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.
Die japanische Balletttänzerin Jade Yamata wird unter mysteriösen Umständen getötet. Bei den Ermittlungen stoßen Beckett und Castle auf einen Dolch, der womöglich die Tatwaffe ist. Er wird Castle jedoch noch am Fundort von einem vermummten Unbekannten abgenommen - der fantasiebegabte Schriftsteller besteht darauf, dass es ein echter Ninja war. Die Ermittler stoßen auf eine japanische Hostessen-Bar, in der Jade offenbar gearbeitet hat. Traf sie dort auf ihren Mörder?
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. Written 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 inter-war 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 maharajahs, from film stars to royalty - and their influence can still be felt today.
Christine ist Lehrerin und geht auf die 50 zu. Kein Grund eine Krise zu bekommen. Die hatte sie schon mit 40, weil ihr Mann George, Brite von Geburt, Augenarzt von Beruf, Sternengucker aus Passion, keine Kinder wollte und sie stattdessen mit seiner Sprechstundenhilfe Sabine betrogen hat. Christine wirft in einem Alter von beinahe einem halben Jahrhundert jeden Anstand, alle Disziplin und sämtliche Bedenken über Bord und beginnt eine leidenschaftliche Liebesgeschichte mit dem siebenundzwanzigjährigen Bulgaren Dean, der am liebsten Maler wäre, sein Geld aber bisher als Masseur, Matrose und Hostess verdient. Das zuvor in klaren Bahnen verlaufene Leben Christines gerät immer mehr außer Kontrolle. Nachdem ihr alles bisher Dagewesene um die Ohren geflogen ist, stellt Christine fest, dass man manchmal alles loslassen muss, um sich selbst zu finden.
In 1938, two men held history in their hands. One was Adolf Hitler. The other was British prime minister Neville Chamberlain, who, determined to avoid war at any cost, came to be known as ´´the great appeaser´´. But Harry Turtledove, the unrivaled master of alternate history, has launched a gripping saga that springboards from a different fateful act: What if Chamberlain had stood up to Hitler? What would the Nazis´ next move have been? And how would the war---which Hitler had always regretted waiting 11 months to start---have unfolded and changed our world? Here, Turtledove takes us across a panorama of conflict fueled by ideology and demagoguery. Nations are pitted against nations, alliances are forged between old enemies, ordinary men and women are hurled into extraordinary life-and-death situations. In Japanese-controlled Singapore, an American marine falls in love with a Russian dance-hall hostess, while around him are heard the first explosions of Chinese guerilla resistance. On the frontlines of war-ravaged rural France, a weary soldier perfects the art of using an enormous anti-tank gun as a sniper´s tool---while from Germany a killer is sent to hunt him down. And in the icy North Atlantic, a U-boat bearing an experimental device wreaks havoc on British shipping, setting the stage for a Nazi ground invasion of Denmark. From an American woman trapped in Germany who receives safe passage from Hitler himself to a Jewish family steeped in German culture and facing the hatred rising around them, from Japanese soldiers on the remote edge of Siberia to American volunteers in Spain, The War That Came Early: West and East is the story of a world held hostage by tyrants - Stalin, Hitler, Sanjuro - each holding on to power through lies and terror, even in the face of treacherous plots from within. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd McLaren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tant/001542/bk_tant_001542_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A stolen treasure may hold the secret to a ghastly crime. Ensconced in the comfort of their elegant home in London´s Berkeley Square, Malcolm and Suzanne Rannoch are no longer subject to the perilous life of intrigue they led during the Napoleonic Wars. Once an Intelligence Agent, Malcolm is now a Member of Parliament, and Suzanne is one of the city´s most sought-after hostesses. But a late-night visit from a friend who´s been robbed may lure them back into the dangerous world they thought they´d left behind. Playwright Simon Tanner had in his possession what may be a lost version of Hamlet, and the thieves were prepared to kill for it. But the Rannochs suspect there´s more at stake than a literary gem - for the play may conceal the identity of a Bonapartist spy - along with secrets that could force Malcolm and Suzanne to abandon their newfound peace and confront their own dark past. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Derek Perkins. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/016611/bk_adbl_016611_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In the years after World War II, the airline stewardess became one of the most celebrated symbols of American womanhood. Stewardesses appeared on magazine covers, on lecture circuits, and in ad campaigns for everything from milk to cigarettes. Airlines enlisted them to pose for publicity shots, mingle with international dignitaries, and even serve (in sequined minidresses) as the official hostesses at Richard Nixon´s inaugural ball. Embodying mainstream America´s perfect woman, the stewardess was an ambassador of femininity and the American way both at home and abroad. Young, beautiful, unmarried, intelligent, charming, and nurturing, she inspired young girls everywhere to set their sights on the sky. In The Jet Sex, Victoria Vantoch explores in rich detail how multiple forces-business strategy, advertising, race, sexuality, and Cold War politics-cultivated an image of the stewardess that reflected America´s vision of itself, from the wholesome girl-next-door of the 1940s to the cosmopolitan glamour girl of the Jet Age to the sexy playmate of the 1960s. Though airlines marketed her as the consummate hostess-an expert at pampering her mostly male passengers, while mixing martinis and allaying their fears of flying-she bridged the gap between the idealized 1950s housewife and the emerging ´´working woman.´´ On the international stage, this select cadre of women served as ambassadors of their nation in the propaganda clashes of the Cold War. The stylish Pucci-clad American stewardess represented the United States as middle class and consumer oriented-hallmarks of capitalism´s success and a stark contrast to her counterpart at Aeroflot, the Soviet national airline. As the apotheosis of feminine charm and American careerism, the stewardess subtly bucked traditional gender roles and paved the way for the women´s movement. Drawing on industry archives and hundreds of interviews, this vibrant cultural history offers a fresh perspective on the sweepi 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donna Postel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/012169/bk_acx0_012169_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jonathan Coe´s brilliant new comic novel Expo 58, read by the actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. Expo 58 - Good-looking girls and sinister spies: a naive Englishman at loose in Europe in Jonathan Coe´s brilliant comic novel. London, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk at the Central Office of Information and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels. His task: to keep an eye on The Brittania, a brand new pub which will form the heart of the British presence at Expo 58 - the biggest World´s Fair of the century, and the first to be held since the Second World War. As soon as he arrives at the site, Thomas feels that he has escaped a repressed, backward-looking country and fallen headlong into an era of modernity and optimism. He is equally bewitched by the surreal, gigantic Atomium, which stands at the heart of this brave new world, and by Anneke, the lovely Flemish hostess who meets him off his plane. But Thomas´s new-found sense of freedom comes at a price: the Cold War is at its height, the mischievous Belgians have placed the American and Soviet pavilions right next to each other - and why is he being followed everywhere by two mysterious emissaries of the British Secret Service? Expo 58 may represent a glittering future, both for Europe and for Thomas himself, but he will soon be forced to decide where his public and private loyaties really lie. For fans of Jonathan Coe´s classic comic bestsellers What a Carve Up! and The Rotters´ Club, this hilarious new novel, which is set in the Mad Men period of the mid 50s, will also be loved by readers of Nick Hornby, William Boyd and Ian McEwan. Jonathan Coe was born in Birmingham in 1961. Expo 58 is his tenth novel. The previous nine are all available in Penguin: The Accidental Woman, A Touch of Love, The Dwarves of Death, What a Carve Up! (which won the 1995 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize), 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julian Rhind-Tutt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/pauk/000417/bk_pauk_000417_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.