This exciting new book on British country houses offers an unusual and magnificent look at the lifestyle, architecture, and interior design of the country house of the British Isles. From Brideshead to Downton Abbey, the country house is a subject of fantasy and curiosity, as well as a rich resource to explore the history of great architecture and decoration and the lives of landowners and those who made the houses work. With hundreds of photographs from the National Trust, and others from public and private collections, this visually lavish volume draws back the curtain on important historic homes in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. At the same time it reveals the complex stories of these interiors, both grand and hidden, from great halls, libraries and entryways to the kitchens and stables and gardens. Locations featured include Knole, Cragside, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Polesden Lacey, Petworth, Bodiam Castle, Blenheim, Longleat, and dozens more. An insightful essay by renowned British author and historian David Cannadine explores how the idea of the country house has changed over the past forty years. Additional essays reflect on how changing twentieth century values have impacted the country house, with contributions by writers and scholars such as Sarah Callander-Beckett on the private house, Dr. Madge Dresser on slavery and the country house, and Dr. Oliver Cox on the ´Downton Abbey ´effect.´ The texts are woven around extensive picture essays, introduced and curated by country house specialist Jeremy Musson, which look at the identity and image of British country houses of all kinds and the stories they contain.
Learn about Junk Bonds with iMinds Money´s insightful fast knowledge series. Junk bonds are bonds with a potential for high returns but which also come with many risks. A junk bond is like an IOU from an organisation that states the amount it will pay you back, the date it will pay you back and the interest it will pay you back. But what truly sets junk bonds apart from similar investments is the credit quality of their issuers. Whereas lenders of investment-grade bonds are financially reliable, a lender of junk bonds does not have a stable financial past. When one says that junk bonds are high risk, what is meant is that if you purchase a junk bond there is a chance you will never get your money back. This is because the finances of the issuer are regarded as so insecure that there is serious doubt as to whether it can pay the interest and redemption payments. And to add to the risks, many junk bond funds do not allow investors to cash out for one to two years. Therefore, investing in junk bonds requires a lot of analytical skills, including knowledge of specialised credit. iMinds will hone your financial knowledge with its insightful series looking at topics related to Money, Investment and Finance.. whether an amateur or specialist in the field, iMinds targeted fast knowledge series will whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind. iMinds will hone your financial knowledge with its insightful series looking at topics related to Money, Investment and Finance.. whether an amateur or specialist in the field, iMinds targeted fast knowledge series will whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.iMinds unique fast-learning modules as seen in the Financial Times, Wired, Vogue, Robb Report, Sky News, LA Times, Mashable and many others... the future of general knowledge acquisition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Emily Sophie Knapp. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/imnd/000211/bk_imnd_000211_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Emma Wade has worked hard to create a stable life surrounded by people she loves. But when her dark past catches up with her, Emma fears she might not live long enough to testify against the man who hurt her all those years ago. Her only choice is to run. And if there is one thing Emma learned as a homeless teen, it was knowing when to sleep alone and knowing when to partner up. Rhys Striker, the sexy ex-marine she shared a hot night with, is the only one she trusts with her secrets. But she learns quickly she’s not the only one running from something. And as both of their pasts threaten to take them under, she’ll have to choose between protecting her life and protecting her heart. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer Stark. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013717/bk_adbl_013717_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A murdered family-man. A young woman tortured and set on fire. A face from the past…. DI Nathaniel Caslin is stable, for the first time in years. Now, he can look to the future, or so he thought. Granting a small favour to a friend, can often be anything but simple.... When the only link between two apparently random murders appears to be an aging, Catholic priest, Caslin is thrust into a world of long-buried secrets. Drawing unwanted attention from the intelligence services, he must consider if the man he once trusted above all others, is now playing by his own rules. With professional killers circling, Caslin must face uncomfortable truths about those seeking redemption. Sometimes, justice is best served from the wrong side of the law. With the net tightening, the level of threat increases. Will Caslin, along with those closest to him, be the last victims of a forgotten conflict? Haunting, dark, and intense, The Dogs in the Street is a fast-paced thriller from the exciting, new talent in Crime Noir. Buy it today! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Greg Patmore. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/153033/bk_acx0_153033_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she´s so carefully built - putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she´s been so desperate to avoid. When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armour, Izzy can´t help thinking she´s been saved from one threat and exposed to another. His imposing physique, the harsh lines of his face, and the wariness of everyone who comes close are just a few clues to Theo Kane´s notorious reputation. The man is positively terrifying. But with Izzy, he´s tender and a complete gentleman, and her fascination with the mysterious beast of a man becomes too powerful for her to walk away. As Theo´s demons come to light, running becomes even more impossible. And yet staying together could doom them both.Read by Julie Garthan. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Julie Garthan, Jack George. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/orio/001973/bk_orio_001973_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Dance with your heart, and love will follow. Kindergarten teacher Spenser Harris has carved a quiet, stable future out of his tumultuous past, but his world turns upside down the night a homeless teen appears on his doorstep - a boy whose story mirrors the one Spenser has worked so hard to overcome. The decision to shelter Duon is easy. What´s tricky is juggling the network of caregivers in Duon´s life, especially TomAs Jimenez. TomAs wouldn´t have hesitated to take Duon in, but his plate is already full working three jobs to support his family. Though Spenser´s carefully constructed walls are clearly designed to keep the world at bay, TomAs pushes past Spenser´s defenses, determined to ensure the man is worthy of his charge. As the two of them grow closer, TomAs dares to dream of a life beyond his responsibilities, and Spenser begins to believe he might finally find a home of his own after all. But Spenser and TomAs´s world is forever poised to crash down around their ears. Duon´s grandmother isn´t sure she wants him to be raised by a gay man and challenges Spenser´s custody. TomAs´s undocumented parents could be deported at any time, and all the while the state of Minnesota votes on a constitutional amendment against marriage equality and the US Supreme Court debates whether or not Spenser and TomAs get a happily ever after. All they can do is hold tight to their love, hope for a better future...and remind each other to enjoy the dance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Iggy Toma. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/072037/bk_acx0_072037_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Many organizations tell us that work has never been as safe as it is today. They will show the lowest injury figures ever and the rosiest incident counts in years. They want to be proud of these accomplishments, and perhaps they should be. But behind these results hide complexity and contradiction - a messiness that Todd Conklin takes us into with this audiobook. For one, it is pretty obvious by now that trying to lower our incident and injury rates leaves the risk of process safety disasters and fatalities pretty much unaffected. Getting better at managing injuries and incidents doesn’t help us prevent fatalities and accidents - we’ve known that for a long time (Salminen, Saari, Saarela, & Rasanen, 1992).The number of fatalities in, say, construction or the energy industry has remained relatively stable over the past decades (Amalberti, 2013; National Safety Council, 2004), even when many organizations proudly report entire years (or more) without injury. Lowering the injury or non-serious incident rate can actually put an organization at greater risk of accidents and fatalities.In shipping, for example, injury counts were halved over a recent decade, but the number of shipping accidents tripled (Storkersen, Antonsen, & Kongsvik, 2016). In construction, most workers lost their lives precisely in the years with the lowest injury counts (Saloniemi & Oksanen, 1998). And in aviation, airlines with the fewest incidents have the highest passenger mortality risk (Barnett & Wang, 2000). What lies behind these fatalities?Do they really happen because some people don’t wear their personal protective equipment - that some don’t wear gloves when rules say they should? Workplace Fatalities: Failure to Predict is the first book for the industry professional that speaks directly to this important challenge: If your organization is so safe, why do we have fatal and serious events? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Todd Conklin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/149541/bk_acx0_149541_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Oliver London has no problem standing stark-ass naked in front of a group of strangers. As a figure model, it´s afforded the nearly starving artist the time and means he needs to paint. Stori Ryder runs one of Manhattan´s most popular speakeasies, Whiskey River. She´s focused on her career and intent on securing a stable future after an unstable past. Fourteen years ago, the high school sweethearts parted on a sour note. When best friends invite them on a fabulous French Riviera wedding cruise, Oliver and Stori remember what it was that drew them together all those years ago. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114014/bk_acx0_114014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The past lies veiled beneath the surface of our lives. Gripping dreams of a lost love compel Tess Whitaker to walk away from a stable marriage and her teenage son. As she struggles to piece together a new life in a new town, haunting visions of a past life thrust her into a quest to find her elusive lover. Spinning out of control, Tess wonders, ´´Have I really gone off the deep end? Will I ever find ´the one?´´´ 1. Language: English. Narrator: Lucy Rivers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/014672/bk_acx0_014672_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.