A young woman looks back at her childhood in a harsh orphanage and describes her growing love for the man who employs her as governess.
Pip, a young orphan, receives a fortune from a mysterious benefactor and travels to London in order to become a gentleman.
It would be much easier to tell this story if it were all about a chaste and perfect love between Two Children Against the World at an Extreme Time in History. But let's face it, that would be crap. Daisy is sent from New York to England to spend a summer with cousins she has never met. They are Isaac, Edmond, Osbert and Piper. Ages 10+.
An updated, indispensable guide to recorded classical music reviews hundreds of new CDs--from remastered vintage recordings to the latest releases, from the highest-quality offerings to budget releases--and is designed to help readers select the very best of recorded classical music available. Original.
Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice Mansfield Park Emma Northanger Abbey Persuasion Love and Freindship Few novelists have conveyed the subtleties and nuances of their own social milieu with the wit and insight of Jane Austen. Through her vivacious and spirited heroines and their circle, she paints vivid portraits of English middle-class life as the eighteenth century came to a close. Each of the novels is a love story and a story about marriage - marriage for love, for financial security, for social status. But they are not mere romances; ironic, comic and wise, they are masterly studies of the society Jane Austen observed. The seven books in this box set contain some of the most brilliant, dazzling prose in the English language.
My Life and Journey. The incredible story of the greatest sportswoman of the decade, described in the Observer newspaper as the 'first true heroine of the 21st century'. In October 2009, Ellen MacArthur announced her retirement from competitive sailing. She had found an even tougher challenge than sailing around the world. Now she is ready to tell the story of her incredible last ten years, including the 2005 fateful trip to South Georgia which changed her life and made her decide to focus all her energy and ambition to fight for a better planet. This is a frank, dramatic and emotional follow-up to the bestselling 'Taking on the World'.
Including many of the greatest stories ever told - the labours of Hercules, the voyage of the Argonauts, Theseus and the minotaur, Midas and his golden touch, the Trojan War and Odysseus's journey home - Robert Graves's superb and comprehensive retelling of the Greek myths for a modern audience has been regarded for over fifty years as the definitive version.
With a novelist's skill and a poet's eye, Graves draws on the entire canon of ancient literature, bringing together all the elements of every myth into one epic and unforgettable story. Ideal for the first time reader, it can be read as a single, continuous narrative, while full commentaries, with cross-references, interpretations, variants and explanations, as well as a comprehensive index of names, make it equally valuable as a work of scholarly reference for anyone seeking an authoritative and detailed account of the gods, heroes and extraordinary events that provide the bedrock of Western literature.
The result is a classic among classics, a treasure trove of extraordinary tales and a masterful work of literature in its own right.
This book tells the story of one of the most astonishing dramas in Europe's history. In the summer of 1812 after years of uneasy peace, Napoleon, the master of almost the whole continent, marched into Russia with the largest army ever assembled, confident that he would sweep everything before him. Less than two years later the Russian army was itself marching into Paris and Napoleon's empire lay in ruins.
Using an array of new, rare and surprising sources, Dominic Lieven writes with great panache and insight to describe from the Russians' viewpoint how they went from retreat, defeat and the burning of Moscow to becoming the new liberators of Europe. He conveys the savagery and valour of the fighting (including such huge set-pieces as the Battle of Leipzig), the often tense diplomacy that held together the Allied coalition against Napoleon and the astonishing feats of supply which allowed the Russian army to cut its way across Europe.The consequences of these events could not have been more important: after a whole generation of fighting, Europe (except for the brief coda of Waterloo) was at peace and France's global pretensions at an end. But the great winners, Britain and Russia, now presented new nightmares for the rest of the world.
Much more than just battlefield history, Russia Against Napoleon is also the story of how Russia's home front was mobilised against Napoleon and how much the Russian people suffered in pursuit of victory. It is too the story of one of the most successful espionage operations in history. Ultimately this book shows, memorably and brilliantly, Russia embarking on its strange, central role in Europe's existence, as both threat and protector - a role that continues, in all its complexity, into our own lifetimes.
Travel with food writer Stephanie Alexander to the gastronomic heart of France and discover the region's food, wine, history and culture. Here, she shares with us some of their favourite recipes, and offers another 80 original recipes inspired by her travels in this extraordinary part of the world.
Talks about the legal and financial aspects of the music business. This edition presents information on subjects, such as record contracts, managers, music publishing, touring, fees, and more. There are also chapters on the technological advances that shape the business, and how novices and experts alike should manage such changes.
A major new reference book covering the whole history of jazz, with over 2000 entries on jazz artists and bands.
John Roberts' book has now been updated to the end of the 20th century and revised throughout to make sure it keeps its appeal to a new generation of readers.
The interest in good governance has grown tremendously. This work provides a history and definition of corporate governance. It is followed by a reading on the duties of directors and the chairman; the five 'corporate sins'; a framework of corporate governance; the relationship between the company and its directors; and risk and governance.
Drawing on the collective wisdom of over 280 languages, this book is arranged by theme so that you can compare attitudes all over the world to such subjects as food, the human body and the battle of the sexes. Here, you find not only those words for which there is no direct counterpart in English, but also those that sound confusingly the same.
Contains over 28,000 entries on the facts, events, issues, people, beliefs and achievements that make up the sum of human knowledge and experience. This book is designed so that it is easy to locate the information you require quickly and there are over 350 maps and diagrams to aid understanding.
Part of the "Penguin Reference Library", this work draws provides useful information to readers.
The ultimate sociological resource Written by three eminent professors, this reference has been updated to reflect the shifts of sociological thought in the last five years, making it the most comprehensive, authoritative, and up-to-date dictionary of sociology available. 496 pages
Stephen Hawking explains how such great men of science as Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Einstein built on the discoveries of those who came before them, and how these works changed the course of science, ushering astronomy and physics out of the Middle Ages and into the modern world.