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Brighouse Hotel, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
Brighouse Hotel
PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
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Glenvarroch Gathering, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
Glenvarroch Gathering
PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
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Provincial Lady In London, The [The Provincial Lady Goes Further], DELAFIELD, E. M.
Provincial Lady In London, The [The Provincial Lady Goes Further]
DELAFIELD, E. M.
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The Moonspinners, Nine Coaches Waiting, The Ivy Tree, Madam, Will You Talk, STEWART, Mary
The Moonspinners, Nine Coaches Waiting, The Ivy Tree, Madam, Will You Talk
STEWART, Mary
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Day of Small Things, The, DOUGLAS, O. [Anna Buchan]
76 7151 DOUGLAS, O. [Anna Buchan] Day of Small Things, The
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1930, 2012; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 338 pages New 
A new copy.; The author was the sister of John Buchan. This is the sequel to 'The Proper Place' but can be read on its own. It is the tale of daily life in the small coast town of Fife, featuring Lady Jane and her daughter Nicole.

“To you and to me this is the day of small things – Who said that? Someone in the Bible, wasn’t it? And the small things keep you going wonderfully: the kindness of friends; the fact of being needed; nice meals; books; interesting plays; the funny people in the world; the sea and the space and the wind – not very small, are they, after all?”
Old friends and new in the Borders and Fife: Nicole and her mother, Lady Jane Rutherfurd; Mrs. Heggie; Mrs. Jackson; and Barbara Burt, now Mrs. Andrew Jackson, of Rutherfurd. This edition now out of print.
; Recommended by Geraldine H., Susan D., and Lulu D. of the DES email discussion group. 'Her novels are all on similar themes - domestic stories about family & relationships with a lot of humour & always some gentle romance. ...Her books are comforting but not saccharine, always alive to the realities of life.'- Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DoveGrey and DE Stevenson email discussion groups. 
Price: 22.50 USD

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Pink Sugar, DOUGLAS, O. [Anna Buchan]
77 7149 DOUGLAS, O. [Anna Buchan] Pink Sugar
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1924, 2014; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 339 pages New 
A lovely new book. This edition includes a Foreword by Lady Stewartby, the author's great-niece and Bad Bill's daughter, and an introduction to the Peeblesshire locations where Anna Buchan was so very much at home.; Kirsty Gilmour, 'an unattached spinster' settles into a country cottage in Tweedside and along with three children who come to stay discover that summer and autumn are all too short.' Pink sugar' is all the little pleasures that add to their way of life alongside the River Tweed. This edition now out of print.; Kirsty Gilmour ("I'm 30 but you shouldn't make me say it out loud,") makes a home for herself in the Scottish Borders and takes under her wing a gentle old aunt and three motherless children; Barbara, Specky and Bad Bill. Originally written in the 1920s,'Pink Sugar' is full of perfectly drawn characters with old-fashioned values from a vanished world; a world of kindness and good manners, of generosity and self-restraint, and yet a world where poverty, illness and bereavement are just below the surface. In this society of women with peripheral men, social life centres round afternoon tea - we could be in Cranford-on-Tweed.

This title very nicely reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. 
Price: 22.50 USD

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78 1114 Drabble, Margaret Ice Age
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1977; Second Printing Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
8vo; 295 pages; Bottom corners bumped, one to boards; top edge sunned, binding good and tight. Dust wrapper, not price cut, browned at top edge, one closed tear at back. ; Second printing before publication, October 1977.  
Price: 14.00 USD
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Sea Lady, The, DRABBLE, Margaret
79 6424 DRABBLE, Margaret Sea Lady, The
Hardcover; Ex-Library Harcourt, Inc.: Orlando, FL; 2007; First US Edition 345 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings, otherwise clean and bright. Spine ends lightly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear; no library markings. A very nice copy. ; 'This is the story of Humphrey Clark and Ailsa Kelman, who spent a summer together as children in Ornemouth, a town by the gray North Sea. As they journey back to Ornemouth to receive honorary degrees from a new university there, Humphrey on the train, Ailsa flying, they take stock of their lives over the past thirty years, their careers, and their shared personal entanglements. Humphrey is a successful marine biologist, happiest under water, but now retired; Ailsa, scholar and feminist, is celebrated for her pioneering studies of gender and for her gift for lucid and dramatic exposition. The memories of their lives unfold as Margaret Drabble exquisitely details the social life in England in the second half of the last century.' 
Price: 8.75 USD
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The Semi-Detached House, EDEN, Emily
80 7213 EDEN, Emily The Semi-Detached House
Hardcover Houghton Mifflin: Boston; c,1859, 1948; First Edition Thus 216 pages Illustrated by Susanne Suba; B&W Illustrations: Good+ in Good dust wrapper 
Decorated cloth binding beginning to fray at spine tail, corners and spine ends lightly bumped, top edge lightly soiled. Pastedowns, endpapers, and yellowed page edges lightly foxed; a few page margins soiled, not on text. Unclipped dust wrapper, with sunned spine, age browned and edgeworn with several chips and tears. A few tears repaired with tape on reverse by previous owner. Three inch portion of front panel bottom corner missing. ; When young Lord Chester has to go on a special diplomatic mission to Berlin he decides to move his pretty young bride of six months to the London suburb of Dullham. How will Blanche (in an interesting state of health) learn to love her "semi-detachment" (the occupants of the other half of her villa)?

This edition has wonderful illustrations by Susanne Suba. The Honorable Emily Eden (1797-1869), a 19th century aristocrat, "satirised the social world she knew, loved and laughed at. A true, if minor successor to Jane Austen, like her she is concerned with love and marriage, money and manners. But Emily Eden has a distinct voice and it is the charm and humour-both above and below stairs- and sharp social comment which so magically entertain..."; The Desperate Reader reviewed and recommended this title on her blog. Also reviewed and given three stars on "The Fig and Thistle" blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 15.75 USD

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Doctor's Children, ELDER, Josephine [Dr. Olive Potter]
81 7299 ELDER, Josephine [Dr. Olive Potter] Doctor's Children
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1954, 2010; 286 pages Very Good 
Faint spine creases, light cover creases and edgewear. Bottom textblock edge has two smudges, one page has tiny nick on top edge as if caught by a fingernail; interior pages clean, none loose. ; When Barbara's husband deserts her, she uproots her family of four children to London, where she resumes her career as a doctor. This novel, written at the time of the launch of the National Health Service, by a practising GP, presents an interesting picture of how a single parent who is also a professional woman copes with the prevailing ethos that a woman's place, and certainly a married woman's place, is in the home.; This title reviewed and recommended by Scott, owner of the blog "Furrowed Middlebrow". Our last copy of this now out-of-print title. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 32.50 USD
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Encircled Heart, The, ELDER, Josephine [Dr. Olive Potter]
82 7194 ELDER, Josephine [Dr. Olive Potter] Encircled Heart, The
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1951, 2012; 320 pages As New 
A lovely new book.; Marion Blake is a young doctor with a growing practice living with her pathologist friend, Philippa. She is totally and happily absorbed in her work – of which we are given fascinating descriptions – until she meets and marries Paul Shepherd, a university lecturer and aspiring playwright. Inevitably conflicts arise when Paul, an indulged only son with his little boy smile, wants “to love you and work for you and have you for myself alone,” but Marion, calm and competent, steadfastly self-reliant, “can’t give the practice up. It’s my child, I made it!” and ‘Dr. Blake’ has to take precedence over ‘Paul’s wife’.

The introduction includes the text of a talk the author gave to the Women’s Institute on her medical training at Girton and the London Hospital in Whitechapel.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 21.50 USD

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Sister Anne Resigns, ELDER, Josephine [Margaret Potter, Dr. Olive Potter]
83 7186 ELDER, Josephine [Margaret Potter, Dr. Olive Potter] Sister Anne Resigns
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1931, 2012; 306 pages As New 
A lovely new book.; An enthralling novel of nursing in London's East End in the 1920s and 30s originally published in 1931 under the pseudonym Margaret Potter. (The author's real name was Dr. Olive Potter.) From reluctant Probationer to Staff-Nurse and to Sister, the story of Anne Lee’s career is given vivid authenticity by the author’s own experience as one of the very first women medical students at the London Hospital in Whitechapel.

Written at the peak of Josephine Elder’s writing powers, just after the best of her schoolgirl fiction, "Sister Anne Resigns" allows the author’s main themes of personal integrity and friendship to be developed more fully than girls’ novels allow.; Reviewed by Lynne H. author of the 'dovegreyreader scribbles' blog. This title reviewed and recommended by Scott, owner of the blog "Furrowed Middlebrow". This edition now out of print. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 22.50 USD

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Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth [Von Arnim]
84 7293 Elizabeth [Von Arnim] Elizabeth and Her German Garden
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1898, 2007; Reprint 207 pages Very Good+ 
Light edgewear and rubbing, no spine creases. Page edges yellowed, as is common with Virago editions.; Elizabeth's first novel, written in the form of a diary. Author put many elements of her own life in her novels. Born Mary Annette Beauchamp, her books were published anonymously as her first husband, a German Count, did not think writing a suitable occupation for his wife.This title is featured in the wonderful new novel, "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society". This edition has an introduction by Elizabeth Jane Howard.; "Elizabeth's uniquely witty pen records each season in her beloved garden, where she escapes from the stifling routine of indoors: from servants, meals, domestic routine - and the presence of her overbearing husband, the Man of Wrath..." Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.75 USD
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Enchanted April, The, Elizabeth [Von Arnim]
85 5534 Elizabeth [Von Arnim] Enchanted April, The
Paperback; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1922,2003; Reprint 361 pages Near Fine 
A new book with faint edgewear.; This edition has an introduction by Terence de Vere White. Basis for the wonderful movie of the same name. Four British women spend a revealing, and perhaps life changing, one month holiday at San Salvatore, a castle in Italy.; 'Four very different women respond to a discreet advertisement in the newspaper to stay at a mediaeval castle on the Mediterranean. The spirit of that place works remarkable changes on the woman, who quickly realize that there was more to San Salvatore than they expected, and more to each other and themselves than they had ever dreamed.' 
Price: 11.75 USD
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86 6054 ERSKINE, Barbara Kingdom of Shadows
Softcover; Trade PB Dell: NY; c1988,1989; First Paperback Edition Very Good  
673 pages; Light spine and cover creases, covers a bit edgeworn, page edges pale brown; interior pages clean, none loose. ; Another of this author's intriguing time travel novels. (She also wrote "Lady of Hay".) This book is set in the Scottish Highlands at the castle Duncairn. "Since childhood Claire Royland has been haunted by dreams of Isobel, the Countess of Buchan, mistress of Robert the Bruce. And now she has found a way to enter the past..." Recommended.  
Price: 9.25 USD
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87 6052 ERSKINE, Barbara Lady of Hay
Softcover; Trade PB Welcome Rain: NY; c1986, 2000; First Edition Thus Very Good  
600 pages; Curved spine creased, covers lightly edgeworn, page edges lightly soiled, a few pages edges have a spot and a tiny nick on foredge; interior pages clean, none loose.; What happens when a skeptical British journalist decides to debunk hypnosis and past life regression? Upon hypnosis, she discovers another life as Matilda de Braose, a 12th century woman caught in a loveless marriage to a Welsh baron. The men in Matilda's life seem to appear again in Jo's 20th century life. But who is her love, the Earl of Clare, and who is the treacherous King John? This historical novel is one of the author's best books. The de Braose family are documented historical figures. This author's first novel is recommended.  
Price: 9.75 USD
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88 3878 EVERETT, Rupert Hello Darling, Are You Working?
Softcover; Trade PB Avon Books: NY; c1992,1994; Reprint 232 pages Illustrated by Frances Crichton Stuart; B&W Illustrations: Very Good+ 
A nice copy with faint cover creases and light edgewear. Page edges faintly yellowed. ; Fast paced, 'decadently comedic', novel by the actor from "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "An Ideal Husband". 'Any resemblance between his novel and his actual life is undoubtably coincidental. The book is based on a series of thinly disguised lies.' Rhys Waveral is an ex-soap opera star that learns that fame is a fleeting thing. After losing all his money on the stock market and with no new acting jobs in sight he realizes all he has left to sell is himself... 
Price: 7.50 USD
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89 1195 Faulks, Sebastian Birdsong
Softcover; Trade PB Vintage Books: New York; (1993) 1997; First Edition Thus Very Good+  
483 pages; Light scoring, one corner bent. ; A compelling novel of love and war featuring a British soldier and a French woman set in World War I.  
Price: 11.00 USD
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90 5643 FAULKS, Sebastian Charlotte Gray
Softcover; Trade PB Vintage Books: NY; c1998, 1999; Very Good  
399 pages; Faint spine crease, slight edgewear and rubbing, page edges pale yellow. A nice, clean copy.; Charlotte Gray is a young Scottish woman that 'becomes caught up in the effort to liberate Occupied France from the Nazis' while searching for her lover, an RAF pilot that has not returned from a mission into France. Basis for the film of the same name starring Cate Blanchett.  
Price: 8.25 USD
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Snobs : A Novel, FELLOWES, Julian
91 6235 FELLOWES, Julian Snobs : A Novel
Softcover; Trade PB St Martin's Press: NY; 2004; 265 pages Very Good+ 
No spine creases, a few very light cover creases and faint edgewear. A very nice copy.; The author of 'Gosford Park' and the creator of 'Downton Abbey' gives us a contemporary comedy of manners set in London and rural England. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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92 3156 FFORDE, Katie Life Skills
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1999; First US Edition Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
343 pages; Spine ends bumped and lightly worn, a tiny tear to spine head. Pages and covers clean and bright. Dust wrapper, not price clipped, lightly edgeworn.; Another humorous romance by this author. When thirtysomething Julia Fairfax is replaced by a man in the position she worked for years to develop, she decides to leave the company. She also breaks off her engagement to Oscar as she realizes she is more attracted to his dog and charming Queen Anne House than to him. She decides to go against her usual stable, reliable self and act rashly, signing on for the summer as cook/general helper for two hotel barges that cruise the English canals.  
Price: 15.00 USD
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93 4732 FFORDE, Katie Paradise Fields
Softcover; Trade PB Century: London; 2003; First Paperback Edition Very Good+  
357 pages; This UK oversized paperback edition, with rather large text, was published at the same time as the hardback. No spine creases, light cover creases and edgewear. A very nice copy. ; "It's not as if Nel hadn't enough on her plate already: organising a farmer's market in the beautiful Paradise Fields and sorting out a house full of animals are quite enough to keep her busy." Sir Gerald has died and his son, with his glamorous American wife, takes over the estate which includes the meadow. It is soon common knowledge that they have other plans for Paradise Fields. "Nel takes up arms, determined to fight for the meadow and the market she loves. She's pretty sure her friends Sacha and Vivian will be on her side. Her sensible boyfriend Simon, a real estate agent, says he wants to help. And then there's Jake, the infuriating yet attractive stranger who kissed her under the mistletoe."  
Price: 17.50 USD
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94 5210 FFORDE, Katie Stately Pursuits
Hardcover St Martin's Press: New York; 1997; First US Edition 280 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, bottom corners faintly bumped, top corner of front endpaper clipped, a few smudges on page edges; interior pages clean and bright. Unclipped dust wrapper is very lightly edgeworn and rubbed. A nice copy.; Hetty, freshly dumped, with no job, agrees to look after her great uncle's long abandoned country mansion. She decides to fix up the estate and make it pay for itself. Recommended. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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95 3979 FIELDING, Helen Bridget Jones's Diary
Hardcover Viking: New York; 1998; Reprint 271 pages Very Good- in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, book is very slightly cocked, small stain on bottom page edges extends to margin on two pages; no remainder mark. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly rubbed and edgeworn with a faint faded line on top edge of inside flaps.; Humorous account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton. Basis for the film of the same name. 
Price: 9.00 USD
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Do Try to Speak as We Do : The Diary of an American Au Pair, FORD, Marjorie Leet
96 6260 FORD, Marjorie Leet Do Try to Speak as We Do : The Diary of an American Au Pair
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 2001; First US Edition 346 pages Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A lovely copy.; The author was once an au pair in England. In this novel an American woman cancels her wedding to a 'safe' man and goes to the UK to work as an au pair for an aristocratic member of Parliament. Does she live to regret her decision?; "Hello" of London feels this book has the charm of a latter-day "Love in a Cold Climate". 
Price: 14.50 USD
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97 839 Forster, E. M. Howards End, A Room With A View, Maurice
Softcover; Trade PB Quality Paperback: New York; Book Club Edition Very Good  
968 pages; Some edgewear to extremities. A nice copy.; All of the novels in this omnibus edition have been made into wonderful movies.  
Price: 7.00 USD
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98 5393 FORSTER, E. M. Howards End, A Room With a View, Maurice
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Quality Paperback: New York; 968 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners lightly bumped. A nice copy. Dust wrapper is a bit edgeworn and rubbed. ; All of the novels in this omnibus edition have been made into wonderful movies. In "A Room with a View", 'a young girl, Lucy Honeychurch, and her chaperon—products of proper Edwardian England—visit a tempestuous, passionate Italy. Their “room with a view” allows them to look into a world far different from their own, a world unconcerned with convention, unfettered by social rituals, and unafraid of emotion. Soon Lucy finds herself bound to an obviously “unsuitable” man, the melancholic George Emerson, whose improper advances she dare not publicize. Back home, her friend and mentor Charlotte Bartlett and her mother, try to manipulate her into marriage with the more “appropriate” but smotheringly dull Cecil Vyse, whose surname suggests the imprisoning effect he would have on Lucy’s spirit.

A colorful gallery of characters, including George’s riotously funny father, Lucy’s sullen brother, the novelist Eleanor Lavish, and the reverend Mr. Beebe, line up on either side, and this novel unfolds as a delightfully satiric comedy of manners and an immensely satisfying love story.'

'Howards End is a beautifully subtle tale of two very different families brought together by an unusual event. The Schlegels are intellectuals, devotees of art and literature. The Wilcoxes are practical and materialistic, leading lives of “telegrams and anger.” When the elder Mrs. Wilcox dies and her family discovers she has left their country home—Howards End—to one of the Schlegel sisters, a crisis between the two families is precipitated that takes years to resolve.'

Maurice is 'set in the elegant Edwardian world of Cambridge undergraduate life, this story by a master novelist intorduces us to Maurice Hall when he is fourteen. We follow him through public school and Cambridge, and on into his father's firm, Hill and Hall, Stock Brokers. In a highly structured society, Maurice is a conventional young man in almost every way, "stepping into the niche that England had prepared fo him": except that he is homosexual.

Written durring 1913 and 1914, immediately after Howards End, and not published until 1971, Maurice was ahead of its time in it theme and in its affirmation that love between men can be happy.' "Happiness," Forster wrote, "is its keynote. . . . In Maurice I tried to create a character who was completely like myself or what I supposed myself to be: someone handsome, healthy, bodily attractive, mentally torpid, not a bad businessman and rather a snob. Into this mixture I dropped an ingredient that puzzles him, wakes him up, torments him, and finally saves him."; Also listed on web site in trade paperback. 
Price: 9.75 USD

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99 3004 FRY, Stephen Hippopotamus
Softcover; Trade PB Soho Press: NY; c1994,1996; Very Good  
292 pages; No spine or cover creases, a bit of edgewear and rubbing, remainder mark on top edge. ; 'In his second novel, Fry introduces readers to Ted Wallace: failed poet, failed theater critic, failed father and husband, shameless womanizer, and self-confessed alcoholic. Fired from his newspaper and disgusted with a world that undervalues him, he seeks a few months repose and free drink at the country mansion of his old friend, Lord Logan. But strange things have been going on at Swafford Hall, miracles, healings, phenomena beyond the comprehension of a hippopotamus like Ted.'  
Price: 7.00 USD
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100 1533 Fry, Stephen The Liar
Paperback; Trade PB Soho Press, Incorporated: New York; (1991) 1993; First Edition Thus Very Good+  
No spine creases, corners just beginning to curl. ; The author's first novel.  
Price: 9.00 USD
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