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When "Stuffy" Brewster - Major Arthur Brewster MC died, he left a curious bequest. A shooting man all his life, he left in his will a sum of money so that, once a year, his friends might meet in congenial surroundings over good food and wine. "Stuffy" made only one condition: members and guests alike must be united by a passion and concern for the sport to which he had dedicated his life. So The Gunroom was born. Over the years, the stories that flowed from tongues made fluent by conviviality and the memories of happy days were set down and collected, the result being this first volume of tales told within the hallowed confines of The Gunroom. Some are funny, some nostalgic, some sad, some mysterious; all are concerned with that indefinable quality which makes up the best shooting days, whatever those days may bring in the way of sport. Here then is the diversity of people, creatures, places, events, the beauty and mystery of the countryside, to captivate readers who understand that good sport is far more that the sum of its purpose, and far greater than any yardstick of size of bag or depth of purse. Here are the old East Anglian keeper who would carry, a rabbit on a bicycle, but never a hare; the sporting parson who knew a shoot to be excellent for seven guns, but terrible for eight, and took action accordingly; the exiled Punjabi prince who became a famous shot, and called Queen Victoria a thief; the wheelchair-bound wildfowler almost killed by a falling goose; the vile-natured old peer who liked to bully his paying guns; and, by contrast, the kindly and distinguished host who came back to his shoot, months after his death. Here too are sporting days in Northern Ireland, before guns became synonymous with another, more sinister, kind of shooting there; a Welsh keeper's funeral disrupted by one of his hated enemies, a cat, and, finally, 'Stuffy' Brewsters' own contribution, delivered to the Gunroom posthumously, a chilling vision of what will happen to shooting if many of those involved do not mend their ways. Perhaps not all the tales from The Gunroom are true. Who knows? What is certain, however, is that this delightful collection will amuse, move, and inspire anyone with the slightest feeling for the countryside, and for the part played in the long history of sporting days by shooting and its practitioners.
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Book Description Wharncliffe Books, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Very Good condition with no significant faults. Clearly used but very few minor defects. Will look good on your book case after reading but may not be suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere SECURE DAILY POSTING FROM UK. 30 DAY GUARANTEE. Seller Inventory # mon0002501774
Book Description Wharncliffe Books. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 1871647215 Unclipped dust jacket. Book is in very good condition. Seller Inventory # B0096260
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Book Description Wharncliffe, 1994. Hardback in Dust Wrapper. Sally Townsend (illustrator). | Dust Wrapper over Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 8¾" x 5½". 115pp. | First Edition (First Printing).Illustrated by Sally Townsend. For more photos or information, use the «Ask Bookseller» button and I'll be pleased to help. The book is in stock and ships from the rustic nirvana of Peasedown St. John, near Bath, England from a long-established bookseller - guaranteed by my reputation and the UK Distance Selling Act. Remember! BUYING THIS BOOK means my Jack Russells get their supper! Condition :: Very Good - in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Seller Inventory # 156800
Book Description Wharncliffe Books, UK, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. Illustrated by Sally Townsend (illustrator). First Edition; First Printing. 8vo hbk in d/w; virtually as new; ; 8.58 X 5.59 X 0.71 inches; 192 pages. Seller Inventory # 86263
Book Description Wharncliffe Publishing, Barnsley, UK, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Sally Townsend (illustrator). First printing. Binding is very good in clean green cloth boards with gilt titling to spine. Corners and spine ends all good. Text pages, several small black and white line drawings and eps are all clean. An fep contains the previous owners initials and the date / place of purchase (Ragley Hall Game Fair 1997). D/J is unclipped with no tears or loss, just very light rubbing to top edge. Despatched same or next working day in protective packaging. Seller Inventory # 007503
Book Description Wharncliffe, 1994, 1994. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Very Good/Very Good. First Edition. 115 pages Classic tales from the Gunroom a club for sporting shots. Perhaps not all of the tales are true but all are exciting. Read about the wheelchair bound shot nearly killed by a falling goose and many others. Seller Inventory # 004866
Book Description Wharncliffe Publishing Ltd. Barnsley, South Yorkshire. 1994 1st edition. 8vo. Ppviii,115. B/w illustrations by Sally Townsend. Green boards, spine titled in gilt. Fine in dust-wrapper. "Here then is the diversity of people, creatures, places, events, the beauty and mystery of the countryside, to captivate readers who understand that good sport is far more than the yardstick of size of bag or depth of purse." Chapters include; Stuffy Brewster; but no more like my father; Uncle Cyril; hawk bells ring the changes; Sinclair's shoot; Parson Radford; Hugh Bird; guardian angel; Ireland, Ireland, Green and sad; Tom Parry's last cat; the two letters. Seller Inventory # 31087
Book Description Wharncliffe Publications, Barnsley, England, 1994. Hard Cover. Condition: NEW CONDITION. Dust Jacket Condition: NEW DUST JACKET. First Edition, First Printing. //NO REMAINDER MARK//NO PREVIOUS OWNER MARKS OF ANY KIND (no names or inscriptions, no bookplate, no underlining, etc) //NOT PRICECLIPPED// NEW MYLAR COVER//. Hardcover Book. Seller Inventory # 0027658