Antiquities & Oddities

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  • Inspired by real events. The story of the secret Israeli squad assigned to track down and assassinate the 11 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes - and the personal toll on the team and the man who led it.
  • Orange Boards.  No Dust Jacket.  1953.  Good condition.
  • Set in England prior to the coronation of Elizabeth II.  Mrs 'Arris is a charlady, hard-working, cheerful and always obliging.  When she sees the beautiful Dior gown that one of her titled ladies will wear to the Coronation festivities, Mrs. 'Arris is determined to have one too.  And she can - if she gives up catching the bus...and going to the cinema...and going to the pub for a drop of gin with her neighbour...and if she takes on extra work and does some sewing from home...She faces all manner of obstacles and snobbery and unwittingly does some good on her journey, but she is determined.  Made into a beautiful film, Mrs.  'Arris Goes To Paris with Angela Lansbury as Mrs. Ada 'Arris. and Omar Sharif
  • A compendium of true and truly eccentric epitaphs, such as:  John Tyrwitt: He died in a fit after drinking Port Wine, April 3rd 1828... or... Major James Brush who was killed by the accidental discharge of a pistol by his orderly: 14th April 1831 'Well done, good and faithful servant' (Someone wasn't thinking about how that would read!)  and this one, very succint: Thorpe's Corpse.  
  • Mel Gibson directs the profound story of courage and sacrifice depicting the final twelve hours of the life of Jesus.
  • Told from George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss.  Features beautiful colour plates.
  • A spirited and internationally acclaimed play.  The Millimurra family take a stand against the Government's 'protection' of 1930s Australia.
  • 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.
  • The biography of an ordinary man seemingly curses with perpetual bad luck. From being born with Tourette's Syndrome, to getting struck by lightning; from having his testicle removed to developing Alzheimer's disease; Harvey's troubles seem unending.  Yet he learns many lessons in life an enjoys its many fruits. He finds love, freedom, nudity and ultimately, the true meaning of what it is to be human.
  • My Word! was one of the most popular programmes on radio and this 1980 edition of the best punning stories was released for the show's twenty-fifth anniversary. Each story purports to explain a well-known phrase or quotation  - but with a twist: such as Nordern's allegation that he was kidnapped by an Arab gentleman to be his personal story-teller (beware of sheiks sharing lifts) and a mix up over breakfast cereal with a breakdown in communication (There's Furries at the bottom of the carton, rather than fairies at the bottom of the garden).  A lot of fun and ingenuity.

  • The last chapter of Heidi was called, 'Promises to Meet Again.' In this sequel, written by Johanna Spyri's translator, all the timeless characters do meet again - Peter, the goatherd; Clara, no longer an invalid; Granny; the good Doctor and Grandfather.  And there are new characters to meet, and new stories to tell, as Heidi begins a strange new life at boarding school.  Illustrations by Pelagie Doane.
  • 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 riotous account of Aussie Army tactics.
  • The classic tale of a horse born on a gentleman's estate and grew up petted and beloved, only to fall on evil, hard days. But Black Beauty, after years of hardship and ill-treatment, would know kindness and good care again.
  • Naval adventure story set in World War II.
  • When families come together for Thanksgiving, almost anything can happen and usually does. Here is a tale of four very different families cooking up holiday surprises: love, betrayal and some outrageous secrets. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when the order is processed.
  • The last in the Merry Hall trilogy.  Nichols' transformation of the once-neglected Georgian manor house is almost complete  - despite interference from such village characters as 'Our Rose' and Miss Emily and Gaskin's despair at the state of the bank accounts.
  • A would-be research chemist invents a fabric which will never soil or wear out. Before all the threatened unions and associated businesses can destroy his formula, a flaw is revealed.... Classic black and white Ealing comedy. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • Being the story of British Heroism in voyaging and sea-fights from the time of Alfred to the Battle of Trafalgar.
  • One look and you know they're from a very different place. They're from New way of way of far-off, far out Remulak. They're Beldar and Prymaat Conehead and an INS agent wants to deport them.  AND their teenage daughter is at odds with her parental units. A film that lampoons modern society to the hilt. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • The First Fleet Re-enactment.  A fleet of square riggers left London on April 27 1987 and arrived at Sydney Cove on January 26 1988.  The author was a full-voyage trainee on that re-enactment voyage.