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Few people knew the vast Okavango Delta better than Willie Phillips. He first ventured into the swamps to hunt crocodile in 1958, aged only 22. Here he learnt the bush skills that would serve him well as the first non-white professional hunter in Botswana. He gained a reputation as competent, tough and quirky, and his clients returned regularly. He later became a conservationist, championing causes to protect his beloved Delta. His first job was as a bricklayer. Then he bought a truck, delivering goods along the sand tracks that passed as roads.
A Diplomat’s Life is a collection of the memoirs of Koto Matsudaira taken from his own manuscript notes and diaries, written towards the end of his life, and posthumously translated from Japanese to English with the assistance of the adviser to the family in Japan, Mr Akira Irie. Matsudaira came from a prominent family in pre-war Japan and rose to be a respected diplomat on the world stage following on from his unique involvement in the entry of the United States in to World War II in 1941.
This is the first collection of short stories by M J David. Drawn from personal experience and life in general, this eclectic mix of stories are captivating and will leave the reader wanting more. Some will have you asking questions about your life and how you live. Others will leave you with a sense of hope.
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.
When King Leonard II succeeds to his father’s throne, all is peaceful in the land of Bordeaux. But sibling rivalry is never very far away. His brother, Morvan, has other ideas of how things should be run and with the help of his two wicked conspirators he sets about achieving his own, evil, ends.
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.
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.
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.’
The Second in the Sam Spray series (Book 1 Fatal Connections). The Irish Potato Famine resonates with events thirty years later in the Peak District where a man is found shot in a railyard and a locked van has been broken into. Sergeant Sam Spray and Constable William Archer are called in, only to find themselves involved in something more dangerous than they could have imagined. Meanwhile, domestic events become tragically entangled with their investigation.