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  • A riotous romp through history, including: all the parts you can remember and 103 Good Things, 5 Bad Kings and 2 Genuine Dates.  Illustrated. Classic English humour long before Blackadder.
  • As the trains ran parallel, Mrs McGillicuddy could see into the lighted carriage only a few feet away.  A man, standing with his back to her, was strangling the life out of a woman, her eyes starting from their sockets, her face purple.  The end came as Mrs McGillicuddy watched - then the train accelerated rapidly and vanished from her sight...
  • The four-man team investigating Lithia are about to make their report.  Two are in favour of exploiting the planet's enormous mineral wealth and if necessary, enslaving its gentle, industrious inhabitants in the process. One recommends non-interference. The fourth - Father Ruiz-Sanchez, Jesuit priest and biologist - regards Lithia as Paradise among the stars - a Paradise created by the Devil. Cover art by Chris Foss.
  • On February 1, 1922, the distinguished silent-film director William Desmond Taylor was shot dead in his Los Angeles bungalow. Reports of strange activities at the scene circulated soon after. When the police arrived,  the head of Paramount Studios was burning a bundle of papers in the fireplace, and a well-known actress was searching the house for letters she claimed were hers. Despite a full-scale investigation - at one time there were over 300 suspects - the case was never solved; to this day it has remained a lingering Hollywood scandal. In 1967, more than forty years after Taylor's death, director King Vidor felt determined to solve the mystery which had haunted him throughout his career. He wanted to make a film about it. Through his intimate knowledge of both the studios and the stars, he succeeded - where dozens of professional detectives had failed - in discovering the identity of the murderer. But his findings were too explosive. He decided he could never go public and locked his evidence away. After Vidor's death in 1982, Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, Vidor's authorised biographer, gained access to the evidence and reconstructed the amazing story of Taylor's murder and Vidor's investigation. With a cast of suspects that includes the actress Mabel Normand, a reputed drug addict; the beautiful ingénue, Mary Miles Minter; Mary's domineering mother, Charlotte Shelby; Taylor's homosexual houseman; and Taylor's secretary, who bore an uncanny resemblance to Taylor's mysteriously elusive brother, this true crime story has all the elements of a classic murder mystery. Covered up for more than half a century, the full story can now be told in all its riveting, shocking detail. Contains black and white photographs.
  • Seven more rounds of sparring, as Fletch and his fellow cons of Slade nick continue their struggle against the authority of Messrws MacKay and Barrowclough.  Cover features the late great Ronnie Barker as Fletch.
  • In 404 B.C., the Spartans demolished the famous Long Walls of Athens, signalling the complete victory of the city of Lycurgus and the subordination of all Greece to the Spartan interest. Yet within forty years, the pride of Sparta had been humbled, their glory gone for ever.  Xenophon lived through this time; despite being Athenian he was intimate with some of the most influential people in Sparta, including King Agesilaus. Here is the on-the-spot documentation of the last years of the independent cities of Hellas, by someone who saw it all.  Translated by Rex Warner.

  • Book III of Worlds of Tiers. It was a world of tiers and layers - the Amerind level, the Garden of Eden level, the Talanac, the Atlantean - a universe of green skies and fabled beasts.  It was the playground cosmos of Lord Jadawin, with trans-gravitational gates to the other worlds and levels. But now those gates are being sabotaged to permit the entry of an invading force of 'Bellers' - human bodies housing the transferred minds of rebel Lords and their minions, who were seeking two things - total domination of every Lord's private cosmos, now that they had achieved immortality, and the life of Kickaha the Trickster, who knew too much.
  • In  1568, the defeat of Mary Queen of Scots at the battle of Langside and her subsequent flight to England left Scotland in turmoil.  Her infant son was crowned James VI with her illegitimate half brother the Earl of Moray as Regent.  The population was bitterly divided as Moray and the Protestant Lords began to wreak terrible vengeance on supporters of the losing side.  Having fought for the Queen, the Carmichaels of Lanarkshire were in a precarious position. Poor nineteen year-old John Carmichael, Younger of that Ilk, whose sole ambitions were land-improving, organising fishing expeditions and raising a family was to become deeply entangled in the murky world of Scots Regency government and finding himself in great danger.
  • A compendium of true and truly eccentric epitaphs, such as:  John Tyrwitt: He died in a fit after drinking Port Wine, April 3rd 1828... or... Major James Brush who was killed by the accidental discharge of a pistol by his orderly: 14th April 1831 'Well done, good and faithful servant' (Someone wasn't thinking about how that would read!)  and this one, very succint: Thorpe's Corpse.