Antiquities & Oddities

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  • Marvel's Elektra proves that looks can kill as the sexiest action hero ever erupts from the comic book pages to the screen. Restored to life after sustaining mortal wounds, her latest assignment forces her to make a fateful decision in the ultimate battle between good and evil. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • For four years, the intrepid crew of the NSEA Protector - Commander Taggart, Lt. Tawny Madison and Dr. Lazarus have had thrilling, dangerous missions in space - and then the series was cancelled.  Twenty years later, the 'crew' are still appearing at Galaxy Quest conventions and are bored to blazes - even the unnamed crewman who was killed off in Episode 3, Series Two has had enough.  But real aliens under attack have interpreted the Galaxy Quest television transmissions as historical documents - and they beam the crew of has-beens up to help them save the universe - with no script, no director and and no clue, the crew must give the performance of their lives! Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • Read about the sanctuary for alcoholic donkeys; the would-be mugger who was rendered unconscious by an octogenarian armed with an onion (and who subsequently ate the evidence for lunch); the battle between a mother and son over the division of a lottery prize and many other true and bizarre stories.
  • Here is all the splendour and frivolity of the court of Charles II and the story of his marriage to Catherine of Braganza, whom Charles called his "Little Rose".  She had led a sheltered life, convent reared until 18 years of age.  Despite Charles many amorous meanderings, Catherine was his most trusted confidante.  The Great Plague of 1665, the Great Fire of London, the political intrigues of the day and the bawdy humour of Wycherley's comedies - it's all vividly recreated here.
  • Four men set out on camel-back to cross the starkly beautiful Red Centre.  Two of the men have mysterious pasts and their stories are woven into this novel that reveals dramatically the indigenous way of life.
  • There would appear to be two editions of this book; the other is published as 'The Havesome Book of Nutty Records.'  'Daffodil' seems to be much rarer.  Contains such fun as phone box and lavatory cramming, wheelbarrow races, underwater records, coin balancing, competitive shovelling, non-stop jiving and a great many more 'nutty' record-breaking attempts.
  • Back in the day The Bulletin was known as the 'swagman's friend', keeping him up to date with news, work opportunities and sometimes just something to lighten the spirits.  This is a selection of stories, verse, cartoons and jokes from the 1880s to the 1900s. Uniquely Australian!
  • Part Three  of the famous adventure series, in which Dr. James dons a diving suit to examine the foot of a diver which has been caught in a giant clam.  Intrigue and adventure abound!
  • Set in the Highland valleys of New Guinea, a white man meddles with the age-old mysteries of the native tribes. There is Kumo, the sorcerer, jealous of the white man's power; Kurt Sonderfield, owner of a coffee plantation; Gerda, his wife and the men who love her and N'Daria, the sensual native girl who shares the worlds of Kumo and Sonderfield.
  • Australian character poetry from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
  • Nigel Molesworth offers a guide to survival for the 20th century with advice on how to obtain 'More Culture and a Cleaner Brane'; The Peason-Molesworth atommic pile; End of term marks; The Molesworth Report on Masters and a discourse on the topic that 'all books which boys hav to read are wrong'. Illustrated by Ronald Searle.
  • Originally printed in 1940, a fascinating history of Lord Howe Island, its discovery and early associations and illustrated with wonderful old black and white photographs, covering the years 1788 - 1888.  A small, light book, that will have some postage paid refunded.
  • 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.

  • A missive of death called young Laura back to Storm House after eight years in Paris. Her proud, beautiful mother had committed suicide by leaping off Cliff's Edge. Laura had been sent away to school when her mother discovered her love for Armand, her stepfather's poor nephew. Now Armand  also returned to Storm House, but he had changed into a brooding, secretive person.  Her home had become a deadly trap - boulders hurtled out of nowhere, the vicious mastiffs got loose and attacked her and a ghostly vision of evil appeared in her room. Laura knew someone in this strange, decaying mansion  wanted her dead and would stop at nothing until her lifeless body was flung from the treacherous cliffs!  Gothic horror/romance at its highest.

  • A recent census taken among cats show that approximately 100% neurotic. Of course they are.  As a human, you have everything they want and you refuse to share it. You take up too much room in the bed, keep the best food for yourself, don't offer them a seat at the table and hang on to the remote control for the TV. This cat's-eye view of thew world is full of helpful pointers, such as:
    • Don't try to give your cat a bath. Cats wash themselves several times a day;
    • The best place to keep food out of a cat's reach is your safe, provided the cat doesn't know the combination;
    • If your cat is willing to share your bed with you, he gets first crack at the pillow, blankets and any space he wants.  You get what's left over.
    • Explain the rules to your cat.  Then follow his.
    • A cat's greatest gift to his owner is that he lends you his presence. That should be more than enough.
    Cat owners know the truth: cats, in fact, own them and their feline needs must be met - sooner rather than later. Illustrated by  Jackie Geyer.
  • Bride-to-be Sophie is on a quest to find her father before the big day.  The only problem is - she's not sure who he is! After reading her mother's diary, she narrows it down to three great loves.  So she invites them all - knowing her mother would not approve - and tries to conceal their presence...but it's not long until the secret's out!
  • 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.
  • Book Club Edition.
  • Florin Edition with a Dust Jacket - quite rare.  If you love gardens - really love gardens - then this is your book.
  • Beverley Nichols examines and discusses various religious faiths - by trying them out for himself.
  • Three years ago, Earth was conquered by  force of robots from a distant world. They have one rule - STAY IN YOUR HOMES. Step outside and you get one warning before you're vaporised by a massive robot Sentry, a crawling Sniper or a flying Drone.  If the vast Cube doesn't incinerate you first.  But Sean Flynn is convinced that his father - a RAF pilot who fought in the war - is still alive. When he and his gang find a way to break the robots' curfew, they take on the might of the Robot Overlords.
  • Having laid the ghost of the pianola-playing Mr Stebbings to rest and having dealt with fifteen layers of horrid wallpaper, Nichols turns his attention to the garden - and the extravagance and installation of very nice Doric columns, very nice balustrades and an epic water garden with all the attendant plumbing and drainage problems.
  • Subtitle:  A dictionary of things that there aren't any words for yet!  Such as... Clabby (adj.): A conversation struck up by a cleaning lady or commissionaire in order to avoid further work.  The opening gambit is meant to provoke the maximum confusion and the longest clabby conversation.  Or...Lowther (vb) To stand aimlessly about on the footpath after coming out of the cinema and argue about whether to go and eat a Chinese meal nearby or an Indian meal at a restaurant which someone says is very good but isn't certain where it is or just go home; or to have the Chinese meal nearby - by the time agreement is reached everything is shut.   And many more definitions which are equally hilarious in true Adams fashion.
  • Although only active for four years, Lynyrd Skynyrd left behind some of rock's enduring classics.  Freebird  features blisyering live performances, rare interviews, photos and home movies.  Tribute Tour is the musical reunion after ten years and also traces the origins of the band from Jacksonville, Florida.  Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • An uproarious story, told by Kerry (aged 10) over a rather non-festive Christmas Day in which Mummy and Daddy's marriage explodes in front of both lots of grandparents.  So Kerry and his sister Missy (aged 6) are farmed out while Mum and Dad go their separate ways.  Gran, in Massachusetts, has a lovely spacious and peaceful rural setting for the kids to undermine.  Their city Grandmother - Ga-Ga, as she prefers to be called - has an apartment overflowing with Maxl the dachsund and her many beaux.   Meanwhile, Mum is being courted by her lawyer and Dad is pursuing (he thinks) a sophisticated and understanding fashion magazine editor (actually a desperate-for-a-man social climber.)  But everything works out with Kerry and Missy's help.