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No One Ever Asks Mum: An Own Voice women's fiction short story - the diverse read you need (The Secret)

From the author of The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage and The Secret Dairy of a Bengali Bridezilla comes an 'own voice' women's fiction short story. It's the diverse read you need. A mum on a mission to matchmake. A daughter with ideas of her own. A suitor that threatens to tear them apart...When it comes to arranged marriages, you never hear the perspective of the mother of the 'bride'. So now it's time. This short story offers a unique insight into the struggles of someone desperately trying to blend traditional expectations with modern reality, whilst hoping to do the best for her children. Because no one ever asks mum, it's time we heard her side of the story. From the author of the Bookbrunch Best Adult Fiction 2021 award-winner The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage and The Secret Diary of a Bengali Bridezilla, comes this unique journey from Bangladesh to Britain. Taking you from rural life to suburban displacement, from hardships and heartache, all through the eyes of the woman who saw it all. It's not like any of the other Muslim girl books or British chick-lit you've read- it'll make you laugh and cry. About the authorHalima Khatun is a former journalist (having worked for ITV and the BBC), writer and PR consultant.Since she was a child, she knew that words would be her thing. With a lifelong passion for writing, Halima wrote her first novel - a coming-of-age children's story - at the age of 12. It was politely turned down by all the major publishing houses. However, proving that writing was indeed her forte, Halima went on to study English and Journalism and was one of just four people in the UK to be granted a BBC scholarship during her postgraduate studies. She has since written for a number of publications including the HuffPost and Yahoo! Style, and has been featured in the Express, Metro and other national publications. Halima also blogs on lifestyle, food and travel and parenthood on This is where she also shares updates on her novels.Halima is a regular guest on the BBC Asian Network and frequently contributes to the HuffPost.

The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy Book 1)

(THE BRUCE TRILOGY: BOOK I)Love and loyalty. Betrayal and murder. What is the cost of a crown?In 1290, Scotland is without a king. Two families - the Bruces and the Balliols - vie for the throne.Robert the Bruce is in love with Elizabeth de Burgh, the daughter of an adherent of the ruthless Longshanks, King of England. In order to marry her and not give up his chances of someday becoming King of Scots, Robert must abandon his rebel ways and bide his time as Longshanks' vassal.But Edward, Longshanks' heir, doesn't trust the opportunistic Scotsman and vows to one day destroy him. While quietly plotting his rebellion, Robert is betrayed by one of his own and must flee Longshanks' vengeance. Aided by the unlikely brilliance of the soft-spoken young nobleman, James Douglas, Robert battles for his throne.Victory, though, is never certain and Robert soon learns that keeping his crown may mean giving up that which he loves most-his beloved Elizabeth.

The Tower is Full of Ghosts Today

The Tower is Full of Ghosts Today by historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece to the Sunday Times bestseller Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, the second novel in the spellbinding series about Henry VIII's queens. Jo, historian and long-term admirer of Anne Boleyn, takes a group on a guided tour of the Tower of London, to walk in the shoes of her Tudor heroine. But as she becomes enthralled by the historical accuracy of her tour guide and the dramatic setting that she has come to love, something spectral is lurking in the shadows . . . Contains first chapters of Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, as well as the upcoming Six Tudor Queens novel about Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen. SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS.

The American Diary of a Japanese Girl.

The American Diary of a Japanese Girl is the first English-language novel published in the United States by a Japanese writer. Acquired for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Monthly Magazine by editor Ellery Sedgwick in 1901, it appeared in two excerpted installments in November and December of that year with illustrations by Genjiro Yeto. In 1902, it was published in book form by the New York firm of Frederick A. Stokes. Marketed as the authentic diary of an 18-year-old female visitor to the United States named "Miss Morning Glory" (Asagao), it was in actuality the work of Yone Noguchi, who wrote it with the editorial assistance of Blanche Partington and Léonie Gilmour.

WHAT DOES A WOMAN WANT?: A historical novel about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and the 5 most important women in his life (FOCUS ON PSYCHOANALYSIS)

A historical novel about the relationship between Sigmund Freud and the 5 most important women in his life: 1. Martha Bernays, wife and mother to 6 children.2. Minna Bernays, Martha´s sister, lover, and one of the components of the ménage à trois, together with her sister and Freud. This relationship has been lately confirmed with historical evidence and has been one of the best kept secrets in Freud´s life. Martha Bernays and her sister Minna lived together 40 years in Vienna with Freud’s six children, sharing the love of one of the scientists that made the greatest contribution to the change of sexual behaviors during the XX century. 3. Anna Freud. The daughter of Sigmund, a well-known children psychoanalyst, never married, underwent treatment with her own father, against the rules set by the founder of the movement, allegedly to heal her lesbianism, considered at that time to be a disease. 4. Lou Andrea Salome. The lover of Rainer Maria Rilke, a close friend of Frederic Nietzsche and confidant to Sigmund Freud was a muse who inspired men and helped Freud develop his theory of psychoanalysis.5. Marie Bonaparte. A direct descendant of Napoleon and immensely rich, asked the help of Sigmund Freud to perform a psychoanalytic therapy to cure what she called "orgasmic abnormality". After the therapy failed, Marie Bonaparte underwent three surgical operations to move the clitoris closer to the vagina, with the purpose of achieving her vaginal orgasmic capacity. She became a well-known psychoanalyst and helped Freud to escape Vienna and the Nazi and to get him establish in London in 1938. Sigmund Freud was one of the most important characters of the 20th Century. The development of psychoanalysis had a great impact on Western society. Freud loved the company of women, and they were essential in the development of psychoanalysis. However, he could never answer his famous question: “What does a woman want?”Download now this book and find out about the secret life of the creator of psychoanalysis! TAGSFreud, sigmund freud, anna freud, the interpretation of dreams, Freud Sigmund, Civilization and its discontents, freud meaning, esther freud, freudian psychology, beyond the pleasure principle, sigmund freud psychoanalysis, dr freud, neo Freudians, martha Bernays, freud jung, freud psychoanalysis, s freud, totem and taboo, sigmund freud psychology, the psychopathology of everyday life, freud and jung, introduction to psychoanalysis, freud the uncanny, martha freud, freud interpretation of dreams, freud civilization and its discontents, freud dreams, anna o freud, Freudianism, sublimation freud, sigmund freud dreams, sigmund freud sophie freud,the standard edition of the complete psychological works of sigmund freud,freud unconscious,dorothy

Catching the Light: Four women, four compelling short stories

“Whatever it is, Mary Grand has it… these four stories are riveting, compelling, illuminating ..”A compelling and heart warming set of four short stories, including 'Belonging' about a young Deaf woman in a new relationship, by Mary Grand, author of ‘Free to Be Tegan’, which has 100 reviews at, averaging 4.7 stars.The New ArrivalRachel has moved to the Isle of Wight determined to become invisible. Hiding a shameful secret she cultivates a ‘cold polite smile as effective as an electric fence.’ However, unexpectedly, into her life comes a loving, crazy, individual: Lottie the cocker spaniel. Everything is about to change. Catching the Light Erin thinks she has found her fairytale prince. However, the honeymoon in a remote cottage in Wales shatters the dream. For the first time in her life Erin discovers the mystical world of fairies.Belonging Megan works in a Theatre for the Deaf. She is Deaf. Her language is British Sign Language. One evening she meets John, who is hearing, and two worlds collide. This is the story of the struggles, joys and tears of their remarkable relationship.The Outing This was to be the most important day of Kay’s life. However her mission to be free from years of guilt reveals so much more than she could possibly imagine.Free to Be TeganAlso included is an excerpt from the author’s full length novel ‘Free to Be Tegan’. Tegan, aged twenty seven, is cast out of the cult, rejected by her family and the only life she has known. She is vulnerable and naïve but she also has courage and the will to survive. She travels to Wales, to previously unknown relations in the wild Cambrian Mountains. Reviews of Free to Be Tegan”Strong writing, insights, and secrets most of us do not understand flow form the pages of this readable novel.”- Grady Harp, Hall of Fame, Top 100 reviewer, Vine Voice“An excellent debut novel, can’t wait for the next one.” “Powerful and beautifully written and I look forward to reading further books from Mary Grand.” “Loved the book …. I was gripped and couldn't put it down.” “It was very thought provoking and emotional with lots of plot twists to keep you on your toes. I highly recommend this book.”Mary Grand's writing has been compared to Kate Atkinson, Adele Parks, Maeve Binchy and Diane Chamberlain, amongst popular contemporary women's authors.An easy read.

Winds of Change: Desire Minter. Forsaken Daughter. Reluctant Pilgrim (The Mayflower Collection)

Desire Minter was a passenger on the famous Mayflower voyage of 1620. But who was she? And why did she make that journey?Winds of Change is a short novella introducing a character from Running With The Wind and The Winter Years.

Trafalgar & Saragossa: Spanish Historical Novels

"Trafalgar" is the historical novel of the Battle of Trafalgar. The action is narrated in the first person by Gabriel de Araceli, a heroic character, mixing his romantic and often folkloric biography. Gabriel is presented as a rogue orphan from Cádiz, who at the age of 14 gets involved in the battle of Trafalgar as a servant of an old Navy officer in the reserve. The action takes place in October 1805 and narrates with a certain epic rhythm, the preparations, development and outcome of the battle, with the boy enlisted in the Santísima Trinidad, flagship of the Spanish Navy."Saragossa" – Through the first-person narration of Gabriel de Araceli, the novel describes the second siege of Zaragoza, which occurred in January and February 1809, during the War of Independence between Spain and France. The story depicts one of his most stark pictures of the violence of the war, with meticulous descriptions of the preparations for the defense of the city, under General Palafox, the war skirmishes, the lack of food, the technical and material superiority of the French and the yellow fever epidemic that decimated the population of a Zaragoza.

The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah Novels Book 1)

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its three kids on the brink of something big.But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its first few residents, three kids on the brink of something big.Marcus Adler flees Pennsylvania for Hollywood with his mouth shut and his eyes open, and begins to write the lines all those starlets will say out loud. Can a smart, sensitive guy find his own voice in a town that's just learning to talk?Kathryn Massey couldn't care less about being a movie star. When she takes off with her typewriter, determined to become a newspaper reporter, she finds that breaking into the boys' club is tougher than breaking free of her bossy mother. To make it in this town, she'll need some serious moxie. Gwendolyn Brick is a Southern beauty who's come a long way to try her luck on the big screen. She's hoping the same succulent lips the guys want to kiss will land her more than a bit part on a casting couch.Nobody gets a free pass in Hollywood, but a room at the Garden on Sunset can get your foot in the door.The Garden on Sunset is the first in Martin Turnbull's series of historical novels set during Hollywood's golden age.Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels:Book 1 – “The Garden on Sunset”Book 2 – “The Trouble with Scarlett”Book 3 – “Citizen Hollywood”Book 4 – “Searchlights and Shadows”Martin Turnbull's Garden of Allah novels have been optioned for the screen by film & television producer, Tabrez Noorani.INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORYour Garden of Allah novels are rich in the history and lore of classic era Hollywood. What was your original inspiration?I came across an online article about the Garden of Allah Hotel, which opened on Sunset Boulevard in 1927, just before “The Jazz Singer” ushered in the talkies, and closed in 1959, the year that “Ben Hur” announced the last hurrah of the studio system. The Garden’s residents witnessed the unfolding evolution of Hollywood and actively participated in it.How has writing these novels changed your view of this golden age that we perceive as the greatest era of film production?L.A. was a much less densely populated city. Consequently, all movie industry workers were far more likely to know each other. People moved from MGM to Paramount to Twentieth Century-Fox to RKO to Warner Bros. Two or three degrees of separation were usually enough!Why did you not go the safe route and change the names of the major players to suit your story?The whole point of recounting the history of Hollywood through the eyes of the Garden’s residents was because so many celebrities lived there. Harpo Marx and Sergei Rachmaninoff were neighbors, F. Scott Fitzgerald played charades with Dorothy Parker, Errol Flynn got drunk, Ginger Rogers was always looking for a tennis partner, and Bogart courted Bacall. I figured: Why tell it if I’m going to change the names? Do you think stories set in old Hollywood are becoming more popular because of Turner Classic Movies?Yes! TCM has produced a whole new audience for them. Consequently there is a greater interest in the time and place from which these movies sprung.

The Queen's Rival: Lettice Knollys: A Short Story (The Tudor Court)

Related by bloodDivided by loveTo Elizabeth Tudor, Lettice Knollys was always ‘the other woman’.Lettice was younger, more beautiful and more alluring than Queen Elizabeth could ever be. And that was the problem.Widowed when still young, Lettice must raise four children in an age when a woman always needs a man to provide for her. Which isn’t a problem for Lettice. Lettice is a woman who likes to have a man by her side – and in her bed.But the men in her life have loyalties to another woman – Queen Elizabeth I – and Elizabeth doesn’t like to share. One woman has absolute power; the other has only her wit and her beauty.And so begins a rivalry that will endure for both their lifetimes.Here, in her own words, Lettice tells her story of the men in her life and how Elizabeth Tudor stole them from her.The Queen’s Rival is a short story companion piece to other biographical historical fiction books in The Tudor Court series which chronicle the lives of famous, not to say infamous, historical figures who serve the kings and queens of England during the sixteenth century.Lettice's story is also told in the historical fiction novels The Queen’s Favourite and The Queen’s Rebel, Books I and II in The Tudor Court series.Also available:THE QUEEN’S FAVOURITE (BOOK I)THE QUEEN’S REBEL (BOOK II)THE QUEEN’S SPYMASTER (BOOK III)THE TUDOR COURT BOX SET: BOOKS I-IIIRevised edition.

COUNTERPOINT: Henry, the King's Cavalier (The Lydiard Chronicles: 1603-1664)

SHORT STORYA man may think his life is only measured by battles fought for the king. Until he meets a woman worth fighting for.Henry Wilmot. Cavalier. Seasoned soldier. Grieving widower. On the eve of battle he is sent by the king to requisition arms. What he did not expect was that the supplies were a gift from a feisty and attractive widow who was hiding her own Royalist beliefs in plain sight. Even more alarming was that his quest took him into the heart of an enemy Parliamentarian household. Will Henry survive the fight of his life? And will Nan remember him if he does?A counterpoint is a melody played in conjunction with another, or an opposing viewpoint in an argument. Our lives are complex, and each one of us carries within us a counterpoint to another’s story.Here is a counterpoint to Nan Wilmot, from Written in Their Stars.

Amarna Book I: Book of Ida: SAMPLE CHAPTERS: Prologue - II

"An impressively ingenious reframing of the chaotic domino effect caused by King Tut's death & the tantalizing possibility of his line's survival."------------------Did the Amarna line really end with King Tut's Death?Ancient Egypt: 1324 BCThe last living male descendant of the Amarna line, Pharaoh Tutankhamun, has died suddenly under mysterious circumstances. His wife, Queen Ankhesenamun, is left without a male heir. The ambitious vipers, Ay and Horemheb, are nipping at her heels in their bid to seize power.Queen Ankhe has but one hope to maintain her hold on the throne - an alliance with the Hittites. With Ay and Horemheb watching her every move, there is only one person she can trust to save her and her line - a girl, a slave - Ida.----------------------------------------------Amarna is a historical drama set in Ancient Egypt, Hattusa & Syria that was inspired by the strange but true events surrounding the battle for the throne of Egypt following Pharaoh Tutankhamun's death and the interconnected events that took place in the Hittite empire.It includes an end matter feature that details what did and didn't really happen (at least as far as historians believed at the time it was written).

DENAZIFYING LENI: The incredible Leni RiefenstahlA?s story in Nazi Germany (FOCUS ON NAZISM)

After the World War II, the Committee of Denazification of the Allies tried to determine the degree of responsibility of every German in the Nazi crimes as part of the campaign of democratization carried out in post-war Germany. This dramatic fiction recreates the trial of Leni Riefenstahl, a very famous filmmaker responsible for many documentaries praising the Nazi regime. Several scenes from her documentaries are used as evidence against her, claiming they were instrumental as propaganda tools for the regime.Leni defends her independence and autonomy as an artist. In the course of the trial several issues are addressed, such as the relationship between art and politics, how to be an artist independent from political power and the possibility of creating an art for the sake of art itself. Download your copy and find out how Nazism and Hitler used art as a political tool to build power!