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Gifts For Our Time

Anna Jacobs
Authors:
Anna Jacobs

Germany 1939, and Christa Sommer boards the Kindertransport, unsure that she'll ever see her beloved mother and father again.Once in England she is taken in by elderly Mrs Pelling, who grows to love Christa as the daughter she never had. But in 1945 Mrs Pelling dies. While her will cannot be found, her money-grabbing niece appears out of the blue to claim her inheritance and turfs Christa out, with only a suitcase to her name. The prejudice against Germans still runs high in England, and Christa is unable to secure a job or a place to stay...Luck comes her way when a lady she saves from being mugged turns out to be Mayne Esher's friend Daniel's mother. Taking pity on Christa, they take her to Rivenshaw where they plan to start a new life as part of the Esher building firm.There Christa is welcomed with open arms and she soon develops a love for the place, the people and, Daniel... But Esherwood is not the trouble-free sanctuary she first thinks. Determined to do their bit for soldiers returning from the war they have agreed to allow the council to build prefabs on some of Esherwood's garden. But an empire-building town planner seems set on taking all of Mayne's land for the war effort... Mayne has also discovered a secret door at the back of the old Nissen hut, with a complicated locking mechanism that has local locksmiths dumbfounded.Just what is hidden behind the door to warrant such high security?

Two Roads

Queen Bees

Siân Evans
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Siân Evans
Hodder & Stoughton

Lady of Light

Diana L Paxson
Authors:
Diana L Paxson
Hodder & Stoughton

The Butcher Bird

S D Sykes
Authors:
S D Sykes
John Murray Learning

Pasos 1 (Fourth Edition): Spanish Beginner's Course

Martyn Ellis, Rosa Maria Martin
Authors:
Martyn Ellis, Rosa Maria Martin

What is Pasos?A best-selling Spanish course for adult learners Pasos 1 is the first part of the best-selling two-stage Spanish course for adult learners who are either starting from scratch or who have a basic knowledge of the language. Whether learning for work or pleasure, Pasos gives a thorough grounding in the language, enabling learners to speak, read, write and understand a language spoken by over 400 million people. Pasos 1 Speaking and Listening Skills Practice Set: Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. This book and CD pack is designed to help learners concentrate on and really improve their speaking and listening skills. Audio extracts of varying speed and difficulty have been deliberately chosen so that learners are exposed to genuine spoken Spanish from the outset and will gradually cease to feel intimidated by it. A unique feature is the use of authentic unscripted recordings at normal spoken speed in addition to slower studio recordings, allowing learners to develop confidence in their ability to understand and speak the language. The pack is ideal for exam practice and revision. This book with CD includes:- 2 audio CDs containing a wide variety of activities- a 144-page book packed with short exercises and transcriptsWhat is Pasos 1?A best-selling multi-media Spanish course for adult learnersPasos 1, fourth edition, is the first part of the best-selling two-stage Spanish course for adult learners who are either starting from scratch or who have a basic knowledge of the language. Whether learning for work or pleasure, at home or in the classroom, Pasos gives a thorough grounding in the language, enabling learners to speak, read, write and understand a language spoken by over 400 million people. It has been fully updated and revised in this new edition.What will I learn in Pasos 1?Key language structures and communicationPasos 1 introduces the key structures of the language over 14 thematic lessons with the emphasis placed firmly on communication. Authentic reading and listening materials are used extensively for a wide range of lively activities based on everyday situations in Spain and Latin America. Vocabulary and grammarFrom the outset, a realistic range of registers and vocabulary encourage development of the essential skill of comprehension. Clear examples and explanations make the grammar easy to absorb, and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of a wide range of essential vocabulary from an early stage.Culture and skills for daily lifeThis edition takes account of developments in modern life, such as new technology and practical communication. Units begin with a Prepárate page of activities and include plenty of grammar tasks. The Rincón Cultural feature presents short texts of cultural interest and each unit ends with an Autoevaluación self-assessment checklist enabling students to review what they have learned. Audio track references on a page-by-page basis ensure that listening activities are easily identified and online resources provide extra practice of essential language. The new video, filmed entirely in Spain, brings authentic culture and language in the classroom.GCSE level materialPasos 1 covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent.How will I learn?Balance and varietyBalance and variety are prominent features of the Pasos course: freer activities accompany graded, accuracy-based tasks, and there is a balance between presentation and practice of new language items and between the study and use of grammar and vocabulary, the cornerstones of language-learning. There are regular opportunities for revision and consolidation, and vocabulary and grammar support are given both at the end of each lesson and in full at the end of the book.Free interactive quizzes and exercisesFun, interactive online quizzes and exercises enable learners to reinforce and improve their skills, either in class or at home.Language lab companion appDownload the free companion app to get even more listening and speaking practice with new tasks based on the audio tracks from the course. With a unique record and compare feature, you can practice your pronunciation and speaking and compare your answers to those of native speakers. Great for practice on the go.Group or independent studyPasos 1 is ideal for group study and is also useful for independent study and revision.What is new in the fourth edition?(NEW) Pasos 1 CD and DVD set: Supplementary to the Coursebook.Filmed entirely in Spain using native speakers, this brand new resource contains 12 colourful episodes which tie in with the lessons in the coursebook. Perfect for training students' listening skills, the Pasos 1 video is designed to reinforce vocabulary and language structures while adding an additional cultural element to the course. It also provides the ideal basis for group discussions. There are numerous linked activities for use in class or for self-study, which can be found in a new section at the end of the coursebook. Optional sub-titles will help students to find their way through each of the episodes and give them the confidence to approach spoken Spanish with real understanding.Improvements and additionsThe new edition has improvements and additions based on ideas and feedback from teachers and learners across the country. It has been fully updated and includes a wealth of new, contemporary photographs. A brand new section at the end of the book provides a range of activities linked to the DVD, available in the Pasos 1 CD & DVD Set or as part of the Complete Pack.Where does the Speaking and Listening Skills Practice Set fit within the Pasos 1 Range?Pasos 1 Coursebook: The primary text for the Pasos 1 course. Includes 14 thematic lessons and covers the skills and structures required at GCSE level and equivalent.(NEW) Pasos 1 CD and DVD set: Supplementary to the Coursebook.All 12 videos are included on 1 DVD with optional subtitles. The Audio and Support book provides the listening element of the course, along with transcripts and answers. It contains:- 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)- 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.Pasos 1 Course Pack: Pasos 1 Coursebook + Pasos 1 CD and DVD set. The Course Pack contains:- 1 copy of the fourth edition of the Coursebook- 3 audio CDs (3 hours of recordings)- 1 DVD with 12 videos- 2 Support Books containing a key to the exercises and recording transcripts.Pasos 1 Activity Book: Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. The Pasos 1 Activity Book has been revised to tie in with 4th edition of the course with updated prices and references. It contains extra activities to consolidate and expand the material in the coursebook and grammar sections practising specific language points. As with the coursebook, two main revision units summarise what has been learned, providing reading texts with comprehension and writing tasks. Ideal for faster learners or for practice of a specific area, the Activity Book can be used alongside the Pasos 1 Coursebook or as self-access material for learners of Spanish using any course. Activities include word searches, crosswords, cultural quizzes, extra reading and comprehension tasks, and gap-fill conjugation exercises.Pasos 1 Speaking and Listening Skills Practice Set: Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. Designed to help learners concentrate on and really improve their speaking and listening skills. This book with CD includes:- 2 audio CDs containing a wide variety of activities- a 160 page book packed with short exercises and transcriptsPasos Spanish Practical Grammar Book: Supplementary to the Coursebook or Course Pack. A reference and grammar practice book containing clear, accessible grammar explanations with examples and extension in both Spanish and English.

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A Time to Remember

Anna Jacobs
Authors:
Anna Jacobs

1945 - the war in Europe is over. It should be a time of utter joy and celebration.Most women can't wait for their men to return, but in the small town of Rivenshaw in Lancashire, Judith Crossley fears having her husband back in the house. He'd grown into a bully and a drunkard, and on the occasions he'd come home from leave, he'd hit her. He wasn't a good father, either. Luckily Judith has found an unlikely ally, a friend to turn to - Maynard Esher, from an old aristocratic family on the other side of town. But Judith knows that when her husband returns, she and her children will be back in the firing line again. She decides that for the children's sake, she must leave her husband. But with the house rented in his name and other accommodation scarce, where on earth can they go...?

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Lady Penelope

Lena Kennedy
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Lena Kennedy
Coronet

Cocoa at Midnight

Tom Quinn
Authors:
Tom Quinn

Kathleen Clifford was born in 1909. Her family lived in a tiny flat near Paddington Station and her earliest memories were of the smell of horses and the shrill whistle of steam trains. For a girl from the slums there was only really one option once school was over - a life in service. She started work on 1925 as a lowly kitchen maid in the London home of Lady Diana Spencer's family. Here she heard tales of the Earl's propensity for setting fire to himself, as well as enjoying the servant's gossip about who was sleeping with whom. The Spencers were just the first in a line of eccentric families for whom she worked during a career that lasted more than thirty earrs and took her from a London palace to remote medieval estates. But despite long hours, amorous butlers and mad employers, Kathleen always kept her sense of humour and knew how to have fun. On one occasion she was almost caught in bed with her boyfriend who had to jump out of the window and run down the drive in his underwear to escape the local bobby.

John Murray Learning

Living Spanish

R P Littlewood, Rosa Maria Martin
Authors:
R P Littlewood, Rosa Maria Martin

This new 5th edition includes an up-to-date culture and vocabulary guide, allowing you to broaden your knowledge of contemporary language and customs.Do you want to learn Spanish or brush up what you know already? Are you looking for a course with a traditional approach to language learning, based on solid grammatical foundations, translation skills and practical vocabulary? If so, this is the course for you.The material covers a variety of everyday topics in a simple, concise manner. There are plenty of examples and explanations to illustrate how the language works and to build confidence. Each unit, designed to build systematically on what you have already learned, contains:- clear grammar explanations- vocabulary lists- reading material consisting of a story, dialogue or letter- questions for speaking practice- exercises- 32pp test-yourself section giving you extra practice and allowing you to monitor your progress as you go through the course, helping you keep on top of tricky grammar points and regularly testing the vocabulary you're learning.There are also revision units to help you practise what you are learning. At the back of the book, an exercise key enables you to check your answers while grammar and vocabulary sections provide a useful reference.The accompanying audio will help you with listening and speaking. In addition to a full pronunciation section, it contains reading passages and dialogues from the course book, followed by comprehension questions in Spanish, together with model answers.Download our free app, Teach Yourself Library, from the App Store or Google Play to access the free audio.

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Pasos 2 Spanish Intermediate Course 3rd edition revised: Coursebook and CDs

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Pasos 2 CD Complete Pack 3ed An Intermediate Course in Spanish

Martyn Ellis, Rosa Maria Martin
Authors:
Martyn Ellis, Rosa Maria Martin

In Pasos 2, the second part of the two-stage Pasos course, the language skills learnt in Pasos 1 are consolidated and extended enabling learners to develop an ability to communicate confidently at a higher level. They will also gain an insight into the history, customs and everyday life of modern Spain and Latin America. The course encourages active and realistic use of the language over a wide range of themes and situations throughout its fourteen topic-based lessons. There is a wealth of up-to-date authentic reading and listening materials as well as speaking and writing tasks based on everyday situations in Spain and Latin America. The tasks draw on learners' opinions, experience and knowledge of the world and are set against a background of more controlled presentation and practice of essential grammatical items. Each lesson is subdivided into stand-alone sections which provide an integrated task-based approach. As with Pasos 1, there are regular opportunities for revision, and vocabulary and grammar summaries are provided both at the end of each lesson and in separate reference sections. Prepárate features prepare learners for new language and topics and lessons end with an Autoevaluación self-assessment feature. The book contains a two-way glossary.Pasos 2 is a useful resource for the student in the classroom as well as the learner studying alone.The pack contains:* a 272-page full colour Coursebook* two Support Books giving answers to the exercises in the third edition coursebook and full recording transcripts* 3 audio CDs providing a balance of authentic location and studio recordings with a variety of Spanish accents, including Latin American voices

John Murray

The English Marriage

Maureen Waller
Authors:
Maureen Waller

The story of the English marriage is unique and eccentric. Long after the rest of Europe and neighbouring Scotland had reformed their marriage laws, England clung to the chaotic and contradictory laws of the medieval Church, making it all too easy to enter into a marriage but virtually impossible to end an unhappy one. If England was a 'paradise for wives' it could only have been through the feistiness of the women. Married women were placed in the same legal category as lunatics. While Englishmen prided themselves on their devotion to liberty, their wives were no freer than slaves. It was a husband's jealously guarded right to beat his wife, as long as the stick was no bigger than his thumb. Only after 1882 could a married woman even retain her own property. But then marriage was all about property in a society which was both mercenary and violent, where a girl was virtually sold into marriage and a price was put on a wife's chastity. With a cast of hundreds, from loyal and devoted wives in troubled times to those who featured in notorious trials for adultery, from abusive husbands whose excesses were only gradually curbed by the law to the modern phenomenon of the toxic wife, acclaimed historian Maureen Waller draws on intimate letters, diaries, court documents and advice books to trace the evolution of the English marriage. It is social history at its most revealing, astonishing and entertaining.

John Murray

Sovereign Ladies

Maureen Waller
Authors:
Maureen Waller
Sceptre

1700 : Scenes from London Life

Maureen Waller
Authors:
Maureen Waller

More than a capital city, Londoners had witnessed the unthinkable - the public execution of a king at Whitehall. Thousands had died in the Plague of 1665, then the Great Fire of 1666. But from the ashes rose a modern city, rebuilt with the shining dome of Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral, symbolising a new strength and confidence. London, with a population of over half a million, was now Europe's largest, richest and most cosmopolitian city. Maureen Waller describes a familiar yet alien world. Using anecdotes, detail and amusing contrasts, she draws on court records newspapers, and recorded eyewitness accounts to create a vividly colourful vision. of a city at a unique moment in its history.

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