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The Orton Diaries by ANON (£48.00)Publisher: Methuen — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ. Slight ruffling at head of spine otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Joe Orton was battered to death by his lover Kenneth Halliwell, in August 1967. From December 1966 until his murder, Joe kept a series of diaries that prove to be one of the most candid and unfetted accounts of that remarkable era. Illustrated / decorative end papers. Illustrated with B&W photographs. Signed by John Lahr on the frontispiece "Married love… how much should the children see. John Lahr". 304pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.) Introduction / preface by John Lahr.
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with the Carriers in Korea: The Fleet Air Arm Story 1950-1953 by John R. P. Lansdown (£44.00)Publisher: Crécy Publishing — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0947554645]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper front flap slightly creased otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Although within living memory of those who took part, and their families, the Korean war has been largely neglected in publishing. There have been only a small number of books available and these have tended to detail the actions of the British, Commonwealth and US Armies. The fact that the British and Commonwealth navies, and particularly the Fleet Air Arm, were heavily involved has been largely overlooked.

This imbalance has at last been redressed by an author who, as a Lt. Commander, served with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) in Korea on board the aircraft carrier HMS Glory. In this book, John Lansdown has produced the definitive record of this era, including a historical perspective of the period leading up to the conflict and a full and detailed history of sea and air operations in South East Asia from 1950-1953. All Royal Navy and United States Navy ships involved in the conflict are mentioned, and all the carriers which saw action are detailed in the text. This vital work of reference is enlivened by a stunning photographic content and extracts from the Squadron Diaries and Line Books, covering every day that aircraft flew into battle. A unique and absorbing book.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 7". Yellow boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [VIII] 520 pages. Tags: great britain royal navy fleet air arm korean war 1950-1953 aerial operations british history naval john lansdown 0947554645 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Chips: The Diaries of Sir Henry Channon by Edited By Robert Rhodes James (£39.00)Publisher: London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0297813803]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. First published in 1967.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Robert Rhodes James. Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 469 pages. Tags: 0297813803 9780297813804 channon henry sir politics britain diaries politicians government historical political military england postwar period inter-war second world war
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“Call the Manager!”: From The Diaries Of A Hotelier by Jean Burca (£33.00)Publisher: 372 Garajau — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 972971360X]Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine and onto the margins of the lower wrap. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Born in Paris from Franco-Romanian parents Jean Burca, currently honorary President of the EHMA (European Hotel Managers Association) diaries his life in hotels since the second world war. In his early life he spent his time between Paris and Bucharest, where he studied law and was involved in journalism and commercial activities. Going from being a Captain in the Free French Forces to unemployed Frenchman in London he worked his way up through the ranks from commis waiter at the Savoy, London, to manager of a hotel in Colonial Africa; General Manager of the Criterion complex in Piccadilly; General Manager of Reid’s Hotel, Madeira and Managing Director of the Hotels: Georges V, Plaza Athenee and La Tremouille in Paris. Later posts included managing the Metropole in Brussels and hotels for Baron Elie de Rothschild’s PLM chain.”Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". 175 pages. Tags: westgate-on-sea anglo-italian chatfieldjude lollobrigida unprincipled association rothschild piccadilly d’estaing highlands chatfield metropole fulgencio criterion bougenaux mitterand sarabande nyasaland l’armure hotelier biarritz festival managers european hapsburg lisabeth madeira diaries minster houston lupesco batista lakonia athenee blandy carlos circus cannes reid’s porter zarbis murial karr’s defaut death? durban jeremy madame graham plaza monte carlo baron shire savoy atlee hotel prime saint games paris elie alec ehma jude clem pour zino cina plm sam eve
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Letters to His Family: An Autobiography by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (£24.50)Publisher: London: Dennis Dobson — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0234772506]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the translator on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXV] 577 pages. Tags: tchaikovsky peter ilich correspondence composers soviet union russia russian s.f.s.r. music diaries ibout patriotism czarist absolutism censorship pan-slavism orthodox church european literature art
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Gold and Silver Drawings: A Daybook by Andy Warhol (£22.00)Publisher: London: Anthony d'Offay Gallery in association with Neues Verlag — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0947564586]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly tanned otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Plates [12]; Ribbon Markers [1]; Published on the occasion of the exhibition Andy Warhol : Gold, Silver and Other Early Drawings at the Anthony d'Offay Gallery 6th December 1994 to 26th January 1995.Notes: Size: 10¾" x 8½". Grey boards with Dark Grey titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 0 pages. Tags: warhol 0947564586 andy diaries blank-books
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From the Ends of the Earth by Christian Lamb (£19.00)Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 1903071089]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Signed by the author on the half-title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings;

From the cover: “What risks did the early plant collectors take to bring us the plants we know and love? Who found what and where? And how similar are their finds to the plants we grow today? Christian Lamb has been to extraordinary lengths to find out, as we soon discover in From the Ends of the Earth.

This lively and richly-illustrated book is all about the special plants that Christian grows in her small garden in Cornwall, which she calls her Living Plant Museum. The plants are mostly chosen because she likes them, but also for their fascinating and colourful history. Christian tells us which collectors found her treasures — and the amazing challenges they faced bringing them back to our shores — with many quotes from diaries and personal writings which bring her hero plantaholics to life. She has dug deep into the Linnean, Kew, British, Royal Horticultural and Natural History Libraries to unearth all kinds of new or little-known facts.

Christian also gaily recounts her own intrepid adventures following in the footsteps of the early collectors; around New Zealand in the wake of Joseph Banks, up the Yangtze after Robert Fortune, to North, South and Central America in the paths of Lewis and Clark, the Lobb brothers and others — all the more inspiring since Christian is a spry octogenarian, who might by now have been expected to have hung up her spade.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [V] 225 pages. Tags: lamb christian travel plant collectors biography gardens england cornwall plants ornamental garden history
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From the Ends of the Earth: Passionate Plant Collectors Remembered in a Cornish Garden by Christian Lamb (£19.00)Publisher: Bene Factum Publishing — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 1903071089]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Signed by the author on the half-title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings;

From the cover: “What risks did the early plant collectors take to bring us the plants we know and love? Who found what and where? And how similar are their finds to the plants we grow today? Christian Lamb has been to extraordinary lengths to find out, as we soon discover in From the Ends of the Earth.

This lively and richly-illustrated book is all about the special plants that Christian grows in her small garden in Cornwall, which she calls her ‘Living Plant Museum’. The plants are mostly chosen because she likes them, but also for their fascinating and colourful history. Christian tells us which collectors found her treasures — and the amazing challenges they faced bringing them back to our shores — with many quotes from diaries and personal writings which bring her hero plantaholics to life. She has dug deep into the Linnean, Kew, British, Royal Horticultural and Natural History Libraries to unearth all kinds of new or little-known facts.

Christian also gaily recounts her own intrepid adventures following in the footsteps of the early collectors; around New Zealand in the wake of Joseph Banks, up the Yangtze after Robert Fortune, to North, South and Central America in the paths of Lewis and Clark, the Lobb brothers and others — all the more inspiring since Christian is a spry octogenarian, who might by now have been expected to have hung up her spade.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 225 pages. Tags: lamb christian travel plant collectors biography gardens england cornwall garden plants history ornamental
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From the Ends of the Earth: Passionate Plant Collectors Remembered in a Cornish Garden by Christian Lamb (£19.00)Publisher: Bene Factum Publishers — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 1903071089]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author on the half-title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs; Colour Drawings;

From the cover: “What risks did the early plant collectors take to bring us the plants we know and love? Who found what and where? And how similar are their finds to the plants we grow today? Christian Lamb has been to extraordinary lengths to find out, as we soon discover in From the Ends of the Earth.

This lively and richly-illustrated book is all about the special plants that Christian grows in her small garden in Cornwall, which she calls her ‘Living Plant Museum’. The plants are mostly chosen because she likes them, but also for their fascinating and colourful history. Christian tells us which collectors found her treasures — and the amazing challenges they faced bringing them back to our shores — with many quotes from diaries and personal writings which bring her hero plantaholics to life. She has dug deep into the Linnean, Kew, British, Royal Horticultural and Natural History Libraries to unearth all kinds of new or little-known facts.

Christian also gaily recounts her own intrepid adventures following in the footsteps of the early collectors; around New Zealand in the wake of Joseph Banks, up the Yangtze after Robert Fortune, to North, South and Central America in the paths of Lewis and Clark, the Lobb brothers and others — all the more inspiring since Christian is a spry octogenarian, who might by now have been expected to have hung up her spade.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: cornwall england travellers plant collectors biography gardens garden plants history nature ecology gardening science lamb christian travel ornamental essays reference life sciences botany 1903071089 first editions firsts printings 1st signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy
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The Journal of the Hon. Henry Edward Fox (afterwards Fourth and Last Lord Holland) 1818-1830 by Edited By The Earl Of Ilchester (£19.00)Publisher: London: Thornton Butterworth Limited — 1923Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. Heavily bruised at the head, tail and corners of the boards which are much marked and stained. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Most part of the first blank torn out. Hinges weak throughout. A reference copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Portrait to the frontispiece;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Ruled Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 384 pages. Tags: henry luttrell lady holland allen william bonaparte prince edward cheney john hookham frere sir mary elizabeth fox vassall baron diaries 4th britain court courtiers history 19th century
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The Cambridge Illustrated History of American Literature by Peter Conn (£18.50)Publisher: Guild — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Single, but distinct, vertical crease to the spine of the dustwrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “The Cambridge Illustrated History of American Literature is a richly illustrated, authoritative account of the entire span of American literature from its beginnings in the seventeenth century to the writing of the 1980s. In a single, comprehensive volume Peter Conn summarizes the distinctive achievements of the novelists, poets, playwrights, and prose writers who have produced America’s literary heritage. While the focus is on literary texts, the book’s seven chapters also locate American writing in relevant historical and cultural contexts.”Notes: Jacket designed by Ken Vail. Size: 10" x 7". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 587 pages. Tags: literature america american history criticism puritan prose sermons diaries histories poetry anne bradstreet edward taylot independence early novels romanticism writers new england transcendentalism ralph waldo emerson henry david thoreau margaret fuller historians utopians nathaniel hawthorne herman melville walt whitman civil war emily dickinson literary enterprise realism james samuel clemens
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Implementing ISO9000 and ISO14000: Quality Assurance and Environmental Management Systems by Christopher A. L. Mouatt (£18.00)Publisher: McGraw-Hill — 1997Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0074703870]Condition: Very Good. Rubbed at head of the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: The book is designed to provide a 'worked example' of an integrated quality assurance and environmental management system.Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7". Red boards with Gilt on Black Title Plate titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 283 pages. Tags: 9000 9001 9002 9003 access accreditation accuracy agreements aim amendments appraisal approval approved archiving assessment assurance attendants auditor audits authority authorization authorized awareness banking benefits brief calibration call-out capability cards centralized certification certifiers changes changing charts checklists committee communication complaints complex compliance complications computerized concessions conformance conforming contents continuous contracts controller
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We Are At War by Simon Garfield (£18.00)Publisher: Ebury Press — 2005Binding: Paperback (Uncorrected Proof) [ISBN: 0091903866]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Wraps lightly rubbed at the edges.Description: The Diaries of Five Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times. 407pp. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)Tags: garfield world war wwII 0091903866
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An English Lady at the Court of Catherine the Great: The Journal of Baroness Elizabeth Dimsdale, 1781 by Edited by A. G. Cross (£17.00)Publisher: Cambridge: Crest Publications — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0951404903]Condition: Very Good. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Colour plates; Black & white plates; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8¼". [VIII] 108 pages. Tags: catherine empress russia dimsdale elizabeth baroness diaries travel soviet union 18th century women history social conditions travels 0951404903 9780951404904
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The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: Unseen Photographs from the Legendary Antarctic Expedition by David M. Wilson (£16.50)Publisher: New York, Boston & London: Little, Brown & Company — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780316178501]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Photographic endpapers and blanks; Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps;

From the cover: “The legend of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, symbol of fortitude and courage who perished with his fellow explorers on their return from the South Pole on March 29, 1912, is an enduring one, exalted, dismantled, and restored over the course of the past century.

Until now, the history of the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition has been pieced together from Scott’s own diaries and those of his companions, the sketches of “Uncle Bill” Wilson, and the celebrated photographs of Herbert Ponting. Yet for the final, fateful months of their journey, Scott also photographed this extraordinary scientific endeavour himself. For decades Scott’s photographs — breathtaking polar panoramas, views of geographical and geological formations, and shots of the activities of his team and their animals — have been lost and recovered, fought over, and neglected. Now, at long last, they are resurrected.

Trained by Ponting, and in the face of extreme climatic conditions and practical challenges at the dawn of photography, Scott achieved an iconic series of images remarkable for both their technical mastery and their poignancy, indelible records of the doomed journey. In this landmark book, the photographs are accurately attributed, catalogued, and published together for the first time: a new dimension to one of the last great expeditions of the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration and a humbling testament to the men whose graves still lie unmarked in the vastness of the Great Alone.”
Notes: Size: 11¼" x 10¼". Grey boards with Blind-stamped titling to the Spine. 191 pages. Tags: photography antarctica scientific expeditions history 20th century south pole discovery exploration british portrait antarctic terra nova expedition photographs travel adventure 9780316178501
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ISO 9000 and Beyond: From Compliance to Performance Improvement by H. James Harrington; Dwayne D. Mathers; (£15.50)Publisher: McGraw-Hill — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0070267774]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Lightly bruised at head and tail with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. A nice copy overall complete with an unopened CD.Description: From the cover: “In a unique format that combines the strengths of written information, multimedia CD-ROM, flowcharting software, and real-time on-line guidance, two members of the team that created the ISO 9000 standards show you how to get the most from your quality management efforts. ISO 9000 and Beyond gives you the highest level of quality expertise in one remarkably affordable bundle. From authors who helped write the standards, you’ll learn all about the ISO 9000 series... how to design, implement, and integrate the new Quality Management System (QMS)... and how to make cost-effective additions that transform the minimum QMS into an above-average system that affords you a significant competitive advantage. For organizations facing six-month ISO audits, this guide is especially essential. It will show you how to break down resistance and internalize the quality process so that you don’t fail — the first or second time around. You can even go on-line to get your most pressing questions answered by the pros! No other ISO guide delivers so much ready-to-use help in such a practical, convenient package.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 7½". 359 pages. Tags: 9000 9001 9002 9003 access accreditation accuracy agreements aim amendments appraisal approval approved archiving assessment assurance attendants auditor audits authority authorization authorized awareness banking benefits brief calibration call-out capability cards centralized certification certifiers changes changing charts checklists committee communication complaints complex compliance complications computerized concessions conformance conforming contents continuous contracts controller
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Manuscript Sources in the Library of Congress For Research On the American Revolution by John R. Sellers, Gerard W. Gawalt, Paul H. Smith & Patricia Molen van Ee (£15.50)Publisher: Library of Congress — 1975Binding: Hardback First Edition. [ISBN: 0844401226]Condition: Very Good. Spine and boards slightly dulled otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Notes: Foreword or introduction by elizabeth Hamer Kegan. Size: 10½" x 8". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [III] 372 pages. Tags: library congress catalogs manuscripts american washington united states history revolution 1775-1783 sources bibliography revolutionary era account books journals and diaries miscellaneous orderly each john sellers gerard gawalt paul smith patricia molen van elizabeth hamer kegan 0844401226
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The Assassin's Cloak by Edited by Irene Taylor; Alan Taylor; (£15.50)Publisher: Canongate — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1841951722]Condition: Very Good. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists. Later printing. From the cover: “This stunningly readable book includes 170 contributors and is the most wide-ranging and comprehensive ever completed. Over ten years in the making, it pays tribute to a fascinating genre that is at once the most intimate and public of all literary forms.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 686 pages. Tags: diarists soutar diary diaries chroniclers the everyday record journeys the soul oscar wilde ives egocentrics communing kilvert sir walter scott milne alan clark samuel pepys arnold bennett harold nicolson journalist politician abdication crisis english society autobiography dale spender john evelyn james woodforde dorothy wordsworth josef goebbels celebrity gossip column warhol’s diaries william plomer
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King Edward VIII by Philip Ziegler (£14.50)Publisher: Collins — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002157411]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Top edges of text block slightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. This is the official biography of Edward VIII. Philip Ziegler has had full access to all the papers in the Royal archives — crucial letters to and from Edward's mother, Queen Mary and his brother George VI as well as diaries and letters of others in the household.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 654 pages. Tags: king edward viii british monarchs royal archives secret cabinet documents security services embargoed papers chamberlain baldwin winston churchill freda dudley ward mrs simpson shooting balmoral british and russian royal families godfrey thomas william cadogan lord desmond fitzgerald malcolm murray portia cadogan rosemary leveson-gower cymmr colliery lady astor drummond castle duchess york hunting steeplechasing crathie church fort belvedere alec hardinge john aird alan lascelles thelma furness naval inspection queen mary marlborough house
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Surviving the Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese 1942-45 by Brian MacArthur (£14.00)Publisher: Time Warner — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0316861421]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Leans slightly. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.Description: From the cover: “Many of the British, Australian and American prisoners held by the Japanese during the Second World War were so scarred by their experiences that afterwards they could not discuss them even with their families. They believed that their brutal treatment by Japanese and Korean guards was, literally, incomprehensible. But some prisoners were determined that posterity should know how they were starved and beaten, marched almost to death or transported on ‘hellships’, and used as slave labour — most notoriously on the Burma-Thailand railway — and how thousands died from tropical diseases. They risked torture and execution to keep secret diaries and make sketches and drawings that they hid from the guards wherever they could, sometimes burying them in the graves of lost comrades. The diaries tell of inhumanity and degradation, but there are also inspirational stories of courage, comradeship and compassion: how the men cared for the sick; risked death to steal from the Japanese; staged shows, concerts and cricket matches in the jungle; made secret radios; and how the doctors operated — and saved lives — with razors and butcher’s saws. When men have unwillingly plumbed the depths of human misery, said one prisoner, the artist Ronald Searle, they form a silent understanding of what solidarity, friendship and kindness to others can mean. The diaries and interviews with surviving prisoners on which Surviving the Sword is based will tell a new generation about that solidarity, friendship and kindness.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 495 pages. Tags: 1937-1945 1939-1945 and asia atrocities battles campaigns conflict conscript east europe european general history japan japanese labor military other prisoners prisons second sino-japanese war world
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The Mind's Eye: A Twelve-month Journal by John Brophy (£14.00)Publisher: London: Arthur Barker Ltd — 1949Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with very heavy fading to the lower panel, untidily pulled and worn at the head of the upper panel, worn at the join of the same. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Portrait to the frontispiece;Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 288 pages. Tags: brophy authors 20th century diaries kathleen basil liddell hart phyllis calvert sir laurence lady olivier mervyn peake rachel michael redgrave castiglione vignettes london critic
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The Silent Twins by Marjorie Wallace (£13.50)Publisher: London: Chatto & Windus — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0701127120]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles;

From the cover: “This is a story of two people caught in an impossible conflict. June and Jennifer Gibbons are identical twins, now in their early 20s, who are unable to live together but cannot survive apart. From early childhood they refused to speak to any adult; through adolescence they developed an elaborate fantasy life based on dolls, Bronte-like miniature books, poems, stories, novels and diaries — more than a million words of them — recording every detail of their emotions in their passionate struggle for identity. From this self-imposed isolation they ventured into sprees of drug-taking, sex and arson, for which they were sent to Broadmoor, Britain’s special hospital, in 1982.

In her powerful and moving book, which reads more like a novel than the true story it is, Marjorie Wallace penetrates the twins’ secret world. She reveals their rich inner life, their sharp perceptions, humour and sensitivity, and their supreme and finally tragic effort to escape from each other and the mediocrity of their surroundings. Her haunting analysis of June and Jennifer’s love, hatred and need for each other makes us re-examine all our relationships.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Behram Kapadia. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 230 pages. Tags: broadmoor hospital inmates institutions britain twins psychology true crime england psychiatric patients hospitals mental health services medical berkshire
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Quality: Change Through Teamwork by VARIOUS (£13.00)Publisher: Century Business — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good + in Very Good + DJ (Small scuff at lower rear edge of board)Description: Change Through Teamwork provides practical guidance for managers. 318pp. Index. Bibliography. Advertisements. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.) Introduction / preface by Sir John Egan.Tags: 9000 9001 9002 9003 access accreditation accuracy agreements aim amendments appraisal approval approved archiving assessment assurance attendants auditor audits authority authorization authorized awareness banking benefits brief calibration call-out capability cards centralized certification certifiers changes changing charts checklists committee communication complaints complex compliance complications computerized concessions conformance conforming contents continuous contracts controller
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Reports from America by Ilana. D. Miller (£13.00)Publisher: Sutton Publishing — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0750925574]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dustwrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the flap: “William Howard Russell, battle hardened journalist and veteran of the Crimean War, was sent to New York in 1861 to report on America's Civil War for the Times of London. This is the story of Russell's year in America based on the three volumes of diaries and countless articles he wrote about his experiences.”Notes: Jacket designed by Dean Bornstein. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 277 pages. Tags: new york america’s civil war abraham lincoln british government jefferson davis general william tecumseh sherman battle bull run visited forts military installations abolitionist meetings articles confederation army the potomac baltimore maryland beauregard genera black republicans bleeding kansas bohemian brigade bragg buchanan castle pickens charleston south carolina confederate constitution declaration neutrality
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The Diary of John Evelyn by John Evelyn (£13.00)Publisher: The Boydell Press — 2004Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1843831090]Condition: Near Fine.Description: From the cover: “The diary of John Evelyn (1620-1706) is one of the principal literary sources for life and manners in the English seventeenth century. Evelyn was one of an influential group of men which included Wren, Pepys and Boyle; a founding member of the Royal Society, he was also a friend of Charles II, a Commissioner for sick seamen and prisoners of war during the Dutch Wars, a prime mover behind Chelsea and Greenwich Hospitals, and a prolific author who wrote about architecture, art, arboriculture, fashion, and pollution.”Notes: Size: 8½" x 5½". In the First Person Singular series. 380 pages. Tags: evelyn wren pepys boyle chelsea greenwich royal society 1th century england john 1620-1706 diaries great britain history stuarts 1603-1714 guy be´doye`re 1843831090
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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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Yes Minister: The Diaries of a Cabinet Minister Vols I & II by Jonathan Lynn; Antony Jay; (£13.00)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1982Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good.Description: The authors have reproduced and expanded the mischievous observation and insight of the popular TV series Yes Minister in the form of the Diaries of the Rt Hon James Hacker MP, augmented by the private papers of Sir Humphrey Appleby. The result is a hilarious picture of collision and collusion in the corridors of power. It is also a portrait of the government of Britain in the 1980s.Tags: administrative politicians’ struggles secretary elevation humphrey memories happened servants governed believed minister deranged hacker’s believe cabinet picture britain downing created private control elderly service affairs hacker street wanted number others daily 1980s civil lords house james what that for the was his way ten sir
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A Nature Diary by Richard Adams (£12.50)Publisher: Viking — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0670801054]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Notes: Illustrated by John Lawrence. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 158 pages. Tags: adams and anglesey animals are birds century denmark diaries district england english even flowers history isle lake man months natural novelists observations organisms personal richard seasons stars the wild
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Anyone for Cricket?: A Diary of an Australian Tour by Bob Taylor; David Gower; (£12.50)Publisher: Pelham — 1979Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0720711967]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned and slightly brittle.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This book is the first of its kind. Never before have two cricketers in the same team kept separate diaries of an England tour in Australia — and with a gap of seventeen years between them, the views of Bob Taylor and David Gower are fascinatingly diverse. Aided by BBC journalist Patrick Murphy, the players describe the daily events of England’s triumphant visit. But “Anyone for Cricket?” is not just about the game, although England’s most exciting young batsman and the world’s number one wicketkeeper reveal stimulating insights into the sport. It’s also about Australia as a continent, the people, the way of life and the pressures a touring side has to face. This is a really absorbing account of the nature of the overseas tour.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 176 pages. Tags: 1978-1979 adelaide against and attendant australia australian bob boycott’s brearley brisbane britain century christmas coai colleague cricket david derbyshire edmonds emburey england english fifth first fourth gatting geoff geoffmiller gooch gowcr gower great hendrick history hundred icncosieris international laughlin maclean match matches melboume melbourne mike observations old one-day out over personal perth photo players randall roa room run run-outs second skipper stand stump taylor teams tests the third tokhard tolchard victoria vital wicket-keeper with
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Imaginings of Sand by Andre Brink (£12.50)Publisher: Secker & Warburg — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 043620259X]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges.Description: From the cover: “Kristien Müller’s grandmother is dying and she finds herself suddenly leaving London and Michael to fly back to her native South Africa. It is a flight back to a country on the cusp of massive and irreversible change but Kristien’s concern is solely with the past. She has to fulfil a long-standing promise. In this novel of audacious complexity, by turns opulently fanciful and brutally direct, André Brink unfurls a panorama of a nations experience, focusing the past like a burning glass on that astounding week of 1994 when the unbelievable crystallised into history.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 351 pages. Tags: terrorist attack her isolated and enchanted mansion family history south africa pioneering settlement treachery heroism moral social and political change help her grandmother face death appalling savagery south africa’s most important literary prize can award booker prize shortlisted great trek diaries susanna smit outeniqua oudtshoom
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Kilvert's Diary, 1870-1879: An Illustrated Selection by Edited and Introduced by William Plomer (£12.50)Publisher: Guild — 1986Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Lower board somewhat faded and soiled. Mildly bumped at head & tail of spine and corners. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with colour line drawings. From the introduction: “Since its first appearance in three volumes (1938-40) Kilvert’s Diary has become established as a minor classic. Its recognized place among the very best of English diaries has been gained by special qualities. It is the work of a man with a watchful eye and a clear style — Kilvert has the uncommon gift of making one see vividly what he describes. His detailed picture of life in the English countryside in mid-Victorian times is unmatched, and every sentence he writes helps to build up a self-portrait so personal and intimate that one gets to know him like a friend.”Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¾". 288 pages. Tags: 19th and anglican biography borders burrell century chippenham church churches clergy clergymen clyro coleman correspondence customs diaries england etc francis hardenhuish harmon herefordshire kilvert langley life lister period radnorshire reverend richard robert social thermuthis venables victorian wales wiltshire woodstock wye
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The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists by Edited by Irene & Alan Taylor (£12.50)Publisher: Canongate — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9781841951720]Condition: Very Good. Slight reading creases to the spine. Faint lean. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition.Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [XIX] 684 pages. Tags: taylor 9781841951720 biography autobiography literary personal memoirs diarists diaries fiction anthologies collections diary excerpts samuel pepys
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The Battle of Britain by Derek Wood (£12.50)Publisher: Bracken Books — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781851704446]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. faint offset impression of writing and lines to the lower panel.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “This book is a superbly illustrated visual history of this extraordinary period. Packed with rare photographs, documents, diaries and battle maps, and with evocative text and captions it covers every aspect of the battle from both the British and the German sides and provides as vivid a picture of the embattled island as the fighting in the air itself.”Notes: Size: 11½" x 9¼". 192 pages. Tags: hitler luftwaffe air force hurricanes spitfires raf fighter command royal observer corps waafs royal air force
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The Unforgiving Minute: A Life of Rudyard Kipling by Harry Ricketts (£12.50)Publisher: Chatto & Windus — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0701137444]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Kipling, wrote George Orwell, is one of those writers one quotes unconsciously . We think we know him — the Anglo-Indian, the brilliant spinner of tales, the spokesman for Empire. Yet do we? In this new biography — the first substantial study for many years — Harry Ricketts explores the complex relationship between his eventful personal life, his work and his fame. Through a wealth of letters, diaries — and Kipling’s own poetry and fiction — we examine the myths Kipling himself created, the ‘orphaned* childhood years in a Southsea boarding-house, far from his parents in India; the power of the ‘tribe’ in his school at Westward Ho!, immortalised in Stalky & Co; the re-invention of India on his return as a young journalist, celebrating the romance of the common in the Barrack-Room Ballads and the lure of the strange in his stories.

Ricketts brings vividly to life Kipling’s yearning to belong, and his status as outsider, revealed in his ambivalent relationship to the conflicting cultures of Imperial India, and to the clubs and coteries of literary London. Despite his fame, his energy and flashing wit, Kipling was beset by self-doubt, by uncertain, oddly directed passions, searching restlessly for a ‘home’ in America and then in England. As the century turned, so the quest for belonging fed into his embrace of Empire — the new chivalry, the Great Work, the substitute religion — by the time of the Boer War he was the unofficial laureate of Empire, recreating a dream India in the Jungle Books and Kim. Finally the wanderer became the country squire, settling at Batemans in Sussex, only to find his world in ruins with the death of his son in World War I. In this absorbing study, penetrating, comic and moving by turns, Ricketts enriches our understanding of this extraordinary life by close readings of Kipling’s work, producing a literary biography that places Kipling’s imaginative genius and influence fully in the context of his life and his world.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 434 pages. Tags: kipling rudyard biography studies authors english 19th century 20th
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World Class Performance Through Total Quality: A Practical Guide to Implementation by Paul Spenley (£12.50)Publisher: Chapman & Hall — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0412361205]Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ.Description: This book shows senior management how to implement TQM, with clear explanations of the principles behind it. It is an indispensable guide book for senior managers in all sectors of industry and commerce, at all stages of putting into practice the quality improvement process. 171pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)Tags: 9000 9001 9002 9003 access accreditation accuracy agreements aim amendments appraisal approval approved archiving assessment assurance attendants auditor audits authority authorization authorized awareness banking benefits brief calibration call-out capability cards centralized certification certifiers changes changing charts checklists committee communication complaints complex compliance complications computerized concessions conformance conforming contents continuous contracts controller
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Dardanelles: A Midshipman's Diary, 1915-16 by H. M. [Henry Mangles] Denham (£11.50)Publisher: London: John Murray — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0719538580]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 200 pages. Tags: britain royal navy diaries turkey gallipoli peninsula naval operations british sailors dardanelles campaign observations correspondence navies actions mediterranean adriatic aegean ships agamemnon conflicts
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Frank Skinner by Frank Skinner (£11.50)Publisher: Century — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0712679278]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges with a small nick at the top corner of the lower panel. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Frank Skinner is undoubtedly of one of the funniest and most successful comedians appearing on British screens. Born Chris Collins in 1957 he grew up in the West Midlands where he inherited his father’s passion for football, a West Bromich Albion supporter, along with a liking for alcohol. Expelled from school at 16 Frank held various jobs later going on to gain an MA in English Literature. Nurturing a serious drink problem from the age of fourteen, Frank eventually turned to Catholicism in 1987 and hasn’t had a drink since. He performed his first stand up gig in December 1987. His first television appearance in 1988 met with fits of laughter from the audience and 131 complaints, including one from cabinet minister Edwina Currie. He met fellow comedian David Baddiel in 1990 and the two went on to share a flat throughout the early 90’s and to create the hit TV series Fantasy Football League. Winner of the prestigious Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival, Skinner’s is a unique mixture of laddish and philosophical humour which has won him the prime time ITV show — The Frank Skinner Show. Here, for the first time, Frank candidly tells us of the highs and lows of his fascinating life and career.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 327 pages. Tags: actors and anthem audience autobiography award baddiel biography britain comedians comedy david diaries ever fantasy film football for frank general great iconic individual jan largest lions music performers perrier personalities skinner stand-up television the theatre three unplanned
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Global Quality: The New Management Culture by John Piggott; John Macdonald; (£11.50)Publisher: Mercury — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1852510390]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good DJ. DJ nicked at top corner of upper panel otherwise a very pleasing copy.Description: It sets out to demonstrate the urgent need to change current management culture. 218pp. Index. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.)Tags: 9000 9001 9002 9003 access accreditation accuracy agreements aim amendments appraisal approval approved archiving assessment assurance attendants auditor audits authority authorization authorized awareness banking benefits brief calibration call-out capability cards centralized certification certifiers changes changing charts checklists committee communication complaints complex compliance complications computerized concessions conformance conforming contents continuous contracts controller
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Mr. Harty's Grand Tour by Russell Harty (£11.50)Publisher: Century — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780712618496]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. Price Clipped.Description: It was in the mid-eighteenth century when the classic Grand Tour was in its heyday, and thousands of English travellers would direct themselves southwards to delight in things new and old and to compose long accounts of the rigours and dangers they confronted. Equipped with such rich, energetic historical guidelines (tips from such as Chesterfield, Smollett, Boswell and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu) on the one hand, Harty carries letters, documents, diaries and accounts of those who made pioneer journeys - some with extravagant retinues, others alone and retraces the Grand Tour.Notes: Jacket designed by Jane Lake Birt. Size: 9½" x 6¼". 223 pages. Tags: Grand Tour English Boswell Montagu travellers Smollett Chesterfield
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The American West: Living the Frontier Dream by Roberta Wiener; James R. Arnold; (£11.50)Publisher: Blandford Press — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0713725486]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Among humankind’s great adventures was the settlement of the American west. James Arnold and Roberta Wiener look beyond legendary exploits and the romanticized image of the west to describe the daily life and practical concerns of pioneer settlers. They draw on diaries and letters to show us ordinary people of modest means living lives of astonishing courage and resourcefulness. Through meticulous research and an eye for the telling detail, the authors have captured the experience of making a fresh start in a new land. Discover exactly what it took to create a home, and a new nation, out on the frontier.”Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 191 pages.
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A Lifelong Passion: Nicholas and Alexandra: Their Own Story by Andrei Maylunas & Sergei Mironenko (£10.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0753800446]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Leans. A slightly dog-eared copy, notably only to the upper wrap and first few pages.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Our story goes like this: once upon a time, there lived a charming and kind young prince, the heir to a large and rich kingdom, covering one sixth of the world. He fell in love with a beautiful faraway princess. He married her and became king. They loved each other passionately and had five children. One would expect them to live happily ever after. But they could not escape their fate. They were doomed, their bloodline was cursed. The fairy tale turned into tragedy. This is the story of a family, a very special family and a very special story. The last Romanovs to rule Russia are among the best documented people in history. Their lives coincided with the beginnings of the age of mass media, and being the rulers of one sixth of the world, they were of course the focus of attention for the then young media. Tabloids, postcards, illustrated magazines, countless books (every one of their contemporaries who knew them — or not — seems to have published a book), early cinema (we sat through thirty hours of live footage of the family, most official and formal, but some private and moving). As for themselves - for people who lived a hundred years ago, they were surprisingly modern. Being an international couple, they spoke and wrote English to each other, they played tennis and took photos (theirs is among the first do-it-yourself snap-shot photography). Every member of the family, children included, had a camera and being rich — photography was then a very expensive hobby — they left us about 150,000 photographs of themselves, not counting all the pictures taken of them by others.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 667 pages. Tags: mironenko darya galy nicholas emperor russia correspondence alexandra empress consort romanov house kings rulers diaries history
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A Prison Diary by FF8282 (£10.50)Publisher: Macmillan — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1405020946]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 slightly. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “On Thursday 19 July 2001, after a perjury trial lasting seven weeks, Jeffrey Archer was sentenced to four years in jail. He was to spend the first twenty-two days and fourteen hours in HMP Belmarsh, a double A-Category high-security prison in South London, which houses some of Britain’s most violent criminals.

This is the author’s daily record of the time he spent there.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 259 pages. Tags: archer jeffrey diaries imprisonment ff8282 novelists english 20th century prisoners great britain prisons first editions firsts printings 1st
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Darling Ma: Letters to Her Mother, 1932 - 1944 by Joyce Grenfell (£10.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340423684]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with sunning to the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Foreword or introduction by James Roose'Evans. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXII] 360 pages. Tags: arts autobiography biography britain correspondence covered dates diaries entertainers entertainments great grenfell inter-war joyce performing period second war world
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Diary of a Decade: More Memoirs of a Bishop's Wife by Cicely Williams (£10.50)Publisher: London: George Allen & Unwin — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0049200305]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. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Black & White Photographs; Diary of a Decade continues the story begun by Mrs Williams in Bishop’s Wife— But Still Myself. She skilfully describes her colourful excursions with her husband to the United States, the Swiss Mountains and the Holy Land, counterbalancing the excitement of their life abroad with the steady, tranquil current of life In the English counties.Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Turquoise boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 256 [4] pages. Tags: williams 0049200305 cicely 1907-1985 diaries spouses clergy voyages travels mountaineering britain 1951 clergymen wives travel
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Drawing Fire: The Diary of a Great War Soldier and Artist by Len Smith (£10.50)Publisher: London: Collins — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0007313845]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. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Drawings;

From the cover: “To the reader.

In reading this diary it will be well to remember that it has with definite reason not been embellished or altered in any way from the original scrawl in an old French notebook.

I preferred to retain a faithful copy of the diary as written on the spot — “the spot” being sometimes sordid, noisy, terrifying, wretched and utterly uncongenial to clear thought and orderly writing. And thus, tho’ it does not possess literary style, easy to read and understand. Yet I feel even in this very fact, it rings true and therein lies some claim to your kindly interest, as a faithful portrayal of the atmosphere which at that time prevailed.

It is a jotted down, rambling description of events day by day, strung together anyhow (as life was then) with no definite aim in view either to use or publish. Rather a mere pastime, just as one would take a hand at cards, or play the mouth-organ.

Remember too, there was always the persistent thought in the back of one’s mind — that it was all too foolish anyway — that no effort was very worthwhile, there might never be a “tomorrow". Therefore friend, take it as it is written, a simple narration of how that big war in our time, touched the life of one, Smithie in France.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 381 pages. Tags: smith 0007313845 9780007313846 diaries world war britain army infantry history 20th century soldiers artists correspondence british
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Good Times, Bad Times by Harold Evans (£10.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicholson — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297782959]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, tanned and creased along the spine and front flap. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs [16pp];

From the cover: “Harold Evans, the renowned Editor of The Sunday Times and The Times, has written his own inside story of fifteen years at the heart of two of the world’s greatest newspapers. His sensational resignation from The Times only a year after Rupert Murdoch had bought the paper is explained for the first time. It is a remarkable account of journalism and politics, of idealism and intrigue. He describes The Sunday Times dramas of investigative journalism and his battles with government, corporations and the law. He tells the behind-the-scenes stories of the international cause celebre of the Thalidomide campaign, of the exposure of Kim Philby as a Soviet spy, the publication of the Crossman Diaries in defiance of the Official Secrets Act, and how the truth was learned about the world’s biggest air crash. He shows how Murdoch, a publishing tycoon on three continents, succeeded in taking over Times Newspapers and how Margaret Thatcher’s government cleared the way for him to do so.

He candidly reveals the internal and external subterfuges and pressures, both political and financial, during his turbulent period at The Times; he captures the excitement and colour of daily journalism; and he examines central issues of the freedom of the press. Lord Denning, the eminent British judge, once described Harold Evans as the most distinguished editor and journalist of our time, who has won great victories for the freedom of the press.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Andrew Kay. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XII] 430 pages. Tags: evans harold murdoch rupert times newspapers limited london england the journalists great britain biography journalism biographies sunday press first editions firsts printings 1st
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Grandma: Some of Her Ways by Margaret Bard (£10.50)Publisher: The Pentland Press — 1998Binding: Paperback Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 185821534X]Condition: Very Good.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium and includes a matching, signed, note "Thanks for your interest". Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “There have been many books written about the ‘elite’ and ‘destitute’ women of the Victorian age, but none describing the intimate day to day lives of working men’s wives of the period. This is that book, and in it Margaret Bard examines the recollections of Grandmothers, affectionately describing the lives of many redoubtable wives, mothers and workers, whose stoicism, individualism. And autonomy stands in stark contrast to the subservient and passive role imposed upon them by society.”Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". 114 pages. Tags: nineteenth-century schoolmistress technological professional introduction unemployment agriculture communities traditional influencing countryside nightingale importance remarkable population conditions revolution industrial steamships industries bankruptcy brocklesby marguerite instructor landowners commercial registered enclosures victoria’s blackmoor schooling victorian biography craftsmen tradesmen machinery labourers upheavals landlords universal catherine interests developed sociology kinswoman housewife franchise bringing florence spurgeon organist
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Midnight Diaries by Boris Yeltsin (£10.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297646788]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “Even his wife and daughter, his closest aides, did not know. On 28 December 1999, as the video tapes were rolling to cover the pre-taping of his annual New Year address, Boris Yeltsin, president of Russia for a decade, suddenly stopped the cameramen. The text must be rewritten. He has decided to resign, to retire. But no-one must know until the last moment, no-one must be allowed to steal his thunder.

This final twist in the story of the Yeltsin presidency is typical of a remarkable man, a powerful and commanding presence. Far from the incapacitated and sidelined leader as he was sometimes portrayed by the world’s media, Yeltsin demonstrates in these MIDNIGHT DIARIES that as, ever he was in control.

With a title taken from the fact that he kept notes and diaries throughout his presidency, mainly at the end of the day, Yeltsin offers perhaps the most personal memoirs of a recent world leader. How did he manage to survive at the top? One answer is the involvement of his daughter Tanya. Not only was she to be trusted totally, but being in her thirties and a computer scientist she represented the new generation coming to leadership in Russia.

Yeltsin reflects on the momentous vears as Russia shakes off the shackles of the former Soviet Union. In his relationships with other world leaders it is in the ‘Paris-Berlin-Moscow axis’, his friendships with Helmut Kohl and Jacques Chirac, that he sees his greatest foreign policy accomplishment. The warmth of this troika soon had Blair and Clinton lighting up the Kremlin hotlines, indignant that the Anglo-American relationship had been left out of this new European club.

And he looks back at the events that marked his presidency: the real impact of the 1991 coup, the tough decisions he was forced to make over Chechnya, why he hired and dismissed — a string of Prime Ministers. He docs not shrink from discussing the state of the Russian economy, the allegations of corruption, nor his own health.

Vivid and direct in the style of Yeltsin himself, MIDNIGHT DIARIES is an unprecedented account of a tumultuous period in the history of one of the great nations on earth.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXII] 398 pages. Tags: yeltsin ~0297646788~ diaries chirac blair ziang zhao min clinton kohl yugoslavia presidents russia federation politics government
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New Parents: A Guide to Pregnancy, Baby and Child Care for Today’s Mothers and Fathers by Edited by Dr. David Harvey (£10.50)Publisher: Hamlyn — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0600561615]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Dust wrapper a little age-toned but not unpleasant.Description: From the cover: “For today’s parents, the wonderful experience of bringing a baby into the world can often be spoiled by the anxieties and frustrations of coping with modern approaches to childbirth. High technology in our hospitals has produced a strong reaction from those who fear that childbirth is being dehumanized, while theories behind such important issues as breastfeeding, foetal health and post-natal depression seem to change with alarming regularity. It is small wonder that many new parents are both concerned and bewildered, and this book has been written both to inform and reassure, so that mothers and fathers on the threshold of such a momentous change to their lives remain in full command of their rapidly changing circumstances. Covering pregnancy, childbirth and childcare up to the age of five, New Parents is an essential work of reference for everyone concerned about how their baby is born and how it will grow and develop in the crucial years of early childhood. Chapters deal with every aspect, physiological and emotional, from antenatal care and the delivery itself to cleaning, bathing, nappy changing and potty training. Separate chapters deal with problem pregnancies, intensive care for newborn babies, and older children with special needs. There is also full information on pre-school development, from baby to toddler to child, while a section on the sick child covers safety and accident prevention in the home, positive health care and a full breakdown of common ailments in babies and young children, together with the appropriate steps to cope with them.”Notes: Size: 10¾" x 7½". White boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 304 pages. Tags: abdominal accidents acting adenoids advantages allergies allergy alliance anal antibiotics anxiety appendicitis arthritis asking association asthma athlete’s attachment babbling babies baby-led balanitis baskets bathing bathtime becoming bedding bedroom bedtime bed-wetting bee beginning behaviour behavioural bilingual birthmarks births bites blankets bleeding bleeds blues boo boosting bottle bottle-feeding bow bras breast breastfeeding breath
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Rescuing the Spectacled Bear: A Peruvian Diary by Stephen Fry (£10.50)Publisher: Hutchinson — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091795230]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a small ding near the join of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “On New Years Day BBC 1 broadcast a programme about Stephen Fry going to Peru to track Paddington Bear’s roots and more seriously to rescue a Spectacled bear, one of the world’s endangered species. At Easter a follow up programme was shown on BBC 2, they went back, and helped rescue a mate for the young bear they had found on their first trip.

Stephen is now gripped by drawing the world’s attention to these bears and has written a diary of his time in Peru. It is packed with lovely colour pictures of Stephen, bears and Peru, and it is, of course, wildly funny. Stephen Fry is set to become the Diane Fossey of the bear world.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Glenn O'Neill. Size: 10" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 191 pages. Tags: fry stephen travel peru spectacled bear diaries journeys description and first editions firsts printings 1st
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