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  • So, anyway...how did a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare become a self-confessed legend? These things happen. And en route, John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance at St Peter’s Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via scriptwriting for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python. Punctuated from time to time with John Cleese’s thoughts on topics as diverse as the nature of comedy, the relative merits of cricket and waterskiing, and the importance of knowing the dates of all the kings and queens of England, this is a masterly performance by a former schoolmaster.  With fabulous black and white photographs.
  • An extremely rare copy of a limited edition book that has been devalued by the uploading of a PDF version to the Internet.  Frederic Slaney Poole stepped off the St. Vincent at Port Adelaide on November 30, 1867. His descendant has told his incredible story of his life from his role as a horseback priest to becoming Canon.
  • A chance encounter in a fish-’n’-chip shop set Brendan James Murray on the trail of a mystery. Had a gay man been secretly murdered on H.M.A.S Australia during the Second World War? The veteran he spoke to was certain. ‘I knew about it,’ he said. ‘We all did.’ But was the story true? If so, who was the dead man? And why was it so hard to find out? This book is the search for the answer, almost stone-walled by cover-up and silence. In the end, it brings us to the lies that have shrouded our understanding of war, and especially of war at sea. As one of the survivors poignantly says, ‘I want to pass it on to the next generation. What it was like. What it was really like.’
  • An ancient Egyptian tomb, sealed from the outside world for centuries, deep inside solid rock - the sarcophagus is opened...to reveal a freshly murdered corpse!
  • Older than the Melbourne Cup, the Derby is restricted to three year olds and run at set weights.  Here is the history of the Derby, with a roll call of famous horses, both winners and also-rans and the effect that this race has had on so many careers. With black and white photographs.
  • Galway, universally recognised as the man with the golden flute, recounts his life that began in the back streets of Belfast, where 'everybody played an instrument and if they couldn't afford one, they sang'. For six years he was principal flautist with the Berlin Philharmonic under Herbert von Karajan and he also played with the London Symphony orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic. His subsequent solo concerts and recordings have established him as a virtuoso with a superb technique. He began playing the mouth organ, then the violin and then the flute - a complete individualist, of whom von Karajan said, "Talking to Jimmy Galway is like talking to a man from Mars!"
  • Explosive and controversial, Waterfront exposes, for the first time, the real story behind the bitter 1998 war on the wharves which divided Australians and changed the nature of the workplace forever. This shocking exposè reveals who was behind it and what it means for all Australians. It all began with a 'deep throat' phone call to John Coombs, the head of Australia's most militant union, the Maritime Union of Australia. The mystery caller warned him of a clandestine plot to destroy the union's hold on the waterfront. The controversial stand-off between the Patrick Stevedoring company and the Maritime Union became a battle for the hearts and minds of the average Australian. Veteran Sydney Morning Herald journalists Trinca and Davies covered the waterfront dispute from the very beginning and take us behind the headlines to tell the real story of this real-life political thriller. Illustrated with black and white photographs. A very scarce, autographed first printing;  a derogatory reference to Peter Costello caused this issue to be recalled and pulped.
  • Take the beauty of Sydney Harbour,  add a luxury yacht, some seemingly happy and carefree people, a cat, a corpse and a murderer...Stir in some sunshine and an attractive red-head for a tense, fast-moving mystery ride.  Wonderful retro dust jacket with Kim Novak Bell, Book and Candle-style image.
  • The story of Robert Six - ex-sailor, ex-truck driver and ex-pilot - the man behind one of America's more dramatic success stories.  Six's career began in the pioneering days of aviation and continued into the age of jet and supersonic transport.  A lively view of the history of commercial airlines in America, full of anecdotes and regarded as entertaining.