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.


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including authors Ray Elmitt and Keith `Chap O`Keefe` Chapman, I`ve been involved in seeing to it that a previously unpublished story by the late Walter Tyrer is made available to the reading public for the first time.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 - - 15 March 2014

David Cranmer - Department of Lost Stories : A Professional Job by Walter Tyrer  - - 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.
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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.

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."
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 ; 
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Customers paying by credit card will need to order via .
That`s all for now I think, but remember - Respect the Book !
All the Best,
Nick and Ann-Marie
Hoonaloon Books