Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition

//Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition
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  • 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.
  • Crime Collection. The Pale Horse: A Catholic Priest is brutally bludgeoned to death returning from a visit to a dying woman. In his shoe is a scrap of paper with a list of names - all of whom died recently and seemingly from natural causes and advantageously for those who gained by the deaths. There are whispers about a pale horse. A place? A person? An organisation? Mark Easterbrook hears the whispers that those prepared to pay can ensure that natural death becomes the ally of their ambitions. The search for a solution leads Easterbrook to a quiet Hampshire village where three modern witches boast openly of their occult powers...                                                                                                 The Big Four: The Big Four are master criminals who Poirot is determine to unmask. They are no mere international crime syndicate - their goal is world domination and all their successes  - each of which would be accounted a major achievement by lesser criminals - are merely steps toward supremacy. Three of the four are mysterious background figures: one is Chinese, one an American multi-millionaire and the other a brilliant woman. The fourth is an anonymous and ruthless killer of those who would challenge the Four.                                                The Secret Adversary:   Tommy and Tuppence, to earn a living in post-war London, try advertising themselves in The Times as willing to do almost anything. The mysterious Mr Whittington of the equally mysterious Esthonia Glassware Company has a strange proposition to make, but when Tuppence chooses the alias of Jane Finn, Mr Whittington is at first furious then, anxious to soothe his employee-to-be, gives the astonished Tuppence a  payment of £50 in advance of services to be rendered. But the next day, Mr Whittington has vanished and the Esthonia Glassware Company has locked its offices and apparently gone out of business. It seems that the alias 'Jane Finn' is the same name of a young American who vanished under very strange circumtances five years ago.

  • At the end of August 1944 the Deutschland, a three-masted nineteenth-century sailing vessel, slipped out of a Brazilian port at the mouth of the Amazon with a crew of twenty-two men and five nuns as passengers. The destination was Germany, the route five thousand miles of storm-swept ocean barred by the overwhelming military might of American and British forces - both in the sea and in the air. As the Deutschland and her crew set out on this voyage, Fate moves other parties like chess pieces  in preparation for the final encounter month later off Scotland, on the Outer Hebridean island of Fhada. Janet Munro, an American doctor caught in Europe by the war and now working with air raid victims; her uncle, Rear Admiral Carey Reeve, severely wounded and fretting under the personal order of General Eisenhower that he spend the rest of the war out of the firing line; U-Boat ace Paul Gericke, ordered on a desperate mission to penetrate the Royal Naval installation at Falmouth; Harry Jago and the surviving crew of his gunboat, who have seen action from the Solomons to the English Channel. As the Deutschland struggles north these and others are drawn inexorably together to coincide at that one point on the map: Washington Reef, three miles northwest of Fhada. And then, out of the North Atlantic, the winds start to blow up the storm of the century. Americans, Germans, Scottsmen, lairds, prisoners, fishwives, admirals - all are there. The presence of each of them has a history that we have followed in parallel with the progress of the barquentine, and now all are drawn together in the desperate struggle against man's oldest and implacable foe - the sea. This is the point at which the enmities of war fade into insignificance.  
  • Ned, in the evening of his long intelligence career has the final task of training the new generation of men and women who will become tomorrow's spies.  At the passing-out dinner at the close of their training, Ned takes  a sentimental journey through his own life, from recruitment to imminent retirement.
  • 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...

  • 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.
  • According to the Geneva Convention, red crosses on a ship guarantee immunity from enemy attack. The San Andreas is a hospital ship but the crew do not trust the night lights or the red crosses to keep her safe  - and they do not trust the enemy U-boats. Suddenly, the the hour before dawn, the ship's power is cut. The lights go out. Someone on board the British hospital ship is intent on sabotage...Cover art by Paul Wright.
  • 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.