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'Dudley, There Is No Tomorrow!' 'Then How About This Afternoon?'

Author: Shepherd Mead

Publisher: Four Square (1965)

It is almost impossible to describe the wild and unconventional hilarity of this novel by the author of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. With a Great Gatsby atmosphere and Goonish pace, it tells of a crumbling Long Island Railway station beside the glittering North Shore, where no train stops, or ever will again. Once the station was worthless: now (some say) it is beyond price.

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1066 And All That

Authors: W C Sellar, R J Yeatman

Publisher: Methuen (1998)

A comic satire upon textbook history squeezing in "all the history you can remember" from the Olden Days and dashing Queen Woadicea to the reigns of the Eggkings (Eggberd, Eggbreth and Eggforth, and their mysterious Eggdeath), from the dreadful story of Stephen and his aunt Matilda to the Magna Charter, from the six burglars of Calais to the disillusion of the monasteries and the life of Broody Mary, from Williamanmary, when "England was ruled by an orange", to the Boston Tea-Party and the annoying confusion between Napoleon and Nelson, to the Peace to end all Peace. This light-hearted look at England and history provides a colourful commentary for all those with a curiosity for the past.

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1234 QI Facts To Leave You Speechless

Authors: John Lloyd, John Mitchinson, James Harkin, QI Elves

Publisher: Faber & Faber (2015)

The QI team have blown your socks off, made your jaw drop and knocked you sideways. Now they return with 1,234 brand-new mind-blowing facts that will leave you speechless.

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A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Harper Collins (2011)

Knocked unconscious, it is only when mechanic Hank Morgan comes to that he finds himself in 6th-century England rather than 19th-century America. Surrounded by the traditions and customs of Camelot and King Arthur’s court, Morgan dislikes the hereditary social class structure and state church and attempts to instill his American idealism and love for technology and progress in King Arthur’s people. Hugely comedic and satirical in its take on the British monarchy and society, the book remains one of Twain’s most original and best-loved works.

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A Damsel In Distress

Author: P G Wodehouse

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A Horse's Tale

Author: Mark Twain

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A Horse's Tale is a novel by Mark Twain, written partially in the voice of Soldier Boy, who is Buffalo Bill's favorite horse, at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. 7th Cavalry.

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A Long Night At Abu Simbel

Author: Penelope Lively

Part of a series: Penguin 60s

Publisher: Penguin Books (1995)

Three short stories, the first of which focuses on a group of people trapped in an Egyptian airport without a tour guide. The second looks at a woman's outrage when a cat impregnates her kitten, and the third examines the end of an affair. All three explore beneath the veneer of good behaviour.

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A Man Of Means

Author: P G Wodehouse

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A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian

Author: Marina Lewycka

Publisher: Viking (2005)

Two years after my mother died, my father fell in love with a glamorous blonde Ukrainian divorcee. He was eighty-four and she was thirty-six. She exploded into our lives like a fluffy pink grenade, churning up the murky water, bringing to the surface the sludge of sloughed-off memories, giving the family ghosts a kick up the backside. When their recently widowed father announces he plans to remarry, sisters Vera and Nadezhda realize they must put aside a lifetime of feuding in order to save him. His new love is a voluptuous gold-digger from the Ukraine half his age, with a proclivity for green satin underwear and boil-in-the-bag cuisine, who stops at nothing in her single-minded pursuit of the luxurious Western lifestyle she dreams of. But the old man, too, is pursuing his eccentric dreams - and writing a history of tractors in Ukrainian. A wise, tender and deeply funny novel about families, the healing of old wounds, the trials and consolations of old age and really about the legacy of Europe's history over the last fifty years. Marina Lewycka was born of Ukrainian parents in a refugee camp in Kiel, Germany, at the end of the war, and grew up in England. She teaches at Sheffield Hallam University. She is married, with a grown-up daughter, and lives in Sheffield.

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A Tramp Abroad

Author: Mark Twain

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Twain's account of travelling in Europe, A TRAMP ABROAD, sparkles with the author's shrewd observations and highly opinionated comments on Old World culture, and showcases his unparalleled ability to integrate humorous sketches, autobiographical tidbits, and historical anecdotes in a consistently entertaining narrative. Cast in the form of a walking tour through Germany, Switzerland, France and Italy, A TRAMP ABROAD includes among its adventures a voyage by raft down the Neckar and an ascent of Mount Blanc by telescope, as well as the author's attempts to study art - a wholly imagined activity Twain 'authenticated' with his own wonderfully primitive pictures included in this volume.

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