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  • The title of this novelty item is from a saying of King Edward VII:  "I don't care what the people do, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses."  Macdonald was frequently compared to humourist Lennie Lower, although Macdonald's humour is more sophisticated.  He also loved the comic-scope of 'the little bloke who gets pushed around'. Therefore, we see our hero being browbeaten by his bank manager, lost in the Paris underground, in Darlo Police Station and on such diverse topis as literature, travelling, eating and drinking.  With an introduction by "Nino Culotta'.
  • Said Sir Gilbert Parker: 'Who the original of ‘Donovan Pasha’ was I shall never say, but he was real. There is, however, in the House of Commons today a young and active politician once in the Egyptian service, and who bears a most striking resemblance to the purely imaginary portrait which Mr. Talbot Kelly, the artist, drew of the Dicky Donovan of the book. This young politician, with his experience in the diplomatic service, is in manner, disposition, capacity, and in his neat, fine, and alert physical frame, the very image of Dicky Donovan, as in my mind I perceived him; and when I first saw him I was almost thunderstruck, because he was to me Dicky Donovan come to life. There was nothing Dicky Donovan did or said or saw or heard which had not its counterpart in actual things in Egypt. The germ of most of the stories was got from things told me, or things that I saw, heard of, or experienced in Egypt itself. The first story of the book—‘While the Lamp Holds Out to Burn’—was suggested to me by an incident which I saw at a certain village on the Nile, which I will not name. Suffice it to say that the story in the main was true. Also the chief incident of the story, called ‘The Price of the Grindstone—and the Drum’, is true. The Mahommed Seti of that story was the servant of a friend of mine, and he did in life what I made him do in the tale. ‘On the Reef of Norman’s Woe’, which more than one journal singled out as showing what extraordinary work was being done in Egypt by a handful of British officials, had its origin in something told me by my friend Sir John Rogers, who at one time was at the head of the Sanitary Department of the Government of Egypt.'

     
  • This epic novel traces the lives of the women of one family from 1806 to the 1930's.  Set against accurately-researched backgrounds, this is not just a romance.  Ideal read for a wet Sunday afternoon.
  • Aunt Mary...The Down-The-Back...The Reading Room...or just the Dunny. The outhouse has disappeared from the Australian landscape, a victim of septics and sewerage and sophistication.  Yet it has a rich heritage of anecdote and architecture.  This is not a book of raw lavatory humour - it is the story behind the outhouse and a large slice of social history.  Published in 1983, the author could not have had any idea that in 2017, there would be a movement in Australia to preserve the few outhouses still remaining in rural areas and even in inner city places. This edition even comes complete with leather loop for hanging on a nail in the 'loo.
  • Florin Edition with a Dust Jacket - quite rare.  If you love gardens - really love gardens - then this is your book.
  • When Nichols bought his dream cottage, sight unseen and swept away on a sea of happy memories of past visits there, he had no idea how neglected its once-beautiful gardens had become.  Complete with his pet cats and Gaskin, his gentleman's gentlemen, he sets about making it beautiful again - and literally takes the reader down the garden path with humour, stubbornness and plenty of planting mistakes. This is one of his most popular books, going into edition after edition for decades.  With 'decorations' - not illustrations! - by Rex Whistler
  • Meet Nigel Molesworth and his 'grate frend' Peason from St. Kustards School for Boys.  They cover all aspects of boarding school life: Masters At a Glance, Kanes I Have Known; Skool Prospectus; How to Torture Parents and other survival skills.  From the creators of St. Trinians.  Hilarious illustrations by Ronald Searle.
  • The Chinese, the British Government, Hong Kong businessmen and the Mafia are all on the trail of a secret covenant on the status of the former colony, signed by Chairman Mao in 1944. They are all prepared to stake lives on getting hold of it. Undercover tough guy Sean Dillon is pressured by Brigadier Ferguson  to prevent the document slipping into the wrong hands. That's if he can keep his eyes off the local ladies for long enough! Dillion's tough edginess wins him admiration from pretty police Inspector  Hanna Bernstein who can't help but fall for him. Dillon breaks heads and hearts as he tries to separate truth from lies to restore order.
  • On December 21, 2012, four strangers on a spiritual journey are drawn to an ancient temple in the heart of Mexico.  For the Mayans, it is the last recorded day.  For NASA scientists, it is a cataclysmic polar shift. For the rest of us - it's Doomsday. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • Based on the book by Len Deighton. As the Cold War comes to an end, Harry Palmer faces a world of grave uncertainty. The British Secret Service decides it no longer has  use for its top agent and Harry must come to terms with the possibility of early retirement. Out to prove that a good agent is hard to come by, Palmer is soon approached by a wealthy Russian businessman who wants him to track down a stolen bio-chemical weapon called the Red Death, which is aboard a train headed to Beijing.
  • Three hit women are sent to rural Louisiana to intercept a big money dope deal.  But when they get to the isolated roadside cafe, bullets blast apart what should have been a simple transaction.  It could be a huge misunderstanding - or a deadly double-cross.  Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.

  • Haunted by the bizarre suicide of a patient, New York psychologist Bill Capa escapes to L.A. to stay with a former colleague.  But chilling encounters follow him - his associate is found brutally murdered, and Capa begins  dangerous affair with Rose, a woman he knows very little about.  Rose fulfils Capa's every fantasy, but the more they become entangled, the more the mystery surrounding Rose deepens. When Capa's life suddenly becomes endangered as he comes closer to identifying the killer of his associate, and Rose becomes a tantalising mystery Capa must solve - if he can stay alive long enough.
  • One look and you know they're from a very different place. They're from New Jersey...by way of France...by way of far-off, far out Remulak. They're Beldar and Prymaat Conehead and an INS agent wants to deport them.  AND their teenage daughter is at odds with her parental units. A film that lampoons modern society to the hilt. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • Isabel De La Cruz, a young teacher, appears in a photo that is among the limited evidence found by New York detective Scotty Galban as he investigates the murder of his partner. As Galban moves closer to solving the crime, he believes that Isabel may be a witness.  Things become more complicated when religious Isabel experiences strange occurrences after witnessing a miracle.
  • An independent filmmaker and cast and crew are reported missing a month before the release of their controversial film predicting the end of the world. The authorities believe the film's 2012 doomsday scenario and an agent for CEA (Central Extraterrestrial Agency) discovers the film footage.  The agent watches the footage on September 10, 2012 - three months before the world is predicted to end. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • As the Allies march toward Paris in the summer of 1944, Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands except as 'a field of rubble'.  The man assigned to carry out this barbaric act of destruction is Wehrmacht commander General von Choltitz, who already has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre, Notre Dame and on the bridges over the Seine.  However at dawn on August 25, Swedish Consul General Nordling steals into German headquarters through a secret underground tunnel and there starts a tense game of cat and mouse as Nordling tries to persuade von Choltitz to abandon his plan. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • Dragonheart: Dennis Quaid, David Thewlis, Julie Christie, Peter Postlethwaite and Sean Connery as "Draco" -  When Prince Einar is mortally wounded, he is given a gift of half of the heart of a dragon.  When he grows up as an evil tyrant, his knight Bowein is convinced his evil is due to the dragon's heart and swears to hunt down the dragon responsible, until only one dragon is left - Draco. Together with a monkish scribe, Draco teaches Bowein the truth of the matter. Dragonheart: A New Beginning - Chris Masterson, Robby Benson. It was believed that Draco had been the last dragon in existence - but an out-of-the-way monastery is hiding a  secret: a young dragon called Drake, being cared for and raised by the abbot.  A prediction of evil that arrives with a two tailed comet brings two mysterious travelers to the monastery, where an orphaned stable boy has discovered Drake and thinks that with his new friend, he may be able to become a knight in shining armour.
  • Thomas Craven is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Pollice department and a single father.  When his only child, 24 year old Emma is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes he was the target.  But he soon suspects otherwise and embarks on a mission to discover his daughter's secret life and her murder. His investigation leads him into a dangerous, looking-glass world of corporate cover-ups, government intrigue and murder. - and to shadowy government operative Darius Jedburgh who's been sent in to clear up the evidence. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • Marvel's Elektra proves that looks can kill as the sexiest action hero ever erupts from the comic book pages to the screen. Restored to life after sustaining mortal wounds, her latest assignment forces her to make a fateful decision in the ultimate battle between good and evil. Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • When a full-scale war is engaged by the evil Scarran Empire, the Peacekeeper Alliance has but one hope - reassemble human astronaut John Crichton, once sucked into the Peacekeeper Galaxy through a wormhole. His task: recreate the invaluable wormhole weapon and flush the entire Peackeeper race to safety before the last war brings an end to the Universe.
  • A frustrated valet to the British ambassador in Turkey sets out to sell secrets as World War II comes to a close. Based on a true incident in Ankara that was known as Operation Cicero. Regarded as Maso's best film. Excess postage charged at the checkout wil be refunded when order is processed.
  • Although only active for four years, Lynyrd Skynyrd left behind some of rock's enduring classics.  Freebird  features blisyering live performances, rare interviews, photos and home movies.  Tribute Tour is the musical reunion after ten years and also traces the origins of the band from Jacksonville, Florida.  Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • For four years, the intrepid crew of the NSEA Protector - Commander Taggart, Lt. Tawny Madison and Dr. Lazarus have had thrilling, dangerous missions in space - and then the series was cancelled.  Twenty years later, the 'crew' are still appearing at Galaxy Quest conventions and are bored to blazes - even the unnamed crewman who was killed off in Episode 3, Series Two has had enough.  But real aliens under attack have interpreted the Galaxy Quest television transmissions as historical documents - and they beam the crew of has-beens up to help them save the universe - with no script, no director and and no clue, the crew must give the performance of their lives! Excess postage paid at the checkout will be refunded when order is processed.
  • Crashing across the Mexican border in a getaway car containing millions, career criminal 'Driver' is soon arrested by corrupt police officers.  Separated from his spoils and incarcerated in the notorious El Pueblito prison, Driver is befriended by a worldly nine year old boy. To gain his and the boy's freedom - and get his loot back - he must use all his skills to turn the rotting system against itself - if he can live long enough.
  • The biography of an ordinary man seemingly curses with perpetual bad luck. From being born with Tourette's Syndrome, to getting struck by lightning; from having his testicle removed to developing Alzheimer's disease; Harvey's troubles seem unending.  Yet he learns many lessons in life an enjoys its many fruits. He finds love, freedom, nudity and ultimately, the true meaning of what it is to be human.
  • In World War II, A defiant loner with definitive soldier skills is an invaluable asset to his struggling platoon as they find themselves holding off a Nazi advance along the Seigfried Line. Using ingenuity and courage they must bluff the Germans in order to buy time and save their lives. Cast includes Bobby Darin, James Coburn, Nick Adams and Bob Newhart.
  • Robert, a cemetery manager, begins the descent into insanity when people who own grave plots begin to die at a rapidly alarming rate - and seemingly by his hand. On the graveyard map, a black pin means death, and a white pin means life.  When the pins get mixed up and strange things begin to happen, Robert believes he has the power of life and death.  In a hideous experiment  he resurrects the newly buried, until he finds himself pursued by a murderer.  Filmed in nine days on location in a Los Angeles cemetery, the film is regarded as a psychological horror film with supernatural overtones.  Black and white.