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Spirit of the Somerset & Dorset Railway by Alan Hammond (£54.00)Publisher: Millstream Books — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0948975660]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper lightly pulled at the head of the upper panel otherwise a very well presented copy of this uncommon title. Description: A limited printing of 2500 copies of which this is number 252. Jacket illustration: Signalman Joe Crouchman, seen talking to driver Aubrey Pearce, and fireman Wally Moon enjoy the summer sunshine at Midsomer Norto on 3rd July 1961. Class 3F 0-6-0T No. 47316 (formerly S&DJR No. 25) pilots 7F 2-8-0 No. 53810 down to Radstock, its home shed. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “This is the third in the series of photographic records of the Somerset & Dorset Railway by Alan Hammond. As with his previous books, the emphasis is on images of railwaymen and women working on the line. Most of the photographs come from private collections and provide a fascinating insight into the day-today running of this much-loved line.

There are anecdotes, too. Eight personal memories enhance the story, with many a tale from Bath, Wincanton, Sturminster Newton, Blandford and Branksome, among others. There is the tragic story of how a ganger fell to his death from a railway trolley at Kilver Street Viaduct, and the more amusing episode when lumps of coal lobbed off an engine for the crossing-keeper at Lamyatt Road broke down his front door. There is a personal memory of idyllic childhood visits to the signalbox at Midford and a wartime account of coming under fire from a German plane at Highbridge. The stories and photographs together provide a heart-warming recollection of this lost world.

The foreword has been written by the railway entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, a modern-day enthusiast and character to match those who worked on the old S&D.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Sir Richard Branson. Size: 11" x 8½". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: hammond sir richard branson 0948975660 somerset dorset joint railway history railroads england somerset employees women workers reminiscences
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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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Here to Stay: A Collection of Pieces on a Common Theme of Human Tenacity by John Hersey (£25.50)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 1962Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper with a little spotting. Price. Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight but slightly musty.Description: From the cover: “In Here To Stay John Hersey tells of episodes in the past 20 years in which Man has courageously risen above desperate situations and shown his determination to survive despite the threats of the nuclear age.

Appropriately Mr. Hersey first tells the story of John Kennedy’s heroism in rescuing the crew of his P. T. boat, sunk by the Japanese, seventeen years before he became President. He ends with his famous Hiroshima, the story of the survivors of the first atomic bombing, written from personal investigation, with horrifying detail and compassionate indignation.

Between these two pieces we read of several wartime incidents, a Jew’s sufferings in Auschwitz, a crippled G.I.’s difficulties in adjusting himself to civilian life, the rehabilitation of a G.I. paralysed with fright, and the adventures of two Poles who survived persecution. In addition there are the extraordinary story of the old lady marooned on a rooftop amidst floods caused by a tornado; a study of that great American, President Truman, and a most moving account of an escape from Budapest in 1956.

All John Hersey’s books have had a serious purpose. A Bell for Adano drew attention to Italy’s plight; The Wall studied the Polish Jews’ struggle against tyranny; The War Lover exposed the war mentality; The Child Buyer showed up the exploitation of youthful talent. Here To Stay is a stirring reminder of our inherent ability to face the challenge of extinction which now faces the world.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Michael Harvey. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Olive boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 295 pages. Tags: 1939-1945 accidents after against airplane and are astonishing blunderers crimes death desperation dregs drives existential face fiction follies for great guard hideous his holding human kill life love madmen indomitability our ourselves panics passions question resources shipwrecks short sorrows stories survival tenacity the themes tyrants utter war will world
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A Game Called Survival: The Story of Betty di San Marzano and Her Children in Wartime Italy by Ian Reid (£23.00)Publisher: Evans Brothers — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0237455277]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper which is pulled and creased at the foot of the upper panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “On 8 September 1943 Italy concluded an Armistice with the Allies and was officially no longer fighting on the side of the Germans. But the wartime troubles of Betty di San Marzano, an Englishwoman married to an Italian and living near Spoleto, and her four children were only just beginning. In danger from both the German forces and revengeful local fascists, they had to leave their home and take refuge in a cramped loft in a tiny hamlet, and live a hand-to-mouth existence with the local peasants. Only to her eldest son could Betty explain the danger they were in: to the other children it must appear to be only a game — a game called survival.

lan Reid follows the fortunes and vicissitudes of the San Marzano family throughout the turbulent events of 1943 and ‘44 and tells of their often amusing, sometimes dangerous adventures helping escaped prisoners-of-war to rejoin the Allied forces, their return home only to flee again to escape the retreating German army, and the part they played in the almost farcical liberation of Spoleto. How Betty managed to keep her family together, and safe, despite the very real difficulties and dangers makes a delightful and heart-warming story.”
Notes: Size: 8¼" x 5¾". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Tags: san marzano betty contessa world war 1939-1945 biography italy history german occupation 1943-1945 spoleto region individual local pow umbria great britain second prisoners escapees evaders civilian internees evasion escape british biographical 1943-1944 ian reid 0237455277 first editions firsts printings 1st
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I Was Different: A Long Life in Education by Marjorie T. Porter (£23.00)Publisher: Propagator Press — 2005Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 186029801X]Condition: Very Good. Leans slightly. Light creasing to the bottom corner of the upper wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Born in 1907 and still a tireless advocate and worker for a better society in her late 90s, Majorie Porter, MBE, has an inspirational story to tell.

Marjorie grew up in a world vastly different from the one we have today. Influenced by her father’s dedication to self-improvement and her mother’s love of the arts, and despite family poverty, Marjorie became a teacher. From the 1920s to the 1990s, from student to head teacher and school governor, Marjorie has fought many battles and lived through many changes. ‘Education’ has a wider meaning for Marjorie than the classroom: she pioneered adventure playgrounds, parent participation, school journeys and the teaching of instruments in schools, and has continued to work tirelessly for the community even into her 90s.

In 1999 Marjorie was awarded the MBE for ‘services to the community and the youth of Lambeth’.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Kate Hoey. Size: 9¼" x 6½". 207 pages. Tags: lyndhurst grove and crawford schools wartime school evacuations 1939-1943 first headship ashmole johanna kennington north lambeth mary datchelor governor primary nursery governing body marjorie porter kate hoey 186029801x
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History of the Great Western Railway [3 Volumes] by Peter Semmens (£21.00)Publisher: London: Guild Publishing — 1985Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Volume I: Consolidation 1923-29; Volume II: The Thirties 1930-39; Volume III Wartime and the Final Years 1939-48; Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Tables;Notes: Size: 9" x 7¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 102/96/102 pages. Tags: western railway britain history england services enthusiasts gwr nationalisation railways locomotives war road transport electrification
P&P: UK 1st £6.75. UK 2nd £6.68. EU Surface £10.36. EU Air £10.35. ROW Surface £10.36. ROW Air £19.22

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Britain at War: Unseen Archives by Maureen Hill (£18.50)Publisher: Parragon — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0752589628]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Photograph pasted onto the first blank showing the book, a Churchill tankard and model bus of the era. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;Notes: Size: 11" x 8¾". Matching Pictorial boards. 384 pages. Tags: hill 0752589628 world war great britain pictorial works devastating bombing raids major cities outbreak community contributions effort blitz women workforce wartime childhood
P&P: UK 1st £9.00. UK 2nd £9.24. EU Surface £14.26. EU Air £14.10. ROW Surface £14.26. ROW Air £26.72

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Give Me Possession by Paul Horgan (£18.00)Publisher: MacMillan & Co. — 1958Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good+ — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with rubbing to the top corners and the head of the spine. Leans. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: Notes: Size: 7¾" x 5". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 248 pages. Tags: and arrogant attack battlefields dignity experience face french from germany half-repaired haunted human humanist’s loves man old passionate returns ruins small states suffering swept the through undaunted united upon values village violence war wartime wealthy with withdrawn woman world
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
Kathleen by Barbara Murphy (£18.00)Publisher: Robert Hale — 2004Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0709076800]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ.Description: When orphaned Kathleen O'Connor receives an unexpected legacy from an aunt in Ireland, she fights against a working-class background and sexual discrimination to achieve her dream of becoming a barrister. It is expected that she and Desmond Marshall, a special-needs teacher, will eventually marry, but her loyalties to her career and the young man who shared her wartime childhood are to be tested. While defending photographer Paul West on a rape charge, Kathleen finds herself increasingly attracted to him and his glamorous lifestyle. 222pp. Size: 8vo Medium (8" x 5½" approx.) Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.Tags: Murphy Ireland barrister teacher photographer 0709076800
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The Complete Guide to Fighters & Bombers of the World by Francis Crosby (£14.50)Publisher: Hermes House — 2006Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1846810000]Condition: Very Good. Single reading crease to the spine. Over-glued at the front hinge. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Colour Photographs;

From the cover: “Features 1200 Wartime and Modern Identification Photographs.

Illustrated A-Z catalogues of over 300 fighters and bombers, from the pioneering days of air fighting in World War I through to the powerful, high-speed jet aircraft of the present day.

Describes all the truly classic aircraft, such as the Spitfire, Messerschmitt Bf 109, Heinkel He111, F-14 Tomcat, MiGs, B-52 Stratofortress and B-2 Spirit stealth bomber.

Features guides to the history of fighters and bombers, their technology and role in major conflicts around the world, including the first fighter aces, early bombing raids, Blitzkrieg, the Battle of Britain, the Dambusters, the Cold War, the Falklands and the Gulf Wars.

Includes a glossary explaining key aviation terms and abbreviations”
Notes: Size: 8½" x 6¾". 512 pages. Tags: 9781846810008 arts photography collections catalogues exhibitions history military nonfiction foreign language spanish professional technical engineering aerospace francis crosby 1846810000
P&P: UK 1st £6.00. UK 2nd £5.95. EU Surface £9.06. EU Air £9.10. ROW Surface £9.06. ROW Air £16.72

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Go Swift and Far: A Novel of Bath by Douglas Westcott (£14.00)Publisher: Bath: Valley Spring Press — 2013Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Signed by the Author.[ISBN: 9780992639709]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Maps to the endpapers and blanks;Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 359 pages. Tags: 9780992639709 fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st signed books author signatures inscriptions presentation copies copy german raid bath wartime corruption greed post-war austerity demolish success wealth coming deceit hypocrisy
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Magic Worlds Of Fantasy: Dorle Lindner; Oscar Forel; Hsueh Shao-Tang; Ariane; by David Douglas Duncan (£14.00)Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich — 1978Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0151551022]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.Description: From the cover: “This book reveals the work of four remarkable amateur artists whose common trait is fantasy. One is an English housewife, born in wartime Berlin, who engraves images of another world which she visits in outer space; one is a Swiss psychiatrist who photographs abstract art found in tree bark; one is a Chinese chef who fled Peking ahead of the Communists and now creates his own Garden of Eden from bits of postage stamps; and one is a Belgian baroness who focuses her colour camera on the secret face of life itself — the ultimate fantasy — discovered in her forest-garden. Fantasy is prefaced by an eight-page selection of exuberant (and exclusive) “Souvenirs of a Magic World” given to the author by Pablo Picasso as tokens of his friendship. They richly illustrate the veteran artist’s joie de vivre when confronting the challenge of his own imagination: he voiced a concern, shared by Renoir, over the risk of crushing, through conformity, those elusive and often fragile fantasies seen by children — probably the greatest dreamers of all. Photographer-editor David Douglas Duncan has brought master craftsmanship to the expanding realm of fantasy hobbies, now discovered everywhere behind today’s life of increasing leisure and holiday weekends. He produced this book on presses of Imprimeries Reunies, Lausanne, among the most renowned of all Swiss printers.”Notes: Size: 10¼" x 8". Red boards with Blue titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 115 pages. Tags: and apparently ariane beings characters created dorle dream elements events fantasia fantastic fantastical fantasy featuring fiction fictional flight folklore forel ghostlike ghostly hsueh illusion image imaginary imagination inclusion inspiration invention lindner literary magic magical mystic mystical mythology novel oscar paranormal phenomena power real setting shao-tang speculative supernatural tale the uncanny unusual weird weirdness works worlds
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Somewhere in the West Country: The History of Bristol (Whitchurch) Airport 1930-1957 by Kenneth Wakefield (£14.00)Publisher: Crécy Publishing — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0947554653]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: “During the Second World War Bristol’s Whitchurch Airport became Britain’s main air gateway to the free world. Service chiefs, foreign and British diplomats, Prisoner-of-War mail ( via neutral countries), and much else, passed through the airport, as did many important people. Among the latter, to name but two, were Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President of the USA, and Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands. Other famous personalities passing through included film stars Bob Hope, Edward G Robinson and Bing Crosby, in Britain to entertain American forces. But security in wartime was paramount and Whitchurch Airport was never mentioned by name. Instead, news reports about the arrival or departure of celebrities referred only to an airport somewhere in the West Country . This is the book of that airport.

Although a history of Whitchurch, other aspects of aviation in the West Country are covered, including the pre-war expansion of civil and military flying. But much of the book is about the important part played by Whitchurch in wartime, when it was occupied by British Overseas Airways Corporation, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, the Air Transport Auxiliary and the Bristol Aeroplane Company. It concludes with an account of the difficult early post-war period and the events which led to the airport’s closure in 1957. This is a comprehensive history of one of Britain’s most important early airports and covers a period, seen by many, as the Golden Age of British civil aviation.”
Notes: Size: 10" x 7½". Yellow boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 174 pages. Tags: kenneth wakefield 0947554653 first editions firsts printings 1st whitchurch airport history 20th century pictorial works airports england bristol aeronautics domestic trade business organisation air force unit histories forces great britain netherlands present day second world war transport industry civil aviation airlines british overseas airways corporation boac airfields stations bases transportation services raf auxiliary klm royal dutch
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50 Years of Making Sunshine by ANON. (£13.50)Publisher: Kellogg — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good - in Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges. Bruised at top corners. Light staining to the leading margins of the pages otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Contents: Kellogg Company Beginnings; Kellogg's Arrives in Britain; Opening Trafford Park Plant; Wartime and the 1940s; The 1950s Start with a Bang!; From Corner Shops to Supermarkets; the 1960s - From Corner Shops to Supermarkets; the 1970s - Old Endings and New Beginnings; the last barge, Project 70 and new plants; the 1980s - New Products and Massive Expansions; Our Future - Preparing for the next 50 years and beyond; Kellogg Milestones; 140pp. Index. Size: 4to Medium (11½" x 9" approx.)
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Obedience by Jacqueline Yallop (£13.00)Publisher: Atlantic Books — 2011Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780857891013]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Description: Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 276 pages. Tags: 9780857891013 first editions firsts printings 1st ed. 823.92 nuns france fiction history german occupation 1940 1945 0857891014 convent rural young woman wartime full horror violence war nazi soldier
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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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Under Siege: Literary Life in London 1939-45 by Robert Hewison (£13.00)Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson — 1977Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0297773267]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ a little grubby with a couple of small nicks in top edge, no loss. Corners very gently bumped.Description: Drawing on the rich store of wartime writing and on the memories of survivors, this is a brilliant recreation of Britain's cultural life between 1939 and 1945. In this comprehensive study of the artistic scene of the period, the author describes the difficulties of being a writer under both civilian and military conditions, and presents a vivid picture of the lives and works of writers, poets and painters in Britain during the Second World War.16pp B&W illustrations.Tags: London, wartime, life, difficulties, artists
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
An Ocean Apart: The Relationship Between Britain and America in the Twentieth Century by David Dimbleby; David Reynolds; (£12.50)Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0340406666]Condition: Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Pages deeply tanned by age. Previous owners' inscription to the ½-title page.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “In An Ocean Apart, David Dimbleby and David Reynolds combine their skills to give a vivid and clear account of the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and America, both alliance between friends and rivalry between a declining empire and a rising superpower.

Carried right up to the present day with President Reagan and Mrs. Thatcher, this is history told through the memories of those who influenced or witnessed great events as well as through official documents and private letters. It traces the extraordinary influence the two English-speaking peoples have had on each other in cultural and social life. The movies, music, make-up and the monarchy all play their part. And it shows how in war and peace the two countries have shaped the twentieth century.

Libya and the Falklands War, the recriminations after Suez, the conflict over the development of the atomic bomb, the repeated ‘invasion’ of Britain by American big business, the growing supremacy of the dollar over sterling, the internal divisions that made America initially reluctant to fight in two World Wars, the wartime disputes over strategy and peacemaking, all play their part in this complex story. So do the relationships between Presidents and Prime Ministers, between Chiefs of Staff, between diplomats and between ordinary people on both sides of the Atlantic, bonds that have held the two countries close together, despite the decline of Britain as a world power and the rise of America.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 408 pages. Tags: britain century foreign general great international political relations science states united with
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Fighters of the Luftwaffe by Joachim Dressel & Manfred Greihl (£12.50)Publisher: London: Arms & Armour Press — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1854091395]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;

From the cover: “In this encyclopedic new work, the combined talents of two leading German aviation historians have produced possibly the ultimate illustrated reference to all German fighter aircraft. Most of the 300-plus original photographs have never been published before and they superbly illustrate all sub-types and development models of more than 30 aircraft.

All types are included: the advanced designs in the rearmament of the 1930s, such as the Heinkel 112, Henschel 121 and Messerschmitt 109, through every wartime fighter, including the FW 190A-D models, Bf 210 and Me 410, Ta 152, He 219 and Do 335, and full coverage of the development of the revolutionary jet and rocket aircraft in which Germany was far in advance of the Allies.

The appeal of this book is also in the range of aircraft photographs, which show special power-plant, radar and weapons developments as well as unusual unit markings, photos of types in manufacture and operational conversions in the field — all rarely seen. The accompanying text emphasises the development of the Luftwaffe fighters, with facts and figures on the huge range of variants and sub-types under testing and of which little is known — for example, the evolution of the standard Bf 109 into the P 1091 Extreme High Altitude Fighter of almost 60,000-feet operational ceiling.

There are numerous books on this subject, but few can boast the number and diversity of new illustrations and the comprehensive nature of the technical data in this superb new study. Restorers, collectors, historians and modellers will relish the wealth of fresh information offered by such a volume which sheds much new light on a subject previously considered incomplete.”
Notes: Size: 11" x 8¾". Greeh boards with Yellow titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: germany luftwaffe fighter planes history world war aircraft aeronautical engineering second aeroplanes aviation air military vehicles warfare bombers aerial operations german
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Food Glorious Food: Eating and Drinking with Good Housekeeping 1922-1942 by Brian Braithwaite & Noelle Walsh (£12.50)Publisher: Ebury Press — 1990Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0852238185]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Dust wrapper slightly yellowed. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;

From the cover: “From the Roaring Twenties, through the depression of the Thirties, and to the austerity of the war years, Food Glorious Food celebrates the ever-popular topics of eating and drinking.

Covering the first twenty years of Good Housekeeping magazine, from its launch in 1922, through the penny-pinching days of the Thirties to the wartime rationing of 1942, the book offers a fascinating collection of articles, advertisements and recipes gleaned from the pages of the magazine.

The features and recipes illustrate the evolvement of food products, fads and ideas through two historic decades, while the advertisements provide a wonderful glimpse of the famous manufacturers of the day.

A companion volume to the best sellers Ragtime to Wartime, The Home Front and The Christmas Book, Food Glorious Food represents the very best of Good Housekeeping.”
Notes: Size: 12" x 9". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Tags: international cooking lavish entertaining wartime rationing cookery oxo horlicks bovril heinz and ivel violet bonham carter sir osbert sitwell rex food habits great britain history 20th century recipes
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John Junor Remembered by John Junor (£12.50)Publisher: Solo — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 187393906X]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Very slightly ruffled edges of DJ.Description: Illustrated with B&W photographs. A collection of articles. From the introduction: “John Junor had spent 32 years as editor of a national newspaper before he launched into his second career as a columnist. It showed. His experience was wide. He knew what lay behind opaque newspaper stories. He’d met most of the household-name politicians, business executives and entertainment industry big names. He’d lunched privately with both the Queen and Diana, Princess of Wales. Over thirty years as an editor — preceded by active, wartime service in the Fleet Air Arm — he’d become a shrewd judge of human character.”Notes: Foreword or introduction by Peter McKay. Size: 10" x 7¾". 317 pages. Tags: john junor sunday express auchtermuchty hypocrisy world leaders injustice irish troubles margaret thatcher john major edward heath kinnock greed church press police articles journalism columns robert maxwell barfleur newspapers columnist
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No Passing Glory by Andrew Boyle (£12.50)Publisher: Collins — 1955Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly worn / ruffled along edges with a few small nicks. Inscription on ½ title page.Description: The full and authentic biography of Group Captain Leonard Cheshire whose brilliant wartime career with the R. A.F. was followed by a lonely struggle for religious certainty.Portraiture frontispiece. 384pp. Index. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½") Dust wrapper in protective, removable sleeve.
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The Real Mrs Miniver by Ysenda Maxtone graham (£12.50)Publisher: John Murray — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0719555418]Condition: Near Fine - in Near Fine DJ. DJ slightly ruffled along edges.Description: The film Mrs Miniver was a wartime classic. The book Mrs Miniver was a bestseller too. The author found it hard to persuade people that the heroine was not her. This is the real story of the author as told by her grand daughter. 314pp. Index. Size: 8vo Demy (8½" x 5½")Tags: MAXTONE GRAHAM, Ysenda
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Getting Rid of Davie by Denys Deere (£12.00)Publisher: Bakewell: Country Books — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1898941513]Condition: Near Fine — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dust wrapper has a single short tear to the head of the spine and the join with the lower panel. Description: Notes: Size: 8½" x 6". Cream boards with Red titling to the Spine. 337 pages. Tags: 1898941513 fiction novels literature stories story novella editions firsts first printings 1st 1920s 1930s killed mother bereaved household wartime service
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A Step At a Time by Jan De Vries (£11.50)Publisher: Mainstream — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9781840186567]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Reverse of the DJ lightly spotted otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: First British Edition. From the cover: “Recounts world-renowned health guru Jan de Vries’s amazing journey from his childhood in wartime Holland — during which he experienced the ‘hunger winter’ of 1944 — through an amazing 45-year career, during which he has earned a global reputation as an enduring guru of alternative medicine. This gripping and highly entertaining autobiography reveals a great deal about the man and why so many people have turned to him in his role as a respected homeopathic practitioner.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 192 pages. Tags: janny beuze nunspeet mokoia alfred vogel auchenkyle homeopathic medical problems pharmacist alternative medicine
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Anthony Blunt: His Lives by Miranda Carter (£11.50)Publisher: MacMillan — 2002Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0330367668]Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine.Description: First in this edition. Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the introduction: “From the moment of his exposure as a former Russian spy by the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in November 1979, Anthony Blunt became a man about whom anything could be said. He was described as ‘the spy with no shame’. He was ‘an arrogant evil poseur’. He was a ‘treacherous Communist poof’. It was rumoured that at Cambridge he had seduced and blackmailed impressionable undergraduates into serving his nefarious schemes. He had been responsible for the deaths of forty-nine wartime Dutch Special Operations agents behind enemy lines; he might, indeed, have been responsible for any number of deaths. Twenty-two years after Blunt’s exposure, much has changed. Perhaps the most important of all these changes has been the end of the Cold War. The ideological polarizations which divided almost all political and intellectual life, in Britain as elsewhere, have eased. Blunt’s history can be seen in its particularity, rather than as an exemplary (to many, exemplarily hateful) general case. From this new perspective, his life vividly illustrates certain key moments and themes of twentieth-century Britain: intellectual, political, sexual and social.”Notes: Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). 590 pages. Tags: ciifford canning traitor michael robertson the marlborough heretick cambridge venture dadie rylands cambridge bloomsbury apostles michael straight tess mayor john cornford guy burgess donald maclean kim philby arthur marshall victor rothschild portman square ona munsonsir denis mahon margaret whinney else scheerer courtauld dutch special operations spy biography anthony blunt british intelligence russian intelligence archives kgb officer cold war ideological political and intellectual life british art history homosexual homosexuality law
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Churchill's Secret War by Robin Denniston (£11.50)Publisher: Chancellor Press — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0753703823]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper.Description: Diplomatic Decrypts, the Foreign Office and Turkey 1942—44. From the flap: “The key part played by Winston Churchill in shaping the course of the Second World War still excites great interest in historians worldwide, while literature on this great British statesman continues to grow by the year. In the course of his research, Robin Denniston has uncovered previously unknown files of diplomatic intercepts which show that Churchill's role in British foreign policy and war planning was far more significant than has hitherto been supposed. The result is a thorough, scholarly and original insight into Churchill's secret war within a war.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Pictorial boards. 208 pages. Tags: knatchbull-hugessen commander-in-chief sicherheitsdienst cryptanalytical communications cryptographer co-ordination anglo-turkish intelligence unbreakable churchill’s intercepted circulated intercepts neutrality diplomatic documents bletchley committee whitehall churchill Roosevelt Mussolini admiralty intercept direction minister economic services national planning security decrypts ministry heydrich analysis menzies british finding turkish foreign wartime signals stewart warfare scandal traffic service section general defence balkans oshima system Hitler german philby secret summit second rommel Cicero school stolen policy hasten ankara agency office cipher front world inonu d-day joint adana cairo files soil time park head post code top spy war air pad one mi6 the
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Cries for Peace by ANON. (£11.50)Publisher: Japan Times — 1978Binding: Paperback Condition: Good+. A slightly warped copy. Previous owners inscription to ffep.Description: 2nd Edition. This book is not pleasant reading. With its subject — the horror wreaked on innocent people by war, man’s maximum folly — it could not be. But it is highly important reading because what has happened in the past must be remembered so that it will never be repeated. And generations ignorant of war must know something of its suffering so that they can eliminate it from the earth. Compiled by the Youth Division of Soka Gakkai. A set of fifty volumes of accounts of Japanese wartime suffering. The set has been published in Japanese under the title “Senso o shiranai sedai e” (To the Generations Who Do Not Know War). This volume, an English version of selected chapters from the full set, has been prepared under the auspices of the Soka Gakkai International Bureau.Notes: Size: C Format (8½" x 5¼"). 234 pages. Tags: enso shiranai sedai eSoka Gakkai war peace suffering antiwar conscientious objectors
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From War to Cold War 1942-48 by Roy Douglas (£11.50)Publisher: London & Basingstoke: The Macmillan Press — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0333253469]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “In the middle of the Second World War, most people in the allied countries expected the Big Three to cooperate closely in tasks of peace and reconstruction. Yet the term Iron Curtain was being used by Churchill before the conflict was over, and within a short time people spoke of cold war. By 1948, many expected a shooting war. What had happened to shatter the hopeful illusions?

Roy Douglas attempts to answer that question in the light of both British and American documents — many of which have only very recently become available to scholars. The story he tells reveals intense disputes both within and between the wartime allies.

The picture here drawn of the world — and particularly Europe — in the immediate aftermath of the war suggests that the menace of communism to the whole Eurasian continent was a great deal more immediate than is generally realised.

This book will prove controversial and intensely challenging.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 224 pages. Tags: diplomatic history politics soviet union russia cold war potsdam conference yalta appeasement international diplomacy katyn massacre american wartime czech crisis
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Make Your Own Classic Bears by Julia Jones (£11.50)Publisher: Anaya — 1994Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good+ DJ.Description: From the cover: “Top crafts designer Julia Jones has reinterpreted 14 classic designs, successfully capturing the character of the original bears in modern, widely available materials. Beautifully photographed in settings which evoke the era of the original bears, these bears are irresistible. Each bear comes with a history of its origins, clear graph pattern and instructions.”Notes: Size: 11¼" x 8¾". Pictorial boards. 112 pages. Tags: classic bears how make heirloom bears 745.592 classic bear-making early black bear michtom bear early german bear 1920s german bear miniature bear classic white bear 1930s bear french bear wartime bear american bear character bear 1950s british bear 1980s bear modern bear teddy bear classic bear designs experienced sewers bearlovers
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Parcel Arrived Safely, Tied with String by Michael Crawford (£11.50)Publisher: Century — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780712684408]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. Gently bruised at head of spine and top corners with commensurate ruffling to the DJ.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Here Michael Crawford’s internationally acclaimed, bestselling autobiography is available for the first time in paperback. By turns hilarious and desperately sad, this is the refreshingly honest story of the highs and lows of one of Britain’s funniest anecdotalists and biggest stars.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 330 pages. Tags: actors actresses aldeburgh america and andrew anecdotalists arts autobiography ave away barbra barnum benjamin best-loved biggest biography blow bob brannigan britain britain's britten buster butterworth characters charlie childhood clayton condorman crawford curt darker daryl dickensian dolly drama entertainment film fludde forum frank games gene genevieve gilles gladys goodbye
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The Exiles by James M. Fox (£11.50)Publisher: Cassell — 1970Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780304935673]Condition: Good+ - in Good+ DJ. Unlaminated DJ a little edgeworn and faded with a little wrinkling here and there. Gently bruised at head & tail of spine and corners. Previous owners inscription to ffep. Top edges of text block dusty.Description: As the German Panzer divisions swept across the Continent in 1940, the monarchs and governments of the occupied countries of Northern Europe sought refuge in beleaguered Britain. Here they were able to preserve a continuance of authority, provide a focal point from which to foster resistance in the homeland, gather support from their nationals scattered across the globe, and plan for the far-off day when they could return in triumph in the wake of the Allied invasion. This epic novel is set against the bomb-racked back- drop of wartime London.Notes: Jacket designed by Len Leone. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". 374 pages.
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Venturer Top Secret by Ian F. Sime (£11.50)Publisher: Nelson — 1961Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Good - in Poor Dustwrapper. Unlaminated dustwrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the spine ends, corners and edges. Price Clipped. Pages deeply tanned by age with spotting to the edges of the text block. Prize plate to the pastedown.Description: From the flap: “The author of this magnificent sea story is in the direct tradition of Dana, of Marryat, of Conrad. As we sail aboard the schooner Venturer, with the boys (yes, boys) working her on her grim wartime passage north to south, we feel ‘the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking’. And as if this was not thrilling enough, remember that the most vital purpose of the voyage was TOP SECRET. Only, secrets sometimes leak out…”Notes: Illustrated by Robert Hodgson. Size: 7¾" x 5¼". 154 pages. Tags: ian sime children’s books juvenile literature books for children pre-school adolescent books for youngster writing for young person books for adolescents education tales for young people pre-school books fiction marrat conrad making ready for sea trouble the canal night storm head goes aground bowsprit crystal set ship’s ballast irish coast mull galloway harbour ship chandler’s
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Churchill by Celia Sandys (£10.50)Publisher: Contender Books — 2003Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1843570491]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Chronological Tables; Colour Photographs; Genealogical Tables;

From the cover: “In this fully illustrated book to accompany the TW1/Carlton television programme, we are drawn effortlessly into the life of Sir Winston Churchill. From his birth at Blenheim Palace to his tumultuous political life in the corridors of Westminster, Celia Sandys is uniquely placed to examine the life of one of the most respected Britons in history. As Churchill’s granddaughter, she has unrivalled access to original documents and first-hand testimony from people who knew and worked with her grandfather.

This intimate and accessible guide to the life of Winston Churchill covers his years as a schoolboy, soldier, journalist, writer and Statesman. Each period of his long political career is presented in rich detail, including his time as Home Secretary, his tenure as First Lord of the Admiralty and eventually, after political exile, his triumphant return to power as one of the great wartime leaders.

With over 100 illustrations, references to key people and places, a family tree, timeline of events and bibliography, this is the essential work on the life of Sir Winston Churchill.”
Notes: Size: 10¼" x 8¾". Matching Pictorial boards. 160 pages. Tags: sandys 1843570491 churchill winston prime ministers great britain biography politics government 20th century sir individual
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Codford: Wool and War in Wiltshire by John Chandler (£10.50)Publisher: Phillimore — 2007Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1860774415]Condition: Near Fine.Description: Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white & maps. From the cover: “Codford is a quintessential English parish and, like every parish, has a story to tell. First mentioned in 901, its later development was subject to the twin influences of road and river. Codford — Wool and War in Wiltshire explores why the landscape and architecture of an agrarian parish look the way they do, and examines how its people, their livelihoods and social connections have made it what it is. From early Anglo-Saxon settlement to important military garrison, through lords and landowners, agriculture and religion, community organisations and the impact of two World Wars, this fascinating look into Codford's rich past will evoke the history of many similar places.”Notes: Size: 9¾" x 6¾". In the England's Pass For Everyone series. 182 pages. Tags: 9781860774416 entrepreneurs anglo-saxon neighbours remembered government landowners sculptured industrial warminster investing woolstore reckoning codford's wiltshire community afterlife salisbury england's landscape together copyhold military turnpike domesday services building ordering everyone settlers churches floated history codford village serving running gifford society theatre friends meadows 942.315 roofing returns wartime peter's valley mary's things parish coming hermit making tenure chapel fields houses anzacs ashton census trusts circle living itself river shops manor order peter stone world wylye plain farms downs lords water mary past open land from here for and war the new
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Malta George Cross: Victory in the Air by Richard J. Caruana (£10.50)Publisher: Modelaid International Publications — 1997Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1971767121]Condition: Very Good. Description: 2nd edition, 1st printing, [First Published: 1996] Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “This twelfth book by Richard J. Caruana is being presented after many years of study and a world-wide search for photographs of the period. In fact, illustrations form the backbone of this book. Until now, wartime photographs had to be accepted for what they were and these were generally of poor quality. Considering wartime censorship and scarcity of photographic films and processing materials, it is a miracle that photos of any quality at all have survived. Latest technology in electronic photo scanning and retouching has made it possible to bring most of these old pictures back to what they would have looked like when taken over fifty years ago. Over 400 photographs reproduced within the covers of this book have been individually enhanced and restored — a great labour of love which hopefully will be fully appreciated by all.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¾". 255 pages. Tags: malta history military world war aerial operations mosquitoes blenheims action reconnaissance from bombers night and day fleet air arm debut the stuka luftwaffe sicily acchis reggianes savoias over central mediterranean richard caruana
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No Time To Wave Goodbye by Ben Wicks (£10.50)Publisher: Bloomsbury — 1989Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0747500835]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.Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs;

From the cover: “In the early hours of 1 September 1939, German troops crossed the border into Poland. At the same time, in Britain, hundreds of thousands of children rubbed their eyes and climbed from their beds. For many it would be years before they climbed back into them. Within hours, in cities all over the country, long crocodiles of children were making their way to the nearest railway station to board trains that would take them to the safety of the countryside. Two days later, in the homes of ‘borrowed parents’, they listened as an angry Prime Minister told the world that Britain was at war with Germany. This book contains the most moving and revealing of these stones. A linking text by Ben Wicks sketches the history of the evacuation from its planning in the aftermath of World War 1 to the children’s return to their mothers and fathers at the end of World War II.”
Notes: Foreword or introduction by Michael Caine. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 228 pages. Tags: evacuation north east london school children june 1940 evacuees paddington station foster home mickey mouse gas-masks wartime britain second world war post-war britain working-class city environment.
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The Emperor's Codes: Bletchley Park and the Breaking of Japan's Secret Ciphers by Michael Smith (£10.50)Publisher: London, New York, Toronto, Sydney & Auckland: Bantam Press — 2000Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0593046412]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 but a little age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: “The extraordinary wartime exploits of the British codebreakers based at Bletchley Park continue to fascinate and amaze. In his bestselling Station X Michael Smith brought us the astonishing true story of the breaking of the Enigma Cipher. In The Emperor’s Codes he continues the story as he examines how Japan’s codes were broken, and the consequences for the Second World War.

The Emperor’s Codes moves across the world from Bletchley Park to Pearl Harbor; from Singapore to Colombo; and from Mombasa to Melbourne, describing not just how the Japanese codes and ciphers were broken but how the lives of the codebreakers, both professional and personal, were affected. It tells the stories of John Tiltman, the eccentric British soldier turned codebreaker who made many of the early breaks into Japanese diplomatic and military codes; Eric Nave, the Australian sailor recruited to work for the British who pioneered breakthroughs in Japanese naval codes; and of Oshima Hiroshi, the hard-drinking Japanese ambassador to Berlin, whose candid reports to Tokyo of his conversations with Hitler and other high-ranking Nazis were a major source of intelligence in the war against Germany. Many of these revelations have been made possible only through using recently declassified British files, through privileged access to Australian secret official histories, and interviews with an unprecedented number of British, American and Australian codebreakers.

Where previous books on the subject have emphasized the role played by the Americans, The Emperor’s Codes is the first full account of the critical role played by British and Australian codebreakers. Using the memories of those at the forefront of this battle, Michael Smith reveals a gripping and previously untold story from the Second World War.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Purple boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 322 pages. Tags: smith 0593046412 communications headquarters history war cryptography secret service electronic intelligence code cypher school japan machine ciphers ultra system british hley park national codes centre buckinghamshire
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A Concise History of England: From Stonehenge to the Microchip by F. E. Halliday (£9.50)Publisher: Thames & Hudson — 1980Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0500271828]Condition: Very Good. Gently faded at the spine and onto the marins of the wraps otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Revised Reprint. [First: 1964] Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Now been revised and updated for this paperback edition to take account of the most recent events. The author aims to present the history of England in a form short enough to be grasped — and seen — as a whole. Like all nations, England has a past which includes crimes and follies, but it is also one that is less turbulent than most and one displaying a series of achievements — above all, perhaps, the evolution of democratic institutions and the creation of a social order that has been strengthened by extensions of liberty, tolerance and freedom of speech. The book emphasizes the constructive features of English history and clearly identifies the central theme — the successful reconciliation of order and liberty in English life and society. Stonehenge, the Norman Conguest, Magna Carta, the Wars of the Roses, the Spanish Armada, the Civil Wars, the ‘Year of Victories’, Nelson and Trafalgar, Churchill as war leader — here are the key events, places and personalities of English history, brought together in a superbly illustrated volume which provides the perfect introduction to a fascinating subject.”Notes: Size: 9" x 7". 240 pages. Tags: responsibilities nationalization ecclesiastical conservatives establishment protestantism universities independence commonwealth christianity civilization imperialism discoveries nationalism gladstone's restoration declaration cymbeline's marlborough plantagenet bannockburn renaissance shakespeare reformation suppression monasteries elizabeth's catholicism westminster chamberlain northumbria independent castlereagh neutrality foundation authorized convention industrial government stonehenge napoleonic toleration succession fortresses mechanical ascendancy revolution conversion prosperity parliament depression
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Double Cross: The 1 Story of the D-Day Spies by Ben Macintyre (£9.50)Publisher: London, Berlin, New York, Sydney: Bloomsbury Books — 2012Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1408830620]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps [1];

From the cover: “D-Day, 6 June 1944, the turning point of the Second World War, was a victory of arms. But it was also a triumph for a different kind of operation: one of deceit, aimed at convincing the Nazis that Calais and Norway, not Normandy, were the targets of the 150,000-strong invasion force.

The deception involved every branch of Allied wartime intelligence — the Bletchley Park code-breakers, MI5, MI6, SOE, Scientific Intelligence, the FBI and the French Resistance. But at its heart was the ‘Double Cross System’, a team of double agents controlled by the secret Twenty Committee, so named because twenty in Roman numerals forms a double cross.

The key D-Day spies were just five in number, and one of the oddest military units ever assembled: a bisexual Peruvian playgirl. a tiny Polish fighter pilot, a Serbian seducer, a wildly imaginative Spaniard with a diploma in chicken farming, and a hysterical Frenchwoman whose obsessive love for her pet dog very nearly wrecked the entire deception. Their enterprise was saved from catastrophe by a shadowy sixth spy whose heroic sacrifice is here revealed for the first time. Under the direction of an eccentric but brilliant intelligence officer in tartan trousers, working from a smoky lair in St. James these spies would weave a web of deception so intricate that it ensnared Hitler’s army and helped to carry thousands of troops across the Channel in safety.

These double agents were, variously, brave, treacherous, fickle, greedy and inspired. They were not conventional warriors, but their masterpiece of deceit saved countless lives. Their codenames were Bronx, Brutus, Treasure, Tricycle and Garbo. This is their story.”
Notes: Jacket designed by David Mann. Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Red titling to the Spine. 417 pages. Tags: macintyre 1408830620 spies europe biography world war campaigns france normandy espionage history 20th century military intelligence warfare defence deception science britain secret service second
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Empress Of Asia: A Novel by Adam Lewis Schroeder (£9.50)Publisher: Vancouver: Raincoast Books — 2008Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1551929600]Condition: Very Good. Upper wrapper slighty curled. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: First in this, paperback, edition.

From the cover: “In 1942, young Canadian seaman Harry Winslow has just arrived in Singapore after the bombing of his ship, the Empress of Asia. Harry meets and falls madly in love with a vivacious young Englishwoman named Lily. After a hasty marriage, they are separated during the confusion of an air raid. Harry begins a desperate search for Lily across the Dutch East Indies, enduring hunger, illness, and unimaginable cruelty before finally being reunited. Fifty years later after the wartime events that changed his life forever, Harry travels to Thailand to begin the final adventure of his life — to retrace the journey of his Empress of Asia and to uncover the mystery that lies at the heart of the love of his life.”
Notes: Size: 9" x 6". 409 pages. Tags: 1551929600 fiction novels literature stories story novella short war 1939-1945 love genre historical
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For Führer and Fatherland: SS Murder and Mayhem in Watime Britain by Roderick De Norman (£9.50)Publisher: The History Press — 2009Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 0752453769]Condition: Very Good. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “For Führer and Fatherland is the extraordinary story of how British and American Intelligence thwarted a wartime plan for a daring mass break-out of German prisoners of war from the PoW camp at Devizes in Wiltshire, led by a hard core of SS troops.

As December 1944 drew to a close, trainee US interrogators stumbled on a plan so fantastic in concept that it was hard to take seriously. Allied authorities were relieved of their command by Interrogation Centre operatives who broke the wills of the prisoners involved and got to the bottom of the story. With their escape plan in tatters, the SS took their revenge and ‘tried’ and murdered one of their fellow prisoners, who was accused of betraying the Führer. Despite the SS code of silence, those involved were brought to justice and hanged at Pentonville Prison in October 1945.

In this book, the author asks and answers a number of key questions: Why was Devizes Camp so woefully unprepared for a possible break-out? Why were the SS allowed to continue their reign of terror on British soil? Why did the Government of the day try to cover up the events?”
Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¼". [IX] 182 pages. Tags: map devizes camp area 1943 and the military german prisoners war waffen-ss wolfgang rosterg’s killers national socialism re-education programmes modern 20th century history world 1900 2000 second roderick norman 0752453769
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Parcel Arrived Safely, Tied with String by Michael Crawford (£9.50)Publisher: Century — 1999Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0712684409]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Slight ruffling to the dustwrapper at the head of the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Here Michael Crawford’s internationally acclaimed, bestselling autobiography is available for the first time in paperback. By turns hilarious and desperately sad, this is the refreshingly honest story of the highs and lows of one of Britain’s funniest anecdotalists and biggest stars.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 330 pages. Tags: actors actresses aldeburgh america and andrew anecdotalists arts autobiography ave away barbra barnum benjamin best-loved biggest biography blow bob brannigan britain britain's britten buster butterworth characters charlie childhood clayton condorman crawford curt darker daryl dickensian dolly drama entertainment film fludde forum frank games gene genevieve gilles gladys goodbye
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Sean Connery by Robert Tanitch (£9.50)Publisher: Chapmans — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1855926652]Condition: Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wraps.Description: First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “A tribute to a great movie star and a great screen actor who has been at the top of his profession since the 1960s. The James Bond films, The Man Who Would Be King, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Russia House… all these, and many more, have made Sean Cannery a legend in his lifetime.

Lavishly illustrated throughout, Sean Connery provides a fascinating commentary on every production and quotes from the critics of the day.”
Notes: Size: 10½" x 8¼". 192 pages. Tags: acting actors actresses adams affair again alfred and anderson another arthur auger barker baroque basil before biographies biography bond break-up britain british brooke career casino century-fox ceremonies cilento cinema claudine connery contract cuba darroch darryl dearden diane dmytryk duodenal edinburgh edward end farce felix filming film-maker films fine first fountainbridge
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Sean Connery: A Biography by Kenneth Passingham (£9.50)Publisher: Book Club Associates — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges. Flaps tanned. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Gilt titling to the Spine. 160 pages. Tags: acting actors actresses adams affair again alfred and anderson another arthur auger barker baroque basil before biographies biography bond break-up britain british brooke career casino century-fox ceremonies cilento cinema claudine connery contract cuba darroch darryl dearden diane dmytryk duodenal edinburgh edward end farce felix filming film-maker films fine first fountainbridge
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Tales from Far Pavilions by Allen Synge; Leo Cooper; (£9.50)Publisher: Pavilion — 1984Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0907516297]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently bruised at the spine ends and corners with commensurate ruffling to the dustwrapper. Price Clipped. Book plate to the first blank. Previous owners' inscription to the ½-title page. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Later Printing. [First Edition: Same Year]. From the flap: “Tales From Far Pavilions explores cricket’s various — sometimes disastrous, frequently hilarious, occasionally triumphant — encounters with alien cultures. ‘Never before had an English cricket team crossed the mighty Andes’ writes Sir Pelham Warner of an early victory over Argentina. A Nazi German XI surrenders to the gentlemen of Worcester in 1937, but not without a fight, as James D. Coldham records, as the German captain felled an erring fielder with a right hook to the jaw. The book abounds with true stories of bizarre contests on foreign fields described by the famous and those whose strange tales from far pavilions are now brought to light for the first time.”Notes: Jacket designed by Ulf Greder. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 161 pages. Tags: internationals limited-overs match-winning wicket-keeper international wicket-taker championship match-fixing extra-cover off-spinner partnership first-class out-swinger cricketers square-leg mid-wicket triangular statistics collection scorecards centuries australia assurance follow-on cambridge declaring england’s off-stump selectors hilarious outskirts anecdotes reportage hollywood britannic fielding zimbabwe poignant no-balls long-leg tourists practice straight delivery pakistan counties averages boundary catching flanders trafford
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The Soldier and the Red-haired Woman by Patrick Hall (£9.50)Publisher: André Deutsch [Andre Deutsch] — 1991Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0233987398]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Edges of the textblock lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.Description: Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 439 pages. Tags: irrepressible extraordinary working-class insurrection cantonments experiences industrial irreverent australian hardships tragedies intuition portrayal colonies platform mystical cultured accurate insights england marches soldier britain railway outback wealthy charmer chancer wartime dublin empire sydney gritty welsh tribe india life the and her old
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Total Recall by Sara Paretsky (£9.50)Publisher: Hamish Hamilton — 2001Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0241141605]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans.Description: Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Turquoise boards with Silver titling to the Spine. In the V. I. Warshawski series. 414 pages. Tags: kindertransport investigators realisation reparations retribution switzerland conference warshawski fictitious speciality insurance holocaust survivors character recovered americans desperate political fictional emigrated writer's memories chilling recovery deranged identity illinois suffered terrible recently fiction chicago private germany slavery england deceipt learned wartime parents austria secrets memory female assets result before london terror women black crime fraud issue field maze nazi true lies war and for art eye web
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Wave Me Goodbye: Stories of the Second World War by Edited by Anne Boston (£9.50)Publisher: Virago Press — 1988Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 9780860688372]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges.Description: From the cover: “« Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye » ran the jaunty hit song as women and men were encouraged to ‘Do their Bit’ in the years of the Second World War. But behind the songs and the official patriotic line lay the complicated realities of wartime life. In this marvellous collection of stories by British and American women writers, war is evoked, in the words of Elizabeth Bowen ‘more as a territory than as a page of history’. Here, in stories by, among others, Rosamond Lehmann; Kay Boyle; Olivia Manning; Rose Macaulay; Barbara Pym; Dorothy Parker; Jean Rhys; Stevie Smith; Sylvia Townsend Warner; Beryl Bainbridge and Dons Lessing; is the world of radio news and air-raid warnings, of the Blitz which reduces neighbourhoods to rubble and a lifetime’s possessions to dust. Food, and privacy, are dreamed of and unattainable luxuries — women bid goodbye to husbands, lovers, brothers and sons — and years later try to remake their lives with strangers. For the people of these stories, war is less about progress on the frontline of battle than about the daily struggle to keep homes, families and relationships alive: to snatch pleasure from danger, and strength and comfort from shared experience — and about the subtle damages inflicted on boys and men by the exigencies of war.

At a period in history when time was agonizingly curtailed, the short story provided the perfect vehicle through which emotion and incident could be captured. Taken from many of the publications of the forties, these stories offer a wonderfully authentic portrait of life during the Second World War: here are superb examples of story telling by some of the finest writers of a generation”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 274 pages. Tags: action all-clear alone american and anderson anthologies are atmosphere authors authorship axis battle battlefield blitz bombs boredom brave brilliant bringing britain broken children circumstances civilian collections combat damage damaged death deceived depersonalising deprivation deserted devastation disaster disenchantment disruption drama dying effects elite enemy english escaped exhilaration experience face fear
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We Danced All Night: A Social History of Britain Between the Wars by Martin Pugh (£9.50)Publisher: London: The Bodley Head — 2008Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 9780224076982]Condition: Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: “Bounded by the Great War on one side and by the looming shadow of the Second World War on the other, the inter-war period has characteristically been portrayed as a time of unremitting poverty, rising crime and mass unemployment.

In this lively and thought-provoking new book, however, the acclaimed historian vividly shows how the British people reacted to the privations of wartime by indulging in leisure and entertainment activities of all kinds — from dancing and cinema going to smoking, football pools and paid holidays. He explodes the myths of a nation of unwed women, revealing that in the 1930s the institution of marriage was reaching its heyday, and points to a rise in real incomes, improvements in diet and health and the spread of cheap luxuries.

The result is an extraordinary, engaging work of history that presents us with a fresh perspective and brings out both the strangeness and the familiarity of this point in time.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XII] 495 pages. Tags: british history 1918-1939 united kingdom britain social conditions 20th century customs cultural food wars strike interwar period right-wing governments mass unemployment class divisions
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