First Frost

Author: Sarah Addison Allen
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250019834
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First Frost from the Author: Sarah Addison Allen. A tale set 10 years after the events in Garden Spells finds Claire's happy contentment shattered by her father's revelations, which challenge everything she ever believed about herself.

Night Trains

Author: Andrew Martin
Publisher: Profile Books
ISBN: 1782832122
Size: 14.14 MB
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Night Trains from the Author: Andrew Martin. Night trains have long fascinated us with the possibilities of their private sleeping compartments, gilded dining cars, champagne bars and wealthy travellers. Authors from Agatha Christie to Graham Greene have used night trains to tell tales of romance, intrigue and decadence against a rolling background of dramatic landscapes. The reality could often be as thrilling: early British travellers on the Orient Express were advised to carry a revolver (as well as a teapot). In Night Trains, Andrew Martin attempts to relive the golden age of the great European sleeper trains by using their modern-day equivalents. This is no simple matter. The night trains have fallen on hard times, and the services are disappearing one by one. But if the Orient Express experience can only be recreated by taking three separate sleepers, the intriguing characters and exotic atmospheres have survived. Whether the backdrop is 3am at a Turkish customs post, the sun rising over the Riviera, or the constant twilight of a Norwegian summer night, Martin rediscovers the pleasures of a continent connected by rail. By tracing the history of the sleeper trains, he reveals much of the recent history of Europe itself. The original sleepers helped break down national barriers and unify the continent. Martin uncovers modern instances of European unity - and otherwise - as he traverses the continent during 'interesting times', with Brexit looming. Against this tumultuous backdrop, he experiences his own smaller dramas, as he fails to find crucial connecting stations, ponders the mystery of the compartment dog, and becomes embroiled in his very own night train whodunit.

First Australians Unillustrated

Author: Rachel Perkins
Publisher: The Miegunyah Press
ISBN: 9780522859546
Size: 35.59 MB
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First Australians Unillustrated from the Author: Rachel Perkins. This book is the dramatic story of the collision of two worlds that created contemporary Australia. Told from the perspective of Australia's first people, it vividly brings to life the events that unfolded when the oldest living culture in the world was overrun by the world's greatest empire. Seven of Australia's leading historians reveal the true stories of individuals-both black and white-caught in an epic drama of friendship, revenge, loss and victory in Australia's most transformative period of history. Their story begins in 1788 in Warrane, now known as Sydney, with the friendship between an Englishman, Governor Phillip, and the kidnapped warrior Bennelong. It ends in 1993 with Koiki Mabo's legal challenge to the foundation of Australia.

Wave Me Goodbye

Author: Jacqueline Wilson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448198062
Size: 35.25 MB
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Wave Me Goodbye from the Author: Jacqueline Wilson. September, 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She doesn’t know where she’s going, or what’s going to happen to her when she gets there. All she has been told is that she’s going on ‘a little holiday’. Shirley is billeted in the country, with two boys from East End London, Kevin and Archie – and their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives for ever. Award-winning, bestselling and beloved author Jacqueline Wilson turns to this period of history for the first time, in this beautiful, moving story of friendship and bravery against the backdrop of the worst conflict the world has ever known.

Last Trains

Author: Charles Loft
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
ISBN: 1849545634
Size: 13.51 MB
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Last Trains from the Author: Charles Loft. During the course of the 1950s England lost confidence in its rulers and convinced itself it must modernise. The bankrupt, steam-powered railway, run by a Colonel Blimp, symbolised everything that was wrong with the country; the future lay in motorways and high-speed electric - or even atomic - express trains. But plans for a gleaming new railway system ended in failure and on the roads traffic ground to a halt. Along came Dr Beeching, forensically analysing the railways' problems and expertly delivering his diagnosis: a third of the nation's railways must go. Local services were destroyed, rural England sacrificed for tarmac and wheel - at least that is how Dr Beeching is remembered today. Last Trains examines why and how the railway system contracted, exposing the political failures that bankrupted the railways and scrutinising the attempts of officials to understand a transport revolution beyond their control. It is a story of the increasing alienation of bureaucrats from the public they thought they were serving, but also of a nation struggling to come to terms with modernity.

Railway Top Spots

Author: Julian Holland
Publisher: David & Charles
ISBN: 1446302628
Size: 27.21 MB
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Railway Top Spots from the Author: Julian Holland. A nostalgic look back at the top spots for trainspotters in the1950s and 60s. A wealth of memories for those once and always train enthusiastswho can remember the excitement of close encounters with steam and speed,tracks and trains, engines and engineers. Divided into the six British railwayregions, each chapter documents the favourite stations and engine sheds thatwere a magnet to the spotter. An evocative look at the golden age of Britishrailways in the post-war years, this book revisits the bestselling The LostJoy of Railways with the addition of new photographs, personal note bookpages, and other ephemera. A perfect gift for train spotters, old andyoung.

The Good Girl Of Chinatown

Author: Jenevieve Chang
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
ISBN: 1760140783
Size: 45.47 MB
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The Good Girl Of Chinatown from the Author: Jenevieve Chang. 'Jenevieve Chang is a natural storyteller, and her absorbing memoir - spanning China, Britain and Australia - is told with grace, precision and unmatched elegance.' Benjamin Law From Sydney suburbia to the grey clouds of London, Jenevieve Chang has been running away for as long as she can remember. Now - along with other Westerners trying to escape the 2008 GFC - she has arrived in Shanghai, a city from her family's past. But this glittering metropolis once known as the 'Whore of the Orient' throws up more hurdles than she bargains for. As her marriage collapses and she struggles to fit in with this over-the-top new world, Jenevieve searches for a place to call home. And then she finds it: Chinatown, Shanghai's first Vaudeville, Variety and Burlesque Club. She will remake herself as one of the Chinatown Dolls, the most sought-after showgirls in town. When the club begins to spectacularly derail, though, and with memories of the past pressing in, Jenevieve finds herself more lost than ever. Struggling with her identity amid the hedonism and history of Shanghai, she realises that she's following in the footsteps of her parents and her grandparents in unexpected ways she hadn't realised. Now she must decide between the pleasure of propping up illusions or the possible redemption of facing up to her past. Vibrant, bold and raw, The Good Girl of Chinatown is a memoir weaving multiple narratives across three generations and continents. It is a story about the boundaries we choose to cross and the roles we choose to play. And it is a story about family and the ways we try - but sometimes fail - to be good for them. 'Jenevieve weaves together a story of intergenerational trauma, loss and culture into an unexpectedly wild journey across the world. You will find her vulnerability and spirit hard to put down.' Deng Adut, author of Songs of a War Boy 'I was blown away by Jenevieve Chang's beautiful, ballsy memoir. Gorgeously written and fascinating . . . she's a natural storyteller.' Leanne Hall, author of This is Shyness 'Gripping, honest and brave, Jenevieve's memoir gives a uniquely personal insight into the hidden hedonism of modern day China and a life lived between cultures.' Clare Atkins, author of Nona and Me