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Douglas Rogers

WINNER, BEST TRAVEL BOOK 2010 - BRITISH GUILD OF TRAVEL WRITERS "A memoir that is both funny and deeply moving... Rogers' compassion, humour and frequent bemusement give this heart-stoppingly good book its life force." The Times In The Last Resort, journalist Douglas Rogers tells the eye-opening, harrowing and, at times, surprisingly funny story of his parents' struggle for survival in war-torn Zimbabwe. For many years, Lyn and Ros Rogers were the owners of Drifters, a famous game farm and backpacker lodge in the eastern mountains. But when President Robert Mugabe launched his violent land reclamation programme, everything changed. The Rogers found their home under siege, their friends and neighbours expelled, and their lives in danger. But instead of leaving, as their son pleaded with them to do, they hauled out a shotgun and stayed. Soon afterwards, Douglas returns to find the country of his birth in chaos, and his home transformed into something between a Marx Brothers romp and the Heart of Darkness: marijuana has supplanted maize in the fields; hookers have replaced gap-year kids as guests; soldiers, spies and teenage diamond dealers down beers at the bar. Beyond the farm gates, armed war veterans loyal to Mugabe circle like hungry lions. And yet, in spite of it all, the Rogers - with the help of friends and locals, black political dissidents among them - hold on. And Douglas begins to see his parents in a new light: unbowed, even heroic. In the process he learns that the "big story" he had pursued throughout his adult life was actually happening in his own backyard. The Last Resort is an inspiring, edgy roller-coaster adventure, but also a deeply moving testament to the love and loyalty inspired by Zimbabwe and her people.

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R.S. Kovach

From the winner of the XOXO Connects flash fiction contest comes a story about an uber-focused executive knocked off her stride by a riding accident and then swept off her feet when she least expects it! Alejandra Barros doesn’t know the meaning of failure until fate pulls the rug right out from under her Louboutin stilettos. Board of Directors’ meetings, corporate takeovers, and jet setting around the globe don’t allow for much of a personal life—and even Ali’s limited free time is dedicated to her beloved horses, show jumping at a championship level. When a freak riding accident shatters her wrist and messes with her confidence at work, her boss mandates a month-long hiatus. If she wants to save her career, she has no choice but to go. Pebble Creek Lodge is not far from Denver, but the high-end retreat might as well be a world away from the frenzied pace of Manhattan. From the moment she arrives, Ali feels so out of place she’s practically ready to skip the whole “required recovery” nonsense and hop on the next plane back to New York. The only thing stopping her is the ranch hand Hank Mathis and his perfectly chiseled abs, which are intriguing and delicious enough to make her linger. By the time Ali admits she’s in a bit of a funk, not even the moral and physical support of a gorgeous cowboy is enough to bring her back to her old self—especially when the object of her desires is secretly battling his own demons. To get her life back on track, Ali will have to decide what it is she’s really fighting to regain and what it will take to find it—or she’ll risk losing the one thing that could truly make her happy.

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Laurence Geller

The Last Resort tells the story of how Rolfe Ritter, the founder and former CEO of the Kestrel Hotel and Resorts chain, becomes involved in a heart-pounding race against time to stop a plot by an international band of killers to sabotage the upcoming G8 Summit scheduled to take place at the Kestrel’s luxurious Audley, San Diego Cliffs Hotel and Resort. Although forced to sell his beloved hotel chain, he still thinks of it as his “first love.” This leads Rolfe to bring together his closest confidants from around the world to help solve the mystery of who is behind the evil plan to disrupt the world’s mightiest economies at one of his former hotels. He soon finds his life threatened along with the lives of his beloved wife, Momo, and two of his closest protégés: Matt Dirksen, the general manager of the San Diego Cliffs Resort, and his beautiful, troubled lover Beth Taylor, general manager of the Kestrel, Santa Monica. As they get closer to piecing together the mosaic of clues, Rolfe, Momo, Matt, and Beth find themselves increasingly entangled with the world’s most formidable spy agencies in the U.S., Russia, Israel, the U.K., and China—all involved in one way or another with the impending doomsday plan. Lovers of international intrigue will hang on to every word until the culmination of this thrilling, page-turning, action-adventure novel. Praise for The Last Resort “It is an almost perfect storm of possibilities—international intrigue, organized crime, espionage and, oh yes, the key ingredient: world class hotels. For most writers looking at these arenas from the outside, a formidable challenge. But this is the world that Laurence Geller knows well — because the world stays at his hotels. And The Last Resort is the kind of thriller that could only have been created by a writer with Geller’s portfolio and insider background. Before you make your next hotel reserva¬tion, consider this: forget the minibar, the size of the pool, or what’s on the room service menu. Think about who owns the hotel, and then why. . . . then check into The Last Resort. —Peter Greenberg, Travel editor, CBS News

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Jaqueline Girdner

Kate Jasper, Marin County, California’s own organically grown amateur sleuth, is back in this second mystery in the series. The good news in The Last Resort is that Kate has finally divorced her husband, Craig, and is enjoying a platonic friendship with her now ex‐husband, happy in her own new love life. The bad news is that Craig has been dating his divorce attorney, Suzanne Sorenson. Suzanne is everything Kate is not: tall, blond, elegant, ambitious, and ruthless. And now, Suzanne is dead as well, strangled on her late night jog while vacationing with Craig at a vegetarian health resort. Craig is suspected of Suzanne’s murder by the local police and begs Kate to help exonerate him. Kate reluctantly agrees and checks herself into Spa Sante to investigate. Raw vegetables were never so dangerous.

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Carmen Posadas

Rafael Molinet Rojas, an inconspicuous Spaniard living in London, regrettably finds that there is nothing worth living for when his closest companion–his mother–dies. Hoping to make a dignified–and, although he won’t admit it, dramatic–exit from this world, Molinet plots his escape, picking an elegant setting for his suicide via sleeping pills: Morocco’s L’Hirondelle d’Or, one of the most luxurious resorts in the world. There, he will be able to forget his cares, drape himself in a white caftan, and try to make a little money playing backgammon before he does himself in. The day before his trip, Molinet has a lunch date with his vivacious niece–who enthralls him with the story of a scandalous and deeply suspicious death. Jaime Valdés, high society lothario, has seemingly choked to death in the presence of both his mistress and his wife, but all of Spain is atwitter with the possibility of murder. Coincidentally, when he arrives at the spa, Molinet realizes that the stylish woman sitting by the pool is none other than Valdés’s widow. And when a throng of gossipy Europeans arrive on the scene, it quickly becomes clear that despite its air of tranquility, many sinister things are happening at L’Hirondelle. Before he knows it, Molinet’s eavesdropping leads to a startling turn of events. Internationally bestselling author Carmen Posadas has created a corrosive and witty high society whodunit in the vein of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The Last Resort mixes poolside cocktails and acid-laced gossip with privilege and murder to marvelous effect. From the Hardcover edition.

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Norma Watkins

Raised under the racial segregation that kept her family's southern country hotel afloat, Norma Watkins grows up listening at doors, trying to penetrate the secrets and silences of the black help and of her parents' marriage. Groomed to be an ornament to white patriarchy, she sees herself failing at the ideal of becoming a southern lady. The Last Resort, her compelling memoir, begins in childhood at Allison's Wells, a popular Mississippi spa for proper white people, run by her aunt. Life at the rambling hotel seems like paradise. Yet young Norma wonders at a caste system that has colored people cooking every meal while forbidding their sitting with whites to eat. Once integration is court-mandated, her beloved father becomes a stalwart captain in defense of Jim Crow as a counselor to fiery, segregationist Governor Ross Barnett. His daughter flounders, looking for escape. A fine house, wonderful children, and a successful husband do not compensate for the shock of Mississippi's brutal response to change, daily made manifest by the men in her home. A sexually bleak marriage only emphasizes a growing emotional emptiness. When a civil rights lawyer offers love and escape, does a good southern lady dare leave her home state and closed society behind? With humor and heartbreak, The Last Resort conveys at once the idyllic charm and the impossible compromises of a lost way of life.

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J. Patrick Lewis

Aided by Roberto Innocenti's enchanting illustrations, readers can join J. Patrick Lewis's narrator in puzzling out the literary identities of the visitors at a peculiar seaside resort.

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Martin Parr

When Martin Parr's The Last Resort was first published and exhibited in 1986, it divided critics and audiences alike. Some saw it as the finest achievement to date of colour photography in Britain whilst others viewed it as an aberration. In hindsight, there is little doubt that it transformed documentary photography in Britain and placed Parr amongst the world's leading photographers. A highly collectable edition of a book that is now considered a classic.

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Pamela Hansford Johnson

‘I can’t live with guilt, and I have felt guilty enough to die . . .’ Writer Christine Hall’s own loving relationships and empathetic intelligence make her the perfect confidante for a group of friends: architect Eric Aveling – whose wife Lois is dying, Junius Evans, Aveling’s flamboyant business partner, and, above all, eccentric, impulsive Celia Baird. When death forces a realignment of relationships within the group even the perceptive Christine is not prepared for the final outcome. Moving between London and a south coast seaside town, The Last Resort is a sensitive and vividly human exploration of the hidden side of marriage, where dark undercurrents of duty, guilt, secrecy and loneliness can all play a part in deviating the course of love and influencing the choices that life thrusts upon us.

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Alison Lurie

At the end of his tether, a writer travels to Key West with his wife. She’s hoping to cheer him up, but he’s hoping for something more fatal . . . Every schoolboy in America knows the work of Wilkie Walker. A pioneering naturalist, he won fame and fortune with his accessible nature books. But by the time he turns seventy, his renown is nearly gone. Late at night, he sits up torturing himself with fears that his career was a waste, his talent is gone, and his body is shot through with cancer. His wife, Jenny, twenty-five years younger than Wilkie, can tell only that he is out of sorts. She has no idea her husband is on the verge of giving up on life. When Jenny suggests spending the winter in Key West, Wilkie goes along with it. After all, if you need to plan a fatal “accident,” Florida is a perfectly good place to do so. And when they touch down in the sunshine state, the Walkers find it’s not too late to live life—or end it—however they damn well please. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Alison Lurie including rare images from the author’s collection.

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Kumari Gorman

Keeala Resort in Brisbane, Australia, is one in a chain of Over 50’s Lifestyle Resorts, spread throughout South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales. It is owned by entrepreneur Roger Whitney and his son Andrew. Book One, ‘The Last Resort’, begins with the Whitneys in the process of developing a new stage at the Resort. The proposal has attracted opposition from locals and protests from a green action group. Leading the group is Laurie Lyall who is a passionate anti-development environmental activist and he is determined to expose the corrupt local council. His life is now threatened because of his involvement.

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Steph Broadribb

Done with a life of exploitation and violence, Lori Anderson is training to be a bounty hunter. Holed up in the Georgia Mountains with her reclusive mentor, JT, Lori is determined to put her new skills into practice. Behind JT's back, she breaks his rules and grabs the chance she's looking for. Will her gamble pay off, or will she have to learn the hard way? The Last Resort is the first in the Rookie Bounty Hunter series of short stories, marking the nail-biting start to a high-octane series of thrillers featuring one of the most unforgettable and fearless female protagonists in crime fiction. Includes a FREE extract of Steph Broadribb's critically acclaimed thriller, Deep Down Dead, book one in the Lori Anderson Series.

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Peter Elebash

A fascinating story of one man's journey-from a small Southern town to a New England prep school, then Yale, serving in the Green Berets, and on to a career involving many facets of marketing some of the finest properties in the USA. This story is filled with an amazing array of sports activities: scratch golfer as a teenager; competing in Junior Vet tennis tournaments as an adu

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Steve Bareham

Not just financial planning, but life-planning strategies for "life after work" Richard and Wendy are in their mid-forties, members in good standing of that new demographic group -- the "baby gloomers". Like millions of other Canadians, they're afraid that their current pension and RRSP savings aren't adequate -- and that their retirement lifestyle plan is somewhat vague. Richard and Wendy, as the fictional couple in The Last Resort, are about to discover some realistic, novel and sound retirement solutions that are perfect for couples and singles over thirty-five -- including those who think they've started too late in their retirement planning. Written in a friendly, entertaining narrative, The Lost Resort is packed with information. It merges sound financial planning with an innovative approach to lifestyle philosophy. Readers gain a holistic perspective detailing not only courses of action they can follow in life and investment planning, but how they can achieve desirable outcomes. The Last Resort delivers on wealth accumulation strategies but goes much further by picking up at the point where other books leave off how to live happily ever afterward. The Last Resort will become a personal finance standard for all baby boomers.

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Alison Lurie

Jenny has devoted her life to her husband, the naturalist Wilkie Walker. She is as rare a creature as the endangered species he works to preserve. But this year, as winter comes on, Wilkie seems distant and depressed. In desperation Jenny persuades him to visit Key West, but the sun and tropical scenery do nothing to cheer him up. As he grows even stranger, Jenny becomes involved with some exotic local characters - including Gerry, an ex-beatnik poet, and Lee, the dramatically attractive manager of a women-only guest house.

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Douglas Rogers

Thrilling, heartbreaking, and, at times, absurdly funny, The Last Resort is a remarkable true story about one family in a country under siege and a testament to the love, perseverance, and resilience of the human spirit. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Douglas Rogers is the son of white farmers living through that country’s long and tense transition from postcolonial rule. He escaped the dull future mapped out for him by his parents for one of adventure and excitement in Europe and the United States. But when Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe launched his violent program to reclaim white-owned land and Rogers’s parents were caught in the cross fire, everything changed. Lyn and Ros, the owners of Drifters–a famous game farm and backpacker lodge in the eastern mountains that was one of the most popular budget resorts in the country–found their home and resort under siege, their friends and neighbors expelled, and their lives in danger. But instead of leaving, as their son pleads with them to do, they haul out a shotgun and decide to stay. On returning to the country of his birth, Rogers finds his once orderly and progressive home transformed into something resembling a Marx Brothers romp crossed with Heart of Darkness: pot has supplanted maize in the fields; hookers have replaced college kids as guests; and soldiers, spies, and teenage diamond dealers guzzle beer at the bar. And yet, in spite of it all, Rogers’s parents–with the help of friends, farmworkers, lodge guests, and residents–among them black political dissidents and white refugee farmers–continue to hold on. But can they survive to the end? In the midst of a nation stuck between its stubborn past and an impatient future, Rogers soon begins to see his parents in a new light: unbowed, with passions and purpose renewed, even heroic. And, in the process, he learns that the "big story" he had relentlessly pursued his entire adult life as a roving journalist and travel writer was actually happening in his own backyard. Evoking elements of The Tender Bar and Absurdistan, The Last Resort is an inspiring, coming-of-age tale about home, love, hope, responsibility, and redemption. An edgy, roller-coaster adventure, it is also a deeply moving story about how to survive a corrupt Third World dictatorship with a little innovation, humor, bribery, and brothel management. From the Hardcover edition.

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J. Patrick Lewis,Roberto Innocenti

'One lazy grey afternoon, as I was sitting in my studio, my imagination, apparently angry at being ignored, took a holiday - and never returned.'On an afternoon like any other, an artist's imagination abruptly disappears - and never returns. His quest to recover it leads him to The Last Resort, a remote seaside hotel inhabited by some extraordinary guests. As he searches for his lost imagination, he soon finds that he is not the only one looking for something . . .