• Biography & True Stories
      October 2017

      Found and Lost

      Mittens, Miep, and Shovelfuls of Dirt

      by Alison Leslie Gold

      Starting with supervision of her primary school's 'Lost andultimately led to her salvation Found' depot, Gold charts her need to save objects, stories, and people - including herself - that she sensed to be on a road to perdition. Following the deaths of those closest to her, including her great friend Miep Gies (who risked her life to shelter the Frank family), Gold begins to write her way out of grief. In this compelling mem oir, told through letters, Gold relates her descent into addiction, and the fateful meeting that ultimately led to her salvation.

    • Biography & True Stories

      Honesty by Nature

      The Personal Narration of Xin Fengxia

      by Xin Fengxia

      She is the Queen of Ping Opera. She were spoken highly by President Zhou Enlai: “I’d rather not drink tea than not to watch Xin Fengxia.” She is also a fashion woman, and the most fashion experience she had ever done is to have a crash on the “Drama Prodgy”, Mr. Wu Zuguang. This book is written by Xin Fengxia herself, most of the words are taken and rearranged from her manuscripts, 19 years after she passed away. The first edition of this book was published in 1980s, also the first book of Xin Fengxia.

    • Biography & True Stories
      March 2002


      by Frank, Anne / Niederländisch Pressler, Mirjam

    • Diaries, letters & journals
      October 2004

      Jack Toffey's War

      A Son's Memoir

      by John J. Toffey, IV

    • Diaries, letters & journals

      Death Throes of a Dynasty

      Letters and Diaries of Charles and Bessie Ewing, Missionaries to China

      by Edward Ruoff (author)

      The letters of Charles and Bessie Ewing provide eyewitness accounts of the social upheaval and warfare that shook turn-of-the-century China. In addition to discussing their missionary activities in the villages of North China and their struggle to master the Chinese Mandarin dialect, the Ewings describe the impact of Western culture upon the social structure of Imperial China as they lived it. Ruoff sets the larger scene about which the Ewings wrote: The Sino-Japanese war, the extraterritorial treaties, the Boxer Uprising , the foreign military interventions, the belated effort to modernize by the Manchu dynasty, the struggle against opium addiction, the student political movement, and the beginning of the Chinese Revolution. We also learn about the last great empress of China, Tzu His, and the last emperor, the child Pu Yi. Through the Ewing correspondence and his own narrative, Ruoff shows the parallel between the attitude toward the Chinese held by the foreign community in the 1890s and the equally restricted outlook the Chinese held of their land and themselves. But just as the views held by the young Congregationalist minister Ewing change during his nearly two decades of service in China, so also the views of the Chinese themselves undergo vast changes. This book then is both a compelling history of a period in modern China and the story of an American family living that history.

    • Diaries, letters & journals

      Welsh Rugby Diary

      by Alun Wyn. Jones

    • Diaries, letters & journals

      The Garden Cottage Diaries

      My Year in the Eighteenth Century

      by Fiona J. Houston

      Challenged to prove her claim that an 18th-century diet was better than today's, for a full year Fiona J Houston recreated the lifestyle of her 1790s rural Scottish ancestors in a basic one-roomed cottage, cooking from her garden and the wild, often entertaining family and friends, and surviving on her own resources. She learned lost crafts and skills, making nettle string, quill pens and ink as well as cheese and ale, lighting her fire from flints, and dressing in hand-sewn period clothing, with nothing but an old range stove and candles for warmth and light. This beautiful, quirky, illustrated title tells her extraordinary story and is packed with historical anecdotes, folklore, practical gardening info, seasonal menus, recipes, wildlife notes and more. Includes linocuts, photos and historic engravings.

    • Biography: general
      May 2012

      Dear Lupin--

      Letters to a Wayward Son

      by Charlie Mortimer and Roger Mortimer

      Nostalgic, witty and filled with characters and situations that people of all ages will recognise, Dear Lupin is the entire correspondence of a Father to his only son, spanning nearly 25 years. Roger Mortimer's sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, always generous letters to his son are packed with anecdotes and sharp observations, with a unique analogy for each and every scrape Charlie Mortimer got himself into. The trials and tribulations of his youth and early adulthood are received by his father with humour, understanding and a touch of resignation, making them the perfect reminder of when letters were common, but always special.A racing journalist himself, Roger Mortimer wrote for a living, yet still wrote more than 150 letters to his son as he left school, and lived in places such as South America, Africa, Weston-super-Mare and eventually London. These letters form a memoir of their relationship, and an affectionate portrait of a time gone by.

    • Diaries, letters & journals

      Robert Burns

      A Life in Letters

      by George Scott. Wilkie

    • Diaries, letters & journals

      The Life and Death of Rochester Sneath

      by Humphry Berkeley

      H. Rochester Sneath no longer exists. And if you wished to put your son's name on the waiting list for Selhurst School, near Petworth, Sussex, you might have a little difficulty. It doesn't exist either. But, as this collection of Sneath's letters, and the replies, proves, you can fool most of the people most of the time. Particularly, it seems, if the people happen to be the head masters of thos emost English private institutions - public schools.In early 1948 Sneath began his brief and glorious career. Letters, like canes, mortarboards and jaundiced rugger balls, began to appear in headmasters' offices, whose occupants, with two notable exceptions, appeared to find nothing strange in Sneath's requests or his exhortations. Pompous, indignant, eccentric, pushing, toadying, or just plain dotty, the letters were answered with a seriousness which is barely credible. For he wrote of:- infestations of rats- the possibility of 'engineering' Royal visits- how to hire a private detective- junior masters with club feet and warty noses- ghosts, cricket, statues, new buildings, 'monster' reunionsGeorge Bernard Shaw was puzzled, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott was booked up, as was Sir Adrian Boult. Sir William Reid Dick was eager. After four or five letters the Master of Marlborough becaqme exasperated, while the head master of St Benedict's was livid. A certain master displayed a cupidity not normally associated with men of the cloth; the new Master of Rugby was grateful for some wise advice; the head master of Stowe could not have been more helpful about sex. There was talk of Sneath succeeding the hea dmaster of Eton. One head master was so drawn to Sneath that he recommended Selhurst to a prospective parent, who promptly applied for a place on behalf of her son. His name was placed on 'the waiting list for the Waiting List'.Sneath's letters comprise a gentle and unmalicious, but devastatingly accurate parody of the public school system - a collection so intelligently absurd that it defies adequate description.

    • Diaries, letters & journals

      R.s. Thomas

      Letters to Raymond Garlick 1951-1999

      by R. S. Thomas

    • Diaries, letters & journals

      Concordance to the Letters of Emily Dickinson

      by Cynthia MacKenzie

      This valuable resource for Dickinson scholars is based on the Thomas H. Johnson three-volume edition of the letters (published in 1958 and 1965) as well as the 1998 one-volume paperback edition. The primary importance of the concordance pertains to the poetic quality of the letters themselves. As editor of both the poems and the letters, T.H. Johnson recognizes this link when he writes: "the letters both in style and rhythm begin to take on qualities that are so nearly the quality of her poems as on occasion to leave the reader in doubt where the letter leaves off and the poem begins." The similarities between the letters and the poems makes the typical concordance search for the poet's thematically significant words and biographical references particularly relevant. Tracing Dickinson's thoughts through her correspondence complements the ideas within her poetry and thus provides a more comprehensive insight into the poet's personal and artistic development. The concordance will facilitate an understanding of words or concepts that may be obscure in the poetry by itself. Research into Dickinson's problematic style, characterized by gaps, disjunctions, and ellipses, will be greatly enhanced. By listing Dickinson's words together with their contexts and frequencies, the concordance provides the scholar with the ability to answer confidently questions of a statistical or stylistic nature. Finally, one of the most important functions of this concordance is to provide scholar, student, and general reader alike with endless opportunities to make exciting and unexpected discoveries by way of browsing.

    • Prose: non-fiction

      Malta Spitfire

      The Diary of a Fighter Pilot

      by George F. Beurling

    • Diaries, letters & journals
      February 2014

      Michael Oakeshott: Notebooks, 1922-86

      by Oakeshott, Michael, A01; O'Sullivan, Luke, B01

      The sixth volume in the series Michael Oakeshott Selected...

    • Biography & True Stories
      May 2013

      The Valbonne Monologues

      by Chris France

      Living the life of the idle rich on the Cote d'Azur, here are some of the things being said about the author and his writing: - "The funniest book I have ever read." - "As funny as Wilt by Tom Sharp." - "50 shades of shite." - "As intellectually challenging as reading Heat magazine with a hangover." - "As appealing as sucking warm diarrhoea through a tramps sock." - "This book makes those who suggest you should never stop trying look really stupid." - "Somhow death seems a less daunting prospect after reading this book." - "If you want a gripping tale delivered with fine turns of phrase and an evocative prose, read another book."

    • Children's & YA
      September 2014

      The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti's Eye

      by Manu Herbstein

      On 13 June 1873 British forces bombarded Elmina town in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) and destroyed it. To this day it has not been rebuilt. Later that same year, using seaborne artillery, the British flattened ten coastal towns and villages – including Axim, Takoradi and Sekondi. On 6th February, 1874, after looting the Asantehene’s palace in Kumase, British troops blew up the stone building and set the city on fire, razing it to the ground. 15-year old Kofi Gyan witnesses these events and records them in his diary. This novel, first published soon after the 140th anniversary of the sack of Kumase, tells his story. Several historical characters feature in the novel: the Asantehene Kofi Karikari, the war correspondents Henry Morton Stanley and G. A. Henty and the war artist of the Illustrated London News, Melton Prior, who employs Kofi as his assistant. The novel is illustrated with 70 black and white images, mainly from the Illustrated London News of 1873 and 1874 The image on the front cover is of a solid gold mask looted from the Asantehene’s palace. It now resides in the vaults of the Wallace Collection in London. The Boy who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye is one of three winners of the 2013 Burt Award for African Literature in Ghana. The Burt Award for African Literature recognises excellence in young adult fiction from African countries. It supports the writing and publication of high quality, culturally relevant books and ensures their distribution to schools and libraries to help develop young people’s literacy skills and foster their love of reading. The Burt Award is generously sponsored by the Canadian philanthropist, Bill Burt, and is part of the ongoing literacy programmes of the Ghana Book Trust and of CODE, a Canadian NGO which has been supporting development through education for over 50 years. The Burt Award includes the guaranteed purchase of 3000 copies of the winning books for free distribution to secondary school libraries.

    • Diaries, letters & journals

      Letters from the Spanish Civil War

      A U.S. Volunteer Writes Home

      by Peter N. Carroll (editor), Fraser Ottanelli (editor)

      Letters from the Spanish Civil War provides a unique perspective into the motivations that led a young man from the American heartland to defy U.S. neutrality and travel to Spain to fight in defense of democracy against Nazi- and Fascist-backed aggression. Born in a small town in rural Ohio, Carl Geiser came from a deeply religious German-speaking family that had recently emigrated from Switzerland. The onset of the Great Depression exposed Geiser to the reality of hard times and discrimination, challenging his belief that hard work would bring self-reliance and just rewards. This awakening led him to question the logic and values of capitalism and to become active in a range of youth and student organizations linked to the Communist Party.Following the 1936 military uprising that was supported by Hitler and Mussolini against Spain’s legally elected Republican government, Geiser decided that more needed to be done than simply delivering speeches and raising money to fight fascism. Joining with over 35,000 volunteers from fifty countries to cross the Pyrenees and help defend the beleaguered and isolated government, Geiser acted on his personal political ideology, which was based on American small-town communal values and internationalist ideals of class-based solidarity.In Letters from the Spanish Civil War, possibly the largest surviving collection of letters written by a U.S. volunteer during this conflict, Geiser eloquently describes to family and friends the deep personal motivations that led him to risk his life to defend democracy in a faraway country. His detailed descriptions of the daily reality of warfare in one of the first battlefields of World War II sought to inspire those back home to awaken the U.S. public opinion and policy makers to the global threat of Fascist expansionism.

    • Diaries, letters & journals
      October 2013

      ‘Pe gallwn, mi luniwn lythyr’

      Golwg ar waith Menna Elfyn

      by Rhiannon Marks (Author)

      Cyfrol o feirniadaeth lenyddol arbrofol yw hon sy’n cynnig deongliadau amrywiol o waith y bard Menna Elfyn, ac yn rhoi cip inni ar ein hymwneud â llenyddiaeth a’n harferion darllen. Eir ati i gynnig dehongliad ffres o’r gwaith gan arbrofi am y tro cyntaf yn y Gymraeg â dull beirniadaeth epistolaidd, sef cyfres o lythyrau ffuglennol. Dyma hefyd yr astudiaeth estynedig gyntaf o farddoniaeth Menna Elfyn: rhoddir sylw i waith y bardd yn benodol, ond edrychir hefyd ar faterion cyfoes fel cyfieithu, perfformio a marchnata llenyddiaeth yn y Gymru sydd ohoni. Eir ati i herio arferion academaidd trwy droedio’r ffin rhwng ‘ffaith’ a ‘ffuglen’ er mwyn creu beirniadaeth aml-leisiol a darllenadwy sy’n adlewyrchu natur gymhleth ac amlweddog y broses ddarllen.

    • Diaries, letters & journals
      September 2013

      Amy Dillwyn

      by David Painting (Author)

      A biography of Amy Dillwyn (1845-1935), based largely on her diaries, novelist and extraordinary woman of exceptional spirit and personality born into one of Swansea's most distinguished families, who inherited her father's bankrupt business but learnt to make her way in a man's world.

    • Biography & True Stories
      March 2011

      Faithful Through Hard Times

      A WW2 True Story

      by Jean Gill

      WW2 military history, with extracts from a soldier's diary The true story of four years, 3 million bombs, one small island out-facing the might of the German and Italian airforces - and one young Scotsman who didn't want to be there. This is not a WW2 memoir. It is a riveting reconstruction from an eye-witness account written at the time in a secret diary, a diary too dangerous to show anyone and too precious to destroy.Young men died in wars and old men lied about what they'd done in them; George had no intention of doing either.Private George Taylor arrived on Malta in 1940 thinking that shiny buttons would earn him fast promotion; he left four years later, a cynical sergeant and a Master Mason who never said, 'I was there' without a bitter smile.Despite the times he said, 'It's me for the next boat', despite his fears that Nettie had forgotten him, George kept the motto of the Royal Army Medical Corps 'In arduis fidelis', 'faithful through hard times' - in public - and only told his diary the inside story of four long years.Sixty years later, the truth has to be told. Book trailer youtube.com/watch?v=WrOShZg44Ec

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