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Cluny Brown, SHARP, Margery
1 7416 SHARP, Margery Cluny Brown
Softcover; Trade PB Open Road: NY; c1944, 2018; 239 pages Near Fine 
A new book received with faint edgwear and a few smudges on back cover.; Originally published in 1944 this novel is set just before the beginning of WWII. Cluny Brown refuses to know her place in society. Last week, she took herself to tea at the Ritz. Then she spent almost an entire day in bed eating oranges. So, to teach her discipline, her uncle, a plumber who has raised the orphaned girl since she was a baby, sends her into service as a parlor maid at one of England's stately manor houses...and the fun begins.

At Friars Carmel in Devonshire, Cluny meets her employers: Sir Henry, the quintessential country squire, and Lady Carmel, who oversees the management of her home with unruffled calm. Their son, Andrew, newly returned from abroad with a Polish émigré writer friend, is certain the country is once again on the brink of war.

While everyone around her struggles to keep pace with a rapidly changing world, Cluny continues to be Cluny, transforming those around her with her infectious zest for life. Basis for film starring Charles Boyer, Jennifer Jones and Peter Lawford. Recommended.; Recommended by Rebecca C., owner of the Margery Sharp website and member of the AT email discussion list. 'Think of 'Cluny Brown' as Margery Sharp 101. There's no better place to begin your discovery of this wonderful and witty author.' Cover matches stock image. 
Price: 17.99 USD

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Flowering Thorn, The, SHARP, Margery
2 7423 SHARP, Margery Flowering Thorn, The
Softcover; Trade PB Open Road: New York; c1934, 2018; 289 pages New 
A new copy received with faint edgewear.; Originally published in 1934 this was one of this witty author's more scarce titles. We are pleased to offer this new reprint. "In 1929 London, twenty-eight-year-old Lesley Frewen lives a privileged, cultured life. But one thing is missing: love. When her aunt's female companion suddenly dies, leaving behind a young son, Lesley decides on a whim to adopt four-year-old Patrick--though she doesn't have any particular affection for children.

As soon as Patrick moves in with her, Lesley gets to work using her connections to enroll him in the finest boys' school. But she quickly discovers London is no place to raise a child, and they relocate to the tiny village of High Westover.

The hamlet boasts a post office, a church, and a vicarage. There's an apple orchard and children for Patrick to play with. However, the country comes with its own set of daunting challenges: Lesley can't imagine how she'll entertain her friends there!"; Cover matches stock image. 
Price: 21.99 USD

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3 1521 SHARP, Margery Foolish Gentlewoman, The
Hardcover Collins: London; 1948; Second Printing 256 pages Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper 
First printing was June, 1948, this second printing dated July 1948. Spine head and tail and bottom corners bumped and slightly faded, green cloth boards have a white spot on front top board edge. Page edges lightly soiled and age browned; no binding problems. Yellowed dust wrapper, not price clipped, edgeworn with a few chips and tears. ; Isabel Brocken, a widow, lives in Chipping Lodge. It is the only house on Chipping Hill, eight miles from Charing Cross in London. In June, 1946 her brother comes to stay with her while bomb damage to his home is being repaired. Their interaction with each other, the servants, and other relatives that appear and stay, are the basis for another fun novel by this author.  
Price: 19.50 USD
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Gipsy in the Parlour, The, SHARP, Margery
4 7412 SHARP, Margery Gipsy in the Parlour, The
Hardcover Collins: London; 1954; First British Edition 255 pages Very Good 
Clean red cloth covers lightly worn at bumped spine ends and corners (not revealing boards). Pages age browned, previous bookstore ink stamp on front free pastedown, a few soil marks to page edges. No dust wrapper.; In Victorian England four single and giant sized brothers happily lived and worked together on their family farm for many years. "One day, Tobias, the eldest, foraying into Norfolk in search of a ram, was himself brought to market by Charlotte, a magnificent Amazon who, in spirit and energy as well as size, was a match for the Sylvesters." Soon after Charlotte's arrival the other brothers resign themselves to marriage and Charlotte picks out two of the wives; the youngest brother chooses his own...oh dear... 
Price: 12.00 USD
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Harlequin House, SHARP, Margery
5 7372 SHARP, Margery Harlequin House
Hardcover Little, Brown & Company: Boston; 1939; First US Edition 312 pages Fair 
Red cloth binding sunned, soiled and worn, spine fraying at edges. Corners and spine ends bumped, bottom corners revealing boards, book is cocked. Textblock edges, pastedowns and free endpapers lightly browned (seen before in this edition) and rather soiled, previous owner initials on front free endpaper; interior pages clean. No dust wrapper but front flap of original wrapper laid in. A reading copy only.; 'Mr. Partridge is a dapper middle-aged man who is bored with running his branch library and executing his slightly illegal maneuvers to make life richer. Lisbeth is bored with suitors and life at the rich seaside hotel. Ronny needs reforming. They take up Bohemian lodgings in London, where Mr. Partridge's mission is to protect Lisbeth. The novel is rich in details, especially those concerned with the unusual occupations they pursue, and is as clever and ironic as anything the talented Margery Sharp has penned.' Recommended, one of our favourite books by this author.; From the front flap of the dust wrapper: " "The Nutmeg Tree", a novel about a slightly unmoral woman named Julia, made a quiet appearance in the summer of 1937. Before the year was out "The "Nutmeg Tree" was cracking faces that hadn't smiled since 1929.
Readers cried for more. "Harlequin House' is the answer ... Harlequin House' is a mischievous, prancing and romantic novel about young Lisbeth who had her own way of accomplishing her ends.
Circumstances led to Lisbeth' s living in a Bohemian apartment in London. She lived with her brother Ronny, who was nearly as delightful as she, but needed reforming. Helping Lisbeth in this mission was one Mr. Partridge, middle-aged, gentle enough, but not averse to expressing his displeasure with civilization in a number of-well, slightly illegal-ways.
Lisbeth got a job with a firm called Wanted Women, Mr. Partridge donned kilts and helped promote The Bonnie Scotland Tea Rooms, and, Ronny, when pressed, drew legs and lingerie for advertisements. Then an attractive young American named Lester Hamilton entered their lives.
Readers are going to call "Harlequin House" as gay, as blithe, as delightful as "The Nutmeg Tree." " Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 16.50 USD
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Martha in Paris, SHARP, Margery
6 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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Something Light, SHARP, Margery
7 7428 SHARP, Margery Something Light
Softcover; Trade PB Open Road Media: NY; c1960, 2018; 8vo ; 235 pages Very Good+ 
A new book received with a bit of edgewear and faint glue residue on spine (publishing flaw).; Another delightful novel from this witty author set in 1950's London. 'Professional dog photographer Louisa Datchett is indiscriminately fond of men. And they take shocking advantage of her good nature when they need their problems listened to, socks washed, prescriptions filled, or employment found.

But by the age of thirty, Louisa is tired of constantly being dispatched to the scene of some masculine disaster. It's all well and good to be an independent woman--and certainly better than a "timid Victorian wife"--but the time has come for her to marry, and marry well. With the admirable discipline and dedication she's always displayed in any endeavor involving men, Louisa sets out on her own romantic quest.'; Recommended by Rebecca Rose, author, member of the AT email discussion list, and owner of the Margery Sharp website. 'Possibly Sharp's most romantic story. A constant delight--can't recommend it enough.' Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 17.99 USD

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Stone of Chastity, The, SHARP, Margery
8 7010 SHARP, Margery Stone of Chastity, The
Little, Brown & Company: Boston; 1940; First US Edition 280 pages Very Good- in Good dust wrapper 
"First Edition" stated on copyright page with "Published October 1940" beneath. Spine ends bumped, cloth edges lightly worn but not torn or worn to boards. Page edges soiled and foxed as are pastedowns and endpapers (seen before in this edition). A single page has a series of numbers (phone number?) in ink on bottom margin. Clipped dust wrapper is sunned and edgeworn with several small chips and tears. One closed tear repaired with tape by previous owner. Cloth binding and matching dw have a wonderful illustration by Robert Ball. ; There was once a stepping stone in the little village of Gillenham. Only the chaste could use it to cross the stream without falling into the stream. The stone first appeared in Norse legend. Quite by accident, Professor Pounce found a reference to the stone in a manuscript journal from 1803 in the attic of a country house (while his hosts were looking for him to play bridge). According to the journal, the stone still kept its magical powers. Professor Pounce stirs up a veritable tempest in a beer mug among the good people of the village when he tries to track down the elusive stone and restore it to the stream. Recommended.; I loved 'Stone of Chastity'.-Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and the AT and DES email discussion groups and 'delightful'- Frances of the DES, AT, and Elizabeth Goudge email discussion lists. '...is the silliest, daftest, and most laugh-out-loud joyful [by this author]. One of my top picks for a rainy day re-read, or a bad cold re-read, or just a bad day re-read...' says Scott, owner of the "Furrowed Middlebrow" blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 23.95 USD
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