On the outside, it is the boss who is ruthless and the female employee who is beautiful, fascinating and a bit distracted, a bit resigned to what life still has to offer. Deep down inside, instead, they hide two hurricanes ? or rather, two big hearts always in search of something different... perhaps deep down ? in search of themselves. Milena is the young assistant to the feared Richard Bredson, one of the top tycoons in Italy. There blossoms between them an office romance, an extraordinary attraction at the edge of any human reason, which devours them until they are left stripped of any prejudice and at the same time helps them to rediscover their self-esteem and courage and to finally rediscover themselves like they would never have believed possible. Through this fantastic, marvellous, sudden Love, Richard and Milena simply rediscover themselves. To no longer lose themselves. Because love is also a voyage... marvellous, when made with the right person.´´His sweet mouth searches for mine, I moan in surprise, I cling to him tightly opening myself up like a flower, now I´m ready to give him all the purity and sweetness that I have kept for years in search of the right person. I have never kissed anyone under the Autumn rain...try it, it´s very beautiful. ? Mr. Bredson, the cold one ? I whisper with my tongue glued to his, I have discovered that it is my new favourite taste, I could spend hours just enjoying it. Oh, my God, so much emotion! If it wasn´t for the rain that is refreshing my body and soul I would burst into thousands of pieces with joy, bathing the universe with all the colours of love... Richard kisses me and kisses me as if he can´t stop... our mouths that have only recently become acquainted take up again the dance interrupted by my absurd fears. We bite each other with our teeth and with our lips, we lick the saliva and drops of slightly salty water that flood our faces, we kiss each other on our cheeks, our eyelids, our foreheads, our chins, our tongues and our teeth.We are one, one being of light, desire, love and above all ? infinite, unexpressed need for love...´´
No one can tell the hot-blooded Scottish lass whom to marry! But the much-feared man Nora runs to for protection may be more perilous to her heart than any unwanted groom... And much more difficult to tame!
In a business where great risks, huge fortunes, and even bigger egos are common, Larry Ellison stands out as one of the most outspoken, driven, and daring leaders of the software industry. The company he cofounded and runs, Oracle, is the number one business software company: perhaps even more than Microsoft´s, Oracle´s products are essential to today´s networked world. But Oracle is as controversial as it is influential, as feared as it is revered, thanks in large part to Larry Ellison. Though Oracle is one of the world´s most valuable and profitable companies, Ellison is not afraid to suddenly change course and reinvent Oracle in the pursuit of new and ever more ambitious goals. Softwar examines the results of these shifts in strategy and the forces that drive Ellison relentlessly on. In Softwar, journalist Matthew Symonds gives readers an exclusive and intimate insight into both Oracle and the man who made it and runs it. As well as relating the story of Oracle´s often bumpy path to industry dominance, Symonds deals with the private side of Ellison´s life. From Ellison´s troubled upbringing by adoptive parents and his lifelong search for emotional security to the challenges and opportunities that have come with unimaginable wealth, Softwar gets inside the skin of a fascinating and complicated human being. With unlimited insider access granted by Ellison himself, Symonds captures the intensity and, some would say, the recklessness that have made Ellison a legend. The result of more than a hundred hours of interviews and many months spent with Ellison, Softwar is the most complete portrait undertaken of the man and his empire -- a unique and gripping account of both the way the computing industry really works and an extraordinary life. Despite his closeness to Ellison, Matthew Symonds is a candid and at times highly critical observer. And in perhaps the book´s most unusual feature, Ellison responds to Symonds´s portrayal in the form of a running footnoted commentary. The result is one of the most fascinating business stories of all time.
Winner of a Northern Writers? Award Longlisted for The Bath Novel Award * What if reading the wrong book could get you arrested? In a decaying city controlled by the First General and his army, expressing the wrong opinion can have terrible consequences. Clara Winter knows this better than anyone. When she was a child, her father was taken by the Authorisation Bureau for the crime of teaching banned books to his students. She is still haunted by his disappearance. Now Clara teaches at the same university, determined to rebel against the regime that cost her family so much ? and her weapons are the banned books her father left behind. But she has started something dangerous, something that brings her to the attention of the Authorisation Bureau and its most feared interrogator, Major Jackson. The same man who arrested Clara?s father. With her rights stripped away, in a country where democracy has been replaced with something more sinister, will she be the next one to disappear? * ?Provocative and prescient, The Disappeared is an unflinching tale of resistance in dark political times. Set in a near-future Britain where books are banned, this is a thought-provoking dystopian debut.? ? Caroline Ambrose, Founder of The Bath Novel Award
Morrigan Crow´s adventures in the magical world of Nevermoor continue . . . The most anticipated sequel of the year - a treat for all fans of magic and ´wunder´. A stunningly designed package - with silver foil, hidden artwork under the jacket and beautifully designed interiors - a perfect gift for all young readers. ´An extraordinary story full of magics great and small´ Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of THE GIRL OF INK AND STARS Imagination, discovery and friendship await Morrigan Crow when she escapes her deadly curse and joins the Wundrous Society. It promises her protection and belonging for life - but then Morrigan doesn´t receive the welcome she hoped for... Morrigan is a much-feared Wundersmith. So, instead of the Society helping Morrigan to embrace her power, she is only taught that all Wundersmiths are evil and she must suppress her mysterious ability at all costs. To make things worse, Nevermoor is quickly turning from a place of safety into one of danger. Society members are going missing, someone is blackmailing Morrigan´s new friends, turning them against her. And Ezra Squall, the evillest man who ever lived, is determined to lure Morrigan from the Society by promising to reveal the true nature of the Wunder that calls to her, which is becoming ever harder to resist... Has Morrigan´s dream of escaping her cursed life ended before it truly began? Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and His Dark Materials, this series takes readers into an extraordinary world, setting hope and imagination alive. NEVERMOOR - WINNER OF THE WATERSTONES CHILDREN´S BOOK PRIZE 2018 YOUNGER FICTION CATEGORY AND RED MAGAZINE´S BIG BOOK ´BEST CHILDREN´S BOOK (7-12)´ AWARD ´´Extraordinary world-building´´ Guardian ´´Masterful storytelling, twisty plotting, a thrilling magical world and universally importsnt themes ... idefal reading for anyone who loves Harry Potter´´ Booktrust ´´This has light and dark, twists, inventiveness and big themes of prejudice and resistance´´ The Sunday Times ´´The perfect series for young Harry Potter fans´´ Irish Independent ´´Townsend is a brilliantly suspenseful storyteller who never lets the pace slacken´´ The Daily Telegraph
Drawing upon Queen Victoria´s previously unpublished journals, Elizabeth Longford´s classic biography recalls the contrasts and curiosities of an earlier era with exquisite detail - and transforms the queen from a severe, time-worn effigy into a human being who loved, feared and fumed. Longford probes the contradictions of a woman who wore a bonnet instead of a crown at her Golden Jubilee and yet was recognised always as both dignified and formidable. She chronicles both the Queen´s public life and her emotional travails, including surprisingly stormy passages in her and Prince Albert´s otherwise loving marriage. A refreshingly human image of the Queen emerges: voluble, passionate, politic and articulate, with an irresistible mixture of grandeur and simplicity.
NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR - NOMINATED FOR THE 2019 HUGO AWARD FOR BEST SERIES - WINNER OF THE 2016 LOCUS AWARD - NOMINATED FOR THE HUGO, NEBULA AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARDS.DEATH AND NEW BEGINNINGSShuos Jedao is awake.... and nothing is as he remembers. In his mind he´s a teenager, a cadet-a nobody. But he finds himself in the body of an old man, a general controlling the elite forces of the hexarchate, and the most feared-and reviled-man in the galaxy.Jedao carries orders from Hexarch Nirai Kujen to re-conquer the fractured pieces of the hexarchate on his behalf. But he has no memory of ever being a soldier, let alone a general, and the Kel soldiers under his command hate him for a massacre he can´t remember committing.Kujen´s friendliness can´t hide the fact that he´s a tyrant. And what´s worse, Jedao and Kujen are being hunted by an enemy who knows more about Jedao and his crimes than he does himself...
REALMS OF POSSIBILITY is the second volume in THE STEWARD series. Folklore and fantasy enmesh with physics and forensics. Stacy, once missing through the Grand Portal, is back. Ellen must reconcile what happened. After all, no one knew what to expect delving into the Realm of Shadow. What secrets do the other accessible realms hold? What is expected, or more ominously, required of Ellen as the Steward of the Grand Portal? A pair of unexplained homicides at a casino and clues about a cartel's clandestine drug scheme link to Papa George, the feared New Orleans underworld crime lord. But, he's nowhere to be found . . . or is he? Perhaps nowhere is the key . . .
The Unstoppable Irish follows the changing fortunes of New York´s Irish Catholics, commencing with the evacuation of British military forces in late 1783 and concluding one hundred years later with the completion of the initial term of the city´s first Catholic mayor. During that century, Hibernians first coalesced and then rose in uneven progression from being a variously dismissed, despised, and feared foreign group to ultimately receiving de facto acceptance as constituent members of the city´s population. Dan Milner presents evidence that the Catholic Irish of New York gradually integrated (came into common and equal membership) into the city populace rather than assimilated (adopted the culture of a larger host group). Assimilation had always been an option for Catholics, even in Ireland. In order to fit in, they needed only to adopt mainstream Anglo-Protestant identity. But the same virile strain within the Hibernian psyche that had overwhelmingly rejected the abandonment of Gaelic Catholic being in Ireland continued to hold forth in Manhattan and the community remained largely intact. A novel aspect of Milner´s treatment is his use of song texts in combination with period news reports and existing scholarship to develop a fuller picture of the Catholic Irish struggle. Products of a highly verbal and passionately musical people, Irish folk and popular songs provide special insight into the popularly held attitudes and beliefs of the integration epoch.
The most feared man of the Nazi elite. Two Czechoslovakian patriots who are ready to risk their own lives to stop him. The most daring assassination of WW2. ´´You are tasked with a mission of the utmost importance. As you know, Reich Protector Reinhard Heydrich is one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany as of now. He´s efficient in his methods, ruthless, extremely intelligent, and can´t be underestimated. A man like him will give you only one chance to kill him; if you don´t use it, he´ll kill you and it won´t be a fast and merciful death.´´ The Gestapo chief and the man, whom Hitler himself calls The Man with the Iron Heart, arrives in Prague and soon earns himself a name of The Hangman among its population. When the order comes from London calling the Czech resistance to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, they have to decide fast, what is stronger: self-preservation or heroic death in the name of freedom. ´´We can´t die tonight. Fate wouldn´t allow us to die before we complete our mission. Heydrich´s appointment as the Protector has perverted the very sense of the word. He´s not the Protector; we are. We are coming to restore the correct order of things, how they should be. When the strong protect the weak, not when the strong bully everyone who goes against them into blind submission, or hangs them regardless of age, sex, class or origin. No, we can´t die. Otherwise, this whole world won´t make sense to me anymore.´´ Based on true events, ´´Killing the Hangman´´ follows Josef Gabčík´s and Jan Kubiš´s training in Britain, their parachute drop into Czechoslovakia, and the eventual planning of the assassination itself. It also provides an intimate glimpse into a life of Heydrich himself, his recent appointment, the infamous Wannsee Conference, and the eventual death. (Formerly a part of a USA Today bestselling anthology ´´The Darkest Hour´´)