Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition

//Hardback with dust jacket in very good condition
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  • The life of Lord Halifax, remembered as the architect of the policy of achievement of Nazi Germany.  His meeting with Hitler in 1937 was a milestone in appeasement yet just days before the 1938 Munich conference, Halifax repudiated the policy and demanded the destruction of Nazism.  By May 1940, it was he rather than Churchill who was the choice for Britain's war leader.  His public life also included Viceroy of India from 1926 - 31 and a deal with Gandhi that ended the Civil Disobedience campaign before it could force the British to quit.
  • 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.
  • The part played by over 24,000 women in the Australian Army in World War II is largely unknown - until now. Here is recorded their involvement in the Cowra massacre, poisonous gas experiments, intelligence services and other ground breaking areas. Taken from first-hand revealing experiences, photos and documents.
  • 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...
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?