Fascinating and extraordinary, thrilling and poignant, My Judy Garland Life will speak to anyone who has ever nursed an obsession or held a candle to a star.Judy Garland has been an important figure in Susie Boyt's life since she was three years old, comforting, inspiring and at times disturbing her. In this unique book, Boyt travels deep into the underworld of hero worship, reviewing through the prism of Judy our understanding of rescue, consolation, love, grief and fame. What does it mean to adore someone you don't know? What is the proper husbandry of a twenty-first century obsession?Boyt's journey takes in a duetting breakfast with Mickey Rooney, a Munchkin luncheon, tea with the largest collector of Garlandia, an illicit late-night spree at the Minnesota Judy Garland Museum and a breathless, semi-sacred encounter with Miss Liza Minnelli . . .
On a crisp Autumn evening in western Nebraska, what started as a group of kids filming their drug-fuelled party ends in an explosive light show, leaving the victims apparently electrocuted, with odd scorch marks being the only evidence. While Maggie tries to make sense of the different stories, sifting through what is real and what is hallucination, she realises that the surviving teens are being targeted and systematically eliminated. Meanwhile on the East Coast, Army colonel Benjamin Platt is at the scene of a deadly outbreak, desperate to identify the pathogen that has infected children at a Virginia elementary school. Despite the miles that separate them, the two cases collide as Maggie and Platt uncover secrets that were meant to stay hidden...
Following the death of her father, Angie Powell takes over his business as a wilderness guide in the Montana mountains. Business is booming until disaster strikes when enigmatic ex-soldier Dare Callahan returns from service and sets up as a rival guide. His hardy exterior and battle scars are an attractive combination for those looking to hire a tough type to help them tackle the mountains - and three years on Angie's business is feeling the impact of Dare's return.However, Dare's sights are set on something other than business, and it's Angie he's looking to steal away, rather than her clients. Angie wants nothing to do with him, especially as she blames him for her failing business, but she has to put her feelings to one side when they are suddenly thrust together. An animal with a thirst for blood of a human variety is on the loose and it's up to Angie and Dare to stop it before it kills again...
You will hear a Nile Rodgers song today. It will make you happy. Legendary producer and co-founder of Chic, Nile wrote 'We are Family' for Sister Sledge and 'I'm Coming Out' for Diana Ross, and then produced Let's Dance for David Bowie and Like a Virgin for Madonna. But before he reinvented pop music Nile Rodgers invented himself. Le Freak is an astonishing, exuberant and inspiring story of a creative genius. It is also a stunning recreation of a time and place - by the man who wrote its soundtrack.
When Polly and Theo Noble book the Casa Luna, near Cortona, for their summer holiday they plan a civilised Anglo-American house-party with Theo's brother Daniel, Daniel's girlfriend Ellen, and Polly's old schoolfriend Hemani in an idyllic Tuscan setting. Their children Tania and Robbie will have Hemani's son Bron to play with, and Theo's mother, Betty is expected keep her grandchildren under control by force of a personality that can curdle mayonnaise at a hundred paces. Even Ivo Sponge, the notorious journalist with whom Ellen was once entangled, should do little to spoil their pleasure. But the Casa Luna is a place where strange things happen, and anyone who lives there risks unexpected joys and sorrows. As both children and adults find it increasingly difficult to tell what is fantasy and what is reality, the tiny winged creatures who have persuaded Tania to brew a love potion start to take over ... The result is that of the four couples who have begun the holiday together, all have swapped partners by the end (and one has swapped sex of partner!). This is a subtle and delectable comedy of manners about love, lies and the dangers of a strong imagination ...
Ky Vatta is a highly promising military cadet with a great future ahead of her, until an apparently insignificant act of kindness makes her the focus of the Academy's wrath. She is forced to resign, her dreams shattered.For the child of a rich trading family, this should mean disgrace on a grand scale. And yet, to her surprise, Ky is offered the captaincy of a ship headed for scrap with its final cargo.Her orders are absolutely clear, but Ky quickly sees potential profit in altering the parameters of the journey. Because, whatever the risks, it's in her blood to trade - even if the currency is extreme danger.'I thoroughly adored Trading in Danger and wholeheartedly recommend it' THE BOOK SMUGGLERS
Reiki for Life is the definitive guide to the practice of Reiki techniques for both the beginner and the more experienced Reiki practitioner. Penelope Quest, a leading expert with a wealth of experience as a Reiki Master and former Vice-Chairman and Education Co-ordinator for the UK Reiki Federation, tells you everything you need to know. Whether you want to recap on the basic Reiki routines, follow detailed instruction on First and Second Degree techniques, discover how to use Reiki for spiritual growth or find out how to become a Reiki Master, this is the book for you.This classic text, used by teacher and student alike, has now been fully updated and expanded to include even more illustrations to help guide you through each level of Reiki plus the very latest on developments in Reiki training in the West, how the mind-body connection works, the Japanese tradition of Reiki and the legal requirements for Reiki practitioners.
This new book from bestselling author Susan Nolen-Hoeksema helps women to discover, develop and harness their distinct psychological and social strengths so they can build their confidence and achieve their full potential in all aspects of their lives. The author believes that women are generally extremely hard on themselves: they concentrate on their flaws and shortcomings, trying all the time to fix problems that no one else can see. Her 25 years' research reveals that women have exceptional skills and, despite being ignored or dismissed over the millenia, have shown that they can be superb leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators. Women do much more right than they do wrong. Using the latest thinking in cognitive and behavioural therapy, motivating case histories and easy-to-follow exercises, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema introduces a new programme for step-by-step change. She helps women to understand what is holding them back and inspires them to transform their lives, their work and their relationships.
Reiki is particularly effective in healing animals but there is very little specific information currently available. Whether you are a newcomer to the field of energy medicine, an experienced practitioner or an animal lover committed to learning everything you can about your companion's health, Animal Reiki will open your eyes to a new level of healing and wellbeing. From dogs and cats to horses and birds, this book is everything you need to understand and appreciate the power of Reiki to heal and deepen the bond with the animals in your life.
Are you eager to combine the roles of mother and entrepreneur but wondering how to get started? If so, you are not alone. Many mothers are starting up on their own, eager to cut out the nursery fees and see more of their kids. If that sounds like your dream, this book can help make it a reality. Having worked from home for 16 successful years, Anita Naik can give you the true, nitty-gritty details on what it really means to start and run a business from your kitchen table, including:
* How to find out if you're suited to working on your own
* How to deal with mummy versus work guilt
* How to juggle family, work and YOU time
* And where to go for support, help and advice
Kitchen Table Tycoon also shows you how to research a business idea, find your start-up costs, and navigate your way through the inevitable ups and downs. With inspiring stories and advice from successful entrepreneurial mothers, even the most nervous of mumpreneurs can learn how to have a great business and a great life.
Low mood, motivation and depression are endemic, and on the increase. About 40% of all GP visits are for people feeling depressed. In America recent figures show that one in ten have been prescribed anti-depressants. The recession has fuelled the need for the feel good factor.
This book, written by leading nutrition expert and psychologist delivers highly effective ways - nutritional and psychological, with practical lifestyle and life management techniques - that really make a difference to how you feel. If you eat the right foods, avoid the wrong ones, your mood will improve dramaticaly - and quickly.
Patrick Holford's approach is supported by substantial research, and backed up by poignant and motivating case histories. It also includes case histories of those at the suicidal end of depression who failed to get better with conventional approaches, and recovered completely on Holford's regime. The book would be supported by further in-depth analysis relating to mood and diet taken from Holford's 100% Health survey which was completed by over 55,000 people..
Are you rarely ill? Do you have abundant energy, clear skin and a happy outlook? If not, this book can help you achieve this and much more. Optimum nutrition is a revolution in health care. It means giving yourself the best possible intake of nutrients to allow your body to be as healthy as it possibly can. In the bestselling OPTIMUM NUTRITION BIBLE Patrick Holford revealed precisely how to achieve optimum nutrition. In OPTIMUM NUTRITION MADE EASY, he distills the essence of his unique approach to health and presents it in an easy-to-follow, accessible format. It includes the basics of optimum nutrition, including what to eat, what to avoid and which supplements to take, as well as advice on superfoods and meal planning. The author also provides a simple programme for achieveing optimum health and, through a series of questionnaires, allows you to develop a nutrition programme that is right for you.
Patrick Holford is the UK's best-known nutrition guru. In The Holford 9-Day Liver Detox he will change the way you eat forever and leave you looking and feeling fantastic. Patrick Holford explains why detox works, the role of the liver in detoxing and how to detox your body. His 9-day plan is easy to follow, spread effortlessly over two weekends and the 5 days between. He gives you simple information on how to get started and how to get the most out of your detox, so that you will feel the benefits immediately, as you flush the toxins from your system, shake off the strains of a high-pressure life and achieve the body and energy levels you've always dreamed of.Â· A day-by-day liver cleansing diet to detoxify and re-energise your liver Â· 4 bad eating habits to break Â· 5 new habits to make Â· A 9-day menu programme with mouthwatering low-GL recipesÂ· Up-beat advice based on cutting-edge research Follow Patrick Holford's simple rules and action steps and you will feel fantastic, lose weight and prevent the onset of many chronic and debilitating illnesses. This is a healthy and safe detox diet that you can follow for life!
There was an age when the world was young. It was a time before the coming of humans, a time when magic was the dominant power - and it was named the age of Faerie. Ever since this time, a bitter war has been raging between the forces of good and evil. And it was during this age that the Elfstones protecting the Elven race disappeared. They have been missing for thousands of years. Now a clue to their location may have surfaced in the ancient diary of a princess, and it will be the beginning of an adventure that no-one could have anticipated.This is the beginning of a breathtaking new series from the master of modern fantasy Terry Brooks. Returning to his core Shannara world, this spellbinding series will astound both seasoned Terry Brooks fans and those discovering his magical world for the first time.
The Basics of Reiki by Penelope Quest offers a clear and accessible introduction to an increasingly popular and powerful healing art. Best known as a gentle hands-on-healing technique for physical ailments, Reiki is also a holistic system which can be used for healing body, mind, emotions and spirit. In this helpful and easy-to-follow book, you will discover everything you need to know, including: the origins and development of Reiki as a healing system; what to expect when receiving a Reiki treatment; how Reiki treats both the symptoms and the causes of illness, easing physical pain and helping to clear emotional blockages; how easily you can be attuned to Reiki, and what to expect at each level of training; how to use Reiki for self-healing and for healing other people, animals, plants and the environment; practical exercises and visualisations to encourage relaxation and develop insight and energy awareness.
This is the perfect choice for those who want to find out more about Reiki and the benefits it can offer, from a highly qualified and experienced Reiki Master.
Most people attending a Reiki workshop are taught the basics of self-treatment with Reiki, but few discover Reiki's real potential for self-healing. It is an amazing tool for healing mind, body, emotions and spirit to create wholeness and harmony, personal peace and a sense of purpose. This book is packed with innovative yet easy-to-use techniques and is aimed at everyone who has worked with Reiki at any level. This book includes: New ways of using Reiki to heal the whole person, from the subtle energies of the aura to the physical body, for a healthier and more balanced life; a 'whole life' approach to self-healing, including psychological, emotional, social and environmental issues; unique methods of using Reiki more creatively for spiritual development and self-understanding; techniques from both Eastern and Western Reiki traditions; exclusive special meditations; easy-to-follow diagrams; accessible text, and clear explanations and examples.
Practising Reiki is not simply about healing others - it is also about healing yourself and growing spiritually. In LIVING THE REIKI WAY, Penelope Quest offers practical and spiritual guidance on how you can absorb the six key Reiki principles into your everyday life. They are:* Live in the now
* Live without anger
* Live without worry
* Live with gratitude
* Live with kindness
* Work honestly and diligentlyBy encouraging us to live by these principles in the present, Penelope Quest will help us to achieve long-term happiness and contentment.
Reiki is a holistic system for balancing, healing and harmonising all aspects of the person - body, mind, emotions and spirit - encouraging deep relaxation and the release of stress and tension, and promoting awareness and spiritual growth.
This comprehensive manual provides much-needed support for students and teachers who want to ensure best practice. It can also be used by people who have taken Reiki courses and want more information, or wish to update their skills and work professionally, or simply treat themselves, family and friends informally. The first three sections cover levels Reiki 1, Reiki 2 and Reiki 3. Information is given in an accessible, structured and interactive way to increase understanding, knowledge and experience. The final section of the manual contains reference material specifically for students who wish to become professional practitioners, and for Masters who wish to expand the scope of the training they can offer to their students. This final section also provides the foundation for additional courses or workshops on topics such as health and safety and managing a successful practice.
Kate Lewis is thirty-five and feeling restless. She's fed up of worrying about the ironing and would like her husband Jeffrey to pay more attention to her than his golf clubs. There must be more to life than this!Kate enrols herself on a T'ai Chi course and takes best friend Sonia along for the ride. She's determined to 'find herself' but it's easier said than done, especially when she finds the distracting Ben Mahler first . . .
The Woman Unknown: Deirdre Fitzpatrick is married to a man who wants to know where she really goes when supposedly taking care of her sick mother and calls on the expertise of Kate Shackleton, amateur sleuth extraordinaire to investigate.The Gentleman: Everett Runcie is a banker facing ruin and disgrace. His American heiress wife will no longer pay for his mistakes, or tolerate his infidelity, and is seeking a divorce.The Murder: When a chambermaid enters Runcie's hotel room, she is shocked to find that he is alone - and dead! Suddenly Kate is thrown into the depths of an altogether more sinister investigation. Can she uncover the truth of her most complex, and personal, case to date?
Bethany, an angel sent to Earth, and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier, have been to Hell and back. But now their love will be put to its highest test yet, as they defy Heavenly law and marry. They don't tell Beth's archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, but the angels know soon enough, and punishment comes in a terrifying form: the Sevens, who are rogue angels bent on keeping Beth and Xavier apart, destroying Gabriel and Ivy, and darkening angelic power in the heavens.The only way Bethany and Xavier can elude the Sevens is to hide in the open, and blend in with other mortals their own age. Gabriel and Ivy set them up at college, where they can't reveal their relationship, and where there is still danger around each corner. Will Bethany be called back to Heaven - for ever - and face leaving the love of her life?
Sophie and Katy have almost forgotten that they're supposed to be mortal enemies - and now that they've persuaded Sophie's family that witches and witch hunters can be friends, life ought to be nice and straightforward!
But it's not long before magic gets in the way again. Katy is still keeping Sophie's identity a secret from her parents; if they knew she was the daughter of a famous witch they'd demagick her for sure! And both girls are keeping their powers hidden from their other friends, a feat which is getting harder all the time.
When they head off on a school trip, it seems they might have to finally spill their secrets. Can they make it back to Turlingham with their sorcery still under wraps?
There are times when ladies must use all their wisdom and good sense to face life's problems and mysteries. Mma Ramotswe, owner of the No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency, keeps her wits about her as she looks into why the country's star goalkeeper isn't saving goals. Georgina turns her rudeness into a virtue when she opens a successful hotel. Italian shop-keeper Fabrizia shows her bravery when her husband betrays her. And in Suffolk during the Second World War, gentle La proves that music really can make a difference.With his trademark gift for storytelling, international bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith brings us five tales of love, heartbreak, hope and the cleverness of ladies.
Rachel's world is confined to the protective walls around her city. Beyond them are violent wanderers, extreme terrain, and a danger straight out of legend: a beast called the Cursed One that devastates everything in its path.When Rachel's father goes missing, she is desperate to search for him. But her attempts to flee the city bring her to the attention of its overbearing ruler. His efforts to control her make the world within the walls seem as dangerous as that outside.Her only chance at escape is Logan. Once her father's apprentice, and now her only protector, he feels that helping her might mean losing her completely. But if he can put his feelings aside, they might be able to save more than Rachel's father. They might be able to break down the walls, and set their people free.