Dublin. Calista is young, beautiful, and headstrong. When she falls in love with the charming, older Alexandros and moves to his native Cyprus, she never imagines that her whirlwind courtship could lead to a dark and violent marriage.
Caitriona Palmer had a happy childhood in Dublin, raised by loving adoptive parents. As a young adult, she made contact with her birth mother, Sarah, they developed a relationship. Sarah set one painful condition to this joyous new relationship: she wished to keep it - to keep Caitriona - secret.
Three years have passed since midwife Bridget Hodgson and her deputy Martha Hawkins fled York for the safety of the English countryside. But when a mysterious letter from London brings them to the capital, they are forced into service under Jonathan Marlowe, Oliver Cromwell's chief spymaster.
It's amid all this uncertainty that the already embattled modern man needs the best advice he can get about how to be the best he can. This tome offers the same pearls of life wisdom as Keep Calm and Carry On, especially for males at their wits' end.
Why are books, in all their forms, so very powerful? What do the books we've read over our lives--our own personal libraries--make of us? What does the unravelling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us?
In the wake of the collapse of Lehman Brothers and with Britain on the brink of economic ruin, a young English couple takes a vacation in Antigua. There they meet Dima, a Russian who styles himself the world’s Number One money-launderer and who wants, among other things, a game of tennis.