The Secret Life of France

At the age of eighteen Lucy Wadham ran away from English boys and into the arms of a Frenchman.

Author: Lucy Wadham

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571252257

Category: Travel

Page: 336

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At the age of eighteen Lucy Wadham ran away from English boys and into the arms of a Frenchman. Twenty-five years later, having married in a French Catholic Church, put her children through the French educational system and divorced in a French court of law, Wadham is perfectly placed to explore the differences between Britain and France. Using both her personal experiences and the lessons of French history and culture, she examines every aspect of French life - from sex and adultery to money, happiness, race and politics - in this funny and engrossing account of our most intriguing neighbour.

Paris Revealed

How to choose a hotel room where you might actually get a good night's sleep? Stephen Clarke goes behind the scenes to reveal everything Parisians know about their city - but don't want to tell you.

Author: Stephen Clarke

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409011119

Category: Travel

Page: 320

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PARIS - one of the most visited cities in the world. BUT do you know ... Which is the most romantic spot to say 'je't'aime'? And the sexiest? Where to see fantastic art, away from all the crowds? Why Parisian men feel compelled to pee in the street? How to choose a hotel room where you might actually get a good night's sleep? Stephen Clarke goes behind the scenes to reveal everything Parisians know about their city - but don't want to tell you.

Bad Blood

Even the biggest cycling fan can one day wake up to find that he has lost his faith Bad Blood is the story of Jeremy Whittle's journey from unquestioning fan to Tour de France insider and confirmed sceptic.

Author: Jeremy Whittle

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409077322

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 879

Even the biggest cycling fan can one day wake up to find that he has lost his faith Bad Blood is the story of Jeremy Whittle's journey from unquestioning fan to Tour de France insider and confirmed sceptic. It's about broken friendships and a sport divided; about having to choose sides in the war against doping; about how galloping greed and corporate opportunism have led the Tour de France to the brink of destruction. Part personal memoir, part devastating exposé of a sport torn apart by drugs and scandal, Bad Blood is a love letter to one man's past, and a warning to cycling's future. ‘Whatever you think about doping, you must read this book ... Well-balanced, considered, compelling’ Rouleur Shortlisted for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year

The Secret Life of Josephine

The bestselling author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette and The Last Wife of Henry VIII returns with an enchanting novel about one of the most seductive women in history: Josephine Bonaparte, first wife of Napoleon.

Author: Carolly Erickson

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429918800

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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The bestselling author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette and The Last Wife of Henry VIII returns with an enchanting novel about one of the most seductive women in history: Josephine Bonaparte, first wife of Napoleon. Born on the Caribbean island of Martinique, Josephine had an exotic Creole appeal that would ultimately propel her to reign over an empire as wife of the most powerful man in the world. But her life is a story of ambition and danger, of luck and a ferocious will to survive. Married young to an arrogant French aristocrat who died during the Terror, Josephine also narrowly missed losing her head to the guillotine. But her extraordinary charm, sensuality, and natural cunning helped her become mistress to some of the most powerful politicians in post-Revolutionary France. Soon she had married the much younger General Bonaparte, whose armies garnered France an empire that ran from Europe to Africa and the New World and who crowned himself and his wife Emperor and Empress of France. He dominated on the battlefield and she presided over the worlds of fashion and glamor. But Josephine's heart belonged to another man--the mysterious, compelling stranger who had won her as a girl in Martinique.

Renoir s Dancer

Renoir’s Dancer tells the remarkable tale of an ambitious, headstrong woman fighting to find a professional voice in a male-dominated world.

Author: Catherine Hewitt

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN: 1785782746

Category: History

Page: 480

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In the 1880s, Suzanne Valadon was considered the Impressionists’ most beautiful model. But behind her captivating façade lay a closely-guarded secret. Born in poverty in rural France, as a teenager in Montmartre, Suzanne began posing for – and having affairs with – some of the age’s most renowned painters. Then Renoir caught her indulging in a passion she had been trying to conceal: the model was herself a talented artist. Some found her vibrant still lifes and frank portraits as shocking as her bohemian lifestyle. At eighteen, she gave birth to an illegitimate child, future painter Maurice Utrillo. But her friends Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas could see her skill. Rebellious and opinionated, she refused to be confined by tradition or gender, and in 1894, her work was accepted to the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, an extraordinary achievement for a working-class woman with no formal art training. Renoir’s Dancer tells the remarkable tale of an ambitious, headstrong woman fighting to find a professional voice in a male-dominated world.

The Secret Life of Writers

Praise for Guillaume Musso and The Reunion 'Extraordinary' Sunday Times 'Breathtakingly good. Do not miss it' Daily Mail 'One of the great thriller writers of our age' Daily Express 'Stylish and streamlined, nostalgic.

Author: Guillaume Musso

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1474619150

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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'THE FRENCH SUSPENSE KING' New York Times 'It's no wonder that Musso is one of France's most loved, bestselling authors' Harlan Coben In 1999, after publishing three cult novels, celebrated author Nathan Fawles announces the end of his writing career and withdraws to Beaumont, a wild and beautiful island off the Mediterranean coast. Autumn 2018. As Fawles' novels continue to captivate readers, Mathilde Monney, a young Swiss journalist, arrives on the island, determined to unlock the writer's secrets and secure his first interview in twenty years. That same day, a woman's body is discovered on the beach and the island is cordoned off by the authorities. And so, begins a dangerous face off between Mathilde and Nathan, in which the line between truth and fiction becomes increasingly blurred... Praise for Guillaume Musso and The Reunion 'Extraordinary' Sunday Times 'Breathtakingly good. Do not miss it' Daily Mail 'One of the great thriller writers of our age' Daily Express 'Stylish and streamlined, nostalgic... More please' The Times 'Hugely enjoyable and beautifully staged, with an audacious authorial coup at the death that is simply breathtaking' Irish Times 'The French call it a coup de foudre: a strike of lightning. That's how The Reunion zapped me, electrified me. For almost a decade, Guillaume Musso has reigned supreme as France's most popular author, and with this he's instantly poised to join the ranks of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo' A.J. Finn, author of The Woman in the Window

The Secret Life of the Seine

Take a trip you'll never take: This is what books are for."

Author: Mort Rosenblum

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9780306810749

Category: History

Page: 304

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Mort Rosenblum, a celebrated foreign correspondent, invites us aboard his fifty-four-foot launch tied up in the center of Paris and introduces us to the characters who share his life along the river, ranging from eccentric movie stars and reclusive novelists to barge families just scraping by. He then hauls in the bow line for an unforgettable tour of the river itself from its source to its mouth. The Secret Life of the Seine is a love story between man and boat and the river that they live on, a discourse on the sensual beauty of France and the art of living well. In the tradition of A Year in Provence, Under the Tuscan Sun, and Paris to the Moon, here is what Garry Trudeau called "a moveable feast [with] a top speed of five knots—fast enough for fun, languid enough for dreaming. Take a trip you'll never take: This is what books are for."

The Secret Life of Words

As one commentator says poetically, 'The English laboured, the French feasted.”
Moreover, the Normans retained troupes of professional entertainers to enliven
their feasts. Their various designations – goliard, for instance, and troubadour ...

Author: Henry Hitchings

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 142994157X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

View: 836

Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to think about the origins of the words we use? Have you ever thought about which words in English have been borrowed from Arabic, Dutch, or Portuguese? Try admiral, landscape, and marmalade, just for starters. The Secret Life of Words is a wide-ranging account not only of the history of English language and vocabulary, but also of how words witness history, reflect social change, and remind us of our past. Henry Hitchings delves into the insatiable, ever-changing English language and reveals how and why it has absorbed words from more than 350 other languages—many originating from the most unlikely of places, such as shampoo from Hindi and kiosk from Turkish. From the Norman Conquest to the present day, Hitchings narrates the story of English as a living archive of our human experience. He uncovers the secrets behind everyday words and explores the surprising origins of our most commonplace expressions. The Secret Life of Words is a rich, lively celebration of the language and vocabulary that we too often take for granted.

New Statesman

Entente cordiale Discussing the French obsession with and veneration of
physical beauty , Wadham stresses a point ... but above all beautiful ; the glass
pyramid of The Secret Life of France Le Louvre was highly contested at the time
yet Lucy ...

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The Secret Life of Spies

With stylish illustrations from the wonderfully talented Alexander Mostov and informative and compelling text from Michael Noble, this is the secret life of spies.

Author: Michael Noble

Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions

ISBN: 0711247579

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 562

Uncover the lives of 20 real-life spies who made it their mission to uncover the truth and collect secret information from their enemies… This book presents personal accounts and testimonies from spies all over the world and throughout history and brings key moments in history to life for young readers. This book journeys around the world and delves back and forth in time to introduce readers to a host of incredible spies who dedicated their lives to world of espionage. Meet Alan Turing whose work cracking the Enigma code helped shorten World War II by a number of years and save countless lives, and let Hedy Lamarr prove to you that looks can be deceiving as she put her Hollywood glamour on hold to help advance radio technology. With accounts told through first person narrative, readers will feel like they're meeting some of the most infamous spies of all time. From those involved in reconnaissance, planning and logistics, espionage and development of new technology, this authentic retelling uncovers the secret life of spies in a unique and engaging way. With stylish illustrations from the wonderfully talented Alexander Mostov and informative and compelling text from Michael Noble, this is the secret life of spies.

The Secret Life of Food

Gives information and unusual facts on the origins of food and beverages.

Author: Martin Elkort

Publisher: Tarcher

ISBN:

Category: Beverages

Page: 212

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Gives information and unusual facts on the origins of food and beverages.

The Secret Life of Germs

People variously named this disease the “ French disease , " the " Polish disease
, ” and so on , blaming it on whichever of their neighbors they happened to
despise and fear the most . Fracastoro keenly noted the onset and progress of
the ...

Author: Philip M. Tierno

Publisher: Atria Books

ISBN:

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 290

View: 161

Examines the threats caused by an exploding level of germ infections, from the common cold to flesh-eating bacteria; offers ways to protect against infection; and discusses the media, germ warfare, and the importance of germs.

The Duchess of Windsor

Offers an intimate portrait of the American woman for whom a British King gave up his throne, and the glamour, rumor, and secrets associated with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

Author: Charles Higham

Publisher: Jove Books

ISBN: 9781557732279

Category: Gran Bretaña

Page: 529

View: 371

Offers an intimate portrait of the American woman for whom a British King gave up his throne, and the glamour, rumor, and secrets associated with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

The Secret Life of Henry Ruddock

Meanwhile, the police commissioner is receiving anonymous mail. Is Henry connected to any of this and is he about to move out of his controlled comfort zone? These are strange days in Hobart, Paris and Provence.

Author: John Briggs

Publisher:

ISBN: 9781921406164

Category: France

Page: 210

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Henry Ruddock, once a high-flying journalist, now sits at his desk, content to live out his career as a predictable, solitary, introverted and almost boring sub-editor, more interested in books than people. But things are not always as they seem. On his annual visits to France he acts out his wildest fantasies and passions, which include an obsession with the colour pink. A young woman, half his age, starts being wooed with all things pink and vandals splash pink paint about, but nobody suspects a connection. Meanwhile, the police commissioner is receiving anonymous mail. Is Henry connected to any of this and is he about to move out of his controlled comfort zone? These are strange days in Hobart, Paris and Provence.

Secret Lives

In 1790 Vaughan was in Paris with Lord Wycombe , the eldest son of Lord
Shelburne ( then Lord Lansdowne ) , and was in frequent communication with the
leaders of the party opposed to the French court . At the ' fête de la fédération ' of
14 ...

Author: Michael Richard Daniell Foot

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 302

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Following on from the success of Brief Lives, published in 1997, and Political Lives, Stage and Screen Lives, and Literary Lives, published in 2001, Secret Lives, which will publish alongside three other titles, Royal Lives, Military Lives, and Musical Lives, will be a welcome addition to theseries to anyone with an interest in the secret underworld of political and military intrigue.What is it like to be a spy? What makes someone decide to lead a secret life? What qualities do such people have in common? How do they get away without being detected? How do they slip up? How are they found out? What makes their life so extraordinary? What makes their life so ordinary?Why did 'Kim' Philby become a spy? What events first sparked Sir Colin McVean Gubbins's interest in irregular warfare? What part did businessman Greville Wynne play in the Cuban missile crisis? Who really was Guy Fawkes?Eminent historian and former wartime intelligence officer, M. R. D. Foot, has made a personal selection of around 100 mini-biographies taken from the archives of the Dictionary of National Biography of some of the men and women who have in their lifetime made themselves famous (or made themselvesinfamous) working in secret intelligence.Viewed individually each article in this collection is a permanent historic record of a life in a particular period in time, from the times of Guy Fawkes to the end of the last century. Viewed as a collection the biographies allow for a fascinating tour through the history of secret intelligence.Entries include:Benedict Grinsburg on Edith CavellChristopher Andrew on Sir M. G. S. CummingSidney Lee on Guy FawkesPeter Wilkinson on Sir Colin McVean GubbinsNigel Clive on 'Kim' PhilbyM. R. D. Foot on Violette SzaboSidney Lee on Sir Francis WalsinghamJohn Hamilton on William WindhamM. R. D. Foot on Greville Maynard Wynne

The Secret Life of the Mind How Our Brain Thinks Feels and Decides

These are some of the questions in this groundbreaking, personal and comprehensive guide into understanding our thoughts.

Author: Mariano Sigman

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0008210934

Category: Science

Page: 320

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• Where do our thoughts come from? • How can we manipulate our dreams? • What is the role of the unconscious? • How do we make choices and trust the judgement of both others and ourselves? These are some of the questions in this groundbreaking, personal and comprehensive guide into understanding our thoughts.

The Secret Life of Kids

One case , investigated by Pope Pius IX but never officially acknowledged ,
involved visions of two children , Maximin Giraud and Melanie Mathieu , on
Mount La Salette in France in 1846 . The children were tending cattle when they
saw a ...

Author: James William Peterson

Publisher: Quest Books

ISBN: 9780835606202

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 237

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The Secret Life of Cats

During the same period , the French illustrator Jean Pucelle depicted a tomcat
and an old man warming themselves at a fireplace , while servants stoke the fire
with wood ( Psautier et Livre de Prières de Bonne de Luxembourg , c . 1345 ) ,
and ...

Author: Robert de Laroche

Publisher: Barrons Educational Series Incorporated

ISBN:

Category: Cats

Page: 116

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Recounts nearly nine thousand years of human interaction with cats, with examples of cats in art throughout history and photographs of contemporary cats

Rooms with a View

Here he tells the stories of 50 of the world’s most magnificent, among them the Adlon in Berlin, the Hotel de Russie in Rome, the Continental in Saigon, Raffles in Singapore, the Dorchester in London, Pera Palace in Istanbul and New ...

Author: Adrian Mourby

Publisher: Icon Books

ISBN: 1785782762

Category: Travel

Page: 224

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Salvador Dalí once asked room service at Le Meurice in Paris to send him up a flock of sheep. When they were brought to his room he pulled out a gun and fired blanks at them. George Bernard Shaw tried to learn the tango at Reid’s Palace in Madeira, and the details of India’s independence were worked out in the ballroom of the Imperial Hotel, Delhi. The world’s grandest hotels have provided glamorous backgrounds for some of the most momentous – and most bizarre – events in history. Adrian Mourby is a distinguished hotel historian and travel journalist – and a lover of great hotels. Here he tells the stories of 50 of the world’s most magnificent, among them the Adlon in Berlin, the Hotel de Russie in Rome, the Continental in Saigon, Raffles in Singapore, the Dorchester in London, Pera Palace in Istanbul and New York’s Plaza, as well as some lesser known grand hotels like the Bristol in Warsaw, the Londra Palace in Venice and the Midland in Morecambe Bay. All human life is to be found in a great hotel, only in a more entertaining form.

The Secret Lives of Consumer Culture

In its special issue devoted to The Old Man and the Sea , for instance , Life would
later take it upon itself to add a derisive preface ... own Raeburn uses this phrase
somewhat differently than does Priscilla Parkhurst Clark in Literary France .

Author: Jesse Isaac Berrett

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Consumption (Economics)

Page: 560

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