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Miss Mole, YOUNG, E. H. [Emily Hilda]
Miss Mole
YOUNG, E. H. [Emily Hilda]
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Civil to Strangers and Other Writings, PYM, Barbara
Civil to Strangers and Other Writings
PYM, Barbara
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Peace Breaks Out, THIRKELL, Angela
Peace Breaks Out
THIRKELL, Angela
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In This House of Brede, GODDEN, Rumer
In This House of Brede
GODDEN, Rumer
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76 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
77 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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78 5971 DUNNETT, Dorothy Disorderly Knights, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Popular Library: NY; 1966; Very Good  
575 pages; No spine creases, light edgewear and cover creases, pages light brown, a few spots on coloured page edges. A nice copy.; The third volume of the 'Lymond Chronicles' set in 16th century Scotland and France. ; Recommended by Kim S. of the ATS, Sharon G. of the DoveGrey email discussion group, Sarah W. of the AT, DES, and DoveGrey email discussion groups, Joy W., Karen B., and Karen F. of the DES email discussion groups.  
Price: 6.50 USD
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79 5623 DUNNETT, Dorothy Game of Kings, The
Softcover; Trade PB Vintage Books: NY; c1961, 1997; Very Good+  
543 pages; No spine or cover creases, very light edgewear, top page edges browned. ; First volume of the 'Lymond Chronicles' where we meet "Francis Crawford of Lymond, a nobleman of elastic morals and dangerous talents whose tongue is as sharp as his rapier. In 1547 Lymond returns to defend his native Scotland from the English, despite the accusations of treason against him."; Recommended by Kim S. of the ATS, Sharon G. of the DoveGrey email discussion group, Sarah W. of the AT and DoveGrey email discussion groups, Joy W., Karen B., and Karen F. of the DES email discussion groups. Published @$14.00.  
Price: 7.75 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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81 275 Elborn, Geoffrey Edith Sitwell, A Biography
Hardcover Doubleday: NY; 1981; First US Edition Very Good+ in Good+ dust wrapper  
322 pages; Book is in lovely condition. Dust wrapper is edgeworn and rubbed, top edge chipped.  
Price: 8.50 USD
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Doctor's Children, ELDER, Josephine [Dr. Olive Potter]
82 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]
83 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]
84 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]
85 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]
86 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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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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Glass Slipper, The, FARJEON, Eleanor
88 7315 FARJEON, Eleanor Glass Slipper, The
Hardcover; Ex-Library Viking Press: NY; c,1955, 1963; Fourth Printing 187 pages Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard; B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
A decorative library binding with the expected stamps and markings inside and on spine. Glue residue on front free endpaper (pocket removed?) Nice binding, pages clean; book doesn't look like it circulated very much. No dust wrapper. A nice reading copy. ; Originally published in 1955, this 4th printing was issued March 1963. Based on a play written by Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon this witty and humourous retelling of the Cinderella story has wonderful black and white illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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89 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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90 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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91 134 Ffrench, Yvonne Mrs. Gaskell
Hardcover Home & Van Thal: London; 1949; First British Edition Very Good- in Very Good- dust wrapper  
12mo ; 112 pages; Top edge sunned and soiled. Dust wrapper soiled and edgeworn with chips and small tears.; A biography of the author Elizabeth Gaskell; one of the English Novelists Series.  
Price: 15.00 USD
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92 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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93 5627 FINNEY, Patricia Gloriana's Torch
Hardcover St. Martin's Press: NY; 2003; First US Edition Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper  
452 pages; Spine tail bumped, a very nice copy indeed. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn.; "It is 1587 and the Spanish are planning to launch their Holy Enterprise of England - to rescue the English from heresy and to kill Elizabeth, their Witch-Queen. This brilliant re-working of the Armada story takes us into the heart of the battle and shows how different England's history could have been had the Spanish landed on its shores. It is a tale of love, courage and ultimately, redemption." ; This adventure story (Ruth Rendell calls Finney the le Carre of the sixteenth century") is rather graphic at times especially when depicting life on board ship as a galley slave. This author recommended by Diana Gabaldon. Published @24.95.  
Price: 8.75 USD
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Unicorn's Blood , FINNEY, Patricia
94 868 FINNEY, Patricia Unicorn's Blood
Hardcover Picador: New York; 1998; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
372 pages; Spine ends and one corner lightly bumped, faint rubbing to gilt lettering on spine. A very nice copy. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and creased.; This 'literary thriller plunges into the vivid and deadly world of the 16th century: from the torture chambers of the Tower to the elegant artifice of court life; from the bawdy-houses of Southwark to the Queen's own bed. Why are the Jesuits, the Queen's Puritan councillors, and even the Queen herself searching for the mysterious Book of the Unicorn? What ancient scandal threatens Elizabeth Tudor as she fights to avoid executing her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots? And what of the man waking up in the dungeon with no memory of who he is?'; Recommended by Diana Gabaldon.  
Price: 14.00 USD
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95 1156 Fraser, Anthea Presence Of Mind
Hardcover Severn House Publishers: New York; (1978)1994; Reprint Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
204 pages; Spine head bumped with a corresponding wrinkle to the unclipped dust wrapper. A very nice copy.  
Price: 14.75 USD
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96 1900 Fraser, Antonia Mary, Queen of Scots
Softcover; Trade PB Dell Publishing: New York; (1969)1993; Reprint Good+  
613 pages; Spine and covers creased and edgeworn, corners curled, no loose pages. Several pages rippled and faintly dampstained. A reading copy.  
Price: 8.00 USD
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97 1198 Fraser, Antonia Warrior Queens
Softcover; Trade PB Knopf: New York; 1989; Book Club Edition Very Good+  
383 pages; One page wrinkled, no spine creases. ; Colour and b&w illustrations. Published as Boadicea's Chariot in Great Britain.  
Price: 10.00 USD
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Mary Barton, GASKELL, Elizabeth
98 7258 GASKELL, Elizabeth Mary Barton
Softcover; Trade PB Oxford University Press: Oxford; c1848,1998; Reprint 493 pages Very Good+ 
Very light edgewear, page edges pale yellow; no spine or cover creases, pages clean. A very nice copy. ; This edition has and introduction and explanatory notes by Edgar Wright. Gaskell's first novel, a portrait of working class life and social inequality in Victorian Manchester, was originally published in 1848. Mary Barton, the daughter of a disillusioned trade unionist and apprenticed to a dressmaker, is torn between two men. One belongs to the working class and one is the son of a mill owner.; While still quite busy with her current projects, Heidi Taylor, creator of the television productions "Call the Midwife" and "Cranford", amongst others, is also hoping to do a script based on this novel. Elizabeth Gaskell is one of Lyn B.'s (author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DoveGrey and DES email discussion groups) favourites. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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North and South, GASKELL, Elizabeth
99 6810 GASKELL, Elizabeth North and South
Softcover; Mass Market PB Wordsworth Editions: Ware, England; 1994; Reprint 427 pages Very Good 
Covers lightly creased, light edgewear, no spine creases, page edges yellowed (seen before in this edition). ; From the back cover "Set in the mid-nineteenth century and written from the author's first-hand experience, North and South follows the story of the heroine's movement from the tranquil setting of rural southern England to the turbulent industrial north." Basis for the BBC mini-series.; Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 5.95 USD
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100 4343 GLANFIELD, Jenny Portraits in an Album
Hardcover; Book Club Edition BCA: London; 1997; 398 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends and foredge of front cover bumped, page edges palest yellow. Dust wrapper lightly creased and edgeworn with two very short tears at front covers. A nice copy. ; Pippa, a young photographer's assistant, is given an old photograph album bought by chance at an auction by her father, an antiques dealer. She is intrigued by it, especially when she realizes the photographer's unusual surname is the same as her own. Her father, an orphan, knows nothing, so she turns to his foster parents for information. Her investigations lead her to a grandmother she didn't know she had, and to the house of Yondover. Recommended.; Recommended by Alison B. of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 18.25 USD
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