Holocaust Journey: Travelling in Search of the Past reaches the shelves of the remarkable Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Travel Europe
Holocaust Journey: Travelling in Search of the Past by Martin Gilbert
London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Green boards with Silver titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Maps; Plans;

From the cover: In 1996 Martin Gilbert was asked by a group of his graduate students to lead them on a tour of the places in Europe that were the stage of one of historys greatest human tragedies. The two-week journey that resulted, with Englands leading Holocaust and World War II scholar as its guide, culminated in the powerful travel narrative Holocaust Journey.

Gilbert skilfully interweaves present-day experiences, personal memories, and historical accounts. More than fifty photographs taken over the course of this unique voyage are included, among them shots of Berlin, at the spot of the 1933 book burning; the railway line to Auschwitz; Oskar Schindlers factory in Crakow, Poland; and memorial stones from Treblinka. Together with fifty-five maps, these illustrations add an arresting visual dimension to this powerful story.
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Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale appears in the fabulous Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Biography
Raymond Williams: A Warrior’s Tale by Dai Smith
Cardigan: Parthian, 2008
Paperback
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs;

From the cover: Using a rich array of material from Williams hitherto unused personal papers, diaries, letters, unpublished novels and stories, notebooks, work drafts and fragments, Dai Smith takes us through the formative years on the Welsh Border as the son of a railway signalman and his wife, on to Cambridge in 1939 and War service in Normandy, to show in telling detail how the making of Culture and Society (1958) and the writing of his novel, Border Country (1960) was all of a piece in the conceptual breakthrough he strove to make in the 1950s. The meaning of Raymond Williams is revealed in his making.

This biography places its central figure within a deeply researched social and cultural history so that we can see again, as Raymond Williams insisted we should that Culture is a whole way of life.
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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists alights on the shelves of the glorious Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Fiction Author: T
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists by Robert Tressell
London: Lawrence & Wishart, 1989
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Red boards with Gilt titling to Spine
A Later Printing.

From the cover: The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is a unique document. A novel of humour and sharply observed characterisation, it is also a passionate defence of socialist ideas and one of the first truly imaginative portrayals of life written from a working-class perspective.

The book charts a year in the lives of a group of painters and decorators in the town of Mugsborough at the turn of the century. Haunted by fears of unemployment, the men struggle to keep their jobs at any cost but, in the course of events, some of them begin to realise that their condition of miserable poverty is neither natural nor just. When the first, abridged edition appeared in 1914, few of its readers were indifferent to the emotional force of the narrative. Even the Daily Telegraph was moved to describe it as one of the most extraordinary revelations that has ever been made in the guise of fiction and the Times Literary Supplement said of it, The book lives by its minute fidelity, its convincing air of fact, and by the writers passion for his subject.

The author, Robert Noonan (Tressell), was a painter and decorator himself and drew on his own experience of working life in Hastings. As an Irishman who came to England after some years in South Africa, Noonan was unprepared for the complacency of the British class system and the apathy of his fellows: this brings a quality of moral fury to his narrative that perhaps only an outsiders perspective could foster. The novel was an extraordinary achievement in the face of his growing ill-health and the harsh demands of paid work. In his own words it is the story of twelve months in hell told by one of the damned.

Noonan died of tuberculosis in a workhouse infirmary, believing that his novel would never be published, and it was not until 1955, when Lawrence & Wishart brought out the first complete edition, that the book could be read as he had intended it. In the eighty years since it was written The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists has become the classic novel of British socialism, and as a voice against injustice and hypocrisy it is as powerful and moving today as ever.
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Kitty and Virgil makes it to the shelves of the marvellous Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Fiction Author: B
Kitty and Virgil by Paul Bailey
London: Fourth Estate, 1998
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Blue boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Signed by the author on the title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.

From the cover: A love story set in Romania and England by the author of the Booker shortlisted bestseller, Gabriels Lament, Paul Baileys most ambitious novel yet. Kitty Crozier wakes up in a hospital ward and finds a stranger looking down at her. Thus begins the most important, most demanding, most exhilarating relationship of Kittys life.

Her lovers name is Virgil Florescu, a poet who has escaped from Ceausescus Romania. As their liaison deepens, more is revealed of their previous lives and of their different families. Both Kitty and Virgil have unusual fathers: Kittys is a phenomenally accomplished philanderer, while Virgils has changed his political allegiances from left to right and back again in order to ensure his survival. The book is rich in characters and despite its tragic theme which is not revealed until late in the narrative is often fiendishly funny.

For all its concern with public issues of morality, it is very much about family life or rather, that of two distinct families with interesting histories and secrets, not all of them unhappy.
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By the Light of the Moon breezes into the splendid Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Fiction Author: K
By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz
London: Headline , 2002
Hardback with Dust Jacket over boards with titling to
From the cover: When artist Dylan OConnor pulls into a motel off the Arizona interstate highway, all he wants to do is relax with his autistic brother Shepherd, and get a good nights sleep. Yet within the hour he finds himself bound, gagged and being injected with some mysterious fluid by a lunatic doctor who claims that Dylan will be the carrier for his lifes work.

Jillian Jackson, a comedian, is midway through her tour of seedy cocktail lounges and second-rate comedy clubs, accompanied only by her pet pot plant Fred. Her plans for stardom are dramatically altered, however, when she too falls victim to the same eccentric scientist, who makes off with her beloved Cadillac.

The doctor warns his victims that he is being pursued and that they too are now targets. If they are caught, they will be killed. Both are sceptical, but when 3 black Chevrolet Suburbans come screaming into the motel car park and Jillians stolen car is found in flames, they begin to wonder if the lunatic doctor wasnt so mad after all
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The House of the Spirits pops up in the breathtaking Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Fiction Author: A
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
London: Jonathan Cape, 1985
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Green boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Translated by: Magda Bogin
From the cover: Spanning four generations, Isabel Allendes family saga is populated by a memorable, often eccentric, cast of characters. Together, men and women, spirits, the forces of nature and of history, converge in a brlliantly realised novel.

Spanning four generations, Isabel Allendes magnificent family saga is populated by a memorable, often eccentric cast of characters. Together, men and women, spirits, the forces of nature, and of history, converge in an unforgettable, wholly absorbing and brilliantly realised novel that is as richly entertaining as it is a masterpiece of modern literature.
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The Cretan shows up at the mind-boggling Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Fiction Author: A
The Cretan by Elisabeth Ayrton
London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1963
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Gilt titling to Spine
From the cover: Arkas the Cretan is a man between two worlds. As a boy he worked on the site of Minoan Knossos with Sir Arthur Evans. During the war his eardrums were burst by an explosion, and he is stone deaf. Doubly crippled, by his physical disability and his patchwork education, he is no longer a peasant, yet cannot be anything else. Guilt-ridden and revengeful, he engages in the illicit digging of archaeological treasure-trove and in doing so courts dramatic disaster.

Mrs Ayrton has written a rich, exciting and superbly original novel. The harsh yet romantic background of Crete its mountains and olive-trees, its burning contrasts of light and shade makes a memorable setting for her story. At one level The Cretan is a fast-moving narrative of suspense and adventure; at another, a portrait in depth of a most complex, spiky, yet sympathetic hero. In a Minoan tomb or pursued by his enemies through the Cretan hills, Arkas dominates this novel. He is an unforgettable character, as are the donkey, Pasiphae, Koryne, the Crow Girl, and the child, Spiro.
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