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  • COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    GALLANT MAVIS
    ISBN: 9781408806104
    Title: COST OF LIVING : EARLY AND UNCOLLECTED STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: GALLANT MAVIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition

    Mavis Gallant is admired and beloved as one of the masters of the modern short story. Selected from early collections and the New Yorker , where many of the author's stories have appeared over the last fifty years, and with an introduction, this title reveals a writer coming into her own.


    Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing
    RRP: $10.00

    Price: $10.00
  • CRIME OF OLGA ARBYELINA - 2ND HAND
    CRIME OF OLGA ARBYELINA - 2ND HAND
    MAKINE ANDRE
    ISBN: 9781559704946
    Title: CRIME OF OLGA ARBYELINA - 2ND HAND
    Author: MAKINE ANDRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    The summer of '47. In the sleepy town of Villiers-la-Foret, roughly an hour from Paris, the peaceful radiance of the day is interrupted by the discovery that, along a nearby riverbank, the body of a man has washed up, a gaping wound in his skull. Beside him rests a beautiful, nearly bare-breasted woman, her dress soaked and in tatters. An accident or foul play? A crime of passion? Soon there are almost as many speculations and theories as there are townspeople.
    The woman, it turns out, is a Russian princess, Olga Arbyelina, a refugee from the Bolshevik revolution who in the 1930s had settled in town along with many of her compatriots. Rumor was that Olga's husband, a dashing prince given to gambling and revels, had deserted her some years after the couple's arrival in France, leaving her alone to care for their young son. About the victim, also a Russian refugee, little is known: many years Olga's elder, he was a taciturn, rather coarse, slightly ridiculous man named Sergei Golets, thought dismissively to be a former horse butcher. What on earth could have brought these two unlikely souls together?
    Moving back to early in the century, the author meticulously recreates Olga's past.


    Imprint: ARCADE PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • CRY FOR THE DEAD - 2ND HAND
    CRY FOR THE DEAD - 2ND HAND
    WRIGHT JUDITH
    ISBN: 9780195542967
    Title: CRY FOR THE DEAD - 2ND HAND
    Author: WRIGHT JUDITH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, boards a trifling rubbed, previous owners name free front endpaper, in a very good dust jacket. 1st Edition


    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $60.00

    Price: $60.00
  • CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN - 2ND HAND
    CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN - 2ND HAND
    TESNOHLIDEK RUDOLF
    ISBN: CUNNING
    Title: CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN - 2ND HAND
    Author: TESNOHLIDEK RUDOLF
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in a dust jacket that is a trifling sunned. 1st Edition.

    First published in 1920, this hugely popular Czech tale is only now translated into English, though it has long been familiar to Americans through the Leos Janacek opera based on it. The eponymous vixen is trapped by a forester and raised for a time in his home, where she adapts for her own needs the ways of humans and their house pets. All her basest instincts are sharpened: she kills fowl less to feed her body than her pride; she flatters adoring young males for personal gain and leaves them heart-broken; she mouths church litany to allay the suspicions of woodland critics. But when a handsome young fox takes a shine to her, she is as defenseless as a schoolgirl, risking notoriety for the joys of sex. In other words, animals are neither better nor worse than humans, neither more nor less hypocritical, greedy and self-serving. That the whimsy is heavy-handed and the little vixen far from endearing may be the fault of the translation. Except in those passages where the beauty of the Bohemian landscape is evoked, the language is pedestrian and the dialogue filled with locutions difficult to utter in any tongue. But since fables and fairy tales have delighted generations of readers, this one will probably prove no exception, especially since Sendak's illustrations add enchantment and an implicit commentary: the humans are depicted as drab and dour, the denizens of the animal and insect worlds, as charming and fey.



    Imprint: Farrar Straus and Giiroux
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • CUSTODIANS - 2ND HAND
    CUSTODIANS - 2ND HAND
    JOSE NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780330352710
    Title: CUSTODIANS - 2ND HAND
    Author: JOSE NICHOLAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    A group of childhood friends from Australia, the custodians of the title, meet again after their travels and find divisions have opened up between them. Then the discovery of ancient bones at a dried-up lake leads to a high-level battle for land and the custodians are caught in the thick of it.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • DAMNED TO FAME : The Life of Samuel Beckett - 2ND HAND
    DAMNED TO FAME : The Life of Samuel Beckett - 2ND HAND
    KNOWLSON JAMES
    ISBN: 9780802141255
    Title: DAMNED TO FAME : The Life of Samuel Beckett - 2ND HAND
    Author: KNOWLSON JAMES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy. Reprint

    Damned to Fame is the brilliant and insightful portrait of Nobel Prize-winning author Samuel Beckett, mysterious and reclusive master of twentieth-century literature. Professor James Knowlson, Beckett's chosen biographer and a leading authority on Beckett, vividly recreates Beckett's life from his birth in a rural suburb of Dublin in 1906 to his death in Paris in 1989, revealing the real man behind the literary giant. Scrupulously researched and filled with previously unknown information garnered from interviews with the author and his friends, family, and contemporaries, Knowlson's unparalleled work is the definitive Beckett biography of our time.

    Nearing the end of his life, Samuel Beckett chose James Knowlson to be his biographer because he "knows my work best." One of the world's leading authorities on Beckett, Knowlson has drawn on his twenty-year friendship with the Nobel Prize winner, more than one hundred interviews, and research in dozens of archival collections-many previously untapped by scholars-to produce this definitive biography of one of hte century's leading writers in both English and French.

    Damned to Fame follows teh reclusive literary giant's life from his birth in Foxrock, a rural suburb of Dublin, in 1906 to his death in Paris in 1989. Knowlson brilliantly re-creates Beckett's early years as a struggling author in Paris, his travels through Germany in 1936-37 as the Nazis were consolidating their power, his service in the French Resistance during World War II, and the years of literary fame and financial success that followed the first performance of his controversial Waiting For Godot (1953).

    Paris between the wars was a city vibrant with experimentation, both in the arts and in personal lifestyle, and Knowlson introduces us to the writers and painters who, along with the young Beckett, populated his bohemian community. Most notable was James Joyce, a fellow Irishman who became Beckett's friend and mentor and influenced him to devote his life to writing. We also meet the women in Beckett's life-his domineering mother, May; his cousin Peggy Sinclair, who died at a tragically young age; Ethna McCarthy, his first love, whom he immortalized in his poetry and prose; Peggy Guggenheim, the American heiress and patron of the arts; and the strong and independent Suzanne Deschevaux-Dumesnil, whom he met in the late 1930s and married in 1961.
    Beyond recounting many previously unknown aspects of the writer's life, including his strong support for human rights and other political causes, Knowlson explores in fascinating detail teh roots of Beckett's works. He shows not only how the relationship between Beckett's own experiences and his work became more oblique over time, but also how his startling postmodern images were inspired by the paintings of the Old Masters, such as Antonello da Messina, Durer, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio.

    Perhaps most striking of all is Knowlson's portrait of Beckett's complex personality. Although Beckett is often depicted as melancholic, self-critical, and intensely preoccupied with his work, his own letters reveal him to have been also a witty, resilient, and compassionate man who could respond to adversity with humor and who inspired deep affection in his friends.




    Imprint: GROVE US
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • DARK PALACE - 2ND HAND
    DARK PALACE - 2ND HAND
    MOORHOUSE FRANK
    ISBN: 9780091836764
    Title: DARK PALACE - 2ND HAND
    Author: MOORHOUSE FRANK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages tanned, in a very good dust jacket. First edition.

    The Edith Trilogy Volume 2

    Five years have passed since Edith Campbell Berry's triumphant arrival at the League of Nations in Geneva, determined to right the wrongs of the world. The idealism of those early Grand Days has been eroded by a sense foreboding as the world moves ever closer to another war. Edith's life too, has changed: her marriage and her work are no longer the anchors in her life – she is restless, unsure, feeling the weight of history upon her and her world.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • DARK PLACES - 2ND HAND
    DARK PLACES - 2ND HAND
    GRENVILLE KATE
    ISBN: 9780732907891
    Title: DARK PLACES - 2ND HAND
    Author: GRENVILLE KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, pages beginning to tan, boards a little rubbed, in a very good, bright and clean dust jacket. First edition. Signed

    In the award-winning "Dark Places," celebrated Australian author Kate Grenville tells the tale of Albion Gidley Singer--a man with a comically grand exterior who believes he has the right, and the duty, to conquer the mocking flesh of any woman. Even his own daughter.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • DAVINCIS GHOST : TheUntold Story of the World's Most Famous Drawing - 2ND HAND
    DAVINCIS GHOST : TheUntold Story of the World's Most Famous Drawing - 2ND HAND
    LESTER TOBY
    ISBN: 9781846684548
    Title: DAVINCIS GHOST : TheUntold Story of the World's Most Famous Drawing - 2ND HAND
    Author: LESTER TOBY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Vitruvian Man is the world's most famous drawing, by one of the world's most famous artists. The image - named after a Roman architect and engineer, Vitruvius - has become visual shorthand for artistic genius and scientific inquiry, and yet nobody knows anything about it. In Da Vinci's Ghost, critically acclaimed historian Toby Lester examines the forces that converged in 1490 to turn an idea that had been around for centuries into this iconic image, bringing the ghost of an unknown Leonardo da Vinci back to life.

    Rooted in little-known episodes of the artist's colourful career, and taking in ideas including theories of the cosmos, Roman land-surveying and the relationship between anatomy and architecture, the book tells the story of his evolving, lifelong study of the human body, restoring in vivid detail the intellectual and cultural spheres of fifteenth-century Florence and Milan. Beautifully illustrated with da Vinci's drawings and those of his predecessors, Da Vinci's Ghost is both a personal story and a grand saga of intellectual discovery that brilliantly reconstructs the artistry and scholarship of one of the world's greatest creative minds.

    Imprint: Profile Books
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • DEAD MAN IN DEPTFORD - 2ND HAND
    DEAD MAN IN DEPTFORD - 2ND HAND
    BURGESS ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9780091779771
    Title: DEAD MAN IN DEPTFORD - 2ND HAND
    Author: BURGESS ANTHONY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket . Reprint

    'One of the most productive, imaginative and risk-taking of writers... It is a clever, sexually explicit, fast-moving, full blooded yarn'Irish TimesA Dead Man in Deptford re-imagines the riotous life and suspicious death of Christopher Marlowe. Poet, lover and spy, Marlowe must negotiate the pressures placed upon him by theatre, Queen and country. Burgess brings this dazzling figure to life and pungently evokes Elizabethan England.

    Imprint: HUTCHINSON PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • DEBT TO PLEASURE - 2ND HAND
    DEBT TO PLEASURE - 2ND HAND
    LANCHESTER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780333669402
    Title: DEBT TO PLEASURE - 2ND HAND
    Author: LANCHESTER JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Tarquin Winot, voluptuary and supercivilized ironist (and snob), sets out on a journey of the senses from the Hotel Splendide, Portsmouth, to his cottage in Provence, his spiritual home. With his head newly shaved and his well-thumbed copy of the Mossad Manual of Surveillance Techniques safely stowed, Tarquin elegantly introduces his life, itself a work of art, through the medium of seasonal menus.


    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • DECENCY AND DISORDER : The Age of Cant 1789-1837 - 2ND HAND
    DECENCY AND DISORDER : The Age of Cant 1789-1837 - 2ND HAND
    WILSON BEN
    ISBN: 9780571224685
    Title: DECENCY AND DISORDER : The Age of Cant 1789-1837 - 2ND HAND
    Author: WILSON BEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Brilliant young historian Ben Wilson explores a time when licentious Britain tried to straighten out its moral code, ridding itself of its boisterous pastimes, plain-speaking and drunkenness - raising uncomfortable but fascinating parallels with our own age. Decency and Disorder is about the generation who grew up during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars, and some of its most exciting figures


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DIARY OF A BAD YEAR - 2ND HAND
    DIARY OF A BAD YEAR - 2ND HAND
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9781921145636
    Title: DIARY OF A BAD YEAR - 2ND HAND
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    SIGNED

    A famous writer is commissioned to contribute to a book of essays called Strong Opinions when he meets a young woman who lives in his apartment tower. He asks her to become his . . . In the laundry room of her apartment block a young woman makes the acquaintance of an ageing writer. She agrees to type up his opinions, although she is aware that what he really desires . . .
    The young woman's boyfriend starts to spy on his neighbour and hatches a jealous plot to . . .
    J. M. Coetzee's Diary of a Bad Year was shortlisted for the 2008 NSW Premier's Literary Award, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Award for Fiction and Award for Innovation at the 2008 SA Festival Awards for Literature. It is an extraordinary and utterly original novel about loneliness, friendship and the possibility of love.
    Diary of a Bad Year takes the reader from Australian democracy to Guantanamo Bay, from the meaning of dishonour to the creative truth of dreams. Written in a wholly innovative form for three simultaneous voices, Diary of a Bad Year is enthralling, unexpected and deeply moving.



    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
  • DINO (DEAN MARTIN) : Living High In The Dirty Business of Dreams - 2ND HAND
    DINO (DEAN MARTIN) : Living High In The Dirty Business of Dreams - 2ND HAND
    TOSCHES NICK
    ISBN: 9780436532023
    Title: DINO (DEAN MARTIN) : Living High In The Dirty Business of Dreams - 2ND HAND
    Author: TOSCHES NICK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in a slightly rubbed dust jacket. 1st Edition

    This biography of the 'fifties superstar Dean Martin takes an irreverent inside look at American entertainment from the 1930s to the 1980s. It examines the underworld secrets, the hidden regions of the American dream racket and the despair of a man driven into his own shadow by fame. There is also material on Sinatra, Monroe, Jerry Lewis, and the Hollywood / White House connection


    Imprint: SECKER & WARBURG
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DIRT MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    DIRT MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    WINTON TIM
    ISBN: 9780743228022
    Title: DIRT MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    Author: WINTON TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Leached of all confidence, she spends her days in isolation tedium and her nights in a blur of vodka self-recrimination. One morning, in the boozy pre-dawn gloom, she sees, a shadow drifting up the beach below - a loner called Luther Fox, with danger in his wake.Full of unforgettable characters, Dirt Music is Tim Winton's classic love song to land and place.


    Imprint: SCRIBNER
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • DIRT MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    DIRT MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    WINTON TIM
    ISBN: 9780330363273
    Title: DIRT MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    Author: WINTON TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    Georgie Jutland is a mess. At forty, with her career in ruins, she finds herself stranded in White Point with a fisherman she doesn't love and two kids whose dead mother she can never replace. Leached of all confidence, she spends her days in isolation tedium and her nights in a blur of vodka self-recrimination. One morning, in the boozy pre-dawn gloom, she sees, a shadow drifting up the beach below - a loner called Luther Fox, with danger in his wake.Full of unforgettable characters, Dirt Music is Tim Winton's classic love song to land and place.



    Imprint: Picador
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
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