Starting AD 400 (around the time of their invasion of England) and running through to the 1100s (the 'Aftermath'), historian Geoffrey Hindley shows the Anglo-Saxons as formative in the history not only of England but also of Europe. The society inspired by the warrior world of the Old English poem Beowulf saw England become the world's first nation state and Europe's first country to conduct affairs in its own language, and Bede and Boniface of Wessex establish the dating convention we still use today.
"A very dry history of the Ethels"
What could you achieve if you were more courageous? We are hardwired to avoid risk but in an increasingly uncertain and competitive world, the true key to success is courage—the courage to speak up and challenge the status quo, the courage to take career-building risks, and the courage to seize the opportunities all around us. So, what's stopping you?
"If you like hearing other people's quotes..."
Who was Robin Hood? Throughout history the figures of the hooded man of Sherwood Forest and his band of outlaws have transfixed readers, listeners, and viewers; but where does the myth come from? The story appeared out of the legend of the Green man, but found its location during the reign of Richard I, the Lionheart, who was away from England fighting in the crusades. In his absence, his brother John laid waste to the country. But does this tell the full story?
"For the love of Robin"
The story moves between the 1920s and the 1770s, following two heroines: twentieth-century Jan Challard, a London girl, and eighteenth-century Juliana Clare, the youngest daughter of an aristocratic Berkshire family. Jan is independent and spirited but leads a humdrum life, working in an office, and walks out with a very suitable young man. Juliana, at 17 years of age, is getting the upbringing of a young lady in the enormous family mansion, Chidleigh, and her life is devoid of excitement and event.
On holiday in the North Devon countryside, Neil Langton looks back on the wreckage of his past. He has come to believe that all happiness is behind him; the wounds from his former marriage - in which his wife cheated on him and his young daughter died - are still raw. While rock-climbing, he meets Ellen, a young woman whom he saves from a mountainside accident. Ellen, too, is looking to escape her painful past, struggling to deal with her feelings for the man she loved - a pilot who died in service.
When gorgeous hotel magnate Sean Beresford arrives on the doorstep of Dee Flynn's tea shop, it seems her luck's in. Right? Wrong! Sean's come to tell Dee he's canceling her latest business venture, leaving her future looking as washed-out as old tea leaves. Dee's not about to go under without a fight, and reluctantly Sean agrees to help her find a solution. He might dress in suits that would make even 007 jealous, and those startling blue-gray eyes will certainly take some forgetting, but he sets Dee's blood boiling - and her pulse racing! - like no one else! And that's before he kisses her.…
Inspired by her heroine, Isabella Beeton, Delia has made a living writing a series of hugely successful modern household guides, as well as an acerbic domestic advice column. As the book opens, she is not yet 40, but has only a short time to live. She is preoccupied with how to prepare herself and her family for death, from writing exhaustive lists to teaching her young daughters how to make a perfect cup of tea.
"What a pity it was abridged"
The Balcon sisters are London's paparazzi darlings: Serena, the country's most beautiful actress; Venetia, the glamorous designer; Camilla, the rising political star; and Cate, the feisty magazine editor. They have wealth, privilege, and sizzling sex lives. But money doesn't buy you love. When their aristocratic and tyrannical father, Oswald Balcon, is found dead, the finger of suspicion points towards his glamorous daughters and their dazzling lives.
"Loved this book"
New York billionaire Adam Gold is moving to London. He's sexy, single and about to come face to face with The Gold Diggers.
Kit Parry is reluctant to take the job shoring up the ancient quarries beneath her hometown of Bath - a place as riddled with memories she'd rather forget as it is with Roman ruins. The miners certainly don't want her there, and her burgeoning romance with lanky foreman Gary looks likely to complicate matters even further. But when dark developments threaten the spa town's placid façade, Kit must face up to the past she's tried so desperately to bury.