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Piccolo and Annabelle, Volume One
The Very Messy Inspection
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Young Piccolo Grande lives in his fine old family home. But one fateful afternoon his neat and ordered life is turned upside down and inside out when noisy, round, and red-faced Annabelle bursts into his life. She claims to be his great aunt but Piccolo recognizes her for the angel she is - a guardian angel, sent to mind Piccolo. But where Annabelle goes, disaster follows, and in two shakes of a feather it is the boy who is minding the angel.
Furious about his banishment from Faerie, Rathalorn's one aim is to go back and wreak his revenge. To do this he needs something he no longer has: powerful magic. He finds what he is looking for in the Magical Twins, a pair of mysterious young fairground wizards. But with great power comes great danger.
First published anonymously in 1929 because its language was considered far too frank for the public circulation, The Middle Parts of Fortune was hailed by T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, by Lawrence of Arabia and Ernest Hemingway, as an extraordinary novel. Its author was in fact Frederic Manning, an Australian writer who fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and who told his story of men at war from the perspective of an ordinary soldier.
Piccolo Grande's ordered life has been turned upside down by his competition-crazy guardian angel. His fine old house has become an obstacle course of prizes that Great Aunt Annabelle has been winning at an alarming rate. Enough is enough! Piccolo devises a plan to give away, sell, or bank all the prizes. But little does he know that Annabelle's latest windfall, a bright pink motor scooter and sidecar, is about to lead them into a gang-load of trouble with a very wicked twist.
Great Aunt Annabelle has passed her very messy inspection and can stay on as Piccolo's guardian angel - for now. But with a newfound passion for entering and winning competitions, will Annabelle be too busy to notice if Piccolo is in danger? When Annabelle wins a party, who is the beautiful but mysterious visitor who arrives unannounced in a sleek silver limousine - is she friend or foe, angel or otherwise? Only a disastrous party will reveal her secrets and Annabelle's curious past.
Piccolo is waiting at the dock for his friend Stella to arrive home from her holiday cruise on the glittering Sea Princess. What arrives instead is a smoky, stinky steamer. Piccolo is the only one who can see that the scruffy sailors are actually demons. Even worse, they're heading for the zoo with their cargo of stolen African wildlife. What if they discover the fallen angel Elspeth, imprisoned at the zoo in the form of a baboon? Piccolo has to stop them!
A famous writer travels to the remote, windswept islands of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides looking for peace of mind and a chance to dispel his inner demons. On the way, a car accident throws him together with the raven-haired Doctor Kathleen McNeil. He also falls in with the Red Wolf, a man who lives by the old codes - some of them violent. As a love triangle develops, the refined, civilised writer finds himself pitted against the rough-hewn man of nature.
Charles Parnell Cassidy is a powerful politician. Martin Gregory is his disenchanted protégé, who, having married Cassidy's daughter and become a success on his own terms, scorns his father-in-law. When the terminally ill Cassidy arrives in London to die, he makes Gregory the executor of his will and sets a complex trap by offering him the keys to a vast empire of wealth and corruption, spanning Australia and Southeast Asia.