Izzie Childs is turning 50, wondering what happened to feminism and finding herself caught up in the conundrum of being both a smart post-feminist woman, and a little more obsessed than she'd like to be on issues of fat, looks and wrinkles. When she finds herself in Portugal for a month and lusting after a young man who cleans the pool, Izzie realizes that despite a life of counselling and self-awareness she is deep in mid-life crisis. Izzie decides to chronicle the trials and tribulations of her quest to integrate her feminist ideals with the shocking reality of her inner feelings, often with hilarious results, sometimes with great poignancy, and always in a way which readers will recognize for themselves.
NEW YORK, 1973: two couples, seeking to escape the rat-race, decide to retire and relocate to their dream-villa in Portugal's spectacular Algarve region. Soon, however, their dream is shattered by intrigue and betrayal. Even as one of them tries to come to terms with a devastating loss, the Portuguese revolution of 1974 destroys any hopes that their lost paradise can ever be regained. Almost thirty years later, the daughter of one of the principal players in the intrigue is deeply troubled by something her dying mother has told her. Did her parents, all those years ago, plan to defraud an innocent woman? Even worse, could her mother actually be guilty of murder? After the funeral, Kate Fraser travels to Portugal to see if she can find the answers to these and other questions that have been troubling her ever since her childhood. In doing so, she not only risks opening old wounds that cannot easily heal again, but also her marriage, as she finds herself becoming increasingly attracted to the young priest who helps her in her quest to find the truth about what really happened all those years ago.A gripping account of friendship, love, passion and betrayal, An Algarve Affair shows a new side to world-renowned equestrian author, teacher and trainer Sylvia Loch, whose passion and enthusiasm for her subject shine through in everything she writes, be it fiction or non-fiction. Having lived in Portugal during the 1970s, Sylvia has maintained her ties to the country, and frequently teaches and judges there. Her love for Portugal and its people is evident throughout the book, which evokes the sights, sounds and scents of Portugal so vividly that readers will feel they know it intimately. The book's racy style is engaging, and the characters sharply drawn and full of substance, making An Algarve Affair a book that readers will want to pick up again and again.
Stan Cutler is good looking, on the dole, and fed up. He can't get enough money or sex, and his acrobatic pigeons seem all that is left in the world to give him pride or joy. Evie Cutler is no more excited; her years of motherhood have peaked, her marriage is stagnant and her job in the chip shop is about as fascinating as a wet fish. When Stan is unexpectedly double-crossed, and Evie takes an electrifying long weekend in Amsterdam, their lives radically change direction. Stan seeks revenge through plotting the perfect crime, while Evie begins to live life with adventure, each discovering excitement and help, neither confiding in the other. Set against the background of recession, and shuttling between the highly contrasting cities of Middlesbrough and Amsterdam, Stan and Evie's secret selves head relentlessly towards an intriguing climax.
LONGLISTED FOR THE WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR PRIZE 2020 'Reads like a thriller, or even a spy novel...Walsh keeps you gripped' Rosamund Urwin, Sunday Times 'A turbulent but ultimately inspiring tale. The candour...is rare and gripping' Matt Dickinson, The Times It was the story that shocked the world: Russian athletics was revealed to be corrupt from top to bottom, with institutionalised doping used to help the nation's athletes win medals they did not deserve. But the full story of the couple who blew the whistle has never been told - until now. When Russian anti-doping official Vitaly Stepanov met the young 800m athlete Yuliya Rusanova, for him it was love at first sight. Within two months, they were married. But there was a problem – in fact, there were lots of problems. She admitted she was doping and that everyone else was doping, and she let him know that she came from a dark place … It could all have brought a very swift end to a very hasty marriage, but gradually the Stepanovs began to realise that whatever you did, the system in Russia was stacked against you. In the end, the only ones they could rely upon were each other. Fully aware of the risks they were taking, they decided to turn the tables on those who had manipulated them and cheated the sporting world. The result of their investigative work sent shockwaves around the planet and led to Russia’s athletes being banned from world sport, while the Stepanovs themselves had to go into hiding. The Russian Affair is a gripping true-life drama that at times reads like a spy novel and at others like an epic love story. But, at the centre of it all, is a quietly determined couple who knew that if they stood together they could shine a light on a corrupt system and bring it crashing to the ground.
The new-look Rough Guide to Portugal - in full colour throughout - is the ultimate travel guide to one of the world's most popular holiday destinations. Discover Portugal's hotspots with stunning photography, colour-coded maps and detailed listings. You'll find practical advice on what to do and see in every region of the country - from the resorts of the Algarve to unspoilt corners of the mountainous interior, and from the surf beaches of the west coast to the most fashionable hangouts in Lisbon and Porto. There are also up-to-date descriptions of the best hotels, bars, clubs, shops and restaurants for all budgets. Whether you have time to browse detailed information on everything from local delicacies to walk and cycle routes, or need fast-fix itineraries and 'Top 5 boxes' that pick out the highlights you won't want to miss, the meticulously researched Rough Guide to Portugal will be your perfect companion. Make the most of your trip with The Rough Guide to Portugal. Now available in ePub format.
Published 1892-9, this four-volume collection contains Spanish documents relating to England during the reign of Elizabeth I. The papers were translated and edited by Martin Andrew Sharp Hume (1843-1910), a respected historian of Spain. Volume 1 (1892) covers the period 1558-67, the early years of Elizabeth's reign.