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Rochester's Wife, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
Rochester's Wife
STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Peace Breaks Out, THIRKELL, Angela
Peace Breaks Out
THIRKELL, Angela
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Back Home, MAGORIAN, Michelle
Back Home
MAGORIAN, Michelle
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Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family], MITFORD] LOVELL, Mary
Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family]
MITFORD] LOVELL, Mary
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Make Way for Lucia : The Complete Lucia, Including Queen Lucia, Lucia in London, Miss Mapp, The Male Impersonator, Mapp and Lucia, The Worshipful Lucia, and Trouble for Lucia, BENSON, E. F. (Introduction by Nancy Mitford)
1 7348 BENSON, E. F. (Introduction by Nancy Mitford) Make Way for Lucia : The Complete Lucia, Including Queen Lucia, Lucia in London, Miss Mapp, The Male Impersonator, Mapp and Lucia, The Worshipful Lucia, and Trouble for Lucia
Hardcover Harper & Row: New York; 1986; 1119 pages Very Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
Violet cloth binding, spine faintly curved but not damaged (flaw seen in this oversized edition before), spine ends lightly bumped. A few smudges on pale yellow page edges, some page edges creased; no binding problems, interior pages clean and bright. A nice copy. Unclipped white dust wrapper pale yellow at edges, lightly edgeworn and a few small soil spots. It has an unusual publisher flaw, the laminate is creased, but not peeling away, over entire wrapper. This book weighs 4lbs and thus shipping internationally or via priority mail will incur additional postage costs. ; This large omnibus edition contains the complete Lucia series telling the story of Lucia, Miss Mapp, and their delightful neighbors in the English towns of Riseholme and Tilling. Basis for two British television series titled 'Mapp and Lucia'. The 1985 series stars Geraldine McEwan and Prunella Scales. The 2014 series stars Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor. Both are quite enjoyable as are the books of course. :o); This series is recommended by several members of the ATS. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 29.95 USD
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Sapphire Pendant, The, BEYER, Audrey White
2 7344 BEYER, Audrey White Sapphire Pendant, The
Hardcover; Ex-Library Alfred A. Knopf: NY; c1961, 1968; Fifth Printing 178 pages Illustrated by Robin Jacques; B&W Illustrations: Good+ 
An ex-library copy with the expected stamps, markings, and pocket discarded from a high school library. Decorative library binding with wrap around illustration, lightly soiled, worn, and slightly fraying at bumped spine ends and corners. Front and rear hinges, repaired or reinforced by library; no loose pages. Pages slightly age yellowed; text pages clean. Many wonderful black and white line drawings illustrate this story. No dust wrapper. This title seems to be rather scarce.; Set in England during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this is the story of sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Montgomery, daughter of a British naval captain. Elizabeth regrets she is not a boy as due to inheritance laws, when her father dies her cousin Pierre Rochambeau, is heir to the Montgomery estate and guardian to Elizabeth. Her cousin is Irish and worst of all French (!) and Elizabeth deeply resents his presence and control over her life. Some mysterious events occur and Elizabeth of course must investigate which leads to a variety of adventures. An enjoyable read for junior high age and those that enjoy Regency novels.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 74.95 USD
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Honourable Estate : a Novel of Transition, BRITTAIN, Vera
3 7365 BRITTAIN, Vera Honourable Estate : a Novel of Transition
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1936, 2000; Reprint 587 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, faint edgewear, page edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions.;

The story of three marriages during the years 1890-1930, a time of great social change. The title refers to 'holy matrimony' as well as the changing status of women. This edition has an introduction by Mark Bostridge, one of VB's authorised biographers.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.95 USD

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Open Book, An, DICKENS, Monica
4 7366 DICKENS, Monica Open Book, An
Hardcover Mayflower Books: New York; 1978; First US Edition 210 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Rust cloth binding has faintly bumped spine ends; no binding problems. Pages faintly yellow but clean. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A very nice copy indeed. ;

'Dickens's light-hearted and honest autobiography takes us from her childhood in the upstairs-downstairs world of the twenties through her celebrated exploits as a cook-general, nurse, munitions worker, provincial newspaper reporter, and, finally, bestselling novelist, wife and mother. Charles Dickens's great-granddaughter shows here that she has inherited his humour and humanity, as well as his zest for everything that life has to offer. ' ; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 15.50 USD

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The House that is Our Own, DOUGLAS, O. [Anna Buchan]
5 7357 DOUGLAS, O. [Anna Buchan] The House that is Our Own
Softcover Hodder & Stoughton: London; c1940, 1949; 256 pages Poor 
This reading copy of a somewhat scarce title is definitely in fragile condition. Book is soiled, covers creased and edgeworn, corner of back cover missing, covers repaired with tape by a previous owner and reglued to textblock, pages yellowed, edges soiled; interior pages clean, none loose.; Two women settle in nice houses, one in London and one in the Border country of Scotland. The woman in Scotland meets the former owner of her house...can we expect a happy ending? :o) Readers of "Penny Plain", "Pink Sugar" and "Priorsford" will be happy to return to the village of Priorsford and encounter some of their inhabitants again. ; "The House That is Our Own is one of my favorites."- Cathy W. of the DES email discussion group. This author recommended by Geraldine H., Susan D., and Lulu D. amongst others 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 DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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My Friend Rose, DUNCAN, Jane
6 7364 DUNCAN, Jane My Friend Rose
Hardcover; Ex-Library Macmillan: London; 1964; First British Edition 250 pages Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings. Red boards have large skinned areas where library taped dust wrapper to book and then removed, tape residue from multiple attachements, spine ends and corners lightly bumped, bottom edge wearing revealing inner boards, front board beginning to flare (seen before in this edition). Front free endpaper removed, page edges lightly soiled; interior pages clean. Price clipped dust wrapper (design by Virginia Smith) edgeworn and chipped with a large skinned area on back panel. Library label on spine. A reading copy. ;

Janet is 25 when she first meets Rose. She is the stepmother of Dee, the young girl Janet cares for as governess for two years.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 18.50 USD

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Thale's Folly, GILMAN, Dorothy
7 7359 GILMAN, Dorothy Thale's Folly
Hardcover Ballantine Books: NY; 1999; First US Edition 199 pages Very Good+ in Near Fine dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, rear endpaper faintly creased. Unclipped dust wrapper has light edgewear and rubbing. A very nice copy. ; This tale of fantasy and magic set in western Massachusetts, 'tells of an urban sophisticate', a struggling novelist, 'who finds love, and mystery, in the country'. Recommended.; Recommended by several members of the DES email discussion group. "...a wonderful feel good."- Sheila. "Another Dorothy Gilman favorite of mine"- Nan S. "She is one of my favorite writers"- Kristi J of the Angela Thirkell and DE Stevenson email discussion groups. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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Clear Stream, The: A Life of Winifred Holtby, HOLTBY] SHAW, Marion
8 5821 HOLTBY] SHAW, Marion Clear Stream, The: A Life of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1999, 2000; 335 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Spine ends bumped, light edgewear and cover creasing (shipping damage); looks unread. Pages yellowed as is common with Virago editions. A nice copy. ;

Explores the life of the gently-born British woman author who, after coming of age in the period between the world wars, campaigned for feminism, racial equality, and pacifism. The first biography written since the one done by her great friend Vera Brittain in 1940. It is interesting to compare with "Testament of Friendship".; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 13.50 USD

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Back Home, MAGORIAN, Michelle
9 7361 MAGORIAN, Michelle Back Home
Hardcover Viking Kestrel: Harmondsworth, England; 1985; First British Edition 387 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, some faint soil marks on textblock edges, a few pages very lightly creased. Unclipped dust wrapper (£7.95) has faint edgewear. A very nice copy. ; By the author of 'Good Night Mr. Tom', for ages 10 and up. 'Rusty' Dickinson was evacuated to the United States from England at the age of seven in 1940. When she returns in 1945, she is homesick for her American family and their more relaxed ways. She must adjust to a war torn country, a new school, and a family that has changed in some ways almost as much as she has. The title refers to her return to the country of her birth and her feelings about her adopted country. Basis for the British television movie. Recommended.; This book recommended by Tom J. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups as well as Elizabeth B. and Marjorie B. of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 29.75 USD
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Good Night, Mr. Tom, MAGORIAN, Michelle
10 7351 MAGORIAN, Michelle Good Night, Mr. Tom
Softcover; Trade PB Harper Trophy: NY; c1981, 1986; 318 pages Good 
Top corner of front cover torn away, covers creased and edgeworn with a closed tear, pages and inside covers pale brown (seen before in this edition) the first few pages have a tiny tear as if a staple at one time pressed on the pages. Previous bookstore label on back cover; interior pages clean, no binding problems. A reading copy. ; By the author of "Back Home". Winner, 1982 International Reading Association Children's Book Award, Notable Children's Books of 1982 (ALA), 1982 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA) 'London is poised on the brink of World War Two. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech--the abused child of a single mother--is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past. He learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place.' Basis for the British television film featuring John Thaw that won the Lew Grade Award BAFTA in 1999.; HIghly recommended by Tom J. of the AT and DES email discussion groups and the ATS, Elizabeth B. of the DES email discussion group and by Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image showing damaged front cover is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 5.95 USD
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House of Eliott, Marsh, Jean
11 7345 Marsh, Jean House of Eliott
Hardcover St. Martin's Press: New York; 1993; Third Printing 265 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, faint pencil line top textblock edge; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper, lightly edgeworn. A nice copy. ; This is Jean Marsh's first novel. It is based on the BBC/A&E series she co-created. At the death of their physician father in the 1920's, Beatrice, a confirmed spinster, and Evangeline, her beautiful younger sister, are forced to make their own way in the world. With a flair for design and a destinctive style they overcome various obstacles and found the fashionable couturier, the House of Elliott in London.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 13.00 USD
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Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family], MITFORD] LOVELL, Mary
12 7360 MITFORD] LOVELL, Mary Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family]
Softcover; Trade PB W. W. Norton: NY; c2001, 2003; 611 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Published as "The Mitford Girls: The Biography of an Extraordinary Family" in the UK. No spine creases, covers creased and a bit edgeworn, several page corners creased; pages clean, none loose. ; 'They were beautiful, brilliant, gloriously eccentric, and their humor was legendary. Everything was perfect, except for their politics. This is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between the wars. Jessica was a Communist; Debo became the Duchess of Devonshire; Nancy, the eldest, was one of the best-selling novelists of her day; the ethereally beautiful Diana, married to the Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley and imprisoned without trial through most of World War II, was the most hated woman in England; Unity Valkyrie Mitford, born in the mining town of Swastika, Alaska, would become obsessed with Adolf Hitler, whom she met on at least 140 occasions. When war was declared between England and Germany, she shot herself in the head. The Mitfords had style, presence, and were extremely gifted: four would go on to write best-selling books. Above all, they were funnyóhilariously and often mercilessly so.'; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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Blue Castle, The, MONTGOMERY, L. M.
13 7354 MONTGOMERY, L. M. Blue Castle, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; c1926, 1989; 218 pages Good 
This is the Bantam Starfire edition with cover art by Ben Stahl. Spine and cover creases, edgewear. Pages yellowed (seen before in this edition) several pages have short closed tears at foreedge margin making this a reading copy only; interior pages clean.; A fun story, set in the Muskoka region of Ontario, of a 29 year-old-spinster coming into her own. For ages 12 and up so more of a young adult book than a children's book. Many LM Montgomery admirers say this is their favourite of her books. High praise indeed as this author wrote so many wonderful books. Readers of McCullough's "The Ladies of Missalonghi" (also in stock) will find numerous similarities between the two books. The results of the plagiarism case brought by the heirs of L M Montgomery against McCullough have been sealed.; "At twenty-nine Valancy had never been in love, and it seemed romance had passed her by. Living with her overbearing mother and meddlesome aunt, she found her only consolations in the "forbidden" books of John Foster and her daydreams of the Blue Castle. Then a letter arrived from Dr. Trent -- and Valancy decided to throw caution to the winds. For the first time in her life Valancy did and said exactly what she wanted. Soon she discovered a surprising new world, full of love and adventures far beyond her most secret dreams." Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 5.95 USD
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Martha in Paris, SHARP, Margery
14 7367 SHARP, Margery Martha in Paris
Hardcover Collins: London; 1962; First British Edition 160 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Sunned spine ends lightly bumped, page edges pale brown and slightly dusty ; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Dust wrapper a bit edgeworn with a lightly soiled rear white panel and some short closed tears. A nice copy.; In this sequel to "The Eye of Love" we learn what happens to 18 year-old Martha when she goes to Paris to learn how to paint.; "I loved the Martha books."- Holly H. Also recommended by Frances B., and Louise D. of the ATS, and the AT and DES email discussion groups. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 19.95 USD
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Mrs. Tim Flies Home, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
15 7356 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Mrs. Tim Flies Home
Softcover; Trade PB Holt Rinehart Winston: New York; c1952, 1974; Book Club Edition 284 pages Very Good 
Spine sunned, covers creased and edgeworn, white back cover a bit soiled. Inside covers and pages light brown with darker edges (seen before in this edition), page edges a bit soiled; inside pages clean. No binding problems but we have found this edition should be handled with care or the binding glue can give way. ; 8 This edition has a wonderful new foreword by DES explaining how she came to write the delightful four part series. In the fourth Mrs.Tim novel, the Christie children are growing up and Mrs. Tim finds a home in Old Quinings for their summer holidays, while Mr. Tim is stationed in Africa. Mrs.Timís new friends (and not so friendly new acquaintances including a despicable landlord of a perfect cottage) are characterized by the pen of a remarkable writer in the most delightful fashion.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion lists. "DE Stevensonís characters couldnít possibly be more real or more fascinating. This post-war novel is must reading." 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 book offered. 
Price: 34.50 USD
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Rochester's Wife, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
16 7363 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Rochester's Wife
Hardcover Holt Rinehart Winston: New York; c1940,1978; Second Edition; First Printing 335 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Quarter bound in tan cloth with metallic green titles, over light green paper-covered boards. Spine ends and one corner lightly bumped (causing a tiny tear), board edges faintly sunned and white dust wrapper flaps and rear panel yellowed, common flaws with this edition. Bottom textblock edge has ROCH WIFE in black marker. Top of page edges faintly foxed (another common flaw); interior pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, rear panel faintly soiled. A nice copy of a rather scarce DES title. ; Originally published in the US in 1940. Kit Stone has traveled the world instead of utilizing his medical training. He decides to settle down in the small English village of Minfield as the assistant to an old country doctor. Kit likes it very much and soon develops a strong friendship with Mardie Rochester. But Mardie is married and seemingly happy so Kit feels he must leave. Then a secret is revealed that will change the lives of many in Minfield.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 36.75 USD
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View of the Harbour, A, TAYLOR, Elizabeth
17 7358 TAYLOR, Elizabeth View of the Harbour, A
Softcover; Trade PB NY Review Books: NY; c1947,2015; 313 pages Near Fine 
A lovely copy with faint edgewear; looks unread.; This is a wonderfully written tale of fundamental human drama set in a second-rate seaside post WWII town. There is infidelity, wit, compassion and a very believable set of characters. This edition has an introduction by Roxana Robinson.; This author recommended by Linda S. and by Holly H. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups. This title reviewed and recommended by Jane the author of "Fleur in her World" blog and by Rachel, author of the "Book Snob" blog. "Elizabeth Taylor is an author Iíve read with great enjoyment over the years." - Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.95 USD
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Double Affair, A, THIRKELL, Angela
18 7347 THIRKELL, Angela Double Affair, A
Hardcover Knopf: NY; 1957; First US Edition 312 pages Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Original orange cloth faded, especially at spine, edges slightly soiled. Top corners bumped and bottom corners worn to boards. 'Books by AT' listing has blue ink checkmarks next to most of the titles. Pages pale yellow, edges faintly soiled, a few creased top corners; interior pages clean, no binding problems. An old newspaper (now removed) once left in the front of book leaving a mark on the front flap and the decorated endpaper. Unclipped, lighlty edgeworn dust wrapper has a slightly soiled and yellowed white rear panel, a few tiny closed tears, and bottom front flap corner torn away as well as the aforementioned mark on the flap. Front illustration is another delightful Cosgrave II painting.; 'Older and wiser than the usual betrothed, Herbert Choyce and Miss Merriman are in no hurry to get married. But, in the 27th of Thirkell's Barsetshire novels, the enthusiasm of friends and neighbors sweeps them up in a rush to the altar, with unexpected results.'; AT's books recommended by Claire author of 'The Captive Reader' blog, the "Desperate Reader" blogger, Jodie R. the author of the 'Geranium Cat's Bookshelf' and obviously by members of the ATS and AT email discussion groups. :o) Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 26.50 USD
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Old Bank House, The, THIRKELL, Angela
19 7349 THIRKELL, Angela Old Bank House, The
Hardcover Knopf: NY; 1949; First US Edition 345 pages Good+ 
Blue cloth binding heavily sunned and a bit soiled, spine ends and corners bumped. Pages pale yellow, edges darker and a bit soiled, a few spots on front Barsetshire map endpaper. Interior pages clean; no binding problems. A reading copy. No dust wrapper.; The Old Bank House is situated on the High Street in the market town of Edgewood. Miss Sowerby, unable to continue in her large and beautiful home, agrees to sell it to Mr. Sam Adams, the wealthy ironmaster from Hogglestock who is now the local Labour MP. Miss Sowerby warns him that the house likes a mistress. During this visit to Barsetshire we learn how the Old Bank House gains its new mistress.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 22.00 USD
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Peace Breaks Out, THIRKELL, Angela
20 7362 THIRKELL, Angela Peace Breaks Out
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1947; Second Printing 370 pages Very Good- in Good+ dust wrapper 
Both the first and second printings of this US edition were issued in June 1947. Tan cloth boards with green lettering and tree decoration. Spine ends lightly bumped, pastedowns and endpapers foxed, textblock edges age yellowed (seen frequently in this edition); interior pages clean, no binding problems. A nice copy. Price clipped dust wrapper has sunned spine, is edgeworn, with several tears and chips and is a bit fragile (seen frequently with this title). Now in protective dw cover as are all our books with dws.; In the summer of 1945 the war has finally ended but the denizens of Barsetshire soon find that peace brings problems of its own.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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Summer Half, THIRKELL, Angela
21 7355 THIRKELL, Angela Summer Half
Softcover; Trade PB Hogarth Press: London; c1937, 1988; Reprint 252 pages Very Good 
Covers lightly creased, light edgewear, small skinned area on front cover (from old price sticker?) Pages yellowed (seen frequently in this edition), red remainder mark bottom edge; pages clean, none loose. A nice copy.; Colin Keith teaches at Southbridge during a break from his law studies; another delightful early Barsetshire novel. Great cover illustration by Clair Minter-Kemp. Recommended.; Image is actual book on offer. 
Price: 12.75 USD
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Trooper to the Southern Cross, THIRKELL, Angela
22 7352 THIRKELL, Angela Trooper to the Southern Cross
Softcover; Trade PB Virago: London; c1934, 1985; 177 pages Very Good 
Light spine and cover creases, edgewear, clean pages pale brown, edges a bit darker as is common with these Virago editions. Virago price sticker on back cover; no loose pages.; Introduction by Tony Gould. Originally published in London in 1934 under the male pseudonym Leslie Parker. It is the lively, and humorous account of a doctor and his family returning to Australia on a troopship after World War I. It is based on Thirkell's own experiences on her voyage to Australia with Lance Thirkell and her two small sons.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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Children's Hour, The, WILLETT, Marcia
23 7346 WILLETT, Marcia Children's Hour, The
Hardcover Thomas Dunne Books: NY; 2004; First US Edition 367 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn with a faintly sunned spine and top edges. A very nice copy. ; One of our favourites by this author. 'Nest and Mina, an immensely likable pair of no-longer-young sisters, still live at Ottercombe, the beautiful rambling home of their childhood in the depths of Devon. With echoes of carefree and idyllic days before the war, all around them are reminders of endless holidays playing in the gardens or on the beach, their mother reading them stories in front of the fire and their father driving up from London to visit for the weekend.
When their elder sister, Georgie, now frail and forgetful, comes to stay, she brings with her secrets that her sisters would prefer to keep hidden. The threat of Georgie's ramblings upsets the peaceful equilibrium of their lives and forces the sisters to address the issues that they had tried so hard to leave in the past. Although reluctant to face up to these revelations, they gradually realize that they can finally put to rest the ghosts from their past and allow themselves and Ottercombe to embrace new lives and look to the future.'
; "One of my very favorite authors"- Sally R. of the DES email discussion group and recommended by several other DES email group members including Geraldine H., Anna B., Susan H., and Kerry J. Many readers find her books similar to Rosamunde Pilcher's.Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 10.25 USD
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Women in Wodehouse [Plum's Peaches], WODEHOUSE, P. G. [ed. and preface by D.R. Bensen]
24 2978 WODEHOUSE, P. G. [ed. and preface by D.R. Bensen] Women in Wodehouse [Plum's Peaches]
Hardcover Barnes & Noble: NY; c1991,1995; 324 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Quarter cloth binding lightly bumped at faintly sunned spine tail. Previous owner address label on front free endpaper pages 278 to rear endpaper have a single long crease as if pages bent at one time; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper with creased flaps very lightly edgeworn.; This collection of 14 short stories (publication dates range from 1912-1950) was originally published as "Plum's Peaches". From the dust wrapper: "Think of Wodehouse and you think of Jeeves and Bertie Wooster, of Lord Emsworth, of Psmith, of Ukridge, of Mr. Mulliner, true enough. But, when you come down to it, what motivates these worthies (and unworthies)? Running after them, running from them, wooing them, placating them, rescuing them, being rescued by them-whenever a Wodhouse male goes into high gear, it almost always has something to do with a woman, and probably on too good for him at that.

The work of Pelhem Grenvill ("Plum") Wodehouse displays both a high respect and keen relish for women-from demure damsels to frenzied flappers, his female characters are usually saner than his men (which isn't saying much). Here is an orchard of Wodehouse peaches (and a lemon or two): fourteen short stories featuring the outrageous Bobbie Wickham, the three ex-wives of millionare Vincent Jopp, the extortionate Vera Prebble, the near lethal Celia Tennant, the abundantly ripe Maudie Wilberforce, Cleopatra herself reincarnate in Cora McGuffy Spottsworth, and a basketful more. For those for whom romance is not enough, the stories provide useful instruction on how to avoid dealing with fiery dragons, the consequences of multiple concurrent engagements, weight-loss and beauty tips, how to train a fiance, the perils of ambience, a surefire method for establishing a film career and detailed instructions on imitating a hen laying an egg (a personal fowl). Who could ask for more-if indeed as much?"; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.50 USD

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