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Return to Thrush Green, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
Return to Thrush Green
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Road to the Harbour, The, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
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Never Too Late, THIRKELL, Angela
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Tyler's Row, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
251 6910 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Tyler's Row
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: Hammondsworth, England; c1972,1982; Reprint 186 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good- 
Light spine and cover creases, spine tail reinforced with archival tape, covers edgeworn, white rear panel lightly yellowed. Page edges yellowed (seen before in this edition); pages clean, none loose. ; Tyler's Row is four cottages in the village of Fairacre that date back to 1763.; Image is actual book offered. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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Village Affairs, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
252 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]
253 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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254 6459 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Village Centenary
Hardcover Houghton Mifflin: Boston; 1981; Book Club Edition 236 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends faintly bumped, a few smudges on top page edges; interior pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Dust wrapper has lightly yellowed white back and flap edges and light edgewear. Remnant of old price tag on front flap. First American edition stated but dust wrapper flap says book club edition. A very nice copy.; The village school at Fairacre is one hundred years old and there is the Caxley Spring Festival to enjoy. 
Price: 13.00 USD
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Village School, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
255 7175 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Village School
Softcover; Trade PB Houghton and Mifflin: Boston; c1955, 2001; Reprint 238 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ 
No spine or cover creases, light edgewear, page edges yellowed (seen before in this edition); pages clean, none loose. A nice copy.; The first title in the Fairacre series and the author's first book.Our introduction to the schoolmistress Miss Read and her loveable students in the English village of Fairacre.; Recommended by Linda S. "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 actual copy on offer. 
Price: 10.75 USD
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Year at Thrush Green, The, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
256 7234 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Year at Thrush Green, The
Hardcover Houghton Mifflin: Boston; 1996; First US Edition 266 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends and top corners very lightly bumped; a lovely clean and bright copy. Unclipped dust wrapper has very light edgewear. ; We enjoy the four seasons of an entire year in the Cotswold village of Thrush Green.; " Miss Read is one of my favourite writers of comfort reading. Her books about life in Fairacre & Thrush Green are familiar, full of humour & interest but never sentimental or twee." - Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. This title also recommended by Linda S. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 19.00 USD
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257 424 Riley, Judith Merkle Serpent Garden
Hardcover Viking: NY; 1996; Second Printing 467 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
In this tale of Tudor England, 'King Henry VIII arranges to marry his sister to the aging king of France to put an English heir on the French throne. Painter Susanna Dallet catches Henry's eye, and soon Susanna is unknowingly carrying with her the key to a secret that will embroil her in the French court's diabolical plots.' 
Price: 12.50 USD
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258 6033 RUTHERFURD, Edward Forest, The
Hardcover Crown Publishers: NY; 2000; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
598 pages; Spine ends and two corners very lightly bumped, a bit of wear to board edges. Pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and creased, one tiny closed tear. A nice copy.; An engrossing novel of several families spanning the 900 year history of the New Forest in southern England. Our favourite title by this author; recommended.; Recommended by Norma H.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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259 1386 Rutherfurd, Edward London
Softcover; Mass Market PB Fawcett Crest: New York; 1998; Reprint Very Good-  
1126 pages; Light spine creases, cover creases and one short tear on back cover. ; Telling the story of six families, the author gives us the epic story of London's 2, 000 year history.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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260 3544 RUTHERFURD, Edward Sarum, the Novel of England
Hardcover Crown Publishers: New York; 1987; First US Edition; First Printing 897 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Covers have light discoloration and one small soil spot. Page edges have faint soil and a few corners are bent; interior pages clean and bright. Spine foot bent, a faint crease to spine that does not damage binding. White dust wrapper, price clipped, has yellowed a bit. Edges are lightly worn with a few creases and one tiny closed tear.; From pre-historic beginnings almost 10, 000 years ago to 1985, this epic tells the story of five families who lived in and around what we call the Salisbury Plain. Recommended. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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261 5829 SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita All Passion Spent
Softcover; Trade PB Carroll & Graf: NY; c1931,1992; 297 pages Very Good  
Light spine and cover creases, edgewear, a few smudges on page edges, previous owner definition of a word in the novel written on the title page; rest of pages clean, none loose.; 'In 1860, as an unmarried girl of 17, Lady Slane nurtures a secret burning ambition--to become an artist. She becomes, instead, the wife of a great statesman and the mother of six children. Seventy years later, how a widow, she retires to a tiny house in Hampstead and recollects the dreams of youth, and enjoys the mellow present in the company of those she has chosen.' Basis for the television film of the same name.  
Price: 9.75 USD
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262 3802 SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita Edwardians, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Avon Books: NY; c1930,1975; Very Good-  
222 pages; Spine curved and creased, pages lightly age browned, covers lightly creased, rubbed and edgeworn.; An interesting and revealing novel of a certain set in Edwardian England. If you are familiar with the time period and the history of the author you may recognize certain characters. The author's note is "No character in this book is wholly fictitious. " Recommended.  
Price: 8.75 USD
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263 2486 SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita Family History
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin (Virago): New York; c1932,1987; Reprint Very Good  
315 pages; Some spine and cover creasing; text block edges slightly yellowed as it common with Virago editions. ; Evelyn Jarrold stayed close to her husband's family after he is killed during World War I. Then she meets Miles Vane-Merrick an up and coming Labour politician fifteen years her junior. Their love affair is one of different temperament s and eras.'  
Price: 9.50 USD
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264 1179 Sallis, Susan By Sun And Candlelight
Hardcover Crown: New York; 1989; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
8vo ; 376 pages; Spine head and tail lightly bumped, faint soil to text block edge. Dust wrapper, not price cut, has small closed puncture near spine, is rubbed, has slight edgewear and has a 2" laminate wrinkle on the front (publishing flaw) . ; The story of four women set in 1980's England. Friends since childhood, their lives are interwoven as they interact and rely on each other.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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Babbacombe's, SCARLETT, Susan [Noel Streatfeild]
265 7163 SCARLETT, Susan [Noel Streatfeild] Babbacombe's
Softcover Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1941, 2014; 262 pages As New 
A lovely book with faint edgewear; looks unread.; Her children's books are well known and loved but this author also wrote a dozen 'light romance' novels under the pseudonym Susan Scarlett. This heart-warming romance was originally published in 1941.

Into the heart of the Carson family, close, hard-working and happy, comes their disruptive and selfish cousin Dulcie, with her decidedly cheap values. George and Janet try to make her welcome and treat her as one of their own; they find her work in Babbacombe’s department store where eldest daughter Beth is just beginning her first job in Gowns, but they struggle to make allowances for her outrageous behaviour. For it is Dulcie who takes pleasure in humiliating young Girda at her school concert; it is Dulcie who jealously tries to blight the blossoming romance between Beth and the new man in Cooked Meats, David Babbacombe himself. But then it is not Dulcie, who doesn’t understand kindness and love, who lives happily ever after.; Image is one of actual copies on offer. 
Price: 21.95 USD

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Love in a Mist, SCARLETT, Susan [Noel Streatfeild]
266 7233 SCARLETT, Susan [Noel Streatfeild] Love in a Mist
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1951, 2011; 209 pages Near Fine 
An unread copy received with faint edgewear and rubbing. This edition now out of print.; Her children's books are well known and loved but this author also wrote a dozen 'light romance' novels under the pseudonym Susan Scarlett.

'When four year old Paul, already somewhat pampered and spoilt, is chosen for a part in a film his unexpected good fortune triggers major family ructions. It takes all matriarch Emma Tring’s subtle diplomacy not just to avoid discord but to bring her unsettled family closer together. A theatrical theme spiced with family in-fighting, difficult children, a wiser older woman: this is what this author does best.

Noel Streatfeild spent some time in Hollywood researching the film background for her children’s novel "The Painted Garden", research which also ensures an utterly believable background for the Rose of England film studios' in this book.; Preface for this edition by Joy Wooton, member of the DES email discussion group. Now out of print, this image is of our last copy on offer. 
Price: 24.50 USD

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Man in the Dark, The, SCARLETT, Susan [Noel Streatfeild]
267 7188 SCARLETT, Susan [Noel Streatfeild] Man in the Dark, The
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1940, 2014; 234 pages As New 
A lovely unread copy.; Her children's books are well known and loved but this author also wrote a dozen 'light romance' novels under the pseudonym Susan Scarlett. This one was originally published in 1940. 'When Marda undertakes to look after the recently orphaned 17-year-old ward of blind ex-racing driver James Longford, she expects to find a sad and subdued schoolgirl. Instead she meets young American Shirley Kay, self-assured, chic and charming - and a minx. Then there is James himself. After the accident that left him blind, he has shut himself away from the world with only a repressed butler and a formidable cook to look after him. How can Marda help a man who refuses to listen to music, hates the smell of flowers and never leaves the house, to find pleasure in life again? And is Shirley going to be a help or a hindrance?'; Image is one of actual copies on offer. 
Price: 21.75 USD
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Under the Rainbow, SCARLETT, Susan [Noel Streatfeild]
268 7178 SCARLETT, Susan [Noel Streatfeild] Under the Rainbow
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1942, 2013; 257 pages As New 
A lovely unread copy.; Her children's books are well known and loved but this author also wrote a dozen 'light romance' novels under the pseudonym Susan Scarlett. This one was originally published in 1942. 'An unworldly young vicar takes into his house a crusty old aunt, his newly orphaned nephew and niece and a young woman to look after them. A bored Lady Bountiful and the stalwart and motherly housekeeper do battle, subtly and not so subtly, and spiteful gossip nearly spoils everything, but luckily, after many storms, there is gold at the end of the rainbow.' Now out-of-print.; This title reviewed and recommended by Claire author of 'The Captive Reader' blog. Image is one of actual copies on offer. 
Price: 24.50 USD
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269 6330 SECOMBE, Fred Curate for All Seasons, A [Large Print]
Hardcover; Ex-Library F.A. Thorpe: Leicester; 1993; First Edition Thus 369 pages Illustrated by Maxine Rogers; B&W Illustrations: Good+ 
An Ulverscroft Large Print ex-library book with usual stamps and markings. Pictorial binding bumped at spine ends and corners, tiny tears at spine ends, spine creased but no binding damage, book is cocked. Skinned area on front free endpaper where library material removed. Pages yellowed, edges a bit soiled; interior pages clean. No dust wrapper, as issued.; The second book in this series; set in the Welsh valleys at the close of the Second World War. Fred, a young curate, has various adventures that are often quite humourous. The author was a curate and later a vicar in various parishes in Wales so these novels of a curate's life have an authentic ring to them. This edition says 'autobiography'. Recommended.; Recommended by Beth H. of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, SHAFFER, Mary Ann And Annie Barrows
270 7040 SHAFFER, Mary Ann And Annie Barrows The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Hardcover The Dial Press: NY; 2008; Second Printing 278 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Spine ends and two corners lightly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn. A very nice copy indeed.; “ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways." Highly recommended.
; Recommended by Linda S, Sharon D., and several members of the DES and AT email discussion groups, including Kristi J., Julie B., Louise D., Laura N. 'My local Book Club loved it so much we talk about a possible trip to Guernsey. Isn't that one of the things a good book will do for us, make us want to see and experience the locale for ourselves'? and Susan D. '...such a wonderful read I can't say enough good things about it. It is full of humour and humanity and decency and love and war and mystery and betrayal and marvellous characters. Oh, and books. It's a quintessential perfect read for any Dessie.' Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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271 1521 SHARP, Margery Foolish Gentlewoman, The
Hardcover Collins: London; 1948; Second Printing 256 pages Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper 
First printing was June, 1948, this second printing dated July 1948. Spine head and tail and bottom corners bumped and slightly faded, green cloth boards have a white spot on front top board edge. Page edges lightly soiled and age browned; no binding problems. Yellowed dust wrapper, not price clipped, edgeworn with a few chips and tears. ; Isabel Brocken, a widow, lives in Chipping Lodge. It is the only house on Chipping Hill, eight miles from Charing Cross in London. In June, 1946 her brother comes to stay with her while bomb damage to his home is being repaired. Their interaction with each other, the servants, and other relatives that appear and stay, are the basis for another fun novel by this author.  
Price: 19.50 USD
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272 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
273 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
274 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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275 5775 SHAW, Rebecca Talk of the Village
Softcover; Mass Market PB Orion Books: London; c1995,1999; 263 pages Very Good 
No spine creases, a bit of edgewear and rubbing, two scratches on rear cover. Page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean, none loose.; Part of the author's Tales from Turnham Malpas series. 'Turnham Malpas is alive with gossip. Does pushy newcomer Venetia have her eye on Peter, the handsome Rector? And is Jeremy, her husband, really making a success of the new health club? Whispers are even afflicting older inhabitants, and soon the village which the Rector united is divided again.'; Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group and Linda S. of the JASNA. 
Price: 9.25 USD
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