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The Bapton Books First Lines recap - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
The Bapton Books First Lines recap
(With hyperlinks to the US and UK Amazon editions:)

’37: the year of portent:
Nazis ruin – yes, everything, we’ll take that as read: buggers always did and do and shall, if ever we should be fools enough to let them re-emerge from the muck that is their unquiet grave.

Benevolent Designs: The Countess and the General: George Washington, Selina Countess of Huntingdon, their correspondence, & the evangelizing of America
In the exhausted August of 1783, George Washington, victor in his Revolution and accordingly stuck with commanding, until the "Definitive Treaty" of peace should arrive, the complaining remnants of an Army who wanted only to go home and rebuild whatever the years away had left them – he, its commander, being the most vocal of them all in wanting to do just that – was making the circuit of New York state. Saratoga, Fort Rensselaer, Albany, Fort Schuyler….

Cross and Poppy:
‘Archdeacon? His Grace is here.’

Sensible Places: essays on place, time, & countryside
When does the year begin?

“Fools, Drunks, and the United States”: August 12, 1941
August 12, 1941, was a Tuesday.

When That Great Ship Went Down: The Legal and Political Repercussions of the Loss of RMS Titanic
RMS Titanic is a Ghost Ship.

Claymore: a story of Texas
Hosea Hatton looked at the bright yellow chevrons on his blue, blue sleeves.

The Transatlantic Disputations: Essays and Meditations
In this Year of Grace1 2012, it is an odd coincidence that a geographic midpoint between the Texas Gulf Coast and wildest Wilts puts you (and us) at Forty North, Forty-Eight West, some two hundred kilometres south’ards and east’ards of the site where the RMS Titanic sank.
1 ‘WG Grace?’ ‘No, Gervase. The cricket references come in hereafter.’

The Confidence of the House: May 1940
Fourteen stone of calculated aggression, the Government Chief Whip, Captain Margesson, had moved that the House ‘do now adjourn’.

The Bapton Books Sampler: a literary chrestomathy
For various reasons, I find myself revisiting old friends.

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