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A King Betrayed: The Ill-fated Reign of Farouk of Egypt by Adel Sabit (£47.00)Publisher: London: Quartet Books — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0704327112]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper has a strong faded line the length of the join of the upper panel, otherwise pleasant. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Signed by the author on the first blank — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “Tarouk is quite possibly the most maligned and misunderstood monarch of the mid twentieth century, writes Adel Sabit. As a cousin to the King, government official and diplomat, the author was unusually well placed to observe at first hand the course of a reign that began in high hopes with the accession of the personable teenaged monarch in 1939 and ended in disillusion and exile in 1952.

The subsequent view of Farouk has tended to owe more to propaganda and the art of the caricaturists than it has to established fact. Adel Sabit is concerned to redress the balance, to show that Farouk, while he had his weaknesses and blind spots, also ruled with considerable pragmatic skill and held incorruptibly firm to principles relating to his perception of his own country’s best interests and those of the Middle East in general. The seeds of the fall of the monarchy, the author suggests, were more closely concerned with the fragmentation of Egyptian nationalist politics and the intrigues of rival cliques.

Adel Sabit casts a shrewd, ironic eye on the events of the period, while his recollections of the heyday of the Egyptian court and its grand social occasions, dominated by the elegant figure of the queen mother, Queen Nazly, are presented in vivid vignettes. The result is an entertaining personal view of a past era that is also sharp in its analysis of events culminating in the disastrous 1948 war with Israel.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 243 pages. Tags: faruk king egypt kings rulers queen nazly villa antoniades zohria arab league first arab-israeli war egyptian monarchy
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H.M.S. Electra as Told to A. V. Sellwood by T. J. Cain (£43.00)Publisher: London: Frederick Muller Limited — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with damp wrinkling to both panels and a short, closed, tear to the head of the upper panel. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans slightly. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1959] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “The only time that H. M. S. Electra got a wartime “mention” in the national press was when three-quarters of her crew were no longer able to read it. They were dead.

For it was the disastrous yet little-known Battle of the Java Sea — where a British, Australian, American and Dutch force was annihilated by the Japanese — that put Electron’s name in print.

‘H. M. S. Electra attacked through the smoke and was seen no more…’

The epitaph was terse, though moving. It left much unsaid. And today, in H. M. S. Electra, Lieutenant-Commander T. J. Cain — who fired her torpedoes during her last desperate battle — does much to do justice, long belated, to both the ship and the company who served her.

The result is sensational. For Cain’s story, prepared with the aid of author and naval correspondent A. V. Sellwood, reveals that the “unknown” Electra was the un-publicised companion-in-battle of some of the best-known names in the Royal Navy, and was the witness of events that shook the world. The sinking of the Athenia, the Ark Royal’s attacks on the Nazis in Norway, the first Russian convoy, the defence of Singapore — wherever there was trouble Electra was sure to be found.

SHE was the unnamed destroyer that sailed with Hood to find the Bismarck, and picked up the former’s three survivors…

SHE was at the sinking of the Repulse and Prince of Wales, and snatched part of their crews to safety beneath the mammoth Jap air attack…

And SHE was destroyed during a lone torpedo onslaught against an entire Japanese fleet, to cover the disabled Exeter, famous veteran of the River Plate.

H. M. S. Electra is not “just a war-story” — it is also a history. But it is a very human history — history as seen by a man who helped to make it.

Lieut. -Commander Cain, who, after a fantastic escape in a U. S. submarine, was later captured and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of the Japanese, is pungent in his comments regarding the blunders of the time. But equally he is an enthusiast — for Electra, her officers, and the men who made her what he calls: A happy ship — the finest I have ever known.”
Notes: Size: 8" x 5¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [IX] 278 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 naval operations british ark royal bismarck hood prince wales singapore repulse last voyage dutch destroyer kortenaer ruyter perthy houston java
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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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Silent Heroes by Evelyn Le Chêne (£21.50)Publisher: Souvenir Press — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0285632140]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ.Description: The Bravery & Devotion of Animals in War: An Animals' Roll of Honour. Later printing [1994]. Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the cover: “Bobbie was a small white terrier who became the hero of the disastrous battle of Maiwand during the Afghan Wars. Voytek, a rare Syrian bear, served with the Polish forces at the Battle of Monte Cassino in 1944. Murphy the donkey is still remembered as the animal that sought out wounded Anzac soldiers in the carnage of Gallipoli and carried them to safety. These courageous animals are just some of the many commemorated in this warm and moving tribute to their outstanding bravery in action. Evelyn Le Chêne has delved deeply into the often elusive source material and where possible has talked to eyewitnesses to reveal many previously unrecorded details about these silent heroes of human wars over 140 years.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 7". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: courageous animals animal’s heroic deeds battle campaign human/animal relationship battle maiwand chindit minnie sea dog bamse the dickin medal voytek monte cassino irma blitz dog gallipoli murphy sebastopol tom simon the amethyst winkie pigeon post stubby fleabite rifleman khan rob the sas gestapo imperial war museum animals combat american purple heart french legion d’honneur people’s dispensary for sick animals military regiment mascot
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J.F.K. Reckless Youth by Nigel Hamilton (£21.00)Publisher: Random House — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0679412166]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges. Leans slightly. Edges of the textblock lightly soiled. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. Later printing. From the cover: “Who was the real JFK? Reckless Youth is filled with intriguing new material on virtually every aspect of JFK’s early years: his Boston-Irish background; his beloved grandfather Honey Fitz; his draft-dodging, swindling father, Joseph P. Kennedy; his parents’ disastrous and dysfunctional marriage; his loveless upbringing; his expulsion from boarding school; his false starts at college in London and Princeton, followed by his triumphant career at Harvard; his protracted struggle against his father’s defeatism and isolationism before Pearl Harbour; his ceaseless career as a playboy; his lifelong battle with illness, and the origins of the deadly disease that would plague him in later days.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue / Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 898 pages. Tags: john kennedy white house mckinley thirty-fifth president boats japanese destroyer inga arvad sitting congressman political debut choate school leukemia fascism spee club righteous catholic medical discharge iron curtain churchill
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The Decameron or Ten Days' Entertainment by Giovanni Boccaccio (£14.50)Publisher: The World Publishing Co. — 1947Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good - in Poor DJ. DJ worn, torn and faded at the spine with notable loss. Mildly bumped at head & tail of spine and corners.Description: During the pestilence of 1348, seven ladies and three gentlemen of Florence took refuge in the Italian countryside, where they spent ten days travelling from one luxurious country house to another, idling away the hours by talking, reading, making love, and telling stories. It was a disastrous period in the history of Florence, but the group made a most comfortable best of the unfortunate conditions under which they found themselves living.Notes: Illustrated by Jean O'Neil. Size: 8vo Crown (19 x 13cm Approx.). 697 pages.
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The Missolonghi Manuscript by Frederic Prokosch (£14.50)Publisher: W. H. Allen — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0491003609]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges, rubbed slightly at the tips with a 1" closed tear to the leading edge of the lower panel. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Text bright and tight.Description: From the cover: “Lord Byron of course spent the last months of his life in the village of Missolonghi in Greece, where he died, at the age of thirty-six, in 1824. The three notebooks that are here presented as the Missolonghi Manuscript are the memoirs of a dying man who has decided to review his whole life as honestly as possible for his own satisfaction.”Notes: Jacket designed by Ellen Raskin. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 338 pages. Tags: lord byron missolonghi greece childe harold affair with lady caroline lamb augusta leigh disastrous marriage travels italy countess guiccioli claire claremont liberation greece writer byronic archilochus literary analysis vaya byron manuscript
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Balzac by V. S. Pritchett (£14.00)Publisher: Chatto & Windus — 1973Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0701119322]Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, especially at the top edge which has several small nicks and chips.Description: Illustrated with colour and B&W photographs. Balzac was one of the founding geniuses among the world’s great novelists and the author has built up a life-size portrait of the man inside the artist, the exuberant, uncouth provincial who combined encyclopaedic knowledge with the life of an exhibitionist and a would-be dandy, a gourmet, a disastrous financial speculator, a successful pursuer of aristocratic women, a born salesman and an untiring traveller. Yet, with some truth, Balzac called himself a monk, working his sixteen hours a day and keeping going on an ocean of strong coffee. When he died, he left the huge monument of the “Comedie Humaine”, an unsurpassed picture of French society from the rise and fall of Napoleon until the revolution of 1848.Notes: Size: 10¼" x 7¾". 272 pages. Tags: balzac writers authors french literature france
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Cosmos, Earth and Man: A Short History of the Universe by Preston Cloud (£13.50)Publisher: Yale University Press — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0300021461]Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Gently faded at the spine.Description: Illustrated with charts & diagrams including a fold-out to the front pastedown. From the cover: “In this fascinating history of the universe and its inhabitants, one of America’s most distinguished biogeologists leads us from the evolution of the cosmos to speculation on the future of mankind. Preston Cloud begins with the atom, the smallest known world out of which all other worlds are made. From the behaviour of protons, neutrons, and their satellite electrons, he turns to the behaviour of galaxies and the birth and death of stars, focusing on the life cycle of our solar system and our own small planet. Cloud describes the stages by which Earth, its atmosphere, and its oceans slowly became inhabitable by primitive, then more complex, forms of life. In considerable detail he explains the controversial chemistry by which life may have first been born into an inanimate universe. Tracing the evolution of plants and animals, Cloud demonstrates how the relatively recent development of a genus of primate mammals that calls itself Homo sapiens could have a disastrous effect on the planet. In a provocative final chapter, Cloud places mankind within the framework of this evolving global habitat and proposes a program for the survival of the human race.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 372 pages. Tags: hertzsprung-russell architectural geologically lithospheric hypothetical radioactive progressive sedimentary perspective prokaryotic eukaryotic structures industrial biological bryophytes simplified suggesting beginnings earthquake andromeda cosmology supernova spreading principal evolution capsule’s structure spaceship dinosaurs unfolding epicentre organisms materials seafloor possible covalent internal primates chemical sciences mamnals leading stellar diagram metazoa bonding history economy remains primate motions earth’s planets modern nebula animal cosmic energy mammal matter nature family origin action oldest oxygen plates recent higher today birds great human birth known cells earth early ionic decay focus their lower algae lines rock life tree past view time true atom flow the and
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Cosmos, Earth and Man: A Short History of the Universe by Preston Cloud (£12.50)Publisher: Yale University Press — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0300021461]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Price Clipped. Heavy knock to the top corner of the lower board with commensurate damage to the corner of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “In this fascinating history of the universe and its inhabitants, one of America’s most distinguished biogeologists leads us from the evolution of the cosmos to speculation on the future of mankind. Preston Cloud begins with the atom, the smallest known world out of which all other worlds are made. From the behaviour of protons, neutrons, and their satellite electrons, he turns to the behaviour of galaxies and the birth and death of stars, focusing on the life cycle of our solar system and our own small planet. Cloud describes the stages by which Earth, its atmosphere, and its oceans slowly became inhabitable by primitive, then more complex, forms of life. In considerable detail he explains the controversial chemistry by which life may have first been born into an inanimate universe. Tracing the evolution of plants and animals, Cloud demonstrates how the relatively recent development of a genus of primate mammals that calls itself Homo sapiens could have a disastrous effect on the planet. In a provocative final chapter, Cloud places mankind within the framework of this evolving global habitat and proposes a program for the survival of the human race.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 372 pages. Tags: hertzsprung-russell architectural geologically lithospheric hypothetical radioactive progressive sedimentary perspective prokaryotic eukaryotic structures industrial biological bryophytes simplified suggesting beginnings earthquake andromeda cosmology supernova spreading principal evolution capsule’s structure spaceship dinosaurs unfolding epicentre organisms materials seafloor possible covalent internal primates chemical sciences mamnals leading stellar diagram metazoa bonding history economy remains primate motions earth’s planets modern nebula animal cosmic energy mammal matter nature family origin action oldest oxygen plates recent higher today birds great human birth known cells earth early ionic decay focus their lower algae lines rock life tree past view time true atom flow the and
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Decisive Measures by John Nichol (£12.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “When helicopter pilot Jack Griffiths leaves the RAF to join a private military company, Decisive Measures, he hopes to put behind him the brutal ethnic conflicts he witnessed in Kosovo and Bosnia. And to bury the memory of a disastrous mission which ended in the loss of many innocent lives.”Tags: and bosnia brutal civil company conflicts erupts ethnic kosovo leone military private sierra war witnessed
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Tolstoy by A. N. Wilson (£12.50)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0241121906]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed in places with short tears at the head of the spine. Bruised at the spine ends. Pages very gently age-tanned. Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In this biography of Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Wilson recounts the complex drama of the writer’s life: his childhood of aristocratic privilege but emotional deprivation, his discovery of his literary genius after aimless years of gambling and womanizing, and his increasingly disastrous marriage. Wilson sweeps away the long-held belief that Tolstoy’s works were the exact mirror of his life, and instead traces the roots of Tolstoy’s art to his relationship with God, with women, and with Russia. He also recreates the world that shaped the great novelist’s life and art — the turmoil of ideas and politics in 19th-century Russia and the literary renaissance that made Tolstoy’s work possible..”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXVIII] 572 pages. Tags: 20th authors autobiography biographies biography century covered criticism dates european fiction former graf history italian leo lev literary literature nikolaevich novelists novels other prose russian soviet studies tolsto tolstoi? tolstoi? tolstoy union writers
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Decisive Measures by John Nichol (£11.50)Publisher: London: Hodder & Stoughton — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0340751177]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. From the cover: “When helicopter pilot Jack Griffiths leaves the RAF to join a private military company, Decisive Measures, he hopes to put behind him the brutal ethnic conflicts he witnessed in Kosovo and Bosnia. And to bury the memory of a disastrous mission which ended in the loss of many innocent lives.”Notes: Jacket designed by Larry Ronstant. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 310 pages. Tags: larry ronstant 0340751177 fiction novels literature stories story novella short first editions firsts printings 1st signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy bosnia brutal civil company conflicts erupts ethnic kosovo leone military sierra war witnessed
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Churchill: His Life and Times by Malcolm Thomson (£10.50)Publisher: BookPlan — 1966Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good. Top edges of text block lightly spotted.Description: 2nd Impression. Illustrated with black and white photographs. First published in 1949 under the title “Life and times of Winston Churchill”.Notes: Size: 8½" x 5½". Burgundy boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 480 pages. Tags: abdication accident admiralty african agadir agreement alamein anglo-persian appeasement atlantic attlee baghdad baldwin battenburg battle beaverbrook benito bernard bevin blenheim blitz bloemfontein boards boer brest-litovsk britain by-election cabinet cagoulards cairo cambrai campaign canal career carlton casablanca cecil chamberlain chancellor charter churchill circus civil clement clementine club coal coalition colonel colonial commission
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Mary Queen Of Scots by Antonia Fraser (£10.50)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper frayed with short open tears to the head of both panels. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: 100 Black And White Illustrations And 16 In Colour. From the cover: “From her birth in the Scottish ‘palace of pleasance’, Linlithgow, in 1542, to her tragic death by execution in the grim English castle of Fotheringhay forty-four years later, the life led by Mary Queen of Scots was of a kind to inspire popular imagination, not only among her contemporaries but through to the present day. Crowned Queen of Scotland when only six days old, Mary passed her childhood in France, and married the Dauphin to become Queen of France at the age of sixteen. Widowed less than two years later, she returned to Scotland as its queen after an absence of thirteen years. Her life then entered its most dramatic phase: the early political and religious struggles with John Knox and the unruly Scottish nobility; the disastrous marriage to Darnley and his mysterious death; her fugitive marriage to Both well, the chief suspect, that led directly to her long English captivity at the hands of Elizabeth I; the loneliness of the incarceration that ended with the labyrinthine Babington plot to free her, and the final decision by Elizabeth to execute this romantic figure who presented a threat to the English throne. Mary Queen of Scots, first published in 1969, became an instant best seller. This special edition, abridged and beautifully illustrated, presents Mary’s story for a new readership. Lady Antonia provides the reader with a detailed and sympathetic insight not only into the turbulent political society in which Mary lived, but also into the development of Mary’s character — from the gay and beautiful child queen to the calm woman who died a tragic death with such dignity.”Notes: Size: 10¾" x 7¼". Orange boards with Red & Black titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: abbey abbot abdication abington accession admiral agnes ainslie alencon alison alliance alva ambition amboise ambroise amy amyas ancestry andrew anet angouleme angus anna anne antoine antoinette appearance arabella aragon arbroath archbishop archduke archibald argyll arran arundel ashton assassinated atholl attempts attitude aumale austria babington baif baillie ballard bartholomew bastard bastian battle
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Skip All That: Memoirs by Robert Robinson (£10.50)Publisher: Century — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0712675396]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges with a faint stain to the top ½" of the lower panel.Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 1996]

From the cover: “In a style both crisp and engaging he writes of his wrestling-match with Dame Edith Sitwell, his undergraduate assault on the whole of the American nation via Time Magazine, his run-ins with politicians when he was presenting the Today programme, his hilarious encounters with film stars – Jayne Mansfield, Bette Davis, David Niven, Robert Mitchum and many others – and his disastrous appearance as an actor with John Osborne and Jill Bennett, live, on BBC2. Such droll set-pieces are combined with evocative excursions into the world of literature in the company of Ezra Pound, W. H. Auden, J. B. Priestley and Vladimir Nabokov. Each sequence is alight with the irony and wit for which the founder of Points of View, the creator of Stop the Week, and the presenter of Call My Bluff and Brain of Britain has for so long been celebrated.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 230 pages. Tags: broadcasters britain authors english 20th century journalists radio television programmes broadcasting film music theatre personalities england
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Elizabeth Taylor: The Obsessions, Passions and Courage of a Hollywood Legend by Ellis Amburn (£9.50)Publisher: Robson — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 186105369X]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Frequently the target of scandalous tabloid headlines, Elizabeth Taylor’s love affairs and failed marriages have captured the attention of the world’s press for almost half a century. Just when we thought we knew everything about this screen siren, Ellis Amburn blows the lid off some of Hollywood’s best kept secrets. This compelling new biography poignantly recounts the successful removal of a golf-ball-sized brain tumour; her courageous recovery after breaking her back twice within two years; the exciting launch of her fragrance line, which became an instant success; and her loving relationship with Rod Steiger, who nurtured her back to health after a nervous breakdown. Amburn also reveals Taylor’s tragic and heartbreaking affection for Montgomery Clift and James Dean and explores Taylor’s disastrous marriage to the abusive and philandering Nicky Hilton, who abandoned Liz on their honeymoon to be with another woman. And then there is the infamous and cunning Eddie Fisher, who forced Liz to appear at his Las Vegas shows in order to bring in capacity crowds, as well as accounts of Richard Burton’s homosexual activities and his exploitation of Taylor.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Purple boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 352 pages. Tags: montgomery cleopatra hollywood lancaster publisher elizabeth president thalberg pawley’s jennings director campaign thompson peregina mcdowall cornelia magazine rosemond diamonds ardeshir marshall dmytryk gardner deborah skinner malcolm richest series edward garner hilton irving orphan winner taylor truman oscars burton philip forbes studio newman warner zahedi dimes pearl peggy burns myrna metro helen segal nicky roddy award donen clift 1950s bess star lyon dean otis kerr burt lang todd mike loy ann fdr ava sue
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My Dear Old Thing: Talking Cricket by Henry Blofeld (£9.50)Publisher: Stanley Paul — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0091737044]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Leans slightly. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. A mixture of cricket, cricketers and Henry Blofeld's own life since the beginning of 1984 to the end of 1987. England's disasters, Australian cricket, the decline of the West Indies, Ian Botham's antics and the performance of the England captains are all dealt with humour.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 156 pages. Tags: finger-wagging controversial international disciplinary commentators nail-biting faisalabad publicised discontent disastrous cricketing gatting’s committee england’s australia turbulent gavaskar pakistan brearley fortunes anecdote richards edmonds comment victory cricket qadir’s zealand history current gatting richard game’s hadlee winter hughes series botham indies willis border years imran world allan gower qadir david abdul lloyd clive state final phil mike oval khan left lost over tour west hook 1984 much cup viv the new kim bob ian
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The Country Weekend by Amanda Wyndham & Patrick Gamble (£9.50)Publisher: Webb & Bower — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.Description: A light-hearted look at the traditional English country-house weekend. Illustrations give a delightful picture of the perfect and perfectly disastrous weekend. Illustrated in colour by Julia Whatley.Tags: Illustrated, Perfect, Disastrous, Weekend
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The Greenlander by Mark Adlard (£9.50)Publisher: The Leisure Circle — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges, a little faded at the top edge. Spine and top edge of boards slightly faded. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “Every year the whalers go to the Northern Fishery; and the latest addition to the fleet is the William Scoresby Senior, built of Yorkshire oak and the pride of Fishburn and Brodrick’s yard. Arthur Storm was going as an apprentice on a voyage that would test not only him but also the speculative Captain Stapleton, the dandified First Mate, the tough harpooners, the junior officer with implicit faith in his jet cross, and every other man in the crew. These men, and thousands of others, sailed away to the greatest catastrophe that had ever visited the northern whaling grounds. Perhaps some of them guessed that they were living through — or succumbing to — the death throes of an entire way of life. While they were being crushed by the forces of nature, a new race of Northumbrian enginemen was harnessing equally powerful forces to usher in another world. Arthur Storm grows to manhood all too abruptly. But he will never forget the harpoon and the descending tail, the shark’s mouth and the surgeon’s knife; and he will always remember Blackie, she who had eyes as dark as tarred rope and who was known to every whaler that docked in Shetland.

The Greenlander — the first volume in an ambitious series — is an extraordinary achievement. It essays the grandest themes and recaptures the drama and breadth of the later Victorian novel at its best. The excitement of the action, with episodes that horrify and exhilarate, does not quite disguise a view of change and time that is peculiarly modern. Mark Adlard has evoked a heroic epoch, which even as it dies is still able to transmit something of its spirit to the coming age that is about to destroy it.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 278 pages. Tags: 19th 19th-century adlard apprentice arthur book century commercial disastrous early early-mid english expedition first following harpooners hero history industrial later look mark novels number out storm the this tough victorian voyage whalers whaling which whitby
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The Quantock Hoard by John M. Barrett (£9.50)Publisher: John M Barrett — 2000Binding: Paperback Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0953912809]Condition: Very Good.Description: Signed by the author on the reverse of the upper wrap — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". 281 pages. Tags: treasure-trove consequences unleashing disastrous nineteenth documented phenomena collapses hundreds folklore drillers drilling thriller quantock horrific discover treasure eighteen suspense terrible feeling network taunton fiction england passage psychic century priest legend ground spirit county realms world hoard deane early altar large cries hills augur shale lower town evil area core cave and rig the
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The Road to Harley Street by William Byam (£9.50)Publisher: Geoffrey Bles — 1963Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a tape repaired tear to the top corner of the upper panel, fraying and slight loss to the bottom corner of the lower panel and faded at the spine. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Twice in his life did entomology mould William Byam’s career. His interest in moths and butterflies prompted his housemaster at Wellington to ask if he was really cut out for the Army career that was taken for granted. And lice helped pave his way to the Mecca of the medical world—Harley Street. In the years between he had quarrelled with his father over his decision to enter medicine, tried in vain to placate him by entering the R.A.M.C. and in 1906 sailed for Egypt. There his services were soon snapped up by the Egyptian Army and Bimbashi Byam’s first job was a 20-day nightmare trip to bring in a desperately ill man. He was in the Sudan for several years, waging war against mosquitos, unhygienic conditions and ignorance as well as surviving a disastrous punitive expedition against the slave-raiding Anuak tribe of Ethiopia. He had many adventures before he was called to Cairo, including a clandestine spell in the Balkan War, and in 1914 found himself struggling to convert a Base hospital for the New Zealanders out of virtually nothing. Later he was invalided home and initiated the research which proved that lice droppings caused the scourge of ‘Trench Fever’.

William Byam was one of the most brilliant medical students of his day but lacked money to follow the conventional route to the top of his profession. But his years of work under heartbreaking conditions never quenched his skill and laid the foundations for the success described in Doctor Byam in Harley Street. In this new book he reveals his early encounters with many eminent physicians and patients, as well as unprofessional meetings with other famous and colourful people in many spheres.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Michael Heard. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 236 pages. Tags: akobo and anti-malaria anuak autobiography biography britain british bulgar byam carriers church correspondence cross day dinka england eritrea ethiopia experiences fever firom for gallabat gebel general great hospital individual kassala khartoum lepers macedonia medical medicine mural narratives nuer nurses orderlies personal physicians present red reminiscences research south-eastern sudan the trench tropical unit volunteers who william woman women’s work wounded
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The Road to the Stars by Iain Nicolson (£9.50)Publisher: William Morrow & Co. — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0688033369]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white, with diagrams.Notes: Size: 10" x 6¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: sociopsychological upward-spiralling extraterrestrial psychological technological electrostatic sociological civilization intelligence interstellar colonization deceleration technologies terrestrial territories exploration observatory techniques travellers viewpoints propulsion population disastrous resources dwindling transport expansion algonquin economics barnard’s encounter societies colonists starships collapsed colonies collapse velocity politics doomsday european progress universe absolute inhabit exploit through planets effects explore society species energy galaxy system escape agency aliens scales race’s travel alien space radio stars means other among man’s solar human sail with into term need time star long new bug and the
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Turf Accounts: A Connoisseur's Racing Anthology by Edited by Gee Armytage & Mike Seabrook (£9.50)Publisher: Gollancz / Witherby — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0854932461]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little wrinkled at the edges. Top edge of the text block spotted.Description: From the cover: “Turf Accounts celebrates the glorious versatility of racing in a brand-new collection of vivid writing from well-known figures inside and outside the sport. The pieces range wide, from personal reminiscences through dramatic accounts of great races to short stories.

Contributions from jockeys include Gee Armytage’s dream of winning the Grand National and Richard Pitman’s graphic firsthand view of the perils faced by the jump jockey. Several pieces are quarried from the rich history of the sport, like Julian Wilson’s cri de coeur for more elegant days; others are as contemporary as Tim Heald’s description of an outing to Chepstow in 1994, Robin Oakley’s intriguing look behind the scenes at Epsom and Paul Haigh’s disastrous speculations in Ireland. Then there is low life from Geoff O’Hara, lower life still from Eamonn Percival, and an appalling glimpse of the after-life from Simon Raven.

Sharp, often funny, always entertaining, Turf Accounts will make ideal armchair or bedside reading for all followers of the sport of kings.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 202 pages. Tags: britain great horse racehorses racing
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Augustine's Laws by Norman R. Augustine (£6.50)Publisher: Viking — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 067080942X]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper sunned at the spine, a little ruffled at the edges. Bruised at head and tail of spine. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Antony Russo. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Blue & Beige boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 380 pages. Tags: decision-making characteristics problem-solving problem-solver organizational script-writing organisational transactional environmental effectiveness presentations assertiveness communication brainstorming presentation negotiations organization consultative interviewing satisfaction expectations productivity coordinating complexities contrapuntal misbehaviour relationship performance improvement personality inefficient integration negotiation controlling development observation persistence nervousness innovation delegation innovating successful efficiency delegators developing fallacious principles modulation initiative objections priorities
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