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201 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. 
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202 3772 PILCHER, Rosamunde Another View
Softcover; Mass Market PB Dell: New York; c1968,1989; Reprint Very Good-  
263 pages; Spine and cover creases, edgewear, pages yellowed, previous owner name on first advert page; interior pages clean, none loose. ; 'Having lost her mother at childbirth, Emma Litton has spent all of her life struggling to guarantee a place in her artist father's life. After spending much of her adult life in Paris as a nanny, she returns to England to settle into her father's studio at the Cornish seaside. ' ; This author recommended by Kerry J. and Anne L. of the DES email discussion list.  
Price: 4.75 USD
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203 946 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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204 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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205 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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206 944 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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207 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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208 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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209 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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210 948 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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211 951 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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212 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]
213 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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214 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]
215 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
216 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]
217 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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218 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
219 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
220 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
221 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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No Fond Return of Love, PYM, Barbara
222 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 triumphant...at 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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223 2183 PYM, Barbara Quartet In Autumn
Softcover; Mass Market PB Perennial; Harper & Row: NY; 1980; Reprint Good  
16mo; 218 pages; Inside covers browned, text block edges browned, spine and covers creased and rubbed, no loose pages.  
Price: 4.00 USD
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224 5179 PYM, Barbara Some Tame Gazelle
Hardcover Dutton: NY; c1950, 1983; Second Printing 252 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends slightly bumped, a touch of soil to bottom board edges. Dust wrapper, price clipped, is very slightly edgeworn. A very nice copy. First edition stated but is the second printing. ; Author's first novel, although last published in the US. Pym considered by some to be the "most underrated writer of the 20th Century." 'This novel presents a reverse image of village life as portrayed in her last novel, "A Few Green Leaves". Where that was reflective, this is hopeful, gay, and turned to the future.'; '"Excellent Women", "A Glass of Blessings" & "Some Tame Gazelle" are three of my favourite books. My favourite foodie moments are in "Some Tame Gazelle".'-Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Also recommended by Linda S. 
Price: 17.75 USD
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Some Tame Gazelle, PYM, Barbara
225 7111 PYM, Barbara Some Tame Gazelle
Softcover; Trade PB Moyer Bell: Kingston, RI; c1950, 1999; 252 pages Very Good 
No spine or cover creases, covers very lightly edgeworn. Small ink 1 on first advert page. A nice copy.; Author's first novel, although last published in the US. Pym considered by some to be the "most underrated writer of the 20th Century." 'This novel presents a reverse image of village life as portrayed in her last novel, "A Few Green Leaves". Where that was reflective, this is hopeful, gay, and turned to the future.'; '"Excellent Women", "A Glass of Blessings" & "Some Tame Gazelle" are three of my favourite books. My favourite foodie moments are in "Some Tame Gazelle".'-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 on offer. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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