Antiquities & Oddities

//Antiquities & Oddities
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  • Published in 1966, a collection of short stories, poems, illustrations and photographs of how the Australian 'beat generation' saw the world and it was intended also as a vehicle to help get young writers published. The selection staff of three - also under twenty-five, were Anne O'Donovan, Jayne Sanderson and our own well loved Shane Porteous.
  • Aussie Humour.
  • Stories include: Pandora the Prig, Peggy Carr; Out Of Bounds, A.E. Seymour; The Girl Who Had Too Many Friends, Mary Gervaise; Christmas At The Towers,  M.C. Field; A Mixed Scent, Bessie Marchant; The Spies, Grace Golden; Out On Ben Corrig, Nancy Firle. With colour and black and white illustrations.
  • Abridged and adapted school edition.  Angus and Roberson,1962. Photo illustrations.
  • Merry stories for all occasions - some even a little bit saucy for 1929 and some not very P.C. for today's standards!  Most are good fast snappies, such as the young lady who announced that when she married, it would be to a man who was polished, upright and grand.  The rejected suitor replied, "You don't want a man - you want a piano!"   As you see, they are mostly nice clean ones that reflect the humour of the 1920s - making this a social time travel trip.
  • Humourous Australian poetry, often satirising news events of the day:  Down To Earth satirises Professor Auguste Piccard's prediction of future space journeys to distant solar systems lasting thousands of years and from which it would be possible to return without aging.  All manner of everyday life events are in the sights of Foster's gun, from the culinary arts to modern sculpture, with a few sly digs at political notables from the Cold War Era. With amusing black and white illustrations by Emeric.

  • Book V of the Jalna chronicles of the Whiteoaks family. It is the successor to Jalna in which the central characters were Piers and Eden. Here it is their younger brother Finch, sensitive, misunderstood and musical, and finding growing up a torturing business.  Twice he tries to escape, but the spell of the old red-brick house drags him back with that peculiar haunting power that influences every character in this striking saga of Canadian country life.