Antiquities & Oddities

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  • Truthful Jones is the teller of the world's tallest tales - how to beat parking officers, the four-legged lottery, crime, politics and death. He tells behind-the-scenes stories about the government of Nifty Neville Wran, Bob Hawke, Menzies and Fraser; why attendances are falling at Aussie Rules matches and the inside story on cricket 'sledging'. Want to back the Melbourne Cup winner with the perfect system? Truthful has the tips.  A selection of the best from Hardy's column in People magazine.
  • Yes, you did read that right - The Va Dinci Cod. Five baffling mysteries that will change what you believe about the world...and fish. And the wisdom of ever reading another book. An eminent museum curator lies dead in his own gallery, with a three foot cod stuffed down his throat; a brilliant young man a renowned anagrammatologist (good looking, GSOH, own flat, good job, non-smoker, very high standards of personal hygiene, social) - he meets lots of women but nobody seems quite right; a beautiful, renowned young French police cryptologist who studied for her cryptology degree at Royal Holloway (a university without a department of cryptology); a book of rehashed conspiracy theory codswallop becomes an international bestseller...the stage is set for satirical adventure!
  • A wonderful window into life on the land in Australia - as it was and as it is now.  For decades, early settlers had to rely on what was at hand in the supply shed - there were no corners stores or supermarkets! Recipes for cooking bread, damper, various birds, beef and bandicoot (!) snakes (!!) and various seafoods, as well as a large helping of indigenous wisdom  in the gathering of food and its preparation. A handbook of Australian ingredients, all natural, and how to use them to the best advantage. Illustrated by Vane.
  • Mr. T. Wallace Wooly, a self-important tycoon, but at heart a shy man, meets his future bride when he rescues her from a hotel fire. Usually this would pose unique challenges to a couple just getting acquainted, but it probably helped that the future Mrs. Wooly was completely naked at the time. Mr. Wooly is the most public, most consequential man in town and respectable -so the well-publicized rescue of the nude Miss Broome thrown over Mr.Wooly's shoulder as he rushes from the burning building sets tongues wagging. Mr. Wooly is aghast at the rumors, but Miss Broome is after all, bewitching, and Mr. Wooly is soon under the spell of her red lips, lustrous black hair, and slanting yellow eyes. It isn't long after their marriage that Mr. Wooly begins to question the wisdom of their hasty union when he sees his new wife climbing down the trumpet vine outside their bedroom window, riding the goat through the apple orchard in the moonlight, and killing chickens. Among other things. The Passionate Witch was initially drafted as a film scenario, but later completed as a novel by Norman Matson after Thorne Smith's death in 1934.  Illustrated by Herbert Roese.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sorrel has come to live with her aunt and cousins and she ius having a hard time fitting in. A story of growing up, compassion and  acceptance.
  • As soon as Anne Shirley arrives at the snug white farmhouse called Green Gables, she is sure she wants to stay forever - but will the Cuthberts send her back to to the orphanage? Anne knows she's not what they expected—a skinny girl with fiery red hair and a temper to match. If only she can convince them to let her stay, she'll try very hard not to keep rushing headlong into scrapes and blurting out the first thing that comes to her mind. Anne is not like anyone else, the Cuthberts agree; she is special - a girl with an enormous imagination. This orphan girl dreams of the day when she can call herself Anne of Green Gables.
  • Book IV of The Courtney Chronicles. A holiday in Italy for Susan Courtney, the prospect of meeting new friends and the even more delightful prospect of meeting up with an old and very agreeable friend.  This friend from times past has come to a crossroads in his life - will he choose the upward path, or the downward?  Illustrated by John Harcourt Finnie.
  • Stardust is a clever and handsome black horse who is taught various tricks by his keen young gypsy owner. He remembers these right to his last home because, like his famous sire Black Beauty, he goes through a series of owners and is put to various uses. Here is a well-written recreation of the life of a horse in the days when society depended on them for transport. Written very much in the style of Anna Sewell. Horse-loving young people or those interested in history will enjoy this tale.
  • E.W. Cole began a small publishing and second-hand book selling business in 1865, and by 1873 had opened the first incarnation of his book arcade, with the recognisable rainbow arch facade. The Cole's Book Arcade became one of the great iconic stores of Melbourne in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first Cole's Funny Picture Book was published in 1879, sold for 1s and selling a thousand copies that Christmas. The book was divided into themes or 'Lands' (e.g. Girl Land, Picture Puzzle Land, Doggy Land, Sleep Land etc). The book was reprinted and re-edited many times, often with new content added - the first edition had only 62 pages  and the iconic Victorian puzzle pictures for which the Funny Picture Book is known were added after the first few editions. By November 1918, the book was in its 48th edition with 230 pages - over 400,000 copies had been printed. The second Cole's Funny Picture Book appeared in 1909 and sold alongside the first.  Like its predecessor, it was also divided into 'Lands'. Much of it would be wildly politically incorrect now - such as an illustration of Cole's Patent Whipping Machine for Flogging Naughty Boys  (48th edition, No. 1.). Illustrated with abulous Victorian pen and ink style drawings. This copy is the 1980 'Surprise' reprint of the original.
  • A successful attempt to bring Australian history to the man-in-the-street, from the discovery by Cook to 1955.  Explorers' adventures, the Rum Rebellion, the Golden Age, bushrangers, the birth of the Commonwealth,  The Anzacs, the building of Sydney Harbour Bridge and much  more is covered in a very readable style and is illustrated throughout with black and white drawings, reproductions of art works famous and little-known, and newspaper articles of the day. Errata slip on contents page.
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    Sam Pig lives in a thatched cottage with Tom, Bill and Ann Pig - and also Brock the Badger. Cheerful stories for children from Alison Uttley  (1884-1976) who wrote over 100 stories for little people, including a pioneering time-slip novel  A Traveller In Time. Illustrations by A.E.  Kennedy.
  • More than 4,000 American Express employees were in Lower Manhattan on the morning of 9/11. Many had just arrived at the office and were getting ready to start their day. Eleven Coporate Travel employees who worked on the 94th floor of the World Trade Centre's north tower died that day.  This is American Express' tribute to them and to all the A.E. employees world-wide, who turned to and kept going through the devastation of that day.  Includes a CD.  An item for collectors of the unusual.
  • An anthology of all things cat, from the luminaries of literature: Ernest Hemingway, Paul Gallico, humorist Ogden Nash, Beatrix Potter, Elizabeth Coatsworth and many more. There are all sorts of cat mentions, from the Bible to poems and nursery rhymes to myth, legend and superstition. Illustrated...and strictly for cat lovers.
  • 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.
  •  The trip with the football team is a tradition and a rite of passage: the first trip where they stay at motels rather than being billeted, someone's going to lose his virginity, everyone's expected to get drunk... On this trip The Sandman makes a significant discovery - which he can't disclose, because then it won;t be his secret anymore. Sandy is a natural bus clown- not the leader of the group, but the one who entertains the others and performs his funny noises if the cool players at the back of the bus get bored, such as the Pterodactyl, the Lip Trumpet, Compressed Air Walking.... This will resonate with blokes who grew up in Australia - specifically Newcastle - in the early to mid seventies.  Politically incorrect cover art by Michael Bell, The Sandman, Archibald Prize finalist 2000.
  • Catherine DuCrox, at the age of eighteen, abruptly inherited her father's cigar and tobacco shop. For a young woman in Victoria's England to take it upon herself to become a business owner was almost scandalous - and in such a masculine-oriented business as well.  Yet she goes ahead to first create an income for her mother and sister and later to extend her empire, becoming the first tobacconist to import Indian cigars and the first to introduce cigarettes to the public. Along the way, she finds that breaking the rules will not always get her what she wants - and that some rules are never meant to be broken.
  • History as you've never learnt it before - from the invasion of Briton to Alfred the Cake, from Anne (A Dead Queen) to 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.
  • A Tale of Rome, in the time of Marcus Aurelius...very few major historical characters will appear here. This story concerns itself with the back streets of Rome; the artisans, the growers and the makers; where hucksters and tricksters rubs shoulders with priests and philosophers.  The Encyclopedia of the Novel describes it as a 'playfully comic' depiction of Ancient Rome. So don't worry too much about any historical inaccuracies you may find!
  • A light-hearted, adventure story, set on the Great Barrier Reef around Lizard Island and Cooktown, of two young boys who join a trochus shell fishing boat and cruise to Lizard Island.  A story for young adults, and it is NOT about opium or any other drug.
  • Over 150  original images guaranteed to cross your eyes, baffle your brain and frustrate your friends - there's even one from the time of the Ancient Romans. In colour and black and white.
  • Five years after the success of The Sentimental Bloke, Dennis continued the tale of Rose, the girl Ginger Mick left behind. Inclined to recklessness and 'like to come to 'arm' the Bloke appoints himself chief rescuer - like some 'tin knight of old' and later, bumbling match-maker.  But Doreen is there, of course, to save the day. An Australian classic. With delicate black and white illustrations and a glossary of the slang of the times.

  • Dr. Stephen McCabe has a partnership in a fashionable practice in Sydney and a very beautiful, very ambitious fianceè and when he comes to the lonely Flying Doctor outpost of Winnemincka, he only intends staying for a short holiday. Yet he is aware that his true vocation is escaping him and that feeling becomes more acute when an old friend of his father comes from the Outback to visit him. The discovery that many lonely people desperately  need him takes him out of his comfortable rut and presents him with a challenge and he must face the greatest personal problem of his life with a completely new set of values.

  • Anyone who's ever had a bet on a horse will relate to this collection of tall - and short - stories of the racing world, a sport renowned for colorful characters.  Not only jockeys and racegoers provide the laughter in this collection - there are plenty of bookies, owners, trainers, racing writers, commentators, stewards, vets and committeemen.  Here's a sample: There was the time that Queensland jockeys waged a 'go slow' campaign for a higher winning fee. The race at Doomben started at 3 p.m. and finished at 4.45 p.m. The favourite would have been in a photo finish but by the time the race ended it was too dark to take pictures.  Pure Aussie humour.

  • The irrepressible Wolfe has a satiric go at the pretensions of Bauhaus art, attitudes and architecture. 'Starting from zero', 'bourgeois', the Cubists, Fauvists, Secessionists and every 'ism' comes under the gun, including Post-Modernism. Wolfe follows architectural design from Europe to America where Bauhaus was embraced in earnest and explores, with due irony,  the vast contradiction between the bare, spare impersonal and abstract Bauhaus architecture and the exuberant, muscle-flexing populace that it serves.  Illustrated with black and white photos

  • True mysteries of the sea. Chapters include: Over The Horizon; Vanishing Islands; Bottles, Casks and Caskets; The Watchers and The Avengers; The Jinxed and the Damned; The Haunts and the Horrors; Fiery Phantoms and Noisy Spectres; Floating Morgues; The Wanders and the Homers; The Classic Drifter; The Most Famous Derelict; O-U-T, Out! The Triangle of Death; Flames From the Sky; Is There  An Answer? Invisible Horizons.