlinn Craven,Christy Newton,Olivia Logan,Alexia Adams,Christy McKellen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Tea and crumpets give way to trysts and passion in these jolly, sexy, modern-day British romances. It’s an Anglophile’s match made in heaven. Cheers! Building Mr. Darcy: Programmer Zoe Bunsen’s developing a new artificial intelligence program that looks, talks, and thinks like Mr. Darcy. But project manager Max Taggart is keeping a secret: everyone’s jobs depend on Darcy’s success. He’s determined to meet the project deadline even if that means selling out a few literary details. But when the AI starts using its emotional intelligence to build a surprising connection between them, will these two unlikely cohorts cling to their prejudices or toss pride aside and admit that love is stronger than a fantasy? Eternal Paths: When Hallie York wanders into a London antique shop and buys a set of old journals from the handsome but rude owner, Graham McCoy, life takes a dramatic turn. The diaries contain a correspondence between lovers cursed to be separated in the afterworld, and soon spark eerie events that pull Hallie and Graham together. To save their sanity, this unlikely duo must team up to try to reunite the lovers’ spirits. But if they do so, will all of their paths be changed for eternity? The Tycoon’s Wager: To boost ratings and save her radio show, agony aunt CJ Stratt has no choice but to agree to a series of publicity dates with London’s renowned playboy, Jack Harper, after she insults him on the air. Jack knows seduction, but he has no idea how to love. Love is CJ’s business, yet she’s never been seduced. Can they find their way to a happily ever after? An Inconvenient Love: Sophia Stevens is tired of struggling to pay the rent and help her brother through college, so when property developer Luca Castellioni proposes a marriage of convenience, she’s intrigued. But do they really want to continue to put business first, or will they allow love to overcome the differences between them? Her New Worst Enemy: To save her BFF from marrying the wrong man, Ellie will do anything, even suck up to her brother’s best mate, commitment-phobic playboy Gideon DeLancy, to persuade him to hold an intervention at his Georgian manor. Gideon doesn’t intend to fall for his friend’s snarky sister, and he sure as hell doesn’t expect their weekend to develop into a full-on sex-fest. A torrid weekend affair should be the easiest thing in the world to walk away from, so why are they finding it so difficult? Sensuality Level: Sensual
Author: Chelsea Bee
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Olivia Williams used Shakespeare's timeless words to comfort herself through childhood sexual abuse, disordered eating, and a toxic relationship. She thought a summer studying in London in the legendary Globe theatre would be the healing learning experience she always longed for. Surrounded by new friends, beautiful culture, and budding romance, Olivia knows her life is about to change. She doesn't expect this, though. Not again.
the middle classes and the re-making of inner London
Author: Tim Butler,Garry Robson
Publisher: Berg Publishers
Category: Political Science
Symbolizing both commerce and culture, London has always been a magnet for the ambitions of the middle classes. However, the past three decades have witnessed a dramatic fragmentation in inner-city London's social map. New and highly distinctive middle-class neighbourhoods have sprung up where embattled workers seek to combat the deleterious effects of long working hours, travel, and stress on traditional family values. This book is the first to explore the powerful impact of globalization on London's economy and those who are caught up in it. More and more people are responding to the negative effects of working life as well as the lack of structure in their lives and particularly those of their children. The gentrification of certain areas and the differences among them directly reflects this desire to impose cultural values and structure on urban surroundings. How do these areas reflect middle-class values, ideologies, lifestyles, social backgrounds and occupational choices, and how have old neighbourhoods been refashioned and made amenable to middle-class life? In what ways has family life been affected by this new emphasis on values, structure and security, and what does the future hold? This fascinating book provides the first sustained analysis of the profound effects of globalization on city dwellers. Its original account of the relationship between urban space and cultural reproduction will inspire new research for years to come.
Britain, the BBC World Service and the Cold War
Author: Alban Webb
Publisher: A&C Black
From its inception in 1932, overseas broadcasting by the BBC quickly became an essential adjunct to British diplomatic and foreign policy objectives. For this reason, the World Service was considered the primary means of engaging with attitudes and opinions behind the Iron Curtain during the Cold War. Although funded by government Grant-in-Aid, the Service's editorial independence was enshrined in the BBC's Charter, Licence and Agreement. London Calling explores the delicate balance of power that lay in the relations between Whitehall and the World Service during the Cold War. This book also assesses the nature and impact of the World Service's programmes on listeners living in the Eastern bloc countries. In doing so, it traces the evolution of overseas broadcasting from Britain alongside the political, diplomatic and fiscal challenges that the country faced right up to the Suez crisis and the 1956 Hungarian uprising. These were defining experiences for the United Kingdom's international broadcaster that, as a consequence, helped shape and define the BBC World Service as we know it today. London Calling is an important study for anyone interested in the media and foreign policy histories of Great Britain or the history of the Cold War more generally. Winner of the Longman History Today Book of the Year Award 2015
Author: Sara Sheridan
Publisher: Hachette UK
1952, Brighton and London. When seventeen-year-old debutante Rose Bellamy Gore goes missing in a seedy Soho jazz club the prime suspect is black saxophone player, Lindon Claremont, the last person seen talking to her. Under suspicion, Lindon heads straight for Brighton and his childhood friend, Vesta Churchill who works with ex-Whitehall backroom girl Mirabelle Bevan, now in charge of McGuigan & McGuigan debt recovery. When Lindon is taken into custody the two women dive into London's underworld of smoky night clubs, smart cars and lethal cocktails to establish the truth.
Author: Alexandra Potter
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Bored by her comfortable romantic relationship with Will, Juliet, a successful businesswoman, dreams of passion and excitement and finds herself drawn to a handsome rival from a competing advertising firm, embarking on a search for love that takes her from London, to Yorkshire, to Verona, Italy, and brings her into offbeat encounters with a variety of colorful characters. Original. 35,000 first printing.
A Countercultural History of London Since 1945
Author: Barry Miles
Publisher: Atlantic Books (UK)
London has long been a magnet for aspiring artists and writers, musicians and fashion designers seeking inspiration and success in this great city. This title explores the counter culture that sprang up in the decades following the Second World War, focusing on the West End and Soho.
V.S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin
Author: Rob Nixon
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Literary Criticism
V.S. Naipaul stands as the most lionized literary mediator between First and Third World experience and is ordinarily viewed as possessing a unique authority on the subject of cross-cultural relations in the post-colonial era. In contesting this orthodox reading of his work, Nixon argues that Naipaul is more than simply an unduly influential writer. He has become a regressive Western institution, articulating a set of values that perpetuates political interests and representational modes that have their origin in the high imperial age. Nixon uses Naipaul's travel writing to probe the core theoretical issues raised by cross-cultural representation along metropolitan-periphery lines. With reference to economic theories of dependency, he critiques the vision, popularized by Naipaul, of the post-colonial world as divided between mimic and parasitic Third World nations on the one hand and, on the other, the benignly creative societies of the West.
Author: James Craig
Publisher: Soho Press
In the middle of a General Election, someone is targeting former members of hte ultra-exclusive Merrion Club, youthful hedonists addicted to excess transformed into pillars of the political establishment. Next in the killer's sights is charismatic, ruthless Edgar Carlton, the man poised to be the next Prime Minister. But, with power almost in his grasp, Edgar will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened. When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey thorugh the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top. Operating in a world where right and wrong don't exist and the pursuit of power is everything, Carlyle has to find the killer before Carlton's people take the matter into their own hands.
Author: Laurie John,Francine Pascal
Publisher: Sweet Valley
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Elizabeth is 6,000 miles from home -- with no money, no friends, and nowhere to go. What should she do? She can't take the only job she's offered -- a maid in an earl's mansion. That's so 19th century. But she's desperate. So now Liz is a servant. And is treated like one.
The Rogues of Regent Street
Author: Julia London
With her trademark sensuality and dazzling storytelling, Julia London brings us the Rogues of Regent Street, three dashing, aristocratic gentlemen whose scandalous exploits are the talk of the ton. Adrian Spence, Earl of Albright, has earned his notoriety on the dueling field, and in the finest drawing rooms—and boudoirs—of England. This is his story.... It was strictly business as Adrian Spence claimed the woman his brother desired. A hasty wedding, and Lilliana Dashell was his—sweet revenge on the father who disinherited him and the brother who let it happen. Their wedding night is a revelation as passionate, innocent Lilliana ignites fires Adrian tries desperately to deny. By day he is a stranger. By night he is the lover of her dreams, and she a shameless wanton in his arms. But Adrian is determined that no woman will ever possess him. And Lilliana knows that her only hope of taming this very dangerous gentleman is to unlock his deepest mysteries and open his shuttered heart to love.... From the Paperback edition.
Author: Sherry Thomas
"Transporting" --The New York Times Book Review From the superbly gifted Sherry Thomas comes this beautifully written romance about a marriage of convenience that turns inconveniently passionate... Felix Rivendale, the Marquess of Wrenworth, is The Ideal Gentleman, a man all men want to be and all women want to possess. Even Felix himself almost believes this golden image. But underneath is a damaged soul soothed only by public adulation. Louisa Cantwell needs to marry well to support her sisters. She does not, however, want Lord Wrenworth—though he seems inexplicably interested in her. She mistrusts his outward perfection, and the praise he garners everywhere he goes. Still, when he is the only man to propose at the end of the London season, she reluctantly accepts. Louisa does not understand her husband’s mysterious purposes, but she cannot deny the pleasure her body takes in his touch. Nor can she deny the pull this magnetic man exerts upon her. But does she dare to fall in love with a man so full of dark secrets, any one of which could devastate her, if she were to get any closer?