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A Company of Swans

By Eva Ibbotson
  • ISBN Code: : 0230737889
  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Pages : 416
  • Category : Fiction
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A Company of Swans is a sweeping tale of romance, freedom and the beauty of dance from award-winning author, Eva Ibbotson, with a new introduction by Joanna Nadin. Weekly ballet classes are Harriet Morton's only escape from her intolerably dull life. So when she is chosen to join a corps de ballet which is setting off on a tour of the Amazon, she leaps at the chance to run away for good. Performing in the grand opera houses is everything Harriet dreamed of, and falling in love with an aristocratic exile makes her new life complete. Swept away by it all, she is unaware that her father and intended fiancé have begun to track her down . . . 'I have binged on Eva Ibbotson . . . her elegantly written, witty and well-observed fables' Nigella Lawson, The Times Rediscover Eva Ibbotson, award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, in her sweeping historical romances, including The Morning Gift, A Song For Summer and The Secret Countess, originally published as A Countess Below Stairs, Magic Flutes, originally published as The Reluctant Heiress, Madensky Square and A Company of Swans.

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The Four Swans is the masterful sixth novel in Winston Graham's hugely popular Poldark series, which has become a television phenomenon starring Aidan Turner. Cornwall 1795-1797. Although Ross Poldark – now something of a war hero – seems secure in his hard-won prosperity, a new dilemma faces him in the sudden infatuation of a young naval officer for his wife Demelza. All four women – the four swans – whose lives touch Ross’s, face a crisis in these years. For his wife Demelza, his old love Elizabeth, his friend’s new wife Caroline and for the unhappy Morwenna Chynoweth these are times of stress and conflict. The Four Swans is followed by the seventh book in the Poldark series, The Angry Tide.

Bunheads

By Sophie Flack
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  • Publisher : Poppy
  • Book Code : 0316193224
  • Total of Pages : 304
  • Category : Young Adult Fiction
  • Members : 617
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On-stage beauty. Backstage drama. As a dancer with the ultra-prestigious Manhattan Ballet Company, nineteen-year-old Hannah Ward juggles intense rehearsals, dazzling performances and complicated backstage relationships. Up until now, Hannah has happily devoted her entire life to ballet. But when she meets a handsome musician named Jacob, Hannah's universe begins to change, and she must decide if she wants to compete against the other "bunheads" in the company for a star soloist spot or strike out on her own in the real world. Does she dare give up the gilded confines of the ballet for the freedoms of everyday life?

The Secret Countess

By Eva Ibbotson
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  • Publisher : Pan Macmillan
  • Book Code : 0230226035
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 692
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'A fairy tale for grown-ups. It's unapologetically romantic but it's also extremely funny, wry, dry and witty - and hugely uplifting.' – Marian Keyes, Daily Mail As WWI draws to a close, a love affair that stretches across countries, families and class begins, in master storyteller Eva Ibbotson's classic historical romance The Secret Countess, with an introduction from Amanda Craig. Anna Grazinsky, a young Russian countess, has lived in the glittering city of St Petersburg all her life in an ice-blue palace overlooking the River Neva. But when revolution tears Russia apart, her now-penniless family is forced to flee to England. Armed with an out-of-date book on housekeeping, Anna determines to help her family in any way possible, and she is soon hired as a housemaid at the Earl of Westerholme's crumbling but magnificent mansion. Then Rupert, the young Earl, returns home from the war and is fascinated by his new housemaid, and the more time they spend together the more they feel inexplicably drawn together. But they can never be together; Rupert is already engaged and Anna is only a servant . . . 'I have binged on Eva Ibbotson . . . her elegantly written, witty and well-observed fables' – Nigella Lawson, The Times Rediscover Eva Ibbotson, award-winning author of Journey to the River Sea, in her sweeping historical romances, including The Morning Gift, A Song For Summer and The Secret Countess, originally published as A Countess Below Stairs.

A Wild Swan

By Michael Cunningham
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  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Book Code : 1443444715
  • Total of Pages : 144
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 502
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Fairy tales for our times from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours A poisoned apple and a monkey’s paw with the power to change fate; a girl whose extraordinarily long hair causes catastrophe; a man with one human arm and one swan’s wing; and a house deep in the forest, constructed of gumdrops and gingerbread, vanilla frosting and boiled sugar. In A Wild Swan and Other Tales, the people and the talismans of lands far, far away—the mythic figures of our childhoods and the source of so much of our wonder—are transformed by Michael Cunningham into stories of sublime revelation. Here are the moments that our fairy tales forgot or deliberately concealed: the years after a spell is broken, the rapturous instant of a miracle unexpectedly realized, or the fate of a prince only half cured of a curse. The Beast stands ahead of you in line at the convenience store, buying smokes and a Slim Jim, his devouring smile aimed at the cashier. A malformed little man with a knack for minor acts of wizardry goes to disastrous lengths to procure a child. A loutish and lazy Jack prefers living in his mother’s basement to getting a job, until the day he trades a cow for a handful of magic beans. Reimagined by one of the most gifted storytellers of his generation, and exquisitely illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, rarely have our bedtime stories been this dark, this perverse or this true.

One Dog and His Boy

By Eva Ibbotson
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  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Book Code : 0545633540
  • Total of Pages : 288
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 825
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Award-winning author Eva Ibbotson's tale of a boy and dog who were meant to be together -- now in paperback.All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. "Never!" cries his mother. "Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor." But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He's allowed to choose a dog at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he's found a friend for life. But no one tells Hal that Fleck must be returned. When Hal wakes up on Monday morning, Fleck is gone. If dog and boy are to stay together they'll have to run away. . . . From the renowned Eva Ibbotson comes a tale laced with humor and brimming over with heart, stunning in its beauty of the love of all things dog.

The Company of Trees

By Thomas Pakenham
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  • Publisher : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Book Code : 0297866257
  • Total of Pages : 224
  • Category : Nature
  • Members : 462
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'The master. Puts all other modern tree-writers in the shade' John Lewis-Stempel, author of Meadowland Thomas Pakenham is an indefatigable champion of trees. In The Company of Trees he recounts his personal quest to establish a large arboretum on the family estate, Tullynally in Ireland; his forays to other tree-filled parks and plantations; his often hazardous seed-hunting expeditions; and his efforts to preserve magnificent old trees and historic woodlands. Whether writing about the terrible storms breaking the backs of hundred-year-old trees or a fire in the peat bog on Tullynally which threatens to spread to the main commercial spruce-woods, his fear of climate change and disease, or the sturdy young saplings giving him hope for the future, his book is never less than enthralling.

Grape Britain

By David Harvey
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  • Publisher : Neil Wilson Publishing
  • Book Code : 1906476888
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Travel
  • Members : 978
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In 2006 an English sparkling wine was voted best in the world. Sound too good to be true? It isn't. The face of UK wine has changed dramatically over the past few years. In this unique guide based on a tour that David Harvey made in 2006, Grape Britain celebrates in style the emergence of a distinctive and vibrant UK wine scene. At the time of the Domesday Book in the late 11th century, vineyards were recorded in 46 places in southern England, from East Anglia across to Somerset. By the time Henry VIII ascended the throne there were 139 sizeable vineyards in England and Wales. Adverse changes in the weather and the dissolution of the monasteries led to a gradual decline that has only recently been reversed. Since the 1960s there has been a rapid increase in the number of UK vineyards with the total area under cultivation rising to more than 2,000 acres and it is now a fully mature, vibrant industry boasting unique wines and a wealth of exciting grape varieties such as Seyval Blanc, Bacchus and Madeleine Angevine. There are now around 300 vineyards spread over the length and breadth of Britain and wine production is set to double in the near future in order to cope with the huge demand for its wines. David Harvey was so surprised to find a quality vineyard in Leeds that he quit his management job at Oddbin's to spend a year travelling around England and Wales in 2006 visiting as many vineyards as possible from Chateau de la Mare in Jersey to Leventhorpe in Yorkshire, and from the big Champagne challenger Nyetimber in Sussex to small producers like historic Parva in Wales. In this enlightening guide book, you will not only discover some wonderful vineyard settings, but also a wealth of information on the producing areas, the grapes, the wines themselves and how they are made and, most important of all, you will be introduced to the people who make them. This is the one essential book you will need to learn about this fascinating and, until now, largely ignored corner of the wine world.

A Lamentation of Swans

By Valerie Bronwen
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  • Publisher : Bold Strokes Books Inc
  • Book Code : 1626398291
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  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 724
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Two years ago, Ariel Montgomery left her wife and ran away from the beautiful estate of Sea Oats after an enormous argument. Older and wiser now, Ariel has returned to Sea Oats to try to save her marriage—only there is something sinister going on at Sea Oats. As Ariel tries to win her wife’s love back, she begins to suspect her own life is in danger, and has to find out the truth about what is going on at the beautiful mansion by the sea.

The Singing of Swans

By Mary Saracino
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  • Publisher : Pearlsong Press
  • Book Code : 1597190373
  • Total of Pages : 348
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 112
  • Pdf File: the-singing-of-swans.pdf

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2007 Lambda Literary Awards finalist The Singing of Swans tells the story of Madalene Ross, a thirty-year-old American who "lives in her head," cut off from her body, her heart, and her sense of purpose in the world. En route to and from her job as a computer programmer in Minneapolis, Madalene is hounded on the downtown streets by a homeless woman who asks "Got a match?" At night bizarre dreams haunt her sleep. Women fly through rooftops, chant in ancient temples, paint tongues of fire on vivid white canvases. Madalene's story is interwoven with the lives of three women: Rosalina, a priestess of Persephone in 70 B.C.E. Sicily; Ziza, a strega (Italian witch) in 16th century northeastern Italy, and Ibla, an herbalist and painter in 18th century southern Italy. Sicily's Lake Pergusa and the Black Madonna also act as a portal to the rich tradition of pre-Christian spirituality that lies beneath Church dogma. The Singing of Swans takes readers on a multi-century journey to uncover long-silenced traditions, crack Madalene's spiritual code and reclaim her soul. Elements of magical realism dovetail with historical storytelling as this compelling tale of redemption unfolds. "The Singing of Swans is a remarkable narrative calling -- even compelling -- us to connect with our own ancestral roots, to seek our own inner wisdom, and to reclaim, our own inner voices," says Margaret Starbird, author of The Woman with the Alabaster Jar & Mary Magdalene: Bride in Exile. "The Roman poet Ovid sang of the beautiful Sicilian lake where Persephone descended to the otherworld -- a lake now dying from overdevelopment," says Patricia Monaghan, author of The Goddess Path and The Red-Haired Girl from the Bog. "No siren's song could be more commanding than this novel centered on that magical lake. Generations of women of the streghe tradition -- call them pagans, call them witches -- join their voices in this tightly wrought magical chorus."

A Company of Heroes Book Three: The Princess

By Ron Miller
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  • Publisher : Baen Publishing Enterprises
  • Book Code : 1625793677
  • Total of Pages : 165
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 239
  • Pdf File: a-company-of-heroes-book-three.pdf

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Her name is Bronwyn and her fame echoes throughout the land. Barons and generals alike tremble at opposing her will. She is no longer a pampered princess. Refined by the inferno of battle, she is whipcord and steel, a master of the sword---and vengeance. This time Bronwyn has no need to run. At the head of a mighty invasion force, she must now reclaim her homeland. She must overthrow her sibling rival to recapture her throne. She must force evil to bow to her sword---or perish in the final clash between hearts and armor. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Alex Swan and the Swan Companies

By Lawrence M. Woods
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  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Book Code : 080615554X
  • Total of Pages : 300
  • Category : Biography & Autobiography
  • Members : 261
  • Pdf File: alex-swan-and-the-swan-companies.pdf

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The Swan name is inseparable from the history of Wyoming and the West, and when Swan made his mark in Wyoming in the 1880s, ranching was king. The largest among Alex Swan’s many corporate creations, The Swan Land and Cattle Company, Ltd., was one of the larger livestock companies to operate in the American West, and it survived long after it founder’s financial debacle in the great winter of 1886-1887. At one time, the Swan was said to be the largest private landowner in Wyoming, and at its peak it was certainly one of the largest sheep companies in the country. This new work for the first time relates the life of Alex Swan, and offers a complete history of the Swan companies. Lawrence M. Woods has combed the surviving corporate records and other documents held in the United States and abroad. At the height of his financial life, Swan was said to be the richest man in Wyoming Territory, and his influence extended beyond business affairs to community service, both in Wyoming and in Iowa. Yet, after his dramatic financial collapse, there were many who ridiculed what he had done, and Swan’s silence has left those criticisms on the record, without rebuttal. Swan, a leader in the Wyoming Stock Growers Association from its founding in 1873, served as its second president. Promoting the use of Hereford cattle on the high plains, he was a force in the Wyoming ranching world, especially after his move to Cheyenne in 1874. Woods details Swan’s life in the years after his separation from the Scottish-controlled Swan Land and Cattle Company, especially his activities in Ogden, Utah. The Swan companies continued operation into the mid-twentieth century. John Clay played a major role in their operation, and he figures prominently in their story. Alex Swan and the Swan Companies is an important portrait of the inner workings of the western cattle industry and its leaders. The book has a bibliography, index, and three appendices. It is bound in rich brown linen cloth and has a foil stamped spine and front cover. Western Lands and Waters Series, XXII

Power Animal Meditations

By Nicki Scully
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  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Book Code : 1591438470
  • Total of Pages : 280
  • Category : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Members : 486
  • Pdf File: power-animal-meditations.pdf

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A collection of guided journeys and meditations to help the reader connect with and learn from power animals and spirit allies. • 50 unique power animal and spirit guide meditations • Illustrated by the award-winning artist of Medicine Cards, Angela Werneke • 7 additional journeys going to new levels added since first edition What can the hawk teach you about your life purpose? What does the salmon know of fertile dreams, goal setting, and self actualization? Calling upon the magical wisdom of nature, Nicki Scully guides us into the spirit world of sacred totems, oracles, and animal teachings from many cultures, including Africa, Egypt, and North America. Encounter the archetypal wisdom teachings of Cobra, Eagle, Dolphin, Lioness, White Buffalo, Coyote, Cedar Tree, and many others. Each totem is exquisitely illustrated by Angela Werneke, the award-winning illustrator of Medicine Cards.