John Wentley Investigates by J.F.C Westerman

After his splendid record with the Star and Planet Line, it was naturally to John Wentley that the Company turned when it become necessary to investigate the mysterious disappearance of several of their planes. How he responded, and how he quickly found himself pitted against a world-wide organisation of really terrifying power, is the story of the book – and a wonderful book it is.

John Wentley Investigates By  J.F.C. Westerman


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From the book’s opening…

“Unless something happens pretty soon, we’ll have to cut our losses and give up!” delared John Wentley, as he stared moodily out of the window and surveyed a vast, level field. “Dash it all, George, two whole months and not a single commission!”

“It’s not too good.” admitted George Teuter, his chum and partner. “I don’t know what people are coming to these days. Our advertisment should rake in something: ‘Airmen willing to undertake any commission. Nothing too big ot too small. Danger and adventure welcome. All work strictly confidential.’ That’s how it goes, more or less, isn’t it?”

“Near enough,” agreed John. “In any case, no one has risen to the bait, and it seems to me that Tentley Aviation will have to close down. One thing I’m pretty sure that Captain Dowell will take me back to the Old Star and Planet Line if I apply with due humility. Tou’re all right, of course, but I have to earn my living.”

“Come on, snap out of it!” directed George. “This si the first time, I’ve seen you in such a mood, and it doesn’t suit you, old son! Of course, if you regret leaving the Star and Planet Line and want to back to sea, carry on; but I must say that I’d be more than fed up if you did.”

“I don’t want to go back to sea exactly – although my so-called sea career was combined with more than a bit of flying…..


Deathworld 2. Harry Harrison. Sphere 1980s Edition

Harry Harrison

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The planet was unknown ….a savagely primitive place where everyman had to kill every other man – or live as a slave.

The inhabitants lived in the early in the early Bronze Age one minute, and in the early machine age the next. Technology had degenerated into a number of mysteries jealously guarded by separate brotherhoods.

But Jason dinAlt was a gambler. He realised that if he was ever going to get a winning hand in this game, the brotherhoods would need a shuffle….

This is the second novel in the best selling DEATHWORLD trilogy. Don’t miss DEATHWORLD 1 and DEATHWORLD 3

Scales Of Justice by Ngaio Marsh

Scales Of Justice Ngaio Marsh

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Scales of Justice offers readers an opportunity that comes their way too rarely nowadays, for here is the classical detective novel at its very best. With it Ngaio Marsh returns to the genre in its absolute form ; detection arising equally from character, suspense and a set of extraordinary circumstances. The village of Cheyning nestles, perhaps a trifle smugly, in the charming of valley of Cheyne. Nothing mars the seemliness of the prospect. Even the eccentricities of the inhabitants would appear, on first acquaintance, to follow a time honoured convention. We have, for instance, Lady Lacklander’s size and she is as vast as she is wily; Commander Syce’s inebriated archery; Mr. Danberry-Phinn’s cats, Colonel Cartarette’s angling; his wife’s equivocal attitude to the the elder male Lacklander; his daughter’s love for the younger. There is Nurse Kettle pedalling briskly about the landscape and finally that monster trout, the Old ‘Un in his lurk by Bottom Bridge. It sounds harmless enough yet these are the ingredients which boil up into a s pretty a hell-brew, as strange a murder and as ingenious a solution as ever graced the case book of Mr Roderick Alleyn.(From the Dust Jacket)

The lives of the inhabitants of Swevenings are disrupted only by a fierce competition to catch the monster trout – the Old ‘Un – which is known to dwell in a hole of the Cheyne, a beautiful winding trout stream that passes by their homes.

But one of their small community is murdered; near the corpse lies, also inexplicably, the monster trout, freshly killed.

Chief-Inspector Roderick Alleyn investigates the crime in a a fine story of classical detection.


Biggles In Africa by Captain W.E. Johns

Biggles In Africa

A young Englishman, Harry Marton flying from England to the Cape disappeared in the heart of the African continent, He reached Malakal and left again for Juba, but somewhere between those two points all trace of him was lost. Most people assumed that he was dead; but a year or so later his father called on Biggles with the request that he would make a further search for the missing airman, whom he believed to be still alive. It was no small undertaking to make a detailed examination of a large section of African wilderness looking for one did not quite know what, unless it was a crashed aeroplane. All the same, Biggles, accompanied by Algy Lacey and Ginger Hebblethwaite, takes on the job and discovers that there is a very really mystery surrounding the disappearance of young Marton. Once again the skill, resourcefulness and audacity for which Biggles is renowned are brought into play to right a grave wrong.

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Bird Spotting with John Holland. Illustrated by Rein Stuurman

This “BIRD SPOTTING” series is recommended by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds as a general introduction to bird identification, especially suitable for young persons.

Bird Spotting By John Holland.

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The aim of this series of books is to introduce some of the birds of specific Orders by giving their portraits in picture as well as in words. Not only is their Order given in each case, but also their family.

The bird watcher’s aim should be to classify the bird soon as he sees it. That is to say, it will not always be possible to call it at once by its name, but at least to place it in its group.


Envelopes by Harriet Russell

This charming book is a collection of envelopes all of which have been posted with idiosyncratic and downright odd addresses. The concept behind the book is very eccentric – the author took it upon herself to challenge the  Royal Mail by addressing letters to herself in a quirky way.

Envelopes By Harriet Russell

The extraordinary thing is that most of the letters did arrive – though the book does open with a disclaimer from the Royal Mail asking people not to adopt the same approach in addressing an envelope.

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Decorated Envelopes


Pride and Prejudice. Bancroft Classic Edition

This edition was number 33 in the series of Bancroft Classics. These were abridged versions of major literary works as well as children’s classics such as Alice In Wonderland and The Coral Island.

They had distinctive covers – though the artist for this edition was not credited. At the time of writing you can find this specific edition by clicking on the photo of the book’s cover below.

Pride and Prejudice Bancroft Edition

They are not expensive or rare. You can find at Ebay.