Barbara Bush was once so tormented by rumours her husband was having an affair with his personal assistant she contemplated suicide, a new book based on interviews with the former first lady claims. The much-loved American figure is said to have crumbled in the face of George HW Bush's alleged 12-year relationship with Jennifer Fitzgerald, who worked alongside him for more than decade. During the 1970s, Mrs Bush suffered a period of such crippling depression she would pull her car to the side of the road because she was afraid she would deliberately drive it into a tree or the path of an oncoming vehicle, author Susan Page writes in The Matriarch. Ms Page wrote: "Barbara Bush found herself falling into the worst personal crisis she had faced since daughter Robin had died more than two decades earlier. Overwhelmed by pain and loneliness, she contemplated suicide." Mrs Bush, who had six children including George W and Jeb Bush, said she believed the hormonal imbalance sparked by the … [Read more...] about Barbara Bush suicidal after affair rumours, new books claims
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The story of Leicester’s early Victorian ‘heretics’ and ‘infidels’ is told in a new book by author Ned Newitt. Based on new research into Leicester’s radical past, the A5 paperback book, Leicester’s Victorian Infidels, traces the history of the irreligious in the city from the supporters of Richard Carlile’s “seditious” press and Robert Owen’s socialists to the secularists of the 1850s. It also explores the toxic political issue of Sunday observance and the conflict between the evangelising clergy and local radicals and freethinkers. The battle to play music on the racecourse (Victoria Park) and the election battles over Sunday opening resulting in the defeat of Sir Joshua Walmsley MP are included in the book, along with the use of the present day Market Tavern as an Owenite Social Institution. Want to read more Leicestershire nostalgia? The book explores the history of the irreligious before the 1860s and looks, in … [Read more...] about New book tells fascinating story of Leicester’s Victorian ‘infidels’
PUBLISHED: 00:00 01 January 2019 Steve Russell Gwyneth Paltrow's new book is The Clean Plate Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Grab those book tokens you got for Christmas and head off to your local bookshop to pick up some great ‘reads’ for the New Year Sophie Kinsella Picture: Elena TorreIt wouldn’t be January without someone (actually, armies of them) pricking our consciences and telling us how to live better. Trouble is, they’re so tempting, aren’t they? – hitting us when we’re vulnerable, at the time of New Year resolutions, and teasing us with the prospect of ever-after perfection.To be fair to Anna Newton, she’s as down to earth as the rest of us – striving to juggle work, friends, family, a “growing handbag” issue (know the feeling), and a weakness for takeaway pizza. All something of a challenge for a Virgo yearning to be organised.She’s gone down myriad routes over the years … [Read more...] about From Gwyneth Paltrow to Danielle Steel, get through winter with a great new book
Editor's Viewpoint: New book is a tribute to courageous firefighters who served the entire community during our darkest times BelfastTelegraph.co.uk One of the most revealing accounts of the devastation caused during the Troubles is revealed in a newly-published book about the work of firefighters in those hazardous times. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/editors-viewpoint/editors-viewpoint-new-book-is-a-tribute-to-courageous-firefighters-who-served-the-entire-community-during-our-darkest-times-37583073.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/article37583925.ece/83cf5/AUTOCROP/h342/PANews%20BT_P-28fe7308-73e5-4e9c-9605-d830979f988b_I1.jpg Email One of the most revealing accounts of the devastation caused during the Troubles is revealed in a newly-published book about the work of firefighters in those hazardous times. Brian Allaway was a young fireman who served in Belfast during some of the worst years of our history. He spent five years carrying out … [Read more...] about Editor’s Viewpoint: New book is a tribute to courageous firefighters who served the entire community during our darkest times
Dr. Sreeram Chaulia is Professor and Dean at the Jindal School of International Affairs in Sonipat, India. His latest book is ‘Modi Doctrine: The Foreign Policy of India’s Prime Minister’. The ‘Saudi Arabia Accountability and Yemen Act’ bipartisan bill in the US Senate suggests that long-missing congressional activism in American foreign policy might be on the horizon, but likely would be on a selective basis. Since the mid-1990s, the US Congress has abdicated its oversight of the executive’s foreign and national security policies owing to increased partisan polarization, decreased legislative expertise on foreign affairs, and greater deference to the presidency on war, counter-terrorism and trade issues. This default congressional tendency of leaving the White House unconstrained on foreign policy may, however, shift in response to changing international circumstances. The Senate bill challenges the Trump administration’s core strategy of … [Read more...] about A brave new US Congress or same old hypocrisy?