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Artemis Fowl, COLFER, Eoin
1 6358 COLFER, Eoin Artemis Fowl
Hardcover Talk Miramax Books: NY; 2001; First US Edition; First Printing 277 pages Very Good- in Very Good dust wrapper 
Black paper covered boards stamped with silver Gnommish script on front and sliver text on spine. Spine ends and corners bumped and worn, revealing boards. Previous owner notes on front pastedown and rear free endpaper; interior pages clean and bright. Bronze metallic unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, rear panel scored as if book was once used as writing desk.; When twelve-year-old genius and criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl, tries to restore his family fortune by capturing Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic and technology. The first book in the Artemis Fowl series; author is an Irish ex-elementary school teacher.; "Colfer's anti-hero, techno fantasy is cleverly written and filled to the brim with action, suspense and humor." -School Library Journal Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group.; Artemis Fowl, Book 1 
Price: 13.75 USD
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2 6540 DELAFIELD, E. M. Provincial Lady in Wartime, The
Softcover; Trade PB Academy Chicago: Chicago, IL; c1940, 1986; Reprint 349 pages Illustrated by Leslie Gilbert Illingworth; B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Light spine creases, light edgewear, front free endpaper missing; interior pages clean. One of the grey Cassandra editions. Price clipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and rubbed with a few small closed tears. This edition now out of print.; The Provincial Lady's experiences at the beginning of World War II told in her own delightful style. Recommended.; "World War II has begun and the P.L. must cope with gas masks, evacuated relatives and Canteen service." This author recommended by Holly H. and Simon T. of the AT email discussion list. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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Diary of a Provincial Lady; containing Diary of a Provincial Lady; Provincial Lady Goes Further; Provincial Lady in America, Provincial Lady in Wartime, DELAFIELD, E. M. (Introduction by Nicola Beauman)
3 7124 DELAFIELD, E. M. (Introduction by Nicola Beauman) Diary of a Provincial Lady; containing Diary of a Provincial Lady; Provincial Lady Goes Further; Provincial Lady in America, Provincial Lady in Wartime
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1930-40, 1991; 529 pages Good+ 
Spine faintly creased, covers lightly creased and edgeworn. The dark green rear cover is speckled white (a publishing flaw?) making the white text a bit difficult to read. Pages pale yellow, edges a bit darker (as is common with Virago editions of this period) and very lightly soiled. A few interior page corners creased, but clean; none loose. ; An omnibus edition of four of the Provincial Lady Diaries originally written from 1930-1940. They are witty portraits of life in a Devonshire village, in London, in the US, and finally at the beginning of World War II.;

Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT email discussion list. "Diary of a Provincial Lady is my favorite book in all the world. This is the book I packed in my hospital bag when I was having a baby! It is absolutely enchanting...perfectly understated...quintessentially country English before the second world war.There is an emotional French governess, an arrogant titled neighbor, the silent husband, a procession of difficult servants, the talkative Vicar's wife, two not-quite-perfect but loveable children, and most of all, the Provincial Lady, who struggles through daily life with an overdrawn account and a much-needed sense of humor. Is there any better novel? 'Answer comes there none,' to quote the Provincial Lady." Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group, says "E M Delafield’s Provincial Lady is one of my favourite literary characters." Images are actual copy on offer. 
Price: 15.50 USD

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Life of a Provincial Lady; a Study of E.M. Delafield and her Works, DELAFIELD] POWELL, Violet
4 6986 DELAFIELD] POWELL, Violet Life of a Provincial Lady; a Study of E.M. Delafield and her Works
Hardcover; Ex-Library Heinemann: London; 1988; First British Edition 190 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings.Spine ends and corners bumped, page edges pale brown (seen before in this edition, a few page corners creased; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper with no library markings, is wrinkled and edgeworn.; In this rather scarce study of E. M. Delafield and her works, the reader discovers how the talented novelist's own life provided the fodder for the enchanting Provincial Lady series and many other highly successful volumes. (Included in this biography is Delafield's account of her time in a Belgian convent.) Like the Provincial Lady, she lived in a Devonshire village and was married with two children. 'Delafield's domineering mother was the novelist Mrs. Henry de la Pasture and her father was an Anglo-French Count. The author of this biography, Lady Violet Powell, superbly analyzes the most important Delafield novels, published over half a century ago.'; Recommended by Provincial Lady addict Holly H.of the ATS, AT, and DES email discussion groups. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 37.75 USD
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My Turn to Make the Tea, DICKENS, Monica
5 6981 DICKENS, Monica My Turn to Make the Tea
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: Harmondsworth, England; c1951,1969; Reprint 222 pages Good+ 
Spine and cover creases, edgewear and soiling on covers, pages and covers age browned (seen before in this edition); interior pages clean, none loose.; Monica Dickens spent a year working on a small provincial paper. This is the story of that adventure. Not only is it full of shrewd observation and robustly drawn characters, it is an engrossing story with a strong element of real-life drama and poignancy. The title refers to it constantly being Monica's turn to make the tea, as the only woman employed by the paper. You will never look at reporting in the same way again and you will especially think twice about the boarding house life.; Highly recommended by Holly H.of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion groups. This author also recommended by Clare G. of the DES and DoveGrey email discussion groups and by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.95 USD
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6 5152 DURRELL, Gerald Zoo in my Luggage, A
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: Harmondsworth, England; c1960,1975; Illustrated by Ralph Thompson: Very Good  
B&W Illustrations; 191 pages; White covers yellowed and faintly soiled, light edgewear, no spine and cover creases, small circular sticker covering original price on back cover. Clean pages light yellow, page edges a bit darker, none loose or brittle. ; Another wonderful memoir, this time of the birth of the author's private zoo on Jersey. After acquiring Cholmondeley the chimpanzee, Bug-eye, the bush baby, and other founder-members, in the Cameroons, they arrive home and discover they must now find a place to put them. ; This author recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and the AT and DES email discussion lists.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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Kingfishers Catch Fire, GODDEN, Rumer
7 7185 GODDEN, Rumer Kingfishers Catch Fire
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell: New York; c1953,1965; 220 pages Good+ 
Sunned spine faintly curved, covers chipped and edgeworn, inside covers and pages browned; interior pages clean.; This novel set in India about a widow with two young children was inspired by Godden's own three years in retreat in the Kashmir hill country with her two young daughters.; "A fascinating fictionalized account of Ms. Godden's unusual experiences in India as a single mother with young children." -Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT email discussion group. This title reviewed and recommended on the "Leaves and Pages" blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 6.00 USD
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Time to Dance, No Time to Weep, GODDEN, Rumer
8 7109 GODDEN, Rumer Time to Dance, No Time to Weep
Paperback; Trade PB Quill, William Morrow: New York; 1987; 243 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Spine creases, light edgewear and a crease to front cover, cover edges faintly sunned. Page edges have a few small soil spots; interior pages clean, none loose. ; The first volume of Rumer Godden's autobiography covers the years 1907 to 1946. Her memoirs are as interesting as her wonderful novels.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups; "In her own unique, exquisite style, Rumer Godden writes of her passion for India, her enchanted childhood, and of the many challenges she faced as a young adult in relationships and as a writer. This is an extremely well-written autobiography worth reading multiple times." Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.95 USD
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Lucy Carmichael, KENNEDY, Margaret
9 7058 KENNEDY, Margaret Lucy Carmichael
Hardcover Rinehart & Company: NY; 1951; 344 pages Very Good- 
Cloth binding beginning to fray at bumped spine ends, corners bumped, covers sunned and lightly soiled. Pages a bit yellowed, top edge soiled. Previous owner signature on front free endpaper; interior pages clean, no binding problems. No dust wrapper.; After being jilted at the altar, Lucy goes to work at an art institute in a Lincolnshire industrial town, meets an eclectic group of people, and begins to build a new life.; 'My favorite by this author...example of slightly quirky women on their own who find romance after adversity...' Susan M. of the DES email discussion group. This author recommended by Holly H. of the DES and AT email discussion groups. Susannah S. of the AT email discussion list says 'My all-time favorite author is Margaret Kennedy.' Blogger Bree W. says 'The first chapter got me interested in the story. By the second chapter, I was in love. By the third, I felt I had gained a handful of new best friends. In many ways, this if-you-weren’t-fictional-could-we-be-BFFs quality reminded me a D.E. Stevenson book, where the characters are almost invariably the kinds of people you either know or wish you knew. To me, the main difference between "Lucy Carmichael" and a DES novel, though, is that while DES feels light and satisfying, "Lucy Carmichael" starts with similar characters and situations and takes them a step further.' One of Claire's, author of 'The Captive Reader' blog, top reads for 2014. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Troy Chimneys, KENNEDY, Margaret
10 7245 KENNEDY, Margaret Troy Chimneys
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1953,1985; 245 pages Very Good 
Some edgewear and cover creasing, skinned area on spine (price tag removed?) text block edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions. No spine creases; pages clean. ; With a new introduction by Anita Brookner, this is an unusual, complicated historical novel. It was the recipient of the JamesTait Black Memorial Prize in 1953. The prolific and successful writer Margaret Kennedy, writes of Miles Lufton, a self-made Regency politician with enormous personal gifts...and a disreputable alter-ego. The title is the name of his country house, perfect place of contentment but as elusive to Miles as it is memorable to the reader. ; This author recommended by Holly H. of the DES and AT email discussion groups. 'Troy Chimneys is very engaging.' says Susan M. of the DES discussion group. Susannah S. of the AT email discussion list says 'My all-time favorite author is Margaret Kennedy.' Also recommended by Ali, author of the 'HeavenAli' blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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11 1886 Lurie, Alison Foreign Affairs
Softcover; Trade PB Avon Books: New York; (1984)1999; Reprint Very Good+  
291 pages; No spine creases, black remainder mark on bottom edge, very faint edgewear; looks unread. ; Winner of the Pulitzer prize for fiction. The story of two American academics in London. One of them is Virginia Miner, an Anglophile on leave to research a book. The basis for the not as good movie of the same name starring Joanne Woodward. ' ; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT email discussion group.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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12 2865 LURIE, Alison Foreign Affairs
Hardcover Random House: New York; 1984; Reprint Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
291 pages; Top text block edge remainder marked which downgrades book from near fine, spine ends very lightly bumped. No binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, price clipped, is very lightly edgeworn and rubbed with a few light creases. ; Winner of the 1985 Pulitzer prize for fiction. The story of two American academics in London. One of them is Virginia Miner, an Anglophile on leave to research a book. The basis for the not as good movie of the same name starring Joanne Woodward. ' ; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT email discussion group.  
Price: 16.50 USD
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13 4369 PHINN, Gervase Other Side of the Dale
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: London; c1998,1999; 276 pages Very Good 
Some edgewear and rubbing, spine and cover creases, some page edges a bit rippled; pages clean, none loose.; He has been called by some' the James Herriot of schools'. Phinn recalls his first year as a County Inspector of Schools in North Yorkshire in this warm and humorous memoir. 'He meets some large- than-life characters, from farmers and lords of the manor to teaching nuns and eccentric caretakers. Best of all, he discovers the endearing and disarming qualities of the Dales children. Readers will enjoy his keen ear for the absurd and his sharp eye for the ludicrous.'; This author 'is such a delight. I like his books better than Herriot's!' -Norma H. Also recommended by Vera J. and Holly H. of the ATS and Kristi J. of the AT and DES email discussion groups and Lesley J. and Marjorie of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 10.50 USD
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14 4485 PHINN, Gervase Over Hill and Dale
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: London; c2000, 2001; First Paperback Edition 340 pages Very Good- 
Edgewear, spine and cover creases; pages clean and bright, none loose.; Phinn regales us with his adventures during his second year as a County Inspector of Schools in North Yorkshire in another warm and humorous memoir.; This author 'is such a delight. I like his books better than Herriot's!' -Norma H. Also recommended by Vera J. and Holly H. of the ATS and Kristi J. of the AT and DES email discussion groups and Lesley J. and Marjorie of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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Crampton Hodnet, PYM, Barbara
15 6841 PYM, Barbara Crampton Hodnet
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Dutton: NY; 1985; 8vo; 216 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Tear on one bottom corner reveals boards; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Very lightly edgeworn dust wrapper, spine lightly sunned. A nice copy. ; Comic novel originally written in 1939-40; set aside when Pym became involved with war work.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT email discussion group. "Miss Doggett, firmly entrenched in her North Oxford home, with young undergraduates coming to tea, is a prototype for one type of Pym character...even more so is Jessie Morrow, the companion, seemingly mild and meek, but with a most definite personality. This novel improves with each reading and is rich in detail and nuance, like all of Pyms' work." 
Price: 10.50 USD
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Excellent Women, PYM, Barbara
16 6952 PYM, Barbara Excellent Women
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: Harmondsworth, England; c1952, 1983; Reprint 16mo; 238 pages Very Good 
Spine creased and sunned, previous owner address label inside front cover, light edgewear and cover creases. Page edges a bit yellowed, interior pages clean, none loose. ; "A witty comedy about the complications of being a spinster (and a religious one, at that) in the England of the 1950s." "The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work."; 'How I adore Barbara Pym! Some Tame Gazelle, Excellent Women, Jane and Prudence, No Fond Return of Love--those are my favorites.'- Holly H. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion groups. 'Excellent Women is my favourite Barbara Pym novel.'- Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Linda S. Image is actual copy offered. 
Price: 7.25 USD
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Less Than Angels, PYM, Barbara
17 6643 PYM, Barbara Less Than Angels
Softcover; Mass Market PB Perennial; Harper & Row: NY; c1955, 1982; 256 pages Very Good 
Light spine and cover creases, a bit of edgewear. Pages and inside front covers pale yellow; pages clean, none loose. ; "Anthropologists and their very human natures are satirized in this gentle novel of casual relationships. The comic moments are rich, such as the account of young anthropologists jostling for grants, and the psychological insight is right on target, such as we see in Catherine's reactions to her vacillating lover. The domestic details make the novel perfect."; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups. This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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No Fond Return of Love, PYM, Barbara
18 6948 PYM, Barbara No Fond Return of Love
Softcover; Trade PB Perennial; Harper & Row: New York; c1961,1986; 254 pages Very Good- 
Spine curved and lightly creased, light edgewear. Inside covers and page edges age browned; pages clean, not brittle, none loose but care should be taken with binding.; "One of her very best-- comic, heartrending, original, brave, in short, like life itself. "--Shirley Hazzard; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and A Thirkell and DE Stevenson email discussion groups. "After several re-readings too numerous to count, this has emerged as my favorite Pym novel, I believe because Dulcie Mainwaring emerges triumphant...at least, just plain happy, and who can ask for more? The novel begins with a learned conference...some problems of an editor?...that assembles a comic cast that delights the reader throughout. Pym's supporting characters are always rich in detail and humanity and this book includes many of her best portraits: Mrs. Williton, Aylwin Forbes' mother, Senor MacBride-Pereira, and Bill Sedge, the window-dresser. The truth is, there is not a superfluous character in the book. Each adds to create a masterpiece."... one of my favorite Pym books." - Linda J. also of the A Thirkell and DE Stevenson email discussion groups. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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Summer at Fairacre, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
19 7102 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Summer at Fairacre
Hardcover Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston; 1985; First US Edition 242 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
A copy of the true first US edition with decorated endpapers and green quarter cloth spine, not the more readily available book club edition. Spine tail bumped with a tiny tear, pale yellow page edges have a few faint soil marks. Unclipped dust wrapper edgeworn, spine and lightly soiled white rear panel sunned, a few chips and tears, two skinned areas on spine. ; "One of my favorite "Reads," I have loaned my own two copies time and again to friends that don't know about this soothing, straightforward English writer. In this volume, our school teacher Miss Read takes us back to Fairacre, a lovely downland village, from spring to the end of summer. Miss Read finds practical ways to help young Joseph Coggs and is a marvelously understated friend to Amy. How she deals with Henry Mawne (after all, he is married even if his wife is on an extended visit to Ireland and village tongues will wag when the lonely man stops by) and the bounties of the summer garden (how many baskets of gooseberries can one lone woman top and tail?)...are just two of the gentle complications waiting to be enjoyed. Don't be deceived by the simplicity of language and plot. Miss Read novels were written to last."-Holly H. recommends. This title also reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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Village Affairs, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
20 7170 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Village Affairs
Softcover; Mass Market PB Orion Books: London; c1977, 2008; 200 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ 
A new unread copy, fore-edge yellowed.; Another enjoyable visit to Fairacre.; 'The English village of Fairacre may appear idyllically peaceful to passersby, but when a rumor emerges—that the Fairacre School is to be closed and the children bused to nearby Beech Green—the village is up in arms at once. The schoolmistress, Miss Read, suffers agonizing indecision at the prospect, and her situtation is made worse when her infants' room teacher decides to leave and the short-tempered Mrs. Pringle becomes more contrary than ever. In this book, as in all of her wry chronicles set in the neighboring Cotswold villages of Fairacre and Thrush Green, Miss Read takes readers to a bygone world of charming eccentrics and stalwart characters. When troubles arise they are handled with a combination of manners, a bit of the stiff upper lip, and the occasional good-natured compromise.'

'Village Affairs' is among my favorite three Miss Reads. Highly recommended for a cozy escape." - Holly H. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups; "Miss Read is the very best in light reading." "Miss Read is one of my favourite writers of comfort reading."-Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is one of actual copies on offer. 
Price: 9.50 USD

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Village Affairs, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
21 6943 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Village Affairs
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Houghton Mifflin: Boston; 1978; 239 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall: Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
A nice copy. First edition stated but lack of illustrated endpapers and statement on dust wrapper indicate this is not a true first. Spine ends and top corners lightly bumped; no binding problems. Pastedowns, free endpapers, and page edges yellowed; interior pages clean. Dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn, white rear panel soiled, a few closed tears. ; Another enjoyable visit to Fairacre.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups; "Miss Read is the very best in light reading. 'Village Affairs' is among my favorite three Miss Reads. Highly recommended for a cozy escape." Image is actual copy offered. 
Price: 12.25 USD
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22 5954 SHARP, Margery Martha in Paris
Hardcover Collins: London; 1962; First British Edition 160 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, page edges faintly foxed, previous owner name and date on front free endpaper; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Dust wrapper, price clipped, is slightly edgeworn with a lightly soiled rear white panel and a tiny closed tear. A nice copy. ; In this sequel to "The Eye of Love" we learn what happens to 18 year-old Martha when she goes to Paris to learn how to paint.; "I loved the Martha books."-Recommended by Holly H., Frances B., and Louise D. of the ATS, and the AT and DES email discussion groups. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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Martha, Eric and George, SHARP, Margery
23 7024 SHARP, Margery Martha, Eric and George
Hardcover Little, Brown & Company: Boston; 1964; First US Edition 177 pages Very Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners bumped; pastedowns and endpapers very lightly foxed; interior pages are clean and bright, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper has red marker through original price and large 2.00 written on flap. Lightly soiled wrapper edgeworn and rubbed with a few closed tears, spine sunned and foxed. ; "Why should it always be the woman, asked Martha, who's landed with a little illegit?" Martha also appeared in "The Eye of Love" and "Martha in Paris".; Recommended by Rebecca C., owner of the now lost Margery Sharp website and member of the AT email discussion list. 'Part III of the 'Martha' trilogy, and a wonderful wrap-up to the story of this fascinating character. A clever, funny read--with tenderness in unexpected places. You'll love it!' "I loved the Martha books."-Recommended by Holly H., Frances B., and Louise D. of the ATS, and the AT and DES email discussion groups. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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Stone of Chastity, The, SHARP, Margery
24 7010 SHARP, Margery Stone of Chastity, The
Hardcover Little, Brown & Company: Boston; 1940; First US Edition 280 pages Very Good- in Good dust wrapper 
"First Edition" stated on copyright page with "Published October 1940" beneath. Spine ends bumped, cloth edges lightly worn but not torn or worn to boards. Page edges soiled and foxed as are pastedowns and endpapers (seen before in this edition). A single page has a series of numbers (phone number?) in ink on bottom margin. Clipped dust wrapper is sunned and edgeworn with several small chips and tears. One closed tear repaired with tape by previous owner. Cloth binding and matching dw have a wonderful illustration by Robert Ball. ; There was once a stepping stone in the little village of Gillenham. Only the chaste could use it to cross the stream without falling into the stream. The stone first appeared in Norse legend. Quite by accident, Professor Pounce found a reference to the stone in a manuscript journal from 1803 in the attic of a country house (while his hosts were looking for him to play bridge). According to the journal, the stone still kept its magical powers. Professor Pounce stirs up a veritable tempest in a beer mug among the good people of the village when he tries to track down the elusive stone and restore it to the stream. Recommended.; I loved 'Stone of Chastity'.-Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and the AT and DES email discussion groups and 'delightful'- Frances of the DES, AT, and Elizabeth Goudge email discussion lists. '...is the silliest, daftest, and most laugh-out-loud joyful [by this author]. One of my top picks for a rainy day re-read, or a bad cold re-read, or just a bad day re-read...' says Scott, owner of the "Furrowed Middlebrow" blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 23.95 USD
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I Capture the Castle, SMITH, Dodie
25 6843 SMITH, Dodie I Capture the Castle
Softcover; Trade PB St Martin's Griffin: NY; c1948, 1998; 343 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ 
A nice copy. No spine or cover creases, covers lightly edgeworn, a few faint smudges to page edges. This edition has a short list of discussion questions and a very short biography of the author. ; Basis for the BBC film released in 2003. The first novel by this author, who was best known for '101 Dalmations', written while she lived in the United States in the 1940's. This is one of the most enchanting and unusual coming of age stories. Set in a three-quarters ruined 600-year-old castle in the English countryside, the book is the journal of seventeen-year-old Cassandra. She is teaching herself to write, and does very well indeed at "capturing the castle. " She is growing up amid poverty along with her twenty-one year old sister Rose, her smart younger brother, her stepmother model, Topaz, and her eccentric father, stymied by writer's block for many years. Cassandra candidly chronicles the changes wrought by the arrival of Simon from America, heir to the nearby manor house and their landlord, along with his brother Neil and voluble mother. The devoted and shockingly handsome Stephen (penurious castle help), a charming Vicar, and a greasy photographer from London, round out the characters. Totally engaging...you will love it.; Recommended by Sulie and Holly H. of the DES email discussion group and by J. K. Rowling. Book matches sample image. 
Price: 8.75 USD
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