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Ecat 175 October 2018

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Part One - New Acquisitions, Imminent Arrivals and Selections from Stock.


Unless stated otherwise, all books are hardbacks or paperback originals, in fine condition and are first impressions of first UK editions. A fuller description will gladly be supplied on request. Most titles in this section are on view at timkcbooks.com

Entries with asterisks indicate that these titles are being shown for the first time, shown as signed for the first time or shown for the first time in Part One.

***Abad, Hector: The Farm. 2018. Signed by the author. Fine paperback original. An internationally well received novel from a Columbian author. £20.00

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Akbar, Prayaag: Leila. Faber 2018. A mother is still looking for her daughter 16 years after her abduction. Signed by the author. £12.00 .

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Armitage, Simon: Flit. Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2018. A collection of sculpture inspired poetry. Signed by the author. £25.00.

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Bauer, Belinda. Snap. Bantam 2018. Longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. £20.00

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Borodale, Sean: Asylum. Jonathan Cape 2018. The respected poet's third collection. Signed by the author. £12.00.

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Burns, Anna: Milkman. Faber 2018.  Signed by the author to the title page. Winner of the MAN Booker Prize.  £100.00

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Byers, Sam: Perfidious Albion. Faber 2018. A novel set in the near future in post-brexit Britain. Signed by the author.  £18.00.

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Cave, Sarah: Like Fragile Clay. Guillemot 2018.  Signed by the author. Small format paperback original of the poet's first collection. £10.00

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Chirovici, E O : Bad Blood. Serpent's Tail 2018. A lost memory specialist  has a puzzling case. £12.99

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***Cohen, Leonard: The Flame. Canongate. The late musician's final collection of poems and writings. £20.00

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Constantine, David: What We Are Now. Guillemot 2018. A short story illustrated by Donya Todd. Small format paperback original. £6.00

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Crawford, Robert: The Scottish Ambassador. Jonathan Cape 2018. Signed and dated by the author. Paperback original collection of poems. £15.00

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Cullen, Helen: The Lost Letters of William Woolf. Penguin Michael Joseph 2018. A novel set in the Dead Letter department  of the Royal Mail. £12.99

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Davidson, Andy: In the Valley of the Sun. Contraband 2017.  Signed and dated by the author to the title page. Paperback original. Murky tales in small town Texas. £12.00

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***Davies, Carys: The Testimonie of Alyss Teeg: Guillemot 2018. A short story illustrated by Donya Todd. Signed by the author to the title page. Small format paperback original. £8.00

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Dharker, Imtiaz: Luck is the Hook. Bloodaxe 2018. A new collection of poetry.  Signed by the author. £12.00.

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Donkor Michael: Hold. Fourth Estate 2018. A first novel involving culture clashes  in Ghana and London. Signed by the author.  £20.00


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Drnaso, Nick. Sabrina. Granta 2018. Longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize.  £40.00

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Edugyan, Esi: Washington Black. Serpent's Tail 2018. A young slave boy finds himself appointed personal servant to an eccentric sugar plantation owner. Signed by the author. Shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. £40.00

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Fagan, Jenni: There's a Witch in the Word Machine. Polygon 2018. A collection of poems. Signed and dated by the author to the title page. £12.00

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Fischer, Tibor: How to Rule the World. Corsair 2018.  Signed by the author to the title page. £25.00

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Fisher, Clare: How the Light Gets In. Influx Press 2018.  A collection of short prose fiction and non fiction. Signed by the author. £20.00

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Gessen, Keith: A Terrible Country. Fitzcarraldo 2018. A novel looking back at 10 years in recent Russian history. £12.99

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***Gray, Alasdair: Hell - Dante's Divine Trilogy Part One Decorated and Englished in Prosaic Verse by  Alasdair Gray. Canongate 2018. It does what is says in the title. Regarded as a genius, Alasdair's not too mobile these days so signed copies may be tricky. £14.99

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***Greenlaw, Lavinia: In the City of Love's Sleep. Faber 2018. Signed and dated by the author.

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Greengrass, Jessie: Sight. John Murray 2018. First edition, first printing. Longlisted for the 2018 Women's Prize. Signed by the author. £20.00.

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Greengrass, Jessie: An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk. According to One who Saw it. John Murray 2018. First  paperback edition thus. Signed by the author to the title page. £12.00

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Greengrass, Jessie: Reservoir. Guillemot 2018. A short story illustrated by Donya Todd. Small format paperback original. £6.00 . (Signed copies should be available in September at a price to be confirmed).

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Griffiths, Neil: As a God Might Be. Dodo Ink 2017. A green novel. Signed by the author to the title page. £16.00

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***Groff, Lauren: Florida: William Heinemann 2018. Signed by the author. £24.00

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Gunaratne, Guy: In Our Mad and Furious City. Tinder. 48 hours in the lives of 3 men following a terrorist attack. Signed by the author.  Longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. £30.00

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Harvey, Samantha: The Western Wind. Jonathan Cape 2018. A priest in medieval rural Somerset tries to explain and understand a suspicious death. Signed by the author. £20.00

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Hope, Christopher: Hope, Christopher. Atlantic 2018. The Cafe de Move-on Blues. Signed and dated by the author to the title page. £25.00

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***Idle, Eric: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2018. Signed by the author. A "Sortabiography". £30.00

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Johnson, Daisy: Everything Under. Jonathan Cape 2018. A first novel from an award winning short story writer. Shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. Signed by the author. £40.00

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***Kingsolver, Barbara: Unsheltered. Faber 2018. The author's first novel for 5 years. £20.00

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Knausgaard, Karl Ove: The End. Harvill Secker 2018. As the title suggests, the end. Signed by the author. £40.00

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Kumar, Amitava: Immigrant, Montana. Faber 2018. The story of an Indian studying in the USA. Signed by the author. £16.00.

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Kunial, Zaffar: Us. Faber 2018. The poet's first full collection. Fine paperback original.  Signed by the author £16.00.

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Kushner, Rachel: The Mars Room Jonathan Cape 2018. A novel following Romy Hall at the start of a long prison sentence and the world she has left behind. Shortlisted for the 2018 MAN Booker Prize.  Signed by the author. £60.00

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Lacey, Catherine: Certain American States. Granta 2018. A collection of short stories from a rising American author.  £12.99

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Mackintosh, Sophie: The Water Cure. Hamish Hamilton 2018. A prize winning short story writer's debut novel about extreme survival. Longlisted for the 2018 MAN Booker Prize. Signed by the author. £35.00

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Marek, Adam: Defending the Pencil Factory. Guillemot 2018. A short story illustrated by Donya Todd. Small format paperback original. £6.00

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***Marias, Javier: Berta Isla. Hamish Hamilton 2018. A secret agent is compromised by his work as a secret agent and his marriage. Signed by the author to a tipped in page. £28.00 (just one copy available)

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McCauley, Amy: Oedipa. Guillemot Press 2018. A female take on Oedipus. An exceptionally well designed first collection of poetry/playscript. £10.00

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McMillan, Andrew: Playtime. Jonathan Cape 2018. Author's second full collection of poems. Signed and dated by the author. Paperback original. £16.00

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***Mingarelli, Hubert: Four Soldiers. Portobello 2018. Four Soldiers are caught up in the Russian Civil War. £12.99

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Moore, Alison: Missing. Salt 2018. A translator tries valiantly to leave the past behind. Signed by the author. £12.00.

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***Murakami, Haruki: Killing Commendatore. Harvill Secker. The new novel. £20.00

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Ondaatje, Michael: Warlight. Jonathan Cape 2018. A novel set in 1945 London at the tail end of the war featuring a pair of teenage siblings. Longlisted for the 2018 MAN Booker Prize. £16.99

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Padel, Ruth: Emerald. Chatto & Windus 2018.  A green themed collection of poems. Signed and dated by the author at the book's launch. £16.00

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***Paterson, Don: The Fall at Home - New and Collected Aphorisms. Faber 2018. A new work from a talented poet. £20.00

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***Perry, Sarah: Melmoth: Serpent's Tail 2018. A novel inspired by gothic writing of the 1820's. Signed by the author. £20.00

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Pheby, Alex: Lucia. Galley Beggar 2018. The story of James Joyce's daughter whose mental health issues have been conveniently forgotten by history. A very well reviewed second novel. Papeback original. Special edition signed copies £20.00.

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Power, Chris: Mothers. Faber 2018. A debut collection of short stories set in various counties. Signed by the author. £10.00.

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Powers, Richard: The Overstory. William Heinemann. NB - Second Printing. Shortlisted for the 2018 MAN Booker Prize. Signed by the author to a bookplate (the author does not sign books directly). £80.00

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Pullman, Philip: The Book of Dust - Volume One: La Belle Sauvage. David Fickling Books/Penguin 2017. Signed by the author to a themed bookplate on the title page, plus a print in a sealed envelope. £45.00

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Rooney, Sally: Normal People. Faber. A second novel from a young award winning novel. Long Listed for the MAN Booker Prize. Signed by the author. £20.00

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Rosenberg, Jordy: Confessions of the Fox. Atlantic 2018. A first novel that tries to unravel between underworld claims of 1720's London. £14.99

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Saadawi, Ahmed: Frankenstein in Baghdad. Oneworld 2018. A monster is born from the ruins of a city. Signed by the author. £25.00.

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Sheers, Owen. To Provide All the People. Faber 2018. Signed by the author. Published on the 70th anniversary of the National Health Service. £12.99

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***Shteyngart, Gary: Lake Success. Hamish Hamilton 2018. Signed by the author. £24.00

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***Sinclair, Iain: Living with Buildings - And Walking with Ghosts: On Health and Architecture. rofile/Wellcome Collection 2018.  Commissioned as a response to the Wellcome Collection's Living with Buildings exhibition. £14.99 (signed copies £22.00)

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Solstad, Dag: T Singer. Harvill Secker. A book from a Norwegian writer compared to Toni Morrison and Don DeLillo and who can count Murakami as a fan. Seems like he's good then. Signed by the author. £25.00.

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***Sperling, Matthew:  Astroturf. riverrun 2018.  How tio Survive Fake News. Signed by the author. £20.00

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Tallack, Malachy: The Valley at the Centre of the World. Canongate 2018. A novel set on the Shetlands. Signed by the author. £14.99.

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Teir, Philip: The Summer House. Serpent's Tail 2018. A novel set in a Finnish summer. Signed by the author. £15.00

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***Tempest, Kate: Running Upon the Wires. Picador. The young poet's new collection. Signed by the author on a tipped in page. £16.00

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Teo, Sharlene: Ponti. Picador 2018. Winner of the inaugural Deborah Rogers Writers' Award for unpublished manuscripts. Signed by the author. £14.99.

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Thayil, Jeet: The Book of Chocolate Saints. Faber 2018.  The author's second novel - his first was MAN Booker shortlisted.  This one is an imagined biography of a middle-aged artist. Signed by the author. £20.00

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Tokarczuk, Olga: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. Fitzcarraldo. Not sure if Plow will become Plough for the UK edition. A new work in English from this year's MAN Booker International winner. £12.99 Hoping for signed copies shortly at a price to be confirmed.

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Valmorbida, Elise: Faber 2018. First edition, first printing. Fine in fine dustjacket. Signed by the author.  £15.00.

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Walsh, Joanna: Break.Up. Tuskar Rock 2018. A first novel from an author considered to be one of the best writers of her generation. The manuscript won the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship. Signed by the author. £18.00



Part Two - Soon to Appear Books.


The following list is a round up of the main titles to be published in the UK in the next few months. Orders for these titles are now being taken. The books will be first printings, signed (when available) and sold at cover price where possible. However, I often have to buy in books at full price from reputable sources including literary festivals I attend, so please bear in mind that the prices below are for guidance and subject to confirmation. Additionally, the cover price and publication date may be changed by the publisher before publication. There may be a delay in obtaining signed copies of some titles, and in some cases copies may not be forthcoming.



September 2018

Ewen, Paul: Francis Plug: Artist in Residence. Galley Beggar. More Francis Plug. £11.00 (Special edition should be available at a price to be confirmed).


October 2018

Duffy, Carol Ann: Sincerity. Picador. The last collection as Poet Laureate. £14.99

Offill, Jenny: American Weather. Granta. A librarian struggles the modern American world. Price to be confirmed.


November 2018

Benjamin, Marina: Insomnia. Scribe. An essay on sleepomg disorders. £9.99

Emezi, Akwaeke: Freshwater. Faber. Signed copies ordered. Written with a multi-personality narrator. £12.99

Frelih, Jasmin B: In/Half. Oneworld. The first novel to be translated from a Slovenian author.  £9.99

Hwang, sok-yong: At Dusk. Scribe. A rags to riches South Korean story. £12.99

Kennedy, A L: The Little Snake. Canongate. A fable about modern life. Signed copies ordered.  £9.99

Winterson, Jeanette: Courage Calls to Courage Everywhere. Canongate. An essay looking at the state of Women's Rights. £7.99

December 2018

Szalay, David: Turbulence. Jonathan Cape. A collection of short stories which fit together as a novel. £9.99

January 2019

Adam, Claire: Golden Child. Hogarth. A tale of life, love  and loyalty in Trinidad. £19.99

Allen, Rachael: Kingdomland. Faber. A first full collection from a talented young poet. £10.99

***Balasubramanyam, Rajeev: Professor Chandra Follows his Bliss. Chatto & Windus. A serial non-Nobel Prize winner is ordered by his doctor to find himself.  £12.99

Collins, Bridget: The Binding. Borough Press. A first novel for adults. £12.99

***Dymott, Elanor: Slack-Tide. Jonathan Cape.  A new novel from a respected author. £12.99

***Foulds, Adam. Dream Sequence. Jonathan Cape. A new novel from a very highly regarded novellist and poet. £14.99

***Gainza, Maria: Optic Nerve. Harvill Secker 2018.  The Argentinian narrator is obsessed by art. £14.99

***Griffin, Anne: When All is Said. Sceptre. A lifeime is recalled over 5 drinks in a pub. £12.99

***Lanchester, John: The Wall.  Faber. A sinister look into the near future about guarding the UK from "Others".  by coincidence, the main character is called Kavanaugh. £14.99

Maarouf, Mazen: Jokes for the Gunmen. Granta. A collection of powerful  stories from a vibrant new voice. £9.99

***Obioma, Chigozie: An Orchestra of Minorities. Little, Brown. A second novel from a Booker shortlisted author. £14.99

***de Vigan, Delphine: Loyalties. Bloomsbury. A short but powerful novel from a young French author. £12.99


***Entries with asterisks indicate that these titles are being shown for the first time or for the first time in Part One or have been modified.

Part Three - Recent acquisitions of older titles. Note, non-core genre titles may not be found on the website, but are available on ABE at the time of writing.

Birks, Tony: Lucie Rie. Alphabooks; 1987. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine, price clipped dustjacket. £60.00

Bowness, Alan (introduces): Barbara Hepworth - Drawings from a Sculptor's Landscape. Cory Adams & Mackay; 1966. First edition, first printing. Large format. Near fine in very good dustjacket with wear and a couple of tears to the top edge.  £80.00 x

Cork, David: David Bomberg. Tate 1988. First edition, first printing. An exhibition catalogue to accompany the Tate exhibition. Illustrated with many colour and black & white photographs.  Fine paperback original. £30.00

Fitzgerald, Edward (translates) Edmund, Dulac (illustrates):  Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Hodder & Stoughton; 1909. First edition, first printing thus. This is an un-numbered copy (actually number 0000) from a limited edition of 750 copies, though still signed by Edmund Dulac. 20 tissue-guarded colour plates present. Gilt top edge and untrimmed bottom and foredges. Gilt decoration to the full vellum (slightly soiled) front board and spine. Lacking the original ribbon. Near fine. £500.00

Fox, Caroline: Stanhope Forbes and the Newlyn School.  David & Charles; 1993. First edition, first printing. Fine in fine dustjacket. £45.00

Fujimoto, J: The Story of the Geisha Girl. T Werner Laurie; No date. First edition, first printing. Very good in fawn cloth boards. A bookplate designed by Paul Nash is affixed to the front pastedown. Numerous illustrations. Lacks dustjacket. £30.00

Hepburn, Nathaniel: Barbara Hepworth - The Hospital Drawings. Tate 2012. First edition, first printing. Large format paperback original. £25.00

MacDermot, E.T.: History of the Great Western Railway Volumes 1 (part 1), 1 (part 2) and 2. Great Western Railway Company; 1927 & 1931. First editions, first printings. Volumes 1 and 2, (Volume 1 being issued in 2 parts). Volume 1 1833-1863, volume  2 1863-1921. Each volume bound in brown cloth boards (volume 2 slightly darker) with gilt titles to the spine. Near fine with some foxing mostly restricted to the edges.  Lack dustjackets. £45.00

Nash, John: English Garden Flowers. Duckworth 1948. First edition, first printing. Near fine, with some foxing. Features a short article on 12 flowers from the artist's garden - each illustrated in colour.  Lacks dustjacket. £20.00

Welsh-Ovcharov,  Bogomila: Vincent van Gogh - The Lost  Arles Sketchbook. Abrams 2016. Assumed first edition, first printing. Publication of 65 previously unseen drawings. Large format in quarter cloth pictorial boards as published Still sealed, so assumed fine. £55.00



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