Examines the true story of Chris McCandless, a young man, who in 1992 walked deep into the Alaskan wilderness and whose SOS note and emaciated corpse were found four months later. This book explores the obsession which leads some people to explore the outer limits of self, leave civilization behind and seek enlightenment through solitude.
An eventful day in the life of Eric Packer, a multi-billionaire and a decommissioned nuclear bomber who has recently married the heiress of a vast European fortune. His bodyguards are worried that he is a target and, indeed, he is - although the danger, is not from protesters or political assassins but from an anonymous man.
In the modern art world of intrigue and competition, rumours had long flourished about the existence of a lost masterpiece by Modigliani. Now, with the prize for uncovering the work higher than ever, a chase begins across Europe to see who can get the painting first.
Their future is written in the stars . . . Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, 'Atlantis' - a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva - having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, each of them is handed a tantalising clue to their true heritage - a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began . . . Eighty years earlier, in the Belle Epoque of Rio, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio's father has aspirations for his daughter to marry into aristocracy. Meanwhile, architect Heitor da Silva Costa is working on a statue, to be called Christ the Redeemer, and will soon travel to Paris to find the right sculptor to complete his vision. Izabela - passionate and longing to see the world - convinces her father to allow her to accompany him and his family to Europe before she is married. There, at Paul Landowski's studio and in the heady, vibrant cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again.In this sweeping epic tale of love and loss - the first in a unique, spellbinding series of seven books, based on the legends of the Seven Sisters star constellation - Lucinda Riley showcases her storytelling talent like never before.
A story of passion and idealism, which describes a group of men and women in the Middle Ages whose destinies are fatefully linked with the building of a cathedral. In a country torn by civil war, two generations struggle to rise above their primitive circumstances and create something beautiful.
It is the 1950s and as the Cazalets' beloved matriarch, the Duchy, passes away, she takes with her the last remnants of a world - of great houses and servants, of class and tradition - in which the Cazalets have thrived. Louise, now divorced, becomes entangled in a painful affair; while Polly and Clary must balance marriage and motherhood with their own ideas and ambitions. Hugh and Edward, now in their sixties, are feeling ill-equipped for this modern world; while Villy, long abandoned by her husband, must at last learn to live independently. But it is Rachel, who has always lived for others, who will face her greatest challenges yet . . . Events will converge at Christmas at Home Place; on which a new generation of Cazalets will descend. Only one thing is certain, nothing will ever be the same again . . . 'Elizabeth Jane Howard is one of those novelists who shows, through her work, what the novel is for . . . She helps us to do the necessary thing - open our eyes and our hearts' Hilary Mantel
First published in 1936, this book is a historical novel set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War. It tells the love story of Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler.
Et si Winston Churchill avait été écarté du pouvoir en 1940 ? Et si les nazis avaient alors conquis l'Angleterre ? Entre roman d'espionnage, polar historique et politique-fiction, une oeuvre magistrale où l'auteur imagine le sort d'une Europe qui aurait pactisé avec le diable. Acclamé outre-Manche, un roman captivant, aux troublantes résonances contemporaines.
Hiver 1952. Douze ans que l'Angleterre s'est rangée du côté de Hitler après la prise de Dunkerque. Douze ans que le pays a perdu son indépendance pour devenir un dominion, un satellite de l'axe nazi. Douze ans que les services de la Résistance attendent un signe de Winston Churchill pour embraser le pays.
Parmi eux, David Fitzgerald, fonctionnaire d'origine juive, se voit confier une mission des plus périlleuses : protéger un scientifique porteur d'un secret classé défense. Un secret capable de renverser l'équilibre du monde et que la Gestapo est bien décidée à récupérer avant lui.
Aidé de la mystérieuse Natalia, artiste réfugiée d'Europe de l'Est, et de Ben, fougueux Écossais communiste, David va devoir prendre tous les risques pour tenter d'échapper aux sbires de l'officier Gunther Hoth. Mais est-il encore temps de changer le cours de l'Histoire ?
As the decisions made in the corridors of power bring the world to the brink of oblivion, five families from across the globe are brought together in an unforgettable tale of passion and conflict during the Cold War. When Rebecca Hoffmann, a teacher in East Germany, finds herself pursued by the secret police, she discovers that she has been living a lie. Her younger brother, Walli, longs to escape across the Berlin Wall to Britain to become part of the burgeoning music scene.In the United States, George Jakes, a bright young lawyer in the Kennedy administration, is a fierce supporter of the Civil Rights movement - as is the woman he is in love with, Verena, who works for Martin Luther King, Jr. Boarding a Greyhound bus in Washington to protest against segregation, they begin a fateful journey together.Russian activist, Tania Dvorkin, narrowly evades capture for producing an illegal news sheet. Her actions are made all the more perilous as her brother, Dimka, is a rising star in the heart of the Communist Party in the Kremlin.From the deep south of America to the vast expanses of Siberia, from the shores of Cuba to the swinging streets of Sixties London, Ken Follett's Edge of Eternity is a sweeping tale of the fight for individual freedom in a world gripped by the mightiest clash of superpowers anyone has ever known.*Includes family tree*
The fifth part of the "Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. 20 years on, the Guide falls into the hands of Arthur Dent's daughter, Random, whose mother, unexpectedly to all concerned, is Trillian. Random journeys to an insignificant planet, whose entry in the Guide reads "mostly harmless".
Set in North Africa in the summer of 1942, this is the story of Alex Wolff, master spy, whose mission is to steal British military plans and send them to Rommel, using a code whose key is buried in the pages of Daphne du Maurier's novel, "Rebecca".
Brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty insist they were commanded to kill by God. Here, Jon Krakauer provides a riveting account of Taliban-like theocracies in the American heartland controlled by renegade Mormon prophets.
Felicity Clairet, more commonly known as Flick, is English, and the beautiful wife of Michel, the leader of the Reims-based Resistance circuit, codenamed Bollinger. By day, Flick is a first-aider, by night, she plays a vital role in the Resistance.
The first in Ken Follett's bestselling Century Trilogy, Fall of Giants is a huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women.It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London. Their destiny is entangled with that of an ambitious young aide to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson and with two orphaned Russian brothers, whose plans to emigrate to America fall foul of war, conscription and revolution.In a plot of unfolding drama and intriguing complexity, Fall of Giants moves seamlessly from Washington to St Petersburg, from the dirt and danger of a coal mine to the glittering chandeliers of a palace, from the corridors of power to the bedrooms of the mighty.