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1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die features wide-ranging, carefully chosen routes varying from the rugged delights of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path to the wilderness of Jamaica, and the Harz Witches' Trail high up in the German mountains. The hand-picked excursions take in mountain passes, woodland paths, ancient Native-American trails, and much more. There are easy walks for beginners-some lasting barely an hour - and more demanding challenges that may take several weeks to complete. Every fact-packed entry provides a wealth of information about a must-try walk, including essential details about its start and finish points, overall distance, difficulty rating, maps, and the time it should take to complete. In short, 1001 Walks You Must Experience Before You Die is an essential reference book and guide for all those who love to get out of their cars, get off their bikes, and lace up their walking shoes.
Mange cirkusfolk, artister, gøglere og deres efterkommere har gennem tiden haft lyst til at finde deres egne rødder. Det er ikke nemt, når man stammer fra et omflakkende folkefærd, der i mange tilfælde har fløjet under offentlighedens radar. I 1960‘erne gav cirkusforskeren Anders Enevig sig til i samarbejde med gøglerslægternes gamle at samle oplysninger om de forskellige slægter. Den samling ligger til grund for bogen "Danske rejsende cirkus- og gøglerslægter", som er et unikt stykke danmarkshistorie. Bogen er interessant både for dem, der kan spore deres egen slægt tilbage til de rejsende, men også for andre, der interesserer sig for etnografi og lokalhistorie.Anders Enevig (f. 1923-2013) var en dansk forfatter, historiker og modstandsmand. Han er særligt kendt for sine realistiske og hjertevarme skildringer af gøglere, cirkusartister, sigøjnere, sprittere og andre subsistensløse, som han blandt andet mødte som politibetjent på Nørrebro. Anders Enevig var desuden en af drivkræfterne bag kampen for bevaring af Cirkusbygningen, som efter årevis af utrætteligt arbejde blev renoveret i 1983 og fredet i 1988.
Newly updated and extended, Advanced Western Riding joins the experience and enthusiasm of equestrienne Kara L. Stewart with the wisdom of Horse Illustrated to bring this definitive guide to advanced western riders. The book goes beyond the fundamentals to teach readers how to refine their riding skills--from the right mental attitude to the proper seat and hands to advanced schooling techniques and competitions. Complete with step-by-step instructions, countless tips, full-color photos, and an easy-to-use glossary, this guide takes the guesswork out of advanced western riding.
Den legendariske cykelrytter Jesper Skibby er kendt for sine mange store præstationer på jernhesten. I "Rundt om Skibby" har hans daværende kone, Anne Skibby, samlet beretninger om Jesper Skibby både på og af cyklen. Hun bringer en masse af Skibbys egne citater, der indkapsler hans karakter, men også kendte mennesker fra dansk cykelsport som cykelrytteren Brian Holm og Tour de France-kommentatorerne Jørn Mader og Jørgen Leth fortæller anekdoter om den berømte cykelrytter.Anne Skibby har været gift med cykelrytteren Jesper Skibby og skrev i 1995 en bog om sin mand, hans karriere og deres liv sammen.
2016 skulle vise sig at blive et helt fantastisk lakseår ved Storå. I nyere tid er der aldrig fanget så mange laks i løbet af én sæson som i denne. Set gennem brillerne på en ny laksefisker tages man i bogen med til den vestjyske å, hvor beretninger om fangede laks og den skønne natur flettes sammen til flere fortællinger om en sæson, der sent vil blive glemt. Historierne er skrevet i dagbogsform og er udsprunget fra forfatterens fascination for laksene, men så sandelig også for alt det liv, der er ved Storå. Kameraet var på hver tur med i fisketasken, og det blev til lige så mange klik på kameraet som kast med spinneren.Bogen er en hyldest til det danske laksefiskeri og specielt til Storå og alle de folk, der har gjort det muligt, at man kan få så gode fiskeoplevelser i Danmark. Uddrag af bogenJeg sætter mig op på bredden. Min fiskestang ligger i sivene – der, hvor jeg lagde den, da jeg efter fighten kunne håndlande laksen. Spinneren ligger i den mudrede vandkant, som en træt kriger efter et stort slag. Det er helt stille ved åen. Jeg har lige fanget min største, danske laks til dato og har ingen at dele det med. Men det gør ikke noget. Det er en oplevelse, som Storå og jeg har for os selv. Jeg har det, som om åen har skænket mig en speciel gave for at gøre denne skønne aften unik. Jeg læner mig tilbage i græsset med et sagligt smil på læberne. Om forfatterenKarsten Bangsgaard er født i 1976 og vokset op i Gråsten. I 2005 blev han cand.scient. i biologi og arbejdede i tre år med naturvidenskabelig didaktik. Siden 2008 har han arbejdet på Fyns Laksefisk, der er et havørredopdræt og en del af Elsesminde, Odense Produktions-Højskole.
From the author of the hugely successful titles 'How Your Horse Moves' and 'Horse Anatomy for Performance', comes a completely different training manual, also based on the Horses Inside Out philosophy: 'Understanding Anatomy Improves Performance and Reduces the Risk of Injury'. Divided into three main parts: Principles of Anatomical Riding and Training; Exercises for Horse and Rider; Troubleshooting, the book contains a wealth of practical tips and exercises broken down into easy to follow, well-illustrated steps showing how riders can improve their riding skills and potential. The author suggests ways to improve horses' physique, flexibility, stability, core strength, performance and movement and how to reduce muscular and movement problems, and reduce the risk of injury. This beautifully illustrated book looks at how to deliver a safe, varied, fun, effective and achievable training programme. It provides all the ingredients for riders to make informed decision to maximise their own and their horse's potential, gain more enjoyment, satisfaction and improve their skills. Based on the principles of anatomy and biomechani with welfare in min learn all about: skeletal maturity, how to achieve good back posture, how to reduce strain on ligaments and tendons, movements to strengthen and condition muscles and more.
EFTER MANGE ÅR MED STIGENDE KONTROL ER DET PÅ TIDE, VI ALLE SKIFTER FOKUS.Mange savner legen i livet – den, der holder os oppe, når udfordringerne og presset vokser. Den leg, der fyldte vores barndom, vores skolegang, de første jobs, forelskelsen og familietiden med energi og optimisme.I denne bog argumenterer coach ARNE NIELSSON og coach/psykolog BJARNE LELLEK for, at legen i de senere år er blevet prioriteret ned på både jobbet, i skolen, i fritiden og i familien. Vi er nemlig efter udenlandsk mønster begyndt at fokusere på effektivitet og besparelser med indførelse af begreber som LEAN-rutiner og PISA-test. Resultatet er ifølge de to forfattere, at vi danskere oplever stigende kontrol samt mindre tillid til os og vores specielle evner til at tænke selvstændigt, kreativt og ﬂeksibelt med såvel god dømmekraft som følelsesmæssig intelligens. Netop disse evner bliver der ellers rigt brug for at udvikle i den nærmeste fremtid, når nye arbejdsgange og teknologier vil ændre alles hverdag. Leg rummer kraften til at genskabe arbejdsglæde, give større plus på bundlinjen, sikre trivsel, styrke relationer og øge kreativiteten – også i den fritid, der er blevet mindre af med den øgede kontrol. Leg kan løse op for fastlåste roller, affektstorme, dårlige mønstre og uenigheder. Vi skal derfor ville legen, tage ansvar for den, turde udvikle os med den samt ikke mindst træne den med øvelser og handling, som denne bog giver masser af anvisninger til.
What do you do if your aircraft ditches at sea? Or your building is on fire? Or you are the victim of a terrorist attack? Would you make the right decision to save yourself and the lives of others? Crisis Survival is a complete handbook to any crisis that may suddenly arise, from food or water shortages, to natural disasters, to plane crashes and hostage situations. A crisis might last a few hours, days, or even years - with this book you can be ready for any eventuality. With easy-to-follow illustrations and handy lists of key information, Crisis Survival is the definitive crisis survival guide for anyone wanting to be ready for anything - it could literally save your life.
The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry!Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on:Choosing the right items for your kit.Manufacturing needed tools and supplies.Collecting and cooking food.Protecting yourself from the elements. With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.
In Training for the New Alpinism, Steve House, world-class climber and Patagonia ambassador, and Scott Johnston, coach of U.S. National Champions and World Cup Nordic Skiers, translate training theory into practice to allow you to coach yourself to any mountaineering goal. Applying training practices from other endurance sports, House and Johnston demonstrate that following a carefully designed regimen is as effective for alpinism as it is for any other endurance sport and leads to better performance. They deliver detailed instruction on how to plan and execute training tailored to your individual circumstances. Whether you work as a banker or a mountain guide, live in the city or the country, are an ice climber, a mountaineer heading to Denali, or a veteran of 8,000-meter peaks, your understanding of how to achieve your goals grows exponentially as you work with this book. Chapters cover endurance and strength training theory and methodology, application and planning, nutrition, altitude, mental fitness, and assessing your goals and your strengths. Chapters are augmented with inspiring essays by world-renowned climbers, including Ueli Steck, Mark Twight, Peter Habeler, Voytek Kurtyka, and Will Gadd. Filled with photos, graphs, and illustrations.
This huge international bestseller, fully revised for non-American readers, is now in ebook. Last Child in the Woods shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distant from nature, why this matters, and what we can do to make a difference. It is unsentimental, rigorous and utterly original.'A cri de coeur for our children' GuardianCamping in the garden, riding bikes through the woods, climbing trees, collecting bugs, picking wildflowers, running through piles of autumn leaves... These are the things childhood memories are made of. But for a whole generation of today's children the pleasures of a free-range childhood are missing, and their indoor habits contribute to epidemic obesity, attention-deficit disorder, isolation and childhood depression.This timely book shows how our children have become increasingly alienated and distanced from nature, why this matters and how we can make a difference. Last Child in the Woods is a clarion call, brilliantly written, compelling and irresistibly persuasive - a book that will change minds and lives.
A self-defence book aimed to train you to read the body language and ritual of attack and so "e;stop"e; your attacker in his tracks by using various tactics. Also covered are "e;ambush attacks"e; and "e;match fighting"e;, with guidelines on how to distinguish and train realistically for action.
"e;I've started horses since I was 12 years old and have been bit, kicked, bucked off and run over. I've tried every physical means to contain my horse in an effort to keep from getting myself killed. I started to realize that things would come much easier for me once I learned why a horse does what he does. This method works well for me because of the kinship that develops between horse and rider. "e; --Buck BrannamanIn THE FARAWAY HORSES, Brannaman shares his methods for training and provides a behind-the-scenes glimpse of Robert Redford's movie The Horse Whisperer, for which he was the technical advisor. *Authoratative figure in horsemanship*Reveals the key to understanding animalsBUCK BRANNAMAN is a horse gentler--not a horse "e;breaker"e;--who has started more than 10,000 young horses in his clinics. He lives with his family in Sheridan, Wyoming. WILLIAM REYNOLDS is the associate publisher of Cowboys & Indians magazine. He lives with his family in Santa Ynez, California.
Internationally acclaimed horse trainer Mark Rashid shares and analyzes the remarkable events, quiet moments, and humbling stumbling blocks thatlooking backhe can identify as significant in his personal journey to finding softness with both horses and people. Softness, via what many in the horse world today might refer to as feel, begins, Rashid says, with one simple truth: Its not about what we do that starts us on the path to softness, but rather, its what we dont do. Softness is having the sensitivity we need in order to feel when and if the horse tries to give.It is about developing the kind of awareness and feel it takes to know when we are working against our horses, rather than with them. In these forthright stories, readers get a glimpse of a life that has produced a man known for his ability to solve difficult problems with communication rather than force, as well as methods and techniques gleaned from decades of work with horses, horse people, and the way of harmony through the martial arts.
Helping riders develop a deeper understanding of their animals, this newly revised guide reveals how horses' physical traitsfrom the muzzle, mouth, lips, and nostrils to the eyes, ears, chin, and facial swirlscan influence their behavior and personalities. Offering new profiles, personality evaluations, and helpful photographs to aid the process, the first of three sections teaches owners how to evaluate their horse's character and equine personality based on more than a dozen physical traits. A second section focuses on how health helps determine if the horse's personality has been adversely affected by stress or pain caused by poor nutrition, inadequate living conditions, or a mismatched riding discipline. The final section teaches how to bring out the best in one's equine friends, explaining techniques known as the Clouded Leopard, the Raccoon, and the Flick of the Bear's Paw, among othersall of which encourage bonding with horses to influence their personalities in a positive way for both horse and rider.
Anna Clemence Mews presents a beautifully written collection of true stories that have made up a part of Julie Dicker's career as an animal communicator and healer. Client interviews, case notes, and an interesting collection of survey questions and answers that were actually posed to a representative group of Dicker's equine clientele provide "e;anecdotal evidence"e; of horses' emotions and their ability to reason.
Many horse trainers, even those who espouse the so-called natural horsemanship approach, take the position that horses who fail to obey a human's request are doing so as much out of perversity as ignorance. That's not Mark Rashid's view. In his words, "e;If we understand that horses can't separate the way they feel from the way they act, then we can start to see that unwanted behavior isn't bad behavior at all. More times than not, it's just the horse expressing the way he feels at that particular moment in time. . . .How we perceive that information dictates how we respond to it."e; Whole Heart, Whole Horse focuses on this idea, covering such subjects as gathering information from the horse, turning rider/trainer mistakes into positive experiences, developing realistic boundaries between you and your horse, understanding how and why horses release energy from real or perceived traumas, and reaching a comfortable balance point between horse and rider. Rashid analyzes developing softness, consistency, dependability, trust, and peace of mind in both horses and humans, as well as how to become a leader whom your horse will willingly want to follow and work with. Full of examples that extend beyond the training pen, Whole Heart, Whole Horse offers good sense and information that will make you a more astute, capable, and sensitive horseman and person.
Get in the saddle and experience the thrills, challenges, and fun of Western riding! In this comprehensive introductory guide, veteran trainer Charlene Strickland covers everything from safe horse handling procedures and basic Western riding techniques to stylish competition outfits. With plenty of encouragement and a contagious passion, Strickland provides easy-to-follow riding instructions along with expert advice on evaluating horses and appropriate tack. You'll soon be enjoying pleasurable rides both in the training ring and out on the trail.
There s no getting away from it; I ve eaten some pretty extreme things in my time live tarantulas, raw goat testicles, elephant dung, you name it. In a situation when your life depends on it, you need to put your prejudices aside to keep your stomach filled and your strength up. Whether it s mastering the art of foraging and cooking up a tasty feast around the campfire or learning about the more extreme end of wild food (ever tried a scorpion kebab?), there s a lot to learn when it comes to dinner time in the wild. This book will teach you all the necessary skills and techniques to get your teeth into meals you might never have thought of as food in the first place and, crucially, how to recognize plants and animals that might end up doing you more harm than good. In today s world, we rarely need to venture beyond the local supermarket and we turn our noses up at the thought of snacking on bugs and grubs. But out in the wild, Mother Nature has provided us with a plentiful supply of nutritious if not always delicious food for the taking. And when needs must, we just have to know where to look. Some of it might take you out of your comfort zone. Some of it might turn your stomach. But it s saved my life more than once. And one day, it might save yours . . .
An all-encompassing, chronological guide to football's World Cup, one of the world's few truly international events, in good time for the June 2014 kick-off in Rio de Janeiro. From its beginnings in 1930 to the modern all-singing, all-dancing self-styled greatest show on Earth , every tournament is covered with features on major stars and great games, as well as stories about some less celebrated names and quirky stats and intriguing essays. Holt's focus is very much on what takes place on the field, rather than how football is a mirror for economic corruption, or how a nation's style of play represents a profound statement about its people, or how a passion for football can lift underpaid, socially marginalised people out of poverty. From the best World Cups, in 1958 and 1970, to the worst, in 1962 and 2010, he looks behind the facts and the technical observations to the stories: the mysterious sins of omission; critical injuries to key players; and coaching U-turns. He explains how England's World Cup achievements under Sven-G ran Eriksson, far from being a national disgrace, were actually quite impressive, and looks at why Alf Ramsey didn't take Bobby Charlton off in 1970, but this is no parochial, jingoistic account. The book also asks why Brazil did not contribute in 1966, despite having won the previous two tournaments and going on to win the next one? Why the greatest players of their day did not always shine at the World Cup George Best and Alfredo Di Stefano, for example, never even made it to the Finals. Why did Johann Cruyff not go to the 1978 World Cup? And why did one of Germany's greatest players never play in the World Cup?There are lots of tables, some filled with obvious, but necessary information, but others with more quirky observations. Alongside accounts of epic games, there are also brief biographies of all the great heroes of the World Cup.
Handbook of Functional Beverages and Human Health provides potential applications and new developments in functional beverages, nutraceuticals, and health foods. In addition to serving as a reference manual, it summarizes the current state of knowledge in key research areas and contains novel ideas for future research and development. Additionally, it provides an easy-to-read text suitable for teaching senior undergraduate and postgraduate students in the relevant areas.The book is divided into seven major sections: Section I covers market trends, global regulations, flavor challenges, chemistry, and health with specific reference to cancer chemoprevention and the prevention of postprandial metabolic stress due to consumption of functional beverages. Section II, by far the largest part of the book, has 39 chapters on the most popular fruit juices (apple juice, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, watermelon juice, etc.). Section III reports on herbal and vegetable juices (carrot juice, Chinese medicinal herbs and root-based beverages, tomato juice, and vegetable-containing juices).Section IV details caffeinated beverages, including different varieties of tea (green, black, oolong, and herbal teas), coffee (coffee and beverages from green coffee beans), and cocoa and chocolate. Section V is on dairy and soy beverages, while Section VI is on alcoholic beverages (wine) and water (maple water). Finally, Section VII describes fermented (kefir, koumiss, and ayran) and fortified functional beverages (applications of plant sterols and stanols in functional beverages, beverages fortified with omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins, probiotics and prebiotics in functional beverages, functional beverages in weight management, fortified sport drinks, and peptide-enriched functional beverages).
This fully updated edition of the international bestseller includes Pep Guardiola's Bayern years and his decision to join Manchester CityPep Guardiola is the most successful and sought after football coach in the world. After being appointed first-team manager in 2008, he transformed Barcelona into arguably the greatest club side of all time, winning an unprecedented thirteen trophies in four years. Following a shock sabbatical from the game, he replaced Jupp Heynckes at the helm of Bayern Munich at the start of the 2013-14 season, twice winning the Double in his three years in charge. He then announced that he would be joining Manchester City for the 2016-17 season, thereby beginning what could prove to be his greatest challenge yet: turning them into a team that consistently wins in the most difficult of leagues and a regular challenger in the Champions League . . . and doing it the Guardiola way.Guillem Balagu has followed Pep's career from the outset and has had direct access to the man and his inner circle. This then is the definitive portrait of Pep Guardiola and his relentless pursuit of footballing perfection.
Opened in 1980, the West Highland Way was Scotland's first Long Distance Route and remains the most popular, with more than 15,000 walkers tackling it each year. It runs from Milngavie, on the outskirts of Glasgow, to Fort William. The 152km route passes along the east of Loch Lomond, the largest expanse of fresh water in Britain, and across Rannoch Moor, Scotland's grandest wilderness, through some of the finest scenery of mountain and stream, woodland and moorland, that Scotland has to offer. This tenth edition of the Official Guide has been revised and updated to include recent modifications to the route. Map not included.
I "Det må godt føles rart" slår forfatteren Terje Nordberg et slag for, at vi skal stole mere på os selv, når det gælder vores egen sundhed. I stedet for at lytte til de nyeste, omskiftelige undersøgelser og tidens hotte sundhedsguruer bør vi i stedet forholde os til vores egen fornemmelse for, hvornår vi har det godt og skidt.
TRAIN EASIER TO RUN FASTERThis revolutionary training method has been embraced by elite runnerswith extraordinary resultsand now you can do it, too.Respected running and fitness expert Matt Fitzgerald explains how the 80/20 running programin which you do 80 percent of runs at a lower intensity and just 20 percent at a higher intensityis the best change runners of all abilities can make to improve their performance. With a thorough examination of the science and research behind this training method, 80/20 Running is a hands-on guide for runners of all levels with training programs for 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon distances.In 80/20 Running, you'll discover how to transform your workouts to avoid burnout.*;Runs will become more pleasant and less draining*;You'll carry less fatigue from one run to the next*;Your performance will improve in the few high-intensity runs*;Your fitness levels will reach new heights80/20 Running promotes a message that all runnersas well as cyclists, triathletes, and even weight-loss seekerscan embrace: Get better results by making the majority of your workouts easier.
Originally published in 1883, The Gunsmiths Manual is generally considered to be the first substantive work dealing with gunsmithing exclusively and in detail. A comprehensive introductory chapter, one of the manuals best qualities, provides the reader with an extensive history of the gun, including the invention of gun powder, the first rifle, and much more. Once acquainted with firearms, readers can then move on to learn how guns were made and used in the nineteenth century, as well as terms used in gunsmithing.The real meat of the book, however, is the authors detailed instruction on gun care and maintenance. Specifics are offered on tools, workbench materials and setup, metalworking, working with wooden stocks, common repairs, and the process of browning, among many other topics. You can even improve your marksmanship with these expert shooting tips for a variety of firearms.Although first published in the nineteenth century, The Gunsmiths Manualis highly relevant for todays firearms owners and tinkerers. The authors recommended procedure for removing a rusted-in screw, for example, is still widely used over 100 years later. You can learn to care for your rifle or shotgun as traditional gunsmiths would have. For both the historian and the firearms enthusiast, The Gunsmiths Manual is an invaluable learning tool.
'My Decade in the Premier League' is Wayne's first hand account of his 10 years playing at the highest level in English football - and for the biggest club in the world. This is his inside story of life on the pitch for Manchester Utd; the League titles, FA Cups, League Cups and Champions League adventures. A must for any Utd fan.Wayne Rooney is widely regarded as one of the leading football players of his generation. A talisman for Manchester United, since his transfer to them in 2004, Rooney is their star player and the first name on the team sheet.In the 10 years since he made his debut as a 16 year old for Everton, he has acquired trophy after trophy, accolade after accolade and headline after headline.'My Decade in the Premier League' is the inside account of life as a Premier League footballer from the man every one wants to hear from. This is his story, in his words. From gracing the ground at Goodison as an excitable 16 year old to lifting the Champions League trophy with Manchester United. From the emotional high of scoring the winner against Manchester City with that overhead bicycle kick to the crushing low of the thrashing City handed out at Old Trafford in the 2011-12 season.This is a book for the fan who would kill to get just 30 seconds on the pitch at The Theatre of Dreams - to run on the famous turf and score in front of the Stretford End. 'My Decade in the Premier League' gives a real insight in to what goes in to being part of the biggest club in the world; the training pitch, the dressing room, the manager, the coaches and, most importantly, the buzz of crossing that white line and hearing the 76,000 strong crowd chant your name.In intricate, emotional detail Wayne talks about every season he has spent in the Premier League and how it feels to be one the most celebrated footballers on the planet.
In this heartwarming and instructive book of horsemanship, highly-respected horse trainer Mark Rashid shares what he learned from a very special, and very challenging, horse. Through a lot of hard work, Mark comes to understand the potential for powerful communication that exists when two beings take the time to understand each other. Although his realizations are inspired by work with horses, readers will discover that Rashids six guidelines for interaction can improve our relationships with the people in our lives as well. In this second edition of the beloved title, with a new brand-new afterword, Rashid invites us to enjoy his all-new reflections on the lessons learned from a life spent with horses.
In Horses Never Lie, renowned horse trainer Mark Rashid challenges the conventional wisdom of alpha leadership and teaches the reader to become a passive leadera counterpart to the kind of horse other members of a herd choose to associate with and to follow. Applying Rashids principles and techniques helps cultivate horse personalities that are responsive and dependable regardless of the rider. Reliving Rashids experiences with him, you will come to feel the same sort of compassion and appreciation for your horses that you do for the people in your life. This new edition features added introductory notes for each chapter that contribute to a more complete understanding of Rashids methods and philosophy.
Den smukke Elvira Madigan vokser op blandt cirkusfolket i 1800-tallet. Hendes skønhed og talent har gjort hende berømt i hele landet, men bag den succesfulde facade gemmer sig en ung pige, hvis kærlighedsløse tilværelse er styret af en hård og dominerende mor. Men da Elvira møder den unge, svenske løjtnant Sixten Sparre, får både liv og kærligheden ny glød. Før første gang i hendes liv er der en, der holder af hende og ikke af de penge, hun kan indbringe, og hun bliver stormende forelsket i ham. Men hendes mor, der ser sin billet til rigdom forsvinde ud af sine hænder, nægter at lade de to unge ses, og da Elvia går bag sin mors ryg, spærrer hun den unge pige inde. Elvira og Sixteen udtænker en desperat plan, men skæbnen vil det anderledes, og tragedien truer lige om hjørnet...Herta J. Enevoldsen (1915-1997) er en dansk forfatter og debuterede i bogform i 1972 med "København brænder", men havde inden da fået udgivet utallige noveller i ugeblade som f.eks. Hjemmet. Hendes romaner om store figurer i verdenshistorien, hvor romantik og historieskrivning går hånd i hånd, skaffede hende hurtigt en stor læserskare og cementerede hendes plads som en af Danmarks største børnebogsforfattere.