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Douglas Kennedy - Author

About the Author

Douglas Kennedy's previous novels include the critically acclaimed bestsellers The Big Picture, The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship and The Moment. He is also the author of three highly-praised travel books. The Big Picture was filmed with Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve; The Woman in the Fifth with Ethan Hawke and Kristen Scott Thomas.

His work has been translated into twenty-two languages. In 2007 he was awarded the French decoration of Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and in 2009 the inaugural Grand Prix de Figaro. Born in Manhattan in 1955, he has two children and currently divides his time between London, Paris, Berlin, Maine and New York..

 

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Featured books by Douglas Kennedy

Five Days

Five Days

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Is it ever too late to find the life you always wanted? A modern day Brief Encounter or The Bridges of Madison County, this is a novel which poses the ultimate romantic dilemma, from the bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship, and The Moment. Is it ever too late to have the life you wanted? Or do we owe it to ourselves to pursue the promise of happiness? For twenty years, Laura has been a good wife and mother. She's supported her husband through redundancy, she's worried about her son, she's encouraged her daughter. She has been constant, caring and selfless. She's stopped thinking about her own dreams, the places she'd like to go and the books she'd like to talk about. But a chance meeting with a man in a hotel lobby - and the five days that follow - remind Laura of the young woman she used to be, and the woman she could have become. How long does it take to fall in love and leave your life behind?

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Other books by Douglas Kennedy

The Great Wide Open

The Great Wide Open

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

`Accomplished...a strangely mesmerising effect...absolutely excellent' New Statesman New York, 1980s Alice Burns - a young book editor - is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations within resonate, perhaps, because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice? Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970s Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers - how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others. The Great Wide Open is an immensely ambitious and compulsive saga; a novel which will speak volumes to anyone who has marvelled at that pain that can only be caused by family itself.

The Great Wide Open

The Great Wide Open

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/07/2019

`Accomplished...a strangely mesmerising effect...absolutely excellent' New Statesman New York, 1980s Alice Burns - a young book editor - is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations within resonate, perhaps, because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice? Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970s Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers - how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others. The Great Wide Open is an immensely ambitious and compulsive saga; a novel which will speak volumes to anyone who has marvelled at that pain that can only be caused by family itself.

The Great Wide Open

The Great Wide Open

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/01/2019

All families are secret societies. Realms of intrigue and internal warfare, governed by their own rules . . . It's 1980s New York. Heady, excessive times. Alice Burns - a young book editor - is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations resonates, perhaps because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice? Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school bullying, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970's Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers; how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others. The Great Wide Open is an immensely ambitious and compulsive saga; a novel which will speak volumes to anyone who has marvelled at that pain that can only be caused by family itself.

The Great Wide Open

The Great Wide Open

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/01/2019

`[Kennedy] possesses a Hitchcockian approach to this narrative hub; tension and twists are administered in equal measure . . . The ordinary becomes, through his careful plotting, extraordinary.' - Independent on Sunday All families are secret societies. Realms of intrigue and internal warfare, governed by their own rules . . . It's 1980s New York. Heady, excessive times. Alice Burns - a young book editor - is deep into a manuscript about the morass of family life. The observations resonates, perhaps because she has just watched her own family implode. As she reads she wonders: When did the sadness start? And could it be that unhappiness is a choice? Thus begins a great American epic which follows Alice as she navigates high school bullying, first love and sexism at an elite college, a spell in 1970's Ireland, and a tragedy that sends her stateside as the US embraces a cowboy actor named Reagan. But it is also the tale of her endlessly complex parents and brothers; how their destinies are written by the lies they tell themselves and others. The Great Wide Open is an immensely ambitious and compulsive saga; a novel which will speak volumes to anyone who has marvelled at that pain that can only be caused by family itself. `In his fast-paced, engrossing novels Douglas Kennedy always has his brilliant finger on the entertaining parts of human sorrow, fury, and narrow escapes.' - Lorrie Moore `Kennedy's skill is to send you racing down the slope of sheer story.' - Esquire

Stochastic Financial Models

Stochastic Financial Models

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2018

Filling the void between surveys of the field with relatively light mathematical content and books with a rigorous, formal approach to stochastic integration and probabilistic ideas, Stochastic Financial Models provides a sound introduction to mathematical finance. The author takes a classical applied mathematical approach, focusing on calculations rather than seeking the greatest generality. Developed from the esteemed author's advanced undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Cambridge, the text begins with the classical topics of utility and the mean-variance approach to portfolio choice. The remainder of the book deals with derivative pricing. The author fully explains the binomial model since it is central to understanding the pricing of derivatives by self-financing hedging portfolios. He then discusses the general discrete-time model, Brownian motion and the Black-Scholes model. The book concludes with a look at various interest-rate models. Concepts from measure-theoretic probability and solutions to the end-of-chapter exercises are provided in the appendices. By exploring the important and exciting application area of mathematical finance, this text encourages students to learn more about probability, martingales and stochastic integration. It shows how mathematical concepts, such as the Black-Scholes and Gaussian random-field models, are used in financial situations.

Douglas Kennedy Collection #3

Douglas Kennedy Collection #3

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2018

Three outstanding novels in one amazing ebook collection by internationally bestselling author Douglas Kennedy.The Moment: Divorced writer Thomas Nesbitt is still recovering from the end of a long marriage and living a private, isolated life in Maine when, out of the blue, a box from Berlin arrives at his doorstep. The return address shocks him: Dussman, the name of a woman with whom he had a consuming love affair twenty-six years ago in the midst of the Cold War. Now Thomas must grapple with his history with a woman who was not just a refugee from a police state, but also someone who lived with an ongoing sorrow that gradually rewrote both their destinies. A love story of great epic sweep and immense emotional power, The Moment explores why and how we fall in loveand the way we project on to others that which our hearts so desperately seek. Five Days: A transformative love affair envelopes insurance salesman Richard and married, soon-to-be empty nester Laura at a weekend medical conference in Boston. Laura discovers that the seemingly dull fiftysomething man is surprisingly complex and thoughtfulsomeone who, like herself, is grappling with the same big questions about decisions made and the human capacity for self-entrapment. But can this potential, much-longed-for happiness be married to their own difficult personal circumstances? Can they upend their lives and embrace that most loaded of words: change? The Blue Hour: Artist and university professor Paul suggests a month-long trip with his wife to entrancing, exotic Morocco. But when Paul suddenly disappears, Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry. As her understanding of the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape.

The Heat of Betrayal

The Heat of Betrayal

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Robin knew Paul wasn't perfect. But he said they were so lucky to have found each other, and she believed it was true. In the heady strangeness of Morocco, he is everything she wants him to be - passionate, talented, knowledgeable. She is convinced that it is here she will finally become pregnant. But when Paul suddenly disappears, and Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry, everything changes. As her understanding of the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape. With his acclaimed ability to write page-turners that also make you think, Douglas Kennedy takes the reader on a roller-coaster journey into a heart of darkness that asks the question: what would you do if your life depended on it? `Kennedy is a complete genius when it comes to understanding the minds of stylish but troubled women' Daily Mirror `Kennedy is an absolute master at love stories with heart-stopping twists' The Times `Kennedy's skill is to send you racing down the slope of sheer story.' Esquire

Farmecul discret al vietii conjugale

Farmecul discret al vietii conjugale

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: eBook Release Date: 29/09/2015

<p>In timp ce multi studenti americani din anii 1960 participau la marsuri impotriva razboiului, luau droguri halucinogene si erau adeptii amorului liber, Hannah Latham, fiica unui faimos profesor universitar ultraradical si al unei pictorite foarte cultivate, nu vrea decat sa se casatoreasca cu iubitul ei, viitor doctor, si sa traiasca in provincie o viata conventionala. Tanarul cuplu si baietelul lor nou-nascut se stabilesc intr-un orasel din statul Maine, insa Hannah ajunge sa se simta curand izolata si plictisita de visul ei de fata cuminte. Intr-o buna zi, in lipsa sotului, un tanar - veche cunostinta de pe vremea studentiei - apare in oras, schimbandu-i lui Hannah viata pentru totdeauna...</p><p>O carte pe care n-o poti lasa din mana, cu un suspans bine dozat, scrisa cu maiestria unui autor de romane politiste.</p><p>De acelasi autor, la Editura Trei au aparut romanele <em>Nu pleca..., O relatie speciala, Jocurile destinului </em>si <em>Tentatia</em>.</p><p>O femeie se trezeste prizoniera unei vieti prea conventionale si a micului ei act de rebeliune, ale carui consecinte o haituiesc peste zeci de ani.</p><p>Farmecul discret al vietii conjugale este un roman despre limita dintre viata privata si viata publica, despre imensa prapastie dintre parinti si copii si despre felul in care nu poti scapa niciodata cu adevarat de trecutul tau. De asemenea, constituie si o analiza a moravurilor societatii contemporane, in care mass-media poate distruge vieti in cateva ore.</p><p>"e;Kennedy este neintrecut in a crea personaje feminine pline de rafinament, dar bantuite de framantari. Stilul sau emotioneaza si captiveaza deopotriva."e; <em>Daily Mirror</em></p>

Heat of Betrayal

Heat of Betrayal

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2015

Robin knew Paul wasn't perfect. But he said they were so lucky to have found each other, and she believed it was true.In the heady strangeness of Morocco, he is everything she wants him to be - passionate, talented, knowledgeable. She is convinced that it is here she will finally become pregnant. But when Paul suddenly disappears, and Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry, everything changes. As her understanding of the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape. With his acclaimed ability to write page-turners that also make you think, Douglas Kennedy takes the reader on a roller-coaster journey into a heart of darkness that asks the question: what would you do if your life depended on it? 'Kennedy is a complete genius when it comes to understanding the minds of stylish but troubled women' Daily Mirror'Kennedy is an absolute master at love stories with heart-stopping twists' The Times'Kennedy's skill is to send you racing down the slope of sheer story.' Esquire

Five Days

Five Days

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/04/2014

Is it ever too late to find the life you always wanted? A modern day Brief Encounter or The Bridges of Madison County, this is a novel which poses the ultimate romantic dilemma, from the bestselling author of The Pursuit of Happiness, A Special Relationship, and The Moment. Is it ever too late to have the life you wanted? Or do we owe it to ourselves to pursue the promise of happiness? For twenty years, Laura has been a good wife and mother. She's supported her husband through redundancy, she's worried about her son, she's encouraged her daughter. She has been constant, caring and selfless. She's stopped thinking about her own dreams, the places she'd like to go and the books she'd like to talk about. But a chance meeting with a man in a hotel lobby - and the five days that follow - remind Laura of the young woman she used to be, and the woman she could have become. How long does it take to fall in love and leave your life behind?

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Five Days

Five Days

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: eBook Release Date: 30/04/2013

From the critically lauded, internationally bestselling author of The Moment comes a profoundly moving novel that explores how a single brief encounter can change ones life.Laura spends her days looking at other peoples potential calamities. She works in the radiography unit of a small hospital on the Maine coast, bearing constant witness to the fears of patient after frightened patient. In a job where finding nothing is always the best possible outcome, she is well versed in the random injustices of life, a truism that has lately been playing out in her marriage as well. Since being downsized, her husband, Dan, has become withdrawn, his emotional distance gradually corroding their relationship. With a son in college and a daughter soon due to leave home, Laura has begun to fear that the marital sounds of silence will only deepen once the nest is truly empty.When an opportunity arises to attend a weekend medical conference in Boston, Laura jumps at this respite from home. While checking in, she meets a man as gray and uninspired as her drab hotel room. Richard is an outwardly dull, fiftysomething insurance salesman. But during a chance second encounter, Laura discovers him to be surprisingly complex and thoughtful, someone who, like herself, is grappling with the same big questions about decisions made and the human capacity for self-entrapment. As their conversation deepens and begins to veer into shared confessions, the overwhelming sense of personal and intimate connection arises. A transformative love affair begins. But can this potential, much-longed-for happiness be married to their own difficult personal circumstances? Can they upend their lives and embrace that most loaded of words: change?A love story as clear-sighted and ruminative as it is affecting, Five Days will have you reflecting about the choices we all make that shape our destinies. Crafted with Kennedys trademark evocative prose and pitch-perfect in its depiction of the complex realities of modern life, it is a novel that speaks directly to the many contradictions of the human heart.

Christmas Ring

Christmas Ring

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2011

My ex-husband had his extravagant moments. So begins a delightful short story by Douglas Kennedy, the #1 international bestselling author of The Moment, just in time for Christmas, and only available as an eBook.Erica, a Manhattan corporate lawyer, seemingly has it alla gorgeous Tribeca loft, a hefty paycheck, a svelte physique, and an engagement ring worth a healthy six-figure sum. The problem is that the ring was given to her by her now ex-husband, who wants it back and is willing to pay her handsomely for it. In this state of material wealth, Erica has found herself utterly alone, her life empty, her only companions the piles of work sitting on her midtown office desk. It's Christmas Eve, and as she finally decides to call it a day, she walks through the building's lobby, begins a conversation with the doorman, and in one extravagant moment of her own, discovers the truth about the gift of giving.

Stochastic Financial Models

Stochastic Financial Models

Author: Douglas Kennedy Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/01/2010

Filling the void between surveys of the field with relatively light mathematical content and books with a rigorous, formal approach to stochastic integration and probabilistic ideas, Stochastic Financial Models provides a sound introduction to mathematical finance. The author takes a classical applied mathematical approach, focusing on calculations rather than seeking the greatest generality. Developed from the esteemed author's advanced undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Cambridge, the text begins with the classical topics of utility and the mean-variance approach to portfolio choice. The remainder of the book deals with derivative pricing. The author fully explains the binomial model since it is central to understanding the pricing of derivatives by self-financing hedging portfolios. He then discusses the general discrete-time model, Brownian motion and the Black-Scholes model. The book concludes with a look at various interest-rate models. Concepts from measure-theoretic probability and solutions to the end-of-chapter exercises are provided in the appendices. By exploring the important and exciting application area of mathematical finance, this text encourages students to learn more about probability, martingales and stochastic integration. It shows how mathematical concepts, such as the Black-Scholes and Gaussian random-field models, are used in financial situations.