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Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family], MITFORD] LOVELL, Mary
Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family]
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View of the Harbour, A, TAYLOR, Elizabeth
View of the Harbour, A
TAYLOR, Elizabeth
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Mrs. Tim Flies Home, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
Mrs. Tim Flies Home
STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Summer Half, THIRKELL, Angela
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Fletchers' End [Large Print], STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
301 7305 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Fletchers' End [Large Print]
Hardcover; Ex-Library Ulverscroft: England; c1962; Large Print Edition 540 pages Fair in Good dust wrapper 
No publishing info page, old US distributor label on front free endpaper, no date but lack of ISBN indicates pre-1970's. Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings. Book is cocked, edges worn to boards in several places, especially bottom edge, pages pale brown (not brittle) and rather soiled. Dust wrapper edgeworn with a few short closed tears, library label on spine, remenants of previous removed label also on spine. A somewhat fragile reading copy in Large Print of a rather scarce title.; This is the wonderful sequel to 'Bel Lamington'. After reading this book, the scent of violets will bring back the memory of Fletchers End.; This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. '...the kind of book that I put down after reading with a very satisfied sigh. ... again, this is destined to be a favourite.' Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 33.00 USD
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Found in the Attic, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
302 6927 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Found in the Attic
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; 2013; 267 pages B&W Photographs: New 
A new book. ; A selection from the unpublished papers 'found in the attic' by the author's granddaughter. They include short stories (including a gentle revenge on critics, an eccentric maid, a ventriloquist desperate for work and a very human burglar); verse (a burlesque, some war poems); two delightfully witty one-act plays, and articles and talks on books and writing. Illustrated with some wonderful family photographs. The articles on books and writing especially offer a compelling insight into this beloved author. Recommended.This edition now out of print.; "A very interesting glimpse into the mind and personality of D.E. Stevenson." From the wonderful preface by Jerri Chase, member of the ATS, and AT and DE Stevenson discussion groups. Also recommended by Sylvia C. of the DES email discussion group. 
Price: 21.95 USD
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Green Money [The], STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
303 7339 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Green Money [The]
Softcover; Mass Market PB Ace Books: NY; c1939,1977; 320 pages Very Good- 
Spine and covers creased, covers edgeworn. Pages and inside covers age browned but not brittle (seen frequently in this edition), previous owner printed title in black marker on bottom textblock edge; interior pages clean, no binding problems.; This is a very funny and enchanting early DE Stevenson novel. Through a chance meeting, George Ferrier becomes a trustee of the Green money and the daughter that inherits. This book is a series of delightful plot tangles embroiling people you love or that annoy you no end. A deeply satisfying and charming book.; Recommended by Holly H. of the ATS, AT, and DES email discussion lists. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 25.50 USD
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Jean Erskine's Secret, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
304 6926 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Jean Erskine's Secret
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; 2013; First Edition 248 pages New 
A new book. ; Probably written c.1917, this novel opens in 1913 with the Erskine family moving from Edinburgh to the Scottish east coast village of Crale, where Jeanís life is transformed by her friendship with Diana MacDonald of Crale Castle. She writes a book telling Dianaís story; of friendships and love affairs, of family and village life, all shadowed by the much darker themes of the Great War and devastating inherited conditions. At the heart of the story is the secret, known only to Jean, that threatens Dianaís hard-won happiness.; One of the darker books by this author. As with some of her other very early work, this is for a reader that is already a DE Stevenson admirer. Recommended by Susan H. of the DES email discussion group - "I really, really enjoyed it." This title also reviewed by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. This edition now out-of-print. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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Mrs. Tim Flies Home, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
305 7356 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Mrs. Tim Flies Home
Softcover; Trade PB Holt Rinehart Winston: New York; c1952, 1974; Book Club Edition 284 pages Very Good 
Spine sunned, covers creased and edgeworn, white back cover a bit soiled. Inside covers and pages light brown with darker edges (seen before in this edition), page edges a bit soiled; inside pages clean. No binding problems but we have found this edition should be handled with care or the binding glue can give way. ; 8 This edition has a wonderful new foreword by DES explaining how she came to write the delightful four part series. In the fourth 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.Timís 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 Stevensonís characters couldnít 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. Image is actual book offered. 
Price: 34.50 USD
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Peter West, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
306 7000 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Peter West
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1923, 2013; First Edition Thus 205 pages New 
A new book.; Originally published only in the Britain in 1923, this was D.E. Stevenson's first published novel. Set in Kintoul, Scotland, a beautiful Highland village with a tumbling river, a ruined castle, and pine-clad hills. This love story "follows the mingled fortunes of the crofters, the minister and doctor, and those at Kintoul House -- Peter West and the shades of his mother. This is a world where integrity and honour stand firm against the easy path, and despite many a wrong turning, are the only sure way to lasting happiness."; This edition now out-of-print. 
Price: 22.50 USD
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Portrait of Saskia, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
307 6717 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Portrait of Saskia
Softcover; Trade PB Greyladies: Edinburgh; 2011; 291 pages New 
A new book received with bumped spine tail. ; Another publication of previously unpublished very early material from this beloved author. It was probably written in the late 1920s, and foreshadows her later romances and family stories with that little humorous twist of something extra.

Kenneth Leslie, needing money to start a new life in Canada after a broken engagement, answers an advertisement in the Daily Clarion - 'Retired Army Officer offers a large sum of money to a Young Man who wants Adventure. Must be of good appearance and free from dependants.' and finds more than he dreamed of: fishing, art, family skulduggery, rogues, thieves and fisticuffs, friendship Ė and romance.

Also included are four short stories, Moira, The Mulberry Coach, The Secret of the Black Rocks, and The Murder of Alma Atherton, and a novella, Where the Gentian Blooms.; This title currently out of print, these are our last few copies. 
Price: 24.75 USD

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Rochester's Wife, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
308 7363 STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily] Rochester's Wife
Hardcover Holt Rinehart Winston: New York; c1940,1978; Second Edition; First Printing 335 pages Very Good in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Quarter bound in tan cloth with metallic green titles, over light green paper-covered boards. Spine ends and one corner lightly bumped (causing a tiny tear), board edges faintly sunned and white dust wrapper flaps and rear panel yellowed, common flaws with this edition. Bottom textblock edge has ROCH WIFE in black marker. Top of page edges faintly foxed (another common flaw); interior pages clean and bright, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper lightly edgeworn, rear panel faintly soiled. A nice copy of a rather scarce DES title. ; Originally published in the US in 1940. Kit Stone has traveled the world instead of utilizing his medical training. He decides to settle down in the small English village of Minfield as the assistant to an old country doctor. Kit likes it very much and soon develops a strong friendship with Mardie Rochester. But Mardie is married and seemingly happy so Kit feels he must leave. Then a secret is revealed that will change the lives of many in Minfield.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 36.75 USD
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309 2531 STEWART, Mary Airs Above the Ground
Hardcover; Book Club Edition M.S. Mill Co./ Wm. Morrow: New York; 1965; Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper  
224 pages; Spine tail and bottom corners bumped and very lightly worn. Interior pages clean and bright. Dust wrapper is edgeworn with a few inch long closed tears, white flaps have yellowed edges.; The "airs above the ground" are the special leaps and steps done by Vienna's famous Lipizzan stallions of the Spanish Riding School, an integral part of this fast-paced story of intrigue. Mary Stewart has captured the Austrian countryside and a fairy-tale castle beautifully in this atmospheric tale of newlywed Vanessa March and her young charge Timothy Lacy. Both have personal problems to solve that grow rather than lessen. Excellent and exciting reading. ; Recommended by Cheryl of the DES email discussion group.  
Price: 11.50 USD
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310 1412 Stewart, Mary Hollow Hills
Hardcover William Morrow & Company: New York; 1973; Fifth Printing 498 pages Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Spine head and tail lightly bumped; blue cloth boards soiled, binding is good and tight. Dust wrapper, not price cut, edgeworn, a 1 1/2" tear bottom of rear panel, another shorter tear on front panel, a few creases. ; Second volume in Stewart's enchanting Arthurian series.  
Price: 11.75 USD
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311 6384 STEWART, Mary Spell Of Mary Stewart, The [This Rough Magic, The Ivy Tree, Wildfire At Midnight ]
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Nelson Doubleday: Garden City, NY; 1968; 701 pages Very Good- in Very Good dust wrapper 
Spine ends and corners bumped and worn (seen previously in this edition), front free endpaper removed, a few smudges on page edges; interior pages clean. Dust wrapper edgeworn with several small chips and creases. ; Three complete novels in one omnibus edition. "This Rough Magic" is set in Corfu, "The Ivy Tree" in Northumberland, and "Wildfire at Midnight" in the Isle of Skye.; This author, and several of her books, reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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312 6015 STEWART, Mary This Rough Magic
Hardcover; Book Club Edition M.S. Mill Co./ Wm. Morrow: New York; 1964; Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper  
255 pages; Bumped spine ends and corners faintly worn, page edges, pastedowns and endpapers pale yellow; interior pages clean. Dust wrapper: faintly sunned spine, edgewear, tiny chips and rubbing. ; This is the compelling and exciting story of Lucy Waring on the island of Corfu. Mary Stewart combines relentless excitement with romance in a perfect setting, to keep you enthralled in characters you care about. Superior storytelling.; Recommended by Cheryl of the DES email discussion group.  
Price: 6.00 USD
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313 6315 STEWART, Mary Touch Not the Cat
Hardcover William Morrow & Company: NY; 1976; First US Edition 276 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends and bottom corners very lightly bumped; covers clean, no binding problems. Page edges lightly foxed on top edge, a few smudges to fore-edges; interior pages clean. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn, white flaps and rear panel faintly browned. Fun photograph of author and her cat on rear panel. A rather nice copy. ; The Ashley family has lived at Ashley Court for generations. When the father of twenty-two-year-old Byrony is killed in a mysterious car accident the Court passes by legal trust to her cousin Emory. Byrony is relieved not to have inherited the responsibility of the Court but she has inherited the family gift of telepathy. For some time she has been aware that another Ashley has the gift as well but which one? She determines to find out the identity of the other telepath and also to unravel the meaning of her dying father's last message to her.; This book recommended by Barbara P. and Patti H. of the DES email discussion group. This title reviewed and recommended by Lyn B., author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DE Stevenson email discussion group. 
Price: 13.50 USD
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Circus is Coming, The [Circus Shoes], STREATFEILD, Noel
314 7203 STREATFEILD, Noel Circus is Coming, The [Circus Shoes]
Softcover; Mass Market PB Puffin Books: Harmondsworth, England; c1938, 1983; 270 pages Illustrated by Clarke Hutton; B&W Illustrations: Good 
Light spine creases, covers very creased, pages age browned but not brittle, a few page corners creased; interior pages clean, none loose. A reading copy.; Winner of the1938 Carnegie Medal about the working life of a travelling circus. Orphans Santa and Peter find their unknown Uncle Gus, a clown and trapeze artist, working with Cob's Circus. Published in the US as "Circus Shoes".; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 6.50 USD
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Parson's Nine, STREATFEILD, Noel
315 7155 STREATFEILD, Noel Parson's Nine
Softcover Greyladies: Edinburgh; c1932, 2014; 290 pages As New 
A lovely as new copy.; The story of a saintly vicar, his more practical wife and their nine children in a country vicarage before, during and after the First World War.

When Esdras, with his robust biblical quotations for every occasion - not always appreciated, and his brothers Tobit and Sirach go off to boarding school, Miss Crosby, a governess striving for womenís emancipation, arrives to teach the younger children; clever Judith, home-loving Esther and twins Susanna and Baruch. But we know that the childhood idyll cannot last, that the cataclysm is approaching. For a family of nine children in their teens and twenties can hardly hope to come through the Great War unscathed. But tragedy is met with stoicism and courage, indeed is barely mentioned, and lives are picked up and resumed in a very different post-war world.

Noel Streatfeild was herself the daughter of the vicarage, aged 18 when war was declared, and as her own war work volunteered in a hospital kitchen, wrote and put on plays in aid of the Red Cross, and left home to be a munitions worker at Woolwich Arsenal. Parsonís Nine is her second novel, originally published in 1932. 
Price: 21.95 USD

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Noel Streatfeild, STREATFEILD] HUSE, Nancy
316 7204 STREATFEILD] HUSE, Nancy Noel Streatfeild
Hardcover Twayne Publishers: NY; 1994; 163 pages Near Fine in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Burgundy cloth binding, spine ends lightly bumped; a lovely copy. Dust wrapper very lightly edgeworn and rubbed. ; Part of the Twayne's English Author Series. "In this comprehensive analysis of a woman hailed by her fellow Britons as a 'National Monument', Nancy Huse argues that Streatfeild's work challenges the status of 'girl's books' , described in most criticism as ephemeral or constituting a catagory separate from 'great books'. Huse attributes the appeal of Streatfeild's books to their contemporary themes and traditional values and finds that in exploring the tensions of heredity and environment Streatfeild anticipates many contemporary questions about the role of women, the structure of the family, and the implications of the class system. In particular, Huse notes, Streatfeild (in both her children's and adult novels) used the poverty of women and their work in the domestic sphere to link the public with the private worlds shaping children.

Streatfeild's conservative upbringing, rebellious youth, and complex life-long relationship with her family provided material for her novels, according to Huse. Streatfeild developed a conscious perspective on childhood that she used to defend child/adult boundaries while sharpening story forms. At the same time, Huse contends, her multi faceted talent admitted new subjects, character types, themes, and information into the children's book because she assumed competence and intelligent curiosity as the basis of children's contributions to the family and to society.

In this vibrant portrait of the life and work of such an innovative children's writer, Huse suggests some meaningful ways to evaluate the family novel, the role of a children's novelist in preserving and constructing a historical record, and the implications of formulaic patterns that derive from female experience."

Her adult novels and novels written as Susan Scarlett are also discussed.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 25.75 USD

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317 4672 STRUTHER, Jan Mrs. Miniver
Hardcover; Book Club Edition Grosset & Dunlap: NY; c1940, 1942?; Reprint Good in Good+ dust wrapper  
288 pages; Spine ends bumped and cloth fraying, corners bumped with boards just peeking through cloth binding, spine and edges a bit sunned. Pages extremely age browned but clean and not brittle; no binding problems. Dust wrapper, with very sunned spine, is edgeworn with several small chips and tears; white rear panel lightly soiled. The dw has a still from the film featuring Walter Pidgeon and Greer Garson as the front illustration. ; Basis for the beloved World War II movie starring Greer Garson. Originally written in 1939 as a series of essays published in the London Times, this is a novel of an English woman during the early years of World War II. Recommended.  
Price: 8.75 USD
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318 1036 Swindells, Madge Summer Harvest
Hardcover Doubleday: Garden City, NY; 1984; First US Edition 470 pages Very Good in Very Good dust wrapper 
Corners and spine head and tail bumped. Dust wrapper worn at extemities, spine sunned; Novel of a woman's life in South Africa from 1938 to 1968.  
Price: 8.50 USD
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319 1041 Tannahill, Reay Passing Glory
Hardcover Crown: New York; 1989; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
598 pages; Bottom corners and spine head and tail lightly bumped. White dust wrapper faintly yellowed at bottom edge; Saga of a British family from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901 to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.  
Price: 15.00 USD
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320 531 Tannahill, Reay World, The Flesh And The Devil
Hardcover Crown: NY; 1985; First US Edition Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper  
479 pages; Red remainder mark on bottom edge. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed and edgeworn. ; Decorated endpapers with the family tree of the Royal House of Stewart. This novel, set in 15th Century Scotland, is an intricate blend of historical and fictional characters. To become Chancellor of Scotland John Cameron must become a priest; but what of Ninian, the woman of his heart?  
Price: 15.00 USD
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Angel, TAYLOR, Elizabeth
321 7205 TAYLOR, Elizabeth Angel
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1957, 1984; 252 pages Very Good 
Faint spine and cover creases, a bit of edgewear, pages age yellowed as is common with Virago editions; pages clean, none loose. ; Angel is Angelica Deverell is a child born in drab surroundings with a powerfully romantic mind set on becoming a successful writer. Written in 1957, this is the tale of a popular writer of romances, tailored on MarieCorelli. It is about the rise and fall of a complicated person who does not understand herself as she thinks she does. This novel is quite different from Elizabeth Taylor's other work.; 'I discovered Elizabeth Taylor in the1980's...what a lovely, accomplished writer.'- Holly H. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups. This author also recommended by Linda S. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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At Mrs. Lippincote's, TAYLOR, Elizabeth
322 7103 TAYLOR, Elizabeth At Mrs. Lippincote's
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; (1945) 2000; Reprint 215 pages Very Good+ 
No spine or cover creases, faint edgewear and rubbing. Page edges pale yellow as is often seen in Virago editions. A lovely copy.; The author's first novel, originally published in 1945. 'Mrs. Lippincote's house, with its heavy furniture and yellowing photographs, stands for all the certainties that have vanished with the advent of war. And, temporarily, it is home for Julia. Regarded as a most unsatisfactory officer's wife, Julia has joined her husband Roddy at the behest of the RAF, along with her young son and Roddy's cousin Eleanor.'; 'I discovered Elizabeth Taylor in the1980's...what a lovely, accomplished writer.'- Holly H. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups. 'At Mrs Lippincoteís is an especial favourite...'[by this author]- Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 12.50 USD
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Game of Hide and Seek, A, TAYLOR, Elizabeth
323 7209 TAYLOR, Elizabeth Game of Hide and Seek, A
Softcover; Trade PB Penguin (Virago): New York; c1951,1986; 260 pages Very Good 
This edition has a new introduction by Elizabeth Jane Howard. Like all of her fiction, Elizabeth Taylor writes beautifully, with irony as light as feather and characterization without flaw. This is a story of first love, settling for second best, and returning to the first. Recommended.; Spine and cover creases, page edges (with black remainder mark on bottom) yellowed as is common with Virago editions, a bit of edgewear; interior pages clean, none loose.; "I know it has often been the case that every new (to me) book by Elizabeth Taylor I read becomes the 'best' one I have read so far, but this time, honestly, I think I might really mean it."- Lynne H. author of the 'dovegrey reader scribbles' blog. 'Taylor has a wickedly funny sense of humour and a magnificent talent for capturing the absurd, both of which remind us of the joy and pleasure to be found amidst the realities of navigating our path through life. Of all the novels of hers I have read, which is a fair few now, I think A Game of Hide and Seek is her finest.' -Rachel, author of the "Book Snob" blog. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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In a Summer Season, TAYLOR, Elizabeth
324 6901 TAYLOR, Elizabeth In a Summer Season
Softcover; Trade PB Carroll & Graf: NY; c1961,1991; 220 pages Very Good 
Spine creases, some edgewear, inside covers pale brown, pages clean, no binding problems. This edition has an introduction by Susannah Clapp. ; This wonderful book is about a mother with a secret life, a constrained woman bursting out of constraint, domesticity gone mad, the containment of desire and anger, and so much more.; Highly recommended by Holly H. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups. "I discovered Elizabeth Taylor in the1980's...what a lovely, accomplished writer. This is my particular favorite, although I can recommend them all." Image is of actual book offered. 
Price: 9.95 USD
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Sleeping Beauty, The, TAYLOR, Elizabeth
325 6647 TAYLOR, Elizabeth Sleeping Beauty, The
Softcover; Trade PB Dial Press: NY; c1953,1983; 250 pages Very Good- 
Light spine and cover creases, covers edgeworn and rubbed. Page edges have a few smudges; interior pages clean, none loose. This edition has an introduction by Susannah Clapp.; Emily is the Sleeping Beauty and the quiet, sensible Vinny Tumulty, on a visit to the seaside, has fallen madly in love with her. The town is appropriately named Seething, for under cover of a narrative full of the daily details of living is bigamy and more. The author's most romantic novel.; "Highly recommended."- Holly H. of the ATS and AT email discussion group. This author recommended by Linda S. Front cover matches sample image. 
Price: 11.75 USD
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