The new novel from the author of Our Endless Numbered Days. Ingrid writes letters to her husband Gil about their life together. She hides each in the thousands of books Gil has collected. Despite their two daughters, despite their beautiful house by the sea and Gil´s talent as a writer, their marriage has been troubled. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach.
When Anna Baker is fired from her New York job, she accepts her aunt and uncle´s offer to come live with them in the little town of Wabbaseka, Arkansas. She discovers a house in dire need of repairs and her relatives in need of proper care. Under the misconception that being unemployed means she has no money, the local sheriff gets involved in her life, trying to determine how she can afford the building materials to fix up the house. Her cousin, Dewayne, appears and wants her evicted, and the FBI thinks she´s involved in a money-laundering scheme. While Anna doesn´t find the peace and quiet she seeks, she may find love…
Young author Paul Overt arrives at a country house weekend summer party hoping to meet the celebrated writer Henry St George. He is slightly shocked by his wife Mrs St George, who announces that she once made her husband burn a ‘bad’ book. Overt believes he can recognise literary and artistic ‘types’; and is surprised that St George looks so conventional. St George has also not written anything of merit for quite some time.
Showcasing one hundred years of innovation and environmental sensitivity, Handmade Houses celebrates some of the world´s most idiosyncratic homes from Big Sur to Sardinia. Author Richard Olsen unveils the components used for their construction, including driftwood, boulders, and even old wine vats. The first study of the handmade-homes phenomenon since its inception in the late 1960s, Handmade Houses revisits the subject´s roots and history, exploring how these homes and their owners paved the way for the architectural-salvage business and the reclaimed, industrial look ever-popular today. As fascinating as the structures are themselves, their owners-professionals and amateurs who personally designed and built each residence-offer their inspirations and stories behind the convention-defying homes. Design lessons are gleaned from each home-some examples of environmentally aware construction with applicable tips for use in more mainstream scenarios. Handmade Houses is an important and relevant volume to be appreciated by anyone interested in environmentally friendly design, craft, and the expression of personal style in the home.
***PART TWO OF A THREE-PART SERIAL*** The unmissable second instalment of Jenny Colgan´s return to the Little School by the Sea - perfect for anyone who ever dreamed of going to boarding school! After the scandals of the summer, life has settled down for Maggie Adair and the girls of Downey House. But Ismé, the new scholarship girl, is causing trouble. Downey House is preparing for Christmas - the halls are decorated, the play is in rehearsal - but it doesn´t seem to be the most wonderful time of the year. Will the school be able to pull together to celebrate the festive season? ´´Funny, page-turning and addictive... just like Malory Towers for grown-ups´´ - Sophie Kinsella ´´A brilliant boarding school book, stuffed full of unforgettable characters, thrilling adventures and angst...´´ - Lisa Jewell In Lessons: Part 2, Christmas comes to the Little School by the Sea - available December 2018!
A standard-bearer of American design since 1993, House Industries answers the burning question, ´´Where do you find inspiration?´´ with this illustrative collection of helpful lessons, stories, and case studies that demonstrate how to transform obsessive curiosity into personally satisfying and successful work. Presented in House´s honest, authentic, and often irreverent style, and covering topics ranging from fonts and fashion to ceramics and space technology, this beautifully useful 400-page volume offers a personal perspective on the origin of ideas for creative people in any field. Most important, this book shows that there´s no sense in waiting for inspiration because inspiration is already waiting for you.
An invitation to enter the residences of some of the top interior designers in the world--see their style and practicality in action, and adopt some of their winning ways. With pillows fluffed and curtains pulled back, design secrets are revealed. From established masters of the field (Jamie Drake, Stephen Sills, Tom Britt, Jeffrey Bilhuber) to comparatively newer talents, the reader will learn about diverse approaches to decoration and the art of fine living from some of today´s most successful interior designers--with wit, candor, and passion. Other featured subjects include Alex Papachristidis, Robert Couturier, Howard Slatkin, and Katie Ridder. From suggestions on entertaining and creating noteworthy tablescapes to practical advice on storage and displaying collections, the text guides readers to live full and savvy lives. Decorators´ own residences--ranging from town houses to studios--show design in action and often reflect concise principals for living efficiently and stylishly. Join New York Social Diary and many of the top interior designers of today to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the professionals live in their private (and refined) worlds. A book for decorating professionals and lovers of interior design and life in the great city.
Precious Ramotswe learns valuable lessons about first impressions and forgiveness in this latest installment of the much-loved, best-selling No. 1 Ladies´ Detective Agency series. At Botswana´s No 1 Ladies´ Detective Agency, Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi are intrigued by the troubling dismissal of an employee at a thriving local business. The ladies proceed with investigations as they are inclined to do - with Mma Makutsi´s customary vigour, and Mma Ramotswe´s rather more subtle caution. Soon enough, interesting discoveries are made... marital subterfuge, undue influence and commercial chicanery! Clearly, there is more to this dismissal than at first imagined. While Mma Makutsi´s focus, as self-appointed Principal Investigating Officer, is firmly on the case, Mma Ramotswe´s attention is diverted by personal matters. Not only has her disgraced ex-husband reappeared in town, but she has stumbled on an unsettling family secret of her own - one that might threaten what she holds closest to her heart. As Precious contemplates this painful possibility, she must draw on her strength and compassion and confront The House of Unexpected Sisters. And for both Mma Makutsi and Mma Ramotswe, the wise words of their mentor Clovis Andersen - ´the needle swings in confusing ways´ - have never been more prescient . . .
This debut book from the bloggers of YoungHouseLove.com is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, and budget-friendly ideas for sprucing up a home. Sherry and John are home-improvement experts primed to pass on a slew of projects, suggestions, lessons, and techniques to DIYers of all levels. Whether urban or suburban, experienced or not, on a budget or with money to spend, any homeowner will find ideas for his or her own home makeovers here. Learn to trick out a thrift-store mirror, build a cool headboard, use wallpaper to ramp up a plain dresser, and so much more.
It was the night before the day fixed for his coronation, and the young King was sitting alone in his beautiful chamber. His courtiers had all taken their leave of him, bowing their heads to the ground, according to the ceremonious usage of the day, and had retired to the Great Hall of the Palace, to receive a few last lessons from the Professor of Etiquette; there being some of them who had still quite natural manners, which in a courtier is, I need hardly say, a very grave offence. The lad-for he was only a lad, being but sixteen years of age-was not sorry at their departure, and had flung himself back with a deep sigh of relief on the soft cushions of his embroidered couch, lying there, wild eyed and open mouthed, like a brown woodland Faun, or some young animal of the forest newly snared by the hunters. And, indeed, it was the hunters who had found him, coming upon him almost by chance as, bare limbed and pipe in hand, he was following the flock of the poor goatherd who had brought him up, and whose son he had always fancied himself to be. The child of the old King?s only daughter by a secret marriage with one much beneath her in station-a stranger, some said, who, by the wonderful magic of his lute-playing, had made the young Princess love him; while others spoke of an artist from Rimini, to whom the Princess had shown much, perhaps too much honour, and who had suddenly disappeared from the city, leaving his work in the Cathedral unfinished-he had been, when but a week old, stolen away from his mother´s side, as she slept, and given into the charge of a common peasant and his wife, who were without children of their own, and lived in a remote part of the forest, more than a day´s ride from the town.