She's back! When arch-snob Emmeline Lucas (known universally as Lucia) makes some money on the stockmarket, the wheels are set in motion for a new adventure - and this time, her ambitions are larger than ever. But eternal rival Elizabeth Mapp-Flint is determined to outshine Lucia and she's got royalty on her side. The much-loved Mapp and Lucia series takes a new turn as the two legendary protagonists travel to the continent to lock horns in an idyllic Italian setting. Can Mapp upstage Lucia on foreign soil so far from Tilling? What is Georgie's new valet up to? And will Lucia's financial speculation lead to rags or more riches? Lucia On Holiday is a new addition to the Mapp and Lucia canon, based on the immortal characters first created by E.F. Benson. Perfect reading for followers of Benson's original novels and sure to be equally loved by new fans, this is a pitch-perfect and deliciously enjoyable social satire of an England long gone but not forgotten.
We all know the holidays can be overwhelming. But have you ever considered how stressful they might be for the Living Impaired? These Zombie-inclusive times call for a whole new guide to managing the season. This concise little book for the Undead intersperses tips like ''Keep your head, '' ''Dress to kill, '' and ''Shop 'til they drop'' with illustrations that are, well, dead-on. Coping strategies will help anxious Zombies conquer even Secret Santa shopping and discover that the true spirit of the season is indeed, er, infectious. Having written books for Peter Pauper Press on everything from beer and blarney to etiquette and entertaining, prolific author Ruth Cullen devours most any topiceven Zombies. Undead Illustrator Lisa Fargo, of Fargo Design, Inc., is based in Pittsburgh.
In a small waiting-room at Blank Hospital a girl was walking up and down, with quick, impatient steps. Every few minutes she stopped to listen; then, hearing no sound, she resumed her walk, with hands clasped and lips set firmly together. She was evidently in a state of high nervous excitement, for the pupils of her eyes were so dilated that they flashed black as night instead of gray; and a bright red spot burned in either cheek. In the corner, in an attitude of anxious dejection, sat a small dog.
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