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163 books of R.M. Ballantyne

R. M. Ballantyne (1825-­1894) was a Scottish juvenile fiction writer. Born Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh, he was part of a famous family of printers and publishers. In 1848 he published his first book, Hudson's Bay: or, Life in the Wilds of North America. For some time he was employed by Messrs Constable, the publishers, but in 1856 he gave up business for the profession of literature, and began the series of adventure stories for the young with which his name is popularly associated. The Young Fur-­Traders (1856), The Coral Island (1857), The World of Ice (1859), Ungava: A Tale of Eskimo Land (1857), The Dog Crusoe (1860), The Lighthouse (1865), Deep Down, a Tale of the Cornish Mines (1868), The Pirate City (1874), Erling the Bold (1869), The Settler and the Savage (1877), and other books, to the number of upwards of a hundred, followed in regular succession, his rule being in every case to write as far as possible from personal knowledge of the scenes he described.

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A tale of love, life, laughter and tragedy, with some smuggling thrown in, set amongst the people living near the tin and copper mines of St. Just, Cornwall, in the mid 19th Century. During the mid 1860's the author, R. M. Ballantyne, spent over three months living amongst the mine-­workers of St. Just. He incorporates into his novel many historical facts, producing an exciting and very accurate portrayal of Victorian tin and copper mining and everyday Cornish life.

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The sea feeds and sustains us, but its future is under catastrophic threat. In this powerful and ambitious book Callum Roberts?­one of the world?­s foremost conservation biologists?­tells the story of the history of the sea, from the earliest traces of water on earth to the oceans as we know them today. He offers a devastating account of the impact of overfishing, deep-­sea mining, pollution, and climate change and explains what we must do now to preserve our rapidly dwindling marine life. Passionate and persuasive, The Ocean of Life is a wake-­up call that will appeal to anyone who loves the sea and its creatures.

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It was a memorable duel.

For hours, King Haldor of Horlingdal and King Ulf of Romsdal battled.

But the axe of Haldor the Fierce split Ulf's shield, and slammed into his head, putting him into his bed for a full week.

Thus did King Haldor win the contest prize of this Viking contest. Herfrida the Soft Eyed became his bride.

Herfrida bore King Haldor a son named Erling. Ulf sired a daughter named Hilda. The Viking kings became friends and their progeny grew. Erling became a handsome young man and Hilda a beautiful young woman.

But Erling the Bold's Viking destiny was not peace.

For Erling the Bold and Hilda the Sunbeam met a hermit with a strange new faith. His name was Christian. He changed their fate forever.

Here is a thrilling tale of Vikings in their travels from Norway to Ireland and beyond to finally colonize Iceland by a Victorian master of adventure novels.

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