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Browsing at the Lifeline Bookfest…

It’s interesting seeing some of the books that have been published over the last century or so, arranged on the long tables at the Lifeline Bookfest. And it’s a good opportunity for readers to put their toe in the water if they’re considering studying a topic, or to satisfy a long held curiosity. Here are some other books that were in various sections of the Bookfest. There was a one dollar section, a two dollars fifty section, and a more expensive section where books usually go for about five dollars.

The Wall of Light: Nicola Tesla and the Venusian spaceship the X12 by Arthur H. Matthews. This was a non-fiction book. Visitors from Venus had an interest in the inventions of Nikola Tesla, electrical engineer and pioneer of the alternating current.
John Lyons’ Introduction to Theoretical Linguistics, from 1975. For people who want to take their interest in grammar to the next level.
Morgan, American Financier by Jean Strouse. J.P. Morgan helped prevent a financial panic in 1907 from turning into a major economic collapse, by pledging large sums of his own money to shore up the banking system, and by getting other bankers to do the same.
Rimbaud’s Illuminations, a study in Angelism by Wallace Fowlie, from 1953. A lot of pop music singer/composers have cited Rimbaud as an influence. It’s not A Season in Hell, Rimbaud’s famous work, but it’s his final work, published posthumously: a suite of prose poems in French but with English versions, and a commentary.
A Short History of Australia, from Oxford University Press, printed 1929. A Short History of England, from the Earliest Times to the Present Day, printed 1892. These could fill in a lot of gaps in a reader’s history education.
Further Stories from Lord Halifax’s Ghost Book. These are meant to be real ghost stories collected by Lord Halifax from acquaintances and friends.
Picture Show Annual 1959For People who Go to the Pictures. This featured a photo of a smiling Leslie Nielsen, star of Forbidden Planet (1956).
The Man with Three Faces by Hans-Otto Meissner. The story of Soviet spy Richard Sorge in WW2 Japan.
Savage Squadrons by Sergei Kournakoff.
How to Become a Champion at Bowls, by R.T. Harrison.
Postal Unions and Politics by Frank Waters.
The Strategy of Deception: A Study in World-wide communist tactics, by Jeane J. Kirkpatrick.
Manual of Yacht Navigation by Toghill.
The Top: Universal toy, enduring pastime by D.W. Gould. At first the title The Top might make it seem like a how-to-succeed book. But it’s a well-researched history of the spinning top featuring the many tricks you can do with them.
Canoe Errant on the Nile by Major R. Raven-Hart. In 1935-1936, the author canoed from Wadi Halfa in Anglo-Egyptian Sudan north to Assuan and Upper Egypt, in the cooler months.
There are literally millions of books, with tables and tables on offer. It raises a question…

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