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National Service: The Best Years of Their Lives by Trevor Royle (£14.00)Publisher: André Deutsch [Andre Deutsch] — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780233002309]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans otherwise a very well presented copy including the audio CD-ROM in flap to the front pastedown. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;

From the cover: “Today, in an era of pared-down volunteer forces, National Service is something of a curiosity — a relic of the post-war era. However, to the millions who experienced their two-year period of conscription, it was a required rite of passage and a defining influence on their lives.

National Service: The Best Tears of Their Lives is the definitive history of that last period of conscription. It looks back at an era where young men entered into an experience that changed their lives irrevocably whether soldier, sailor or airman.

Many fought wars in far-off colonial outposts, such as Malaya, Kenya and Cyprus, while others learned skills and trades that they could build on once back in Civvy Street. Whether positive or negative, the conscripts went in boys and came out men.

Trevor Royle brings together the personal memories of many of the National Servicemen and his own painstaking research into the subject, to create a book that evokes one of the key periods in post-war British military history and questions whether conscription has a place in twenty-first-century life.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by John Peel. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 272 pages. Tags: national service great britain history draft 20th century trevor royle john peel 9780233002309 first editions firsts printings 1st recruits the king’s own scottish borderers raf jever germany pucklechurch weeton morval barracks farnborough 3rd training regiment royal engineers ramc crookham 1958 army pay corps waller devizes demob day july 1957
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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Clock This: My Life as an Inventor by Trevor Baylis (£11.50)Publisher: Headline — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0747273812]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ. Two small dings, one to the spine and other to the upper board.Description: Illustrated with B&W and Colour photographs.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 272 pages. Tags: carbide-in-inkwells sterilisation farnborough alternative association engineering logarithmic department electronic university can-opener one-handed inventions exhibition automation clockwork wingwheel photokina archibald invention institute programme patentees inventors computer freeplay swimming national constant energies analysis displays shotline electric disabled gadgets cleaner springs amateur meccano science company service process lantern talking bristol academy mandela annual baylis walter gladys trevor graham awards vacuum design island trowel filter baygen purley patent nelson trick radio water award cecil pools force power brown soil book pie eel qed for the bbc and
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Clock This: My Life as an Inventor by Trevor Baylis (£11.50)Publisher: Headline — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0747273812]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dustwrapper. Price Clipped.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 272 pages. Tags: carbide-in-inkwells sterilisation farnborough alternative association engineering logarithmic department electronic university can-opener one-handed inventions exhibition automation clockwork wingwheel photokina archibald invention institute programme patentees inventors computer freeplay swimming national constant energies analysis displays shotline electric disabled gadgets cleaner springs amateur meccano science company service process lantern talking bristol academy mandela annual baylis walter gladys trevor graham awards vacuum design island trowel filter baygen purley patent nelson trick radio water award cecil pools force power brown soil book pie eel qed for the bbc and
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Shakespeare Country by Susan Hill (£9.50)Publisher: Michael Joseph — 1987Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0718132432]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrap a little curled otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the flap: “Shakespeare country, the area lying within a radius of some fifteen miles around Stratford-upon-Avon, is one of the loveliest and most popular parts of Great Britain — an area of rural charm, scenic beauty and immense historic interest. Novelist and literary critic Susan Hill has lived in the area for much of her adult life. In this book, she revisits the many places that have given her pleasure over twenty-five years, bringing to life the wealth of literary, historical, theatrical and romantic associations in which this region is steeped..”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 8". 191 pages. Tags: stratford-upon-avon welford-on-avon henley-in-arden clifton-taylor 804858 shakespeare 9780718127381 countryside farnborough description properties stoneleigh bretforton collection schoenbaum conference leamington postscript landscapes charlecote hathaway’s hathaway warmington birthplace kenilworth ilmington baddesley buildings leycester chipping pictures johnston lawrence packwood stunning hospital alcester wynyates betjeman national clinton cottage subedge arden theatre hidcote dassett warwick gardens campden evesham
P&P: UK 1st £3.92. UK 2nd £2.30. EU Surface £6.46. EU Air £6.60. ROW Surface £6.46. ROW Air £11.72

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The Road to Verdun: France, Nationalism and the First World War by Ian Ousby (£9.50)Publisher: Jonathan Cape — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0224059904]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps. Owner's address sticker to the reverse of upper wrap. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Verdun was the largest, the longest and the bloodiest battle between the French and Germans in the First World War, lasting from February 1916 until the end of the year and claiming more than 700,000 casualties. For the French in particular, it was always more than just a battle, being rather (in Paul Valery’s words) ‘a complete war in itself, inserted in the Great War’. Ian Ousby’s new book gives a vivid, insightful account of the generals’ planning and the troops’ suffering. At the same time it goes beyond the narrow horizons of military history by locating the experience of Verdun in how the French had thought about themselves, their nation and their relations with their eastern neighbour since the debacle of the Franco-Prussian War. Verdun emerges as the mid-point in the cycle of Franco-German hostility, carrying both the burden of history and - if only by the presence on the battlefield of men like Petain and de Gaulle, France’s two leaders in the next war — the seeds of the future.”Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). 304 pages. Tags: constitutionelle sainte-menehould emmanuel-joseph revolutionnaire stahlgetpittern louis-ferdinand franco-prussian disillusionment sabre-rattling louis-philippe intellectuelle communications representative considerations louis-napoleon lefebvre-dibon robert-georges fortifications sergeant-major russo-japanese eugene-georges jean-baptiste francis-marie contemptibles psychological hohenzollerns pierre-alexis expeditionary french-eaters contemporaine witch-hunting saint-bernard jacques-louis commemoration levi-strauss franchissant joseph-simon remerciement territorials saint-michel nationalisme claude-henri saint-victor entrenchment neurasthenic marseillaise deutschlands mars-la-tour subordinates neurasthenia saint-privut
P&P: UK 1st £3.38. UK 2nd £2.92. EU Surface £5.16. EU Air £5.35. ROW Surface £5.16. ROW Air £9.22

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Verdun 1916 by Malcolm Brown (£9.50)Publisher: Arcadia — 2000Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0752417894]Condition: Near Fine.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “1916 was a year of killing. The British remember the Somme, but earlier in the year the heart of the French army was ripped out by the Germans at Verdun. The garrison city in north-eastern France was the focus of a massive German attack; the French fought back ferociously, leading to a battle that would claim hundreds of thousands of lives and permanently scar the French psyche. To this day one can visit the site of ghost villages uninhabited since, but still cherished like shrines. Memories of Verdun would greatly influence military and political thinking for decades to come as both sides came away with memories of bravery, futility and horror. Malcolm Brown has produced a vivid new history of this epic clash — drawing on original illustrations and eyewitness accounts he has captured the spirit of a battle that defines the hell of warfare on the Western Front.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¾". 192 pages. Tags: constitutionelle sainte-menehould emmanuel-joseph revolutionnaire stahlgetpittern louis-ferdinand franco-prussian disillusionment sabre-rattling louis-philippe intellectuelle communications representative considerations louis-napoleon lefebvre-dibon robert-georges fortifications sergeant-major russo-japanese eugene-georges jean-baptiste francis-marie contemptibles psychological hohenzollerns pierre-alexis expeditionary french-eaters contemporaine witch-hunting saint-bernard jacques-louis commemoration levi-strauss franchissant joseph-simon remerciement territorials saint-michel nationalisme claude-henri saint-victor entrenchment neurasthenic marseillaise deutschlands mars-la-tour subordinates neurasthenia saint-privut
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

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Verdun 1916 by Malcolm Brown (£7.50)Publisher: Tempus — 2003Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0752425994]Condition: Near Fine.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “1916 was a year of killing. The epic ten-month battle of Verdun claimed 750,000 German and French lives. The British remember the Somme but earlier in the year the heart of the French army was ripped out by the Germans at Verdun. The garrison city in north-eastern France was the focus of a massive German attack; the French fought back ferociously, leading to a battle that would permanently scar the French psyche. Using original French sources and eye-witness accounts from both sides, Malcolm Brown brings the horror of Verdun into vivid focus.”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 286 pages. Tags: constitutionelle sainte-menehould emmanuel-joseph revolutionnaire stahlgetpittern louis-ferdinand franco-prussian disillusionment sabre-rattling louis-philippe intellectuelle communications representative considerations louis-napoleon lefebvre-dibon robert-georges fortifications sergeant-major russo-japanese eugene-georges jean-baptiste francis-marie contemptibles psychological hohenzollerns pierre-alexis expeditionary french-eaters contemporaine witch-hunting saint-bernard jacques-louis commemoration levi-strauss franchissant joseph-simon remerciement territorials saint-michel nationalisme claude-henri saint-victor entrenchment neurasthenic marseillaise deutschlands mars-la-tour subordinates neurasthenia saint-privut
P&P: UK 1st £2.84. UK 2nd £2.52. EU Surface £3.86. EU Air £4.10. ROW Surface £3.86. ROW Air £6.72

 
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