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Ecat 177 December 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.

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


Benjamin, Marina: Insomnia. Scribe 2018. An essay on sleeping disorders. £9.99


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


Cusk, Rachel: Kudos. Faber 2018. Shortlisted for the Goldsmith Prize. Signed by the author to the title page. £16.99


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


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


Duffy, Carol Ann: Sincerity. Picador 2018. Signed by the author. Independent Bookshop edition. £30.00


***Duffy, Carol Ann: Eight World's Wives. Fine Press Poetry 2018. A re-issue of 8 poems from the poet's The World's Wife collection published in 1999. Available in 3 editions - Standard (75 numbered copies) , Deluxe (26 lettered copies) and Presentation (5 roman numeral numbered copies). Each edition is signed by the author and Hilary Paynter (illustrator), the deluxe edition is slipcased and the presentation edition is solander-boxed and contains a print of each wood engraving. Prices are subject to confirmation but will be in the range £95 (standard) to £525 (presentation).


Fan, Kit: As Slow as Possible. Arc 2018. A second collection of poetry. £20.00


Goss, Rebecca: Carousel. Guillemot 2018. A collection of poems by Rebecca Goss illustrated with photographs by Chris Routledge. £12.00


Goyate, Roshni; Hunjan, Sharan; Khan, Sunnah & Patel, Sheena: 4 Brown Girls who Write. 4 Brown Girls who Write. FEM Press 2018. A collection of of poetry by 4 young British-Asian women. £16.00


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


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


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


Hayes, Terrance: American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin. Penguin 2018. Signed by the author. Shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize. £20.00


Holloway-Smith, Wayne: I Can't Wait for the Wending. Test Centre 2018. A collection of poems on individual cards contained in a bespoke blue card envelope. Signed by the author to the reverse of the title page. £16.00


Hough, Stephen: The Final Retreat. Sylph Editions 2018. A novel from the reowned concert pianist. £20.00


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


Jian, Ma: China Dream. Chatto & Windus 2018.  A critique of contemporary Chinese politics written as a series of nightmares. £12.99


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


Kennard, Luke: Truffle Hound. Verve 2018. A pamphlet of prose poems.  £12.00


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


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


Kunial, Zaffar: Us. Faber 2018. The poet's first full collection. Fine paperback original.  Signed by the author. Shortlisted for the T.S Eliot Prize. £16.00.


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


Laing, Olivia: Crudo. Picador 2018. Signed by the author to the title page.  Shortlisted for the Goldsmith Prize. £32.00


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Taneja, Preti & Mayer, So: Tender Questions. Peninsular Press. One of 200 copies. A dialogue on friendship. Pamphlet. £12.00


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


Underwood, Jack: Solo for Mascha Voice (Poems After Mascha Kaleko)/Tenuous Rooms. Test Centre 2018. Two collections of poems in one volume. Signed & dated by the author to both title pages. £16.00


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.

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. Faber. 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

d'Avenia, Alessandro: What Hell is Not. Oneworld. Contemporary Palermo as see through the eyes of a privileged  teenager who managed to escape (up to a point). £12.99

Benson, Fiona: Vertigo & Ghost. Jonathan Cape. The poet's second full collection. £10.00

Braithwaite, Oyinkan: My Sister, the Serial Killer. Atlantic. Set in Nigeria, the death of a third boyfriend causes Ayoola to take action. £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 lifetime 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

Murakami, Haruki: Birthday Girl. Harvill Secker. A small booklet to celebrate the author's 70th birthday. £1.99

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

Pamuk, Orhan: The Innocence of Memories. Faber. The screenplay and  a conversation between Pamuk and the film's director. £14.99

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

Vuillard. Eric: The Order of the Day. Picador. Winner of the 2017 Prix Goncourt. A novel relating to the build up of the Second World War.  £12.99

February 2019

Aridjis, Chloe: Sea Monsters. Chatto & Windus. A novel set in 1980's Mexico City. £12.99

Blackburn, Julia: Time Song - Searching for Doggerland. Jonathan Cape. The author looks  the now drowned ancient land between England and the Netherlands. £25.00

Good, Anthony: Kill {redacted}. Atlantic. A grieving man seeks vengeance from politicians following a terrorist bomb. £14.99

Gray, Alasdair: Of Me and Others. Canongate. A collection of autobiographical essays. £17.99

Greenlaw, Lavinia: The Built Moment. Faber. The first collection of poetry since 2011. £14.99

Hadley, Tessa: Late in the Day. Jonathan Cape. A new novel from one of the UK's most under-rated authors. £16.99

James, Marlon: Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Dark Star Trilogy Book 1). Hamish Hamilton. A tracker tries to locate a lost boy. The first book in trilogy drawing on African history and mythology. £20.00

Lapidos, Juliet: Talent. Borough Press. A bookbinder offers to help a PhD student.  £12.99

Lasdun, James: Victory. Jonathan Cape. A pair of dramatic novellas. £14.99

Li, Yiyun: Where Reasons End. Hamish Hamilton. A mother attempts to come to life with her son's suicide. £12.99

Liardet, Frances: We Must be Brave. Fourth Estate. A suspected child abduction during WW2. £14.99

Menasse, Robert: The Capital. Maclehose Press. A newly translated German best seller. £15.00

Okri, Ben: The Freedom Artist. Head of Zeus. "Who is the Prisoner?" is enough for a woman to be disappeared. £14.99

Schweblin, Samanta: Mouthful of Birds. Oneworld. A new collection of short stories from a young Argentinian writer recognised as being one of the best international authors of her generation. £12.99

Sem-Sandberg, Steve: The Tempest. Faber. A dead father's papers raise all sorts of questions.  £12.99

Slimani, Leila: Adele. Faber. The author's first novel, though the second to appear in English.  £12.99

Sudbanthad, Pitchaya: Bangkok Wakes to Rain. Sceptre. A flood submerges the city.  £16.99

Trotter, Alan: Muscle. Faber. A modern example of noir fiction.  £9.99

Yakhina, Guzel: Zuleikha. Oneworld. A first novel set in the Tatar area of Russia in the violent and unstable 1930's. £14.99

Woollett, Laura Elizabeth: Beautiful Revolutionary. Scribe. A fictionalisation of the Jonestown massacre. £12.99

March 2019

***Armitage, Simon: Hansel & Gretel. DFT. A contemporary retelling of the classic story with illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Price to be confirmed.

Bhutto, Fatima: The Runaways. Viking. the author's fifth novel, and the first one for 5 years.£14.99

Caesar, Ed: The Moth and the Mountain. Viking.  Almost on a whim, Maurice decides in 1933 to fly a Tiger Moth plane to Nepal and climb Everest. £16.99

Copus, Julia: Girlhood. Faber. The author's fourth collection of poems. £14.99

Doyle, Roddy: Charlie Savage. Jonathan Cape. A compilation of weekly pieces in the Irish Independent.  £9.99

***Grjasnowa, Olga: City of Jasmine. Oneworld. The future is bleak for young residents in war-hit Damascus. £12.99

***Hustvedt, Siri: Memories of the Future. Sceptre. A book narrated by a character with the initials S.H. rediscovers 40 year old notebooks and unfinished manuscripts while clearing out her mother's house.  £18.99

***Jacobsen, Roy: White Shadow. Maclehose Press. A Norwegian woman finds a washed-up sailor from a destroyed warship. £16.99

Jones, Sadie: The Snakes. Chatto & Windus. A complicated family story. £14.99

Khalifa, Khaled: Death is Hard Work; Faber. A dying man states his wish to be buried in the centre of a war zone. £12.99

Knausgaard, Karl Ove: So Much longing in so Little Space - the Art of Edvard Munch. Harvill Secker. The Norwegian author's book on the Norwegian artist. £12.99

***Lahiri, Jhumpa (edits): The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories. Penguin. A collection of 40 stories,  many translated for the first time. £25.00

Lalami, Laila: The Other Americans. Bloomsbury. Mysteries surround the death of a pedestrian in a car accident. £16.99

***Luiselli, Valeria. Lost Children Archive. A debut novel examining the current US/Mexican political and diplomatic relationship. Fourth Estate. £16.99

***McCartney, Jenny: The Ghost Factory. Fourth Estate. A debut novel set during the height of Northern Irish trounles. £12.99

McCracken, Elizabeth: Bowlaway. Jonathan Cape. An enigmatic character who arrives from nowhere changes her Massachusett's community. £16.99

Means, David: Instructions for a Funeral. Faber. A new collection of short stories. £12.99

Meier, Richard: Search Party. Picador. The author's second collection of poetry. £10.99

Mort, Helen: Black Car Burning. Chatto & Windus. The poet's first novel takes in Sheffield, rock-climbing and the Police. £12.99

Oyeyemi, Helen: Gingerbread. Picador. Perdita grows up in a family surrounded by gingerbread.  £14.99

Porter, Max: Lanny. Faber. The story of an English village, past and present. One resident is called Lanny. £12.99

***Ridker, Andrew: The Altruists. Jonathan Cape. A widower tries to regain his late wife's legacy to their children. £16.99

Smith, Ali: Spring. Hamish Hamilton. The third in the author's series of contemporary novels.  £16.99

April 2019

Anava, Selja: Things that Fall from the Sky. Oneworld. Random events  affect everyday life. £12.99

de Bernieres, Louis: Labels and Other Stories. Harvill Secker.  A collection of stories. £16.99

Doshi, Tishani: Small Days and Nights. Bloomsbury. The award winning poet's second novel. £16.99

Dunthorne, Joe: O Positive. Faber. A first full collection of poems from an established author.  £10.99

Hammas, Isabella: The Parisian. Jonathan Cape. A novel set 100 years ago in Palestine. £14.99

Koch, Herman: The Ditch. Picador. Is the Mayor of Amsterdam imagining what he sees, or is it real? £14.99

Lethem, Jonathan: The Feral Detective. Atlantic. A loner detective hunts for a missing woman. £16.99

McGuinness, Patrick: Throw me to the Wolves. Jonathan Cape. A powerful novel looking at the media's obsession with an eccentric loner's arrest for murder. £14.99

Sissay, Lemn: My Name is Why. Canongate. The poet and broadcaster's autobiography. £16.99

Thomas, Bev: A Good Enough Mother. Faber. A therapist's new client confronts personal issues. £12.99

Thorpe, Adam: Words from the Wall. Jonathan Cape. The author's seventh collection of poetry. £10.00

Ting-Kuo, Wang: My Enemy's Cherry Tree. Granta. A strange relationship between a cafe proprietor and a local business man. £12.99

May 2019

Aramburu, Fernando: Homeland. Picador. First UK publication of a European best selling novel. £16.99

Armitage, Simon: Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic. Faber. A collection of various "one-off" commission poems, most widely published for the first time.   £16.99

Evaristo, Bernadine: Girl, Woman, Other. Hamish Hamilton. A novel featuring 12 women. £14.99

Haddon, Mark: The Porpoise. Chatto & Windus. The story of a baby who was the sole survivor of a plane crash. £18.99

Lee, Jing, Jing: How we Disappeared. Oneworld.  Memories of war time Singapore re-emerge a couple of generations later in London.  £12.99

Macfarlane, Robert: Underland - A Deep Time Journey. Hamish Hamilton. The nature writer goes underground visiting tree roots and glaciers. £20.00

Macneal, Elizabeth: The Doll Factory. Picador. A novel set during the 1850 Great Exhibition.  £12.99

Nayeri, Dina: The Ungrateful Refugee. Canongate. An Iranian refugee relates her journey to being an award winning American writer. £16.99

Newman, Sandra: The Heavens. Granta. Kate falls asleep in New York in 2000 and awakes in London in 1593.  £12.99

Ramos, Joanne: The Farm. Bloomsbury. The farm in question is a luxury surrogate facility for the mega-rich. £12.99

June 2019

Barry, Kevin: Night Boat to Tangier. Canongate. A pair of Irish gangsters waiting to catch the boat in Algeciras.  Price to be confirmed.

Bernard, Jay: Surge: Chatto & Windus. A prize-winning poet's first full collection. £10.00

Hoffman, Julian: Irreplaceable - The Fight to Save our Wild Places. Hamish Hamilton. How humans are destroying habitats. £20.00

Kawakami, Hiromi: The Ten Loves of Mr. Nishino. Granta. Ten women relate their encounters with a ladies' man. £12.99

O'Connor, Joseph: Shadowplay. Harvill Secker. Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and Bram Stoker are working together in 1878. A Victorian novel.  £14.99

Roy, Arundhati: My Seditious Heart. Hamish Hamilton. A 1120 page collection of the author's essays. £30.00

Slepikas, Alvydas: In the Shadow of Wolves. A novel set in Lithuania towards the end of the Second World War where the advancing Russian army is seen as more of a threat than the Nazis. Oneworld. £12.99

Vuong, Ocean: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. Jonathan Cape. The award-wining poet's first novel. £12.99

Williams, Hugo: Lines Off. Faber.  The poet's first collection for 5 years. £14.99

September 2019

***Atwood, Margaret. The Testaments. Chatto & Windus. A much anticipated follow up to the author's celebrated the Handmaid's Tale. £20.00

October 2019

***Le Carre, John: Agent Running in the Field. Viking. A British agent is caught up in the ever-changing politics of 2019. £20.00

***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.

Ayrton, Michael: Michael Ayrton - Drawings and Sculpture. Cox, Adams & Mackay; 1966. Enlarged from the 1962 edition. Fine in very good price clipped dustjacket with a tear to the top of the front panel. £35.00

Borough of St. Ives: Barbara Hepworth. St. Ives; 1968; A pamphlet published on the occasion of the conferment of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Barbara Hepworth. Near fine with very feint spotting. A similar pamphlet was published at the same time to commemorate the same award conferred on Bernard Leach. £45.00

Bowness, Alan (introduces): St Ives 1939-64 - Twenty Five Years of Painting, Sculpture and Pottery. Tate; 1985. First edition, first printing. Near fine large format paperback original catalogue published for the Tate retrospective. Many illustrations. The book was reprinted as a hardback 11 years later.  £60.00

Festing, Sally. Barbara Hepworth - A Life of Forms. First edition, first printing. Near fine with a slightly dusty top edge in near fine, slightly rubbed dustjacket. Viking; 1995. £45.00

Hockney, David: New Drawings - Some Drawings of Family, Friends and Best Friends. Salt's Mill; 1994. A collection of portraits. Fine paperback original. £25.00

Hockney, David and Spender, Stephen: China Diary. Thames and Hudson; 1982. An account of the pair's travels around China. Fine in near fine dustjacket with wear to the head of the spine. £40.00

Lipke, William. David Bomberg. Evelyn, Adams & Mackay; 1967. First edition, first printing. Fine in very good price clipped dustjacket with tears to the bottom. £60.00 x

Rowe, Matthew: John Wells Tate; 1998. Exhibition catalogue. Signed by John wWells.  Fine paperback original. £30.00

Shaw, Bernard: Geneva. Constable; 1939. First edition, first printing. Illustrated by Feliks Topolski in the version  with his drawings on the paper boards without dustjacket as published. Near fine. £30.00

Val Baker, Denys: Britain's Art Colony by the Sea. George Ronald; 1959. Near fine with a dusty top edge in near fine price-clipped dustjacket. £20.00

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