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Alice, ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot]
Alice
ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot]
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Marnie, GRAHAM, Winston
Marnie
GRAHAM, Winston
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Bewildering Cares, PECK, Winifred
Bewildering Cares
PECK, Winifred
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Mrs. Tim Christie, STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
Mrs. Tim Christie
STEVENSON, D.E. [Dorothy Emily]
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Make Way for Lucia : The Complete Lucia, Including Queen Lucia, Lucia in London, Miss Mapp, The Male Impersonator, Mapp and Lucia, The Worshipful Lucia, and Trouble for Lucia, BENSON, E. F. (Introduction by Nancy Mitford)
1 7348 BENSON, E. F. (Introduction by Nancy Mitford) Make Way for Lucia : The Complete Lucia, Including Queen Lucia, Lucia in London, Miss Mapp, The Male Impersonator, Mapp and Lucia, The Worshipful Lucia, and Trouble for Lucia
Hardcover Harper & Row: New York; 1986; 1119 pages Very Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
Violet cloth binding, spine faintly curved but not damaged (flaw seen in this oversized edition before), spine ends lightly bumped. A few smudges on pale yellow page edges, some page edges creased; no binding problems, interior pages clean and bright. A nice copy. Unclipped white dust wrapper pale yellow at edges, lightly edgeworn and a few small soil spots. It has an unusual publisher flaw, the laminate is creased, but not peeling away, over entire wrapper. This book weighs 4lbs and thus shipping internationally or via priority mail will incur additional postage costs. ; This large omnibus edition contains the complete Lucia series telling the story of Lucia, Miss Mapp, and their delightful neighbors in the English towns of Riseholme and Tilling. Basis for two British television series titled 'Mapp and Lucia'. The 1985 series stars Geraldine McEwan and Prunella Scales. The 2014 series stars Miranda Richardson and Anna Chancellor. Both are quite enjoyable as are the books of course. :o); This series is recommended by several members of the ATS. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 29.95 USD
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Sapphire Pendant, The, BEYER, Audrey White
2 7344 BEYER, Audrey White Sapphire Pendant, The
Hardcover; Ex-Library Alfred A. Knopf: NY; c1961, 1968; Fifth Printing 178 pages Illustrated by Robin Jacques; B&W Illustrations: Good+ 
An ex-library copy with the expected stamps, markings, and pocket discarded from a high school library. Decorative library binding with wrap around illustration, lightly soiled, worn, and slightly fraying at bumped spine ends and corners. Front and rear hinges, repaired or reinforced by library; no loose pages. Pages slightly age yellowed; text pages clean. Many wonderful black and white line drawings illustrate this story. No dust wrapper. This title seems to be rather scarce.; Set in England during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this is the story of sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Montgomery, daughter of a British naval captain. Elizabeth regrets she is not a boy as due to inheritance laws, when her father dies her cousin Pierre Rochambeau, is heir to the Montgomery estate and guardian to Elizabeth. Her cousin is Irish and worst of all French (!) and Elizabeth deeply resents his presence and control over her life. Some mysterious events occur and Elizabeth of course must investigate which leads to a variety of adventures. An enjoyable read for junior high age and those that enjoy Regency novels.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 74.95 USD
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A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside, BRANCH, Susan
3 7377 BRANCH, Susan A Fine Romance: Falling in Love with the English Countryside
Hardcover Spring Street Publishing: MA; 2013; First Edition; First Printing 260 pages Color Illustrations: Near Fine in Near Fine dust wrapper 
A lovely copy of a delightful book with an attached red ribbon page marker. Spine ends faintly bumped, one corner very lightly bumped. Unclipped dustwrapper faintly edgeworn.; The author presents a lovingly written (using a font made from her own printing) and illustrated account of her two months exploring the English countryside with the love of her life. "The first time I met my darling Joe we discovered we both had the same dream -- of taking a voyage to England on an ocean liner. To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we did just that, crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary II and spending two months wandering the English countryside. I kept a diary of the journey, and when we returned home to Martha's Vineyard, I put it all together in this hand-written book.

A fine Romance begins with the story of how Joe and I found each other and fell in love. Then we're off -- on a quest for serendipity and discovery. Join us as we walk ancient footpaths over hill & dale, along winding hedgerows to castles, cottages, romantic gardens, tearooms, antique stores and pubs. We'll take you through historic homes such as Jane Austen's house and Beatrix Potter's Hill Top Farm; from Kent to the Yorkshire Dales to the Cotswolds and more. You'll find recipes, maps, and travel tips."; " Each page is a piece of art -- filled with paintings, pictures, and her handwritten and unique thoughts about everything from pubs to Beatrix Potters Hill Top Farm. It is both whimsical and a visual tour de force of art and words." HIghly recommended. Published @ $26.95 
Price: 19.95 USD

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Honourable Estate : a Novel of Transition, BRITTAIN, Vera
4 7365 BRITTAIN, Vera Honourable Estate : a Novel of Transition
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Modern Classics: London; c1936, 2000; Reprint 587 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, faint edgewear, page edges yellowed as is common with Virago editions.;

The story of three marriages during the years 1890-1930, a time of great social change. The title refers to 'holy matrimony' as well as the changing status of women. This edition has an introduction by Mark Bostridge, one of VB's authorised biographers.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 14.95 USD

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Open Book, An, DICKENS, Monica
5 7366 DICKENS, Monica Open Book, An
Hardcover Mayflower Books: New York; 1978; First US Edition 210 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Rust cloth binding has faintly bumped spine ends; no binding problems. Pages faintly yellow but clean. Unclipped dust wrapper faintly edgeworn. A very nice copy indeed. ;

'Dickens's light-hearted and honest autobiography takes us from her childhood in the upstairs-downstairs world of the twenties through her celebrated exploits as a cook-general, nurse, munitions worker, provincial newspaper reporter, and, finally, bestselling novelist, wife and mother. Charles Dickens's great-granddaughter shows here that she has inherited his humour and humanity, as well as his zest for everything that life has to offer. ' ; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 15.50 USD

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My Friend Rose, DUNCAN, Jane
6 7364 DUNCAN, Jane My Friend Rose
Hardcover; Ex-Library Macmillan: London; 1964; First British Edition 250 pages Good in Good+ dust wrapper 
Ex-library book with usual stamps and markings. Red boards have large skinned areas where library taped dust wrapper to book and then removed, tape residue from multiple attachements, spine ends and corners lightly bumped, bottom edge wearing revealing inner boards, front board beginning to flare (seen before in this edition). Front free endpaper removed, page edges lightly soiled; interior pages clean. Price clipped dust wrapper (design by Virginia Smith) edgeworn and chipped with a large skinned area on back panel. Library label on spine. A reading copy. ;

Janet is 25 when she first meets Rose. She is the stepmother of Dee, the young girl Janet cares for as governess for two years.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 18.50 USD

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Alice, ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot]
7 7389 ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot] Alice
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1949, 2019; First Edition Thus 207 pages New 
A new book received with faint edgewear. One of the Furrowed Middlebrow imprints.; "But the servants! Anything might happen to them. They might go in a train to Woolwich and meet the love of their lives, or be murdered almost for the asking. Not that one wanted to be murdered exactly, but there was frustration in being denied the possibility."

The deliciously dark tale of the strange and woeful young womanhood of Margaret, the narrator of Elizabeth Eliot's debut novel, and her friend Alice, from their final year at boarding-school in the late 1920s until just before World War II.

The girls have adventures at school, are presented at court, and experience the vicissitudes of high society and their eccentric, increasingly impoverished families. Alice marries, unhappily, and involves Margaret in her hardships, until she suddenly decides--with fabulous success--to become an actress. And through it all the young women engage in loopy existential ponderings about their fates, gleefully detailing the radical instability of their world. Anxious characters marooned in a world without safe harbour--a tragic circumstance, but, in Eliot's hands, an absolutely hilarious one. Evoking by turn the morbid humour of Barbara Comyns and the high society sorrows of Rachel Ferguson, Alice is very much its own brilliant confection.; "...one of the funniest, strangest, and most addictive novels I've read in a long time."- Scott, author of the Furrowed Middlebrow blog. Reviews from the original 1950 publication; "Miraculously good . . . delightful and wise and irreproachably understanding"- The Bookman
"A first novel of singular originality . . . so endearing in spirit that it is hard not to feel for it a kind of personal affection" -Daily Telegraph
"I can pay her no higher compliment than to say that the nearest thing to it I know in literature are the deliciously malicious books of Elizabeth and Her German Garden." -The Sphere Cover matches stock image. 
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Cecil, ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot]
8 7393 ELIOT, Elizabeth [Lady Germaine Elizabeth Olive Eliot] Cecil
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1962, 2019; First Edition Thus 194 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.; Lady Anne's position as the wife of Charles Guthrie gives her a unique (but limited) perspective on the relationship between her husband's stepbrother Cecil and the attractive but dominating Lady Guthrie. As she narrates this, Elizabeth Eliot's brilliant final novel, Anne creates a portrait of a ghoulish woman who ruins her son's life as thoroughly as if she set out to do so intentionally. Yet there are no easy answers here, and Anne's speculations and judgments sometimes shed as much light on her own relationships and experiences as they do on Cecil and his mother.

In Eliot's skilled hands, the apparently simple tale of a dysfunctional family becomes an elegant and witty meditation on our inability to ever know the complete truth about those around us.; "She is a humorist of the first order, and in a style of humour that is particularly British" -The Queen "As she has already shown, Elizabeth Eliot is a gifted natural story-teller"-Daily Mail Cover matches stock image. 
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Bramton Wick, FAIR, Elizabeth
9 7392 FAIR, Elizabeth Bramton Wick
Softcover; Trade PB Dean Street Press: London; c1952, 2017; First Edition Thus 198 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.; In Bramton Wick, the setting of Elizabeth Fair's cheerful debut novel, tensions and resentments--not to mention romance--roil beneath the polite interactions of its charming and eccentric residents.

There's upper crust Lady Masters, taking the good things for granted but thoroughly cowed by her gardener. There's Gillian Cole, a war widow, and her sister Laura, for whom romance may (or may not) be in the offing. There's Miss Selbourne and "Tiger" Garrett, who met driving ambulances during the war (the first one, though Miss Garrett does get them confused). There's Major Worthy, who is quite energetic for an invalid. And there's the three Misses Cleeve, who are "all remarkably like toads" and who have a casual relationship with the truth.; Author biography: "Elizabeth Mary Fair was born in 1908 and brought up in Haigh, a small village in Lancashire, England. There her father was the land agent for Haigh Hall, then occupied by the Earl of Crawford and Balcorres, and there she and her sister were educated by a governess. After her father's death, in 1934, Miss Fair and her mother and sister removed to a small house with a large garden in the New Forest in Hampshire. From 1939 to 1944, she was an ambulance driver in the Civil Defence Corps, serving at Southampton, England; in 1944 she joined the British Red Cross and went overseas as a Welfare Officer, during which time she served in Belgium, India, and Ceylon. Miss Fair's first novel, Bramton Wick, was published in 1952 and received with enthusiastic acclaim as 'perfect light reading with a dash of lemon in it . . .' by Time and Tide. " Cover matches stock image. 
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Island Magic, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
10 7379 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Island Magic
Softcover; Trade PB Hendrickson Publishers: MA; c1934, 2016; 291 pages New 
A lovely unread copy.; In this beloved author's first novel, set in the 19th century on Guernsey, we meet the du Frocq family. The story is based on the memories of Goudge's mother who grew up on Guernsey. ; "A really charming book, very human and humourful, with five of the most real children I have ever met in fiction and full of the most gorgeous discriptions of life in Guernsey."-- Daily Telegraph "The year is 1888. Rachell and Andre du Frocq live on a run-down farm in the town of St. Pierre, on one of the Channel Islands (between England and the coast of Normandy). The proud parents of five high-spirited children, they have wrestled their happiness out of heartache: they've buried three babies and depleted Rachell's inheritance to keep the farm alive." Cover matches stock image. 
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Linnets and Valerians [The Runaways], GOUDGE, Elizabeth
11 7375 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Linnets and Valerians [The Runaways]
Softcover; Trade PB David R. Godine: New York; c1964,2015; Reprint 280 pages Illustrated by Lauren Mills; B&W Illustrations: New 
A new book received with faint edgewear. Chapter headings illustrated with charming black and white drawings.; Another of Goudge's delightful and magical stories that appeal to adults and children alike. Also published as "The Runaways" in Great Britain. Highly recommended.; When the four Linnet children are sent to live with their overly strict grandmother while their father goes exploring in Egypt, they decide that their new life is unbearable-and run away. 'Making their way through the English countryside, they first charm the gruff but lovable Uncle Ambrose and his gardener, Ezra, then stumble upon the eccentric Lady Alicia, who seems to have lost her family.' Cover matches stock image. 
Price: 13.95 USD
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Little White Horse, The, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
12 7380 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Little White Horse, The
Softcover; Trade PB Puffin Books: NY; c1946,2001; Reprint 238 pages New 
A new copy received with faintest edgewear.; 'When orphan Maria arrives at Moonacre Manor, her ancestral home in an enchanted village in England's West Country, she feels as if she's come home. Her new guardian is kind and funny, and everyone there is like an old friend. But beneath the beauty and comfort lies a tragedy. Maria is determined to find out about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending.' Another of this author's delightful and magical children's books that is loved by adults as well. Winner of the Carnegie Medal; basis for the film "Secret of Moonacre". One of our favourites, it was also loved by J. K. Rowling as a child.; "The Little White Horse was my favorite childhood book. I absolutely adored it. It had a cracking plot. It was scary and romantic in parts and had a feisty heroine." —J. K. Rowling Cover matches sample image. 
Price: 6.99 USD
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Rosemary Tree, The, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
13 7374 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Rosemary Tree, The
Softcover; Trade PB Hendrickson: MA; c1956, 2016; Reprint 364 pages As New 
A very nice unread copy with faint edgewear.; A lovely story set in the town of Silverbridge, Devonshire about the family of vicar John Wentworth and Harriet, John's aging former nanny, who holds the family together through her love and empathy.; Indrani Aikath-Gyaltsen plagiarised this novel in her novel, set in India, "Crane's Morning". Cover matches stock image. 
Price: 15.95 USD
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Scent of Water, The, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
14 7378 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Scent of Water, The
Softcover; Trade PB Hendrickson: MA; c1963, 2011; 306 pages New 
A new book received with faintest edgewear.; Mary Lindsay has had a distinguished career in the city. At 50 she decides to return to her childhood village in search of personal fulfillment when she inherits the house of her cousin, another Mary Lindsay. The beautiful village of Appleshaw is deep in the English countryside.' Recommended.; Cover matches stock image. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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Towers in the Mist, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
15 7381 GOUDGE, Elizabeth Towers in the Mist
Softcover; Trade PB Hendrickson Publishers: MA; c1938, 2015; 398 pages New 
A lovely unread copy.; The lovely story of Canon Leigh and his family in Christ Church, Oxford (where the author and her parents once lived) during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.; "It is late sixteenth-century London when awkward teenage Faithful travels to Oxford to study in England's great university. When Canon Leigh takes him in, Faithful enters into a family as exciting and educational as the university itself.
Woven into the narratives of Faithful and the canon's daughter Joyeuce is Oxford during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I with the pomp and sordidness of the spectacular era of England's Golden Age. Not only a historical journey, 'Towers in the Mist' is also a coming-of-age tale of young love and hope." Cover matches stock image. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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White Witch, The, GOUDGE, Elizabeth
16 7382 GOUDGE, Elizabeth White Witch, The
Softcover; Trade PB Hendrickson Publishers: MA; c1958, 2016; First US Edition 422 pages New 
A lovely unread copy.; This historical novel, set during the English Civil War in an Oxfordshire village, features the Haslewood family. "In the manor house, Margaret Haslewood and her twin children wait for news of her husband Robert, who has gone to fight for the cause of Parliament. At the hearth of wise and gentle Froniga, whose skill in healing and clarity of moral vision brings life and vigor to the Romani community, and in the painter's brush of young Francis Leyland, who puts his life in the service of the king, Elizabeth Goudge weaves a tale of enduring insight into what makes us feel at home in the world, and the forces that threaten to tear our homes apart." The publisher of this edition added a note that says in part: First written in 1958, this novel "includes many passages that display oppressive attitudes in matters of race relations. ...many Romani people still face discrimination today. We believe that offering this book to readers as Elizabeth Goudge wrote it allows us to see English literary culture in 1958 in a way that would be obscured were we to alter the text. Justice must be based on truth."; "A rich, long panorama of England in the time of Charles I, when Cavalier and Puritan strove for the mastery of the realm. The story opens with the appearance of Francis Leyland in the little village of Flowercote." Recommended by Charlotte K. of the DES email discussion group, Sandi M. and Amy S. of the E Goudge email discussion group and Anne C. of the AT and EG email discussion lists. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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Marnie, GRAHAM, Winston
17 7391 GRAHAM, Winston Marnie
Hardcover Bodley Head: London; c1961, 1969; 286 pages Very Good in Very Good- dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, top corners bumped. Textblock edges faintly soiled and foxed, endpapers foxed, pages pale yellow but clean, no binding problems. Unclipped dust wrapper rubbed and edgeworn with a few closed tears and chips. White portions of dw (flaps and spine) faintly yellowed. ; This psychological crime novel by the author of the Poldark novels is set in 1950's England. Marnie is a beautiful and enigmatic con artist that assumes multiple identities. The basis for the film by Alfred Hitchcock starring Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren. Also the basis for the opera by Nico Muhly and Nicholas Wright that premiered in 2017.; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 24.50 USD
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Five Bells and Bladebone, The, GRIMES, Martha
18 7376 GRIMES, Martha Five Bells and Bladebone, The
Hardcover Little, Brown & Company: Boston; 1987; First US Edition 299 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Corners lightly bumped, page edges faintly smudged. Unclipped dust wrapper very lightly rubbed and edgeworn with a faintly sunned spine. Rear white panel a bit age yellowed. A nice copy. ; The ninth book in the Richard Jury / Melrose Plant mystery series. "When a dismembered corpse is found in the compartments of an antique secretaire a abattant, Marshall Trueblood, recipient of the precious piece of furniture, is the first to protest: "I bought the desk, not the body, send it back." Who would want to kill Simon Lean, the greedy nephew of the wealthy Lady Summerston?

Leave it to Superintendent Richard Jury of Scotland Yard to suggest a connection to the murder of brassy Limehouse lady named Sadie Driver, found dead near Wapping Old Stairs...if that stone-cold body on the slipway is really Sadie. Not even her brother, Tommy, on a visit from Gravesend, can swear to it."; The entire Richard Jury series recommended by Norma H. Image is actual copy on offer. 
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Up With the Larks: Starting Again in Cornwall, HAINSWORTH, Tessa
19 7371 HAINSWORTH, Tessa Up With the Larks: Starting Again in Cornwall
Softcover; Trade PB Arrow Books: London; c2009, 2010; 278 pages Very Good 
Spine and cover creases, light edgewear. Page edges pale yellow; interior pages clean, none loose.; A young woman and her family leave London for what they hope will be an idyllic life in Cornwall. It doesn't *exactly* turn out like that. In this humourous and warm-hearted first memoir she shares her turbulent first year working with the Royal Mail and her transformation from outsider to 'posh postie'.
"She starts in the bitter darkness of midwinter, faced with the perils of the Christmas rush, a van with a mind of its own and a host of unfamiliar routes, local characters - and their animals, large and small. But, day by day and month by month, she meets and learns to love a wonderfully colourful cast of characters until her second Christmas in Cornwall is entirely different from the first, as the community goes out of its way to thank her with small gifts and other tokens of their affection."
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Price: 8.75 USD
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Clear Stream, The: A Life of Winifred Holtby, HOLTBY] SHAW, Marion
20 5821 HOLTBY] SHAW, Marion Clear Stream, The: A Life of Winifred Holtby
Softcover; Trade PB Virago Press: London; c1999, 2000; 335 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Spine ends bumped, light edgewear and cover creasing (shipping damage); looks unread. Pages yellowed as is common with Virago editions. A nice copy. ;

Explores the life of the gently-born British woman author who, after coming of age in the period between the world wars, campaigned for feminism, racial equality, and pacifism. The first biography written since the one done by her great friend Vera Brittain in 1940. It is interesting to compare with "Testament of Friendship".; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 13.50 USD

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Back Home, MAGORIAN, Michelle
21 7361 MAGORIAN, Michelle Back Home
Hardcover Viking Kestrel: Harmondsworth, England; 1985; First British Edition 387 pages Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust wrapper 
Spine ends lightly bumped, some faint soil marks on textblock edges, a few pages very lightly creased. Unclipped dust wrapper (£7.95) has faint edgewear. A very nice copy. ; By the author of 'Good Night Mr. Tom', for ages 10 and up. 'Rusty' Dickinson was evacuated to the United States from England at the age of seven in 1940. When she returns in 1945, she is homesick for her American family and their more relaxed ways. She must adjust to a war torn country, a new school, and a family that has changed in some ways almost as much as she has. The title refers to her return to the country of her birth and her feelings about her adopted country. Basis for the British television movie. Recommended.; This book recommended by Tom J. of the ATS and AT and DES email discussion groups as well as Elizabeth B. and Marjorie B. of the DES email discussion group. Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 29.75 USD
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Good Night, Mr. Tom, MAGORIAN, Michelle
22 7351 MAGORIAN, Michelle Good Night, Mr. Tom
Softcover; Trade PB Harper Trophy: NY; c1981, 1986; 318 pages Good 
Top corner of front cover torn away, covers creased and edgeworn with a closed tear, pages and inside covers pale brown (seen before in this edition) the first few pages have a tiny tear as if a staple at one time pressed on the pages. Previous bookstore label on back cover; interior pages clean, no binding problems. A reading copy. ; By the author of "Back Home". Winner, 1982 International Reading Association Children's Book Award, Notable Children's Books of 1982 (ALA), 1982 Best Books for Young Adults (ALA) 'London is poised on the brink of World War Two. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech--the abused child of a single mother--is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past. He learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place.' Basis for the British television film featuring John Thaw that won the Lew Grade Award BAFTA in 1999.; HIghly recommended by Tom J. of the AT and DES email discussion groups and the ATS, Elizabeth B. of the DES email discussion group and by Lyn B. author of the 'I Prefer Reading' blog and member of the DES email discussion group. Image showing damaged front cover is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 5.95 USD
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Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family], MITFORD] LOVELL, Mary
23 7360 MITFORD] LOVELL, Mary Sisters, The : The Saga of the Mitford Family [The Mitford Girls: Extraordinary Family]
Softcover; Trade PB W. W. Norton: NY; c2001, 2003; 611 pages B&W Photographs: Very Good 
Published as "The Mitford Girls: The Biography of an Extraordinary Family" in the UK. No spine creases, covers creased and a bit edgeworn, several page corners creased; pages clean, none loose. ; 'They were beautiful, brilliant, gloriously eccentric, and their humor was legendary. Everything was perfect, except for their politics. This is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between the wars. Jessica was a Communist; Debo became the Duchess of Devonshire; Nancy, the eldest, was one of the best-selling novelists of her day; the ethereally beautiful Diana, married to the Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley and imprisoned without trial through most of World War II, was the most hated woman in England; Unity Valkyrie Mitford, born in the mining town of Swastika, Alaska, would become obsessed with Adolf Hitler, whom she met on at least 140 occasions. When war was declared between England and Germany, she shot herself in the head. The Mitfords had style, presence, and were extremely gifted: four would go on to write best-selling books. Above all, they were funny—hilariously and often mercilessly so.'; Image is actual copy on offer. 
Price: 9.75 USD
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Night Witches: The Amazing Story of Russia's Women Pilots in WWII, MYLES, Bruce
24 7394 MYLES, Bruce Night Witches: The Amazing Story of Russia's Women Pilots in WWII
Softcover Academy Chicago Publishers: Chicago; c1981, 1997; Second Printing 272 pages Very Good+ 
A new copy received with light edgewear.; In 1941, as Nazi hordes swept east into the Soviet Union, a desperte call went out for women to join the Russian air force. The result--three entire regiments of women pilots and bombers--was a phenomenon unmatched in World II. Through interviews with these courageous pilots, the author uncovers their story. A film based on their stories is in development.; Cover matches stock image. 
Price: 14.95 USD
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Bewildering Cares, PECK, Winifred
25 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. 
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