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  • 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.

  • From the authors of 1066 And All That who again prove beyond a doubt that a little learning is a humorous thing.  Here are included chapters on Myth Information, Archipelagoes and All Those, Psycho-Babycraft, The Practice and Fury of Knitting and The Truth About Birds and more.  Classic British humor.

  • Humankind has developed three ways of recording its existence: History, folklore and  - yarn. History is what really happened; folklore is what people believe happened; and yarns don't care what really happened - they're the way of keeping it all interesting! Mike Hayes - winner of the World Yarn-Spinning Championships, 1991 - embarked on a personal crusade to collect and record as many contemporary Australian yarns as possible. And no-one can tell a yarn like an Aussie.

  • A missive of death called young Laura back to Storm House after eight years in Paris. Her proud, beautiful mother had committed suicide by leaping off Cliff's Edge. Laura had been sent away to school when her mother discovered her love for Armand, her stepfather's poor nephew. Now Armand  also returned to Storm House, but he had changed into a brooding, secretive person.  Her home had become a deadly trap - boulders hurtled out of nowhere, the vicious mastiffs got loose and attacked her and a ghostly vision of evil appeared in her room. Laura knew someone in this strange, decaying mansion  wanted her dead and would stop at nothing until her lifeless body was flung from the treacherous cliffs!  Gothic horror/romance at its highest.

  •  In the reign of James II, rejected love turns the exquisite, soulful Anthony Armadale into the grim, misogynistic outlaw Captain Midnight, the terror of the wealthy autocrats who consider themselves above the law. Encouraging him in his daring interventions between tyranny and and its victims, the little parson Aeneas Wade never guesses his identity. But the lovely Lady Clarissa Fane sees through the bitterness to the true man. This was Farnol's last book, finished in rough form before his death and edited for publication by his widow, Mrs. Phyllis Farnol.

  • This mystery thriller written at the turn of the century begins thus: "Two o’clock - two o’clock in the morning. The bells had just chimed the hour. Big Ben had boomed forth its deep and solemn note over sleeping London. The patient constable on point-duty at the foot of Westminster Bridge had stamped his feet for the last time, and had been relieved by his colleague, who gave him the usual pass-word, “All right.” The tumultuous roar of traffic, surging, beating, pulsating, had long ago ceased, but the crowd of smart broughams and private hansoms still stood in New Palace Yard, while from the summit of St. Stephen’s tower the long ray of electricity streamed westward, showing that the House of Commons was still sitting. The giant Metropolis, the throbbing heart of the greatest empire the world has known, was silent. London, the city of varying moods, as easily pleased, as easily offended as a petted child; London, the dear, smoke-blackened old city, which every Englishman loves and every foreigner admires; London, that complex centre of the universe, humdrum and prosaic, yet ever mysterious, poetic and wonderful, the city full of the heart’s secrets and of life’s tragedies, slept calmly and in peace while her legislators discussed and decided the policy of the Empire. The long rows of light on the deserted terrace and along the opposite shore in front of St. Thomas’s Hospital threw their shimmering reflection upon the black waters of the Thames; the cold wind swept roughly up the river, causing the gas-jets to flicker, so that the few shivering outcasts who had taken refuge on the steps of the closed doorway of Westminster Station, murmured as they pulled their rags more tightly round them. Only the low rumbling of a country wagon bearing vegetables to Covent Garden, or the sharp clip-clap of a cab-horse’s feet upon the asphalt, broke the quiet. Except for these occasional disturbances all else was as silent on that dark and cloudy night in late October as if the world were dead."

  • Being the Narrative of the Acadian Ranger, Jean de Mer, Seigneur de Briart: And How He Crossed the Black Abbè and of His Adventures in a Strange Fellowship

  • 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."

  • 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.
  • original, entertaining and restorative stories book that can confirm the reader's faith in the essential humanity of man, having the power of tradition, folklore and the conflict between Good and Evil.  Don Camillo enters on a bicycle and rides straight into the reader's heart as he tends his flock in his own inimitable fashion and does battle with Peppone, the communist Mayor. This volume contains: The LIttle WOrldof Don Camillo; Don Camillo and the Prodigal Son; Don Camillo's Dilemma.

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • A very Australian collection of fishing tales, both tall and true. Such as: 'Tiny' George was having a very good day catching but was tired of people asking him what he was using for bait.  He had been answering truthfully, but when a large bloke asked, 'Tiny' answered: 'Sardine heads.' A little while later, Tiny saw the big bloke heading determinedly onto the wharf with six tins of sardines.   'Tiny' prudently decided it was time to shoot through -  after all, when did you last open a tin of sardines and find one with a head?

  • Richard Gordon’s acceptance into St Swithin’s medical school came as no surprise to anyone, least of all him – after all, he had been to public school, played first XV rugby, and his father was ‘a St Swithin’s man’. Surely he was set for life. It was rather a shock then to discover that, once there, he would actually have to work, and quite hard. Fortunately for Richard Gordon, life proved not to be all dissection and textbooks after all. This hilarious hospital comedy is perfect reading for anyone who’s ever wondered exactly what medical students get up to in their training. 
  • Features four stories: Death In Texas; Four Knights; Deadly Queen; Motorcycle. Undated publication by Federal Publishing Company Pty Limited, Waterloo.
  • Filled with fabulous photos of all the characters from the classic last Road Warrior film: Max, Dr. Dealgood, Aunty Entity, MasterBlaster, Iron bar and the Lost Tribe. A very good piece of film memorabilia.
  • A pristine booklet of 24 ready-to-post picture postcards of Old Sydney from the 1870s to the 1950s. Real historical documents that include Barrack Street, 1900;  Martin Place, c. 1929; Circular Quay and the ferries of 1930; the Pyrmont Bridge, 1870; the Victoria Markets c. 1890 (where the Queen Vic building now stands); some fabulous shots of the Harbour Bridge construction and much more.  A fabulous addition to the library of a history buff. At 20.00, not even $1.00 per postcard.
  • A fabulous book full of information about Australia's earliest postal systems, stamps, post offices, telegrams - anything and everything postal.  Full of reproduction engravings, early photos and drawings, it's a feast for the philatelist or the history  buff.
  • Beginning in Victoria's England of the 1880s, Peridot learns that Mr Cheke, the chemist, is not her real father. When he dies, she begins to make her own way in the world and searches for traces of her mother, who died not long after she was born. She becomes a paid companion to Geraldine, a temperamental and wealthy young invalid girl who is under the guardianship of her debonair uncle, Adrian Hope-Winter. When Adrian proposes marriage, Peridot accepts, never dreaming that she will become a star player in a celebrated and scandalous divorce case.  Rich with very visible and real characters and an accurate portrayal of life in the Victorian Age.  With charming end-chapter illustrations by Philip Gough.

  • 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.
  • Watkin Tench stepped ashore at Botany Bay with the First Fleet in January 1788. He was in his late twenties, a captain of the marines and on the adventure of his life.  Insatiably curious, interested in everything and with a natural genius for storytelling, he wrote two accounts of the infant colony: A Narrative of an Expedition to Botany Bay and A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson, brought together in this cone volume.  He brings to life the historical figures of Benelong, Governor Phillip and Arabanoo, and records the  voices of convicts trying to make  new lives in this new country.

  • 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

  • The hilarious sequel to 1066 And All That. Contains chapters on: The Theory and Practice of Polar Exploration, Psycho-Babycraft, The  Practice and Fury of Knitting, A Brief Exposé of Modern Photography and more.  A Pythonesque title with Blackadderesque contents.
  • The story of the British Army's dash to relieve Khartoum.  From the narrative, as a character re-enacts the scene with his toys..."The battle was nearly over. Gallant tin soldiers of the line lay where they had fallen; nearly the whole of a shilling box of light cavalry had paid the penalty of rashly exposing themselves in a compact body to the enemy's fire; while a rickety little field-gun, with bright red wheels, lay overturned on two infantry men, who, even in death, held their muskets firmly to their shoulders, like the grim old "die-hards" that they were. The brigade of guards, a dozen red-coated veterans of solid lead, who had taken up a strong position in the cover of a cardboard box, still held their ground with a desperate valour only equalled by the dogged pluck of a similar body of the enemy, who had occupied the inkstand with the evident intention of remaining there until the last cartridge had been expended. Another volley swept the intervening stretch of tablecloth, and the deadly missiles glanced against the glass bottles and rattled among the pencils and penholders..."
  • Enoch Roden begins his apprenticeship in printing with a bad accident, but as the story progresses, his training becomes more spiritual. Mr. Drury, his boss, trusts in God's provision for his business but when business goes bad, it leads to confession of his faults. Enoch questions his attitude of despising God's daily gifts.  Trusting God's providence when it doesn't seem like He is paying attention is a training many go through. The author was a founding member of the London Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children in 1884.
  • History as you've never learnt it before - from the invasion of Briton to Alfred the Cake, to Anne (A Dead Queen), 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.