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The Alone Man By Ian Burns
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ADULTS The Alone Man is a simple story full of understated insights that will have deep emotional resonance with readers all over the world. It tells of a pioneering man's life, and his love for his... More > land, his wife, his children. You can find out more about Ian's books at< Less
Possum and Python By Ian Burns
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CHILDREN 9-12 Possum and Python is a story from the rain forest, of birth and love and companionship - of a most unusual (but splendid) kind. You can also find out more about Ian's books at... More > and< Less
Beethoven! the musical play By Ian B G Burns
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Beethoven! is the story of a man’s pursuit of music, as he struggles against increasing deafness and other periodic ailments. Whilst he is a naturally gregarious person, and loves keenly a... More > number of ladies (even leading to proposals of marriage), his hearing problem makes him more and more isolated. Compounding this is his lack of money sense, and a sometimes–too–quick temper – which causes him to fall out with his friends and run through a string of servants. Fortunately his friends are extremely loyal on the whole, and stick with him, doing their best to help him where and when they can.< Less
The Day and Night Machine By Ian Burns
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It’s Jess’s thirteenth birthday. She’s been in bed for nearly a year, the result of a car accident that killed her father. Surprisingly, she finds a birthday present from her... More > father, an unusual gift for a girl and one which she, her grandfather, and her mother, puzzle over. In the course of playing with it she discovers that it has some highly-unexpected properties. But then, purely by accident, she discovers its most amazing feature. She wonders how she can use this for the benefit of the world, but a villainous redhead steals the ‘machine’and captures and imprisons Jess. But Jess is able to circumvent her difficulties and come up with a particularly appropriate counter strategy, aided by a phlegmatic police sergeant and his retinue of puppies. Miss Sturzen is arrested and taken away, but escapes and returns to wreak mortal revenge on Jess, using a day and night machine. Unfortunately for her, however, things don’t quite go to plan. And then we discover the real reason for Jess’s father’s gift.< Less
Thomas Bulford's Essays on Life, Language & Love By Ian Burns
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Readers may be aware that Thomas Bulford died recently (though not as recently as before), and that I had what I then regarded as the onerous honour of editing his lexicographical work. Following... More > this, his son presented the Publisher with a box of scribblings that he said were his ‘distinguished’ father’s. My impression was that they were, indeed, Thomas Bulford’s (the senior). Firstly, they bore a striking resemblance to the ‘essays’ that the Publisher insisted on being incorporated in the English Companion as introductions to the various definitional categories. Secondly, and I say this with as much grace as I can, they, whilst being somewhat idiosyncratic in construction and questionable in logic, contained a number of insights into the human condition that were also occasionally present in the earlier volume. Accordingly, with less reluctance than before, I agreed to edit this material, and offer it to readers for their judgement. Editor< Less
The Wisdom of Harkishen Singh By Ian Burns
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A compilation of sayings - sometimes wise, sometimes inscrutable, sometimes humorous - of an Indian guru in post-WW2 India, as spoken to and recalled by his young protégé.
The Package on the Tram By Ian B G Burns
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A fantasy adventure set in Melbourne, the main characters being two young girls. They experience something amazing, puzzling, life-threatening, and meet the world's largest dog - well, they more... More > than meet him! A terrible decision has to be taken by one of the girls.< Less
Thomas Bulford's English Companion By Ian Burns
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An extraordinary book, giving seminal insights into such diverse matters as Amazons and aardvarks, and the mythical or legendary Eve (of Eden), Helen (of Troy), and Joan (of Arc ). Of great... More > importance is the clever Table of Contents – located conveniently for Americans near the beginning of the book – setting out the subjects of the book’s twenty-seven categories, together with the page numbers that each of these categories begins on. As an additional aid the publishers have included an Index at the end of the book, listing, in very sensible alphabetical order, the countless selected words or phrases which are defined (1,654 times, or perhaps more), clarified, or otherwise articulated in the preceding pages, although not in the Table of Contents. Saying anything else, at this stage, would be entirely superfluous, and probably an insult.< Less
Ranga Plays Australia - a cricket dream By Ian Burns
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It’s only four years after the end of WW2, when there were no great cricket matches. But now things are getting back to normal: the Australians have thrashed the Poms in England, India has... More > played its first Test series in Australia, and ‘the Don’ has retired. In a small Bangalore village young Ranganathan Rao is musing about life in general and cricket in particular. The weather’s been hot and dry for ever – everyone’s eyes are skywards, looking for the monsoon. Except for Ranga’s, whose spinning fingers begin to itch. Kumar, Ranga’s English/Geography/History teacher, as part of a discourse on the strangeness of the English language, introduces his pupils to an especially strange word - that he heard an Australian say during the war – and invites them to try to pronounce it and identify its meaning. After many unsuccessful attempts Kumar reveals both the word’s pronunciation and meaning, and suggests that everyone might remember this, as one day they might go to Australia. This starts Ranga thinking.< Less
Scratcher By Ian Burns
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Have you ever wondered why clocks have hours, and minutes, and seconds…but not firsts? You will not find the answer to this question in this book, but Scratcher will tell you what happens... More > if your dog goes wild in a butcher’s shop, or if an eel gets up your trouser leg when you’re standing in the middle of the creek in the rain, or if you fall in love with your teacher. And he’ll tell you about the McPhees, and his friends, and about the cat whose feet never touch the floor, and what happened when a swan’s EGG learnt to fly, and about the world’s only fat butter of a dog, and… and… and, well about one or two other things as well…< Less