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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.
There’s a real sense of posterity and pride in A Week in August. Author David Hawker reflects on an annual event established in 1951, in which he played an active role for decades and revisits later in life.
The comparison between generations is a strong platform from which Hawker comments on changing times and attitudes. This perspective makes his ideas, and by association the goals of the camp itself, even more meaningful and vital – particularly in an age of spiritual ennui.
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.
We are miracles of evolution but deeply flawed. In our makeup, we suffer from the human condition; in our flesh, diabetes, back ache and a million other diseases. It goes right down to the cellular level, the disparity between harmonious Darwinian mechanics and plain rotten luck. And sometimes those very cells, in an effort to re-grow and multiply to keep us healthy and fit, rebel, for reasons unknown, and start to tear us apart. But the ravages don’t have to destroy us totally, body and soul.
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.’
Criminal Intent is a light-hearted story about three feisty sisters who believe they would be better off in jail rather than trying to survive on a state pension; the decision faced by many old people today; eat or heat. They commit a number of crimes which they hope will result in a custodial sentence, preferably in a comfortable open prison. Follow their humorous capers as they attempt to achieve this aim.