england http://wamc.org en "One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes http://wamc.org/post/one-plus-one-jojo-moyes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>American audiences have fallen in love with Jojo Moyes. Ever since she debuted stateside, she has captivated readers and reviewers alike, and hit the <em>New York Times</em> bestseller list with the word-of-mouth sensation, <em>Me Before You</em>.</p><p>Now, with <em>One Plus One</em>, she’s written another contemporary opposites-attract love story. <em>One Plus One</em> tells the tale of Jess Thomas, a single mother and housecleaner in a southern England seaside town, and the thrown-together relationship she develops with one of her clients, the wealthy, hopelessly geeky Ed Nicholls.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94243 at http://wamc.org "One Plus One" by Jojo Moyes Michael Dobbs' House Of Cards http://wamc.org/post/michael-dobbs-house-cards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A dark tale of greed, corruption, and unquenchable ambition, <em>House of Cards</em> reveals that no matter the country, politics, intrigue and passion reign in the corridors of power. More than twenty years since its first publication it is still considered to be the definitive political thriller.</p><p>Michael Dobbs' novel - both its 1989 and 2014 incarnations - is a delicious wallow in British bad behavior, both public and private.</p><p>Michael Dobbs is also Lord Dobbs of Wylye, a member of the British House of Lords. He is Britain's leading political novelist and has been a senior adviser to Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron. <em>House of Cards</em> was made into an award winning TV series in the UK and for Netflix in the USA, starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright and directed by David Fincher.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90350 at http://wamc.org Michael Dobbs' House Of Cards "The Rise Of The Tudors" By Chris Skidmore http://wamc.org/post/rise-tudors-chris-skidmore <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In his comprehensive history, <em>The Rise of the Tudors</em>, <a href="http://www.chrisskidmore.co.uk/">Chris Skidmore</a> chronicles the early story of the Tudors, beginning with the birth of the future Henry VII and following his life through the tumultuous Wars of the Roses, which ended with Henry’s coronation.</p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89792 at http://wamc.org "The Rise Of The Tudors" By Chris Skidmore "Margaret Thatcher: Power And Personality" By Jonathan Aitken http://wamc.org/post/margaret-thatcher-power-and-personality-jonathan-aitken <p></p><p></p><p>A strong willed and device of figure in British and International politics- Margaret Thatcher was the longest serving Prime Minister in the 20th century, and the first woman to hold the office. She oversaw Britain’s biggest social and political revolution in its post war history.</p><p>Jonathan Aitken, Cabinet administer under Thatcher, and a close family friend of 40 years- had a unique vantage point, and brings new light to many crucial episodes of the Thatcher era. He writes about it in his new book, <em>Margaret Thatcher: Power and Personality</em>.</p><p>He speaks about the source of the boundless ambition, and what gave root to her astonishing force of personality.</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79136 at http://wamc.org "Margaret Thatcher: Power And Personality" By Jonathan Aitken “Sydney and Violet" by Stephen Klaidman http://wamc.org/post/sydney-and-violet-stephen-klaidman <p>Largely forgotten today, Sydney and Violet Schiff were ubiquitous, almost Zelig-like figures in the most important literary movement of the twentieth century. Their friendships among the elite of the Modernist writers were remarkable, and their extensive correspondence with T. S. Eliot, Katherine Mansfield, Proust, and many others strongly suggests both intimacy and intellectual equality.</p><p>In <em>Sydney and Violet</em>, Stephen Klaidman examines what divides the literary survivors from the victims of taste and time.</p><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:50:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76172 at http://wamc.org “Sydney and Violet" by Stephen Klaidman Pauline Black - The Selecter http://wamc.org/post/pauline-black-selecter <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Formed in the late </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">19</span>70s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Coventry, England - </span><a href="http://www.theselecter.net" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Selecter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was one of the early acts to sign to 2 Tone Records, home to Madness, The Beat and The Specials. They became an integral part of the emerging </span>ska<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> scene, setting themselves apart from the pack by being one of the only female fronted </span>ska<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> bands. Led by the fashionable and talented Pauline Black, The </span>Selecter<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> released a number of seminal singles on 2 Tone including “On My Radio,” “Three Minute Hero,” and “Missing Words.” A couple of these songs made it on their 1980 debut LP, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Too Much Pressure</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which charted in the Top 5 in the UK.</span></p><p>On Halloween in 2010, Pauline Black and Arthur “Gaps” Hendrickson celebrated the 30th anniversary of <em>Too Much Pressure</em> with The Selecter performing the album live at the Sinners Day Festival in Belgium. This event kicked off the current revitalized incarnation of the legendary band who has continued to write and release new music. Their latest record, <em>String Theory</em>, came out earlier this year.</p><p>Pauline Black was born to an Anglo-Jewish teenage mother and Nigerian father and was adopted and raised by a white middle-aged couple. She wrote about her life and experience discovering her roots in <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/184668790X/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=184668790X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Black By Design: A 2-Tone Memoir</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=184668790X" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 73348 at http://wamc.org Pauline Black - The Selecter "The White Princess" by Philippa Gregory http://wamc.org/post/white-princess-philippa-gregory <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.philippagregory.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Philippa Gregory's</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> latest Cousins' War book is </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1451626096/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1451626096&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">The White Princess (Cousins' War)</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=wam Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 71888 at http://wamc.org "The White Princess" by Philippa Gregory "My Animals and Other Family" by Clare Balding http://wamc.org/post/my-animals-and-other-family-clare-balding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Clare Balding is an award-winning BBC broadcaster and writer. At the London Olympics of 2012 she was proclaimed a “national treasure.'” She became the face of the BBC’s horse racing coverage in 1998, and now works across a wide range of sports. She will join us to tell tales from her new memoir, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594205620/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1594205620&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">My Animals and Other Family</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1594205620" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 15:30:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 64051 at http://wamc.org "My Animals and Other Family" by Clare Balding Listener Essay - The Firm http://wamc.org/post/listener-essay-firm <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In this listener essay, Jeanne Hunter recounts her personal dealings with the British Royal Family.</p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Jeanne Hunter 59224 at http://wamc.org "The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6" by Gordon Corera http://wamc.org/post/art-betrayal-secret-history-mi6-gordon-corera <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gordon </span>Corera<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a security correspondent for BBC News. In that role, he covers the work of Britain's intelligence agencies. His new book is </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1605983985/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1605983985&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6: Life and Death in the British Secret Service</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1605983985" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> - in it, he provides a unique and unprecedented insight into this secret world and the reality that lies behind the fiction.</span></p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 56758 at http://wamc.org "The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6" by Gordon Corera