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
“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
Hart, rasant und gnadenlos authentisch In der Luxussuite eines Londoner Hotels findet Inspector Carlyle einen übel zugerichteten Toten. Carlyles Recherchen führen ihn in die Welt der Reichen und Mächtigen Großbritanniens – und das kurz vor der Wahl des Premierministers. Als weitere perverse Morde geschehen, wird Carlyle klar, dass er es mit einem Serienkiller zu tun hat, der es auf frühere Mitglieder eines elitären Studentenzirkels abgesehen hat. Dann gerät Edgar Carlton, snobistischer Konservativer und aussichtsreicher Kandidat für den Posten des Regierungschefs, ins Visier des Mörders ...
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.
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.
London has long been a magnet for aspiring artists and writers, musicians and fashion designers seeking inspiration and success. In London Calling, Barry Miles explores the counter-culture - creative, avant garde, permissive, anarchic - that sprang up in this great city in the decades following the Second World War. Here are the heady post-war days when suddenly everything seemed possible, the jazz bars and clubs of the fifties, the teddy boys and the Angry Young Men, Francis Bacon and the legendary Colony Club, the 1960s and the Summer of Love, the rise of punk and the early days of the YBAs. The vitality and excitement of this time and years of change - and the sheer creative energy in the throbbing heart of London - leap off the pages of this evocative and original book.
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.
Sieben Frauen zwischen dreißig und vierzig treffen sich zu Skiferien auf einer Berghütte. Am abendlichen Kaminfeuer reden und streiten sie und enthüllen einander ihre Liebes- und Eheerfahrungen. Zwischen zwei der Frauen, Lane und Diana, bahnt sich eine leise Liebesgeschichte an, die sich bald zu dramatischer und leidenschaftlicher Intensität steigert. Ein Klassiker der lesbischen Literatur - einer der meistgelesenen Lesbenromane aller Zeiten.
Through a series of 34 essays by leading and emerging scholars, A Companion to Romantic Poetry reveals the rich diversity of Romantic poetry and shows why it continues to hold such a vital and indispensable place in the history of English literature. Breaking free from the boundaries of the traditionally-studied authors, the collection takes a revitalized approach to the field and brings together some of the most exciting work being done at the present time Emphasizes poetic form and technique rather than a biographical approach Features essays on production and distribution and the different schools and movements of Romantic Poetry Introduces contemporary contexts and perspectives, as well as the issues and debates that continue to drive scholarship in the field Presents the most comprehensive and compelling collection of essays on British Romantic poetry currently available
In this New York Times bestseller, acclaimed actress Candice Bergen “shows how to do a memoir right...The self-possessed, witty, and down-to-earth voice that made Bergen’s first memoir a hit when it was published in 1984 has only been deepened by life’s surprises” (The New York Times Book Review). “Candice Bergen is unflinchingly honest” (The Washington Post), and in A Fine Romance she describes her first marriage at age thirty-four to famous French director Louis Malle; her overpowering love for her daughter, Chloe; the unleashing of her inner comic with Murphy Brown; her trauma over Malle’s death; her joy at finding new love; and her pride at watching Chloe blossom. In her decidedly nontraditional marriage to the insatiably curious Louis, Bergen takes readers on world travels to the sets where each made films. Pregnant with Chloe at age thirty-nine, this mature primigravida also recounts a journey through motherhood that includes plundering the Warner Bros. costume closets for Halloween getups and never leaving her ever-expanding menagerie out of the fun. She offers priceless, behind-the-scenes looks at Murphy Brown, from caterwauling with Aretha Franklin to the surreal experience of becoming headline news when Dan Quayle took exception to her character becoming a single mother. Bergen tackles familiar rites of passage with moving honesty: the rigors of caring for a spouse in his final illness, getting older, and falling in love again after she was tricked into a blind date. By the time the last page is turned, “we’re all likely to be wishing Bergen herself—funny, insightful, self-deprecating, flawed (and not especially concerned about that), and slugging her way through her older years with bemused determination—was living next door” (USA TODAY).
Kennerick Clock, London’s most ornery private investigator, has just received a note from the woman who broke his heart. Lady Hala Javan needs his help and he’s willing to give it - for the right price. But if Hala thinks a curiously folded piece of paper can reel back him in, the spoiled brat better think again. Lady Hala feels about as small as a sea flea for writing Kennerick. Untitled and of common employ, she abandoned him years ago under pressure from her family. Leaving him remains her deepest regret. Now facing an attack on her life, she needs Kennerick. He’s the one man strong and clever enough to save the day. Assuming, of course, he doesn’t kill her first. Keywords: Steampunk romance, historical romance, interracial romance, romantic mystery, paranormal mystery, alpha male, sci-fi, private investigator, paranormal, steampunk
Die preisgekrönte Rapperin und Lyrikerin Kate Tempest presst mit ihrem Debüt ihre Hand ans finstere, schlagende Herz der Metropolen, das im allesüberdauernden Takt von Drogen, Begehren und Freundschaft schlägt. Ihre Helden Becky, Pete, Leon und Harry haben Jobs, für die es keine Ausbildung und Geld, für das es ungewaschen keine Verwendung gibt. Sie müssen raus, raus aus London – und kommen doch nicht davon los. Tempest nimmt uns mit in die Häuser und Herzen der kleinen Leute, in ihre Familien und zeigt uns Momente voller Schönheit, Enttäuschung, Ehrgeiz und Scheitern. Klug, niemals zynisch und immer voller Empathie stellt «Worauf du dich verlassen kannst» die Frage, wie wir leben und einander lieben – und zeigt uns, dass gute Absichten nicht notwendigerweise zu den richtigen Entscheidungen führen.
Sparks fly in this irresistible final installment in the Cabot Sisters trilogy! Fans of Julia Quinn will love this “sinfully sexy” novel by New York Times bestselling author Julia London. The dust of the Cabot sisters' shocking plans to rescue their family from certain ruin may have settled, but Prudence Cabot is left standing in the rubble of scandal. Now regarded as an unsuitable bride, she's tainted among the ton. Yet this unwilling wallflower is ripe for her own adventure. And when an irresistibly sexy American stranger on a desperate mission enlists her help, she simply can't deny the temptation. The fate of Roan Matheson's family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side—and in his bed—he's out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart's obligations and its forbidden desires.