The Complete Ripping Yarns
Author: Michael Palin, Terry Jones
Publisher: Methuen Publishing
The reissue tie-in with the 30th anniversary of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
Great British Comics
Author: Paul Gravett, Peter Stanbury
Publisher: Aurum Press Limited
A history of Britain's weekly comics, newspaper strips, magazines and graphic novels showing how their characters have reflected social and cultural revolutions from the 19th century up to the present day.
From the author of Australian Ripping Yarns - More true stories your history teacher didn't tell you. Buccaneers and blood-curdling cannibals, heroes and villains, legends and low life. An absorbing cavalcade of characters and events that helped shape the Australian heritage. The Hollywood idols, the deadly enigmas, the sporting epics, the pirates and the macabre - an absorbing and entertaining read.
Author: Neil Westerman
Author: Five Mile Press Pty. Limited, The
Miniature edition of a collection of folk stories from colonial Australia, including TPearce the Cannibal', TThe Ghost of the Princess Theatre', TNed Kelly's Curse' and TThe Story of Breaker Morant'.
The charmed life of Jack Seely and Johnny White's exploits in a Hurricane are the stuff of Boy's Own Comic. The miraculous wartime experience of Sid Porter is in stark contrast to Philip Bagwell's principled stand against war. This title features Islanders who are remarkable in very different ways.
Author: Ron Darling
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Author: Robert Twigger
From religion, to language, to the stories rooted in our faith and history books, the Nile River has proven to be a constant fixture in mankind's tales. In this dazzling, idiosyncratic journey from ancient times to the Arab Spring, Red Nile navigates a meandering course through the history of the world's greatest river, exploring this unique breeding ground for creativity, power clashes, and constant change. Seasoned historical writer Robert Twigger connects the comprehensive history of the Nile with his personal experience of living in Egypt while researching the Nile's historical origins. Twigger covers the entirety of the river, charting the length of the Nile from its disputed origins through Africa on a whirlwind tour of the rulers, explorers, conquerors, generals, and novelists who painted the Nile "red." Both comprehensive and intimate, this narrative guides readers through history by way of the mighty river known across the world. The result of this meticulously researched book is an all-inclusive history of this epic river and the incredible connections throughout history. The stories of excess, love, passion, splendor, and violence are what make the Nile so engaging, even after centuries of change.
Few people rode the popular wave of the sixties quite like Tara Browne. One of Swinging London's most popular faces, he lived fast, died young and was immortalized for ever in the opening lines of 'A Day in the Life', a song that many critics regard as The Beatles' finest. But who was John Lennon's lucky man who made the grade and then blew his mind out in a car? Author Paul Howard has pieced together the extraordinary story of a young Irishman who epitomized the spirit of the times: racing car driver, Vogue model, friend of The Rolling Stones, style icon, son of a peer, heir to a Guinness fortune and the man who turned Paul McCartney on to LSD. I Read the News Today, Oh Boy is the story of a child born into Ireland's dwindling aristocracy, who spent his early years in an ancient castle in County Mayo, and who arrived in London just as it was becoming the most exciting city on the planet. The Beatles and the Stones were about to conquer America, Carnaby Street was setting the style template for the world and rich and poor were rubbing shoulders in the West End in a new spirit of classlessness. Among young people, there was a growing sense that they could change the world. And no one embodied the ephemeral promise of London's sixties better than Tara Browne. Includes a sixteen-page plate section of stunning colour photographs.
The thrilling history of archaeological adventure, with tales of danger, debate, audacious explorers, and astonishing discoveries around the globe What is archaeology? The word may bring to mind images of golden pharaohs and lost civilizations, or Neanderthal skulls and Ice Age cave art. Archaeology is all of these, but also far more: the only science to encompass the entire span of human history—more than three million years! This Little History tells the riveting stories of some of the great archaeologists and their amazing discoveries around the globe: ancient Egyptian tombs, Mayan ruins, the first colonial settlements at Jamestown, mysterious Stonehenge, the incredibly preserved Pompeii, and many, many more. In forty brief, exciting chapters, the book recounts archaeology’s development from its eighteenth-century origins to its twenty-first-century technological advances, including remote sensing capabilities and satellite imagery techniques that have revolutionized the field. Shining light on the most intriguing events in the history of the field, this absolutely up-to-date book illuminates archaeology’s controversies, discoveries, heroes and scoundrels, global sites, and newest methods for curious readers of every age.
Author: Dixe Wills
A quirky, amusing exploration of Britain after dark--includes tips on finding your way by the moon and the stars, and discussions of wildlife and natural history The night is a period of rest and relaxation when we recharge our bodies for the travails of the following day. It is also the time when deeds that are best hidden by a cloak of darkness are carried out--and yet that same darkness can protect the innocent from the predator. It's a period of calm and tranquility but also a time of disorientation when familiar surroundings become foreign. This is a narrative account of a journey around Britain tasting all that the night has to offer--the sights, the sounds, the smells, the people, the animals. It's also a reflection on our relationship with the hours of darkness. Ten chapters discover the dark secrets of Cornwall, Devon, Skomer, Snowdonia, Cumbria, Scotland, London, and much more in an illuminating and inspiring tour of Britain by night.
Author: Ben Macintyre
The incredible untold story of WWII’s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.
Dungeon Quest Book 3
Author: Joe Daly
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
In this third book, by far the longest installment of the series so far, the reader is also introduced to the history and mysticism of The Romish Book of the Dead, a sexually avant-garde “little forest man” (who becomes the fifth member of the crew), Steve’s newly discovered “battle warping’” abilities (which Millennium Boy dismisses as being a mere “kundalini spasm”), weapons and armor upgrades and a whole new level of bizarre comedy, rousing adventure and ass-kicking action ― all staged in front of fantastic backdrops replete with strange vegetation, ancient ruins and steampunk imagery.