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The Imperial Russian Navy by Anthony J. Watts (£154.00)Publisher: London: Arms & Armour Press — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0853689121]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper which is a little faded at the spine and onto the margins of the panels. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “Occupying a most important place in naval history, the fleets of the Imperial Russian Navy represent a major subject for study by serving officers, senior historians and naval buffs. Few published accounts have done justice to the topic, and none has offered the range of photographic illustration presented in this volume. The three centuries of naval development covered here demonstrate that its constant need to control its own ports and precious narrow exits to the oceans, as well as its pursuit of access to the Mediterranean, has caused the Russian Navy to be regularly in combat and at the forefront of advances in design, armament and strategy. Throughout the battles with its neighbours, the Crimean, Russo-Japanese conflicts, and the First World War, the Imperial Russian Navy deployed novel ships and weapons, including early use of torpedoes and of the submarine.

Anthony Watts has brought together an unprecedented collection of photographs and data to provide this new study of a most significant element of military history. Through his summary of Russian naval evolution, his compendium of technical information and the pictorial coverage, he has provided a most important contribution to naval literature, perhaps the most valuable volume on the subject for eighty years.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 9¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: russia federation history marine naval engineering unit navies imperial russian armed forces warfare maritime technology soviet union fleet warships ships
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Old Friends, New Enemies: The Royal Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy: Volume 2: The Pacific War 1942-1945 by Arthur J. Marder, Mark Jacobsen & John Horsfield (£84.00)Publisher: Oxford: Clarendon Press — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0198201508]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a nick to the head of the upper panel and faded at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Appendix; Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “This first scholarly account of the Royal Navy in the Pacific War is a companion volume to Arthur Marder’s Old Friends, New Enemies: Strategic Illusions, 1936-1941. Picking up the story at the nadir of British naval fortunes — everywhere weak and naked , in Churchill’s phrase — it examines the Royal Navy’s role in events from 1942 to the Japanese surrender in August 1945.

Drawing on both British and Japanese sources and personal accounts by participants, the authors vividly retell the story of the collapse of Allied defences in the Dutch East Indies, culminating in the Battle of the Java Sea. They recount the attempts of the ‘fighting admiral’, Sir James Somerville, to train his motley fleet of cast-offs into an efficient fighting force in spite of the reluctance of Churchill, who resisted the formation of a full-scale British Pacific Fleet until the 1945 assault on the Ryukyu Islands immediately south of Japan.

Meticulously researched and fully referenced, this unique and absorbing account provides a controversial analysis of the key personalities who shaped events in these momentous years, and makes fascinating reading for anyone interested in the Pacific War.

Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXX] 621 pages. Tags: britain royal navy history 19th century japan kaigun war 1939-1945 naval operations japanese forces warfare british second battles campaigns maritime asian united kingdom 0198201508 9780198201502
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A History of Arctic Exploration: Discovery, Adventure and Endurance at the Top of the World by Juha Nurminen & Matti Lainema (£36.50)Publisher: London: Conway — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9781844860692]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Plates; Maps;

From the cover: “Documenting more than 2,500 years of Arctic exploration, from the earliest seafarers of antiquity and the great naval and mercantile voyages in search of the Northwest and Northeast Passages, to the conquest of the North Pole and even beyond, this book is the definitive account of expeditions made throughout the great Northern polar expanse. For the first time, it brings together the major explorers from both East and West to present one of the most detailed and beautifully illustrated surveys of the region’s history ever published.

Drawing on many previously unseen charts, artworks and maps from major European museums, the extensive holdings of the Nurminen Foundation as well as private collections and archives, A History of Arctic Exploration reveals how this remote region was gradually explored and charted by men of supreme skill, courage and initiative, overcoming extreme conditions in almost incredible feats of endurance. Key figures such as Barents, Franklin, Nordenskiold, Peary, Nansen, Stefansson and Amundsen are discussed in depth, together with an evaluation of their achievements, showing how each contributed to our understanding of the Arctic. Many perished as the North defiantly held on to its secrets, ultimately proving that success could only be achieved by adapting to the extreme conditions, following the example of the indigenous peoples, who had successfully inhabited the North for hundreds of years.

Today, the future of the Arctic is of global concern. In recent years, climate change and sovereignty disputes over territory have highlighted this worrying reality, drawing much attention to the region. Yet the Arctic has always been an inspiring and fascinating place, as well as a source of much human drama due to its harsh landscape and demanding conditions. Arctic expeditions were motivated by many different factors, including the pursuit of trade and commerce, knowledge, international dominance, individual fame, natural resources and scientific endeavour, but they can all be characterised by the uniquely human desire to push back frontiers. Collectively the accounts of such epic journeys form an absorbing and complex historical narrative, fully presented in this insightful and deeply resonant book.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Lennart Meri. Size: 14" x 9¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 349 pages. Tags: lainema arctic regions discovery exploration history natural climate ocean appendix maritime geographical polar expeditions discoveries 9781844860692
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The Barrier and the Javelin: Japanese and Allied Strategies, February-June, 1942 by H. P. Willmott (£36.00)Publisher: Annapolis: Naval Institute Press — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0870210920]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Distributors sticker covers publisher colophon on the title page. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “H. P. Willmott’s perceptive analysis of Japanese and Allied strategies in the Pacific war has set new standards for World War Two historians. The scope and depth of the research he did for the first book of his Pacific trilogy, Empires in the Balance, have earned him a reputation as a major chronicler of the period. With this second volume, Willmott continues to offer significant new material and interpretations that are certain to warrant further study.

The Barrier and the Javelin begins with a thoughtful assessment of the critical situation in which Japan found herself in the spring of 1942. Even by that early stage of the Pacific war, the fundamental weakness of the Japanese effort was evident. Japan had gone to war with little more than a five-month plan of campaign and the conviction that she could not be defeated by enemies who were her moral inferiors. Her intention had been to conquer territories essential to her economic survival and then fight a defensive war that would exhaust her enemies and lead them to a negotiated settlement. By the spring Japan’s leaders were becoming uncom-fortably aware that their enemies would not negotiate and that they themselves lacked the plans, and perhaps the means, to make them change their minds. Willmott sets out the arguments over strategy that plagued the Japanese naval command as it tried to formulate a coherent response to this potentially disastrous situation. In so doing he suggests that the weaknesses of the command’s decision-making process kept the Japanese from taking the one course of action that could have changed the outcome of the war, and were responsible for the ill-considered plan of campaign that began to fall apart in the Coral Sea in May’and ended in disaster four weeks later at Midway.

The book, however, is not confined to an examination of Japanese policymaking. Just as Empires in the Balance provides & critical appraisal of the moves made by all the combatants during the first five months of the war, so The Barrier and the Javelin places the Allied part of the February-June 1942 record alongside that of the Japanese. In doing so, it examines why the British and their dominions were totally unable to put together a proper Pacific policy in the opening phase of the war, and why the Americans came to accept a commitment to fight in the southwest Pacific when this area had barely figured in their prewar calculations. American intelligence gathering — Operation Magic — and its effect on the progress of the war are also described in full.

Willmott follows his assessment of the Allied situation with a detailed analysis of the battle of the Coral Sea and the action off Midway, which at last places these battles in their proper context. Debunking long-held beliefs about the com-parative strengths of the Japanese and Allied forces, he contends that in both battles the weaker fleet was defeated, not victorious as most accounts suggest. He further argues that if Japan was indeed fated to lose the war, then her defeat at Midway can hardly be regarded as the decisive battle so many claim it to be. Inevitability and decisiveness, he points out, are mutually exclusive terms.

Many readers will find Willmott’s treatment of the Japanese side of the battle of Midway an intriguing alternative to other books on the subject. He reveals some important new information that finally explains the inconsistencies found in previous accounts. His condemnation of Admiral Yama-moto’s inept handling of the entire fiasco is unusually clear and hard-hitting.

This view of the flow of events in the first half of 1942 provides one of the most comprehensive, balanced and readable studies of the period ever written. It will be of enduring interest to general readers as well as professional historians and students of World War Two.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Grey boards with Black titling to the Spine. [CVII] 596 pages. Tags: willmott 0870210920 world war 1939-1945 japan coral sea battle midway history naval operations japanese pacific ocean campaigns military warfare conventional battles actions oceania theatre second tsingtau politics defence policy strategy
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The Crowded Sky: An Anthology of Flight from the Beginnings to the Age of the Guided Missile by Edited by Neville Duke & Edward Lanchbery (£34.00)Publisher: London: Cassell & Co. Ltd. — 1959Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a small tape repair at the foot of the lower panel to the join and further closed tears at the spine ends. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned with spotting to the blanks. Description: From the cover: “Man’s longing to fly is as old as history. The wish to escape from the earth and soar with the birds recurs in Biblical verse and ancient legend, but it was Leonardo da Vinci who first considered the practical problems involved. From da Vinci to Colonel Frank Everest, Jr. , ‘the fastest man alive’, who in 1956 flew the Bell X-2 rocket plane at nearly two thousand miles an hour, this anthology of prose and poetry takes in its stride every conceivable branch of aviation, including the first faltering experiments, and the heyday of the balloon and the airship (there is an absorbing description taken from Nevil Shute’s autobiography of the testing of the R. 100, whose sister ship the R. 101 went to her doom so soon afterwards). Beside Bleriot’s exciting story are con-temporary newspaper accounts of Britain’s first air meetings and early flying clubs, and all else which has gone to make up the panorama of aviation through the ages. The First World War brought the greatest single challenge to the improvement of the aeroplane, and is seen here from the points of view of both Allied and German air aces. But flying was still in its infancy, at a time when the officer in command of the aeroplane gave the signal to descend by means of a smack on his pilot’s helmet! From the first World War to the second, with its roll of immortal names, among them Guy Gibson, Pierre Clostermann and Cheshire, V. C.; and finally to peace and the age of jet aircraft. In a section entitled Wings of Peace the editors show that to some, flying is an escape from the cares of the earth and a retreat that gives spiritual solace. So we come up-to-date with today’s test pilot, exploring new regions of speed and altitude, and developing test flying into a skilled and complicated science.

Here is a book to be dipped into again and again for its tales of high adventure, of the incredible audacity of men battling against the eternal forces of nature, and of the progress of aviation from its humble beginnings to its present vast complexity.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XV] 421 pages. Tags: lanchbery aeronautics literature prose poetry aerial operations air fighting warfare aeronautical engineering fiction anthologies verse poems aircraft aeroplanes aviation fictional drama
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A Testimony of Her Times: Based on Penelope Hind's Diaries and Correspondence 1787-1838 by Sarah Markham (£32.00)Publisher: Salisbury: Michael Russell — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0859551741]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine and onto the margins of both panels and now sealed in mylar. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author, with dedication, on the half-title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “Drawing on the family papers which were the source of her admirable John Loveday of Caversham, Sarah Markham now introduces the succeeding generation, a portrait based on the diaries and correspondence of one of John Loveday’s daughters, Penelope Hind. It is full of quiet domestic detail: Penelope spent several years of widowhood near Hungerford before becoming, in 1808, the wife of the vicar of Findon in Sussex. Most interesting — and a rarity in such contemporary accounts — is the closely observed relationship between the diarist and the children of servants and villagers (a relationship that Professor Antony Cox analyses in a postscript). There is new information on Penelope’s friendship with the statesman William Windham, and she also records, through cuttings and correspondence from friends and relations, news from the wider world -there are some excellent vignettes of court life and, in particular, an enjoyably robust account of meeting Lord Byron. The eyewitness experience of the agricultural riots of the 18305, recounted in detail, tempers nostalgia for the country idyll. The incidence of mishap and bereavement reminds us, too, that illness in those days took an immeasurably harsher toll. Sarah Markham has marshalled her material skilfully and her supporting research is, as ever, impeccable. Her book is fairly titled A Testimony of Her Times, because that, without the distortions of great position or extremes of fortunate or adverse circumstance, is exactly what it is.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Grey boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 245 pages. Tags: markham hind penelope correspondence diaries english 18th century 19th england social customs sources findon west sussex 0859551741 9780859551748
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Celebration of the Somerset and Dorset Railway by Alan Hammond (£28.00)Publisher: Bath: Millstream Books — 2006Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0948975768]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: A limited printing of 2,500 copies of which this is number 1128. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps [1];

From the cover: “Sunday 6th March 1966 was the saddest day in the history of the Somerset & Dorset Railway — the day when the Beeching axe fell and the final passenger trains powered their way over the Mendip Hills and across the Somerset Levels.

Forty years on, there is life again. No fewer than four separate organisations are working hard to preserve all that this cross-country branch stood for. And thanks to the continuing efforts of Alan Hammond to record the memories and images of those who worked on the line, more people than ever have discovered the magic of the S&D. This splendid fifth album of photographs and stories brings alive again what has made the railway so special for so many and provides a most fitting 40th anniversary celebration.

This was truly a family line, both for the many generations of different families who gave their working lives to it and in the spirit of unity which pervaded all its operations. It is that spirit which shines out from the wonderfully evocative photographs in the book.

Nowhere is that spirit of the S&D better displayed than in the accounts of the six young firemen as they learnt the joys and trials of coaxing their locomotives over some of the toughest terrain and in so doing established long-lasting friendships with many a driver.

Forty years on, too, we celebrate England’s great World Cup football triumph and it is fitting that one of the heroes of 1966, Alan Ball, should write the delightful foreword for this Celebration.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Alan Ball. Size: 11" x 8¾". Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: somerset dorset joint railway history railroads england central bristol exeter highbridge brunel broad gauge evercreech bath coalfields radstock mendip hills engines rolling stock victorian politics 9780948975769
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Dassault-Breguet Mirage III/5 by Salvador Mafe [Mafé] Huertas (£28.00)Publisher: Osprey — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0850459338]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “Duelling in the clear blue skies above the Sinai, or skimming in at mast level over San Carlos Water, the classic delta shaped Dassault-Breguet Mirage HI/5 has earned itself a combat reputation second to none. Designed over thirty years ago, the Mirage HI/5 continues to serve with more than a dozen air forces around the globe. Although built as a light interceptor for the Armée de l’Air, the Mirage 111/5 has been converted successfully into a tactical strike aircraft, as well as a superb photo-reconnaissance platform.

Prolific Spanish author Salvador Mafe Huertas details the full service history of the Mirage HI/5, with special emphasis on the Fuerza Aerea Argentina in the Falklands. The Israeli connection is fully covered, as well as Spanish, Swiss and Australian operational histories. Overall, all users of the French classic are detailed, including aircraft colours and serials.

First-hand accounts gleaned from many sources especially for this volume add a vibrant and emotional dimension to the Mirage HI/5 story. Illustrated with over 160 black and white photographs (many previously unpublished), and 12 photographs in full colour, MIRAGE HI/5 contains over 50,000 words of text Full performance and other statistical data, as well as summaries of major modifications to the aircraft, are all included in detailed appendices.”
Notes: Size: 10½" x 7¾". In the Osprey Air Combat series. 198 pages. Tags: dassault aerial aeronautical aeroplanes air aircraft and attack aviation construction day design engineering falkland fighter france general heavier history iii individual islands jet manufacturer mirage operations planes present than the types war
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Sanctity and Pornography in Medieval Culture: on the Verge by Bill Burgwinkle & Cary Howie (£26.00)Publisher: Manchester & New York: Manchester University Press — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780719080296]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs;

From the cover: “Sanctity And Pornography In Medieval Culture makes an argument that is, on the surface of things, a startling one. Medieval Christians, like their more secular modern counterparts, used images and accounts of pain and pleasure, bodily exposure and enclosure, to express and to challenge their sense of the possible. In fact, the saints of pre-modern Europe bear an uncanny resemblance, in their form and function, to the cluster of texts and images that modernity has christened as pornographic.

By taking seriously the skin that sacred bodies, no more or less than profane ones, offer to the world, this book illustrates some of the desires and practices that continue to sustain and enable our bodies’ transformation even now. In this way, medieval French and Italian narratives and manuscript illuminations come to touch upon and respond to modern short stories, photography and film; saints and centrefolds appear side by side.

From the Old French life of Saint Alexis to the work of writer-filmmaker Miranda July, from Wakefield Poole to Pietro Aretino, these are texts and images that diminish the distance between pre-modern Europe and contemporary California, between the sacred and the profane, as they demonstrate how, in the end as in the beginning, the surface of things is never simple.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture series. [XII] 216 pages. Tags: christian art symbolism medieval, pornography religious aspects christianity, martyrs art, erotica history, saints history, sex history, art religion early literary classical, criticism medieval, social science pornography, first edition books, books written bill burgwinkle cary howie, books the manchester medieval literature and culture series
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Elementary Typing and Office Practice by Florence Lockey (£23.00)Publisher: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons — 1948Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. Boards scuffed and soiled. Hinge starting at title page. Pages very gently age-tanned. Previous owners inscription to ffep.Description: Third edition. Tipped in diagram (not original?) of keyboard layout plus a leaflet for Empire Aristocrat Typewriter.Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". 124 pages. Tags: problem-solving specifications communications adding-listing administration alphabetically requisitioning electrostatic mechanisation receptionists photo-copiers communication parliamentary documentation organisations disadvantages dual-spectrum alphabetical distribution institutions organisation receptionist introduction introductory simultaneous reprographic transactions confidential departmental calculations edge-punched audio-typing requirements book-keeping double-entry typewriting development switchboard calculators publication authorities information enterprises departments panel-strip centralised description duplicating advantages government commercial
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Touristic Guide Of Lebanon by Emir Gilbert Chehab (£23.00)Publisher: Ghassibe & Berbarry — UndatedBinding: Paperback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. A slightly dog-eared copy with some toning to the margins of the leaves. Binding weakening at the rear. Promotional, ribboned, bookmark included.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. From the cover: “Lebanon’s name derives from the Aramaic word (Loubnane) which means white. White like its mountains and peaks covered with snow. With its 10452 square kilometres, Lebanon is as “big” as a French department and slightly bigger than Cyprus. But what distinguishes this country from the neighbouring ones is its climate, vegetation and aspect. You need one hour on the road (a bit more with traffic jams) to leave the coast where you could swim in the blue waters and reach Faraya the famous ski station and ski down its snowy slopes. The sight of how many caves, valleys, plains and headlands meet your eyes while driving throughout this country! The bible mentioned “Lebanon” many times and according to some Lebanese chauvinists the earthly paradises resided here, others called it the country of the Dolce Vita, while others called its capital Beirut the small Paris. In this country of free exchange, you could, without any restriction and without paying any commission, change your money into the currency you choose. Bank secrecy being the most developed, you could make all stock market transactions without control or supervision, even justice could not interfere to inquire about your transactions or accounts without your approval. An important characteristic is that the Lebanese citizen cares for the tourist, is hospitable, ready to be useful and will even travel voluntarily to show you a place or welcomes you in his house for coffee and provides you the information you seek. Visit Lebanon and you will be pleasantly satisfied.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 215 pages. Tags: archaeological bibliography restaurants handicrafts appartments hospitals furnished embassies discovery agencies airlines lebanese kesrouan cooking lebanon resorts byblos dances hotels baabda beirut diners chouf banks bekaa beach taxis jbail sites aley metn rent
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So Many: A Folio Dedicated to All Who Served with RAF Bomber Command 1939-45 by Edited by Bill Gunston (£22.00)Publisher: Cambridge: W. H. Smith Exclusive Books — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1857570219]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is sunned at the spine. Bruised at the lower corners. Small ding to the front pastedown, offset and another small mark to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise bar light creasing to the bottom corner of the leaves. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;Notes: Size: 13¼" x 9½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 276 pages. Tags: britain royal air force bomber command pilots military war operations genealogy aerial fighting warfare germany 1914-1918 1939-1945 second airmen offensive accounts bombing
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Childhood Poverty and Social Exclusion: From a Child's Perspective by Tess Ridge (£21.50)Publisher: Policy Press — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781861343628]Condition: Very Good+.Description: From the cover: “Childhood poverty has moved from the periphery to the centre of the policy agenda following New Labour’s pledge to end it within twenty years. However, whether the needs and concerns of poor children themselves are being addressed is open to question. Without a deeper understanding of poverty as a lived experience in childhood, policies targeted at eradicating child poverty may fail. Using child-centred research methods to explore children’s own accounts of their lives, this original book presents a rare and valuable opportunity to understand the issues and concerns that low-income children themselves identify as important. Childhood poverty and social exclusion will be an invaluable teaching aid across a range of academic courses, including social policy, sociology, social work and childhood studies. All those who are interested in developing a more inclusive social and policy framework for understanding childhood issues from a child-centred perspective, including child welfare practitioners and policy makers, will want to read this book.”.Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 178 pages. Tags: child poverty family life self-reflection bhpys childhood poverty social exclusion bhpyswave7 echp truanting expelled bullying benefit receipt bradshaw kumar gregg bradshaw social structural environments social pressures social disadvantages
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Silks, Soaks and Certainties by Bob Butchers (£19.50)Publisher: Blenheim Press — 2008Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781906302047]Condition: Very Good+.Description: First in this edition. Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover; “This light-hearted look at the racing scene will appeal to all who are racing ‘buffs’ and many who are not. The tale of a family whose links with racing have spanned more than a century is packed with many wonderfully evocative accounts of incidents and characters of yesteryear. Some of the activities would, to say the least, be frowned on today. Bob was the original Newsboy on the Daily Mirror and filled that post with distinction for almost 39 years. This, coupled with his family background, gave him a deep knowledge of what went on behind the scenes in racing and have provided him with a fund of stories which he shares with us in this book.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 311 pages. Tags: don butchers riding exercise lewes epsom racecourses riding tight knight east chiltington stable grand national runner-up carrickbeg horses chief racing correspondent newmarket royal colours vic smyth brienz trigo derby reynoldstown plumpton hurst park victoria cup sir gordon richards winning jockey jockey club professional jockey parade ring handicaps kenny robertson johnny dines benny lynch tom masson
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The Ethics of Educational Research by Edited by Robert G Burgess (£19.50)Publisher: The Falmer Press — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1850002983]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Light reading creases to the spine. A little faded at the spine and on to the margins of the wrappers. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “Much of the literature on social and educational research is concerned with the design, collection and analysis of research data. While many works focus on technical procedures, they avoid ethical questions about the conduct of social investigation. It is this gap in the literature that The Ethics of Educational Research is intended to fill.

Each chapter makes a contribution to the discussion of the ethics of educational research in general. Accordingly, part one provides accounts of the ethical issues involved in a range of research methods, while part two provides examples of the ethical issues that researchers encounter in particular projects or fields of study devoted to education. In this respect, the chapters locate discussions of ethical principles in research experience..”
Notes: Jacket designed by Caroline Archer. Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [X] 236 pages. Tags: action adjustment after alison and are areas arising aspects assessment barry based bruce burgess carrington case change college conducting david dilemmas education educational empirical eridges ethical ethics ethnography evaluation exploited? exploiting feminist foster from further grey harry helen indoctrination? issues jon kelly law methods moral msc? nixon on? pamela part pauline policing politics race raffe research riddell robert sammons school sheila side simons social statistical statistics studies study survey tactics the torrance troyna what whose work
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The Blood and Iron Chancellor by Louis L. Snyder (£19.00)Publisher: D. Van Nostrand Co — 1967Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Wear at edges of DJ with some tears now taped. Remnants of tape marks on fep/bep.Description: This is a fascinating compendium of accounts covering every stage of Otto von Bismarck's life. Out of these pages Bismarck emerges as a titanic figure. From his bombastic youth as a Prince of Roisterers to his days of retirement, hurling angry thunderbolts at his chief tormentor, Kaiser William II, the irrepressible Chancellor is seen in all his moods as a multi-faceted, paradoxical personality - the gargantuan eater and drinker, the classic hater, the devoted family man, the neurasthenic hypochondriac.The author has expertly interwoven the raw material of biography and history with introductory notes.Illustrated with B&W photographs.Tags: Chancellor, biography, history
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The Chronicles of Newgate by Arthur Griffiths (£19.00)Publisher: Bracken Books — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “It was the scene of vicious torture and punishments, both cruel and unusual, the house of the rack and gyves; it was a breeding ground of disease, a place where vice ran rampant. Over the centuries, Newgate prison, as the annex of the Old Bailey, the great criminal law court of London, came to be a symbol for the carriage, and, all too often, miscarriage, of justice in England. In these chronicles, Arthur Griffiths, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Prisons in the late nineteenth century, presents the history of Newgate and the ‘criminal periods’ through which it passed. It is his aim to show how and why Newgate became the most dreaded place in England.

The first historical reference to Newgate occurs in the thirteenth century, during the reign of King John, and for over seven hundred years the gaol housed some of the most notorious criminals in English history. Here we find thieves and murderers, forgers and assassins, confidence men and highwaymen, the criminal aristocracy, as well as aristocrats turned criminal.

Yet it is not Griffiths’ purpose to give accounts of the infamous only, colourful though they are. He presents also the troubling history of persecution and martyrdom suffered for religious and political beliefs. While floggings and hangings were the fate of the common cut-purse and brigand, Griffiths shows that the more ferocious punishments and ingenious tortures were reserved for crimes of conscience and circumstance.

Finally, though, it is Griffiths’ contention that the greatest injustice was suffered by the countless thousands whose tragic fate was to have been jailed for debt. In Newgate it was they ‘who were slowly murdered… by the unspeakable horrors of the place’.

Housed indiscriminately with depraved criminals and lunatics, caught in the vicious trap of organized extortion by which the prison ran, debtors, and often their families with them, sank slowly into degradation. Griffiths shows that, as overcrowding and the foul conditions of Newgate led to plague and pestilence, the mixing of the criminal classes made it ‘a hot-bed of vice, a nursery of crime’.

Although re-built several times during its long history, Newgate remained a hell-hole — it was ‘always notorious as England’s worse gaol’. For over a century reformers agitated for the closing of the prison, succeeding finally in 1881. For these reformers, which included Arthur Griffiths, the closing represented a triumph of progress, a fitting final chapter to the story of Newgate, whose history is, in Griffiths’ words, ‘the epitome of English criminal history’. In clear, vivid prose he has given us that history, along with an unforgettable portrait of its most infamous prison.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black Spine Strip with Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 596 pages. Tags: newgate prison london england prisons history 19th century criminal justice system criminals death penalty reform arthur griffiths
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The Encyclopaedia of Executions by John J. Eddleston (£19.00)Publisher: London: John Blake — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1903402239]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly spotted on the verso. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Chronological Tables;

From the cover: “This encyclopaedia is the definitive work on executions that took place in Britain in the 20th century. The hard facts of each case cover the criminals, the victims, the trials and, of course, the executions themselves. Each case is covered in amazing detail and brought to life by the vivid descriptions of all those involved, the circumstances, the motives and, sometimes, the remorse.

The author has spent years researching and producing detailed, gripping and authoritative accounts of the executions. In the course of his accounts he reveals fascinating facts such as why Derek Bentley was given a posthumous. This is an essential reference book for true crime fans, criminologists and those with a passion for historical fact.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 960 pages. Tags: 1903402239 9781903402238 executions executioners britain history 20th century encyclopedias encyclopaedias penology punishment social science true crime
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Reality Fictions: The Films of Frederick Wiseman by Thomas W. Benson & Carolyn Anderson (£18.50)Publisher: Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0809324385]Condition: Near Fine. Remains in publishers shrink wrap. Description: 2nd edition.

From the cover: “Providing in-depth accounts and critical examinations of nine of Wiseman’s films — including Titicut Follies, High School, Basic Training and Essene — this edition features a new introduction, a revised filmography and an updated bibliography.”
Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [XXXVI] 409 pages. Tags: wiseman frederick criticism interpretation motion picture producers directors film film-makers performing arts video direction production history
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Assassin!: The Bloody History of Policitcal Murder by Paul Elliott (£18.00)Publisher: Blandford Press — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Fine - in Fine DJ. A book in virtually as new condition.Description: This survey of the macabre history of assassination gives detailed accounts of some of the best known, bloodiest and most tragic killings of all time. Illustrated with B&W photographs. 239pp. Index. Bibliography. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)
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Guide Catalogue Of The Neolithic And Bronze Age Collections In Devizes Museum by F. K. Annable & D. D. A. Simpson (£18.00)Publisher: Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society — 1964Binding: Hardback First Edition. Condition: Very Good. Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & drawings. From the preface: “The present volume, the fourth in the series of printed catalogues published by the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, is intended to replace the prehistoric sections of the former publications (Devizes Museum Catalogues, Part I (1896) and Part II (1911 and 1934)), now out of print, and largely out of date.

Although the essential purpose of this volume is to present a virtually exhaustive corpus of the later prehistoric antiquities preserved in the Society’s museum at Devizes, the inclusion of an introductory chapter describing the Colt Hoare-Cunnington partnership, and summary accounts of the Neolithic and Bronze Ages in southern Britain, are aimed additionally at providing interest for the general reader, in the hope that the catalogue may thereby attract a wider public.

In the lengthy period intervening between the original discovery of the objects illustrated herein, and their final acquisition and transference from Stourhead House to Devizes Museum, there have been, unhappily, many losses, as well as discrepancies which have arisen relating to the precise attribution of some of the finds. In compiling this fourth edition every effort has, therefore, been made to base the descriptions on a close study of the original sources, in particular, the manuscript letters of William Cunnington (1754-1810) to Sir Richard Colt Hoare (1758-1838), and The Ancient History of North and South Wiltshire, Vols. I and II, by Colt Hoare, the classic account of their joint researches which is itself written very largely from the excavation ‘reports’ contained in the Cunnington letters.

The compilers of the present catalogue wish to express their lively appreciation of the encouragement and advice they have received throughout its compilation from Professor Stuart Piggott, F. S. A. , F. B. A. , and Professor R. J. C. Atkinson, M. A. , F. S. A. Dr. Isobel Smith, F. S. A. , has also given valuable assistance on a number of problems during the manuscript stages. Gratitude is also expressed to Mr. R. E. Sandell, M. A. , F. S. A. , Hon. Librarian to the Society, for consistent help, and to Mrs. G. P. Mitchell, B. A. , Assistant Curator, for her co-operation during the final stages of the work.

The detail photographs at the end of the book were taken by the Department of Photography, Bath Academy of Art. The Committee of the Society is grateful for their enthusiastic collaboration..”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Stuart Piggott. Size: 10" x 7½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 133 pages. Tags: age and antiquities archaeological britain bronze catalogs catalogues devizes england europe great guides history museum museums natural neolithic period publications society stone wilstshire wiltshire
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Marlborough and Preshute: A History by Janet H. Stevenson (£18.00)Publisher: Wilts CC Library & Museum Service — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0860801926]Condition: Near Fine.Description: The main part of the reprint, the topographical accounts of the parish of Preshute and the borough of Marlborough (the western end of the town lay within Preshute parish), is taken from Volume XII of the History of Wiltshire, published in 1983; the original pagination has been retained. In addition the reprint includes the histories of six religious houses which were in Marlborough and Preshute, from Volume III, published in 1956, and of the Grammar School and the College from volume V published in 1957; the layout of that additional material has necessarily been rearranged and the new pages have been given numbers distinguished by an asterisk. pages *1-*10. 20pp. Index. Size: 4to Medium (11½" x 9" approx.)
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The Pageant Of Chinese History by Elizabeth Seeger (£18.00)Publisher: Longmans, Green & Co. — 1943Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with wear to the edges, nicked at the head of the spine, short tears to the tops of both upper and lower panel. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: 9th impression. [First Edition: April, 1934] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “AGAINST the background of a rich and ancient culture, Miss Seeger depicts in colourful, poetic prose the story of a nation, a continent rather than a country. A vast panorama it is — from about 3000 B. C. to the establishment of the Republic. Taking the Chinese point of view, as far as possible, the author has chosen from the wealth of legend and story those aspects which seem to symbolize Chinese civilization.

Beginning with the mythical accounts of nomad leaders and legendary kings, she traces the story through hundreds of years to a time of luxury and elegance, of art, literature, the making of porcelain, the invention of printing, and the flowering of painting and philosophy. Jesuit missionaries found their way to Peking, as had Marco Polo and other Europeans, nearly seven hundred years ago.

With the Manchu conquest foreigners were again excluded and wars followed with Europe. Finally the Chinese were forced to open their ports to trade and to admit foreign envoys to their emperor. Following the war with Japan, when Europeans seized the seaports, a period of vital interest to Western nations ended in the Boxer rebellion of 1900. The reforms following led finally to the establishment of the Republic.

Miss Seeger tells her story in human terms, and there emerges a vivid picture of the kind of people the Chinese have been, their family life, their humour and philosophy, as well as the long pageant of empire, of civil wars and conquest which have prefaced the present crisis. An introductory volume for readers of all ages.”
Notes: Illustrated by Bernard Watkins. Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. [XVII] 386 pages. Tags: history mythical times legendary first two dynasties tang altar temple chou 1122-255 sages empire shi huang 246-210 han -220 period darkness 220-590 618-907 sung 960-1280 mongols 1280-1368 ming 1368-1644 ching 1644-1912 elizabeth seeger bernard watkins
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Understanding the Market by Andrew Dunnett (£18.00)Publisher: Longman — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0582083753]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrap a little curled. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned.Description: 2nd Edition. From the cover: “Understanding the Market provides a highly accessible non-mathematical introduction to microeconomics that has been specially written to cater for the needs of students taking foundation courses in economics as part of an economics or business degree or for students studying for a professional qualification.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7¼". 260 pages. Tags: de-industrialisation competitiveness interpretations demonetisation discrimination hecksher-ohlin multinationals differentials protectionism oligopolistic international transmission corporations economically accumulation inequalities elasticities manipulation unemployment maximisation distribution productivity macroeconomy eurodollars competition forecasting smithsonian requirement formulation devaluation demand-pull equilibrium consumption positional structural government adjustment incentives conditions constraint monetarist purchasing production accounting seignorage structures investment elasticity employment borrowing behaviour
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Archaeology in Bath, 1976-1985 by Peter Davenport (£17.00)Publisher: Oxford: Oxford University Committee for Archaeology — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0947816283]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Description: Number 28 in the series. Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Maps; Tables; Microfiche in folder [2]; Plans;

From the cover: “This monograph describes the excavations carried out in Bath between 1976 and 1985 outside the central area of the Roman baths and the temple precinct. It includes the excavations at Orange Grove, at the east end of the 12th century abbey and the post-medieval development of the area; also a full sequence of buildings and stratigraphy from Roman through Medieval to 17th century in Swallow Street, close to the presumed site of the Bishop’s Palace within the Monastic close; also a Roman building with mosaic floor and overlying burials in Abbey Street. Also includes accounts of several other smaller sites and discoveries in and around Bath, including an inlaid Viking sword. Supplementary technical reports are provided on microfiche.”
Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8¼". In the University of Oxford Committee for Archaeology Monograph series. [XI] 166 [2] pages. Tags: university oxford committee archaeology monograph excavations england bath avon cities towns ancient medieval antiquities roman urban settlements somerset history rome britain social science 0947816283
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Key Account Management: Tools and Techniques For Achieving Profitable Key Supplier Status by Peter Cheverton (£16.50)Publisher: Kogan Page — 2008Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780749452773]Condition: Near Fine. Description: 4th (revised) edition. [First Published: 1999]

From the cover: “Any organization’s key accounts are its lifeblood. Key Account Management, the definitive work on the subject, puts forward a unique yet simple planning methodology for identifying, obtaining, retaining and developing key customers.

This is one of very few books to take a long-term, team-selling strategic view of Key Account Management (KAM). Apart from finding great resonance with business practitioners all over the world, Key Account Management has established itself on many academic reading lists. Completely revised and updated with lots of new material to reflect the latest best practice, this fourth edition will reinforce its standing as the premier book on the subject.

This new edition also features online key account selection and planning tools.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7½". [XVII] 379 pages. Tags: cheverton 9780749452773 selling key accounts international business enterprises management marketing pricing operational efficiencies organizational structure supply chain making supplier rationalization positioning strategic suppliers trade customer services
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This Sceptred Isle by Christopher Lee (£16.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0563383844]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Top edge of text block unevenly sunned.Description: This Sceptred Isle tells the gripping story of British history from Caesar's invasion in 55 BC to Queen Victoria's death in 1901. Christopher Lee skilfully weaves his text with accounts from contemporary chronicles and diaries, and extracts from Winston Churchill's A History of the English-Speaking Peoples to describe the fascinating history of these islands. The story tells of wars, bloodshed, murder and revenge; of how people lived, what it cost them to live and how they died. It describes the evolution of Britain's great institutions and the powers of her monarchs, charts the establishment of her political parties and the development of her economy. 616pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)Tags: Victoria Caesar Churchill institutions monarchs royalty england wessex 0563383844
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Malory by Edited by Marylyn Jackson Parins (£16.00)Publisher: London & New York: Routledge — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0415002230]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper sunned at the spine. Private book stamp to the pastedown. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise. Description: From the cover: “Malory: The Critical Heritage provides a chronological record of various evaluations of the Morte d’Arthur ranging from Caxton’s Preface of 1485 to George Saintsbury in 1912. Drawn from the comments of Malory’s numerous editors, of literary historians, bibliographers and scholars, of poets, novelists and men of letters, and of reviewers for influential periodicals, these accounts provide valuable insights into the ways in which the Morte d’Arthur and its author were perceived over a long period. The collection is particularly useful in making available to the student and scholar critical material from a number of sources now difficult of access.

Reflecting proportionately the surviving critical material of four centuries, the bulk of the criticism is drawn from the nineteenth century — and appropriately so, given that period’s Arthurian revival with its renewed interest in the Morte d’Arthur. These extracts are of particular interest not only in addressing many concerns of modern Malory scholarship (structure, style, theme, sources, and so on) but also in providing a record of increasing recognition and critical appreciation of Malory’s genius.

The Introduction discusses publication history of the Morte d’Arthur, provides analysis of several trends observable in the critical record, furnishes a background of social, political and literary influences that affected these evaluations of the Morte d’Arthur, and presents a brief survey of major scholarship in the twentieth century following the discovery of the Winchester manuscript.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Critical Heritage series. [XIII] 409 pages. Tags: 15th century criticism interpretation, morte d’arthur interpretation, arthurian romances, knights knighthood literature, kings rulers literature, english criticism, fiction malory critical studies, prose writers, first edition books, books written edited marylyn jackson parins, 0415002230, books the critical heritage series
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Women In Educational Management by Jennifer Ozga (£16.00)Publisher: Open University Press — 1993Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “This book provides us with women managers’ own vivid accounts of their varied career paths into educational management and of their day-to-day experiences as women in management posts. Jenny Ozga and her contributors explore the issues which develop both from a recognition of women’s minority status in educational management, and from the idea that women may manage differently from men. By, offering a series of accounts by women managers at all levels in the education system, Women in Educational Management hopes to encourage other women to consider the possibility of a career in educational management. By describing some of the problems faced by women managers it will help others to identify the barriers to progress, and consider strategies for overcoming them. Finally, by presenting positive arguments for women as managers, it will help combat stereotypical images of management as a ‘masculine’ activity..”Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). In the Gender & Education series. 120 pages. Tags: administration administrators and britain career careers college development differences education educational employment equal executives great in-service management opportunities organisation organization principals role school schools sex studies training women
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First On The Summits by Showell Styles (£15.50)Publisher: Victor Gollancz — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ ruffled and a little worn. Mildly bumped at head & tail of spine and corners. Cover slightly rubbed at extremities.Description: Here are riveting accounts of the first ascents of the world's most famous mountains, among them Mount Cook, Nanga Parbat, Mount Kenya and Kangchenjunga. Illustrated with B&W photographs. 157pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (9" x 5½" approx.)
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The End of the Party by Andrew Rawnsley (£15.50)Publisher: Viking — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0670918512]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small nick to the head of the upper panel, overall a little faded. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “In the words of one reviewer, Andrew Rawnsley takes the reader ‘into the room or the helicopter or on to the leather seats of the ministerial car’. His bestselling and award-winning Servants of the People was acclaimed across all media as the most authoritative, gripping and entertaining account of the making of New Labour and its first term in office. As another reviewer put it, ‘Rawnsley’s ability to unearth revelations at the highest level of government may leave you suspecting that there are bugs in the vases at Number 10’.

The End of the Party delivers more of the astonishing revelations, penetrating insights and sharp wit that readers expect from Britain’s foremost political commentator and television documentary maker. It takes up the New Labour story from the day of the second election victory in 2001. The reader is treated to riveting inside accounts of all the key events, from 9/11 and the Iraq War to the financial crisis and the parliamentary expenses scandal. There are sharp and vivid character portraits of all the main players as Rawnsley takes us through the triumphs and tribulations of New Labour, as well as the incendiary private feuds and remarkable reconciliations between Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson.

The End of the Party draws on hundreds of interviews and confidential conversations with those at the heart of power for more than a decade. Taking the reader behind the black door of Number 10, it is overflowing with extraordinary anecdotes which depict the powerful as they really are.

Servants of the People was praised for the acuity of its judgements and the sheer excitement of its narrative. In The End of the Party Andrew Rawnsley now provides the definitive account of the rise and fall of New Labour.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 800 pages. Tags: labour party great britain politics and government 2007- 1997-2007 economic policy foreign imperialism andrew rawnsley 0670918512 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Investor's Guide to Short Term Trading and Long Term Investing by Charles Vintcent (£15.50)Publisher: Financial Times/Prentice Hall — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0273630571]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. A nice copy.Description: From the author’s introduction: “Everyone who invests in shares does so with the object of making jmoney. Some are more successful than others. This book explains how to manage your own investments so that you get above average performance. It will show you how to find the shares which are suitable for your long-term investment objectives, as well as explaining how to find the shares which will give you a quick profit for your short-term trading. To be successful you need to be able to adopt totally different and separate philosophies and disciplines for short-term trading and long-term investing. This book will show you what is required in your approach to both. It will enable you to equip yourself with the essential knowledge to maximise your profits and set achievable targets for growth and it will demonstrate how to use IT to save you hours of time and help you pick winners.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 237 pages. Tags: business/economic intermediaries price/earnings capitalisation risk-conscious privatisations price-earnings profit-taking stockbrokers’ high-yielders institutional tax-efficient split-capital shareholders’ opportunities constructing specialising stockbrokers index-linked compensation shareholders investments fundamental performance commissions alternative shareholder derivatives regulations self-select liabilities inheritance depositary industrial investors’ designated regulation indicators assessment securities investment reinvested formations strategies volatility short-term management financial ambitions investors prospects
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History of Slavery by Susanne Everett (£14.50)Publisher: Grange — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 1856279634]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Pages lightly age-tanned, slightly more heavily at the margins. Description: A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “Slavery has been an essential part of countless societies. From Ancient Greece to the American South of a century ago, slavery has been a normal part of everyday life.

History of Slavery tells the story of the development of slavery, describing the trans-Atlantic trade that brought 11 million slaves from Africa to the Americas in the course of 300 years and reviews the life of the slaves under the forcible subjugation and exploitation by other human beings. In strictly objective terms it deals with the historical controversies that have surrounded the study of slavery. Illustrated with over 300 pictures, including 40 in full colour, drawn from archives around the world, that highlight vital facets of the subject, it includes eyewitness accounts and other documentary evidence that complement the text.

The book also traces the history of the abolition movement. Beginning in eighteenth-century England (one of the prime movers in establishing the slave trade in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries), this humanitarian philosophy is now taken for granted (at least officially) by every nation on earth.

The author, Susanne Everett, also reviews those societies that did not readily accept abolition — the Arabs, who ravaged East Africa for slaves until well into this century, the Belgians, who initiated a reign of terror in the Congo in the late nineteenth century, and the Southerners who struggled to preserve their dominant position through the confrontations of Civil Rights.

The book concludes with a reminder that slavery remains a vital issue today. Slave labor was imposed by Russians and Germans during the Second World War and there are isolated instances — in South America and parts of Africa -that require continued policing by the Anti-Slavery Commission of the United Nations.

History of Slavery a comprehensive, thoroughly illustrated account of human bondage, is an essential volume . for everyone concerned with society and man’s part in it.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Pictorial boards. 253 pages. Tags: slavery history plantation economies british west indian slave emancipation and cuban slaves brazilian trade importation africans labor africa central merchants’ route across the serfdom
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Living Religions: An Encyclopaedia of the World's Faiths by Mary Pat Fisher (£14.50)Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Co. — 1997Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781860641480]Condition: Good+. Heavily faded at the spine. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps. Leans. Light reading creases to the spine.Description: From the introduction: “This revised edition of Living Religions preserves and improves upon the features which make the book special. One of these is personal interviews with followers of each faith, providing first-person accounts of each religion as perceived from within the tradition. These are presented at length in boxes and also in excerpts woven throughout the text. This edition includes a rare and fascinating interview with a Siberian shamaness in Chapter 2, together with other new interview material from the former Soviet Union gathered In addition, the book incorporates extensive quotations from primary sources to give a direct perception of the thinking and flavour of each tradition.”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 7½". 464 pages. Tags: shamans vedic saktas saivites vaishnavites samkyha yoga advaita vedanta hinduism jainism buddhism shinto taoismand confucianism judaism christianity isiam sikhism rastafarianism brahma kumaris
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Barcelona by Robert Hughes (£14.00)Publisher: The Harvill Press — 1993Binding: Paperback First Edition. [ISBN: 0002721678]Condition: Very Good+. Slightly rubbed at head, tail and corner of card wraps otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Barcelona is an attempt at total history: social, political, cultural, economic… Hughes includes descriptions of buildings - and he is as good on the bony grandeur of the Catalan gothic as he is on the bulbous undulations of Gaudi - analyses of poems, precise evocations of social conditions. . .and accounts of many extraordinary people…His book abounds in virtuoso stylistic displays, impassioned, eloquent, delighted, angry, amused. There is an invigorating freshness and independence of judgment, an absence of clichés, an enlivening curiosity 573pp. Index. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½")
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for Love and Courage: The Letters of Lieutenant Colonel E. W. Hermon from the Western Front 1914 - 1917 by Edited by Anne Nason (£14.00)Publisher: London: Preface Publishing — 2008Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 9781848090392]Condition: Very Good. Publishers promotional wrapper has closed tears to the lower panel otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Pictorial boards. [XVI] 367 pages. Tags: hermon correspondence britain army tyneside irish brigade officers war 1914-1918 campaigns western front british casualties associated conflicts accounts military history battles essays journals letters
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Legend: The Secret World of Lee Harvey Oswald by Edward Jay Epstein (£14.00)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091339200]Condition: Good+ - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, several small nicks, chips and closed tears. Unpleasant Previous owners inscription to ffep (the inscription, not the previous owner that is). Top edges of text block dusty. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. This book succeeds in finally breaking the legend created for Lee Harvey Oswald. It begins by revealing an incredible series of contacts between Soviet and American intelligence officers concerning the Oswald case. And it culminates in a series of events that turned the CIA inside out. The story it tells within the realm of fact goes beyond the fiction of such masters as John le Carré. It documents heretofore secret accounts of spies, double agents, purges, interrogations, incarcerations, and the search for a “mole” or the highest levels of the CIA. These revelations will undoubtedly lead to investigations of the intelligence agencies and the Kennedy assassination.Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¾". 382 pages. Tags: kennedy oswald assassination cia kgb secret service
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The Book of Modern Scandal: From Byron to the Present Day by Edited by Bruce Palling (£13.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 029781298X]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, a little faded.Description: This rich and fascinating anthology of scandal begins with Lord Byron when the growth of the press marked the start of the public exposure of private behaviour which both shocked and titillated the reading public. Au the major scandals are here from the great financial and sexual outrages of the Victorian era, to the sale of honours by Lloyd George, the great 1920s scandals in America, the Happy Valley set in Kenya, through to the post-war years of Profumo, Watergate and recent royal scandals. Political, social, financial or sexual - Bruce Palling’s use of contemporary accounts reveals how much (and how little) ‘acceptable’ behaviour has changed over the last two hundred years.Notes: 448 pages. Tags: scandal Byron Palling Watergate Profumo Happy Valley Kenya sale honours Lloyd George public exposure sexual outrages Political financial
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The Living Unknown Soldier by Jean-Yves Le Naour (£13.00)Publisher: William Heinemann — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0434013196]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges.Description: A 1 Story of Grief and the Great War. Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “In February 1918, a derelict soldier was discovered wandering a railway station in Lyons, France. With no memory of his name or past, no identifying possessions, marks, or documents, the soldier — who was given the name Anihelme Mangin — was sent to an asylum for the insane. When, after the Great War ended, the authorities placed the soldier’s image in newspaper advertisements in an attempt to locate his family, hundreds of ‘relatives’ claimed him — as their father or son, husband or brother who had failed to return from the front. Marshalling a vast array of material, from letters and newspaper articles to accounts of battlefield deaths, hospital reports, and police files, French historian Jean-Yves Le Naour meticulously recreates the long-forgotten story of the single soldier who came to stand for a lost generation.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 233 pages. Tags: amnesiac soldiers anthelme marcel lemay joseph monjoin paul bringmei lyon-brotteaux rail-way station prisoners asylums for the insane rodez sainte-anne brutally traumatized soldier ministry missing the armistice jean anouilh traveler without luggage german troops aveyron regional archives unknown soldier repatriate soldiers evacuations demenda praecox cadillac asylum
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War, Ice and Piracy: The Remarkable Career of a Victorian Sailor: The Journals and Letters of Samuel Gurney Cresswell by Dominic Harrod (£13.00)Publisher: Chatham Publishing — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861761384]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “The era of the Tax Britannica’ was anything but peaceful for many Royal Navy officers. But few saw as much active service as Samuel Gurney Cresswell (1827-1867). He joined the Navy at 14, serving in the Far East against Malay pirates, and then embarked on a famous four-year Arctic expedition during which he became one of the first men to navigate the long-sought North West Passage. After service in the Baltic Fleet in 1854 during the war with Russia, he obtained his first command and returned to the China station, where he was engaged in the imperial coercion that opened that country to the Western powers.

Throughout his action-packed service, he always found time to keep journals and to correspond with his family. He was an acute observer of the closed world of the Victorian navy, as well as the exotic climes he visited, and his lively first-hand accounts form the raw material for this book. He could also express his observations in highly-skilled drawings and watercolours, of such quality that he was summoned to the Palace to present his Arctic sketches to Queen Victoria, and many of these are reproduced here for the first time.

These journals and letters offer a remarkable insight into naval life of the time — especially the difficult transition from sail to steam propulsion -and provide an enthralling first-hand account of a far from ordinary officer’s career.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: cresswell samuel gurney 1827-1867 diaries correspondence sailors great britain biography dominic harrod 1861761384 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Behind the Lines: Revealing and Uncensored Letters From our War-Torn World by Andrew Carroll (£12.50)Publisher: Ebury Press — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091903394]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the top edges. Text complete, clean and tight. A nice copy.Description: From the cover: “From the author of the phenomenal bestseller War Letters comes a powerful and revealing collection of letters by soldiers and civilians from the world’s major international conflicts. Inspired by the incredible reaction he received to War Letters, for three exhausting years Andrew Carroll travelled the world zealously collecting previously unpublished letters and emails from over 35 different countries. The result is Behind the Lines, the first book of its kind — a dramatic, candid and intimate look at warfare as revealed in rare and never-before-seen war letters from around the world. From riveting accounts of the first shots of battle to heartfelt post-war letters of reconciliation between former enemies, we witness the full range of emotions expressed in times of war — exhilaration, fear, courage, loneliness, patriotism, rage, compassion, camaraderie, hope, and even humour.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 450 pages. Tags: puntaseccajr kropielnicki abdul-mohsen johnson-hill streatfeild christopher andjelkovic slusarczyk bergengren lieutenant pharmacist montgomery travillian kosciuszko specialist davydovych revolution commanding hutchinson macdonnell zemchenkov frederick al-maeena yamaguchi katherine gillespie livergood geschwill churchill honorable elizabeth eggleston macarthur president christian victorson rosenblum armstrong commander schneider clevenger rothstein kitchener ferdinand patricia american woodward gertrude vagliano williams vonnegut
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Economics for Business by John Sloman; Mark Sutcliffe; (£12.50)Publisher: Financial Times / Prentice Hall — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0273651870]Condition: Very Good. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: 2nd edition. [First Edition: 1998] From the cover: “The aim of Economics for Business is to make the intriguing subject of economics more accessible and relevant to those studying the subject as part of a business-related degree. The book covers all of the major principles of economics but its focus throughout is firmly on applying these economic principles to the real world of business. The second edition of this highly accessible textbook is written in a direct and straightforward style, making considerable use of business examples throughout to illustrate how economics can be used to understand business problems and the business environment. It has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect current issues.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7½". 726 pages. Tags: 330 9780273651871 de-industrialisation macro-economics competitiveness over-production interpretations micro-economics demonetisation multinationals hecksher-ohlin discrimination international technological oligopolistic protectionism laissez-faire neo-classical determination differentials unemployment distribution manipulation elasticities inequalities economically transmission physiocratic neoclassical productivity accumulation mercantilist exploitation macroeconomy corporations maximisation instability consumption demand-pull devaluation formulation forecasting requirement smithsonian subsistence bohm-bawerk marginalism equilibrium limitations imperialism opportunity
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Folklore of Australia by ANON. (£12.50)Publisher: Currawong Press — 1984Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0730102076]Condition: Very Good. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners. Gently faded at the spine.Description: Here is a book that reveals the true richness of Australian folklore in a selection of writings as fresh as a breeze from the Australian bush. The selection ranges freely over most aspects of Australian folk history, from stories of the Aborigines, the first Australians, to accounts of Australia’s legendary fame in fields as far apart as sport and war.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Walter Stone. Size: 11¼" x 8¼. 240 pages. Tags: bushrangers pioneers drovers bullockies aborigines australian characters australian history myths legends henry lawson banjo paterson duke sutton edward sorenson bean nehemiah bartley scots chinese the rebellion eureka antipodeans larrikin pushes box hill messiah adam lindsay gordon tales henry lawson manning clark caroline chisholm birth the bunyip batavia massacre sterling castle saga anzac the light horse gallipoli the belyando pommy jackeroo first cricket team barcroft boake melancholic strain
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Kempeitai by Raymond Lamont-Brown (£12.50)Publisher: Sutton — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780750915663]Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. Japan’s secret military police and counter-espionage service, were held in justifiable dread in the military occupied territories of what the Japanese called the Dai Toa Kyozonken (Great East Asia Co-Existence Sphere – a euphemism for Japanese occupied territories) of the Second World War empire. The origins of the Kempeitai are examined and its subsequent growth from out of the Japanese military police and Secret Service; its recruitment and training are outlined, its structure and duties, military philosophy and influence. With the use of first-hand accounts from Kempeitai members and its victims, the ruthless nature of this much feared organisation is brought to life. The book concludes with a look at the fate of the Kempeitai and how its members were assimilated into post-war Japanese economic and political life.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6½". 182 pages. Tags: Kyozonken military police Japan Second World War Kempeitai Secret Service
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Nicholls' Iron Making in the Forest of Dean by Rev. H. G. Nicholls (£12.50)Publisher: Douglas McLean — 1981Binding: Paperback Condition: Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Originally entitled: ‘Iron making in the olden times — as instanced by the ancient mines, forges and furnaces of the Forest of Dean, historically related, on the basis of contemporary records’. From the cover: “This book is a reprint of one of the most interesting early historical accounts of the Forest of Dean. First published in 1866 and long out of print it has been a much sought after book among those interested in Forest history. The author, the Rev. H.G. Nicholls, was vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Drybrook from 1847-1866 and none of the character of his delightful and charmingly presented little book has been lost in this new edition.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by I. J. Standing. Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 82 pages. Tags: gloucestershire industries facsimiles industry newcomen england society history forest trade early works dean iron and
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Politics UK by Bill Jones; Dennis Kavanagh; Michael Moran; Philip Norton; (£12.50)Publisher: Longman — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0582423333]Condition: Very Good. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps with a light crease to the top corner of the upper wrap. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: 4th Edition. From the cover: “With additional material from Barrie Axford, Simon Bulmer, Peter Byrd, Colin Copus, Andrew Flynn, Robert Pyper and Jonathan Tonge. Completely revised, extended and thoroughly updated, the fourth edition of this best-selling and highly respected textbook is the best yet. Politics UK 4/e covers all of the core elements of an introductory undergraduate and A-level British politics course — the constitution, social context, political ideology, parliament, Prime Minister and departments, elections and voting behaviour, the media, pressure groups, local government and the judiciary as well as the major policy areas. The material is presented in a consistently clear and lively style, constantly challenging the student and raising thought-provoking issues.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7¼". 722 pages. Tags: abolition absenteeism abstention accounts acts administration advising agriculture alliance all-night areas assessment associations atlantic automation ballot basis behaviour blair boarding boroughs boundary brain britain bureaucracy butskelism by-elections cabinet cabinets calibre candidates chamber chancellor changing chiefs citizen civil coal coalition commission committee committees commons commonwealth communication compulsory concepts confederation conservative constituencies constitution
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Purchasing and Materials Management by Michiel R Leenders; Harold E. Fearon; Wilbur B. England; (£12.50)Publisher: Richard D. Irwin — 1980Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0256023743]Condition: Very Good+. Very slight bruising otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Blue cloth with black title plate to spine and front cover. 7th Edition.Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¼". 582 pages. Tags: materials stock purchasing accounts management inventory
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Strong to Save by Ray Kipling; Susannah Kipling; (£12.50)Publisher: Patrick Stephens — 1995Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1852604956]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. Price Clipped.Description: Dramatic First-hand Accounts of Lifeboat Rescues Around the British Isles. Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated with colour and B&W photographs. From the cover: “Drawing on scores of interviews, Ray and Susannah Kipling use first-hand accounts to produce a gripping mix of stories from both the lifeboat crews and those they have rescued. Some are feats of heroism, others grim tragedies. Some are funny, some bizarre, but almost all — such as the comments above — are memorable for the extraordinary modesty and coolness expressed by the crews battling in one of the world’s most hostile environments.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: coast britain lifeboat stations royal national lifeboat institution dramatic rescue rnli lifeboat rescues lifeboatman’s lifeboat disasters lifeboat crews lifejacket capsized yacht rescue attempt schooner teaser fernebo wreck excel oil tanker georgia dispenser daunt rock lightship trawler gurth blizzard onshore gale stolwyk happisburgh sands browning runswick fidra saltwick hawkwood grounded trawler almondine frigate cheboque hindlea johan collett nafsiporos holyhead lifeboat lyrma revi bonita survivors union star
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The Escape of Alexei, Son of Tsar Nicholas II: What Happened the Night the Romanov Family Was Executed by Vadim Petrov, Igor Lysenko & Georgy Egorov (£12.50)Publisher: Harry N. Abrams — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0810932776]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Boards lightly spotted otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “The Russian Romanov dynasty came to an abrupt end on the night of July 17, 1918, when the imperial family was executed by the Bolsheviks. Or did it? Compelling new evidence reveals that Tsarevich Alexei, the fourteen-year-old son of Nicholas II and Alexandra and heir to the Russian throne, escaped the bloodshed and was adopted by a peasant family.

Reconstructing the fascinating historic events of the Russian Revolution, The Escape of Alexei tells the horrifying story of the brutal execution, and the means by which the boy managed to escape death. Bungling by Bolshevik soldiers led to complete chaos: Young Alexei — wounded and unconscious — was still alive when he was loaded onto the back of a truck with the corpses of his murdered family. He fled into the woods and found his way to a nearby village. There his world turned upside down.

Russia’s heir to the throne grew up under the name of Vasily Filatov He became an apprentice shoemaker and eventually a high-school geography teacher.

In this extraordinary volume, three respected scientists provide a convincing, thorough account of how the executioners covered up the fact that the body of the heir to the throne was missing. Drawing on official records and documents from Russian archives and the grisly personal accounts of soldiers who took part in the execution, the authors offer compelling evidence that Alexei Romanov and Vasily Filatov were the same person.

Filatov died in 1988. Now his wife and children have brought his story to the world. Their intimate reminiscences of the remarkable man they knew as husband and father bring this astonishing tale to life. Personal photographs throughout the book illustrate the striking physical resemblances between members of the Romanov and Filatov families.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Ana Rogers. Size: 10¾" x 7¼". Black boards with Red titling to the Spine. 240 pages. Tags: aleksei? nikolaevich czarevitch son nicholas emperor russia 1904-1918 filatov vasily ksenofontovich 1904 -1988 1868-1918 assassination family romanov house princes biography pretenders the throne kings and rulers history 1894-1917 vadim petrov igor lysenko georgy egorov 0810932776 first editions firsts printings 1st
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The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography by Stephen Fry (£12.50)Publisher: London: Michael Joseph — 2010Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0718154835]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the half-title page otherwise a fine copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Stephen Fry arrived at Cambridge on probation: a convicted fraudster and thief, an addict, liar, fantasist and failed suicide, convinced that at any moment he would be found out and flung away.

Instead, university life offered him love, romance and the chance to stand on a stage and entertain. He met and befriended bright young things like Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie and (after working out how to cheat the university examination system) emerged as one of the most promising comic talents in the country.

This is the intriguing, hilarious and utterly compelling story of how the Stephen the nation knows (or thinks it knows) began to make his presence felt as he took his first tentative steps in the worlds of television, journalism, radio, theatre and film. Shameful tales of sugar, shag and champagne jostle with insights into credit cards, classic cars and conspicuous consumption, Blackadder, Broadway and the BBC.

For all its trademark wit and verbal brilliance, this is a book that is not afraid to confront the aching chasm that separates public image from private feeling. Welcome to The Fry Chronicles, one of the boldest, bravest, most revealing and heartfelt accounts of a man’s formative years that you will ever have the exquisite pleasure of reading.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Orange titling to the Spine. [X] 438 pages. Tags: fry 0718154835 9780718154837 791.45028092 stephen 1957 television actors actresses britain comedians authors english 20th century jeeves wooster bipolar disorder personalities
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