Antiquities & Oddities

//Antiquities & Oddities
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  • Houses under the Barrier Reef sea, a fish trap hundreds of miles wide across the Gulf of Carpentaria, power from our rugged, daunting Kimberley coast, sea-beef for the world's growing population...Pipe dream or reality? Dreamer - or prophet? First published in 1969, this is Idriess' lifetime of observation of the seas and shores north of Capricorn, magnified to a vision of the potential of Australia's tropical animal, plant and fish life, and of the earth's unrevealed and untapped wealth. Idriess saw the Continental Shelf as a vast reserve of food and riches that, with careful conservation, outlast the mineral rushes and exploitation of the land. He forecast what needed to be done to protect these resources and how to use them to advantage; he warned of the danger of creating a desert beneath the sea and of the devastation of the land resulting from thoughtless destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. Even as far back as 1969, Idriess saw the need for a demand for action on political, conservation and economic levels.
  • A narration of the events of the Biblical Exodus from Egypt told from the perspective of Ana, the scribe: This is the story of certain of the days that I, the scribe Ana, son of Meri, lived through, here upon this earth...I tell of Merapi - who was named Moon of Israel! - and of her people, the Hebrews, who dwelt for long in Egypt and departed thence - having paid us back in loss and shame for all the good and ill we gave them. And now I - the King's Companion, the great scribe, the beloved of the Pharaohs who have lived beneath the sun with me - tell of the war between the gods of Egypt and the god of Israel... I write of these matters now when I am very old in the reign of Rameses, before death takes me...
  • On of the liveliest characters in Australian history is Sir Henry Browne Hayes, the Irish knight who was transported for abducting a Quaker  heiress and who surrounded his house with Irish earth to keep the snakes away. This is the tale of his adventures and tales of some of his friends not known to history - especially Gos Blackthorn, a young man who did not know his real name or parentage, and Mary McGregor, the Quaker girl he loved. Their fortunes are caught up in the fortunes of the new colony, from the rising of the Irish convicts at Castle Hill to the Rum Rebellion. Gos becomes a fugitive, escaping to new country with the aborigines, while Sir Henry alternates between dispensing lavish hospitality at Vaucluse House and paying for his indiscretions in the chain-gangs or coal-mines. There is also Patsy O'Neill, Sir Henry's groom who follows Sir Henry to Australia and becomes a farmer on the Hawkesbury. A fabulous story, woven into the fabric of Australia's rough-and-tumble early history. Trivia - Frank O'Grady is the brother of author John O'Grady, a.k.a. Nino Culotta.
  • Wodehouse presents the reader with nine hilarious short stories narrated through Mulliner, Scotch and lemon in hand, as he holds court in the Angler's Rest. The Reverent Wooing of Archibald: is concerned with Mr Mulliner's nephew, an expert at imitating a hen laying an egg and his romance. The Man Who Gave Up Smoking; The Story Of Cedric; The Ordeal Of Osbert Mulliner; Unpleasantness At Bludleigh Court; Those In Peril On The Tee: a running commentary on one of the most hilarious and worst game of golf ever played by two young men inthe name of love; Something Squishy; The Awful Gladness Of The Mater Something Squishy; The Awful Gladness Of The Mater and The Passing Of Ambrose.   If P.G. were still with us today, he'd be a paid-up, card-carrying member of Monty Python.
  • A spirited and internationally acclaimed play set in the 1930s during the Great Depression. It tells the story of an Aboriginal family, the Millimurras. who removed from their home and forced to work on the Moore River Native Settlement.  The Millimurra family take a stand against the Government's 'protection' of 1930s Australia - the Chief Protector, A.O. Neville believed at that time that 'the native must be helped in spite of himself.'  Published in 1986, academics consider it an effort to validate the importance of Aboriginal culture, while also communicating the feelings of isolation when people cannot understand their own language and cultural customs. It  received the Australian Writers Guild Award (AWGIE) for best stage play.
  • A humorous domestic comedy that is not about normal life - not when Jean's husband is a famous drama critic; they have four children who behave infamously; a dog called Kelly and they live in a turreted mansion with a 32-bell carillon that plays the duet from Carmen daily at noon.  Here's plenty of slapstick about dieting, decorating and parental rights ("There's four of them and only two of us, but we're bigger and it's OUR house!") as well as hilarious observations about the world of theatre.  This was also made into a film starring Doris Day.
  • When London charlady Mrs Harris sees the beautiful Dior gown of one of her lady customers, she is determined to have one for herself - even if it means walking to walk instead of catching the bus, giving up 'the pictures' and a drop of gin in the pub once a week with her neighbour Violet; and taking in sewing at home to do after a long day's work.  But when she cheerfully sets of for Paris, she has no idea how hard and difficult the purchase of a Dior gown will be.
  • At twenty-nine, Bettger was a failed insurance salesman. By the time he was forty he owned a country estate and could have retired. What are the selling secrets that turned Bettger’s life around from defeat to unparalleled success and fame as one of the highest paid salesmen in America? Here he reveals his personal experiences and explains the foolproof principles that he developed and perfected. He shares instructive anecdotes and step-by-step guidelines on how to develop the style, spirit, and presence of a winning salesperson.  He covers: the power of enthusiasm; how to conquer fear; the key word for turning a skeptical client into an enthusiastic buyer; the quickest way to win confidence; the seven golden rules for closing a sale. This was first published in 1951 and the times have changed - but people don't. There is plenty that is still applicable today.
  • Here the greats of English seafaring - and probably a little pirating on the side - come to life through their letters. This volume  includes letters from Drake to Queen Elizabeth; Hawkyns; Walsingham; Admiral Vernon; Nelson; Lord Howe;Captain Hardy and so many more.   This is live history, as it happened.