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151 1956 KEANE, Molly (Farrell, M. J. ) Rising Tide
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: New York; (1937)1984; Very Good  
320 pages; Edgewear, text block edges yellowed, remainder mark bottom edge, faint spine creases, no loose pages. ; Garonlea is the huge gothic house in Ireland, dominated by Lady Charlotte French-McGrath in 1900 but destined to change with the first world war, and the domestic event of the marriage of Cynthia to the youngest of the five children. The reader is lulled into thinking this is a gentle book about Irish country life dominated by riding and distinguished by rich descriptions and characters...unless the reader is a fan of Molly Keane's and knows her additional talent for perfectly shocking drama. This volume will not disappoint.  
Price: 9.25 USD
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Conversation Piece, KEANE, Molly (M. J. Farrell)
152 2596 KEANE, Molly (M. J. Farrell) Conversation Piece
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1932,1991; Reprint 273 pages Very Good 
Spine creases and light edgewear. Yellowed text block edges as is common with Virago press editions. No loose pages. ; Includes an interview between Polly Devlin and Molly Keane. 'Molly Keane the mistress of the Anglo-Irish tale, wrote ten novels as M. J. Farrell. Combining a rich portrait of zestful youth and the vagaries of age, with a colourful evocation of place, she brings a vanished world to life. '  
Price: 18.00 USD
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Two Days in Aragon, KEANE, Molly [Farrell, M. J.]
153 6508 KEANE, Molly [Farrell, M. J.] Two Days in Aragon
Paperback Penguin Books--Virago Press: New York; c1941,1986; 256 pages Very Good- 
Spine and covers creased and edgeworn. Pages yellowed, edges darker as is common with these Virago Press editions. ; Introduction by Polly Devlin. ; 'Grania and Sylvia live in the Georgian house of Aragon, with their mother, Aunt Pidgie and Nan, the family nurse. Grania is conducting an affair with Nan's son, Foley, whilst Sylvia falls for Captain Purvis. But the days of dignified calm are numbered, for Foley is a member of Sinn Fein.' 
Price: 7.50 USD
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154 3981 KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell] Devoted Ladies
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin; Virago Modern Classics: New York; (1934)1985; Reprint 256 pages Very Good- 
'It is 1933. Jessica and Jane have been living together for six months. They are devoted friends--or are they? Jessica loves her friend with the cruelty of total possessiveness. Jane is rich, silly, and drinks rather too many brandy-and-sodas. Watching from the sidelines, Sylvester regrets that she should be loved and bullied and perhaps even murdered by that frightful Jessica but decides it is none of his business. When the Irish gentleman George Playfair meets Jane, however, he thinks otherwise: he entices Jane to Ireland where the battle for her devotion begins... A studied satire of art deco decadence and louche behavior, "Devoted Ladies" is a sharp and glittering satire on female love.'; No spine creases, covers edgeworn and rubbed, page edges yellowed as is often seen with Virago editions. Small skinned area on back cover price area. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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Devoted Ladies, KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell]
155 7262 KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell] Devoted Ladies
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1934, 1998; Reprint 303 pages Very Good- 
'It is 1933. Jessica and Jane have been living together for six months. They are devoted friends--or are they? Jessica loves her friend with the cruelty of total possessiveness. Jane is rich, silly, and drinks rather too many brandy-and-sodas. Watching from the sidelines, Sylvester regrets that she should be loved and bullied and perhaps even murdered by that frightful Jessica but decides it is none of his business. When the Irish gentleman George Playfair meets Jane, however, he thinks otherwise: he entices Jane to Ireland where the battle for her devotion begins... A studied satire of art deco decadence and louche behavior, "Devoted Ladies" is a sharp and glittering satire on female love.'; Spine sunned and creased, covers creased and edgworn. Pages clean but age browned (especially edges) as is common with Virago editions. This edition has the Virago apple on the title page and spine with Tatler printed underneath, no ISBN information printed. Copyright information says Virago a division of Little, Brown and Company. Possibly a promotional or gift with purchase issue in conjunction with Tatler magazine. Introduction by Polly Devlin.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.75 USD
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Loving Without Tears, KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell]
156 7338 KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell] Loving Without Tears
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1951, 1988; 256 pages Good+ 
Edgewear and cover creases, 2" tear bottom of front cover now repaired with archival tape. Pages pale tan with darker edges as is common with Virago editions; pages clean, none loose. ; "Angel, formidable hostess, social charmer and mother par excellence, confidently awaits the return of her little boy from the trials of war. She could not anticipate that the teenager who went away will return a grown man - bronzed and world-weary - a sophisticated American widow on his arm. Nor could she anticpate that her irrepressible daughter Slaney will similarly throw herself into romance (without asking her advice) and even her niece Tiddley will show an unexpected determination in getting on with her life. Faced with domestic insurrection on a grand scale, Angel will have to sharpen her wits to maintain her tyranny." This edition has an introduction by Russell Harty.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.25 USD
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Mariana, KEARSLEY, Susanna [Mary Lynne Williamson]
157 6239 KEARSLEY, Susanna [Mary Lynne Williamson] Mariana
Hardcover; Book Club Edition BCA: London; 1994; 380 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
The only hardback version of this title ever published. Bottom corners bumped, spine ends bumped and faintly creased, page edges pale yellow with a few smudges. Interior pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Dust wrapper has edgewear and a sunned spine. A nice copy of a rather scarce edition. ; When Julia Beckett first saw Greywethers, a handsome 16th century farmhouse in a small Wiltshire village she knew it was "her" house. Many years later it became her home. As she becomes acquainted with the villagers she finds herself back in time as Mariana, a young woman that lived at Greywethers during the great plague of 1665 and who must deal with the aftermath of the Civil War. Winner of the 1993 Catherine Cookson Fiction Prize. Highly recommended.; 'I love Kearsley's novels.'- Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DoveGrey and DES email discussion groups. This author also recommended by Anne H. of the AT email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 82.75 USD
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Troy Chimneys, KENNEDY, Margaret
158 7245 KENNEDY, Margaret Troy Chimneys
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1953,1985; 245 pages Very Good 
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. ; 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. ; 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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Extravagance , KRIST, Gary
159 5822 KRIST, Gary Extravagance
Hardcover Broadway Books: NY; 2002; First US Edition Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper  
291 pages; Spine tail bumped, a few smudges to page edges. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A very nice copy.; 'William Tobias Merrick, an energetic young man from the provinces, travels to the big city in a time of great optimism and ferment, hoping to make his mark on a frenzied, money-crazed society obsessed with the promise of new technologies. The city in question is London in the 1690s. It is also New York in the 1990s. The new technologies are diving bells and pneumatic winches; they are also wireless telecommunication devices and patented biotechnology processes. In this time-tripping novel of speculative fever, the author tells the same story with the same set of characters in two separate times and settings, in language appropriate to each. Unfolding simultaneously in two distant but remarkably similar periods of history "Extravagance" is a comic picaresque novel of financial mania, the story of a world gripped by irrational exuberance.'; Published @ $24.00.  
Price: 8.00 USD
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160 5464 LAKER, Rosalind Claudine's Daughter
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Doubleday & Company: Garden City; 1978; Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
382 pages; Spine ends and corners very lightly bumped and worn, page edges pale yellow; no binding problems, pages clean and bright, a nice copy. Dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and has slightly yellowed flaps. ; Young, beautiful, independent, and now widowed Lucy Attwood di Castelloni leaves Italy and travels to Easthampton, an English seaside resort. Growing up as an orphan in an Italian convent she had always longed to visit Attwood Grange, her parents' ancestral estate.Now she had arrived and it was not exactly as she had envisioned.  
Price: 6.50 USD
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Village, The, LASKI, Marghanita
161 5228 LASKI, Marghanita Village, The
Softcover; Trade PB Persephone Books: London; c1952, 2004; 302 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A new book with faint edgewear. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers (see image) unique to each title.; First published in 1952, this novel begins on the very day WWII ended.Two women from different social backgrounds have worked together at a Red Cross post and become firm friends. As they leave the Red Cross post for the last time both know that the friendship will not continue.

"When Wendy goes back up the road to Wood View on Priory Hill ‘where the gentry lived’ and Edith goes downhill on the other side, ‘down Station Road among the working-classes’, they both assume that the values and habits of pre-war Britain will continue. But Britain had already changed a great deal, a change symbolised by Edith’s son Roy, a printer with excellent prospects, falling in love with the penniless Margaret, Wendy’s daughter.

Wendy’s attempt to cling on to her old way of life was already under pressure by 1939 and had become even more absurd by 1945. It is Edith who is the New Britain, with her prosperous son and her commonsense and indeed kindness; Wendy, with her snobbery and her refusal to change and her uncompromising attitude to her daughter, is the Old.

This is an extremely enjoyable and well-written novel evoking an entire community (there is a long cast of characters at the beginning), and a whole way of life, and has one of the most ancient plots in the world – a young couple who fall in love but are forbidden to marry."; Recommended by Kristi J. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion lists, Sally P. and Scott of the DES list and by Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DoveGrey and DES email discussion groups. 
Price: 21.75 USD

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162 260 LeCarre, John [David Cornwell] Perfect Spy
Hardcover Knopf: NY; 1986; First US Edition 475 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Edgeworn; dust wrapper edgeworn, top of spine wrinkled.; A senior member of British Intelligence disappears. Written by a British ex-spy. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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163 6796 LINDSAY, Philip Sisters of Rye, The
Hardcover Hutchinson of London: London; 1960; First Edition 288 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Black cloth boards with silver lettering on spine spine and rye decoration in pale blue. Boards very lightly soiled, spine ends lightly bumped; no binding problems. Pastedowns and endpapers lightly foxed, page edges pale brown with a few smudges. Previous owner names and inscription "Bought in Rye at Faber Bookstore August 8, 1960" on front free endpaper; interior pages clean. Unclipped dust wrapper, designed by Biro, lightly edgeworn and creased. White rear panel pale tan. ; A period romance set in the beginning of the 19th century. The author was born in Australia in 1906 and moved to England in the 1930's. The author of many historical novels he lived in Beckley, a small village near Rye and Hastings in Sussex. 
Price: 16.75 USD
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164 1154 Lively, Penelope Cleopatra's Sister
Hardcover Harper Collins: New York; 1993; Second Printing Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
8vo; 282 pages; Previous owner name and date on free endpaper. Dust wrapper, not price cut, has slight wrinkle at spine head. First Edition stated, but is second printing. ; Author won the Booker Prize for her previous novel, Moon Tiger.  
Price: 11.00 USD
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165 1295 Lively, Penelope Heat Wave
Hardcover Harper Collins: New York; 1996; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
215 pages; White boards soiled, book slightly cocked. Dust wrapper, not price cut, slightly edgeworn and rubbed. ; Author won the Booker Prize for 'Moon Tiger'.  
Price: 13.50 USD
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166 5838 LIVELY, Penelope Moon Tiger
Hardcover Grove Press: NY; 1988; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
208 pages; Spine ends faintly bumped, front free endpaper and page edges a few tiny smudges. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A lovely copy.; Winner of the Booker Prize. Claudia is dying in hospital and recalls the central event of her life, World War II in Cairo as a war correspondent. Her story is told through many voices, including the voice of her forever young lover, a tank officer, via Claudia's reading of his diary, written in the desert before his death.  
Price: 14.00 USD
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167 1031 Lofts, Norah Calf For Venus
Hardcover Doubleday: Garden City, NY; 1949; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
253 pages; Blue cloth binding with bright gilt lettering on spine. Original price sticker from dept. Store on back pastedown, corners and spine head and tail lightly bumped and worn (not to boards) , text block edges faintly yellowed. Dust wrapper still has price, isedgeworn, especially at extremities, one small hole on back; In his determination to save an innocent girl, Dr. Shadbolt's life is diverted from medicine to more dangerous, clandestine, and lucrative pursuits.  
Price: 17.50 USD
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168 1535 Lofts, Norah Day of the Butterfly
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Doubleday: Garden City, N. Y.; (1979) 1980; Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper  
328 pages; Spine head and tail and corners bumped, cloth at spine head beginning to fray. Binding is in very good condition, pages clean and bright. Edgeworn dust wrapper has top corner clipped and is chipped at spine ends. ; Winner of the Georgette Heyer award; this novel is set in England in the early nineteenth century. When Daisy loses her first job in London as a nursemaid, it looks as if she is destined for a brothel. Instead she is trained as a dancer and later attracts the eye of an artist.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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169 257 Lofts, Norah Old Priory
Hardcover Bodley Head: London; 1981; First British Edition 214 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Previous owner signature, spine ends bumped; dust wrapper, not price clipped, is edgeworn. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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170 1169 Luke, Mary Crown For Elizabeth
Hardcover Coward - McCann, Inc.: New York; 1970; First US Edition Very Good in Good- dust wrapper  
B&W Illustrations; 573 pages; Corners and spine head and tail lightly bumped, text block edge lightly soiled and faintly yellowed. Dust wrapper, price cut with $ still showing, is only in fair condition. It is very worn, rear flap is missing the top half. Edges are yellowed with several chips and tears. ; The Elizabeth of the title is the Tudor monarch, Elizabeth I of England.  
Price: 17.50 USD
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171 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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172 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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173 425 MACDONALD, Malcolm Notorious Woman
Hardcover; Ex-Library St Martins Press: NY; 1988; First US Edition Good in Very Good- dust wrapper  
635 pages; Ex-library edition with usual markings, free endpaper missing, tape marks and skinned areas on boards, vertical crease on spine does not damage binding. Dust wrapper, not price cut, is edgeworn and rubbed with a library label on spine.; After growing up as her aunt and uncle's unpaid housekeeper circumstances force the young woman to start her own life. Often scandalizing the neighbors in her 19th century Cornwall village she goes her own way, making her own decisions, finding love and satisfaction as she develops her business. By the author of the "World from Rough Stones" series.  
Price: 11.00 USD
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174 3112 MACDONALD, Malcolm Silver Highways
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1987; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper  
496 pages; Remainder dot bottom text block edge, spine foot badly bumped; pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, is edgeworn and rubbed with a few chips and short closed tears. ; 'When Mary Flinders sets off on a journey that will take her from the quiet Irish countryside to the bustle of London, she has little idea of her new life about to begin....It is with the silent engineering genius Matt Sullivan that Mary finds both true love and a successful business partner. ' Set in the 1790's this a fun historical novel about the growth of the English canal system and a young woman's coming of age. By the author of the 'Rough Stones' series.  
Price: 9.75 USD
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175 4252 MACDONALD, Malcolm [Malcolm Ross] Woman Possessed, A
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1993; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
375 pages; Spine ends and one corner bumped; a clean, bright copy. Unclipped dust wrapper has a faintly sunned spine and very light edgewear and rubbing.; Laura Nisbet's parents insisted she have nothing to do with handsome ne'er-do- well Maurice Petifer and marry dependable Giles Curnow instead. Now, fourteen years later, in 1902, as a doting mother of five and an adored wife, she finally admits her parents were right. Of course, she has not heard from Maurice since he left for South Africa fourteen years ago. What will happen when he returns unexpectedly to Cornwall no longer a ne'er-do-well but with a fortune in diamonds, still quite handsome and still unmarried?  
Price: 10.50 USD
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