Antiquities & Oddities

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  • Book Club Edition, 1959.  Hardback with just jacket, corners rubbed.  Some tape ghosts and age spotting.
  • The North had Rock Island - the South had Andersonville. The names of both of these prisons, during the American Civil War, struck horror  into the hearts of those on both sides. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, acclaimed as one of the finest Civil War stories since Gone With The Wind, does not only look at the prison camp, but at the lives of those it touched - weaving a story which is regarded as deeply disturbing, moving, grotesque, beautiful, brutal and comic. Regarded as an excellent companion book to GWTW.

  • Judah Ben-Hur, son of a prince of Jerusalem, is thrown into slavery in the Roman galleys by his boyhood friend, yet he lives to become a free, wealthy man - a charioteer champion of Rome - and he is out for revenge against his former friend the Roman Messala.  Judah must search for his mother and sister, last heard of imprisoned in the grim Antonia fortress, learn to forgive the past and make a desperate effort to succour Christ on the day of crucifixion. With black and white photos from the M.G.M. epic.

  • The true story of growing up in a family of twelve children with a father who's an efficiency expert.
  • June 2, 1953.  A great day for the Commonwealth - the crowning of the young, beautiful Elizabeth II.  Will Clagg, steelworker, his wife Violet, their two children Johnny and Gwinny and Grumbling Granny are determined to see this wondrous event.  No matter how long the day, nor the obstacles to be encountered...Each one learns a great deal on this day, and returns home laden with life-long gifts they never expected.
  • A young woman finds herself pregnant 'on the wrong side of the blanket' in 1961. The attitude to single mothers was very different then; her father kicks her out of their home and she moves into a dingy rooming house. Against her will she becomes involved with the characters who live there, some of them who are outcasts in their own way - Toby, the budding Jewish writer; John, the huge, gentle Negro musician and Mavis, the old dear living in a room stuffed full of souvenirs of a theatrical past. When she decides that she will keep her baby rather than offer him for adoption or have an abortion - highly illegal then - she begins to receive unexpected help from this odd assortment as well as her boss, an eccentric in his own right. A very well told story.

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    Religious Tract Society - improving stories for children. Research shows that this was published in 1936 after the author's death in 1923.
  • 'Blue Hills' was THE unmissable radio serial.
  • The story of the dysfunctional and dirt poor Walden family, headed by patriarch Ty Ty, who is firmly convinced that there is treasure buried on his land, treasure that dates back to the glory days of the clan.  He is determined to find it, and drives his family to dig up the entire property in a frenzied effort to find it - but the acre dedicated to God must not be touched!  Made into a film with Robert Ryan and Tina Louise, well away from her ditzy Gilligan's Island role.
  • Hardback, 1952 edition.  Contains previous owner's name.  First several pages have some age spotting.
  • A very unusual book that predicts the course of World War II with 99% accuracy - yet it was written in 1933.  Jonathon Cape 1934 edition, 6th impression.  Some age spotting on the first few pages.
  • Hardback, no dust jacket.  1st UK edition, 1949.  Contains previous owner's name and has some age spotting.
  • Once upon a time, deep in an enchanted forest, Judy helped her grandmother run The Shop Under the Willow Tree, which sold everything from used birds's nests and new quills for porcupines to medicines for sick animals. But the peaceful woodland life was suddenly disrupted when Sam and charming Miss Smith (who is really a witch in disguise!) open a rival shop which lures customers away.  When Judy discovers that Same is not only cheating the animals but is also plotting her destruction, she resolves to save the woodlanders from their wickedness.  One of Nichols' fantasy trilogy for children.
  • A classic of Australian Literature.  Book Club Edition, dust jacket covered with plastic.  Has previous owner's name and two tape ghosts.