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A Farewell To The Rock  -  Escape from Alcatraz, Bruce, J. Campbell
1 Bruce, J. Campbell A Farewell To The Rock - Escape from Alcatraz
London Hammond, Hammond 1964 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK Edition, May 1964. Silver title and Alcatraz Prison motif on brown boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear nor bumping. Internally very clean, tight and unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket by Blofeld is not price clipped and has some wear to edges and small closed tears but is still an attractive copy G+. Based on the true story of Frank Lee Morris, whose escape from Alcatraz in 1962 made world headlines, written by a veteran newspaperman. The book relates the fantastic and bizarre tales that have characterized Alcatraz in the public's imagination since it became a prison for the most dangerous criminals and highlighted by the later film. **** SCARCE WITH DUSTJACKET **** 
Price: 20.00 GBP
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The Broken Boy, Cockburn, Patrick
2 Cockburn, Patrick The Broken Boy
London Jonathan Cape 2005 0224071084 / 9780224071086 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 printing. The author, a writer on foreign afairs, was six years old when he woke up one day in the summer of 1956 with a headache and a sore throat. His parents had recently returned to Ireland, to their house in East Cork, careless of the fact that a polio epidemic had broken out in Cork City. He caught the disease and was taken to the fever hospital where, alone for the first time in his life, he was kept in isolation, and with the disease attacking the nerves of his brain and the spinal cord leading to paralysis of the muscles, he could no longer walk. The book is at once a memoir of his own experience, a portrait of his parents, both prominent radicals, and the story of the Cork epidemic, the last great polio epidemic in the world, affecting 50,000 people. 20 illustrations. 
Price: 7.00 GBP
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Pride and a Daily Marathon, Cole, Jonathan
3 Cole, Jonathan Pride and a Daily Marathon
London Duckworth 1991 0715623850 / 9780715623855 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with Fine complete dustjacket. Foreword by Oliver Sacks. The author is a doctor and here describes an exceptional patient, Ian Waterman, who was struck down at the age of 19 with a rare neurological illness which deprived him of all sensation below the neck and who was diagnosed as incurable. Ian gradually adapted to his strange condition and as predicted there was no neurological recovery and he had to monitor every movement by sight to work out where his limbs were but with astonishing courage and persistence he developed elaborate tricks and strategies to control his movements. Hard enough as this was to cope with daily living, but even greater with the challenges of work, love and marriage. A most heartening account of one man's courage and achievement. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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The Death Zone  -  Climbing Everest Through The Killer Storm, Dickinson, Matt
4 Dickinson, Matt The Death Zone - Climbing Everest Through The Killer Storm
London Hutchinson 1997 0091802393 / 9780091802394 First Edition Hard Cover Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
An expedition climbing the North Face of Everest by the author, a film maker, and professional climber Alan Hinkes. At the same time in May 1996, when due to the severe storms eight climbers from other exeditions died, they managed against all odds to reach the summit. 17 colour, 18 black and white illustrations and 3 maps. Crinkling to some illustrations with price clipped dustjacket.. 
Price: 5.00 GBP
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Nigerian Sketches, Haig, E.F.G.
5 Haig, E.F.G. Nigerian Sketches
London George Allen and Unwin 1931 First Hard Cover Good No Jacket 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Embossed and decorated blue leather boards have wear to front top edge and sun fading to spine. Internally there is age darkening to endpapers, light foxing to closed edges and sporadically to the margins of some pages else a clean, tight and unmarked copy. 251 pages. Nigeria, like India, is not so much a country as a collection of countries. Most of these tales and sketches deal only with a comparatively small part of it, namely that part of the South Nigerian hinterland lying between the Niger River and the Cameroons boundary. Though entirely non-political and non-sectarian, they are written from the point of view of a junior Administrative Oficer living in that area. 
Price: 15.00 GBP
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Ghost Girl  -  A True Story, Hayden, Torey
6 Hayden, Torey Ghost Girl - A True Story
London Macmillan 1992 0333567900 / 9780333567906 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with near Fine complete dustjacket which has one small crease to one inner flap. A true story of a young girl, Jadie, who is so wounded by events in her life that she believes that she is a ghost. An elective mute, her body is so contorted as to make her appear crippled and when her new teacher, the author, who specialises in disturbed children, persuades her to speak, Jadie explains that her posture is to "keep my insides from falling out". The child's preoccupation with strange cultish symbols and perverted sexual acts points to an interpretation that the author's colleagues are unable to accept and are the vividly described episodes the bleak truth or the tortured imaginings of a seriously disturbed child. A gripping account of the problems of dealing with suspected child abuse and a psychological horror story. 
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Walking On Thin Ice  -  In Pursuit of the North Pole, Hempleman-Adams, David  with Uhlig, Robert
7 Hempleman-Adams, David with Uhlig, Robert Walking On Thin Ice - In Pursuit of the North Pole
London Orion / Daily Telegraph 1998 0752817973 / 9780752817972 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near fine complete dustjacket which is not price clipped. In March 1998 the author set off on a 600 mile journey which would take him into the record books as one of the most successful all rounf adventurers. Facing wind-chill down to minus 90 centigrade, he man hauled his sledge to the North Pole across the constantly shifting ice of the frozen Arctic Ocean. This completed the explorer's Grand Slam, a challenge which saw him conquer the North and South Magnetic Poles, become the first person to walk solo and unsupported to the South Pole, scale the highest mountain in each of the seven continents, including Everest. Illustrated with colour photographs. 
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Dancing In The Sea  -  Once The Hijack Was Over, Hill, Catherine
8 Hill, Catherine Dancing In The Sea - Once The Hijack Was Over
Edinburgh Mainstream 2004 1840188774 / 9781840188776 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with near Fine complete dustjacket. The moving account of the author's experience in 1986 when she and her Italian boyfriend were hijacked by PLO terrorists on a Pan Am flight from Bombay to Germany when it stopped in Pakistan, enduring 17 hours of terror. The terrorists were convinced that Pakistani troops were about to storm the plane and forces as many as possible into the aisle to massacre them and in the slaughter that followed 21 people were dead and over 100 injured. Catherine was near fatally wounded, her left buttock blown off by a grenade and in spite of his own injuries, her boyfriend Picci saved her life by dragging her, bleeding heavily, from the plane. Over the years that followed she endured over 20 operations to heal her mutilated body and also began two major lawsuits, one against Pan Am and the other for medical negligence. She had to call on every resource she had, physical, psychological, emotional and financial as she attempted to build her life. The title refers to an epiphany she had whilst on holiday in the Caribbean where she and her boyfriend danced together for the first time since the hijack. 22 photographs. 
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Not Without My Sister, Jones, Celeste and Jones, Kristina and Buhring, Juliana
9 Jones, Celeste and Jones, Kristina and Buhring, Juliana Not Without My Sister
London Harper Element 2007 0007248067 / 9780007248063 First Hard Fine Near Fine 8vo 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not priceclipped. xv + 416 pages. The authors were born into a cult- The Children of God - but their experiences were a world away from the traditional Christian understanding of 'love' and 'forgiveness'. The organisation that was entrusted with their care practised physical and mental torture, thought control, pornography, prostitution and horrific acts of sexual abuse. From as early as 3 years old they were treated by their 'guardians' as sexual beings, they received love letters from men old enough to be their grandfathers, and forced into abusive relationships. They were denied access to formal schooling and forced to wander the streets begging for money. A devastating first-hand account of their courageous struggle to escape a perverse community that robbed them of their childhood. 
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Spy vs. Spy  -  Stalking Soviet Spies in America, Kessler, Ronald
10 Kessler, Ronald Spy vs. Spy - Stalking Soviet Spies in America
Newton Abbot David & Charles 1988 0715393375 / 9780715393376 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK edition. This is the first book to examine closely the spy swaps, based on exclusive interviews with former American spies and counter intelligence agents as well as with Karl Koecher who was traded for Scharansky in 1986. Koecher was a KGB agent who, following his phony defection in 1965, had infiltrated the CIA and was the main discloser of American state secrets. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Pavement for My Pillow, Kitch, Chris
11 Kitch, Chris Pavement for My Pillow
London Orion 1997 0752803409 / 9780752803401 Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine unmarked copy (Fine apart from age darkening to page edges) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. x + 197 pages. Introduction by Robin Waterfield. Interspersed with joyful diary notes about her present life - studying for her MA, walking her dogs and living on her boat and then back in All Saints' Convent in Oxford - this is the remarkable story of a woman who has succeeded in transforming herself from pitiful baglady to scholar and writer. Chris Kitch was born illegitimate and brought up in the rough streets of Bradford. Her step-father did not want her, all three of her children were taken into care soon after each was born. In and out of prison with no home, she existed in a twilight world of drugs and alcohol, prostitution and homelessness. Chris survived but her beloved friend Jean didn't, dying of drug abuse. With the pavement her pillow, Piccadilly toilets her 'home' and narcotics her only friend, she dragged herself out of the gutter and into years of rehabilitation, and her thirst for knowledge was reawakened and in 1993 she was awarded her BA Honours degree. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Beirut Diary  -  A Husband Held Hostage and a Wife Determined to Set Him Free, Levin, Sis
12 Levin, Sis Beirut Diary - A Husband Held Hostage and a Wife Determined to Set Him Free
Illinois InterVarsity Press 1989 0830317166 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A near Fine uninscribed copy which has the top right corner of the front endpaper neatly clipped. Dustjacket is complete with some chipping to top. In March 1984 Jerry Levin, bureau chief for CNN, was kidnapped in Beirut but no one knew who did it or why. His wife Sis, at first waiting for quiet diplomacy as advised by the State Department, then realised after the Iran-Contra affair that the US government's idea of quiet diplomacy was neither diplomatic nor effective. In the following months, as more Americans were kidnapped, she would travel to Syria and talk about peace, reconciliation and her concern for the children of the war. Her life tuned into a spy novel with strange meetings with Jesse Jackson, Syria's Foreign Minister, Lebanon's Shiite army leader and many more. 
Price: 7.00 GBP
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The Survival of Jan Little, Man, John
13 Man, John The Survival of Jan Little
London Viking 1986 0670811580 / 9780670811588 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good + unmarked copy with price clipped dustjacket. Jan Little survived in the depths of the Amazon jungle for months after her family had died in mysterious circumstances, she was utterly alone and BLIND. Her story begins in the Mexican town of San Cristobal,where she meets Harry Little and is overwhelmed by his compelling personality. Jan, partially sighted, has a 3 year old daughter, Rebecca and with her they follow Harry into the jungle and 12 years later, with Jan now totally blind and dependent on her patriarchal husband, they move to uncharted rainforest in northern Brazil. Tragedy strikes in 1979 when all three contract a mysterious disease and during a violent storm her life disintegrates, in an extraordinary effort of will she fights to survive in her world of darkness. 11 photographs and 3 illustrations. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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The Heart Must Break  -  The Fight for Democracy and Truth in Burma, Mawdsley, James
14 Mawdsley, James The Heart Must Break - The Fight for Democracy and Truth in Burma
London Century 2001 0712679219 / 9780712679213 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine copy with a Fine complete dustjacket. Map endpapers and 38 photographs. The author's very harrowing tale of being imprisoned in Insein prison just 10 hours after entering Burma and distributing pro-democracy leaflets, receiving a 17 year sentence. It was the third time he had been detained and he used his time in prison to challenge and defy the ruling regime, suffering torture, hunger strikes and over a year in solitary. A very compelling account of his four years in and out of Burma and his witnessing of the genocidal persecution of it's people as publicised in the West by Aung San Suu Kyi. 
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The Master Book of Spies  -  The World of Espionage, Master Spies, Tortures, Interrogations, Spy Equipment, Escapes, Codes and How You Can Become a Spy, McCormick, Donald
15 McCormick, Donald The Master Book of Spies - The World of Espionage, Master Spies, Tortures, Interrogations, Spy Equipment, Escapes, Codes and How You Can Become a Spy
London Hodder- Causton 1973 0340175192 / 9780340175194 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
A Very Good+ unmarked copy with complete dustjacket. A whole inside history of spying and how each nation tackles it, together with how one becomes a spy, what spying is like and how it all works. The author, whilst limiting what he can confess to, does note that in 1942 he made an unauthorised entry into the Kasbah of Algiers to work out a detailed street map of the enemy infested area, and for whom? None other than Ian Fleming, at that time Deputy Director of British Naval Intelligence. Illustrated with photographs, contemporary illustrations, in colour sepia and black and white. 
Price: 8.00 GBP
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Crowning The Dragon -  Adventures in the Chinese Karakoram, McManners, Hugh
16 McManners, Hugh Crowning The Dragon - Adventures in the Chinese Karakoram
London Grafton Books 1989 0246133821 / 9780246133823 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Silver title on blue boards which are clean and has very light bumping to lower edge. Internally very clean, uninscribed and unmarked. A Very Good + copy. Dustjacket has light creasing to top and is complete VG+. The author Major Hugh McManners' account of joining an Army expedition to climb the world's third highest unclimbed peak. In 1982 he returned from active duty in the Falklands, subsequently suffering from depression and decided to join the ten man team led by Captain Henry Morgan to climb the 7,500 metre crown in August 1987. He was appointed 'official' cameraman and joined the group in Hong Kong, getting to know his colleagues on the long journey through China, struggling with bureaucracy and a long trek by foot and camel. They failed to reach the summit by a whisker but he learnt a great deal about himself. 61 coloured photographs and 4 maps. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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To The Top of the World  -  Alpine Challenges in the Himalaya and Karakoram, Messner, Reinhold
17 Messner, Reinhold To The Top of the World - Alpine Challenges in the Himalaya and Karakoram
Marlborough, Wiltshire The Crowood Press 1992 1852236957 / 9781852236953 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Inca, Jean-Georges 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. Translated from the German by Jill Neate. Messner has been acclaimed as the greatest living mountaineer, justified by his achievement in becoming the first to ascend all 14 of the world's 8,000 metere peaks. The book is drawn from a selection of Messner's most powerful writings and forms a unique compendium of his major expeditions to the summits of the world's foremost mountains. Profusely illustrated with stunning colour and black and white photographs and paintings by Jean-Georges Inca. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
Price: 10.00 GBP
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Ugly Americans  -  The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions, Mezrich, Ben
18 Mezrich, Ben Ugly Americans - The True Story of the Ivy League Cowboys Who Raided the Asian Markets for Millions
New York William Morrow 2004 006057500x / 9780060575007 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. The true story of John Malcolm, a hungry Princeton graduate who travelled half way round the world in search of the American dream and ultimately pulled off a trade that could be described as the biggest deal in the history of the financial markets. After receiving a mysterious phone call he packed up his few belongings and went to Japan and with barely a penny in his pocket and without speaking a word of Japanese, was thrown into the bizarre, adrenaline fuelled world of the expat trader, quickly learning to survive in a cutthroat world. Malcolm was first an assistant trading huge positions for Nick Leeson, the 26 year old rogue trader who lost nearly 2 billion Dollars which brought down Barings Bank, then he was right hand man to Dean Carney, a brilliant hedge fund cowboy who grew into the biggest derivatives trader in all of Asia. Along the way Malcolm fell in love with the daughter of a Yakuza, a Japanese gangster, built a fortune out of thin air and came head to head with the violent Japanese mobsters who helped turn the Asian markets into the turbulent casino it is today. 
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A Brother's Journey  -  Surviving A Childhood Of Abuse, Pelzer, Richard B.
19 Pelzer, Richard B. A Brother's Journey - Surviving A Childhood Of Abuse
London Time Warner 2005 0316727326 / 9780316727327 Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine uninscribed copy with Fine complete dustjacket. Reprint of 2005 (first UK was also 2005). The story of Dave Pelzer is notorious where the child called 'It' was forced to live in the family's basement by his mother with his brother Richard, the author of this book, a willing accomplice. When Dave was twelve the police removed him from the household but the cycle of abuse continued with Mrs. Pelzer's new target becoming Richard, for his mother's crazed alcoholic wrath. This is Richard's story who recounts the warped dynamics of a family riven by abuse, his savage beatings which left him hospitalised, having whole bottles of Tabasco sauce poured down his throat and ultimately his escape and finally his reconciliation with his brother. 
Price: 6.00 GBP
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The Hot Zone, Preston, Richard
20 Preston, Richard The Hot Zone
London Doubleday 1994 0385406312 / 9780385406314 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
First UK Edition. A Fine uninscribed copy with Fine complete dustjacket. A terrifying true story of man's weakness in the face of the ferocious power of the deadly micro organisms Ebola and Marburg, whilst Influenza rates as a Level 1 virus and AIDS as Level 2 these are rated Level 4. As man destroys the tropical wildernesses of the world, thereby upsetting nature's balance, these previously unknown viruses are entering the human population. Here is the account of nightmarish events when one such virus resurfaced and crossed continents, breaking out inside a house of imported monkeys in a densely populated area of Washington. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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