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Jeder kennt die skurrile, aber stets freundliche Miss Marple und den exzentrisch-pedantischen Poirot, jeder kennt den Namen ihrer Schöpferin Agatha Christie, doch wer war der Mensch hinter der Schreibmaschine? Zu Lebzeiten öffentlichkeitsscheu, gab Agatha Christie keine Interviews und verriet nichts über ihr Privatleben. Erst posthum brach die Queen of Crime ihr Schweigen. Ein Jahr nach ihrem Tod wurde ihre Autobiographie veröffentlicht, in der sie von ihrer Kindheit, zwei Ehen und zwei Weltkriegen erzählte, von ihrem Leben als Autorin und von den archäologischen Expeditionen ihres zweiten Ehemannes Max Mallowan. Eine Autobiographie, die ebenso spannend und lebendig erzählt ist wie ihre Romane.

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»Unterhaltsam, bisweilen amüsant, dann wieder melancholisch gefärbt.«

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»Was hat sie nicht alles erlebt! Und sie erzählt davon so unterhaltsam, dass es spannender und amüsanter zu lesen ist, als mancher Miss-Marple-Fall...«

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»Ihre Autobiografie ist ein Glücksfall. Denn sie macht mit einer liebenswerten, einzigartigen Persönlichkeit bekannt, die an technischen und gesellschaftlichen Veränderungen ihrer Zeit teilhaben lässt.«

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»Christies Autoobiographie,  in der sie von Kindheit, Ehen und Kriegen erzählt, zeigt eine Frau mit Lebenslust und verdeutlicht, welche Genialität ihrem Erfolg zugrunde liegt.«

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»Das Schöne an der Lebensgeschichte der Agatha Christie ist, dass die so völlig uneitel geschrieben ist.«

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»Ihre Autobiographie, die ebenso auch eine Chronik Englands und des 20. Jahrhunderts ist, zeigt eine Frau voller Lebenslust und Charme und verrät, welche Genialität ihrem Erfolg zugrunde liegt.«

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»(...) ist nicht weniger unterhaltsam, vergnüglich und spannend als ihre in aller Welt bekannten Detektiv- und Spionagegeschichten.«

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Agatha Christie begründete den modernen britischen Kriminalroman und avancierte im Laufe ihres Lebens zur bekanntesten Krimiautorin aller Zeiten. Ihre beliebten Helden Hercule Poirot und Miss Marple sind - auch durch die Verfilmungen - einem Millionenpublikum bekannt. 1971 wurde sie in den Adelsstand erhoben. Agatha Christie starb 1976 im Alter von 85 Jahren.

 
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50 RECHAZOS QUE HICIERON HISTORIA

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El éxito es posible. Aún cuando hay talentos potenciales que quedan en el camino, incapaces de soportar la condena inicial, muchos más perseveran hasta convertirse en íconos globales. En este libro, descubrirás las increíbles historias de los personajes célebres que debieron superar la adversidad para alcanzar sus sueños.

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"Este libro demuestra que las caídas pueden ser el mejor punto de partida para alcanzar la cima" [Source: GRAHAM COLLINS]

"Muy bueno, un atractivo recorrido por los éxitos y fracasos de los personajes más famosos del mundo."[Source: ROGER HAUSER]

"Un relato divertido sobre los obstáculos que debieron superar los hombres y mujeres más admirados de la historia" [Source: FOUR EYES REVIEW]

 
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Success is possible. Although there are potential talents that fall by the wayside, unable to bear the initial judgment, many more persist until they become global icons. In this book, you'll discover the amazing stories of the celebrities that had to overcome adversity to achieve their dreams.

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"This book demonstrates that failure may be the best starting point to reach the top" '[SOURCE: Graham Collins]

"Brilliant, an attractive journey through the successes and failures of the most famous people in the world" [SOURCE: Roger Hauser]

"A hilarious story about the obstacles that the most admired men and women in history had to overcome" [SOURCE: Four Eyes Review]

 
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Winner, Best Atlantic Published Book Award

Shortlisted, Canadian Regional Design Award

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"[A] magical history tour of the highest order ... Nova Scotia writer Bruce MacNab, according to experts cited all over, has simply nailed the untold apprenticeship of Harry Houdini as the magician performed throughtout Maritime communities more than a century ago. ... you cannot escape the fact that this is an absolutely exceptional book."

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"Bruce MacNab's absolutely fascinating reconstruction of Harry Houdini's summer-long 1896 tour of Eastern Canada was Atlantic Canada's 'sleeper' book of the past year. ... It's a fabulous book to read and savour, with an engaging narrative, detailed research and striking visuals, including rare news clippings, vintage posters, illustrative maps and newly unearthed photographs. ... In his first book, the author has produced a gem that won the 2012 APMA Best Atlantic Published Book Award. ... It has great appeal to those with a passion for Victorian Canadian life, travelling circuses, magic tricks, fortune tellers and freak shows. Fans of the master magician as well as curious people of all ages will also marvel at Houdini's sleights of hand and the secrets of his illusions. ... Shedding new light on Houdini's career is quite an accomplishment, but it's the author's polished writing style and the richness of the illustration that makes The Metamorphosis a very entertaining summer read."

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"It's a fascinating read."

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Bruce MacNab grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and attended the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology. Since then, he has worked as an author, carpenter, craftsman, tutor, and teacher. He has long been fascinated with the story of Harry Houdini. His articles have appeared in the Beaver, the Chronicle Herald, History Today, and other magazines and newspapers. Bruce MacNab now lives in New Ross, Nova Scotia, a region steeped in the mythology of Oak Island and Prince Henry Sinclair. The Metamorphosis is his first book.

 
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O êxito é possível. Ainda que existam talentos potenciais que possam se perder pelo caminho, incapazes de suportar a reprovação inicial, muitos outros perseveram até se tornarem ícones globais. Neste livro, o leitor irá descobrir as incríveis histórias de personagens célebres que tiveram que superar adversidades para realizar seus sonhos.

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Com mais de duas décadas de experiência em monitoramento e análise do show business, o autor desenvolveu contato direto com algumas das celebridades mais reconhecidas do mundo, o que lhe permitiu contar com informações privilegiadas que revela pela primeira vez nestas páginas.

 
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Shadow of Doubt

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Winner, New Brunswick Book Award for Non-Fiction

Shortlisted, Arthur Ellis Best Non-Fiction Crime Book Award

On July 6, 2011, Richard Oland, scion of the Moosehead brewing family, was murdered in his office. The brutal killing stunned the city of Saint John, and news of the crime reverberated across the country. In a shocking turn, and after a two-and-half-year police investigation, Oland's only son, Dennis, was arrested for second-degree murder.

CBC reporter Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon covered the Oland case from the beginning. In Shadow of Doubt, she examines the controversial investigation: from the day Richard Oland's battered body was discovered to the conclusion of Dennis Oland's trial, including the hotly debated verdict and its aftermath. Meticulously examining the evidence, MacKinnon vividly reconstructs the cases for both the prosecution and the defence. She delves into the Oland history, exploring the strained relationships, infidelities, and financial problems that, according to the Crown, provided motives for murder.

Shadow of Doubt is a revealing look at a sensational crime, the tribulations of a prominent family, and the inner workings of the justice system that led to Dennis Oland's contentious conviction.

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"Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon's Shadow of Doubt provides a fly-on-the-wall viewpoint to one of Canada's most sensational murder cases. The reader is taken on a roller-coaster ride from the crime scene to the grieving family to the cops, the Crown, and the jury trial. It's an epic tale that both engages and teaches — Canada's criminal justice system with all its twists and turns is in full view right from crime to verdict."

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"Shadow of Doubt is a fast-paced account of one of the most sensational murder trials in recent history. Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon covered the case from start to finish and loads her story with new details and revealing anecdotes, briskly sketching how a family soap opera turned to tragedy. For Oland trial junkies, this is the big, satisfying hit they've been waiting for — by the only journalist who could have told the story so compellingly."

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Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon is a reporter and web editor for the CBC, and worked previously at the Toronto Star and the Telegraph-Journal (Saint John). She has been a finalist for a National Newspaper Award and three Atlantic Journalism Awards, including one for her early reporting on the Richard Oland murder in 2011. This is her first book.

 
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In 1922, a 15-year-old girl, fed up with life in a French convent school, answered an ad for a travelling secretary. Tall, blonde, and swaggering with confidence, she might have passed for twenty. She also knew what she wanted: to become the first female to drive around the world. Her name was Aloha Wanderwell.

Aloha's mission was foolhardy in the extreme. Drivable roads were scarce and cars were alien to much of the world. The Wanderwell Expedition created a specially modified Model T Ford for the journey that featured gun scabbards and a sloped back that could fold out to become a darkroom. All that remained was for Aloha to learn how to drive.

Aloha became known around the globe. She was photographed in front of the Eiffel Tower, parked on the back of the Sphinx, firing mortars in China, and smiling at a tickertape parade in Detroit. By the age of 25, she had become a pilot, a film star, an ambassador for world peace, and the centrepiece of one of the biggest unsolved murder mysteries in California history. Her story defied belief, but it was true. Every bit of it. Except for her name. The American Aloha Wanderwell was, in reality, the Canadian Idris Hall.

Drawing upon Aloha's diaries and travel logs, as well as films, photographs, newspaper accounts, and previously classified government documents, Aloha Wanderwell reveals the astonishing story of one of the greatest — and most outrageous — explorers of the 1920s.

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"Aloha Wanderwell must surely be the most remarkable woman adventurer to remain virtually unknown to history. This marvellous book sets the record straight, even as it powerfully evokes a distant era of travel when the survivors of the Great War set out to go anywhere but home."

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Christian Fink-Jensen's writing has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Toronto Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Quarterly, Rampike, Vancouver Sun, and Ottawa Citizen.

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Randolph Eustace-Walden has worked as a writer, editor, researcher, television producer, and director. He has twice been nominated for Emmy and Gemini awards and has won several Leo awards.

 
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Almost a Great Escape

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Winner of the W.O. Mitchell Award, the Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Non-Fiction, and the Alberta Readers' Choice Award

Following his mothers death in 2004, Tyler Trafford discovers an album of old letters and creased photographs that reveal a mother he never knew, a man hes never heard of, and a love affair doomed by class and circumstance. The letters are from Jens Müller, a Norwegian pilot who trained in Canada during the early days of World War II, one of only three prisoners who would make it home after The Great Escape.

In Almost a Great Escape, Trafford takes us on a journey of emotional discovery and dramatic disclosure as he reconstructs his mothers life, from her youth as a wealthy Montreal debutante to her final days as a broken but unbent casualty of a loveless marriage. His search for answers takes him across Canada and then across the ocean to Norway, hoping to learn more about the mystery of this secret relationship.

Written with a fluidity fueled by heart-wrenching honesty, Traffords unconventional memoir confirms that while you can survive your past, you can never escape from it. Almost a Great Escape includes photographs as well as excerpts and reproductions of telegrams and letters Jens sent from England and Stalag Luft III.

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"Tyler Trafford exposes an elaborately intertwined story of family, romance, war, and love's aftermath. His multi-genre approach is both lyrical and admirably adapted to the challenge of the story he both unearths and illuminates."

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"As his own reflections intermingle with Alice's letters, the book becomes a moving story of love between a mother who dreamed of being a writer and a son who became one."

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"Tyler Trafford uses his creative ingenuity to bring the story of his late mother's secret love to life. Told with great flair and extraordinary skill, this captivating tale is an engrossing voyage of discovery and revelation."

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"Trafford is a mesmerizing writer with a style all his own.... The story of a secret love affair, it is a wonderfully twisted story of a Westmount upper class family, romance in war, and the scars that come from not taking a chance on love."

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"This is not a sentimental love story. It belongs in another, higher category. It's one that people of both sexes and any age past puberty will appreciate. And incidentally, it's a fine piece of writing and composing."

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"Letters in love and war reveal the most about the human condition. Tyler Trafford takes us inside a wartime romance, situates it at the heart of the most celebrated escape of the Second World War, and delivers a moving account of his own search to understand a parent and his own condition."

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"There are a handful of characters in a reader's life that are real, their wakes resonating like ghosts. Such is Alice Tyler, conjured by her son, writer Tyler Trafford, in his epistolary biography, Almost a Great Escape. She is so evoked you will taste her in a glass of vodka.... Trafford's writing swims with the heady heat of a slow, balmy, never-ending childhood summer. He builds towers with his words, stacking adjectives to describe the slow-motion escape of a lovesick war hero and building to a satisfying, thought-provoking conclusion."

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Tyler Trafford worked for many years as a reporter and editor first with the Calgary Herald, then in Australia with the Australian and later with the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. When he returned to Canada, he began writing biographies, histories, and works of fiction, including The Story of Blue Eye, which was shortlisted for the 2005 Grant McEwan Author's Award. He now divides his time between Calgary and his studio on the Oldman River near Pincher Creek, Alberta.

 
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Secret Life

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It began as rumours. Whispers at dinner parties. Warnings about bad dates with a Canadian celebrity. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, superstar CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi revealed his interest in "rough sex" in a long Facebook post, and a scandal of unprecedented scale descended on the radio host.

What the public did not know was that months before Ghomeshi's emotional post, Canadaland podcaster Jesse Brown and Toronto Star journalist Kevin Donovan were quietly pursuing serious allegations against him. In Secret Life, Donovan takes us inside the Star's investigation. Step by step, he explores the story as only he can: the media frenzy, his own personal and professional doubts, the women who came forward with stories about an alleged dark side of a national idol, and Ghomeshi's ignominious firing and dramatic criminal trial. Taking us behind the scenes, Donovan sheds light on the journalistic process and the complexity of gathering information about a highly sensitive matter from named and confidential sources, including those women who feared it was their word against a beloved public figure's.

Secret Life is a thought-provoking account of the landmark Ghomeshi exposé; that sparked a nation-wide discussion on sexual assault, the cult of celebrity, and the politics of power and gender in the workplace.

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"Donovan has produced a page-turner."

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"A high point in the history of modern Canadian journalism."

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Kevin Donovan is an investigative reporter and editor at the Toronto Star. A thirty-year veteran of the paper, he has won two Governor General's Awards (Michener) for public service journalism, three National Newspaper Awards, and three Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. He is also the author of ORNGE: The Star Investigation that Broke the Story.

Donovan is a trusted and experienced investigative journalist who has grown both journalistically and personally through the writing of this book. In this book, he is, in some ways, the everyman, who grows in his understanding of the complexities of discussing sexual assault.

 
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Winner, Atlantic Independent Booksellers Choice Award and Best Atlantic Published Book Award

Shortlisted, British Columbia Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and National Business Book Award

Were the Gallery's treasures gifts or loans? Was Lord Beaverbrook careless or devious? Jacques Poitras sifts through the personal correspondence, takes stock of the witnesses and testimony at the 2006 arbitration hearings, and interviews the combatants of a bitter legal battle that rocked the art world on both sides of the Atlantic. Deftly connecting the pieces of this historic jigsaw puzzle, he tells a fascinating tale peopled with an arresting cast of characters — from the self-proclaimed "master propagandist" to the present-day heirs of the Beaverbrook legacy.

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"Take a cantankerous patriarch, throw in some very famous paintings and a family at war — and you have the ingredients of a gripping thriller. In Jacques Poitras's skillful hands they become something more: a wise meditation on a friendship that went very wrong."

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"Take a cantankerous patriarch, throw in some very famous paintings and a family at war — and you have the ingredients of a gripping thriller. In Jacques Poitras's skillful hands they become something more: a wise meditation on a friendship that went very wrong."

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"Riveting."

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"A journalistic tour-de-force."

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"Jacques Poitras has written a delicious story about the battle for Lord Beaverbrook's paintings. He has used a brilliant cast of characters — a mix of canny homegrown New Brunswickers and powerful British aristocrats — to pull together an important work of social and political history. Yes, this is a big, important book, but it's also a helluva lot of fun to read."

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Jacques Poitras has been CBC Radio's provincial affairs reporter in New Brunswick since 2000. He has written numerous award-winning feature documentaries and has appeared on Radio-Canada, National Public Radio, and the BBC. His first book was the critically acclaimed The Right Fight: Bernard Lord and the Conservative Dilemma. He lives near Fredericton.

 
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