Our Betty

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Our Betty

Our Betty

  • Author: Liz Smith
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1847395015
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 240
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Liz Smith, once called the nation's favourite fictional grandmother, is a familiar face to all TV and cinema viewers. She is most often recognised for her role of Nana in The Royle Family and has appeared in numerous productions over the years. OUR BETTY is Liz's life story - from her cosseted yet lonely childhood with her beloved grandparents (her mother died giving birth to Liz's stillborn sibling), through the war with the WRENS, marriage and children, divorce and poverty, long years working in dead-end jobs such as in a plastic bag factory, until her heavenly escape of evening acting classes provided the chance for a career. While working at Hamley's one Christmas ('I was one of those tiresome people who stop you and beg you to try samples of this and that'), she received a phone call from a young director who wanted to make an improvised film. His name was Mike Leigh and the film Bleak Moments. From that point, when Liz was 50, her career took off and she has worked with some of the most famous names in the entertainment business. OUR BETTY is, like its author, original, amusing and fascinating on the struggles, hopes and successes endemic of a life in front of the camera.

Our Admirable Betty

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Our Admirable Betty

Our Admirable Betty

  • Author: Jeffery Farnol
  • Publisher: Wildside Press LLC
  • ISBN: 1434404706
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 384
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From the author of "The Broad Highway," "The Amateur Gentleman," "Beltane the Smith," and "Great Britain at War."

The Music Maker

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The Music Maker

The Music Maker

One POW provided hope for thousands

  • Author: Jaci Byrne
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1925675491
  • Category: History
  • Page: 324
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On May 8 1945, forty-six-year-old Drum Major Jackson staggered towards his American liberators. Emaciated, dressed in rags, his decayed boots held together with string, he’d been force-marched for twenty days over the Austrian Alps after five heinous years as a POW in Nazi labour camps. He collapsed into his liberators’ arms, clinging to his only meaningful possession—his war diary. Having already experienced the horrific nature of battle in the First World War, Jackson had now survived another War—unlike hundreds of his mates, who’d succumbed to disease, insanity, or had been killed in action. Men far younger than he. But he could never have imagined what awaited him on the home front. A captivating testament to human endurance, Jackson’s diary and photos, one of the last such memoirs to be published, is the inspiration for The Music Maker. An unforgettable and gripping true story about the life and times.

It Had To Be You

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It Had To Be You

It Had To Be You

  • Author: June Francis
  • Publisher: Allison & Busby
  • ISBN: 0749011777
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 480
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1952. Orphaned as a young child, Emma Booth was raised by her grandparents in a Lancashire village. But when she stumbles across a letter written in 1940, the revealing contents make Emma realise everything she believed is a lie - her widowed father had, before his death at Dunkirk, married again, and left Emma with a half-sister, Betty Booth. Determined to find her, Emma is drawn away from the countryside to the austere city life of post-war Liverpool. Despite the different lives the women lead, they discover common ground and get along well. And when trouble inevitably comes, Emma rises to the challenge and in doing so finds love, taking her life in a whole new direction; meanwhile, Betty has to overcome devastation before her dream can come true.

Jottings

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Jottings

Jottings

Flights of Fancy from Our Betty

  • Author: Liz Smith
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1847395007
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
  • View: 7870
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JOTTINGS is a collection of the stories that Liz Smith has written over the years. Sometimes they explore the darker side of life and what may occur out of the public gaze: a rich and lonely housewife neglects her child and the nanny subjects her charge to unpleasant and adult scenes; a man's wish for fame catapults him into prison and mistaken notoriety; an unhappy wife loses her only friend and is haunted by her. Other stories are more amusing: the sexy, man-eating woman who runs the mobile library: moving through the fog of 1950's London with the help of a blind man; a scheming daughter who plans to take her mother's money has a surprising comeuppance. Liz's stories are unexpected, original and revealing of a writer who is fascinated by relationships and the barriers we erect between our public and private selves.

The Story: Life

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The Story: Life

The Story: Life

Great Short Stories for Women by Women

  • Author: Victoria Hislop
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus
  • ISBN: 1781857318
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 368
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'Life provides infinite shades of light and dark...' Victoria Hislop, bestselling author and champion of the short story, has chosen her favourite short stories by women writers. Here are prizewinners, famous wits, well-known feminists, national treasures and rising stars. All the stories in this volume are about life – happy, sad, mundane and extraordinary – it is captured here in all its rich variety. CONTRIBUTORS: Willa Cather, Virginia Woolf, Ellen Gilchrist, Dorothy Parker, Doris Lessing, Penelope Fitzgerald, Margaret Atwood, Penelope Lively, Anita Desai, Alice Munro, Elspeth Davie, Penelope Fitzgerald, Alice Walker, A. M. Homes, Anne Enright, Elizabeth Jolley, Jane Gardam, Alison Lurie, Nicola Barker, Jennifer Egan, Muriel Spark, Hilary Mantel, A. S. Byatt, Maggie Gee, Ali Smith, A. L. Kennedy, Polly Samson, Helen Simpson and Stella Duffy.

Angels in My Valley

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Angels in My Valley

Angels in My Valley

  • Author: Adeline Kulig Puccini
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • ISBN: 1462839827
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 360
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This narrative documentary portrays the life of a thirteen-year-old girl who breaks out of an abusive environment by escaping the grasp of a tyrannical stepmother who had victimized her and seven of her siblings for many years. Except for the people who made her escape possible, she was essentially on her own as she worked her way through high school. After working for a year as a private secretary in a civil service position, she was encouraged to apply for a scholarship to the University of Illinois. A second scholarship and a secretarial position at the university made it possible for her to acquire a bachelors degree in speech pathology and to graduate debt free in four years. She continued her education during a busy career and earned a masters degree in speech and language pathology from Northwestern University. By rising above what she considered to be a lost childhood, she manages to have a successful career along with marriage and a family. It appears that this author never looked down after leaving a childhood of abuse, compounded by the problems of the Great Depression. Those who encouraged her along the way are acknowledged as the angels in her life. Through these special mentors she meets movie stars and Hollywood moguls in the west and through her marriage to a naval officer she meets military and foreign dignitaries in Washington, D.C. Throughout this story, success and happiness in this family are often eclipsed by poignant periods of sadness, but only to rise again as their upbeat spirits prevail. Although the author is the central figure in this memoir, her eight siblings contribute immensely to the central theme of this story the will to survive and succeed. They beat the odds against the oft-quoted premise that growing up in violence will perpetuate violence. This story was written to provide insight into the problem of child abuse. Along with this moving commentary and narration, helpful information is provided for everyone working with children and young adults laymen and professionals alike.

My Name Is Ed Or Betty

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My Name Is Ed Or Betty

My Name Is Ed Or Betty

  • Author: Susan Kellen
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • ISBN: 144907149X
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Page: 28
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Told from Ed or Betty's viewpoint, this is the true, heartwarming story of a most remarkable cat. After adopting his family while living in a shelter, Ed or Betty was a very happy cat. He learned to retrieve and loved his new life. One night the unimaginable happened. Find out what happened and how special Ed or Betty is.

Nightmare Puzzle

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Nightmare Puzzle

Nightmare Puzzle

A Collection of Short Pieces By

  • Author: Philip M. LaVoie
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 0595761569
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 460
  • View: 4486
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Scraping sounds awake you from your sleep. Something putrid is moving underneath the bed, with razor talons only a thin mattress away from tearing you to shreds. Cringing with disbelief, in a panic you suddenly flee from the bedroom and down the stairs, screaming. In the living room, your corner vision catches a pair of glowing eyes shifting across the large picture window, and when you turn to look they are still there, only now joined with a drooling maw of fangs. As your heart races to the point of bursting from your chest, you flatten yourself against the wall trying praying to remain unseen until a ghostly, disembodied voice whispers your name from down the hallway. It sounds like a child, but you and your wife have no children. Your wife? Oh, God, where is she? There, in the kitchen she stands, smiling. At last, a piece of sanity from this insane night, and you rush to your loving mate. Behind her back she holds a gleaming butcher knife, waiting to return your embrace. In one swift stoke, her hand arcs down, and you Turn the page onto the next chapter, nervously anticipating what new horror awaits you this evening.

Christmas tales are not just for little kids!

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Christmas tales are not just for little kids!

Christmas tales are not just for little kids!

  • Author: Elsie
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • ISBN: 1471790924
  • Category:
  • Page: N.A
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