Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • A collection of James' book reviews, performances, speeches about BBC, his selected verses, after dinner speeches and articles about BBC TV from 1987 - 1992. Among these gems are Billy Connolly, jet-lag in Tokyo and Frank Sinatra.
  • A selection of James'  TV Criticism columns from The Observer 1972 - 1976.  
  • As the 1940s came to a close, the dream factory of Hollywood was in turmoil:  McCarthyism was a dark shadow, television had begun to make inroads and there was the realism of post-war society.  But five young actors came west:  James Dean; Rock Hudson; Montgomery Clift; Elizabeth Taylor and Natalie Wood. They became the idols of their generation.  As well as their stories, this book encapsulates the glamour, the hype, the delusions and scandals that was the Hollywood of the Fifties. With black and white photographs.
  • "Arnie" is probably the most intriguing and improbable movie phenomenon of modern times.  Born in a remote Austrian village, the son of the local policeman and arriving in California with $20 in his pocket; now he's governor of the state. But who is Arnold Schwarzenegger? This work illuminates the myth-making power of Arnold's own ambitions and follows his strange career all the way up through the stage-managed but scandal-assailed campaign and dramatic recall election to his eventual triumph. he became the world's greatest body builder then the highest-paid film actor.  Here it all is:  From Hercules in New York and Conan the Barbarian to The Terminator and Twins. With colour photographs.
  • 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!"
  • This is the second and final volume of the centenary history of Burns, Philp and Co. During the years reviewed in this volume (1914 - 1946) Burns Philp was firmly established as a merchant in Australia and the South Pacific,renowned as a buyer of copra, a seller of merchandise, plantation owner, shipowner and provider of credit.Within three months of the beginning of World War I, James Burns was carving up the map of the South Pacific; and there is an account of Australian planters acquiring the former German plantations in New Guinea, followed by covert German attempts to re-establish themselves in the Territory. The effects of the Great Depression and the success of the company in coming through it are portrayed vividly.
  • At 10.00 a.m. on June 15, 1972 the 19-ton schooner Lucette, sailed by a Scottish ex-farmer and his family was attacked by killer whales in the Pacific and sank in sixty seconds.  What followed was a 37 day ordeal and one of the most astounding survival stories ever to be told:  800 miles  of thirst, hunger, exhaustion and disaster. In an inflatable rubber raft with a 9 ft. fibreglass dinghy to tow it, Dougal Robertson and his crew of five - his wife, 18 year-old son, 12 year-old twin boys and a student friend - decided to make for the coats of Costa Rica, 1,000 miles and an estimated 50 days away.  They had emergency rations of food and water for three days and a handful of random items snatched from the Lucette - no maps, no compass or instruments of any kind. They set course for the Doldrums, steering by sun and stars. A ship passed, but failed to see their flares; their raft sank and they crowded together in the small dinghy - yet they survived rain, storms, calm, sharks, high waves and made it through. This is their incredible story.
  • With Incidental Observations On Great Beer Myths, Pubs And Publicans, Barmaids And Breathalysers, Mum, Flip, Beery Bards, And Beer In The Kitchen, Etc. This is the first and all-embracing guide to Australian beer ever written - with duly meticulous field research conducted (with great sacrifice)  by the author.   It covers the place of beer in art  - advertising, cartoons etc - historically (in its international setting); legally and politically, scientifically and statistically; alone or in company (mixed or segregated). Well - it is all-embracing!

  • Based on meticulous research and interviews with dozens of family members, friends, lovers, directors, and costars, Rebel offers a revelatory look at actor and film icon James Dean (1931-1955) - cinema's most enduring symbol of rebellious youth, has held the world's fascination since his tragic death at the age of twenty-four. From the dusty roads of rural Indiana to Manhattan's gay culture, from Broadway to Burbank, here is Dean's troubled life: the tragic death of his mother when he was nine; his tumultuous relationship with his father; his rise to stardom in New York and Hollywood and his on-and off-screen exploits. With black and white photos.