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Author: Humphrey Carpenter, biographer, Jazz musician and author.
Publisher: Hodder & stoughton, London, 2003, 3rd print, four parts, b/w photos, 435pp.
Condition:Crisp grey cloth-bound hardcover with bright silver title to spine, burgundy endpapers, no inscriptions, slight age-toning to ROBUST, TIGHT PAGES, in VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Description: In the first major biography after Spike Milligan's death, Humphrey Carpenter draws more fully than ever before on Spike's writings and those closest to him to chart the life of this most complex man. He clearly uncovers a complex personality.
Author: Henry Purvis AFC & Joan Priest
Publisher: pub., Rigby, Adelaide, 1979 FIRST EDITION hardcover with dustjacket, 23 chapters, illustrated with black & white photos index, 228pp
Condition:cloth-bound hardcover with title to spine, STRAIGHT, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION with, in a GOOD DUSTJACKET with slight rubbing, minor edgewear to jacket.
Description: The classic Australian adventure story, Purvis flew with Kingsford-Smith,
Barnstorming Flying Circuses & Joy rides RAAF Wing Commander
Lasseter's Lost Reef Pacific Ocean flights.
Author: Billy Thorpe
Publisher: Macmillan, Sydney 1998, First Edition, softcover large 8vo, 26 chapters,426pp.
Condition:Crisp softcover with slight age-toning to ROBUST pages,in GOOD CONDITION.
Description: As Billy lies in a hospital bed, trying vainly to work out how even he managed to get himself into this mess, he wanders through the corridors of his life, the music, the mayhem, the mind altering substances;the Sunbury Aztecs, the girls, the characters.
Author: M H Ellis, author of "Lachlan Macquarie" and "Francis Greenway". Historian and author of Australian history.
Publisher: Angus & Robertson, 1955, FIRST EDITION, Hc with Dj, 6 sections, 35 chapters, bibliog., notes, Index, coloured and b/w plates.
Condition:Crisp burgundy cloth-bound hardcover with boxed title to spine and gilt motif to front cover, maps to endpapers, STRAIGHT & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION with some ephemera to prelim pages, mild age-toning to pp. edges. Covered with plastic, non-adhesive slip.
Description: The Australian classic, the first full-length biography published 150 years after Macarthur returned from England with the first authenticated pure Merino sheep.With news cutting ephemera. In hardcover, the first edition, with dustjacket
Author: Donald Friend (1915-1989) one of Australia's most significant artists,edited by biographer Ian Britain ISBN 9781921656705 foreword by BARRY HUMPHRIES
Publisher: Text Publishing Melbourne Australia with support of the National Library of Australia and the Trustees of the will of the late Donald Friend, 2010, 478pp,Photos
Condition:Crisp large paperback with uncreased spine, very minor age-toning to robust pages, in GOOD PLUS CONDITION. Many of Donald Friend's works are held in the National Gallery of Australia and the Art Gallery of NSW. Includes his BALI entries.
Description: Diary entries 1920's - 1980's - Made Wijaya (Michael White), Russell Drysdale,Mick Jagger, Gore Vidal, Robert Hughes, Margaret Olley, Robert Helpmann, and so many more are mentioned regularly. Includes his diary entries when living in BALI.
Author: JOAN COLEBROOK - Author of 'All That Seemed Final', 'The Northerner', 'The Cross of Lassitude' and 'The Innocents of the West'
Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London, 1988, First Edition, hardcover 8vo with dj, 256 pages, 17 Chapters.
Condition:Green cloth-bound hardcover with gilt title to spine, minimal edgewear, CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, previous owner's name to frepr - 'Maisie' (probably Maisie Drysdale) in an unclipped GOOD DUSTJACKET with slight rubbing & edgewear.
Description: This memoir tells of a country that was rich in beauty and contradictions; aboriginal gunyahs and afternoon tea; monsoons and Victrola dances; bush missionaries and Anglican girl's schools.
Vivid, entertaining and wonderfully evocative.
Author: LESLIE POIDEVIN - Author of 'Samurais And Circumcisions' & 'Goodbye Doctor' & 'Doctor Goes Farming' - Inscribed
Publisher: Self-published by the author, August 1988, First Edition, stiff-board softcover 8vo, 170pp., B/W PHOTOGRAPHS, 7 Parts, Reflections & Appendices.
Condition:Illustrated with title to spine & frcvr, slight rubbing to spine & corners, Inscription to frepr; 'To Colin Father's Day 1988 "Matey"', CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION.
Description: Once more the author has given the reader a delightful experience. The stories from his childhood indiscretions through his adult adventures to his final reflections again display his humour and his perception of life about him.
Author: LESLIE POIDEVIN - Author of 'Samurais And Circumcisions' & 'Goodbye Doctor' & 'The Lucky Doctor' - Inscribed
Publisher: Self-published by the author, May 1987, First Edition, stiff-board softcover 8vo, 152pp., 25 Chapters & Postscript.
Condition:Colour Illustrated with title to spine & frcvr, slight rubbing to spine & corners, Inscription to frepr; 'To Colin Xmas 1988 Matey', CLEAN & TIGHT in GOOD CONDITION, a couple of marks to outside page edges.
Description: These delightfully amusing stories are of a doctor who sought another challenge by becoming a 'hobby farmer'.
His experiences with cattle, sheep, horses and everyday farm affairs are all peppered with his unique crisp style of humour and fantasy.