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Triptych of a Young Wolf      (Signed copy), Allestree, Ann
1 Allestree, Ann Triptych of a Young Wolf (Signed copy)
Brighton Book Guild Publishing 2008 1846242363 / 9781846242366 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR to title page 'To Virginia, Every good wish from Penelope (Ann Allestree), November 2008'. (Ann Allestree is the pseudonym of the journalist Penelope Ann Craig). Nominated for the Literary Review's annual 'Bad Sex in Fiction Award' in 2008. It is the story of the wolf cub Louis-Loup, abandoned on the French Mediterranean island of Porquerolles, who is discovered by Madame Veuve, gardienne to the beautiful Comtesse de Beauclaire. Over one long, hot Provencal summer, Louis grows in strength and stature as a domestic drama of island life - all the desires, suspicions, jealousies and human folly - unfold around him. When the Comtesse arrives at her summer villa with her Moroccan lover Uqba in tow, the scene is set. A gripping tale of sex, savagery and survival from the author of 'Seize the Day', her acclaimed chronicles of 30 years of global wandering. 
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2 Barber, Noel The Daughters of the Prince
London Hodder and Stoughton 1989 0340425393 / 9780340425398 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy with Fine pictorial dustjacket which is not price clipped. Credited as the authors last novel it was in fact unfinished at his death in 1988 and was finished by Alan Wykes who had worked with him on ideas and research for many previous novels. The novel is set in Italy just prior to World War II and is a moving story of the art world and captures the times and places admirably. *** NOT BOOK CLUB *** 
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A Friend From England, Brookner, Anita
3 Brookner, Anita A Friend From England
London Jonathan Cape 1987 0224024434 / 9780224024433 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. Gold title on light brown boards which are clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is a coloured decorative floral bookplate to half title page else clean and unmarked. A Very Good + copy. Dustjacket is has just a touch of wear to two corner tips and is not price clipped. The 1984 Booker McConnell Prize winning author's novel, set in London and Venice, is an elegant, revealing, beatifully controlled study which builds to a startling unmasking of it's protagonists and their motives. Powerful in conception and rich in execution it is Brookner at her most poignant and thought provoking. 
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Babel Tower, Byatt, A.S.
4 Byatt, A.S. Babel Tower
London Chatterson 1996 0701137185 / 9780701137182 First Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR to title page wihout dedication. A near Fine umarked copy with usual age toning to page edges with dustjacket which is not price clipped. First Edition First Impression. 618 pages. Babel Tower follows The Virgin in the Garden and Still Life in tracing Frederica Potter, a lover of books who reflects the author's life and times. It centers around two lawsuits: in one, Frederica - a young intellectual who has married outside her social set - is challenging her wealthy and violent husband for custody of their child; in the other, an unkempt but charismatic rebel is charged with having written an obscene book, a novel-within-a-novel about a small band of revolutionaries who attempt to set up an ideal community. And in the background, rebellion gains a major toehold in the London of the Sixties, and society will never be the same. PLEASE NOTE : A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.06 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Coming Up Roses, Carson, Michael
5 Carson, Michael Coming Up Roses
London Victor Gollancz 1990 0575045531 / 9780575045538 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page. A near Fine copy with a small mark to front endpaper caused by the erasing of a name with a complete dustjacket which has a small indentation to front VG+. A humorous novel of King Fadl who wants part of the neighbouring kingdom of Zibda, which intrudes into his kingdom. He telephones Sultan Nabil of Zibda to make him an offer he can't refuse but GCHQ are listening in and a disgraced MI42 agent, Charlie Hammond, is sent to gather information. Hammond meets an English teacher, Armitage, there and when the Ministry for the Suppression of Vice and the Encouragement of Virtue orders the circumcision of all expatriates, Hammond and Armitages's troubles are just beginning, then they are caught in flagrante by Abdul Wahhab Higgins, Jesuit turned Muslim zealot, can they escape the lash? A glorious black comedy. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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Coming Up Roses, Carson, Michael
6 Carson, Michael Coming Up Roses
London Victor Gollancz 1990 0575045531 / 9780575045538 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page with dedication. A near Fine copy with a touch of foxing to front endpaper with a complete dustjacket which has creasing to front. A humorous novel of King Fadl who wants part of the neighbouring kingdom of Zibda, which intrudes into his kingdom. He telephones Sultan Nabil of Zibda to make him an offer he can't refuse but GCHQ are listening in and a disgraced MI42 agent, Charlie Hammond, is sent to gather information. Hammond meets an English teacher, Armitage, there and when the Ministry for the Suppression of Vice and the Encouragement of Virtue orders the circumcision of all expatriates, Hammond and Armitages's troubles are just beginning, then they are caught in flagrante by Abdul Wahhab Higgins, Jesuit turned Muslim zealot, can they escape the lash? A glorious black comedy. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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The Gourlay Girls, Davis, Margaret Thomson
7 Davis, Margaret Thomson The Gourlay Girls
Edinburgh B & W Publishing 2000 1903265088 / 9781903265086 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page with dedication " To Clifford - One of my dearest friends". A Fine unmarked copy with Fine complete dustjacket. A novel set in Glasgow in the 1930's of Nicholas Cartwright, successful novelist, who lives in a splendid home in the West End with his beautiful wife Virginia and their two children, where everything is perfect in their comfortable, privileged lives. Until one dreadful day, when their world is touched by tragedy and they find themselves struggling to come to terms with a mystery that will haunt them for years to come. Meanwhile in the run down tenements of Springburn, the Gourlay family are battling to make ends meet, the Depression has hit Glasgow hard and Erchie Gourlay is unemployed ,and only the long hours spent sewing and dressmaking by his three daughters keeps the spectre of poverty at bay. The future looks bleak for them until the arrival of a destitute young girl on their doorstep brings them new hope of a better life. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The New Collected Short Stories, Forster, E.M.
8 Forster, E.M. The New Collected Short Stories
London Sidgwick and Jackson 1985 028399195X / 9780283991950 First Thus Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Very Good+ to near Fine unmarked copy which has usual age toning to page edges with VG+ tdustjacket which is not price clipped. 267 pages. Forster's short stories are amusing, profound, light-hearted, mysterious, wise and witty. He was a master of the art. This new edition of his stories is the most comprehensive available. Besides the classic anthologies originally published as The Celestial Omnibus and The Eternal Moment, it includes the three most important stories published after Forster's death: 'Dr. Wollacott, 'The Life to Come' and 'The Other Boat'. 'These fantasies...' said Forster in his introduction to the first edition of Collected Stories in 1947, ' ....represent all that I have accomplished in a particular line.' Introduction by P.N. Furbank, who wrote 'E.M. Forster: A Life', which evaluates the short stories in the context of Forster's life and his other writing. **** NOT EX LIB **** ****NOT BOOK CLUB **** 
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9 Gloag, Julian Blood For Blood
London Hamish Hamilton 1985 0241115256 / 9780241115251 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy (Fine apart from a very small mark to top edge) with a near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. A novel of a man who leads a quiet life in a quietly frozen past and by the loss of his closest friend, a well known female barrister, by a senseless murder he is stirred into finding out what has happened. He finds that her murder was not a gratuitous crime and sees the motives multiply - money, passion, betrayal to finally vengeance. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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The Choice, Janney, Diana
10 Janney, Diana The Choice
London Montano Books 2003 0954582705 / 9780954582708 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
SIGNED BY AUTHOR on half title page and with dedication. A Fine copy with a near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The author's FIRST NOVEL. A fascinating and compelling debut novel that takes the reader on a journey filled with philosophical twists and turns. If you have ever questioned the concept of choice and moral responsibility, or wondered about the possibility of an after-life, or wanted to believe in God and His angels, or queried the relationship between good and evil, this is the book for you. 
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The Illustrated Cider with Rosie, Lee, Laurie
11 Lee, Laurie The Illustrated Cider with Rosie
London Cresset Press 1984 0712629130 / 9780712629133 Hard Cover Fine Very Good 4to - over 9" - 12" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy in pictorial laminated boards as dustjacket with dustjacket which has some fading to spine. Laurie Lee's matchless memories of his childhood, told in glittering prose and with a wicked sense of comedy, first published in 1959, have made it amongst the most famous of all autobiographies, and a modern classic. The illustrations in this beautiful new edition speak for themselves, but among them are some special treasures - a handful of precious photographs of that time and place, preserved by the author for over 50 years, and carefully reproduced in their original sepia tones. **** NOT EX LIB **** **** NOT BOOK CLUB **** **** A HEAVY VOLUME OF 0.88 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST **** 
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The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog, Lessing, Doris
12 Lessing, Doris The Story of General Dann and Mara's Daughter, Griot and the Snow Dog
London Fourth Estate 2005 0007152809 / 9780007152803 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The follow on novel from 'Mara and Dann' which is, like it's predecessor. a cautionary fable of the future we might be heading towards. Dann is now grown up, hunting for knowledge and despairing at the inadequacies of his civilisation, travelling with a trusty snow dog and we also meet Mara's daughter and Griot, an abandoned child-soldier who, in this strange and captivating adventure, discovers the meaning of love and the ability to sing stories. 
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Death Roll, Llewellyn, Sam
13 Llewellyn, Sam Death Roll
London Michael Joseph 1989 0718131614 / 9780718131616 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
A Very Good + copy with a stamp of a publisher's agent to front pastedown. Reprint July 1989 (first was also 1989). Dustjacket has a small closed tear to back a little creasing to top edge and is not price clipped. Internally thre is some age darkening to page edges. INCLUDED are two AUTHOR SIGNED photographsr, one colour and one black and white. Sinister goings on abound from sleepy fishing villages on the south coast of England to the glamorous hideaways of international criminals on the Costa Del Sol. Martin Devereux, one of the worlds great helmsmen, runs a boatyard and charter fleet on the south coast and while away in Australia for the America's Cup, a series of sinister accidents take place at the boatyard. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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14 Morro, Rodger Spy Tapestry
Lewes, East Sussex The Book Guild 2001 185776580X / 9781857765809 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 778 pages. There are rich pickings for spies in post-war Germany, and maverick intelligence officer Johnny Marlowe is determined to bring in as much information as he can for the elite group within MI6 that he works for. Johnny's methods are unorthodox, but they work. His experience tells him that women make the best agents, so he slowly gathers together a group of attractive and intelligent German girls, whom he places in positions where they can collect the cream of information without arousing suspicions. And Johnny keeps them supplied with what they need most: food, work, sex and security. Very early on he realises that his targets are Russians as well as Germans, and with the help of his talented team of ladies, he is soon on the trail of undercover Nazis, Russian double-agents, and cross-border runners. With an element of fun as well as danger, the spy game for Jonny's 'joes' is full of surprises. **** NOT EX LIB **** A LARGE HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.47 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 
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Collected Short Stories, O'Brian, Patrick
15 O'Brian, Patrick Collected Short Stories
London Harper Collins 1994 0002242060 / 9780002242066 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A near Fine copy with a neat inscription to front endpaper (bought at the Conrad Hilton Hotel, Chelsea, London) and with a printed label to rear endpaper of Conrad International, London, else clean and unmarked with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. It is often forgotten that Patrick O'Brian first made his reputation as a writer of short stories and collected together here for the first time are all the stories which the author wishes to preserve. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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Richard Temple, O'Brian, Patrick
16 O'Brian, Patrick Richard Temple
New York W.W. Norton 2006 0393061876 / 9780393061871 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The author (1914-2000) born Richard Patrick Russ, who later legally changed his name, was famous for his Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin novels. This novel, first published in 1962 but never published before in America, is of a prisoner of war in France, held captive by the Germans, who conducts a minute examination of his life to keep sane. Escaping from a blighted childhood and his widowed, alcoholic mother thanks to an artistic gift, his life as a painter in the 1930's is cruelly deprived and in order to eat, squanders his asset by becoming a forger, particularly of Utrillo. He is rescued by the love of a beautiful and wealthy woman, and it is the failure of this relationship, coupled with the outbreak of war, that propels him into the world of espionage. An unforgettable tale of art and espionage in World War II. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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17 Ormerod, Roger The Seven Razors of Ockam
London Severn House 1997 0727852809 / 9780727852809 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
A Fine unmarked copy with near Fine non price clipped dustjacket. Mayor Bert 'Slasher' Harris was used to evading the opposition, as the legendary wing forward for Ockam Cutters, his was the victorious team which had brought home the FA Cup years before. His finest hour was spent on the old Town Hall balcony above a sea of beaming fans, so to him it was the most natural thing to repeat it for the 57 Club charity raffle. Ignoring the town clerk, police, mayoral protocol and any other reasonable argument, Mayor Harris announced the prize-winning tickets in reverse order. Riot ensued, aggrieved ticket holders and a sea of angry populace demanded fair play, and in a tide of violence they laid waste to civic property, personnel and, most worrying of all, stealing the council's unique treaure, the seven razors of Ockam. 
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Changes At Fairacre, Read, Miss
18 Read, Miss Changes At Fairacre
London Michael Joseph 1991 0718134966 / 9780718134969 First Edition Hard Cover Near Fine Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Goodall, John S. 
A near Fine copy (Fine apart from a minor indentation to top edge) with near Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The author is the pseudonym of Dora Saint, a prolific novelist who draws on her own memories of living and teaching in a small English village in Berkshire. A further novel featuring the downland village of Fairacre where familiar and endearing characters are met once again. Wonderfully illustrated by John S. Goodall. *** NOT EX LIB *** 
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19 Smethurst, William Sinai
London Headline 1996 0747213178 / 9780747213178 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. The author's third novel features a corpse that medical science cannot explain, which is kept in a high security government mortuary in Cairo for over twenty years, an Egyptian army officer locked in an asylum after claiming that he saw soldiers from the Ancient World surround his tank in the Yom Kippur war and a young American physicist, who believes that paranormal forces have unlocked the key to events in the Sinai Desert in 1300 BC. **** NOT EX LIB **** 
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20 Taylor, Catherine (compiled by) Teddy Bear Stories for Grown Ups
London Michael O'Mara 1993 1854791230 / 9781854791238 First Edition Hard Cover Fine Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Elias, Gillian 
A Fine unmarked copy with Fine dustjacket which is not price clipped. 214 pages. Illustrations by Gillian Elias. 23 stories by authors which include Jane Beeson, Elisabeth Beresford, Rebeca Fraser, Allan Frewin Jones, Alan Hackney, William Trevor, David Elias, Pat Rush, Dinah Lampitt. Teddy Bears for Grown Ups shows that, contrary to what might be expected, teddy bears can take a very active role in the lives of the people they love. The mutual devotion between bear and owner can lead to delightful results, as in Anne Goring's charming story 'A Friend in Need', but it can sometimes also lead them into the darker side of life, even into crime. In Pauline Macaulay's story 'Harold's Bear', a teddy provides a valuable clue in a murder mystery, while in 'Confessions of a Bad Bear' by Allan Frewin Jones, a bear is driven to desperate measures to protect the girl he loves. 
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