Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • The Edwardian era is regarded as the Indian summer between the interminable reign of Victoria and the disappearance of the old order of elaborate social rituals that would be swallowed up in the mud of Flanders. The landed gentry in their country houses were uneasy at the minatory attitudes of Lloyd George, the encroachment of industrialisation and suburbia and the ostentation of the nouveau riche; the middle classes were doing nicely at a time when five hundred pounds meant a respectable London address rented for the season and three servants; but walled into the decaying, over-crowded slums were the working class, living in misery and discontent - and organising themselves into Unions of unskilled or semi-skilled workers, growing ever more impatient of the tardy progress of social reform. With a wealth of black and white photographs and illustrations.
  • The frank revelations of the innermost life of one of the greatest explorers of the human mind - a unique document of our time and for all time. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • A century of images from the Australian media, beginning with the first photograph ever used in an Australian newspaper: a train derailment in 1888. Included in this book of unforgettable images are: the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge; the dole queues of the Great Depression; the going to war and coming home; the devastation of Cyclone Tracy; heroes and villains, disasters and rescues - all of Australia's yesterdays.  This is an excellent publication, in a day and age when the darkroom has largely vanished  from the newspaper offices and negative libraries are disappearing. Winton Irving spent 15 years compiling this collection of Australia's history; before his retirement he was one of Sydney's leading newspaper photographers.
  • This is Freddy and Philip's story - the true story of a couple who married during the 70 day seige of Singapore and who became prisoners of the Japanese and were interned in Changi Gaol in Singapore.  With other imprisoned medical men, Dr. Philip Bloom was forced to perform miracles of improvised surgery, using anything he could lay his hands on to make artificial limbs for crippled fellow-prisoners. Freddy, an American and temporary nurse, was interred in the women's camp. Apart from sharing the suffering with 400 other women and 80 children, she fell victim to the dreaded Kampei Tai and was locked for days and nights in a 'cage' with imprisoned men. Both survived, but suffered terrible hardships. The book is their lives in  the prison camps.  Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • Sometimes Hollywood gets it wrong - that's the popular belief. Sometimes, Hollywood got it right. But did early woman emerge from the caves in an animal skin bikini, a la Raquel Welch, in One Million Years B.C.? Is the great chariot race in Ben-Hur like the real thing? Was the relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn portrayed fairly?  This book is divided into the Seven Ages of Hollywood, from the Creation to the Vietnam War, comparing fact - insofar as it can be ascertained - with the versions presented in Hollywood.  Cover shows Charlton Heston being epically (and hopefully accurately) Moses in The Ten Commandments.

  • Vitamins are essential to human life and health. Lack of vitamins can cause diseases such as scurvy and rickets. Asimov describes the experiments that led to the discovery that small amounts of vitamins in the diet CAN help us to be healthier and live longer. No. 14 in the Longmans series.
  • An authoritative  survey and analysis of Asimov's science fiction, offering a unique insight into the themes, stories, characters and settings that have enthralled millions of fans for over thirty years.  Every aspect of Asimov's works is investigated, from the very early shorts, through the Robot series, the Foundation series and the Lucky Starr novels, right up to and including the Gods Themselves.
  • A profoundly original and thought-provoking book - a critical appraisal of the evolution of science fiction and the part it plays in society today.  Intelligent and highly credible, a glimpse of a future in which science fiction has become science fact.
  • The master story teller, the one of the great sci fi writers of the age, explores why we've been fascinated by the idea of height since ancient times and how we learnt about outer space.  Here are the stories of the first attempts at flight, the launching of the first rockets and finally, the first time a man was sent into outer space. No 1. in the Longman series.