The Annual is written by author and entertainment journalist Alison Maloney. A multi-faceted and versatile writer, Alison is a TV and film correspondent for The Sun online, and is also the author of several other books, including Colin Firth: The Biography and Life Below Stairs. She is the author of the bestselling The Mum's Book: For the Mum who's Best at Everything.
Shimmying back on to our screens, series eleven of Strictly Come Dancing is set to reach showstopping new heights of drama, divas, sequins and surprises and this official companion is the perfect partner! Featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the costumes, make up and set design as well as exclusive insights from the producers, the official 2014 annual takes you further into the magic of Strictly than ever before. Test your Strictly knowledge with our quiz, peek into Len's Lens and get all the gossip from the dancefloor. With a glittering new cast of celebrities, sizzling professional dancers, interviews from the judges Bruno, Len, Darcy and Craig, introductions from Bruce Forsyth and Tess Daly plus an exclusive from the gorgeous winner of last year, Olympian Louis Smith, the Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2014 is simply fab-u-lous!
Step into a captivating world of fairy magic and mischief. Can you spot the hidden fairy on every page? This is the most comprehensive guide to all things fairy on the market - with an extra challenge. Readers are invited to spot the hidden fairy on each spread, as they take a peek inside the fairy queen's castle, discover the mysterious world of fairyland and enter a captivating world of sparkle and spells. The lavish foiled cover and beautiful illustration make this book a gift to treasure.
Upstairs, an Edwardian home was a picture of elegance, sophistication and serenity, filled with social engagements and lavish dinner parties. Downstairs was another story; a hive of domestic activity, as servants strove to ensure that life ran as smoothly as possible for their employers. Life Below Stairs paints a detailed picture of what really went on downstairs, revealing the true-life trials and tribulations of the servants in a typical Edwardian household. Thoroughly researched and containing first-hand stories from staff of the time, this book looks at the daily life of the servants, the household structure and hierarchy, pay and working conditions, hiring and firing, and the backgrounds of the people working in these houses. Looking at the lives of servants from the scullery maid to the butler, bestselling author Alison Maloney presents a vibrant account of a way of life from a bygone era.
With love affairs, class issues, glamour, great story-telling and social history, Mr Selfridgeis the biggest budget ITV-produced drama of all time. Beginning in 1909, Mr Selfridge follows a colourful cast of characters whose lives and fortunes are entangled with the founder of the magnificent department store. An American retail visionary, Harry Selfridge moved to London in 1906 with his family to build and open the most ambitious department store the world had ever seen. The drama is set at a time when women were revelling in a new sense of freedom and modernity. Harry wanted to indulge, empower and celebrate these women and so opened the doors of his opulent department store on London's famous Oxford Street, changing the way the British shopped forever. This lavishly illustrated book is the official companion to the series. Written with a foreword by series producer Andrew Davies, the book takes fans on a journey through the world of Harry Gordon Selfridge. Rich with historical detail it explores the man himself, his relationship with his family as well as the store, its departments and changing fashions in the early twentieth century. Complete with hundreds of high quality photographs it takes a closer look at the cast and their characters before looking ahead to series three which will pick up in 1919, the point at which Harry's life really begins to unravel.
Representing a world of fantasy and dreams, fairies hold a timeless fascination for little girls everywhere - children love to dress up as these delicate creatures and imagine their enchanted realm. Fairies represent all the most feminine qualities: they are dainty, beautiful, graceful and tiny - and they can cast magic spells!
Almost half of all women in the UK have been involved in Girlguiding at some stage in their lives. With over 10 million members in 145 countries, the movement has had an impact like none other on the lives of women around the world.Here is the extraordinary story of Girlguiding past and present, from six young girls' first request 100 years ago for 'something for the girls', to the organization's current campaign to give young girls a voice. It includes the true account of Guide Leaders being among the first to enter Belsen at the end of the Second World War, the colourful details of Beatrix Potter's involvement, the introduction of Brownies, Rainbows and Rangers, the close participation of the Royal Family, and recent feats such as the Everest balloon challenge, the Tall Ships race and ongoing development projects around the world.This colourful and inspirational book will appeal to all adult members past and present as well as current Guides, Brownies and Rainbows. It is a centenary volume to treasure.