When Laura Fraser's husband leaves her for his high school sweetheart, she takes off, on impulse, for Italy, hoping to leave some of her sadness behind. There, on the island of Ischia, she meets M., an aesthetics professor from Paris with an oversized love of life. What they both assume will be a casual vacation tryst turns into a passionate, transatlantic love affair, as they rendezvous in London, Marrakech, Milan, the Aeolian Islands, and San Francisco. Each encounter is a delirious immersion into place (sumptuous food and wine, dazzling scenery, lush gardens, and vibrant streetscapes) and into each other. And with each experience, Laura brings home not only a lasting sense of pleasure, but a more fully recovered sense of her emotional and sexual self. Written with an observant eye, an open mind, and a delightful sense of humor, An Italian Affair has the irresistible honesty of a story told from and about the heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.
'Enthralling... An Italian Affair snares us in an ever-tightening circle of love and despair, secrets and forgiveness' Joanna Lumley A passionate story of love and betrayal, set in war-torn Tuscany - perfect for fans of Rachel Hore and Santa Montefiore It's 1937 and the threat of war hangs heavy in the air. Longing for a new start, recent widow Alessandra Durante moves from London to her ancestral home in Italy with her daughter Diana and sets about rebuilding her life. But when Davide, a young man hiding the truth about who is is, arrives at their home, Diana finds her heart going where her head knows it must not. Her brother, Robert, is marked out by his bravery as a pilot - but soon he is being sent deep undercover and further into danger than ever before... The Durante family will love and lose, but will they survive the war...? 'Thoroughly engrossing' Julian Fellows, creator of Downton Abbey *** Readers are being swept away by An Italian Affair: 'An excellent novel' 'Takes the reader on a journey of passion and fear, love and bravery...a sumptuous tale' 'The setting is wonderfully created...that rare thing - a great read that has something for everyone' 'An epic story that has you swept up in the lives of the characters...a gripping read' 'Such a rich, carefully crafted and adventurous read' 'Such a beautiful novel that I struggled to part with it' A beautifully written, wonder story...a gem of a book'
For the first time in her life, entrepreneur, Sandria Lewis finally has some semblance of control of her life. With less than one month before her wedding to the love of her life, Dimitri Domenichino, trouble sets up camp and decides to overturn her happiness. As problems come in rapid succession Sandria is resolute as her faith in God is Tested. In the midst of the conundrum her best friend and assistant Ni Nagasaki stands by her side. She tries to help her navigate her way through all the mishaps, blunders and explosive predicaments; at least the ones she is aware of,; before there is irreparable damage. Entangled in Sandria's web is a daughter born of another man and a domineering fianc and his son by a previous marriage. If that wasn't enough, she has to deal with a remorseless mother, narcissistic father, uninvited aggravating soon to be in-laws and a host of unsettling events that seem like they will never cease. In Ni's eyes, Sandria would be better off if she just walked away but her best friend is determined not to.
Free-spirited Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancé so she can inherit her birth mother's Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she'll return home to Australia, but not without a little fun first. For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, this gorgeous, quirky woman promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn. Each book in the Affair series is STANDALONE: * Holiday Affair * Italian Affair * Outback Affair
A major work of economic, social and political history, Niall Ferguson's The House of Rothschild: The World's Banker 1849-1999 is the second volume of the acclaimed, landmark history of the legendary Rothschild banking dynasty. Niall Ferguson's House of Rothschild: Money's Prophets 1798-1848 was hailed as a "great biography" by Time magazine and named one of the best books of the year by Business Week. Now, with all the depth, clarity and drama with which he traced their ascent, Ferguson - the first historian with access to the long-lost Rothschild family archives - concludes his myth-breaking portrait of once of the most fascinating and power families of all time. From Crimea to World War II, wars repeatedly threatened the stability of the Rothschilds' worldwide empire. Despite these many global upheavals, theirs remained the biggest bank in the world up until the First World War, their interests extending far beyond the realm of finance. Yet the Rothschilds' failure to establish themselves successfully in the United States proved fateful, and as financial power shifted from London to New York after 1914, their power waned. "A stupendous achievement, a triumph of historical research and imagination."—Robert Skidelsky, The New York Review of Books "Niall Ferguson's brilliant and altogether enthralling two-volume family saga proves that academic historians can still tell great stories that the rest of us want to read."—The New York Times Book Review "Superb ... An impressive ... account of the Rothschilds and their role in history."—Boston Globe Niall Ferguson's new book The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook will be published in January 2018.
The Italian criminologist Cesare Lombroso (1835 – 1909) is the single-most important figure in the founding of criminology and the study of aberrant conduct in the human sciences. The Cesare Lombroso Handbook brings together essays by leading Lombroso scholars and is divided into four main parts, each focusing on a major theme. Part one examines the range and scope of Lombroso’s thinking; the mimetic quality of Lombroso; his texts and their interpretation. The second part explores why his ideas, such as born criminology and atavistic criminals, had such broad appeal. Developing this, the third section considers the manners in which Lombroso’s ideas spread across borders; cultural, linguistic, political and disciplinary, by including essays on the science and literature of opera, ‘La donna delinquente’ and ‘Jewish criminality’. The final part investigates examples of where, and when, his influence extended and explores the reception of Lombroso in the UK, USA, France, China, Spain and the Philippines. This text presents interdisciplinary work on Lombroso from academics engaged in social history, history of ideas, law and criminology, social studies of science, gender studies, cultural studies and Jewish studies. It will be of interest to scholars, students and the general reader alike.
This volume has a double purpose. First of all, it follows an Italian tradition of thought that began in the 15th and 16th centuries as Civic Humanism and continued up until the golden period of Italian Enlightenment as represented by the Schools of Milan and Naples. Its main contribution to the history of economic thought is its conception of the market as a place centered on the principle of reciprocity and civil virtues. This book explains why the civil approach to economics disappeared from cultural debates, scientific enquiries and the public arena at the end of the 18th century, only to surface again in more recent times. Secondly, the book draws attention to a new reading of the whole of economic reality. Indeed, the civil economy in one sense is mainly a "cultural perspective" from which it is possible to interpret the entire economic discourse. If a theory is considered as substantially a "point of view" on reality, then this "cultural perspective" can also set the basis for a diverse economic theory. Where does the key element of such diversity lie? It lies in the attempt to integrate within the economic system the three basic principles of any social order: the principle of exchange of equivalents, the principle of redistribution and the principle of reciprocity. Though this book draws on the history of economic ideas, it focuses on the present day from an ancient perspective in order to find convincing answers to the new questions arising in the era of globalization.
A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
Author: John Thavis
The New York Times–bestselling inside look at one of the world’s most powerful and mysterious institutions For more than twenty-five years, John Thavis held one of the most remarkable journalistic assignments in the world: reporting on the inner workings of the Vatican. In The Vatican Diaries, Thavis reveals Vatican City as a place struggling to define itself in the face of internal and external threats, where Curia cardinals fight private wars and sexual abuse scandals threaten to undermine papal authority. Thavis (author of The Vatican Prophecies: Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions, and Miracles in the Modern Age) also takes readers through the politicking behind the election of Pope Francis and what we might expect from his papacy. The Vatican Diaries is a perceptive, compelling, and provocative account of this singular institution and will be of interest to anyone intrigued by the challenges faced by religion in an increasingly secularized world. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Praise for Thomas Pinney's "A History of Wine in America" "Exhaustively researched. . ..invaluable to serious scholars of the grape. Fascinating reading." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Revealing a sharp eye for detail and a dry, low-key wit, Pinney writes in an engaging style and with remarkable clarity." --"Wine Spectator" "Definitive. . ..an important work of historical literature." --"Wine & Spirits" "An indispensable view of. . .a remarkable time." --"Decanter"