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Dune, Herbert, Frank
Dune
Herbert, Frank
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Peace Breaks Out, THIRKELL, Angela
Peace Breaks Out
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In This House of Brede, GODDEN, Rumer
In This House of Brede
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House of Hope, The, ALEXANDER, Kate
1 7240 ALEXANDER, Kate House of Hope, The
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 1994; First US Edition 344 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends and top corners bumped, ink initial on front free endpaper; no binding problems, interior pages clean and bright. A nice copy. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and creased. Short closed tear at bottom rear flap edge.; 'In 1861, Vittorio Speranza set sail from Italy for England with his inheritance: an ancient marble statue of Hermes, a fifteenth-century depiction of the Nativity by the Italian master Monaccio, and a gold cup attributed to Benvenuto Cellini. He also carried with him a very valuable talent-Vittorio Speranza had an almost uncanny ability to discern the priceless from the mundane, the true work of fine art from the worthless fake.' Established by Vittorio's exceptional taste in antiquities-and by his marriage to a beautiful English woman, The House of Hope auction-house dynasty spans a stark depression and two world wars.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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Aunt Dimity's Christmas, ATHERTON, Nancy
2 7292 ATHERTON, Nancy Aunt Dimity's Christmas
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin Books: NY; 1999; First Printing 214 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, light edgewear, page edges faintly yellowed.; The fifth mystery in this series featuring the ghostly Aunt Dimity. "Lori Shepard's plans for a perfect family Christmas are derailed when a mysterious stranger collapses in the driveway of her cosy Cotswold cottage. As the nearby village of Finch begins its Christmas Eve celebrations, Lori must team up with Julian Bright - a devilishly attractive priest - to unearth the stranger's identity."; This series recommended by several members of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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Death of the Heart, BOWEN, Elizabeth
3 7260 BOWEN, Elizabeth Death of the Heart
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin Books: Harmondsworth, England; c1938, 1986; 318 pages Very Good- 
Light spine and cover creases, pages pale brown, edges a bit darker; pages clean, none loose.; A story of adolescent love in London during the 1930's.'Shortly after sixteen-year-old Portia comes to stay with her cool, elegant relations in their house in Windsor Terrace, she meets Eddie, an attractive young philanderer, and falls in love.'; This title reviewed and recommened by Ali, author of the 'HeavenAli' blog. 'Elizabeth Bowen is absolutely brilliant at completely capturing the world that she is writing about. Laced with secrets and adolescent awkwardness, the bitterness of teenage betrayal, "The Death of the Heart" is an exquisitely written novel. When I look back over this novel, I think of fur coats and London fog, tea by the fire, the sudden ringing of telephones and the desolate sound of heels on an empty hall floor.' Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.00 USD
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Dark Tide, The, BRITTAIN, Vera
4 7237 BRITTAIN, Vera Dark Tide, The
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1923, 1999; Reprint 260 pages Very Good 
Spine ends bumped, two horizontal creases (do not damage binding). Covers creased and lightly edgeworn, tan page edges as usually seen with Virago editions.; This was Brittain's first published (and rather autobiographical) novel and contains the preface that she wrote for the 1935 reprint edition. After World War I and a period of voluntary work, Daphne finds herself settled back into the whirl of college life at Oxford, 'reveling in debates and dinners and romances. All would be pleasant were it not for Virginia, who always seems to be at odds and on the other end of a deep enmity.'; This title has become rather scarce. This author is highly recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 34.50 USD
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Testament of Friendship : The Story of Winifred Holtby, BRITTAIN, Vera
5 7279 BRITTAIN, Vera Testament of Friendship : The Story of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1940, 1992; Reprint 453 pages Very Good+ 
A very nice copy with faint edgewear, white rear panel faintly soiled. Pages pale tan, edges a bit darker. ; Second in the 'Testament' trilogy, this is a tribute to VB's dear friend Winifred Holtby and the story of their friendship. They first met while attending Somerville College at Oxford after World War I. This edition has an afterword by Rosalind Delmar.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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Cuckoo in Spring, The, CADELL, Elizabeth
6 7306 CADELL, Elizabeth Cuckoo in Spring, The
Hardcover William Morrow & Company: NY; 1954; First US Edition 214 pages Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper 
A rather scarce US first edition. Clean green cloth binding lightly edgeworn (not worn to boards). Clean interior pages pale yellow, edges a bit darker with a few small soil spots. No binding problems, a nice copy. Price clipped dust wrapper by Mircea Vasiliu browned and edgeworn with some small chips and closed tears. Sunned spine and light soil to what were once white portions of dust wrapper.; A delightful early novel by this author featuring the Hurst family and the beautiful and resourceful Alexandra Bell.Recommended.; "Charm and lightness are the hallmarks
That identify a Cadell
(And in case you've ever wondered
That's pronounced to rhyme with paddle.) "- from a 1953 dust wrapper of 'Crystal Light'. This author recommended by several members of the DE Stevenson email discussion group including Anna B., Shaun L., Carol K., Jane S., and Jerri C. (also of the ATS and Angela Thirkell email discussion group.) Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 98.50 USD
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From the Border Hills, CLAVERING, Molly
7 7297 CLAVERING, Molly From the Border Hills
Hardcover Thomas Nelson & Sons: Edinburgh; 1953; First Edition 275 pages B&W Photographs: Good 
Good- condition. Green cloth binding very worn (but not to boards) and lightly soiled. Pages age yellowed, edges are foxed; interior pages clean, none loose. Endpapers decorated with a nicely detailed map showing the area between Moffat and Selkirk. No dust wrapper. ; The author of 'Near Neighbors' and 'Mrs. Lorimer's Family' amongst other novels, lived in Moffat, Scotland, as did her good friend D.E. Stevenson. She describes her walks in the beautiful area surrounding Moffat. From the descriptions in some of DES's books we can easily believe that DES also enjoyed these walks (although there is no mention of DES in the book). Included are black and white photographs of the lovely border hills of Scotland. A wonderful book for armchair travellers or for DE Stevenson readers who want to get a feel for the area where DES lived and worked for so many years.; Recommended by several members of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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Operation Heartbreak, COOPER, Duff
8 7295 COOPER, Duff Operation Heartbreak
Softcover Persephone Books: London; c1950, 2004; First Edition Thus; First Printing 160 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Dust wrapper faintly edgeworn; a very nice copy. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers and bookmarks unique to each title. This title has been reprinted by Persephone, this is a copy from the 1st printing in 2004.; Afterword by Max Arthur. One of the great deceptions of World War II took place in April 1943 when a body wearing a Royal Marines uniform was found off the coast of Fascist Spain. With him was a courier's briefcase containing documents indicating that the Allies were about to invade Europe through Greece—a gambit dubbed "Operation Mincemeat" that the Nazis swallowed whole—while the real Allied objective was Sicily. Officially shrouded in secrecy, the story became the basis for this novel published in 1950 against the wishes of the British government. The film "The Man Who Never Was" was also based on this true incident.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
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Provincial Lady In London, The [The Provincial Lady Goes Further], DELAFIELD, E. M.
9 7310 DELAFIELD, E. M. Provincial Lady In London, The [The Provincial Lady Goes Further]
Softcover; Trade PB Academy Chicago: Chicago, IL; c.1933,1983; Reprint 302 pages Illustrated by Arthur Watts; B&W Illustrations: Good 
Spine and cover creases, covers edgeworn. Bottom page edges rippled and several pages faintly dampstained, not into text; none loose. No dust wrapper. A reading copy. ; The sequel to 'Diary of a Provincial Lady'. Published as 'The Provincial Lady Goes Further' in Great Britain. Diary begins with the Provincial Lady's amazement that a book she has written has been published. She "finds an apartment in London, visits nightclubs and casinos, and meets the intellectuals and eccentrics of London society." Highly recommended.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.95 USD
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Elizabeth and Her German Garden, Elizabeth [Von Arnim]
10 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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Her Little Majesty : The Life of Queen Victoria, ERICKSON, Carolly
11 7313 ERICKSON, Carolly Her Little Majesty : The Life of Queen Victoria
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Simon & Schuster: NY; 1997; 304 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped. Dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A very nice copy; looks unread.; A biography of the diminutive woman who became queen at eighteen, overcoming a childhood of emotional deprivation and adversity to hold the reins of power as Britain's global empire and influence enlarged during her 64 years of rule. Interesting to compare with the recent miniseries "Victoria".; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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Glass Slipper, The, FARJEON, Eleanor
12 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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Mary Barton, GASKELL, Elizabeth
13 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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McGarr and the Sienese Conspiracy, GILL, Bartholomew
14 4516 GILL, Bartholomew McGarr and the Sienese Conspiracy
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: NY; c1977,1986; 214 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, a bit of edgewear and rubbing, page edges pale yellow.; In this sixth Peter McGarr mystery, Dublin's Chief Inspector of Detectives must go to Italy to solve a delicate matter of murder and international intrigue. ; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.75 USD
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In This House of Brede, GODDEN, Rumer
15 7325 GODDEN, Rumer In This House of Brede
Softcover; Trade PB Pan Books: London; c1969, 1991; 428 pages Very Good 
Light edgewear and rubbing, page edges light yellow. No spine creases, a nice copy. This edition has a short preface by the author explaining how this novel came to be written. ; At 42, successful business woman and widow PhilippaTalbot decides to join an enclosed Benedictine order in the Sussex countryside. Basis for the movie of the same name. One of our favourite books by this author. Highly recommended.; 'I love stories about nuns & In This House of Brede is one of my favourites.'- Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.95 USD
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William - an Englishman, HAMILTON, Cicely
16 7227 HAMILTON, Cicely William - an Englishman
Softcover Persephone Books: London; c1919, 2007; 226 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Page edges faintly soiled. Dust wrapper faintly edgeworn; a very nice copy. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers and bookmarks unique to each title. ; This novelist was also known as a playwright and a suffragette. She was serving in France when this book was originally published in 1919. An officeworker and a suffragette marry and honeymoon in Belgium in 1914. Unbeknownst to them, war has broken out...; "One of the most powerful authors on World War I that I've ever come across." - Scott, author of the "Furrowed Middlebrow" blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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Dune, Herbert, Frank
17 7327 Herbert, Frank Dune
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Chilton Book Company: Philadelphia; 1965; 507 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped revealing tiny areas of board, two corners lighly bumped; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and rubbed, white portions yellowed. Somewhat oversized book may require additional postage based on destination or if priority shipping is chosen.; The first volume of the Dune series, basis for the movie of the same name. Dust wrapper design is the same as the rather scarce first edition of this title.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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Devoted Ladies, KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell]
18 7262 KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell] Devoted Ladies
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1934, 1998; Reprint 303 pages Very Good- 
Spine sunned and creased, covers creased and edgworn. Pages clean but age browned (especially edges) as is common with Virago editions. This edition has the Virago apple on the title page and spine with Tatler printed underneath, no ISBN information printed. Copyright information says Virago a division of Little, Brown and Company. Possibly a promotional or gift with purchase issue in conjunction withTatler magazine. Introduction by Polly Devlin.; 'It is 1933. Jessica and Jane have been living together for six months. They are devoted friends--or are they? Jessica loves her friend with the cruelty of total possessiveness. Jane is rich, silly, and drinks rather too many brandy-and-sodas. Watching from the sidelines, Sylvester regrets that she should be loved and bullied and perhaps even murdered by that frightful Jessica but decides it is none of his business. When the Irish gentleman George Playfair meets Jane, however, he thinks otherwise: he entices Jane to Ireland where the battle for her devotion begins... A studied satire of art deco decadence and louche behavior, "Devoted Ladies" is a sharp and glittering satire on female love.'; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 7.75 USD
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Ladies of Lyndon, The, KENNEDY, Margaret
19 7332 KENNEDY, Margaret Ladies of Lyndon, The
Softcover; Trade PB Dial Press (Virago Modern Classic): NY; c1923, 1982; 320 pages Very Good- 
Spine and cover creases, edgewear and a short closed tear. Bottom textblock edge remainder sprayed, top edge faintly soiled. A few page corners creased; interior pages clean, none loose. ; This edition has a new introduction by Nicola Beauman. Margaret Kennedy was born in 1896 and attended Somerville in 1914 with Dorothy Sayers, Vera Brittain, and Winifred Holtby. This was her first novel. It is comic, ironical, elegant, witty and a period piece of Edwardian England. Agatha marries in haste to assume leadership over the vast household at Lyndon estate, as her mother wishes. She spends several years wondering if her choice was the right one.; This author recommended by Holly H. of the DES and AT email discussion groups, Susan M. of the DES discussion group, and blogger Bree W. Susannah S. of the AT email discussion list says 'My all-time favorite author is Margaret Kennedy.' Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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Troy Chimneys, KENNEDY, Margaret
20 7245 KENNEDY, Margaret Troy Chimneys
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1953,1985; 245 pages Very Good 
Some edgewear and cover creasing, skinned area on spine (price tag removed?) text block edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions. No spine creases; pages clean. ; With a new introduction by Anita Brookner, this is an unusual, complicated historical novel. It was the recipient of the JamesTait Black Memorial Prize in 1953. The prolific and successful writer Margaret Kennedy, writes of Miles Lufton, a self-made Regency politician with enormous personal gifts...and a disreputable alter-ego. The title is the name of his country house, perfect place of contentment but as elusive to Miles as it is memorable to the reader. ; This author recommended by Holly H. of the DES and AT email discussion groups. 'Troy Chimneys is very engaging.' says Susan M. of the DES discussion group. Susannah S. of the AT email discussion list says 'My all-time favorite author is Margaret Kennedy.' Also recommended by Ali, author of the 'HeavenAli' blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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Bid Time Return [Somewhere in Time], MATHESON, Richard
21 7319 MATHESON, Richard Bid Time Return [Somewhere in Time]
Softcover; Mass Market PB Ballentine Books: NY; c1975, 1976; First Paperback Edition 278 pages Good 
Spine and cover creases, edgewear, spine foot reinforced with archival tape. Inside covers and first and last pages faintly dampstained on bottom edge. Front free endpaper removed, pages and inside covers age browned but not brittle. Previous owner initials inside rear cover.; Also published as 'Somewhere in Time', this novel is the basis for the wonderful movie starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve (with a cameo appearance by Richard Matheson). While the movie was filmed on Mackinac Island the novel is set at the lovely Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, California.; 'Bid Time Return is a stunningly romantic novel of love and passion that literally transcends time, by an author far better known for his tales of science fiction and horror. Richard Matheson's premise is captivating: What if you were a dying young man, visiting a turn-of-the-century resort hotel? And what if you fell in love with a painting of a beautiful stage actress--but she had lived and died a century before? But--what if your love was so strong that you could literally will yourself back in time to become part of her world? In the tradition of the classic romantic ghost story "Portrait of Jennie," Matheson makes his two lovers totally believable, and so the undeniably fantastic premise soon becomes completely acceptable.' This book was one of the reasons my husband proposed to me at the 'Hotel del' as he knew that this tale of love and time travel was one of my favourites. Obviously, highly recommended. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 28.50 USD
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Missing Susan, MCCRUMB, Sharyn
22 7321 MCCRUMB, Sharyn Missing Susan
Hardcover Ballentine Books: NY; 1991; First US Edition 295 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Brown quarter cloth and paper covered boards have some faint white spots. Spine ends faintly bumped, textblock edges have a few faint smudges. Interior pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn with a 1.5 inch indented line on spine.; This fifth Elizabeth MacPherson mystery is a will-he-do-it rather than whodunnit. The intrepid forensic anthropologist joins a tour group on a murder mystery tour of southern England and Wales. The expert tour guide, an historian with Oxford credentials, has been paid to do more than just lecture. Entertaining, especially for anyone that has ever been on a group travel tour. Will you recognize yourself or perhaps a travelling companion as one of the characters? ;o); Although fifth in the series this mystery can stand alone (we read it before reading any of the others in the series.) Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 8.95 USD
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Love in a Cold Climate, MITFORD, Nancy
23 7331 MITFORD, Nancy Love in a Cold Climate
Hardcover Folio Society: London; c1949, 1992; First Edition Thus 242 pages Near Fine 
This delightful edition has an introduction by Pauline Tennant and seventeen black and white plates by Roland Pym. Wonderful wraparound pictorial binding, clean, no binding problems. A lovely copy. No dust wrapper as issued, publisher's slipcase lightly soiled and sunned at edges.; "Love in a Cold Climate" is the sequel to, and has the same narrator as "The Pursuit of Love". Fanny's tale turns to Polly Hampton, the outstandingly beautiful, wealthy daughter of Lady Montdore, Lady Montdore's devoted attendant, Boy Dougdale--the Lecherous Lecturer, and the Canadian cousin of the Montdore's, Cedric. It is a tale of sly poking fun, charm, and absorption. Polly is a contemporary of Fanny and Linda's, with even fewer choices to pursue in the game of love and marriage. Like "The Pursuit of Love", this novel is robust in the amazing supporting cast, with the charmingly eccentric Uncle Davey at the forefront. Basis for the 1980 and the 2001 television mini-series.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS, and AT email discussion list and by several others. This title recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. 'I have 3 copies of Love in a Cold Climate now...' Nancy Mitford is listed on Scott's (author of the 'Furrowed Middlebrow' blog) 'Middlebrow Starter Kit'. Images are of actual copy on offer. 
Price: 28.95 USD
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Brighouse Hotel, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
24 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]
25 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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