For years, Evelyn, the hopeful realist, and John, the hopeless romantic, entertained each other with tales of one disastrous love affair after another. Then they fell out.
From her first boyfriend in college (who allowed her to do his assignments) to her most recent (who allowed her to pay his bills), Evelyn has so many disappointing suitors that she starts to wonder if the heartbreak is worth it.
In college John was the dreamer in their gang, always pursuing a vision of perfect love that no woman could live up to. But experience has quashed his dreams and he has settled for no strings sex and an uncomplicated life.
After years of bitter estrangement, Evelyn and John are thrown together again. So much to catch up on - careers, houses, ageing parents, and of course, affairs of the heart. When it comes to love they feel weary and battle-scarred and they agree that it's time to give up on fairytales. But should they give up on love too?
A couple of decades ago, James Carville, the Democrat strategist, coined the phrase "It's the economy, stupid" for Bill Clinton's election campaign. This year, however, the better slogan would have been "It's the jobs data, stupid". For there is no other economic issue that has dominated the US political landscape as much as the vexed question of jobs. During most of the post-war period, Americans could afford to feel fairly proud about how their system got people into work: the unemployment rate was far lower than that of Europe, and the labour market seemed to be among the most flexible in the world. But in the last four years, this sunny self-confidence has been shaken as unemployment has jumped. So does this mean that the American system - like many of its people - no longer "works"? Or is this just a cyclical phenomenon that will soon correct itself? These are the key questions that the Financial Times set out to explore in a series which has now been updated as an ebook, drawing on the expertise of the leading global business newspaper's columnists and reporters across the United States.
The Financial Times is one of the world's leading business news and information organisations, providing a broad range of services to the growing audience of internationally minded business people.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Tube, the Penguin Underground Lines brings together 12 books by writers ranging from John O'Farrell to John Lanchester, Lucy Wadham to the Kids' Company
Name: Penguin Underground Lines
Date of Birth: will be born 7th March 2013
Vital statistics: Twelve books, one for each Underground line, to celebrate the Tube's 150th anniversary
Idea for series: Penguin asked twelve people to tell their tale of the city in 15,000 words (or in one case, no words at all), each inspired by a different tube line.
Defining characteristics: While the responses range from the polemical to the fantastical, the personal to the societal, they offer something for every taste. Read individually they're delightful small reads, pulled together they offer a particular portrait of a global city.
The 12 authors: Fantastic Man; Kids Company; Danny Dorling; John Lanchester; William Leith; Richard Mabey; Paul Morley; John O'Farrell; Philippe Parreno; Leanne Shapton; Lucy Wadham; Peter York
'Authors include the masterly John Lanchester, the children of Kids Company, comic John O'Farrell and social geographer Danny Dorling. Ranging from the polemical to the fantastical, the personal to the societal, they offer something for every taste. All experience the city as a cultural phenomenon and notice its nature and its people. Read individually they're delightful small reads, pulled together they offer a particular portrait of a global city' Evening Standard
'Exquisitely diverse' The Times
'Eclectic and broad-minded ... beautifully designed' Tom Cox, Observer
'A fascinating collection with a wide range of styles and themes. The design qualities are excellent, as you might expect from Penguin with a consistent look and feel while allowing distinctive covers for each book. This is a very pleasing set of books' A Common Reader blog
'The contrasts and transitions between books are as stirring as the books themselves ... A multidimensional literary jigsaw' Londonist
'A series of short, sharp, city-based vignettes - some personal, some political and some pictorial ... each inimitable author finds that our city is complicated but ultimately connected, full of wit, and just the right amount of grit' Fabric Magazine
'A collection of beautiful books' Grazia
These are unique stories of timeless wisdom and understanding from the Zen Masters. With rich and fascinating tales of swords, tigers, tea, flowers and dogs, the writings of the Masters challenge every perception - and seek to bring all readers closer to enlightenment.
Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.
Luke is scared about going to university...but something much more terrifying is threatening his very existence! A creepy Nightmare Man haunts his dreams and begins to take over his waking life, too - but he can't tell anyone. Will Sarah Jane and his friends figure out what's happening and make sure Luke doesn't disappear forever?
Book one of two exciting new novelisations based on a story from The Sarah Jane Adventures, starring Elisabeth Sladen and airing on BBC One this Autumn.
Perfect for reluctant readers,
'Perpetua shouted out with joy as the sword pierced her, for she wanted to taste some of the pain and she even guided the hesitant hand of the trainee gladiator towards her own throat'
Lives of Roman Christian Women is a unique collection of letters and documents from the third to the fifth centuries, celebrating Christian women from across the Roman Empire. During a crucial period in which Christianity transformed from a persecuted faith to the official religion of the Empire, these writings reveal the women who chose to dedicate their lives to Christ, by embracing martyrdom or by adopting a life of poverty and prayer, renouncing not only wealth but also their duties as wives and mothers.
The Doctor is dead!...Or is he? Sarah Jane and the gang head to a UNIT base under Mount Snowdon to investigate. Strange alien undertakers, the Shansheeth, are guarding the body, and the shifty Colonel Karim seems to be up to no good. Find out what's really going on in this exclusive new adventure, featuring the Eleventh Doctor!
The second of two exciting new novelisations based on a story from The Sarah Jane Adventures, starring Elisabeth Sladen and airing on BBC One this Autumn - featuring some very special guest stars!
Perfect for reluctant readers.