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Summer Half, THIRKELL, Angela
Summer Half
THIRKELL, Angela
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Blue Castle, The, MONTGOMERY, L. M.
Blue Castle, The
MONTGOMERY, L. M.
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Aesthetics and Nostalgia in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell, FRITZER, Penelope
Aesthetics and Nostalgia in the Barsetshire Novels of Angela Thirkell
FRITZER, Penelope
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Trooper to the Southern Cross, THIRKELL, Angela
Trooper to the Southern Cross
THIRKELL, Angela
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Peace Breaks Out, THIRKELL, Angela
26 7326 THIRKELL, Angela Peace Breaks Out
Hardcover Hamish Hamilton: London; 1946; First British Edition 280 pages Fair in Fair dust wrapper 
Red cloth boards soiled and edgeworn, bumped spine and corners fraying revealing boards. Pages pale tan, edges a bit darker, several pages lightly foxed and soiled, many rippled. Price clipped and soiled dust wrapper heavily chipped and has several closed tears. Previous owner reinforced and repaired dw on the reverse side with paper tape. A reading copy. ; The war has ended but the denizens of Barsetshire soon find that peace brings problems of its own.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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Summer Half, THIRKELL, Angela
27 7355 THIRKELL, Angela Summer Half
Softcover; Trade PB Hogarth Press: London; c1937, 1988; Reprint 252 pages Very Good 
Covers lightly creased, light edgewear, small skinned area on front cover (from old price sticker?) Pages yellowed (seen frequently in this edition), red remainder mark bottom edge; pages clean, none loose. A nice copy.; Colin Keith teaches at Southbridge during a break from his law studies; another delightful early Barsetshire novel. Great cover illustration by Clair Minter-Kemp. Recommended.; Image is actual book on offer. 
Price: 12.75 USD
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Trooper to the Southern Cross, THIRKELL, Angela
28 7352 THIRKELL, Angela Trooper to the Southern Cross
Softcover; Trade PB Virago: London; c1934, 1985; 177 pages Very Good 
Light spine and cover creases, edgewear, clean pages pale brown, edges a bit darker as is common with these Virago editions. Virago price sticker on back cover; no loose pages.; Introduction by Tony Gould. Originally published in London in 1934 under the male pseudonym Leslie Parker. It is the lively, and humorous account of a doctor and his family returning to Australia on a troopship after World War I. It is based on Thirkell's own experiences on her voyage to Australia with Lance Thirkell and her two small sons.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
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What Did It Mean?, THIRKELL, Angela
29 7340 THIRKELL, Angela What Did It Mean?
Hardcover Knopf: NY; 1954; First US Edition 346 pages Very Good in Fair dust wrapper 
Red cloth covers clean but faintly sunned at bumped spine ends, one bottom corner bumped; no binding problems. Pages age browned but not brittle (seen before in this edition), top painted edge faded and dusty, decorated endpapers lightly soiled; interior pages clean. Price clipped dust wrapper with wonderful Cosgrave II illustration and flap photograph of author in her black lace mantilla in rather fragile condition. Sunned spine, edgewear, chips and closed tears, white rear panel age browned and lightly soiled. Now in protective sleeve as are all our dust wrappers. ; Life in Barsetshire during the Coronation Year includes Pageants, Entertainments, and a bit of romance.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 23.75 USD
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Children's Hour, The, WILLETT, Marcia
30 7346 WILLETT, Marcia Children's Hour, The
Hardcover Thomas Dunne Books: NY; 2004; First US Edition 367 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn with a faintly sunned spine and top edges. A very nice copy. ; One of our favourites by this author. 'Nest and Mina, an immensely likable pair of no-longer-young sisters, still live at Ottercombe, the beautiful rambling home of their childhood in the depths of Devon. With echoes of carefree and idyllic days before the war, all around them are reminders of endless holidays playing in the gardens or on the beach, their mother reading them stories in front of the fire and their father driving up from London to visit for the weekend.
When their elder sister, Georgie, now frail and forgetful, comes to stay, she brings with her secrets that her sisters would prefer to keep hidden. The threat of Georgie's ramblings upsets the peaceful equilibrium of their lives and forces the sisters to address the issues that they had tried so hard to leave in the past. Although reluctant to face up to these revelations, they gradually realize that they can finally put to rest the ghosts from their past and allow themselves and Ottercombe to embrace new lives and look to the future.'
; "One of my very favorite authors"- Sally R. of the DES email discussion group and recommended by several other DES email group members including Geraldine H., Anna B., Susan H., and Kerry J. Many readers find her books similar to Rosamunde Pilcher's.Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 10.25 USD
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Women in Wodehouse [Plum's Peaches], WODEHOUSE, P. G. [ed. and preface by D.R. Bensen]
31 2978 WODEHOUSE, P. G. [ed. and preface by D.R. Bensen] Women in Wodehouse [Plum's Peaches]
Hardcover Barnes & Noble: NY; c1991,1995; 324 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Quarter cloth binding lightly bumped at faintly sunned spine tail. Previous owner address label on front free endpaper pages 278 to rear endpaper have a single long crease as if pages bent at one time; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper with creased flaps very lightly edgeworn.; This collection of 14 short stories (publication dates range from 1912-1950) was originally published as "Plum's Peaches". From the dust wrapper: "Think of Wodehouse and you think of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, of Lord Emsworth, of Psmith, of Ukridge, of Mr. Mulliner, true enough. But, when you come down to it, what motivates these worthies (and unworthies)? Running after them, running from them, wooing them, placating them, rescuing them, being rescued by them-whenever a Wodhouse male goes into high gear, it almost always has something to do with a woman, and probably on too good for him at that.

The work of Pelhem Grenvill ("Plum") Wodehouse displays both a high respect and keen relish for women-from demure damsels to frenzied flappers, his female characters are usually saner than his men (which isn't saying much). Here is an orchard of Wodehouse peaches (and a lemon or two): fourteen short stories featuring the outrageous Bobbie Wickham, the three ex-wives of millionare Vincent Jopp, the extortionate Vera Prebble, the near lethal Celia Tennant, the abundantly ripe Maudie Wilberforce, Cleopatra herself reincarnate in Cora McGuffy Spottsworth, and a basketful more. For those for whom romance is not enough, the stories provide useful instruction on how to avoid dealing with fiery dragons, the consequences of multiple concurrent engagements, weight-loss and beauty tips, how to train a fiance, the perils of ambience, a surefire method for establishing a film career and detailed instructions on imitating a hen laying an egg (a personal fowl). Who could ask for more-if indeed as much?"; Image is actual copy on offer. 
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