Antiquities & Oddities

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  • Toward the end of the prudish Victorian Age came the Naughty Nineties.  No-one remembers, however, why they were so naughty.  This novelty pop up book explains why.
  • Mr Odysseus Harris, a rat, has come into money and is eager to improve the social tone of his friends and neighbours and win for himself a recognised place in society: he aspires to a Knighthood. His efforts to enlighten his friends Popghose - a weasel - Meles Brock, a badger, Beddoes Waterbrook, a hare and others meets with little success but he has a larger ambition and this is the story  Charmingly illustrated by the author; a story in the genre of Wind in the Willows.

  • A fabulously sage collection of wisdom and observations from the most brilliant mind of his day. Just a sample: 'Initiative is doing the right thing without being told.' Or...'The daily newspaper! The educator of the people! God help us, it might be so. It educates into inattention, folly, sin, vacuity and foolishness. It saps concentration, dissipates aspiration, scrambles grey matter and irons out convolutions. Watch the commuter rush for his Dope when he reaches the station in the morning.' That was written in 1927 - so not much has changed. Hubbard, were he alive today, would probably say the same of television or the Internet.
  • The story of a young Belgian girl, gifted and strong-willed, who became a nun and dedicated her life to the care of the sick while she battled to reconcile the demands of her Order with her pride as a nurse. She faced the terrifying task of nursing the insane and spent long years in the Congo.  She witnessed to horrors of the Nazi invasion of Belgium and risked her life aiding the escape of British airmen.
  • Little Nell Trent lives in the quiet gloom of the old curiosity shop with her ailing grandfather, for whom she cares with selfless devotion. But when they are unable to pay their debts to the stunted, lecherous and demonic money-lender Daniel Quilp, the shop is seized and they are forced to flee, thrown into a shadowy world in which there seems to be no safe haven. Dickens's portrayal of the innocent, tragic Nell made The Old Curiosity Shop an instant bestseller that captured the hearts of the nation, even as it was criticised for its sentimentality by figures such as Oscar Wilde. Yet alongside the story's pathos are some of Dickens's greatest comic and grotesque creations: the ne'er-do-well Dick Swiveller, the mannish lawyer Sally Brass, the half-starved 'Marchioness' and the lustful, loathsome Quilp himself. Colour plates.

  • 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.
  • A very complete collection of Aussie folk songs: Convicts, bushrangers, goldminers; lawyers and law breakers; teamsters, drovers, stockmen, shearers and strikers. A tribute to the men who boozed, battled, bludgeoned, bullied and blarneyed their way through the first century of Australia.
  • The trail led from the assassination of a youthful President to the murder of a cynical homosexual after a bizarre orgy to a beautiful, promiscuous woman slain by an unknown lover. Then the trail went on to secret files behind the unmarked doors of an unlisted government agency. Now the story is complete - but there's only one man left alive to tell it to an unbelieving world - if he can live so long...
  • 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.
  • Comprises Pilgrim Cottage, The GUests Arrive and Volcano.
  • 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.
  • A cruel and unforgettable tale of a man and a woman whose passion for each other drives them to murder the woman's husband. The tale is set down in the briefest, most direct prose - with flashes of brilliant imagination - the planning, the accomplishment and the sequel of the murder. First published in 1934, from the author of Mildred Pierce.
  • First published in 1955, this book deals with the daily problems and dilemmas facing teenagers and how to solve them in a practical manner. Not much has changed since 1955.
  • Nash observes the world around him and cannot resist making humorous, yet observant rhymes while often poking sly fun at society pretensions.  Yet just for fun... "I often grieve for Uncle  Hannibal; Who inadvertently became a cannibal. He asked Aunt Mary to roast him the gobbler; She understood him to say - the cobbler."  Or from the animal kingdom:  "There are no rules - with mules."
  • The story of Judah Ben-Hur did not end with the Crucifixion. In its terrible aftermath, Judah joins with the gentle Joseph of Arimathea to bring Christianity to the Romans.  Fate intervenes again, and Judah must fight and strive through adventure, heartbreak and danger before he finds peace and love again. The cast of characters include Nero, his incestuous mother Agrippina, the passionate Leah and General Seutonius  in the settings of Rome, Ancient Britain and the Mediterranean.
  • An unusual edition:  a paperback with a dust jacket.
  • Ronnie Clarke, an Australian airline pilot, learns that John Pascoe has crashed in the remote Tasmanian bush trying to fly help to a sick girl and is lying with a fractured skull. Ronnie decides to try and fly a doctor there despite the dangerous conditions, since he has always admired John ever since he taught Ronnie to fly.  By the time Ronnie reaches John, he has become close to the heart of the man, the secrets of his adventurous life and the two heartbreaks he has suffered.
  • Ranchipur and its inhabitants are sweltering in the heat of summer;  the foreign workers, the missionaries, the hospital employees and the officials.  There is also Tom Ransome, an Anglo-American man of leisure, the self-made industrial peer Lord Heston and Lady Heston. his beautiful, fashionable, promiscuous wife.  Tragedy strikes when the great dam bursts and thousands drown.  This book, which went into countless editions, was made into the famous film The Rains of Ranchipur.
  • What's in a name? Well, plenty, according to this interesting little booklet.  The word 'dunce' meaning slow-witted or dull is from the name Duns Scotus, a brilliant medieval teacher; Dick Whittington, mayor of London, did exist but is not the legendary poor boy with a pet cat seeking his fortune; Robert Louis Stevenson's infamous character Dr. Jekyll was based on a real man; Old 'Uncle Tom Cobbleigh' was a hotblooded and amorous red-headed man; Lady Godiva did get her gear off  as a result of a bet with her husband - and Mother Goose did write a swag of nursery rhymes! Loads of interest in a small package.
  • The Roaring Twenties was a fast new era of fun, freedom and fooling around.  Youth was flaming, music was hot, life was high and sex had plenty of fans!
  • The Saint had decided to turn over a new leaf.  But he hadn't reckoned with Price Rudolf - nor with his old adversry's hankering for diamonds!
  • 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.
  • Vintage children's story of Viking days. "In the middle of the banqueting hall, where Jarl Halfdene stood watching the crowd on the beach, and looking at him in the old man's arms eyes. "In your trust, Jarl Halfdene!" he said at last in solemn tones." "As the death of the band!" As solemnly he replied, "Halfdene!" and looking as earnestly into Birkabegn's face, as he pressed the little child to his breast. The crown of the gilt raven, which was held in readiness, grasped the hilt of his long sword, and hurried out into the gathering darkness. A little while after King Birkabegn was gone Hablok was crying piteously, and all Jarl Halfdene's coaxing and endeavors to console him were useless, but he was wearied out, and before the last ship had pushed off from the beach, he lay sound asleep in Halfdene's arms. The old man still stood watching the dark line on the sea, and the old men were left behind, and two or three nobles and councillors in the care of the kingdom. These nobles were called jarls, and the most trusted and beloved among them at King Birkabegn's court was Jarl Halfdene. Right well he deserved to be so; For King Birkabegn's father, then to Birkabegn himself, he had a trusty right hand, and he was shown as wise as he was honorable and loyal; and the king knew that no harm could ever be his little son while he was in Jarl Halfdene's care."

  • Yes, everything you thought you knew is STILL wrong! As made famous on QI - Quite Interesting with Stephen Fry. You'll be amazed at which country has the lowest age of consent; and that you should definitely NOT urinate on a jellyfish sting to ease the pain; and you will also discover when a spiral staircase is not a spiral staircase.  Great potential for trivia buffs.

  • 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.