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Yithian

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I'm forever stumbling across books on odd or amusing subjects, with odd or amusing titles or covers. In future I'm going to post covers here for your entertainment/puzzlement. To be clear, I don't own and haven't read these--although I am tempted at times.

No. 1 (very direct)

What are you reading now days?

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Not as direct or as good as yours Yith but I actually picked this one up for £1 in a second hand bookshop in Brighton about 10 years ago:

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I couldn't resist the title, the blurb on the back read "the author spent much of her childhood on boats and has never been the same since". Sadly, I can't find my copy.
 
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Reviews suggest it's a genuine (Christian) analysis of how so many today are suffering for the sins of their ancestors.

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Did you read the subtitle of the 'How To Goodbye Depression' book?

If you constrict anus 100 times everyday. Malarkey? Or Effective Way? [Sic]
 

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By coincidence, I visited a bookshop and came across such a book today!

It was a piano manual probably from the 1940s called 'BOY MUSIC'. Presumably the idea was to assuage the minds of worried fathers who felt that learning the piano might turn their sons a bit funny.

Exercise titles: 'ROLL CALL'; 'HAIL, HAIL, THE GANG'S ALL HERE!'; 'THE LION'; 'AMERICA'; 'ROARING ROLLER COASTER'; 'THE BUILDERS'; 'HERE COMES THE AUTO!'

Complete with manly pictures of construction workers, scout leaders and cars.
 

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I've got this somewhere, BLPT was an Irish peer, who instigated a debate on UFOs in the House of Lords. Bonkers even for a member of the aristocracy...
I read that 'way back in the day' (1980? 1981?) and thought it twaddle even then...
 

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I collect as many old recipe booklets (pre-decimal) as I can find and these 3 are all 15 pager pull-outs from Good Housekeeping. My favourite part of the Cooking with Crisps is the 'Student Choice' in the back
 

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I used to have a WWII era tripe pamphlet.
Oooh lovely, so difficult to get hold of tripe nowadays.

I have a cookery pamphlet from Kelvinator (
) which lists the main distributors in the back. The address for Cardiff includes 'Telephone 93' - phone ownership not being popular in Wales in them days.
 

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Oooh lovely, so difficult to get hold of tripe nowadays.
Tripe that is available now is not very nice.
My Mum used to say it was so lovely back when she was young, so we said 'alright, let's try some'. She finally got the butcher to get some in as a 'special' and she cooked it up for us. Ye gods, it was really horrible! She didn't like it either.
 

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Tripe is very good in Cantonese cooking. I don't think I've ever had it UK-style.

 

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Tripe (or callos) is still very popular in Spain, and it's usually from sheep, though I'm not sure if that makes a difference to the taste. I ate it for the first time there, cooked to perfection in a homemade winter stew. If cooked properly (which I gather is quite tricky) it should have a very soft and creamy texture.
 

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Tripe that is available now is not very nice.
My Mum used to say it was so lovely back when she was young
Maybe the flavour improves with a few years of Rationing.

Anyway this thread is getting side-tracked - Mr Yith said book titles and so I offer a well known one that nearly made the New York Best Sellers list before being busted as fiction. I still like the book though - well written.
 

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No idea - but if I saw the book I'd buy it.

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*Update* I've seen the book on Ebay for £16.00 and I've decided not to buy it.
 
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No idea - but if I saw the book I'd buy it.
It's one of Lionel Fanthorpe's, from his pulp period.

The cover-artist seems to have been expecting readers to pick up the reference to Cagney as Lon Chaney in The Man of a Thousand Faces, 1957! :)

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I have the ebook of this and, yes, it's exactly what it says: a manual for how to capture and/or kill humans by building traps.

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This kind of business, but taken from tribes and cultures all around the globe:

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