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The incredible story of a 1958 murder that ended with the last woman to ever be executed in California—a murder so twisted it seems ripped from a Greek tragedy. Deborah Larkin was only ten years old when the quiet calm of her California suburb was shattered. Thirty miles north, on a quiet November night in Santa Barbara, a pregnant nurse named Olga Duncan disappeared from her apartment. The mystery deepens when it is discovered that Olga’s mother in-law—a deeply manipulative and deceptive woman—had been doing everything in her power to separate Olga and her son, Frank, prior to Olga’s disappearance. From a forged annulment to multiple attempts to hire people to “get rid” of Olga, to a faked excoriation case, Elizabeth seemed psychopathically attached to her son. Yet she denied having anything to do with Olga’s disappearance with a smile. But when Olga’s brutally beaten body is found in a shallow grave, apparently buried alive, a young DA makes it his mission to see that Elizabeth Duncan is brought to justice. Adding a wrinkle to his efforts is the fact that Frank—himself a defense attorney—maintained his mother’s innocent to the end. How does a young girl process such a crime along with the fear and disbelieve that rocked an entire community? Decades later, Larkin is determined to revisit the case and bring the story of Olga herself to light. Long overshadowed by the sensationalism and scandal of Elizabeth and Frank, A Lovely Girl seeks to reveal Olga as a woman in full. Someone who was more than the twisted family that would ultimately ensnare her. As we follow the heart-pounding drama of the case through Larkin's young eyes—her father was the court reporter—A Lovely Girl is by turns page-turning yet poingnant, and makes the reader reexamine how we handle fear, how we regard mental illness, and how we understand family as we carve our own path in a dangerous world.
Gavin Hamilton Green was well-known to Goderich visitors as the "racy, entertaining and genial proprietor" of Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. His writings describe the colourful, sometimes wily ways of pioneer history in Colborne Township and Huron County. Green supplies a large repertoire of witty anecdotes, which together with several illustrations of old-timers and old places, give his book the true atmosphere of the times to which they relate. The reader is carried from chuckles to tears as events unfold in his witty saga in which he alternates from participant to observer. His "odd expressions and pawky whimsies" are an absolute delight.
The Girl Detective Megapack by Mildred A. Wirt,Roy Snell,Edith Lavell,Grace May North,Cleo F. Garis Pdf
This volume features 25 novels by some of the top writers of young adult mystery fiction from the 20th century. With more than 2,900 pages of classic crimes, here are the complete Mary Louis Gay series, the complete Madge Sterling series, the complete Penny Nichols series, and many more! Included are: THE MYSTERY OF THE SECRET BAND, by Edith Lavell THE MYSTERY AT DARK CEDARS, by Edith Lavell THE MYSTERY OF THE FIRES, by Edith Lavell THE BLUE ENVELOPE, by Roy Snell THE CRUISE OF THE O MOO, by Roy Snell THE SECRET MARK, by Roy Snell PURPLE FLAME, by Roy Snell THE CRIMSON THREAD, by Roy Snell THE SILENT ALARM, by Roy Snell WITCHES COVE, by Roy Snell THE MAGIC CURTAIN , by Roy Snell THE ORCHARD SECRET, by Cleo F. Garis MYSTERY OF JOCKEY HOLLOW, by Cleo F. Garis MISSING AT MARSHLANDS, by Cleo F. Garis PENNY NICHOLS FINDS A CLUE, by Mildred A. Wirt PENNY NICHOLS AND THE MYSTERY OF THE LOST KEY, by Mildred A. Wirt PENNY NICHOLS AND THE BLACK IMP, by Mildred A. Wirt PENNY NICHOLS AND THE KNOB HILL MYSTERY, by Mildred A. Wirt THE MISSING FORMULA, by Mildred A. Wirt THE DESERTED YACHT, by Mildred A. Wirt THE SECRET OF THE SUNDIAL, by Mildred A. Wirt BOBS, A GIRL DETECTIVE, by Grace May North THE PHANTOM TOWN MYSTERY, by Carol Norton THE SEVEN SLEUTHS CLUB, by Carol Norton THE CAMP FIRE GIRLS SOLVE A MYSTERY, by Hildegard G. Frey And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see more entries in this series, covering classic authors and subjects like mysteries, science fiction, westerns, ghost stories -- and much, much more!
Lovely Jubbly: A Celebration of 40 Years of Only Fools and Horses by Jim Sullivan,Mike Jones Pdf
** The No. 11 Top Ten Sunday Times Bestseller ** Long Live Hookey Street ... Ménage et trois! It's been 40 years since John Sullivan's Only Fools and Horses first graced our television screens. In this new official guide, packed full of rare and never-before-seen photographs, Mike Jones and Jim Sullivan - son of John and co-writer of the hit West End show Only Fools and Horses the Musical - chart the creation and evolution of the nation's favourite comedy series. Including behind-the-scenes info and interviews with those who helped make the show a success, and more than a word or two from Del, Rodders and the rest of the Peckham faithful, here we take an episode-by-episode look at what made Only Fools and Horses work. Lovely Jubbly!
The phrase triumphing in the face of adversity could have been especially created for Jamilla Govani. Few people can have a more inspiring story to tella tale that involves starting all over again after her life was shattered, almost literally overnight. At the tender age of ten, Jamilla suddenly found herself being spirited out of her beloved Uganda, her native country. Cowering in the back of a lorry, she and other members of her family endured a hazardous and terrifying journey to the airport with gunfire in the near distance. Her father and a couple of uncles and an aunt were left behind. Idi Amin had declared the remaining Asians stateless. Prince Sadruddin Agakhan, the commissioner to the UN, negotiated a safe haven for these Asians who were then evacuated to UN camps over countries in Europe. She was one of the lucky ones who made itmany didntand then the challenge of a lifetime awaited her. She was one of the 80,000 Asians expelled from Uganda by President Idi Amin, at the height of his brutal, despotic rule that represented one of the most shameful chapters in the history of mankind. Not only he expelled the Asians but had five hundred thousand Ugandans killed by his soldiers at no fault of their own. Jamilla and her family were among 30,000 Ugandan Asians who resettled in England, arriving in that country virtually penniless and with little more than the clothes they were standing up in. They had to start all over again. Forty years later, Jamilla can reflect on a life of great achievement on many fronts with the grace of the Almighty, clearing constant hurdles along the way that would have defeated many a weaker personality. Today she is an accomplished businesswoman and the mother of three beautiful children who are integrated into the British society with great pride. The scars have healed, but the memories always remain. Last year, Jamilla visited Uganda, the village where she grew up, and as she stood on the banks of Lake Kyogi, the world stood still, and the memories of her childhood flooded through. Despite seemingly every conceivable provocation, she has never lost her faith. Now, as she fights yet another great battle, she has taken time out to write her autobiography. For anyone seeking inspiration and evidence that lifes challenges are there to be met head-on, they need look no further than Jamilla as their role model. When one door closes, another always opens.
A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride Pdf
Taking the literary world by storm, Eimear McBride’s internationally praised debut is one of the most acclaimed novels in recent years; it is “subversive, passionate, and darkly alchemical. Read it and be changed” (Eleanor Catton). Eimear McBride’s debut tells, with astonishing insight and in riveting detail, the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother, the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumour, and her harrowing sexual awakening. Not so much a stream-of-consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and chaotic sexuality of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing plunges inside its narrator’s head, exposing her world firsthand. This isn’t always comfortable—but it is always a revelation. Touching on everything from family violence to religion to addiction, and the personal struggle to remain intact in times of intense trauma, McBride writes with singular intensity, acute sensitivity, and mordant wit. A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing is moving, funny, and alarming. It is a book you will never forget.
Lulu Taylor Bundle: Heiresses/Midnight Girls by Lulu Taylor Pdf
Two glamorous reads for the price of one from Lulu Taylor Heiresses They were born to the scent of success. Now they stand to lose it all... Fame, fashion and scandal, Jemima, Tara and Poppy Trevellyan are the height of success, glamour and style: Jemima's indulgent lifestyle knows no limits. Tara's one amibition in life is to be independent of her family and her husband, no matter the cost. Poppy wants to escape her wealthy family's stifling influence, without losing the comfort their money brings. But when the girls inherit the Trevellyan's vast ailing perfume empire, can they learn to work together to bring the company back from the brinkt? And in making a fresh start, can they face their family's dark past? Midnight Girls From the presitious dormitories of Westfield to the irresistible socialite scene of present-day London, everywhere Allegra McCorquodale goes, scandal follows. And in Allegra's shadow, are her closest friends since school: the Midnight Girls. Romily de Lisle: super rich, brilliant and bored. She's a force to be reckoned with; and Imogen Heath, pretty, timid she longs to be part of the glitzy high-society world where her friends move with such ease. But once out of school, greed, tragedy and sinister passions threaten their allegiance and each of them stand to lose what they love most...
The moving testimonies of five African-American women comprise this unflinching account of slavery in the pre-Civil War American South. Covering a wide range of narrative styles, the voices provide authentic recollections of hardship, frustration, and hope — from Mary Prince's groundbreaking account of a lone woman's tribulations and courage, the spiritual awakening of "Old Elizabeth," and Mattie Jackson's record of personal achievements, to the memoirs of Kate Drumgoold and Annie L. Burton. A compelling, authentic portrayal of women held as slaves in the antebellum South, these remarkable stories of courage and perseverance will be required reading for students of literature, history, and African-American studies.
The Novel: An Alternative History, 1600-1800 by Steven Moore Pdf
Winner of the Christian Gauss Award for excellence in literary scholarship from the Phi Beta Kappa Society Having excavated the world's earliest novels in his previous book, literary historian Steven Moore explores in this sequel the remarkable flowering of the novel between the years 1600 and 1800-from Don Quixote to America's first big novel, an homage to Cervantes entitled Modern Chivalry. This is the period of such classic novels as Tom Jones, Candide, and Dangerous Liaisons, but beyond the dozen or so recognized classics there are hundreds of other interesting novels that appeared then, known only to specialists: Spanish picaresques, French heroic romances, massive Chinese novels, Japanese graphic novels, eccentric English novels, and the earliest American novels. These minor novels are not only interesting in their own right, but also provide the context needed to appreciate why the major novels were major breakthroughs. The novel experienced an explosive growth spurt during these centuries as novelists experimented with different forms and genres: epistolary novels, romances, Gothic thrillers, novels in verse, parodies, science fiction, episodic road trips, and family sagas, along with quirky, unclassifiable experiments in fiction that resemble contemporary, avant-garde works. As in his previous volume, Moore privileges the innovators and outriders, those who kept the novel novel. In the most comprehensive history of this period ever written, Moore examines over 400 novels from around the world in a lively style that is as entertaining as it is informative. Though written for a general audience, The Novel, An Alternative History also provides the scholarly apparatus required by the serious student of the period. This sequel, like its predecessor, is a “zestfully encyclopedic, avidly opinionated, and dazzlingly fresh history of the most 'elastic' of literary forms” (Booklist).
Dublin. The night before Christmas and Mrs and Mrs Walls are preparing for the arrival of their son Joseph and his new bride, Mary, from London. "George Bernard Shaw wrote: 'I have not yet found real homes except in very stupid families to whom a house is a world.' The tragedy was when, as in his own family - or Stella's in The Walls - intelligent people attempt to make a house their world. Shaw turned his own childhood tragedy into comedy but the comedy retained - as does Colin Teevan's - sharp pathos of emotions and ambitions thwarted and lonely lives unfulfilled" (Clare Boylan) The Walls was premiered as part of the RNT's Springboards season, 2001.