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The Almond Tree

By: Almedingen, E.M.

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, The Bodley Hesd: 1947

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11924


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 ... View more info

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I Want It Now

By: Amis, Kingsley

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Book of the Month Club: 1968

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 14415


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 View more info

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Diary of a Yuppie

By: Auchincloss, Louis

Price: £8.00

Publisher: London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson: 1987

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 6022


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 View more info

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The Matrix

By: Aycliffe, Jonathan

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, Harper Collins: 1994

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11925


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, m... View more info

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The Secret Purposes

By: Baddiel, David

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Little, Brown: 2004

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11922


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, refuge... View more info

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According to Queeney

By: Bainbridge, Beryl

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Little, Brown: 2001

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 6026


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: L... View more info

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Every Man for Himself

By: Bainbridge, Beryl

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, Duckworth: 1996

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 14414


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 View more info

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By: Baring, Maurice

Price: £9.00

Publisher: London, William Heinemann: 1934

Edition: first thus

Inscription: Previous owner's name

Seller ID: 6023


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 View more info

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Palmprint

By: Barnett, James

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, Secker & Warburg: 1980

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11823


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... View more info

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Head of the Force

By: Barnett, James

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, Book Club Associates: 1978

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 11824


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 View more info

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Once upon a Time - A Floating Opera

By: Barth, John

Price: £6.50

Publisher: London, Sceptre: 1994

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 6033


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 View more info

The Purple Plain

By: Bates, H.E.

Price: £4.75

Publisher: London, Michael Joseph: 1947

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 11930


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 View more info

Tobit Transplanted

By: Benson, Stella

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Macmillan: 1931

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 6031


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 View more info

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Island Madness

By: Binding, Tim

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, Picador: 1998

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11931


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 View more info

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The Cactus has Courage

By: Bloom, Ursula

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Hutchinson: 1961

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 3867


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 View more info

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The Testing

By: Bolton, Melvin

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Victor Gollancz: 1987

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11822


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, terr... View more info

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Doctor Criminale

By: Bradbury, Malcolm

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Secker & Warburg: 1992

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 6046


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. Keywo... View more info

The History Man

By: Bradbury, Malcolm

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, The Observer: 1981

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 11949


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, univ... View more info

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Room at the Top

By: Braine, John

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Methuen: 1983

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 11948


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 View more info

Dr. Kildare's Trial

By: Brand, Max

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Hodder & Stoughton: 1944

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 6038


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 View more info

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Family & Friends

By: Brookner, Anita

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, Guild Publishing: 1985

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 11946


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 View more info

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Falling Slowly

By: Brookner, Anita

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London, Book Club Associates: 1997

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 11947


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 View more info

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There Was A Time

By: Caldwell, Taylor

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Collins: 1948

Edition: first edition

Inscription: Owners inscription

Seller ID: 6035


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: ... View more info

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The Happy Cafe

By: Cane, Roy

Price: £5.00

Publisher: Stratford-upon-Avon, Humdrumming: 2007

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 11567


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 View more info

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The Star Factory

By: Carson, Ciaran

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Granta Books: 1997

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 6036


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 View more info

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Under the Sea-Wind

By: Carson, Rachel L.

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Staples: 1952

Edition: first thus

Seller ID: 6047


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... View more info

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Honour Redeemed

By: Connery, Tom

Price: £7.50

Publisher: London, Orion: 1997

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15761


Hardback, 24cm x 16cm blue cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 328pp. Good +++/Very Good. Book in very good condition save for a crease to p.209. Dustwrapper is clean with little or no wear. A "Markham of the Marines" novel in which the Irish-born commander in the Royal Navy takes part in a fight against then French for the island of Corsica. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: naval, Corsica, Hanger, Mediterranean View more info

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Hey Nostradamus!

By: Coupland, Douglas

Price: £5.00

Publisher: London, Flamingo: 2003

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15759


Hardback, 215mm x 137mm maroon cloth boards, silver gilt titles, first edition, 3rd impression, , 244pp. Good +/NoWrapper. Book is tight and clean with minimal wear, but with bottom corner creasing to ten later pages. A surprising and soulful novel concerning a young pregnant woman gunned down in a high school cafeteria… Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: testament, Cheryl, violence View more info

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Eleanor Rigby

By: Coupland, Douglas

Price: £4.50

Publisher: London & New York, Fourth Estate: 2004

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15760


Hardback, 215mm x 137mm grey cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 249pp. Good +/NoWrapper. Book is tight and clean with minimal wear, but with board corners bumped and some grubbiness to block edges. The life of a lonely woman changes overnight in this haunting novel by a major voice in contemporary North American fiction. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Hale-Bopp, loneliness, isolation View more info

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Curious Relations

By: D'Arfey, William ; Plomer, William (ed)

Price: £6.00

Publisher: London, Jonathan Cape: 1945

Edition: first edition

Seller ID: 15757


Hardback, 197mm x 130mm brown cloth boards, black titles, first edition, 175pp. Good +/Good. Book is a war-era production but not flimsy, just a little wear from handling over years. Dustwrapper has some grubbiness from handling, wear and some fraying to edges. Collection of vignettes concerning well-to-do late Victorian and Edwardian society as recalled by d'Arfey and posthumously edited by Plomer. Catalogue: Literature and novels. Keywords: Victorian, Edwardian, Mount... View more info