A delightful anecdotal collection! In these days of 24 hour news many of us may feel smothered under an avalanche of anxiety, despondency or at best choking with rage over national and world events. Grand passions apart, however, there is still much to enjoy. The small pleasures of life lie all around us. They might be found in a state of mind, in the touch of a familiar object such as a favourite wooden spoon, or they may be found in fleeting observations: a baby's smile, the sudden appearance of a stag in your path; or they may be physical pleasures like sucking the wet flesh of a ripe mango or the aroma of coffee spilling out on to the pavement on a cold morning. In a mad and greedy world it is these small pleasures that keep us sane, and dare we admit it, happy. Told with wry humour and a gentle, sometimes quirky style slightly reminiscent of a bygone era, Wood's collection contains a mixture of description and observation with a smattering of autobiographical incident. Wood has lived in many places of the world, is well travelled and well read, with a keen sense of enjoyment in what he sees and experiences, and a talent for bringing that visually to the mind of his reader. The short, usually self-contained pieces make wonderful cameos both for those who do their reading in snatches, and those who will want to devour his stories in one sitting. William Wood has led a nomadic life and his friends and relatives are far flung. He now lives and writes in Sussex when he is not visiting his children in France, Rutland and Cumbria or his in-laws in Norway and Slovakia. The diaries he keeps on these visits occasionally give him local colour and ideas for his stories. His short stories have been read on the BBC World Service and included in a number of magazines and anthologies. His first published novel, No Time, was brought out by Babesh/Ryan in 2003 and his next novel, Passing Wind has been shortlisted for an Amazon prize.
Cassandra loves going to antique shops. During her visit to a newly opened antique shop, Past Pleasures, she finds more than antiques at the shop. She finds happy memories, plus a trail of blood. What will happen, and how will her love life change? Whoever said senior citizens can't have a little excitement, mystery, and romance? Tony could never get ahead. His father was always criticizing him. He had a plan to free himself from his father. Too bad for him that he told his best friends about his plan. Life doesn't always go as planned for Tony, Cassandra a widow, nor the Sergeant of the police force. This mystery keeps everyone guessing until the end with bits of past memories and a sweet romance. Even seniors have their moments!
Known as the Daring Three, a trio of exquisite young women are taking London by storm. But if Lady Millie Aldon has her way, no man will win her hand in marriage - not even the one she loves . . .
A Dangerous Seduction
Praise for Michele Sinclair
'Sinclair entertains with noble self-sacrifice, double deceptions, sizzling attraction, and affectionate meddling.' Publishers Weekly on Tempting the Highlander
When internationally renowned trainer and facilitator Michael Connor chose to stop traveling and come home to parent his children, he was in for a surprise. He soon realized that he had become the student and his daughters were his teachers. Unconditional love and the wisdom of innocence were their tools. Over the past decade Mike has compiled over a 1000 stories, messages and life lessons. Insights of a Father - Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Life: The Innocent Years, the first of three books, features 60 of Mike's favorite insights from his daughters' preschool years. Also filled with his daughters' artwork, you'll find it inspiring, touching and thought-provoking --- a great book to keep close at hand to to uplift your spirit and remind you what is important in life.
Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (commonly known as Fanny Hill), the most famous erotic novel in English, was denounced by its author as 'a Book I disdain to defend, and wish, from my soul, buried and forgot'. Cleland's critics too condemned the 'infamous' and 'poisonous' novel when it first appeared in 1748-9. But the proliferation of editions, adaptations, and translations since then bears witness not only to the popularity of scandalous novels, but also to the book's literary merit. Recounted with a lively use of metaphor and some curiously moral asides, Fanny Hill's boisterous education as a London prostitute never quite effaces the ingenuous charm of her country upbringing, and her story places her among the great heroines of eighteenth-century literature. 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.
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