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Graham, Laurie 1947-

Works: 49 works in 327 publications in 6 languages and 8,260 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Historical fiction  History  Humorous fiction  Diary fiction  Biographical fiction  Psychological fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6057.R237, 823.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Laurie Graham
The future homemakers of America by Laurie Graham( Book )

37 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 1,488 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For five American Air Force wives, Norfolk, England, in 1952 is a long way from home. But Peggy Dewey and her friends are determined to make the most of their overseas mission. While their husbands patrol the skies in F-84 fighters, the high-spirited group of military wives and young moms staves off homesickness by clipping coupons, trading gossip, and going to London to see Princess Elizabeth "get coronated."--Page 4 of cover
The importance of being Kennedy : a novel by Laurie Graham( Book )

21 editions published between 2007 and 2014 in English and held by 954 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: When Nora Brennan, fresh to America from Ireland, lands herself a position as nursery maid to a family in Brookline, Massachusetts, she little thinks it will place her at the heart of American history. But her job is with the Kennedy family, so how could it not? Nora has charge of all nine Kennedy children, practically from the minute they're born. She sees the boys coached at their father Joe's knee to believe everything they'll ever want in life can be bought. She sees the girls trained by Rose Kennedy ("Herself") to be good Catholic wives. With her sharp eye and her quiet common sense, Nora is the perfect candidate to report on an empire in the making. World War II changes everything. When war breaks out, Nora and the Kennedys are in London, where Joseph Kennedy is the American ambassador. His reaction is to send the entire household back across the Atlantic to safety, but Nora, surprised by midlife love, chooses to stay in England and do her bit for the war effort. Separated from her Kennedys by an ocean, she nevertheless remains the warm, approachable sun around which the older children orbit: Joe Jr. and Jack, both serving in the US Navy; Rosemary, tragically unable to fit into the Kennedy mold; and Kathleen, known affectionately as "Kick," who throws a spanner in the Kennedy works by marrying an English Protestant. Dear Nora has a deliciously inside view of everything that is happening upstairs, and in this fictional diary she tells all with the humor and candor that only a nursemaid dare employ. Witty, irreverent, and a rollicking good read, The Importance of Being Kennedy is social satire at its best
Gone with the Windsors : a novel by Laurie Graham( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2017 in English and held by 743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The scandalous divorcée who led the besotted Prince of Wales to abdicate his throne first appears in the fictional diary of Maybell Brumby as her schoolmate Bessie, a charity girl with pretensions and good cheekbones. "I'm Wallis," she snarls, "and if you call me anything else you're going to be sorry." One social climber swiftly recognizes another. When life's whimsical currents toss these two gilt-edged gold diggers together again as adults, history will change its course. Trailing a cloud of Worth perfume and an ermine stole, missing the point of every conversation, the deliciously dim Maybell witnesses the courtship of the twentieth century and the scandal that rocked a monarchy--recording all in her diary.--From publisher description
The great husband hunt by Laurie Graham( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 706 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Despairing of finding a husband who will match her socially conscious mother's standards, Poppy Minkel struggles with her beliefs about beauty, love, and social mores, eventually reinventing herself after her father tragically dies aboard the Titanic
Grand duchess of nowhere by Laurie Graham( Book )

14 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Serbian and held by 411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Perhaps there is one great love in everyone's life. For Princess Victoria Melita, or Ducky, hers was a Romanov, a member of the doomed Russian monarchy. Born a British Princess, Ducky's father was Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, Queen Victoria's second son. Her mother was Grand Duchess Marie, the daughter of Tsar Alexander II. As an adult, Ducky is confined in an unhappy marriage. Desperate for a new life, she begins to look for something more and this new adventure leads her far beyond England's bounds, from Malta to the French Rivera, Finland and St Petersburg. As Russia unravels in 1917 and the Romanov dynasty falls, Ducky - now reunited with her Romanov love - is right at the heart of it. The life of her family in danger, she must act bravely to stand a chance of escape
A humble companion by Laurie Graham( Book )

12 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 407 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meet Nellie Welche - companion to royalty and keeper of secrets ... Nellie Welche is the daughter of a high-ranking steward in the household of Prinnie, Prince of Wales. In 1788, at the age of twelve, she's proposed as a suitably humble companion to Princess Sophia, one of George III's enormous brood of children. Nellie and Sofy become friends for life. From the first rumblings of revolution in France to the exciting, modern times of gas light and steam trains, from poor mad George to safe and steady Victoria, Nellie is the sharp-penned narrator of a changing world and the unchanging, cloistered lives of Princess Sofy and her sisters. Nellie proves to be more a hawk-eyed witness than a Humble Companion, as her memoir lifts the lid on the House of Hanover's secrets and lies
The liar's daughter by Laurie Graham( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 364 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Nan Prunty's mother kept an alehouse in Portsmouth she renamed it The Duchess of Prunty, the title she claimed would have been hers had Lord Nelson lived. He was her lover. She saw him die at Trafalgar, or so she says. The details vary according to the amount of drink she's taken. Nan makes her own determined way in life, but always haunted by the wish to know the truth about her father. From the ageing seamen at the Greenwich Hospital to the battlefields of the Crimea, Nan discovers the world is full of people with a story about Nelson. There are questions we can never hope to answer. It doesn't stop us asking
Life according to Lubka by Laurie Graham( Book )

10 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in English and Hebrew and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buzz Wexler is an old hand at the music PR business: Angry Belgians, Cheesy Boyz and Ear Waxx were all her babies. And for a woman who was forty last birthday she certainly keeps up the pace. But that's about to change. Now some twenty year old has been given Wasabi Gymslip, the Japanese group predicted to go stellar and Buzz is being sidelined into something called World Music. It'll be a blast, her boss assures her. The Gorni Grannies may not be the tantrum-throwing celebs Buzz is used to, but they present other challenges
The unfortunates by Laurie Graham( Book )

16 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and held by 297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What hope is there for Poppy Minkel? She has kinky hair, outsticking ears, too yellow a neck and an appetite for fun, and her mother Dora despairs of ever finding her a husband, despite the Minkel's Mustard fortune that seasons these dubious attractions. When daddy disappears, Poppy's tendency to the unusual is quietly allowed to flourish. World War I opens new horizons. With never a moment of self-doubt, she invents her own extraordinary life in step with the unfolding century
Mr Starlight by Laurie Graham( Book )

15 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and held by 280 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What if Liberace had been born in Saltley, Birmingham, England instead of Milwaukee, Wisc.? That's the premise of Laurie Graham's entertaining novel about Selwyn Boff, who parleys spangly jackets, candelabra, piety and public devotion to his mum into international stardom. Graham tells the story from the point of view of Selwyn's older brother Cledwyn, an aspiring musician and failed song-writer who plays second fiddle to Sel all his life. He doesn't know much about Sel's sex life, and casts a rosy light on even the most dysfunctional aspects of the Boff clan, but his memoir is also a running commentary on the changes in British and American mass culture after WWII
Dog days, Glenn Miller nights by Laurie Graham( Book )

14 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In an East End high-rise, Birdie Gibbs lives on chocolate and yearns for action. When the Fruit Bowl Estate boils over in the summer of 1995 and police leave is cancelled, Birdie gets all the action she can handle. Even more than the night Hitler bombed Beckton gas works
The dress circle by Laurie Graham( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A laugh-out-loud funny British comedy - Cover
The ten o'clock horses by Laurie Graham( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een getrouwde huisschilder begint in 1962 een turbulente verhouding met een balletdanseres
Night in Question, the by Laurie Graham( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dot Allbones was the youngest of her large Midlands family. With no beauty, and few prospects, she was lucky to discover a lucrative talent - she can make people laugh. Now the queen of London's music hall stage, Dot feels she's not done badly. She has her audience, her independence, and enough money for champagne: a good life. Pretty, popular orphan Kate Eddowes was an unlikely childhood friend for Dot. The older girl's beauty was bound to take her places, and sure enough Kate soon left, lured away by love and the prospect of adventure. A chance encounter on a London street years later makes it clear that Kate's life has not gone according to plan. Though poor and alone, she retains her indomitable spirit. But this is Whitechapel in 1888, and the shadowy streets are no place for a desperate woman to wander ... With her inimitable sharpness and wry wit, Laurie Graham brings to life the bustling pleasures and not-so-hidden dangers of life in a crowded city with its extremes of poverty and wealth. And all the while, in the shadows, lurks the lacerating threat of the Ripper
Perfect meringues by Laurie Graham( Book )

12 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 160 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It shouldn't have been like this. Being on television was meant to lead to fame and a glamorous social life. But for Lizzie Partridge, forty-something, divorced and TV cook on Midlands This Morning, it meant dinners for one, coping alone with an air-head adolescent daughter and following middle-aged men into corner shops pretending she needed a bottle of Lea & Perrins. Her good friend Louie - if only he wasn't gay - thought he knew what the trouble was: Lizzie was always on the wrong side of the glass, looking in at other people's lives. True or not, things for Lizzie were going to get a lot worse before they got better ..."--Publisher description
All at sea by Laurie Graham( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een vrouw, die altijd meereist met haar dominante man die lezingen op cruiseschepen geeft, ervaart dat niet alle reizen hetzelfde verlopen
Mr. Starlight by Laurie Graham( Recording )

9 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Boff brothers live at home with their Mam. They have a lave down the yard and a jerry under the bed and they play bookings at the Birmingham Welsh and the Rover Ports and Social. Cled tinkles on the piano and Sel is the crooner. "Sel's the one who can lift people out of themselves and send them home feeling grand and you can't argue against that" says Cled. Then Sel decides he must try his chances in the bright lights of New York City
At sea by Laurie Graham( Book )

5 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Lady Enid - an aristocrat in need of a project and a husband - throws her lot in with dashing Bernard Finch, she thinks she's found her perfect life's companion. Handsome and clever, Bernard has come a long way from his small-town American roots. Now he is a man transformed, more English than the English, the doyen of culture vultures and a celebrated lecturer on Aegean cruises. Which is where his past comes back to bite him, in the shape of his old college chum, Frankie Gleeson. Frankie has made his fortune in corn snacks and to celebrate his success he brings his wife, Nola, to cruise the Greek islands. Frankie is a simple man but he has the gift of total recall, of every detail of Bernard's early years. While Bernard shuns his cruise companions, Enid finds herself strangely drawn to them. It's amazing how much can happen between Istanbul and Venice
The early birds by Laurie Graham( Book )

3 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Picking up 10 years after 'The Future Homemakers of America' left off, 'The Early Birds' follows Peggy, Kath, Gayle, Lois, and Audrey through the turn of the 21st century. The women are now in their 70s and time is rendering its accounts payable: arthritis, cataracts, forgetfulness and departures. From the dawn of the new millennium - at which the anti-Christ unaccountably fails to appear, despite evangelist Gayle's predictions - Peggy soldiers on through new upheavals, including her ex-husband Vern's Alzheimer's diagnosis, and the death of one of her live-in friends
Getting it right : a survival guide to modern manners by Laurie Graham( Book )

9 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in German and English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ein amüsanter Ratgeber rund ums Gute Benehmen
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The future homemakers of America
The importance of being Kennedy : a novelGone with the Windsors : a novelThe great husband huntLife according to LubkaThe unfortunatesMr StarlightDog days, Glenn Miller nightsThe dress circle
Alternative Names
Laurie Graham britische Autorin

Laurie Graham British writer

Laurie Graham Brits journaliste

Laurie Graham écrivaine britannique

Laurie Graham escritora británica

Лори Греъм

Лори Грэм

גרעהעם, לורי, 1947-