Bestselling author Anna Kovac has just bought the house of her dreams in New York. But the horror of September 11th, and the need for peace to finish her latest novel, leads her to crave a change of scene and so she arranges a four-month house-swap with the mysterious Don Sutherland, an ex-Yalie who is prepared to loan her his villa in Tuscany while he lives in her apartment. Delighted by her good fortune, Anna arrives in Tuscany with two friends. After a blissful few weeks she calls home and her friend Larry Atwood assures her that, although no one has seen the mysterious Mr Sutherland, the house seems fine. But then Anna tries to access her bank account and her details have been wiped. All her savings have disappeared. She calls her house and discovers it has been put up for sale. Then she hears that Larry has fallen from the scaffolding outside her building and been killed. Anna returns to New York to discover that someone has ruthlessly erased all evidence of her life there. Someone has taken her identity...
'As uplifting as summer sunshine' Sarah Morgan Sunshine, cider and family secrets... Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors - arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live on the other side of the river. Life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making, and everyone falls under its spell. For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved Great-Uncle Matthew, it seems the place where they've always belonged might now belong to them... But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to a Culbone. Gabriel has no idea why he's been included, or what his connection to the farm - or the Melchiors - can be. As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets? A Home from Home is the very best of Veronica Henry's storytelling - gorgeous scenes you wish you could step into, a cast of characters who feel like friends, and an irresistibly feel-good family drama crossing three generations. Discover Veronica Henry - your favourite authors' favourite author: 'Wise, insightful, beautifully written. A delicious treat of a book' Milly Johnson 'An utter delight' Jill Mansell 'Truly blissful escapism' Lucy Diamond 'A heart-warming, triumphant story combined with Veronica's sublime writing - the perfect mix!' Cathy Bramley 'Veronica Henry has such a deft hand with families and their complications' Katie Fforde
A heart-warming story set in World War II, perfect for fans of Ellie Dean and Donna Douglas Norfolk, 1944 Phylly is a Land Girl on Catchetts Farm. She and her friend Gracie are doing their bit to support the war effort. But times are changing at Catchetts - there's an evacuee and two P.O.Ws on their way... And then Phylly meets an American airman from the base up the road. As the War rages on the Continent, Phylly and Gracie's world will be changed forever.
When George Alagiah was dropped off at a Hampshire boarding school as a child back in 1967 he was confronted with an extreme version of the private struggle faced by all immigrants - the battle to leave the past behind and fit into a new culture. His arrival in Britain coincided with the unhappy intrusion of race into politics. A key part of the ensuing fight against racism was the concept of multiculturalism. But in a closely argued and forthright chapter, Alagiah suggests that, far from improving the prospects for some immigrants, multiculturalism may be an impediment to integration. All too often these are the poor and isolated communities who most need the help of the state to break out of what is fast becoming a version of ghetto life. Above all, this book is a tender and evocative portrayal of the immigrant experience. Alagiah brings colour and life to a subject that is too often reduced to screaming tabloid headlines, and sheds light on the controversial question of British identity.
Malpractice and mayhem - the events of a single day at a care home are described with humour and compassion in this fast-paced novel. Edith was a child when Stoneycrest was her family home. Now she's an alert and watchful resident. She hatches a plot to expose the malpractice she sees going on around her, aided and abetted by Len, another resident. Spiro, the owner, has his own plans for Stoneycrest, as does his love on the side, Marion the matron of the home. Tass, his niece, is more straightforward in her aims. She just wants lots of cash from Spiro. The day unfolds in surprising ways, as the characters pursue their own ends with varying degrees of calamity and success. 'Home from Home' is a novel which brings together once again the particular blend of humour and compassion for which this long-established writer is known. Thought-provoking entertainment is Susan Barrett's stock in trade.
Near Cleethorpes, Humberston Fitties chalet park has a history that can be traced back a century. Currently, over 300 chalets exist on the Fitties. The people that have homes (or 'homes from home') on the Fitties take great pride in their dwellings, their personalities shining through in the manner in which they decorate their chalets; signage is often ironic and playful, the names of the buildings toying with stereotypes and the allure of the kitsch. Humour abounds. These photographs document this space.