Blair Castle’s story will take you from Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and from the Act of Union to the Jacobite cause and the disaster of Culloden, and from the Isle of Man to Queen Victoria’s love affair with the Scottish Highlands and her presentation of colors to the Atholl Highlanders. 30 rooms are open to view, each alive with characters from the past, highlights include the Baronial Entrance Hall and armoury featuring weapons used at the Battle of Culloden, the classic Georgian styling of the picture staircase and the magnificent ballroom bedecked in hundreds of antlers. Enjoy freshly made tea, coffee, cakes and scones and a hot traditional Scottish menu in our Tullibardine restaurant and pick up some Scottish gifts in our gift shop before venturing out into our extensive grounds. Explore Diana’s Grove and discover some of the tallest trees in Scotland, visit St Brides Kirk and don’t miss Hercules Gardens our 9 acre walled garden.
Author Laura Cone, an INFJ personality type, plays a game of "Clue" to determine which of the MBTI suspects is guilty of breaking the INFJ's heart. Who killed the INFJ girl with a dagger through the heart in the ballroom of the Tudor Mansion? Was she in love with an extroverted or introverted King of Cups? Was he a "sentinel" or an "explorer"? Who twirls an INFJ girl around on the ballroom floor when everyone else in the mansion is asleep - but then leaves her to bleed out on the floor? Examine the clues to determine the one MBTI personality type that is the kryptonite that weakens a lovesick INFJ. In the end, an INFJ girl is like a doll that needs the right types to come alive and unlock the doll cabinet. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gareth Johnson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/142094/bk_acx0_142094_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In 1939, Cathy lives happily with her family in Australia, oblivious of the onset of WWII in Europe. In England, young Tom, devastated when his mother leaves the family home in Leeds, is determined to enlist as soon as he is of age. He joins the Royal Navy and is sent to the Far East, arriving in Sydney. Tom meets dance teacher Cathy at a ballroom, and it soon becomes obvious they are destined to be together. But what are their chances of keeping their romance alive when it is inevitable that, once the war is over, Tom must sail back to England? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Nicolette McKenzie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/isis/002790/bk_isis_002790_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
An amateur ballroom dancer is targeted by a serial killer in this riveting mystery by veteran John Lutz Mary Arlington only feels alive when she is dancing. The rest of her life, dominated by a violent boyfriend and a mother intent on drinking herself to death, isn’t worth being awake for, but when she dances the tango her troubles disappear. She’s gotten so good that her studio is taking her to the national competition in Ohio, where she will prove to the world and to herself that her hobby is more than a pastime. That is, if she can stay alive until the music starts to play. At dance competitions across the country, amateur dancers have been turning up with slit throats. Mary follows the killing spree in the newspapers, morbidly fascinated by the deaths of women so similar to her. When the killer comes for her, she will need more than rhythm to survive. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Donna Postel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/005909/bk_adbl_005909_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO––BUT ONLY ONE TO MURDER Discovering she has two left feet isn’t the biggest problem for Laurel McKay when she agrees to learn a foxtrot routine for her best friend’s Lake Tahoe wedding. Stumbling over the lifeless body of a sexy Russian dance star with her broken shoe heel stuffed in his mouth… is far worse. Almost as bad as running into the hunky detective she dated briefly before he disappeared from her life. When another death occurs on the ballroom floor, Laurel finds herself waltzing her way into the dark secrets of the Golden Hills Dance Studio. Navigating kids, career, wedding planning and murder requires some fancy footwork. Can Laurel tango with a killer and stay alive? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Pilar Uribe. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/016937/bk_acx0_016937_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Pam Evans' heartwarming London saga, Dance Your Troubles Away, is set during the Second World War and is sure to appeal to fans of Katie Flynn and Cathy Sharp. When Polly Pritchard learns that her husband has been killed in action, she brings up their young daughter, Emmie, alone. To make ends meet, she gets a job at the Cherry Ballroom in West London, and it is here that she meets James, a Canadian airman, and they fall in love. But then Polly's husband turns up very much alive.... Life is even harder for Polly after the war. James has gone, her husband is involved in a criminal gang, and their daughter suffers from an illness that leaves her deaf. But Polly's spirit remains strong, and with courage and determination she finds the happiness she and her daughter deserve. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Annie Aldington. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/head/000574/bk_head_000574_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
When a bomb goes off at 221B Baker Street, Evelina Cooper is thrown into her uncle Sherlock's world of mystery and murder. But just when she thought it was safe to return to the ballroom, old, new, and even dead enemies are clamoring for a place on her dance card. Before Evelina's even unpacked her gowns for a country house party, an indiscretion puts her in the power of the ruthless Gold King, who recruits her as his spy. He knows her disreputable past and exiles her to the rank alleyways of Whitechapel with orders to unmask his foe. As danger mounts, Evelina struggles between hiding her illegal magic and succumbing to the darker aspects of her power. One path keeps her secure; the other keeps her alive. For rebellion is brewing, a sorcerer wants her soul, and no one can protect her in the hunting grounds of Jack the Ripper. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Angele Masters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/015959/bk_adbl_015959_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
London, 1889: Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin's son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world. At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices... When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his...if they can both stay alive long enough to see that sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: Fiona Hardingham. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/006806/bk_acx0_006806_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The best critic of popular culture in America considers the attraction of the Doors, which has endured despite the band’s short life, sampling the lasting songs and legendary performances that made Jim Morrison and his band rock ’n’ roll legends. A fan from the moment the Doors’ first album took over KMPX, the revolutionary FM rock ’n’ roll station in San Francisco, Greil Marcus saw the band many times at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium and the Avalon Ballroom in 1967. Five years later it was all over. Forty years after singer Jim Morrison was found dead in Paris and the group disbanded, one could drive from here to there, changing from one FM pop station to another, and be all but guaranteed to hear two, three, four of the Doors’ songs in an hour - every hour. Whatever the demands in the music, they remained unsatisfied, in the largest sense unfinished, and absolutely alive. There have been many books on the Doors. This is the first to bypass their myth, their mystique, and the death cult of both Jim Morrison - and the era he was made to personify - and focus solely on the music. All these years later, it is a new story. Griel Marcus is the author of Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus, When That Rough God Goes Riding, The Shape of Things to Come, Mystery Train, Dead Elvis, In the Fascist Bathroom, Double Trouble, Like a Rolling Stone, and The Old, Weird America. With Werner Sollors he is the editor of A New Literary History of America. Since 2000 he has taught at Princeton and Berkeley, in Minnesota, and at the New School in New York. His column Real Life Rock Top 10 appears regularly in the Believer. He has lectured at University of California, Berkeley, the Whitney Museum of Art, and Princeton University. He lives in Berkeley. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ray Porter. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004603/bk_blak_004603_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.