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MATA HARI – Femme Fatale



As today is the 95th anniversary of the execution of  Mata Hari, today’s  offering from our bookstore is –





AUTHOR-           Pat Shipman

    Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London. 2007

FORMAT–           Hb, 450pp, illustrated, refs, notes, index

    Used…ex-library stock, so expect library stamps/marks/stickers.

                                    Dust-jacket, slight wear.
                                    Book in good, sound & clean condition


Mata Hari was  the prototype of the beautiful but unscrupulous female agent who uses sexual allure to gain access to secrets, if she was indeed a spy.

In 1917, the notorious dancer Mata Hari was arrested, tried, and executed for espionage. It was charged at her trial that the dark-eyed siren was responsible for the deaths of at least 50,000 gallant French soldiers.

Irrefutably, she had been the mistress of many senior Allied officers and government officials, even the French Minister of War: a point viewed as highly suspicious. Worse yet, she spoke several European languages fluently and travelled widely in wartime Europe. But was she guilty of espionage ?

For all the publicity Mata Hari and her trial received, key questions remain unanswered. These questions concern not only her inadequate trial and her unproven guilt, but also the events in her personal life.

What propelled Margaretha Zelle, destined to be a Dutch schoolteacher, to transform herself into Mata Hari, the most desirable woman in early 20th-century Paris ?

She danced before enthusiastic crowds in Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Madrid, Monte Carlo, Milan and Rome, inspiring admiration, jealousy, and bitter condemnation.

This biography pinpoints the powerful yet dangerous attributes that evoked such strong emotions in those who met Mata Hari. Hitherto the focus has been on espionage. This is the first account to explore the events that shaped her life and caused the transformation from rural Dutch girl to international femme fatale.

This book is available (1 copy only) from Wolfs head bookstore for just 1.50 GBP plus P&P in the UK. More details and price convertor for customers outside the UK at this link –

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St Teresa of Avila


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As today is the 430th anniversary of the death of St Teresa of Avila, we put before you….


AUTHOR-          Stephen Clissold

PUBLISHED-    Sheldon Press, London. 1979

FORMAT-          Hb, 272pp, illustrated, notes, index

CONDITION–     Used…ex-library stock, so expect library stamps / marks / stickers.
                         Dust-jacket, good condition, slight wear.
                         Book – good, sound & clean condition.


For more than 20 years Teresa led the devout but undemanding life of a 16th-century Spanish nun. Then she became aware of a vocation to return to the simplicity and austerity of the early Carmelite Rule.

She began to experience a disturbing series  of ecstasies, visions and interior voices counselling deeper spiritual perfection and practical ways of achieving the Reform.

In the teeth of agonizing self-doubts and the scepticism of friends and confessors, Teresa founded her first convent of ‘Barefoot’ or reformed nuns and at the same time began to analyse and record the mystical graces she recieved.

The Reform spread to the friars, and Teresa spent the rest of her life tirelessly travelling and founding convents. At the same time she continued to describe her personal experiences and to expound the successive stages of the mystic way. She also kept up an immense and varied correspondence which reveals her as one of the most warm-hearted, shrewd and gifted women of a remarkable century.

This book is available for 1.50 + 2.50 Postage (UK – for locations outside UK, follow the link to the book’s page (below) and use their calculator . You’ll need to sign up for an account with our store’s host, eBid (works basically the same as eBay, and you can use your PayPal account just the same).

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William McGonagall – Collected Poems

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As today is the 110th   anniversary of the death of the near-legendary Scottish poet William McGonagall,  we take the opportunity of pointing you towards –





AUTHOR-          William McGonagall

PUBLISHED-     Birlinn, Edinburgh. 1992

FORMAT-          Pb, 558pp

CONDITION-     Used. Some wear around the spine and cover.
Otherwise good, sound & clean condition.


“The most startling incident in my life was the time I discovered myself to be a poet, which was in the year 1877”


William  McGonagall (March 1825 – 29 September 1902) was a Scottish weaver, doggerel poet and actor. He won notoriety as an extremely bad poet who exhibited no recognition of or concern for his peers’ opinions of his work.

He wrote some 200 poems, including the infamous “Tay Bridge Disaster”, which are widely regarded as some of the worst in British history. Groups throughout Scotland engaged him to make recitations from his works; contemporary descriptions of these performances indicate that many of these listeners were appreciating McGonagall’s skill as a comic music hall character, and as such his readings may be considered a form of performance art.

The chief criticisms of his poetry are that he is deaf to poetic metaphor and unable to scan correctly. In the hands of lesser artists, this might generate merely dull, uninspiring verse. McGonagall’s fame stems from the humorous effects these shortcomings generate.

The inappropriate rhythms, weak vocabulary, and ill-advised imagery combine to make his work amongst the most spontaneously amusing comic poetry in the English language. His work is in a long tradition of verses written and published about great events and tragedies, and widely circulated among the local population as handbills. In an age before radio and television, their voice was one way of communicating important news to an avid public.

This omnibus volume brings together his three famous collections –
•    Poetic Gems
•    More Poetic Gems
•    Last Poetic Gems

and includes all the valuable autobiographical material which appeared in the original volumes.

This book is available for purchase at a very reasonable price. You’ll need to sign up for an account with our store’s host, eBid (works basically the same as eBay, and you can use your PayPal account just the same).

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William McGonagall –   Collected Poems page.  

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