Les secrets de Thornwood House
Les secrets n'appartiennent qu'aux vivants. Lorsque son ex-mari décède, Audrey et leur fille Bronwyn sont forcées de déménager. Heureusement, elles héritent d'une propriété abandonnée à plusieurs centaines de kilomètres de là. Sautant sur l'occasion de recommencer à zéro, elles emménagent dans la vieille demeure qu'elles remettent en état. Un jour, Audrey y découvre une photo d'un précédent occupant, médecin pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, et se passionne pour le personnage. Bientôt, elle apprend que le docteur aurait battu à mort une jeune femme à son retour en 1946. Chose étrange, il semblerait que des meurtres similaires se produisent toujours dans la région. Le tueur serait-il encore en vie ?
When you’re all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War Two medic – Samuel Riordan, the homestead’s former occupant – and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him. But as Audrey digs deeper into Samuel’s story, she discovers he was accused of bashing to death a young woman on his return from the war in 1946. When she learns about other unexplained deaths in recent years – one of them a young woman with injuries echoing those of the first victim – she begins to suspect that the killer is still very much alive. And now Audrey, thanks to her need to uncover the past, has provided him with good reason to want to kill again. An enthralling, haunting tale of obsession, love and courage
The Secret Life of Violet Grant
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wicked City: a story of love and intrigue that travels from Kennedy-era Manhattan to World War I Europe… Fresh from college, irrepressible Vivian Schuyler defies her wealthy Fifth Avenue family to work at cutthroat Metropolitan magazine. But this is 1964, and the editor dismisses her…until a parcel lands on Vivian’s Greenwich Village doorstep that starts a journey into the life of an aunt she never knew, who might give her just the story she’s been waiting for. In 1912, Violet Schuyler Grant moved to Europe to study physics, and made a disastrous marriage to a philandering fellow scientist. As the continent edges closer to the brink of war, a charismatic British army captain enters her life, drawing her into an audacious gamble that could lead to happiness…or disaster. Fifty years later, Violet’s ultimate fate remains shrouded in mystery. But the more obsessively Vivian investigates her disappearing aunt, the more she realizes all they have in common—and that Violet’s secret life is about to collide with hers. A People StyleWatch “Must Read Book” One of Reader’s Digest’s Top Summer Thrillers of the Year
A Fraction of the Whole
Meet the Deans “The fact is, the whole of Australia despises my father more than any other man, just as they adore my uncle more than any other man. I might as well set the story straight about both of them . . .” Heroes or Criminals? Crackpots or Visionaries? Families or Enemies? “. . . Anyway, you know how it is. Every family has a story like this one.” Most of his life, Jasper Dean couldn’t decide whether to pity, hate, love, or murder his certifiably paranoid father, Martin, a man who overanalyzed anything and everything and imparted his self-garnered wisdom to his only son. But now that Martin is dead, Jasper can fully reflect on the crackpot who raised him in intellectual captivity, and what he realizes is that, for all its lunacy, theirs was a grand adventure. As he recollects the events that led to his father’s demise, Jasper recounts a boyhood of outrageous schemes and shocking discoveries—about his infamous outlaw uncle Terry, his mysteriously absent European mother, and Martin’s constant losing battle to make a lasting mark on the world he so disdains. It’s a story that takes them from the Australian bush to the cafes of bohemian Paris, from the Thai jungle to strip clubs, asylums, labyrinths, and criminal lairs, and from the highs of first love to the lows of failed ambition. The result is a rollicking rollercoaster ride from obscurity to infamy, and the moving, memorable story of a father and son whose spiritual symmetry transcends all their many shortcomings. A Fraction of the Whole is an uproarious indictment of the modern world and its mores and the epic debut of the blisteringly funny and talented Steve Toltz.
A Town Like Alice
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ERIC LOMAX Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle - an experience that leads to the deaths of many. Due to her courageous spirit and ability to speak Malay, Jean takes on the role of leader of the sorry gaggle of prisoners and many end up owing their lives to her indomitable spirit. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result. After the war, Jean tracks Joe down in Australia and together they begin to dream of surmounting the past and transforming his one-horse outback town into a thriving community like Alice Springs...
The Ebony Tower
The Ebony Tower is a series of novellas, rich in imagery, exploring the nature of art. In the title story, a journalist visiting a celebrated but reclusive painter is intrigued by the elderly artist's relationship with two beautiful young women. John Fowles reputation as a master storyteller was further advanced by this collection, which echoed themes and preoccupations from his other books.
Operational Risk Control with Basel II
This book: *provides a sound methodology for operational risk control *focuses on management risk and ways to avoid it *explains why and how information technology is a major operational risk *shows how to integrate cost control in the operational risk perspective *details analytical approaches to operational risk control, to help with scorecard developments *explains the distinction between High Frequency Low Risk and Low Frequency High Risk events *provides many case studeies from banking and insurance to demonstrate the attention operational risks deserve *Assists risk professionals in preparing their institution to comply with the New Capital Adequacy Framework issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, which becomes mandatory from January 1, 2006 *Readers benefit from a significantly broader viewpoint on types of operational risks, operational risks controls, and results to be expected from operational risk management - compared to what the reader may gain from books previously published on this same topic
Crucibles of Hazard
In this collaborative study of environmental risks in ten of the world's major cities, experts examine past hazards and analyze the potential for future natural disasters.
Revolt In The Desert Illustrated Edition
[World War One In The Desert Illustration Pack- Includes 92 photos and illustrations with 19 maps spanning the Desert campaigns 1914-1918] Lieutenant-Colonel T. E. Lawrence has often been pictured as many differing characters; crank, madman, genius, visionary, man “gone native”, pawn, military leader, highly strung, sensitive, arrogant. In fact even in his own writings he is a multi-faceted man of many talents and not a few failings; but what cannot be doubted is the importance of his actions during the First World War at the head of the Arab revolt in the Arabian Desert. At the time the Arabs were loosely affiliated, tribal and disunited; even the most senior Prince Faisal did not command uniform loyalty, and most firmly under the heel of the organized Turks of the Ottoman Empire. With the Turkish declaration of War against the Allies the British set about seeing if they could raise ferment and revolt on the long desert flank of their enemy. They sent the then Lieutenant Lawrence, a bookish classist and archaeologist but with knowledge of the area and the language of the Arabs, to be part of the British Mission. He had suddenly found his element among the Arabs who were captivated by his dashing inspired leadership as he led them from victory to victory over their oppressors. El Orens, as he was known to his men, became front page news in England and around the world, a merciful antidote to the long casualty lists from the mud of Flanders. Lawrence wrote of his experiences with the British military mission first as “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”, but finding it to be a huge and cumbersome work, with many snap judgements that he had reason to regret, he edited his memoirs to form the more readable “Revolt in the Desert”. The result is a marvellous work filled with the action, hardship and privation of the desert campaigns that made him a legend as Lawrence of Arabia.
Gretel and the Dark
Gretel and the Dark is Eliza Granville's dazzling novel of darkness, evil - and hope. For fans of Markus Zusak's The Book Thief and Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth. Vienna, 1899. Josef Breuer - celebrated psychoanalyst - is about to encounter his strangest case yet. Found by the lunatic asylum, thin, head shaved, she claims to have no name, no feelings - to be, in fact, not even human. Intrigued, Breuer determines to fathom the roots of her disturbance. Years later, in Germany, we meet Krysta. Krysta's Papa is busy working in the infirmary with the 'animal people', so little Krysta plays alone, lost in the stories of Hansel and Gretel, the Pied Piper, and more. And when everything changes and the real world around her becomes as frightening as any fairy tale, Krysta finds that her imagination holds powers beyond what she could have ever guessed . . . 'Atmospheric and beautifully written. Gretel and the Dark will be one of the best books of 2014' The List Eliza Granville was born in Worcestershire and now lives in the Welsh Marches. She has had a life-long fascination with the enduring quality of fairytales and their symbolism, and the idea for Gretel and the Dark was sparked when she became interested in the emphasis placed on these stories during the Third Reich.