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    The revelations come from New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman's forthcoming book on Trump's rise in the business world and later the political sphere Donald Trump once questioned if a hypothetical female transgender student had a 'schlong' during debate preparations in the 2016 presidential race, a new book excerpt suggests on Wednesday. The student was being roleplayed by then-campaign adviser Reince Priebus to help Trump practice a potential scenario in his town hall-style debate against Hillary Clinton in St. Louis, according to the excerpt published in The Daily Beast.  New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman reports on several instances of alleged homophobia and anti-LGBTQ comments in her forthcoming book, 'Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump And The Breaking Of America.' A week before he faced off against Clinton, Haberman writes, Priebus posed as a female transgender student who asked Trump whether she should be able to use the girl's bathroom in school. Trump asked whether the student in theory still had a penis. 'C***ed or dec***ed?' he reportedly inquired. He allegedly sought to explain himself with 'a chopping gesture'...
    PACIFIC GROVE — Except for those opaque days when fog eclipses the coastal town like Brigadoon, Pacific Grove is a colorful place. During the spring, the coastline is carpeted with a heady fuchsia glow, as dizzying as the poppies of Oz, when the ice plant comes into bloom. On late summer days, the fog lifts, revealing an azure sky and cerulean sea in complement to the coastal pine forest for which the town was named. And, in October, with the highly anticipated return of the monarchs, “Butterfly Town” alights with a tracery of black and orange, like stained glass come alive. The monarchs overwinter in Pacific Grove mostly because of a mild climate that is neither cold enough to kill them nor warm enough to trigger enough activity to exhaust them before their northern migration. Yet plenty of people believe they come in droves because Pacific Grove is so welcoming. They even host a festival for the colorful little “wanderers,” as they are commonly called. Patricia Hamilton, who had been visiting Pacific Grove since she was a child, and has...
    Netflix film Do Revenge has been accused of anti-Semitism for choosing to make the villain Jewish.  The movie, which has become one of the most popular titles on the platform since its release on September 16, follows Drea (Camilla Mendes) and Eleanor (Maya Hawke) as they hatch a plan to get revenge on each other's enemies.  The movie's main antagonist is Max Broussard: Drea's manipulative, misogynistic and extremely wealthy ex-boyfriend, who is played by Austin Abrams.  However, viewers on Twitter and TikTok have taken an issue with the fact Max was seen wearing a Star of David necklace and was heard using Jewish slang in the movie and accused Do Revenge of being anti-Semitic for portraying a Jewish person as the villain.  Some have also claimed the title is loosely based on Strangers on a Train, by Patricia Highsmith, who was unapologetically anti-Semitic and called herself a 'Jew hater'.  The book has not been credited as a source material but Eleanor is seen reading the title at the start of the film. Netflix film Do Revenge has been accused of...
    The controversial Church of Scientology spied on Nicole Kidman and tapped her phone in an effort to break up her marriage with then-husband Tom Cruise a high-ranking church officer has claimed in a new book. The leaders of the church desperately tried to put a wedge between the couple as they feared Kidman might pull Cruise away from the controversial religious movement, according to the book 'A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology.' They did so because Cruise, a long-time poster boy of the church, began to ignore Scientology head David Miscavige's calls while the actor and Kidman were filming the film 'Eyes Wide Shut' in London in 1997, former high-ranking church officer Mike Rinder writes in the book. Miscavige was suspicious of the actor's second wife  because she had not expressed an eagerness for Scientology and he was allegedly terrified that he was losing control of Cruise - so much so that he allegedly ordered Kidman's phone to be tapped. The head of the church also allegedly appointed Marty Rathbun, formerly the second...
    He might only be nine, but Prince George knows exactly who he is and had a royally cheeky comeback for a classmate who crossed him, a royal expert has claimed.  The eldest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, 40, told his schoolmate that his father was King and that'd 'better watch out', according to royal author Katie Nicholl.  In her book The New Royals, Nicholl claimed George and his siblings, Princess Charlotte, seven, and Prince Louis, four, were being raised with an understanding of the Monarchy and a 'sense of duty'. She added that while George has been told he will one day be Monarch, the Prince and Princess of Wales are trying not to weigh him down with too much responsibilities too soon.  The eldest son of Prince William and Kate Middleton, 40, told his schoolmate that his father was King and that'd 'better watch out', Vanity Fair royal correspondent and author Katie Nicholl revealed Prince George with his parents Kate Middleton ad Prince William and siblings Prince Louis, four and Princess Charlotte, right, on their first day...
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had hoped to move into a 'suite of apartments at Windsor Castle' but were given Frogmore Cottage instead, a bombshell book claims. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly had their hearts set on a home in the heart of the Queen's Berkshire home but were left disappointed, according to claims published in Katie Nicholl's book, The New Royals. 'When Harry and Meghan announced their wish to move out of Kensington Palace, the Queen offered them Frogmore Cottage in Windsor Great Park as their new home,' Nicholl writes, in an extract first published in the Mail On Sunday.  The Duke and Duchess of Sussex had hoped to move into a 'suite of apartments at Windsor Castle' but were given Frogmore Cottage instead, a bombshell book claims. Pictured, the Queen with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018  Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reportedly had their hearts set on a home in the heart of the Queen's Berkshire bolthole but were left disappointed, according to claims published in Katie Nicholl's book, The New Royals. Pictured,...
    Photo credit: Drew Angerer, Getty Images Former President Donald Trump went on the attack against Mitch McConnell, Mike Pence, and an assortment of his other foes during a series of interviews with New York Times’ Maggie Haberman. Haberman shared a series of Trump interviews she conducted with The Atlantic, which formed the basis of her upcoming book Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America. In the first of Haberman’s interviews with Trump back in March 2021, the former president reminisced about Meade Esposito and other political figures he viewed as “tough.” Asked if he believed the presidency would function in a similar manner, Trump revived his feud with McConnell for not adopting Esposito-type tactics when he was Senate majority leader. From The Atlantic: “Well, I figured that the Mitch McConnells would be like him, in the sense of strength.” There were plenty of factual problems with the criticism. In fact, McConnell had kept Republican senators in line over and over to advance Trump’s policy and personnel concerns and generally protect his political standing as the leader...
    Kate Middleton and Prince William felt they had to 'up their game' when Meghan Markle became engaged to Prince Harry and charmed members of the public, a new book has claimed. In The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown by Katie Nicholl, the author writes about the Duchess of Sussex's first public engagements after she and Prince Harry went public with their relationship. After joining the Royal Family, Meghan was invited to join the Royal Foundation alongside her fiancé Prince Harry and the then Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Pictured L-R: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, Prince William speaking at a forum for the Royal Foundation in 2018 The 'Fab Four' were reunited in their grief two days after the Queen passed away as they appeared outside Windsor Castle, dressed all in black, to thank members of the public for their well-wishes and tributes to the late monarch But in her new book, Nicholl claims Meghan's first public appearance as a board member of the Foundation was a 'wake-up call' for Kate and William, The...
    The Princess of Wales wants to raise her children in the same style as Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex, a royal book has claimed.  The New Royals: Queen Elizabeth's Legacy and the Future of the Crown, by Katie Nicholl, claims Kate Middleton admires the parenting techniques used by the Wessexes, who share children Lady Louise Windsor, 18, and James, Viscount Severn, 12. Despite their parents being working royals, the children, who are the youngest grandchildren of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, grew up without HRH titles and out of the public eye.  The Princess of Wales reportedly wants to raise her children like Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex have raised their kids Kate Middleton reportedly admires the style with which the couple have raised James, Viscount Severn, 14, and Lady Louise Windsor, 18, who both grew up without HRH titles and out of the public eye Nicholl claimed Kate, 40, admired how Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex managed to give their children a quiet upbringing despite being at the heart of the Royal Family.  During the pandemic, Sophie Wessex,...
    For a woman who prided herself on ensuring the Queen always looked her regal best, Angela Kelly was curiously disorganised in her own life. A visitor to her grace-and-favour house in Windsor Great Park was taken aback when she offered to make a cup of tea. ‘She put a tea bag in a mug of cold water and put it in the microwave,’ the guest recalled yesterday. ‘I bet that never happened to the Queen.’ There were domestic dramas at home, too. On one occasion Miss Kelly rang a royal aide to complain about an infestation of rats. A flunkey was despatched to investigate and found that the rodents were nesting in plastic bin liners full of clothes — among them royal garments — which were dumped all over the house. When these stories reached the Queen’s ears they were often received with wry and benevolent amusement. As dresser, personal assistant and confidante, the Liverpool docker’s daughter occupied an intriguing role in the late Queen’s life. It gave her considerable influence over other more senior staff and a position of...
    Denver author and filmmaker Julian Rubinstein, who wrote the nonfiction book “The Holly” and directed the documentary based on it, is being sued for defamation along with the book’s publisher and the film’s Oscar-winning executive producer, Adam McKay, according to a lawsuit served in Denver this month. The legal claim first appeared on May 10 and was amended on July 14 after the release of the documentary, which debuted on the festival circuit at Telluride Mountainfilm weeks earlier. The creative team was served papers earlier this month, Rubinstein said. The award-winning documentary is based on Rubinstein’s 2021 nonfiction book “The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun and the Struggle to Save an American Neighborhood,” which investigates Denver’s gang scene — specifically, the Bloods-controlled Northeast Park Hill neighborhood. It’s anchored in a profile of, and shooting by, anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts, now a Denver mayoral candidate. A jury found Roberts not guilty of attempted murder in 2015, following a nonfatal shooting that occurred at a peace rally in the area known as Holly Square. Just before its premiere, producers of “The Holly”...
    The Duchess of Sussex was 'unresponsive' to Queen Consort Camilla's advice to her when she first joined The Firm, a royal book has claimed. A new biography of the Queen Consort, written by Angela Levin, claims the then-Duchess of Cornwall organised lunches with Meghan and did her best to welcome her into the family - but her advice fell flat with an 'unresponsive' Meghan. An extract of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: A Royal Survivor, which was published in the Telegraph, Levin claims Camilla was keen to help Meghan at the beginning of her relationship with Harry after herself struggling to be accepted by the Royal Family, and 'warmly' welcomed her when she first arrived in London. A biography of the Queen Consort Camilla, written by Angela Levin, claims the then-Duchess of Cornwall was keen to welcome Meghan into the family (Meghan and Queen Consort Camilla at the Queen's funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday) Levin claimed Meghan was 'unresponsive' to Camilla's efforts to advise her on the increased scrutiny she would receive as a senior member of the Royal Family (pictured:...
    The Queen was left 'hurt and exhausted' by Harry and Meghan's decision to step down as senior members of the Royal Family and move to the US, a royal book has claimed.  In a book soon to be published about The Firm, The New Royals, a source close to Her late Majesty claimed she didn't like to think about the Duke and Duchess's decision to leave the family. An extract of the book, which has been published in Vanity Fair, has revealed the Queen was also disappointed when Harry and Meghan didn't return to the UK in August with Archie and Lilibet, where she was hosting an annual 'sleepover' in Sandringham with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (pictured at the Queen's state funeral at Westminster Abbey on Monday) made the decision to leave The Firm in early 2020 A source close to the Queen has claimed the couple's decision left Her late Majesty 'very hurt' and unable to think about the situation The source told the author: '[The Queen] was very hurt and told me, "I...
    Efforts to ban books gathered pace rapidly this past year, with hundreds of titles cut across thousands of schools — often those tackling ‘culture wars’ issues like gender, sexuality and race, a study shows. There were 2,532 instances of individual book bans affecting 1,648 titles at some 5,000 schools with 4 million students in the 2021-2022 school year, the anti-censorship group PEN America said in a report on Monday. The group described a push by politicians and newly-formed parents' organizations to pull texts from school libraries that it compares to the anti-communist McCarthy era and 'Moral Majority' purges of the early 1980s. ‘This rapidly accelerating movement has resulted in more and more students losing access to literature that equips them to meet the challenges and complexities of democratic citizenship,’ said report author Jonathan Friedman. The banned books were often young adult fiction texts, often those dealing with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer themes or with queer protagonists, as well as those that tackle race and identity. Texas accounted for the most bans, with 801 across 22 districts. Campaigners have...
    World leaders descended on London last night amid a row over whether Chinese delegates will be allowed to visit the Queen’s lying-in-state. Critics of China’s poor human rights record claimed that fearful Foreign Office officials had ‘leaned’ on parliamentary authorities to allow Beijing’s delegation in to avoid a diplomatic row. But this was denied by both sides – and last night it was confirmed that the delegation, led by Vice-President Wang Qishan, would be able to pay their respects. Earlier it had been reported that Chinese officials would be banned in response to sanctions China has imposed on five MPs and two peers who have been critical of Beijing. However, the ban applies only to its London embassy staff. In another row, critics called for Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman not to be allowed to attend the funeral in protest over the suspected assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The country’s embassy in London said the Crown Prince would be in the UK this weekend for his first visit since Mr Khashoggi was murdered in 2018. US intelligence reports claim that...
    Each U.S. president has had to navigate daunting protocols and etiquette during royal encounters. In the case of President Richard Nixon, who visited with the Queen several times, there were a few moments of awkwardness stretching from small talk to the dress code, even amid the smiling images of glamorous encounters. Nixon was a royal admirer who once sent the Queen a book filled with tips on effectively communicating in English. On another occasion he had to scrounge for a jacket to meet the Queen's desire for a less formal dress code. The one he found didn't fit right. Then he told the Queen about it. And there is the infamous incident of Nixon reportedly trying to set up Prince Charles with his daughter, Tricia.  Nixon's decision to send the Queen a book on English might appear to be an odd gesture for someone who was known for her diction and command of the language.  But the Queen appeared to reciprocate after their first meeting. She once gushed about a 'delightful' meal they spent together and penned informal correspondence referring...
    With his waxed ginger handlebar moustache and mutton-chop beard, hardened veteran Stabsfeldwebel (Sergeant Major) Gustav Rothenberger was an unmistakable figure at Colditz Castle, the grim, towering, medieval fortress in Nazi Germany that had been turned into a supposedly escape-proof prisoner-of-war camp. A stickler for routine, every evening this martinet personally inspected the castle perimeter. The last stop on his rounds was always a narrow terrace carved out of the rock, the mighty castle wall on one side and a sheer drop on the other. Guards with machine guns were posted every 30 ft along the walkway, which led to a barbed wire gate. On the other side lay parkland and woods. Two more sentries guarded the gate itself, one patrolling a raised metal catwalk with a clear line of fire across the terrace. Shortly before midnight on a warm September night in 1943, Rothenberger, whiskers brushed, clipped and waxed to points, appeared on the terrace, accompanied by two soldiers with slung rifles. It was unusually late for him. The prisoners had been locked into their quarters two hours earlier, and...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly backed up Donald Trump's claim that he could commit murder and still have an ardent fan base and called the former president a 'lying motherf***er' who is nonetheless 'fun to hang out with.'  'He could kill fifty people on our side and it wouldn't matter,' the South Carolina Republican told journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser according to their new book 'The Divider,' obtained by The Guardian.  'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn't lose any voters, okay?' Trump famously said during a campaign stop in Iowa in 2016. 'It's, like, incredible.'  Sen. Lindsey Graham reportedly backed up Donald Trump's claim that he could commit murder and still have an ardent fan base and called the former president a 'lying motherf***er' who is nonetheless 'fun to hang out with' Graham had been recalling a story to the husband-and-wife author duo about Trump boasting of his closeness to evangelical pastors he'd met with the day before  in 2019. 'Those f***ing Christians love me,' Trump had told Graham.  Graham stood by his...
    Cherry Hill, NJ (CNN)High school English teacher Larry Abrams has always considered himself a bookworm. Growing up, he loved visiting used bookstores and reading books that others had enjoyed before him. "I certainly like the transformative experience of reading, of going into other worlds, experiencing other cultures," Abrams said. Abrams started his teaching career in an affluent suburb outside of Philadelphia before moving to a high school in the under-resourced community of Lindenwold, New Jersey."I'd heard of food deserts, but I'd never heard of book deserts. And it occurred to me that I teach in a book desert," Abrams said. "Many of the kids in school simply struggle with reading. In my ninth-grade class it's very typical to have kids reading at a fifth-grade reading level. And if you're struggling with reading, you're going to be struggling with writing."In 2017, when one of his high school seniors told him she wasn't reading to her 2-year-old daughter, Abrams sprung into action. He put out a call to friends and family asking for gently used children's books, and in no time, he...
    PADDINGTON Bear is one of the most iconic British book characters of all time. Here's what you need to know about Michael Bond's much-loved creation... 4 Paddington Bear’s first appearance was in the 1958 book A Bear called PaddingtonCredit: Rex Features Where is Paddington Bear from? The late Michael Bond, who worked as a BBC TV cameraman for Blue Peter, was inspired to create Paddington Bear after buying a neglected teddy bear on Christmas Eve in 1956. Michael decided to name the iconic bear after London Paddington Station - because he and his wife lived nearby at the time. Paddington Bear’s first appearance was in the 1958 book A Bear called Paddington. In the story, friendly bear Paddington was from Peru and was found abandoned by the Brown family, who take him in. Paddington was sent to England by his Aunt Lucy who has gone to live in the Home for Retired Bears in Lima. 4 Michael Bond was inspired to create Paddington Bear after buying a neglected teddy bear on Christmas Eve in 1956Credit: Rex Features The Browns can't understand his...
    A beloved reverend and his choir singer lover were found dead in a sex scandal that  ultimately led to his wealthy widow being tried for murder. It sounds like a true crime story from 2022, right? But the tale took place 100 years ago during the Jazz Age - and captivated the nation back then as it will today in a riveting new book by journalist Joe Pompeo. The deaths of Reverend Edward Hall and Eleanor Mills in 1922 are a 'sordid tale that still resonates' a century later, according to a new book Blood and Ink: The Scandalous Jazz Age Double Murder That Hooked America on True Crime by Pompeo, who covers the media industry for Vanity Fair. The case fueled America's obsession with crime. At the time, tabloid newspapers tried to outdo each other with outrageous reporting including staging a séance to  get a suspect to confess.  But it wouldn't be for decades that a tip to the police solved the case. Blood and Ink draws on newly unearthed prosecution material, grand jury transcripts and witness statements that...
    Prince Harry's autobiography is a 'ticking timebomb which Charles and William wanted to diffuse', a royal author said today - as he claimed it will be published as planned in November despite the Queen's death.  Tom Bower, whose biography of Meghan Markle was released earlier this year, said the book would be printed at Clays in Bungay, Suffolk, under conditions of great secrecy, with staff being checked on their way out for copies. He added: 'The book is a timebomb which Charles and William wanted to defuse. Harry did not think that he would be in the UK when the Queen died and the circumstances are different to how they all envisaged it. 'That said I hear that it is being printed at Clays. It will take weeks to print and then weeks to distribute it globally.' A source close to the duke disputed the accuracy of Bower’s account, although they did not comment specifically on the planned publication date.  Tom Bower, whose biography of Meghan Markle was released earlier this year, claimed the Duke of Sussex was 'insisting' on the...
    THE brand new season of Bake Off has landed on Channel 4. We take a look at the past winners and what they are up to now. Edd Kimber (Series 1 - 2010) 12 Edd Kimber was the first winner of the show - after being turned down for a culinary schoolCredit: PA:Press Association The Bake Off’s first-ever champion ditched his debt-collecting job and became a full-time food writer following his win. He has so far penned three pudding-focused cookery books and various newspaper columns. His book deals are believed to have netted him £37,500 but he revealed: “I wouldn't say I'm wealthy. I still rent my flat.” The Bradford native was famously rejected by his local catering college before GBBO but has since worked at Raymond Blanc’s famous pastry kitchen. Latest on Channel 4ROLLING IN DOUGH We reveal how much Great British Bake Off stars REALLY get paidRETURN TO THE PAST Find out where the filming for Bake Off 2022 took place Edd believes he has helped encourage men to head into the kitchen. He wrote in the Telegraph...
    Bumbling Rudy Giuliani sheepishly admitted that he 'got nothing' from his efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens in Ukraine after teaming up with a suspected Russian agent in a bid to smear Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential race, a new book reveals. The former president's personal attorney made the confession in a text message to Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian associate who would later be jailed for campaign finance violations, journalist Andrew Kirtzman reveals in new biography, Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor. Giuliani confessed that claims against the Bidens were 'very weak' and 'not consistent with the facts', despite daily calls from Trump who became 'obsessed' with them. The former mayor of New York spent weeks meeting Ukrainian officials and former prosecutors as he tried to link Joe Biden and his son Hunter to a Democrat plot to overthrow Trump. A 'deeply frustrated' Rudy Giuliani admitted that his efforts to dig up dirt on the Bidens were fruitless, according to a new book Giuliani infamously met with Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach (pictured) who took a...
    Live from Music Row, Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed Kara Dansky, author of the book The Abolition of Sex: How the Transgender Agenda Harms Women and Girls, to the newsmaker line to discuss the transgender movement, who is behind it, and why it is dangerous. Leahy: On the newsmaker line right now is Kara Dansky, author of The Abolition of Sex: How the Transgender Agenda Harms Women and Girls. Good morning, Kara. Dansky: Hi. Good morning. Leahy: Kara, how on earth did you go to Johns Hopkins and then graduate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and then kind of write a book like this? All of your law school classmates must be going, oh, she’s left the orthodoxy of the world, and can we even continue to talk to her? Dansky: It’s really interesting because I am a lifelong leftist and a feminist, and there are lots of us out here who are very upset...
    Donald Trump offered a defeated and depressed Rudy Giuliani 'a way back to center stage', after the former mayor of New York City fell on hard times following his failed presidential bid, a new book reveals.  Details of Trump and Giuliani's longtime partnership - as well as their disagreements - are laid bare in upcoming biography, Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America's Mayor, by author and journalist Andrew Kirtzman, released Tuesday.  Giuliani made a return to politics in 2016, when he joined Trump's presidential campaign, during which he faithfully agreed to take the heat for the several scandals and allegations that emerged on the campaign trail.  He was the only person to defend the then-presidential candidate in TV interviews following the disastrous release of the Access Hollywood tapes that showed Trump making lewd comments about women.  But even then, Trump belittled his right-hand man, telling him he 'sucked', was 'weak' and had 'low-energy' despite him volunteering to appear on the Sunday shows when everyone on his campaign backed out, according to the book.  Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani...
    Follow DailyMail.com's live blog of the US Open men's singles semifinal between America's Frances Tiafoe and his Spanish opponent, the No. 3 seed Carlos Alcaraz. Sportsmail Reporter Host commentator 23:37 No pie in sight American Pie actor and comedian, Jason Biggs, is just another of the celebs inside Arthur Ashe Stadium.  Jason Biggs watches play between Khachanov and Casper Ruud during the semifinals of the Open 23:31 Bon Jovi in the house Jon Bon Jovi and his wife, Dorothea Hurley, took in the thriller between Ruud and Khachanov and will no doubt be sticking around to watch the second semi-final.  23:28 Alcaraz prepares for battle The Spaniard was seen warming up on one of the outer courts ahead of his huge battle with the hometown hero earlier today.  23:22 Casper Ruud awaits Norway's prodigious tennis star will play the winner of Tiafoe vs. Alcaraz in the men's final on Sunday following an enthralling four-set win over Russia's Karen Khachanov, 7-6,...
    Like the Queen, I once lived in what would turn out to be the last days of a long-lost world of seemingly unassailable privilege. She was my first cousin, just ten months younger than me. My father, the 16th Lord Elphinstone, had been born in 1869, exactly halfway through Queen Victoria’s long reign. My mother was the Queen Mother’s sister. Princess Elizabeth and I were in the last generation of girls from families like ours, who didn’t go to school but were educated at home by governesses. And we were more or less brought up together. We’d have annual summer holidays at Birkhall, a large house on the Balmoral estate. With her parents, then the Duke and Duchess of York, Elizabeth would also come for visits to Carberry Tower, my family seat near Edinburgh. Even in the 1930s, my mother was still receiving the cook every morning to discuss the day’s menus. The large staff ate in two separate dining rooms — one reserved for the senior members such as the butler, housekeeper, ladies’ maid and the head housemaid. The...
    Frank Sinatra was 'all but married to the mob', despite furiously denying he had any ties to organized crime for most of his life and career, a new book claims.  New details about the legendary singer's close links to infamous mafia bosses, including notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel, and his role as a courier, are set to be revealed in upcoming biography, Frank Sinatra and the Mafia Murders, released September 8.  Throughout his successful career, Sinatra, who was known for embracing his working-class Italian roots, had vehemently shot down claims or speculation that he was also associated with the Italian mafia, slamming the rumors as 'vicious lies.'  But according to authors Douglas Thompson and Mike Rothmiller, singer-actor was actually so enthralled by gangsters that he even longed to emulate a notorious mobster who chopped up his victims with axes. The mafia is even said to have been responsible for launching Sinatra's career and spending $50,000 on his image as an 'investment' that the star was then forced to pay back in favors. The photo that links Frank Sinatra to the Mafia: Pictured...
    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's latest round of public engagements have been compared to a royal tour, with red carpets and photo walkabouts as the couple attend events that are close to their heart this week. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have both delivered speeches during the last two days, with Meghan, 41, opening the One Young World summit in Manchester yesterday, and Harry, 37, speaking at the Invictus Games one year to go event in Germany today. As the couple paid a flying visit to Dusseldorf today, they were invited to sign an official book and enjoy a boat cruise along the Rhine, with blockades put in place along the city's roads. The event had many of the hallmarks of a royal visit despite the couple being classed as private citizens rather than royals by German police — including meeting the crowds outside, some of whom were waving the British flag.  Critics have said that their list of engagements this week 'could have been plucked from their calendar' before they left the Firm.  With two events completed, their schedule...
    You can spot the 'super agers' anywhere. They're the first on the dance floor at a party, they're nudging down their triathlon times and back-packing across South America with their grandchildren. When it comes to ageing well, genes are clearly important, and diet and lifestyle can never be ignored, but through closely studying the key character traits of super agers around the world, I have discovered we can upgrade the ageing process to 'positive ageing' by making a few important behavioural changes. After years working as a psychology coach, I've turned this discovery into a book, establishing the seven key character traits you need if you really want to flourish in later life. If you develop these, you too can be a super ager. You can spot the 'super agers' anywhere. They're the first on the dance floor at a party, Lynne Dorling explains REVERSE YOUR BUCKET LIST AND ENJOY LIFE A healthy sense of perspective means you don't sweat the small stuff. You're more likely to look at life as a whole, and not to dwell on things —...
    Shamima Begum and her two teenage friends were smuggled into Syria by a spy working for Canada - before Justin Trudeau's nation then then conspired with the UK to cover up its role, a new book claims. The so-called Jihadi Bride was stripped of her British citizenship in 2019 after she fled Britain four years earlier to join the Islamic State (IS). Fresh revelations claim the now-23-year-old was trafficked into the Middle East by a double agent, on the payroll of both IS and Canadian intelligence. But officials in Ottawa are then said to have kept quiet, even as Scotland Yard ran a huge, international search for Begum, and her friends Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana, according to The Secret History of the Five Eyes. Five Eyes is an intelligence sharing alliance, formalised during the Cold War, between the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The book, by journalist Richard Kerbaj, alleges that Canada finally admitted its involvement in the plot as bosses feared becoming exposed, then also managed to convince Britain to cover-up its role. In response to the claims, calls...
    Fall Preview Books Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm By Laura WarrellPantheon: 368 pages, $28If you buy books linked on our site, The Times may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookstores. After years of being heartbroken and disappointed by musicians, Laura Warrell finally added them, alongside bartenders and skateboarders, to her list of “Off Limits Men.” “These are the guys that are never going to commit,” said Warrell, 51. Her last long involvement with a musician ended around 2013, just as she was beginning to write her debut novel, “Sweet, Soft, Plenty Rhythm.” Out in late September, the major fall release tells the story of jazz musician Circus Palmer and the many women he charms and devastates, including his teenage daughter. It was the first book Lisa Lucas acquired after she assumed leadership of the storied Pantheon and Schocken Books. In a recent interview in her Los Feliz neighborhood, Warrell spoke of men, women and inspiration; the conversation has been edited for length and clarity. (Penguin Random House) What inspired the novel? It was a similar situation where...
    The writer behind Meghan Markle's latest bombshell interview will likely cause yet another stir with one of her other upcoming projects: a book all about 'being horny'. Allison P. Davis, from California, set tongues wagging on Monday when The Cut published an interview between herself and the Duchess of Sussex, who once again took furious aim at the royal family, while also sharing gushing anecdotes about her and Harry's marriage and new life in California.  But as it turns out, Davis is no stranger to pushing boundaries when it comes to her writing, which - in addition to celebrity interviews with the likes of Jada Pinkett Smith and Gwyneth Paltrow - has largely focused on one salacious topic: sex.  Over the years, Davis, who serves as a features writer for The Cut and New York Magazine, has chatted about orgasms with vibrator expert Paltrow, penned a lengthy piece about the decade she has spent on Tinder, and written a first-person story about attending a 'Men and Mimosas' brunch at a strip club while surrounding by male dancers.  Now, Davis is using...
    Donald Trump vetoed a plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 alongside former presidents during the final weeks of his time in office, according to a new book by a husband and wife who worked at the heart of the White House pandemic response. At the time, late 2020, the president had recently recovered from the virus.  But journalists were bombarding officials with questions about when he would be given the new vaccine. 'So we started brainstorming potential scenarios in which the president could receive the vaccine in a public way,' writes Brian Morgenstern, White House deputy press secretary and deputy communications director at the time. 'One of the ideas was to have the president invite the former presidents to the White House—or to some other site—to have all of them receive the vaccine together in a show of unity.' Aides figured that although the president might still have antibodies from his tussle with the virus, the event demonstrate his confidence in the safety of vaccine.  Morgenstern and another aide were tasked with taking the idea of appearing alongside Bill Clinton, George...
    Former White House adviser Jared Kushner appeared on Thursday’s installment of Fox’s The Story, where he spoke about the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago. Earlier this month, agents executed a search warrant and retrieved several boxes of government documents – some of them classified – that Donald Trump was supposed to give to the National Archives upon leaving office. Kushner, who is Trump’s son-in-law, and whose father did time in federal prison, said he’s used to seeing law enforcement “go after” his family. “I have a long history this, seeing politicized prosecutors go after my family,” he said. “That was why I was on the side for criminal justice reform. I actually partnered with people on the left in order to pass–and I write in the book about how we were able to get a bipartisan agreement on criminal justice reform in a very divided time by working through Congress.” Anchor Martha MacCallum cited an excerpt in Kushner’s new book where he discusses the imprisonment of his father, Charles Kushner. “You write movingly about your father’s experience and that he was...
    Nicole Kidman's jaw-dropping cover shoot for Perfect magazine has divided opinion on social media, with some fans hailing it as 'the best she's ever done' while others say it's a masterclass in Photoshop. The Hollywood star, 55, caused a serious stir with her latest glossy shoot, which saw her proudly flexing her ripped biceps and flaunting her toned abs while posing in a micro mini skirt and crop top. As the photos went viral on Monday, Nicole's biggest cheerleaders were her own celebrity pals, including fellow Aussie actress Naomi Watts, who commented on Instagram: 'Wowza, all of these pics! And those abs, Nic!' Nicole Kidman's jaw-dropping cover shoot for Perfect magazine (pictured) has divided opinion on social media, with some fans hailing it as 'the best she's ever done' while others say it's a masterclass in Photoshop  Actress Kerry Washington also wrote 'Wow!!!!' along with three heart-eyes emojis, as other A-listers like Jennifer Aniston, Zendaya and Rita Wilson liked Nicole's post. Fans also flocked to Instagram and Facebook to praise the high-fashion shoot. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next ...
    The contents of Prince Harry's forthcoming tell-all memoir still remain a mystery, including to the Royal family who will get to read the book at the same time as the public. Sources allege neither Prince Charles nor Prince William, or their attorneys and advisers, have been given the opportunity to preview any parts of the manuscript. The family also has received no specific information about when the expected publication date of the hotly anticipated book. Publisher Penguin Random House has previously said it is aiming for the book to be out in time for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The Prince of Wales reportedly hoped his team would have been sent a copy of the book ahead of its publication, sources close to the royal confirmed to The Telegraph. However, the insiders noted the tome is 'unlikely to be on his reading list.' Harry and ghostwriter JR Moehringer apparently finished the book earlier this summer and the final manuscript has been signed off by lawyers, it was revealed last month.  The book is widely anticipated to showcase Harry's memories of his mother Diana, Princess...
    Embattled former New York City Mayor was hoping to be presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and a "general pardon" from ex-President Donald Trump following the January 6th, 2021 insurrection at the United States Capitol, according to excerpts from an upcoming book. On Saturday, The New York Times published blurbs from an advanced copy of Giuliani: The Rise and Tragic Fall of America’s Mayorwhich was authored by journalist Andrew Kirtzman and is scheduled for release next month. In it, Kirtzman recounted that during Giuliani's stint as Trump's personal defense counsel, Giuliani's then-legal assistant and current podcast co-host Maria Ryan had attempted to petition Trump to reward Giuliani with the nation's highest honor, grant him clemency for any potential crimes relating to January 6th, and compensate him for his representation. READ MORE: How Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon paved the way for Donald Trump: conservative columnist “Dear Mr. President, I tried to call you yesterday to talk about business. The honorable Rudy Giuliani has worked 24/7 on the voter fraud issues. He has led a team of lawyers, data...
    The saucy scandal of a cheap beach read is a coveted summer treat for many bookworms.  But what if the genesis of the book is even juicier than the contents of its pages?  That's the question now following Bad Summer People, an as-yet unpublished novel by Emma Rosenblum, Bustle's head of content who used the quiet town of Saltaire on Fire Island as her inspiration.  Rosenblum's father Scott was once the mayor of the seaside down and she has spent much of her life there.   Now, she is raising eyebrows in the town after using its hallmarks - and possibly even its residents - as the backdrop for her book.  Bustle executive Emma Rosenblum's debut novel, Bad Summer People, is already causing a stir on Fire Island and it hasn't been published yet The town of Saltaire on Fire Island is full of moneyed Manhattanites who keep a lower profile than the flashy Hamptons crowd  Insider cites residents who are abuzz with fears that their secrets will be spilled on Rosenblum's pages.  The book is about a murder in the...
    Former US President Donald Trump told then-prime minister Scott Morrison that China 'f**ked the world' by unleashing Covid, a new book claims. The reported phone conversation between the two leaders happened on July 17, 2020, in a secure room in Canberra. Covid was staring to run rampant around the globe and Mr Trump apparently had no qualms about expressing his feelings about who was to blame. 'It was a disgrace,' Mr Trump said, according to the book Plagued, by journalists Simon Benson and Geoff Chalmers that details Australia's political history during the pandemic. 'Look what they (China) have done to the world. They have f**ked the world.' Donald Trump reportedly told Scott Morrison, when they were leading their respective countries in 2020, that by unleashing Covid China had 'f**ked the world' According to the book, Mr Trump's crude expression surprised none of Mr Morrison's staff listening to the call because 'they had come to expect the unexpected when it came to Trump'. A year earlier Mr Trump reportedly had already introduced Mr Morrison to a private meeting of G7 leaders...
    Salman Rushdie’s attacker has said that he is ‘surprised’ that the author survived, and admitted that he only read a ‘couple of pages’ of his Satanic Verses. Hadi Matar, 24, slammed Rushdie for ‘attacking Islam’, before adding ‘I don’t like him very much’ in a jailhouse interview. Rushdie, 75, had to undergo emergency surgery after Matar allegedly stabbed him multiple times as he took to the stage to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute on August 12. In an interview with the New York Post from the Chautauqua County Jail, Matar, from Fairvew, New Jersey, said that he was ‘surprised’ that the author survived. He said: ‘I don’t like the person. I don’t think he’s a very good person, I don’t like him. I don’t like him very much. ‘He’s someone who attacked Islam, he attacked their beliefs, the belief systems.’ Rushdie had suffered three stab wounds to the neck, four to the stomach, puncture wounds to his right eye and chest as well as a laceration on his right thigh. When asked if he was inspired by Iranian...
    Sir Salman Rushdie is awake and helping investigators with their inquiries into the circumstances that have left him hospitalized with severe injuries after the brutal attack in Chautauqua, New York, on Friday. The Satanic Verses author, 75, had to undergo emergency surgery after Hadi Matar, 24, allegedly stabbed him multiple times as he took to the stage to give a lecture at the Chautauqua Institute. His son Zafar Rushdie, 42, confirmed that his father had been taken off a ventilator at the weekend and had managed to speak a few words. But law enforcement sources have now revealed that the Booker-Prize winning author has been able to ‘articulate’ with investigators according to CNN. It is unclear exactly what Rushdie told investigators about the attack, but authorities have confirmed that it is an ongoing investigation. Friends also confirmed over the weekend that the author was off his ventilator and had been talking and joking with those at UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pennsylvania. Chautauqua County District Attorney Jason Schmidt said that Rushdie had suffered three stab wounds to the neck, four to...
    An 89-year-old man who checked out a book as a schoolboy in 1947 has finally returned it to the library - in mint condition. Bob Jablonski, who grew up in Jersey City, told the Hudson Reporter that he found 'Hitler' - a novel by Oden Rudolph warning the world against Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler - while clearing out his family home. Wanting desperately to return it, Jablonski - who will turn 90 in April - contacted the James J. Ferris High School Branch about getting it back to the library. An 89-year-old man who checked out a book as a schoolboy in 1947 has finally returned it to the library - in mint condition. Bob Jablonski (pictured third from right) told the Hudson Reporter that he found 'Hitler' by Oden Rudolph while clearing out his family home Staff at the library were eager to see the book's condition and learn about the memories Jablonski had of the library from his time as a schoolboy in the 1940s. While he could not recall the exact details, 75 years after he first checked the book...
    Hillary Clinton has insinuated in a new book by an NBC News reporter that she believes her former 2016 Democratic primary rival Bernie Sanders is a sexist, remarking 'I know the kind of things that he says about women and to women.'  Clinton made the remarks to NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali in her new book 'Electable: Why America Hasn’t Put a Woman In the White House … Yet.' In an excerpt published by Politico on Friday, the journalist recalls Clinton's comments that followed a widely televised heated clash between Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who were both on the ballot for the 2020 presidential election. Warren accused Sanders during the debate of telling her in private that a woman couldn't win the presidency. He denied making the comment, which pushed Warren to confront him onstage after the debate while their microphones were still on.  Clinton, who watched it all unfold, told Vitali: 'I believed her, because I know Sanders, and I know the kind of things that he says about women and to women. So, I thought that she was...
    The White House has slammed the attack on author Salman Rushdie, who remains on a ventilator after being stabbed multiple times at a literary event in upstate New York. Rushdie, 75, was attacked by Hadi Matar, 24, as he got onto the stage to give a speech at the Chautauqua Institution. The nerves in his neck were severed in the attack, meaning that he could lose an eye, and his liver was damaged according to his agent. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, on behalf of the White House, said in a statement: ‘Today, the country and the world witnessed a reprehensible attack against the writer Salman Rushdie. ‘This act of violence is appalling. All of us in the Biden-Harris Administration are praying for his speedy recovery. ‘We are thankful to good citizens and first responders for helping Mr. Rushdie so quickly after the attack and to law enforcement for its swift and effective work, which is ongoing.' Rushdie has been the subject of death threats from the Iranian regime since the late 1980s, and his attacker is understood to be...
    Former President Trump complained that U.S. military generals were not 'loyal' like Nazis in one of a series of erratic outbursts that almost caused Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley to resign.  One week after the riots of June 2020, where Milley, an Army General, came under fire for marching with Trump in uniform toward St. John's Church - before peeling off as he realized the impropriety of his own presence - the chairman drafted his resignation letter, but did not send it.  Resigning would have been a highly unusual move, as those in military posts serve the nation before any political party. After seeking counsel from those across the political and military sphere, Milley decided not to send the damning resignation letter.  'The events of the last couple weeks have caused me to do deep soul-searching, and I can no longer faithfully support and execute your orders as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,' Milley wrote in the letter, according to a new book. 'It is my belief that you were doing great and irreparable...
    Daniel Chidiac, 34, from Melbourne earns millions as an author A university drop out has revealed how he went from earning the minimum wage on a muddy worksite to flying first class around the world thanks to his best-selling books. Daniel Chidiac, 34, from Melbourne, made it big after his first work as an author 'Who Says You Can't? You Do' hit the shelves in 2018. But before he was raking in cash Daniel had it tough - he was languishing under a mountain of debt from a failed business, had quit his commerce degree and was labouring on worksites for as little at $15-per-hour to make ends meet. Speaking to FEMAIL Daniel, who has since written a second book, 'The Modern Break Up', said he was ashamed of where he was in life before he 'made it'. 'One day I was knee high in concrete and mud on a building site, slipping around because it was raining, the boss was yelling at us and I knew I didn't want to be there anymore,' he said. 'I didn't tell anyone...
    Former iCarly star Jennette McCurdy has claimed that she was photographed in a bikini and given alcohol by a 'creator' when she was working on the Nickelodeon series, which she began filming when she was only 15. The actress, now 30, was skyrocketed into the spotlight after she was cast as Carly Shay's hilarious and spunky best friend, Sam Puckett, in the show, which premiered in September 2007.  However, Jennette has now alleged in her upcoming memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, that she was subjected to inappropriate behavior from an unnamed Nickelodeon staffer - who she said made her pose in swimsuits and offered her alcohol during her time on the show, which concluded when she was age 20. Former Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy (seen in 2012) claimed that she was photographed in a bikini and given alcohol by 'a creator' when she was working on the network as a child The actress, now 30, was skyrocketed into the spotlight after she was cast as Sam Puckett in the show iCarly, in 2007. She is seen in the show with Nathan Kress and...
    Her intelligence was evident from the start – she flew into Rochester Grammar School, a selective secondary, and her teachers thought that she could get into Cambridge University. Instead Alice Oseman, whose mum Trudi works at Kent university and whose father Matthew is a high-level computer engineer, flunked her Cambridge entrance exam… and became a publishing sensation. She was just 17 when she signed her first two-book deal for the novel Solitaire. What she wanted to read, she explained, was a book about a strong female character who had a life-changing moment which didn’t involve a man. Unable to find this, she simply wrote one herself. Ten years later, she is aged 27 and recently moved into a flat in south London on her own, and Oseman-authored books are selling more than J.K Rowling, David Walliams, Sally Rooney or Lee Child. She’s been selling around a million pounds worth of books a month in the UK alone. Alice Oseman is aged 27 and recently moved into a flat in south London on her own, and Oseman-authored books are selling more...