Oxford University Press 1st 1991
8vo, short crse + small tr to d/w o/w F/VG++ 465 gms
(Order reference 10465).
On the Mersey Beat tells the story of police life in one of Britain's great cities before the Second World War. This is the story of the policemen (for there were no policewomen) who policed Liverpool between the wars. Related in their own words it tells of working conditions which, judged even by standards of the day, were appalling, of a hostile public wary of police officers and of dictatorial police chiefs willing to go to extreme lengths to keep the streets of Liverpool free of `undesirables'.
Using the oral testimony of survivors from this period On the Mersey Beat brings to life the often mundane, yet occasionally dangerous life of the 'beat policeman'. Tales of relations with bookies and prostitutes, the pettiness of CID work, and the all-important relationship of the police with industrial workers and ethnic minorities are recounted by the men, often ill-trained and ill-prepared, whose task it was to police the streets of Liverpool.
This is the compelling, dramatic, and often moving story of the men who walked `The Mersey Beat'.
Mainstream Publishing 1st 2000
8vo, crsing to d/w o/w VG++/VG+ 580 gms
(Order reference 10665).
4to F/VG++ 650 gms
(Order reference 10670).
John Blake 1st 2000
8vo, v min to bds, crsing to d/w edges o/w VG+/VG+ 580 gms
(Order reference 10694).
Berkshire Books 1st 1993
8vo pb 134pp, min bmps + wr to edges of cvrs o/w VG++ 335 gms
(Order reference 10773).
Revista Centinelas no date
4to, gold titling to spine + fr bd, sl wr, trs + sl dulling to d/w o/w VG++/VG. Gift inscr to fep verso signed by Enrique Osvaldo Ayala - comandante Jefe centro Capacitation para Misiones al Exterior and his card attached to title p with paper clip. 795 gms
(Order reference 11357).
Chapman's rep 1991
8vo, crsing to top edge of d/w o/w F/VG+ 645 gms
(Order reference 11379).
Routledge and Kegan Paul 1st 1981
8vo, small name + date to fep, small tr + v min crsing to d/w o/w F/VG+ 565 gms
(Order reference 11561).
Bluecoat Press no date
4to pb 223pp, v v min bmp + wr to edges of cvrs o/w VG++ 390 gms
(Order reference 11727).
Fifty years have now passed since the brutal murders of the manager and his assistant at the Cameo Cinema in Liverpool. Immediately, the police launched a massive manhunt and over 9,500 houses were visited, 75,000 people interviewed, 1,800 fingerprints taken and handwriting samples taken from 1,840 women. The subsequent trial and conviction of George Kelly and Charles Connolly made legal history.
The first trial was the longest murder trial in England and Kelly become one of few men to be tried twice for a capital offence. The conviction and execution of Kelly is one of the milestones which led to the eventual ending of capital punishment. The probability of a miscarriage of justice has ensured the Cameo case a lasting place in Liverpool folklore. Barry Shortall's gripping account of the case is essential reading.
Charles Connnolly's counsel at his first trial ended his defence: "I ask you to use this test: would it be right in the years ahead when you look back at the Cameo murder trial to be able to say, 'I know what I did was right. If you look back and said, 'I think', and 'I hope', then your verdict will not be right".
Inside Eye 1997
4to paperback, unpaginated, very minor wear to edges o/w VG++ 805 gms
(Order reference 12122)
Little Brown & Co. 1st 1993
large 8vo, small mrk to base of pages o/w F/VG++ 780 gms
(Order reference 12310).
Breedon Books 1st 1997
large 8vo, v v min mrks to bds, v v sl wr to d/w o/w VG++/VG++ 650 gms
(Order reference 12311).
Methuen 1st 1989
large 8vo, very feint marking to endpapers. Very, very minor wear to d/w edges o/w VG++/VG++ 805 gms
(Order reference 12902)
Harrap 1st 1989
8vo, min bmps to bds, wr, sl crsing + 1 tear to d/w o/w VG+/VG 605 gms
(Order reference 12942).
T V Boardman 1st UK 1965
8vo, min spotting to foredge + top edge of pages, sl wr, chips, small tr + tiny pce missing from d/w o/w VG++/VG++ 330 gms
(Order reference 13038).
Sidgwick & Jackson 1st 1989
8vo, v vmin staining to inside of price-clipped d/w o/w VG+/VG+ 585 gms
(Order reference 13059).
Jonathan Cape 1st 1989
8vo, v v min bmps to bds o/w VG++/VG++ 495 gms
(Order reference 13066).
Jonathan Cape 1st 2004
large 8vo, sl wrinkling/curling to d/w edges o/w F/VG++ 620 gms
(Order reference 13105).
Collins Harvill rep 1989
large 8vo, v min bmps to btm edges of bds o/w F+/F 1025 gms
(Order reference 13106).
West Midlands Police no date (1989?)
8vo F/F 655 gms
(Order reference 13797).
Random House 1st (?) 1994
signed by author F/F 634 gms
(Order reference 1403).
Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May. 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defence? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.
It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city is certain to become a modern classic.
Macdonald 1st 1992
F/VG++ 432 gms
(Order reference 1511).
Picador 1st 1994
VG++/VG++ 390 gms
(Order reference 1528).
Coronet Books 1st 2004
8vo paperback 483 pages. Gift inscription to title page o/w VG++ 380 gms
(Order reference 15540)
Century UK 1st '96
F/VG++ 586 gms
(Order reference 1555)
Headline 1st 1992
v feint brning to p edges, rbs + wr to d/w o/w VG++/VG 542 gms
(Order reference 1574).
Michael O'Mara 1st 1993
sm tr to btm fr of d/w o/w F/VG+ 478 gms
(Order reference 1616).
Harper Collins 1st 1992
VG++/VG++ 626 gms
(Order reference 470).
Robinson Publishing 1st 1990
M/F 484 gms
(Order reference 571).
Fog Bell Enterprises revised 6th prtg
1991 4to pb 149pp, v v min wr to edges of cvrs o/w VG++. Inscribed by the author on title page verso. 370 gms
(Order reference 7134).
Simon & Schuster 3rd imp 1996
8vo, v v min bmp to bds o/w VG++/VG++ 470 gms
(Order reference 8055).
Ward Lock 1st 1987
8vo, tanning to pp, v v sl crsing to hd of d/w spine o/w F/F 520 gms
(Order reference 8108).
Owney ‘The Killer' Madden, declared America's most dangerous public enemy, was one of the most influential godfathers of organized crime this century.
Born in Leeds in 1891, he emigrated to America with his family at the age of eleven, although he never completely lost his Lancashire accent. His family settled in one of the most notorious areas of New York, 'Hell's Kitchen' ,where Owney was drawn into a life of petty crime and gang violence.
By the 1920s and 30s, Madden, the Duke of the West Side, ran New York. He was the owner of the Cotton Club, a place synonymous with the jazz era, and his rich and famous companions included George Raft, his best friend, and Mae West. During the dry years of the Prohibition he ran a chain of speakeasies, selling bootlegged beer and smuggled alcohol, and in this corrupt city he found little opposition from the police, the judges and the politicians, many of whom were on his payroll. Then in 1933, at the height of his notoriety, Madden agreed to be exiled to Hot Springs, Arkansas to avoid prosecution, in a million dollar deal that was so secret it could never be officially recorded.
In Hot Springs, Owney settled down into a life of quiet respectability. He married the postmaster's daughter, Agnes Demby and joined the local Chamber of Commerce. He was, however, constantly shadowed by FBI agents, who failed to pin anything on him in spite of the fact that he remained a supremely powerful underworld figure until the day he died in 1964.
The author, Graham Nown, has spent over four years researching his subject, travelling a total of 10,000 miles to interview Madden's widow, friends and former business associates. By studying Madden's voluminous FBI file, searching through government archives and dusty newspaper libraries, and persuading Agnes Madden to allow him access to her private collection of letters, diaries and photographs never before revealed, he has pieced together this thrilling account of Owney Madden's life.
Barrie & Jenkins 1st 1972
sm mrks to fep, wr to d/w o/w VG+/VG 408 gms
(Order reference 833).
Picton Publishing 1st 1986
8vo M/F 340 gms
(Order reference 8898).
B T Batsford rep 1984
4to, v v min wr to bds, v v min crsing to d/w o/w VG++/VG++ 520 gms
(Order reference 9239).