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Excellent Women, Jane and Prudence, An Unsuitable Attachment : Omnibus Edition, PYM, Barbara
Excellent Women, Jane and Prudence, An Unsuitable Attachment : Omnibus Edition
PYM, Barbara
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Light Years : Volume One in The Cazalet Chronicle, HOWARD, Elizabeth J.
Light Years : Volume One in The Cazalet Chronicle
HOWARD, Elizabeth J.
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The Four Swans : a Novel of Cornwall, 1795-7 [Volume Six of the Poldark Series], GRAHAM, Winston
The Four Swans : a Novel of Cornwall, 1795-7 [Volume Six of the Poldark Series]
GRAHAM, Winston
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Spy's Bedside Book, The, GREENE, Graham and Hugh (Ed.)
Spy's Bedside Book, The
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101 4511 O'BRIAN, Patrick Golden Ocean, The [Large Print]
Hardcover; Ex-Lib Chivers Press: Bath; c1956,1997; Large Print Edition 472 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings but in nice condition with clean pages and covers. Spine ends and top corners slightly bumped, book very slightly cocked. Dust wrapper, with no library markings, is lightly edgeworn and rubbed.; This is a large print book. It is not part of the Aubrey and Maturin adventure series. In this first historical sea novel by O'Brian, 'lifelong friends Peter and Sean leave Ireland as midshipmen with Commodore Anson's excursion to circumnavigate the Earth in 1740.' 'Shipboard life rings true, the story never flags and humor and adventures (mis-adventures?) abound.' O'Brian says he wrote the book in about six weeks, "laughing most of the time," and readers will believe him. 
Price: 14.75 USD
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102 4356 O'BRIAN, Patrick Master and Commander
Softcover; Trade PB Harpercollins: London; c1970,1996; Reprint 416 pages B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
A bit of edgewear with a tiny tear repaired with tape by previous owner, a few light cover creases, page edges yellowed. No spine creases, interior pages clean. This is part of the original HarperCollins series, it does not have the film tie-in cover. ; This edition contains a short essay by Alan Judd. The first volume of the Aubrey and Maturin adventure series set during the Napoleonic wars. We meet Captain Jack Aubrey, RN, and his friend Stephen Maturin, ship's surgeon and intelligence agent. Basis for movie of the same name starring Russell Crowe.; Recommended by Peggy R. of the ATS and AT email discussion group. 
Price: 8.75 USD
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103 4595 O'FAOLAIN, Nuala My Dream of You
Hardcover; Ex-Library Riverhead Books: NY; 2001; First US Edition Very Good- in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
500 pages; Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings, front free endpaper removed, spine ends and corners lightly bumped, page edges have a few smudes along with library stamp. Skinned areas on pastedowns where dust wrapper protector was once glued to book; interior pages clean, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper with no library markings has light edgewear and rubbing and a tiny closed tear top rear panel. ; The first novel by the author of the memoir 'Are you Somebody?' tells the story of Kathleen de Burca, an Irish travel writer living in London, who returns to Ireland after an absence of 30 years. She returns to 'investigate a true story about a relationship so passionate that it burned its way across the barriers of class and culture — a scandalous affair between the wife of an English landlord and an Irish servant during the devastation of Ireland's potato famine. While back in Ireland, she meets a lover of her own who presents her with a choice that promises to alter the course of her life. As she moves toward her decision, she calls on the strengths of her identity as a woman, an Irish woman, and a woman who is no longer young. Meanwhile, she brings the story of the long-ago lovers to a denouement as tender as it is tragic. This novel explores the extremes of passion, the depths of loneliness, and the resilience of the human heart.'  
Price: 9.75 USD
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104 4684 O'FAOLAIN, Nuala My Dream of You
Softcover; Trade PB Riverhead Books: NY; c2001, 2002; First Paperback Edition Very Good-  
529 pages; Signed by Author; Signed by the author on the title page. Spine and cover creases, light edgewear and rubbing, a few smudges on page edges; interior page clean, none loose. ; The first novel by the author of the memoir 'Are you Somebody?' tells the story of Kathleen de Burca, an Irish travel writer living in London, who returns to Ireland after an absence of 30 years. She returns to 'investigate a true story about a relationship so passionate that it burned its way across the barriers of class and culture — a scandalous affair between the wife of an English landlord and an Irish servant during the devastation of Ireland's potato famine. While back in Ireland, she meets a lover of her own who presents her with a choice that promises to alter the course of her life. As she moves toward her decision, she calls on the strengths of her identity as a woman, an Irish woman, and a woman who is no longer young. Meanwhile, she brings the story of the long-ago lovers to a denouement as tender as it is tragic. This novel explores the extremes of passion, the depths of loneliness, and the resilience of the human heart.' An engrossing and complex read.  
Price: 9.50 USD
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Salem Chapel, OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret]
105 7113 OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret] Salem Chapel
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: NY; c1863, 1986; 461 pages Very Good- 
Spine lightly creased, covers creased and a bit edgeworn. Pages yellowed as often seen in Virago editions, edges a bit darker and soiled, bottom edges wavy; interior pages clean, none loose. This edition has an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald.; The second volume in the 'Chronicles of Carlingford'. They are "wonderful comedies of Victorian provincial society."; This series highly recommended by the blogger 'Desperate Reader'. This author also recommended by Virginia G. of the AT email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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The Rector and The Doctor's Wife, OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret]
106 7093 OLIPHANT, Mrs. [Margaret] The Rector and The Doctor's Wife
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin: NY; c1863, 1986; 192 pages Very Good 
Spine faintly creased, covers a bit edgeworn. Page edges yellowed as seen often in Virago editions; pages clean, none loose. This edition has an introduction by Penelope Fitzgerald.; This first volume in the "Chronicles of Carlingford' are a short story and novella. They introduce us (as well as the new rector and a new doctor) to the small town of Carlingford. The 'Chronicles of Carlingford' are "wonderful comedies of Victorian provincial society."; ' "The Rector" and "The Doctor's Family" can be compared with [Trollope's] "The Warden" & "Barsetshire Towers" in the way they set up the themes [of Church and society] & characters of the whole series.'-Lyn B.This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. This author also recommended by Virginia G. of the AT email discussion group and by the blogger 'Desperate Reader'. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.50 USD
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107 3547 ONDAATJE, Michael English Patient, The
Hardcover Alfred A. Knopf: NY; 1992; Third Printing 307 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends and bottom corners bumped, previous owner's signature on front pastedown, her circular imprint on second endpaper and written in red ink on the half title page 'Winner of the Booker Award 1992'. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has very light edgewear and rubbing. Gold circular "Winner of the Booker Prize" sticker placed on front panel. ; Winner of the Booker Prize and basis for the movie of the same name, this enigmatic novel tells the story of four people and their World War II experiences. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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108 4907 PARKS, Julia Devil and Miss Webster, The (A Zebra Regency Romance)
Softcover; Mass Market PB Zebra Books: NY; 2001; First Edition Very Good+  
224 pages; No spine or cover creases, faint edgewear, remainder mark on inside front cover. A very nice copy. ; 'When Miss Eleanor Webster, who has run Lady Laura Ransom's household for the last eleven years, comes up against Lady Laura's rakehell brother-in-law Captain Stephen Ransom, who is determined to usurp her position, a fierce passion ignites between them.'  
Price: 4.00 USD
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109 1164 Paxson, Diana White Raven
Hardcover Wm. Morrow And Co.: New York; 1988; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
8vo; 411 pages; Date in ink on front free endpaper; very slight edgewear to dust wrapper. ; Author was the founder of the Society for Creative Anachronism. A retelling of the story of Tirstan, Isolde, and Mark.  
Price: 14.75 USD
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110 1180 Peck, Richard Amanda/ Miranda
Hardcover Viking: New York; 1980; Book Club Edition 8vo; 476 pages Very Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
Text block edge faintly foxed, spine tail lightly worn. Dust wrapper yellowed, edgeworn and lightly soiled. ; As they looked so much alike, Mary Cooke is renamed Miranda by her young mistress Amanda. "Amanda went on to decree her duties as a kind of double, and to determine the man she would love, her marriage, and her destiny across the sea. " They both set sail from Southhampton bound for New York aboard the Titanic in April 1912.  
Price: 9.75 USD
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111 1776 Peck, Richard E. London Holiday
Hardcover Viking Penguin: New York; 1998; Third Printing Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
254 pages; Red remainder mark on text block edges, book looks unread. Dust wrapper, not price cut, very lightly rubbed. ; Three forty-somethin g friends from Missouri take a long awaited trip to London. Lesley, Julia, and Margo stay at a Mrs. Smith-Porter's bed and breakfast, and plan to go antiquing and sightseeing. While in London they have a variety of adventures that change the course of their lives. "It is difficult not to break into Anglophile burbles when describing this tidy little novel". -NY Times Book Review.  
Price: 16.00 USD
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Bewildering Cares, PECK, Winifred
112 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. 
Price: 15.99 USD
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113 1666 Penman, Sharon Kay Queen's Man : a Medieval Mystery
Hardcover Henry Holt & Company, Inc.: New York; 1996; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
291 pages; Spine head and tail very lightly bumped, no remainder mark; book looks unread. Dust wrapper, not price cut, slightly edgeworn. ; Author's first mystery. The queen Is Eleanor of Acquitaine. The man is Justin de Quincy the illegitimate son of a high born cleric. Never acknowledged by his father, Justin is given an education that takes him into the centers of power and makes him the Queen's Man.  
Price: 11.75 USD
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114 1326 Perry, Anne Dangerous Mourning
Hardcover Fawcett Columbine: New York; 1991; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
330 pages; Dust wrapper, not price cut, is slightly rubbed. ; Another Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Monk. Monk is assisted by a Hester Latterly, an independent young woman who served with Florence Nightengale in the Crimean War. The author once again demonstrates her "keen understanding of Victorian manners and mores. "  
Price: 16.75 USD
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115 1328 Perry, Anne Defend and Betray
Hardcover Fawcett Columbine: New York; 1992; First US Edition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
385 pages; Dust wrapper, not price cut, is slightly rubbed. ; The third Victorian mystery featuring Inspector Monk. Monk is again assisted by a Hester Latterly, an independent young woman who served with Florence Nightengale in the Crimean War.  
Price: 15.00 USD
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116 3170 PILCHER, Robin Starting Over
Hardcover St Martin's Press: NY; 2002; First US Edition 386 pages Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A very lovely copy; dust wrapper is not price clipped.; The second novel by the son of Rosamunde Pilcher. From the dust wrapper: 'It seems a long time since life was good for Liz Dewhurst. Her happy marriage to Gregor ended six months ago when she discovered he had been having an affair with another local woman for two years. But if that wasn't enough, Liz and Gregor's family businesses were also intertwined. Growing up on neighboring farms on the East coast of Fife, an area blessed with rich soil and beautiful, unspoiled landscapes, the marriage made it perfect sense to merge. The separation, however, has come at the worse possible time. With business bad, the two farms are barely struggling to survive on their own.

Then an extraordinary opportunity arises. An American-financed consortium is looking to build a golf course, and with Liz's and Gregor's land think they have found the ideal site for the best new links course in Britain. Liz is torn: the money is tempting, and she knows that by turning the scheme down she will face the wrath of the local community. On the other hand, the farm has passed through five generations of her family; is she really ready to give up that history, a move that will also help Gregor and his mistress?' ; Published @ $24.95. 
Price: 13.75 USD

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117 946 PILCHER, Rosamunde Blue Bedroom and Other Stories
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: New York; c1985,1990; Reprint Very Good  
288 pages; Light spine creases, a bit of edgewear and rubbing, text block edges yellowing, no loose pages. ; 'Pilcher's writing always feels like a soft chair after a hard day. Her plots and characters offer insights into the human condition with grace and tenderness. These short stories explore themes such as the death of a loved one, overcoming prejudice, understanding children, and appreciating one's spouse. Each story ends on a note of love, faith, understanding or hope.'- (c)AudioFile, Portland, ME  
Price: 4.25 USD
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118 4512 PILCHER, Rosamunde Carousel, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: NY; c1982, 1986; Very Good  
184 pages; Faint spine and cover creases, light edgewear, a nice copy.; ' Prue Shackleton is twenty-three, beautiful and restless. Her job is challenging, her relationship with a successful banker is safe, secure--and boring. When her eccentric Aunt Phoebe invites her to Cornwall, Prue loses no time is setting out for its bright landscapes and salt air. A chance meeting with the attractive artist Daniel Cassens leads to endless idyllic days exploring the beaches and meadows. But something is troubling Daniel and Prue is determined to find out what it is.'  
Price: 4.75 USD
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119 5214 PILCHER, Rosamunde Coming Home
Hardcover St Martins Press: NY; 1995; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
728 pages; Spine ends faintly bumped, a few smudge marks to top page edges, otherwise a lovely copy. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has very light edgewear.; From Booklist 'The book's heroine is Judith Dunbar, who is a schoolgirl of 13 when the tale begins in 1935. Sent to boarding school in Cornwall because her parents are posted to Singapore, Judith becomes friends with Loveday Carey-Lewis, who introduces her to a family and an estate, Nancherrow, that is to influence her for the rest of her life. Pilcher does a marvelous job of describing life in England before World War II. Readers, especially Anglophiles, will adore the care Pilcher gives to setting her scenes, decorating them with everything from Cornish wildflowers to china dogs to particular tartan plaids. The same care is evident later in the tale, as Pilcher chronicles the changes brought by the war to the fabric of British life. As Judith makes her way to adulthood in the midst of great wealth, great tragedy, and, naturally, romance, Pilcher effectively balances the demands of plot with the pleasures of revisiting a different place and time.'  
Price: 9.75 USD
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120 944 PILCHER, Rosamunde Day of the Storm
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell Publishing: New York; c1975,1989; Very Good  
264 pages; Light edgewear and spine creases, a nice copy.; 'We revisit the lives of some of the author's earlier characters, artist Grenville Bayliss and his family, this time from the point of view of the artist's granddaughter. When Rebecca Bayliss' dying mother reveals to her the existence of a family Rebecca knew nothing about, she is determined to find them--and is soon deeply enmeshed in relationship s torn by passion, greed and an old family mystery. " ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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121 4463 PILCHER, Rosamunde End of Summer, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell: New York; c1971,1989; Reprint Very Good+  
233 pages; No spine or cover creases, faint edgewear, page edges lightly yellowed; covers and pages clean. A very nice copy.; 'Sitting on a California beach at summer's ends, Jane Marsh thought back to her childhood at the estate called Elvie in a remote corner of Scotland. She remembered not only the heather-covered hills and lonesome loch, but her grandmother... and, of course, Sinclair. She had secretly dreamed of marrying rakishly handsome Sinclair and settling at Elvie forever. Now an urgent visit from her grandmother's lawyer would become the catalyst for her return to Scotland...' ; This author recommended by Anne L. and several other members of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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122 3062 PILCHER, Rosamunde Flowers in the Rain and other Stories
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: NY; c1991,1992; First Paperback Edition Very Good  
305 pages; Spine creases, light edgewear, a nice copy.; Sixteen stories of love, heartbreak, marriage, relationships and romance. ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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123 948 PILCHER, Rosamunde Under Gemini
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell Publishing: New York; c1976,1989; Reprint Very Good  
297 pages; Spine creases, light edgewear. ; 'Every family hides something, but Flora Waring discovered a devastating deception in hers. At twenty-two she learned she had an identical twin, Rose, who lived with the mother Flora didn't remember at all. And when Flora ended up impersonating the high-spirited, spoiled Rose, she would have to face how cruel lies can be. When she agreed to accompany Rose's fiance to meet his grandmother in a picturesque town on the Scottish coast, she would quickly fall in love with the lush green countryside, the Armstrong family, and a rare, wonderful man. But she would also confront Rose's shocking secrets and a betrayal that could break her heart. ' ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 5.50 USD
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124 951 PILCHER, Rosamunde Voices in Summer
Softcover; Mass Market PB St Martin's Press: New York; c1984,1986; Reprint Very Good  
276 pages; Sunned spine is creased, covers have a bit of edgewear; no loose pages.; Newly married, shy, and recovering from illness, Laura Haverstock is unable to join her husband on his annual trip to Scotland. Instead she goes to his family's cottage on the Cornish coast to recuperate and eventually to learn more about his family and herself. ' ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.50 USD
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125 2990 PILCHER, Rosamunde Wild Mountain Thyme
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell Publishing: New York; c1978,1989; Reprint Very Good  
294 pages; Light spine creases, faint edgewear, top edge lightly yellowed.; 'Victoria Bradshaw fell in love with London playwright Oliver Dobbs when she was just eighteen. But he had left her and disappeared from her life. Now, years later, he was a widower standing on her doorstep with his two-year-old son in her arms. And Victoria was foolish enough to want to take him back. Their early spring journey to a castle in Scotland would become an odyssey of discovery... in a novel about relationships as real as those you've experienced and a love as rich and unpredictable as dreams can be.' ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.25 USD
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