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Pip and her twin brother, Tim, awaken an alchemist's son from a centuries-­long slumber when their family moves to an old English country estate, and he enlists them in the fight against an evil alchemist who seeks to create a homunculus.

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At seven years old, Martin Booth found himself with all of Hong Kong at his feet. His father was posted there in 1952, and this memoir is his telling of that youth, a time when he had access to the corners of a colony normally closed to a "Gweilo,­" a "pale fellow" like him. His experiences were colorful and vast. Befriending rickshaw coolies and local stallholders, he learned Cantonese, sampled delicacies such as boiled water beetles and one-­hundred-­year-­old eggs, and participated in vibrant festivals. He even entered the forbidden Kowloon Walled City, wandered into a secret lair of Triads, and visited an opium den. From the plink-­plonk man with his dancing monkey to the Queen of Kowloon (a crazed tramp who may have been a Romanov), Martin Booth saw it all---­but his memoir illustrates the deeper challenges he faced in his warring parents: a broad-­minded mother who embraced all things Chinese and a bigoted father who was enraged by his family's interest in "going native.­" Martin . . .

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The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla--­Mr. Butterfly: for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous--­mornings spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafes, and evening talks with his friend the town priest over a glass of brandy.­Yet there are other sides to this gentleman's life: Clara: the young student who moonlights in the town bordello. And another woman who arrives with $100,­000 and a commission, but not for a painting of butterflies.­With this assignment returns the dark fear that has dogged Signor Farfalla's mysterious life. Almost instantly, he senses a deadly circle closing in on him, one which he may or may not elude. Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-­betrayal, A Very Private Gentleman shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers

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Evocative, funny and full of life - a beautifully written and observed childhood memoir of growing up in colonial Hong Kong shortly after World War 2.­Martin Booth died in February 2004, shortly after finishing the book that would be his epitaph - this wonderfully remembered, beautifully told memoir of a childhood lived to the full in a far-­flung outpost of the British Empire...­An inquisitive seven-­year-­old, Martin Booth found himself with the whole of Hong Kong at his feet when his father was posted there in the early 1950s. Unrestricted by parental control and blessed with bright blond hair that signified good luck to the Chinese, he had free access to hidden corners of the colony normally closed to a Gweilo, a 'pale fellow' like him. Befriending rickshaw coolies and local stallholders, he learnt Cantonese, sampled delicacies such as boiled water beetles and one-­hundred-­year-­old eggs, and participated in colourful festivals. He even entered the forbidden Kowloon...

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This entertaining, smart biography of Arthur Conan Doyle presents a modern day interpretation of the man who, contrary to his best efforts, will always be known as the creator of the great detective, Sherlock Holmes. Doyle was, however, much more, as Booth shows us in this intriguing study of a man who thrived on the times in which he lived. While Holmes fans will be captivated by the various tidbits that offer insight into their hero's creation; others will be fascinated by this living embodiment of the Victorian masculine ideal.

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Pip and her twin brother, Tim, join forces again with Sebastian, the alchemist's son they awakened from a centuries-­long slumber, to fight against an evil magician who learns people's deepest secrets in order to control their souls.

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Pip and her twin brother, Tim, awaken an alchemist's son from a centuries-­long slumber when their family moves to an old English country estate, and he enlists them in the fight against an evil alchemist who seeks to create a homunculus.

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