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Absolute Delights

Charm Brights

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The first of 12 books about life in a 21st century Arab country where the old laws of concubinage and slavery still apply. David Ransome has lived in England since he was four, and is a post-graduate student at Oxford University when his grandfather and uncle die, and he inherits the throne of the Emirate of Kobekistan. Read how an easy-going ordinary English young man is transformed by power into a cruel autocratic Emir who is capable of having an annoying concubine strangled.

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. . .You always pay for everything," she said, "Don't be angry, but students don't get much money and I am earning well at Sainsbury's on the checkout, so I can pay for myself sometimes, can't I?" "I'm not a real student," he reassured her, "I got my degree two years ago and I am paid to do research and some lectures, so I have more money than your ordinary undergraduate." That seemed to satisfy her, and they started to go out together regularly. Sometimes they went to the cinema or the theatre, and sometimes just for a drink. In the summer, she would spend whole days with him, finishing the day with dinner in a restaurant somewhere. It was after one of these long lazy warm days that David suggested that they have coffee in his rooms, rather than in the restaurant. It was still only half past eight and Pauline was feeling very relaxed after the excellent meal with some very pleasant wine, so she agreed. When they got back to his rooms, David made the coffee and then sat close t. . . Read More