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It's Only the Sister
by Angela du Maurier
3.99

ISBN: 978 185022 178 4
198x128mm - 292 pages

REDUCED!   First published in 1951 to considerable success, now republished as a companion volume to two of Angela du Maurier's novels being republished by Truran at the same time 'Treveryan' and 'The Road to Leenane'.

Of this book Margaret Forster noted in her biography of Daphne "Her sister Angela's memoir had just appeared ' It's Only the Sister' and Daphne knew it was infinitely better than her own - funnier, more honest and much more entertaining."

Despite being 'only the sister' Angela du Maurier managed to avoid living in her sister's shadow. As Margaret Forster in her obituary notice in The Independent wrote "in spite of envying Daphne's success, Angela was not made bitter by it and the sisters remained devoted to each other."

She first wanted to be an actress and played Wendy for two seasons, including crashing whilst flying. But later she wanted to write and it was bad luck that the publication of her early novels coincided with Daphne's enormous success with Jamaica Inn and Rebecca. Altogether she published eleven books including two volumes of autobiography of which this is the first.

16 black and white photographs.


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To Brave Every Danger
by Judith Cook
8.99

ISBN: 978 185022 126 5
216x135mm - 277 pages

In 1786 Mary Broad a Cornish fisherman's daughter turned highway robber was sentenced to hang for the theft of a silk hat and property worth eleven guineas. Her sentence was commuted to transportation to Australia and, after a barbarous nine month voyage during which her first child was born, Mary arrived at Botany Bay, where she married fellow convict William Bryant. Determined to escape this harsh existence, William and Mary fled the penal colony in an open boat, sailing 3254 miles in 69 days to the Dutch East Indies, only to be recaptured and brought back to London, chained to the ship's deck in an open cage. Imprisoned in Newgate, and again threatened with death, her cause was championed by James Boswell, who was so taken by her that he defended her at her trial, and winning her first a reprieve, then a full pardon.

To Brave Every Danger is a fascinating piece of historical sleuthing which unravels the story of the adventurous life of one of history's forgotten heroes.

'Thanks to Judith Cook's assiduous research, Bryant's amazing story is brought vividly to life in a book that fills you with fury about the way male adventurers hog the history books' - Daily Mail 
'An immensely readable piece of historical detective work' - Daily Telegraph

A real cracker of a story, better than fiction' - Plymouth Evening Herald 
Judith Cook was a prolific author whose work ranged from current affairs to the Elizabethan theatre as well as biographies of Daphne du Maurier and J B Priestley.

She wrote extensively for the theatre including two plays commissioned by Chichester Festival Theatre.  At the time of her death she had completed a biography of Simon Forman the Elizabethan doctor and astrologer.  She had also completed a fifth historical thriller based on the Simon Forman character.  She lived for many years in Newlyn, Cornwall.Judith Cook received a grant from the Society of Authors to carry out research in Australia prior to writing To Brave Every Danger.

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Twenty Years at St Hilary
by Bernard Walke
7.99

ISBN: 978 185022 125 5
198x128mm - 256 pages

Twenty Years at St Hilary is the autobiographical account of Walke's life as vicar of St Hilary in West Cornwall. It was written while he was in Tehidy hospital being treated for TB. Readers have valued this book for a variety of reasons - insights into a small farming parish, the perplexities of a pacifist during the First World War, vivid impressions of the artistic community and the disarming simplicity of the man reflected in his relationships with both man and beast.

Readers who may only know of Walke through his Christmas plays broadcast in the very early days of wireless or, alas, through the orchestrated violence against his beliefs and his church, will find much more to admire amuse and appreciate from this extraordinary man in this wonderful book. Those who have never encountered Walke before have the pleasure of meeting a new friend, 'If in some ways you find in this book a man of the past, firmly rooted in the nineteen century, in other ways he seems still to elude us, still to be ahead of us. We need to hurry to catch up with him'.

Canon Donald Allchin in his introduction writes of a generous, humorous, deeply caring man; a many-sided complex man, 'a good man who could never be dull'.