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Susan Howatch was born in Surrey in England. After taking a degree in law at King's College, London, she emigrated to America where she married, had a daughter, and embarked on her career as a writer. In 1976 she separated from her husband, left America and lived in the Republic of Ireland for four years before returning to England. While living in a flat overlooking Salisbury Cathedral and trying to hold my divided self together , she found herself inspired by the beauty of the cathedral and became a convert. She wondered if she should continue producing romantic novels. Instead, she wrote the series of six Starbridge novels about the Church of England in the 20th century, all of which reflect her own spiritual crises.
July 2012 Guest Editor Barbara Erskine on the Starbridge series... Susan Howatch’s Starbridge series ideally needs to be read in the right order. The Church of England features here, with all the agonising we are becoming used to in real life, but with a deliciously sinister and supernatural edge. The books span a good part of the twentieth century, moving from the cathedral close to the modern city of London. The Starbridge series.1. Glittering Images2. Glamorous Powers3. Ultimate Prizes4. Scandalous Risks5. Mystical Paths6. Absolute Truths
Brak yunoj Margaret i nemolodogo vdovca EHdvarda de Salisa obeshchal stat' schastlivym soyuzom "e;maya i dekabrya"e;. Suprugov razdelyala bezdna let, no vovse ne po ehtoj prichine razbilis' v prah nadezhdy na bezoblachnuyu semejnuyu zhizn'. Vse ruhnulo, kogda vosemnadcatiletnyaya amerikanka reshila soprovozhdat' muzha v irlandskoe imenie Kashel'maru - rodovoe gnezdo de Salisov. V Irlandii Margaret zhdali tyazhkie ispytaniya, i ona ponevole okazalas' vtyanutoj v vodovorot neprimirimyh protivorechij, razdirayushchih mnogochislennoe aristokraticheskoe semejstvo de Salis... Sud'by trekh pokolenij prohodyat pered glazami chitatelya v zahvatyvayushchej drame, kotoraya neizbezhno prodvigaetsya k ubijstvu i vozmezdiyu. Ona razvorachivaetsya na fone istoricheskih sobytij vtoroj poloviny XIX veka. Semejnaya saga, pokazannaya cherez prizmu poluvekovoj istorii, prinadlezhit peru mastera bol'shoj prozy S'yuzen Hovach, proizvedeniya kotoroj eshche predstoit otkryt' rossijskim chitatelyam. Vpervye na russkom yazyke!
Na utesah kornuoll'skogo poberezh'ya vysitsya starinnyj osobnyak, kotoryj skoree napominaet zabroshennyj sklep, chem rodovoe gnezdo. Kto-to iz mnogochislennogo semejstva Penmar strastno, do oderzhimosti, lyubit ego, kto-to nenavidit vsem serdcem, i u kazhdogo est' na to svoi prichiny. Vokrug Nasledstva Penmarov - doma, raskolotogo semejnymi razdorami, razvorachivaetsya hronika trekh pokolenij, ot Viktorianskoj ehpohi do Vtoroj mirovoj vojny, i zhestokie zakony istorii, slovno v zerkale, otrazhayutsya v sobytiyah chelovecheskoj zhizni. Menyayutsya ehpohi, nravy, principy, nezyblem lish' zamok Penmarov. Prineset li komu-to iz nih schast'e ehto Nasledstvo?
Among Mark Castallack's sons are men who want him deadand this hardly promotes family harmony Mark Castallack may have the woman of his dreams, a large fortune, and Penmarric, a Victorian mock-castle on the cliffs of Cornwall, but his private life is heading for disaster. His marriage fails, and when he takes a mistress he winds up with two families who hate each other. As the twentieth century unfolds, his children are left struggling to save not only Penmarric but themselves, and their struggles are marked by greed, ambition, and murder. Howatch's magnificent novel was her first international bestseller and is as compelling as Daphne du Maurier's classic Rebecca.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Susan Howatch including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
In nineteenth-century Ireland, the De Salis family carries on through times of both riches and hardship, but their hard-won resilience will be threatened by tragedy of their own makingWhen Edward de Salis travels to America after the death of his first wife, he is astonished to find himself falling in love with Marguerite, a young woman many years his junior. Full of hope for the future, he returns to his Irish estate, Cashelmara, but in nineteenth-century Irelanda country racked by poverty and faminehis family eventually becomes trapped in a sinister spiral of violence that Edward could never have foreseen. Cashelmara follows the fortunes of three generations as they struggle to survive both the tragedies of history and their own chaotic lives.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Susan Howatch including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Paul Van Zale has earned his place among New York City's high-finance elite, but his ambition and outsize ego may be his downfallIn public, Paul Van Zale and his partners at his Wall Street investment bank are exemplary citizens and pillars of the community. In private, however, their lives are riven by jealousy, ambition, hatred, and lust. When the clever and sexy Dinah Slade insinuates herself into Paul's life in the 1920s, the banker's marriage and career are threatenedand Dinah demonstrates her disruptive power again when she seduces Paul's right-hand man. Based on a true historical story the life of Cleopatrawhich Howatch updated to the 1920s and 1930s in New York and London, The Rich Are Different marries imperial ambition to the American dream, and offers a cast of characters glittering with sophistication and style.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Susan Howatch including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Cornelius Van Zale has the talent and ambition to unite his family's New York banking empire, but his heart is trapped in the pastCornelius Van Zale considers himself lucky to have reached the top rank of his great-uncle's Wall Street bank. But along with the banker's gilded lifestyle comes a world of complicated affairs, bitter rivalries, and decades of unfinished business. As young Cornelius struggles to suppress the memories of his brutal past, he comes to realize with horror that his beautiful daughter Vicky is being used as a pawn by powerful men determined to have their revenge on him. With Sins of the Fathers, Susan Howatch creates a striking and provocative sequel to her bestselling novel The Rich Are Different.This ebook features an illustrated biography of Susan Howatch including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
Welsh heir Robert Godwin knows everything about his powerful family's interests, but what does he know of his own heart? Tucked in the hills of South Wales is Oxmoon, the ancestral estate of the Godwin family. In the summers before 1914, music streams through the family home as the Godwins, at the height of their prosperity, dance in the ballroom with their guests. But despite the remarkable talents of heir-apparent Robert Godwin, the fates have a rough, tough ride planned for him and those he loves. Fortunes shift during two world wars, disastrous love affairs leave the family battered, and finally jealousy threatens to destroy Oxmoon and all it symbolizes. Based on a true story that has been updated to modern times, The Wheel of Fortune is a timeless tale of love, hatred, revenge, redemption, and forgiveness. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Susan Howatch including rare photos and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
The stunning bestseller about a family divided by a great fortune-and the secret that holds them all captive. Set in the years of sudden prosperity following World War II, in the mansions and boardrooms of the Van Zale family, Sins of the Fathers is the story of a ruthless dynastic struggle to control the Van Zale fortune. From generation to generation, this obsession possesses the rival claimants, eventually destroying their happiness and their lives. When the world of the Van Zales-with its servants and country houses, European summers and Bar Harbor clambakes, polite marriages and discreet affairs-begins to fall apart, we begin to see this glamorous sphere for what it really is: rife with ruthless, power-hungry men, fortune hunters, secret sex, blackmail, and violence.
Nicholas Darrow, a strong-willed and independent young man, has grown up under the shadow of the Church of England and the loving but watchful eye of his father, an Anglican priest. Like his father, he has both a gift and a burden in the form of psychic abilities. Although his father warns him to nurture his special powers with care, Nicholas can see no harm in the occasional dazzling "e;psychic flourish"e;-until one results in a friend's attempted suicide. Now, staggering under the weight of remorse, horrified by the dangerous edge of his powers, Nicholas moves toward the brink of emotional collapse. When a terrifying vision suggests to him that he might literally be possessed, he must at last begin to face the truth of his past-and, in particular, of his relationship with his father-to find the one path that may lead him out of the seemingly impenetrable darkness that engulfs him. A compelling mix of psychology and theology, this suspenseful novel will leave you breathless.
It is 1965, and Charles Ashworth has attained the plum position of bishop of Starbridge, an honor that keeps him in a heady whirl of activity that would exhaust the most seasoned corporate executive. With the invaluable support of his minions and his attractive, unsinkable wife, Ashworth stands against the amorality and decadence of the age-"e;Anti-Sex Ashworth."e; He slays his opponents by being a tough, efficient, confident churchman, the torments of his past long since dead and buried. But when Ashworth's beloved wife dies, a profound crisis of his faith begins unexpectedly and with brutal force. As bereavement overwhelms his spiritual equilibrium, suddenly Ashworth finds himself staring into the chasm of all the lies he's been telling himself for years: about his marriage, his children, even his views on the church. And as he suspects his old nemesis and dean, Neville Aysgarth, of drinking too much, of financial chicanery, of-God forbid-having an affair, Ashworth discovers to his horror that he is tempted to commit the very acts that he has so publicly denounced. Spiraling downwards, Ashworth knows he must find his way out of the maze of his own psyche. In doing so, he will face the most difficult spiritual test of his life: to acknowledge the absolute truths-both good and bad-that have shaped his past, and that may be the only keys to his future.
Vicky van Zale's fight for survival against the three men who use her as a pawn in their struggles for wealth and power begins when her millionaire father manipulates her into an arranged marriage. Her battle with and ultimate victory over her father, her husband and finally her lover, who all try to use her to further their own ends, is set against a background of boardroom intrigue, brutal ambition and bitter masculine rivalry. This is a companion novel to The Rich Are Different and continues the gripping story of the Van Zale dynasty through two decades of conflict as the sins of the fathers are finally visisted upon the next generation ...
When ambitious, exciting Dinah Slade becomes passionately - and dangerously - involved in the private and public life of American millionaire Paul Van Zale, it is the beginning of a violent battle over his business empire and a ruthless struggle by two women to win his heart. We follow the fortunes of Dinah Slade from the boardrooms of Wall Street across the ocean to the Norfolk Broads, from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression and the Second World War. For two decades she stakes everything on winning the fight, in business and in love - and at any cost ...
Dinah Slade is a young Englishwoman of immense vitality, great sensual power, and fierce ambition. When the handsome and powerful Paul Van Zale commits the imprudence of falling in love with her, her life and desires become intertwined with the fate of his great American banking family. Among the new acquaintances she makes is Paul's wife, with whom, much to Dinah's shock and dismay, Paul manages an almost perfect marriage. The characters' lives are intertwined with such mastery that listeners will be captivated with The Rich Are Different from the very first word until the astonishing climax.
Susan Howatch's global bestsellers have appeared regularly since the 1970s, but a radical shift in her subject matter in the 1980s and especially the 1990s made reviewers and then academics adjust their glasses and stare hard at her pages. Howatch began to take her loyal following of gothic and family-saga readers into unexpected psychological and theological depths, while taking to an extreme, with a serious-novel format, the experiments begun in her family sagas. She also introduced to her readers a character only half-alive in Trollope, the Anglican Church. The twentieth-century church born in Howatch's later fiction is a huge, sometimes monstrous, sometimes life-giving creature whose various dimensions make it entirely engaging and weirdly central to the center-less postmodern world. Scandalous Truths provides a way into Howatch's new world by presenting for the first time many of her own considerations of her work, and by allowing a group of scholars to engage in a wide-ranging discussion of Howatch's art. Bruce Johnson is Associate Professor of English at James Madison University. Charles Huttar is Professor of English, Emeritus, at Hope College.