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  • DEAR MILI - 2ND HAND
    DEAR MILI - 2ND HAND
    GRIMM WILHELM
    ISBN: DEARMILI
    Title: DEAR MILI - 2ND HAND
    Author: GRIMM WILHELM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in a very ngoos marked and stained dust jacket. 1st edition.

    Preserved in a letter written to a young girl, Mili, in 1816 and not discovered until 1983, the Grimm story is prefaced by a tender address in which he underscores the story's message: although there are many obstacles that can prevent people from being together, ``one human heart can go out to another, undeterred by what lies between.'' The story that follows implies that love transcends even death. Like many fairy tales, this one deals with extraordinary events. A widow sends her child into the forest to protect her from an approaching war. The girl is led by her guardian angel past menacing cliffs and chasms to the house of Saint Joseph with whom she lives for three days. Before she goes back to the village, Saint Joseph gives her a rosebud as a symbol of her return to paradise; when the girl reaches her home, she finds that the three days have been in reality 30 years. ``God has granted the widow's last wish'' to see her daughter once again. In the morning, mother and child are found dead, with Saint Joseph's rose ``in full bloom.'' Sendak's haunting interpretation of this stark tale is often more emotionally compelling than the story itself. Dear Mili is a variation on the themes of loss, separation and love that Sendak has explored before, most recently in Outside Over There . In the tradition of 19th century Sunday school literature, the plot and language of the text are often predictable and obviously preachy. For example, after Mili's long journey and prayer, a cleansing rain falls: ``God and my heart are weeping together,'' she says. In an attempt to transcend the limitations of the religious story, Sendak infuses it with images that are both nonsectarian and universal. Trees and roots in the valley of death become grasping, whitened bones scattered beneath an outline reminiscent of buildings at Auschwitz. The images are rich: dark clouds of war are etched with claws of yellow fire, and paradise is filled not only with music, but with lush flowers that burst, like those of Van Gogh or O'Keeffe, with passionate life. The volume may have more appeal for adults than for children, but nonetheless it contains unforgettable artwork of resonant power.

    Imprint: Farrar Straus and Giiroux
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • 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: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First US edition. Signed by the author on the title page.

    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: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • DIVISADERO - 2ND HAND
    DIVISADERO - 2ND HAND
    ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780771068720
    Title: DIVISADERO - 2ND HAND
    Author: ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    SIGNED

    It is the 1970s in Northern California. A farmer and his teenager daughters, Anna and Claire, work the land with the help of Coop, the enigmatic young man who lives with them. Theirs is a makeshift family, until they are driven by an incident of violence - of both hand and heart.
    Written in the same sensuous prose for which Michael Ondaatje's fiction is celebrated, Divisadero is the work of a master story-teller.



    Imprint: McCLELLAND AND STEWART
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • DOG BOY - 2ND HAND
    DOG BOY - 2ND HAND
    HORNUNG EVA
    ISBN: 9781921520426
    Title: DOG BOY - 2ND HAND
    Author: HORNUNG EVA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    In a deserted Moscow apartment building four-year-old Romochka waits for Uncle to come home. Outside the snow is falling, but after a few days hunger drives Romochka outside, his mother's voice ringing in his ears. Don't talk to strangers. Overlooked by passers-by, he follows a street dog to her lair in a deserted basement at the edge of the city. There he joins four puppies suckling at their mother's teats.

    And so begins Romochka's life as a dog. the story of the child raised by beasts has fascinated through the ages, but Eva Hornung has created such a vivid and original telling, so utterly emotionally convincing, that it becomes not just new but definitive: yes, this is how it would be.


    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • DON QUIXOTE - 2ND HAND
    DON QUIXOTE - 2ND HAND
    CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    ISBN: DONQUIX
    Title: DON QUIXOTE - 2ND HAND
    Author: CERVANTES MIGUEL DE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, gift inscription to FFE, illustrated boards showing minor signs of wear, in a very good clear acetate wrapper.

    Published by Abbeville Press New York in 1979, this is the hardback reprint of Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra's The First Part of The Life and Achievements of the Renowned DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA translated by Peter Motteux and Illustrated by Salvador Dali. Originally published as part of the Illustrated Modern Library Series in 1949.


    Imprint: ABBEVILLE PRESS
    RRP: $85.00

    Price: $85.00
  • DREAM STUFF - 2ND HAND
    DREAM STUFF - 2ND HAND
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780701169428
    Title: DREAM STUFF - 2ND HAND
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages tanned as usual,owners name to half title in a very good dust jacket. First edition. Signed by the author on the title page.

    From the image of a small boy entranced by his mother's GI escort, yet still hoping for the return of his father 'missing in action', to the portrait of an adult writer trying to piece together a defining image of his late father, these outstanding stories conjure up with dazzling intensity the memories and events that make a man. Through the unreliable layers of family archaeology, they uncover earlier, vulnerable selves, moments of innocence or shame, and unfinished business, illuminated by shocking flashes of unpredictable violence and pain, or glints of sly humour. In the brilliant cornerstone story, the stuff of dreams is both real and imagined -rumoured fields of cannabis picked in secret by migrant workers, or a nightmare encounter on a dark Brisbane street. In 'Night Training' a military recruit is scarred by his own complicity in a bizarre nightly ritual; and in 'Sally's Story', a 'comfort' girl looks for comfort of her own. Here are men and women in search of connection, or equally wary of it - whether with each other or with past selves.


    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • DRYLANDS - 2ND HAND
    DRYLANDS - 2ND HAND
    ASTLEY THEA
    ISBN: 9780670884704
    Title: DRYLANDS - 2ND HAND
    Author: ASTLEY THEA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, security stickerto rear paste-down, in a near fine dust jacket. First edition.

    Winner of the 2000 Miles Franklin Award

    In the dying town of Drylands, Janet Deakin sells papers to lonely locals. At night, in her flat above the newsagency, she attempts to write a novel for a world in which no one reads - ‘full of people, she envisaged, glaring at a screen that glared glassily back.’ Drylands is the story of the townsfolk’s harsh, violent lives.
    Trenchant and brilliant, Thea Astley’s final novel is a dark portrait of outback Australia in decline.


    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • EDWARD DORN : A World of Difference - 2ND HAND
    EDWARD DORN : A World of Difference - 2ND HAND
    CLARK TOM
    ISBN: 9781556433979
    Title: EDWARD DORN : A World of Difference - 2ND HAND
    Author: CLARK TOM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    fter initiating a critical involvement with new poetics in dialogue with his mentor Charles Olson at Black Mountain College in the 1950s, Dorn wandered the trans-mountain West following the variable winds of writing and casual employment until the mid-1960s, when a time of trial and change resulted in the beginnings of the groundbreaking long poem Gunslinger. This first biography by his longtime friend and fellow poet Tom Clark?author of previous biographies of Jack Kerouac, Ted Berrigan, Charles Olson and Robert Creeley?offers a record of Dorn's life and work drawing upon fresh testimony, letters and unpublished manuscript material provided by surviving family members.


    Imprint: NORTH ATLANTIC
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ELEGY FOR APRIL - 2ND HAND
    ELEGY FOR APRIL - 2ND HAND
    BLACK BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780330509046
    Title: ELEGY FOR APRIL - 2ND HAND
    Author: BLACK BENJAMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    It's 1950's Ireland. As a deep, bewildering fog cloaks Dublin, a young woman is found to have vanished. When Phoebe Griffin, still haunted by the horrors of her past, is unable to discover news of her friend; Quirke, fresh from drying out in an institution, responds to his daughter's request for help.

    Imprint: MANTLE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ELIZABETH COSTELLO - 2ND HAND
    ELIZABETH COSTELLO - 2ND HAND
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9780670031306
    Title: ELIZABETH COSTELLO - 2ND HAND
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. Reprint. Signed by the author on the title page.

    Elizabeth Costello is an Australian writer of international renown; she is feted, studied, honoured. Famous principally for an early novel that established her reputation and from which, it seems, she will never escape, she has, late in life, reached the stage where her remaining function is to be venerated and applauded. Elizabeth has made her life's work the study of other people, yet now it is she who is the object of scrutiny. But, for her, what matters is the continuing search for a means of articulating her vision and the verdict of future generations. ELIZABETH COSTELLO is a humane, moral, and uncompromising creation. Double Booker Prize winning writer J.M. Coetzee's latest work of fiction offers us a profound and delicate vision of literary celebrity, artistry and the private life of the mind.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • ELIZABETH COSTELLO - 2ND HAND
    ELIZABETH COSTELLO - 2ND HAND
    COETZEE J M
    ISBN: 9780436206160
    Title: ELIZABETH COSTELLO - 2ND HAND
    Author: COETZEE J M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    Elizabeth Costello is an Australian writer of international renown; she is feted, studied, honoured. Famous principally for an early novel that established her reputation and from which, it seems, she will never escape, she has, late in life, reached the stage where her remaining function is to be venerated and applauded. Elizabeth has made her life's work the study of other people, yet now it is she who is the object of scrutiny. But, for her, what matters is the continuing search for a means of articulating her vision and the verdict of future generations. ELIZABETH COSTELLO is a humane, moral, and uncompromising creation. Double Booker Prize winning writer J.M. Coetzee's latest work of fiction offers us a profound and delicate vision of literary celebrity, artistry and the private life of the mind.



    Imprint: SECKER & WARBURG
    RRP: $125.00

    Price: $125.00
  • EMPIRE OF THE SUN - 2ND HAND
    EMPIRE OF THE SUN - 2ND HAND
    BALLARD J G
    ISBN: 9780575034839
    Title: EMPIRE OF THE SUN - 2ND HAND
    Author: BALLARD J G
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    The classic, heartrending story of a British boy's four year ordeal in a Japanese prison camp during the Second World War. Based on J. G. Ballard's own childhood, this is the extraordinary account of a boy's life in Japanese-occupied wartime Shanghai – a mesmerising, hypnotically compelling novel of war, of starvation and survival, of internment camps and death marches. It blends searing honesty with an almost hallucinatory vision of a world thrown utterly out of joint.Rooted as it is in the author's own disturbing experience of war in our time, it is one of a handful of novels by which the twentieth century will be not only remembered but judged.This edition is part of a new commemorative series of Ballard's works, featuring introductions from a number of his admirers (including Adam Thirlwell, Hari Kunzru, James Lever and Ali Smith) and brand-new cover designs from the artist Stanley Donwood.


    Imprint: VICTOR GOLLANCZ
    RRP: $18.00

    Price: $18.00
  • ENDURING LOVE - 2ND HAND
    ENDURING LOVE - 2ND HAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780224050319
    Title: ENDURING LOVE - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, a trifling foxed on top edge and small black remainder dot to bottom edge of text block, in a lightly soiled dust jacket.
    1st Edition.

    SIGNED

    One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to the brink of murder and madness.




    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • ENGLISH PATIENT - 2ND HAND
    ENGLISH PATIENT - 2ND HAND
    ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780679416784
    Title: ENGLISH PATIENT - 2ND HAND
    Author: ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    First state dust jacket with $21.00 price and only Morrison, DeLillo and Ford comments to rear cover.

    Winner of the 1992 Booker Prize and basis for the 1996 film starring Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas, which won nine Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.

    Winner of the 2018 Man Booker Golden Anniversary Prize

    The final curtain is closing on the Second World War, and Hana, a nurse, stays behind in an abandoned Italian villa to tend to her only remaining patient. Rescued by Bedouins from a burning plane, he is English, anonymous, damaged beyond recognition and haunted by his memories of passion and betrayal.
    The only clue Hana has to his past is the one thing he clung on to through the fire - a copy of The Histories by Herodotus, covered with hand-written notes describing a painful and ultimately tragic love affair.

    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $100.00

    Price: $100.00
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