Janice Miller knows this: she loves her husband, her two spirited daughters and the beautiful home in which she has raised her family. But what she doesn't know is how to stay afloat when a devastating discovery tears that familiar world apart. It is only once the damage has been done that she finally realises how distant her daughters have become - and that schoolgirl Lizzie and 28-year-old Margaret now have dark secrets of their own. After years of following separate lives, they are reluctantly drawn back together under the same roof.It's the outside world that has unravelled their dreams, but what they all fear most now is each other. Yet it's there, in the family home, that they are forced to confront their crises - and where, slowly, each of them begins to heal.
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Meet Leah and Chris; raised on Harry Potter, New Labour and a belief that one day they would be as ‘special’ as their parents promised. But what happens when those dreams don’t become reality? All We Ever Wanted Was Everything is a three-act anthem set across three decades, from 1997’s Cool Britannia to 2007’s Broken Britain and 2017’s Brexit Britain. It’s about the world we inherited and the one we’re leaving behind. It’s a gig that tells a story of a million beating hearts and an asteroid with other plans. Download a free EP of music from the show, by James Frewer with Alice Beaumont, from warrenrecordsuk.bandcamp.com
An electrifying cabaret about the places we keep in our hearts “We don’t wanna talk about Westminster or Farage or Brussels. We want to talk about us. Here. Cos we’re the bit that matters.” Anna is starting to think she made a mistake in moving to Hull. Steph sees her city changing and misses her dad. Both are looking for somewhere to call home and something to believe in. And Sheila? She’s determined to bring people together again, the only way she knows how – karaoke! ‘Cause what we need right now is to get up on our feet, grab a mic together and belt out a ballad after a pint or five. From Pride in Poland and Windass at Wembley, to City of Culture and Brexit Britain, Us Against Whatever is an electrifying cabaret about the places we keep in our hearts, with support from Hull’s finest voices – you! Setting fire to expectations of what a night at the theatre can be, this is the latest call to arms from the company behind 2017’s award-winning All We Ever Wanted Was Everything. Us Against Whatever was developed with the support of the National Theatre and British Council.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this riveting novel from the #1 bestselling author of Something Borrowed and First Comes Love, three very different people must choose between their families and their most deeply held values. . . . “An unpredictable page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters.”—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution • “A gripping, thought-provoking journey.”—Jodi Picoult NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THESKIMM Nina Browning is living the good life after marrying into Nashville’s elite. More recently, her husband made a fortune selling his tech business, and their adored son has been accepted to Princeton. Yet sometimes the middle-class small-town girl in Nina wonders if she’s strayed from the person she once was. Tom Volpe is a single dad working multiple jobs while struggling to raise his headstrong daughter, Lyla. His road has been lonely, long, and hard, but he finally starts to relax after Lyla earns a scholarship to Windsor Academy, Nashville’s most prestigious private school. Amid so much wealth and privilege, Lyla doesn’t always fit in—and her overprotective father doesn’t help—but in most ways, she’s a typical teenaged girl, happy and thriving. Then, one photograph, snapped in a drunken moment at a party, changes everything. As the image spreads like wildfire, the Windsor community is instantly polarized, buzzing with controversy and assigning blame. At the heart of the lies and scandal, Tom, Nina, and Lyla are forced together—all questioning their closest relationships, asking themselves who they really are, and searching for the courage to live a life of true meaning. Praise for All We Ever Wanted “Page-turning . . . Timely and thought-provoking, it’s Giffin’s best yet.”—People “Giffin’s novel has style and substance . . . . Truly excellent."—The Washington Post “If you’re looking for a book club selection, All We Ever Wanted is bound to spark meaningful and meaty discussions.”—The Augusta Chronicle “A page-turning exploration of wealth and privilege.”—Entertainment Weekly
When we can have sex whenever we want, with whomever we want, why settle for a normal relationship? With the promise of fresh excitement just a swipe away, is Kat’s long-term lover her lifelong dream? One Life Stand is a late-night search for intimacy across a hyperconnected, hypersexual city, exposing the loneliness sometimes found in modern relationships, where expectations of love and lust are ever-changing. Written by Eve Nicol with music by James Frewer and Honeyblood, this is brand-new gig theatre from the award-winning company behind All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.
As the effects of the global recession linger, consumers everywhere are changing their purchasing patterns, paying greater attention to what and why they are buying, and from whom. While many feel rampant spending is hard-wired into the modern psyche and that we will be back to our wasteful ways soon enough, there are clear indications of a permanent shift in the way we shop. Even before the economic downturn, consumers' definitions of value had begun to change. People were becoming more mindful about their purchases and more attuned to the social and environmental implications of their choices. To better understand this important evolution and its ramifications for business, Andrew Benett and Anne O'Reilly launched a groundbreaking study on the New Consumer and the escalating dissatisfaction over hyperconsumerism. Here, for the first time, is an in-depth look at the new face of the global consumer, showing that: • A significant majority in the seven markets surveyed are deeply worried about the direction in which our consumption-obsessed society is moving. They believe people have become both physically and mentally lazy, and that, as a society, we have lost sight of what truly matters. • Two-thirds believe they would be better off if they lived more simply, and a quarter say they would be happier if they owned fewer things. • Half of Americans surveyed are deriving a sense of satisfaction from reducing their purchases during the downturn, and three-quarters are feeling good about cutting back on the amount of waste they create. • A majority of Americans have no intention of going back to their old shopping patterns, even when the economy rebounds. Now, as the consumer voice signals its changed priorities, forward-thinking companies are responding by rejecting excess and artificiality in favor of products and communications that offer authenticity, substance, and interconnectedness—all values today's more mindful consumer craves. In this book, the brand experts look at corporations as diverse as Glenmorangie and Wal-Mart to see what lessons they can offer to businesses attempting to grow in the postconsumerism era. They also spoke with corporate leaders in a variety of industries to learn how they are recasting their businesses and brands in order to prepare for the changes ahead. Through cutting-edge research and a sharp look at new industry models, Consumed provides real direction for marketers and managers.
Daisy has just been unceremoniously dumped. But where better to recover than as far away from home as possible? Grabbing a chance to see the world, Daisy packs her bags and joins the team catering to the world's highest-paid, supercharged racing drivers on the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. From Brazil to Italy, from Melbourne to Monte Carlo, life passes in a dizzying whirlwind. But nothing - and no one - can stop Daisy from falling again - this time for a man who is prepared to risk his life, and his heart, for the sake of speed, danger and ultimate success. But Daisy also has a secret in her past and it's racing to catch up with her ...
Dave Smith, a proud 48 year-old African-American man in an interracial marriage, grew up poor in North Carolina, and hes poor today. But there was a time he almost had it all.... Five years earlier, seeking his share of the American Dream, Dave tried his hand at entrepreneurship and sank every penny he and his wife owned into Daves Bar, a former barbershop on Atlantas historic Auburn Avenue. The business flourished, and he believed hed finally achieved his Dream. He bought his wife, Linda, expensive presents, and sent her on luxurious vacations while he stayed behind to watch over the bar. There was little choice there, since the bars Auburn Avenue location attracted an eclectic but motley crew of customers who always required a close eye, as well as the occasional bartender who either stole or shared the bars alcoholic bounty with their family and friends. Life is marvelous, Dave thought. And life was terrific . . . until a swanky new competitor opened across the street. Within a few short months, Daves Bar became a statistic. Now, six months later, unemployed and with the big Five-O fast creeping up on him, Dave reads the want ads in the local newspaper and fends off his wifes frequent worried questions. Within four months, he quits two jobs he feels are beneath him. Money worries stress his marriage to the point of open conflict. As the bills mount, so does the tension. Linda, a Southern Belle and an assertive buxom blonde, is as supportive as shes able to be, but is fast losing patience. The manager of a staffing agency, shes the only one bringing home the bacon right now. Fed up with chiding Dave for not trying harder to find steady work, she offers him an entry-level job with her company. He doesnt want a job his wife found for him, plus he doesnt like or trust her boss, Charlie, a rich playboy Linda dated before they were married. Deeply conflicted over what life even means anymore, his marriage strained to breaking, Dave leaves to visit his family in North Carolina, hoping to find answers to the unanswerable. The Delivery Man is a coming-to-middle age story populated by eccentric, fascinating characters and a window into whether a man can reclaim the good life he once knew before its too late.
“Sara Shepard delivers the perfect read….A brilliant storyteller.” —Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine “[Written] with unflinching honesty and unstinting compassion.” —Jacquelyn Mitchard, author The Deep End of the Ocean “This riveting, provocative and well-crafted family drama surprised and delivered at every turn. I could not put it down.” —Sarah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) Sara Shepard, the bestselling author of Pretty Little Liars, delivers a powerful novel of family dreams, lies, and delusions. Everything We Ever Wanted begins with a phone call with allegations that rock an upper crust Philadelphia family to its very foundations, unlocking years of secrets and scandals that expose the serious flaws in outwardly perfect lives. A moving, intelligent, and unforgettable novel, Shepard’s Everything We Ever Wanted is exceptional contemporary women’s fiction that will be embraced by book clubs everywhere.
Are you afraid to walk down Fear Street? maybe you should be. They say that weird things always happen on that dark and twising road. They say it's a place to be frightened of--that those who go there never return the same. And some never return at all... They says its a place where dark and evil things happen...even under the bright summer sun. Discover how dangerous summer vacation can be in the three FEAR STREET books of this special Collector's Edition!