The Crossing by Manjeet Mann

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The boat sways and rocks.

Bodies pressed against bodies.

Holding on for our lives.

Natalie’s world is falling apart.  She’s just lost her mum, and her brother marches the streets of Dover with a far-right gang.  Swimming is her only refuge.

Sammy has fled his home and family in Eritrea for the chance of a new life in Europe.  Every step he takes is a step into an unknown and unwelcoming future.

A twist of fate brings them together and gives them both hope.

But is hope enough to mend a broken world? 

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Silly Verse For Kids by Spike Milligan

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In the Land of the Bumbley Boo

All the mice go Clang!

Hello Jolly Guardsman

But a Hippopotamus Could eat the Lotofus!

The wonderful Bumbley BOO!!!

And Edser, in bed sir, was dead sir

Hello Jolly Guardsman

And Bottles of Dandelion Stew

Hello Mr Python

The People are red white and blue

English Teeth, English Teeth!

I’m not frightened of Pussy Cats

English Teeth, English Teeth!

While an elephant raised his hat

You must never bath in an Irish Stew

Look at all those monkeys

On the Ning Nang Nong

But a Hippopotamus Could eat the Lotofus!

And Edser, in bed sir, was dead sir 

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A Book Of Milliganimals by Spike Milligan

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Do you know what a Onecan is?  Have you met a Gofongo or the Bald Twit Lion?  Can you guess what the Wiggle-Woggle said?

Another collection of goonish poems and zany drawings by Spike Milligan.  

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Small Dreams Of A Scorpion by Spike Milligan

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They chop down 100ft trees

To make chairs

I bought one

I am six-foot-one inch

When I sit in the chair

I’m four foot two.

Did they really chop down a 100ft tree

To make me look shorter? 

Here’s a volume of Millipoems on pollution, population and conservation – serious subjects, overlaid by the inimitable Milligan humour.  

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There Was A Country: A Personal History Of Biafra by Chinua Achebe

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From the lengendary author of Things Fall Apart comes a long-awaited memoir of coming of age with a fragile new nation only to watch it torn asunder in a tragic civil war.

The defining experience of Chinua Achebe’s life was the Nigerian civil war, also known as the Biafran War, of 1967 – 1970.  The conflict was infamous for its savage impact on the Biafran people, Chinua Achebe’s people, many of whom were starved to death after the Nigerian government blockaded their borders.  By then, Chinua Achebe was already a world-renowned novelist, with a young family to protect.  He took the Biafran side in the conflict and served his government as a roving cultural ambassador, from which vantage he absorbed the war’s full horror, immediately after the war, Achebe took refuge in an academic post in the United States, and for more than forty years he has maintained a considered silence on the events of those terrible years, addressing them only obliquely through his poetry.  Now, decades in the making, comes a towering reckoning with one of modern Africa’s most fateful events, from a writer whose words and courage have left an enduring stamp on world literature.

Achebe begins his story with Nigeria’s birth pangs and the story of his own upbringing as a man and as a writer, so that we may understand both the young country’s keen sense of promise, which too quickly turned to horror, and Achebe’s view of the particular obligation of the artist, especially in a time of war.  For Chinua Achebe, to be a serious writer is to be a committed writer – to speak for one’s history, one’s beliefs, and one’s people, especially when others cannot.

A marriage of history and memoir, vivid first-hand observation and decades of further research and reflection, There Was A Country is a work whose wisdom and compassion remind us of Chinua Achebe’s place as one of the great literary and moral voices of our age. 

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