Very good and clean within

//Very good and clean within
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  • When wealthy orphan Patrick is left to the care of his Auntie Mam during a cocktail party in the 1920s, he doesn't know what to expect.  Mame is not the average aunt - she's progressive in all things and loves to do battle against a stuffy education system, racial prejudice in the suburbs, phony intellectuals and snobbishness in general!  Meanwhile Patrick learns very rapidly about eugenics, Freud, speakeasies and how the word 'bastard' applies to Mr Babcock, the family lawyer.  As he grows up, Auntie Mame lovingly interferes in his romances to his embarrassment, discomfort and an eventual learning curve.  This novel has been made into a film twice, once with Rosalind Russell and then with Lucille Ball in the title role.
  • Leander Starr, famous director and famous deadbeat, is on the run from alimony payments to two ex-wives, the Internal Revenue Department, financial support for his long unseen daughter and from the formidable and wealthy Mrs Worthington Pomeroy - who could put him back on Easy Street, if only he could stand the sight of her.  Enter an assortment of eccentric characters:  Mr Gruber of the Internal Revenue, Starr's leading lady, Catalina Ximinez, Starr's daughter Emily and a dashing con-man.  Another zany feast from the creator of Auntie Mame.
  • Mame is no average aunt, as wealthy orphan nephew Patrick learns when he arrives in the middle of a riotous cocktail party of the 1920s.  Mame loves life and loves causes:  whether she's fighting an outdated (in her view) educational system or squashing racial prejudice and pretensions in the suburbs.  Patrick has a very eclectic education, which extends into his adulthood as Mame lovingly interferes in his first romances with hilarious results.
  • On April 6, 1924, eight courageous young Army airmen too off on a 26,000 mile journey into the record books.  Three years before Lindbergh flew from New York to Paris, they set out from Seattle in four open-cockpit bi-planes, determined to circle the globe - and they did it. They were battered by blizzards and typhoons, lost in sandstorms and blinding fog and had even given up two of their number for dead.  Here is the epic story of the first around-the-world flight.
  • Mame - now known as Mrs Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside - takes on the world with Ito, her Japanese manservant, her best friend Vera Charles and of course, her nephew Patrick.  He records their adventures with faithful hilarity, whether Mame is being presented at Court in white brocade and plumes in her hair, or appearing in the Follies-Bergere in just the plumes; blazing through Biarritz or making mayhem int he Middle East.
  • Here is a veritable tossed salad of resort guests: old, young, eccentric, snobbish, pleasant and revolting and a good mix of employees  to create a real microcosm of human nature.  There's Miss Dukemer, the worldly wise cashier; Purcell, the Assistant Manager who likes ladies and liquor; the rich Mellott sisters who share their suite with a Siamese cat; the wealthy couple who order one small breakfast between them; the elevator boy who has a hair fetish; the newly weds who aren't sure what goes where and many more memorable and eccentric characters.
  • When young Patrick, a wealthy orphan, comes to live with his Aunt Mame in the 1920s, he arrives in the middle of a riotous cocktail party and learns very quickly that Mame is not the average aunt.  She is vitally in love with life and loves causes, whether it's taking on a stuffy and outdated education system, or combating racial prejudice in suburbia.  Patrick receives an eclectic education - such as how the word 'bastard' applies to the family lawyer, what goes on in speakeasies and what causes hangovers.
  • The hysterically funny inside story of the fictional Butterfield Administration of 30 days duration in 1909 as told by the 'First Lady', hostess of the Executive Mansion for that one month.  Among other things, she details her rise from genteel poverty in the Deep South to sudden wealth, her romances, glamour and travels; and then to love, marriage and the ultimate address - the White House!  Now a spry 94 years and a permanent 'guest' at the Boskey Dell Home for the Senile and Disturbed, Mrs Butterfield gives American political history a real shock treatment in the mock-memoir complete with photos.
  • Barney Sullivan and Mary Morden are prepared to submit to appalling blasphemies and take part in horrific sexual rites in order to penetrate a Satanic circle in an attempt to solve a foul and brutal murder. Sullivan is a secret agent who, horrified by the virtually unrecognisable body of one of his colleagues, becomes involved in the bestialities of Satanism whilst investigating Communist activities which threaten the security of the West; Mary has a past which enables her to put moral scruples aside – as she knows she must if she is to triumph over evil and bring the Devil worshippers to justice...