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Jutland Cottage, THIRKELL, Angela
Jutland Cottage
THIRKELL, Angela
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Ladies of Lyndon, The, KENNEDY, Margaret
Ladies of Lyndon, The
KENNEDY, Margaret
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Love in a Cold Climate, MITFORD, Nancy
Love in a Cold Climate
MITFORD, Nancy
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Miss Mole, YOUNG, E. H. [Emily Hilda]
Miss Mole
YOUNG, E. H. [Emily Hilda]
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The Private World of Georgette Heyer, HEYER] HODGE, Jane Aiken
151 6537 HEYER] HODGE, Jane Aiken The Private World of Georgette Heyer
Hardcover Bodley Head: London; 1984; First Edition 216 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, vertical crease on spine does not damage binding, a few smudges on page edges, a few light creases to clean interior pages. Unclipped dust wrapper, sunned spine (seen frequently in this edition) lightly edgeworn, 1.25" closed tear near spine tail. Price in $s on bottom front flap indicates this copy was intended for Canadian or Australian export market. ; Profusely illustrated with photographs and contemporary b&w and colour illustrations. An interesting glimpse into the life of this very private author. She never gave an interview or made a public appearance. This book has extracts from her letters as well as from her books and material from her own research archives and publishers' archives. A rather scarce first edition. 
Price: 32.00 USD
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152 6169 HOCKEN, Sheila Emma and I
Softcover; Mass Market PB Sphere: London; 1978; 192 pages B&W Photographs: Good+  
Spine and cover creases, edgewear, pages age browned but clean; none loose.; Emma is the beloved guide dog belonging to a young woman who was blind for a good portion of her life. Their story is full of humor, inspiration, and a bit of romance.; Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group.  
Price: 5.75 USD
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153 6205 HOCKEN, Sheila Emma V.I.P.
Softcover; Mass Market PB Sphere: London; c1980, 1981; 181 pages B&W Photographs: Good+  
Spine and cover creases, light edgewear and soil, book is cocked. Pages pale yellow, edges darker; interior pages clean, none loose. ; The sequel to "Emma and I" (also in stock). Emma is the beloved guide dog of the author.; Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group.  
Price: 6.00 USD
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Dictionary of British Folk Customs, A, HOLE, Christina
154 6599 HOLE, Christina Dictionary of British Folk Customs, A
Softcover Helicon Press: Oxford; c1976, 1995; 350 pages Very Good+ 
Bump on spine side edge, no spine or cover creases, faint edgewear, pages yellowed, edges smudged; looks unread. ; "A listing of folk customs and practices, both past and present, in the British Isles. Covers events around the country such as April Noddy Day, the Furry Dance and clipping the church, alongside more familiar commemorations such as Guy Fawkes, Ash Wednesday and hot cross buns. A nationwide calendar is included which tells you what happens where and when."; Helicon Reference Classics 
Price: 18.75 USD
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Carlyles at Home, The, HOLME, Thea
155 7211 HOLME, Thea Carlyles at Home, The
Softcover; Trade PB Persephone Books: London; c1965, 2008; 204 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A lovely copy with faint edgewear. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers and matching bookmarks unique to each title. Bookmark missing from this copy. ; This book "is about Thomas and Jane Carlyle’s life together at 5 (now 24) Cheyne Row, Chelsea; it was written in 1965 by Thea Holme, a former actress then living there as co-custodian of the house with her husband. Her book evokes the everyday life of the Carlyles from the day they moved in, in 1834, until Jane’s death in 1866. "

"Jane may have subsumed her life into that of the Sage of Chelsea but, such is the interest nowadays in domestic history and women writers, most twenty-first century readers will be more interested in her life than in her husband’s. Each of the eleven chapters, with titles such as ‘The Soundproof Study’, ‘Money’ and ‘The Garden’, describes a different aspect of life in Cheyne Row, whether it is yet another builders’ drama or a maid giving birth in the china closet while ‘Mr Carlyle was taking tea in the dining-room with Miss Jewsbury talking to him!!! Just a thin small door between!’ "

" The Times Literary Supplement observed: ‘Mrs Holme has quantities of first-hand material rearranged nimbly and thrown into sharp relief by the inimitable comments of Jane Carlyle. It must convert the most highflown enemy of trivia: no couple’s physical daily life is more accessible; their pets and pests, and digestive troubles and medicines, income and taxation, the plants they grew, the clothes they wore and mended. . . Thea Holme presents it all in its duality as an anxious drama and, through Jane’s own accounts, an uproarious farce.’"

This volume is not to be confused with the 600 page book of the same name written by Rosemary Ashton. "John Gross in the Sunday Telegraph observed: ‘Some readers may feel that Rosemary Ashton’s book is too long. For those who want a more compact account, domestic in emphasis, and confined to the Chelsea years, there is a timely reissue of Thea Holme’s charming 1965 miniature The Carlyles at Home.’ "; 'This book works well as an introduction to this famous couple and their writings but also as a social history of the Victorian era. ...now firmly one of my favourite Persephone titles.'-Reviewed and recommended by Darlene author of the "roses over a cottage door" blog. Also 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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156 4908 HOLT, Victoria Devil on Horseback, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: NY; 1977; Very Good+  
302 pages; Faint spine and cover creases, remainder mark on page edges. A nice copy. ; An historical novel of the French revolution featuring 18-year-old Minella, the daughter of an English schoolteacer, and Charles-Auguste, the haughty, arrogant Compte Fontaine Delibes. ; This title recommended by several Victoria Holt admirers.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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157 5164 HOLT, Victoria Mask of the Enchantress
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: NY; 1981; First Paperback Edition Very Good  
318 pages; No spine creases, covers lightly creased and edgeworn. A nice copy. ; Another suspenseful novel from this prolific author who also wrote as Jean Plaidy. 'From the moment young Suewellyn caught her first glimpse of the Mateland family castle, she knew she had to possess it. But how could the beautiful illegitimate child ever aspire to such a dream? The answer lay in a perilous deception. Her masquerade succeeded — too well. Caught in a web of her own creation, Suewellyn found herself faced with a final, desperate choice between happiness and life itself . . ."  
Price: 4.75 USD
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158 5158 HOLT, Victoria Spring of the Tiger, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: NY; 1980; Very Good-  
384 pages; Spine and cover creases, white covers edgeworn, rubbed, and faintly yellowed. Old bookstore price stamped in red on first advert page. ; Anonther novel of suspense by this prolific author. "When Sarah Ashington's actress mother dies after a devastating [London] scandal, Sarah is left at her long-lost father's rambling ancestral estate [in Ceylon], to face the disturbing questions of her own past."  
Price: 4.75 USD
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Poor Caroline, HOLTBY, Winifred
159 6820 HOLTBY, Winifred Poor Caroline
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin (Virago): NY; c1931,1986; Reprint 255 pages Very Good 
Covers lightly edgeworn and faintly creased, no spine creases. Pages pale brown with edges a bit darker as is common with Virago editions. A nice copy.; This delightful satire "was hailed as 'easily the wittiest novel of the season' upon its appearance in 1931." It was WH's fourth novel and her fortune as a novelist changed with its publication. "Caroline Denton-Smyth is an eccentric, remarkable for her vivid costumes trailing feathers, fancy beads and jingling lorgnettes." She creates the Christian Cenima Company, her vehicle for reform. Through Caroline's motley Board of Directors and their secret desires and motivations, the author affectionately observes the foilbles of human nature.; Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Clear Stream, The: A Life of Winifred Holtby, HOLTBY] SHAW, Marion
160 5821 HOLTBY] SHAW, Marion Clear Stream, The: A Life of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1999, 2000; 335 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good+ 
Spine ends bumped, light edgewear and cover creasing (shipping damage); looks unread. ; Explores the life of the gently-born British woman author who, after coming of age in the period between the world wars, campaigned for feminism, racial equality, and pacifism. The first biography written since the one done by her great friend Vera Brittain in 1940. It is interesting to compare with "Testament of Friendship". 
Price: 11.50 USD
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British Women Writers, 1700-1850: An Annotated Bibliography of Their Works and Works about Them , HORWITZ, Barbara J.
161 2994 HORWITZ, Barbara J. British Women Writers, 1700-1850: An Annotated Bibliography of Their Works and Works about Them
Hardcover Scarecrow Press: Lanham, MD & London; 1997; Near Fine  
231 pages; A new book. No dust wrapper, as issued.; 'Interest in works written by women during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is growing. Many of these works are now being reprinted and studied in literature courses as well as women's studies courses. "British Women Writers, 1700-1850 " serves as a guide to these authors, their works, and the writing about them. It mentions accessible editions of the works, recent bibliographies of the authors and scholarship on these writers and their works. 'Published @$45.00 ; 'For those interested in sampling the writings of eighteenth- and nineteenth century British women, Horwitz's reference work is a good place to start...we could make a rich reading list by consulting Horwitz's book, long enough to amuse, perplex, annoy, and charm for many years to come...enjoyable to browse...for a taste of British women's writing and the scholarship about it, this is a helpful and interesting resource..' --Jane Austin Society Of North America Newsletter  
Price: 32.50 USD
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162 1447 Huth, Angela Infidelities : Short Stories
Hardcover C. N. Potter: New York; 1979; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
214 pages; Board and text block edges lightly soiled. White dust wrapper, price clipped and lightly soiled and edgeworn. Pages clean and bright, binding good and tight. ; This collection of short stories, originally published in England (in slightly different form) as Monday Lunch in Fairyland has two new stories included, making 15 in all.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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163 4266 HUTH, Angela Land Girls, The
Softcover; Trade PB Abacus: London; c1994,1999; Reprint 378 pages Very Good+ 
A new book with light edgewear and rubbing. Still from film on front cover. ; Three young women go to a Dorset farm during World War II as members of the Land Army. Basis for the cinematically beautiful film of the same name. A sequel to this book has recently been published.; Recommended by Sally R. of the DES email discusstion group. 
Price: 10.95 USD
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Nowhere Girl, HUTH, Angela
164 5871 HUTH, Angela Nowhere Girl
Softcover; Trade PB Abacus: London; c1970,1999; Reprint 224 pages Very Good 
No spine creases, light edgewear, faint soil to white rear cover, page edges yellowed; pages clean, none loose. A nice copy.; Author of "The Land Girls". "Clare has little use for men. Her first husband was much older and held great disdain for youth. Jonathan was too much of the opposite, being too attentive, too concerned and pedantic. So it comes as a great surprise when she finds an interest developing for Joshua, the new rebel in town, and the accompanying advice from a long-lived matron: 'take a lover…'''; Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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165 5183 HUXLEY, Elspeth Flame Trees of Thika, The : Memories of an African Childhood
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1959,1983; Reprint Very Good  
281 pages; Faint spine creases, front cover corner creased, light edgewear and rubbing. Page edges pale brown. ; The delightful and evocative memoir of a young girl, born in 1907, growing up on a farm in Kenya. The basis for the wonderful 1981-1982 Masterpiece Theater/Thames TV production.  
Price: 6.25 USD
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Great Ghost Rescue, The , IBBOTSON, Eva
166 5851 IBBOTSON, Eva Great Ghost Rescue, The
Hardcover Dutton: NY; c1975,2002; First US Edition Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes: Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper  
B&W Illustrations; 167 pages; A new book in lovely condition.; Another wonderful fantasy from Eva Ibbotson originally published in the UK in 1975. When your father is the legless ghost of a fierce Scottish soldier and your mother is a malodorous hag, you would surely be the most horrible ghostly offspring. Sadly, the only thing horrible about Humphrey the Horrible is his name. "Still, his parents love him, and despite his attractive appearance, Humphrey has a great destiny, involving all the ghosts of Britain." Humphrey, along with a young human boy named Rick, decide something must be done to create a 'ghost sanctuary' in Great Britain as all the older places they used to haunt are getting torn down for highways or other modern 'improvements'.; Published $15.99. This author recommended by members of the DES and the LMM Kindred Spirit email discussion groups.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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Madensky Square , IBBOTSON, Eva
167 5906 IBBOTSON, Eva Madensky Square
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1988; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
253 pages; Spine ends bumped, page edges have a few faint smudges. Unclipped dust wrapper is lightly edgeworn. A nice copy. ; "Susanna Weber, the elegant and discreet proprietress of her own dressmaking shop plies her trade on quaint Madensky Square. In the spring of 1911, Vienna is a world of romance, music, and gossip, where charming men pay outrageous compliments at the Opera and ancient noblewomen pay for silk petticoats with antique candlesticks. Susanna, at the hub of it all, ministers to a young ugly duckling desperate to become a modest swan, dresses cranky countesses and competitive social butterflies , and tries to convince her anarchist assistant that to marry the man who loves her - capitalist or no - is no political crime." Highly recommended.; "Madensky Square and Countess Below Stairs are my two favorites" by this author. -Susie W. of the DES email discussion group. "Madensky Square was my favourite" by this author. -Susan D. of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by several members of the DoveGrey email discussion group.  
Price: 33.75 USD
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168 5461 JAMES, P. D. Skull Beneath the Skin, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Warner Books: NY; c1982, 1996; Very Good+  
416 pages; Slight edgewear and rubbing, faint cover creases, no spine creases, page edges pale yellow. A nice copy.; Young sleuth Cordelia Gray, whom we met in 'An Unsuitable Job for a Woman', goes to an island castle off the coast of Dorset on a mysterious mission.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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Certain Justice, JAMES, P.D.
169 7027 JAMES, P.D. Certain Justice
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1997; First US Edition 364 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Spine ends and one corner bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear and rubbing. A very nice copy.; Signed by the author on the title page. Unusual among James' novels in that Adam Dalgliesh doesn't appear until well into the novel, and then only sporadically. Richly detailed, and full of amazing character studies. The courtroom scenes make you feel as if you are there. After Venetia's murder, the plot only thickens, and when her daughter, Octavia, becomes the subject of the narrative, we feel we are on an even more intense ride!; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 24.50 USD
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170 3995 JAMESON, Storm Captain's Wife, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Berkley Books: New York; c1939,1975; Reprint Good  
330 pages; Strong spine and cover creases, edgewear, pages lightly yellowed but clean; none loose.; The fourth volume in the Mary Hervey family saga which can be read on its own. 'She was Mrs. Sylvia Russell now, years into a loveless marriage to a sea captain far beneath her station. Self-willed from girlhood, she had rebelled against the wishes of her mother, Mary Hervey, head of one of England's great shipbuilding companies. The mainstay of her life was her son Jacob. But then came World War I and Jake joined the Flying Corps...'  
Price: 7.00 USD
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171 1632 Jameson, Storm Company Parade
Softcover; Mass Market PB Berkley Books: New York; (1934)1976; Very Good  
315 pages; Edgeworn, no spine creases. ; The sixth volume in the Mary Hervey family saga. This is the story of Britain between 1918 and 1923, and of Hervey Russell, caught up in the fervor of London with her husband away in the Air Force and her baby left behind in Yorkshire. In some respects the novel is thinly veiled autobiography, shadowing as it does Jameson's early domestic upheaval and forays into literature. Breaches of loyalty and failed love are recurrent themes. Wonderful supporting characters are drawn, including the sympathetic portraiture of a Jewish press empire, a rare outlook in British literature. The author called this a "good crowded book" and the reader is likely to amend that to an excellent crowded book. ; Mary Hervey Family Saga  
Price: 5.50 USD
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172 2536 JAMESON, Storm Company Parade
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1934,1985; Reprint Very Good-  
345 pages; Edgeworn and rubbed with light spine and cover creases. ; The sixth volume in the Mary Hervey family saga. This is the story of Britain between 1918 and 1923, and of Hervey Russell, caught up in the fervor of London with her husband away in the Air Force and her baby left behind in Yorkshire. In some respects the novel is thinly veiled autobiography, shadowing as it does Jameson's early domestic upheaval and forays into literature. Breaches of loyalty and failed love are recurrent themes. Wonderful supporting characters are drawn, including the sympathetic portraiture of a Jewish press empire, a rare outlook in British literature. The author called this a "good crowded book" and the reader is likely to amend that to an excellent crowded book.' ; Mary Hervey Family Saga  
Price: 8.00 USD
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173 1634 Jameson, Storm Hidden River
Hardcover; Book Club Edition MacMillan: London; 1955; Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
266 pages; Green cloth binding is edgeworn and has bumped corners, and spine ends. Dust wrapper, price cut, has a soiled white back and is lightly edgeworn. ; A story of post-World War II France.  
Price: 16.00 USD
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174 3072 JAMESON, Storm Richer Dust
Softcover; Mass Market PB Berkley Books: New York; c1931,1975; Reprint Very Good-  
377 pages; Light edgewear, spine and cover creases, original price marked out with black ink. Clean pages beginning to yellow with age but are not loose or brittle. ; The third volume in the Mary Hervey family saga which can be read on its own. This continues the story of Mary Hervey, now seventy years old, who is confronted by a crisis late in her life. We also learn a bit about Hervey Russell ( Company Parade is the sixth novel in this series).  
Price: 8.00 USD
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175 5193 KAYE, M. M. [Mary Margaret] Shadow of the Moon
Hardcover St. Martin's Press: New York; c1956,1979; Very Good in Good+ dust wrapper  
614 pages; Cloth spine ends lightly bumped and faintly worn, corners very lightly bumped, a few smudges on page edges, glue residue on front free endpaper (bookplate removed?) Binding is in excellent condition; clean and bright interior pages with no remainder mark. Unclipped dust wrapper, is rubbed and edgeworn, with a few small chips and some closed tears. ; When this novel was originally published in 1956 it was cut 55% by the publishers. This edition contains the final draft of the novel, with all the missing material included, as prepared by M. M. Kaye. The author of The Far Pavilions returns to 19th century India to tell the story of the great Indian Mutiny of 1857.  
Price: 10.75 USD
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