NOW A SUNDAY TIMES TOP 10 BESTSELLER FROM THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE Dinah Jefferies' stunning new novel is a gripping, unforgettable tale of a woman torn between two worlds... 1952, French Indochina. Since her mother's death, eighteen-year-old half-French, half-Vietnamese Nicole has been living in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Sylvie. When Sylvie is handed control of the family silk business, Nicole is given an abandoned silk shop in the Vietnamese quarter of Hanoi. But the area is teeming with militant rebels who want to end French rule, by any means possible. For the first time, Nicole is awakened to the corruption of colonial rule - and her own family's involvement shocks her to the core... Tran, a notorious Vietnamese insurgent, seems to offer the perfect escape from her troubles, while Mark, a charming American trader, is the man she's always dreamed of. But who can she trust in this world where no one is what they seem? The Silk Merchant's Daughter is a captivating tale of dark secrets, sisterly rivalry and love against the odds, enchantingly set in colonial era Vietnam.

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Isbn 0241975905
Genre Fiction
Year 2016-02-25
Pages 400
Language English
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THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A haunting, tender portrait of a woman forced to choose between her duty as a wife and her instinct as a mother... Nineteen-year-old Gwendolyn Hooper steps off a steamer in Ceylon full of optimism, eager to join her new husband. But the man who greets her at the tea plantation is not the same one she fell in love with in London. Distant and brooding, Laurence spends long days wrapped up in his work, leaving his young bride to explore the plantation alone. It's a place filled with clues to the past - locked doors, a yellowed wedding dress in a dusty trunk, an overgrown grave hidden in the grounds, far too small for an adult... Gwen soon falls pregnant and her husband is overjoyed, but she has little time to celebrate. In the delivery room the new mother is faced with a terrible choice, one she knows no one in her upper class set will understand - least of all Laurence. Forced to bury a secret at the heart of her marriage, Gwen is more isolated than ever. When the time comes, how will her husband ever understand what she has done? The Tea Planter's Wife is a story of guilt, betrayal and untold secrets vividly and entrancingly set in colonial era Ceylon. 'Captivating, powerful and passionate' Deborah Rodriguez on The Separation 'A richly detailed story... as intimate as a kiss and as sharp as the blade of a knife' David Gilham on The Separation 'I simply didn't want to put it down. Vivid and atmospheric - you can smell the tropics, feel the drenching heat...' Isabel Wolff on The Separation

Author Dinah Jefferies
Isbn 0241969565
Genre Fiction
Year 2015-09-03
Pages 448
Language English
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‘Heartfelt and timely’ CHRIS CLEAVE, New York Times bestselling author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven •• When family tragedy strikes, Alice Fonseka, the dreamy, artistic child of a Singhalese mother and Tamil father, leaves the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Unable to bear the injustice of what has happened, her family heads for England. There, in a totally foreign environment, Alice builds a life for herself and finds outlets for her art. But she remains restless, haunted by memories of the past, and, even in London, the threat of violence is never far away.

Author Roma Tearne
Isbn 1910709549
Genre Fiction
Year 2018-05-15
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A romantic, heart-wrenching tale of love against the odds from the Number One Sunday Times bestselling author 1930, Rajputana, India. Since her husband's death, 28-year-old photojournalist Eliza's only companion has been her camera. When the British Government send her to an Indian princely state to photograph the royal family, she's determined to make a name for herself. But when Eliza arrives at the palace she meets Jay, the Prince's handsome, brooding brother. While Eliza awakens Jay to the poverty of his people, he awakens her to the injustices of British rule. Soon Jay and Eliza find they have more in common than they think. But their families - and society - think otherwise. Eventually they will have to make a choice between doing what's expected, or following their hearts. . .

Author Dinah Jefferies
Isbn 0241978823
Genre Fiction
Year 2017-02-23
Pages 400
Language English
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Zophia vit à Cataracta depuis toujours. Cette sirène ailée n’a jamais mis le pied hors du Cataractorium, une caravane errant de village en village pour donner en spectacle les créatures magiques qui y sont enfermées. Lorsque Zophia quittera enfin sa cage, elle découvrira un royaume qui a beaucoup changé depuis le couronnement de la reine Rose, 30 ans auparavant. Accompagnée d’un soldat se présentant sous le surnom d’Ace, Zophia voyagera à travers ce monde où les légendes s’avèrent souvent réalités.

Author Megane Chauret
Isbn 2898031607
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-06-28T00:00:00-04:00
Pages 652
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For fans of The Tea-Planter’s Wife and Victoria Hislop comes a gripping story of doomed love and secrets in 1940s Kashmir.

Author Rosie Thomas
Isbn 0007449992
Genre Fiction
Year 2011-07-21
Pages 512
Language English
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A sweeping novel set in war-torn 1928 China, with a star-crossed love story at its center. In a city full of thieves and Communists, danger and death, spirited young Lydia Ivanova has lived a hard life. Always looking over her shoulder, the sixteen-year-old must steal to feed herself and her mother, Valentina, who numbered among the Russian elite until Bolsheviks murdered most of them, including her husband. As exiles, Lydia and Valentina have learned to survive in a foreign land. Often, Lydia steals away to meet with the handsome young freedom fighter Chang An Lo. But they face danger: Chiang Kai Shek's troops are headed toward Junchow to kill Reds like Chang, who has in his possession the jewels of a tsarina, meant as a gift for the despot's wife. The young pair's all-consuming love can only bring shame and peril upon them, from both sides. Those in power will do anything to quell it. But Lydia and Chang are powerless to end it.

Author Kate Furnivall
Isbn 1101205873
Genre Fiction
Year 2007-06-27
Pages 528
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FROM THE NUMBER 1 BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE The Separation, Dinah Jefferies' stunning debut novel, is the heartbreaking tale of a family fractured by lies and one mother's love reaching across the distance of years and continents. A country at war with itself, a family divided and betrayed, a bond that can never be broken... Malaya, 1955. Lydia Cartwright returns from visiting a sick friend to an empty house. The servants are gone. The phone is dead. Where is her husband Alec? Her young daughters, Emma and Fleur? Fearful and desperate, she contacts the British District Officer and learns that Alec has been posted up country. But why didn't he wait? Why did he leave no message? Lydia's search takes her on a hazardous journey through war-torn jungle. Forced to turn to Jack Harding, a man she'd vowed to leave in her past, she sacrifices everything to be reunited with her family. And while carrying her own secrets, Lydia will soon face a devastating betrayal which may be more than she can bear . . .

Author Dinah Jefferies
Isbn 024196606X
Genre Fiction
Year 2014-05-22
Pages 320
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"Nul passant, nulle voix ne troublait la solitude de North Front par cette soirée de fin d'hiver. Les coups de mine de la défense souterraine s'étaient tus. Calmé pour quelques heures, le remous éternel du vent laissait la brume des deux mers se refermer sur la langue de terre qui joint Gibraltar à l'Espagne." Joseph Peyré

Author Joseph Peyré
Isbn 2246794730
Genre Fiction
Year 2014-04-01
Pages 320
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A stolen sister. A daughter determined to uncover the truth. 'I was gripped, moved and utterly in thrall to this deeply emotional and compelling tale' Kate Furnivall Belle Hatton has embarked upon an exciting new life far from home: a glamorous job as a nightclub singer in 1930s Burma, with a host of sophisticated new friends and admirers. But Belle is haunted by a mystery from the past - a 25 year old newspaper clipping found in her parents' belongings after their death, saying that the Hattons were leaving Rangoon after the disappearance of their baby daughter, Elvira. Belle is desperate to find out what happened to the sister she never knew she had - but when she starts asking questions, she is confronted with unsettling rumours, malicious gossip, and outright threats. Oliver, an attractive, easy-going American journalist, promises to help her, but an anonymous note tells her not to trust those closest to her. . . Belle survives riots, intruders, and bomb attacks - but nothing will stop her in her mission to uncover the truth. Can she trust her growing feelings for Oliver? Is her sister really dead? And could there be a chance Belle might find her? 'A moving and complex story, beautifully told' Isabel Wolff 'Dinah Jefferies has a knack of getting under the skin of her exotic locations and this story about loss and love, set in sultry Burma during the troubled 1930s, is no exception' Kate Riordan

Author Dinah Jefferies
Isbn 0241985447
Genre Fiction
Year 2019-02-28
Pages 320
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'An author who makes history come gloriously alive' The Times 'Meticulous research and strong storytelling' Woman & Home 'A sumptuous ride' Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph ********************** Eleanor of Aquitaine A loving mother. A betrayed wife. A queen beyond compare. Eleanor of Aquitaine's story is legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over eight hundred years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, bestselling novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before. Young, vibrant, privileged, Eleanor's future is golden as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood ends abruptly. Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, Eleanor is still struggling to adjust to her new role when Louis' father dies and they become King and Queen of France. Leaving everything behind, the vivacious Eleanor must face the complex and faction-riddled French court. She is only 13. Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies, The Summer Queen is the first novel in a stunning trilogy from award-winning and much-loved author Elizabeth Chadwick The next two books - The Winter Crown and The Autumn Throne - are available to buy NOW in paperback and ebook. Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick 'Enjoyable and sensuous' Daily Mail 'Stunning grasp of historical details... Her characters are beguiling and the story is intriguing and very enjoyable' Barbara Erskine 'Renowned historical novelist Chadwick tells this battle-of-the-sexes story from a woman's point of view' New York Post

Author Elizabeth Chadwick
Isbn 0748133836
Genre Fiction
Year 2013-06-20
Pages 496
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Saga CINQUECENTO : Cette saga débute comme une enquête sur les origines d'un tableau. Mais, ce tableau-là n'a pas seulement une histoire propre, il raconte aussi celle de la belle Laura Bagarotto qui vint à Venise en 1509 dans des circonstances dramatiques. Cette femme d'exception connaîtra un destin hors du commun dans la prodigieuse Venise de la Renaissance. Il en résulte cette fresque nourrie d'une volumineuse documentation historique, littéraire et artistique relatant la vie de personnages ayant existé et que l'on retrouve dans les sources à différents moments contrastés de leur parcours. Collant de près à ce que fut la réalité, la part romanesque s'efforce de faire vivre le monde violent et magnifique dans lequel les personnages vécurent leurs aventures et leurs passions. On participe aux fêtes à l'intérieur des palais, aux Conseils où siège le Doge, on traîne dans les bouges, on part en gondole chez les courtisanes, on voit peindre Titien, on participe aux dîners de l'Arétin, on part en galère vers l'empire de Soliman le Magnifique, à cheval vers la ténébreuse Hongrie, on suit les caravanes de commerce à travers les Balkans et l’armée d’Ibrahim Pacha jusqu’en Perse. Mais on reviendra à Venise, rêver le long des quais, où miroitent les reflets incertains de la lagune. CINQUECENTO - 5 : LE CAPTIF DE RAGUSE. Mais qu’est devenu Pietro ? Tué par les pirates Uscoques ? Perdu dans l’Empire Ottoman, qui entre en guerre contre Charles Quint, envahit la Hongrie et assiège Vienne ? Et quel rôle joue dans la politique de Venise et les intérêts de Laura le fils naturel du Doge, ami d’Ibrahim Pacha et du Sultan, l’inquiétant Alvise Gritti, dont la vie est une épopée stupéfiante ? A Venise, les factions s’affrontent toujours et le Doge n’a pas renoncé à mettre à genoux l’orgueilleuse Laura.

Author Pierre LEGRAND & Claudine CAMBIER
Isbn 293080422X
Genre Comics & Graphic Novels
Year 2015-04-27
Pages N.A
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This classic novel about adventure, courage and determination takes the reader on an exciting sea voyage around the world. Engaging and entertaining, "In Search of the Castaways" from 1868 is a story about shipwreck, quest and a rescue mission. Mary and Robert, the children of the castaway Captain Grant, want to launch an expedition with the hope of finding their father. Despite the difficulty to fund the mission, they embark on a long, dangerous and somewhat hopeless journey which can either lead them to their father or endanger their lives. Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist who mostly wrote adventure fiction inspired by the scientific advances of the 19th century. With the help of editor Pierre-Jules Hetzel he wrote a series of books called "Extraordinary Travels", which includes "Journey to the Center of the Earth" (1864), "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" (1870), and "Around the World in Eighty Days" (1873). Widely popular with both children and adults, Verne is one of the most translated authors of all times, and still inspires people the world over.

Author Jules Verne
Isbn 8726506211
Genre Fiction
Year 2020-10-13
Pages 238
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Шарль Бодлер – легендарный французский поэт XIX века, ярчайший представитель символизма и декаданса, чьи произведения оказали самое большое влияние на развитие европейской поэзии. "Цветы зла" – это один из самых известных сборников стихотворений Бодлева, в котором лирический герой безгранично печален и несчастен. Чёрные, тоскливые, торжественные и мрачные стихи прекрасны в своей ужасающей красоте. Они пугают, притягивают и отталкивают одновременно... Читайте зарубежную литературу в оригинале!

Author Baudelaire C.
Isbn 5521057153
Genre Poetry
Year 1963
Pages 259
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A WORD WRITTEN ON A WHITE PAGE Christmas Day in the year 182- was somewhat remarkable in the island of Guernsey. Snow fell on that day. In the Channel Islands a frosty winter is uncommon, and a fall of snow is an event. On that Christmas morning, the road which skirts the seashore from St. Peter's Port to the Vale was clothed in white. From midnight till the break of day the snow had been falling. Towards nine o'clock, a little after the rising of the wintry sun, as it was too early yet for the Church of England folks to go to St. Sampson's, or for the Wesleyans to repair to Eldad Chapel, the road was almost deserted. Throughout that portion of the highway which separates the first from the second tower, only three foot-passengers could be seen. These were a child, a man, and a woman. Walking at a distance from each other, these wayfarers had no visible connection. The child, a boy of about eight years old, had stopped, and was looking curiously at the wintry scene. The man walked behind the woman, at a distance of about a hundred paces. Like her he was coming from the direction of the church of St. Sampson. The appearance of the man, who was still young, was something between that of a workman and a sailor. He wore his working-day clothes—a kind of Guernsey shirt of coarse brown stuff, and trousers partly concealed by tarpaulin leggings—a costume which seemed to indicate that, notwithstanding the holy day, he was going to no place of worship. His heavy shoes of rough leather, with their soles covered with large nails, left upon the snow, as he walked, a print more like that of a prison lock than the foot of a man. The woman, on the contrary, was evidently dressed for church. She wore a large mantle of black silk, wadded, under which she had coquettishly adjusted a dress of Irish poplin, trimmed alternately with white and pink; but for her red stockings, she might have been taken for a Parisian. She walked on with a light and free step, so little suggestive of the burden of life that it might easily be seen that she was young. Her movements possessed that subtle grace which indicates the most delicate of all transitions—that soft intermingling, as it were, of two twilights—the passage from the condition of a child to that of womanhood. The man seemed to take no heed of her.

Author Victor Hugo
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Genre Literary Collections
Year 2015-12-29
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Que se passe-t-il dans la ville-champignon de Battle Creek, aux Etats-Unis, pour qu'elle soit envahie, en cette année 1907, par des célébrités venues du monde entier ? C'est que le Dr Kellogg, l'inventeur du corn-flake, du beurre de cacahuète et des succédanés de café, vient d'y installer son temple de la diététique, attirant des personnages dignes de Dickens, à la recherche de la pilule magique qui prolonge la vie ou des bénéfices juteux de sa commercialisation. L'infortuné héros du livre, Will Lightbody, amoureux de sa femme adonnée furieusement au culte végétarien, ne peut que la suivre dans cet enfer. Vous saurez tout sur cette industrie nouvelle qui rendit la bourgade de Battle Creek célèbre de par le monde et vous hurlerez de rire en découvrant les fondements de la police diététique d'aujourd'hui.

Author Tom Coraghessan Boyle
Isbn 2246855934
Genre Fiction
Year 2016-02-25
Pages 504
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The Masterpiece is the tragic story of Claude Lantier, an ambitious and talented young artist from the provinces who has come to conquer Paris and is conquered by the flaws in his own genius. While his boyhood friend Pierre Sandoz becomes a successful novelist, Claude's originality is mocked at the Salon and turns gradually into a doomed obsession with one great canvas. Life - in the form of his model and wife Christine and their deformed child Jacques - is sacrificed on the altar of Art. The Masterpiece is the most autobiographical of the twenty novels in Zola's Rougon-Macquart series. Set in the 1860s and 1870s, it provides a unique insight into his career as a writer and his relationship with Cézanne, a friend since their schooldays in Aix-en-Provence. It also presents a well-documented account of the turbulent Bohemia world in which the Impressionists came to prominence despit the conservatism of the Academy and the ridicule of the general public. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Author Émile Zola
Isbn 019259317X
Genre Literary Criticism
Year 2016-07-10
Pages 400
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À première vue, Colette est une grand-mère ordinaire : chapeau en plastique sur la tête, napperons en dentelle sur les lampes, belote le mardi et présence régulière chez le médecin pour des maladies imaginaires. En somme, une veuve acariâtre tout ce qu’il y a de plus classique. En réalité, Colette s’est minutieusement forgé ce rôle de petite vieille dans le but de faire enrager son fils qui la voit déjà grabataire... En catimini, elle lit des mangas érotiques, troque son déambulateur contre un skateboard et fréquente des cabarets en bonne compagnie. Tout va bien, jusqu’au jour où elle est confrontée à un mystère : qui dépose en secret des fleurs et un petit mot sur la tombe de son mari ? Pour élucider cette énigme, Colette va devoir trouver des alliés et déterrer quelques secrets. Aux côtés de Madeleine, son amie d’enfance atteinte d’Alzheimer, de Thomas le trentenaire survolté et de Maurice le beau parleur, l’aventure ne fait que commencer...

Author Anne-Lise Besnier
Isbn 2824633492
Genre Fiction
Year 2020-02-05
Pages 304
Language English
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