“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
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.
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
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.