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THE HARD WORD : Ten Stories with Teeth, Adam Carey, Simmone Howell, Sharon Shelley, John Southurst, Patrick Witton
1 Adam Carey, Simmone Howell, Sharon Shelley, John Southurst, Patrick Witton THE HARD WORD : Ten Stories with Teeth
Melbourne, VIC, Australia Vandal Press 1998 First Edition Softcover Very Good + 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
133pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Illustrated card wrapper very good+. Ten short stories. Book weight approx. 135g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 37.60 AUD
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DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY, Adams, Douglas
2 Adams, Douglas DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY
New York Simon and Schuster 1987 0671625829 / 9780671625825 First U.S. Edition, 1st Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
247pp. Book clean and square. Blue quarter-cloth spine, bright gilt title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Leaves clean. Art-illustrated (Paul Bacon), loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn only. A simple search, for a missing cat, by Private Detective Dirk Gently develops into a ghost-horror-detective-time travel-romantic comedy epic . . . more interested in telekinesis, quantum mechanics and lunch, our hero's task is not easy. Sadly for the cat . . . Douglas Adams, born in Cambridge, U.K., in 1952, died in 2001. Book weight approx. 460g. 
Price: 21.62 AUD
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3 Adams, Richard SHARDIK
New York Simon and Schuster 1974 0671220152 / 9780671220150 First U.S. Edition, 1st Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
604pp., colour, story-setting map endpapers (art by Rafael Palacios). Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over nominally bumped spine. Stylized art design over undamaged brown cloth boards. A discreet remainder stripe on textblock foot abutting spine, otherwise leaves clean. Art-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn, with short closed tears and slight tanning. Following his multi-award winning debut novel 'Watership Down', Richard Adams' 'Shardik' is "a fantasy of somber-indeed of tragic-character, centered upon the long-awaited reincarnation of the gigantic bear Shardik and his appearance among the Ortelgan people . . . " Contents include: 58 chapters, over seven 'books'. Book weight approx. 840g. 
Price: 20.68 AUD
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A CAPTIVE IN THE LAND, Aldridge, James
4 Aldridge, James A CAPTIVE IN THE LAND
London Hamish Hamilton 1962 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
376pp. Book clean. Bright gilt title over mildly bumped and canted spine. Plain boards lightly bumped on several foredge corners, else unmarked. An original seller's sticker affixed to front pastedown, else textblock slightly tanned. Art-illustrated (P. Youngman Carter), loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped (crudely, with some text loss), nipped and edgeworn, some fold biopredation. This survival-based thriller, set in the Arctic, unfolds when a meteorological survey team flying in a Dakota, see the wreckage of a downed aircraft near which is a moving human. Rupert Royce, the meteorologist aboard, parachutes down to assist while the plane flies on to get help. Unknown to him, the Dakota crashes with total loss of life before they can organise a rescue crew. So begins the battle to survive for an American and an injured Russian. Footnote - a movie of the same name, based on the book, was released in 1993, directed by John Berry. Book weight approx. 440g. 
Price: 28.20 AUD
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5 Aldridge, James THE LAST EXILE
London Hamish Hamilton 1961 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
790pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, vivid silver title there-on. Red boards undamaged. Lower margin damage (creased; plus one with biopredation) on several leaves, otherwise very good. Art-illustrated (P. Youngman-Carter) loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, with jagged tears and creases, plus minor fading on spine. Action thriller set in Egypt during and after the Suez crisis. By 1956 few Englishmen are left in the country. One exception is the mysterious and problematic Captain Scott, who works for the Egyptian Government Survey. He had previously been court-martialled while in the British Eighth Army, remaining in Egypt after the war . . . Book weight approx. 810g. 
Price: 15.98 AUD
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HOME TO THE ISLAND, Allan, Mabel Esther
6 Allan, Mabel Esther HOME TO THE ISLAND
New York The Vanguard Press 1966 First U.S. Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
159pp., tinted endpapers. Book clean and square. Bright silver title and decoration over nominally bumped blue, original cloth boards. Text-block (untrimmed at foot) yellow-tinted top edge, leaves clean and unmarked. Art-illustrated (Paul Frame), loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn, plus an original seller's sticker affixed to front flap which partially masks one word ('author). First published in the U.K. in 1961, this first American edition is a story for older schoolgirls and is set on a tiny island, 'Lindra', situated in the Outer Hebrides area of Scotland. Helen, an eighteen-year-old schoolgirl just returned to her birthplace from Edinburgh, is somewhat despondent and heavy of heart. Into her life comes a handsome young schoolmaster . . . Contents include: Prelims., 15 chapters. Book weight approx. 375g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 59.20 AUD
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THE PIG PLANTAGENET, Andrews, Allen
7 Andrews, Allen THE PIG PLANTAGENET
London Hutchinson & Co. 1980 0091427401 / 9780091427405 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Michael Foreman 
199pp., b/white line-drawn illustrations by Michael Foreman. B/white illustrated endpapers. Book clean, square. Spine firm, silver title there-on. Plain blue boards undamaged. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket has one tiny surface abrasion to flap fold. "Set in medieval France, the hero is - yes - a pig, a small but highly intelligent pig with a little boar blood lurking in his veins . . . When the feudal lords of Pitou decide with the farmers to rid the nearby forest of wild animals, it is Plantagenet (beloved of the farmer's daughter, Adele) who warns his cousin, the wild boar Grondin, of what is afoot . . . " Book weight approx. 510g. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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8 Anggraeni, Dewi PARALLEL FORCES. (Signed Copy)
Briar Hill, Victoria, Australia Indra Publishing 1988 0958771812 / 9780958771818 First Edition Softcover Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed and Inscribed By Author
197pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Concise inscription, signed by author on her bio. page, otherwise leaves clean. Art-illustrated (David Wong) card wrapper lightly edgeworn only. Are dark forces at work? Amyrra believes she is being overpowered by the force of an ominous prediction. Desperate to free herself, she tries to fight it with brutal force. Will it be enough? Book weight approx. 230g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 15.98 AUD
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THE SECRET LIFE OF LASZLO, COUNT DRACULA, Anscombe, Roderick
9 Anscombe, Roderick THE SECRET LIFE OF LASZLO, COUNT DRACULA
New York Hyperion Books 1994 0786860405 / 9780786860401 First Edition (Stated) Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
409pp. Book clean, square. Quarter-cloth spine (bronze title there-on) firm. Light bump to upper foredge corner of plain black front board. Leaves clean, very soft vertical crease to several. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket very mildly edge-creased and indented, and edge-tanned on reverse. "In his mesmerizing fictional debut, Roderick Anscombe takes readers into the fevered mind of Count Dracula the man - aristocrat, doctor, and helpless killer of young women. There are no vampires in this stunningly erotic reinvention of the classic myth, only tormented human beings." Book weight approx. 825g. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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CHTHON, Anthony, Piers
10 Anthony, Piers CHTHON
London Macdonald 1970 First U.K. Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
252pp. Book clean. Bright gilt title over slightly cocked spine. Light splash-stain on plain grey boards. Former owner's name on ffep., else leaves clean. Art-illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, with short closed tears, browned on rear text panel. This first British Edition tells the story of Aton, whose crime, it seems, was to fall in love, as a child, with Minionette, a semi-mythical siren universally despised and feared. Condemned to the brutally hot subterranean mines of Chthon, Aton seeks answers to his questions. None forthcoming, he decides to escape the place where no man has ever fled and survived . . . Contents include: Prelims., Prologue, 3 chapters, Interlogue, 3 chapters, Epilogue. Book weight approx. 400g. 
Price: 28.20 AUD
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11 Arnold Jansen Op De Haar KING OF TUZLA
London Holland Park Press 2010 1907320067 / 9781907320064 First U.K. Edition Softcover Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
199pp. Book clean. Spine firm. Leaves pristine. Illustrated card wrapper undamaged. First published in the Netherlands as 'De Koning van Tuzla', De Arbeiderspers, 1999. English translation by Paul Vincent. "All of a sudden, Tijmen Klein Gildekamp, a young Army captain, finds himself in a real war. He is part of the UN, based in Bosnia in the former Yugoslavia, the scene of the most recent war in Europe . . . A truly original coming-of-age story." Book weight approx. 290g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 20.68 AUD
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THE GYPSUM FLOWER, Bair, Patrick
12 Bair, Patrick THE GYPSUM FLOWER
London Eyre & Spottiswoode 1959 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Fair 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
189pp. Book clean and square. Bright blue title over slightly bumped spine. Plain black boards lightly bumped on foredge corners. Text-block top edge nominally flecked, else leaves unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, numerous creases on lower front panel, plus repaired tears on two folds. A suspense thriller set in the small Pyrenean town of St. Girons, beginning one spring evening in 1944 . . . Book weight approx. 260g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 18.80 AUD
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13 Baker, Denys Val THOMASINA'S ISLAND: A Novella of Cornwall and Other Stories
London William Kimber 1981 0718302788 / 9780718302788 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
190pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Leaves clean. Art-illustrated ['Mackeral Boat', Margo Maeckberghe], loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn, and noticeably sunned on spine. The primary tale in this volume of short stories is 'Thomasina's Island', set in Cornwall where black-haired beauty Thomasina, firmly committed to the Cornish cause, meets David, who crosses the Tamar first for a holiday, then to stay...Includes nine other stories. Book weight approx. 380g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 13.62 AUD
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THE DARLING, Banks, Russell
14 Banks, Russell THE DARLING
Great Britain Bloomsbury 2005 0747574006 / 9780747574002 First Edition, First Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good + 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
391pp. Book clean, square. Spine firm, white title there-on. Plain black boards undamaged. Attached ribbon bookmark, which is slightly frayed at end. Leaves clean. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket very mildly edge-creased only, with one tiny closed tear. "Stretching from the sixties to the present day, 'The Darling' is a vast, complex novel about colonialism and its legacy on modern-day Africa. Russell Banks has drawn an unforgettable heroine to tell his story. Hannah Musgrave is a true blue radical : tough, enigmatic and an eternal outsider. Reminiscent of the novels of Greene and Conrad, this is big, bold, and utterly compelling storytelling." Book weight approx. 770g. 
Price: 20.68 AUD
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THE BLOOM IS GONE, Barclay, John
15 Barclay, John THE BLOOM IS GONE
Sydney, N.S.W., Australia Australasian Book Society 1977 909916802 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
211pp. Book clean. Slightly canted spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain black boards lightly bumped on corners. Leaves clean, corner crease to several. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket has short closed tears, small holes to flap folds. "A year in the life of white teachers at a desert school for Aboriginal children gives wide scope for John Barclay's gifts as a novelist . . . " 24 chapters. Book weight approx. 380g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 9.11 AUD
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WEAVEWORLD, Barker, Clive
16 Barker, Clive WEAVEWORLD
New York Poseidon Press 1987 0671612689 / 9780671612689 First Edition, First Impression Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
584pp. NOTE: Erratum slip enclosed at page 300, which replaces the first paragraph of chapter iv, in which text was inadvertently omitted. Book clean, square. Quarter-cloth spine firm, gilt title there-on. Plain blue boards have one small bump to foot. Leaves clean. Simon & Schuster stamp to lower textblock edge. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edge-creased at head. " 'Weaveworld' begins with a rug - a wondrous, magnificent rug - into which a world has been woven. It is the world of the Seerkind, a people more ancient than man, who possess raptures - the power to make magic . . . " Book weight approx. 930g. * Buyers outside Australia - This item will incur extra postage charges as it will weigh over 1KG. with packing. Please email for quote. 
Price: 31.88 AUD
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A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR, Bates, H.E.
17 Bates, H.E. A BREATH OF FRENCH AIR
London Michael Joseph 1959 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
158pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Blue cloth boards lightly shelfworn only. A former owner's name on ffep., small flecks on text-block edges, otherwise leaves clean. An attractive, contemporary, art-illustrated (Broome Lynne), loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, mildly nipped and edgeworn, with minor splotch on rear. In this, another 'chapter' in the lives of Pop Larkin and his handsome family of seven, known famously as the stars of the 'Darling Buds of May', by H.E.Bates, we find Pop and the family take their first holiday abroad! To France . . . Let the mayhem begin . . .Book weight approx. 300g. Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. 
Price: 17.58 AUD
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18 Bawden, Nina UNDER THE SKIN
New York Harper & Row 1964 1st. U.S. Edition, Quarter Cloth Hardback & DJ Very Good + Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
250pp., book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves clean. Printed [author portrait rear], loose-plastic protected dustjacket nominally edgeworn, mildly sunned on spine, lightly fingermarked. By prolific author, Nina Bawden b. 1925, london; A contemporary, relationship-based novel, set in England. Racially overtoned, it finds Tom and Louise Grant inviting Jay Nbola from Kenya to stay with them during his year at London University . . . Book weight approx. 430g. 
Price: 10.02 AUD
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AMAZON ONE, Beal, M.F.
19 Beal, M.F. AMAZON ONE
Boston, MA Atlantic-Little, Brown 1975 First Edition Hardcover and Dustjacket Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
(xv) + 299pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, bright gilt title there-on. Blindstamp publisher's device on front brown board. Former owner's name on half-title page, lightly flecked head of text-block. Boards have minor bumps on upper foredge corners. Illustrated (Art: Gerry Hoover, plus photographic author portrait) loose-plastic protected dustjacket mildly edgeworn, nipped, and has short, closed tears. Author M.F.Bell received the 'Atlantic Grant' for this work, a feminist novel which exposes the political reasoning, private sensibilities, anger and fear of a group of radical activists convinced that America is the enemy, and violence their salvation . . . Book weight approx. 560g. 
Price: 17.58 AUD
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20 Beaty ELECTRIC TRAIN
London Secker & Warburg 1975 1st. U.K. Edition, Hard Cover + D/J [Oblong] Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
268pp., book clean, square. Spine firm, gilt title there-on. Former owner's name on ffep., a few tiny flecks on block edges, otherwise leves clean. 'Grippingly' illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket trivially edgeworn only. Relationship-based, this novel is a story of five love affairs, ten lives all intertwined as commuters of the U.K. Railway System, travelling from Ocklington where they live, to London where they work, between which lie the Northern Downs-and the Blackwater Tunnel . . . Book weight approx. 480g. 
Price: 10.02 AUD
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