Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • Book VII of Elric of Melnibone; Book II in chronological order. Lord Gho Fhaazi seeks the principal seat on the ruling Council of Seven of the city of Quarzhasaat. He lures Elric into seeking the Pearl at the Heart of the World - the price of admission to the council - by addicting him to a slow-acting poison to which he, the Lord Gho, has the only antidote. Elric faces a course of monstrous and horrifying obstacles, is pitted against the Sorcerer Adventurers, servants of Quarzhasatt's jaded rich, and then is thrust into a dreamworld within the mind of an adolescent girl. Trapped in a comatose state by the Sorcerer Adventurers, she is undergoing her own rite of passage into adulthood. Through the vast and turbulent landscape of the Dream Realm, guided by the Dreamthief Lady Oone, Elric seeks the Pearl. To help with any confusion as to where this volume fits into the Elric-verse, please click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elric_of_Melnibon%C3%A9#Internal_chronology
  • Georgette 'Googie' Withers (1917 - 2011) had a lengthy career in theatre, film, and television during World War II and post-war years. She was a longtime resident of Australia with her husband, actor and producer John McCallum, with whom she often appeared. During the 1930s, Googie was constantly in demand in lead roles in minor films and supporting roles in more prestigious productions.  She was given a star part in Pink String and Sealing Wax and more lead roles in major films followed. She met her husband John McCallum just after the end of World War II while on location for a film. They fell in love and got married.  A Fleet Street journalist sent them a telegram saying: 'I give it six months'. Three children and three decades later later...Googie toured Australia in the stage play Simon and Laura. When McCallum was offered the position running J.C. Williamson theatres, they moved to Australia to stay in 1959.  During the 1970s, she was offered the role of the governor in the long-running drama series Prisoner, a role she declined.  She held the Order of Australia, presented in 1980, and was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2001.
  • This is the story of Mary Slessor  (1848 - 1915) whose heroic service is commemorated in a window in the Victoria Art Gallery, Dundee. In 1874 there was a great wave of missionary enthusiasm and Mary Slessor answered the call.  In 1876 she set sail from Liverpool for Nigeria where she learned Efik, one of the numerous local languages, then began teaching. Because of her understanding of the native language and her bold personality Mary Slessor gained the trust and acceptance of the locals and was able to spread Christianity  while promoting women's rights and protecting native children.