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June 21, 2012

Wallis – Rebecca Dean

Wallis - Rebecca Dean

When debutante Wallis Simpson is growing up, she devotes her teenage daydreams to one man, the future King of England, Prince Edward. But it’s Pamela Holtby, Wallis’s aristocratic best friend, who mixes within the palace circle.

Wallis’s first marriage to a dashing young naval pilot is not what she dreamt of; he turns out to be a dominating bully of a man, who punishes her relentlessly. But her fated marriage does open a suprising door, to the world of Navy couriers – where navy wives are being used to transport messages around the world. This interesting turn of fate takes Wallis from the exuberant social scene in Washington to a China that is just emerging from civil war.

Edward in the meantime is busy fulfilling his royal duties – and some extra-curricular ones involving married women. Until the day, just before he ascends the throne as Edward VIII, he is introduced to a very special married woman, Wallis Simpson.

Was Wallis Simpson really the monster the royal family perported her to be? Or was she an extraordinary woman who led an unimaginable life?

A dramatic novel, that crosses continents and provides a unique insight into one of history’s most charismatic and multi-faceted women.

About the Author:

Rebecca Dean is a pen-name of best-selling novelist Margaret Pemberton. She is a former chairwoman of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and lives in Whitstable Kent. THE SHADOW QUEEN is her thirty-seventh novel and was born out of her fascination with the multi-layered character of Edward VIII.

May 1, 2012

Dulcie May Kitchen Everyday – Natalie Oldfield

Dulcie May Kitchen Everyday

Natalie Oldfield’s love for food was instilled in her at a very early age by her Gran, who taught her that food prepared with love was at the heart of every home, every day.

Following her passion for food and inspired by her Gran,  Natalie opened Dulcie May Kitchen in 2009 in Mount Eden which won ‘Best Cake Shop’ in Metro magazine that year and in 2010 was voted one of the ‘Top 50 Café’ and awarded ‘Best Pressed Sandwiches’ in Metro magazine.

Natalie presents her own cookbook, Dulcie May Kitchen: Everyday: a visual celebration of everyday, fuss-free dishes with a modern twist.

From breakfast to light lunch and beyond, these simple, tasty dishes are among those favourites prepared and served everyday by Natalie and her family in their food store and at home. The recipes offer a fresh look at how to eat well every day, in the signature Dulcie May Kitchen style.

Dulcie May Kitchen Everyday includes delicious classics such as roast beef with red wine sauce and vegetables, carrot cake with cream cheese icing, as well as modern dishes such as spinach and mushroom roulade and pork and herb terrine.

With soups to share, sumptuous loaves, simple recipes for children and nutritious yet elegant suppers, Natalie hopes Dulcie May Kitchen Everyday inspires readers to make these easy-to-prepare meals with and for family and friends, and to relish those moments of happiness and celebration that go hand-in-hand.

About the Author

Natalie Oldfield’s love for food and people meant she spent her formative years in the hospitality industry. It was during this time that her entrepreneurial endeavours led her to establish several corporate cafés and function venues, and eventually, as a tribute to her grandmother, she opened Dulcie May Kitchen. Dulcie May Kitchen is truly a family affair, where Natalie works alongside her sister, mother and father.

March 5, 2012

House on Willow Street – Cath Kelly

Tess used to be happy with her lot: she lives in the idyllic Irish coastal village, Avalon, with her teenage son, Zach and nine-year-old Kitty, and works in the local antiques shop. Her only regret in life is that everything went so horribly wrong with her first love. Then her marriage falls apart and her first love returns to Avalon.

Suki, Tess’s sister, fled Ireland years ago to marry politician Kyle Richardon, but when Suki discovers that a biographer is planning to tell all, there is only one place she can go to ensure that her secrets stay hidden. Danae is the village post mistress in Avalon and she’s worked very hard to make sure nobody knows where she came from or who she is … Her past is her business and that’s the way she would like to keep it. In Galway, Mara sits with a smile glued to her face at a wedding; she only wants to ask the groom one thing: why did he tell her he loved her? Needing to put her past behind her, Mara packs up her life and gets ready for a fresh start. Can these four women lay their pasts to rest? Or do they need to look back before they can begin to live for the future?

About the Author

Cathy Kelly is a number 1 bestselling author. She worked as a journalist before becoming a novelist, and has published twelve bestselling books. She is also an ambassador for UNICEF in Ireland. She lives in Wicklow with her family.

January 25, 2012

The Underside Of Joy – Prince Halverson, Sere

Underside Of Joy

Ella counts as her blessings her wonderful husband, two animated kids and an extended family who regard her as one of their own. Yet when her soulmate Joe tragically drowns, her life is turned upside down without warning, and she finds that the luck, which she had thought would last forever, has run out. When Joe’s beautiful ex-wife, who three years earlier deserted their children, arrives at the funeral, Ella fears the worst. She is right to.

Ella discovers she must struggle with her own grief, whilst battling to remain with the children and the life which she loves. Questioning her own role as a mother, and trying to do what is right, all she is sure of is that she needs her family to make it through each day. Yet when pushed to the limits of love, Ella must decide whether she is, after all, the best mother for her children.

About the Author

Sere Prince Halverson lives in Northern California and worked as a freelance copywriter for twenty years while she wrote fiction. She and her husband have four grown-up children. She is a stepmum, and grew up with a stepmum.

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December 6, 2011

The Marriage Plot – Eugenides, Jeffrey

The Marriage Plot

It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

As Madeleine tries to understand why “it became laughable to read writers like Cheever and Updike, who wrote about the suburbia Madeleine and most of her friends had grown up in, in favor of reading the Marquis de Sade, who wrote about deflowering virgins in eighteenth-century France,” real life, in the form of two very different guys, intervenes. Leonard Bankhead—charismatic loner, college Darwinist, and lost Portland boy—suddenly turns up in a semiotics seminar, and soon Madeleine finds herself in a highly charged erotic and intellectual relationship with him. At the same time, her old “friend” Mitchell Grammaticus—who’s been reading Christian mysticism and generally acting strange—resurfaces, obsessed with the idea that Madeleine is destined to be his mate.

Over the next year, as the members of the triangle in this amazing, spellbinding novel graduate from college and enter the real world, events force them to reevaluate everything they learned in school. Leonard and Madeleine move to a biology Laboratory on Cape Cod, but can’t escape the secret responsible for Leonard’s seemingly inexhaustible energy and plunging moods. And Mitchell, traveling around the world to get Madeleine out of his mind, finds himself face-to-face with ultimate questions about the meaning of life, the existence of God, and the true nature of love.

Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce? With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides revives the motivating energies of the Novel, while creating a story so contemporary and fresh that it reads like the intimate journal of our own lives.

About the Author

Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published in 1993 to great acclaim and he has received numerous awards for his work. In 2003, Eugenides received teh Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and France’s Prix Medicis and has sold more than 3 million copies.

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September 26, 2011

The Marriage Plot – Eugenides, Jeffrey

From Jeffrey Eugenides, author of beloved novels Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides, a brilliant, funny and heartbreaking new novel about the glories and vicissitudes of young love.

Madeleine Hanna was the dutiful English major who didn’t get the memo. While everyone else in the early 1980s was reading Derrida, she was happily absorbed with Jane Austen and George Eliot. Madeleine was the girl who dressed a little too nicely for the taste of her more Bohemian friends, the perfect girlfriend whose college love life, despite her good looks, hadn’t lived up to expectations.

But now, in the spring of her final year, Madeleine has enrolled in a semiotics course ‘to see what all the fuss is about’. And, for reasons that have nothing to do with her studies, life and literature will never be the same. Not after she falls in love with Leonard Morten – charismatic loner and college Darwinist – who is possessed of seemingly inexhaustible energy and introduces her to the ecstasies of immediate experience. And certainly not after Mitchell Grammaticus – devotee of Patti Smith and Thomas Merton – resurfaces in her life, obsessed with the idea that she will be his wife.

The triangle at the heart of this novel is at once age-old and completely fresh and surprising. With brilliant wit, irony and an incredible understanding of and love for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides captures the original energies of the novel while creating a story so contemporary that it reads like an intimate journal of our own lives.

About the Author

Jeffrey Eugenides was born in Detroit and attended Brown and Stanford Universities. His first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was published in 1993 to great acclaim and he has received numerous awards for his work. In 2003, Eugenides received teh Pulitzer Prize for his novel Middlesex, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and France’s Prix Medicis and has sold more than 3 million copies.

August 25, 2011

Rugby shorts – Lynch, Mark

Rugby shorts

128 pages of laugh-out-loud rugby jokes, cartoons and quotes covering the very best – and worst – of rugby humour.

“There’s nothing that a tight forward likes more than a loosie right up his backside.” Murray Mexted
Yes, we all have our favourite Murray Mexted moments and this is just one of the many hilarious quotes, cartoons and jokes that make up this great little collection.

About the Author

Mark Lynch is the recipient of over 20 Australian and international cartooning awards. He currently lives in Australia