Modern Literature

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  • Nino is an Italian journalist and one day his editor, who finds that Nino is a pain in the head, sends him to Australia to find out why so many Italians are heading Down Under. Nino sets off with no preconceived ideas of what he'll find when he gets there, but he's comforted by the knowledge he can speak and understand English. Having got into trouble fighting with some other Italians on board ship, Nino is escorted from the ship at Sydney by two policeman and is immediately in hot water again.  But he's determined to be an Australian and of course, he must learn to speak Australian first. He takes a job as a builder's labourer, meets a swag of new mates and gets involved in a  riot of hilarious predicaments along the way. Still regarded as the funniest book ever written about Australia. Illustrated by 'Wep'.
  • Thomasina is the descendant of Gallico's original cat heroine, Jennie.  In Gallico's first ever 'collaboration' - with Thomasina, of course - this furry little vain and opinionated lady tells what she believes to be her story (and anyone who has ever kept a cat knows they believe that it is all about them...). But it's really the story of a lonely child; a strange green-eyed girl  who has devoted her life to the creatures of the glen and forest; and a veterinary surgeon who loved not God, man or beast - and the strange and satisfying story that is woven for them all.
  • Thomasina is the descendant of Gallico's original cat heroine, Jennie.  In Gallico's first ever 'collaboration' - with Thomasina, of course - this furry little vain and opinionated lady tells what she believes to be her story (and anyone who has ever kept a cat knows they believe that it is all about them...). But it's really the story of a lonely child; a strange green-eyed girl  who has devoted her life to the creatures of the glen and forest; and a veterinary surgeon who loved not God, man or beast - and the strange and satisfying story that is woven for them all. Cover art by Freda Nichols.
  • The sequel to The Three Miss Margarets. Having ruled their tiny Southern town with a velvet grip for decades, the sight of the formidable Miss Margarets - Li'l Bit, Maggie and Peggy - gathered on a porch is a sign that's all with the world, even if they are in the company of the notorious Laurel Selene McCready, a wild child from the wrong side of the tracks. But when Miss Peggy dies and leaves her entire fortune to Laurel, the townsfolk are in an uproar. Not only has the no-account girl become the wealthiest landowner in town but she's inherited its biggest employer - Garrison Gardens - and a whole heap of trouble. As Laurel struggles with the sudden responsibility for her home town's future and the shady's lawyer's attempts to strong-arm her into signing over power of attorney, she stumbles across a dark secret concerning the former first lady of Garrison Gardens and her own pt suddenly becomes clear.

  • Charles Dickens shuddered at his memory, calling him a 'deified beast'. Tacitus and Seutonius portrayed him as a monster, steeped in vice and guilty of atrocious cruelty.  Yet Pliny called him the saddest of all men, and the German historian Mommsen thought him the most capable of emperors.  Tiberius is an enigma - a great general and a prudent ruler who abruptly withdrew from the seat of power to live his last years on Capri - years which Tacitus depicted as a reign of horror. Yet to the end, Tiberius remained a conscientious and capable administrator.  Now Tiberius speaks for himself, through the author: recounting the story of his life, brooding on the relationship with his mother Livia and his stepfather Augustus, his two wives, his protégé Sejanus and younger members of the Imperial family. The result is a portrait of a withdrawn, secretive man driven by duty rather than love of power.
  • Tim, at twenty five, has the body and face of an Adonis and the mind of a child.  Mary is over 40, a career woman who lives alone.  She sees Tim working on a building site and they become friends -  then more than friends.  This edition pictured  is the original story, not a novelised film edition.
  • 1940: Nazi Germany has conquered most of Western Europe and Lisbon in neutral Portugal has become a hotbed of international intrigue as the world waits for the invasion of England.  In this hotbed is an ambitious plot to kidnap the Duke of Windsor, which will set Hitler's seal  upon his anticipated defeat of the British.
  • Lee's classic story of the lawyer who defends a black man charged with the rape of a white girl in America's Deep South in the 1930s.  Here are the roots of human behaviour: innocence, experience, kindness, cruelty, hatred, humour, pathos - and love.  Cover shows Gregory Peck and Brock Peters from the film.
  • Book VI of The House of Niccolo. Spring, 1741: The Lions of Europe are grumbling. The English shake themselves free of the Wars of the Roses; France and Burgundy face each other across the Somme and Venice attempts to stem the growing threat of the Ottoman Turk. Meanwhile, in Scotland, merchant-banker Nicholas de Fleury - having wrested his infant son from the boy's formidable mother, sets in train a perilous and dangerous deception that will ensnare nations and ruin his many enemies, but which may also sever Nicholas from his friends.