Kenneth Williams Born Brilliant

Author: Christopher Stevens
Editor: Hachette UK
ISBN: 184854460X
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Kenneth Williams was the stand-out comic actor of his generation. Beloved as the manic star of Carry On films and as a peerless raconteur on TV chat shows, he was also acclaimed for serious stage roles. Born Brilliant includes previously unseen material from Williams's candid daily journal and also draw on rare in-depth interviews with friends and colleagues. Since the publication of edited extracts from his diaries, much controversy has surrounded Williams's personal and professional lives. This biography traces the complex contradictions that characterised an extraordinary life and presents the first full portrait of a star who was born brilliant.

Jimmy Reid

Author: W.W.J. Knox
Editor: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 1789624924
Size: 18,46 MB
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Described as "the best MP Scotland never had", Jimmy Reid was undoubtedly of the most important figures of late twentieth-century Britain. Often at the forefront of the major turning points in the history of industrial relations and politics in Britain, Jimmy's story is an epic one; from a poverty-stricken background in Govan, Glasgow, he became a communist at a young age, leading a national strike of engineering apprentices while only twenty, before being thrown into the national limelight as the leading spokesperson for the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In in 1971-2. Disillusioned with communism he left the Party for Labour and the centre-left before leaving them disenchanted with New Labour to join the Scottish National Party. This enlightening book looks at Jimmy's political journey from Communism, to Labourism, and ultimately to Nationalism (a political life in three acts), which not only speaks of the complexities of left politics after 1945, but also illuminates our understanding of institutions and social change in post-war Britain by showing how they were understood and negotiated by one inspirational individual.

Ray Galton And Alan Simpson

Author: Ray Galton
Editor: Michael O'Mara Books
ISBN: 9781843176336
Size: 12,36 MB
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Mr. Renny's paintings are so good that they almost appear real. But no one seems to pay them any attention-until a strange man offers to make everything that Mr. Renny paints come to life. First there's the painting of the apple, which Mr. Renny can now eat. Then there's a huge hotdog, a new car, a cruise liner... Mr. Renny paints himself a life of luxury-until his friend Rose comes to ask if she can buy one of his paintings. But he doesn't have any real paintings left! The spell must be broken-and soon! A book containing subtle references to the work of Belgian surrealist Ren Magritte, the illustrations are full of clever and amusing details.


Author: Jack Dunsmoor
Editor: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1483428532
Size: 10,87 MB
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OK2BG is narrative nonfiction, a Memoir about a guy who wants to be a Mentor preferably to a teenager, so they can have a decent & meaningful conversation about stuff & preferably with a kid at-risk, or just otherwise lost, in order to help both the teenager as well as the determined subject of this story realize their unique potential & find or reinforce their place in the world. Overall, a chronicle about the author’s attempt over several years to understand the question of ‘why do I want to be a Mentor’ which eventually helps him become a more insightful person. Subsequently in September, 2010 after a plague of teen suicides, Jack turns his attention to researching gay biographies into optimistically appropriate groups of books for gay kids at-risk, from bullying. After 5 years Jack has categorized 2,000+ books in the form of Memoirs, Biographies & Autobiographies written by or about 1,000+ allegedly gay men. The primary message in OK2BG is to read & reassess before you run asunder!

Patrick White Beyond The Grave

Author: Ian Henderson
Editor: Anthem Press
ISBN: 1783083999
Size: 20,39 MB
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Patrick White (1912–1990) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1973 and remains one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. In 2006, White’s literary executor, Barbara Mobbs, released a highly significant collection of hitherto unpublished papers, reviving mainstream and scholarly interest in his work. 'Patrick White Beyond the Grave' considers White’s writing in light of the new findings, acknowledging his homosexuality in relation to the development of his literary style, examining the way he engages his readers, and contextualizing his life and oeuvre in relation to London and to London life. Thought-provoking, this collection of original essays represents the work of an outstanding list of White scholars from around the globe, and will no doubt inspire further work on White from a rising generation of scholars of twentieth-century literature beyond Australia.

Written In Stone

Author: Christopher Stevens
Editor: Random House
ISBN: 0753550318
Size: 18,14 MB
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Half the world’s population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. A mother tongue first spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago. It was so effective that it flourished for two thousand years. It was a language that spread from the shores of the Black Sea across almost all of Europe and much of Asia. It is the genetic basis of everything we speak and write today – the DNA of language. WRITTEN IN STONE combines detective work, mythology, ancient history, archaeology, the roots of society, technology and warfare, and the sheer fascination of words to explore that original mother tongue, sketching the connections woven throughout the immense vocabulary of English – with some surprising results. In snappy, lively and often very funny chapters, it uncovers the most influential and important words used by our Neolithic ancestors, and shows how they are still in constant use today – the building blocks of all our most common words and phrases.


Author: Charles Kenneth Williams
Editor: Macmillan
ISBN: 0374199841
Size: 15,58 MB
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The National Book Critics Circle Award-winner offers a powerful, often difficult memoir of his parents, confronting the conflicting forces that conspired to fashion him into the man he is today.

Brilliant Mental Maths Fun With Figures Shortcuts That Will Amaze Everyone

Author: Kenneth WILLIAMS
Size: 14,86 MB
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Ten-year old Truman Henry Safford (born 1836) wasasked:"Multiply in your head365,365,365,365,365,365by365,365,365,365,365,365."He flew around the room likea top, pulled his pantaloonsover the top of his boots,bit his hand, rolled hiseyes in their sockets,sometimes smiling andtalking, and then seeming tobe in an agony, until, in not morethan one minute, said he,"133,491,850,208,566,925,016,658,299,941,583,225!"'Lightning calculators', are not that uncommon andwhile we may not be able to match the brilliance of aTruman Henry Safford, we can all develop, with theaid of this book, a talent at mental mathematics.With these super-easy methods you need no longer beINTRODUCTIONcaught between the drudgery of the old dinosaur methodsand the 'cop-out' of the calculator. When BharatiKrsna Tirthaji reconstructed the ancient system ofVedic Maths (used in this book) earlier this century, heuncovered a beautifully integrated and complete systemof maths which had been lost for centuries. TheVedic system mirrors the way the mind naturally worksand so is designed to be done mentally.Fun with Figures is for those who think they are nogood at maths - and for those who are good atmaths. It is for those who would like to steal a littlelightning. The book answers a need of our time,offering easy, enjoyable maths which improves mentalagility and memory, promotes confidence and creativity- as well as being useful in everyday life.Each double page shows a simple mathematicalmethod and is independent of the others (with twoexceptions, which are indicated). In addition to thevarious everyday situations indicated in this book,you will surely find many other occasions for the useof these easy methods. There are many exercises foryou to practise and answers at the end of the book.

Round Mr Horne

Author: Barry Johnston
Editor: Aurum Press Limited
ISBN: 1781312036
Size: 11,76 MB
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DIV When Kenneth Horne died in 1969 at the age of 61, he was described as 'the last of the truly great radio comics'. In a broadcasting career spanning more than 25 years he starred in three of the most popular radio comedy series of all time - "Much-Binding-in-the-Marsh", "Beyond Our Ken" and "Round the Horne". Born in 1907, Horne was the youngest of seven children of a Congregationalist preacher and MP. He won a half-blue for tennis at Cambridge but was sent down for failing his exams. In 1939 he joined the RAF and rose to the rank of Wing Commander before he broke into broadcasting after compeering a troop concert on the BBC. With his brother officer, Richard 'Dickie' Murdoch he created the hugely popular Much-Binding-in the-Marsh set on a remote RAF station 'somewhere in England' which ran for ten years. After leaving the RAF he successfully combined two careers, as a businessman and a broadcaster, until he suffered a stroke in 1958 and had to cut short his business career. During his convalescence he helped to devise the legendary radio series "Beyond Our Ken" in which he presided amiably over a cast of anarchic characters played by Kenneth Williams, Hugh Paddick, Betty Marsden and Bill Pertwee. This was followed by "Round the Horne" which has been called 'the funniest comedy series in radio history'. In 1969 Kenneth Horne collapsed and died on stage while presenting a television awards programme. /div