Tales of the Gypsy Dressmaker

Tales of the Gypsy Dressmaker Author Thelma Madine
ISBN-10 9780007456970
Release 2012-03-01
Pages 304
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Thelma Madine, star of Channel 4’s Big Fat Gypsy Weddings and fairy godmother of extravagant wedding dresses, reveals the drama, secrets and surprises involved in ten incredible traveller weddings.



Gypsy Wedding Dreams

Gypsy Wedding Dreams Author Thelma Madine
ISBN-10 0007456980
Release 2013
Pages 256
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Through the tales of ten elaborate Gypsy wedding dresses Thelma offers a new window onto the remarkable world of ten brides and their extravagant weddings. For Thelma's young brides, a wedding dress is more than just a pretty white gown; for some it is a symbol of their fairytale-like hopes and dreams for the future, for others a mark of a long-standing friendship with a non-traveller they have welcomed into their community, and for a small group a sad reminder of day they know will never come.With each chapter based around the secrets and incredible truths hidden behind a different dress, Thelma's second book is packed full of fascinating new stories. By turns laugh-out-loud funny and achingly sad, and brimming with hilarious anecdotes and larger-than-life characters, Thelma's book will amaze, amuse and entertain.Beautifully designed, and fully-illustrated throughout, it is crammed with glossy new photos, revealing never-before-seen dresses adorned with thousands of Swarovski crystals and hundreds of LED lights - an ideal gift for fans of Lifestyle's Big Fat Gypsy Weddings.



Gypsy Bride

Gypsy Bride Author Sam Skye Lee
ISBN-10 9781446460320
Release 2011-08-18
Pages 320
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'I felt like Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and all the other fairy-tale princesses, and Pat was my Prince Charming.' Sam Skye Lee had often thought about getting married, but never imagined that her dress would be bright pink with flashing lights and weigh a staggering 20-stone. But then she didn't count on having a gypsy wedding... It's rare for a 'gorger', or non-traveller, to marry into the gypsy community. But after a shocking childhood tragedy, Sam found the comfort she needed from an unxpected source - Patrick and his family of travellers. Gypsy Bride is the heartwarming true story of how an ordinary girl finds herself discovering an extraordinary world. A place where 'grabbing' is a sign a boy fancies you, six-year-olds get spray tans, and christenings, weddings and funerals are jaw-droppingly flamboyant. This love story is more than boy meets girl. It's about a girl who falls in love with a whole race of people and their wonderful ways.



The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today s World

The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today s World Author Mary Zeiss Stange
ISBN-10 9781452270371
Release 2013-01-09
Pages 1160
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This e-only volume expands and updates the original 4-volume Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World (2011), offering a wide range of new entries and new multimedia content. The entries reflect such developments as the Arab Spring that brought women's issues in the Islamic world into sharp relief, the domination of female athletes among medal winners at the London 2012 Olympics, nine more women joining the ranks of democratically elected heads of state, and much more. The 475 articles in this e-only update (accompanied by photos and video clips) supplement the themes established in the original edition, providing a vibrant collection of entries dealing with contemporary women's issues around the world.



Better Than New

Better Than New Author Nicole Curtis
ISBN-10 9781579657314
Release 2016-10-18
Pages 224
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A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller For the first time, Nicole Curtis, the star of the megahit HGTV and DIY Network show Rehab Addict, reveals her private struggles, her personal victories, and the inspiring lessons we can all learn from them. Part celebrity memoir and part self-help book, Better Than New goes behind the scenes with an entrepreneurial single mom who worked her way from waitress/real estate agent to home renovation expert, preservationist, and television star. With eight chapters in the book—eight lessons told through her life story and through several of the homes she has remodeled—readers will get to see another side of Nicole Curtis, including the private and personal struggles that are not seen on TV. Working in Detroit and Minneapolis, Curtis has opened her fans’ eyes to the beauty of older homes and the value of reclaiming and reusing authentic original materials rather than sending dumpster loads to the local landfill. Curtis applies the same principles to her personal life—valuing old friends, rescuing dogs, and advocating for the wounded, the elderly, and the disadvantaged. Readers will find inspiration to apply to their own lives supplemented with never-before-seen photos of Curtis and the homes she renovates. Better Than New is a visual treat, packed with more than 75 color photographs from Curtis’s personal collection, ranging from family photos to before-and-after photos of the rehabbed homes’ interiors and exteriors.



Under a Mackerel Sky

Under a Mackerel Sky Author Rick Stein
ISBN-10 9781448147243
Release 2013-09-12
Pages 320
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‘All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why’ Rick Stein's childhood in 1950s rural Oxfordshire and North Cornwall was idyllic. His parents were charming and gregarious, their five children much-loved and given freedom typical of the time. As he grew older, the holidays were filled with loud and lively parties in his parents' Cornish barn. But ever-present was the unpredicatible mood of his bipolar father, with Rick frequently the focus of his anger and sadness. When Rick was 18 his father killed himself. Emotionally adrift, Rick left for Australia, carrying a suitcase stamped with his father's initials. Manual labour in the outback followed by adventures in America and Mexico toughened up the naive public schoolboy, but at heart he was still lost and unsure what to do with his life. Eventually, Cornwall called him home. From the entrepreneurial days of his mobile disco, the Purple Tiger, to his first, unlikely unlikely nightclub where much of the time was spent breaking up drink-fuelled fights, Rick charts his personal journey in a way that is both wry and perceptive; engaging and witty. Shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards 2013



All Blacks Don t Cry

All Blacks Don t Cry Author John Kirwan
ISBN-10 9781459616332
Release 2011-04-04
Pages 248
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I've been to hell and I'm back. If you're in that same place, then I understand what you're going through. 'John Kirwan was one of the most devastating wingers New Zealand, and world, rugby had ever seen. A prominent and revered figure at the dawn of the professional age of rugby, he seemed to live a charmed life. But nobody knew, though, that behind closed doors 'JK' was living a life of torment. Afflicted with depression for many years including those as a high-profile sportsman. Kirwan was able to survive by reaching out, seeking help from those closest to him. All Blacks Don't Cry is John Kirwan's story of hope, of working through the pain and living a full life. It is a poignant, inspirational and helpful example for anybody battling depression. At my worst moments, I lost all sense of hope for the future. As I began to slowly get better, I began to be able to say to myself, 'this will pass, you'll get through this. Hang on to hope.'



The Fifth Harmonic

The Fifth Harmonic Author F. Paul Wilson
ISBN-10 1612830765
Release 2003-10-01
Pages 304
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From F. Paul Wilson, the best-selling and acclaimed author of the Repairman Jack series, comes a lightning-paced, whip-smart thriller sure to please both die-hard fans and newcomers to Wilson's spellbinding world. Will Burleigh is a hard-nosed, no-nonsense M.D. totally dedicated to the health and welfare of the patients in his practice. But when he himself is diagnosed with throat cancer, he can’t bear the idea of undergoing massive radiation and radical surgery that will leave him permanently disfigured--all with no guarantee he will live at all. Having made peace with his decision to die, Will is nonetheless convinced by a former patient to visit a healer, a mysterious and beautiful woman named Maya who claims she can help him, but only if he opens himself up completely to her and the harmony of the world around him. To find that harmony, she insists, Will must follow her to Mesoamerica, to the home of her people, to search for what she calls the Fifth Harmonic. Will agrees, but he secretly brings along what he calls a “Kevorkian Kit” to give him a quick end in case his rapidly spreading tumor gets the best of him. Maya too, has her secrets, and as Will unravels them, he begins to fear he might have made a terrible mistake.



The Midnight Dress

The Midnight Dress Author Karen Foxlee
ISBN-10 9780449818213
Release 2013-10-08
Pages 288
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Quiet misfit Rose doesn't expect to fall in love with the sleepy beach town of Leonora. Nor does she expect to become fast friends with beautiful, vivacious Pearl Kelly, organizer of the high school float at the annual Harvest Festival parade. It's better not to get too attached when Rose and her father live on the road, driving their caravan from one place to the next whenever her dad gets itchy feet. But Rose can't resist the mysterious charms of the town or the popular girl, try as she might. Pearl convinces Rose to visit Edie Baker, once a renowned dressmaker, now a rumored witch. Together Rose and Edie hand-stitch an unforgettable dress of midnight blue for Rose to wear at the Harvest Festival—a dress that will have long-lasting consequences on life in Leonora, a dress that will seal the fate of one of the girls. Karen Foxlee's breathtaking novel weaves friendship, magic, and a murder mystery into something moving, real, and distinctly original.



Ma Now I m Goin Up in the World

Ma  Now I m Goin Up in the World Author Martha Long
ISBN-10 9781780574042
Release 2011-12-02
Pages 448
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At 16, Martha collapses on the streets, suffering from starvation and exposure. She has reached rock bottom, but after Martha is taken to hospital, Lady Luck smiles kindly on her and she is given the opportunity to get off the streets for ever. Before long, Martha is on the way to leading the normal life she has so long dreamt of. She makes friends, begins to put the misery of her past behind her and even experiences her first taste of love. For her, love is a powerful feeling. She has never experienced real affection before and is now plunged into the complex world of love between a man and a woman. The intense emotion consumes her, for this is a forbidden love that can never be requited. After all, Ralph Fitzgerald is a priest, and he will never break his vow of chastity. This love brings heartbreaking consequences and changes the direction of Martha's life for ever . . .



Play It Again

Play It Again Author Alan Rusbridger
ISBN-10 9781448138692
Release 2013-01-17
Pages 416
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In 2010, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of the Guardian, set himself an almost impossible task: to learn, in the space of a year, Chopin’s Ballade No. 1 – a piece that inspires dread in many professional pianists. His timing could have been better. The next twelve months were to witness the Arab Spring, the Japanese tsunami, the English riots, and the Guardian’s breaking of both WikiLeaks and the News of the World hacking scandal. In the midst of this he carved out twenty minutes’ practice a day – even if that meant practising in a Libyan hotel in the middle of a revolution as well as gaining insights and advice from an array of legendary pianists, theorists, historians and neuroscientists, and even occasionally from secretaries of state. But was he able to play the piece in time?



Camp David

Camp David Author David Walliams
ISBN-10 9780141973241
Release 2012-10-11
Pages 400
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It's time to get serious with Britain's favourite funny man - Camp David, by David Walliams. 'Will surprise, entertain, and allow fans and newcomers to enter the comic's uniquely brilliant world' GQ Magazine 'Raucously funny and superbly written' Heat 'Hilarious' Telegraph 'A great read. My only criticism is it ended too soon' The Sun 'A fascinating read' Star Magazine 'Brilliantly written' Express 'Fascinating stuff' Closer 'Uproariously great' Guardian Famous comedian, funniest judge on Britain's Got Talent, irresistible ladykiller and high-achieving sportsman, David Walliams is a man of many talents. Launched to fame with the record-breakingLittle Britain, his characters - Lou, Florence, Emily, amongst others - became embedded in our shared popular culture. You couldn't enter a playground for a long while without hearing "eh, eh, eh" or "computer says no". Yet Walliams is a mystery. Often described as a bundle of contradictions, he is disarming and enigmatic, playing up his campness one minute and hinting about his depression the next. To read Camp David is to be truly shocked, as well as tickled pink, as David Walliams bares his soul like never before and reveals a fascinating and complex mind. This searingly honest autobiography is a true roller-coaster ride of emotions, as this nation's sweetheart unlocks closely guarded secrets that until now have remained hidden in his past. David Walliams is an actor, writer, active fundraiser and - above all - he's a world class comedian who knows how to make us laugh. He performed in and co-wrote the phenomenally successful Little Britainand Come Fly with Me with Matt Lucas, and recently appeared as a popular judge alongside Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent. He has performed many feats of endurance for charity, and won over the entire country when he swam the Thames for Sports Relief. His bestselling children's books include Mr Stink, Gangsta Granny, Billionaire Boy, Boy in the Dress and Ratburger.



The Little Bookroom

The Little Bookroom Author Eleanor Farjeon
ISBN-10 0192719475
Release 2004-01
Pages 298
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A collection of the author's best stories, chosen by herself, this charming book will delight and enthrall readers. Tales of the king's daughter who cries for the moon, the girl who saves her village from destruction by kissing a peach-tree, the six princesses who live for the sake of theirlong hair, and many, many more.* Eleanor Farjeon is the recipient of many awards for her work including the Carnegie Medal and the Hans Christian Andersen Award* Exquisite illustrations throughout by Edward Ardizzone



Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables Author L.M. Montgomery
ISBN-10 9781616417482
Release 2011-09-01
Pages 112
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L.M. MontgomeryÍs classic tale of love and friendship introduces young Anne Shirley. When Miranda and Matthew Cuthbert decided to adopt an orphan boy to help on the farm, they didnÍt know what they would get. But when the redheaded Anne is waiting at the station, their lives are changed forever. Young readers discover the heartwarming tale of love and family in the Calico Illustrated Classics adaptation of MontgomeryÍs Anne of Green Gables.



This Is Not the Story You Think It Is

This Is Not the Story You Think It Is   Author Laura Munson
ISBN-10 9781101186190
Release 2010-04-01
Pages 352
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By the time Laura Munson had turned 40, her life was not how she thought it would turn out. Career success had eluded her; her beloved father was no longer around to be her biggest cheerleader; and her husband wanted out of their marriage. Poignant, wise, and often exceedingly funny, this is the moment-by- moment memoir of a woman who decided to let go-in the midst of the emotional equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. It recounts what happened as Munson set out on her spiritual journey-and provides raw, powerful inspiration to anyone searching for peace in an utterly unpredictable world.



How To Pursue A Princess Duchess Diaries 2

How To Pursue A Princess  Duchess Diaries 2 Author Karen Hawkins
ISBN-10 9781472229113
Release 2015-05-21
Pages 384
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A wonderfully romantic and playful twist on Little Red Riding Hood, from New York Times bestseller Karen Hawkins, that fans of Julia Quinn, Monica McCarty and Julie Garwood will adore. The Duchess Diaries are sure to delight: a dazzlingly romantic, sexy, and Scottish spin on fairytales. Lily Balfour always swore she'd never marry, but her father's mountainous debts leave her no choice. The Earl of Huxley, a wealthy and perfectly pleasant widower handpicked by her godmother, the Duchess of Roxburghe, seems the obvious suitor. Until the roguish Wulfinski arrives on the scene and changes everything... As soon as the passionate scoundrel casts his possessive gaze over her, Lily knows she's in trouble. A prince masquerading as a mere pauper, Wulfinski vows to seduce the elusive beauty, no matter what the cost. Used to getting what he wants, he determines to use every cunning trick he can muster. Caught between sense and passion, her head and her heart, will Lily give in to romance, or riches? Don't miss the rest of the sparkling Duchess Diaries series: Princess In Disguise, How To Capture A Countess, and How To Entice An Enchantress. And mingle with more royalty in her spectacular Princes of Oxenburg series.



If Men Are Like Buses Then How Do I Catch One

If Men Are Like Buses  Then How Do I Catch One Author Michelle McKinney Hammond
ISBN-10 9780307568700
Release 2009-10-07
Pages 192
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Readers have asked for more from Chicago talk show cohost Michelle McKinney Hammond -- especially women from her huge following of Christian singles. Buses will pick them up where two previous bestsellers left off, with counsel that is both enjoyable and instructional. "The mood of the book is conversational, scriptural, with a touch of humor," Michelle says. "It's the kind of book I wanted, but couldn't find, so I had to write it!" Singles have been waiting too long to be caught up by human love. When they halt their pursuit and let God's love catch their hearts, they'll be on board for the greatest discovery of all -- His true purpose for them. From the Trade Paperback edition.