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Sur Trois Mers by N. [Nestor] Monasterev (£68.00)Publisher: Tunis: E. Saliba & Cie. — 1932Binding: Paperback Condition: Poor. Wrappers edgeworn and rubbed. Edges of the text block rubbed, some leaves roughly opened. Text block starting to part at the foot of the binding. Text, plates and maps acceptable. Uncommon. Description: French language text. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables; A limited printing of 1050 copies of which this is number 977.Notes: Size: 10" x 6½". 190 pages. Tags: russia flot history war naval operations russian narratives sailors soviet union revolution
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The Battle of Spicheren August 6th 1870 and the Events That Preceded It: A Study in Practical Tactics and War Training by G. F. R. [George Francis Robert] Henderson (£54.00)Publisher: Aldershot: Gale & Polden — 1909Binding: Hardback Condition: Good. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding with fading to the spine and some small marks to both boards. Description: 2nd (revised) edition, later printing [First Published: 1902] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings; Fold-Out Maps; Fold-out Map to the frontispiece;

From the cover: “This account, penned by a noted British military historian of the late 19th century, remains one of the best narratives of a 19th-century battle yet published.

The Battle of Spicheren was fought in early August 1870, and like many of the battles in the opening phase of the Franco-Prussian war, could be termed an encounter battle. Fighting over very difficult terrain, German forces dislodged the French II Corps after a heroic defence. Henderson not only drew on the General Staff works and other official sources available to military historians of the late 19th century — the value of his work is that he also utilised many other accounts, including regimental histories.

He presents an extremely detailed narrative of the battle. Following a full discussion of the events of 6 August 1870, he also discusses the tactics of the battle, and training and other characteristics of the troops involved.”
Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine & Upper Board. In the Gale & Polden's Military Series series. [XXX] 300 [12, L, 74] pages. Tags: henderson spicheren battle franco-prussian war 1870-1871 campaigns france european history military battles germany europe french corps
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A Drop Too Many by John Frost (£53.00)Publisher: Sphere — 1985Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0722136900]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps, upper wrap lightly creased. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “A controversial soldier and an inspired leader, Major-General John Frost took the Second Battalion of the Parachute Regiment on its dare-devil attack to capture prime enemy radar positions in the action immortalized by its courage and strategy and known as the Bruneval Raid. From there he commanded troops in North Africa, Italy and finally on the ill-fated mission to Arnhem. As High Command slept Frost’s men mounted a pre-emptive strike which had the SS Panzer grenadiers on the run and which would have won the day — but for a chain reaction of tragic errors. What went wrong? Here at last is the real story behind the Arnhem disaster — and the subsequent redrawing of the map of Europe.”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). 271 pages. Tags: observations netherlands narratives regimental operations histories parachute campaigns battalion biography regiment generals personal western britain arnhem battle frost world front great army war
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Echo de Paris: A Study from Life by Laurence Housman (£41.00)Publisher: London: Jonathan Cape — 1923Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a chip to the foot of the upper panel, a little fraying to the head of the spine which is more heavily tanned. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Offset to the blanks. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Of this edition of Echo de Paris have been printed for sale 750 copies, numbered from 1 to 750, and 250 copies on handmade paper signed by the author, numbered from I to CCL - this being number CCXXXI.Notes: Size: 9" x 6". Black Spine Strip to Marbled boards with Black on White Title Plate titling to the Spine. 60 pages. Tags: housman wilde oscar laurence narratives interviews authors irish 19th century friends associates
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Englishness and Empire 1939-1965 by Wendy Webster (£29.00)Publisher: Oxford University Press — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0199258600]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “Did loss of imperial power and the end of empire have any significant impact on metropolitan culture and identity after 1939? Within a burgeoning literature on national identity and Englishness, this is a question that has received surprisingly little attention.

Drawing on extensive research in the media archive, Wendy Webster’s highly readable study investigates popular narratives of nation, and the significance of empire and its legacies in shaping national identity after 1939. What were the tensions and uncertainties involved in defining a post-imperial nation? How did imperial legacies inform questions about who belonged in Britain and debates about race, immigration, and nationality? What did the Commonwealth mean? What was the significance of America to the making of a post-imperial nation? Focusing on stories told through prolific filmic and television imagery — the Second World War, the Coronation and Everest, colonial wars of the 1950s, Winston Churchill’s funeral — the book explores how far, and in what contexts and unexpected places, imperial identity and loss of imperial power resonated in popular narratives of nation.

A novel thematic focus on empire and Englishness in the post-1945 period makes this an important study for scholars and students of modern British history, empire and Commonwealth, decolonization, migration, gender, ethnicity, and race.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 253 pages. Tags: webster 0199258600 nationalism great britain imperialism public opinion history 20th century postcolonialism commonwealth nations national characteristics mass media english colonies george england civilization elizabeth
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Red Hill: A Mining Community by Tony Parker (£28.00)Publisher: William Heinemann — 1986Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0434577715]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: From the cover: “The miners’ strike of 1984-5 was one of the longest and most bitter in Britain’s history, and polarised arguments and emotions with more force than any other industrial dispute for years. Six months after it ended, Tony Parker went to the north-east of England to discover the feelings and thoughts of a community around a coal-mine scheduled to be closed, but where there was still hope that the National Coal Board might reprieve it.

Talking with those on both sides of the dispute — miners, their wives, Union officials, policemen, shopkeepers, young people, Coal Board officials, schoolteachers and many others — he offers a truthful and moving portrait of life in a coalfield community today. If they close the pit, they’re closing down my life says a third-generation miner, one of 800 men there whose future, ten years ago, seemed completely secure. A nervous strikebreaker, ostracised by his workmates and feeling betrayed by the delay in transferring him to another pit, talks of the loneliness and isolation of his life. And an industrial chaplain denounces the blatant evil of government strategy during the strike. Tony Parker also talked with many miners’ wives: some of them felt they had discovered themselves for the first time and been invigorated and changed for ever by their involvement with women’s support groups, while others’ marriages had broken under the strain. From this wealth of personal stories, recorded and set down with characteristic sensitivity, a picture emerges of the strike’s causes and effects which is in sharp contrast to the view presented at the time by the media.

This is a vivid social document, giving an unforgettable portrait of Red Hill, a contemporary mining community.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 196 pages. Tags: coal strike great britain personal narratives fiction social history industrial action mining communities northern england chaplains literature north east miners industries relations strikes observations collections
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Warsaw to Widnes: I Started This Book After My Right-sided Stroke in 99 by Andrew Bakowski (£24.00)Publisher: Agnes Hauck — 2011Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 9780956477002]Condition: Near Fine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Drawings;Notes: Size: 8¼" x 11¾". 142 pages. Tags: bakowski 9780956477002 andrew world war personal narratives polish pictorial works boys poland biography refugees great britain
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The New Family? by Elizabeth B. Silva (£23.00)Publisher: Sage — 1999Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0761958568]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wrappers. Scattered researcher's highlighting throughout. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Leans slightly. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). [VIII] 177 pages. Tags: accountability accounting after and aunts bornat brannen brian brothers caribbean carol catherine chamberlain change changing childhood children claims contexts david dispositions divorce donovan dunne elizabeth everyday experiments explanation families family fathers fluidity for gender gendered generational gillian heaphy housewifery irwin issues jeffrey joanna julia lateral life mary morgan mothers narratives new obligations parenthood passion perspective perspectives policy political politics practices public reconsidering relationships resourcing risk sameness sarah science sexuality silva sisters smart social sociological technologies the ties traditional transforming uncles weeks work
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I Lived Under Hitler: An Englishwoman's Story of Her Life in Wartime Germany by Sybil Bannister (£18.50)Publisher: Penguin — 1995Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 014024672X]Condition: Very Good. Corners very lightly turned but a nice copy.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In 1936 Sybil Bannister, a young Englishwoman, married a handsome German medical student and followed him to live as a housewife in the north-eastern city of Danzig (Gdansk). Deeply in love, she scarcely noticed the gathering storm clouds. But on 1 September 1939 she was woken by the roaring of the guns, five days later her son Manny was born. In this moving chronicle, recounted with painful honesty/ Sybil Bannister tells how her fortitude and steadfastness brought her through fearful dangers and hardships to reunion with her son and, at last, to safe haven in Sussex.”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 276 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 and bannister biography bombing british combat danzig hamburg's elite english firestorm forces general germany history home life military narratives personal raids set social stories sybil the true war woman women world wuppertal young
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Dans La Mer Noire (1912-1924) by N. [Nestor] Monasterev (£18.00)Publisher: Paris: Payot — 1928Binding: Paperback Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Notably rubbed at the outside edges of the covers and spine. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: French language text. Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs; Publisher's promotional leaflet laid in.Notes: Size: 9" x 5¾". In the Collection de Memoires, Etudes et Documents Pour Servir a L'histoire de La Guerre Mondiale series. 247 pages. Tags: monasterev memoires etudes documents guerre mondiale russia flot history war 1914-1918 naval operations russian narratives sailors soviet union revolution
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Invasion Kuwait by Jehan S. Rajab (£18.00)Publisher: The Radcliffe Press — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1850437750]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Small sticker to the front flap. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the flap: “This is a powerful and often harrowing first-hand account of the Iraqi invasion and occupation of Kuwait. It takes the form of a journal and gives the day-to-day, almost moment-to-moment, story of bravery, resourcefulness, abandonment and isolation, of fear, anger, hope — the whole range of human emotions — following the brutal shattering of a formerly peaceful and stable life. “Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 204 pages. Tags: autobiography persecution demonstrate iraq-kuwait oppression resistance historical outrageous narratives liberation biography political prisoners protests midnight military hostages kuwait’s kuwaitis searches invasion personal kuwaiti british pillage warfare history english defence persian women's studies general looting hussein rooftop tactics invaded bombing living saddam terror orders kuwait crisis jehan under women house rajab rape fire yoke iraq gulf war the
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On the Roads of War: A Soviet Cavalryman on the Eastern Front by Ivan Yakushin (£18.00)Publisher: Pen & Sword — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1844151441]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “The author survived the siege of Leningrad, fought at the Battle of Kursk and pursued the retreating German army through Russia, Belorussia, and Poland and into Germany itself. This is the story of his war. He tells the tale in his own words, with remarkable clarity of recall, and gives an authentic insight into what combat on the Eastern Front was like for the ordinary soldier.”Notes: Jacket designed by Jon Wilkinson. Size: 9½" x 6¼". 180 pages. Tags: belorussia narratives vedernikov operations lieutenant volkssturm stalingrad cavalrymen bagration merciless artillery offensive leningrad campaigns patriotic operation fanatical 1939-1945 sergeant personal yakushin kotovski agafonov fighting veterans division balatski survivor cavalry kuchmar chernov russian academy glushan platoon germany private salient eastern german battle yakusl poland senior guards driver leader at-gun soviet world corps siege great union kursk tomsk nevel front army 57mm zozi ivan man the iii 5th war
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Three Boys in a Boat by David Brook (£18.00)Publisher: London: Adlard Coles Limited — 1968Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper with fraying to the spine ends and corners. Endpapers and blanks tanned. The pages are somewhat tanned, if tight, and a little musty. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Maps to the endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “This is a unique human story of how a man, suddenly left with three young boys to bring up on his own, turned to yachting as a means of both bringing himself closer to them and helping them to grow up without being too acutely aware of the lack of one parent. How well he succeeded the reader will soon judge.

However, this tale is much more than a family chronicle. It is written by a very competent yachtsman who manages to convey what life on a small cruising yacht is like better than many another writer. His descriptions are often dramatic, always interesting.

Here is cruising on the East Coast, in Belgium, Holland and the Channel Islands — racing with the East Anglian Offshore fleet in which the author was third overall with Nymphet in 1963.

There are some tense moments in I fog and heavy weather with what is probably one of the best descriptions written of a gale at sea in a small boat with an open cockpit.

The story comes to a thrilling climax when the family nearly lose their yacht in a force 9 off Dover. There is also a moving account of how a young woman came into their lives to become not only an able yachtswoman but mother to the three boys.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Malcolm Young. Size: 8½" x 6". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 238 pages. Tags: sailing narratives yachting burnham river dutch cruise thames estuary race ostend enkhuizen nymphet mavre gosselin sark voyages travels yachts
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Soldier of Orange by Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema (£17.00)Publisher: London: Hodder & Stoughton — 1972Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340158441]Condition: Very Good - in Good DJ. Edges of DJ somewhat ruffled with some tiny nicks. Price Clipped. Small mark to the edge of the rear endpaper, tiny number stamp to rear pastedown. Text bright and tight. A pleasant copy of an uncommon title.Description: Maps to the end papers. Illustrated with B&W photographs. Erik Hazelhoff was one of the heroes and architects of the Dutch resistance in World War II who lived to tell its story. Soon after the German invasion of his country he escaped to London only to run up against what felt like the fossilised rock of the Dutch government in exile based at Stratton House. But support came from Chester Square, the temporary home of Queen Wilhelmina, and ‘Contact Holland’ was born. Operating from London he himself made seventeen landings in the occupied Netherlands and set up a chain of agents, many of whom were eventually caught and shot. The author had some hair-raising and rudimentary flying lessons from no less an instructor than Prince Bernhard, and, despite indifferent eyesight, bluffed his way into the R.A.F. as a Pathfinder on Mosquitos.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 222 pages. Tags: roelfzema 0340158441 german invasion holland resistance pathfinder spies agents elhoff erik war 1939-1945 narratives dutch collaborationists netherlands underground movements history occupation
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The Awful Disclosures of Maria Monk by Maria Monk (£16.00)Publisher: London: World Distributors — 1965Binding: Paperback Condition: Good.Heavily faded at the spine and wrappers. Pages deeply tanned by age.Description: From the cover: “Maria Monk was written in 1836. As an expose of life behind the walls of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery in Montreal it was one of the most controversial books of its time but even today after countless reprints, it still survives as a shocking indictment against an institution that was, to the outside world, a pillar of purity.”Notes: Jacket designed by Ken Freeman. Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). In the Consul Books series. 174 pages. Tags: monk freeman consul books anti-catholicism convents nunneries quebec province ex-nuns narratives monastic religious women
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Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller (£15.50)Publisher: Picador — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0330490230]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Description: 2nd impression. [First Edition: 2002] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “In 1971, when Alexandra Fuller was two, her parents abandoned their life in England and returned to what was then Rhodesia, and to the beginning of a civil war. By the time she was eight, the war was at its height. While her father was away for long stretches, fighting on the side of the white government, her mother worked the family farm with a passionate determination fuelled by a ferociously deep love for Africa.

Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is about living through a civil war and coming to a realization that the side you have been fighting for may well be the wrong one. It is a story of optimism and faith; of one family’s quixotic battle against nature and loss, and their unbreakable bond with a continent which came to define, shape, scar and heal them. Alexandra Fuller’s debut is tough and unflinching; in wry and sometimes hilarious prose she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at an extraordinary family and an extraordinary time.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 310 pages. Tags: fuller alexandra 1969- childhood and youth english zimbabwe social conditions 20th century history chimurenga war 1966-1980 personal narratives british biography malawi zambia autobiography 0330490230
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My Struggle with Joseph Stalin: The Siege of Berlin, 1948-9 by C. A. Latimer [Courtenay Allen] (£14.50)Publisher: Book Guild — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1846241464]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Slightly bruised at the head of the spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs & maps. From the cover: “The Berlin Airlift was almost a crisis too far for a Europe still struggling to emerge from the chaos of the Second World War. History had moved on quickly, and Stalin and the massive Soviet Army had already become the new enemies of the free world. In September 1948, when C. A. Latimer was posted to the city as a young second lieutenant, the airlift operation was entering its critical phase, as the Allies and ordinary Berliners sought to fly in enough food and fuel to sustain the population against the Soviet siege through the long, hard German winter. This memoir describes the tremendous events of that time through the eyes of a young man who only gradually comes to understand the wider significance of his own effort. His main goal is to do his job as part of an occupying army seeking to defend the freedom of the defeated people of Berlin. The author vividly conveys his own experiences, depicting the people he met and worked alongside — British and Germans alike — with great tenderness and insight. The tiniest incidents seem as important as the more obviously dramatic ones to the meaning of those events, a meaning which the author comes to recognise in the ordinary bonds of human affection.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Ann & John Tusa. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 259 pages. Tags: 1948-1949 airborne allen berlin blockade british courtenay germany history latimer military narratives operations personal science
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Survivor of the Long March: Five Years As a PoW 1940-1945 by Charles Waite with Dee La Vardera (£14.50)Publisher: Spellmount — 2012Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9780752465197]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps [1];Notes: Foreword or introduction by Terry Waite. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 220 [4] pages. Tags: vardera terry waite 9780752465197 0752465198 charles world war prisoners prisons german great britain biography death marches british personal narratives warfare defence
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When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase (£14.00)Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0283996285]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges. Pages gently age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “Truddi Chase looks ordinary. She is an attractive woman in her thirties who worked as an estate agent. Her calm facade papers over the cracks of not one disturbed personality - but almost a hundred. Her shell is the residence to violent, disturbed, driven souls who quarrel, torment her and bring nightmares of confusion. Some are aware of each other, some are not. Rooted in the most horrific childhood sexual abuse, Chase's problems are slowly being identified and resolved. Yet, until she learns whether or not she killed the man who caused them, when in her teens, the therapy must continue. Her story is one of the most extraordinary narratives ever written.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Robert A. Phillips, Jr. Size: 9½" x 6¼". 415 pages. Tags: Multiple personalities Psychotherapist sexually abused child sexual abuse Troops Mental Disorders behaviour pattern social relationships subpersonalities
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When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase (£14.00)Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ a little ruffled at the top edge. Pages gently tanned. Tight. A nice copy.Description: From the cover: "Truddi Chase looks ordinary. She is an attractive woman in her thirties who worked as an estate agent. Her calm facade papers over the cracks of not one disturbed personality - but almost a hundred. Her shell is the residence to violent, disturbed, driven souls who quarrel, torment her and bring nightmares of confusion. Some are aware of each other, some are not. Rooted in the most horrific childhood sexual abuse, Chase's problems are slowly being identified and resolved. Yet, until she learns whether or not she killed the man who caused them, when in her teens, the therapy must continue. Her story is one of the most extraordinary narratives ever written.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Robert A. Phillips, Jr. Size: 9½" x 6¼". 415 pages. Tags: Multiple personalities Psychotherapist sexually abused child sexual abuse Troops Mental Disorders behaviour pattern social relationships subpersonalities
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A Fearful Freedom: The Story of One Man's Survival Behind the Lines in Japanese Occupied Malaya 1942-45 by Robert Hamond (£13.00)Publisher: Leo Cooper in association with Secker and Warburg — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0436190818]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This amazing survival story tells how Jim Wright, a Norfolk gamekeeper’s son, aged 23, managed to evade capture by the Japanese during the last few days of the battle on the Malayan mainland. It goes on to describe how Wright, wounded in the foot and finally abandoned by his wounded comrades, struggled alone for two months to survive and to rejoin his comrades on Singapore Island, not knowing that they had already surrendered.”Notes: Jacket designed by Tony Coles. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 181 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 biography britain british campaign campaigns english ernest great guerrillas james jim malaya malaysia movements narratives personal underground war world wright
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Escape to Freedom by T. C. F. Prittie; Captain W. Earle Edwards; (£13.00)Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. — 1953Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper edgeworn, creased, nicked with some loss and distinctly loose. Spotting to endpapers and foredges although otherwise bright. A better copy than it sounds.Description: Maps to the endpapers. Illustrated frontispiece with other illustrations within the text. The authors of this book made no less than eight remarkable attempts at escape from german prisoner-of-war camps. In addition to the stories of the escapes this is the most human account of life in a prisoner camp.Notes: Illustrated by Major W. Clough-Taylor. Foreword or introduction by Major-General Sir Victor Fortune. 400 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 and british cornelius earle edwards english escapes farmer german narratives personal prisoners prisons prittie terence war william world
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Some Sunny Day by Dame Vera Lynn (£13.00)Publisher: HarperCollins — 2009Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780007876600]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Bruised at the tail of the spine. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the half-title page. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “Born Vera Welch in 1917, Dame Vera Lynn’s career began at just seven years old when she sang professionally in East End Working Men’s Clubs. A successful radio career with Joe Loss and Charlie Kunz in the 1920s and ‘30s followed — but it was with World War II that she became famous.

With her radio show ‘sincere!} Yours’, Vera connected emotionally with the men fighting for their country and those left behind praying for their loved ones, and became known as ‘The Forces’ Sweetheart’. Performing the songs she will forever be associated with — ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’ among others -Vera toured Egypt, India and Burma with the Entertainment National Sen ices Association, bringing the troops a sense of ‘back home’. But what she saw out there affected her profoundly.

Her career after the war flourished, but Vera never left behind her wartime role. Still heavily involved with veteran and other charities, this is Dame Vera’s extraordinary story of her life and her war — from bombs and rations to broadcasts and air raids, and the searing heat of her appearances abroad.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 311 pages. Tags: lynn vera world war 1939-1945 personal narratives british social aspects great britain women singers biography history george 1936-1952 dame first editions firsts printings 1st
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Without Frontiers by Hélène Jeanty Raven (£13.00)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1960Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a short, closed, tear to the foot of the upper panel. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: From the cover: “A woman can scarcely be expected to forgive those who kill the man most dear to her. But that is what Madame Helene Jeanty Raven did. And such a story of spiritual growth within a human being can hardly have been equalled in the long course of history.

Madame Jeanty Raven was the gay and lovely wife of a Belgian lawyer turned soldier when the war against Nazi oppression broke out. Without hesitation she plunged into what was even then the Resistance, giving cover to those who plotted against the invaders and shelter to a British airman. Before long she was in the hands of the Gestapo, and so was her husband. To save him she feigned madness, only to find after years in Nazi prisons and asylums that her husband had been shot in his prison camp.

But instead of bitterness there came a positive turning to the solace of religion, to work for the refugees, to the pursuit of goodwill among all men.

Here is one of the most remarkable, one of the most inspiring, of the books that have come out of a cruel and senseless war — a book to be read by all those who have faith in the decency of mankind.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Patricia Davey. Size: 8" x 5¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 222 pages. Tags: second world war 1939-1945 personal narratives belgian autobiography individual experiences guerilla forces and histories social history civilians pow criminals trials law crime philanthropy belgium the allied countries place october 1945 end vietnam 1975 groups determined sex gender search for united nations crimes commission non military resistance passive prisoners escapees evaders civilian internees evasion escape oradour trial penology prisons gaols jails welfare aid refugees relief biographical raven hélène jeanty gilles judge advocate department council churches biography first editions firsts printings 1st
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D-Day: The First 24 Hours by Will Fowler (£12.50)Publisher: Brown Books — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1897884974]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Previous owners' inscription to the reverse of the first blank.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white, with maps.Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Pictorial boards. 192 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 aerial and army battles britain british campaigns europe european france general great history infantry light military narratives normandy operations oxfordshire personal second war world
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The Battle of the Atlantic: How the Allies Won the War by Jonathan Dimbleby (£12.50)Publisher: London: Viking — 2015Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780241186602]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps [6];

From the cover: “The Battle of the Atlantic was crucial to the Allied victory in the Second World War. If the German U-boats had prevailed, the maritime artery across the Atlantic would have been severed. Britain would have been forced to submit to the Nazis. It would have been impossible to mount the invasion of Europe in June 1944: there would have been no D-Day.

When we contemplate the great struggles of 1939-45, the Blitz, El Alamein, Stalingrad, Arnhem and Berlin invariably come to mind. Yet without the defeat of the U-boats in the Atlantic, those battles could not have been fought, let alone won. In the words of Winston Churchill: The Battle of the Atlantic was the dominating factor all through the war… everything happening elsewhere, on land, at sea, or in the air, depended ultimately on its outcome.

Interweaving the stories of those on both sides who fought at sea with those of their political and military leaders, Jonathan Dimbleby creates a thrilling narrative that uniquely places the campaign in its global context. Challenging conventional wisdom on the role of Intelligence and on Churchill’s bombing campaign, The Battle of the Atlantic tells the story of the decisions that led to victory, and the horror and humanity of life on those perilous seas.

It is a gripping tale that transforms our understanding of the Second World War.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XXX] 530 pages. Tags: britain royal navy war 1939-1945 campaigns atlantic ocean naval operations british german narratives military history battles second european 9780241186602
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A Fearful Freedom: The Story of One Man's Survival Behind the Lines in Japanese Occupied Malaya 1942-45 by Robert Hamond (£11.50)Publisher: Leo Cooper — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0436190818]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.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This amazing survival story tells how Jim Wright, a Norfolk gamekeeper’s son, aged 23, managed to evade capture by the Japanese during the last few days of the battle on the Malayan mainland. It goes on to describe how Wright, wounded in the foot and finally abandoned by his wounded comrades, struggled alone for two months to survive and to rejoin his comrades on Singapore Island, not knowing that they had already surrendered.”Notes: Jacket designed by Tony Coles. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 181 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 biography britain british campaign campaigns english ernest great guerrillas james jim malaya malaysia movements narratives personal underground war world wright
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A Tale of Two Thieves by George Beardmore (£11.50)Publisher: MacDonald & Co. — 1947Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good - in Poor DJ. DJ somewhat faded, worn at the edges with several small tears and some loss. Bruised at head and tail. Top edges of text block dusty. Text bright and tight.Description: A Tale of Two Thieves takes the form of two memoirs written by very different personalities, namely, a provincial solicitor who tells how he came by three chestfuls of gold, and a clerk called Fenton who tells how he stole them. Both narratives are deceptively matter-of-fact, for as each writer unfolds his private hopes and perplexities so the smiles begin until, when the final irony of Fenton's crime is brought home, the whole theme is seen to be a small masterpiece of rich English humour. 208pp. Size: 8vo Large Post (8¼" x 5") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
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Java Nightmare by Daphne Jackson (£11.50)Publisher: Tabb House — 1979Binding: Paperback Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 0907018025]Condition: Good. A little faded at the spine. Leans slightly. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.

From the cover: “Much has been written about the male side of captivity under the Japanese during the Second World War. But how did women fare? Java Nightmare, an autobiography, tells the enthralling story of companionship and endurance forged when women were tested to the limits of their human frailty. This book is a frank record of daily life in the concentration camps of a part of south-east Asia, revealing the horrors and squalors that had to be endured. But it is also a remarkable testimony to the power of the human spirit to survive. Further, it is a historical record of interest, from a period of cataclysmic change in the world’s social order.”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 6". [XIV] 158 pages. Tags: world war 1939-1945 prisoners and prisons japanese indonesia java personal narratives british daphne jackson 0907018025 signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy
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Wahoo: The Patrols of America's Most Famous World War II Submarine by Richard H. O'Kane (£11.50)Publisher: Presidio Press — 1996Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0891415726]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Tables;

From the cover: “The career of the USS Wahoo in sinking Japanese ships in the farthest reaches of the Empire is legendary in submarine circles.

Christened three months after Pearl Harbor, Wahoo was commanded by the astonishing Dudley W. “Mush” Morton, whose originality and daring new techniques led to results unprecedented in naval history; among them, a successful “down the throat" barrage against an attacking Japanese destroyer, voracious surface-running gun attacks, and the sinking of a four-ship convoy in one day. Wahoo took the war to Japan’s front porch, and Morton became known as the Navy’s most aggressive and successful sea raider. Now, in a new quality paperback edition, her full story is told by the person most qualified to tell it — her executive officer Richard O’Kane, who went on to become the leading submarine captain of the Second World War.”
Notes: Size: 9" x 6". [X] 342 pages. Tags: naval unit histories kane richard hetherington 1911-1994 wahoo submarine ss-238 world war 1939-1945 operations american personal narratives sailors united states biography navies usa second individual submarines idividual uss history military campaigns pacific ocean autobiography 0891415726
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War in the Gulf: From The Invasion of Kuwait to the Day of Victory and Beyond by Thomas B. Allen; F. Clifton Berry; Norman Polmar; (£11.50)Publisher: Time Warner — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0708853366]Condition: Very Good+. A little wear to the edges of the wraps, some fading of the upper panel near spine. Internally bright and clean.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Television viewers throughout the world saw the Persian Gulf War while it happened. War in the Gulf translates the immediacy of that televised war into the traditional form for recounting events: a book.

The idea for the book came from the Cable News Network, which provided the authors with CNN’s eyewitness record of the war. The strength of television news is its imagery; the weakness of television is its fleetingness. Images flash past, reporters’ words fade away. To preserve this perishable chronicle, CNN turned to a team of book writers. Their sources included the films and transcripts of CNN war coverage. They have made a narrative of instants of war.

Television coverage of the Persian Gulf War changed the face of war. No longer can war be an event faraway in time and place. Television made war immediate. That is part of the story of the Persian Gulf War. Reporting on the war means reporting about television.

The war, through television, was not something that happened over there, but something that happened now. Viewers in a score of nations saw their loved ones in a war while the war was being fought. American mothers and fathers saw sons and daughters at the moment a desert wind swept through a tent city, at the moment that tracers laced a far-off sky. Iraqis saw a Tomahawk missile skimming the Baghdad skyline — and television viewers simultaneously saw the Iraqis seeing the Tomahawk. These images within images spiralled on and on, each a moment that wiped out distance, leaving only time and feeling.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". 240 pages. Tags: aerial aviation combat dates defence elite forces gulf iraq military narratives operations persian personal royal stories warfare saddam hussein
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A Place for Us by Nicholas Gage (£10.50)Publisher: Bantam Press — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0593015150]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper, more lightly so to the upper panel. Lower panel creased at the foot. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In 1984 the Royal Society of Literature awarded the Heinemann prize for the best book of the year to Nicholas Gage’s Eleni — the true story of how his mother died to save her children during the Greek Civil War. Eleni has sold more than two million copies in fourteen languages and received international acclaim.

A Place For Us tells what happened to Eleni’s children after they escaped from their Greek mountain village. Nick Gage was nine years old in 1949 when he and three of his sisters boarded a ship to America to meet the father they had never known. Their fourth sister, fifteen years old, had disappeared, taken behind the Iron Curtain by the guerrillas who killed their mother.

A Place For Us is a moving family saga, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious, but ultimately triumphant as Eleni’s children adjust to a new country and to a father who at fifty-six finds himself a single parent. He must guard his daughters’ virtue and make peace with a young son full of grief and hostility towards this strange American father. At the same time the children must fit in to the startling new lifestyle of the United States while honouring the rules and customs of the world they left behind. Gage tells of struggles and celebrations, doomed romances and arranged marriages, births and deaths, in a tale of a family bound together by traditions and by love. In the powerful feelings it evokes, A Place For Us is the story of every person who has ever been uprooted and plunged into a new life, and of every child who has felt conflicting emotions for a parent. In both its power and its eloquence, it is a worthy successor to Eleni,”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 419 pages. Tags: americans and autobiography biographies biography childhood civil conditions eleni family gage gatzoyiannis general greece greeks history immigrants journalists life massachusetts narratives nicholas personal social states the united war writings youth
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African Reactions to Missionary Education by Edward H. Berman (£10.50)Publisher: New York & London: Teachers College Press — 1975Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0807724699]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Notably rubbed at the outside edges of the covers and spine. Gently faded at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps;Notes: Size: Trade Paperback (9¼" x 6"). In the Publications of the Center for Education in Africa series. [XIX] 231 pages. Tags: publications center education africa columbia university missions sub-saharan educational work narratives civilization european influences mission schools observations south sahara christian
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Apache: The Man. The Machine. The Mission. by Ed Macy (£10.50)Publisher: HarperPress — 2008Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0007288166]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with a little wear to the dust wrapper as a result. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Contains a glossary of terms. Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Ed Macy spent his childhood picking fights and sleeping rough. After a career in the Paras was cut short by a brutal accident, he thought he’d never fight again. So when a friend suggested the Army Air Corps, Ed jumped at the chance to return to the front line. When the army launched its attack helicopter programme, Ed bent every rule in the book to make sure he was the first to sign up. The Westland Apache AH Mk 1 is the deadliest, most technically advanced helicopter in the world — and the toughest to fly. Only the top two per cent of pilots make it through the gruelling 18-month training. In the cockpit of an Apache, hands, feet and even eyes need to operate independently. It’s not enough to stay one step ahead of the enemy — you’ve got to stay one step ahead of the machine, too. In 2007, Ed’s Apache squadron was dispatched to Afghanistan’s notorious Helmand Province. Their mission — to fight alongside and protect the men on the ground, by any means necessary. And when a marine goes missing in action, Ed and his team know they are the Army’s only hope of bringing him back alive. With a soldier strapped to each side of two gunships, they must land in the heart of Jugroom Fort, a Taliban stronghold, and come face to face with hordes of their unrelenting enemy. What follows is a breathtaking rescue, unlike any the world has ever seen..”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XXVI] 374 pages. Tags: 0007288166 0007288174 20th 9780007288168 9780007288175 9780007288182 aerial afghan afghanistan air and apache army asia asian attack battles britain british campaigns central century combat corps eastern elite forces from great helicopter helicopters history macy middle military modern narratives operations personal piloting postwar rescue search stories true war
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Apache: The Man. The Machine. The Mission. by Ed Macy (£10.50)Publisher: HarperPress — 2008Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0007288166]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Leans slightly.Description: Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Ed Macy spent his childhood picking fights and sleeping rough. After a career in the Paras was cut short by a brutal accident, he thought he’d never fight again. So when a friend suggested the Army Air Corps, Ed jumped at the chance to return to the front line. When the army launched its attack helicopter programme, Ed bent every rule in the book to make sure he was the first to sign up. The Westland Apache AH Mk 1 is the deadliest, most technically advanced helicopter in the world — and the toughest to fly. Only the top two per cent of pilots make it through the gruelling 18-month training. In the cockpit of an Apache, hands, feet and even eyes need to operate independently. It’s not enough to stay one step ahead of the enemy — you’ve got to stay one step ahead of the machine, too. In 2007, Ed’s Apache squadron was dispatched to Afghanistan’s notorious Helmand Province. Their mission — to fight alongside and protect the men on the ground, by any means necessary. And when a marine goes missing in action, Ed and his team know they are the Army’s only hope of bringing him back alive. With a soldier strapped to each side of two gunships, they must land in the heart of Jugroom Fort, a Taliban stronghold, and come face to face with hordes of their unrelenting enemy. What follows is a breathtaking rescue, unlike any the world has ever seen..”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 374 pages. Tags: 0007288166 0007288174 20th 9780007288168 9780007288175 9780007288182 aerial afghan afghanistan air and apache army asia asian attack battles britain british campaigns central century combat corps eastern elite forces from great helicopter helicopters history macy middle military modern narratives operations personal piloting postwar rescue search stories true war
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Castles Burning by Magda Denes (£10.50)Publisher: London, New York, Toronto, Sydney & Auckland: Doubleday — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0385409052]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Joanne Hassall. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 359 pages. Tags: childhood youth jewish children holocaust hungary budapest narratives survivors jews european history historical political second war europe austria psychoanalysts united states
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Great British Journeys by Nicholas Crane (£10.50)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0297844563]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with resultant slight wear to the dust wrapper and a small nick to the tail of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “Who discovered Britain? We are familiar with the image of adventurers setting out to discover distant lands, but who explored our own islands? In Great British Journeys, Nicholas Crane follows in the footsteps of eight early travellers as they cross the length and breadth of Britain, revealing the country as it has never been seen before.

From Gerald of Wales’ twelfth-century recruitment drive for the Crusades, to H. V. Morton’s adventures of 1927 in his bull-nosed Morris, each of the eight had their own mission and faced their own challenges. John Leland, Henry VIII’s famous chronicler, was sent mad by his attempt to record the landscape in writing; Celia Fiennes rode out in 1698 aiming to be the first person to visit all the counties of England, when Britain was in the grips of a ‘Little Ice Age’. Pennant explored the wilds of Scotland on foot and by boat, caught in a vicious storm in Loch Maree, while Gilpin viewed England from the relative safety of the River Wye.

All left narratives behind for others — Daniel Defoe’s A Tour Thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724-1726) provides a detailed account of trade on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, while Cobbett’s Rural Rides gives first-hand evidence on the plight of the poor of the countryside.

Their passion is evident in these tales, and so provides the inspiration behind Nicholas Crane’s latest adventure as he traces their routes across Britain, discovering wetlands and mountain ranges, beaches and cliffs and marvelling at how much has changed between their landscapes and ours, and vet how much remains the same.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 286 pages. Tags: crane nicholas travel great britain travelers history description and british isles essays travelogues europe writing united kingdom 10486 holiday 0297844563
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Grey Is the Colour of Hope by Irina Ratushinskaya (£10.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340416971]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Price Clipped. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps [1];

From the cover: “Grey is the Colour of Hope is the gripping account of a young woman’s experiences in the brutal conditions of a Soviet labour camp. Only twenty-eight years old when she was imprisoned for her poetry, Irina Ratushinskaya was already regarded as a leading writer of her generation, in the line of Mandelstam and Pushkin. She nearly died from maltreatment and a series of protest hunger strikes.

Yet it is an extraordinary story of hope, in which Irina Ratushinskaya’s unerring sense of justice and a deep personal faith sustained her and the women dissidents she lived with in the Mordovian camp’s notorious ‘small Zone’, an area reserved for ‘especially dangerous’ political criminals.

Together, the women built for themselves a life of selfless courage, order and mutual support. Grey is the Colour of Hope is as much their story as Irina’s. With faithful attention to detail and surprising moments of humour, Irina Ratushinskaya’s continuously gripping narrative culminates in her unexpected release. It came as the result of intense pressure from the Western media, political and church sources, and the petitions of countless individuals who were deeply moved by the poet’s courageous struggle.

Fluently translated by her friend and interpreter Alyona Kojevnikov, Information Director of Keston College in Kent, Grey is the Colour of Hope contains some of Irina Ratushinskaya’s previously unpublished poems.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 286 pages. Tags: soviet union political prisoners ratushinskaya irina biography imprisonment russian russia federation women poets 20th century literature translations into english ratushinska biographies autobiography former ussr europe human rights poetry literary criticism studies from science freedom security civil religion ratushinsk personal narratives religious spiritual 0340416971 alyona kojevnikovfirst editions firsts first printings 1st
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Pathfinder: The Untold Secret Mission in Iraq: The Inside Story of the Pathfinders, Bastard Son of the SAS by David Blakeley (£10.50)Publisher: London: Orion — 2012Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 9781409144090]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Description: Signed by the author on the title page — unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Maps [2];

From the cover: “First in — the official motto of one of the British Army’s smallest and most secretive units, 16 Air Assault Brigade’s Pathfinder Platoon. Unofficially, they are the bastard son of the SAS. And like their counterparts in Hereford, the job of the Pathfinders is to operate unseen and undetected deep behind enemy lines.

When British forces deployed to Iraq in 2003, Captain David Blakeley was given command of a reconnaissance mission of such critical importance that it could change the course of the war. It’s the story of nine men, operating alone and unsupported, fifty miles ahead of a US Recon Marine advance and head straight into a hornets nest, teeming with thousands of heavily-armed enemy forces. This is the first account of that extraordinary mission — abandoned by coalition command, left with no option but to fight their way out of the enemy’s backyard. And it provides a gripping insight into the Pathfinders themselves, a shadowy unit, just forty-five men strong, that plies its trade from the skies.

Trained to parachute in to enemy territory far beyond the forward edge of battle — freefalling from high altitude breathing bottled oxygen and employing the latest skydiving technology — the PF are unique. Because of new rules introduced since the publication of Bravo Two Zero, there have been no first-hand accounts of British Special Forces waging modern-day warfare for nearly a decade. And no member of the Pathfinders has ever told their story before. Until now. Pathfinder is the only first-hand account of a UKSF mission to emerge for nearly a generation. And it could be the last.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 320 pages. Tags: britain army air assault brigade iraq war campaigns narratives british military history battles elite forces asian middle eastern postwar united kingdom 9781409144090
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Rules of Engagement: A Life in Conflict by Tim Collins (£10.50)Publisher: Headline — 2005Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0755313747]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned with one leaf slightly misbound and protruding slightly at the top edge of the block. A pleasant copy overall. Description: Illustrated by way of: Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “From the moment Tim Collins’s speech to his men in Iraq was made public, this soldier-thinker became a hero and an inspiration to world leaders and infantrymen alike. To a public confused and suspicious about the motives for war, he at last offered some explanation for it and inspired a mood of optimism and humanity that has since been sadly lost. And yet, only two months later Collins was pilloried by two national newspapers and accused of war crimes.

But these tumultuous events are only part of his story. Rules of Engagement begins when he takes command of the First Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment in the immediate aftermath of its devastating experience during the hostage crisis in Sierra Leone. With Tim Collins, 1 R Irish has combated the Loyalist murder gangs in East Tyrone, held the line between two communities during the Holy Cross dispute in Belfast and survived ambush in the deserts of Iraq. Through his eyes, we are given a frank and compelling insight into the realities of warfare on the ground and in the air.

Rules of Engagement is a powerful memoir that provides us with a series of resonant and timeless close-ups of history in the making.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 406 pages. Tags: collins tim 1960- great britain army iraq war 2003 personal narratives british history world biography autobiography historical military middle east modern 20th century irish post 0755313747 first editions firsts printings 1st
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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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War in the Gulf: From The Invasion of Kuwait to the Day of Victory and Beyond by Thomas B. Allen; F. Clifton Berry; Norman Polmar; (£10.50)Publisher: Maxwell - MacMillan — 1991Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0708853366]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Upper wrapper slighty curled. Lightly rubbed at the tips of the wraps and some of the pages. A slight bow to the text block. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with colour photographs. From the cover: “Television viewers throughout the world saw the Persian Gulf War while it happened. War in the Gulf translates the immediacy of that televised war into the traditional form for recounting events: a book.

The idea for the book came from the Cable News Network, which provided the authors with CNN’s eyewitness record of the war. The strength of television news is its imagery; the weakness of television is its fleetingness. Images flash past, reporters’ words fade away. To preserve this perishable chronicle, CNN turned to a team of book writers. Their sources included the films and transcripts of CNN war coverage. They have made a narrative of instants of war.

Television coverage of the Persian Gulf War changed the face of war. No longer can war be an event faraway in time and place. Television made war immediate. That is part of the story of the Persian Gulf War. Reporting on the war means reporting about television.

The war, through television, was not something that happened over there, but something that happened now. Viewers in a score of nations saw their loved ones in a war while the war was being fought. American mothers and fathers saw sons and daughters at the moment a desert wind swept through a tent city, at the moment that tracers laced a far-off sky. Iraqis saw a Tomahawk missile skimming the Baghdad skyline — and television viewers simultaneously saw the Iraqis seeing the Tomahawk. These images within images spiralled on and on, each a moment that wiped out distance, leaving only time and feeling.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8½". 240 pages. Tags: aerial aviation combat dates defence elite forces gulf iraq military narratives operations persian personal royal stories warfare saddam hussein
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We Shall Never Surrender: Wartime Diaries 1939-1945 by Edited by Penelope Middelboe, Donald Fry & Christopher Grace (£10.50)Publisher: Macmillan — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780230744325]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the head of the spine and the top corners of the boards with commensurate wear to the dust wrapper, a small nick to the head of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Red titling to the Spine. 378 pages. Tags: grace 023074432x world war personal narratives british enemy bombing rationing food basic supplies second pacifist writer vera brittain diaries social aspects great britain psychological
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A Code to Keep: Prisoner in Vietnam by Ernest C. Brace (£9.50)Publisher: Robert Hale — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0709035608]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: First British Edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “This extraordinary memoir of courage, sacrifice and the will to survive is destined to stand out as one of the key documents of the Vietnam war. Captured by the Pathet Lao, ex-US Marine pilot Ernest C. Brace fought for nearly eight years to maintain the military code of conduct even in the interrogation cells of the enemy. America’s longest held ‘civilian’ prisoner of war in Vietnam was held captive in a bamboo cage, bound neck, hands and feet.”Notes: Jacket designed by Wendy Taylor. Foreword or introduction by Senator John McCain. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 264 pages. Tags: dishonourably penitentiary plantation discharged conditions vietnamese narratives skyraider prisoners operation american subhuman missions conflict personal vietnam prisons hamavee prison little secret pathet supply bamboo during hilton hanoi vegas north unity cages korea part laos camp life cham chai pow hoa the war ad- lao cia and
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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah (£9.50)Publisher: Fourth Estate — 2007Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780007797127]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with some marks to the reverse. Knocked at the top corner of the lower board. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Notes: Jacket designed by Jennifer Carrow. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with White titling to the Spine. 229 pages. Tags: beah carrow 9780007797127 ishmael child soldiers sierra leone biography refugee experiences history civil war participation juvenile personal narratives social conditions
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An Evil Cradling by Brian Keenan (£9.50)Publisher: Ted Smart — 1993Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 0091817773]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled along edges, notably creased at foot of lower panel. Text bright and tight.Description: From the cover: “Brian Keenan went to Beirut in 1985 for a change from his native Belfast He became headline news when he was kidnapped by fundamentalist Shi’ite militiamen and held in the suburbs of Beirut for die next four and a half years. For much of that time he was shut off from all news and contact with anyone other than his jailers and, later, his fellow hostages, amongst them John McCarthy.

Brian Keenan emerged from the compression chamber of isolation with a rare gift intact. In this book he uses that gift to explore the ‘evil cradling’ of secret captivity with ruthless insight, honesty and poetry.

The claustrophobia of the hostage, the helplessness of undergoing a sentence without term or reason, is described here in ways the reader is unlikely to forget

Brian Keenan’s openness and integrity captured the hearts of millions of people after his release, but it is the mark of his quality as a writer that he is unwilling merely to be the ex-hostage, the man who has suffered on our behalf. He is far more interesting and complex than that, and he makes the emptiness of imprisonment speak.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 296 pages. Tags: keenan brian mccarthy john captivity hostages northern ireland biography medicine literature leb beirut terrorism iran iraq war personal narratives irish autobiography individual experiences political history the present day lebanese politics biographical
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Front Page Europe by Denis Weaver (£9.50)Publisher: The Cresset Press — 1943Binding: Hardback Condition: Poor. An acceptable reading copy just. Heavily sunned at the spine, rubbed at the edges. Bruised at the head, tail and corners. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Pages gently age-tanned.Description: Maps to the endpapers.Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 256 pages. Tags: alamein albania and appeasement atlantic august autobiography axis battles berlin-rome bill biographical biography britain british campaigns causes chamberlain charter churchill civil civilians colonialism conventional countries day denis diplomacy diplomatic dunkirk eden end europe expansionist experiences finnish first foreign france front general government great history hitler imperialism imperialist individual international invades journalists lease-lend low military movements mussolini narratives operations personal poland policy political politics prague present relations resignation rhineland second social society spanish the theatre war warfare weaver western world
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Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch by John Bayley (£9.50)Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co. — 1998Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0715628488]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: 4th Impression. [First Edition: Same Year] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “If there was ever a marriage made in heaven, it is the marriage between Dame Iris Murdoch, philosopher and novelist, and John Bayley, Professor of English, literary critic, and most recently a novelist himself. As teachers and writers the couple have exercised a great and often a joint influence in university circles and in the world of letters.

Their life together was cruelly interrupted when it became clear that Dame Iris was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, paralysing for a thinker and writer of such creative distinction.

In this frank and sometimes unbearably moving memoir John Bayley remembers the history of their marriage and tells how they have so far coped with a disorder whose origins are still mysterious.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 189 pages. Tags: alzheimer alzheimer's autobiography bayley biography britain century college criticism critics dame disease england english european from general great health iris john literary literature marriage married medicine modern murdoch narratives novelists novels other oxford oxfordshire patients people personal philosophers philosophy prose studies teachers university women writers
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Long Road to Freedom: The Story of Her Life under German Occupation by Ginette Spanier (£9.50)Publisher: Robert Hale — 1976Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0709155921]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a short closed tear to the head of the upper panel.Description: Reprint. [First: Same Year] From the cover: “In his foreword to Ginette Spanier’s first book, It Isn’t All Mink, Noel Coward wrote about the manuscript of Long Road to Freedom, which he had just read… it dealt exclusively with the war years, and the general experiences of Ginette and her husband Paul-Emile Seidmann, both of them Jewish, amid the mounting horrors and perils of German occupation. This intimate, virtually day-to-day account of their hunted and haunted lives during that ghastly time was, to me when I first read it, infinitely moving. Simply and lucidly written, it conveyed, what so many excellent books about the occupation failed to convey, the small, almost monotonous details of ‘life on the run’. There was little actual melodrama in it. Admittedly these two gentle, intelligent people missed capture several times by a hair’s breadth, but the emphasis on this was light. What was important were the daily chores, the washing of clothes, the scavenging for food, the furtive listening to the B.B.C. broadcasts on the radio with the bath-water running to drown the sound and, above all, the abiding terror, not only of being arrested themselves but of implicating those who had hidden and helped them. The end of the story was when they bicycled in heavy rain across the American lines and realised beyond all doubt that their desperate Odyssey was over and that they were free again.”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 172 pages. Tags: biographies forces france german ginette history jewish military narratives observations occupation personal spanier war world
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Lucky Man: A Memoir by Michael J. Fox (£9.50)Publisher: Ebury Press — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0091879205]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at head of spine with commensurate ruffling to the dust wrapper. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Michael J. Fox has a reputation for being young, smart, witty, and energetic. Ten years ago, when his little finger started trembling uncontrollably whilst on location, he suspected something might be up. Shortly after he was diagnosed as having Parkinson's disease. For nearly ten years he kept it a secret, depending on drugs to get him through his working day. He has now been forced to retire, despite only being in his thirties. Yet he regrets nothing. Incredibly, he considers himself a lucky man.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 260 pages. Tags: autobiography entertainment parkinsonism parkinson's performers individual narratives television performing parkinson actresses biography patients personal michael general disease popular theatre picture actors cinema canada motion works video music films arts film fox and
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