Antiquities & Oddities

//Antiquities & Oddities
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  • 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.
  • Book II in the Katy series. Dr. Carr's mind is firmly made up. Katy and her little sister Clover are to spend a year away at boarding school. A strange place and far from home, but on arrival the girls have an inkling that it might turn out to be rather different from their expectations. One thing is for sure, it certainly isn't going to be dull with Rose Red as an ally.
  • 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 VIII 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.

  • Nigel Molesworth - St. Kustards - offers a guide to survival for the 20th century with advice on how to obtain More Culture and a Cleaner Brane; The Peason-Molesworth atommic pile; End of term marks; The Molesworth Report on Masters and a discourse on the topic that all books which boys hav to read are wrong. Illustrated by Ronald Searle. All misspellings contained herein are Nigel's own.
  • Welcome to St. Kustards  and your tour guide, Nigel Molesworth and his 'grate frend' Peason.  This is the boys' version of St Trinians and from the same creators.  Illustrated lavishly by the irrepresible Ronald Searle.  Chapters include How to Be a Young Elizabethan and How to Survive in the Atommic Age - with a 'guide to gurls'.
  • We often use expressions without thinking about it, but why do we use them and what are their origins?  Such as cheesed off to denote irritation; and what does it mean to cock a snook?  Why a kangaroo court?  All these and so much more, great potential for trivia nights. A great little volume to browse now and then.
  • A fascinating history of Christmas carols and their meanings. Who was Good King Wenceslas? What are the pagan origins of  The Holly And The Ivy? And - of course - what was the partridge doing in the pear tree? Carols first appeared in the Middle Ages, when a carol was any song sung with the singer standing in a circle; they were banned under Puritan law and united the soldiers on both sides on the Western front; and they are the longest running tradition of Christmas.
  • Somerset Maugham -  husband, father, bi-sexual; homosexual; playwright, author, thorough-going agnostic and - spy, recruited to the network of British agents who operated against the Berlin Committee during World War 1. Published in 1937, the aim of this book - which, according to the author, makes no attempt to be biographical in the strict sense - is to trace the developments of Maugham's style, technique and choice of subject matter in his novels, plays and short stories. There is also speculation of the the thought and philosophy of which Maugham's work is his eloquent expression.