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Helen Fielding - Bridget Jones naplója
Fogyókúrázni fogok (most már tényleg), hetente háromszor edzõterembe járok, leszokom a dohányzásról, a fényképeket albumba rakom, nem beszélek ki másokat a hátuk mögött, otthon is rendesen felöltözöm, megtanulom beprogramozni a videót, és végre rendes pasit kerítek magamnak. Ismerős? Ha Ön, kedves Olvasó, még sohasem tett ilyen vagy ezekhez hasonló újévi fogadalmakat, akkor Ön egy szent, vagy férfi. Ha viszont érezte már úgy, hogy gyökeresen változtatnia kellene az életén, akkor számos közös vonása lehet e könyv hősnőjével, Bridget Jonesszal, akinek naplójából élete egy évének történetét ismerhetjük meg. Bridget túl van a harmincon, és legnagyobb bánatára még mindig „szingli”, vagyis nincs férjnél. Egy könyvkiadóban végez amolyan aktatologató munkát, és csak az tartja benne a lelket, hogy az asztalától állandóan láthatja az imádott férfit. Január elején a szülei baráti köre által rendezett újévi vigasság rémségein próbálja túltenni magát. Az effajta összejövetelek nem titkolt célja, hogy őt összehozzák a megfelelőnek ítélt fiatalemberrel, és rendszerint katasztrofálisan végződnek. Saját barátai – a harcos feminista Sharon; a kétgyerekes Magda, akit csal a férje; Jude, akinek a barátját mindenki utálja; a homoszexuális Tom – szintén ellátják különféle jó tanácsokkal az élet dolgait illetően, miközben néha maguk is látványosan melléfognak a saját szerelmi és egyéb ügyeikben. De mire újra eljön a szilveszter, sok mindenki életében sok minden megváltozik. A könyv hihetetlen sikert aratott nem csak Angliában és Amerikában, hanem nálunk is, amit nem utolsósorban fergeteges humorának és a könyvből készült filmnek köszönhet. És valóban, Bridget naplóján minden nő szívből kacaghat – ki azért, mert ő nem ebben a cipőben jár, ki azért, mert nem csak ő jár ebben a cipőben. A férfiak is pompásan szórakozhatnak rajta, talán még tanulnak is belőle.
Helen Fielding - Il diario di Bridget Jones
Mangia troppo, beve troppo, fuma troppo, ha una mamma troppo invadente e incontra solo uomini egoisti o sgangherati. L'attrazione che Bridget prova per i mascalzoni inaffidabili o gli assatanati di sesso é pari soltanto alla convinzione che se riuscisse e scendere sotto i 55 chili, a smettere di fumare e a raggiungere la Calma Interiore, tutti i suoi problemi sparirebbero. Ma non ci riesce. Cosí si trova regolarmente umiliata dai tentativi di sua madre di accasarla con un ricco giovanotto dagli orribili maglioni fatti a mano, terrorizzata dalla bilancia, frustrata da un lavoro che non la soddisfa e dal rapporto con il suo capo, belloccio e, inutile dirlo, principe degli Inaffidabili. Il diario di Bridget Jones é la cronaca delirante, divertente e appassionata della vita di una donna come tante. Perché tutte, prima o poi, sono state single.
Sophie Kinsella - Tudsz titkot tartani?
Emma épp elég katasztrófafilmet látott már… Így amikor a repülőgépe viharba kerül, azonnal tudja, le fognak zuhanni. A halál közelsége különös reakciót vált ki belőle: minden, addig féltve őrzött titkát rázúdítja a mellette ülő, jóképű, ám vadidegen férfira. Mesél neki a szüzessége elvesztéséről, a pasijáról és a szülei aranyhaláról, megosztja vele a tangákról alkotott véleményét, sőt azt is elmondja, hogy sosem volt még igazán szerelmes. Az utolsónak szánt gyónásba azonban apró hiba csúszik: a gép gond nélkül földet ér. Mikor Emma rájön, hogy földi pályafutása még nem ért véget, csak egy dolgot akar. Minél előbb hazamenni, és soha többé nem találkozni a kedves, és most már minden titkát ismerő idegennel. Az élet azonban mást tartogat számára… Imádod vagy éppen ki nem állod az Egy boltkóros naplóját? A szerző most el fogja rabolni a szívedet. Az év leghumorosabb, imádni való könyve, Sophie Kinsella tollából! Dobd fel a napod az olvasásával!
Laura D. - Szex és tandíj
Laura vagyok, tizenkilenc éves egyetemi hallgató. Prostituált lettem, hogy tanulhassak. Az események különös láncolatában úgy történt meg egyik dolog a másik után, hogy szinte észre sem vettem, mibe sodródtam bele ...` Az álnéven író diáklány blogban mesél kettős életéről: nappal lelkiismeretes egyetemista, szülei mintagyermeke, éjszaka alkalmi prostituált, aki 100 euróért árulja a testét; így keresi meg a lakbérre, ennivalóra, jegyzetekre valót. Pedig a beiratkozáskor még azt remélte, hogy élete legszebb időszaka veszi kezdetét. Hogyan jutott idáig? Laura kíméletlen őszinteséggel ír a szüleinek kiagyalt hazugságokról, az internetes szexchatekről, a szolgálatait igénybe vevő perverzekről és lúzerekről, és persze a szexről, ami örömöt nem, de átmeneti anyagi biztonságot kínált neki. A Szex és tandíj az utóbbi idők egyik legnagyobb botránykönyve volt Franciaországban, ahol közel félszáz ezer diák kényszerül alkalmi prostitúcióra. Laura D. egy közülük, akinek szerte a világban vannak sorstársai, így hazánkban is.
Jill Mansell - Take a Chance on Me
Cleo Quinn doesn't have the greatest track record when it comes to men, but now Will's come along. Handsome and attentive, he could be her Mr Right. Things are definitely looking up for Cleo... apart from one small problem with a rather large ego. Johnny LaVenture, sculptor extraordinaire and her personal childhood nemesis, is back in Channing's Hill and tormenting her as if he'd never been away. Meanwhile Cleo's sister Abbie has a problem of her own - husband Tom has become distant and withdrawn, and she's determined to find out why. But will the shocking truth mean the end of their idyllically happy marriage? The sisters are about to discover that the past can come back to haunt you, and that love can flourish in the unlikeliest of places...
Jill Mansell - Miranda's Big Mistake
Miranda is thrilled when she meets Greg at a cocktail party. He's gorgeous, he's funny - and he's very keen. Just what a girl needs to put some sparkle in her life. Heavens, he's practically perfect! Greg likes Miranda a lot. She's young, she's pretty, and she never talks about babies. Of course he hasn't told her everything about himself - even the sweetest girls can be a bit funny about a man who's just left his newly pregnant wife. But there's no way she's going to find out - or is there? Luckily for Miranda men are like buses - you don't see any for ages then three come along at once. She just needs to catch the right one...
Jill Mansell - Perfect Timing
Poppy Dunbar is out on her hen night when she meets Tom Kennedy. With his dark eyes and quirky smile, he could lure any girl off the straight and narrow, but what really draws Poppy to him is the feeling that she's known him all her life. She can't go through with the meeting they arrange - but she can't go through with the wedding either. Suddenly notorious as 'The Girl Who Jilted Rob Macbride', Poppy moves to London. Soon she's installed in the bohemian household of Caspar French, a ravishingly good-looking young artist with a reputation for breaking hearts. But even in her colourful new home, Poppy can't get Tom off her mind. Until she's tracked him down, she'll never know if their meeting was destiny - or if the future holds something entirely different for her...
Jill Mansell - The One You Really Want
Nancy can't quite believe it when her Christmas present from her husband turns out to be a lawnmower. She knows for a fact that Jonathan's been spending a lot on jewellery. So who's got the diamonds? Nancy's best friend, Carmen, gave up on romance when she lost her adored husband. What Carmen really needs is a man to wake her up - but choosing the right one isn't going to be easy. Mia's just arrived in London to live with her dad. Once she's met the potential stepmother-from-hell he's dating, she's determined to play Cupid - but her wayward arrows are just as likely to cause chaos as to ease the path of true love...
Jill Mansell - Mixed Doubles
New Year is looming and best friends Liza, Dulcie and Pru are making their resolutions. Liza wants to get married - she's never had any trouble hooking a man. The trouble is, she can never stay interested once she's got him. Dulcie thinks marriage sucks. Her husband, Patrick, may be gorgeous and charming, but the impulsive Dulcie needs more excitement in her life. She wants a divorce. Pru loves her roving husband, and she secretly enjoys the periods when he's making up for his outrageous behaviour. All she wants is to stay married. Liza, Dulcie and Pru have no idea what the New Year has in store - but Fate has some sneaky plans up her sleeve...
Emma Tennant - Pemberley
As Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice comes to a close, Elizabeth Bennet proudly announces her engagement to Mr. Darcy, boasting, “We are to be the happiest couple in the world.” But after the nuptials, can a marriage between two people as strong-willed as Elizabeth and Darcy survive? With all the wit and style of Jane Austen, Emma Tennant brilliantly imagines both the perils and pleasure of such a marriage. It’s now a year after the wedding, and the time has come for Elizabeth and Darcy to invite their families to visit Pemberley—but not without trepidation, for any gathering that includes both Mrs. Bennet and Lady Catherine de Bourgh must occasion gaffes and hurt feelings. And when Darcy becomes increasingly distant and Elizabeth falls prey to vicious gossip, the forces of pride and prejudice are at work once again in this “eminently enjoyable” continuation of Pride and Prejudice.
Sophie Kinsella - The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic
Meet Rebecca Bloomwood. She's a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time...shopping. Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can't. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something - just a little something... Can Becky ever escape from this dream world, find true love, and regain the use of her Switch card?
Jill Mansell - Falling for You
Maddy Harvey was a bit of an ugly duckling as a teenager, what with her NHS specs, unfortunate hair and wonky teeth. Thankfully she's blossomed since then. But when she meets Kerr McKinnon one starry summer's night and discovers, days later, who he actually is... well, that's when the problems really start. Because everyone in Ashcombe knows what happened eleven years ago, and as far as her mother's concerned, Marcella would rather tear that family to pieces with her bare hands than see Maddy associate with a McKinnon. It's Romeo and Juliet all over again. Quick, hide those sharp knives and that little bottle of poison...
Paige Toon - Chasing Daisy
If you fall too fast, you just might crash...Daisy has been dumped, unceremoniously jilted. Not by any ordinary guy, no...Daisy has a secret in her past that she won't even tell her best friend, Holly. She's given up on men - and on her own family. But life still has to be lived and where better to recover than as far away from home as possible. Grabbing a chance to see the world, Daisy packs her bags and joins the team catering to the world's highest-paid, supercharged racing drivers on the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. From Brazil to Italy, from Melbourne to Monte Carlo, life passes in a dizzying whirlwind. But nothing - and no one - can stop Daisy from falling again...this time for a man who is prepared to risk his life, and his heart, for the sake of speed, danger and ultimate success.
Jill Mansell - To The Moon And Back
The gorgeously indulgent, funny and touching new novel from the bestselling author When Ellie Kendall tragically loses her husband she feels her life is over. But eventually she’s ready for a new start – at work, that is. She doesn’t need a new man when she has a certain secret visitor to keep her company... Zack McLaren seems to have it all, but the girl he can’t stop thinking about won’t give him a second glance. If only she’d pay him the same attention she lavishes on his dog. Moving to North London, Ellie meets neighbour Roo who has a secret of her own. Can the girls sort out their lives? Guilt is a powerful emotion, but a lot can happen in a year in Primrose Hill...
Jill Mansell - Open house
Love is always just around the corner in a Jill Mansell novel - with a few surprises and a lot of humour on the way to happiness Nell O'Driscoll's known Marcus Kilburton for years - according to her diary, she even had a crush on him as a teenager. When he decides to open Kilburton Castle to the public, Nell takes a job as his assistant - and soon sparks are flying between them. But is Nell free to pursue Marcus, when a figure from her past refuses to let go? Meanwhile, Nell's best friend, Hetty Brewster, has other problems. Her husband has abandoned her for a bitchy but successful writer. Now the press is full of stories about the frumpy, boring wife losing out to a younger, slimmer model. But Hetty's about to get her chance for sweet revenge - if she can stop being a nice person long enough to take it!
Jill Mansell - An Offer You Can't Refuse
Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend Dougie's snobbish mother offers her GBP 10,000 to break up with him. Then she discovers a secret that makes her think again. Dougie would probably have broken up with her in the long run, and this way she can help one of the people she loves most in the world. Ten years later, though, when Lola meets Dougie again, her feelings for him are as strong as ever. But she broke Dougie's heart and he's about to discover that she was paid to do it. She can never tell him the truth, so can she get him back? Well, Lola's very attractive and very persuasive. But even she's got her work cut out this time...
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who’s parents have been killed in a ‘car crash’. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is literally rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day. Read and find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents mysterious death, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Philosopher’s Stone! All this and muggles too. Now, what are they?? The Author: This is Jo’s first book and she has already written seven outlines for Harry’s further adventures at Hogwarts. She lives in Edinburgh.
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
There is a door at the end of a silent corridor. And it's haunting Harry Potter's dreams. Why else would he be waking in the middle of the night, screaming in terror? Here are just a few things on Harry's mind: - A Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher with a personality like poisoned honey. - A venomous, disgruntled house-elf - Ron as keeper of the Gryffindor Quidditch team - The looming terror of the end-of-term Ordinary Wizarding Level exams . . . and of course, the growing threat of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. In the richest installment yet of J. K. Rowling's seven-part story, Harry Potter is faced with the unreliability of the very government of the magical world and the impotence of the authorities at Hogwarts. Despite this (or perhaps because of it), he finds depth and strength in his friends, beyond what even he knew, boundless loyalty; and unbearable sacrifice. Though thick runs the plot, listeners will race through these tapes and leave Hogwarts, like Harry, wishing only for the next train back.
Jill Mansell - Staying at Daisy's
Daisy MacLean runs the country house hotel owned by her flamboyant father, Hector. When she hears who's about to get married there, she isn't worried at all - her friend Tara absolutely promises there won't be any trouble between her and ex-boyfriend Dominic, whom she hasn't seen for years. But Dominic has other ideas... Meanwhile, Hector's getting up to all sorts with... well, that's the village's best kept secret. And then Barney turns up, with a little something belonging to the husband Daisy's been doing her best to forget. That's the thing about hotels, you never know who you're going to meet. Or whether they're going to stay...
Jill Mansell - Solo
When Tessa Duvall, a struggling artist, reluctantly agreed to accompany her best friend Holly to a party at the elegant Charrington Grange Hotel, she had every intention of sneaking off early. For parties full of strangers bored the knickers off Tessa and this one proved to be no exception - until she encountered Ross Monahan, whose wicked reputation was as high profile as the hotel he owned and ran with such panache. But whilst Holly set about ensnaring his reluctant brother Max, Tessa simply accepted Ross for what he was, a sensational one-night stand...until she realised, weeks later, that one-night stands can have far-reaching consequences...