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London during the Blitz was a time of hardship, heroism and hope. For Gillian Lynne - a budding ballerina - it was also a time of great change as she was evacuated from war-­torn London to a crumbling mansion, where dance classes took place in the faded ballroom. Life was hard, but her talent and dedication shone through and an astonishing journey ensued, which saw Gillian dancing a triumphant debut in Swan Lake, performing in the West End with doodlebugs falling and touring a devastated Europe entertaining the troops. paints a vivid and moving picture of what life was really like during the hard years of the Blitz and brings to life a lost world.

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As a volunteer teacher in the Samoan islands, author Stan Carter could see a line of volcanoes through his classroom windows. Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson?­s Treasure Island as a child, he finds himself drawn to the volcanic mountain known as Matafao, despite the warnings of his students that no one ever goes up there. He sees the volcano daily from his school, and before long his desire to climb Matafao in search of openings into its interior becomes an obsession. When three of his students beg to accompany him, he decides that it is time to act on his desire to climb the volcano. But as they trek up one of its arms in an attempt to explore a volcanic vent, the trip goes awry when one of the boys mudslides into the neck of the volcano. The four of them then battle a jungle of caves and waterfalls, facing numerous dangers and obstacles in their struggle to escape Matafao.

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Oliver Postgate’s death last December was greeted with great sadness. For over forty years his name was synonymous with the best in children’s television – Bagpuss, The Clangers, Ivor the Engine, The Pogles, Noggin the Nog, Pingwings. Oliver wrote and narrated the stories, while Peter Firmin illustrated the characters and made the puppets. Their classic films are still loved by viewers of all ages. In this delicious autobiography Oliver Postgate describes how he came to create his stories and characters, developing innovative techniques of animation and puppetry alongside his friend and co-­producer Peter Firmin. Amazingly, almost all of Oliver’s films were made in a cowshed in Kent on a budget of next to nothing. But the path to film-­making was far from conventional, or even planned. Oliver Postgate was the grandson of George Lansbury, leader of the Labour Party in the 1920s, and his father was Raymond Postgate, who became famous as the founder and author of The Good Food Guide. . . .

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Two-­time Academy Award winner Sir David Lean (1908--­1991) was one of the most prominent directors of the twentieth century, responsible for the classics The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Doctor Zhivago (1965). British-­born Lean asserted himself in Hollywood as a major filmmaker with his epic storytelling and panoramic visions of history, but he started out as a talented film editor and director in Great Britain. As a result, he brought an art-­house mentality to blockbuster films. Combining elements of biography and film criticism, Beyond the Epic: The Life and Films of David Lean uses screenplays and production histories to assess Lean's body of work. Author Gene D. Phillips interviews actors who worked with Lean and directors who knew him, and their comments reveal new details about the director's life and career. Phillips also explores Lean's lesser-­studied films, such as The Passionate Friends (1949), Hobson's Choice (1954), and Summertime . . .

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Though he never reached the lead actor status he labored so relentlessly to achieve, Warren Oates (1928--­1982) is one of the most memorable and skilled character actors of the 1970s. With his rugged looks and measured demeanor, Oates crafted complex characters who were at once brazen and thoughtful, wild and subdued. Friends remember the hard-­living, hard-­drinking actor as kind and caring, but also sometimes as mean as a blue-­eyed devil. Married four times, partial to road trips in his RV affectionately known as the "Roach Coach,­" and famous for performances for directors ranging from Sam Peckinpah to Steven Spielberg, Warren Oates remained a Hollywood outsider perfectly suited to the 1960s and 1970s counterculture. Born in the small town of Depoy in rural western Kentucky and reared in Louisville, Oates began his career in the late 1950s with bit parts in television westerns. Though hardly lucrative work, it was during this time Oates met renegade director Sam Peckinpah, . . .

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A Liverpool boy from the same cohort as John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Peter Sissons was destined for great things. Then he was caught on the wrong side of rebel lines during the Nigerian Civil War and shot through both legs his blossoming career as a war reporter came abruptly to an end. But another door was about to open, and Sissons went on to guide a generation through every momentous event of the last forty-­five years. Surprisingly funny, dramatic and often poignant, When One Door Closes is the bestselling story of Britain’s most distinguished newsreader and reveals what he really thinks about the state of the British media, global affairs, Climategate and the workings of the BBC.

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Born in the shadow of Windsor Castle in Great Britain, the author left England for the Mediterranean in search of the sun. Adventures in several capitals allowed him to meet other expatriates who crossed deserts and mountains to observe conflicts, culture and decolonisation. His artwork, photography and theatrical presence left their mark in several cities, ending up as a radio-­television journalist and presenter for French State media. As an English expatriate, “Paris Made Me…” offers an objective view of European evolution as seen from France, souvenirs of helping Lawrence Durrell on Cyprus when the island was becoming a Republic, performing in a Roman temple in Lebanon and meeting Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, capturing the city of Beirut in photographs and filming in Copenhagen, before Paris beckoned him to become a journalist for Paris Radio France Internationale and Radio Australia, meeting such celebrities such as Orson Wells, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, Peter . . .

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This book is about heaven but does not include any near-­death experiences for sensationalism. The author shares many miracles so that the reader may understand that this book is a bona fide account of heaven, because God does not back what is not true, and the miracles are His backing. There is a section on how the devil became the devil so that the reader may understand matters in heaven and on Earth. The underlying truth always is that whatever is good on Earth is automatically in heaven. Also, whatever is good and fantastic on Earth first appeared in heaven; that is why it is called an invention and not a creation.

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