Gold Medal Winner 2012 eLit AwardsKirkus Recommended Review: ´´In seven short stories, residents of a London boardinghouse reach moments of clarity. On London Road, lined with scruffy shops, stands No. 17, a detached red-brick Victorian that´s been turned into a boardinghouse. Its residents tend toward hard luck and desperation: Janice is just out of prison; Mandy is on probation; Bitty has a good education, but is scarred by her mother´s frequent abandonments; and Isobel is mentally unstable. Nora, the landlady, writes romance novels but has experienced little romance herself, and her daughter, Anna, is disgusted by Isobel´s outbursts.Their interconnected stories take place on a day of unusually hot weather, and focus on one resident at a time, with Janice´s story told in two parts. In each, characters have a chance to make a leap of faith in other people, or in the future.... Though spare and fast-paced, McGovern´s (Cocktails for Book Lovers, 2014, etc.) tales evoke entire biographies. She focuses on illuminative details and subtle, turning-point moments, as when Mandy, a young woman on probation, reacts to her mandatory book group´s reading of Katherine Mansfield´s 1922 short story ´´The Garden Party.´´ It stokes her resentment, as she doesn´t even know if people still give garden parties. Mandy makes plans to shoplift again, but something about the book group leader´s hopefulness and the invitation to give her honest opinion sparks her determination to win - maybe a literary argument, or maybe more chocolate wafers. Tales with subtle, positive but never saccharine, transformations that feel fully earned.´´ ´´...reminiscent of the writer who appears in one of the stories: the great Katherine Mansfield.´´ - Cynthia Rogerson, winner, V.S. Pritchett Memorial Prize for a Short Story, UK ´´I felt as if I personally knew each character, from Janice to Nora to Isobel to Bitty, and even Len down at the pub, and 1. Language: English. Narrator: Verity Burns. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088512/bk_acx0_088512_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It´s finally here - your vacation to London, England! There´s just one thing. You have worked hard to save your money and buy your tickets to get there and find a place to stay, but you don´t have much money left to spend on things to do. What now? Mini London Travel Guide will show you! There are suggestions about the following: Getting around. You will learn about your best options for transportation (and sometimes entertainment as you go). Free cultural sites and inexpensive places to go. There are so many free or low-cost things you can experience in London, whether it is traditional or contemporary. There are suggestions for older and younger (and young-at-heart) travelers. Sites worth the money. These places may cost more than the other suggestions in the book, but the experiences they provide make them worth what you spend. They will give you a full day or even more of beautiful sights, history lessons, and good entertainment. Food. While there are too many pubs, shops, and restaurants to mention, this guide suggests a few who offer great deals. Theater. Lastly, you will learn tips and tricks to experiencing London´s theater scene without spending a fortune. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Atkins-Linnell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/088147/bk_acx0_088147_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
London’s Soho district underwent a spectacular transformation between the late Victorian era and the end of the Second World War: Its old buildings and dark streets infamous for sex, crime, political disloyalty, and ethnic diversity became a center of culinary and cultural tourism servicing patrons of nearby shops and theaters. Indulgences for the privileged and the upwardly mobile edged a dangerous, transgressive space imagined to be ´´outside´´ the nation. Treating Soho as exceptional, but also representative of London´s urban transformation, Judith Walkowitz shows how the area´s foreignness and porousness were key to the explosion of culture and development of modernity in the first half of the 20th century. She draws on a vast and unusual range of sources to stitch together a rich patchwork quilt of vivid stories and unforgettable characters, revealing how Soho became a showcase for a new cosmopolitan identity. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teresa DeBerry. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011119/bk_adbl_011119_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Historical and cultural walking tours of Europe´s finest cities. Where is the new centre of London´s fashion industry? Where are the funkiest retro shops? Which streets are best if you want to escape from the chain stores? What´s the best way to experience the retail of madness of Oxford Street? What´s happening to London´s traditional tailors and gentleman´s outfitters that you should know about? The mp3cityguides guide to shopping in London is a new and easy to use guide to London´s shops. We start in Notting Hill by telling you how best to explore the market and where to find antiques, food and second hand clothes. We then tell you the history of the King´s Road from Mary Quant´s Bazaar to the arrival of the Sex Pistols and point out where you can still find interesting shops amongst the chains. Knightsbridge might be choked with traffic but the mp3cityguides´ London Shopping Guide will show you where you can window shop in peace. We then move onto the West End and pick out the best individual shops. Savile Row is changing with traditional tailors becoming more open to new customers and funky new tailors opening shops on the Row. We´ll also show you where you can get the best shirts in Jermyn Street. The market and the Piazza are what most people think of if you say Covent Garden but the best places to shop in Covent Garden are not the most well known. The shops in Neal Street and Seven Dials offer cutting edge design and are great if you´re looking for labels, clothes and accessories that are out of the ordinary. Bermondsey and the area around the Oxo Tower are also great places to find interesting and exciting new designers and retailers - we´ll tell you which ones to look out for and show you where they are with our unique edit-it-yourself pdf London shopping guide. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Brooke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/mpcg/000021/sp_mpcg_000021_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can´t take the London out of the copper.Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what´s more all the shops are closed by 4pm....Read by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000758/bk_orio_000758_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Historical and cultural walking tours of Europe´s finest cities. For over 2,000 years, London has been a centre of trade and politics - and a font of new ideas and trends in architecture, fashion and the arts. Our guide starts with the great Palace of Westminster, where we explain what happened on the fateful night of 16th October 1834 - and how it affected the magnificent building we see today. We´ll talk about Westminster Abbey and its thousand-year-old history before we walk up Whitehall. We´ll then name the dodgy character who built 10 Downing Street before visiting the little known official centre of London. Listeners can hear of Hitler´s plans for Nelson´s Column and then learn about the history of Buckingham Palace and The Mall, complete with their brothel and leper colony. After a visit to the monarchy´s frequently overlooked ´´Senior Palace´´ we´ll stroll along Piccadilly and explain where its name comes from. At Piccadilly Circus we´ll reveal the official title of Eros and explain why Regent Street is so-called - as well as the real reason for its construction. Finally, we´ll arrive at the shops and cafés of Covent Garden, where we´ll discuss why this part of London has a ´´piazza´´ and reveal which famous character from stage and screen was inspired by a regular of that piazza. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Simon Harry Brooke. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/mpcg/000007/sp_mpcg_000007_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Like her previous books, this book is the result of the author´s passionate interest in the realities of everyday life, and the conditions in which most people lived, so often left out of history books. This period of mid-Victorian London encompasses a huge range of subjects: Victoria´s wedding and the place of the royals in popular esteem; how the very poor lived, the underworld, prostitution, crime, prisons and transportation; the public utilities, Bazalgette on sewers and road design, Chadwick on pollution and sanitation; private charities, Peabody, Burdett Coutts, and workhouses; new terraced housing and transport, trains, omnibuses, and the Underground; furniture and decor; families and the position of women; the prosperous middle classes and their new shops, e.g. Peter Jones, Harrods; entertaining and servants, food and drink; unlimited liability and bankruptcy; the rich, the marriage market, taxes and anti-semitism; the Empire, recruitment and press-gangs. The period begins with the closing of the Fleet and Marshalsea prisons and ends with the first (steam-operated) Underground trains and the first Gilbert & Sullivan. All the splendours and horrors of Victorian life will be vividly recalled. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Anton Lesser. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/000012/bk_orio_000012_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.