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A Dynasty of Clergy named Archer is the meticulously researched, historically illuminating and compelling study of five clergy from the same family during the period 1500 to 1800. The breadth of the period covered by these five lives gives the reader ample opportunity to reflect on the nature of a clergyman’s role in society, highlighting how much the role of a priest changes from generation to generation and how much a core brief remains unchanged from one century to the next.
Globetrotter, artist and linguist, living in the South of France in Provence, the author travelled widely during the sixties and seventies. In these diaries, recorded on a day to day basis, she shares with us her vivid impressions of the countries she visited.
Impelled by a love for ancient history and a craving for exotic places, she chose to travel alone encountering a wealth of warm welcomes wherever she went.
Before Spin is the eye-opening autobiography by Keith McDowall. It reveals an exciting wartime childhood, how the author became a local reporter chasing the news in South London to eventually working in Fleet Street where he covered industry, trade unions and Cabinet level politics. At the height of his career in the Government Information Service, Keith was a close adviser to both Labour and Conservative Cabinet Ministers throughout the 1970s and 80s.
Just what would a young Miss Marple have been like as a precocious child even at that early age, showing signs of becoming a future amateur detective, a criminologist in the making.
Betty Blake provides us with a glimpse.
Featuring an amazingly perceptive Edwardian child blessed with a talent for solving village puzzles...
The area covered by this book is mainly that of the five waggonways delivering coal to their staiths on the River Tyne at Lemington from collieries at Wylam, Heddon, Throckley, Walbottle, Hollywell and Black Callerton. The main objective has been to place the early wooden waggonways fully in the context of their purpose and usage within the mining industry and continues with their development and the coming of railways up to the demise of the coal industry in that district.
Private detective, Sebastian Bludd, had an unusual upbringing that ultimately ended in unhappy teenage years. Some would say that unusual and unhappy were words that carried over into his adult life. Bludd, himself, would rather use the word unconventional, but in reality, he knew all three words were quite appropriate.
Now, more than 20 years after absconding from boarding school, a woman turns up on his doorstep. His instinct is that she is not being wholly truthful with him, but, compelled by curiosity, he reluctantly takes her case.
Surgeon: ‘You’ve got cancer, but we can keep you going for a few months, or maybe a few years.’
Me: ‘Okay, which is it: months or years?’
Me: ‘Will it kill me?’
Surgeon: ‘Yes, it probably will.’
The Second in the Sam Spray series (Book 1 Fatal Connections). The Irish Potato Famine resonates with events thirty years later in the Peak District where a man is found shot in a railyard and a locked van has been broken into. Sergeant Sam Spray and Constable William Archer are called in, only to find themselves involved in something more dangerous than they could have imagined. Meanwhile, domestic events become tragically entangled with their investigation.
Education and Politics is a history of secondary education, written with the aim of showing why there is so much dissatisfaction with things as they are today, how the present confusion developed, and how there could be a way out.
It highlights three problems. The first is the lack of a coherent national system. The second is the divide between the independent and maintained sectors. The third is the requirement on so many in their early teens to undertake a form of education which they find neither useful nor enjoyable.
Emo the Emotional Elf is a unique book primarily aimed at children and written by a parent who wanted to help her children and other families going through similar problems we all encounter in our everyday lives. Elves, which are sure to appeal to children worldwide, are used to bring the fun into reading and learning at the same time. There is an underlying message which is to help children to accept loss, to teach them to be kind and compassionate and above all to encourage a sense of self-worth and self-respect. A must read for all parents.