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Coming soon, the gripping psychological thriller debut by award-winning Finnish author Pekka Hiltunen... COLD COURAGE
‘There was spreading panic in the street. It swept through the faces in the crowd, their anxious movements... The moment before catastrophe. This is what it looks like...'
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A timeless, heart-warming classic from the author of Anne of Green Gables, The Blue Castle is a delightful and witty romance that will sweep you away.
Valancy Stirling is twenty-nine, unmarried, and has never been in love. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she finds her only consolation in the ‘forbidden’ books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle – a place where all her dreams come true and she can be who she truly wants to be.
Shortly after her birthday Valancy receives some news about her health that makes her decide to throw caution to the wind and make a fresh start. Rebelling against her family, she soon discovers a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams.
One of Lucy Maud Montgomery's only novels intended for an adult audience, The Blue Castle is filled with humour and romance.
The special thing that Merrick could do, and which no one else seems to have done, is to reproduce the atmosphere of low-class theatrical life: the smell of greasepaint and fish and chips, the sordid rivalries, the comfortless Sunday journeys, the lugging of suitcases through the back streets of unfamiliar towns and the trudging up and down the Strand on worn-out boot-soles, the agents' offices where women in dyed frocks sit waiting their turn, the forlorn collection of press cuttings, the manager who bolts in the middle of the tour with all the takings. - George Orwell
Set in British theatre-land in the very early twentieth century, The Position of Peggy Harpertells of Christopher Tatham's quest as an actor for a secure wage and fame. Tatham lurches from bit part to bit part, always hoping for the longed-for leading-man role, relying on the kindness of relations to keep him housed and clothed. A chance encounter with the enchanting Peggy Harper seems to pre-empt a change of fortune. Will they both attain the success they crave?
Toasting engagements with ginger-beer, living hand-to-mouth, Merrick's seedy world makes for grim reading and when Peggy turns out to be as fame-hungry, vain and vacant as she first appears, Christopher's lot looks unlikely to improve.
In an age in which fame and celebrity are widely courted and craved, The Position of Peggy Harper still makes for an intriguing and, potentially, cautionary tale.
A long-neglected Edwardian classic set in the shabby genteel world of England's theatricals - populated by hack writers, drunken actors, pushy stage mothers, unscrupulous managers and penny-pinching landladies.