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The Irish Assassins - Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England (Hardcover): Julie... The Irish Assassins - Conspiracy, Revenge and the Phoenix Park Murders That Stunned Victorian England (Hardcover)
Julie Kavanagh
R621 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R98 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

A brilliant work of historical true crime charting a pivotal event in the l9th century, the Phoenix Park murders in Dublin, that gripped the world and forever altered the course of Irish history, from renowned journalist, former New Yorker London editor, and Costa Biography Award finalist Julie Kavanagh. Ireland, 1879-1882. After 700 years of British rule, the post-Famine generation of Irish tenant farmers began to push back against the reigning feudal system of landownership. The charismatic political leader, Charles Stewart Parnell, headed up the Land League, a revolutionary movement that promised to restore land and power to the people through a series of protests, strikes, and boycotts. After what became known as the Irish Land War had escalated into nationwide anarchy, Parnell and two associates were incarcerated without trial in Kilmainham Gaol. In April 1882, Parnell secretly forged the Kilmainham Treaty, a pact in which he pledged to work diplomatically with British Prime Minister William Gladstone for peace and the eventual independence of Ireland from England. It was a moment of real hope and a potential turning point in history, one that Gladstone himself described as "golden." Yet it would be shattered one sunlit evening, on May 6, l882, as Gladstone's emissary, Lord Frederick Cavendish, who had arrived that day in Dublin, and Thomas Burke, the undersecretary for Ireland, were ambushed and stabbed to death while strolling through Phoenix Park in Dublin. The murders were funded by American supporters of Irish independence and carried out by the Invincibles, a militant faction of republicans armed with specially made surgeon's blades. The impact of the assassinations was so cataclysmic that it destroyed the peace pact, almost brought down the government, and set in motion repercussions that would last long into the twentieth century. In a story that spans Donegal, Dublin, London, Paris, New York, Cannes, and Cape Town, Julie Kavanagh traces the crucial events that came before and after the murders. From Parnell's passionate affair with an Irish MP's wife, Katharine "Kitty" O'Shea, which eventually caused his downfall, to Queen Victoria's prurient obsession with the assassinations; from the investigation spearheaded by Superintendent John Mallon, the "Irish Sherlock Holmes," who tirelessly tracked down each member of the Invincibles, to the eventual betrayal and clandestine escape of leading Invincible James Carey and his murder on the high seas; The Irish Assassins brings us intimately into this fascinating story that shaped Irish politics and engulfed an empire. This is an unputdownable book from one of our most "compulsively readable" (Guardian) writers.

Nureyev - The Life (Paperback): Julie Kavanagh Nureyev - The Life (Paperback)
Julie Kavanagh
R568 Discovery Miles 5 680 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Rudolf Nureyev, one of the most iconic dancers of the twentieth century, had it all: beauty, genius, charm, passion, and sex appeal. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement, for both men and women, on or off the stage.
In this superb biography, Julie Kavanagh deftly brings us through the professional and personal milestones of Nureyev's life and career: his education at the Kirov school in Leningrad; his controversial defection from the USSR in 1961; his long-time affair with the Danish dancer Erik Bruhn; his legendary partnership with Margot Fonteyn at the Royal Ballet in London. We see his fiery collaborations with almost all the major living choreographers including Ashton, Balanchine, Robbins, Graham, and Taylor. And we see Nureyev as he reinvigorated the Paris Ballet Opera in the early 1980s before his death from AIDS complications in 1993. Nureyev: The Life is the most intimate, revealing, and dramatic picture we have ever had of this dazzling, complex figure.

The Irish Assassins - Conspiracy, Revenge and the Murders that Stunned an Empire (Paperback, Export/Airside): Julie Kavanagh The Irish Assassins - Conspiracy, Revenge and the Murders that Stunned an Empire (Paperback, Export/Airside)
Julie Kavanagh
R430 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R63 (15%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

'The tale of the Phoenix Park murders is not unfamiliar, but Kavanagh recounts it with a great sense of drama... Kavanagh's account reminds me of the very best of true crime.' The Times (Book of the Week) On a sunlit evening in l882, Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Burke, Chief Secretary and Undersecretary for Ireland, were ambushed and stabbed to death while strolling through Phoenix Park in Dublin. The murders were carried out by the Invincibles, a militant faction of republicans armed with specially-made surgeon's blades. They ended what should have been a turning point in Anglo-Irish relations. A new spirit of goodwill had been burgeoning between Prime Minister William Gladstone and Ireland's leader Charles Stewart Parnell, with both men forging in secret a pact to achieve peace and independence in Ireland - with the newly appointed Cavendish, Gladstone's protege, to play an instrumental role. The impact of the Phoenix Park murders was so cataclysmic that it destroyed the pact, almost brought down the government and set in motion repercussions that would last long into the twentieth century. In a story that spans Donegal, Dublin, London, Paris, New York, Cannes and Cape Town, Julie Kavanagh thrillingly traces the crucial events that came before and after the murders. From the adulterous affair that caused Parnell's downfall to Queen Victoria's prurient obsession with the assassinations and the investigation spearheaded by the 'Irish Sherlock Holmes', culminating in a murder on the high seas, The Irish Assassins brings us intimately into this fascinating story that shaped Irish politics and engulfed an empire. This is an unputdownable book from one of our most 'compulsively readable' (Guardian) writers.

Rudolf Nureyev - The Life (Paperback): Julie Kavanagh Rudolf Nureyev - The Life (Paperback)
Julie Kavanagh
R417 R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 Save R65 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

NOW A MAJOR FILM BY RALPH FIENNES, THE WHITE CROW 'A gripping account of an extraordinary life' Daily Telegraph Born on a train in Stalin's Russia, Rudolf Nureyev was ballet's first pop icon. No other dancer of our time has generated the same excitement - both on and off stage. Nureyev's achievements and conquests became legendary: he rose out of Tatar peasant poverty to become the Kirov's thrilling maverick star; slept with his beloved mentor's wife; defected to the West in 1961; sparked Rudimania across the globe; established the most rhapsodic partnership in dance history with the middle-aged Margot Fonteyn; reinvented male technique; gatecrashed modern dance; moulded new stars; and staged Russia's unknown ballet masterpieces in the West. He and his life were simply astonishing. 'Magnificent, a triumph. Captures every facet of this extraordinary man' Mail on Sunday 'The definitive study of a man who, in his combination of aesthetic grace and psychological grime, can truly be called a sacred monster' Observer 'Undoubtedly the definitive biography' Sunday Telegraph

A Sprig of White Heather (Paperback): Julie Kavanagh A Sprig of White Heather (Paperback)
Julie Kavanagh
R157 Discovery Miles 1 570 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
The Witch in the Stones (Paperback): Julie Kavanagh The Witch in the Stones (Paperback)
Julie Kavanagh
R166 Discovery Miles 1 660 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Valentine Romance - The Best Short Valentine Romances of 2014 (Paperback): Jennifer Conner, Cary Morgan Frates, Julie Kavanagh Valentine Romance - The Best Short Valentine Romances of 2014 (Paperback)
Jennifer Conner, Cary Morgan Frates, Julie Kavanagh
R165 Discovery Miles 1 650 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Four sweet holiday romances to warm your heart. A collection of our choice for best short story Valentine romances from your favorite best-selling authors. The Wife Project: Enigmatic software genius A.J. Remington needs a wife to seem more accessible to potential clients, but love cannot be a part of the equation. Having been burned, he knows that love is complicated and painful. A.J. is resigned to a life without love.Friend and personal chef Katy Walsh has also tasted her share of heartbreak thanks to a failed marriage and she's determined to avoid that kind of pain, thank-you-very-much. But when Katy agrees to help Alex to choose a suitable woman for the role of wife, an unlikely recipe for romance consumes them both. Can it be that the perfect woman is standing in his kitchen? And will either of them be willing to risk falling in love as they work on... The Wife Project? Love Comes for Valentine's Day: At Christmas, Kara Hayward makes a pact with her girlfriends. She's going to wear a headband of mistletoe until a man kisses her. The problem is it's now Valentine's Day. Will Kara be stuck wearing the headband of shame the rest of the year, or will she find Mr. Right in a place she never expects? Red Soles in the Morning, Valentine's Soaring (Story 2 in the Red Soles Series): In book one of the series, Red Soles at Night, Christmas Delight, Audrey Wells and Mack Hargrave meet on Christmas under inauspicious circumstances, when his dog, Winston, knocks her very expensive shoes into Lake Washington. Disaster quickly turns to attraction and love, but Mack must return home to Texas. As book two opens, Audrey's shoes have survived their dunking, but her heart may not survive Mack's departure. Very much in love, the two are determined to pursue what they have started, but the very high-powered careers that force them to live in different states, keep thwarting their plans to reunite. Finally, in a fit of desperation, and with some prompting by her girlfriends, Audrey decides a surprise trip to Texas will be just what they need.Will it be everything she hopes it will be...or are the cards of separation and mischance still dealt against them? Jessica's Valentine Diary: Tom is handed a lost diary and, against his better judgement, he begins to read it. The deeper he reads, the more he starts to fall in love with the owner, Jessica and he sets out to find the unknown girl who has stolen his heart with her words. If Tom finds Jessica can he convince her of his love? How will she react to the stranger who has read her deepest secrets? Is there a happy ever after to this story?

The Lady of the Camellias (Paperback): Alexandre Dumas The Lady of the Camellias (Paperback)
Alexandre Dumas; Introduction by Julie Kavanagh; Translated by Liesl Schillinger
R263 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

The landmark novel that inspired both Verdi's opera La Traviata and the Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge!, in a sparkling new translation. One of the greatest love stories of all time, The Lady of the Camellias recounts the history of Marguerite Gautier, the most beautiful, brazen, and expensive courtesan in all of Paris. Known to all as 'the Lady of the Camellias' because she is never seen without her favourite flowers, she leads a glittering life of endless parties and aristocratic balls, with the richest men in France flocking to her boudoir to lay their fortunes at her feet. But despite having many lovers, she has never really loved - until she meets Armand Duval, young, handsome and from a lower social class, and yet hopelessly in love with Marguerite. ALEXANDRE DUMAS fils (1824-1895) was the son of the famous novelist Alexandre Dumas. In 1847 he published his first novel, Adventures of Four Women and a Parrot, followed a year later by The Lady of the Camellias and ten other novels over the next decade. After the great success of the dramatic version of The Lady of the Camellias, he was gradually drawn away from the novel to the stage. In 1874 he was elected to the French Academy and until his death continued to produce a long line of successful plays. LIESL SCHILLINGER is a journalist and literary critic who writes regularly for The New York Times Book Review and spent many years on the editorial staff of The New Yorker. JULIE KAVANAGH is the author of The Girl Who Loved Camellias, a biography of the courtesan who inspired The Lady of the Camellias. An award-winning biographer of Rudolf Nureyev and Frederick Ashton, she has been London editor of both Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. 'One of the greatest love stories of the world' Henry James 'Anyone who has read an outdated English translation of this novel; seen the opera it inspired - La Traviata, by Verdi; or watched the film it inspired - Camille, starring Greta Garbo, might have missed the audacity, obstinacy, sensuality, and recklessness of its characters' Liesl Schillinger

A Welcome for Your Child - A Guide to Baptism for Parents (Paperback): Julie Kavanagh, Maeve Mahon A Welcome for Your Child - A Guide to Baptism for Parents (Paperback)
Julie Kavanagh, Maeve Mahon
R296 Discovery Miles 2 960 Special order

The sacrament of baptism welcomes a child into the family of God in a special way. In the course of its celebration those present will experience a rich tapestry of symbols, actions, gestures, prayers and the Word of God. This booklet is intended to explain such symbolism and the meanings behind the various parts of the baptism ceremony so that all may fully experience the deep meaning of baptism for the child, the family and the wider Christian community. Full of helpful reminders and practical tips, this book will be an invaluable aid to parents, godparents and the whole family as they prepare for this important day in the life of the new baby.

Girl Who Loved Camelias - The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis (Paperback): Julie Kavanagh Girl Who Loved Camelias - The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis (Paperback)
Julie Kavanagh
R419 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R71 (17%) Special order

This riveting biography brilliantly explores the short, intense, and passionate life of the country girl from Normandy, who at thirteen fled her brute of a father to go to Paris. Almost overnight she became one of the most admired courtesans of the 1840s--the inspiration for Alexandre Dumas "fils"' "The Lady of the Camellias" and Verdi's "La Traviata." With her aristocratic ways, elegant clothes and signature camellias, Marie was always a subject of fascination at the opera and the boulevard cafes. Her death at twenty-three from tuberculosis created such an outpouring of sympathy in the press that Charles Dickens, who was in Paris at the time, was amazed. "Everything is erased in the face of an incident which is far more important," he wrote, "the romantic death of one of the glories of the demi-monde, the beautiful, the famous Marie Duplessis."

Signposts on the Road to Emmaus - Exploring the Mass (Spiral bound): Julie Kavanagh Signposts on the Road to Emmaus - Exploring the Mass (Spiral bound)
Julie Kavanagh
R405 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R59 (15%) Special order

Signposts on the Road to Emmaus is a four-session programme which explores how the Mass is celebrated. The backdrop to each of the sessions comes from the story in Luke's gospel of the two disciples who encounter Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Successfully taught throughout the Kildare & Leighlin Diocese, this programme draws upon the experience of participants, sacred scripture, liturgical texts, and invites practical application to local celebrations of liturgy. This leads to a renewed and deepened understanding of the Mass and its celebration. It is suitable for anyone who is interested in finding out more about the Mass. To view the resources accompanying this title please click here

The Irish Assassins - Conspiracy, Revenge and the Murders that Stunned an Empire (Hardcover, Main): Julie Kavanagh The Irish Assassins - Conspiracy, Revenge and the Murders that Stunned an Empire (Hardcover, Main)
Julie Kavanagh
R485 R387 Discovery Miles 3 870 Save R98 (20%) Special order

'The tale of the Phoenix Park murders is not unfamiliar, but Kavanagh recounts it with a great sense of drama... Kavanagh's account reminds me of the very best of true crime.' The Times (Book of the Week) On a sunlit evening in l882, Lord Frederick Cavendish and Thomas Burke, Chief Secretary and Undersecretary for Ireland, were ambushed and stabbed to death while strolling through Phoenix Park in Dublin. The murders were carried out by the Invincibles, a militant faction of republicans armed with specially-made surgeon's blades. They ended what should have been a turning point in Anglo-Irish relations. A new spirit of goodwill had been burgeoning between Prime Minister William Gladstone and Ireland's leader Charles Stewart Parnell, with both men forging in secret a pact to achieve peace and independence in Ireland - with the newly appointed Cavendish, Gladstone's protege, to play an instrumental role. The impact of the Phoenix Park murders was so cataclysmic that it destroyed the pact, almost brought down the government and set in motion repercussions that would last long into the twentieth century. In a story that spans Donegal, Dublin, London, Paris, New York, Cannes and Cape Town, Julie Kavanagh thrillingly traces the crucial events that came before and after the murders. From the adulterous affair that caused Parnell's downfall to Queen Victoria's prurient obsession with the assassinations and the investigation spearheaded by the 'Irish Sherlock Holmes', culminating in a murder on the high seas, The Irish Assassins brings us intimately into this fascinating story that shaped Irish politics and engulfed an empire. This is an unputdownable book from one of our most 'compulsively readable' (Guardian) writers.

Secret Muses - The Life of Frederick Ashton (Paperback, Main): Julie Kavanagh Secret Muses - The Life of Frederick Ashton (Paperback, Main)
Julie Kavanagh
R490 R391 Discovery Miles 3 910 Save R99 (20%) Special order

Sir Frederick Ashton, Britain's greatest choreographer, was a major figure on the cultural landscape of the twentieth century and his influence extended far beyond the world of dance. Julie Kavanagh traces Ashton's progress with a keen and sympathetic sense of both the man and his milieu. The drama of his professional and private life - among his close associates were Constant Lambert, Benjamin Britten, W. B. Yeats, the Sitwells and Cecil Beaton - is skilfully interwoven with vivid descriptions of the ballets themselves. 'Not only the best biography of a ballet figure but, far more important, a Proustian recollection of that glamorous near-mythical time, the first half of our now setting century.' Gore Vidal

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