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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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The Churchill Years 1874 - 1965 by Anon. (£26.50)Publisher: Reprint Society — 1966Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: B000NQ62NU]Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled, nicked at head, tail and corners, laminate lifting on the upper panel at joint with spine. Faint offset to endpapers. Text bright and tight.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. Text By the Times, Foreword By Lord Butler of Saffron Walden. In over 330 superb black-and-white and full colour photographs, many of them never before published, the long and incredibly active life of Sir Winston Churchill is recorded in a work of immense and enduring interest. The concise and authoritative text does full justice to the range of events in which he took part and to the breadth of his accomplishment.Notes: Size: 13" x 9½". 264 pages. Tags: spencer-churchill disestablishment nationalization self-government brest-litovsk anglo-persian field-marshal correspondent greco-turkish expeditionary russo-german unemployment conservative bloemfontein lloyd-george suffragettes tel-el-kebir dardanelles by-election reparations appeasement hoare-laval westminster sudetenland independent disarmament beaverbrook chamberlain mountbatten marlborough ludendorff tripartite versailles politician opposition commission government casablanca conference depression cagoulards lease-lend massingham parliament battenburg abdication disastrous clementine montgomery chancellor leicester
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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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Behind Palace Doors by Nigel Dempster; Peter Evans; (£18.00)Publisher: Orion — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1857972546]Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ. Slip case very lightly rubbed at the corners. A very, very pleasant copy.Description: Gives a complete account of the disastrous marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana - the key drama in the Buckingham Palace follies of which Camillagate was the surprise climax. 264pp. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.) Jacket Designed by Anwar Hussein.Tags: Monarchy Princess Diana 1857972546
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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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Age of Optimism. by ANON. (£14.00)Publisher: George Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1974Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0882250728]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ.Description: Volume VII in the Milestones of History series. From Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase to the opening of Japan to Western trade by Commodore Perry, AGE OF OPTIMISM examines sixteen key events and clearly and vividly shows not only what happened, but how each affected mankind and subsequent history. Among the "milestones" included in this volume are: the successful voyage of the North River Steamboat (popularly called the Clermont) from New York City to Albany, ushering in the age of steam navigation; Napoleon's disastrous retreat from Russia leading to his downfall and the subsequent Congress of Vienna, which tried to freeze Europe into blocs of balanced power; the development of the McCormick reaper, which revolutionized agriculture by making possible the cultivation of vast tracts of land; and the Compromise of 1850, which postponed the Civil War for ; decade. TheNotes: Size: 11½" x 9". 160 pages. Tags: Milestones history historic events
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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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Catastrophe and Crisis by Jeremy Kingston; David Lambert; (£12.50)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1870630130]Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper a little rubbed at the edges, more heavily at the spine ends and corners. Leans. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: First in this edition. [First: U.S.A., 1979] From the cover: “Earthquake and volcanic eruption, famine and pestilence, fire and flood, assassination and the horrors of war — this book presents a wide-ranging survey of the dramatic and disastrous events, both natural and the result of man’s own actions, that have shocked humanity and even changed the course of history. Each category of disaster is defined and detailed examples are then described. In the case of assassinations, persecutions, and other violent crimes, their background as well as their effect upon subsequent events are clearly explained. Fully illustrated, and written with clarity and authority, the book avoids the purely sensational to give an informative account of the catastrophes and crises that have dogged mankind from the earliest times to the 19703, from the destruction of Pompeii and the assassination of Julius Caesar to the Jumbo disaster of 1977 and also recent scientific disasters such as Minamata and Seveso. A final chapter takes a searching look at the international relief operations mounted to cope with major disasters and comes to some depressing conclusions.”Notes: Size: 11¾" x 8¾". Pictorial boards. 336 pages. Tags: accidental aircraft airships all and are assassination bangladesh biblical bubble bubonic but china cholera collide conditions crash crises crop cruelty deadly devastation disasters disease drought drugs earthquakes economic erupt explode explosions failure famine famous fire flood freak giant history horrors war human hurricanes inadequately influenza killers lisbon man-made minorities modern nonconforming often over-population pandemic persecuting plague political pollution pompeii sea smallpox south street tested the thera this typhoon volcanoes wall warfare weather when
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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: 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. 310 pages. Tags: and bosnia brutal civil company conflicts erupts ethnic kosovo leone military private sierra war witnessed
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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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1995 Grand Prix Year by Murray Walker (£10.50)Publisher: Hazleton — 1995Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 187455756X]Condition: Very Good+.Description: From the cover: “In this, his ninth annual review of the FIA Formula One World Championship, Murray recalls the highlights of 1995’s 17 Grands Prix. From Brazil to Australia, he discusses the events, the personalities, the conflicts and the on- and off-track dramas which formed the backdrop to Michael Schumacher’s second consecutive World Championship season. In addition to his distinctive race-by-race accounts, Murray Walker’s Grand Prix Year 1995 includes full statistics from every race, making it as valuable as a work of reference as it is entertaining to read. Illustrated in full colour throughout, it is also a worthwhile visual record of another compelling chapter in the colourful history of Formula One.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¼". 144 pages. Tags: jean alesi luca badoer jordan minardi ferrari mclaren sauber ligier williams pacific forti benetton tyrrell footwork pacific jos verstappen damon hill heinz-harald frentzen pedro diniz taki inoue eddie irvine pedro lamy nigel mansell olivier panis mika salo mimmo schiattarella michael schumacher aguri suzuki jos verstappen karl wendlinger grand prix cheating disastrous pit fire hockenheim schumacher/hill collision fia’s regulation mugen backed honda renault power reigning world champion french larrousse team alboreto christian fittipaldi david brabham lehto erik comas alessandro zanardi european monza
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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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Sea Battles: A Reference Guide by Michael Sanderson (£10.50)Publisher: Newton Abbot, London & Vancouver: David & Charles — 1975Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0715366483]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper faded at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy. Description: 1st Cheap Edition, includes promotional wrap around band. Jacket illustration: The Four Days' Battle, 1-4 June 1666 - oil painting by Pieter Cornelis Soest. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Plates; Maps;

From the cover: “This is a concise account of the principal sea battles of history, taking us through some 2,000 years from the Graeco-Persian Wars in 499-448 BC to the end of the Second World War. The number of sea battles throughout history is obviously so large that the book has been limited, with a few exceptions, to those battles fought between considerable forces in the open sea. Even so, there are accounts of over 250 battles arranged in alphabetical order and placed in the context of the wars to which they belong and other engagements during the same period. But although facts predominate, we cannot fail to ‘feel’ the atmosphere and excitement of some of these dramatic conflicts — the disastrous disgrace experienced by Mark Antony as he failed, along with Cleopatra, to prevent Octavian gaining access to the East and its riches; the delight of the English as their nimble ships worried at the heels of the Armada like terriers whilst it proceeded slowly up Channel; the satisfaction and joy felt by the British fleet, and transmitted to a demoralised nation at home, after the resounding victory at Cape St Vincent in which it defeated a Spanish force twice its size through skill, efficiency and the daring tactics of Nelson.

Designed as a reference guide to readers whose interest in the subject has been awakened and who require a short narrative of each event, the main text is supported by numerous illustrations, sketch maps and plans. As a preface to the book there is a valuable chronological table of sea battles.”
Notes: Size: 9¾" x 7½". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 199 pages. Tags: naval battles history sea encyclopedias operations actions oceans seas encyclopaedias napoleonic wars
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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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The Second World War in Colour by Stewart Binns & Adrian Wood (£10.50)Publisher: Pavilion — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1862053499]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with the expected associated chafing to the dust wrapper. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank.Description: The Second World War is the most documented, devastating and disastrous war in human history. This book presents new insight into the events that shaped the modern world, events from the invasion of Poland to the atom bomb that devastated Hiroshima.Notes: Foreword or introduction by Ludovic Kennedy. Size: 10¼" x 8¾". Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 208 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 battles britain british campaigns collections covered dates europe european general great history irish kingdom military narratives personal photographs pictorial second united war works world
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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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Children’s Reading Problems: Psychology and Education by Peter Bryant; Lynette Bradley; (£7.00)Publisher: Basil Blackwell — 1986Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0631136835]Condition: Good. An adequate reading copy only. A notably dog-eared copy but text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “A surprisingly large number of otherwise ‘normal’ children have problems learning to read, and these difficulties can produce disastrous consequences. Can we isolate the causes of reading problems? How can we best help backward readers? Peter Bryant and Lynette Bradley, in a trenchant and convincingly argued critique, show that many of the existing psychological explanations of reading problems are based on flawed research and on entirely inadequate evidence. Their own work has shown that analysing words into their constituent sounds is a skill of the utmost importance in learning to read, and one that many backward readers conspicuously lack — They argue that children normally become aware of rhyme and alliteration before they go to school and that this has a powerful influence on their eventual success in learning to read and to spell. What then should teachers do to help backward readers? Two techniques have proved particularly expedient, one involving plastic letters and the other a ‘multisensory’ method. Describing them in detail, the authors produce evidence for their success and, crucially, are able to offer a theoretical and psychological rationale for their effectiveness. Combining theory and practice in this unusual way, the book will be of great interest to psychologists and immensely helpful to teachers.”Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 166 pages. Tags: circumlocution developmental discontinuity categorizing difficulties derivational vocalization conservative phonological architecture alliteration constituent directional butterworth differences cross-modal dysphonetic conceptual linguistic functional dyseidetic concurrent production categories gillingham perceptual intermodal psychology alphabetic experiment automatic bottom-up donaldson geschwind bertelson education synthesis direction branwhite analogies coltheart detecting continuum gittelman chukovsky processes unhelpful ferreiro blending baddeley dyslexia
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Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch by John Bayley (£7.00)Publisher: Abacus — 1999Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0349112150]Condition: Very Good. Description: A Later Printing. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “John Bayley’s account of his long and loving marriage to the great novelist Iris Murdoch takes us on a journey, from their love affair’s comically inauspicious beginnings in the Oxford of the early 1950s, (Bayley courted Iris on account of her unchallenging plain looks and their first date consisted of a revolting dinner followed by a disastrous dance when Iris sprained her ankle) to its slow and painful closure more than 40 years later, due to Iris’s Alzheimer’s. As Bayley charts the gradual dissolution of Iris’s remarkable intellect side by side with the detail of their gloriously eccentric and profoundly satisfying life together, what emerges is the complex portrait of an enigmatic and brilliant woman and of a marriage of quite extraordinary, unforced happiness, and some remarkable insight into the richly mysterious symbolism of Iris Murdoch’s novels.”
Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 294 pages. Tags: murdoch iris 1919- biography health women novelists english 20th century alzheimer disease patients bayley john 1925- marriage autobiography literary criticism european 0349112150
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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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King's Oak by Anne Rivers Siddons (£6.50)Publisher: Fontana — 1992Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0006179223]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps. Small promotional sticker to the upper wrap. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. From the cover: “Leaving behind a disastrous marriage, Diana Calhoun and her young daughter Hilary seek refuge in the comforting security of a small Southern town — Pemberton, Georgia, a close-knit, aristocratic community bordered by a primeval forest. What she discovers, though, is not serenity but Tom Dabney, a magical, passionate man who has renounced his patrician heritage to live close to the land and who worships the wilderness surrounding Pemberton. Despite warnings from friends, Diana abandons herself to a fiery-affair that releases within her unforeseen strengths. She soon comes to realise that Tom will do anything to protect and preserve his world. When an explosive confrontation involving a sinister threat to his cherished woods pits Tom against even his closest friends, Diana must decide if she can follow…”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 537 pages. Tags: heartbreaking heart-rending complexities sensitivity steadfastly literature tenderness enchanting passionate compassion emotional affection freshness jealousy innocent sympathy romantic poignant talented sustains touching passion secrets mystery adoring beneath fiction odyssey fantasy romance amorous despair desires moving tender loving family ardent helps heart times loved woman novel hopes care fall love her the mix
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Marabou Stork Nightmares by Irvine Welsh (£6.50)Publisher: Vintage — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 009943511X]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Light reading creases to the spine. Leans. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers.Description: From the cover: “Roy Strang is engaged is a strange quest in a surrealist South Africa. His mission is to wipe out the evil predator-scavenger bird, the marabou stork, before it drives away the peace-loving flamingo from the scenic Lake Torto. But behind this world lies another: the world of Roy’s peculiar family, the Scottish housing scheme in which he grew up, his humdrum job, a disastrous migration to Africa, and his youthful life of violence with a gang of soccer casuals. As one world crashes into the other, this potentially charming story of ornithological goodwill mutates into a grubby tale of violence, abuse and redemption.”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 264 pages. Tags: africa and assured authors brightest century cleverly composed emotional emotionally english exciting fiction funny general genuinely leap literary modern novel portrait quest rebel scotland's scottish south strange surrealist vacuum wasted working-class wrenching young youth
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The Understudy by David Nicholls (£6.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 2006Binding: Paperback Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0340734892]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium but has a Blackwell's sticker which adds a little to the authenticity. From the cover: “For Josh Harper, being in show-business means money, fame, a beautiful wife, and a lead role on the London stage. For Stephen C. McQueen, it means a disastrous career playing passers-by and dead people. Stephen’s stuck with an unfortunate name, a hopeless agent, a daughter he barely knows, and a job as understudy to Josh Harper, the 12th Sexiest Man in the World. And when Stephen falls in love with Josh’s clever, funny wife Nora, things get even more difficult. But might there yet be a way for Stephen to get his Big Break?”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 408 pages. Tags: interpersonal actresses relations triangles humorous industry britain fiction picture general stories married romance modern motion actors 823.92 women great
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Amsterdam by Ian McEwan (£5.50)Publisher: Vintage — 1998Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0099272776]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrap a little curled.Description: From the cover: “When good-time, forty-something Molly Lane dies of an unspecified degenerative illness, her many friends and numerous lovers are led to think about their own mortality. Vernon Halliday, editor of the up-market newspaper ‘The Judge’, persuades his old friend Clive Linley, a self-indulgent composer of some reputation, to enter into a euthanasia pact with him. Should either of them succumb to such an illness, the other will effect his death. From this point onwards we are in little doubt as to the novel’s outcome — it’s only a matter of who will kill whom. In the meantime, compromising photographs of Molly’s most distinguished lover, foreign secretary Julian Garmony, have found their way into the hands of the press, and as rumours circulate he teeters on the edge of disgrace.”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 178 pages. Tags: booker ceremonies composers contemporary corruption decision didactic dies dilemma disastrous distressing domineering dull editors ex-lovers fiction fighting foreign funeral humorous ill-fated illness minister moral morality newspaper notorious novels political politicians prime prize-winner promise publishing right-winger rites secretary stories tale tipped tycoon
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Decisive Measures by John Nichol (£5.50)Publisher: Coronet — 2001Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0340751185]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers.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.”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 368 pages. Tags: and bosnia brutal civil company conflicts erupts ethnic kosovo leone military private sierra war witnessed
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Making It Happen by John Harvey-Jones (£5.50)Publisher: Fontana — 1989Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0006374093]Condition: Very Good.Description: Sir John Harvey-Jones is one of the best known and admired industrialists in the world, and his achievements at ICI are a legendary feat. How was that giant company salvaged from its disastrous slump and transformed into one of Britains best-run companies.Notes: Size: A Format (Approx. 4¼" x 7"). Tags: industrialists petrochemicals wilhehnshaven non-executive international manipulative shipbuilders electricity motorcycles manchester management successful techniques generating motorcycle investment industrial institute directors relations galvanize coverdale companies business critical unilever schedule aibright dimbleby industry best-run choosing company leyland british carbide lecture schemes triumph hanson school policy option system wilson glaxo board trust staff share union open door path reed and bat ici
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The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor (£5.50)Publisher: Penguin — 2003Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780141010434]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps.Description: Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2002.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). Tags: reverberating melodramatic consequences land-owning reluctantly disastrous discovered mournfully protestant oblivious intruders existence happiness ancestral blossoms servants faithful sweeping isolated ireland country captain officer english british journey drowned romance plagued changes wounds chance unable family simply shoots ghosts county europe across small alive house leave exile their grasp local guilt cork girl shot this into head runs army home fire lads away and one set the off
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A Dog's Life in the Dales by Katy Cropper; Barbara Collins (£4.00)Publisher: Bantam — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0553406388]Condition: Poor. A reading copy, just, being rubbed at the edges of the wraps with well-thumbed pages.Description: The Frank, Funny and Heartwarming Autobiography of a Young Shepherdess. Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 203 pages. Tags: relationship competition trainer-dog prestigious wensleydale shepherdess disastrous successful yorkshire trialling shepherds swaledale sheepdog attempts training villages england cropper hardraw shunner valleys britain winner great sheep hills wales north young katy fell dodd dogs his and man one the dog
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Close To You by Tim Wilson (£4.00)Publisher: Headline — 1995Binding: Paperback Condition: Near Fine.Description: Amanda Blake is happy to take care of her friends' luxury holiday complex while they're away. It will give her the opportunity to put behind her the memories of a disastrous relationship. Sheila Malborne awaits her son Ewan's visit, wondering why his girlfriend Amanda isn't coming too. Sheila thinks she knows her son, but Ewan has become a killer.
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Journey by James A Michener (£4.00)Publisher: Mandarin — 1990Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0749301309]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Light reading creases to the spine. Leans. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “SHIP’S IN WITH A TON OF SOLID GOLD ON BOARD! This was the headline that flashed around the world and precipitated the frenzied Klondike Gold Rush in 1897. In London, Lord Evelyn Luton is the veteran explorer whose imagination is fired by an expedition to the high Arctic in the footsteps of those other intrepid Englishmen who had so bravely sought the fabled North West Passage some fifty years before. He persuades three young men and his trusty Irish gamekeeper to assemble his team. An Englishman to the core, Luton makes one challenging and ultimately disastrous condition: the party must reach the Yukon without setting foot on American soil. Instead, they travel down the Athabasca and MacKenzie rivers into the most inhospitable climate and landscape imaginable.”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 304 pages. Tags: heartbreak adventure disaster escapade whodunit thriller conflict exploit venture journey mystery tragedy risking attempt secrecy danger menace threat voyage action peril risk run the
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The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor (£4.00)Publisher: Penguin — 2003Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0141010436]Condition: Good. An acceptable reading copy with clear signs of previous ownership and shelf wear.Description: Notes: Size: B Format (Approx. 5¼" x 7¾"). 240 pages. Tags: reverberating melodramatic consequences land-owning reluctantly disastrous discovered mournfully protestant oblivious intruders existence happiness ancestral blossoms servants faithful sweeping isolated ireland country captain officer english british journey drowned romance plagued changes wounds chance unable family simply shoots ghosts county europe across small alive house leave exile their grasp local guilt cork girl shot this into head runs army home fire lads away and one set the off
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