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  • 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.
  • 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.  Chapters: The World of Meket-Re; Tut.ankh.amen: The Wealth of An Egyptian King; Jericho: The Earliest Portraits; The Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls; The Treasure Ship of Sutton Woo; Stonehenge; Maiden Castle: The First British War Cemetery; Archaeology From The Air. Archaeology From The Sea: The Mahdia Wreck;  A Royal Tomb At Ur; The Winged Lions Of Nimrud; Behistun: A Key to Hisotry; Lascaux: A Painted Cave; The Frozen Mammoth; The Mystery Of Tollund Man; The Boy From The Lead Moutain; Pompeii: A City Buried Alive. With black and white photos.

  • 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.
  • Andrew ‘Cad’ Cadigan is the only person to have walked solo around Australia also taking in Tasmania. He trooped 15,000kilometres, averaging 43 kilometres a day in honour of his mate ‘Simmo’ who died of a rare blood disorder at age 24. Cad was 29 when he quit his job, sold his home then with little preparation, left Sydney two days after Christmas, pushing a pram with his provisions and headed south. In the ensuing 18 months he suffered depression, extreme loneliness and physical pain – at times walking 50km a day in 40 degree-plus heat – but refused to surrender, becoming only the third person to navigate the continent on foot without a support crew. Along the way he endeared himself to hundreds of people from all walks of life, and parts of the world, as he made new friendships almost daily during the expedition he called Oz on Foot. Four days after completing the trek and gaining national recognition, Cad left for Thailand to rest and turn his hand-written diaries into a book on his journey. A month to the day after crossing the finish line on the Sydney Harbour Bridge he suffered horrific injuries in a motor cycle accident, passing away after finally being returned to Australia. Neil Cadigan, a leading author who has penned the memoirs of rugby league greats Andrew Johns and Wally Lewis and Yellow Wiggle Greg Page, completed a vow to his son to finish his book. Illustrated with colour photographs.
  • 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.

  • Wells intended that this book be read basically as a novel - as an account of our present knowledge of history without elaborations and complications. This edition was revised by Professor G.P. Wells, the son of the author.  Earlier chapters have been revised and five new chapters added as well as two new maps.