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  • BURGLAR IN THE RYE - 2ND HAND
    BURGLAR IN THE RYE - 2ND HAND
    BLOCK LAWRENCE
    ISBN: 9781901982602
    Title: BURGLAR IN THE RYE - 2ND HAND
    Author: BLOCK LAWRENCE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. 1st UK edition.

    Bernie Rhodenbarr, bookseller by day and burglar by night, is hired to steal back the letters of a reclusive author from his former agent, who now wishes to sell them at auction. Seems like an easy enough job, until Bernie discovers the letters missing and the agent dead.
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    Imprint: NO EXIT PRESS
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • BURNING GROUND - 2ND HAND
    BURNING GROUND - 2ND HAND
    ORIORDAN ADAM
    ISBN: 9781408864777
    Title: BURNING GROUND - 2ND HAND
    Author: ORIORDAN ADAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Author's first collection of short stories. 1st Edition

    A masterful debut short story collection from the award-winning, critically-acclaimed poet Adam O'Riordan.

    In these eight stories, an English writer focuses his gaze on America's West Coast, moving from fractured lives in remote, sun-scorched towns to the charged hum of Venice Beach.

    A man visits his long-distance lover in Los Angeles and forges an unexpected bond with a fellow traveller on the way; a teenager interviews a businessman for his school newspaper and their paths continue to cross, throughout life; the foreman of a desert building project embarks on a journey down the Pacific Coast Highway and into California's underworld when his employer's daughter goes missing; a lonely widower reflects on the past and confronts a disturbing and long suppressed memory; a divorced father tries to reconnect with his son on a hunting trip; an artist finds peace in exile after the disintegration of an affair; and itinerant Brits discuss love and acting in downtown LA.

    Written with an outsider's keen eye, this collection of stories paints an intimate portrait of diverse lives, in a work of remarkable beauty and poignancy.


    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • BURNING TO READ : English Fundamentalism and its Reformation Opponents - 2ND HAND
    BURNING TO READ : English Fundamentalism and its Reformation Opponents - 2ND HAND
    SIMPSON JAMES
    ISBN: 9780674026711
    Title: BURNING TO READ : English Fundamentalism and its Reformation Opponents - 2ND HAND
    Author: SIMPSON JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    Amid present-day conflagrations, this illuminating book reminds us of the sources, and profound consequences, of Christian fundamentalism in the sixteenth century. Simpson focuses on the cultural transformation in early modern England that allowed common people to read the Bible for the first time. The last wave of fundamentalist reading in the West provoked 150 years of violent upheaval; as we approach a second wave, this powerful book alerts us to our peril.

    Imprint: BELKNAP PRESS
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • BURY ME STANDING : The Gypsies and their Journey - 2ND HAND
    BURY ME STANDING : The Gypsies and their Journey - 2ND HAND
    FONESCA ISABEL
    ISBN: 9780701138516
    Title: BURY ME STANDING : The Gypsies and their Journey - 2ND HAND
    Author: FONESCA ISABEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.

    Isabel Fonseca describes the four years she spent with Gypsies from Albania to Poland, listening to their stories, deciphering their taboos, and befriending their matriarchs, activists, and child prostitutes. A masterful work of personal reportage, this volume is also a vibrant portrait of a mysterious people and an essential document of a disappearing culture.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • BUSH : Travels In the Heart of Australia - 2ND HAND
    BUSH : Travels In the Heart of Australia - 2ND HAND
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9781926428215
    Title: BUSH : Travels In the Heart of Australia - 2ND HAND
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, gift inscription to half title, in a very good dust jacket.

    Most Australians live in cities and cling to the coastal fringe, yet our sense of what an Australian is - or should be - is drawn from the vast and varied inland called the bush. But what do we mean by 'the bush', and how has it shaped us?

    Starting with his forebears' battle to drive back nature and eke a living from the land, Don Watson explores the bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don't. Via mountain ash and mallee, the birds and the beasts, slaughter, fire, flood and drought, swagmen, sheep and their shepherds, the strange and the familiar, the tragedies and the follies, the crimes and the myths and the hope - here is a journey that only our leading writer of non-fiction could take us on.

    At once magisterial in scope and alive with telling, wry detail, The Bush lets us see our landscape and its inhabitants afresh, examining what we have made, what we have destroyed, and what we have become in the process.

    No one who reads it will look at this country the same way again.


    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • BUSINESS OF BOOKS : Booksellers and the English Book Trade - 2ND HAND
    BUSINESS OF BOOKS : Booksellers and the English Book Trade - 2ND HAND
    RAVEN JAMES
    ISBN: 9780300122619
    Title: BUSINESS OF BOOKS : Booksellers and the English Book Trade - 2ND HAND
    Author: RAVEN JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition

    In 1450, very few English men or women were personally familiar with a book; by 1850, the great majority of people daily encountered books, magazines, or newspapers. This book explores the history of this fundamental transformation, from the arrival of the printing press to the coming of steam. James Raven presents a lively and original account of the English book trade and the printers, booksellers, and entrepreneurs who promoted its development. Viewing print and book culture through the lens of commerce, Raven offers a new interpretation of the genesis of literature and literary commerce in England. He draws on extensive archival sources to reconstruct the successes and failures of those involved in the book trade - a cast of heroes and heroines, villains, and rogues. And, through groundbreaking investigations of neglected aspects of book trade history, Raven thoroughly revises our understanding of the massive popularization of the book and the dramatic expansion of its markets over the centuries.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $90.00

    Price: $90.00
  • CALENDAR OF WISDO - 2ND HAND
    CALENDAR OF WISDO - 2ND HAND
    TOLSTOY LEO
    ISBN: 9781860198946
    Title: CALENDAR OF WISDO - 2ND HAND
    Author: TOLSTOY LEO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.

    Imprint: -
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait Of A Woman - 2ND HAND
    CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait Of A Woman - 2ND HAND
    MASSIE ROBERT K
    ISBN: 9780679456728
    Title: CATHERINE THE GREAT: Portrait Of A Woman - 2ND HAND
    Author: MASSIE ROBERT K
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint

    The Pulitzer Prize&;winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

    Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant mind and an insatiable curiosity as a young woman, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers and, when she reached the throne, attempted to use their principles to guide her rule of the vast and backward Russian empire. She knew or corresponded with the preeminent historical figures of her time: Voltaire, Diderot, Frederick the Great, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Antoinette, and, surprisingly, the American naval hero, John Paul Jones.

    Reaching the throne fired by Enlightenment philosophy and determined to become the embodiment of the &;benevolent despot&; idealized by Montesquieu, she found herself always contending with the deeply ingrained realities of Russian life, including serfdom. She persevered, and for thirty-four years the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution that swept across Europe. Her reputation depended entirely on the perspective of the speaker. She was praised by Voltaire as the equal of the greatest of classical philosophers; she was condemned by her enemies, mostly foreign, as &;the Messalina of the north.&;

    Catherine&;s family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers, and enemies&;all are here, vividly described. These included her ambitious, perpetually scheming mother; her weak, bullying husband, Peter (who left her lying untouched beside him for nine years after their marriage); her unhappy son and heir, Paul; her beloved grandchildren; and her &;favorites&;&;the parade of young men from whom she sought companionship and the recapture of youth as well as sex. Here, too, is the giant figure of Gregory Potemkin, her most significant lover and possible husband, with whom she shared a passionate correspondence of love and separation, followed by seventeen years of unparalleled mutual achievement.

    The story is superbly told. All the special qualities that Robert K. Massie brought to Nicholas and Alexandra and Peter the Great are present here: historical accuracy, depth of understanding, felicity of style, mastery of detail, ability to shatter myth, and a rare genius for finding and expressing the human drama in extraordinary lives.

    History offers few stories richer in drama than that of Catherine the Great. In this book, this eternally fascinating woman is returned to life.

    Imprint: Random House United States
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • CEMENT GARDEN - 2ND HAND
    CEMENT GARDEN - 2ND HAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780224043977
    Title: CEMENT GARDEN - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Thus, Signed

    In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own strange and unsettling ways of fending for themselves...

    Imprint: Jonathan Cape Publishers
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • CHANCE - 2ND HAND
    CHANCE - 2ND HAND
    NUNN KEM
    ISBN: 9780743289245
    Title: CHANCE - 2ND HAND
    Author: NUNN KEM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition

    From the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize-winning author comes a suspenseful and mind-bending novel about Eldon Chance, a forensic neuropsychiatrist at the end of his rope.
    In a land of lost dreams, California has many fault lines, and in recent years novelist Kem Nunn has proved as fine a guide to them as one could hope," says the "Los Angeles Times." Nunn's literary reputation has been built over the course of five novels that create stories of suspense in the myriad subcultures of California, including the surfing world, the Mojave Desert, the Mexico borderlands, and the exurban zones of drug use and nasty violence. His writing is formal yet lush, and often laced with a chilling black humor. "Newsweek" said Nunn's "The Dogs of Winter" is "the greatest novel ever written about surfing," while "The Washington Post" called him the "principal heir to the tradition of Raymond Chandler and Nathanael West."
    Nunn's new novel is a dark book involving psychiatric mystery, sexual obsession, fractured identities, and terrifyingly realistic violence--a tale told amid the back streets of California's Bay Area, far from the cleansing breezes of the ocean. This is a landscape where nameless persons lose their identities and find new ones after days of sex in a motel room, where homeless war veterans create neo-hippie encampments--this is California noir, this is Kem Nunn country. It's not pretty, it's not sweet, but it is disturbing and unforgettable.
    The antihero of this book, Dr. Eldon Chance, a neuropsychiatrist, is a man primed for spectacular ruin. Into Dr. Chance's blighted life walks Jaclyn Blackstone, the abused, attractive wife of an Oakland homicide detective, a violent and jealous man. Jaclyn appears to be suffering from a dissociative identity disorder. In time, Chance will fall into bed with her--or is it with her alter ego, the voracious and volatile Jackie Black? The not-so-good doctor, despite his professional training, isn't quite sure--and thereby hangs his fascination with her. But when you get Jaclyn, you get her husband, Raymond, a formidable and dangerous adversary.
    Meanwhile, Chance also meets a young man named D, a self-styled, streetwise philosopher skilled in the art of the blade. It is around this trio of unique and dangerous individuals that longguarded secrets begin to unravel, obsessions grow, and the doctor's carefully arranged life comes to the brink of implosion.
    Amid San Francisco's fluid, ever-shifting fog, in the cool, gray city of love, Dr. Chance will at last be forced to live up to his name. "Chance" is a twisted, harrowing, and impossible-to-put-down head trip through the fun house of fate, mesmerizing until the very last page.

    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • CHASING THE SUN : Dictionary Makers and the Dictionaries They Made - 2ND HAND
    CHASING THE SUN : Dictionary Makers and the Dictionaries They Made - 2ND HAND
    GREEN JONATHON
    ISBN: 9780224040105
    Title: CHASING THE SUN : Dictionary Makers and the Dictionaries They Made - 2ND HAND
    Author: GREEN JONATHON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.1st Edition

    In this book Jonathon Green traces the history of the dictionary from the first lexicon created in 2340 B.C. to the pinnacle of the Oxford English Dictionary and today's computer-generated successors of that great masterwork.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • CHILDRENS BOOK - 2ND HAND
    CHILDRENS BOOK - 2ND HAND
    BYATT A S
    ISBN: 9780701183899
    Title: CHILDRENS BOOK - 2ND HAND
    Author: BYATT A S
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    Famous author Olive Wellwood writes a special private book, bound in different colours, for each of her children. In their rambling house near Romney Marsh they play in a story-book world - but their lives, and those of their rich cousins and their friends, the son and daughter of a curator at the new Victoria and Albert Museum, are already inscribed with mystery. Each family carries its own secrets. They grow up in the golden summers of Edwardian times, but as the sons rebel against their parents and the girls dream of independent futures, they are unaware that in the darkness ahead they will be betrayed unintentionally by the adults who love them. This is the children's book.

    Imprint: Chatto & Windus Publishers
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • CHURCHILLS WAR : VOLUME 1 The Struggle For Power - 2ND HAND
    CHURCHILLS WAR : VOLUME 1 The Struggle For Power - 2ND HAND
    IRVING DAVID
    ISBN: 9780947117566
    Title: CHURCHILLS WAR : VOLUME 1 The Struggle For Power - 2ND HAND
    Author: IRVING DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    David Irving presents a wealth of hitherto suppressed information that shows a shockingly unfamilar potrait of the great statesman, Churchill. Readers will discover a power-hungry leader who prolonged the war to advance his own career. This is a fascinating, exhaustive investigation of Churchill's intrigues and deceptions before and during WWII. This is a savage debunking of Churchill by the world's most popular revisionist historian and author.



    Imprint: VERITAS
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • CLERKENWELL TALES - 2ND HAND
    CLERKENWELL TALES - 2ND HAND
    ACKROYD PETER
    ISBN: 9781856197069
    Title: CLERKENWELL TALES - 2ND HAND
    Author: ACKROYD PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.First edition.

    'I am sister to the day and night. I am sister to the woods.'

    Sister Clarisse, a nun in the House of St Mary at Clerkenwell, experiences visions. She dreams of the English King. Are her prophecies the babblings of the crazed? Or can she 'see' a future in which Henry Bolingbroke overthrows Richard II?

    This clever and colourful novel begins with The Nun's Tale, and continues with The Friar's Tale, The Merchant's Tale and The Clerk's Tale-. Thus, story by story, Peter Ackroyd builds his portrait of medieval London. The people are disenchanted by the Church, with its wealth and corruption, its Pope in Rome and its Pope in Avignon. But heresy is dangerous- almost as dangerous as rebellion.

    This is a novel about spies and counter-spies, radicals and idealists, murderers and arsonists, sects and secret societies...


    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • CLOUD ATLAS - 2ND HAND
    CLOUD ATLAS - 2ND HAND
    MITCHELL DAVID
    ISBN: 9780340822777
    Title: CLOUD ATLAS - 2ND HAND
    Author: MITCHELL DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified 'dinery server' on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation -- the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small. In his captivating third novel, David Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity's dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.


    Imprint: SCEPTRE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • CORRUPTING THE YOUTH : A History of Philosophy in Australia -2ND HAND
    CORRUPTING THE YOUTH : A History of Philosophy in Australia -2ND HAND
    FRANKLIN JAMES
    ISBN: 9781876492083
    Title: CORRUPTING THE YOUTH : A History of Philosophy in Australia -2ND HAND
    Author: FRANKLIN JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, some underlining (in pencil), in a very good , bright and clean dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    Corrupting the Youth is a history of philosophy in Australia that will have a similar market appeal to Jostein Gaarder's best-seller Sophie's World. It is a grand survey, written to be completely accessible to the general reader, in which the author shows how the hard and basic questions of philosophy - including the meaning of life, the nature of the brain, the rights of minorities, the credibility of science, the existence of God - have been debated in Australia since the nineteenth century.

    Imprint: MACLEAY PRESS
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
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