When two builders throw an old carpet into the skip, they have no idea it has magical powers. But the shabby old carpet can talk, fly and even bring objects to life. Two children, Annie and Tim, have just moved into the house. They can't wait to explore, but they never expected to find Madge and her new friends!
Luke, a nine year old boy, is taken on one of his regular visits to his Grandparents, but this time there is a difference. They have moved from their bungalow to a house in the country - The Serpent Lodge. It is in this house and the surrounding grounds, bounded by an atmosphere of wonder and anticipation, that the adventures begin... 'This beautiful story, full of magic and secrets of the fairy dimensions, exudes the compelling vitality of C. S. Lewis' Tales of Narnia.
After the jubilation of the street parties and the partial demobilisation of our fighting troops, the whole world, which included our Empire and US allies, were astounded when the electors of the UK deposed our Wartime Leader to Victory, Winston Churchill, and substituted a Labour controlled government in 1945. The shock to the United States was not highlighted at the time but when the action was analysed, they feared in their own country a backlash of workers' rights and felt that similar actions would sweep across the USA.
Aleena of the Lantern is an enchanting story for young and old with all components of the best traditional fairy tales. There is a handsome hero from supposedly humble origins, a beautiful damsel in distress, a benevolent king, a villainous regent, an enchanted forest where good and evil forces are at war, and more. Aleena, a teenage peasant girl, is lured into a mysterious forest where Queen Goodwende, ruler of the Good Spirits and the creatures of the countryside, are constantly battling against Archlord Pheande, master of the Evil Spirits.
William Atlay's epic spy novel follows the career of William Johnston, a dedicated Royal Marine who becomes embroiled in espionage during the Cold War. On his return from assignment in Russia, Johnston is posted to Borneo and Singapore. His suspicions are roused when he recognises an officer who had allegedly died in Russia. Things are not what they seem. When a successful mission turns sour, Johnston soon discovers that he is being manipulated by mysterious forces. Overwhelmed by paranoia, he trusts no one, not even his friends and colleagues.
John Paul Jones was born in Scotland and apprenticed for seamanship at Whitehaven. Later in America, he became a captain of a war ship.
In 1778 America was fighting for its declared independence. In an audacious attack on England, John Paul Jones had returned to raid Whitehaven and subsequently Scotland and Ireland. This retaliation for the many attacks made upon American ports by the British navy sent shock waves across the UK.
As the title implies, all 26 poems have been dedicated to a letter of the alphabet. The brevity and stylistic charm make these poems perfect for children, as each tells a story for each animal. Open the pages to explore something of a new Mother Goose, and read about Patty the Polar Bear's bewilderment over her colour, Mary the Moorhen's burglary or Stanley the Starling's lost fortune in the steal industry! The nativity and simplicity of these poems will make this book a favourite for any young child, who will no doubt ask for the book to be read to them again and again!
An Ordinary Education is presented by its author as a guide to gaining an education, though not in the usual sense of colleges, universities, degrees and diplomas. Rather, his approach is very much in the tradition of the 'university of life', with a strong emphasis on autodidactic learning, though formal teaching is included.
John Raymond Dawson joined the Royal Navy in Leeds, his home town, in December 1940 aged 19, with his best friend Norman Brooks. He served until early 1946, which was when he wrote up his 'diary' sett ing out his experiences during the War. His son promised him in 1985 that one day he would write this up for publication. John agreed but only if this was aft er his death. Sadly this came too soon in the following year when he was aged just 64. In 1999, lett ers John had writt en during the War to his elder sister Eileen were found in her att ic when she was moving.
“Tiff” is a derogatory label for Artificers who were trade trained, having served a naval apprenticeship for four years in a chosen discipline. In consequence, when they entered the fleet they were accorded accelerated promotion which other branches envied, and were peeved about. Some used “Tiff” and a spit as a show of hate or jealousy, which in a strange way we accepted and made a joke of. But they all knew who to call on when they had a technical problem both official and personal (motorbikes, cars, etc.)