[Free eBook] Three Great Impresarios: Emperors of Song by Freddie Stockdale [Opera Company Founders Biography]

Three Great Impresarios: Emperors of Song by British author Freddie Stockdale, the founder of a small opera touring company as well as a pseudonymous crime novelist, is his historical musical arts figure biography cum business history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1998 by John Murray.

This book presents a joint biography of three colourful musical history figures, Colonel James Mapleson, Oscar Hammerstein I, and John Christie, who were impresarios—private businessmen who established opera companies and employed the great stars of the day—during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as they experienced both spectacular success and spectacular disaster with their assorted ambitious ventures.

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[Free eBook] Into the Darkness Laughing: The Story of Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani’s Last Mistress by Patrice Chaplin [Early 20th C Artist Biography]

Into the Darkness Laughing: The Story of Jeanne Hébuterne, Modigliani’s Last Mistress by British author Patrice Chaplin is her historical arts figure biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Odyssey imprint.

This was originally published in 1990 by Virago. This biography of Jeanne Hébuterne, an aspiring artist who was also the lover and frequent model of early 20th century painter and sculptor Amedeo Modigliani, who both died tragically young, examines her life and their relationship.

The author, a journalist as well as novelist, drew upon previously unseen documents and artworks, as well as interviews with Hébuterne’s surviving friends and their families.

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[Free eBook] The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by Sheridan Morley [Classic Actor Biography]

The Other Side of the Moon: The Life of David Niven by the late British author Sheridan Morley, a broadcaster and drama critic who briefly had a theatre biography prize named for him, is his show business celebrity biography, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

This comprehensive biography of the classic Hollywood actor David Niven, who starred in many popular films including an installment of the James Bond franchise (and was author Ian Fleming’s preferred choice to play the role), draws upon specially-conducted interviews with many of Niven’s colleagues, as well as friends and members of his family, and was originally published shortly after his death.

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[Free eBook] Thalia by Frances Faviell [Vintage Literary Historical Novel]

Thalia by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage historical literary coming of age/journey of self-discovery novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1957 by Cassell, and this reprint edition contains a bonus newspaper story originally published in the London Evening Standard in 1957 and teased as a “guess if it’s fact or fiction” piece, The Unininvited Guest, set in India, which the author visited during her travels in the 1930s.

The story takes place in the 1930s, and stars a young London art student who travels to Brittany to act as the paid companion to a woman whose husband is stationed in India, and befriends the troubled teenaged daughter of the family as they both experience the pains of growing up in various ways, as well as assorted excursions in France.

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[Free eBook] Sold: The Revolution in the Art Market by Nicholas Faith [Business & Culture History]

Sold: The Revolution in the Art Market by British author Nicholas Faith, a former senior editor at The Economist, is his business history of a company and its field cum biography of its leader, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1985 by Hamish Hamilton. The book covers the history and rise of British auction house Sotheby’s under its chairman Peter Wilson, OBE, who from the 1960s onwards helped changed the art market into the profitable commodity it is now, and the ensuing effects on the societal perception of the value of the art world. The author, a journalist, combines historical research with personal reminisces from people who worked in the field.

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[Free Audiobooks] 6 audiobooks from Libro.fm for Bookstore Day 2017 [Historical Fiction, Humour, Young Adult, Non-Fiction]

As a special treat to promote Bookstore Day 2017, audiobook retailer Libro.fm is offering 6 free audiobooks, as incentive for visiting your local independent bookstore (which may also offer cards to redeem additional titles).

The titles available as part of the online offer are from a variety of genres and age levels, and can be downloaded via the Libro.fm app available for iTunes and Android devices, or as DRM-free MP3s on your computer.

  • **A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again ** by the late literary fiction author David Foster Wallace, a humorous non-fiction essay about a Carribean cruise experience, exclusive to this Bookstore Day 2017 offer
  • Hachette Audio Story Sampler, another Bookstore Day 2017 exclusive, containing selected short works read by comedian David Sedaris, the late musician Pete Seeger, and the late actor Alan Rickman
  • Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina, a self-improvement guide
  • The Women in the Castle by Jennifer Shattuck, an historical drama about three widows in Germany at the end of World War II
  • Shadow House #1: The Gathering by Dan Poblocki, horror adventure novel for tweens, involving a haunted house
  • Tomb Quest #1: Book of the Dead by Michael Northrup, pulp adventure novel for tweens, involving Egyptian mythology
  • Penguin Random House Audio Story Sampler, another Bookstore Day 2017 exclusive, but this one just consists of introductory chapters from their bestsellers

Offered in many regions worldwide, until midnight PST on April 29th, directly from Libro.fm (requires account signup but no payment info)

[Free eBook] Inventing Motherhood: The Consequences of an Ideal by Ann Dally [Social History & Critique]

Inventing Motherhood: The Consequences of an Ideal by the late English psychiatrist and author Ann Dally is her vintage non-fiction social history cum critique and reform manifesto, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour’s The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1983 by Schocken Books, and was later reprinted by HarperCollins.

The book looks at the societal meaning of motherhood and the myths formed around it over the centuries vs. the reality, drawing upon both historical as well as contemporary examples (circa the 1980s) from the experiences of herself and her patients, and calls for less restrictive role modeling and expectations for women who are mothers.

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[Free eBook] Modernitetens verden: Tiden, videnskab, historien og kunsten [Danish 19th-20th C Modern Era World History & Culture]

Modernitetens verden: Tiden, videnskab, historien og kunsten (The World of Modernity: Time, science, history and art), edited by Ole Høiris & Thomas Ledet, is another volume in the Verdensbøger (Books of the World) series of Danish-language comprehensive introductory overviews to a particular “Age” in the western world, free for a limited time courtesy of the Aarhus University Press in Denmark.

This Danish-language series is fully equivalent in style and content to the Oxford University Press’ The Oxford Illustrated History of… or Routledge’s The World of… English series. This volume contains a comprehensive introduction to the beginnings of the Modern Age from mid 19th through 20th centuries. Included are assorted essays devoted to developments in medicine, the study of history, economics, philosophy, literature, film, and more, both in the Nordic nations and other countries abroad, lavishly illustrated by examples of period artwork and photographs of documents and other artifacts.

Offered worldwide through April, available from the university’s website as their featured Danish-language Free Book of the Month selection.

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[Free eBook] The Grand Tour: A History of the Golden Age of Travel by Geoffrey Trease [Travel History]

The Grand Tour: A History of the Golden Age of Travel by the late British author Geoffrey Trease, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature who was known for his meticulous historical research and contributions to children’s literature, is his vintage sociological travel history study, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1967 by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. This explores the history of the Grand Tour, a traditional multi-national trip intended to broaden the life experiences of young European men and women via exposure to foreign art and culture. The book focuses on its practice by the English, from its development as an educational tool for providing young Elizabethan aristocrats with a touch of international polish for future official positions (or espionage) into a social convention engaged in by anyone with the proper means from the 18th century onwards, using period travel books and diaries, and spotlighting famous Grand Tourists of the past ages such as poet John Milton (Paradise Lost), historian Edward Gibbon (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), and more.

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