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Corduroy Mansions, Alexander McCall Smith
1 Alexander McCall Smith Corduroy Mansions
Polygon 228147 Great Britain 2009 1846971217 / 9781846971211 Hardcover Very Good Condition Very Good Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London's vibrant Pimlico neighbourhood and the home turf of a captivating collection of quirky and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. There's the middle-aged wine merchant William, who is trying to convince his reluctant twenty-four-year-old son, Eddie, to leave the nest; and Marcia, the boutique caterer who has her sights set on William. There's also the (justifiably) much-loathed Member of Parliament Oedipus Snark; his mother, Berthea, who's writing his biography and hating every minute of it; and his long-suffering girlfriend, Barbara, a literary agent who would like to be his wife (but, then, she'd like to be almost anyone's wife). There's the vitamin evangelist, the psychoanalyst, the art student with a puzzling boyfriend and Freddie de la Hay, the Pimlico terrier who insists on wearing a seat belt and is almost certainly the only avowed vegetarian canine in London. Filled with the ins and outs of neighbourliness in all its unexpected variations, Corduroy Mansions showcases the life, laughter and humanity that have become the hallmarks of Alexander McCall Smith's work. 359 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Fiction; Fiction; ISBN/EAN: 9781846971211. Inventory No: 228147. Hardcover 
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Lysistrata [Penguin 60's Classics], Aristophanes [Trtanslated by Alan h. Sommerstein]
2 Aristophanes [Trtanslated by Alan h. Sommerstein] Lysistrata [Penguin 60's Classics]
Penguin Books 240248 Great Britain 1995 0146001664 / 9780146001666 Softcover Good Condition Small Octavo The most famous, bawdy satire of Ancient Greece. The women of Greece are weary of the extended war between Athens and Sparta. Led by Lysistrata, they decide to take control of the situation by capturing the Acropolis, seat of Athenian wealth, and by going on a sex strike. There is to be no more love-making until peace has been established. Suffering severely, the men agree to a peaceful settlement, with their wives and with their enemies. Size: Small Octavo. 87 pages. Tanning to pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Literature; Literature & Literary; ISBN: 0146001664. ISBN/EAN: 9780146001666. Inventory No: 240248. Paperback 
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Being Elizabeth, Barbara Taylor Bradford
3 Barbara Taylor Bradford Being Elizabeth
HarperCollins 242382 Australia 2008 0007278454 / 9780007278459 Trade Paperback Very Good Condition The final novel in the bestselling Ravenscar trilogy. Elizabeth Turner, scion of the fabled Deravenel family, carries the red-gold hair and beautiful English complexion of her ancestors. And it is not just her colouring that she has inherited from Edward Deravenel. Astute and charismatic, she is also bold, daring and fiercely ambitious, with the same ruthless streak. Now, aged just twenty-five, she stands in the position she has dreamed of -- inheriting the family business, Deravenels. Over eight hundred years old, the company is a bastion of male chauvinism and the challenge that lies ahead of Elizabeth is immense. She also has to cope with the enmity of her cousin Mary who misguidedly believes she is the rightful heir. Cecil Williams acts as Elizabeth's mentor while navigating the treacherous corridors of power with her. But her greatest ally is her childhood friend, handsome, charming Robert Dunley. Highly intelligent, he is her match in every way -- and there is a spark between them that is impossible to resist. Yet Robert is already married. When they begin an affair it scandalises those around them. But far worse is to come!From the family seat perched high on the Yorkshire moors to the glamour of London as the twentieth century draws to a close, Elizabeth fights for her birthright and her inheritance. 423 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Fiction; Film, Radio & Television; ISBN/EAN: 9780007278459. Inventory No: 242382. Paperback 
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Brotherhood of the Wolf [Book Two of the Runelords], David Farland
4 David Farland Brotherhood of the Wolf [Book Two of the Runelords]
Earthlight 228932 Great Britain 1999 0684860554 / 9780684860558 Trade Paperback Good Condition Raj Ahtan, ruler of Indhopal, has used enough forcibles to transform himself into the ultimate warrior: The Sum of All Men. Ahtan seeks to bring all of humanity under his rule-destroying anything and anyone that stood in his path, including many friends and allies of young Prince Gaborn Val Orden. But Gaborn has fulfilled a two-thousand-year-old prophecy, becoming the Earth King-a mythic figure who can unleash the forces of the Earth itself. And now the struggle continues. Gaborn has managed to drive off Raj Ahtan, but Ahtan is far from defeated. Striking at far-flung cities and fortresses and killing dedicates, Ahtan seeks to draw out the Earth King from his seat of power, to crush him. But as they weaken each other's forces in battle, the armies of an ancient and implacable inhuman enemy issue forth from the very bowels of the Earth. 596 pages. Light tanning to pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Fiction::Fantasy Fiction; Science Fiction & Fantasy; ISBN: 0684860554. ISBN/EAN: 9780684860558. Inventory No: 228932. Paperback 
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Evil in a Mask - A Roger Brook Story, Dennis Wheatley
5 Dennis Wheatley Evil in a Mask - A Roger Brook Story
Arrow Books 229727 London 1975 0099088304 / 9780099088301 Softcover Good Condition When Linda boarded the train that would take her to London and freedom, she was penniless and alone. A polite offer of help from the stranger in the seat opposite was the last thing she expected. Life with Rowley Frobisher was everything she had ever dreamed of: fast, sophisticated - and expensive. In a few months the rough country girl had changed beyond recognition. But then Rowley has a fatal heart attack - and once again Linda must take desperate action to survive... Light stain mark to outer page edges. 383 pages. Tanning to pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Fiction; Fiction; ISBN: 0099088304. ISBN/EAN: 9780099088301. Inventory No: 229727. Paperback 
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The Strange Story of Linda Lee, Dennis Wheatley
6 Dennis Wheatley The Strange Story of Linda Lee
Arrow Books 229726 London 1975 0099088304 / 9780099088301 Softcover Good Condition When Linda boarded the train that would take her to London and freedom, she was penniless and alone. A polite offer of help from the stranger in the seat opposite was the last thing she expected. Life with Rowley Frobisher was everything she had ever dreamed of: fast, sophisticated - and expensive. In a few months the rough country girl had changed beyond recognition. But then Rowley has a fatal heart attack - and once again Linda must take desperate action to survive... 383 pages. Tanning to pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 500 grams. Category: Fiction; Fiction; ISBN: 0099088304. ISBN/EAN: 9780099088301. Inventory No: 229726. Paperback 
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The Seat of the Soul: An Inspiring Vision of Humanity's Spiritual Destiny, Gary Zukav
7 Gary Zukav The Seat of the Soul: An Inspiring Vision of Humanity's Spiritual Destiny
Rider 241720 Australia 1999 0712646744 / 9780712646741 Softcover Good Condition The Seat of the Soul has sold millions of copies around the globe and is a No 1 bestseller. This fully updated edition contains celebratory prefaces by Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou, a new Foreword by the author, as well as an extensive study guide to help readers find deeper meaning and fulfilment in their lives. This iconic book encourages you to become the authority in your own life. It will change the way you see the world, interact with other people, and understand your own actions and motivations. In it, Gary Zukav takes you on a penetrating exploration of the new phase that humanity has entered: one where harmony, cooperation, sharing and reverence for life become more important than the ability to manipulate and control. Using his scientist's eye and philosopher's heart, Zukav shows us how to participate fully in this evolution, enlivening our everyday activities and all our relationships with meaning and purpose. 253 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Psychology; Psychology & Psychiatry; ISBN: 0712646744. ISBN/EAN: 9780712646741. Inventory No: 241720. Paperback 
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Breaking The Code: Westminster Diaries, Gyles Brandreth
8 Gyles Brandreth Breaking The Code: Westminster Diaries
Phoenix 240010 Great Britain 2001 0753809192 / 9780753809198 Softcover Very Good Condition Like Alan Clark's Diaries, Brandreth's are not offering a formal account of Government in the 1990s - far from it. These diaries start in 1990 when Brandreth, after a multifarious career in theatre, television and publishing, decided that he wanted to become a Tory MP. The diaries open with his application to get on the Candidates' List, finding a seat (Chester), the 1992 General Election, and his arrival at Westminster as a 'new boy'. All good diaries need set pieces, and Brandreth provides several, in particular working as a Tory Whip when the Tory majority was steadily in decline and every vote counted. No one has ever told the inside story of the Whips' Office because there has been an unwritten rule that what goes on inside remains confidential forever after, but Bradnreth's diaries will break with tradition. There is an all-star cast (Princess Diana to Bill Clinton, Joanna Lumley to John Profumo), plenty of gossip and some intriguing scenes such as sharing dinner with Richard Nixon and Jonathan Aitken, being set up with a prostitute by the News of the World, and falling backwards into the Prime Minister's secret loo in the middle of midnight talks on the future of Northern Ireland. The political cast inevitably includes Jeffrey Archer, Norman Lamont and Neil Hamilton among others. As the publishers of Chips Channon, Nicholas Henderson and Alan Clark it is vital that any political diaries we publish should stand comparison. Brandreth may be a lighter-weight politician but his diaries genuinely reflect life in the last Tory Government of this century. They are also great fun. 553 pages. Illustrated. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Politics; Politics & Government; ISBN: 0753809192. ISBN/EAN: 9780753809198. Inventory No: 240010. Paperback 
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Ashling - The Obernewtyn Chronicles - Book Three, Isobelle Carmody
9 Isobelle Carmody Ashling - The Obernewtyn Chronicles - Book Three
Viking 233907 Australia 1995 0670853577 / 9780670853571 Trade Paperback Very Good Condition No Dust Jacket The powerful farseeker Elspeth Gordie is sent to Sutrium, seat of the totalitarian council that rules the Land, to seal an alliance between the secret Misfit community at Obernewtyn and rebel forces. The journey takes her far beyond the borders of the Land, across the sea and into the heart of the mysterious desert region of Sador, where she seeks help to destroy the weaponmachines. But before her dark quest can begin, Elspeth must learn the truth of her dreams- she must understand why the Beforetimers destroyed their world ... Light browing to pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction::Fantasy Fiction; Science Fiction & Fantasy; ISBN: 0670853577. ISBN/EAN: 9780670853571. Inventory No: 233907. Paperback 
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The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling
10 J.K. Rowling The Casual Vacancy
Little Brown 238960 London 2012 First Edition 140870420X / 9781408704202 Hardcover Near Fine Condition Near Fine When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fašade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. 503 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Fiction; Fiction; ISBN/EAN: 9781408704202. Inventory No: 238960. Hardcover 
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The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling
11 J.K. Rowling The Casual Vacancy
Little Brown 241734 London 2012 First Edition 140870420X / 9781408704202 Hardcover Near Fine Condition Near Fine When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fašade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling's first novel for adults. 503 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Fiction; Fiction; ISBN/EAN: 9781408704202. Inventory No: 241734. Hardcover 
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Best Kept Secret, Jeffrey Archer
12 Jeffrey Archer Best Kept Secret
MacMillan 238146 Great Britain 2013 0230748244 / 9780230748248 Hardcover Very Good Condition 1945. The vote in the House of Lords as to who should inherit the Barrington family fortune has ended in a tie. The Lord Chancellor's deciding vote will cast a long shadow on the lives of Harry Clifton and Giles Barrington. Harry returns to America to promote his latest novel, while his beloved Emma goes in search of the little girl who was found abandoned in her father's office on the night he was killed. When the General Election is called, Giles Barrington has to defend his seat in the House of Commons and is horrified to discover who the Conservatives select to stand against him. But it is Sebastian Clifton, Harry and Emma's son, who ultimately influences his uncle's fate. In 1957, Sebastian wins a scholarship to Cambridge, and a new generation of the Clifton family march onto the page. After Sebastian is expelled from school, he unwittingly becomes caught up in an international art fraud involving a Rodin statue that is worth far more than the sum it raises at auction. Does he become a millionaire? Does he go to Cambridge? Is his life in danger? Best Kept Secret will answer all these questions, but once again, pose so many more. 380 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Fiction; ISBN/EAN: 9780230748248. Inventory No: 238146. Hardcover 
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For Crying Out Loud : The World According to Clarkson Volume 3, Jeremy Clarkson
13 Jeremy Clarkson For Crying Out Loud : The World According to Clarkson Volume 3
Penguin Books 237902 London 2008 First Edition 0718154738 / 9780718154738 Trade Paperback Good Condition No Dust Jacket Jeremy Clarkson, shares his opinions on just about everything in For Crying Out Loud.The publication of The World According to Clarkson in 2004 launched a multi-million copy bestselling phenomenon. But to no avail. Jeremy's one man war on crimes against common sense has not yet been won. And out hero's still scratching his head at the madness of it all. But it's not all bad. He's learnt a little along the way, including:* Why binge drinking is good for you* The worst word in the English language* The remarkable secret of eternal youth* The problem with America* And how to dispose of a seal For anyone who's been driven to wonder just what is the matter with people these days, For Crying Out Loud is the perfect riposte. Surprising, fearless and always laugh-out-loud funny, Clarkson's back. And he's got a point . . .For Crying Out Loud is a hilarious collection of Jeremy's Sunday Times columns and the third in his The World According to Clarkson series which also includes The World According to Clarkson, And Another Thing... and How Hard Can It Be?Praise for Jeremy Clarkson:'Brilliant . . . laugh-out-loud' Daily Telegraph'Outrageously funny . . . will have you in stitches' Time Out'Cars take a back seat as Clarkson grumpily lets rip . . . the man has a point!' ZooNumber-one bestseller Jeremy Clarkson writes on cars, current affairs and anything else that annoys him in his sharp and funny collections. Born To Be Riled, Clarkson On Cars, Don't Stop Me Now, Driven To Distraction, Round the Bend, Motorworld and I Know You Got Soul are also available as Penguin paperbacks; the Penguin App iClarkson: The Book of Cars can be downloaded on the App Store.Jeremy Clarkson because his writing career on the Rotherham Advertiser. Since then he has written for the Sun and the Sunday Times. Today he is the tallest person working in British television, and is the presenter of the hugely popular Top Gear. 288 pages. Light foxing to outer page edges. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Biography & Autobiography; ISBN/EAN: 9780718154738. Inventory No: 237902. Paperback 
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The Golden Age of Spain: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Joan Sureda
14 Joan Sureda The Golden Age of Spain: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture
The Vendome Press 234369 New York 2008 0865651981 / 9780865651982 Hardcover Near Fine Condition Near Fine This stunning book covers the historic, literary and artistic grandeur of Spain during its Golden Age (1492-1659). This period, marked by conquest and Catholicism, the writings of Miguel de Cervantes, and the paintings of El Greco, ended in a blaze of glory with the paintings of Diego Velazquez. Stunning works of the Golden Age include Jose de Ribera's Immaculate Conception and El Greco's many disturbing paintings for El Escorial, the enormous and magnificent monastery that was the seat of the Spanish monarchy and the Roman Catholic Church. Here, Joan Sureda places the painting, sculpture and architecture of the Golden Age in a cultural, historical and aesthetic context. It is the first book in English to explore Golden Age paintings alongside architecture and sculpture to give a complete picture of the era. This is a monumental achievement: all of the artworks have been specially photographed for the book, which will be published simultaneously in English, Russian and French. 304 pages. Profusely Illustrated. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Art; United States; Art & Design; Architecture. ISBN/EAN: 9780865651982. Inventory No: 234369. This book is extra heavy, and may involve extra shipping charges to some countries. Hardcover 
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Just Getting Started, Justin Bieber
15 Justin Bieber Just Getting Started
HarperCollins 238711 London 2012 0007449526 / 9780007449521 Hardcover Near Fine Condition Near Fine Includes genuine Ticketek Ticket to Allphones Arena dated Fri Nov 29 2013 7:30pm - Section 82 Row K Seat 690 - Door 82 234 pages. Illustrated with colour photographs. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Autobiography::Memoir; Biography & Autobiography; ISBN/EAN: 9780007449521. Inventory No: 238711. Hardcover 
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The In-Between: A Journey from Darkness into Light, Marnie Williams
16 Marnie Williams The In-Between: A Journey from Darkness into Light
WestBow Press 235847 USA 2013 149081857X / 9781490818573 Softcover Near Fine Condition The In-Between is a story that will have you laughing, crying, and on the edge of your seat all at the same time. Once you have started to read this book you won't want to put it down. There are some stories that inspire the reader with hope, courage, faith, and compassion, and this is one of them. Life started off full of promises for Marnie Williams. However, the wrong choices led her down a dark, dangerous, and terrifying road to destruction. Marnie was working toward her dream of competing at the Olympics, but life had other plans in store. By age twelve she was taking drugs, and by thirteen she was pregnant. She developed anger issues. Marnie eventually married Ryan, who was also on drugs. The downward spiral continued, leading them further into a life of drugs and violence. Marnie ended up in deep depression. The only answer seemed to be to end it all--to take her own life. But God had other plans If God was willing to take on Marnie in her condition, you have to believe that there is truly hope for everyone. It doesn't matter who you are, where you have been, or what you have done. God never gives up on us, and we are never too far from his reach, never too far from his love. Walk with Marnie and Ryan through the pages of this true story, on a journey that took them from deepest darkness into his glorious light. 119 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Autobiography::Memoir; Biography & Autobiography; ISBN/EAN: 9781490818573. Inventory No: 235847. Paperback 
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The Driver's Seat, Muriel Spark
17 Muriel Spark The Driver's Seat
Penguin Books 241608 London 2006 0141188340 / 9780141188348 Softcover Very Good Condition No Dust Jacket Penguin Modern Classics. Described as 'a metaphysical shocker' at the time of its release, Muriel Sparks' The Driver's Seat is a taut psychological thriller, published with an introduction by John Lanchester in Penguin Modern Classics. Lise has been driven to distraction by working in the same accountants' office for sixteen years. So she leaves everything behind her, transforms herself into a laughing, garishly-dressed temptress and flies abroad on the holiday of a lifetime. But her search for adventure, sex and new experiences takes on a far darker significance as she heads on a journey of self-destruction. Infinity and eternity attend Lise's last terrible day in an unnamed southern city, as she meets her fate. One of six novels to be nominated for a 'Lost Man Booker Prize', The Driver's Seat was adapted into a 1974 film, Identikit, starring Elizabeth Taylor. 106 pages. Previous owners name to top of title page. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: Literature; Literature & Literary; ISBN/EAN: 9780141188348. Inventory No: 241608. Paperback 
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Unless I Am Very Much Mistaken: Murray Walker: My Autobiography, Murray Walker
18 Murray Walker Unless I Am Very Much Mistaken: Murray Walker: My Autobiography
CollinsWillow 238176 Australia 2002 0007126964 / 9780007126965 Hardcover Near Fine Condition Near Fine The voice of motor racing - and the man responsible for introducing millions of viewers to the previously inaccessible world of Formula 1 - tells the story of his incident-packed life. Murray Walker is an institution. When the man who made famous the catchphrase 'Unless I'm very much mistaken... I AM very much mistaken!!!' announced that he was retiring as ITV's Grand Prix commentator at the end of the 2001 season, the media reacted as if the sport itself was losing one of its biggest stars. His reputation for mistakes was the making of Walker. He was the fan who happened to be given the keys to the commentary box - and never wanted to give them back. His high-octane delivery kept viewers on the edge of their seats, while his passion for talking about the sport he loved was matched by an all-encompassing knowledge gained through hours of painstaking research before every race. In fact he's a throwback to another age who managed to survive and indeed prosper from the revolutions in motor racing. In his book he writes about his childhood and the influence that his father, British motorcycle champion Graham Walker, had on his career. Failing to match his father's achievements on the track, he made a successful career for himself in advertising which catapulted him to the top of his profession. An offer from the BBC to take over the commentary seat for their F1 broadcasts was manna from heaven for Walker, and it wasn't long before the infamous 'Murrayisms' enlivened a sport which until then had been shrouded in a cloak of unfathomable technical jargon and mind-numbing statistics. He also talks about the biggest changes in the sport over the last 50 years, in particular the safety issues which came to the fore after the tragic death of Ayrton Senna. His partnership with James Hunt behind the microphone is the subject of some hilarious anecdotes, while his views on drivers such as Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve, Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard make for fascinating reading. 393 pages. Illustrated with colour and black and white photographs. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Autobiography; Biography & Autobiography; Motor Vehicles::Motor Racing. ISBN: 0007126964. ISBN/EAN: 9780007126965. Inventory No: 238176. Hardcover 
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The Bear Pit, Peter Collins
19 Peter Collins The Bear Pit
Allen & Unwin 239958 Australia 2000 First Edition 1865082082 / 9781865082080 Hardcover Near Fine Condition Near Fine In the 1981 NSW election the Liberal Party won only one seat back from Neville Wran's ALP: Willoughby, won by 34 year old Peter Collins. Five years later Peter was deputy leader of the Liberals and in 1988 the newly elected Premier, Nick Greiner, handed him the Health portfolio, one of the toughest assignments in state politics.The Bear Pit is Peter Collins' story - his rapid elevation to deputy leadership, his role in the parliament long known as 'the bear pit', his battles as a cabinet minister, the defamation case which nearly brought him to financial ruin, the dark days of Opposition, his betrayal by colleagues who staged an eleventh-hour coup in a powerplay as breathtaking as it was suicidal. Under a new leader, the party for which he had worked for a quarter of a century went on to suffer the greatest defeat since its creation five decades before. The Bear Pit tells this story from the inside, revealing much about how politics is played out by the people we elect. But it's not all about politics. It's about growing up in half a dozen places in the country and Sydney's suburbs, about student days during the Vietnam War and days as a TV journalist in the Whitlam era. It's about lifelong passions - for the performing and visual arts, for public service, for Australia's history. It's about family and friends. And enemies, covert and overt.Being rejected at the State election, being kneecapped by Labor, being the daily target of interest groups, were risks I always knew I was running - but a suicidal last minute coup defied all political logic. No one would fall for that, I thought. But in politics you learn something new every day.Unlike Labor, which has nurtured (and used) its history, the Liberals and their coalition partners have chosen to ignore their past and to take for granted their successes. The Bear Pit is a rare contribution to the non-Labor story. No other state Liberal has written so frankly about life in politics or the inner workings of non-Labor politics. Here is public life as our representatives live it.With twelve years in either ministerial or leadership roles, I was driven to work each day knowing that I could end up catching the bus home. Roman generals had slaves walk behind them on their victory parades reminding them that, whatever their conquests, they were mere mortals. We have morning newspapers.At the heart of the life set out in The Bear Pit is a choice which led to work which dealt with the big issues and made a difference to his community. At a price: two broken marriages, and betrayal. Peter Collins acknowledges the dark side of politics, the failures as well as the successes, the bad fait 339 pages. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Australian::Australian Politics; Politics & Government; Australian::Australian History. ISBN: 1865082082. ISBN/EAN: 9781865082080. Inventory No: 239958. Hardcover 
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Rough Diamonds & Real Gems: Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Australians, R. M. Winn
20 R. M. Winn Rough Diamonds & Real Gems: Extraordinary Stories of Ordinary Australians
Viking / Penguin 235277 Australia 2007 0143006479 / 9780143006473 Trade Paperback Very Good Condition This inspiring collection features nine captivating stories about ordinary bush men and women who lead extraordinary lives. There's the island cattleman who swims his herd past toothy sharks and beady-eyed crocs; the pineapple grower who builds a stone church for his community; the timber worker who becomes a champion woodchopper; and a dairywoman who, at eighty-eight, is still rescuing birthing cows from the brink of death. Rhyll's effortless, larrikin style will have you laughing out loud one minute, and on the edge of your seat the next. It's impossible not to be moved by the stories of these real-life heroes. 243 pages. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Australian; ISBN/EAN: 9780143006473. Inventory No: 235277. Paperback 
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