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Sawdust Castles : A Memoir

By Khan, Omar

Karachi, Pakistan: BBCL Publications, 2016. "Sawdust Castles has its roots in the forced migration of the author's parents when India and Pakistan were partitioned in 1947. It is a story abiout the experiences of a family who abandoned the place Bareilly, India, where their cultural identity had flourished for centuies. It is a narrative of the many miseries inflicted upon them by migration, and the pain of their crippled hopes and fractured dreams, the undignified circumstanes they endured and the sufferings they braved as as they struggled to survive in Pakistan. 330p. plates Author inscription [The author became an actor, playwright, TV producer as well as a respected international banker wwho now lives in Toronto] . Signed by Author. First Edition. Hardcover. New/New.

$75.00

Edward Lear : The Life of a Wanderer

By Noakes, Vivien

London: Collins, 1968. 359p, illus. bibliography, index. Map on endpapers. 1st UK Ed. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine - Price Clipped.

$30.00

Ask Sir James : Life of Sir James Reid, for 20 Years Personal Physician to Queen Victoria

By Reid, Michaela

London,: Hodder & Stoughton, 1987. A fascinating biograohy Sir James Reid, personal physician to Queen Victoria well illustrated with contemporary photographs of the family and royal household.r 315p.illus, Glossary index. 1st UK Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Fine.

$15.00

Edward Lear : The Life of a Wanderer

By Noakes, Vivien

London: Collins, 1968. 359p, illus. bibliography, index. Map on endpapers. 1st UK Ed. Hardcover. Fine/Near Fine - Price Clipped.

$50.00

Women Pioneers of Saskatchewan

By Rider, Celeste D.[ed]

Regina SK: Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, 200. Short biographies of some of the hardy women who settled in Western Canada .Issued in commemoratiion of the 40th. Anniversaty of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society, 1969--2009. 578p illus. bibliography, index. . 1st Can Ed. Hardcover. As New.

$95.00

Bookends: Two Women, One Enduring Friendship
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Bookends: Two Women, One Enduring Friendship

By Rostenberg, Leona & Stern, Madeline B.

New York: Free Press, 2001. The rare book dealers who delighted readers with the history of their bookselling days in "Old Books, Rare Friends" now offer the other side of their story--an intimate look at the joys of a relationship that has lasted more than half a century. When their friendship and business partnership began in the 1940s, Leona Rostenberg and Madeleine Stern were pioneers in a man's world. Now approaching their nineties, the duo, who- among their many discoveries -unearthed Louisa May Alcott"s pseudonymous blood-and-thunder stories, remains a vibrant institution in the rare book trade, even as the Internet changes their field--and their community--forever. 246p. plates index. Remainder mark, else as new. 1st.US Edition. Hard Cover. As New/As New.

$15.00

The King's Grace 1910-1935

By Buchan, John [Lord Tweedsmuir]

London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1935. Written at the time of the King's Jubilee celebrations in 1935 "This book is not a biography of King George, but an attempt to provide a picture and some slight interpretation of his reign, with the Throne as the continuing thing through an epoch of unprecedented change." John Buchan (who was also enobled as Lord Tweedsmuir and became Goveronor General of Canada in 1935), An exceptionally clean,crisp copy of the first printing, April 1935, in a handsome cream cloth cover witth gilt titles etc. in original price clipped dj (somewahat age toned) 285p. col. frontispiece +50 pages of photographs.index.. 1st UK Edition. Hardcover. Fine/Very Good, Price Clipped.

$45.00

Running in the Family

By Ondaatje, Michael

Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1982. A memoir of his family background in Sri Lanka 207p. maps on endpapers . 1st Can Ed. Hardcover. Fine/Fine.

$15.00

Edward Lear : The Life of a Wanderer

By Noakes, Vivien

London: Fontana/Collins, 1979. First Pbk.Ed... Soft Cover. Very Good.

$10.00

A Vida Dificil Do Emigrante

By Dos Santos Vicente, Antonio

Antonio Dos Santos/ Sigrasol - Montijo, 1997. Experiences of a Portufuese immigrant in Canada 350p. index [Only 4 copies in WorldCat]. First Edition. French Wraps. As New.

$25.00

The British Genius

By Grosvenor,Peter & McMillan, James.

London: Coronet/ Hodder & Stoughton, 1974. "..a one-volume guide to British achievements in every walk of life in this century [1900-1970]... a look at how the people of Britain have contributed so much in so many fields of progress. Includes a list of British Nobel Prize winners 560p. illus.index . 1st Pbk Ed... Pbk. Near Fine.

$12.00

Tumbling in the Hay

By Gogarty, Oliver St.John

London: Constable & Co, 1939. The young Gogarty, medical student, amateur cyclist, philosopher and lover of good conversation, enjoyed a rowdy, exuberant lifestyle in Dublin in the early 1900s. In this lightly disguised autobiography he gives an intriguing account of the regular round of pubs, pawnshops and bawdy houses of the city, interrupted briefly by the serious business of anatomy exams. His enthusiasm, ready wit and keen observation capture the characters and manners of the city and of the period in an entertaining and highly readable story. . 1st UK Edition.. Hardcover. Very Good.

$10.00

Queen of the Street: Amazing Life of Julie Goodyear

By Beck, Sally.

Blake Publishing, 1995. Beck, Sally. Queen of the Street: The Amazing Life of Julie Goodyear. London: Blake Publishing, 1995. 1st UK Ed. Hardcover. As New / As New. ISBN: 1857820819. A biography of Julie Goodyear whose life was as colourful as that of her famous alter ego - the inimitable Bet Lynch behind the bar at the Rover's Return in Coronation Street! 265p. plates [some col.] bibliography $20.00. 1st UK Edition. Hardcover. As New/As New.

$200.00

Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom
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Zoya's Story: An Afghan Woman's Struggle for Freedom

By Follain, John & Cristofari, Rita

William Morrow, 2002. Zoya's Story is a young woman's searing account of her clandestine war of resistance against the Taliban and religious fanaticism at the risk of her own life. An epic tale of fear and suffering, courage and hope, Zoya's Story is a powerful testament to the ongoing battle to claim human rights for the women of Afghanistan.Though she is only twenty-three, Zoya has witnessed and endured more tragedy and terror than most people do in a lifetime. Zoya grew up during the wars that ravaged Afghanistan and was robbed of her mother and father when they were murdered by Muslim fundamentalists. Devastated by so much death and destruction, she fled Kabul with her grandmother and started a new life in exile in Pakistan. She joined the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, which challenged the crushing edicts of the Taliban government, and she made dangerous journeys back to her homeland to help the women oppressed by a system that forced them to wear the stifling burqa, condoned public stoning or whipping if they ventured out without a male chaperon, and forbade them from working. Zoya is our guide, our witness to the horrors perpetrated by the Taliban and the Mujahideen "holy warriors" who had defeated the Russian occupiers. She helped to secretly film a public cutting of hands in a Kabul stadium and to organize covert literacy classes, as schooling-branded a "gateway to Hell" -- was forbidden to girls. At an Afghan refugee camp she heard tales of heartrending suffering and worked to provide a future for families who had lost everything. The spotlight focused on Afghanistan after the New York and Washington terrorist attacks highlights the conditions of repression and fear in which Afghan women live and makes Zoya's Story utterly compelling. This is a memoir that speaks louder than the images of devastation and outrage; it is a moving message of optimism as Zoya struggles to bring the plight of Afghan women to the world's attention.239p. . 1st US Edition. Hardcover. As New/As New.

$12.50

Wort, Worms and Washbacks : Memoirs from the Stillhouse
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Wort, Worms and Washbacks : Memoirs from the Stillhouse

By McDougall,John & Smith Gavin D. Smith

Glasgow: Angel's Share / Neil Wilson Publishing, 2001. These are the memoirs of one of Scotland's best known whisky distillers and cover his time in the industry from 1963 until the present day. In that time John McDougall has worked in some of Scotland's most famous distilleries in Speyside, Ayrshire, Islay and Campbeltown as well as holding head office posts in Glasgow before setting up his own whisky brokering business based in Kelso. These memoirs are all about the characters that John has dealt with in the many differing places he has worked and portray as complete a picture of the distillery shop floor, the stillroom and the mashroom and the changes that have been made in them over the past 35 years as possible. Co-authored by whisky authority Gavin D. Smith (A-Z of Whisky) this revealing evocation of the true goings-on in the whisky trade will delight and surprise anyone with an interest in the subject.215p. glossary index.. 1st UK Edition. Softcover. Very Good.

$8.00

The Parvenu princesses : Elisa, Pauline and Caroline Bonaparte

By Wiener, Margery

London: John Murray, 1964. "'My sister, Elisa, has a masculine mind and outstanding intelligence. Caroline has been formed by events; there is good stuff in her, vitiated by a vaulting ambition. Pauline was always probably the most beautiful woman of her time and will, to her end, be the best creature in the world.' Thus Napoleon Bonaparte summed up his three sisters, who are the subject of Margery Weiner's triple biography. With feminine insight and sympathy she traces their story from its modest beginnings in Corsica, to the zenith of their arrogance, beauty and ambition when they dominated Imperial society, and to the slow descent to obscurity during somber years of exile. although they plumed themselves on being genuinely royal, the world thought of them as parvenus, an opinion even shared by Caroline's flamboyant husband, Joachim Murat, who dared bluntly to tell Napoleon that his family were regarded as 'parvenus, intruders and usurpers'. (Parvenus = a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.) How far was Napoleon's estimate of his sisters correct? The scandals of Pauline's many love affairs were more than redeemed by her complete devotion to him. Elisa's real ability in may ways justified her arrogance; and much that is new is revealed about Caroline's actions, always the subject of controversy, which decisively affected her brother's destiny. .... by weaving into the background of these vibrant women the undertones of fascinating little-known private details,[has] given her work an absorbing immediacy.274p. plates bibliography index. 1st UK Edition. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine.

$20.00

Conamara Man

By Ridge, Seamus

Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice Hall, 1969. Autobiographical account of life on island of Muighinis on Kilkieran Bay off tthe west coast of Galway in Ireland. 208p. . 1st US Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good, Slight Chips & Tear.

$15.00

A Fortunate Grandchild
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A Fortunate Grandchild

By Read, Miss (Pseud .Dora Jessie Saint )

New York: Houghton Mifflin., 1983. Nostalgic account of her childhood memories of her two grandmothers. Illustrated by Derek Crowe. 108p. Decorative endpapers. Name of previous owner on ffep, else fine. 1st.US Ed.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good, Price Clipped. Illus. by Derek Crowe.

$15.00

J. R. R. Tolkien: The Man Who Created the Lord of the Rings

By Coren, Michael

Toronto: Stoddart Publishing, 2001. This is a story about the fruits of one man's imagination, about a professor who loved his students and his books in equal measure, and about a literary superstar who continues to delight generation after generation of readers. J. R. R. Tolkien is a timely and insightful look at the man behind the classics." 136p. illus bibliography index. Author inscripton on title page. Signed by Author. 1st Can Ed. Hardcover. As New/As New.

$25.00

Tightrope Passage: Along the Refugee Route to Canada

By Moravec, Ivo

Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1997. A description of how his family defected from Czechoslovaki a witht deails of refugee life in Vienna and the crateive ways they survivd and eventually came to Canada.245p. . 1st Can Ed. Hardcover. New/New.

$15.00

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