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The Exeter Book Riddles: Revised Edition
1 The Exeter Book Riddles: Revised Edition
U. K. Penguin 1993 0140433678 / 9780140433678 Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
124 pages. This is a translation of the 96 Anglo-Saxon poems from the 11th-century "Exeter Book". Ranging from natural phenomena to animal and bird life, from the Christian concept of creation to prosaic domestic objects, the riddles are full of sharp observation and earthy humour. 
Price: 8.50 AUD
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2 Alderson, Maggie Handbag Heaven
Australia Penguin 2001 0143000055 / 9780143000051 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo Maggie Alderson 
192 pages. Maggie Alderson is a firm believer in heaven - handbag heaven that is. Why else would finding a vintage Kelly bag seem like a blessing and resisting that Jamin Puech bag feel so hellish?In this witty and irreverent book Maggie Alderson guides you through not only the perils of shopping but also everyday life, explaining among other things why even the smallest clothing purchase is a major life decision, and why Buddha was right when he said 'the root of all suffering is desire' . . . especially when it comes to Ricky Martin.Open up Alderson's bag of goodies to find out about fashion, beauty myths, her theory of shopping relativity, hair, and cockroaches (ahem). No subject is off limits and no bag remains unturned. Upper corner of title page was cut off. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Help! My Parents Think I'm a Robot, Andy Griffiths Terry Denton
3 Andy Griffiths Terry Denton Help! My Parents Think I'm a Robot
Australia Pan Childrens 2010 0330454269 / 9780330454261 Soft Cover Good 12mo 
214 pages. Help! My Parents Think I'm a Robot is a collection of ten insanely shocking stories from Andy Griffiths and illustrated by Terry Denton - the creators of the smash hit The 13-Storey Treehouse. Is this the right book for you? Take this quiz to find out! Do you ever flush your sister's head down the toilet? Do you ever make pretend funny home videos? Do you ever play lemonade roulette? Do you want to read a list of 101 dangerous things? Do you want to learn twelve truly shocking facts? Score one point for each 'yes' answer. 3-5 You are obviously a very shocking person. You will love this book. 1-2 You are a fairly shocking person. You will love this book. You don't realize how much fun being shocking can be. 0 You will love this book. There are moderate creases in the cover. 
Price: 12.50 AUD
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Cats Cradles and Chamomile Tea, Anna Maria Delloso
4 Anna Maria Delloso Cats Cradles and Chamomile Tea
Australia Random House 1990 0900882530 / 9780900882531 Soft Cover Good 12mo 
208 pages. CATS, CRADLES AND CHAMOMILE TEA is an entertaining collection of the best of Anna Maria Dell'oso's columns from the Good Weekend magazine in 1986- 87. Part philosophy, part biography, part humour but mostly expressing the joy of writing and com municating with people, the columns frankly reflect the life of an Italo-Australian woman in her mid- twenties exploring career, travel, love, babies, ter races, cockroaches, yuppie pretensions and the fate of the post-nuclear world as we know it, U.G. (Under Greenhouse). The columns have been updated and extended with the addition of new long stories. I well remember the shock, the hubbub, that passed amongst our numbers when the first writings of Anna Maria Delloso appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald... It's marvellous to see her writing again, adding to her body of work. And it's marvellous to find herthoughts between covers, instead of in the pages of the popular press where she represented such an urgent threat to my withered and cadaverous colleagues. This book Ccntains 1986-87 articles from the Good weekend magazine. 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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Introducing Ozcroc ... the Little Croc Wonder from Down Under Book 1, Augustine, Geoff
5 Augustine, Geoff Introducing Ozcroc ... the Little Croc Wonder from Down Under Book 1
Australia Budget Books 1988 0732302129 / 9780732302122 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 8vo 
Unpaginated oblong book. 64 pages. Straight from Kakadu and into your hearts comes Ozcroc, the little wonder from Down Under. Following in the great Aussie tradition of Ginger Meggs and Jacko, Ozcroc is deadset certain to be the next Aussie star to ‘swamp’ the world. This is Ozcroc's first comic book. Travel with Ozcroc and his mate Milt the Ranger. from the U.S. of A. to the back of Bourke, through the streets of New York, and both sides of the Black Stump. Geoff Augustine, well-known cartoonist and former Herald & Weekly Times comic strip artist, has created Ozcroc with that special Aussie warmth and humour that has made Australians the flavour of the decade in New York London and Tokyo. /Vatch out for Ozcroc, the lovable larrikin from ‘Down Under'. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Little Monster, Baillie, Allan
6 Baillie, Allan Little Monster
Australia Omnibus Books 1991 1862911266 / 9781862911260 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo David Cox 
80 pages. Humorous story of Queeg, a pet monster, and his owner's efforts to get rid of him. The author is a noted children's writer whose previous works include Drac and the Gremlin', which was joint Picture Book of the Year in 1989. 
Price: 9.50 AUD
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A Road from Damascus, Balderstone, David
7 Balderstone, David A Road from Damascus
Australia The Poppy Press 1992 0646114409 / 9780646114408 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
219 pages. This book ventures behind daily news of the Middle East - images of killings, assassinations, bombings and faltering peace talks - to tell the story of ordinary Israelis and Palestinians caught up in the Middle East quagmire. The story of a Palestinian family and an Israeli family driven apart by the Arab-Israeli conflict emerges as British spy Dickie Jones attempts to reverse his dwindling career fortunes by exploiting his daughter’s friendship with an Australian archaeologist and photo-journalist. The Australian’s friendship with a Palestinian businessman reveals the saga of the two families, who for decades had been friends and neighbours in Jerusalem up to the years before modern Israel was founded. After more than forty years apart, the separate ways of the families cross briefly and tragically. This encounter focuses attention on the elusiveness of truth in the Middle East. Despite the undoubted tragedy of the Arab-Israeli dispute, the novel captures the humour, irony and fatalism of the area and its people, whose resilience belies the seriousness of the situation. David Balderstone was Middle East Correspondent for The Age, Melbourne, from 1977- 1983. During this time, he was a regular visitor to Ayatollah Khomeini’s Iran, covered peace negotiations between Egypt and Israel, and was a front line reporter on the Iran/Iraq war front and in Lebanon. Since then, he has visited the area regularly, and broadcast extensively on Middle East politics for the ABC ’s Radio Australia. He began his career as a cadet journalist on 'The Age' in 1966. 
Price: 15.00 AUD
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Selby Screams, Ball, Duncan
8 Ball, Duncan Selby Screams
Australia Angus & Robertson 1991 0207167281 / 9780207167287 Glossy Soft Cover Very Good 12mo Allan Stomann 
145 pages. The third collection of humorous stories for children, whose main character is Selby, a talking family dog. By the author of 'Selby's Secret', 'Selby Speaks' and other books of children's stories. Still determined to keep his amazing abilities a secret Selby finds himself chased by the Beast of Bogusville, in love with Lulu another talking dog, tormented by Aunt Jett’s dreadful son Willy, given truth serum, and he meets the whacky Count Karnht (who can’t count). And those are just some of Selby’s wonderful adventures in this book. Previous owner name in the first page. 
Price: 9.50 AUD
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The Days & Dreams of Arcady, Bingham, Geoffrey C.
9 Bingham, Geoffrey C. The Days & Dreams of Arcady
Australia New Creation Pub 1985 0864080174 / 9780864080172 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
xii + 246 pages. The Days & Dreams or Arcady - or Arcadia - was a rustic sylvan retreat from the inanities and cruelties of the world of foolish and vindictive humans. At least so the idea goes. The original Arcady was supposed to have been an actual place where innocence, pleasures and delights as well as good honest work was done, in the absence of a blasé and sophisticated spirit. It was a world of peace and joy, games and dancing. No Arcady exists - as such - but Geoffrey Bingham does write of an Austral Arcady. We are not sure whether it is tongue-in-cheek or cheek-in-tongue, or both! Anyway he writes, and The Days and Dreams of Arcady is an amusing and entertaining collection of short stories. Only the unthinking will miss their point - a message to modern man that he has perhaps missed the richest and most fulfilling of lives in his busy technological world. In any case, it may be just good fun to read Bingham. Entertainment is what good literature is about, and to read a master of pen and humour is no great burden for any reader to bear. PRO HART. As rich in whimsy - if not richer - is Pro hart, famed for his bush and rural paintings. He has taken one story from the many about Arcady, ‘Tally-Ho the Red Fox’, and faithfully interpreted it. Pro Hart has his own Aussie Arcady - wider than Wirril Creek, but much in the same idiom. 
Price: 18.00 AUD
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Dogs and Doggerel, Blackman, Barbara
10 Blackman, Barbara Dogs and Doggerel
Australia Halsted Pr 2011 1920831878 / 9781920831875 1st Edition Hard Cover Very Good 8vo 
95 pages including poetry and illustrations. Gleeful, gloomy, mischievous and manic, our canine friends often mirror our moods. In this collection of verse Barbara Blackman, best-selling author of Glass after Glass, unleashes her subversive sense of humour and displays acerbic wit and playful charm to capture the unique place of dogs in our lives and language. Dog lovers may recognise themselves and their companions among the lines. Whimsical sketches by artist Cheryl Westenberg bring this collection to life. Not necessarily for children Barbara says, but dog loathers and lovers will recognise themselves and their canines in this unusual new book. 
Price: 14.00 AUD
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The Living Dead: Switched Off Zoned Out the Shocking Truth About Office Life, Bolchover, David
11 Bolchover, David The Living Dead: Switched Off Zoned Out the Shocking Truth About Office Life
United Kingdom Capstone Ltd 2005 184112656X / 9781841126562 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
150 indexed pages. Switch on the business news and you will probably be bombarded with yet more workplace experts telling you that everyone nowadays is grossly overworked, madly juggling their work-life balance until they finally keel over and die from the sheer stress of it all. We all know that's right, don't we? The real truth is that there are millions upon millions of people who are actively disengaged from their jobs, who spend months and years sitting in offices doing next to nothing, lost in the cracks of laughably inefficient and abysmally managed large organisations, their talents wasted and long forgotten. The Living Dead unmasks the myth of the workplace for the first time. It tells the truth. Not cloaked in humour, as in Dilbert and The Office, but in plain black and white. The Living Dead will captivate anyone anywhere in the world who has ever worked in a large office environment, or those who have a genuine desire to make people's working lives more productive and enjoyable. Here are some astonishing statistics about office life you probably never knew: 40 per cent of all casual drugs users in the US (people who use drugs just once a month) still choose to do it at work. 19.6 per cent of people who take drugs at work do so at their workstation. One in three mid-week visitors to the theme park Alton Towers has taken the day off work on a dishonest pretext. One in five US workers has had sex with a co-worker during work hours. Full sex, that is. 44 per cent of men and 35 per cent of women have had at least some sexual contact at work. One third of UK young professionals are hungover at least twice a week on working days. Two thirds admitted to having called in sick due to alcohol at least once in the previous month. 70 per cent of Internet porn sites are accessed during the 9 to 5 working day. More than half of the UK's 14.5 million pet owners say they would need between two and five days off work to grieve for a dead pet, while 10 per cent said they would need as much as two weeks. Monday (23 per cent) and Friday (25 per cent) are the days most commonly taken off sick by UK employees. Wednesday is the most rarely taken (8 per cent). UK doctors receive 9 million 'suspicious' or 'questionable' requests each year for sick notes. David Bolchover writes frequently on business and management issues for The Times and The Sunday Times as well as a number of other national newspapers and specialist publications. His first book, The 90-Minute Manager, outlines the lessons which business managers can learn from football managers. Previously, he was employed for several years in a large office. But now he wants to do something with his life. 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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Body of Evidence: What the Post-Mortem Revealed: 40 Years as a Forensic Pathologist, Bowen, David
12 Bowen, David Body of Evidence: What the Post-Mortem Revealed: 40 Years as a Forensic Pathologist
UK Robinson Pub 2003 1841197394 / 9781841197395 1st Edition Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
260 indexed pages including b/w illustrations. Without sensationalism but with a generous dusting of dark forensic humour, David Bowen writes of the trial-making and breaking clues he uncovered during his 40 years as one of London's key forensic pathologists. Following in the footsteps of pioneers such as Bernard Spilsbury and Keith Simpson, it was Bowen who was the first to identify the true nature of the chicken bones found in Denis Nilsen's drain after a complaint by his neighbour and it was Bowen who led the investigation into the grisly contents of the black rubbish bags found in Nilsen's home. In these memoirs we find Bowen's take on many of the famous and challenging cases he worked on, including the tragic Railway Murders of the 1960s; the unsolved London Nude Murders of the 1960s; the baffling death of Robert Calvi, chairman of Italy's largest bank, found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge; the frustrating PC Keith Blakelock case; and the mystery surrounding the apparent Second World War defector Rudolf Hess. 
Price: 14.00 AUD
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The wit of Cricket, Brayshaw, Ian
13 Brayshaw, Ian The wit of Cricket
Australia Currawong Press 1981 090800107 1st Australian Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 12mo 
111 pages including black & white photos and full page cartoons by Bill Mitchell. The Wit of Cricket celebrates the marvelous humour - a special blend of dry wit and boisterous fun - that has always had its place in the great game. From W.G.Grace to Demiis Lillee, from the Melbourne Cricket Ground to Lords, from New Zealand to the West Indies, here are the stories from behind the scenes - or at least out of earshot of most spectators. Some are wild, all are droll and most are side splitting. The majority of the yarns involve the great players, but others have been gleaned from the fans, administrators, umpires, the cricket media and even the odd junior... the world of cricket. And who better to illustrate this collections of witticisms than cartoonist Bill Mitchell? He is, after all, an avid fan hnnself. There is also a foreword by Dennis Lillee and some dashing photographs, both old and new. Ian ‘Sticks’ Brayshaw has been part of the Australian cricketing scene for 20 years, and he is still part of it, though retired as a player. He loves the game, its characters, and its champions. No cricketer or cricket fan will be able to put this book down. And even those who are bewildered by the intricacies of the grand game will appreciate that this sport, at least, is in no danger of losing its sense of humour. There is a blacked out stamp in the front fly. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Humour Through Handicap, Bridges, John R.
14 Bridges, John R. Humour Through Handicap
Australia Hesperian Press 1991 0859051617 / 9780859051613 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
179 pages including b/w illustrations. John R. Bridges was born with cerebral palsy. He makes fun of it: "Humour Through Handicap". 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Any Guru Will Do: A Modern Man's Search for Meaning, Brown, Philip L.
15 Brown, Philip L. Any Guru Will Do: A Modern Man's Search for Meaning
Australia Univ of Queensland Pr 2006 0702235423 / 9780702235429 1st Edition Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
204 pages. A humorous look at a usually lofty and intimidating topic the meaning of life this book documents one man's uphill journey to enlightenment. Explaining the attractions (and pitfalls) of a pick-and-choose approach, the discussion covers Eastern and Western beliefs, all the while elucidating their practices through personal anecdotes. An attack of existentialism, a dogged attempt to discover God through poetry, a doomed holiday at a health farm, and time spent at a ritual Egyptian dance workshop are some of the instructive stories offered, complete with such odd characters as a saffron-turbaned Dadaji, the poet Les Murray, and a Catholic priest who stops taking the author's calls. Phil Brown's life has been one long existential crisis. His path to enlightenment has been uphill - think of climbing Everest with a colonic irrigation or two along the way. Join Phil as he searches for meaning in the most unlikely places. Phil's journey begins inauspiciously when he is carted out of a health farm on a stretcher - good food and vigorous exercise apparently weren't a clever idea for a man with a stomach ulcer and a fear of vegans. Once back from the emergency ward, Phil gingerly dips his toes into a variety of experiences, from speaking in tongues to a ritual Egyptian dance workshop, not to mention meaning-of-life seminars and meditation. With a cast of curious characters including Guru Bubba John, Les Murray and a dial-a-clairvoyant, not to mention Phil himself, this hilarious book will have you doubled up with laughter. Settle yourself into the lotus position, grab a cup of peppermint tea, and enjoy the ride. 
Price: 12.50 AUD
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Charm School: The Modern Girl's Complete Handbook Of Etiquette, Buchanan, Kathy
16 Buchanan, Kathy Charm School: The Modern Girl's Complete Handbook Of Etiquette
Australia Penguin 2003 0143001493 / 9780143001492 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Good 12mo 
xvi + 236 indexed pages including b/w illustrations. Guide for the modern girl to etiquette in life and love. Written in three parts - love life, social life, and working life. Offers advice on dating dos and don'ts, men and manners, men friends, bad couple habits, marriage, common gaffes to avoid, general social etiquette, bad habits, money matters, party etiquette, friends, gifts and letters, flatmates, being a working girl, and surviving the workplace. So if you want to be fabulous, join the Charm School! In these frantic times we need etiquette more than ever. Good manners will get you where you want to be, are good revenge and, best of all, are sexy! This book is packed with advice for dealing with issues in your love, social and work life. Follow it and become more confident, centered and fulfilled. In these frantic times we need etiquette more than ever. Charm School is packed with advice for dealing with issues in your love, social and work life. Follow it and become more confident, centred and fulfilled. The author was feature editor on Australian 'B' magazine, and has written for several publications including 'Cosmopolitan' and 'Elle'. Her previous title is 'Quit for Chicks'. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Where Angels have no Business, Byard, Trevor
17 Byard, Trevor Where Angels have no Business
Australia Neptune Press 1982 Reprint Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo Signed by Author
112 pages including drawings. A Uniting (formerly Methodist) Church minister, Trevor Byard has served in parishes for over forty years. He was well known as preacher, writer, and broadcaster in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. This is Trevor Byard’s second book. These short, sharp pieces with 'A sting in the tale (tail)' or twist to the funny bone, will delight those who have asked for more of this author's sharply humorous prose. Here is more of what the Hobart Mercury found in 'Merriment of Parsons' - 'Humour is the spice, with a lot of intelligent observation'. This second book has more splendid line drawings by the ministerial cartoonist Ian Johnston, an attractive cover design by Laurel and Sue Veitch. It is another commendable production by Neptune Press, making an ideal gift book. Author's signed dedication in the first page. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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After China, Castro, Brian
18 Castro, Brian After China
Australia Lythrum Pr 2003 0957996039 / 9780957996038 Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
159 pages. Mr You is a Chinese architect in his middle years, professionally successful but scarred by a complex past. His mother was killed during an insurrection in Shanghai, his father died in a house-fire under strange circumstances. A subsequent accident in a railway yard has left him both physically and psychologically damaged. All that was in the past, when he had a country. Now it is after China. 'For a book which takes loneliness and death for its themes, After China has unexpected reserves of warmth, affection and humour. Insisting on the erotic, it is surprisingly delicate, restrained and chaste. And for a work of such diverse and eclectic reference it is rewardingly resonant and interconnected. The whole novel is thus a brilliant feat of balance. After China is perhaps Castro's most immediately accessible and engaging work.' - Katharine England 
Price: 16.00 AUD
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Loop, Caswell, Brian
19 Caswell, Brian Loop
Australia University of Queensland Press 2006 070223589X / 9780702235894 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
208 pages with 14 short stories. From interdimensional time travel to the choices that define our lives here and now; from the inability to let go to the inevitability of change; from the many faces of alien contact to the healing power of a single human touch, Brian Caswell bridges genres and generations, shifting through tragedy to joy, humour to pathos - from the everyday to the exceptional. "Loop" displays the undeniable talent of one of Australia's most accomplished and admired writers for both young people and adults. It will tease the emotions and challenge the intellect - drawing us again and again into the 'loop' of one man's unique vision. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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Awesome Jokes & Awesome Practical Jokes for Kids [Flip Book], Chalmers, Kevin F.
20 Chalmers, Kevin F. Awesome Jokes & Awesome Practical Jokes for Kids [Flip Book]
Australia Digital & Printing 2004 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
62 + 61 pages. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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