Anne Macfarlane

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HMS Barrabbas, The Further Adventures of Jim Hawkins by Ben Jeapes (h 83)

Jim Hawkins witnessed murder and betrayal on Treasure Island, and vowed he would never return. Four years later, Jim is old enough to make his own way in the world, and determined to put his wealth to good use. But fate and the press gang have other ideas, and his reputation goes before him, thanks […]

Pope, Maurice Wilden Montague (a 1939-44)

Maurice Pope  died on 1 August 2019 in Normandy, France. Despite a valiant battle against a variety of ailments, he could not escape the wear and tear of his 93 well-lived years. His wife Johanna, daughter and five sons were at his side when he passed away. Three of his sons are old Shirburnians too […]

Studies on Ottoman Nicosia: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Early British Period, coedited by Stephen Boys Smith (a 64)

Preface Contributors Vera CostantInI, An Old Location’s New Life: Early-Ottoman Lefkoşa Recep Dündar, Nicosia according to the Population and Taxation Survey of 1572 Mehmet Akİf Erdoğru, The New Status Quo of the Monasteries of Cyprus after the Ottoman Conquest Mehmet Demİryürek, The Price of the Faith: Mukataa-i Patrikiyye-i Cezire-i Kıbrıs and Mukataa-i Şemʻhâne (1572-1612) Styliani N. LepIda, NicosiaThe Capital City of an Ottoman Province […]

Kidner, Michael Aldridge (b 1937-42)




Michael Aldridge Kidner was born at Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire on 26th November 1923. (d. Monday 29th July 2019).  His Father at the time was a serving Sapper Officer India, His Mother, the Daughter of a dentist.   He was […]

a Book of Borrowed Voices by Roger Norman (d 66)

Richard Hannay and Asquith, Hercule Poirot and Michael Collins, Billy Bunter and the Crash, Winfred Holtby and the Jarrow March, Lord Peter Wimsey and Lloyd George at Berchtesgarden, Colonel Blimp, Miss Brodie and Macmillan, Mountbatten and his Irish chauffeur O’Rafferty on the border of India, Biggles, Harold Wilson and a clockwork orange, Enoch Powell, Churchill and David […]

Sailor All At Sea by Richard Trahair (g 70)

An exciting thriller in which a retired Royal Navy officer sailing off the Isle of Wight encounters a strange object floating in the sea. A Ukrainian General is murdered in an English hotel by irradiation. MI5 are on the case. The link between these two events is an attractive young woman. The coast of Dorset, […]

Electric Trucks: A History of Delivery Vehicles, Semis, Forklifts and Others by Kevin Desmond (g 68)

Welcomed at end of the 19th century as the solution to the severe problem of horse manure in city streets, electric trucks soon became the norm for short-haul commercial deliveries. Though reliable, they were gradually replaced by gasoline-powered trucks for long-haul deliveries-although a fleet of electric milk trucks survived in Great Britain into the 1960s.

Industrial […]

Martyn, Philip Vivian (h 1951-56)

Flamboyant gambler and professional backgammon player who established himself as the best in the world during the Seventies.

Phillip Martyn prided himself on being “the world’s first self-professed professional backgammon player”. He even had an agent — Mark McCormack of IMG, who was better known for representing golfers […]

Long, Jonathan Arthur Deverell (d 1961-65)

Jonathan left Sherborne with the Brackenbury scholarship to Balliol College Oxford, reading history.  After graduating, he attended La Sorbonne and St Anthony’s College Oxford and attained D.Phil (Oxon).

His subsequent career was in investment banking in London, Switzerland and Nigeria.  He helped to set up FCMB, the first Nigerian owned investment bank, eventually being appointed Chairman.  […]

Chasing Balloons by Mark Floyer (h 73)

“Child of India, Oxford scholar, schoolmaster, published poet and father of four, Mark has lived a full life – but somehow his story always returns to cricket.

Chasing Balloons, his delightfully honest memoir, encapsulates beautifully the extraordinary grip this strange game has on so many of us.”

Stephen Chalke, cricket writer

Pulisher: Charlcombe Books[…]