Hardback with dust jacket. Very good condition.

//Hardback with dust jacket. Very good condition.
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  • The story of Francois Villon the medieval poet.  Very gritty.
  • An ex-drover from Somerset, 'Big' Clarke - William John Turner Clarke - was physically a giant but it was his influence and wealth in 19th century pastoral Australia that earned him his sobriquet.  Physically disabled and orphaned young, his story is not wholyy rags to riches but he found the odds stacked heavily against him.  His former occupation of driving cattle to the London market was an asset when he migrated to Australia in 1829 - as was his knowledge of farming, livestock, his capacity for hard work, his sharp eye for a 'good beast' and astute judgement in business affairs. A wonderfully real pioneer and larger than life.
  • The North Korean People's Army has crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded South Korea, viciously ambushing a routine American convoy. The shocking news reaches the beaches of Hawaii, where Captain Mark Isen is a 27 year old second-generation professional soldier. Commander of C Company, part of a light infantry division and like most of his peers, he's never seen combat. The Army's lightest, most mobile units are rushed to Korea. Charlie Company gets there weeks ahead of the Army heavy forces and in a matter of days, Isen's men are at war. And when the front-line grunts of C Company are exposed to the white heat of battle, Isen knows, before the first engagement is over, that his men will be outnumbered and outgunned in every battle they fight.

  • With a sensational retro cover from 1964.  Crime Club edition.
  • On February 1, 1922, the distinguished film director William Desmond Taylor was found shot dead in his Los Angeles bungalow.  When the police arrived, the found the head of Paramount Studios burning a bundle of papers in the fireplace,  a well-known actress searching the house for letters she claimed were hers  and almost immediately after, a hysterical 20 yea-old actress known for 'little girl' roles.  Despite a full-scale investigation and lurid headlines, the case was never solved and remains a lingering Hollywood scandal. In 1967, more than forty years after Taylor's death, director King Vidor (Northwest Passage, The Fountainhead, Duel in the Sun, War and Peace) determined to solve the mystery which had haunted him throughout his career. Through his intimate knowledge of both the studios and the stars, he succeeded, where dozens of professional detectives had failed, in discovering the identity of the murderer. But his findings were too explosive. He decided he could never go public and locked his evidence away. After Vidor's death in 1982, Kirkpatrick, Vidor's authorised biographer, gained access to the evidence and reconstructed the amazing story of Taylor's murder and Vidor's investigation. The cast of suspects include the comedic actress Mabel Normand, a reputed drug addict; the beautiful ingénue, Mary Miles Minter, with whom Taylor was having an affair; Mary's domineering mother, Charlotte Shelby - also rumoured to have been Taylor's lover; Taylor's homosexual houseman; and Taylor's secretary, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Taylor's mysteriously elusive brother. This true crime story has every element of the classic murder mystery. Covered up for more than half a century, the full story can now be told in all its riveting, shocking detail. A must for any Hollywood fan.
  • When Raif and Drey Sevrance return home to their clan as the only survivors of a vicious attack in which their father and clan chief were killed, everything changes for Raif.  Uneasy with the new chief's brutal reign and his brother's acceptance of it, Raif welcomes his Uncle Angus Lok's invitation to accompany him to Spire Vanis. Asarhia March - Ash for short - is the beautiful ward of Penthero Iss, Overlord of Spire Vanis.  When Ash discovers that he plans to imprison her, she flees and is cornered at the City gates by the Elite Guards.  But Angus  Lok dives into the midst of the Guards and snatches her to safety.  Angus knows this girl will develop powers as she grows to womanhood - she could destroy herself and the world if she doesn't know how to control them.  Only Raif can protect her on her journey to understanding.
  • Set in the United States of the future, Dr. Joshua Christian's work as a clinical psychologist presents him with a bitter tableau of people spiritually impoverished by too much change: political, climatic, idealogical. His deep compassion and personal magnetism have created a devout following among his patients, but living and working in the backwater of a Connecticut town, he yearns to reach out and help on a larger scale. Dr Judith Carriol, a brilliant  senior official from the Department of the Environment is as ambitious and career-oriented as she is Machiavellian. She recognises in Joshua the personification of her desire to influence history. Together the embark on a crusade to regenerate the country's morale by radically changing its peoples' outlook. Judith engineers the plot, Joshua must execute it  and on a tour of the winter-devastated country, he turns the tour into a pilgrimage that touches and renews the despairing hearts of the people.

  • Book V of A Song Of Ice And Fire. In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance - beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind. Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever. Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone - a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice. From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skin-changers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.