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The Day Gone By  -  An Autobiography, Adams, Richard
1 Adams, Richard The Day Gone By - An Autobiography
London Hutchinson 1990 0091739675 / 9780091739676 First Hard Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7ļæ½ 
A Fine unmarked copy with Very Good dustjacket which has a small repaired closed tear to fron and is not price clipped. xiii + 398 pages. 43 illustrations. This captivating and beautifully written memoir follows the author (Watership Down etc.) from his birth in 1920 to the end of the Second World War. It contains a memorable recreation of the Adams family, while recording the childhood of an observant, deeply sensitive boy in Newbury, Berkshire, from the mid 1920's on. NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.938 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Our Three Selves  -  The Life of Radclyffe Hall, Baker, Michael
2 Baker, Michael Our Three Selves - The Life of Radclyffe Hall
London Hamish Hamilton 1985 0241115396 / 9780241115398 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. xiv + 386 pages. 36 illustrations. The first comprehensive biography of Radclyffe Hall, the writer whose lesbian novel 'The Well of Loneliness' was banned as obscene in a sensational court case in 1928. The book draws on much unpublished material as well as her poetry and novels. Ladye (Mabel Batten) and Una Troubridge, the wife of an admiral, formed with John, as Radclyffe liked to be called, an uneasy menage a trois, until Ladye's death in 1916, thereafter John and Una kept in touch with her through a medium. Hall saw herself as a man trapped in a woman's body. A fascinating picture of a remarkable woman and her world. 
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Our Three Selves  -  The Life of Radclyffe Hall, Baker, Michael
3 Baker, Michael Our Three Selves - The Life of Radclyffe Hall
London Hamish Hamilton 1985 0241115396 / 9780241115398 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. xiv + 386 pages. 36 illustrations. The first comprehensive biography of Radclyffe Hall, the writer whose lesbian novel 'The Well of Loneliness' was banned as obscene in a sensational court case in 1928. The book draws on much unpublished material as well as her poetry and novels. Ladye (Mabel Batten) and Una Troubridge, the wife of an admiral, formed with John, as Radclyffe liked to be called, an uneasy menage a trois, until Ladye's death in 1916, thereafter John and Una kept in touch with her through a medium. Hall saw herself as a man trapped in a woman's body. A fascinating picture of a remarkable woman and her world. 
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Miracles of Life  -  Shanghai to Shepperton  -  An Autobiography, Ballard, J.G.
4 Ballard, J.G. Miracles of Life - Shanghai to Shepperton - An Autobiography
London Fourth Estate 2008 0007270720 / 9780007270729 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. First edition, First printing. viii + 278 pages. Illustrations in the text. For almost half a century J.G. Ballard has been one of this country's most important writers. In this revelatory autobiography, bookended by time spent in Shanghai - the city of his childhood and internment in a World War II prison camp, and setting of his novel Empire of the Sun - he charts the course of his remarkable life. 
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A Tolkien Treasury  -  Stories, Poems and Illustrations Celebrating the Author and His World, Becker, Alida         (edited by)
5 Becker, Alida (edited by) A Tolkien Treasury - Stories, Poems and Illustrations Celebrating the Author and His World
Philadelphia Courage 2000 0762409940 / 9780762409945 First Hard Cover Very Good Very Good Folio - over 12" - 15" tall Green, Michaeland Kirk, Tom 
Gold titles on blue boards which are unmarked with a touch of shelf wear to lower edge. Internally unmarked. A Very Good+ copy. Dustjacket by T. Kirk is also VG+. A large format volume of 192 pages. Illustrated throughout. J.R.R. Tolkien's admirers form an international community of writers, scholars and artists. This richly illustrated anthology gathers together three decades of work dedicated to the master of fantasy. Critical essays by W. H. Auden, Edmund Wilson and othersexplore Tolkien's imaginative world and a biography offers insights into the author's life. In drawings by Michael Green and 8 full colour paintings by Tom Kirk, scenes from The Hobbit ans Lord of the Rings are brought to Life. PLEASE NOTE : A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.06 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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The Lion and the Unicorn  -   A Historian's Testament, Bryant, Arthur
6 Bryant, Arthur The Lion and the Unicorn - A Historian's Testament
London Collins 1969 0002114712 / 9780002114714 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A VG+ unmarked copy which has a little foxing to closed edges. Dustjacket is price clipped with a little creasing. The noted historian, Sir Arthur Bryant, has compiled this work from the weekly commentaries he has made to the Illustrated London News, which is mostly biography, part commentary on the British people and way of life. 
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A Portrait of Jane Austen, Cecil, David
7 Cecil, David A Portrait of Jane Austen
London Constable 1979 094624003 Second Impression Hard Fine Very Good+ 8vo - over 7¾ 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which is not price clipped. 208 pages. 74 illustrations. Second impression corrected for errors in the first edition. Lord David Cecil's book is intended neither as a straightforward biographical narrative of Jane Austen's life, nor as a study of her as author; but rather as an attempt, with the help of material drawn from her letters, her novels and other people's memories of her, to reconstruct and depict her living personality and to explore its relation to her art. Auberon Waugh, in reviewing the book, states '..is a masterpiece which ought to be in every educated home.' 
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Small Moments, Church, Richard
8 Church, Richard Small Moments
London Hutchinson 1965 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Hassall, Joan 
A near Fine unmarked copy with complete dustjacket. Sixth impression, first published in September 1957, this enchanting volume distils for us the essence of existence in the countryside about his Kentish home and, roving farther afield, describes scenes in France, Italy or Germany, and to survey the world through his eyes is to acquire new vision and a spirit refreshed. Added to the enjoyment are Joan Hassall's wood engravings which harmonise perfectly with the mood of the author. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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Charles Kingsley  -  The Lion of Eversley, Colloms, Brenda
9 Colloms, Brenda Charles Kingsley - The Lion of Eversley
London Constable 1975 0094600201 / 9780094600201 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good+ clean and unmarked copy with bumping to one corner tip with complete dustjacket which has light fading to spine. Charles Kingsley (1819-1875), novelist and poet, eloquent clergyman and inspired campaigner for social reform, is one of the eminent Victorian figures who best deserve remembrance. Made Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge through the influence of the Prince Consort, 'a mystic in theory and an ultra-materialist in practice' as he once described himself. 9 illustrations. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Nichols, Beverley  -  A Life, Connon, Bryan
10 Connon, Bryan Nichols, Beverley - A Life
London Constable 1991 0094705704 / 9780094705708 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which has a little creasing to rear top edge and is not price clipped. 320 pages. 40 illustrations. Osbert Sitwell described Beverley Nichols (1898-1983) in the 1920's as 'the original bright young thing'. Devastatingly good-looking, brimming with charm and humour, Beverley Nichols was determined above all to be famous - even great. His first novels, about Marlborough and Oxford, were followed swiftly by his autobiography, Twenty Five - the latest age,he cheekily said, at which anyone should write one. Despite his hectic love life and the social whirl in which he passed his days - dashing from the Café Royal to a Noel Coward first night, from lunch at Claridges with the King of Greece to dinner with Lady Colefax and Ivor Novello - books, revue songs, essays and articles poured from his pen. He was nothing if not versatile: his successes included novels, plays, children's stories, biography, political commentary, an operetta, and books on religion, travel and gardening. His most famous book, Down The Garden Path, was still in print after 50 years, when he died. Fame did not elude him but greatness did. Hungering to be taken seriously, he tackled important issues in his deft and opinionated books, for he felt passionately about world events, colour discrimination and religion. In the late 1930's he took a violently pacifist stance in Cry Havoc! and in 1944 his Verdict on India, which put the case strongly for the Muslim cause, was best-seller on both sides of the Atlantic. 
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The Green, Green Grass, Croft-Cooke, Rupert
11 Croft-Cooke, Rupert The Green, Green Grass
London W.H. Allen 1977 0491018363 / 9780491018364 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good+ clean, tight and unmarked copy with no inscriptions which has dust marking to top edge and age toning to endpapers. Dustjacket by Val Biro is near Fine and is not price clipped. 192 pages. With, the twenty-fourth and final book in his autobiographical series, Rupert Croft-Cooke (1903-1979) completed the remarkable sequence which he called 'The Sensual World'. The subject is basically his return home after many years abroad. In 1974 Croft-Cooke suffered a stroke and found walking and writing difficult in his remaining years and no longer able to right in cursive script, he completed 'The Green, Green Grass', his last published work, by laboriously writing pages in block letters and having his long time companion Joseph type it. Very uncommon to find in such very good condition with a dustjacket. **** NOT AN EX LIBRARY COPY **** 
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Susannah's Nightingales, Devas, Nicolette
12 Devas, Nicolette Susannah's Nightingales
London Collins and Harvill Press 1978 0002627582 / 9780002627580 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good + unmarked copy with complete dustjacket. The author had no formal education as her father Francis Macnamara, Irish landowner, poet and friend of Yeats believed that women were here to adorn life and give comfort to men's needs, and she and her two sisters were brought up by their mother, mostly in the New Forest. Apart from a close friendship with the Augustus John circle, their neighbours, they lived in considerable isolation. Nicolette went to the Slade School of Art subsequently marrying Anthony Devas, the painter, and during the war started to write, her mother's Irish-French background influencing her. This book took four years to research and write and is a follow on to her autobiography 'Two Flamboyant Fathers', which spotlights the French forbears alluded to in her autobiography. 18 illustrations and a map. *** NOT EX LIB *** *** NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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Breaking Out Of The Box  -  The Biography Of Edward De Bono, Dudgeon, Piers
13 Dudgeon, Piers Breaking Out Of The Box - The Biography Of Edward De Bono
London Headline 2001 0747271429 / 9780747271420 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A Fine copy with a near Fine photoraphic dustjacket which is complete and has a slight crease to top. Uninscribed copy. An excellent biography of the Cambridge don who created the concept of "Lateral Thinking", whose background is in medicine, psychology and research and who travels some 200,000 miles a year across the globe lecturing to effect a change in the way we think. 16 photographic illustrations. 
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The Girl from Leam Lane  -  The Life and Writing of Catherine Cookson     (Revised and Expanded Centenary Edition), Dudgeon, Piers
14 Dudgeon, Piers The Girl from Leam Lane - The Life and Writing of Catherine Cookson (Revised and Expanded Centenary Edition)
London Headline 2006 0755314972 / 9780755314973 Hard Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾ 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped.xv11 + 302 pages. 64 illustrations. Catherine Cookson (1906-1998), the illegitimate daughter of an Irish barmaid, was born in a two room apartment in a run-down area of dockland on the south bank of the Tyne. Forty four years later her debut novel 'Kate Hannigan' was accepted by the first publisher to whom it was submitted. It established her as a powerful creator of character and a storyteller of rare talent. Piers Dudgeon was granted many hours of exclusive interviews over a 15 year period until Catherine's death. Now, in the company of her family and others who declined to be interviewed during her lifetime, he sheds new light on the tortured drama of her personal life and final days, and on her legacy to the nation. 
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The World of Defoe, Earle, Peter
15 Earle, Peter The World of Defoe
London Weidenfeld and Nicholson 1976 0297771515 / 9780297771517 First Edition Cloth Fine Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which has illustration of Defoe in the pillory at Temple Bar after the painting by Eyre Crowe. xii + 353 pages. Endpapers are Mercator's maps of the whole world and the Americas. The book is divided into four parts: The first consists of a discussion of the biography of Defoe. The second looks at the general background of 'his world'; 'The Inner World' considers his religious, moral and philosophical view of the world and of nature; The Wider World considers his ideas on geography and exploration and his views of the racial, social and economic peculiarities of those people who lived in the wider world beyond Europe. The third part of the book looks in more detail at the England of Defoe, and finally the fourth part deals with the life-cycle of this individual within English society, his role, his ambitions, and the failures and successes. Appendices of abbreviations used in the notes and the copious notes themselves. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT READER'S UNION BOOK CLUB **** 
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The Hills of Home, Fraser, Amy Stewart
16 Fraser, Amy Stewart The Hills of Home
London Routledge and Kegan Paul 1974 071007414X / 9780710074140 Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine dustjacket which is price clipped. x + 240 pages. Map of Glen Cairn endpapers. First published in 1973. 'I do not recall putting my dolls into mourning at the time of Queen Victoria's death as did some children..' Most memories of childhood long ago are dimmed by time. But not Amy Stewart Fraser's. She lived as a girl in Glen Cairn, near Balmoral, the daughter of the parish minister: she recreates the life of those days as accurately as a photograph. Nothing escaped her sharp eyes, whether the indiscretions of a country girl , the clothes, the way of life. the characters of the people she knew. 
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The World Within  -  The Brontės at Haworth  -  A Life in Letters, Diaries and Writings, Gardiner, Juliet
17 Gardiner, Juliet The World Within - The Brontės at Haworth - A Life in Letters, Diaries and Writings
London Collins and Brown 1992 1855851415 / 9781855851412 Soft Cover Fine No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy. 160 pages. Fully illustrated with contemporary pictures, including many sketches and watercolours by the Brontės themselves. 'Quoting as much and fully as possible from the letters, diaries and other writings of the Brontės and their circle, Juliet Gardiner brings to life the topography both of their external environment and their imaginative world within.' 
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Friends and Apostles  -  The Correspondence of Rupert Brooke and James Strachey, 1905-1914, Hale, Keith      (edited by)
18 Hale, Keith (edited by) Friends and Apostles - The Correspondence of Rupert Brooke and James Strachey, 1905-1914
London Yale University Press 1998 0300070047 / 9780300070040 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG+ dustjacket which has a little creasing to top edge. xvi + 304 pages. 42 illustrations. The correspondence between the poet Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) and his friend James Strachey, later the primary English translator of the works of Sigmund Freud, appears in print for the first time. These rich and varied letter - often irreverent, sometimes humorous, and so profoundly revealing that Brooke's literary executors long resisted their publication - illuminate one of the final pieces of the complex puzzle of Brooke's life. Brooke appears to have written more requently to Strachey than to anyone other than his mother, and was more candid in this correspondence than in others in which he assumed a variety of carefully constructed poses. Friends from schooldays, Brooke and Strachey were undergraduates at Cambridge when Jame fell in love with his handsome, celebrated companion. As well as their shared interest in politics, literature, art and theatre, the letters deal often and explicitly with the subject of homosexuality and with the sometimes scandalous activities of their close circle. Brooke and Strachey compare observations of fellow members of the exclusive Cambridge 'Apostles' (which included James' brother Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes, E.M. Forster and Bertrand Russell), of mutual 'Bloomsbury' friends and of such fellow Fabian Socialists. 
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Trollope  -  A Biography, Hall, N. John
19 Hall, N. John Trollope - A Biography
Oxford Oxford University Press 1993 0192830716 / 9780192830715 First Edition Soft Cover Very Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Very Good+ clean, tight and unmarked copy with a light crease to front top corner. xv and 581 pages. 27 illustrations and 4 in-text illustrations. A large scholarly work and a compelling biography by Professor Hall which weaves Trollope's two careers into a single coherent narrative and presents the true personality of the writer. **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.1 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE EXTRA SHIPPING COST **** 
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Song of Love  -  The Letters of Rupert Brooke and Noel Olivier  -  1909-1915, Harris, Pippa          (edited by)
20 Harris, Pippa (edited by) Song of Love - The Letters of Rupert Brooke and Noel Olivier - 1909-1915
London Bloomsbury 1991 0747510482 / 9780747510482 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with VG dustjacket which has a little wear to lower spine and is not price clipped. xxviii + 302 pages. 30 illustrations. Rupert Brooke met Noel Olivier in 1908. She as fifteen and he was twenty. Brooke was captivated on sight by this shy, intelligent schoolgirl and began to bombard her with highly charged and exuberant letters, initiating a correspondence which was to last until his death in 1915. Despie her youth, Noel held her own in the face of the poet's romantic onslaught, replying with painstaking honesty and astonishing verve. It is a ric and illuminating exchange. A correspondence of considerable literary value, these fascinating letters, published for the first time, cast new light on the Fabian and Bloomsbury milieux. They allow a deeper understanding of Rupert Brookes's life and writing, as well as revealing the true nature of the mysterious young woman who was the first and most enduring love of his life. The author, Pippa Harris, is Noel Olivier's granddaughter. PLEASE NOTE: A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.91 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH WILL REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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