Music historian and journalist Tim Riley's biography challenges many popular assumptions about Lennon's life, from his widely misunderstood 'Working Class Hero' origins to his epic romance with Yoko Ono. Riley also explores Lennon in all his contradictions: the misogynist turned peace activist, the moralist who loved to outrage and the 'bigger than Christ' LSD enthusiast who settled down to become a house-husband.
A pre-eminent scholar of Beatles music, Riley has consulted some of the most important Beatles scholarship of the past two decades. In a field littered with untrustworthy memoirs, he has culled the most reliable information from hundreds of books, and tracked down even more insightful sources among Lennon's friends, enemies, confidantes, celebrity associates and business contacts. He also writes brilliantly about the music and about Lennon's artistic and creative processes.
The Beatles have just enjoyed their most successful sales decade ever, and this book will be a great gift for the Beatles fan in your life or for anyone with an interest in this British music legend.
Vicar's daughter and aspiring journalist Tess Morgan is willing to do anything to pay off her student overdraft. Luckily for Tess, her flatmate Imogen is the daughter of infamous madam, Liberty Hall, who owns a pleasure palace of the same name that operates under a guise of respectability as a hotel.
When Tess lands herself a summer job catering for 'special clients' at Liberty Hall, she sees an opportunity to clear that overdraft with a bit of undercover journalism. But when she tries to tell all to a Sunday newspaper, Tess is in for a shocking surprise.
Felicity is a girl with two different sides to her character, each leading two very separate lives.
There's Fizz - wild child, drummer in a retro punk band, and car thief.
And then there's Felicity - a quiet, polite, and ultra efficient office worker.
But as her attractive, controlling boss takes an interest in her, she finds it hard to keep the two parts of her life separate. Will being with Stephen mean choosing between personas and sacrificing so much of her life? But then, it also appears that Stephen has some very peculiar and addictive ideas about intimacy himself.
The only thing Luke and Cassandra have in common is that they both work for the Government - he as a Director of Communications for the New Spectrum Party, she significantly lower down in the ranks. Serious and ambitious, he wants to change the world. She just wants to have fun.
Cassandra, whose fondness for sexy shoes is exceeded only by her fondness for sexy men, is a woman who knows where she's going, and she certainly isn't going after Luke. But as Cassandra learns more about his mysterious past, her fascination with her new boss grow. She falls hopelessly in lust and vows that she will have him. Luke, however, is not hers for the taking, but knowing what she does about his private life, something has to give.
Alison is a control freak. There's nothing she enjoys more than swanning around her palatial home giving orders to her wealthy but masochistic husband and delighting in his humiliation. Her daily routine consists of shopping, dressing up and pursuing dark pleasures, along with her best friend, Belinda; that is until they are kidnapped and held to ransom.
In the ensuing weeks both women are required to come to terms with their most secret selves. Stripped of their privileges and deprived of the luxury they are used to, they deal with their captivity in surprising and creative ways. For Alison, it is the catalyst to a whole new way of life.
Cassie's chic, smart and knows how to get her clients off the hook. However, when Governer Bryce 'Baby Face' Clarkson's libido lands him in hot water, Cassie's not so keen to bail out this particular red-blooded male. Bryce and Cassie were lovers six years earlier, until she caught the handsome charismatic politician cheating on her and dumped him. Now he's a potential presidential candidate, but he has to survive Queenie Amazon, a buxom dominatrix who is threatening to release a raunchy sex tape featuring the debauched governor in a collar and leash. Cassie is torn between revenge and professional commitment, and she is also becoming increasingly attracted to Bryce's brawny head of security, ex-mercinary Brian Collin. In an atmosphere charged with sexual power, the stakes are high as Election Day draws closer.
Lauren is on top of the world, literally, travelling in the Himalayas to 'find herself'. But when she runs into her first ever boyfriend, Callum, everything turns rocky. Lauren still loves Callum. Callum still loves Lauren. The problem is he is on honeymoon!
Lauren runs off to a monastery in an attempt to get rid of her earthly desires, but with some surprisingly sexy monks around, Lauren's desires only multiply. Then, while trekking, Callum gets altitude sickness. Lauren could take care of him, but what will happen if his new wife finds out?
Claire Sawyer is a PR queen with the breasts of the Venus di Milo and the morals of Attila the Hun. When the opportunity arises to make a star out of James - a scruffy sociology student - Claire and her friend Santosh waste no time in giving the young man the make-over of his life. He soon becomes the beau of the London celeb circuit, fraternising with louche young rock stars and models. What Claire and Santosh don't bank on is their living boy toy having a strong mind and sexuality of his own.
It's the 1930s, Hitler and Mussolini are building their war machine and Europe is a hotbed of political tension. Cia, a young, Anglo-Italian woman, escapes the mayhem, returning to England only to become embroiled in a web of sexual adventures. Her Italian lover has disappeared along with her clothes, lost somewhere between Florence and the Isle of Wight.
Her British friends are carrying on in the manner to which they are accustomed: sailing their yachts and partying. However, this serene facade hides rivalries and forbidden pleasures. It's only a matter of time before Cia's two worlds collide - and Britain's bright young things have to face up to their responsibilities.
When newlyweds Emma and Kit speed away on their matching Ducati motorbikes, Emma knows not to expect a conventional honeymood. From the moment they meet a biker gang and the leader takes a shine to Emma, events take a turn for the bizarre. For the first time in her life she will be pushed to her limits as the gang's idea's for how to have a good time get more and more outrageous. With hard-drinking rock bands, hunky stuntmen, booze-fuelled biker festivals and a whole lot of kinky behaviour on the agenda, Emma's taste for adventure is tested to the max - and Kit's not about to step in and save her from the wild bunch as he's having too much fun himself!
A wild, leather-clad, biker orgy, this high-octane spin across the continent is set to send the blood racing.
For Sophie Page, the job of warden at Elmcote Hall is a dream come true. The beauty of the old house and the overgrown grounds speaks to her love of nature. As a venue for weddings, films and exotic parties the Hall draws curious and intersting people, including the handsome Richard Fox and his friends - who are equally alluring and more puzzling still.
Sophie suspects that Fox is responsible for the sexually charged events taking place by night in the woods around the Hall. However, he is only carrying on a tradition; Elmcote's Victorian owner - the eccentric occultist, Elgar Vaughan - used the grounds for Dionysian sex rituals, and now it's Sophie's turn to find out just how much fun can be had with the old ways of worship.
A lavish 18th century-set Erotic historical It's September 1792 and France is in the throes of violent revolution. Young actress Nicole Chabrier came to Paris four years earlier to seek fame and fortune with the Paris Opera but now her life is in danger from the hordes who are venting their anger on the decadent aristocracy. Rescued by a handsome stranger who has been badly wronged by the nobility, Nicole soon becomes ruled by her passion for this man. Together they seek a reversal of fortune using their charm, good looks and sexual magnetism.
An unusual, erotic and beautifully written story set in the heady whirl of French society in the 1920s.
The lovely Oruela is determined to fit into a lifestyle of opulence among the bright young things of 1920s Biarritz, which is sizzling with decadence. The fabulously wealthy are parading their vices, and she is surrounded by artists, hedonists and intellectuals. Jean is the seemingly devoted lover who will help her realise her wildest dreams. But she has to put her social aspirations on hold when she falls under suspicion for her father's murder. As Oruela becomes embroiled in a series of sensual games, she discovers that blackmail is a powerful weapon that can be used to obtain pleasure as well as money.
When Stephen Stanbrook consults therapist Gabrielle Salinger about his dominant personality, his girlfriend, Poppy, is intrigued. She traces his exploits as he seduces two submissives, known in the SM community as Knickers and Boots. Before long she's put through her paces by him, together with them, and all in uniform. Meanwhile, Gabrielle's old playmate, Jeff Bellbird, is stalking them in the hopes of something even more perverse.
When Ottile Duvier inherits the family home in the fashionable Garden district of New Orleans, it's the ideal opportunity to set her life on a different course and flee from her demanding aristocratic English boyfriend. However, Ottilie arrives in New Orleans to find that her inheritance has been leased to one Helmut von Straffen - a decadent German, known for his notorious Mardi Gras parties. Determined to claim what is righfully hers, Ottilie challenges von Straffen - but ends up being lured into strange games in steamy locations.
Decision Points is the extraordinary memoir of America's 43rd president. Shattering the conventions of political autobiography, George W. Bush offers a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.
In gripping, neverbeforeheard detail, President Bush brings readers inside the Texas Governor's Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbour; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century.
President Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments reforming education, treating HIV/AIDS in Africa, and safeguarding the country amid chilling warnings of additional terrorist attacks. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, discovery of faith, and relationship with his family.
A groundbreaking new brand of memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on one of the most consequential eras in American history and the man at the centre of events.
Updated with 3 new songs, this is the intimate, first-person chronicle of the life and work of Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter in Brooklyn's notorious Marcy Projects, now known to many as the greatest rapper alive.
Told through lyrics, images and personal narrative, Decoded shares the story of Jay-Z's life through the 10 codes that define him, giving an unparalleled insight into his background, influences and the artistic process that shapes his work. Each chapter features a highly personal narrative section followed by a visually captivating selection of his most famous and provocative lyrics underlining the chapter's themes, along with Jay-Z's own 'decoding' of each lyric, uncovering the wordplay and stories behind the song.
This is a brilliant insight into the art and poetry of hip-hop, as well as the life of one of the genre's greatest artists.
When Maria Lewis takes a job in local government, the quiet life she was looking for is disrupted by the enigmatic presence of her boss, Robert Stone. A dangerous and unlikely object of lust, Stone touches something deep in Maria's sensual psyche. But, Mr Stone isn't the only one interested in Maria.
When Sophie Taylor finds herself outlining her ultimate fantasy - to pay a man for sex - at her drunken 31st birthday party, all her friends seem to get the wrong end of the stick. Because suddenly everyone seems to be trying to make Sophie's dreams come true, from her on-off boyfriend Rex to the mysterious Mark Valentine. Everyone, that is, except Sophie herself.
Will Sophie put her money where her mouth wants it to be? Or are some things best kept in the realm of fantasy?
Normally, if a beautiful young woman comes to Penny Birch and asks to be taught the joys of a well smacked bottom, she would be only too happy to oblige. This time it's a little difficult, as the status and connections of the beautiful young woman wold make the tryst a scandal. But Pippa is not easily put off. To make matters worse, both Penny's girlfriends and sadistic diesel-dyke AJ, all want Pippa and aim to give her far more than a playful spanking.
Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die is the fifth title in an exciting series of books that will help you search out essential sights and experiences around the world.
Photographers and writers Steve Watkins and Clare Jones draw on their years of international travel experience in selecting thirty of the world's most inspiring, spectacular and beautiful walks, each of which can be done within the space of a two-week break. Their choices include a wide range of locations, from urban walking tours along Boston's Freedom Trail and the stunning temples of Kyoto, to the open countryside of the Yellowstone National Park in the USA and Peru's Inca Trail. There are leisurely jaunts, such as Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater property and a stroll around the picturesque canals of Amsterdam, as well as a few demanding walks, such as the Alpine Tour du Mont Blanc and China's Tiger Leaping Gorge trek, for those who like a challenge.
Richly illustrated throughout with specially commissioned photographs, Unforgettable Walks to Take Before You Die is aimed at anyone looking for ideas for an inspirational trip of a lifetime.
The book features a total of thirty walks, including: Amalfi Coast, Italy; Morne Trois Pitons, Dominica; Choro Trail, Bolivia; Dogon Tribes, Mali; Kilimanjaro, Tanzania; Tiger Leaping Gorge, China; South West Coast Path, England; Routeburn Track, New Zealand; Darjeeling Tea Trek, India; Temples of Kyoto, Japan; Garden Route, South Africa.
Gabrielle Salinger has been sent to track down Sabrina, a voluptuous and dominant young woman who has fallen under the influence of elderly sybarite David Anthony. Gabrielle soon discovers that the couple are already in France, getting up to all sorts of lewd mischief. Accompanied, but not really helped, by her girlfriend Poppy, Monty Hartle and the boys from the Razorback Paintball, Gabrielle is soon beginning to wonder if she's bitten off more that she can chew. By the time she's being hunted through the woods in bunny costume, she's sure that she has.
Beautiful, voluptuous and supposedly innocent, K'Tai is also too headstrong for her own good. Obliged to flee her village in a hurry in order to avoid the application of a switch to her curvaceous bottom, she finds herself in a far worse situation, at the mercy of lascivious slavers, cruel priests and sadistic nuns, each determined to inflict, ever more severe punishments and indignities upon her.
Part of the Scarlet Gothic series. Other titles include Whipping Girl and Sin's Apprentice.
Jade, confident but submissive, is struggling to come to terms with the demands of her lesbian lover, AJ, to become her lifestyle slave, Matters aren't helped when her participation at a wet kinky cabaret goes to far, bringing its shifty management after her, intent on sexual revenge.
With the added distraction of her lewd friend Jeff Bellbird, and extra toppings from Doughboy the pizza man, Jade looks less likely that ever to resolve her dilemma.