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  • Real Mccoy
    What's in a name? Well, plenty, according to this interesting little booklet.  The word 'dunce' meaning slow-witted or dull is from the name Duns Scotus, a brilliant medieval teacher; Dick Whittington, mayor of London, did exist but is not the legendary poor boy with a pet cat seeking his fortune; Robert Louis Stevenson's infamous character Dr. Jekyll was based on a real man; Old 'Uncle Tom Cobbleigh' was a hotblooded and amorous red-headed man; Lady Godiva did get her gear off  as a result of a bet with her husband - and Mother Goose did write a swag of nursery rhymes! Loads of interest in a small package.
  • 1788

    Watkin Tench stepped ashore at Botany Bay with the First Fleet in January 1788. He was in his late twenties, a captain of the marines and on the adventure of his life.  Insatiably curious, interested in everything and with a natural genius for storytelling, he wrote two accounts of the infant colony: A Narrative of an Expedition to Botany Bay and A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, brought together in this cone volume.  He brings to life the historical figures of Benelong, Governor Phillip and Arabanoo, and records the  voices of convicts trying to make  new lives in this new country.

  • Darwin Awards II

    Honouring those who continue to improve our gene pool by removing themselves in sublimely idiotic ways, such as: the woman caught in an American national park, smearing honey all over her small son's face so she could get a photo of a bear licking it off; the man who decided to add a plastic bag to his collection  of solo sex toys, and who was found with the plastic bag over his head, the vacuum cleaner still running and very very dead; and the two allegedly experienced twenty-something construction workers who fell to their deaths after cutting a circle in a thick concrete floor without realising they were standing in the middle of the circle. All this and much much more! Also includes sections on honorable mentions and debunks

  • The Bill 1
    Wapping, in London's East End, is a tough manor. Dippers in the high street, break-ins, runaway kids, lost dogs - as well as armed robbery, drugs and porn. For P.C. Carver, fresh out of Hendon, Sergeant Cryer, D.I. Galloway and the rest of the Bill based at Sun Hill Police Station, there's no respite. And then there's the not-always-friendly rivalry between Uniform and the plain-clothes branch....
  • Oh For A French Wife

    A fabulous rare example of Aussie humour. This is described as, 'the perfect guide to the serious business of planning fine meals and provides as well a brilliant digest of the science and philosophy of cooking in general.'  The reader is advised not to worry if he doesn't have a French wife. There are menus and recipes for barbecues, cocktail parties and dinners that look fantastic but are really easy and dinners you can cook for friends when you get home from work.  With plenty of dry humour and comic illustrations by George Molnar.

  • And Now All This
    The hilarious sequel to 1066 And All That. Contains chapters on: The Theory and Practice of Polar Exploration, Psycho-Babycraft, The  Practice and Fury of Knitting, A Brief Exposé of Modern Photography and more.  A Pythonesque title with Blackadderesque contents.
  • Soldiers Of The Queen
    The story of the British Army's dash to relieve Khartoum.  From the narrative, as a character re-enacts the scene with his toys..."The battle was nearly over. Gallant tin soldiers of the line lay where they had fallen; nearly the whole of a shilling box of light cavalry had paid the penalty of rashly exposing themselves in a compact body to the enemy's fire; while a rickety little field-gun, with bright red wheels, lay overturned on two infantry men, who, even in death, held their muskets firmly to their shoulders, like the grim old "die-hards" that they were. The brigade of guards, a dozen red-coated veterans of solid lead, who had taken up a strong position in the cover of a cardboard box, still held their ground with a desperate valour only equalled by the dogged pluck of a similar body of the enemy, who had occupied the inkstand with the evident intention of remaining there until the last cartridge had been expended. Another volley swept the intervening stretch of tablecloth, and the deadly missiles glanced against the glass bottles and rattled among the pencils and penholders..."
  • Enoch Rodens Training
    Enoch Roden begins his apprenticeship in printing with a bad accident, but as the story progresses, his training becomes more spiritual. Mr. Drury, his boss, trusts in God's provision for his business but when business goes bad, it leads to confession of his faults. Enoch questions his attitude of despising God's daily gifts.  Trusting God's providence when it doesn't seem like He is paying attention is a training many go through. The author was a founding member of the London Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children in 1884.
  • Odd One Out
  • 10661066 and all that
    History as you've never learnt it before - from the invasion of Briton to Alfred the Cake, to Anne (A Dead Queen), The Merrie Monarch and WilliamandMary who were a pair of Oranges.  A lot of it reads like a Blackadder script with typical English humour. With comic illustrations by John Reynolds.
  • Spiders

    A fabulous pocket guide which covers a great range of spider-topics.  After defining a spider and an examination of their mental powers, the author examines water spiders, crab-spiders, wolf-spiders, jumping spiders, theraphosid spiders, purring spiders(!) and the enemies of  spiders.

  • PoePoe Title
    Volume 1 contains some of Poe's better-known and many of his lesser-known tales, including: The Gold-Bug; The Adventure of One Hans Pfaall; The Balloon Hoax; Von Kemelen And His Discovery; Mesmeric Revelation; The Facts In The Case Of M.Valdemar; MS. Found In A Bottle; A Descent Into The Maelstrom; The Black Cat; The Fall Of The House Of Usher; The Pit And The Pendulum; The Thousand-And-Second Tale Of Scheherazade; The Premature Burial; The Masque Of The Red Death; The Cask Of Amontillado; The Imp Of The Perverse; The Island Of The Fay; The Oval Portrait; The Assignation; The Tell-Tale Heart; The Domain Of Arnheim; Landor's Cottage; William Wilson; Berenice; Eleonora; Ligeia; Morella, Metzgengerstein; The Murders In The Rue Morgue; The Mystery Of Marie Roget; The Purloined Letter.
  • Yellow JossYellow Joss Title

    From the Author's Note: The stories in this volume record happenings in men's lives which interested me during years of wandering among the bushmen and natives of Cape York Pensinsula; the pearlers, trochus and beche-de-mer getters of the Coral Sea; the native islanders of Torres Strait; the beach-combers of the Great Barrier Reef...with two exceptions all are transcripts of fact or are largely based on fact...I hope Colonel Woodman, Bert Vigden of Thursday Island, Bert Jardine of Somerset and others will not mind their names being mentioned. My old mate Dick Welch, I know, will not; neither will "Scandalous" Graham. "Scandalous" may swear a lot and say harsh things about me, then quietly show the book in almost every shearing shed in New South Wales and Queensland, That is, if he's "out of trouble."  It doesn't get any better than that!

  • Trust The Saint
    Six adventures with Simon Templar - The Saint. This volume includes: The Helpful Pirate; The Bigger Game; The Cleaner Cure; The Intemperate Reformer; The Uncured Ham; The Convenient Monster.
  • The Horse Soldiers
    The story of the most daring cavalry operation of the American Civil War. A thousand silent horsemen hurry southwards on dusty Mississippi Roads - hungry, filthy and red-eyed with fatigue, too tired to speak. They are Marlowe's brigade, leaving behind them a trail of fire and chaos.  The war between the States is in its third bitter year, and a rebel force fed by a single railroad artery holds out. Marlowe's brigade gets the job of cutting that lifeline - for good.
  • More Girls From Esquire
    A hysterically funny vintage look at the war between the sexes. Contents include: Woman, the Necessary Evil : Truth and fiction about some highly disreputable ladies (!); All for Love: Or how the grand passion can become the big heartbreak; The Lady Speaks Her Mind: Or where Dr. Kinsey left off; Women of the World : Idsadora Duncan, Ingrid Bergman and the career woman; Sugar and Spice: Bittersweet commentaries on feminine foibles; Science and Sex: Marriage and bedfellows; A Dying Race - Mistresses; How well do you know women? Contributors include: Stuart Cloete, Ferenc Molnar, Paul Gallico and Robert Switzer
  • Scandals Australia Past

    The history of a nation is made up of big events - and small.  Here are governors, judges, famous pugilists, bogus princes, pranksters, cricketers, actors and actresses, miners and scallywags galore who all played their role is making Australia great - or at least unique. Sections include:  Saints, Sinners and Downy Birds; Sports, Rorts and Tests of Skill; Femmes Fatale, Non-Fatale and Fluffy; Riots, Mayhem, Tar and Feathers and Governors, Dukes and V.I.Ps. A wealth of events and characters that would probably never occur in any other country.

  • Fair Dinkum
    Here is a collection of fair dinkum stories about - what else? - fair dinkum Aussies.  Lockwood was on the spot to write an eye-witness account of the Japanese at Darwin and to broadcast the bombshell of the Petrov affair to the world.  Some stories are tragic - some are amusing - some historical and some are supernatural - and all are fascinating.  Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • Gone Fishin
    Since coming to Sydney and becoming an Australian instead of an Italian, Nino has often been called a mullet, sometimes even a prawn-headed mullet. But he doesn't know anything about fishing, until he gets a license and starts learning the ropes from Shorty Bent. This isn't weekend amateur angling - all 'wet arse and no fish'. This is professional fishing, with nets, sea-boots and oilskins; shooting a double-header on a favourite dig at slack water in the starlight; picking up and unmeshing; icing down the fish on the foreshore and sharing a 'crack o' the whip' (rum) with other fishermen. Despite all the regulations and inspectors, Nino finds it a great life! Illustrated by the famous and fabulous 'Wep'.
  • Xenophon

    In 404 B.C., the Spartans demolished the famous Long Walls of Athens, signalling the complete victory of the city of Lycurgus and the subordination of all Greece to the Spartan interest. Yet within forty years, the pride of Sparta had been humbled, their glory gone for ever.  Xenophon lived through this time; despite being Athenian he was intimate with some of the most influential people in Sparta, including King Agesilaus. Here is the on-the-spot documentation of the last years of the independent cities of Hellas, by someone who saw it all.  Translated by Rex Warner.

  • To The Manor Born

    Audrey fforbes-Hamilton enjoys all the luxuries a woman of her position and ancestry might expect - a manor in the country, a modest staff, the respect of the local village and a few pounds in the bank. But it all changes with the death of her husband and she finds she's broke and the estate has been running at a loss for years. Moving to the coach house with her loyal but decrepit butler Brabinger, she has to face the real world: public transport, supermarkets, launderettes and possibly even having to find a job. And yet worse is to follow, when the new Lord of the manor arrives - a nouveau riche owner of a supermarket chain. Audrey must do battle on behalf of her reputation, class and the hallowed name of fforbes-Hamilton.

  • Prudence And The Pill
    Finding her sixteen year old daughter naked in bed with a man was a shock to Mrs Hardcastle; but the discovery that her daughter had been substituting her contraceptive pills with aspirins opened the door to a much wider calamity...
  • Daddy Long Legs
    Jerusha Abbott is the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. When her future is discussed, one of the Trustees offers to finance her through college so that she can become a writer. The conditions: she must write to him once a month and tell him of her progress and she can only know him as Mr John Smith as he wishes his identity to remain a secret. Jerusha - now called Judy - names him Daddy-Long-Legs because her single glimpse of his shadow reminds her of a spider. Here are Judy's college days letters to 'Daddy-Long-Legs.' Cover art from  a photograph by Houston Rogers showing actress Jean Carson as Judy in the play Love from Judy.
  • Jolly Toper CoverJolly Toper
    A hilarious illustrated English 'history' of drinking, with illustrations by Larry and fanciful chapter headings such as: British Boozing Begins; Roman Revels; Saxon Swilling; The Birth of Brewing and Strong Bere for the Quene among many other  humourous references.
  • Going Straight
    Norman Stanley Fletcher - Fletch to his mates - has been released on parole from Slade Prison. After travelling south in the unexpected and unwelcome company of MacKay, he arrives home intent on going straight - well, almost. But life - in the shape of his daughter Ingrid and his old cellmate Lennie Godber, now planning to get married, and his probation officer Mrs. Chapman - seems determined to thwart him. Even a job as a hotel night porter is not as simple as it might seem.
  • Notebook Of Elbert Hubbard
    A fabulously sage collection of wisdom and observations from the most brilliant mind of his day. Just a sample: 'Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.' Or...'The daily newspaper! The educator of the people! God help us, it might be so. It educates into inattention, folly, sin, vacuity and foolishness. It saps concentration, dissipates aspiration, scrambles grey matter and irons out convolutions. Watch the commuter rush for his Dope when he reaches the station in the morning.' That was written in 1927 - so not much has changed. Hubbard, were he alive today, would probably say the same of television or the Internet.
  • The Invader
    An alien, Renn, relentlessly pursued across the galaxy by his sworn enemy Willard is on a desperate mission to perpetuate his otherwise exterminated race and he must find an Earth woman to carry his child. He kidnaps Annie, a young school teacher, impregnating her he then sets out to reach his ship before the child is born - due in only four days! Jack, a local cop and Annie's true love, is determined to Renn and launches a massive manhunt - and is unknowingly conned by Willard who will stop at nothing to kill Renn, Annie and the child. It becomes a race against time as Annie and Jack are caught between the powers of two alien forces in a show down.