The Gentry Stories of the English

Author: Adam Nicolson
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0007335512
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Adam Nicolson tells the story of England through the history of fourteen gentry families – from the 15th century to the present day. This sparkling work of history reads like a real-life Downton Abbey, as the loves, hatreds and many times of grief of his chosen cast illuminate the grand events of history.

Gentry

Author: Adam Nicolson
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007335503
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We may well be 'a nation of shopkeepers', but for generations England was a country dominated by its middling families, rooted on their land, in their locality, with a healthy interest in turning a profit from their property and a deep distrust of the centralised state. The virtues we may all believe to be part of the English culture - honesty , affability, courtesy, liberality - each of these has their source in gentry life cultivated over five hundred years. These folk were the backbone of England. Adam Nicolson's riveting new book concentrates on fourteen families with a time-span from 1400 to the present day. From the medieval gung-ho of the Plumpton family to the high-seas adventures of the Lascelles in the 18th-century, to more modern examples, the book provides a chronological picture of the English, seen through these intimate, passionate, powerful stories of family saga. The families have been selected from all over the country and range from the famous to the unknown. Some families are divided by politics , such as the one who took different sides in the Reformation; others destroy their inheritance through reckless gambling or investments . All of them are vivid depictions of the life and code of the gentry, and have left deep archives of family papers which the author has been able to use, often for the very first time. THE GENTRY is first and foremost a wonderful sweep of English history. It presents a convincing argument on what has created the distinctive English character but with the sheer readability of an epic novel.

Home of the Gentry

Author: Ivan Turgenev
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141935839
Format: PDF
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On one level the novel is about the homecoming of Lavretsky, who, broken and disillusioned by a failed marriage, returns to his estate and finds love again - only to lose it. The sense of loss and of unfulfilled promise, beautifully captured by Turgenev, reflects his underlying theme that humanity is not destined to experience happiness except as something ephemeral and inevitably doomed. On another level Turgenev is presenting the homecoming of a whole generation of young Russians who have fallen under the spell of European ideas that have uprooted them from Russia, their 'home', but have proved ultimately superfluous. In tragic bewilderment, they attempt to find reconciliation with their land.

Housebound

Author: Elizabeth Gentry
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 0982315686
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Elizabeth Gentry’s debut, Housebound, is a novel like no other: a disquieting and interior fairy-tale adventure through one family’s secrets and lies. Maggie, the eldest daughter, is preparing to leave the house in which she’s lived, worked, and been educated her whole life: a life led seemingly without contact with the outside world, save in the form of weekly trips to the library for the stories that are the only escape for Maggie and her eight brothers and sisters. Maggie’s seeming estrangement from the most familiar details of her life give the novel an almost Kafkaesque feel, as if Kafka had been born an Appalachian woman.

Look Out Gentry

Author: Elizabeth Moerschel
Publisher: Orange Hat Publishing
ISBN: 9781948365246
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Look Out, Gentry! is based upon a true story in Linton, North Dakota. Gentry the bull gets out of his pen and runs through fields and flowers until he ends up somewhere completely unexpected...

Helter Skelter The True Story of the Manson Murders

Author: Vincent Bugliosi
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393322238
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The inside story behind the Manson killings explains how Charles Manson was able to make his "family" murder for him, chronicles the investigation, and describes in detail the court trial that brought him and his accomplices to justice. Winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award. Reprint.

The Gift of Light

Author: Jen Gentry
Publisher: Omega Publications
ISBN: 9780985035099
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Emily and her Aunt Gemma are two very special women. They see into the spiritual realm and commune with angels. With this exciting tale, reminiscent of the great Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness, debut author Gentry portrays in realistic terms the angelic and demonic creatures who inhabit our world, and why. A centuries-old battle, waged in the heavenly realm between the forces of good and evil, is fast reaching a flashpoint in Hook Pond. Demon Prince Azelius has a centuries-old stronghold over the family of Senator Brad Steel, whose goal is to become President of the United States, a goal Azelius wants him to achieve. Azelius wants the senator's son as well, but someone is praying and interfering with his plans. That someone must be silenced, permanently. When young Bradley Steel finds the Lord, he goes through a profoundly life-changing experience. He is overwhelmed with the need to ask forgiveness for an adolescent transgression that has haunted his life. Marta forgives him and promises forgetfulness as well. They become friends and eventually fall in love and marry. Bradley goes to Afghanistan as chaplain and is critically wounded in an explosion, but a pregnant Marta is told of his death. With the presidential election drawing near, Senator Steel makes his bid, and threatened with exposure of past misdeeds including adultery and kidnapping ending with murder, he utilizes his demonic connections to summon the Ba'al and a shaman priest. A spine tingling ending that will have you cheering.

EDGE

Author: Cora Brent
Publisher: EverAfter Romance
ISBN: 1682308561
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Fans of Jay Crownover's Saints of Denver series will love this story about a girl who falls for her best friend's husband after she dies and the guy that learns to love again.

The Landed Gentry

Author: Sophy Burnham
Publisher: Backinprint.Com
ISBN: 9780595129386
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The Landed Gentry is a collection of insider tales of inherited wealth and of the silver chains that bind those born into the American aristocracy. "[Burnham] is an excellent gossip...her tales of school are not mean or nasty, so much as revealing of her subjects." —Palm Beach Life