Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • Eye witness accounts of ghosts and hauntings.
  • The authors have taken Paterson's beloved ballad and traced the footsteps of  The Man From Snowy River through the Snowy Mountains country  and the strange, treeless plains of the Monaro. Here is the history of the real men and women in the background of Paterson's legend - half-mad shepherds, ticket-of-leave men, the squatters, the settlers and their inheritors. Plenty of awesome photographs in colour and black and white, together with the little snippets of  history that make up the entire colourful tapestry of the pioneers.

  • An ex-drover from Somerset, 'Big' Clarke - William John Turner Clarke - was physically a giant but it was his influence and wealth in 19th century pastoral Australia that earned him his sobriquet.  Physically disabled and orphaned young, his story is not wholyy rags to riches but he found the odds stacked heavily against him.  His former occupation of driving cattle to the London market was an asset when he migrated to Australia in 1829 - as was his knowledge of farming, livestock, his capacity for hard work, his sharp eye for a 'good beast' and astute judgement in business affairs. A wonderfully real pioneer and larger than life.
  • Never before had royal authority been so fundamentally challenged.  Eight centuries later, 63 clauses of the original Magna Carta are still in use.  But this is not a dry treatise of this well-covered historical event:  it is also what it was like to live in that momentous year. Fashion, food, religion, sex, education and medicine...Spectacles were invented...windmills were erected...Oxford became the first university and cathedrals of Lincoln and Salisbury were built. Full of rich detail, from great matters of state to everyday domestic life.
  • When American Helen spies an advert for an English bookshop that has the books she wants, she goes shopping via airmail. A lifelong correspondence springs up as she buys more books and learns about the lives of the proprietor, Frank Doel, his employees and England, while they learn about life in America.  The book the reproduction of their correspondence in which Helen also learns about England's problems with rationing and starts saving frantically to take a trip to 84 Charing Cross Road. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street  is the diary of that trip upon publication of 84 Charing Cross Road.  This was made into an iconic film starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins.  A very memorable book.
  • Seventeen accounts of archaeological discoveries, taken from the writings of those who have uncovered the remains, ruins and relics. Discoveries covered include:  Tutankhamen's tomb, Jericho, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the treasure ship of Sutton Hoo, Stonehenge, Maiden Castle. the Mahdia wreck, a royal tomb at Ur, the painted cave of Lascaux, Tollund Man, Pompeii and more. With black and white photos.

  • Translations from Celtic literature - an invaluable book for those interested in the Celtic history as it is all here, as told in their own words. This book contains legends, literatire, letters, observations and diary excerpts from the Celtic nation.
  • There are two kinds of cat owners:  those who put the cat out at night and those who let the cat push them out of the warmest and most comfortable chair. John Merrett is one of the latter.  Strangely, for a cat lover, he acquired only one cat deliberately - the rest of them staged a home invasion and captivated him.   Five of these cats - William, Henry, Barney, Joe Bulldozer and Jimpsie McCowdrey - became radio personalities and William became a star on on the Woman's Hour Request Week.  A book for sincere cat-worshippers with delightful photos.