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621 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]
622 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]
623 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. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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624 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
625 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. 
Price: 17.50 USD

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A Young Man's Fancy, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
626 6628 PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme] A Young Man's Fancy
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1959, 2011; 390 pages New 
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. Although a sequel it can be read on its own; we enjoyed this title more than "Summer Term".
; A new book with very faint soil to page edges.; 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]
627 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]
628 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]
629 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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630 7336 PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme] Summer Term
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1959, 2010; 288 pages Very Good 
When Clare Fielding, the headmaster's daughter, took her mother's place at Ledenham School for a term, she was looking forward to running the school and the house. But the arrival of her sophisticated cousin Frances and the subtle persecution of the raw new master, Angus, made the summer term at once more exciting and more difficult than she had expected.

Susan Pleydell was herself the wife of a public school headmaster and writes with authority, charm and skill in this her first novel, originally published in 1959.; Front cover lightly creased and scratched with a tiny hole, light soil to top textblock edge. ; Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group. This author recommended by Claire author of 'The Captive Reader' blog. This is our last copy of this out of print title. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 26.95 USD

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Tudor Women : Queens and Commoners, PLOWDEN, Alison
631 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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632 1183 Pool, Daniel Dickens : Fur Coat and Charlotte's Unanswered Letters: The Rows and Romances Of England's Great Victorian Novelists
Hardcover Harper Collins: New York; 1997; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
8vo; 282 pages; Spine head and tail bumped, remainder mark bottom edge. Dust wrapper is not price cut has very slight wrinkle at spine head and tail. ; Author of" What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew", Pool now turns his attention to the lives of the great Victorian novelists such as Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Thackeray, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Trollope.  
Price: 15.75 USD
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ACE! A Marine Night-Fighter Pilot In World War II, PORTER, R. Bruce, Col. with Eric Hammel
633 6429 PORTER, R. Bruce, Col. with Eric Hammel ACE! A Marine Night-Fighter Pilot In World War II
Softcover; Trade PB Pacifica Press: Pacifica, CA; 1985; 278 pages Very Good+ Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Signed and inscribed by author on half title page. No spine creases, very light edgewear; book and pages clean and bright. A very nice copy.; Introduction by 'Pappy' Boyington. Author's 'life as a Marine combat fighter pilot, from his earliest days as a naval aviation cadet before World War II, to his adventures guarding America's defense line in the South Pacific, to his aerial combat over the Solomons.' He also tells of his 'exacting night-fighter combat training and his rare double-kill night mission over Okinawa.'  
Price: 21.75 USD
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634 4572 POWERS, Richard Gold Bug Variations, The
Hardcover William Morrow & Company: NY; 1991; Third Printing Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
639 pages; Spine ends lightly bumped, a few faint splashes and one smudge on top page edges. Red remainder mark on bottom edge. Unclipped dust wrapper has very light edgewear and rubbing. A nice copy.; An intriguing and absorbing novel featuring four people in a story of science (DNA, genomes, computers), music (Bach), and love.

"The four protagonists are driven toward a provisional definition of life in all its chemical particulars - the secret shorthands, the compositional impulse of evolution, the links laid down between the cell itself and the complex organism that would try to understand it. Each must discover something of the unified diversity of the life molecule, its endless, mutating variations on a four-note theme." ; Recommended by Norma H.  
Price: 17.50 USD

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635 1990 PRAGER, Dennis & Joseph Telushkin Eight Questions People Ask About Judaism
Hardcover Tze Ulmad Press: Simi Valley, CA; 1976; Fifth Printing 207 pages Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Spine head and tail bumped, blue cloth binding worn at spine ends and corners, but not to boards. text block edges lightly yellowed. Inscribed and signed by Prager on front free endpaper. Dust wrapper, not price cut, is very rubbed, edgeworn, and chipped. ; Some of the questions discussed: Who needs Jewish laws or organized religion- isn't it enough to be an ethical person? How do you account for unethical religious Jews- and for ethical people who are not religious? How does Judaism differ from Christianity, Marxism, and Ethical Humanism? How do I begin acting Jewish? The authors' answers to these and other questions "are so rational, so well substantiated, and so provocative, that no reader-Jew or non-Jew....will close this book without having been severely challenged.'  
Price: 9.75 USD
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636 1796 Pratt, Helen Marshall Cathedral Churches of England, Their Architecture History and Antiquities with a Bibliography and Glossary
Hardcover Duffield & Company: New York; 1911; Very Good  
B&W Photographs; 593 pages; Decorated blue cloth binding rubbed at corners and spine ends; text block edges browned. Binding is in excellent condition; book has a slight musty odor. No dust wrapper. ; A practical handbook for students and travellers. Detailed descriptions of more than 32 English cathedrals and churches.  
Price: 23.50 USD
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637 5142 PRITCHETT, V.S. Blind Love and Other Stories
Hardcover Random House: NY; 1969; Second Printing Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
246 pages; Spine head bumped, page edges faintly soiled. White, unclipped, dust wrapper has a creased front flap, and is lightly edgeworn and yellowed with a bit of soil.; The third collection of short fiction by this short story writer, novelist, and critic.  
Price: 9.75 USD
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638 4158 PRITCHETT, V.S. Cab at the Door, A : A Memoir
Hardcover Random House: NY; 1968; Third Printing Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
244 pages; Lightly bumped spine ends, pages pale yellow. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has very light edgewear. A very nice copy indeed. ; In this first volume of the autobiography by this short story writer, novelist, and critic he tells of his childhood in turn-of-the-century and World War I London. His London is a working-class city and his countryside is rural Yorkshire where he visited his granfather, a Congregationalist minister, and his uncle, a fierce atheist. "A young man's early encounters with life and literature shed light on the development of a writer-the apprenticeship of writer as child."  
Price: 12.00 USD
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639 4174 PRITCHETT, V.S. Living Novel and Later Appreciations, The
Hardcover Random House: NY; c1964,1968; Fourth Printing Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
467 pages; A lovely copy with a few smudges to page edges. White, price clipped,dust wrapper is a bit soiled and has light edgewear.; The revised and expanded edition including essays on Fielding, Richardson, Smollett, Maria Edgeworth, E. M. Forster, Ford Madox Ford, Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, Edith Wharton, Nathanael West, William Golding, Gorky, Dostoevsky, Anthony Powell, and Arnold Bennett amongst others. "The critical essays of V.S. Pritchett are unparalleled for their wit, geniality, subtlety, and profound good sense."  
Price: 14.00 USD
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640 4159 PRITCHETT, V.S. Midnight Oil
Hardcover Random House: NY; 1972; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
271 pages; Lightly bumped spine ends, pages pale yellow with one smudge mark on edge. Olive cloth binding has faintly sunned edges and spine. A clean and nice copy. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has light edgewear, a bit of soil and one tiny closed tear at spine head.; This second volume of the autobiography by this short story writer, novelist, and critic opens in 1921. With twenty pounds in his pocket he has arrived in Paris determined to become a writer. After going to Ireland to cover the revolution for the 'Christian Science Monitor' he arrives in Spain in 1924.  
Price: 12.00 USD
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641 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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Golden Compass, The : His Dark Materials, Book 1 [Northern Lights], PULLMAN, Philip
642 6175 PULLMAN, Philip Golden Compass, The : His Dark Materials, Book 1 [Northern Lights]
Softcover; Trade PB Knopf: NY; c1995, 2002; 399 pages Illustrated by Philip Pullman; B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
Faint spine creases, one cover crease, light edgewear, some page corner creases, a few smudges on page edges.; This first volume of the trilogy was recently made into a film. Published as "Northern Lights" in the UK and winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Award. Chapter heading illustrations done by the author.; "It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motely streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would being when she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, are eavesdropping and uncover a plot to murder Lord Asriel. He has returned from the far North where he tells of strange sights-a beautiful city hovering in the sky above the pole, a shimmering Dust that settles on and delineates all but human children. Lyra is scarcely able to save his life before Lord Asriel is off again, on a quest to answer the riddle of the world. Meanwhile, children are disappearing, and when Lyra's dearest friend is taken by the Gobblers, she determines to save him-a decision which leads her on a great journey, a journey that will lead to the discovery of her mother, a disastrous betrayal and the beginning of the unravelling of the mystery of Dust." For young adults, US grades 7-12; originally marketed to adults in the US. Highly recommended. 
Price: 9.25 USD
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643 5839 PULLMAN, Philip Ruby in the Smoke, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell Laurel-Leaf: NY; c1985, 2000; Reprint Very Good  
230 pages; Spine and cover creases, inside covers and page edges light brown; interior pages clean, none loose.; An ALA Best Book for Young Adults (Ages 12 and older). A mystery/thriller set in Victorian London by the author of the 'Dark Materials' trilogy. This is the first volume of the Sally Lockhart trilogy. Basis for the Masterpiece Theater production of the same name.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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Subtle Knife, The : His Dark Materials, Book 2, PULLMAN, Philip
644 2355 PULLMAN, Philip Subtle Knife, The : His Dark Materials, Book 2
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1997; First US Edition 326 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Dark blue boards quarterbound in navy blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Bottom corners of a few pages creased, Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper. No remainder marks. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A very nice copy indeed.; The second volume in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. The first volume was made into a film.; 'Lyra Silvertongue's quest to find the origins of Dust--the very stuff of the universe continues. We meet Will, a 12-year-old from our world, who is trying to protect his emotionally fragile mother and to locate his lost father, an explorer who vanished years before. Instead, Will finds a window into another world, where Lyra and her daemon have also tumbled. Their lives become inextricably entwined when Lyra's alethiometer gives her a simple command: find Will's father. The world of Cittàgazze holds the talisman of the subtle knife, which can cut through anything, even the space between worlds. It wounds Will, but he is bound to it by a destiny neither he nor Lyra (nor readers) yet understand." For US grades 7-12 (and up). Marketed in the UK as a children's book it was originally found in adult Science Fiction/Fantasy sections of bookstores in the US. Highly recommended. 
Price: 99.75 USD
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645 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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