• A fabulous compendium of the weird, the wonderful and the inexplicable. The range of entries covers everything from the bizarre to the horrific and from the spooky to the utterly confounding. There is some of history's most astounding tales of the strange and supernatural with vivid detail of the events and the people involved, the impact of particular myths and beliefs and the investigations undertaken in the effort to find answers to the world's most baffling phenomena. There are Beasts and Monsters - the beast of Bodmin, the Mongolian deathworm and others; Conspiracies and Communications - the Men in Black, the  Piri Reis Map and more; Earthy Energies and Mystical Places will take you through the Dragon's Triangle, the stone circles at Castlerigg and other places ; Hidden Cities and Lost Civilisations visits Atlantis, Lyonesse. Lemuria with a few more rest-stops; Horrors and Hauntings covers Borley Rectory (reputedly the most haunted place on earth), Amityville, the Longendale Ghostplanes and more; Marvels and Miracles such as angels, Noah's Ark, Gef the Talking Mongoose and more will appear; there's psychic powers and psychic phenomena, puzzling people, secret societies and miscellany of demonic possessions, voodo and even zombies. Illustrated with black and white photographs and sketches.
  • Well, perhaps not quite 1001 - but it certainly a fascinating, hand-picked cross-section of classic conversation from Andrew Denton's Enough Rope. Many feature previously unreleased material and are guaranteed to please and inspire; this is an eminently browsable and instantly addictive book. Among the guests are Cate Blanchett, Bono, Steve Irwin,Alan Bond, Elton John, Mel Brooks, Jane Goodall, Matt Lucas and David Williams, Tim Winton and Michael 'Parky' Parkinson. With black and white photographs.
  • 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 the cathedrals of Lincoln and Salisbury were built. Full of rich detail, from great matters of state to everyday domestic life.
  • Scandals, disasters, shocks and crises: 1932 could truly be described as one of the most electrifying years in Australian history, alive with unforgettable characters and momentous events. So much happened in that fateful year, becoming the stuff of enduring national legend: the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened by surprise with the slashing sword of Captain Francis de Groot; the birth of the Australian Broadcasting Commission; the mysterious death of the beloved race horse Phar Lap; the controversial dismissal of NSW Premier Jack Lang; and the start of cricket's infamous Bodyline series. Ivy Field, in the most notorious divorce case of the decade, sued for today's equivalent of $350,00 in alimony to support her lifestyle of imported lace underwear and $5000 dresses. Overshadowing all else, the Great Depression seemed to single Australians out for special punishment, pushing a fragile young society to the brink of disintegration. By 1932 - the worst of it - a third of the population had been reduced to living like refugees in their own land while a lucky few emerged rich as third world rajahs. Dead men were walking - the tens of thousands of jobless  tramp the bush roads, and among them, the prime suspect in a brutal murder. And 1932 was also a year that would see dauntless courage and endurance as ordinary Australians weathered a global catastrophe and become a critical turning point for a country balanced between its colonial past and its independent future. Illustrated with historical black and white photographs.
  • Including works from Welsh, Irish and Scottish Gaelic, Cornish, Breton and Manx, this Miscellany offers a rich blend of poetry and prose from the eighth to the nineteenth century and provides a unique insight into the minds and literature of the Celtic people. It is a literature dominated by a deep sense of wonder, wild inventiveness and a profound sense of the uncanny, in which the natural world and the power of the individual spirit are celebrated with astonishing imaginative force.  Arranged by theme: from the hero-tales of Cú Chulainn, Bardic poetry and elegies to the sensitive and intimate writings of early Celtic Christianity. 
  • 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.
  • Complete dagg John 'Nobby' Clarke (1948-2017) claimed a PhD in Cattle and held important positions with Harrods, Selfridges and Easibind; was sacked by ABC Radio and worked for various defunct newspapers; he enjoyed such recreations as reading theological works and dog trials.  His address was care of the people next door. (Or just pop it inside the door of fuse box for Friday collection.)  He really was the complete dagg. Chapters include: Australia - A User's Guide; Celebrity Interviews - luminaries include the late Bob Hawke, Prince Charles and Meryl Streep; Farnarkeling; The Resolution of Conflict; Golf (extensively covered...) This Week On ABC Television; Australiaform; Australia And How To Repair It (with a section on Troubleshooting); Very Worrying Developments.
  • In the early morning hours of April 18, 1906, San Francisco and a string of towns to its north-northwest and the south-southeast were overcome by an enormous shaking that was compounded by the violent shocks of an earthquake, registering 8.25 on the Richter scale. The quake resulted from a rupture in the San Andreas fault, which lies underneath the earth's surface along the northern coast of California. Lasting little more than a minute, the earthquake wrecked 490 blocks, toppled a total of 25,000 buildings, broke open gas mains, cut off electric power lines throughout the Bay area, and effectively destroyed the gold rush capital that had stood there for a half century. Perhaps more significant than the tremors and rumbling, which affected a swatch of California more than 200 miles long, were the fires that took over the city for three days, leaving chaos and horror in its wake. The human tragedy included the deaths of upwards of 700 people, with more than 250,000 left homeless. It was perhaps the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. The author also discusses the significance of the quake and the effect it had on the rest of twentieth-century California and American history. With black and white photographs.
  • Newspaper editor Jill Baker arrived home to find her husband dead on the bedroom floor. Within weeks, still in shock, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and told her chances of surviving. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment followed in a year from hell. At her lowest ebb, Jill took a chance. She needed someone who cuddled her at night and was still excited to see her in the morning. She just hadn't met him yet. She needed something or somebody to make life worth living again. But could it really be a crazy, howling, snoring, digging, chewing, barking orange pup called Dirty Harry? Turns out that Harry and Jill were made for each other. They are an unlikely duo; Jill is quiet, Harry is loud as hell. Jill meticulously plans the day while Harry wings it. She sips Pinot while he's an espresso martini guy. Theirs is a beautiful friendship, an unbreakable bond.
  • A unique study of Vietnam from prehistory to 1972 which places the Vietnam War and Western involvement in perspective. Geography and environment have had a profound effect on Vietnamese history - the Vietnamese have had to contend with the power of neighboring China, a coastline that facilitated French conquest and mountains that divide the Red River delta in the north from the Mekong River valley  in the south. Also covered is the legendary origin of the Vietnamese and their emergence before the advent of Chinese influence in the 1st century B.C.; the forces that shaped the centralised Vietnamese state during the era of independence after the expulsion of the Chinese in A.D. 939; and the century of French exploitation, during which nationalist movements arose in the north and south.
  • The reminiscences of a naive English girl 'in service' present a lively portrait of Australia in the 188s and 1890s against the background of Brisbane during the Jubilee, the Sydney Centennial celebrations and the Melbourne Exhibition, as well as a social whirl of dinners, balls and garden parties. Agnes came from England 'knowing no more than a babe unborn how it came to be in the world' to a country where there were 'beautiful flowers without any scent' and believed that snakes will 'never die until sunset, however early they are killed'. Her adventurous spirit led her from one great house to another - Governors and grooms, ladies and laundry-maids are all described with the same directness and humour. Illustrated with authentic photographs of the people and places mentioned in Agnes' narrative.
  • A wickedly perceptive account of a deer culler's life.  A deer culler is often solitary by choice, venturing 'into town' only when en route to another critical area or to blow his money on beer, women or whatever else he's been dreaming about all season!  Here is not only the rewards and punishments of such a career, but also the uproarious  oddity of the men who pursue it.
  • From the earliest times to the age of Macquarie.  The author does mean this literally, beginning with the migration from the hunting grounds of south East Asia. With black and white maps and illustrations.
  • Sir Alec Guinness (1914 - 2000) makes his observations on Britain, taken from his journal at the tumultuous times of Princess Diana's death, the election of Tony Blair and comments on his quintessentially English country life with Mrs Guinness.  A follow up to My Name Escapes Me, this volume covers 1996 - 1998.  Sir Alec offers frank and surprising reflections on appearing in Star Wars and hilarious reminiscences of Humphrey Bogart and Noel Coward.
  • A very readable and very lively portrayal of Australia's evolution, beginning with the Aborigines and the coming of white men, the First Fleet's progress to Botany Bay and Governor Phillip's harangue to the convicts in his charge. Convicts and settlers, architecture, exploration, immigrants and squatters, politics and culture, gold rushes, radicals and nationalists and world wars - it's all here. Illustrated with black and white photographs and sketches.

  • All the glamour and nostalgia of the big band era of the 1920s to the 1960s come to life in Jim Davidson's account. Here is Sydney in the Jazz Age; Davidson played the top hotels, the orchestra pits of the silent movies before his successful dance band played the dance halls of the 1930s.  World War II  brought the creation of the concert parties for the entertainment of Australian troops - and a lot of clashes with a Sergeant Peter Finch.  He later worked at the BBC, meeting the top English radio stars before returning to Australia to work at the ABC in the 60s - and he has a lot to say about that, as well. Illustrated with black and white photos sure to evoke memories of a simpler time.
  • Peter Fitzsimon's account of growing up on the rural outskirts of Sydney in the 1960s is first and foremost a tribute to family. It's also a salute to times and generations past, when praise was understated and love unstinting; work was hard and values were clear; when people stood by each other in adversity. Days were for doing. Here is a childhood full of mischief, camaraderie, eccentric characters, drama, love, loss and billy-carts.

  • First published in 1954. With his trademark wit and inquisitive eye, H. V. Morton travels through a Spain unspoilt by tourism.   Interspersed with episodes from Spain's rich history, this is a journey of discovery that would appeal to those with a sense of adventure and who appreciate a striking introduction to Spanish history and culture. "The stranger who wishes to approach Spain with sympathy and appreciation," H. V. Morton wrote, "must do so through its history." He takes the reader on a leisurely tour through a country where the past is very much alive, revealing a rich tapestry of events related with humor, charm, and sincerity. The Spain of the Christian kings and the caliphs of Córdoba, of Philip II, and the tragic Hapsburgs, the Spain of Columbus, of St Teresa, of Cortés and Pizarro, Velázquez, and Goya, is the thread of Morton's narrative.  With colour and black and white illustrations.