Antiquities & Oddities

//Antiquities & Oddities
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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.

  • 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.
  • Macauley comes home from tramping the roads in search of work to find his wife in bed with another man and his little six year old daughter doped.  He snatches the child as revenge on his faithless wife and leaves, traveling now with his 'shiralee' or burden.  Yet the gruff Macauley comes to love her more and more as she misbehaves, wins hearts and opens doors on the way through the back roads of Australia.
  • Nichols travels to America to interview such luminaries as President Calvin Coolidge, Henry Ford and Otto Kahn; visits the grave of Edgar Allan Poe and sees a prison in Havana. These snapshots are sometimes witty and sometimes sad but all are written with his journalist's skills, wit and sensitivity.
  • A successful attempt to bring Australian history to the man-in-the-street, from the discovery by Cook to 1955.  Explorers' adventures, the Rum Rebellion, the Golden Age, bushrangers, the birth of the Commonwealth,  The Anzacs, the building of Sydney Harbour Bridge and much  more is covered in a very readable style and is illustrated throughout with black and white drawings, reproductions of art works famous and little-known, and newspaper articles of the day. Errata slip on contents page.
  • Covers the Renaissance in general;  The Age of Invention and Discovery; the Revival of Learning; The Reformation; Science and Philosophy;  Art, Literature and Education.
  • A Tale of Rome, in the time of Marcus Aurelius...very few major historical characters will appear here. This story concerns itself with the back streets of Rome; the artisans, the growers and the makers; where hucksters and tricksters rubs shoulders with priests and philosophers.  The Encyclopedia of the Novel describes it as a 'playfully comic' depiction of Ancient Rome. So don't worry too much about any historical inaccuracies you may find!