Antiquities & Oddities

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  • The Bumbling Two play a pair of travelling salesmen set for South America.  But on arrival, Morecambe is mistaken for the son of the late president and is rushed to military headquarters.  Of course, this results in Morecambe's captors getting far more than they bargained for!  Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • Set in New Zealand's far north, it is the story of a 'bait boy' who is happiest when netting flounder, swimming with a friendly seal or messing about in boats. No-one seems very rich, yet no one starves, with summers that last almost all year, fruit for the picking and fish for the catching.  When this lad runs away he finds unexpected friends, from Maori sea weed pickers to the captain and the cook of a coastal scow.  Billed as having a simple yet unexpected ending.

  • Here is a veritable tossed salad of resort guests: old, young, eccentric, snobbish, pleasant and revolting and a good mix of employees  to create a real microcosm of human nature.  There's Miss Dukemer, the worldly wise cashier; Purcell, the Assistant Manager who likes ladies and liquor; the rich Mellott sisters who share their suite with a Siamese cat; the wealthy couple who order one small breakfast between them; the elevator boy who has a hair fetish; the newly weds who aren't sure what goes where and many more memorable and eccentric characters.
  • No matter how conservative science can explain somethings, strange phenomena continues:  Yeti sightings, the Loch Ness Monster, spontaneous human combustion and encounters with angels are just a very few of the explorations of this author.
  • Innocent, impulsive Danny, Angie the sophisticated, unstable student and Danny's tough, vengeful father make a strange triangle.  Danny and Angie's affair works out for a while in a hole-and-corner sort of way.  Then as the Welsh winter closes in, Angie gets more demanding - and Danny is faced with a cruel, impossible choice.
  • An ebullient play inspired by the stories of the homeless men 'on the wallaby' who roamed the Australian roads in search of work during the Great Depression.  The story traces the misfortunes of the O'Brien family, waterside workers in Port Adelaide.  The effect of eight years' of unemployment, birth, separation, strikes and subsistence on the family are seen in the light of the political strategies of the time.  It also incorporates the death of the old music hall theatre and the rise of the age of mass communication.
  • 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

  • Who is Kinky Friedman? He's an American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician, defender of stray animals and former satirical columnist. Friedman shifted his creative focus from music in the 70s to writing in the 80s - detective novels written in the style of Raymond Chandler and featuring a fictionalised version of himself, solving crimes in New York City and dispensing jokes, wisdom, recipes, charm and whiskey in equal measure.  Omnibus volume.  In  Armadilloes and Old Lace The Kinkster decides to take a break from big-city murder but scarcely does he arrive in Texas before his friend, Judge Knox, turns up wanting to talk about four little old ladies. No, they don't want the Kinkster to join a quilting bee - they're - er - dead... God Bless John Wayne sees the Kinkster back in his Lower Manhattan loft, having taken on the seemingly easy task of helping his friend Ratso find his true birth mother - an assignment which leads to untidy mayhem involving a couple of corpses and a plot to kill Ratso... The Love Song Of J. Edgar Hoover  finds the Kinkster hired by Polly Price to find her missing husband but he's let himself in for far more trouble than he bargained for - and when Village Irregular Mike McGovern disappears along with the lovely Polly, Kinky comes to the natural conclusion: The FBI is after him! Cover art by Mick Brownfield.
  • An English family moves to the New World of Australia.
  • The infamous Sr Lancelot Spratt, now retired, wants only to vegetate in Wales and fish the old Witches' Pool on is land.  But is it on his land? Chadwick, Sir Lancelot's new neighbour and a marmalade tycoon, claims that the pond is his, by right, deed and title. Sir Lancelot's breakneck visit to London to enlist his solicitors in the battle with Chadwick set off an uproarious chain of events and proves that even in retirement, Sir Lancelot is still a force to be reckoned with. Nor has his retreat to the countryside weakened his penchant for arranging the lives of others  - with results frequently to his own embarrassment.
  • Traces the history of the inn and its role in society.
  • Chapters include: King Billy's Breeches by Marcus Clarke; "Barefooted Bob" in Melbourne by Tom Collins; A Post-Cup Tale by C.J. Dennis and Bradman and the Burglar by Lennie Lower.
  • Years ago, CIA operative Nathan Muir and his protege Tom Bishop were inseparable, travelling the world in  a profession fraught with danger and uncertainty.  Now, about the retire from the agency, Muir learns that Bishop has gone rogue, jailed in Beijing on espionage charges after attempting to break a female prisoner out of China - and she's the woman who came between them before.  As time runs out for Bishop, Muir takes on his most dangerous and personal mission ever.
  • Cooper, Australia's first acknowledged playwright, lived a full life:  Actor, journalist, politician, a bankrupt who once fought a duel in Sydney with his brother in law.  He wrote popular farces, comedies and sensation dramas and was the first Australian playwright to have his work produced overseas.  Colonial Experience is one of only two plays which survive.  Contains a wealth of information about Cooper and the entire play text.
  • Published in 1966, a collection of short stories, poems, illustrations and photographs of how the Australian 'beat generation' saw the world and it was intended also as a vehicle to help get young writers published. The selection staff of three - also under twenty-five, were Anne O'Donovan, Jayne Sanderson and our own well loved Shane Porteous.
  • The hysterically funny inside story of the fictional Butterfield Administration of 30 days duration in 1909 as told by the 'First Lady', hostess of the Executive Mansion for that one month.  Among other things, she details her rise from genteel poverty in the Deep South to sudden wealth, her romances, glamour and travels; and then to love, marriage and the ultimate address - the White House!  Now a spry 94 years and a permanent 'guest' at the Boskey Dell Home for the Senile and Disturbed, Mrs Butterfield gives American political history a real shock treatment in the mock-memoir complete with photos.
  • Nash has more sly observations, this time on the nuclear family.  Chapters include: Man Is The Father of the Child - But He Never Quite Gets Used To It; Daddy, I Want A Pet Of My Own, I Promise To Take Care Of It and Around The House or What Parents Think About When They Aren't Thinking About Their Children
  • Fun fantasy and time stories: I Love Galesburg in the Springtime - a town does not want to forget its past and begins producing random 'memories'; Love, Your Magic Spell Is  Everywhere - what happens when two work colleagues find a novelty shop with a difference; Where the Cluetts Are - a couple find their perfect house in an old blueprint - and the house seems to have found the perfect tenants; Hey, Look At Me!  A shy young author dies, but still wants to leave his mark on the world...All these and six more fantastic tales.  A book for the serious collector - very hard to get.
  • Written in  1951 and going into reprint after reprint for decades, Frank Bettger shares his his methods of super-salesmanship. Not much has changed in buying and selling, so most of the ideas would still be adaptable to today.
  • Book III in the Bum trilogy.  Dedicated by the author to anyone who has or who has ever had a bum, the last instalment promises the reader: Bums! Action! Adventure! Romance! Robots! Time Travel! Prehistoric Bums! Giant Brown Blobs! A Huge Arsteroid! Plenty of scope for bum, fart and poo jokes here.
  • Originally published over 300 years ago as The Compleat Housewife - and 100 years before the famous Mrs Beeton - Eliza Smith, drawing on her vast experience while 'constantly employed by fashionable and noble families' compiled this collection of over 600 recipes which had 'met with general approbation'. There are also  remedies and cures for the 'benefit of every accomplished noblewoman' for every ailment from the bite of a mad dog to a case of pimples. This book was not oly famous in Britain, but also in America were it has the distinction of being the first ever cookery book to be published there.
  • Edward is the creation of an inventor, whose sudden death leaves Edward with metal shears for hands.  He lives on alone in the darkness of the great Gothic house until he is found by a kind lady and taken home to live with her family - in the pastel paradise called Suburbia. An early role for Johnny Depp and one of Vincent Price's last films.  By Tim Burton.
  • Religious Tract Society.  Gilt edged pages.  A sewn book, quite rare.
  • Mrs Harris, cheerful cockney charlady, had her first adventure to Paris, to buy her Dior frock.  She returned to England not only with a Dior frock, but with a wealth of new friends. Now she is off to the United States, with her faithful and timid friend Mrs. Violet Butterfield. The generous ladies have committed themselves to finding the real father of a maltreated waif. They meet all sorts of people; their mission creates untold diplomatic complications; and they find themselves in serious trouble but with stout allies by their side.
  • Puzzles, riddles, lateral-and-double-thinks with a medieval theme.