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I Am Ozzy by Ozzy Osbourne with Chris Ayres (£14.00)Publisher: Sphere — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 184744346X]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Top edge of the dust wrapper is a little ruffled with a scuff midway to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. A pleasant copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “People ask me how come I’m still alive, and I don’t know what to say. When I was growing up, if you’d have put me up against a wall with the other kids from my street and asked me which one of us was gonna make it to the age of sixty, which one of us would end up with five kids and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and California, I wouldn’t have put money on me, no P**ing way. But here I am: ready to tell my story, in my own words, for the first time.

Every day of my life has been an event. I took lethal combinations of booze and drugs for thirty years. I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses, STDs. I’ve been accused of attempted murder. Then I almost died while riding over a bump on a quad bike at two miles per hour.

A lot of it ain’t gonna be pretty. I’ve done some bad things in my time. I’ve always been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain’t the devil. I’m just John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 391 pages. Tags: osbourne ozzy 1948- black sabbath musical group rock musicians great britain biography autobiography arts entertainment heavy metal music individual composers specific bands groups performing with chris ayres 184744346x
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Clock Jacks and Bee Boles: A Dictionary of Country Sights by Courtney Dainton (£9.50)Publisher: Phoenix House — 1957Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with fading to the spine. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates [12];

From the cover: “During cycling and walking tours in the country Courtney Dainton often found his curiosity aroused by man-made objects in daily use in earlier centuries, country bygones, so to speak. He tried to find out more about them, and was struck by the lack of information in any convenient form. He therefore collected his discoveries from many sources into this handy book, arranging them in alphabetical order, illustrating some of them with his own photographs, making, in fact, a countryside companion.

Many and often surprising objects have survived in public places; things like branks and blow wells, candle holes and tumble gates, pitch-pipes and vamping horns, not to mention clock jacks and bee boles. Mostly they are clues to the manners and customs of the past; sometimes they are the strange forerunners of devices we know today, or have their uses still. Some — stiles, for instance — may be so commonplace that we have never given them a second thought, and so are unaware of their antiquity, their ‘origins, and their variations.

Here, then, is a book to kindle curiosity and to add real interest to expeditions.”
Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Green boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 128 pages. Tags: great britain antiquities dictionaries more unusual objects found churches such acoustic jars dumb borsholders and sextons’ wheels british countryside jacobean chest warfield berkshire mountmg block outside wiltshire farmhouse tollboard the fortified bridge monmouth fire hooks parish church iver buckinghamshire courtney dainton first editions firsts printings 1st
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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The Dashwoods of West Wycombe by Sir Francis Dashwood (£8.50)Publisher: London: Aurum Press — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0948149779]Condition: Very Good — in Very 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. Leans. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps to the endpapers and blanks; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “Ten generations of Dashwoods have lived at West Wycombe. This book is the intriguing, lively account by the 11th Baronet of the house and the family’s careers, connections, eccentricities and remarkable achievements.

Their story begins in the seventeenth century with the merchant Dashwoods and their trading ventures in the City of London. The 1st Baronet was created in 1707, but it was his son, Francis, 2nd Baronet (later Lord le Despencer) who brought the name of Dashwood to the fore. A man of enormous energy and enthusiasm, he travelled to Italy, Asia Minor and Russia before founding the renowned Hell-Fire Club in 1748. The club, which included among its members John Wilkes, scandalized the nation with rumours of revelry and sexual frolics. Fun-loving sybarite he undoubtedly was, but Sir Francis also had a distinguished parliamentary career, which included a term as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Later Dashwoods, Sir John and Sir George, also served long periods as Members of Parliament. The 7th Baronet, Sir Edwin, took part in the Battle of Sobraon and led explorations in New Zealand. This spirit of adventure is evident in the present Baronet, whose eventful life has included a spell as a travelling salesman in the United States, involvement in industry and politics, the buying of farms in Australia, Canada and North America, and a successful career in Lloyd’s — not to mention near escapes from polio and from a rock fall while restoring the famous Caves at West Wycombe.

The story of the Dashwoods is inextricably interwoven with that of West Wycombe. This remarkable house with its colonnades, porticoes and temples, its magnificent lake and gardens (described by Benjamin Franklin as ‘a paradise’), is still much as it was when completed by the 2nd Baronet in the 1770s, owned by the National Trust and restored and maintained by the unflagging efforts of Sir Francis. Today West Wycombe is — unusually — a glorious historic house still enjoyed and lived in as a family home.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 248 pages. Tags: dashwood family, homes england buckinghamshire west wycombe, park house buckinghamshire, history buckinghamshire wycombe, england country houses architecture, first edition books, books written sir francis dashwood, 0948149779
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72
Warhol's Prophecy by Shaun Hutson (£8.50)Publisher: London: Macmillan — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0333735994]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “Fame? Some people will go to any lengths to achieve it. Whether to be revered or reviled, the lure of notoriety is strong for those without it.

When five-year-old Becky goes missing in a crowded shopping centre, it seems her mother’s worst nightmare has come true. But Hailey Gibson’s nightmares are only just beginning …

After Becky is safely returned by Adam Walker, Hailey finds her initial gratitude turning to something more potent. With her marriage close to ruins, she is tempted to begin an affair with this likeable, attractive newcomer who rescued her child. Besides, Hailey wants revenge against her husband and his mistress. Revenge that may well see violent fruition with the help of a willing accomplice. And Walker seems entranced by her. Only too happy to please.

But maybe he has his own agenda?

Then, as she tries to end their budding relationship, Hailey begins to wonder if Adam could be responsible for the acts of minor vandalism committed against her home and family. Or is someone else seeking revenge? Someone else she has not yet encountered.

When petty harassment turns to open violence, Hailey finds herself caught in a spiralling vortex of suffering and death. The truth, when it comes, will be shattering — forcing her to make the the most horrendous decision of her life.

Perhaps becoming part of the fulfilment of Warhol’s prophecy…”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [IX] 447 pages. Tags: fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st missing children england buckinghamshire adultery artists serial murderers revenge fame adventure thriller thrillers suspense action psychological 0333735994 9780333735992
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

 
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