Bolton. 1901. Charlotte Roach is born. Destined for a life being deafened by the looms at the Mill and dying of consumption (often cheaper than buying a job lot of Cholera), she wants none of it. Trouble is, she's a bit potato faced, and no-one thinks she'll amount to anything. Determined to have a better life for herself, she sets out on a singular path to achieving Hollywood stardom... via the outdoor lav. It's a long slog and along the way she discovers that if you're from Lancashire, you can never quite remove all traces of chip fat and clogs, no matter how many times you have Judy Garland round your upright, singing a torch song about ferrets. Fortunately, she never did. Her life may have turned out very differently, otherwise...
"Army Life in a Black Regiment" is an account by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, the first federally authorized black regiment, in which he described his Civil War experiences. Higginson's account is particularly important owing to the fact that he contributed to the preservation of Negro spirituals by copying dialect verses and music he heard sung around the regiment's campfires.
A girl in her early twenties leads an attack on an enemy stronghold.
Another flies a tiny aircraft into a beleaguered city through a storm of flak.
A third hurls defiance at her oppressors in a death-camp.
The difference between the three? Very little -- except that one is British, the second German, the third Polish.
Their common denominator is courage.
This book tells of courage -- of the incredible bravery of eleven women of half a dozen nations who, during the dark days of the Second World War, stood and fought for the principles in which they believed.
That one of the women -- Hanna Reitsch -- was a dedicated Nazi is immaterial. Courage knows no national frontier, or political creed.
Hanna Reitsch -- a professional pilot who was no stranger to peril -- was probably exceptional.
In no way is this true of the other women whose stories are told here. Anne Brusselmanns, for example, a very ordinary Belgian housewife who daily risked her life and the lives of her family to shelter Allied airmen; Nona Baker, a gentle woman who spent years of privation in the Malayan jungle, on the run from the Japanese; 'Johnnie' Ferguson, who survived weeks in an open boat and became a symbol of fortitude to its other occupants; Alexandrina Marsden, a nurse in her sixties who made a stand against the enemy simply because she was British, and felt it the right thing to do.
Praise for Robert Jackson
'This masterly account is the most readable I have come across... ' - Grimsby Evening Telegraph
'A valuable record of those times and for those interested in how the Allied bombers set about their task... ' - Dublin Evening Press
'A very authoritative book... ' - The Journal
'The descriptions of weaponry... are authentically detailed.' - Publishers Weekly
'Takes you to the heart of the action.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of Cold Kill.
Robert Jackson was born in 1941 in the North Yorkshire village of Melsonby. A former pilot and navigation instructor, his active ...
The amazing true story of one man's survival during the German occupation of Greece in World War II and the ensuing Greek civil war. In 1941 everything is going right for Stavros Metropoulos, with a growing business and a growing family, until Greece is invaded and pulled into World War II. What starts as a means of fighting back against the hated German occupation leads him down a path he never could have envisioned. He soon finds himself running for his life from one near-death experience to another.Using Stavros' written memoirs, first-person interviews, and over a decade of research, his son Angelo Metropoulos builds a detailed picture of life in a remote Greek village during the German occupation and the resulting chaos perpetrated by the communist resistance that led to the bitter and bloody Greek Civil War.
It's the 1950's, and Irish Catholic Tricia Williams is surviving childhood in Brooklyn, New York, watching Leave It to Beaver and hanging out at Gino's Pizzeria. Though the family scene is short on security, she's got friends and faith. Twenty years later, the surging sexual revolution is in full swing, and her obsession is "breaking away." She's abandoned the Church, and now in a hurry to leave home, makes a daring move to Los Angeles. It's a strange city, and Tricia soon realizes it might not be the start of something big, but bad. It's not the obsessive apartment-hopping or even her unique job-a-month plan that's the problem. What she's really looking for are spiritual roots, and she's about to get entwined in a weird web of Buddhism, Mormonism, Hinduism, and New Age practices that will keep her wandering a Rabbit Trail for decades, until one charismatic man unlocks the secret for her.
Jessica has been confronted by adversity from the day she was born. It has taken her fifty years to confront it head on and take back her life.
Jessica has spent much of her adult life serving others, working in the emergency medical field, and helping those who cannot help themselves. At times to the detriment of her own health and well-being.
This woman takes her readers on a trip, not only to the places she has been to around the world, but to some of the dark recesses of her own mind, and tells us of the despondency she has felt when her own body has failed her.
We read about a woman whose remarkable determination has taken her through some trying times and despite what medical professionals told her; she was determined to beat the odds. Through hardship, she has persevered with a determination few can muster.
How about knowing the history of a Brazilian in Ireland?
In this book I will show you why I chose Ireland to learn English and live an incredible adventure for 3 years and what my experience was like.
I can say with all the words that living for 1110 days in Ireland was simply the best decision I made in my life.
I will tell you all the details of my trip, what motivated me to go, my process to learn English, my love life, the funny situations, my countless jobs, and mainly what was the return I got both in my professional life and in my personal life.
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A true crime anthology series where some of the killers engaged in BDSM games that went way too far.
MORGAN JANE SMITH
The case looked like the plot line of Fifty Shades of Grey with a plot twist of murder.
Morgan Jane Smith and Darryl Smith shared an affinity for bondage. For over ten years, she was at his beck and call to do whatever he pleased. But Darryl grew tired of Morgan's slavish ways and found a new girlfriend in Andrea Stranko. Obsessed with Darryl, Morgan would not take the break-up laying down. She took a 20-gauge shotgun and stalked the couple down, taking out her jealousy on the innocent Andrea.
But it was the details of Morgan's indulgence in bondage and sex games that added to the lurid nature of the murder. What psychological scars led to Morgan, the mother of a twelve-year-old girl, to throw her life away over a love triangle? Could this tragedy have been prevented?