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Brighouse Hotel
PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
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PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
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Provincial Lady In London, The [The Provincial Lady Goes Further], DELAFIELD, E. M.
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Something to Love; Barbara Pym's Novels, Pym] BENET, Diana
251 6950 Pym] BENET, Diana Something to Love; Barbara Pym's Novels
Softcover; Trade PB University of Missouri Press: Columbia, MO; 1986; 164 pages Very Good+ 
No spine creases, light edgewear; pages clean and bright. A very nice copy.; Benet posits, "Pym is a chronicler of universal human problems." Her "ten novels center on one great subject that moves, shapes, or disfigures all her major characters: the many guises of love, sought, attained, or frustrated.... In Pym's universe, the heart and mind require an object of love as the bridge from their fearful isolation to the world of feeling and caring."; Image is actual copy offered. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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The Life and Work of Barbara Pym, PYM] Dale Salwak, ed.
252 6769 PYM] Dale Salwak, ed. The Life and Work of Barbara Pym
Hardcover University of Iowa Press: Iowa City, IA; 1986; First Edition 210 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine and board edges sunned and worn; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper, faintly edgeworn, sunned spine and edges. A nice copy.; Essays by nineteen distinguished contributors, almost all of which were written especially for this volume. They 'offer a variety of perspectives on Pym's novels and life and examine dimensions of her work not previously considered in earlier reviews.'; Recommended by several Barbara Pym admirers. Book matches sample image. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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253 304 PYM] HOLT, Hazel A Lot To Ask : A Life of Barbara Pym
Hardcover Macmillan: London; 1990; First British Edition 308 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A very nice copy. Spine ends bumped and a few faint smudges on page edges. Unclipped dust wrapper has very light edgewear and creasing.; Biography by Pym's close friend who is also a novelist.
Price: 18.50 USD
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254 6890 PYM] LONG, Robert Emmet Barbara Pym
Hardcover Ungar: New York; 1987; 256 pages Very Good+ 
Spine ends faintly bumped, a few faint marks on black cloth binding, silver gilt lettering on spine clean and bright; a lovely copy. No dust wrapper.; Part of the Literature and Life: British Writers series. "In this study of Barbara Pym's life and work-based in part on interviews with Pym's sister and with her literary executor, as well as Pym's papers at Oxford-Robert Emmet Long places the writer within the well-established novel-of-manners tradition of Jane Austen. Although seemingly objective, Pym's novels actually have a strong personal reference, and the relation between the writer's own frustrations, and those encountered by her characters, is examined with sensitivity." 
Price: 11.00 USD
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255 5376 PYM] SALWAK, Dale Barbara Pym: a reference guide
Hardcover G. K. Hall And Co.: Boston; 1991; First US Edition Near Fine  
162 pages; Dark maroon cloth with gilt lettering on spine. A new book with a small soil spot on top page edges. A very nice copy. No dust wrapper, as issued.; A bibliography of writings by and about Barbara Pym.  
Price: 17.75 USD
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256 1016 Rayner, Claire Flanders : Poppy Chronicles II
Hardcover Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London; 1988; First British Edition 309 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine head lightly bumped, front board very slightly flared, pages yellowed, erased pencil marks on front free endpaper. Dust wrapper not price cut, spine sunned, light edgewear. ; Poppy is 16 in 1911 and is attending suffragette meetings in London. Life is exciting with wonderful possibilities. The outbreak of the Great War in 1914 changes everything and adds a new kind of excitement and freedom as Poppy becomes an ambulance driver. Part two of a six part series.  
Price: 9.75 USD
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257 1015 Rayner, Claire Jubilee : Poppy Chronicles I
Hardcover Weidenfeld & Nicolson: London; 1987; First British Edition 375 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine head and tail bumped, front board slightly flared, pages yellowed, erased pencil marks on front free endpaper. White dust wrapper not price cut, spine sunned, light edgewear. ; Poppy is one of the last of the Victorians, born in 1895. Her parents were culturally and socially worlds apart. Her mother, a woman with no fortune, meets her father, an East-End boxer in a London she never knew existed until one fateful evening. Part one of a six part series.
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Chronicles of Fairacre ; Village School, Village Diary, Storm in the Village, READ, Miss  [Dora Saint]
258 7120 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Chronicles of Fairacre ; Village School, Village Diary, Storm in the Village
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston, MA; 1977; 534 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good- 
First edition stated but this is a book club edition. Bumped spine ends and corners worn (leatherette starting to peel, seen quite often in this edition). Horizontal crease in leatherette on front cover (publishing flaw). Front and rear pastedowns faintly foxed, page edges pale yellow, interior pages clean. No dust wrapper.; An omnibus edition with the first three delightful tales of Fairacre.; This author loved, reviewed, and 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: 13.95 USD
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At Home in Thrush Green, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
259 7169 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] At Home in Thrush Green
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: London; c1985,1986; 261 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
Covers lightly creased and edgeworn, no spine creases, white rear cover faintly soiled, pages pale tan, edges a bit darker (seen before in this edition); interior pages clean.; Springtime in the village of Thrush Green. Eight retirement homes for those most in need are built where the old rectory burned down. Who will live there and how will they all get along? How will they accommodate the dogs, cats, and birds that will no doubt live there also?; "Miss Read is one of my favourite writers of comfort reading."-This author 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: 9.75 USD
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260 6534 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Fairacre Festival
Softcover; Trade PB Academy Chicago Publishers: Chicago; c1968,1990; Reprint 104 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
Light edgewear and cover creases, no spine creases, page edges yellowed (seen before in this edition).; The village of Fairacre has a festival to help pay for the damage done to the roof of St. Patrick's church by an October storm. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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Farewell to Fairacre, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
261 7162 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Farewell to Fairacre
Hardcover; Ex-Library Michael Joseph: London; 1993; First British Edition 213 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good- in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings, a black library binding with library tape reinforcing front and rear inside hinges. Spine has faint vertical line and bumped edges. Page edges lightly soiled; interior pages clean and bright. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn; no library markings. Canadian price top corner, UK £ price bottom corner of front flap (seen before in this edition). ; Our final visit to Fairacre as Miss Read decides she must retire.; "Miss Read is one of my favourite writers of comfort reading."-This author 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: 12.50 USD
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Friends at Thrush Green, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
262 7239 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Friends at Thrush Green
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: Hammondsworth, England; c1990,1991; 244 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
Spine creases, light edgewear, and cover creases, pages pale tan, edges a bit darker (seen before in this edition); interior pages clean, none loose. A nice copy.; Retired schoolteachers Dorothy Watson and Agnes Fogerty return to Thrush Green to visit their many friends.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.75 USD
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Gossip from Thrush Green, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
263 7238 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Gossip from Thrush Green
Hardcover; Ex-Library Houghton Mifflin: Boston; 1982; Book Club Edition 246 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
First edition stated but dust wrapper indicates this is a book club edition. An ex-library copy with the expected stamps, markings, and pocket. Spine ends and corners bumped; book downgraded from VG+ due to library markings. Dust wrapper edgeworn with a lightly soiled white rear panel, a single short closed tear, and a library label taped to sunned spine. ; "A sleepy golden summer contains a flurry of activity in the village in this sequel to 'Return to Thrush Green'. Rumors spread that Mr. Venables is considering retirement just as the village's teacher is about to make an important decision. Molly Curdle prepares for a new baby. Vicar Henstock works on his sermon, quite unaware of the disaster that will overtake him."; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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Miss Clare Remembers, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
264 6888 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Miss Clare Remembers
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: Harmondsworth, England; c1962,1976; Reprint 208 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good- 
Covers creased and edgeworn, pages pale brown, edges a bit darker; interior pages clean, none loose. ; The story of the 70 year friendship between Miss (Dolly) Clare, born in Caxley and Emily Davis of Beech Green.; Cover matches rather blurry sample image. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Return to Thrush Green, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
265 7323 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Return to Thrush Green
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: England; c1978, 1984; 208 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Good+ 
Spine and covers creased and lightly soiled, covers edgeworn and rubbed, small circular label on back cover. Pages yellowed, edges have a few soil marks; interior pages clean, none loose.; Another spring visit to the Cotswold village of Thrush Green and its many memorable inhabitants.' Following the events of 'Thrush Green', it's spring again in the village, and with the change of season comes change in the lives of many villagers. The Young family's tranquility is disrupted by the sudden arrival of Joan's father, while Molly and Ben Curdle consider parking their gypsy caravan in order to settle down. Even the re-appearance of the disagreeable Sexton Piggot cannot dim the high spirits of the season.'; "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. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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Storm in the Village, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
266 6635 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Storm in the Village
Softcover; Trade PB Orion Books: London; c1958,2006; Reprint 209 pages Very Good+ 
Faint spine and cover creases, previous bookstore stamp on inside front cover, very light edgewear. A very nice copy.; The third book in the Fairacre series. The storm in village is the rumour that a large housing estate is to be built on Mr. Millar's Hundred Acre Field, just on the edge of Fairacre.; Recommended by Linda S.. This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.This edition out of print. 
Price: 11.75 USD
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Summer at Fairacre, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
267 7102 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Summer at Fairacre
Hardcover Houghton Mifflin Company: Boston; 1985; First US Edition 242 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
A copy of the true first US edition with decorated endpapers and green quarter cloth spine, not the more readily available book club edition. Spine tail bumped with a tiny tear, pale yellow page edges have a few faint soil marks. Unclipped dust wrapper edgeworn, spine and lightly soiled white rear panel sunned, a few chips and tears, two skinned areas on spine. ; "One of my favorite "Reads," I have loaned my own two copies time and again to friends that don't know about this soothing, straightforward English writer. In this volume, our school teacher Miss Read takes us back to Fairacre, a lovely downland village, from spring to the end of summer. Miss Read finds practical ways to help young Joseph Coggs and is a marvelously understated friend to Amy. How she deals with Henry Mawne (after all, he is married even if his wife is on an extended visit to Ireland and village tongues will wag when the lonely man stops by) and the bounties of the summer garden (how many baskets of gooseberries can one lone woman top and tail?)...are just two of the gentle complications waiting to be enjoyed. Don't be deceived by the simplicity of language and plot. Miss Read novels were written to last."-Holly H. recommends. This title also reviewed and 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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Thrush Green, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
268 7249 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Thrush Green
Softcover; Ex-Library Academy Chicago Publishers: Chicago, IL; c1959, 1987; 226 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good- 
Ex-library trade paperback with the expected stamps, markings, and pocket. Lightly sunned spine, some edgewear and creases; interior pages clean. We have found this edition should be handled with care as the bindings are sometimes rather fragile.; Our first visit to Thrush Green, a small hamlet in the Cotswolds. 'A cast of characters is introduced as the village prepares for one pivotal day—May Day. Before the holiday is over, life, love, and perhaps eternity will touch the immemorial peace of the village.'; "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. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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Tyler's Row, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
269 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]
270 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]
271 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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272 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]
273 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]
274 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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Nice Girl's Guide to Good Behaviour, REDLICH, Monica
275 6797 REDLICH, Monica Nice Girl's Guide to Good Behaviour
Hardcover Palazzo Editions: Bath, UK; c1935, 2008; Second Printing 160 pages Illustrated by Anna Zinkeisen; B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
A new book received with light colour loss to tiny areas on board edges and very faint edgewear to dust wrapper.; Illustrated with wonderful period black & wwhite photographs and delightful drawings by Anna K. Zinkeisen. Originally published in England in 1935, this 'gently satirical handbook to being the right sort of girl effortlessly guides readers through the troublesome twists and turns of the social whirl. Monica Redlich dispenses advice for every possible encounter; from how to combine kindness with absolute honesty when reassuring friends (They always say a big nose is a sign of character) and what to say when caught in an awkward situation (I am just trying to get some dust out of poor Freddie's eye) to the perfect reply on receiving congratulations upon your engagement (Thank you, Angela darling. I only wish we could manage to find someone for you). Nice girls once reigned supreme, and with this essential companion they could again. No modern girl should be without it.'; Recommended. Book matches sample illustration. Published @ $19.95. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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