The Fire Came By: The Riddle of the Great Siberian Explosion 1908 lands on the shelves of the remarkable Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Science
The Fire Came By: The Riddle of the Great Siberian Explosion 1908 by John Baxter & Thomas Atkins
London: MacDonald & Jane’s, 1977
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Blue boards with Silver titling to Spine
2nd impression. [First Edition: 1976] Illustrated by way of: Appendices [4]; Black & White Photographs; Maps;

From the cover: At 7:17 A. M. on the morning of June 30, 1908, a cylindrical object blazed across the cloudless skies of central Siberia, and the desolate Central Plateau shuddered under the impact of a cataclysmic explosion. The initial thermal blast was followed by primary and secondary shock waves, a hideous firestorm, and a black rain that contaminated hundreds of square miles. The seismic shock was registered in Moscow, Paris, London, even around the world in Washington, D. C.

For nearly seventy years one question has gone unanswered: What caused it?

Here is the riveting story of the Great Siberian Explosion: one of the most intriguing, yet-to-be-solved mysteries of this century. Beginning with accounts of the first expeditions to the area in 1927, when scientists set out looking for a meteor crater that would explain the blast and found none to the nuclear/space age when the realities of atomic warfare and the discoveries of modern astrophysics have led to speculations involving the possibility of black holes and antimatter, the evidence repeatedly supports a theory that only a generation ago would have been unthinkable. That a nuclear-powered, extraterrestrial spacecraft destructed while attempting to land on earth, unleashing irreversible atomic holocaust.

As gripping as a detective story, The Fire Came By is an enthralling investigation into the most powerful unexplained explosion mankind has ever known.
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Spanish Cooking appears in the tremendous Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Cookery Spanish
Spanish Cooking by Elizabeth Cass
London: The Cookery Book Club, 1968
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Red boards with Gilt titling to Spine
From the cover: Doctor Cass practised for many years in Gibraltar, from where she made extensive journeys through Spain. Her skill as a cook is combined with an exploratory spirit and a lively enjoyment of good food. She carried home recipes from every region, tested them, compared them, checked and double-checked them, and has now set them out clearly and concisely for English-speaking readers.

She includes for the benefit of travellers in Spain a long chapter on the characteristic dishes of the various regions, with suggestions on what to ask for. She has also had the courage to undertake a classification of the fish to be found off Spanish shores, with descriptive notes on their appearance and eating quali-ties: a much-needed contribution to the full enjoyment of gastronomic opportunities.

Although Doctor Cass writes for the kitchen rather than for the bookshelf, her relish for her subject and her detailed knowledge give her book an atmosphere which makes it enjoyable as well as useful.
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Cloak Without Dagger makes it to the shelves of the breathtaking Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Biography
Cloak Without Dagger by Sir Percy Sillitoe
London: Cassell & Co., 1955
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Red boards with Gilt titling to Spine
3rd edition. [First Published: 1955] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Portrait to the frontispiece;

From the cover: At a time when the public was being shocked by the revelations of Igor Gouzenko and the trial of Alan Nunn May into the realisation that, though the war was just over, the hidden war of the secret agent was still going on, Sir Percy Sillitoe became Director-General of M. I-5. Ambitious as he had always been, he had never in his wildest day-dreams visualised himself at the head of the Secret Service, but these extraordinary memoirs provide a more than adequate explanation of the rise to so exalted a position of the one-time choirboy of St. Pauls Cathedral.

They tell the story of a fifty-years fight for law and order against the criminals of two nations, first in South Africa and later amid the violence of gang warfare in Sheffield and Glasgow. It was Sillitoe who, as Chief Constable of Sheffield, broke the Mooney and Garvin gangs who had so terrorised the town that no witness would give evidence in court. The story of the defeat of the gangsters reads more like a Hollywood film script than a sober record of events in an English provincial town.
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Best Hunting Stories lands on the shelves of the remarkable Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Fiction Author: W
Best Hunting Stories by John Welcome & Vincent Orchard
London: Faber & Faber, 1954
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Red boards with Gilt titling to Spine
From the cover: Best Hunting Stories has between its covers a selection from the works of a brilliant school of writers whose inspiration has been the thrill of the Chase. It ranges over a wide field, now depicting a fell hunt in Wales or presently a pack in the deep South of the United States. In its colourful pages are the excitement of a hunt in High Leicestershire, or all the rapture and romance of Irish hunting, with its sidelights on the complexities of the Irish character.

The period of 1920-50 produced some exceptionally clever writers on hunting, among them Henry Williamson (a Hawthornden Prize winner), March Phillips, R. P. Harris and Ernest Lewis, all of whom are represented in the collection. They take their places along with Trollope and his Victorian contemporaries and with the sterner stuff from the evergreen Surtees and the hard-bitten Nimrod. The collection is also graced by stories by Somerville and Ross, and Siegfried Sassoon, and by a delightful story of Irish roguery from the pen of M. J. Farrell, the gifted authoress of Spring Meeting and Treasure Hunt. Conan Doyles immortal Brigadier Gerard slays a fox in true Gallic style, and readers may laugh or cry over an original story, specially contributed, by the one and only Dalesman.
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Old Clocks for Modern Use: With a Guide to Their Mechanism turns up at the glorious Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Horology
Old Clocks for Modern Use: With a Guide to Their Mechanism by Edward Wenham
London: Spring Books, 1965
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Red boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by: Edgar Holloway
Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: It is obvious to most people that a clock is more than a mere means of counting off seconds, minutes and hours. What is perhaps not so obvious is that an old timepiece, from the workshop of a master craftsman, is no mere ornament either, and that for precision and accuracy a fine eighteenth century clock may be unexcelled by most modern specimens.

Edward Wenham enjoys clocks he enjoys making them and taking them to pieces, and he finds them relaxing companions. This sense of enjoyment is well conveyed in his book which traces the development of time-pieces from the earliest sundials, water clocks and sandglasses. His explanation of clock mechanism is clear and free of technical jargon and his descriptions of lantern clocks, bracket clocks and grandfather clocks all of them suitable for everyday use in modern homes and of more detailed features such as dials and hands, are far removed from the rather forbidding catalogue style of the museum or auction room.

It is this insistence that old time-pieces are not to be regarded as adornments that gives Mr. Wenhams book its practical value and appeal to the non-specialist reader. Modern reproductions of old clocks are not to be derided and amateur clock-making can be a wonderfully satisfying hobby, even if one cannot begin to emulate the wonderful clocks reproduced in the many line drawings and photographs in Mr. Wenhams book. As he says in his Preface,to the uninformed, any piece of machinery can appear almost alarmingly intricate; but if it is studied bit by bit and the reason for its action and movement followed to the source, its mystery disappears and is replaced by the pleasure which comes from understanding.
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Old Clocks for Modern Use: With a Guide to Their Mechanism turns up at the glorious Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

Latest addition to the bookshelves of the leading book shop in Peasedown St. John!

Category: Horology
Old Clocks for Modern Use: With a Guide to Their Mechanism by Edward Wenham
London: Spring Books, 1965
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Red boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by: Edgar Holloway
Illustrated by way of: Frontispiece; Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: It is obvious to most people that a clock is more than a mere means of counting off seconds, minutes and hours. What is perhaps not so obvious is that an old timepiece, from the workshop of a master craftsman, is no mere ornament either, and that for precision and accuracy a fine eighteenth century clock may be unexcelled by most modern specimens.

Edward Wenham enjoys clocks he enjoys making them and taking them to pieces, and he finds them relaxing companions. This sense of enjoyment is well conveyed in his book which traces the development of time-pieces from the earliest sundials, water clocks and sandglasses. His explanation of clock mechanism is clear and free of technical jargon and his descriptions of lantern clocks, bracket clocks and grandfather clocks all of them suitable for everyday use in modern homes and of more detailed features such as dials and hands, are far removed from the rather forbidding catalogue style of the museum or auction room.

It is this insistence that old time-pieces are not to be regarded as adornments that gives Mr. Wenhams book its practical value and appeal to the non-specialist reader. Modern reproductions of old clocks are not to be derided and amateur clock-making can be a wonderfully satisfying hobby, even if one cannot begin to emulate the wonderful clocks reproduced in the many line drawings and photographs in Mr. Wenhams book. As he says in his Preface,to the uninformed, any piece of machinery can appear almost alarmingly intricate; but if it is studied bit by bit and the reason for its action and movement followed to the source, its mystery disappears and is replaced by the pleasure which comes from understanding.
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Glacier Run shows up at the wonderful Fact or Fable Book Shop in Peasedown St. John

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Category: Fiction Author: B
Glacier Run by Phyllida Barstow
London: Century, 1983
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Blue boards with Gilt titling to Spine
From the cover: It wasnt much to ask a friend, as Rowan put it. Just to join her in an Alpine skiing holiday, and discreetly provide an alibi while she visited her lover. But beautiful, wilful Rowan, heiress to the Henschel millions, had a knack of twisting facts to suit herself. When she vanished from the ski-slopes one afternoon, Catta Chiltern found that covering up for her wasnt going to be easy.

Too many people were interested in Rowans whereabouts. Robin Labouchere, the brilliant, temperamental slalom champion, and his tough, cynical brother, Richard, refused to believe the carefully-concocted cover story. Her jet-setting friends, living it up in Frances smartest ski-resort, suspected Catta had something to hide. Worst of all was the accusation from Rowans husband, Charles, that Catta had plotted her friends abduction. Convinced that Rowan was in danger, Catta set off on a terrifying path of investigation.
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