Books written by OCs

Anthony Bright-Paul - Climate for Layman

Published on October 28th, 2014 15:49

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Synopsis - 'So-called Greenhouse Gases scatter incoming radiation and allegedly impede or slow down outgoing radiation. In no way though do they make the Earth hotter. Anthony Bright-Paul brings logic to bear on the theories of man-made Global Warming and man-made Climate Change in such a way that even unscientific people can understand. His layman questionings are supported by answers from a host of brilliant scientists.'

Available to purchase online via Amazon.

Johan Van Dijk (1961-1966) writing as Jan Vivian

Published on October 18th, 2012 15:49

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Jan Vivian writes romantic fiction or stories that are inspired by an event or a trip that he has been on and that has sparked an idea. 'Together In Another Place' was provoked by a visit to a museum in Amsterdam.

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Dr John Symons - Generals Le Marchant and Brock: Exemplary Leaders from the Age of Wellington

Published on July 31st, 2012 15:58

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‘A first-rate and timely reassessment of two of the finest - yet relatively unknown - British generals of the Napoleonic period.’ - Saul David Author of Great Military Commanders: Marlborough, Wellington and Slim

‘In this short, eminently readable and carefully researched study John Symons gets to the heart of command, leadership and the essence of generalship. This is a fascinating book….’ General Sir Richard Shirreff Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe

Synopsis - Major General John Gaspard Le Marchant was killed at the Battle of Salamanca in Spain on 22 July 1812. A few months later, on 13 October 1812, his fellow Guernseyman Major General Sir Isaac Brock was killed at the Battle of Queenston Heights in Canada. Both officers died, sword in hand, brought down by enemy fire whilst leading their men from the front. Using today's lenses of leadership and command, John Symons assesses Le Marchant and Brock to substantiate the claim of exemplary leadership. It is demonstrated that both officers fit comfortably within the pantheon of military commanders whose leadership stands the test of time. The evidence shows that they were charismatic leaders demonstrating military virtues, in particular great personal courage.

Professor John Steer - Venetian Painting: A Concise History

Published on March 1st, 2012 11:49

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'Knowledgeable, readable and above all stimulating’ – Arts Review

‘‘A scholarly and careful account … Quite plainly he loves his subject and has deep knowledge of it’ – The Times Educational Supplement

‘Should be of invaluable help to the student’ – The Scotsman

Venetian painting grew out of Byzantine art, and its opulence and sensuousness clearly differentiate it from the more intellectual art of Florence.

In this lively history of the Venetian school John Steer examines its special qualities and traces its development between the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries.

From the Bellinis onwards, Venetian artists in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries used light, space and, above all, colour to dramatic effect, as demonstrated by the powerful paintings of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese. This heroic tradition declined in the seventeenth century but reasserted itself in the eighteenth, a period in which the great masters were Canaletto, Tiepolo and Guardi.

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John Brooke-Little

Published on February 15th, 2012 19:53

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Heraldry expert John Brooke-Little was a prolific author of heraldry texts. Among his major titles are:- Boutell's Heraldry: Revised by J.P.Brooke-Little by Charles Boutell and J.P.Brooke-Little (3 Mar 1978), Royal Heraldry: Beasts and Badges of Britain by J. P. Brooke-Little (Apr 1977), Beasts in Heraldry by J.P. Brooke -Little and Marie Angel (1974), Royal Heraldry by J. P. Brooke-Little (1978), The Kings and Queens of Great Britain: Showing Their Descent and Relationships by Anne Tauté and J. P Brooke-Little (1970), The Prince of Wales, The Title and its Holders. A Giniger Portfolio. by Jack Le Vien and J.P. Brooke-Little (1969), Many editions of The Coat of Arms: An Heraldic Quarterly Magazine, by J P Brooke-Little, Rowland Bretton, Terence O'Neill and Sir George Bellew (1957).

For a full list of available texts click here.

Nemesis - Colin Jones (51-56) - writing as David Brown

Published on January 9th, 2012 14:27

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What was the cause of the commotion coming from the little grey cottage at the base of the hill? A passer-by entering the front gate and crossing the lawn to the left hand sitting room window would have witnessed a strange scene within.

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Life From Death Emerging - Paul Bradbury (85-90)

Published on March 24th, 2011 10:47

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What happens when two Christian people with a background of evangelical certainty, imbued with a clear belief in a victorious and ultimately good God, are faced with a situation that suggests only defeat and his absence? This story of a sick child and his relatively young, fragile parents, is woven through with the insights and reflections that a particular journey of faith engendered.

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Portobello Road photographed in the Sixties - John Petty (48-50)

Published on September 14th, 2010 15:40

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This book is a collection of photographs taken over a period of three years during the early Sixties. Visiting Portobello for the first time the photographer, John Petty recognized that here was a rare opportunity to record street life at its most colorful. Abounding in characters, his camera captures a series of telling moments in the life of the market. At that time Portobello was still very much rooted in the past: parts seemed to be locked in a 1930's time warp, occasionally bordering on the Dickensian. The Swinging Sixties and the Carnaby Street culture had yet to make its impression on the market, although a few fledging hippies do appear in Petty's portfolio conveying a striking contrast with the still firmly entrenched duffle-coated, sheepskin jacket brigade. Against this background, the photographer concentrates on the people who work in the market and those visiting this vibrant environment: the costermonger families - many going back several generations: The dealers in antiques, collectables, objects d'art and bric-a-brac; stallholders; street vendors, and the hawkers selling second-hand goods of every description; and, local families doing their weekend shopping, bargain hunters, browsers and the occasional overseas visitor, in stark contrast with the several thousand who now descend on the market every Saturday morning. And above all else, the children who made the market their own special playground. Well behaved - otherwise they would have gotten a clip round the ear - they roamed the streets unsupervised, enjoying the freedom and all the fun opportunities the market offered. These photographs contribute considerably to the worth of this book, which must be among the most complete collections of a time now considered by many as Portobello's Golden Age.

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Harehunters All by Sir John Buchanan-Jardine with section on Clayesmore written by Heath Chandler (1935-1938)

Published on September 14th, 2010 15:25

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OC Heath Chandler tells the story of the Clayesmore Beagle Pack from its inception in 1901 (when the only other school packs were at Eton and Dartmouth), and renaissance following the move to Iwerne Minster before the demands of war lead to the pack being sent to Blandford Camp in 1940.

Out of print currently but limited availability second hand through Amazon

"The Desert Gardener's Calendar" and "Desert Landscaping How to Start and Maintain a Healthy Landscape in the Southwest" - George Brookbank (1937-1942)

Published on August 24th, 2010 09:17

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George Brookbank has distilled nearly twenty years' experience—as an extension agent in urban horticulture with the University of Arizona—into a practical book that tells how to avoid problems with desert landscaping before they occur and how to correct those that do.

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Thirty-odd Feet Below Belgium - Geoffrey Boothby - edited by Arthur Stockwin

Published on March 30th, 2010 11:21

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This book documents the wartime letters of Geoffrey Boothby (OC) who died at Ypres in 1916. The author contacted Tony Chew, Head of History and Archivist while writing this book & he was able to supply a copy of a letter which Boothby sent to Lex just prior to his early death.

Readers may be interested to know that the school has laid wreaths at Boothby's memorial during recent history trips to France.

When Geoffrey Boothby was seconded to the Royal Engineers in 1915, he was twenty- one and Edith Ainscow was eighteen. They had spent only four days together before Geoffrey was sent to the Front and the subterranean struggle below the Ypres Salient, in tunnels that were narrow, dark, flooded, and in deadly danger from the German workings close by. During the next 18 months, as their letters passed to and fro, they fell in love. As Edith wrote her last letter, in May 1916, Geoffrey was due for leave: 'I can't really believe that you're coming yet but I hope and hope and hope. Do, do be careful just for one week.....'

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David Koster: Artist, Printmaker and Naturalist

Published on March 15th, 2010 12:18

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David Koster studied for three years at the Slade School of Art. He is a well-known and extremely accomplished printmaker specialising in natural history subjects. David is a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and has exhibited there regularly for many years as well as at The Royal Academy, London.

OC David Koster has undertaken a number of illustration commissions, including work for the RSPB and a front cover for their ‘Birds’ Magazine. He has also illustrated ‘Down to Earth’ by John Stewart Collis with wood engravings plus ‘Fellow Mortals’, an anthology of animal poetry, with ink drawings.

He is an extremely knowledgeable naturalist with his work stemming from precise observation and study of his subjects inspired by time spent in Folkestone and Plockton, a village in the northwest Highlands.

Copies of his book, published by Wildside Books are available directly from him, contact Louise Smith and she will supply his details.

A Rich and Diverse Fauna: History of the Australian National Insect Collection 1926-1991 - by Murray Upton

Published on March 3rd, 2010 19:53

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This volume is the first comprehensive account of the formation of CSIRO Entomology and the Australian National Insect Collection (ANIC) and covers the growth of this national collection over its first 65 years. A Rich and Diverse Fauna deals with the building of the first laboratory for CSIRO's Division of Entomology and the recruitment of the taxonomic staff, together with the various early collecting expeditions and surveys. It records the tireless efforts of Bill Brandt collecting in New Guinea and the trials and tribulations confronting the early curators of the collection. It also details some of the major collections acquired or donated to the ANIC, records the major field surveys undertaken by the ANIC staff in the 1970s and covers the involvement of the taxonomists in the dispute over the legislation restricting the export of insect holotypes.

Richly illustrated, the book contains a comprehensive index together with a bibliography of more than 600 references.

Benham's Sea Mysteries - James Morley (1952-1956)

Published on February 11th, 2010 14:07

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After a spending forty years in agriculture and forestry, Jim retired from full-time farming to start a career as a writer and journalist. Since then he has contributed to radio and local press articles, written a number of short stories (one of which won and Ottakar prize - "The Decision Wasn't Easy) and four novels - Benham's Sea Mysteries which were published between 2005 and 2008.

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George Banks (1963-1966) - Gourmet and Glamour in the Skies - a life in airline catering

Published on February 11th, 2010 09:43

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Gourmet and glamour in the sky -a life in airline catering has been written to explain the interesting, intricate and unique world of airline catering. It uncovers the unusual problems, procedures and enormous complexity of preparing and supplying airline meals successfully, day in and day out all over the world, of which the average passenger would never be aware. The book contains many pictures of British Caledonian cabin crew, catering staff, food service, cabin shots, aircraft, delivery flights,............ and ground staff covering the period from 1973 to 1988.

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Edward Ardizzone - Indian Diary 1952-1953

Published on February 10th, 2010 16:23

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Ardizzone's illustrated account of his travels in India at the invitation of UNESCO from November 1952-May 1953.

Robert Mash (1952-1958) - How To Keep Dinosaurs

Published on February 10th, 2010 10:58

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Hollywood and the popular press would have us believe that all dinosaurs are gigantic, hostile and untameable. In fact, there are many species that make charming and even useful companions. From Compsognathus (mild-mannered and affectionate - once it has learnt to recognize its owner) to Deinonychus (will not eat dog food - dogs are another matter) this book advises you which dinosaur is right for you and your home, from the city apartment dweller looking for a lap pet, to the country estate owner looking to tighten up on security. This book is packed with the sort of information keen dinosaur keepers crave - from feeding and housing to curing common ailments, breeding and showing your animal. It will even tell you where you can purchase your new pet. The author, a zoologist with extensive experience of dinosaurs, has provided a timely and much-needed source book for all those who keep dinosaurs and for the huge numbers who are contemplating getting one. It is as essential to every dinosaur keeper as a stout shovel and a tranquilizer rifle.

Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson priced £12.99. Available at all good bookshops worldwide, or from Amazon

James Sullivan-Tailyour (1974-1978) - The Changing The Guard At Buckingham Palace

Published on February 10th, 2010 09:23

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An authoritative pocket guide written with the full support of the guards who undertake the ceremony written by OC - James Sullivan-Tailyour (1974-1978).

Available to purchase online

Julian Rathbone (1948-1953)

Published on February 6th, 2010 12:16

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Julian Rathbone was a prolific author of some 38 books including crime stories, mysteries and thrillers, historical novels, science fiction, horror and also the acclaimed "Wellington's War (1984) - the produced of a lifelong fascination with Wellington which dated back to his schooldays at Clayesmore.

Works of Julian Rathbone: -

• Diamonds Bid : Michael Joseph, 1967 • Hand Out : Michael Joseph, 1968 • With My Knives I Know I'm Good : Michael Joseph, 1969 • Trip Trap : Michael Joseph, 1972 • Kill Cure : Michael Joseph, 1975 • Bloody Marvellous: Michael Joseph, 1975 • King Fisher Lives: Michael Joseph, 1976 (Shortlisted for Booker Prize, 1976) • ¡Carnival!: Michael Joseph, 1976 • A Raving Monarchist: Michael Joseph, 1977 • The Princess A Nun! (last third only - completing book by Hugh Ross Williamson) : Michael Joseph, 1978 • Joseph : Michael Joseph, 1979 (shortlisted for Booker Prize, 1979) • The Euro-Killers : Michael Joseph, 1979*A Last Resort : Michael Joseph, 1980 • Base Case : Michael Joseph, 1981 • A Spy of the Old School : Michael Joseph, 1982 • Watching the Detectives : Michael Joseph, 1983 • Nasty, Very : Michael Joseph, 1984 • Wellington's War : Michael Joseph, 1984 • Lying in State : Heinemann, 1985 • ZDT : Heinemann, 1986 • Greenfinger : Penguin, 1987 • The Crystal Contract : Heinemann, 1988 • The Pandora Option : Heinemann, 1990 • Dangerous Games : Heinemann, 1991 • Sand Blind : Serpent's Tail, 1993 • Accidents Will Happen : Serpent's Tail, 1995 • Intimacy: Victor Gollancz, 1995 • Blame Hitler : Victor Gollancz, 1997 • The Last English King : Little, Brown, 1997 • Brandenburg Concerto : Serpent's Tail, 1998 • Trajectories : Victor Gollancz, 1998 • Kings of Albion : Little, Brown, 2000 • Homage : Allison and Busby, 2001 • A Very English Agent : Little, Brown, 2002 • As Bad as it Gets: Allison and Busby, 2003 • The Indispensable Julian Rathbone : The Do-Not Press, 2003 • Birth Of A Nation : Little, Brown, 2004 • The Mutiny : Little, Brown, 2007

Mike Moore (1966-1968) - Wot Pop 50 Years of Hits

Published on February 3rd, 2010 16:17

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An international A-Z of singles and acts from 1952-2002 written by Mike Moore under his stage name of Mike Kelly and published by Southgate.

Copies may be obtained through the Wot Pop website

The Collected Poems of Humphrey Moore with forward by John Bridgen (1953-1958)

Published on February 3rd, 2010 16:07

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Humphrey Moore was, for generations of schoolboys at Clayesmore, the archetype of the public schoolmaster. He devoted his life to his pupils and taught them all he knew. Moore was a man of the utmost integrity, a teacher from the vanished golden age of the English public school who taught his boys as equals and friends.

Limited availability at Amazon

"Spud" Talbot Ponsonby (1981 - 1984) - Small Steps with Heavy Hooves: A Mother's Walk Back to Health in the Highlands

Published on February 3rd, 2010 15:56

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This book tells the story of the 150 mile, three week journey from Aberlour to Blairgowrie undertaken by Spud in 1997. It also tells the the author's personal story - the series of events which led to the Highland trip - of single motherhood and coping with cancer.

Available at - Amazon

"Spud" Talbot Ponsonby (1981 - 1984) - Two feet, four paws: Walking the Coastline of Britain

Published on February 3rd, 2010 15:50

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The author and her dog, Tess, walked the entire coastline of Britain to raise funds for homeless people. This is the story of their epic walk of 4,500 miles.

Available at - Amazon

Timothy Alletson Saunders (1990-1994) - Hampshire - Living Memories

Published on February 3rd, 2010 14:54

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A collection of archive images showing Hampshire from the mid-Victorian times and depicts the considerable changes it has undergone during the twentieth century.

Available at - Francis Frith

Keith Mitchell (1936-1940) - The Beautiful Roar - Forays into Amateur Choral Singing

Published on February 1st, 2010 14:48

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A collection of lively, readable essays on various amateur choral singing written by OC Keith Mitchell.