Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • 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.
  • Originally published in twelve volumes, this edition revised by the author and Jane Caplan is the essence of that original work. It is also a redrafted, revised and updated version. Chapters: The Shape Of History; The Geneses Of Civilisations; The Growth Of Civilisations; The Breakdown Of Civilisations; The Disintegrations Of Civilsations; Universal States; Universal Churches; Heroic Ages; Contacts Between Civilisations In Space; Contacts Between Civilisations In Time; Why Study History?  With over 500 illustrations.
  • Dickens' Mr Micawber solved his problems by emigrating to Australia; his example was followed by Dickens' own sons.  Alfred arrived in 1865 and younger brother Edward three years later. They both became managers and part-owners of stations in the far west of New South Wales, and stock and station agents. Alfred moved to Victoria and lectured both in Australia and overseas.  Edward went to live in Wilcannia which he represented in Parliament.  They may not have won fame or fortune, but their story, partly told through family letters, is still absorbing and would be of interest to any fan of Dickens.
  • Like a tramp, a pilgrim or a wandering scholar, an 18 year-old boy set out one wet December day in 1933 to walk to Constantinople. In that year, when Hitler came to power, adventure beckoned and youth was golden for Patrick Leigh Fermor as he tramped up the Rhine and down the Danube towards the mysterious gateway to the East - sleeping barns, or in fairy tale castles, losing his possessions and being showered with gifts. But there was more to discover than freedom and the camaraderie of the road:  the arts, landscapes, religions, languages, histories and above all, the people of a dozen civilisations unfolded before his hungry young mind - sharply outlined before the gathering storm. This volume covers his journey from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube.
  • A comprehensive collection of Australian folk tales and traditions; stories of fact and legends; adventures, bush rangers and shipwrecks; ghosts and swagmen and a selection  of  colonial ballads. In this volume: Once a Jolly Swagman: includes the origins of 'Waltzing Matilda',  Swagmen's Unions and more;   Bush Characters and Bush Customs - featuring the emu as a weather prophet, bush initiative, customs, damper and more; Some Australian Ghosts: Quinn's Light, Fisher's Ghost (of course...), the murdering sandhills, Australia's most haunted house and others;  Treasure Trove: The Dog God idol, the ship with a silver keel, Benito Benita's treasure, the legend of the silver reef and other 'gems'; The Wild Colonial Boys: Ned Kelly, Thunderbolt, Captain Moonlight and more 'bad boys'; Unusual Characters - plenty of these in Australia! The King of the Hawkesbury, Quong Tart, a lady pirate, the man who saw a unicorn, just to name a few in this chapter; Whaling Days and Ways; Traditional  Colonial Ballads: A song for practically every occasion, including transportation ballads, bushranging and cattle duffing ditties; songs for shearing and droving and other opportunities for song. With beautiful black and white line illustrations from the late 1800s.
  • Ben Rutherford was brought up on a high country sheep station in New Zealand, and brought up the old fashioned way. Here he shares his stories of high country farming, swaggers, station cooks and their eccentric temperament, dog trials, horse racing, pig and deer shooting and other rumbustious elements of the New Zealand way of life...a way of life so rumbustious that a farmer member of the Christchurch Club was once heard to exclaim: "It's not the rabbits I'm worrying about, it's the Rutherfords!"
  • Mrs. Ritter left a very comfortable home to keep house for her husband and a Norwegian trapper in a hut that measured 12ft x 6 ft on Spitzbergebn, some 60 miles from the only neighbour. She was there for a year, often alone for long periods of time while the men were about their affairs - she was alone during her first Arctic blizzard; at other times she went with them on their journeys across snow and ice. Although she came to the experience reluctantly, she  fell in love with the lonely island wilderness and all its marvels - from its dark and violent winter to the rose and violet hues of the Arctic summer. Here are stories of bear hunts, blizzards, hazard trekking, making friends with a white polar fox which she named Mikkl as well as the domestic scenes of life within four narrow walls.  At this time, the Arctic was regarded as for men only - but Christiane proved this to be all wrong.

  • On April 6, 1924, eight courageous young Army airmen too off on a 26,000 mile journey into the record books.  Three years before Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris, they set out from Seattle in four open-cockpit bi-planes, determined to circle the globe - and they did it. They were battered by blizzards and typhoons, lost in sandstorms and blinding fog and had even given up two of their number for dead.  Here is the epic story of the first around-the-world flight.
  • Ten noted anthropologists examine the evolution of Aboriginal power from pre-white contact to the 1980s.  The first five chapters deal with power relations and ideologies in traditional and tradition-oriented Aboriginal societies and power in relation to myth, land rights, leadership and socialisation. The remaining chapters focus on Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders are are more integrated into Australian society, mainly urban dwellers; the political middlemen, internal colonialism, the formation  of a pan-Aborignal identity and the question of Aboriginal power in an urban setting in general.  As a whole, the book offers a wide-ranging examination of the power possessed by Aborigines and how Aborigines perceive power among themselves and in relation to others. The contributors are: Michael. C. Howard; E. Kolig; D.H. Turner; K. Maddock; F.R. Myers; R. Tonkinson; J. Beckett; J.C. Pierson; and D.J. Jones; J. Hill-Burnett.