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Love in a Cold Climate, MITFORD, Nancy
Love in a Cold Climate
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Civil to Strangers and Other Writings, PYM, Barbara
Civil to Strangers and Other Writings
PYM, Barbara
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In This House of Brede, GODDEN, Rumer
In This House of Brede
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Devoted Ladies, KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell]
Devoted Ladies
KEANE, Molly [M. J. Farrell]
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126 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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127 944 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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128 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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129 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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130 3938 PILCHER, Rosamunde Snow in April
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell: New York; c1972,1989; Reprint Very Good  
245 pages; Light spine and cover creases, faint edgewear; covers and pages clean. A nice copy.; 'Caroline went to Scotland, hoping to make contact with a brother she hadn't seen for years, and return in time for her wedding to the man her strong-willed stepmother thought so suitable. Then a sudden snow stranded her in an isolated house with a young man recovering from tragedy. Both are on the brink of terrible mistakes, but perhaps they can save each other.'; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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131 948 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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132 951 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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133 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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Passage to Pontefract, PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert]
134 6609 PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert] Passage to Pontefract
Hardcover G. P. Putnam's Sons: NY; 1982; First US Edition 366 pages Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped, one corner bumped; no binding problems. Faint soil to page edges; interior clean and bright. A nice copy. Unclipped dust wrapper edgeworn with some tiny closed tears, creases to flap ends, sunned spine. ; The tenth novel in this prolific author's Plantagenet saga.; 'Richard of Bordeaux, young heir to the throne after Edward the Third, is surrounded by ambitious uncles who believe it would be better for the country if they could take the crown. While Richard shows himself capable of reckless bravery in defeating the Peasants’ Revolt, his extravagance soon brings him into conflict with his people. Here is a vivid picture of Richard II’s court, his devotion to his favourite Robert de Vere, his love for two Queens, clever Anne and the little Isabella, and of his headlong journey towards disaster.' The dw cover matches this sample image. 
Price: 21.50 USD
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135 6559 PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert] Plantagenet Prelude, The
Softcover; Mass Market PB Pan Books: London; 1978; 332 pages Very Good 
Book one in this Plantagenet series features Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry Duke of Normandy, and Thomas Becket.; Light edgewear, page edges yellowed; no spine or cover creases, interior pages clean. A nice copy.; This author also wrote as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and Eleanor Burford. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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Rose Without a Thorn The: The Wives of Henry VIII, PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert]
136 6604 PLAIDY, Jean [Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert] Rose Without a Thorn The: The Wives of Henry VIII
Softcover; Trade PB Three Rivers Press: NY; c1993, 2003; 278 pages Very Good+ 
No spine or cover creases, light edgewear. A very nice copy.; One of this prolific author's "Qeens of England" series. 'Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the Duchess of Norfolk. The innocent girl quickly learns that her grandmother’s puritanism is not shared by Katherine’s free-spirited cousins, with whom she lives. Beautiful and impressionable, Katherine becomes involved in two ill-fated love affairs before her sixteenth birthday. Like her cousin Anne Boleyn, she leaves her grandmother’s home to become a lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII. The royal palaces are exciting to a young girl from the country, and Katherine finds that her duties there allow her to be near her handsome cousin, Thomas Culpepper, whom she has loved since childhood.

But when Katherine catches the eye of the aging and unhappily married king, she is forced to abandon her plans for a life with Thomas and marry King Henry. Overwhelmed by the change in her fortunes, bewildered and flattered by the adoration of her husband, Katherine is dazzled by the royal life. But her bliss is short-lived as rumors of her wayward past come back to haunt her, and Katherine’s destiny takes another, deadly, turn.'
; This author also wrote as Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, and Eleanor Burford. 
Price: 7.50 USD
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House in the Country, A, PLAYFAIR, Jocelyn
137 6850 PLAYFAIR, Jocelyn House in the Country, A
Softcover; Trade PB Persephone Books: London; c1944, 2005; 261 pages Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Tiny smudge on bottom page edges, unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear. Persephone editions have uniform grey covers and dust wrappers with lovely decorated endpapers (see image) unique to each title. A lovely copy.; Originally published in 1944, this is an engrossing and thoughtful tale of World War II at the time of the fall of Tobruk in 1942, one of the low points of the war. "A novel like Jocelyn Playfair’s is an exact, unaffected evocation of things as they were at the time. It is ‘the conflict between the contentment of the garden, cooking and home, and the cataclysmic events outside that forms the leitmotif,’ writes Ruth Gorb in the preface."

Cressida is the caretaker for a house, and its temporary inhabitants, in the English countryside. "Through conversations with the lodgers who are finding temporary refuge in the house Cressida re-evaluates everything with intelligence and insight; she realises that ‘things would never be the same again.’ The relative tranquillity of her surroundings is deftly contrasted with what is happening to Charles Valery, the owner of the house, who has been torpedoed and, floating in a boat hoping for rescue, thinks about his past life." Recommended.; Recommended by Jane T. and Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DoveGrey and DES email discussion groups. 
Price: 17.50 USD

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Young Man's Fancy, A, PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme]
138 6628 PLEYDELL, Susan [Isabel Senior nee Syme] Young Man's Fancy, A
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1959, 2011; 390 pages New 
The spring term is always disaster-prone, but this one at Ledenham School surpasses itself. The Headmaster’s invaluable secretary collapses with appendicitis and has to be replaced by Oonagh – ‘Swooner’ to the boys; a young master’s fancy, lightly turning to thoughts of love, causes a major crisis at Governors’ level; the Headmaster’s daughter Alison’s romance is beset by unwelcome public scrutiny and comment.

We meet several of the characters from "Summer Term", decent chaps and the right sort of girls, plus a few outright cads to give added spice. Although a sequel it can be read on its own; we enjoyed this title more than "Summer Term".
; A new book with very faint soil to page edges.; Recommended by Geraldine H. of the DES email discussion group. This title reviewed and recommended by Claire author of 'The Captive Reader' blog. 
Price: 21.50 USD
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139 5142 PRITCHETT, V.S. Blind Love and Other Stories
Hardcover Random House: NY; 1969; Second Printing Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
246 pages; Spine head bumped, page edges faintly soiled. White, unclipped, dust wrapper has a creased front flap, and is lightly edgeworn and yellowed with a bit of soil.; The third collection of short fiction by this short story writer, novelist, and critic.  
Price: 9.75 USD
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140 4158 PRITCHETT, V.S. Cab at the Door, A : A Memoir
Hardcover Random House: NY; 1968; Third Printing Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
244 pages; Lightly bumped spine ends, pages pale yellow. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has very light edgewear. A very nice copy indeed. ; In this first volume of the autobiography by this short story writer, novelist, and critic he tells of his childhood in turn-of-the-century and World War I London. His London is a working-class city and his countryside is rural Yorkshire where he visited his granfather, a Congregationalist minister, and his uncle, a fierce atheist. "A young man's early encounters with life and literature shed light on the development of a writer-the apprenticeship of writer as child."  
Price: 12.00 USD
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141 4174 PRITCHETT, V.S. Living Novel and Later Appreciations, The
Hardcover Random House: NY; c1964,1968; Fourth Printing Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
467 pages; A lovely copy with a few smudges to page edges. White, price clipped,dust wrapper is a bit soiled and has light edgewear.; The revised and expanded edition including essays on Fielding, Richardson, Smollett, Maria Edgeworth, E. M. Forster, Ford Madox Ford, Conrad, D.H. Lawrence, Edith Wharton, Nathanael West, William Golding, Gorky, Dostoevsky, Anthony Powell, and Arnold Bennett amongst others. "The critical essays of V.S. Pritchett are unparalleled for their wit, geniality, subtlety, and profound good sense."  
Price: 14.00 USD
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142 4159 PRITCHETT, V.S. Midnight Oil
Hardcover Random House: NY; 1972; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good dust wrapper  
271 pages; Lightly bumped spine ends, pages pale yellow with one smudge mark on edge. Olive cloth binding has faintly sunned edges and spine. A clean and nice copy. Dust wrapper, unclipped, has light edgewear, a bit of soil and one tiny closed tear at spine head.; This second volume of the autobiography by this short story writer, novelist, and critic opens in 1921. With twenty pounds in his pocket he has arrived in Paris determined to become a writer. After going to Ireland to cover the revolution for the 'Christian Science Monitor' he arrives in Spain in 1924.  
Price: 12.00 USD
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Golden Compass, The : His Dark Materials, Book 1 [Northern Lights], PULLMAN, Philip
143 6175 PULLMAN, Philip Golden Compass, The : His Dark Materials, Book 1 [Northern Lights]
Softcover; Trade PB Knopf: NY; c1995, 2002; 399 pages Illustrated by Philip Pullman; B&W Illustrations: Very Good 
Faint spine creases, one cover crease, light edgewear, some page corner creases, a few smudges on page edges.; This first volume of the trilogy was recently made into a film. Published as "Northern Lights" in the UK and winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Fiction Award. Chapter heading illustrations done by the author.; "It was no ordinary life for a young girl: living among scholars in the hallowed halls of Jordan College and tearing unsupervised through Oxford's motely streets on mad quests for adventure. But Lyra's greatest adventure would being when she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, are eavesdropping and uncover a plot to murder Lord Asriel. He has returned from the far North where he tells of strange sights-a beautiful city hovering in the sky above the pole, a shimmering Dust that settles on and delineates all but human children. Lyra is scarcely able to save his life before Lord Asriel is off again, on a quest to answer the riddle of the world. Meanwhile, children are disappearing, and when Lyra's dearest friend is taken by the Gobblers, she determines to save him-a decision which leads her on a great journey, a journey that will lead to the discovery of her mother, a disastrous betrayal and the beginning of the unravelling of the mystery of Dust." For young adults, US grades 7-12; originally marketed to adults in the US. Highly recommended. 
Price: 9.25 USD
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Subtle Knife, The : His Dark Materials, Book 2, PULLMAN, Philip
144 2355 PULLMAN, Philip Subtle Knife, The : His Dark Materials, Book 2
Hardcover Knopf: New York; 1997; First US Edition 326 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Dark blue boards quarterbound in navy blue cloth, spine stamped in gilt. Bottom corners of a few pages creased, Christmas gift inscription on front free endpaper. No remainder marks. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A very nice copy indeed.; The second volume in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. The first volume was made into a film.; 'Lyra Silvertongue's quest to find the origins of Dust--the very stuff of the universe continues. We meet Will, a 12-year-old from our world, who is trying to protect his emotionally fragile mother and to locate his lost father, an explorer who vanished years before. Instead, Will finds a window into another world, where Lyra and her daemon have also tumbled. Their lives become inextricably entwined when Lyra's alethiometer gives her a simple command: find Will's father. The world of Cittàgazze holds the talisman of the subtle knife, which can cut through anything, even the space between worlds. It wounds Will, but he is bound to it by a destiny neither he nor Lyra (nor readers) yet understand." For US grades 7-12 (and up). Marketed in the UK as a children's book it was originally found in adult Science Fiction/Fantasy sections of bookstores in the US. Highly recommended. 
Price: 99.75 USD
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145 5336 PYM, Barbara Academic Question, An
Hardcover Dutton: NY; 1986; First US Edition 8vo ; 182 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine tail very lightly bumped; violet boards faintly faded at edges. Unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear and rubbing. A very nice copy.; Pym's 'academic' novel is set in a provincial English university in the early 1970's. The author worked at the International African Institute in London. 'An academic wrangle in the pages of the institute's journal Africa served as inspiration for' this novel. 
Price: 19.75 USD
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Civil to Strangers and Other Writings, PYM, Barbara
146 7328 PYM, Barbara Civil to Strangers and Other Writings
Hardcover E. P. Dutton: New York; 1988; First US Edition 388 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends very lightly bumped; a very nice copy. Pages pale tan, page edges darker (seen before in this edition); pages clean. Lovely unclipped dust wrapper has faint edgewear.; This final journey into Pym country includes a complete novel, sections of three others, some short stories, and an autobiographical essay.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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Crampton Hodnet, PYM, Barbara
147 6841 PYM, Barbara Crampton Hodnet
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Dutton: NY; 1985; 8vo; 216 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Tear on one bottom corner reveals boards; no binding problems, pages clean and bright. Very lightly edgeworn dust wrapper, spine lightly sunned. A nice copy. ; Comic novel originally written in 1939-40; set aside when Pym became involved with war work.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT email discussion group. "Miss Doggett, firmly entrenched in her North Oxford home, with young undergraduates coming to tea, is a prototype for one type of Pym character...even more so is Jessie Morrow, the companion, seemingly mild and meek, but with a most definite personality. This novel improves with each reading and is rich in detail and nuance, like all of Pyms' work." 
Price: 10.50 USD
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Excellent Women, PYM, Barbara
148 6952 PYM, Barbara Excellent Women
Softcover; Mass Market PB Penguin: Harmondsworth, England; c1952, 1983; Reprint 16mo; 238 pages Very Good 
Spine creased and sunned, previous owner address label inside front cover, light edgewear and cover creases. Page edges a bit yellowed, interior pages clean, none loose. ; "A witty comedy about the complications of being a spinster (and a religious one, at that) in the England of the 1950s." "The acclaim a few years ago for this early comic novel, which was hailed by Lord David Cecil as one of 'the finest examples of high comedy to have appeared in England during the past seventy-five years,' helped launch the rediscovery of the author's entire work."; 'How I adore Barbara Pym! Some Tame Gazelle, Excellent Women, Jane and Prudence, No Fond Return of Love--those are my favorites.'- Holly H. of the ATS, AT and DES email discussion groups. 'Excellent Women is my favourite Barbara Pym novel.'- Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Linda S. Image is actual copy offered. 
Price: 7.25 USD
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Few Green Leaves, A, PYM, Barbara
149 7165 PYM, Barbara Few Green Leaves, A
Hardcover; Ex-Library Dutton: NY; 1980; First US Edition 250 pages Very Good- in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Ex-library copy with expected stamps, markings, and pocket; glue residue front and rear pastedowns where dust wrapper once attached to book. A bit of soil to board edges, spine ends lightly bumped, top page edges a bit dusty, some soil spots on interior margins. Unclipped dust wrapper has light edgewear, lightly creased, flap price blacked out, flaps browned from glue residue, remnant of library label on spine. A reading copy.; 'An incisive and wry portrait of life in an English village in Oxfordshire.' This is Pym's final novel. It is a favourite of many Pym admirers.; Recommended by Linda S. "One of my favourite authors." - Lyn B.', author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 11.00 USD
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No Fond Return of Love, PYM, Barbara
150 6948 PYM, Barbara No Fond Return of Love
Softcover; Trade PB Perennial; Harper & Row: New York; c1961,1986; 254 pages Very Good- 
Spine curved and lightly creased, light edgewear. Inside covers and page edges age browned; pages clean, not brittle, none loose but care should be taken with binding.; "One of her very best-- comic, heartrending, original, brave, in short, like life itself. "--Shirley Hazzard; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and A Thirkell and DE Stevenson email discussion groups. "After several re-readings too numerous to count, this has emerged as my favorite Pym novel, I believe because Dulcie Mainwaring emerges least, just plain happy, and who can ask for more? The novel begins with a learned conference...some problems of an editor?...that assembles a comic cast that delights the reader throughout. Pym's supporting characters are always rich in detail and humanity and this book includes many of her best portraits: Mrs. Williton, Aylwin Forbes' mother, Senor MacBride-Pereira, and Bill Sedge, the window-dresser. The truth is, there is not a superfluous character in the book. Each adds to create a masterpiece."... one of my favorite Pym books." - Linda J. also of the A Thirkell and DE Stevenson email discussion groups. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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