Antiquities & Oddities

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  • 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.

  • The North had Rock Island - the South had Andersonville. The names of both of these prisons, during the American Civil War, struck horror  into the hearts of those on both sides. The scene of human depravity is both inside and outside the stockade; death stalks life; the strong prey on the weak; humanity is redefined without redemption; indifference replaces humanity.  Yet not all humanity is lost. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, prepared over 25 years of research and investigation and acclaimed as one of the finest Civil War stories since Gone With The Wind, does not only look at the prison camp, but at the lives of those it touched - weaving a story which is regarded as deeply disturbing, moving, grotesque, beautiful, brutal and comic. Regarded as an excellent companion book to GWTW.

  • Subtitled Being a Series of Bouquets Diffidently Distributed. Nichols interviews the luminaries of his day from the world of art, literature and music.  Each chapter describes his interview or friendship and leaves an outline, an impression, of his subject: Noel Coward; Arthur Conan Doyle; George Gershwin; Eugene Goossens; W. Somerset Maugham; Dame Nellie Melba; Aldous Huxley; H.G. Wells - and more - and... were they the same when at home?
  • Horace Wheeler is handsome, quick-witted and poor. Horace's one desire is to be in love, which leads him into proposing. Aunt Jane is a sincere, kind-hearted Christian widow who's not always appreciated for her words of wisdom or her little "sermons". Those little sermons interfered with the good times Horace has with the less serious young people he keeps company with and his unfailing sense of humor and easy manner makes him a favorite in his crowd. But then the Civil War breaks out and Aunt Jane's prayers follow Horace after he enlists to fight - and his experiences make him become a different man; not only physically but spiritually.  
  • Here is Patrick Dennis' tale of a childhood spent with an outrageous, modern aunt, set against the rich background of the Roaring Twenties.  An interesting retro paperback, with Rosalind Russell in the role of Mame on the cover.
  • A real curio for history buffs and those who collect bank memorabilia. Remember when banks did give away all sorts of great things? Really good money boxes that you couldn't break into, and recordings of the Skippy theme song? The National Bank of Australasia Limited with its wholly-owned subsidiary the National Bank Savings Bank Limited offered this little volume covering all things resource and development: the Industrial Pattern of the rural, mineral, manufacturing and basic industries in each state making a special note of each state's particular strengths as well as Papua New Guinea; Water Resource, Transport and Power are also covered.
  • From the Carpenter's World Travels series.  A fascinating look at life as it was here - in 1926! With 126 photographs and enticing chapter headings, such as: Life on the Sheep Station; The Three R's in Australia; Gold Diggings in Creek and Desert; Social Pests; Kangaroos and Danc9ng Birds and Mutton and Butter for London Tables. Illustrated with fabulous black and white photographs.
  • Australia is one of the richest countries, growing far more food that can be eaten, as well as a major source for minerals. To whom should Australia sell its food, minerals and energy?  On what terms? How secure are Australia's relations with its major trading partners?  How much does Australia's growth depend on immigration.  These are just some of the themes covered in this book.
  • Thomas Stanley Hepworth (1916 - 1985) was a teacher, author and editor, responsible for the Australian Children's Newspaper, The ABC Children's Hour Annual Nos. 1–5 (1956–58, 1960–61), and The Australian Children's Annual Nos 6–8 (1963–65). There is plenty to amuse and educate in this thoughtfully-produced annual: stories, plays, information on how things were manufactured, hobbies and other countries; songs; riddles; crosswords and handicrafts. Contributors to this edition include Ruth Park, Rowena Farre, Denys Burrows, G.K. Saunders and 'The Argonauts'.  In a day of limited television, these annuals were regarded as very instructive for young people. Illustrated with cartoons and black and white photographs of events in Australia and overseas.