Queen Bees looks at the lives of six remarkable women who made careers out of being society hostesses, including Lady Astor, who went on to become the first female MP, and Mrs Greville, who cultivated relationships with Edward VII, as well as Lady Londonderry, Lady Cunard, Laura Corrigan and Lady Colefax. Told with wit, verve and heart, Queen Bees is the story of a form of societal revolution and the extraordinary women who helped it happen. In the aftermath of the First World War, the previously strict hierarchies of the British class system were weakened. For a number of ambitious, spirited women, this was the chance they needed to slip through the cracks and take their place at the top of society as the great hostesses of the time. In an age when the place of women was uncertain, becoming a hostess was not a chore but a career choice, and though some of the hostesses´ backgrounds were surprisingly humble, their aspirations were anything but. During the interwar years, these extraordinary women ruled over London society from their dining tables and salons - entertaining everyone from the Mosleys to the Mitfords, from millionaires to maharajas, from film stars to royalty - and their influence can still be felt today. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carole Boyd. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hodd/001013/bk_hodd_001013_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Mandy Smith spent 12 years strutting down the aisles as a Virgin flight attendant. From projectile vomit and celebrity tantrums to Manhattans and shopping in New York, her tales of life in the air are riotous good fun. Set against a backdrop of exotic locations, the cast of characters includes several celebrities, including Sir Richard himself. In-flight entertainment has never been so fun...and risqué! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Milly Richardson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/howe/003641/bk_howe_003641_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Celebrity air hostess Pam Ann touches down for a concert at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Funny, glitzy, sexy and rude, Pamtakes us on a very critical journey amongst the world´s top airlines. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pam Ann. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rbet/000040/bk_rbet_000040_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Burned is the next installment of the 10 short story Facile Restaurant series. Each story in the series focuses on a different couple. Publicist EJ Lasher is not thrilled to hear that her ex-boyfriend, celebrity chef Morgan Jeffries, is visiting Facile, the latest restaurant she´s promoting. She and Morgan did not leave things on a good note - well, technically, she left the note is his knife case, and he didn´t notice it for weeks. And she doesn´t look forward to facing Morgan´s famous profanity-driven temper when he realizes she works for Facile. Morgan Jeffries made a name for himself with his runaway mouth and talent in the kitchen. Pressured into visiting Facile by his network, he is astonished to find that his hostess for the evening is EJ, known to him as his former girlfriend, ´´Lizzie´´. The sweet girl he once knew has been replaced by some cold, businesslike glamazon. As two old flames meet in Remy Billodeaux´s steaming kitchen, EJ is about to put the ex in sex. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Amanda Ronconi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027459/bk_adbl_027459_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gorgeous aspiring actress Amber Treloar auditions for one of two hostess roles on a new television family game show. She catches the eye of maverick director Garrett Ellison and is called back for an interview, during which he manipulates her into revealing her submissive nature. Devious, controlling and powerfully persuasive, Garrett coerces Amber into performing a decadent screen test with her prospective co-hostess, Karina. A scene is played out between the two buxom blondes in a wrestling ring filled with jelly. The two start off playfully wrestling and end in a frenzy of lust and passion that satisfies everyone on the set. A master of mind games, Garrett preys on her turmoil over her career concerns, and her dark desire for sexual subjugation. Immensely wealthy and influential, media baron Roland Hadley has devised a corrupt scheme to create television celebrities, and then feature them in depraved vignettes for the amusement of his business associates. Compelled to explore a side of herself she cannot ignore, Amber accepts their offer of a public life of luxury and celebrity, and a private life of sexual exploitation. But, having signed her name on a lucrative contract, how far will she be required to go? In a series of bizarre scenes she is taken into realms beyond her imagination, and is shocked by her appetite for various forms of sexual humiliation. She struggles to reconcile her conflicting emotions as her feelings for Garrett Ellison veer between desire and resentment, fear and excitement. Enmeshed in a situation over which she has no control, even as her celebrity grows, Amber realizes she may have made a dangerous mistake in allowing herself to be used by the director and the tycoon. Adults only - this book contains graphic scenes of Female sexual submission. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Hugo Lawless. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/marz/000027/bk_marz_000027_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Oscar Wilde owed his most outstanding characteristics - his precocious intellectualism, his flamboyance, his hedonism, his recklessness, his pride, his sense of superiority, his liberal sexual values - to his parents. Oscar´s mother, Lady Jane Wilde, rose to prominence as a political journalist, advocating in 1848 a rebellion against colonialism. Proud, involved and challenging, she became a salon hostess and opened the Wildes´ Dublin home at No. 1 Merrion Square to the public. Known as the most scintillating and stirring hostess of her day, she passed on her infectious delight in the art of living to Oscar, who imbibed it greedily. His father was Sir William Wilde, one of the most eminent men of his generation. Acutely conscious of injustices in the social order, Sir William laid the foundations for the Celtic renaissance in the belief that culture would establish a common ground between the privileged and the poor, Protestant and Catholic. But Sir William was also a philanderer, and when he stood accused of sexually assaulting a young female patient, the scandal and trial sent shock waves through Dublin society. After his father´s death, the Wildes moved to London, where Oscar burst irrepressibly upon the scene. The one role that didn´t suit him was that of the Victorian husband, as his wife, Constance, was to discover. For beneath the swelling forehead was a self-destructive itch: a lifelong devourer of attention, Oscar was unable to recognise when the party was over. The Fall of the House of Wilde for the first time places Oscar Wilde as a member of one of the most dazzling Anglo-Irish families of Victorian times and in the broader social, political and religious context. A remarkable and perceptive account, this is a major repositioning of our first modern celebrity, a man whose own fall from grace in a trial as public as his father´s marked the end of fin de siècle decadence. 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Telfer. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/027500/bk_adbl_027500_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The author, journalist, television commentator, and longtime Washington insider reflects on the spiritual quest that has brought deeper meaning to her life - and kept her grounded within the high-powered political world of Washington, DC´s elite - her renowned writing career, her celebrity marriage, and her legendary role as doyenne of the capital´s social scene. In this emotionally involving, illuminating memoir, the legendary Washington Post journalist and author talks candidly about her life at the white-hot center of power and the surprising spiritual quest that has driven her for more than half a century. While working as a reporter, caring for a learning-disabled son with her husband, longtime Washington Post executive editor Benjamin Bradlee, reigning over the capital´s social scene, and remaining intimately connected with national politics, Sally Quinn yearned to understand what truly made the world - and her life - tick. After years of searching, most of which occurred in the secular capital of the world, she came to realize that the time she spent with friends and family - the evenings of shared hospitality and intimate fellowship - provided spiritual nourishment and that this theme has been woven into all the most important moments of her life. In this spiritual memoir, Quinn speaks frankly about her varied, provocative spiritual experiences - from her Southern family of Presbyterians and psychics to voodoo lessons from her Baptist nanny; her trials as a hospitalized military kid in Japan as the Korean War begins; her adventures as a Post reporter and columnist; her experience as one of the first female news anchors on national television; her battles with the Nixon administration, Watergate, and other scandals that have rocked the nation; her courtship with and long marriage to one of the most authoritative figures in the media; her role as the capital´s most influential hostess; and her growing fascination 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sally Quinn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/harp/006223/bk_harp_006223_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.