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Lady Dilke  -  A Biography, Askwith, Betty
1 Askwith, Betty Lady Dilke - A Biography
London Chatto & Windus 1969 070111519x / 9780701115197 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title and decoration on red boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally very clean and unmarked with some light dust marking to top edge. A Very Good + copy. Dustjacket is complete. Lady Dilke was remembered as the woman who, when Sir Charles Dilke was cited as co-respondent in a particularly scandalous divorce case, cabled The Times newspaper from India to make public their engagement. Born Emilia Francis Strong, she married at the age of 21, Mark Pattison, one of the greatest Victorian scholars, who was 27 years older. The marriage was painfully unhappy which the book reflects using unpublished letters but her second marriage was infinitely more successful. She was a personality in her own right and had an energetic political life, championing exploited women workers and, moreover, was one of the foremost art historians of her time with her work on the French 18th century still required reading. 7 plates. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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Polly Wants a Zebra  -  The Memoirs of Michael Aspel, Aspel, Michael
2 Aspel, Michael Polly Wants a Zebra - The Memoirs of Michael Aspel
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1974 0297768352 / 9780297768357 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR 'with best wishes and love' on title page. Gold title on green boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is age darkening to page edges else clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket has just a touch of wear to front top corner tip and is price clipped. 15 photographs and 1 line drawing by author. The popular television presenter takes an honest look back at his life as a wartime evacuee, furniture salesman, parachutist, gardener, cartoonist, radio actor, television newscaster, compere and traveller. 
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The Centre of the Bed, Bakewell, Joan
3 Bakewell, Joan The Centre of the Bed
London Hodder and Stoughton 2003 0340823100 / 9780340823101 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, first impression. xiv + 322 pages. 47 illustrations. In this searching and intimate autobiography, Joan Bakewell retraces the paths she has taken and reveals what lay behind the public image and the choices she made. Recreating her working-class roots, she vividly depicts her childhood in Stockport and the impact of the war, and relives her escape from the tensions at home to Cambridge University, where she was part of the stellar generation that included Peter Hall, Frederic Raphael and Claire Tomalin. She describes what it was like to make her BBC television debut during the Cuban missile crisis; to be the only woman on 'Late Night Line Up', with its eclectic roster of guests; and to be dubbed 'the thinking man's crumpet'. Here, too, is how it felt to see her affair with Harold Pinter transmuted into his play 'Betrayal'. 
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Barry Sheene  -  1950 - 2003  -  The Biography, Barker, Stuart
4 Barker, Stuart Barry Sheene - 1950 - 2003 - The Biography
London Collins Willow 2003 0007161808 / 9780007161805 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy which has a small mark to the margin of one page with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, First printing. 336 pages. 48 illustrations. Written by the only journalist to have ridden on the road with Barry Sheene and featuring interviews with fellow riders, team bosses and those closest to him, this is the definitive portrait of the msot famous bike racer ever. 
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Footsteps On The Backstairs, Barnes, John (Sir)
5 Barnes, John (Sir) Footsteps On The Backstairs
Norwich Michael Russell 1992 0859551865 / 9780859551861 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 176 pages. The author describes his life as the son of a Bishop of the Church of England, scholar of Winchester and Trinity, Cambridge, wartime soldier and member of the Diplomatic Service for thirty years. He recalls the public figures he has served and the memorable and happier moments of his life. 
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Clock This  -  My Life As An Inventor, Baylis, Trevor
6 Baylis, Trevor Clock This - My Life As An Inventor
London Headline 1999 0747273812 / 9780747273813 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First edition, First printing. A Near Fine uninscribed copy with a small remnant of label to front endpaper with near Fine price clipped dustjacket. The author is the inventor of the clockwork radio which revolutionised the lives of millions, particularly in Africa, inspired by a television documentary on AIDS in Africa. He has spent his life inventing and he crusades for the introduction of inventing in the national curriculum in schools. 49 photographs. 
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India Called Them, Beveridge, Lord
7 Beveridge, Lord India Called Them
London George Allen and Unwin 1947 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy. ix + 418 pages. Frontispiece portrait of Henry Beveridge and his wife Annette and 17 illustrations including a fold-out genealogical chart and a fold-out chart of their establishments. Henry Beveridge (1837-1929) was an Indian Civil Service (ICS) officer and Orientalist in British India. On 29 September 1857, still in his 21st year, embarked by himself at Gravesend for India. He had just entered the service of the East India Company, coming out first in one of the earliest competitive examinations for the service. He was to spend four months on the voyage, and spent 35 years, with occasional absences, in Bengal; was to lose one wife there and find another there. Returning to Britain after his 35 years service, he was to spend as long again, for he lived nearly to the end of his 93rd year, in the study of India- its history, languages, rulers and peoples - and in writing about them. His son, the author (1879-1963), was the famous economist and social reformer, and first and last Baron Beveridge. 
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Alex Bird  -  The Life and Secrets of a Professional Punter, Bird, Alex   (with Terry Manners)
8 Bird, Alex (with Terry Manners) Alex Bird - The Life and Secrets of a Professional Punter
Gwynedd Abbey 1996 0952823101 / 9780952823100 Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 12 illustrations. Alex Bird was born in Newton Heath, North Manchester and was introduced to the world of racing by his bookmaker father, and after a short spell bookmaking, he turned poacher and devoted his career to beating the bookmakers - succeeding in a way that has rarely been approached and never overtaken. For almost 50 years he was the bane of the bookie, and was known as 'The King', and although he died in 1991he remains an icon in the world of racing. The dustjacket shows him meeting Bill Clinton, before he became President, on his regular annual trip to see the Breeder's Cup races in the USA when he would stay for a vacation with his daughter in Arkansas. 
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Aunt Esther's Story, Bourne, Stephen and Bruce, Esther
9 Bourne, Stephen and Bruce, Esther Aunt Esther's Story
London Ethnic Communities Oral History Project 1996 1871338123 / 9781871338126 First Thus Soft Cover Near Fine No Jacket 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy in card covers. After the Second World War, many Black people travelled from the Caribbean and settles in Britain, but when Aunt Esther, a seamstress, was born in Fulham in 1912, only small Black communities existed in Britain. Aunt Esther's father, Joseph Bruce, raised her by himself. He was the son of Guyanese slaves, and a rare example of a Black man who settled alone in a white community at the turn of the century. Joseph and his daughter were accepted by their white neighbours, but away from Fulham the situation could be very different. A friendly, outgoing woman, Aunt Esther found it easy to integrate with the new multi-cultural society of post-war Britain, and she was happy to collaborate with her nephew, Stephen Bourne on her autobiography, hoping to add to the little documentation which exists to inform us of the pre-war Black community. First published in 1991, the book is a revised and updated version of Aunt Esther's Story and draws on interviews made after its original publication and includes many photographs not seen in the first edition. **** NOT AN EX LIBRARY COPY **** 
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Victoria Wood, Brandwood, Neil
10 Brandwood, Neil Victoria Wood
London Virgin Publishing 2002 1852279826 / 9781852279820 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very God+ unmarked copy with VG+ complete dustjacket. An interesting biography of the comedienne, actress, writer, singer-songwriter, whose success is now in the fourth decade, which reveals the offstage Victoria and the events and experiences that have shaped her. 21 illustrations. *** NOT BOOK CLUB *** 
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Ugly, Briscoe, Constance
11 Briscoe, Constance Ugly
London Hodder and Stoughton 2006 0340895977 / 9780340895979 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, First printing. The author practises as a barrister and in 1996 became a part-time judge - one of the first black women to sit as a judge in the UK. Her mother systematically abused her, both physically and emotionally, throughout her childhood. Regularly beaten and starved, she was so desperate that she took herself off to Social Services and tried to get into care. When that failed, she swallowed bleach 'because it kills all known germs and my mother always told me I was a germ'. When Constance was 13, her mother simply moved out, leaving her daughter to fend for herself - there was no gas, no electricity and no food. But somehow she found the courage to survive her terrible start in life and this is her heartrending - and ultimately triumphant - story. 
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A Doctor's Visits, Brown, Ian
12 Brown, Ian A Doctor's Visits
Worcestershire Printit 1987 095129010x / 9780951290101 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with a Fine complete dustjacket. The doctor author recounts his life story, from his days as a medical student, his wartime service in North Africa and Italy as Regimental Medical Officer of the 12th (HAC) Royal Horse Artillery at Monte Cassino, early promotion to Major based at the Venice Lido and then to Austria. Post war he was medical superintendent in Eastbourne and held various posts of responsibility in medical authorities. Local newspaper clipping of the doctor and a review of the book included. Errata slip tipped to front pastedown. 
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Daylight Must Come  -  The Story of Dr. Helen Roseveare, Burgess, Alan
13 Burgess, Alan Daylight Must Come - The Story of Dr. Helen Roseveare
London Michael Joseph 1975 0718109996 / 9780718109998 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gold title on brown boards which have a small mark to back else clean with no wear. Internally clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket has a little edge wear and a small stain to back and is price clipped. 279 pages. 24 illustrations. Map endpapers. Arriving in the Congo in 1953, Dr. Helen Roseveare started her own hospital and medical centre from a disused leper colony, and set up clinics in lonely villages. During the crises in 1960 and 1964, she refused to leave the country, although many of her friends and colleagues had been brutally slaughtered. The most astounding part of her story is that, having endured terror, humiliation, rape and split-second escape from death, she would , after a few months back home in England, choose to return to resume her work in the Congo. Today, the central station she founded, with its flying doctors, teaching school and operating theatres, is unique in Africa. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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My Life and Easy Times, Campbell, Patrick
14 Campbell, Patrick My Life and Easy Times
London Anthony Blond 1967 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from a strip of age darkening to endpapers) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The son of Lord Glenavy, a journalist for many newspapers including the Irish Times and the Sunday Dispatch, a television celebrity, writer and humourist, known for his endearing stammer, his autobiography is a cool, honest look at his real life. Illustrated. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Villi the Clown, Campbell, William
15 Campbell, William Villi the Clown
London Faber and Faber 1981 0571117945 / 9780571117949 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good clean, tight and unmarked copy apart from an inscription to front endpaper and a few spots of light foxing to fore edge. Dustjacket is VG+. The author's experience of Soviet Russia is unique - from Stali to Brezhnev, through wartime and purges, he worked and travelled throughout the USSR - as a clown.Then in 1977, he defected to his homeland - Britain. His family were founder members of the British Communist move,ent in the 1920's and, as a penniless teenager at the height of the Depression, inspired by the hope of a better future, he took the boat to Leningrad in search of work. Quickly finding a job in a factory and performing to his workmates, he discovered his vocation as an entertainer, soon he was singing and playing in a popular jazz orchestra. He toured the USSR and finally joined the Soviet Circus as Villi the clown. His account of his life is rich in anecdote and excitement and above all his extraordinary autobiography captures what it was like to be a citizen in Soviet Russia during its momentous years. 
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G.M. Trevelyan  -  A Life in History, Cannadine, David
16 Cannadine, David G.M. Trevelyan - A Life in History
London Harper Collins 1992 0002158728 / 9780002158725 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. George Macaulay Trevelyan (1876-1972) was one of the most distinguished and widely read historians of his age, with the power to recreate the past and to inspire in others the passion to explore it further.Trevelyan's autobiography, published in 1949, was un-self-revealing. Part of the purpose of this spirited and scintillating book - the first detailed study of its subject, written with full access to all private papers - is trenchantly but not uncritically to defend Trevelyan's view of history and of the ends of historical study. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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A Doctor Alone  -  A Biography of Elizabeth Blackwell the First Woman Doctor 1821 - 1910, Chambers, Peggy
17 Chambers, Peggy A Doctor Alone - A Biography of Elizabeth Blackwell the First Woman Doctor 1821 - 1910
London The Bodley Head 1956 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Gilt title on grey boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is a prize bookplate to front pastedown, foxing to closed edges and to endpapers and a little to some early and later pages else clean, tight and unmarked. Dustjacket by Biro has two small closed tears and is not price clipped. 8 illustrations. Born in Bristol in 1821, Elizabeth was the most remarkable daughter in a remarkable family. When she was still a child, the family moved to America; and for a while Elizabeth taught in the Southern States - an experience which made her an active slavery abolitionist. Once she had formed her resolve to study medicine, she applied to every medical college in America, but only one was prepared to accept her - Geneva College, New York State - from which she graduated with honours. She had to fight against social ostracism and medical prejudice all her life to establish her position as a woman doctor, opened a dispensary in the New York slums, and when her sister Emily qualified also as a doctor, they founded the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. After giving valuable service during the American Civil War, Elizabeth returned to England, where she gained a great reputation, and numbered Florence Nightingale and Sir James Simpson among her friends. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Life of Bertrand Russell, Clark, Ronald W.
18 Clark, Ronald W. The Life of Bertrand Russell
London Jonathan Cape and Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1975 0297770187 / 9780297770183 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine clean, tight and unmarked copy in blue cloth boards (Fine apart from a few spots of light foxing to top edge) with price clipped dustjacket. 766 pages. 63 illustrations. A definitive biography. The grandson of a Victorian Prime Minister, heir to an earldom yet for much of his life a scourge of the Establishment, Bertrand Russell was not only among the greatest philosophers of his time but a political activist who, when well into his nineties, displayed an energy that men half his age might envy. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.24 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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Of Generals and Gardens  -  The Autobiography of Peter Coats, Coats, Peter
19 Coats, Peter Of Generals and Gardens - The Autobiography of Peter Coats
London Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1976 0297771450 / 9780297771456 Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped (Fine apart from light creasing to back). x + 326 pages. 17 illustrations. All his life Peter Coats has possessed an outstanding talent for making friends and this book is full of them. From his earliest years at the impressive Sundrum, the Coats home in Scotland, through Eton to the halcyon days of the thirties, when there were constant parties at the great country houses and in London; from the hectic war period as Lord Wavell's ADC, to his post-war period emergence as a leading garden expert, Peter Coats has met many interesting people. Here he describes them all. World figures like Winston Churchill, de Gaulle and Gandhi, worldly figures like Louise de Vilmorin and Lady Cunard, figures of intelligentsia like Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson; the talented, the beautiful, the royal, are introduced against the ever-changing backcloth of many different countries. 
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A Touch of Collins  -  The Story of a Show-Business Dynasty, Collins, Joe   with Simons, Judith
20 Collins, Joe with Simons, Judith A Touch of Collins - The Story of a Show-Business Dynasty
London Columbus Books 1986 0862873088 / 9780862873080 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine uninscribed copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. The father of Joan and Jackie Collins reflects on his long and eventful life, born into a large London jewish family and starting life as an office boy, later setting up as an agent with Lew Grade as a business partner. He has been involved with numerous stars such as Max Miller, Shirley Bassey, Peter Sellers, Vera Lynn, Bruce Forsyth, Danny La Rue, Roger Moore, Tom Jones et al. He started a repertory company to help Joan get started as an actress. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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