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Care and Management of Lies, The : A Novel of the Great War, WINSPEAR, Jacqueline
Care and Management of Lies, The : A Novel of the Great War
WINSPEAR, Jacqueline
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I Capture the Castle, SMITH, Dodie
I Capture the Castle
SMITH, Dodie
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Winter and Rough Weather [Shoulder The Sky], STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
Winter and Rough Weather [Shoulder The Sky]
STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Few Green Leaves, A, PYM, Barbara
Few Green Leaves, A
PYM, Barbara
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A Woman's Place: 1910-1975, ADAM, Ruth
1 5476 ADAM, Ruth A Woman's Place: 1910-1975
Softcover; Trade PB Persephone Books: London; c1975, 2003; 339 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A new book with faint edgewear. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers unique to each title (see image).; A very readable overview of twentieth century British women's lives written by a novelist historian. Chronological chapters cover topics including the suffragettes, early 'type-writers', contraception, and work in wartime amongst others. Written twenty-five years ago,' it is is both human and humane, wise and cynical, polemical and witty'.; 'A must read' says Scott, owner of the "Furrowed Middlebrow" blog. 
Price: 23.75 USD
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2 5331 ADDIS, Faith Taking the Biscuit [Large Print] (Down to Earth volume 4)
Hardcover; Ex-Lib Ulverscroft: Leicester; c1989, 1992; 304 pages Very Good- 
Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings, spine ends and corners bumped, light soil to page edges, book is slightly cocked. No dust wrapper as issued.; Faith and Brian Addis left their London florist business in the 1970's and moved to the country in an effort to live a more leisured existance. They now live in South Devon where they raises plants and Faith is a mobile dog groomer. This fictionalised memoir is the fourth in the series but can be read and enjoyed on its own (as we did, laughing aloud at times). The BBC television series "Down to Earth" was based on these books. Highly recommended.; This series recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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3 6325 ADDIS, Faith Year of the Cornflake (Down to Earth Volume 1)
Softcover; Trade PB BBC Worldwide Ltd.: London; c1983,2000; First Edition Thus 224 pages Very Good- 
Spine and cover creases, covers lightly edgeworn. Page edges yellowed, several pages have creased corners; pages clean, none loose. This edition has a new foreword by the author and a cover illustration from the BBC series.; Basis for the BBC television series 'Down to Earth'. The author's fictionalized memoirs of the family's decision in the 1970s to leave their florist business in London and move to Devon. In this first book of the series we learn about their first year running a holiday camp for children ages 6-12. A fun read; recommended.; Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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House of Hope, The, ALEXANDER, Kate
4 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 
'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.; 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.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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Death Goes Dancing, ALLAN, Mabel Esther
5 7287 ALLAN, Mabel Esther Death Goes Dancing
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; 2014; First Edition 204 pages Near Fine 
Detective Inspector Ewen Gilbride and his wife Frances, both keen balletomanes, are looking forward to an evening at the Darielle theatre where Sarne Saxilby is to dance Giselle. The first short ballet is over and people drift off to the bar leaving Ewen and Frances in pleasant anticipation of the treat to come. But then Lucian Darielle, pale and shaking, bursts into their box: “My dear Gilbride! Thank God you’re here! It’s Sarne! She’s dead in her dressing room! There’s a knife in her back!”

Includes an introduction by the author on her unpublished manuscripts, entitled ‘Wasted Words – or Good Experience.’

Originally written in the 1950s, this is the first publication of Death Goes Dancing. ; Faint edgewear; a very nice copy indeed.; This author enjoyed by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 21.75 USD

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Elsie and Mairi Go to War : Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front, ATKINSON, Diane
6 7410 ATKINSON, Diane Elsie and Mairi Go to War : Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front
Softcover; Trade PB Pegasus Books: NY; 2010; 280 pages Very Good+ 
An unread copy received with slight edgewear and light soil marks on top edge.; "When they met at a motorcycle club in 1912, Elsie Knocker was a thirty year-old motorcycling divorcee and Mairi Chisholm was a brilliant eighteen-year old mechanic, living at home borrowing tools from her brother. Theirs was to become one of the most extraordinary stories of the First World War.

In 1914, they roared off to London 'to do their bit', and within a month they were in the thick of things in Belgium driving ambulances to distant military hospitals. Frustrated by the number of men dying of shock in the back of their vehicles, they set up their own first-aid post on the front line in the village of Pervyse, near Ypres, risking their lives working under sniper fire and heavy bombardment for months at a time." ; ''Elsie, a trained nurse and midwife, and eighteen-year-old Mairi, formed part of an ambulance corps which went out to Belgium in the early days of the war; they became the only women to work permanently within shouting distance of the front line at their first aid post in the little Belgian town of Pervyse. Working independently, outside military organisations, their experience of the war was probably unique among women.''- Tanya I. author of the '20th Century Vox' blog. "This is a terrific book about two brave & determined women who made a great difference to so many wounded men under the most difficult circumstances."- This title reviewed and 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: 12.50 USD

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Cassandra & Jane : A Jane Austen Novel, AUSTEN] PITKEATHLEY, Jill [Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham]
7 6862 AUSTEN] PITKEATHLEY, Jill [Baroness Pitkeathley of Caversham] Cassandra & Jane : A Jane Austen Novel
Softcover; Trade PB Harper: NY; 2008; Book Club Edition 270 pages Very Good+ 
A new book with faint edgewear, top page edges yellowed. A very nice copy.; The author 'ingeniously re-imagines the unique and intimate relationship between two extraordinary siblings: Cassandra and Jane Austen. Here, she introduces readers to one of the most intriguing figures in literature, as seen through the eyes of the one person who knew her best. A remarkable read for Austen fans, it also includes the author's history behind the story.'; "They were beloved sisters and the best of friends. But Jane and Cassandra Austen suffered the same fate as many of the women of their era. Forced to spend their lives dependent on relatives, both financially and emotionally, the sisters spent their time together trading secrets, challenging each other's opinions, and rehearsing in myriad other ways the domestic dramas that Jane would later bring to fruition in her popular novels. For each sister suffered through painful romantic disappointments—tasting passion, knowing great love, and then losing it—while the other stood witness. Upon Jane's death, Cassandra deliberately destroyed her personal letters, thereby closing the door to the private life of the renowned novelist . . . until now. " Originally published @ $13.95. Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 8.00 USD
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8 5366 BAGNOLD] SEBBA, Anne Enid Bagnold
Hardcover Taplinger Publishing Company: NY; 1987; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
B&W Photographs; 317 pages; Bumped spine ends and a few smudges to page edges. A nice copy. Unclipped dust wrapper is lightly edgeworn and slightly yellowed with a few short closed tears and faint soil.; An interesting biography of the author of "National Velvet" and "Chalk Garden" amongst others. It gives more insight into her life and explains some events that Bagnold glosses over in her memoir. Bagnold's family authorized this biography allowing Sebba to use journals, unpublished notes, and several other sources so it is not just a repetition of Bagnold's autobiography.; If you have both, we suggest reading the memoir first and then this biography. For Angela Thirkell admirers this biography states that in North End House in Rottingdean (one of the homes discussed in AT's memoir 'Three Houses'), "There was, and still is, a painting by Burne-Jones in the corner of a bedroom to amuse children made to stand there."  
Price: 10.75 USD
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Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House, BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney]
9 6857 BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney] Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House
Hardcover; Book Club Edition St Martin's Minotaur: NY; 2003; 246 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends bumped, light vertical crease on spine, faint soil to front free endpaper; interior pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper has faint edgewear.; In this fourteenth mystery intrepid sleuth Agatha Raisin and her handsome new neighbor, Paul Chatterton, help Mrs. Witherspoon, the crotchety owner of a haunted house.; Dust wrapper matches sample image. 
Price: 6.75 USD
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Death of a Celebrity, BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney]
10 6351 BEATON, M.C. [Marion Chesney] Death of a Celebrity
Hardcover Mysterious Press: NY; 2002; Book Club Edition 257 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
First printing stated but no price on dw indicates this is a book club edition. Spine ends lightly bumped, boards just beginning to flare; no binding problems. Page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean. Dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A nice copy.; The 18th novel of the series which is the basis for the Hamish MacBeth television series. Hamish is the local policeman for the village of Lochdubh, located in Scotland's Highlands.; ' Seeking better numbers and national notice, the local television station hires the glamorous and catty Crystal French, who presents some very nasty programs about what really goes on in a highland village. Needless to say, this doesn't please the local folk, and soon enough, Crystal is found murdered. Suspicion vacillates between the townspeople and the television people (including the woman whose job Crystal had taken), who have quite a few secrets of their own.' This author recommended by Anne L., Kathi, Sue D., and Lisa S. of the DES email discussion list. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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11 706 Beauman, Sally Dark Angel
Hardcover Bantam: New York; 1990; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
786 pages; Dust wrapper edgeworn with a few small tears, vertical crease running the length of the spine.  
Price: 8.00 USD
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12 6122 BECKWITH, Lillian Hills is Lonely, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Arrow Books: London; c1959,1985; Reprint 256 pages Very Good  
Faint spine creases, very light edgewear, page edges pale brown. A nice copy. ; The first in this author's series of stories about life in the village of Bruach in the Hebrides. This volume is listed as non-fiction but later books in the series say fiction. After reading it, let us know which you think it is. :-) ; Recommended by Anne W. and Kit M. of the ATS.  
Price: 8.75 USD
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Lightly Poached, BECKWITH, Lillian
13 6693 BECKWITH, Lillian Lightly Poached
Softcover; Mass Market PB Arrow Books: London; c1973,1976; Reprint 192 pages Illustrated by Douglas Hall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, light edgewear, pages pale brown but clean; none loose.; Another fun volume in this author's series of stories about life in the village of Bruach in the Hebrides. The title refers to the villagers' thoughts on poaching. 'The Lord puts the salmon in the river like he puts the berries on the trees. They're there for all of us, not just for the laird.' Poaching isn't a crime but you do have to keep an eye out for the local police..; Recommended by Anne W. and Kit M. of the ATS. Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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Rope in Case, A, BECKWITH, Lillian
14 6822 BECKWITH, Lillian Rope in Case, A
Hardcover Hutchinson: London; 1968; First British Edition 192 pages Illustrated by Douglas Hall; B&W Illustrations: Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners bumped, very light soil to page edges, previous owner name on front free endpaper; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper, sunned spine and edges, faint edgewear. A nice copy.; The fourth book in this author's series of autobiographical fiction about life in the village of Bruach in the Hebrides. The title refers to the advice she received when she first arrived in Bruach "always take a rope - in case"...; The books in the beginning of this series were originally published as autobiography... Recommended by Anne W. and Kit M. of the ATS. Dust wrapper matches sample image. 
Price: 14.50 USD
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Nights of Rain and Stars, BINCHY, Maeve
15 5770 BINCHY, Maeve Nights of Rain and Stars
Hardcover Dutton: NY; 2004; 294 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped, a few page edges creased. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. A very nice copy.; This author recommended by Jenny Colgan in an April 2020 article in "The Guardian". "Every book she wrote is full of sweetness and heart." ; 'In a tiny Greek seaside village, tourists enter a hilltop tavern, alone and in pairs, for a casual lunch. But a sudden tragedy in the harbor below brings them together, changing perfect strangers into unlikely friends. In the days that follow, their paths continue to cross and their secrets begin to unfold. Fiona left a nursing career in Ireland to be with a man everyone thinks is wrong for her. Elsa fled Germany once she learned the secrets the man she loves had been hiding from her. Thomas mourns his failed marriage and misses his son in California, while David yearns to reconcile with his family in England without having to go into the family business. Chance has brought them together in the middle of their separate journeys, and together they will find new ways of looking at the lives they left behind.' A bit slow in the beginning but an enjoyable read. 
Price: 10.25 USD
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16 671 Binchy, Maeve Return Journey
Hardcover Delacorte Press: New York; 1998; First US Edition 214 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Front free endpaper has top right corner clipped.; 14 short stories told in Binchy's inimitable style. This author recommended by Jenny Colgan in an April 2020 article in "The Guardian". "Every book she wrote is full of sweetness and heart."; This author recommended by Anne L. of the DES email discussion list. 
Price: 10.50 USD
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Death of the Heart, BOWEN, Elizabeth
17 7260 BOWEN, Elizabeth Death of the Heart
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin Books: Harmondsworth, England; c1938, 1986; 318 pages Very Good- 
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.'; Light spine and cover creases, pages pale brown, edges a bit darker; pages clean, none loose.; 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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18 2032 BOWEN, Elizabeth Last September
Softcover; Mass Market PB Avon Books: New York; c1929, 1979; Very Good  
256 pages; Spine and cover creases, faint edgewear, pages lightly browned; no loose pages. ; Novel set in the 1920's of an Anglo-Irish young woman that falls in love with an English soldier.  
Price: 5.50 USD
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19 3300 Bowen] CRAIG, Patricia Elizabeth Bowen : Lives of Modern Women
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: Harmondsworth, England; 1986; Good+  
B&W Photographs; 143 pages; An ex-library copy with the expected stamps, markings, and pocket. Cover edges reinforced with tape by library. Pages lightly age browned, light spine creases, a touch of soil to covers. Interior pages clean, none loose. ; 'Born in 1899 into an Anglo-Irish family of the old Protestant ascendancy, Elizabeth Bowen's heritage lent a special complexity to both her life and her work. Intelligent, vital, independent and generous she could also bo haughty, authoritative and caustic. She was immensely sociable and her numerous friends included Virginia Woolf, Lord David Cecil, Isaiah Berlin, Rosamond Lehmann and Sean O' Faolain.'  
Price: 7.75 USD
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20 506 BRADFORD, Barbara Taylor Act Of Will
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; 1987; Very Good  
406 pages; Signed by Author; Spine a bit creased, covers lightly edgeworn.; Signed by the author on the title page. The story of three generations of strong women.'Left to the indifferent care of an aunt after the death of her mother, well-bred Audra Kenton is sent to work at Yorkshire's Fever Hospital, where she trains as a nurse before taking a post in the home of an affluent suffragette. Though she captures the heart of a handsome bounder, Audra's independent spirit is not much appreciated by her working-class husband, and the two clash fiercely over her encouragement of their daughter's artistic genius. Audra's ceaseless efforts backfire, though, when Christina tries to repay the debt by choosing a lucrative career in fashion. With its trademark painted silk garments, the House of Christina is an instant success. But handing the flourishing business on to her only daughter proves harder than Christina expected, since Kyle, in her turn, rejects the world her mother has carved out to seek her own path as an artist.'  
Price: 6.00 USD
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21 4649 BRADFORD, Barbara Taylor Emma's Secret
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 2004; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
480 pages; Spine ends bumped, a few page corners creased; NO remainder mark. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn and creased. A very nice copy.; Emma, of course, is Emma Harte whom we first met in "A Woman of Substance". In this novel we learn a bit more about Emma's descendants and about Emma's life during World War II. ; Published @ $24.95.  
Price: 10.75 USD
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22 252 Bradford, Barbara Taylor Power Of A Woman
Hardcover; Advanced Reading Cop Harper Collins: NY; 1997; First US Edition 335 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper Signed by Author
Signed by Author; Bottom corners bumped; dust wrapper, not price clipped is in lovely condition.; Advance Reader's Copy, publisher's info laid in. Signed by the author on the title page.  
Price: 14.50 USD
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23 507 Bradford, Barbara Taylor Voice Of The Heart
Softcover; Mass Market PB Bantam Books: NY; 1984; Good+  
771 pages; Signed by Author; Spine and front cover creases. ; Signed by the author on chapter one title page.  
Price: 5.00 USD
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24 5220 BRADFORD, Barbara Taylor Woman of Substance, A
Softcover; Mass Market PB Avon Books: NY; c1979,1983; 816 pages Very Good 
Faint spine and cover creases, light edgewear, page edges browned, previous owner info on inside front cover blacked out with a marker. A nice copy.; Beginning in Edwardian England, this is the story of young and impoverished Emma Harte. She 'embarks on a journey first of survival, then of unimaginable achievement. Driven to succeed, the iron-willed Emma parlays a small shop into the world's greatest department store and an international business empire: Harte Enterprises.' Basis for the mini-series of the same name starring Jenny Seagrove and Deborah Kerr. Recommended, our favourite novel by this author. 
Price: 5.75 USD
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25 750 Brittain, Vera Chronicle Of Youth : The War Diary 1913-1917
Hardcover Morrow: New York; 1981; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
Photographs; 382 pages; Corners bumped, dust wrapper slightly edgeworn, tan back lightly soiled. A nice copy.; Preface by Clare Leighton, author, artist, and sister of VB's fiance, Roland. This is the diary that VB used as the basis for Testament of Youth, she wanted the diary to be published as well but it was not published until this edition.'  
Price: 22.50 USD
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