Death of a Bovver Boy

A Carolus Deene Mystery
Author: N.A
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
ISBN: 1613732503
Category: Fiction
Page: 160
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Billed as "the ugliest case that Carolus Deene ever chose to investigate," Leo Bruce's Death of a Bovver Boy finds the redoubtable schoolmaster-turned-detective involved in yet another mystery murder—this time among teenage outcasts and skinheads in rural 1970s England. When Carolus's housekeeper, stoic Mrs. Stick, announces one evening that her husband has seen the naked body of a youth lying in "a peculiar hunched-up position" in a ditch beside the road, his hair shorn and his wrists slashed, Carolus knows that he has, at last, met the supreme challenge to test his powers of deduction. And this is just the beginning: from this point on, the detective is involved in a lively series of adventures infiltrating England's provincial underworld and gaining insight into the dead boy's unhappy background and surroundings. A rude collection of thugs and punks become involved in the search for the murderer; all are equally dangerous and each might be to blame. Only through his ingenuity and determination to persevere—despite all the forces urging him to the contrary—does Carolus finally solve the mystery. This is one of Leo Bruce's grittiest novels, giving the reader an insight into the milieu of rebellious 1970s England, a world where prejudice was the order of the day and hostility and violence were the only means of survival.


Author: Chris Brown
Publisher: N.A
Category: Great Britain
Page: 247
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An adrenalin-packed look at the heady days of the 1970s. Chris Brown was inhe front line of the wave of soccer violence that typified the sport inhose days. His life was dominated by those violent Saturday outings, and byhe pop music of the day. This book tells of his memories of the time.


Author: Chris Mikul
Publisher: Headpress
ISBN: 9781900486064
Category: Religion
Page: 157
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The author was inspired to collate information and writing about other strange lives following on from the curious tale of Donald Crowhurst who set sail on a one man voyage around the world in a home made boat. Here, strange lives, eccentrics, and 'beacons of shining if erratic brilliance in a world of sensible conformity' are chronicled with essays covering a diverse spectrum of people whose lives have been goverened by inner voices, sexual aversions, interplanetary heroics, and UFO magazines.

Jolly Wicked, Actually

The 100 Words That Make Us English
Author: Tony Thorne
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0748114785
Category: Humor
Page: 288
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A JOLLY DECENT CUPPA ... is a wonderfully entertaining compendium of the hundred words and phrases that have over the last century become the cornerstones of modern spoken English, and have been used - sometimes deliberately, but often inadvertently - to stake out the common identity that unites the English, to define what makes us who we are, and thus different from those beastly foreigners who lurk just off our shores. Despite attempts by politicians and writers, despite lessons in citizenship enshrined in the national curriculum, we have famously never been able to define for posterity precisely what Englishness is. A JOLLY DECENT CUPPA ... takes certain well-loved and crucial expressions such as sorry, nice, fair play, shag, common, posh, cuppa, chippy or the full monty, explores their strange and wonderful origins, and demonstrates with wit and charm how they are emblems of an era or an attitude, of a heritage and of the traits and quirks essential to all our notions of Englishness.

Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

Author: Tony Thorne
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 140810220X
Category: Reference
Page: 512
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With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a definitive guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favourite slang topics such as sex and bodily functions. In this convenient paperback edition of the highly acclaimed Dictionary of Contemporary Slang, language and culture expert Tony Thorne explores the ever-changing underworld of the English language, bringing back intriguing examples of eccentricity and irreverence from the linguistic front-line. "Thorne is a kind of slang detective, going down the streets where other lexicographers fear to tread." Daily Telegraph

Knickers in a Twist

A Dictionary of British Slang
Author: Jonathan Bernstein
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN: 0857869450
Category: Humor
Page: 194
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Brits and Americans dress the same, eat at the same chain restaurants and pass music back and forth across the Atlantic. But the second we Brits open our mouths, all bets are off. The aim of these unscholarly pages is to guide you through the jungle of British slang, uncovering the etymology but also illuminating the correct usage. And if it doesn't accomplish that, at least you'll be aware that when a British citizen describes you as a "wally," a "herbert," a "spanner," or a "bampot," he's not showering you with compliments. Knickers in a Twist is as indispensable as a London city guide, as spot-on funny as an episode of The Office, and as edifying as Eats, Shoots & Leaves. Screenwriter Jonathan Bernstein's collection of Cockney rhyming slang, insults culled from British television shows of yore, and regional and "high British" favourites provides hours of educational, enlightening, even lifesaving hilarity. PIG'S EAR Incompetent execution of a relatively simple task; also a delicious repast. BETTER THAN A POKE IN THE EYE WITH A SHARP STICK Another way of reminding an ungrateful recipient that the paltry amount he is receiving for, say, compiling a list of British slang is better than nothing at all. SICK AS A PARROT Horribly disappointed; most frequently employed by heartbroken UK football fans after their hopes of international glory are once again dashed. FANCY THE PANTS OFF To sexually desire someone so intensely that their clothes spontaneously disappear. Only the first four words of the previous sentence are technically accurate.

To Oz and Back

Author: Larry Garner
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 149900026X
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 252
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Sitting with the lads in the pub, scanning the football results, gossip and half-truths in the Sunday paper, I spotted an advert headed Australia, Land of Opportunity.

Boyd's Directory of Williamsport

Containing the Names of the Citizens, Classified Business, Street and Numerical Directory, a New Map, a Compendium of the Government, and of Its Public and Private Institutions, Together with Alphabetical Business Directories of the Principal Towns in Lycoming County
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Lycoming County (Pa.)
Page: N.A
View: 7648

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Booted and Suited

Author: Chris Brown
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
ISBN: 1843586851
Category: True Crime
Page: 462
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Welcome to the real seventies, where the hair is shaved, the music is funky and the football is violent. Chris Brown was right there in the thick of the action. With his regulation haircut, clip on braces, shrunk Levis and bovver boots, he had the look every self-respecting bovver boy could not be seen without. This is the most amazing story of the most maligned decade in British history. It tells of adrenaline-packed Saturday outings, Tonik suits, aggro on the terraces, funk on the dancefloor and Johnny Rotten inside your head.

St. Nicholas

Author: Mary Mapes Dodge
Publisher: N.A
Category: Children's literature
Page: N.A
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DDR, Das Ende Eines Staates

Author: Paul Jackson
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719038181
Category: Germany
Page: 224
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Using extracts taken from a variety of contemporary sources including newspaper reports, interviews, popular opinion, leaflets, slogans, official speeches, commentary and analysis, from both sides of the border, Paul Jackson traces the dramatic events which led to the break-up of the GDR and the reunification of Germany, and the larger political framework in which this took place.