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  1. `The rats I frighten away by throwing books or anything hard at the spot at which they commence their gnawing.’ Emigrant Janet Ronald wrote this in the journal she kept on board one of the ships transporting free settlers from Britain and Ireland to Australia in the nineteenth century.On journeys lasting more than 100 days, non-stop, our forebears endured raging seas, the dazzling heat of the tropics and freezing temperatures as ships journeyed far into the southerly latitudes. They also formed social communities, putting on plays, developing sometimes lasting relationships and taking part in wild nautical rituals.Using diary entries and shipboard newspapers, author Roslyn Russell gives a vivid sense of what it was like to leave one life for another and sail across the world into the unknown. In the foreword, Kerry O’Brien writes about his Irish ancestors’ perilous voyages to Australia in the nineteenth century-as both free settlers and guests of Her Majesty.
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  2. ‘Eclectic collection of disaster at sea stories – brilliantly written – gripping and entertaining’ Lindsay Eaton, goodreads.com ‘ROB MUNDLE IS A MASTER OF THE MARITIME NARRATIVE’ Sunday Age This bestselling maritime classic chronicles some of the most remarkable stories of survival and daring that the world’s oceans have hosted over the past half century. There are the bizarre, unbelievable accounts of people who went missing and were given up for dead, like the five Mexican fishermen who went to sea for a three-day shark-fishing trip and then vanished, only for three of them to miraculously reappear, apparition-like, nine months later. And there are the incredible survival stories, such as Maurice and Maralyn Bailey, who spent 117 days adrift in a rubber dinghy in the Pacific after their yacht was sunk by a whale, and the extraordinary tales of people risking everything to break world records – such as Kay Cottee, the first woman to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world, and Ken Warby, the fastest man on water. Hell on High Seas is awash with amazing feats of daring – some verging on madness, others where death is eluded through sheer courage, determination and innovation … or even divine intervention?
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  3. It was one of the greatest prison breaks of all time, during one of the worst totalitarian tragedies of the 20th Century. Xu Hongci was an ordinary medical student when he was incarcerated under Mao�s regime and forced to spend years of his youth...
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  4. �The rats I frighten away by throwing books or anything hard at the spot at which they commence their gnawing.� Emigrant Janet Ronald wrote this in the journal she kept on board one of the ships transporting free settlers from Britain and Ireland...
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  5. Ultimate Speed Secrets : The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving
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  6. Hell on High Seas
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  7. Ultimate Speed Secrets is the drivers guide to going faster! Professional race instructor Ross Bentley has raced everything from Indy cars to world sports cars and has the experience to make any racer a more complete driver. With detailed drills and comprehensive instructions, Bentley covers everything you need to know: choosing lines; adapting to different cars, tracks, and racing conditions; setting up controls; and understanding car adjustments and mental preparation. Whether you are racing an Indy car or simply interested in becoming a more complete driver on the street, Ultimate Speed Secrets will give you the information you need to succeed!
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  8. The motorcycle should have disappeared with the advent of the inexpensive automobile, since Henry Ford's Model T usurped the motorcycle's position as a primary form of utilitarian transportation, but a funny thing happened on the way to extinction...
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  9. Cafe Racers : Speed, Style, and Ton-Up Culture
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  10. Ocean Liners : Glamour, Speed and Style
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  11. The Great age of ocean travel has long since passed, but ocean liners remain one of the most powerful and admired symbols of modernity. No form of transport was as romantic, remarkable, or contested, and ocean liner design became a matter of national prestige as well as an arena in which the larger dynamics of global competition were played out. This beautifully illustrated book considers over a century of liner design: from the striking graphics created to promote liners to the triumphs of engineering, and from luxurious interiors to on board fashion and activities. Ocean Liners explores the design of Victorian and Art Deco ‘floating palaces’, sleek post-war liners as well as these ships’ impact on avant-garde artists and architects such as Le Corbusier.
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  12. A photographic chronology of some of the fastest, most stylish, and most individualized bikes in motorcycling history. Originally used as a slur against riders who used hopped-up motorcycles to travel from one transport cafe to another, cafe racer describes a bike genre that first became popular in 1960s British rocker subculture – although the motorcycles were also common in Italy, France, and other European countries. The rebellious rock-and-roll counterculture is what first inspired these fast, personalized, and distinctive bikes, with their owners often racing down public roads in excess of 100 miles per hour (ton up in British slang), leading to their public branding as ton-up boys. Cafe Racers traces cafe racer motorcycles from their origins in the mid-twentieth century all the way into modern times, where the style has made a recent comeback in North America and Europe alike, through the museum-quality portraiture of top motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter and the text of motorcycle culture expert Paul d’Orleans. Chronologically illustrated with fascinating historical photography, the book travels through the numerous ever-morphing and unique eras of these nimble, lean, light, and head-turning machines. Cafe Racers visually celebrates a motorcycle riding culture as complex as the vast array of bikes within it.
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  13. Clipper Ships and the Golden Age of Sail : Races and Rivalries on the Nineteenth Century High Seas
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  14. No Wall Too High : One Man's Extraordinary Escape from Mao's Infamous Labour Camps
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  15. Lincoln's Lieutenants : The High Command of the Army of the Potomac
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  16. Immediate Action : The Explosive True Story of the Toughest--And Most Highly Secretive--Strike Forc E in the World
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  17. Dolce Vita Confidential : Fellini, Loren, Pucci, Paparazzi and the Swinging High Life of 1950s Rome
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  18. High Noon : The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic
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