Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition

//Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition
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  • For the Pilasters, sex and love are weapons in a war for power and wealth and one explosive secret becomes the weak link that can bring down a dynasty. In 1866, a pupil at an exclusive public school drowns in a mysterious accident involving several boys. Among them are young Hugh Pilaster; his cousin Edward, the weak dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the darkly handsome son of a brutal South American land owner. The drowning and its aftermath initiate a spiralling circle of treachery that will last for three decades and entwine many lives.

  • At the Cauldron we don't generally go in for romance, but a romance written by a man and set in the provincial middle-class at the turn of the century was just too interesting an idea to pass up.  George  Pearson, the traveling draper, thinks his friend school-teacher Freddie Bates  needs to get married - to a nice little widow who 'knows the ropes'.  Freddie gets his nice little widow but the next ten years of his life are not all plain sailing. He gets involved in troubles such as never occurred in his bachelor days but the delicate silk strands that bind him to the unpredictable little woman who has taken him for her second husband are firm.

  • Book III of A Song Of Ice And Fire.  Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. And as opposing forces manoeuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords...
  • The Norwegian freighter Gangerolf leaves Subic Bay in the Philippines with a motley assortment of passengers. In the hold, under armed guard, is the entire crew of a sunken U-boat. In the first class cabins are Bill Derby, a British submarine commander on his way back to England for a medical board; Lt-Commander Witheringham - 'Withers' - a useless little man whose existence the Admiralty has forgotten over the years; and Captain Spatter, the American commander of the prisoners' guard. He's always broke becuase he plays craps with the enlisted men and never wins. But the most important passenger is Wren (Womens' Royal Navy Service) Mary Lou Smith - an unconventional young woman. Every character, from Wren Smith to Captain 'Happy' Christiansen, the Gangerolf 's huge, whiskey-guzzling Master, is real and alive, from the moment they board the freighter to the day they are marooned on a deserted island.
  • This volume forms part of the Peverill family history ( The Peverills, Folly's End) but can be read as a stand-alone.  Antonia, daughter of Chritina Lady Tyson, is as headstrong and impulsive as her mother ever was, and proves it by eloping to Gretna Green with her young lover, and thence with him to the West Indies, where his father, also a Peverill 'on the wrong side of the blanket', has amassed a considerable fortune in  sugar and slavery. Her daughter Pauline, equally impulsive, betroths herself to a undesirable fortune hunter, embraces philanthropy and in an amusing scene with her lawyers, quixotically disposes of her immense fortune. The themes of the story are the agricultural revolution of the early 19th century, political change, the abolition of slavery  and dramatic rebellion of the slaves.
  • When world-renowned symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyse a mysterious symbol - seared into the chest of a murdered physicist - he discovers evidence of the resurgence of the Illuminati, an ancient and powerful secret organisation.  The Illuminati is now ready to carry out the final phase of its vendetta against the Catholic Church. Langdon's worst fears are confirmed when, on the eve of the Vatican's holy enclave, an Illuminati messenger announces there is an unstoppable time bomb hidden in the heart of Vatican City. With the beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist Vittoria Vetra, Langdon embarks on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs and deserted cathedrals following a 400 year-old trail of symbols toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair, which holds the only hope for Vatican salvation.

  • This is the revised, expanded and illustrated 1982 version. Chapters include: Black and White Discoverers, C. 100,000 B.C. - A.D. 1770; Empire, Convicts And Currency, 1771 - 1820; New Settlements And New Pastures, 1821 - 1850; Diggers, Democracy and Urbanisation,  1851 - 1885; Radicals and Nationalists,  1886 - 1913; War And Depression, 1914 - 1938; War And Affluence, 1939 - 1966; Reform and Reaction, 1967 - 1982. Illustrated with black and white photographs and sketches.
  • A woman is ravished - and unto her a child is born, unleashing an unspeakable evil upon the world.  He is named Baal and he will lead the reader through the uttermost depths of evil, into a nightmare world of bloodlust and violence that would freeze the heart.
  • Walter Raleigh symbolises the Elizabethan world, but what of his wife, Bess? She had her own remarkable story.  She played for high political stakes in a dangerous and violent world - and successive monarchs, threatened by her ability, sought to destroy her and those she loved.  She lost her husband and two of her three children and herself was imprisoned, interrogated, banished and made destitute.  Yet each time she came back, taking on her enemies with a resilience and courage remarkable for her time. Portrait on dustjacket © National Gallery of Ireland.
  • Biggles Learns To Fly: In the war-torn skies of France, seventeen-year-old Biggles, with only hours of flying experience behind him, is sent out to tackle the enemy for the first time.                                                                                                                                                        Biggles Flies East: Biggles reluctantly takes on a spying mission in the desert war which leads to deadly danger - and his first encounter with the evil Von  Stalhein.                                                                                                                                                                   Biggles In The Orient: Who is sabotaging the pilots on the dangerous fight from Calcutta to China? And why? Biggles volunteers to find out - at the risk of his own life.

  • In the early 23rd century, Mars has been terraformed and is now politically independent.  There are canals and shallow seas that are subject to sudden storms and rapid freezes. It's also warmer than ever with plants and animals specifically engineered for life on the planet.  Many of the First Hundred have died and the remaining few are mythological figures to the majority of Martian youth. But on Earth there are troubled times.  Terminal overpopulation, reduced resources and bitter nationalism are rife and many Terrans see Mars as a potential escape.  Thus the safety of the Martian culture depends on the health of Terran cultures.  A campaign is begun on Mars to help Earth through this difficult time. Cover art by Peter Elson.
  • Children of the Thunder: In a near-future London haunted by crime, disease and corruption, freelance science writer Peter Levin stumbles on a group of 13-year-old children, scattered around the world who have the power to make anyone they come into contact with carry out any command - and they are more intimately connected with Levin than he could ever have imagined.                               The Tides of Time: A pair of lovers stranded on a magical Greek island begin a romantic interlude. A cosmic time trip transports them deeper and deeper into history.  They become human guinea pigs in a dangerous experiment that threatens not only their lives, but the continuum of the human race.                                                                                                                                                                                The Crucible of Time: The dark age of superstition had just given way to the glimmerings of rational thought when a new star appeared, heralding a catastrophic epoch. As each generation advances, the planet is beset by plagues, radical climate change and meteoric bombardments. Ultimately the scientists realise that the only hope of survival hinges on the conquest of space - and time is running out...

  • Dusty is a half breed - half dingo and half kelpie sheep dog.  Here is the story of his parentage, his upbringing and the man who 'gives him a go'.
  • Sired by a farmer's  kelpie on a dingo mother, Dusty has been raised by Tom Lincoln since he was six weeks old. He is magnificently swift and alert - the ideal sheep dog, winning sheep dog trials and a trophy coveted by farmers near and far. But one evening Dusty, yearning to roam the night bush and sniff the scented earth, yields to the call of the wild. When Tom discovers blood-stained wool on Dusty's muzzle the next morning, he fears that his loyal companion has reverted to the dingo side of his nature.

  • They were immortal and lived like kings, even though their empire was dying.  Conceited and selfish, the Avatars ruled the fallen world through magic and science. But then two moons appeared in the sky and a terrible enemy breached the gateway between the worlds. The blood-hungry armies of the Crystal Queen swarmed across the land, bringing devastation and terror and leaving in their wake a mountain  of sacrificed dead. As the cities faced imminent destruction, three heroes set out to defeat the enemy: Talaban, a warrior haunted by tragedy; Touchstone, the mystic tribesman seeking his lost love and Anu, the Holy One, the Builder of Time. And when all seemed lost, two others entered the fray: Sofarita, a peasant girl who would inspire a legend and the madman Viruk, who would become a god.

  • The clients of the Skeldale House vet. practice vary from dour farmers who expect miracles for nothing, those grateful for any little service and for James Herriot, the real five star owners and patients like Mrs. Pumphrey and Tricki Woo. Here are animal characters from cart horses to kittens; a dog whose staple diet is fish and chips, a cat who presides over his master's business and cows and ewes with complicated calvings and lambings. Siegfried and James are compelled to take on assistants, one of whom - Calum Buchanan - has a larger than life personality  with a magical touch, and a menagerie of his own that includes badgers, dogs, owls and foxcubs who take up residence in the kitchen. James' wife Helen is there, steering him through the often comic crises with serene practicality, as well as his children Jimmy and Rosie, both determined to follow in their father's footsteps.  A book for anyone who loves animals and laughter. Illustrated by Victor Ambrus.

  • The high-octane, girl-chasing sequel to Over The Top With Jim. Hugh travels from late adolescence to his early misadventures as a cadet reporter. The larger-than-life Jim is still with him, shifting refrigerators and English grammar with equal ease. Hugh's on a quest for true love - and a souped-up Plymouth Belvedere! A wonderful picture of growing up in Australia in the 60's.
  • First published in 1880, here is Heidi's story -  a young Swiss girl whose parents' sudden death leaves her to be brought up by her Aunt Dete - a hard-working woman who loves Heidi, but does not have the time or resources to look after a child in busy Frankfurt. She leaves Heidi with Heidi's grandfather, who lives in the Swiss mountains. The lonely, embittered old man lives like a hermit on the mountain-top and has nothing to do with the people in the village below. Known to all as “Alm-uncle”, Heidi's grandfather is good-hearted but mistrustful of the villagers. He refuses to send Heidi to school and allows her to roam the pastures with a mischeivous young goat herder, Peter. They become good friends but events take a turn when Aunt Dete decides that Heidi must stay in Frankfurt and learn to earn a living as a companion to a rich invalid child, Clara, and soon learns to read and write along with the little girl. The city begins to take its toll on the young Heidi and she becomes ill and depressed, longing for the open spaces. How Heidi returns to her beloved mountains, reforms her crotchety old grandfather and helps Clara regain her health forms the rest of this perennial classic. With illustrations in colour and black and white by Pelagie Doane.
  • In this self-portrait, told in the first person, is the life of Francois Villon, the vagabond medieval poet. He was brought up by Father Guillame Villon, the kind scholarly priest who noticed the gifts of this sharp-witted waif, and adopted him, giving him his name for immortality. This is Villon's life from its earliest beginnings: as a gutter urchin in turbulent medieval Paris; as a student of the Sorbonne and a leader in the endless feuds between Gown and Town; as a courtier of Prince Charles of Orléans; and as a prisoner in a dungeon with all the attendant tortures of the Middle Ages. As a burglar, whore-monger and through-going rogue, he twice escaped the gallows as he wandered through France as a fugitive from the law. But throughout all his wildest dissipations and vicissitudes and the long procession of his lights o' love, only one kept his heart. Katherine de Vaucelle - or Marthe Rose. Who was she, this Marthe Rose, whose name appears in acrostic in his most famous ballades? It's possible that this riddle has now been solved...
  • Christian 'Rapture', futuristic kissagram girls, painless parenthood for a new breed of Super-Yuppies and the decline of Britain as a U.S. militarised zone are just some of intriguing ideas expressed here. The volume contains: The Second Third of C, Neil Ferguson; Freezeframe, Gregory Benford; The Man Who Walked On The Moon, J.G. Ballard; The Brains Of Rats, Michael Blumlein; Patricia's Profession, Kim Newman; Unmistakably The Finest, Scott Bradfield; And He Not Busy Being Born... Brian Stableford; The Protector, Rachel Pollack; If The Driver Vanishes...Peter T. Garratt; The Unfolding, John Shirley and Bruce Sterling; The King Of The Hill, Paul J. MacAuley; Canned Goods, Thomas M. Disch; Spiral Sands, Garry Kilworth; When The Timegate Failed, Ian Watson; War And/Or Peace, Lee Montgomerie.
  • From burning beds to driver's ed; from a disastrous wedding to the joy of tree climbing; fro the rewards of grandparenthood to the simple, stunning wisdom from the head of a Zen Buddhist monastery, Robert Fulghum continues to find wonder in everyday life with is unique gift fro finding meaning in life, rather than the meaning of life.

  • Two weeks before D-Day, the French Resistance attack a chateau housing a telephone exchange vital to German communications - but the building is heavily guarded and fails dismally. Flick Clairet, a young British secret agent, proposes a daring new plan: she will parachute into France with an all-woman team - the Jackdaws - and penetrate the chateau in disguise. But unknown to Flick, Rommel has assigned a brilliant, ruthless intelligence  colonel, Dieter Franck, to crush the Resistance. And he is on Flick's trail...Ken Follett dedicated this book to the fifty women who were sent into France as secret agents.
  • On a cruise in the South Seas, a group of ordinary tourists from the liner make an expedition to an island famous for its extraordinary fire-walking ceremony.  One, more foolhardy than  courageous, decides to try it for himself.  He survives, but something happens to the world he knew and he returns to a ship that is strangely altered. Together with his beautiful companion Margrethe, Graham discovers he's at the mercy of a higher intelligence.  Pursued from alternate world to alternate world, Graham barely has time to learn a new set of mores and currency before he's uprooted again.  His problems are not helped by the fact he's a religious bigot, and that his only marketable skill is a propensity for washing mountains of cutlery. There is no doubt the couple are being tested - but by whom?
  • After the death of her husband, actor John Thaw, actress Sheila  Hancock knew that the void could not be filled with gardening, grannying and grumbling.  So she put their much-loved house in France on the market and went on a series of adventures. She tried holidaying alone - invisibility and budget flights.  She tried travelling in a group - but the questions she asked were never the ones the guide wanted to answer. She tried relaxing - difficult. Finally, she found that her travels and new discoveries were taking her back to the past: to consider her generation, the last to experience World War II - and the kind of person it had made her. Sheila - whether facing down burglars or lax JetStar staff (cross her at your peril...) or making friend with waiters and taxi drivers, whether unearthing secrets in Budapest, exulting in the art of Venice or mingling with the Milan Mafia  - is always stimulating company. If you can't say just what you like when you're seventy five, when can you?