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Daisy Goodwin was educated at Cambridge and Columbia University. She is a television producer and has edited a number of poetry anthologies. In 2010 her first novel, My Last Duchess was published to critical acclaim and she was chair of the judging panel of the Orange Prize for Fiction. She is married with two daughters.
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The second tie-in to ITV drama Victoria unveils the complex, passionate relationship of Victoria and Albert.
Drawing on Victoria's diaries as well as her own brilliant gifts for history and drama, Daisy Goodwin brings the inner life of the young queen even more richly to life in this magnificent novel. From the creator of the blockbuster ITV series Victoria and acclaimed author of My Last Duchess and The Fortune Hunter.
A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her reputation grows among the wealthy for she is indeed one of them herself. She falls for William George ‘Bay’ Middleton who in turn has a raging affair with the Empress of Austria and a photo that captures their attraction scandalises society when it is part of an exhibition Queen Victoria is to attend. All this adds huge colour to a spirited tale that portrays the restrictions of the three main characters and their rebellion. It’s a cracking read.
A lovely Victorian saga incorporating many real characters and illustrating the development of the female role in society. Our protagonist, Charlotte Baird’s ambition is to be a photographer and her reputation grows among the wealthy for she is indeed one of them herself. She falls for William George ‘Bay’ Middleton who in turn has a raging affair with the Empress of Austria and a photo that captures their attraction scandalises society when it is part of an exhibition Queen Victoria is to attend. All this adds huge colour to a spirited tale that portrays the restrictions of the three main characters and their rebellion. It’s a cracking read. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
With its lavish period detail, gossip below stairs, and intrigue above My Last Duchess is a genuine genre buster that has the potential to appeal to the widest possible audience. Stylish and atmospheric of time and place it's also full of intrigue and passion; in all a very satisfying read. Shortlisted for the Galaxy Popular Fiction Book of the Year Award 2011. Featured on The TV Book Club on More4 on 13 Mar 2011. Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 27 January 2011.
When times are tough - whether because of illness, bereavement or receiving bad news - it can be hard to find the right words. Help comes in the form of this beautifully packaged gift book, comprising 100 life-affirming poems handpicked by an expert on poetry. Grouping the poems by theme - from 'Hearing Bad News' to 'How To Carry On' - this gem of a book features contributions from classical poets such as John Keats, Emily Bronte, W.H. Auden and Christina Rossetti alongside lines from more contemporary poets such as Philip Larkin, Elizabeth Jennings, Raymond Carver, Carol Ann Duffy and Wendy Cope. It adds up to a wonderful pick-me-up - a self-administered drug guaranteed to make a dark day brighter and act as a great lyrical crutch.
The second tie-in to ITV drama Victoria unveils the complex, passionate relationship of Victoria and Albert. What happened after the Queen married her handsome prince? Did they live happily ever after, or did their marriage, like so many royal marriages past and present, fizzle into a loveless bond of duty? Victoria and Albert were the royal couple that broke the mould - it may have been an arranged match, yet their union was a passionate, tempestuous relationship between two extremely strong-willed individuals. Despite the fact that they were first cousins, they could not have been more different people - she was impulsive, emotional, capricious, while he was cautious, self-controlled and logical. But together they became the most successful royal couple there had ever been, and this book reveals the private and the public faces of Victoria and Albert's marriage. Using their letters and diaries, Victoria and Albert charts the constant ebb and flow of power between the couple and presents a picture of a very modern marriage. This companion audiobook, full of rich historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before. Discover the inner workings behind the scenes, with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors and fascinating, in-depth information on the production, the costumes and the props.
Schicksalhafte BegegnungenCharlotte Baird interessiert sich mehr fr Fotografie als dafr, einen Ehemann zu finden. Doch als der charmante Bay Middleton auftaucht, verliebt sie sich in ihn. Er zhlt zu den besten Reitern Englands, ist jedoch mittellos und nicht von Stand. Bay scheint der Einzige zu sein, der in Charlotte nicht nur die reiche junge Erbin sieht, sondern ihre unkonventionellen Ansichten und ihren feinen Witz zu schtzen wei Als die legendre Pytchley-Jagd ansteht, erhlt Bay einen Auftrag, um den ihn alle beneiden: Er soll Kaiserin Sisi auf der Jagd begleiten. Charlottes Freude darber schwindet schnell. Denn die Kaiserin gilt nicht umsonst als die schnste Frau ihrer Zeit. Und sie ist Bay in einer Weise zugetan, die die Zukunft aller bedrohen knnte. "e;Exzellent und absolut fesselnd. Hchst unterhaltsam."e; (The Times)"e;Eine beraus vergngliche Lektre."e; (Mail on Sunday)"e;Ein bezaubernder, wunderschn geschriebener Pageturner."e; (Publishers Weekly)"e;Zeitlos, spannend, absolut berzeugend. Ein groartiger Roman."e; (Richard and Judy Book Club)
Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as "e;Sisi,"e; is the Princess Diana of nineteenth-century Europe. Famously beautiful, as captured in a portrait with diamond stars in her hair, she is unfulfilled in her marriage to the older Emperor Franz Joseph. Sisi has spent years evading the stifling formality of royal life on her private train or yacht or, whenever she can, on the back of a horse. Captain Bay Middleton is dashing, young, and the finest horseman in England. He is also impoverished, with no hope of buying the horse needed to win the Grand National-until he meets Charlotte Baird. A clever, plainspoken heiress whose money gives her a choice among suitors, Charlotte falls in love with Bay, the first man to really notice her, for his vulnerability as well as his glamour. When Sisi joins the legendary hunt organized by Earl Spencer in England, Bay is asked to guide her on the treacherous course. Their shared passion for riding leads to an infatuation that threatens the growing bond between Bay and Charlotte, and all of their futures.The Fortune Hunter, the brilliant new novel by Daisy Goodwin, is a lush, irresistible story of the public lives and private longings of grand historical figures.
"e;Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (who isn't?) will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin's The American Heiress. The story of Cora Cash, an American heiress in the 1890s who bags an English duke, this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind."e; --Allison Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of I Don't Know How She Does It and I Think I Love YouThis program includes a bonus chapter of Victoria, the latest novel from author Daisy Goodwin, the creator and writer of the new PBS/Masterpiece drama of the same name. Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts', suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage. Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora's story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James. "e;For daughters of the new American billionaires of the 19th century, it was the ultimate deal: marriage to a cash-strapped British Aristocrat in return for a title and social status. But money didn't always buy them happiness."e; --Daisy Goodwin in The Daily MailOne of Library Journal's Best Historical Fiction Books of 2011
From the first flush of love, through courtship and vows of eternal fidelity, to serving the writs and drowning your sorrows, 'The Nation's Favourite Love Poems' will meet all your romantic requirements. In this selection of 100 popular poems, poets of every age consider that most universal of themes: love. As well as traditional lovers' favourites such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'How do I love thee?' and Shakespeare's 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' there are contemporary voices such as Adrian Mitchell, Wendy Cope and John Fuller, whose erudite yet salacious 'Valentine' would melt the most fridgid heart. There are even poems for those more melancholic moments, Hardy's haunting 'After a Journey', for example, and Larkin's poignant 'Love Songs in Age'. So, wherever you are in the tunnel of love, dip into this book of poetry and you will be reassured to discover that at one time or another a poet has been there before you.