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.