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Return to Thrush Green, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
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Road to the Harbour, The, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
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226 2990 PILCHER, Rosamunde Wild Mountain Thyme
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell Publishing: New York; c1978,1989; Reprint Very Good  
294 pages; Light spine creases, faint edgewear, top edge lightly yellowed.; 'Victoria Bradshaw fell in love with London playwright Oliver Dobbs when she was just eighteen. But he had left her and disappeared from her life. Now, years later, he was a widower standing on her doorstep with his two-year-old son in her arms. And Victoria was foolish enough to want to take him back. Their early spring journey to a castle in Scotland would become an odyssey of discovery... in a novel about relationships as real as those you've experienced and a love as rich and unpredictable as dreams can be.' ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.25 USD
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Passage to Pontefract, PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert]
227 6609 PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert] Passage to Pontefract
Hardcover G. P. Putnam's Sons: NY; 1982; First US Edition 366 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped, one corner bumped; no binding problems. Faint soil to page edges; interior clean and bright. A nice copy. Unclipped dust wrapper edgeworn with some tiny closed tears, creases to flap ends, sunned spine. ; The tenth novel in this prolific author's Plantagenet saga.; 'Richard of Bordeaux, young heir to the throne after Edward the Third, is surrounded by ambitious uncles who believe it would be better for the country if they could take the crown. While Richard shows himself capable of reckless bravery in defeating the Peasants’ Revolt, his extravagance soon brings him into conflict with his people. Here is a vivid picture of Richard II’s court, his devotion to his favourite Robert de Vere, his love for two Queens, clever Anne and the little Isabella, and of his headlong journey towards disaster.' The dw cover matches this sample image. 
Price: 21.50 USD
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Rose Without a Thorn The: The Wives of Henry VIII, PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert]
228 6604 PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert] Rose Without a Thorn The: The Wives of Henry VIII
Softcover; Trade PB Three Rivers Press: NY; c1993, 2003; 278 pages Very Good+ 
No spine or cover creases, light edgewear. A very nice copy.; One of this prolific author's "Qeens of England" series. 'Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk. The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmother’s puritanism is not shared by Katherine’s free-spirited cousins, with whom she lives. Beautiful and impressionable, Katherine becomes involved in two ill-fated love affairs before her sixteenth birthday. Like her cousin Anne Boleyn, she leaves her grandmother’s home to become a lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII. The royal palaces are exciting to a young girl from the country, and Katherine finds that her duties there allow her to be near her handsome cousin, Thomas Culpepper, whom she has loved since childhood.

But when Katherine catches the eye of the aging and unhappily married king, she is forced to abandon her plans for a life with Thomas and marry King Henry. Overwhelmed by the change in her fortunes, bewildered and flattered by the adoration of her husband, Katherine is dazzled by the royal life. But her bliss is short-lived as rumors of her wayward past come back to haunt her, and Katherine’s destiny takes another, deadly, turn.'
; This author also wrote as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and Eleanor Burford. 
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229 6559 PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert] The Plantagenet Prelude
Softcover; Mass Market PB Pan Books: London; 1978; 332 pages Very Good 
Light edgewear, page edges yellowed; no spine or cover creases, interior pages clean. A nice copy.; Book one in this Plantagenet series features Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry Duke of Normandy, and Thomas Becket.; This author also wrote as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and Eleanor Burford. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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House in the Country, A, PLAYFAIR, Jocelyn
230 6850 PLAYFAIR, Jocelyn House in the Country, A
Softcover; Trade PB Persephone Books: London; c1944, 2005; 261 pages Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Tiny smudge on bottom page edges, unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers (see image) unique to each title. A lovely copy.; Originally published in 1944, this is an engrossing and thoughtful tale of World War II at the time of the fall of Tobruk in 1942, one of the low points of the war. "A novel like Jocelyn Playfair’s is an exact, unaffected evocation of things as they were at the time. It is ‘the conflict between the contentment of the garden, cooking and home, and the cataclysmic events outside that forms the leitmotif,’ writes Ruth Gorb in the preface."

Cressida is the caretaker for a house, and its temporary inhabitants, in the English countryside. "Through conversations with the lodgers who are finding temporary refuge in the house Cressida re-evaluates everything with intelligence and insight; she realises that ‘things would never be the same again.’ The relative tranquillity of her surroundings is deftly contrasted with what is happening to Charles Valery, the owner of the house, who has been torpedoed and, floating in a boat hoping for rescue, thinks about his past life." Recommended.; Recommended by Jane T. and Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DoveGrey and DES email discussion groups. 
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A Young Man's Fancy, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
231 6628 PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme] A Young Man's Fancy
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1959, 2011; 390 pages New 
A new book with very faint soil to page edges.; The spring term is always disaster-prone, but this one at Ledenham School surpasses itself. The Headmaster’s invaluable secretary collapses with appendicitis and has to be replaced by Oonagh – ‘Swooner’ to the boys; a young master’s fancy, lightly turning to thoughts of love, causes a major crisis at Governors’ level; the Headmaster’s daughter Alison’s romance is beset by unwelcome public scrutiny and comment.

We meet several of the characters from "Summer Term", decent chaps and the right sort of girls, plus a few outright cads to give added spice.
; Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group. This title reviewed and recommended by Claire author of 'The Captive Reader' blog. 
Price: 21.50 USD
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Brighouse Hotel, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
232 7318 PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme] Brighouse Hotel
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1977, 2013; 272 pages New 
Faint edgewear; a lovely copy.; When Clunie, homesick for the hills, returns to Glen Torran after four years in London, she finds a job as temporary receptionist at the Brighouse Hotel, the Mountain Rescue centre for the area and the meeting place, or ‘howf’, of the local and visiting climbing fraternity. She finds everyone exactly the same – only more so. No-one has forgotten that both Keith Finlay and Malcolm Graham, now climbing partners planning an expedition to the Hindu Kush, had been her boyfriends, or that she had always fought with Pat McKechnie, and speculation is rife. Pat McKechnie is also in "Glenvarroch Gathering". Some details from that book are in this book but it is not a sequel.; This author recommended by Claire author of 'The Captive Reader' blog. Edition is now out of print. Image is our last copy on offer. 
Price: 25.95 USD
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Glenvarroch Gathering, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
233 7317 PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme] Glenvarroch Gathering
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1960, 2013; 288 pages As New 
Faint edgewear; a lovely copy.; The advertisement in The Times -“Glenvarroch. Scottish family with large house on West Highland sea loch welcomes paying guests for summer holidays” - attracted an oddly assorted group: a schoolboy, an American couple, a schoolmistress from the Midlands, a young man writing a novel and an exotic brother and sister from London. But after a while the charm of the visitors begins to pall, and the C.I.D. warn Professor McKechnie that his daughter Fiona may be in danger.; This title reviewed and recommended by Claire author of 'The Captive Reader' blog and by The Desperate Reader on her blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 21.75 USD
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Road to the Harbour, The, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
234 7316 PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme] Road to the Harbour, The
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1966, 2015; 263 pages Fine 
A new copy with faint edgewear. ; Anthea Logan’s brother has been in prison for selling secrets to the enemies of the Crown, causing deep distress to his family, who have also withdrawn from the world. When he is released and has left the country, Anthea too is determined to rebuild her life and goes back to Balgarvie, a fishing village in the north of Scotland where she spent the last weeks of a happy carefree youth. She stays at its famous, and expensive, sporting hotel and visits her cousins at the Manse, but it is to Balgarvie harbour that she looks for peace and healing and to obliterate the past. But the past catches up with her, not only her brother’s past but her own past romance, and explodes dangerously about her ears.Originally published in 1966.; Image is actual copy on offer.u 
Price: 21.75 USD
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Tudor Women : Queens and Commoners, PLOWDEN, Alison
235 6436 PLOWDEN, Alison Tudor Women : Queens and Commoners
Softcover; Trade PB Sutton Publishing: Stroud, Gloucestershire; c1979, 1998; Revised Edition 182 pages Near Fine 
A new book with faint edgewear.; 'This is a revised and updated edition of Alison Plowden's classic study of the dominant women of the Tudor era. The women of the royal family are the central characters in this book - royal women set the style and between them they provide a dazzling variety of personalities as well as illustrating almost every aspect of life as it affected women in Tudor England. The story of the Tudor queens, from the founding of the dynasty, through Henry VIII's wives and culminating in Elizabeth I, is narrated clearly, set against the background of the politics and society of the age. Alison Plowden also explores lower- and middle-class women's status, education and upbringing, painting a picture of life for the average Tudor housewife in this beautifully written and carefully researched book.'; Published @ £12.99; this edition out-of-print. 
Price: 17.75 USD
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236 6264 PULLAR, Phillipa Gilded Butterflies : The Rise and Fall of the London Season
Hardcover Hamish Hamilton: London; 1978; First British Edition 192 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, clean purple boards faintly faded at edges; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and creased, one tiny closed tear.; Profusely illustrated with black and white drawings, photographs, and paintings. This history "has a serious intent but is also an entertainment. Pullar has caught and analyzed the manners of society during four centuries" including the author's experiences during her own two seasons. "It is doubtful whether the London season now has any significance, although as the author says 'snobbery is as intrinsic to the British as it ever was when Elizabeth I was rampant, or James sold titles in return for gold.' But its history is both fascinating and salutary." 
Price: 14.75 USD
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237 5336 PYM, Barbara Academic Question, An
Hardcover Dutton: NY; 1986; First US Edition 8vo ; 182 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine tail very lightly bumped; violet boards faintly faded at edges. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear and rubbing. A very nice copy.; Pym's 'academic' novel is set in a provincial English university in the early 1970's. The author worked at the International African Institute in London. 'An academic wrangle in the pages of the institute's journal Africa served as inspiration for' this novel. 
Price: 19.75 USD
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Civil to Strangers and Other Writings, PYM, Barbara
238 7328 PYM, Barbara Civil to Strangers and Other Writings
Hardcover E. P. Dutton: New York; 1988; First US Edition 388 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped; a very nice copy. Pages pale tan, page edges darker (seen before in this edition); pages clean. Lovely unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear.; This final journey into Pym country includes a complete novel, sections of three others, some short stories, and an autobiographical essay.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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Crampton Hodnet, PYM, Barbara
239 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
240 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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Few Green Leaves, A, PYM, Barbara
241 7165 PYM, Barbara Few Green Leaves, A
Hardcover; Ex-Library Dutton: NY; 1980; First US Edition 250 pages Very Good- in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Ex-library copy with expected stamps, markings, and pocket; glue residue front and rear pastedowns where dust wrapper once attached to book. A bit of soil to board edges, spine ends lightly bumped, top page edges a bit dusty, some soil spots on interior margins. Unclipped dust wrapper has light edgewear, lightly creased, flap price blacked out, flaps browned from glue residue, remnant of library label on spine. A reading copy.; 'An incisive and wry portrait of life in an English village in Oxfordshire.' This is Pym's final novel. It is a favourite of many Pym admirers.; Recommended by Linda S. "One of my favourite authors." - Lyn B.', author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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Less Than Angels, PYM, Barbara
242 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
243 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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244 2183 PYM, Barbara Quartet In Autumn
Softcover; Mass Market PB Perennial; Harper & Row: NY; 1980; Reprint Good  
16mo; 218 pages; Inside covers browned, text block edges browned, spine and covers creased and rubbed, no loose pages.  
Price: 4.00 USD
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245 5179 PYM, Barbara Some Tame Gazelle
Hardcover Dutton: NY; c1950, 1983; Second Printing 252 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends slightly bumped, a touch of soil to bottom board edges. Dust wrapper, price clipped, is very slightly edgeworn. A very nice copy. First edition stated but is the second printing. ; Author's first novel, although last published in the US. Pym considered by some to be the "most underrated writer of the 20th Century." 'This novel presents a reverse image of village life as portrayed in her last novel, "A Few Green Leaves". Where that was reflective, this is hopeful, gay, and turned to the future.'; '"Excellent Women", "A Glass of Blessings" & "Some Tame Gazelle" are three of my favourite books. My favourite foodie moments are in "Some Tame Gazelle".'-Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Linda S. 
Price: 17.75 USD
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Some Tame Gazelle, PYM, Barbara
246 7111 PYM, Barbara Some Tame Gazelle
Softcover; Trade PB Moyer Bell: Kingston, RI; c1950, 1999; 252 pages Very Good 
No spine or cover creases, covers very lightly edgeworn. Small ink 1 on first advert page. A nice copy.; Author's first novel, although last published in the US. Pym considered by some to be the "most underrated writer of the 20th Century." 'This novel presents a reverse image of village life as portrayed in her last novel, "A Few Green Leaves". Where that was reflective, this is hopeful, gay, and turned to the future.'; '"Excellent Women", "A Glass of Blessings" & "Some Tame Gazelle" are three of my favourite books. My favourite foodie moments are in "Some Tame Gazelle".'-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 on offer. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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247 2186 PYM, Barbara Sweet Dove Died
Softcover; Mass Market PB Perennial; Harper & Row: NY; c1978,1980; Reprint 208 pages Fair 
Inside covers browned, text block edges browned, spine and covers creased, rubbed, and edgeworn; no loose pages. 
Price: 4.95 USD
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Sweet Dove Died, The, PYM, Barbara
248 7247 PYM, Barbara Sweet Dove Died, The
Hardcover Dutton: NY; 1979; Second Printing 208 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, page edges and endpapers a bit soiled; interior pages clean. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, edges faintly yellowed inside, back flap creased. A nice copy. ; Leonora decides she prefers James, the twenty-four-year-old nephew of her admirer Humphrey, a widowed antiques dealer. Will she be able to keep a man younger than herself interested when others attempt to woo him away?; "One of my favourite authors." - Lyn B.', author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Ali, author of the 'HeavenAli' blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 17.50 USD
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249 6535 PYM, Barbara Unsuitable Attachment, An
Softcover; Trade PB Perennial; Harper & Row: NY; c1982,1986; Reprint 256 pages Very Good 
Light edgewear, faint cover creases, page edges very lightly yellowed and remainder sprayed; interior pages clean, none loose. ; Set in the parish of St. Basil's Church in London. The vicar, his wife, her sister, and some new arrivals to the parish 'fret over improbable attachments and embark on a holiday to Rome that will prove decisive to them all.' Pym's seventh novel.; "One of Pym's best."-Publishers Weekly 'I loved "An Unsuitable Attachment" '-Lyn B. This title reviewed by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Very Private Eye, A ; Autobiography In Diaries and Letters, PYM, Barbara; Ed. Holt, Hazel and Hilary Pym
250 6951 PYM, Barbara; Ed. Holt, Hazel and Hilary Pym Very Private Eye, A ; Autobiography In Diaries and Letters
Softcover; Trade PB Vintage Books: NY; c1984,1985; First Edition Thus 358 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good- 
Spine and cover creases, inside covers and pages pale brown, edges darker, a bit of edgewear. Previous owner name on front free endpaper; interior pages clean, none loose.; 'As an integral part of her training, Barbara Pym kept from her first days at Oxford till her death from cancer in January 1980, a series of private diaries and notebooks in which she pointedly observed herself and the world around her. It is from this ongoing life journal, and from a selection of letters to close personal friends that the editors have formed this autobiography.' ; Image is actual copy offered. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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