Saturday, 2 August 2014

Hoonaloon News 2 August 2014 - We`re Diversifying !



Apologies for the absence of new postings to our blog/newsletter in recent times.

The reason is that we are diversifying our business to incorporate a wider range of collectables - banknotes, coins, tokens, badges etc - in addition to our continuing book sales business.

It`s quite a steep learning curve !

The next posting here will reflect the full range of our actvities and will hopefully appear before too long.

All the Best,

Nick and Ann-Marie


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Hoonaloon News Apri/May 2014


Hello and welcome to the latest Hoonaloon Books Newsletter.

This month we`re going to start with some news, then hear from a satisfied customer. After that, we`ll look at some recent additions to our stock and then I`ll just provide the usual links etc so that you can access our catalogue.

News

This is not really anything to do with our business, but I thought it might be of interest.

Over the last month or so, along with a number of others, including authors Ray Elmitt and Keith `Chap O`Keefe` Chapman, I`ve been involved in seeing to it that a previously unpublished story by the late Walter Tyrer is made available to the reading public for the first time.

I`m pleased to say that our efforts have been crowned with success, thanks in part to the enthusiastic support of Walters` daughter Jennifer de Fries.

                                                        
                                                          Walter Tyrer circa 1956

Should you wish to know more, the best (actually the only) accounts are these ; 

Nick Osmond - Walter the Wordsmith - http://bookshelvesandbrownale.blogspot.co.uk - 15 March 2014

David Cranmer - Department of Lost Stories : A Professional Job by Walter Tyrer  - http://davidcranmer.blogspot.co.uk - 16 March 2014


                                                       The Satisfied Customer

As I`ve mentioned before, selling things online can seem a touch impersonal, so its` always good to hear from happy people who`ve made online acquisitions at our esteemed online emporium.

Such a man is Robert from Newmarket who purchased a formidably weighty volume from us not so long ago.

Robert was kind enough to get in touch to say "The book is exactly as your description and I am delighted with it."

Contacted to ask if we could quote him, he responded "I`m perfectly happy for you to quote me. It was a prompt and painless experience buying from you (and you can quote me on that if you like)."

Thanks to Robert for that, and also the customers who agreed to be quoted in previous newsletters.

Recent Acquisitions

 
Our last newsletter gave details of a Hungarian edition (in English) of  Slave of the Huns by Geza Gardonyi. This newsletter starts with another edition of the same book, also a Hungarian edition in English and in fact from the same publisher.
 
This edition can be found at number 6316 in our listings.
 
 
 
At 6280, another recent acquisition is `Deborah Darby of Coalbrookdale 1754 - 1810 ; Her Visits to America, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England and the Channel Isles` by Rachel Labouchere, published by Sessions of York, 1993. The author, who has family connections with the Darbys, has previously written a book about Deborahs` mother-in-law, Abiah. This book was based on Deborahs` diaries.
 
To learn more about the Darby family, Coalbrookdale and Ironbridge Gorge, use these links ;
 
 
 
The Darby family women are conspicuously absent from  most accounts of the Darbys and their doings, something Rachel Labouchere is clearly working to put right !
 
Trivia buffs may like to note that a painting of the Coalbrookdale Iron Bridge is featured on the mug holding the flowers on the cover of this book.  
 
Other recent acquisitions include ; 6321 - Alistair McRae Rennie - Scotch Broth, 6303 - J C Jones - Influx, 6299 - Margery L Metcalfe - Once a Gentleman (signed), 6317 Angela Rigley - School for Jamie (signed), 6318 - Goddard - Goodbye Old Pick.
 
Contact Us/View Our Listings
 
Our stock can be found on various sites, which are ;
 
 
You can search our catalague by clicking here  ;
 
 
You can contact us at hoonaloon@btinternet.com
 
Customers wishing to pay by credit card need to order via www.abebooks.com
 
For those that have persevered, thanks for reading this far, and remember - Respect the Book !
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Hoonaloon News Jan/Feb 2014



Firstly, let me belatedly wish you a Happy New Year !

This month, I`m highlighting three recent additions to our stock, then I`ll mention a few others that may be of interest, after which I`ll move on to the boring stuff about where to find us and how to order.



 
6268
 
At 6268 in our listings, you`ll find Rev Charles Abrahamson`s The Holy Mountains of the World ; Charged in Operation Starlight (The Aetherius Society, 1994).
 
"This book is dedicated to His Eminence Sir George King, Primary Terrestrial Mental Channel for Interplanetary Parliament, whose total commitment  to the Great Cause of World Peace and Enlightenment gave to mankind the Holy Mountains of the World."
 
 
 
 
6282
 
We`ve recently acquired three Chatto and Windus editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson, dating from 1904 and 1910. They are ;
 
6273 - Memories and Portaits (1904)
6281 - Travels With a Donkey (1910) (pictured)
6282 - Essays of Travel (1910)
 
They are not the only titles we have in stock by this author, but certainly they are attractive and interesting  without being ruinously expensive.
 
 
 
 
 
 
6269 dust jacket 
 
Sometimes an apparently unremarkable book turns out to be one of the more interesting ones. A case in point is to be found at 6269 in our listings, a Hungarian reprint (in English) of Slave of the Huns by Geza Gardonyi. The translator is Andrew Feldmar and the illustrator is Victor C Ambrus, who also contributed the Foreword. 
 
The dust jacket in particular has seen better days, but this is an unusual find and a good chance to pick up this sought-after edition.    
 
 
 
 
6269 (hardcover)
 
Other recent acquisitions include ; Vladimir Dudintsev - Not by Bread Alone, Stuart Neild - A Haunted Man, Rachel Labouchere - Deborah Darby of Coalbrookdale, Christopher O`Toole - The Red Mason Bee and  Ruth Paley - Using Criminal Records.
 
To see our full catalogue of over 4,200 books, use this link ; 
 
 
Our books can be ordered via the following sites ;
 
 
 
 
 
or of course you can deal with us directly by e-mailing us on hoonaloon@btinternet.com
 
Customers paying by credit card will need to order via www.abebooks.com .
 
That`s all for now I think, but remember - Respect the Book !
 
All the Best,
 
 
Nick and Ann-Marie
Hoonaloon Books
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Hoonaloon News Nov/Dec 13



Welcome once again to the maelstrom of magnificence that is the Hoonaloon Books Blog !

First up, we reflect on comments received from some satisfied customers who have kindly agreed to be quoted in this online epistle ;


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"Many thanks indeed for the two books. They arrived on Wednesday, both in excellent condition...As before, thank you for taking such great care over the packaging. I`ve bought quite a lot of books online, but very few have been as well packaged as these were. I`m extremely pleased with both these books, and look forward to reading them at the earliest opportunity."

 NC from Bristol

"I just wanted to say a great big thank you for your fantastic speedy service. My daughter has texted me to say she has received the book we ordered yesterday and is thrilled. Thank you so much. "

Brenda

(On being asked for her agreement to being quoted, Brenda was kind enough to add "I was thrilled you were able to help and so willingly. It`s like a breath of fresh air today."

 I have been called many things in my time, but "breath of fresh air" is a new one !)

"I`m pleased to say the book arrived this morning - thank you so much ! I will most certainly call you first when I need new books."

RT from Chester

In common decency, I should make it clear that we can`t take all the credit for these words of praise- Post Office Counters Ltd, Royal Mail and, occasionally, the courier Collect Plus all do their bit too !


                           
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Having read these comments you may be tempted to explore our listings, if only out of morbid curiosity.

 If you do find that you feel this way, do not be alarmed. Your health is not at risk if you search or browse our listings. This can be done safely and securely in most libraries, internet cafes or indeed in your own home simply by clicking this link ;

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/Hoonaloon-Books-Derbyshire/53404521/sf

Subsequently, you may find you wish to make a purchase, or, hopefully, several.

If you wish to pay by credit card, then you will need to place your order via ABE ; www.abebooks.com .

If you wish to pay by another method, then you can deal with us directly on hoonaloon@btinternet.com or you can place orders via ABE (www.abebooks.com ), Antiqbook www.antiqbook.com ) , Mare Libri   (www.marelibri.com ) or Local Studies UK ( www.localstudies.co.uk ) .

Without more ado, let`s familarise ourselves with the outpourings of some authors ;


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First up we have number 6167,  Turner and others - The Story of Large Print - Ulverscroft, Leics, 1999.

An unusual book. The first part of the book, unsurprisingly, tells the story of Ulverscroft Large Print Books, a Leicestershire-based company. The second part, largely written by Prof Ralph Rosenthal, deals with visual impairment, and the third part comprises five short stories ;  The Cat that Walked by Himself (Rudyard Kipiling) ,  Lucky Cat (Charlotte Wallace), Dick Baker`s Cat (Mark Twain), The Wolves of Cernogratz (Saki) and The Ferry (Joan Aiken).

There must be a danger here of not so much `falling between two stools` as having a similar mishap between three of the aforementioned seating items ! Nevertheless, this is an unusual and intriguing publication.

 
At 6179 in our listings, Ally Carters` I`d Tell You I Love You but then I`d Have to Kill You concerns itself with the emotional life of a teenage girl who is attending the sinister Gallagher Academy wherein her accomplishments include becoming fluent in fourteen languages and acquiring the handy skill of  being able to kill a man in seven different ways (three of which involve a piece of uncooked spaghetti).  


This versatile young woman`s unusual skills aside, this brings us to the interesting subject of Advance Review Copies and Uncorrected Proof Copies (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance_copy).

These differ from the `normal` edition in many ways. Some have plain covers, often cheaply produced, with lettering but no artwork. Some have the same, or similar, artwork to the finished product, but others have quite different designs. Some publishers have a generic design they use for all their ARCs.

Inevitably, something that began as a purely practical matter is now sometimes treated as a marketing tool, so you get such relatively new phenomena as the `numbered, limited edition proof copy` which is plainly not a proof copy in the original sense of the phrase.

Collecting proof copies is not as popular a passtime as it once was, but is still an affordable and pleasant hobby. Handily, we habitually have a supply of these delectable items in stock.

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As I`ve been a touch more wordy than usual, I`ll leave it there for this newsletter.

Any questions, feel free to get in touch and remember,

Respect the Book !



















Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Hoonaloon News Aug/Sept 2013




Here we are again with a few selections from our stock with which to tempt and tantalise you.

Before we go any further, perhaps I could just take this chance to remind you that our full stock of 4,000 - 5,000 books can be viewed by clicking on this link ;

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/Hoonaloon-Books-Derbyshire/53404521/sf

Now that we`ve dispensed with that formality, let`s move on and see what life has to offer ;


 
 
6025 - Awareness February 2007, Volume 28, Number 3
 
Awareness was/is the journal of Contact International UFO Research, incorporateing OCCS, Oxford Crop Circle Studies, ( http://contactinternationalufo.homestead.com ) . In addition to the expected news on possible UFO sightings etc, this issue also looks at a few other items of interest, including the murder of Alexander Litvinenko.
 
 
 
Supplied with the newsletter are a couple of flyers, one a Contact International membership application form and the other a flyer for a book. UFO enthusiasts come in for a lot of ridicule, but there again, it`s poor sort of man (or woman) who lets themselves be deterred by a bit of ridicule.
 
 
 
 
Talking of enthusiasts, amongst our stock we have a number of model engineering and/or model railway publications, some dating from the `50s and `60s. Rather than highlight any particular item, perhaps I could suggest you use the link above to find these.You may wish to use `Search Hoonaloon Books` to look for particular titles, or if you`re in a browsing mood, then you may wish to use `Catalogues of Hoonaloon Books` and look under `Trains, Trams, Ships, Vans`, `Hobbies/Interests`, `Vintage Magazines` and/or `Collectable`.
 
Or, if it`s easier, just ask !
 


 
 
 
 
 
The Farming Press began in 1959 when Bradbury Agnew, publishers of Punch and The Countryman, purchased and renamed Dairy Farmer Ltd, a specialist publisher of agricultural books and magazines.
 
 The company had considerable success with the published works of  vet Eddie Straiton, a popular TV personality of the `60s,  and  during the early `80s  found a new star in the person of Northumbian cartoonist Henry Brewis. While the bulk of the FP`s output continued to be non-fiction/agriculture, they also began to issue more accessible titles, usually humorous in tone, aimed at the general reader. An advantage here was that Henry Brewis was happy to supplement his income from his own books  by illustrating the works of others.
 
During it`s existence, the company changed hands many times - perhaps too may times - eventually becoming part of Miller Freeman/United Business Media. In 1997 the parent company made a number of FP staff in Ipswich redundant, prompting the departure of Roger Smith, manager of Farming Press Books and Videos since 1979. Smith claimed, with some justification it seems, that the parent company were prioritising short-term profit over growth. He subsequently founded his own company, Old Pond Publishing, which he still runs today. 
 
In 2002 Farming Press ceased trading. The rights to their books now reverted to the authors which left them free to find another outlet if they saw fit to do so.
 
Here at Hoonaloon, we are happy to be able to offer a number of titles published by the FP ;
 
3173 - Ian Campbell Thomson - The Hired Lad - Farming Press, 1993
 
3194 - John Terry - Ducks in Detention - Farming Press, 1990 (illustrated by Henry Brewis)
 
5989 - Veronica Frater - They All Ran After the Farmers` Wife - Farming Press, 1996
 
6099 - John Terry - Rabbits on Report ( * Signed Copy * ) - Farming Press, 2001 (illustrated by John Garbett)
 
At 2850 we also have a reprint produced after the closure of the Farming Press when the author obviously used his option to find an outlet elsewhere ;
 
2850 - Ian Campbell Thomson - The Hired Lad - Drum, 2002
 
These are not expensive titles, but they have a certain appeal, being what I would think of as a `Sunday afternoon read`, ideal for half a days relaxation.
 
 
That`s all I know right now, as someone once sang, and I shall close by reminding you that our current outlets are these ;
 
 
Antiqbook - www.antiqbook.co.uk
 
Mare Libri - www.marelibri.com
 
Local Studies UK - www.localstudies.co.uk
 
Or, of course, you can deal with us directly by e-mailing us at hoonaloon@btinternet.com
 
Happy reading !
 
Nick and Ann-Marie
Hoonaloon Books
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Hoonaloon Books ; An Ever-Expanding Online Emporium




Here at Hoonaloon Books we are constantly looking at ways to adapt to changing times.

Starting this week we`ll be touting our wares on these sites ;

ABE - www.abebooks.co.uk

Antiqbook - www.antiqbook.co.uk

Mare Libri - www.marelibri.com

Local Studies UK - www.localstudies.co.uk

On a personal note, I have to say that it`s a pleasure to be dealing with Antiqbook once again as our previous experience of them was very positive.

It is also a matter of personal satisfaction to be part of Local Studies UK, a project which I wholeheartedly support and which I hope will prosper. It will certainly to a great asset to anyone intersted in local history, whether they are academics or ordinary enthusiasts.

Having set metaphorical pen to paper, I`ll just take this opportunity to show you a few of the titles we have added to our listings over the last couple of days ;



 
 
 
5994 - Judith Loades (ed)  - Medieval History;  Vol 1 No.1, 1991  Headstart, Bangor



5991 - Patience Sonko-Godwin - Ethnic Groups of the Senegambia Region ; A Brief History - Sunrise, Banjul, 2003

 
 
 
5992 - Rosina-Fawzia Al-Rawi - Grandmother`s Secrets ; The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing - Interlink, New York.
 
So if you are a historian who enjoys a bit of belly dancing, this is a good time for you to be taking a look at our listings !
 
 
All the Best,
 
 
Nick
Hoonaloon Books
 
 
 

  





Thursday, 27 June 2013

Hoonaloon News June/July 2013




After a rather more lengthy break than usual, here`s the latest Hoonaloon News, full of bits and bobs and odds and sods guaranteed to raise your spirits in these troubled and troubling times.

As regular readers of our online epistle will know, at any given time we have 4,000 - 5,000 titles in stock. All are physically present in the UK on our shelves - we don`t do drop-shipping or any variation thereof.

To view our entire stock, click here ;

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/Hoonaloon-Books-Derbyshire/53404521/sf


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Following on from that, here are a selection of recently acquired items you may wish to see. I have no real process for selecting which items to feature, though I do like to include a couple of lower price items.




At 5957 in our listings we have `Lion People ; Intercosmic Messages from the Future` by Murry Hope. Ms Hope, sometimes also known as Athene Williams, was a member of a group called The Atlanteans, described as a `spiritual and healing` group, but eventually departed their ranks citing differences between Christian members and others, like herself, who leaned more towards Paganism.

Prior to that, perhaps surprisingly, she had been involved with the Women`s Royal Air Force and the British Legion.

Her varied interests included Ancient Egypt and the Gaia movement.




If inter-cosmic message are not your thing, why not consider collecting old buttons ? It used to fashionable to sneer at this sort of thing (particularly among those who had no interests of their own !) but I like this charming little booklet, not least because author Primrose Peacock sounds like a character from a P G Wodehouse novel.

`Discovering Old Buttons` can be found at 5976 in our listings.




At 5987 we find Lawrence D Hills` `Fertility Finder ; The Good Plant Food Guide for Gardeners` (Henry Doubleday Research Association, undated).

This is a reprint  of a booklet previously entitled `The Sludge Guide` (Observer, 1961) and contains he authors` thoughts on such subjects as Sludge and How to Use It, Compost From the Council, Sludge Suppliers, Municipal Compost Suppliers and much else.

Tempting though it is to poke fun at this unusual item, we should hesitate before we dismiss it out of hand.

Lawrence D Hills was a founder of  the Henry Doubleday Research Association. He wrote many books and booklets on organic gardening and farming and was gardening correspondent for The Observer. 

Henry Doubleday himself was an English scientist and horticulturalist , not to be confused with his cousin, also named Henry Doubleday, who was a noted expert on insects and birds.

The Henry Doubleday Research Association still exists, though it is better known by it`s trading name, Garden Organic.  Its` activities range from an enquiry service for budding organic gardeners to projects promoting sustainable agriculture in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

I had never heard of the HDRA until yesterday, but I like it already !

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That`s the current newsletter nearly done with except that I`d like to re-iterate, re-affirm and confirm that you can browse our full stock by clicking here ;


http://www.abebooks.co.uk/Hoonaloon-Books-Derbyshire/53404521/sf

Our next newsletter will appear in due course, but in the meantime, I`d like to wish you all a month or so of  happy reading and don`t forget -

                                                           Respect the Book !