“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
Ever fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have fallen in love with? Alice Di Santo has it all – everyone says so. Perfect boyfriend, great job, settled home life. But when she meets Rachel Cramer, all that changes. Because Rachel is everything Alice has never considered – and now cannot stop thinking about. This charming tale of coming out in your 30s sees Alice risk everything to go after what she wants, soon discovering she’s deserving of love - and especially this love, which takes her breath away. The fourth book in the London Romance Series features favourite characters from the previous three novels, and proves that falling in love is never scripted. Clare Lydon has written a bold, bright tale of modern romance at its glittering finest. Read it today!
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.
Rules Are Made To Be Broken… Two years after her marriage implodes, event-planner Cleo Nightingale is ready to get back in the dating game. However, she has one key rule: no younger women. How hard can it be? Fresh out of uni, Becca Cramer is single and ready to embrace her new career. She’s not looking for a relationship, but then fate steps in and introduces her to Cleo. Mix in two weddings & a festival, a jilted brother and a pregnant best friend, and you've got all the ingredients for a hilarious page-turner featuring the unlikely love-match of the year! Book five in the London Romance series features favourite characters from previous novels, and is another uplifting, sparky romantic comedy from best-selling author Clare Lydon. London, Actually is a standalone novel.
Most things came easy for portrait photographer Xander Chase, especially women. But not love. He keeps his heart hidden and his focus on revenge. For that, he needs a stand-in girlfriend for a weekend fling. Struggling actress Imani Brooks has been offered a coveted role, playing an escort in a renowned play. When Xander proposes a weekend of "research" in Paris, she jumps at the chance. Their pretend friendship is the perfect way to dig into her role. She just has to remember not to fall in love.
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.
LONDON CALLING is a poignant, warm-hearted and engaging saga of Clapham, south London's women during the Second World War, for readers of Kate Thompson, Annie Murray and Katie Flynn. It will take more than Hitler's Luftwaffe to break the spirit of the residents of Lavender Road. If courage and resilience could win wars, the conflict would already be over. It's not all harmony, though. Nurse Molly Coogan and would-be actress Jen Carter certainly don't see eye to eye. Molly, despite hating the discipline of wartime hospital life, is unimpressed by Jen's prima donna ways. Jen, unaware of Molly's secret heartache, can't resist taking her own frustrations out on Molly. It's just as well that no one knows what challenges lie ahead... From stolen glasses in the Flag and Garter to fancy dinners in the heart of the West End, from a desperate battle for survival on a hospital ward to a torpedo hitting its target in the Mediterranean Sea, LONDON CALLING takes readers into a world of ordinary people living extraordinary lives.
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.
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.
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.
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
Lose yourself in the first three London Romance books and get caught up in the lives of London’s premier ladygays! Catch up with Jess who’s just returned from Oz after a break-up; Lucy, an optimistic optician looking for love; Kate, a designer who’s too cool for school and love; Meg, a florist who’s not quite living her dream; Sophie, who wants to be her own boss; and Tanya, whose life is about to blow up, big style. Throw in their families, their jobs, their exes, their nights out, mis-steps, funerals, running and far too much tequila, and you have the perfect recipe for the London Romance series, Books 1-3. Three full-length novels explore their lives, loves, let-downs and triumphs, and every sentence is jam-packed with laughter, romance, drama & steam! 950 pages to inhale, many lives to process, perfect for this weekend’s binge-read! These books have over 200 5-star reviews on Amazon - buy this boxset to receive a 25% DISCOUNT on buying the books separately!
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.
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.
"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?