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Fresh from the Country, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
Fresh from the Country
READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
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Vittoria Cottage, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
Vittoria Cottage
STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Music In The Hills, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Spring Magic, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Alice, ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot]
1 7389 ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot] Alice
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1949, 2019; First Edition Thus 207 pages New 
A new book received with faint edgewear. One of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints.; "But the servants! Anything might happen to them. They might go in a train to Woolwich and meet the love of their lives, or be murdered almost for the asking. Not that one wanted to be murdered exactly, but there was frustration in being denied the possibility."

The deliciously dark tale of the strange and woeful young womanhood of Margaret, the narrator of Elizabeth Eliot's debut novel, and her friend Alice, from their final year at boarding-school in the late 1920s until just before World War II.

The girls have adventures at school, are presented at court, and experience the vicissitudes of high society and their eccentric, increasingly impoverished families. Alice marries, unhappily, and involves Margaret in her hardships, until she suddenly decides--with fabulous success--to become an actress. And through it all the young women engage in loopy existential ponderings about their fates, gleefully detailing the radical instability of their world. Anxious characters marooned in a world without safe harbour--a tragic circumstance, but, in Eliot's hands, an absolutely hilarious one. Evoking by turn the morbid humour of Barbara Comyns and the high society sorrows of Rachel Ferguson, Alice is very much its own brilliant confection.; "...one of the funniest, strangest, and most addictive novels I've read in a long time."- Scott, author of the Furrowed Middlebrow blog. Reviews from the original 1950 publication; "Miraculously good . . . delightful and wise and irreproachably understanding"- The Bookman
"A first novel of singular originality . . . so endearing in spirit that it is hard not to feel for it a kind of personal affection" -Daily Telegraph
"I can pay her no higher compliment than to say that the nearest thing to it I know in literature are the deliciously malicious books of Elizabeth and Her German Garden." -The Sphere Cover matches stock image. 
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Cecil, ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot]
2 7393 ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot] Cecil
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1962, 2019; First Edition Thus 194 pages New 
A new book received with faint edgewear. One of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints. This new edition includes an introduction by social historian Elizabeth Crawford.; Lady Anne's position as the wife of Charles Guthrie gives her a unique (but limited) perspective on the relationship between her husband's stepbrother Cecil and the attractive but dominating Lady Guthrie. As she narrates this, Elizabeth Eliot's brilliant final novel, Anne creates a portrait of a ghoulish woman who ruins her son's life as thoroughly as if she set out to do so intentionally. Yet there are no easy answers here, and Anne's speculations and judgments sometimes shed as much light on her own relationships and experiences as they do on Cecil and his mother.

In Eliot's skilled hands, the apparently simple tale of a dysfunctional family becomes an elegant and witty meditation on our inability to ever know the complete truth about those around us.; "She is a humorist of the first order, and in a style of humour that is particularly British" -The Queen "As she has already shown, Elizabeth Eliot is a gifted natural story-teller"-Daily Mail Cover matches stock image. 
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Bramton Wick, FAIR, Elizabeth
3 7392 FAIR, Elizabeth Bramton Wick
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1952, 2017; First Edition Thus 198 pages New 
A new book received with faint edgewear. One of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints. This new edition includes an introduction by social historian Elizabeth Crawford.; In Bramton Wick, the setting of Elizabeth Fair's cheerful debut novel, tensions and resentments--not to mention romance--roil beneath the polite interactions of its charming and eccentric residents.

There's upper crust Lady Masters, taking the good things for granted but thoroughly cowed by her gardener. There's Gillian Cole, a war widow, and her sister Laura, for whom romance may (or may not) be in the offing. There's Miss Selbourne and "Tiger" Garrett, who met driving ambulances during the war (the first one, though Miss Garrett does get them confused). There's Major Worthy, who is quite energetic for an invalid. And there's the three Misses Cleeve, who are "all remarkably like toads" and who have a casual relationship with the truth.; Author biography: "Elizabeth Mary Fair was born in 1908 and brought up in Haigh, a small village in Lancashire, England. There her father was the land agent for Haigh Hall, then occupied by the Earl of Crawford and Balcorres, and there she and her sister were educated by a governess. After her father's death, in 1934, Miss Fair and her mother and sister removed to a small house with a large garden in the New Forest in Hampshire. From 1939 to 1944, she was an ambulance driver in the Civil Defence Corps, serving at Southampton, England; in 1944 she joined the British Red Cross and went overseas as a Welfare Officer, during which time she served in Belgium, India, and Ceylon. Miss Fair's first novel, Bramton Wick, was published in 1952 and received with enthusiastic acclaim as 'perfect light reading with a dash of lemon in it . . .' by Time and Tide. " Cover matches stock image. 
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Bewildering Cares, PECK, Winifred
4 7390 PECK, Winifred Bewildering Cares
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1940, 2016; 191 pages New 
A new book received with faint edgewear. One of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints. This new edition includes an introduction by social historian Elizabeth Crawford.; Camilla Lacely's charming, witty diary of life as a vicar's wife in a mid-sized town outside of Manchester in the anxious, early days of World War II. The 'everything and nothing' that happens include a controversy swirling around the curate's pacifist sermon (through which, alas, Camilla napped, making it difficult for her to discuss with outraged parishioners), servant problems, anxieties about Camilla's son off training with his regiment, the day-to-day worries of friends, and a potential romance in the town ... or are there two romances?
Readers of Bewildering Cares might well be reminded of the likes of E.M. Delafield or Angela Thirkell, but Peck offers her own distinct take--sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching--on the ironies and heartbreaks (not to mention the storms in teacups) of domestic life, community, faith and life during wartime. Review from the original publication '(Winifred Peck) deserves our real gratitude for making us laugh in these troublous days' -Times Literary Supplement
; This review by Jerri C. of the Anglea Thirkell Society, and AT and DES email discussion groups will have special resonance with fellow Thirkell admirers. "This novel covers one week in the life of Camilla Lacely, a vicar's wife in a fictional town much like Northbridge. The week is March 1940, during the end of 'Cheerfulness Breaks In'. Camilla deals with many of the same issues, but she has a special source of support. She can read Thirkell novels! At one point she has been asked to read aloud to entertain a "working party", but instead of the suggested George Eliot: "I tried instead bits of The Diary of a Provincial Lady and The Demon in the House by Angela Thirkell, with unparalleled success. They would hardly allow me to stop. . ." Later in the book, after an exhausting day, while her husband reads Wodehouse, Camilla's choice is "Wild Strawberries by Angela Thirkell, which I have read thirty times already and will probably read thirty more. . ." With such a great taste in literature, how can one not relate to Camilla or her creater Winifred Peck? Thirkell is also mentioned in the introduction to this novel. " Also recommended by several other members of the AT and DES email discussion groups. Cover matches stock image. 
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Fresh from the Country, READ, Miss [Dora Saint]
5 7400 READ, Miss [Dora Saint] Fresh from the Country
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1961,2020; 185 pages Illustrated by J. S. Goodall; B&W Illustrations: New 
A new book received with light edgewear. This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by the Jill Saint, the author's daughter.; Young Anna Lacey has spent most of her life on a farm in Essex. But her first teaching position carries her to an unattractive, newly constructed suburb where she has to adjust to cramped lodgings, a skinflint landlady, overcrowded classrooms, and eccentric colleagues ('a rum lot'). She must also adapt some of her idealistic theories of teaching to the realities of her energetic, exuberant pupils.

Fans of Miss Read's much-loved Thrush Green and Fairacre novels will be delighted with this tale of a young woman's first year of teaching, and perhaps also surprised by its sharp, funny portrayals of the foibles of human nature. Anna experiences some disappointments and uncertainties, but her practicality, determination and sense of humour see her through.; "Miss Read is one of my favourite writers of comfort reading."-This author recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group.Cover matches stock image. 
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Mrs. Tim Carries On, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
6 7384 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Mrs. Tim Carries On
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1941, 2019; 243 pages New 
A new book. This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith.; This delightful second book in the wonderful Mrs. Tim series details how Hester and her family carry on through World War II. This title has always been the most scarce of the four book Mrs. Tim series (perhaps due to wartime restrictions). We are very pleased to be able to offer this new reprint to fellow DE Stevenson admirers. Highly recommended.; "There is so much War News in News Bulletins, in Newspapers, and so much talk about the war that I do not intend to write about it in my diary. Indeed my diary is a sort of escape from the war . . . though it is almost impossible to escape from the anxieties which it brings."
Bestselling author D.E. Stevenson's charming fictional alter-ego, Hester Christie--or "Mrs. Tim" as she is affectionately known to friends of her military husband--was first introduced to readers in Mrs. Tim of the Regiment, published in 1932. In 1941, Stevenson brought Mrs. Tim back in this delightful sequel, to lift spirits and boost morale in the early days of World War II.

Reviews from earlier editions; "She admirably preserves her lightness of touch, with a tinge of melancholy added, which perfectly suits the mood of 1940."-Glasgow Herald
"This is not merely a war book to which cheerfulness keeps breaking in, it is a book of cheerfulness from which the war cannot be kept out . . . Major Tim's amazing escape from Dunkirk is high drama superbly handled, and her word pictures are both lifelike and lively."_-Manchester Evening News Cover matches stock image. 
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Mrs. Tim Flies Home, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
7 7387 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Mrs. Tim Flies Home
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1952, 2019; 217 pages New 
A new copy received with faint edgewear. This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith.; In the fourth and final 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.Tim’s 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 Stevenson’s characters couldn’t 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 who said 'This is a lovely, comforting book just like all the other Mrs Tim books.' Cover matches stock image. 
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Mrs. Tim Gets a Job, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
8 7386 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Mrs. Tim Gets a Job
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1947, 2019; 208 pages New 
A new copy received with faint edgewear. This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith. ; With husband Tim stationed in Egypt and her children at boarding-school, Hester Christie--affectionately known as "Mrs. Tim" finds herself at loose ends, until her friend Grace takes her at her word and finds her a job with the formidable Erica Clutterbuck, who has opened a new hotel in the Scottish Borders. Highly recommended.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion lists. " In the third in the series about Mrs. Tim and her family, Hester unwillingly finds temporary employment through the machinations of her dear friend Grace. At Tocher House, a hotel in the Scottish border country, we meet Erica Clutterbuck, surely one of the most unusual characters to grace the pages of English literature. In Hester’s ongoing diary you will meet up again with Tony Morley and many other dear friends, old and new.." Also reviewed and recommended by Claire author of 'The Captive Reader' blog and by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group who said 'Mrs Tim Gets a Job is a delightful book & I enjoyed reading it very much.' Cover matches stock image. 
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Music In The Hills, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
9 7397 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Music In The Hills
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1950, 2020; 215 pages New 
A new copy received with faint edgewear. This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith and a very short article by DES originally published in a US book club pamphlet about how she came to write "Music in the Hills".; The second novel in the Dering trilogy set in the "lovely Scottish Borderland". The first is 'Vittoria Cottage' and the third is 'Shoulder the Sky' (US) or 'Winter in Rough Weather' (UK). It was one of the author's favourites according to a letter DES wrote to an American reader in 1967.; ""I like Mureth," declared Lady Shaw. "There's something about Mureth.""It does things to people," Mamie agreed.Lady Shaw considered this. It sounded silly, but was it really silly. People said that Mamie Johnstone was a fool, and it was true that sometimes she said things that sounded foolish ... but the things she did were wise.

Mamie Johnstone, sister of Caroline Dering whom we met in Vittoria Cottage, and her husband Jock are popular figures in the village of Mureth, not far from the town of Drumburly in the Scottish Borders. Jock and Mamie have no children to inherit their farm, so they have adopted Caroline's son James. But James arrives at Mureth a bit shell-shocked from having proposed to Rhoda Ware, a successful London artist he has loved for years, and being refused. James buries himself in farming with Jock, and takes comfort in the company of Holly Douglas, a niece of the local gentry.

Fortunately for all involved, there is Mamie to do wise things and ensure that all is put right in the end!" Cover matches stock image. 
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Smouldering Fire [Unabridged], STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
10 7383 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Smouldering Fire [Unabridged]
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1935, 2019; First Edition Thus 272 pages New 
A new copy. This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith.; We meet MacAslan in this novel set in Ardfalloch in the Scottish Western Highlands. 'Smouldering Fire' was first published in the U.K. in 1935 and in the U.S. in 1938. Later reprints were all heavily abridged with entire chapters as well as occasional phrases removed. This reprint uses the text of the first U.K. edition, and is the first complete, unabridged edition of the novel in eighty years.; Reviews from earlier editions; "A charming love story set in the romantic Scottish highlands, with plenty of local colour, a handsome hero, a lonely, lovely heroine and a curious mystery into the bargain." -Sunday Mercury"A tale in which those who love the Highlands will delight, for the minor characters are gloriously alive and the atmosphere is profoundly right." -Punch Cover matches stock image. 
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Spring Magic, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
11 7385 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Spring Magic
Dean Street Press: London; c1941, 2019; Reprint 267 pages New 
A new copy. This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith. This title has always been one of the more scarce DES books (perhaps due to wartime restrictions when it was first published). We are very pleased to be able to offer this new reprint to fellow DE Stevenson admirers.; After a bomb falls in Wintringham Square, breaking most of the windows, Frances Field leaves the London home of her aunt and takes herself to a small fishing village in Scotland for a well deserved holiday. This is another thoughtful analysis of character and personality by this wonderful author, the wife of an Army officer. It features members of the British military and their wives and was written during World War II.; Cover matches stock image. 
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Vittoria Cottage, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
12 7398 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Vittoria Cottage
Dean Street Press: London; c1949,2020; Reprint 203 pages New 
A new book received with a bit of edgewear.This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith and a very short article by DES originally published in a US book club pamphlet about how she came to write "Music in the Hills".; DES said in a letter that this was her favourite book and that she felt she was most like the main character, Caroline Dering. This is the first book in the Dering trilogy. "Caroline opened the door and saw Mr. Shepperton standing on the step. "Oh, it's you!" she exclaimed in surprise."Did you--were you expecting someone else?" he asked."Only the Queen," replied Caroline, chuckling. "Don't mind me," she added. "I often go slightly mad."

Caroline Dering, a widow with three grown children, lives a cheerful, quiet life near the idyllic English village of Ashbridge. But things are about to liven up, as daughter Leda announces a problematic engagement to the son of the local squire, son James returns from service and pursues romance with the squire's independent daughter, and sister Harriet, a famous actress who latest play has bombed, retreats to Ashbridge for a break. Then there's Robert Shepperton, a charming widower recovering from the losses of war at the local inn . . .

These problems, as well as smaller challenges with an overbearing village organizer, the blustering Sir Michael, and Caroline's daily help ("who rejoices in the name of Comfort Podbury"), are resolved with all of D.E. Stevenson's flair for gentle humour, clever plotting, and characters who walk right off the page."; This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Cover matches stock image. 
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Winter and Rough Weather [Shoulder The Sky], STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
13 7399 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Winter and Rough Weather [Shoulder The Sky]
Dean Street Press: London; c1951, 2020; 229 pages New 
A new book received with light edgewear. This edition, one of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints, has an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith and a very short article by DES originally published in a US book club pamphlet about how she came to write "Music in the Hills".; The third volume in the Dering trilogy, set at Mureth Farm and Drumburly in the Scottish Border country. Published in the US as 'Shoulder the Sky'.In this novel, in which characters from 'Vittoria Cottage' and 'Music in the Hills' recur, D.E. Stevenson wonderfully evokes the chill and bluster of winter in the Scottish Borders, contrasted with the warmth and charm of her irresistible characters.; Cover matches stock image. 
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