• 1933. Si on lui avait annoncé qu'elle renoncerait à sa lune de miel pour embarquer sur une croisière de luxe en Europe, Louisa Cannon ne l'aurait pas cru. C'était compter sans l'appel du devoir, surgi sous les traits d'un mystérieux homme à la solde des services secrets anglais.
    En ces temps d'inquiétude politique, ni la relation extra conjugale de Diana Mitford avec un agitateur notoire ni le soutien véhément de sa soeur Unity pour Hitler ne passent inaperçus, et Louisa, par sa position d'ancienne chaperonne des deux soeurs, est apparemment la personne idéale pour les espionner. Seulement, lorsqu'elle s'est résolue à endosser ce rôle inconfortable, Louisa était loin d'imaginer la tournure funeste qu'allait prendre son voyage...
    Plus que jamais, fiction et réalité se mêlent sous la plume virevoltante de Jessica Fellowes, qui retrace des années d'audace et de doutes, des intrigues politiques autant que personnelles, des femmes auréolées de splendeur comme de scandale.
    Traduit de l'anglais (Royaume-Uni) par Valérie Rosier
    « Étude de moeurs, chronique historique basculant vers le thriller, mélange de personnages historiques et fictifs, c'est un roman à énigmes passionnant et plus complexe qu'il n'y paraît. »  Télé Z

  • 1919. Louisa Cannon rêve d'échapper à sa vie misérable à Londres, mais surtout à son oncle, un homme dangereux. Par miracle, on lui propose un emploi de domestique au service de la famille Mitford qui vit à Asthall Manor, dans la campagne de l'Oxfordshire. Là, elle devient bonne d'enfants, chaperon et confidente des soeurs Mitford, en particulier de Nancy, l'aînée, une jeune fille pétillante à l'esprit romanesque.
    Mais voilà qu'un crime odieux est commis : une infirmière, Florence Nightingale Shore, est assassinée en plein jour à bord d'un train. Louisa et Nancy se retrouvent bientôt embarquées dans cette sombre affaire.
    S'inspirant d'un fait réel (le meurtre de Florence Nightingale Shore encore non élucidé à ce jour), ce roman captivant nous emmène dans l'Angleterre de l'entre-deux-guerres, des milieux défavorisés aux fastes de la High Society, à travers les déboires de Louisa, jeune servante d'origine modeste, et la soif d'aventure de Nancy, jeune aristocrate effrontée, toutes deux devenues complices et bien décidées à trouver l'assassin du train...

    Traduit de l'anglais par Valérie Rosier

  • À la fin d'un bal masqué donné à Asthall Manor pour les dix-huit ans de Pamela Mitford, quelques-uns des Bright Young Things, cette jeunesse dorée et débridée dont les journaux commentent avidement les nombreuses frasques, organisent l'une de leurs fameuses chasses au trésor. Mais la partie se termine tragiquement  : l'un des invités est poussé du haut du clocher de l'église.
    Convaincue de sa culpabilité, la police arrête alors Dulcie, une domestique, qui fait partie du gang des Quarante Voleuses dirigé par Alice Diamond. Mais Louisa Cannon, chaperon des soeurs Mitford, croit Dulcie innocente. Avec Pamela et Nancy Mitford, elle est bien décidée à disculper la jeune fille... tandis que le véritable assassin rôde peut-être non loin de là.
     
    S'inspirant d'un fait réel - le gang des Quarante voleuses ou Les Quarante Éléphantes, qui organisaient des grandes razzias dans les plus grandes enseignes londoniennes - Le Gang de la Tamise est une véritable plongée dans le Londres des années folles et dans des lieux interlopes où se côtoient la pègre et la bourgeoisie anglaise.  
     
    Traduit de l'anglais par Valérie Rosier

  • 1930. Diana Mitford et son époux, Bryan Guinness, mènent  une vie flamboyante d'une capitale à l'autre, quand, à  Paris, l'un des amis de Diana succombe brutalement d'une  allergie. Une fin tragique, absurde, mais accidentelle.
    Louisa Cannon, ancienne chaperon et confidente des  soeurs Mitford, n'est pourtant pas de cet avis. Elle  soupçonne un lien avec le scandale ayant éclaboussé la  famille Guinness deux ans plus tôt, lorsque l'une de leurs  domestiques était passée à travers une lucarne - et morte  sur le coup - sous les yeux de toute la haute société  anglaise. Un malheureux accident, là encore, un de trop  peut-être dans l'entourage du couple...
    Dans ce nouvel opus, la plume aiguisée de Jessica Fellowes  nous fait virevolter de night-clubs en soirées mondaines,  et redécouvrir cette période charnière et turbulente qu'est  l'entre-deux-guerres.
    Traduit de l'anglais par Valérie Rosier


  • Downton Abbey has captured the imagination of the nation. Written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes the show has become the benchmark for quality drama, and a commentary on all things British.
    Downton Abbey portrays a world of elegance and decadence, a world of duty and obedience and a world of romance and rivalry: this companion book, full of rich historical detail, takes fans deeper into that period than ever before.
    Step inside one of the most beautiful houses in Britain, past Carson the butler at the front door and into the grand hallway. Catch a glimpse of the family having drinks in the drawing room before dinner, dressed in their evening finery, whilst Lord Grantham finishes writing a letter in his study. Then climb the grand sweeping staircase to the maze of rooms upstairs and peak through Lady Mary's open door to see Anna, her maid, tidying scent bottles and jewellery on the ornate dressing table. Follow Anna down the servants' stairs and into the kitchens to watch Mrs Patmore frantically preparing dinner. Mrs Hughes keeps a watchful eye from her study and the world of Downton comes alive before you.
    Experience the inner workings of the downstairs life and be dazzled by the glamour of upstairs life with profiles of all the major characters, interviews with the actors, behind the scenes insights and in-depth information on costumes and props.


  • TEXT ONLY EB EDITION
    Downton Abbey has captured the imagination of the nation. Written by Oscar-winning writer Julian Fellowes the show has become the benchmark for quality drama, and a commentary on all things British.

  • 'Come war and peace Downton still stands
    and the Crawleys are still in it.'Downton Abbey is loved the world over for its fabulous costumes, beautiful scenery, wonderful characters and intricate plot lines, but what keeps millions of us coming back time after time is the stellar quality of the writing. With each stroke of his pen Julian Fellowes seems to gift us with a cuttingly dry quip from the Dowager Countess, a perfectly timed word of wisdom from Mrs Patmore or a touchingly nostalgic pronouncement from Carson. Here in the The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey, Jessica Fellowes has gathered together her favourite quotes from the complete Downton Abbey oeuvre to take each of us back to the most memorable moments from the show and ensure we are armed with the very best ripostes should we ever need to chastise an impertinent lady's maid.

  • Since the moment we first entered Downton Abbey in 1912, we have been swept away by Julian Fellowes' evocative world of romance, intrigue, drama and tradition. Now, in 1925, as Downton Abbey prepares to close its doors for the final time, Jessica Fellowes leads us through the house and estate, reliving the iconic moments of the wonderfully aristocratic Crawley family and their servants as they navigate the emerging modern age. Travelling from Great Hall to servants' hall, bedroom to boot room, we glimpse as we go Matthew and Isobel Crawley arriving for the first time, the death of Kemal Pamuk, Cora's tragic miscarriage, Edith's affair with Michael Gregson, Mary's new haircut, Thomas and O'Brien's scheming, Anna and Bates's troubles with the law, and Carson's marriage to Mrs Hughes.Alongside this will be in-depth interviews with the cast who have worked on the show for six years and know it so well. Packed full of stunning location shots and stills from all six series of the show including exclusive behind-the-scenes photography, this celebratory book is the ultimate gift for Downton Abbey fans the world over.

  • It's 1924 and there have been many changes in the world of Downton Abbey since we were first welcomed by the family and their servants twelve years ago. A generation of men has been tragically lost at the front, there are once again children breathing new life into the great house, a chauffeur now sits at the Grantham dinner table and hems are up by several inches.Yet despite all of this unsettling upheaval, it is a comfort to find that many things at Downton remain largely unchanged. There are still parties to be thrown, summer fetes to be organised, menus to be planned and farms to be run. Join us, then, as we explore the seasonal events and celebrations of the great estate - Christmas, Easter, the debutante season, the hunt and more - and peer with us through the prism of the house as we learn more about the lives of our favourite characters, the actors who play them, and those who create the world we love so much.Packed full of exclusive new photography and brimming with traditional British recipes for each calendar month, such as Eton mess and sloe gin, this beautiful book takes us on a fascinating journey through a year in the life of Downton Abbey.

  • 'Exactly the sort of book you might enjoy with the fire blazing, the snow falling. The solution is neat and the writing always enjoyable'
    Anthony Horowitz
    Lose yourself in the sumptuous first novel in a new series of Golden Age mysteries set amid the lives of the glamorous Mitford sisters.
    It's 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all her oppressive and dangerous uncle.Louisa's salvation is a position within the Mitford household at Asthall Manor, in the Oxfordshire countryside. There she will become nurserymaid, chaperone and confidante to the Mitford sisters, especially sixteen-year-old Nancy - an acerbic, bright young woman in love with stories.But when a nurse - Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter of her famous namesake - is killed on a train in broad daylight, Nancy and amateur sleuth Louisa find that in postwar England, everyone has something to hide . . . Written by Jessica Fellowes, author of the number one-bestselling Downton Abbey books, The Mitford Murders is the perfect new obsession for fans of Daisy Goodwin, Anthony Howoritz and Agatha Christie - and is based on a real unsolved crime.'True and glorious indulgence. A dazzling example of a Golden Age mystery'
    Daisy Goodwin
    'Oh how delicious! This terrific start to what promises to be a must-read series is exactly what we all need in these gloomy times.? Inventive, glittering, clever, ingenious. I devoured The Mitford Murders... so will you. Give it to absolutely everyone for Christmas, then pre-order the next one'
    Susan Hill'All the blissful escapism of a Sunday-night period drama in a book'
    The Pool


  • The official companion to all three seasons.
    The Great War has ended, but Downton Abbey is far from peaceful...
    A changing world has brought new challenges and new guests. Inside the walls of the Great House there is more intrigue, rivalry and romance than ever.
    The Chronicles of Downton Abbey take you deep into the lives of the Crawleys, their servants, lovers, friends and guests. So wander the crowded servants' quarters and peek into luxurious bed chambers. Go beneath the surface, and experience every aspect of their lives - from daily routines, dressing tables and treasure chests to their most secret hopes and fears.
    This definitive book explores the lives of every important member of the Downton estate. Focusing on each character individually, it examines their motivations, their actions and the inspirations behind them. An evocative source of story and background, it will take you even deeper into the secret, beating heart of the house.

  • How many times have you despaired about how to handle your psycho boss or listened to your friend talk about how their dream date turned out to be a bit of a psychopath? It's far from just a turn of phrase, psychopaths aren't all serial killers or criminals as you might expect, they are seemingly ordinary people too. In fact around 3 % of the general population have strong psychopathic tendencies.The devil you know may be in disguise. So how do you know if someone close to hand isn't quite who they seem? The psycho inyour life could be your lover, your child, your colleague, your friend or the hot new date you've met on the internet. InThe Devil You Know,forensic psychologist Kerry Daynes explains the psyche of a psychopath, she reveals the behavioural traits they share in common and she gives advice on how to handle them - or better still, how to avoid them at all costs.Using research and high profile case studies,The Devil You Knowwill help you spot the psycho in your life.The only question is: can you affordnot to read this book?

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