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Peak Echoes - Writers in the Peak, ,
Peak Echoes - Writers in the Peak

I Want It Now, Amis, Kingsley
I Want It Now

Every Man for Himself, Bainbridge, Beryl
Every Man for Himself

Room at the Top, Braine, John
Room at the Top

Falling Slowly, Brookner, Anita
Falling Slowly

Family & Friends, Brookner, Anita
Family & Friends

Island Madness, Binding, Tim
Island Madness

The Matrix, Aycliffe, Jonathan
The Matrix

 

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Peak Echoes - Writers in the Peak, ,
1 Peak Echoes - Writers in the Peak
,. Glassball Art Projects, 2014. first edition, Paperback, 225mm x 150mm , 200pp. Colour illustrations. Photographic illustrations. Illustrations by Chris Gilbert. Good +++/NoWrapper. Gift Inscription. Book has been read, minimal wear to covers, clean overall. Price inked out on rear cover. A collection of short stories inspired by the Peak District landscape, by members of a local writing group. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Ashover, Matlock, Buxton, Derbyshire. 15129

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The Almond Tree, Almedingen, E.M.
2 The Almond Tree
Almedingen, E.M.. The Bodley Hesd, London, 1947. first edition, Hardback, 206mm x 134mm yellow cloth boards, green titles, first edition, 192pp. Good/Fair. Spine and boards bumped, faded around edges, differential fading to endpapers, pages otherwise clean. Book feels like an austerity production but not listed as such. Dustwrapper (now protected) is darkened and worn around edges woth loss to spine (50%) and to top front corner. Second volume of memoirs by Russian exile takes place mainly in Rome in the 1920s. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Russia, Rome, exile. 11924

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I Want It Now, Amis, Kingsley
3 I Want It Now
Amis, Kingsley. Book of the Month Club, London, 1968. first thus, Hardback, 197mm x 128mm purple cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 255pp. Good +/Good. Book has been read, but exterior clean. Some wear and foxing to block edges, latter also to opening/closing pages. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some wear and chipping to edges. Amis's marvellously witty novel of money and sexual relations at the centre of the permissive society. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: London, TV, permissive, heiress. 14415

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Diary of a Yuppie, Auchincloss, Louis
4 Diary of a Yuppie
Auchincloss, Louis. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London, 1987. first thus, Hardback, 8vo black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first thus, 215pp. Very Good/Very Good. Block a little darkened with age, boards a little bumped at corners. Pages clean and binding tight. Dustwrapper has been handled but still clean and unmarked. First UK edition of Auchincloss's seminal New York tale of power and greed at the height of the "Wall Street" era. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Auchincloss, yuppie, greed. 6022

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The Matrix, Aycliffe, Jonathan
5 The Matrix
Aycliffe, Jonathan. Harper Collins, London, 1994. first edition, Hardback, 240mm x 157mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 238pp. Good +++/Good +. Book is tight and clean save for a faint stamp on front endpaper, also an indentation to top board by spine. Dustwrapper has been handled, with general light indentations and a more prominent penetration at top front by spine, almost like a bite... "A white-knuckle tale of a haunting past and a present-day hell." Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: thriller, magic, theosophy, mystic. 11925

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The Secret Purposes, Baddiel, David
6 The Secret Purposes
Baddiel, David. Little, Brown, London, 2004. first edition, Hardback, 240mm x 155mm black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 408pp. Good +/Good +. Spine and boards bumped, tanning to edges of top 1/4 of block, pages otherwise clean. Dustwrapper has some edgewear and evidence of handling. Third novel by celebrity Jewish comedian and broadcaster is set in the little-known world of internment camps on the Isle of Man for Jewish refugees from Germany in WW2. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: holocaust, refugee, internment, Man. 11922

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According to Queeney, Bainbridge, Beryl
7 According to Queeney
Bainbridge, Beryl. Little, Brown, London, 2001. first edition, Hardback, 8vo maroon cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 242pp. Very Good/Very Good. Book is not new but no obvious imperfections save for a little bumping to spine and boards. Block also a little darkened with age around edges. Dustwrapper has been handled only occasionally. Typically ambitious Bainbridge novel takes the reader into the character of Samuel Johnson and the literary firmament of Georgian London - and creates a wonderfully engaging tale. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Johnson, Georgian, London, Bainbridge. 6026

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Every Man for Himself, Bainbridge, Beryl
8 Every Man for Himself
Bainbridge, Beryl. Duckworth, London, 1996. first edition, Hardback, 225mm x 140mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 5th impression, , 224pp. Very Good/Good +++. Book is clean and tight with no obvious imperfections. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear, front flap clipped. Bainbridge's marvellous novel set aboard the RMS Titanic, whose familiar fate is conveyed anew through original characters. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Titanic, iceberg, opera, Atlantic. 14414

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9 C
Baring, Maurice. William Heinemann, London, 1934. first thus, Hardback, 202mm x 134mm brown cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 741pp. Good +/NoWrapper. Previous owner's name. No d/w. Right block edge now curved with a near-1cm apex, also dusty edges. Spine and boards bumped, pages clean and unmarked. Large-scale novel of the English gentry. First cheap edition of 1924 original. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Baring, C, aristocracy, England. 6023

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Head of the Force, Barnett, James
10 Head of the Force
Barnett, James. Book Club Associates, London, 1978. first thus, Hardback, 223mm x 140mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 213pp. Good +/Good +++. Book has been handled but still tight and clean save for some foxing to block edges. Dustwrapper is bright and clean with minimal wear. Ex-copper Barnett brings his 30 years' experience in the Met to bear in this cracking crime thriller which begins with the murder of the most senior policeman in Britain. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: police, Met, murder, society. 11824

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Palmprint, Barnett, James
11 Palmprint
Barnett, James. Secker & Warburg, London, 1980. first edition, Hardback, 222mm x 138mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 186pp. Good +/Good +++. Book has been handled but still tight and clean save for some foxing to block edges, spine bumped at top. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear. Chief Superintendant Owen Smith finds himself in a case of international intrigue centred on a Caribbean island of strategic significance. A cracking crime thriller from the author of Head of the Force. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: crime, Caribbean, Superintendant. 11823

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Once upon a Time - A Floating Opera, Barth, John
12 Once upon a Time - A Floating Opera
Barth, John. Sceptre, London, 1994. first thus, Hardback, 240mm x 145mm black cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus1st state, 398pp. Good +++/Very Good. Spine and boards a little bumped, top edge of block dusty, faint marks from flap to front endpaper and inner board. Dustwrapper has been handled occasionally. A bravura performance from a master storyteller. First UK edition. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Opera, Chesapeake, Barth. 6033

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13 The Purple Plain
Bates, H.E.. Michael Joseph, London, 1947. first edition, Hardback, 201mm x 130mm purple cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 224pp. Good/NoWrapper. Owners inscription. Spine and boards a little bumped, some even colour fading to top. Block edges a little worn from handling, grubby on top, pages otherwise cleab. First edition of Bates's 1947 novel set during the recently-concluded Burma war. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Burma, Canadian, Mosquito. 11930

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14 Tobit Transplanted
Benson, Stella. Macmillan, London, 1931. first edition, Hardback, 195mm x 130mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, cii prelims, 362pp. plus index, Good/NoWrapper. No d/w. Boards smudged with handling, block edges a little grubby. Curious re-telling of the Apocryphal tale of Tobit, in which the ancient Jews are represented by the exiled White Russians of the author's day. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Apocrypha, Tobit, Russia, Manchuria. 6031

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Island Madness, Binding, Tim
15 Island Madness
Binding, Tim. Picador, London, 1998. first edition, Hardback, 223mm x 140mm black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 360pp. Good +++/Good +++. Block edges have some dusting and a couple of smudges, book otherwise clean and tight. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal wear. Price sticker on front flap. Novel set during the German occupation of the Channel Islands during WW2. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Guernsey, occupation, collaboration. 11931

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The Cactus has Courage, Bloom, Ursula
16 The Cactus has Courage
Bloom, Ursula. Hutchinson, London, 1961. first edition, Hardback, 8vo dark blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 192pp. Very Good/Good +++. Spine and boards slightly bumped, no other obvious imperfections or signs of age. Dustwrapper has a suspicion of shelfwear along top, with top of spine bumped. Front flap clipped. A "quiet, honest, heart-moving story of a woman's longing for a child." Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Bloom, cactus, Willing. 3867

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The Testing, Bolton, Melvin
17 The Testing
Bolton, Melvin. Victor Gollancz, London, 1987. first edition, Hardback, 205mm x 135mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 184pp. Good +++/Good +++. Book is tight and clean save for foxing and dusting to top block edge only. Dustwrapper (now protected) is bright and clean with little or no wear - front flap clipped. A Gollancz Thriller involving the KGB, Special Branch and South Afriican security services in a tale of Cold War terrorist intrigue. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: police, thriller, chemical, terrorism. 11822

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Doctor Criminale, Bradbury, Malcolm
18 Doctor Criminale
Bradbury, Malcolm. Secker & Warburg, London, 1992. first edition, Hardback, 247mm x 155mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, 344pp. Good +++/Good +++. Block juts a little darkened, top edge grubby with handling. Otherwise tight, solid and clean. Dustwrapper (now protected) has been handled occasionally. "A virtuoso novel of intellectual pursuit" from the author of "The History Man" offers a satirical take on the meaning of contemporary mass media and, indeed, history. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Bradbury, Criminale, Camden. 6046

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19 The History Man
Bradbury, Malcolm. The Observer, London, 1981. first thus, Hardback, 224mm x 142mm blue card boards over cloth spine, gilt titles, first thus, 203pp. Good +++/Good +. Spine and boards bumped, block edges a little grubby from handling, binding not strong, likely as produced. Dustwrapper is plain white with title inscribed in pencil on spine. Now a little worn and grubby from handling. Newspaper edition of Bradbury's seminal 1975 novel of sex and politics on campus. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Kirk, lecturer, university. 11949

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Room at the Top, Braine, John
20 Room at the Top
Braine, John. Methuen, London, 1983. first thus, Hardback, 221mm x 140mm red cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 256pp. Good +++/Good +++. Block edges a little tanned and worn by handling, book otherwise clean and tight. Dustwrapper spine colour has faded, else clean with minimal wear. First Methuen edition of classic British "kitchen-sink" novel first published in 1957. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: North, class, sink, provincial. 11948

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21 Dr. Kildare's Trial
Brand, Max. Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1944. first edition, Hardback, 190mm x 125mm blue cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 128pp. Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. No d/w. Basically tight, solid, and clean, though book has been handled over years. Small marks to top of front endpaper and one later page. The sixth Dr. Kildare book, illustrated with eight photographs from the MGM Kildare film "My Life is Yours." Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Kildare, Brand, Courcy. 6038

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Falling Slowly, Brookner, Anita
22 Falling Slowly
Brookner, Anita. Book Club Associates, London, 1997. first thus, Hardback, 223mm x 140mm black cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first thus, 214pp. Good +++/Good +++. Block edges a little tanned and worn by handling, book otherwise clean and tight. Dustwrapper is clean with minimal edgewear. A novel of life and sisterhood and the triumph of experience over fleeting passion. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: emotion, sister, passion. 11947

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Family & Friends, Brookner, Anita
23 Family & Friends
Brookner, Anita. Guild Publishing, London, 1985. first thus, Hardback, 205mm x 135mm dark blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 187pp. Good +++/Very Good. Block edges perhaps a little tanned by age, book otherwise clean and tight. Dustwrapper is clean with little or no wear. Brookner's first novel after winning the Booker Prize for Hotel du Lac. Book Club edition. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Sofka, romance, emotion. 11946

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There Was A Time, Caldwell, Taylor
24 There Was A Time
Caldwell, Taylor. Collins, London, 1948. first edition, Hardback, 203mm x 135mm green cloth boards, green titles, first edition, 512pp. Good/Good. Owners inscription. Some light and even fading to top of front board, spine a little bumped, top edge of block dusty. Dustwrapper (now protected) is a little worn and aged, with chipping and 1 sq cm of loss to rear top corner. Rear also grubby with handling. Another unusually powerful and moving book from a great American story-teller. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Caldwell, novel, America. 6035

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The Happy Cafe, Cane, Roy
25 The Happy Cafe
Cane, Roy. Humdrumming, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2007. first edition, Paperback, 197mm x 126mm , 67pp. plus appendix/appendicies, Very Good/NoWrapper. Paperback is clean and tight with no signs of handling. Curious and self-consciously "modern" novel set in a strange cafe. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: cafe, waitress, Adept. 11567

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Selections from the Anti-Jacobin together with some later poems, Canning, George ;   Sanders, Lloyd
26 Selections from the Anti-Jacobin together with some later poems
Canning, George ; Sanders, Lloyd. Methuen, London, 1894. first thus, Hardback, 154mm x 198mm green cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, xxvii prelims, 238pp. plus advertisments,Fair/NoWrapper. Spine and boards bumped and scuffed, block edges a little grubby and worn from handling, differentual afding to endpapers. Little Library edition of Canning writings first published in the famous Anti-Jacobin newspaper of 1797-98, including his long poem "New Morality" - a still-relevant critique of internationalism. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Canning, Jacobin, revolution, England. 7040

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The Star Factory, Carson, Ciaran
27 The Star Factory
Carson, Ciaran. Granta Books, London, 1997. first edition, Hardback, 195mm x 140mm brown cloth boards, black titles, first edition1st state, viii prelims, 295pp. plus appendix/appendicies, Very Good/Very Good. Book is not new but no obvious imperfections. Dustwrapper has been handled only occasionally and has no shelfwear. Lyrical Belfast-inspired tale by a major contemporary Irish writer. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Belfast, Star Factory, Carson. 6036

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Under the Sea-Wind, Carson, Rachel L.
28 Under the Sea-Wind
Carson, Rachel L.. Staples, London, 1952. first thus, Hardback, 223mm x 136mm light blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 239pp. Black and white illustrations. Illustrations by C.F. Tunnicliffe. Fair/Good. Spine and boards a little bumped, light foxing to inner boards and block edges. Block basically otherwise clean apart from right edge which has some spotty staining. Dustwrapper (now protected) has some shelfwear with chipping at top of spine, small sticker on rear. First UK edition of 1941 American book in which Carson writes "the epic story of the war which began with the birth of things." Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Carson, nature, war. 6047

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Les Belles Amours, de Vilmorin, Louise
29 Les Belles Amours
de Vilmorin, Louise. Collins, London, 1956. first thus, Hardback, 205mm x 135mm blue cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 192pp. Black and white illustrations. Illustrations by Dodie Masterman. Good +/Good +. Top edge of block dusty, spine and boards a little bumped, pages clean. Dustwrapper has a a little wear and has been handled but basically clean and presentable. In translation from the French by Francis Wyndham, this is the first UK edition of de Vilmorin's poetic - and wholy French - romance. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Vilmorin, love, France. 6144

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In the Beginning, Douglas, Norman
30 In the Beginning
Douglas, Norman. Folio Society, London, 1953. first thus, Hardback, 226mm x 134mm orange cloth boards, gilt titles, first thus, 213pp. Black and white illustrations. Illustrations by Richard Sharp. Good/NoWrapper. Ex-lib. No d/w or slipcase. Stickers and stamps and residue therof to opening pages, also faint sticker shadows on boards by spine. Spine faded. Otherwise tight and clean. FS edition of classic Douglas work, with introduction by Constantine FitzGibbon Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Douglas, Linus, gods. 6054

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