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Pied-Noir: Story of a Colonial Boy By Robert J Dewar
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Robert Dewar was born in East Africa, and moved to South Africa when he was 6 years old. He grew up in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand. Restless... More > and adventurous, he began an on-off battle with alcohol in his early thirties, a battle it seemed for 15 years that he might lose. He traveled between South Africa and Britain for two decades, during which time he worked as a private investigator, a game conservator, a civil servant, and a business researcher and writer. Aged 47, whilst living in the south east of England, he at last defeated alcoholism, a battle won that is now a long time in the past. During the next ten years he became a radical political activist, a public speaker, and he wrote for online publications under a pseudonym. Today he lives in a remote community in the Western Highlands of Scotland. This is a victor's story, for all its sometime failures: a tale - despite illness and difficulties - of triumph over adversity.< Less
The history of my misfortune Historia calamitatum By Peter Abelard
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The revealing autobiography of a famed mediaeval philosopher and theologian, worshipped by his students, adored by his teenage pupil Heloise, but feared - and, shockingly, violently emasculated -... More > by his rivals and opponents. Heartbreaking, unflinching and inspiring, it unveils one of-the great love stories of the world. CALLENDER CLASSICAL AND MEDIAEVAL TEXTS / CALLENDER LOVE< Less