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One is about a sense of self. A celebration of individuality, it empowers you to think about how you value and respect yourself while feeling proud to be one of many. It's about trusting your judgement and open-heartedly accepting life's inevitable changes. Warm and wise, One will inspire you to try anything on for size. It recognises our choices are entirely our own, approves of admitting mistakes and encourages you to ask for what you want. One welcomes cosmopolitanism and will bring joy to those who want to live life meaningfully by incorporating beauty and embracing one's own freedoms.
Art and the Challenge of Markets Volumes 1 & 2 examine the politics of art and culture in light of the profound changes that have taken place in the world order since the 1980s and 1990s. The contributors explore how in these two decades, the neoliberal or market-based model of capitalism started to spread from the economic realm to other areas of society. As a result, many aspects of contemporary Western societies increasingly function in the same way as the private enterprise sector under traditional market capitalism. This second volume analyses the relationships of art with contemporary capitalist economies and instrumentalist cultural policies, and examines several varieties of capitalist-critical and alternative art forms that exist in today's art worlds. It also addresses the vexed issues of art controversies and censorship. The chapters cover issues such as the culturalization of the economy, aesthetics and anti-aesthetics, the societal benefits of works of art, art's responsibility to society, artivism , activist arts as protest and capitalism-critical works, and controversies over nudity in art, as well as considering the marketisation of emerging visual arts worlds in East Asia. The book ends with the a concluding chapter suggesting that even in today's marketized and commercialized environments, art will find a way. Both volumes provide students and scholars across a range of disciplines with an incisive, comparative overview of the politics of art and culture and national, international and transnational art worlds in contemporary capitalism.
Art and the Challenge of Markets Volumes 1 & 2 examine the politics of art and culture in light of the profound changes that have taken place in the world order since the 1980s and 1990s. The contributors explore how in these two decades, the neoliberal or market-based model of capitalism started to spread from the economic realm to other areas of society. As a result, many aspects of contemporary Western societies increasingly function in the same way as the private enterprise sector under traditional market capitalism. The first volume of this two-volume collection considers a broad range of national cultural policies from European and North American countries, and examines the strengthening of international and transnational art worlds in music, visual arts, film, and television. The chapters cover cultural policy and political culture in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Switzerland, the Nordic countries, the Balkans, and Slovenia, and address the extent to which Western nations have shifted from welfare-state to market-based ideologies. Tensions between centres and peripheries in global art worlds are considered, as well as complex interactions between nations and international and transnational art worlds, and regional variations in the audiovisual market. Both volumes provide students and scholars across a range of disciplines with an incisive, comparative overview of the politics of art and culture and national, international and transnational art worlds in contemporary capitalism.
She must secure her future A lady should never be obliged to think of matters financial! But when Lady Wilhelmina Bascombe's carefree, extravagant lifestyle vanishes with the demise of her husband, her only hope lies in retrieving a family treasure - a Renaissance masterpiece currently in the hands of a cunning art collector in Venice. Thankfully, the Lady Travelers Society has orchestrated a clever plan to get Willie to Europe, leading a tour of mothers and daughters...and one curiously attentive man.He must reclaim his heritage Dante Augustus Montague's one passion has long been his family's art collection. He's finally tracked a long-lost painting to the enchanting Lady Bascombe. Convinced that the canvas had been stolen, he will use any means to reclaim his birthright - including deception. But how long before pretend infatuation gives way to genuine desire?Now they're rivals for a prize that will change everythingWillie and Dante know they're playing with fire in the magical moonlit city. Their common quest could compromise them both...or lead them to happily-ever-after.
All's fair in love and meddling amongst the members of New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander's Lady Travelers Society!Unmarried and dedicated to illustrating the Explorers Club's artifacts, Dulcie Middleworth is running out of prospects. Spinsterhood's a tragedy for the daughter of a viscount, but London's most eligible maiden has a secret: she's already in love. But to confess an attraction to charming explorer Michael Shepard? Not when the man has no wish to marry and his heart's desire lies in adventure abroad.Surely, such a predicament calls for a matchmaker of Poppy Fitzhew-Wellmore's caliber! And calls as well for a romantic rival-the legendary figment of Poppy's imagination Reginald Everheart-to nudge Michael's affections in Dulcie's direction. But what to do when everyone demands to meet the famously infamous suitor who doesn't really exist?
O femeie puternica trebuie sa accepte uneori slabiciunile propriei inimi.... Pentru Winfield Elliott, viconte de Stillwell, gasirea unei potentiale mirese a parut intotdeauna o sarcina usoara. Poate prea usoara. Cu trei logodne rupte la activ, Winfield este acum tinta barfelor din inalta societate londoneza. Insa pentru moment a abandonat ideea de a-si gasi sotia ideala si si-a pus in minte o misiune nobila: sa angajeze o firma pentru a renova resedinta de la tara a familiei, partial distrusa in urma unui incendiu. Totul merge perfect, pana cand se dovedeste ca reprezentanta companiei este o vaduva extrem de atragatoare. Lady Miranda Garret se astepta ca un barbat cu reputatia lui Winfield sa fie seducator, usuratic - dupa cum ii era renumele -, insa nu se astepta chiar ea sa cada prada farmecului sau si sa fie complet subjugata. Dar adevarul este ca Miranda il gaseste cu totul irezistibil. Incetul cu incetul, pe masura ce lucrarile de renovare inainteaza, Winfield ii ocupa zilele, visele... si, nu dupa mult timp, patul. La randul sau, pentru prima data in viata, pacatosul Winfield este indragostit. Iar ceea ce a inceput ca o propunere scandaloasa se poate transforma intr-o cerere in casatorie... dar din partea lui sau a ei?
Embark on the breathtaking romantic adventures of The Lady Travelers Society in the brand-new series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria AlexanderReally, it's too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders's favourite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived-and possibly fraudulent-Lady Travelers Society loses one of their members, what's a man to do but step up to the challenge? Now he's escorting the world's most maddening woman to the world's most romantic city to find her missing relative.While India Prendergast only suspects his organisation defrauds gullible travelers, she's certain a man with as scandalous a reputation as Derek Saunders cannot be trusted any farther than the distance around his very broad shoulders. As she struggles not to be distracted by his wicked smile and the allure of Paris, instead of finding a lost lady traveler, India just may lose her head, her luggage and her heart.
Settle in for a wicked romp in this captivating instalment of The Lady Travellers Society series by bestselling author Victoria AlexanderThe family of the bride is expected to revel in the joy of the upcoming wedding. Instead, Miss Celia Bromley faces the most heartbreaking dilemma of her life: she's fallen in love with the man engaged to marry her scheming half-sister. Worse, he might love Celia in return. But handsome, bookish Henry Saunders is a man of honour. He would never break his promise to his bride-to-be, no matter how horrid she may be.Celia's despair hasn't escaped the notice of keen-eyed Aunt Guinevere who, along with her crafty friends are determined to see true love triumph. Unravelling a wedding takes a delicate, subtle touch, and in the mad dash to break one engagement and encourage another, the ladies may well hear the whispers of scandal instead of the peal of wedding bells...
Lectia numarul 1: Nu ademeni niciodata o lady sa iti devina mireasa.Lectia numarul 2: Nu refuza niciodata un marchiz.Lady Marianne Shelton a venit in Londra hotarata sa se bucure de experientele vietii. Pentru a-si asigura independeta financiara care sa-i permita sa-si faca visurile sa devina realitate, frumoasa lady publica o serie de scrisori anonime care se bucura de mare succes si care ajung in scurt timp pe buzele tuturor celor din inalta societate. Lumea buna nu stie insa si ca eroul ei cel imoral este inspirat de nimeni altul decat de indraznetul si nerusinatul Thomas Effington, viitorul duce de Roxborough.Thomas a devenit, fara voie, protectorul lui Marianne si al surorilor ei, sosite la Londra pentru a-si face intrarea in inalta societate. Cum Marianne este decisa sa descopere placerile vietii alaturi de primul crai care ii iese in cale, Thomas hotaraste ca este cel mai simplu sa o tina sub supraveghere daca se ofera el insusi sa-i fie mentor. Totusi, fermecatoarea lady reprezinta o tentatie prea mare si, cand ii compromite onoarea, el se arata dispus sa accepte singura modalitate onorabila de a iesi din aceasta situatie: casatoria. Numai ca incapatanata Marianne sustine cu inversunare ca nu vrea sa se marite. Dupa mai multe incercari esuate de a o face sotia lui, Thomas se hotaraste sa-i dea cea mai buna lectie: o lectie de dragoste.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author, Victoria Alexander, comes a romantic Christmas historical-which features the happily ever after story of a fan favorite-and how one little impetuous moment can lead to the miracle of love!My friends have always considered me the most proper among us. But no one was more surprised than I, Portia, Lady Redwell, when I decided to flee the matchmaking efforts of my family to spend Christmas in an enchanting villa on the coast of Italy. My admittedly impulsive plans were immediately complicated by the presence of a certain gentleman, Mr. Fletcher Jamison, who insisted he had a claim on the villa. It was only in the true spirit of Christmas that I agreed to share the villa with him. His charm, his blue eyes as dark as the December seas, and the laugh that oddly seemed to fill my soul were not considerations. That I returned again for Christmas is due entirely to the charm of the villa, and nothing at all to do with the fact that he too would be there. My friend Veronica has often said those least likely to bend are most likely to snap. It appears I have snapped
From #1 New York Times bestselling author, Victoria Alexander, a second-chance romance Christmas novella-with the naughtiest dogs in England!!Sir Oliver Stanhope's beloved late great-aunt, who raised him so devotedly, has charged Oliver with the care of her adorable-but very naughty-Yorkshire terriers, Melchoir, Balthazar, and Gaspar. Thankfully, she's also arranged for D.K. Lawrence, celebrated dog trainer to the aristocracy, to help train the little terrors. But when Diana K. Lawrence, once the love of Oliver's life, arrives on his doorstep with her giant Great Dane in tow, Oliver wonders how he'll survive the canine chaos and the too-close-for-comfort presence of the only woman to touch his heartand he can't help but wonder if his aunt had something special in mind with her last, precious Christmas giftThis novella was previously published in the Santa Paws anthology
From #1 New York Times bestselling author, Victoria Alexander, her first novel, the classic time-traveling romance is back...An innocent trip to London leads to a voyage through timewill it lead to a 'forever after' love? Find out in a charming, emotional, passionate novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author, Victoria Alexander. Searching for her life's direction, artist Maggie Masterson takes a trip to England, where a seemingly ordinary carriage ride on a foggy night leads to an extraordinary destination-Regency London of Jane Austen, in all its splendor!Aristocratic Adam Coleridge is too busy trying to find a husband for his rebellious sister to spend time on his own love life...until Fate drops a dazed Maggie at his feet; and he discovers the woman who at first seems a nightmare may just be the woman of his dreams. But can they battle time itself to spend forever, together?!
Real salutes what the world has to offer. This visually stunning, thought-provoking book is about looking around with awareness, noticing life's quiet details and knowing that the honesty of time changes everything - from a human face, a family home, or a fragile sampler book of antique lace. Real is about the agelessness of integrity; appreciating the imperfect; beauty and our involvement in creating it; acceptance; ancient crafts and craftsmanship; and letting everything age with grace. Illustrated with photographs taken by the author in 27 countries, Real affirms that we are more alike than we sometimes admit - we all have a desire for warmth and love - and that there is dignity in simple things. A detachable fold-out poster is inside, which could be used to giftwrap the book or displayed on your inspiration wall.
Katherine Bedford has had what, to most observers, seems an extraordinary life full of success and achievement and wealth. But looking back, the elderly woman sees only a life shallow and empty and alone. All because of one decision that changed everything forever. One mistake she has regretted for more than half a century.
For Winfield Elliott, Viscount Stillwell, finding a prospective bride always seemed easy. Perhaps too easy. With three broken engagements to his name, Win is the subject of endless gossip. Yet his current mission is quite noble: to hire a company to repair his familys fire-damaged country house. Nothing disreputable in thatuntil the firms representative turns out to be a very desirable widow.Lady Miranda Garret expected a man of Wins reputation to be flirtatious, even charming. But the awkward truth is that she finds him thoroughly irresistible. While Miranda resides at Millworth to oversee the work, Win occupies her days, her dreamsand soon, her bed. For the first time, the wicked Win has fallen in love. And what began as a scandalous proposition may yet become a very different proposal
In an enchanting novella from #1 New York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander, eligible viscount Winfield Elliott searches for a bride and discovers that love may be lovelier the second--or even third--time around. . .Allow Me To Explain. . .Some say I do not take my engagements seriously. Nonsense. What man with no interest in marriage would find himself proposing not once, but three times? And each time, I've felt certain that this, at last, is the absolutely, positively, perfect woman. Miss Felicia Whitingdon, for instance, has youth, beauty, style, grace--and a handsome fortune. Lady Lucille Eustice is a widow of impeccable social standing, and a balm to my soul. Then there is Miss Caroline Hibbitt, sweet and charming in every way. Any one of these intoxicating treasures could make a man happy. Any one of them could be an ideal wife. But which--if any of them--will it be? "e;For love, laughter, and lots of fun, read Victoria Alexander."e; --Stephanie Laurens, New York Times bestselling author"e;This Victorian yuletide romance provides erotic sizzle and delectably clever dialogue on every page."e; USA Today on His Mistress by ChristmasNew York Times bestselling author Victoria Alexander was an award-winning television reporter until she discovered fiction was much more fun than real life. She turned to writing full time and has never looked back. Victoria grew up traveling the country as an Air Force brat and is now settled in a very old house in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two allegedly grown children and two bearded collies. She firmly believes housework is a four-letter word, there are no calories in anything eaten standing up, procrastination is an art form, and it's never too soon to panic.30,000 Words