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Ecat 183 September 2019

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Limited Editions

A signed limited edition of 150 copies of Edna O'Brien's new novel - Girl is  now in stock (though not yet on the website).
The book is quarter bound by hand in dark green book calf with title and author name blocked in gold, with the rest covered in dusky pink paper. Sage green endpapers. The book is contained in a matching slipcase. £125.00

Alice Oswald - Nobody

A signed limited edition of 100 copies of Alice Oswald's new collection - Nobody will be published in September. The trade edition will be paperback, but the limited edition is to be hardback with faux cloth boards, and dust jacketed. The book will be contained in a perspex slipcase. £150.00

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.

***Agualusa, Jose Eduardo: The Society of Reluctant Dreamers. Harvill Secker 2019. Dreams can be awkward in Angola. Signed by the author and translator (Daniel Hahn) to the title page. £22.00

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Alharthi, Jokha: Celestial Bodies. Sandstone 2019. First edition, first printing thus (the book was re-issued with a MAN Booker longlist logo on the front cover while retaining the full numberline - the true first had no such logo). Winner of the 2019 MAN Booker International Prize. Fine paperback original. £24.00

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***Apostol, Gina: Insurrecto. Fitzcarraldo 2019. A novel set in a largely forgotten war between the Philippines and the USA. £12.99

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***Armitage, Simon: Hansel & Gretel. DFT 2019. A contemporary retelling of the classic story with illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.  Signed by the author. £32.00

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Atkinson, Kate: Big Sky. Doubleday 2019. Signed by the author. Sky blue edges with a signed by the author sticker affixed.  £20.00

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***Barker, Nicola: I Am Sovereign. Heinemann. A novella featuring a Welsh Teddy-bear maker. Signed by the author. £22.00 (not yet on website)

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Barry, Kevin: Night Boat to Tangier. Canongate 2019. A pair of Irish gangsters waiting to catch the boat in Algeciras. Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. £25.00

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Buchan-Watts, Sam & Singer, Lavinia (edit): Try to be Better TTBB. Prototype 2019. Loosely bound anthology of prose, poetry and art prompted by the work of W.S Graham. Signed by the editors. One of 500 copies. £20.00

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***Chan, Mary Jean: Fleche. Faber 2019. A first collection of poems. Signed by the author to the title page. £10.99

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***Chevalier, Tracy. A Single Thread. After WW1, Victoria wants to settle down and get married. Nut most of the men have been killed in the war.  Signed and dated by the author. £20.00

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***Cook, Elizabeth: Lux. Scribe 2019. David and Bathsheba's story revisited before relocating to the Tower of London. Signed by the author.  £20.00

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***Cusk, Rachel: Coventry. Faber 2019. A collection of the author's essays. Signed by the author. £14.99

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***Doughty, Louise: Platform Seven. Faber. Two people are about to die at Peterborough Railway Station. Signed by the author. £14.99

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***Doyle, Roddy: Charlie Savage. Jonathan Cape 2019. A collection of the author's journalism for the Irish Independent. Signed by the author. £16.00

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***Dunthorne, Joe: O Positive. Faber 2019. A first full collection of poems from an established author.   Signed by the author to the title page. £15.00

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***Ellmann, Lucy: Ducks, Newburyport. Galley Beggar 2019. Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Fine paperback original. £50.00

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***Evaristo, Bernadine: Girl, Woman, Other. Hamish Hamilton 2019. Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. Signed by the author to the title page. £60.00

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***Flanery, Patrick: Night for Day. Atlantic 2019. A novel set over one day in McCarthy-era Hollywood. Signed and dated by the author. £20.00

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***Flattery, Nicole: Show Them a Good Time. Bloomsbury 2019. Signed by the author. A collection of stories. £25.00

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***Gundar-Goshen, Ayelet: Liar. Pushkin Press 2019. An inter-generational Israeli novel. Signed by the author. £16.00

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Habila, Helon: Travellers. Hamish Hamilton 2019. The story of 3 African emigrants from different countries and cultures. £12.99

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***Haddon, Mark: The Porpoise. Chatto & Windus 2019. The story of a baby who was the sole survivor of a plane crash. Signed by the author. £22.00

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Hale, Katie: My Name is Monster. Canongate. Signed by the author to the title page.  A debut novel trailed as a Robinson Crusoe for our times.  £14.99

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***Harris, Robert: The Second Sleep. Hutchinson 2019. A historical and dystopian novel?  Signed by the author to the title page. £25.00

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Hesselholdt, Christina: Vivian: Fitzcarraldo Editions 2019. Paperback original. £12.99

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***Hisayo, Buchanan, Rowan: Starling Days. Sceptre. A novel looking at urban isolation. Signed and dated by the author to the title page. £28.00

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Ismailov, Hamid: The Devil's Dance. Tilted Axis Press. 2018. Signed by the author and translator to the title page. £16.00

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***Kaldheim, Peter. Idiot Wind. Canongate 14.99. A biographical account of dropping out and then returning. £14.99

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Kaminsky, Ilya: Deaf Republic. Faber. A collection of poems concerning a Russian occupation of Ukraine. This book is very much flavour of the month in the UK. Signed by the author. £10.99

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***Kavenna, Joanna: Zed. Faber 2019. The CEO of a global company is heading for a fall. Signed by the author. £20.00

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***Lanchester, John: The Wall. Faber 2019.  Signed by the author to the title page. Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. £36.00

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***Levy, Deborah: The Man who Saw Everything. Hamish Hamilton 2019. Signed and dated (pre-publication) by the author to the title page. Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. £32.00

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***Luiselli, Valeria: Lost Children Archive. Fourth Estate 2019. Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize £24.00

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Macfarlane, Robert: Underland - A Deep Time Journey. Hamish Hamilton 2019. The nature writer goes underground visiting tree roots and glaciers.  Signed by the author. £20.00

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Macneal, Elizabeth: The Doll Factory. Picador 2019. A novel set as the 1850 Great Exhibition is being set up. Signed by the author to a tipped in page. £16.00

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McGlasson, Claire: The Rapture. Faber 2019. A first novel that looks into the world of  The Panacea Society £14.99

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***Meek, James: To Calais, in Ordinary Time. Canongate 2019. A novel set in 1348.  Signed and dated (pre-publication) by the author to the title page. £20.00

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Moore, Wayetu: She Would be King. One 2019. Signed and dated by the author to the title page. £24.00

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Murakami, Haruki: Birthday Girl. Harvill Secker 2019. A small booklet to celebrate the author's 70th birthday. £1.99

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Nathan, Alix: The Warlow Experiment. Serpent's Tail 2019 . A scientific experiment goes wrong. £12.99

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Newman, Sandra: The Heavens. Granta 2019. Kate falls asleep in New York in 2000 and awakes in London in 1593.  £12.99

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***O'Brien, Edna: Girl. Faber 2019. A novel describing the lives of kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls. Signed by the author. £16.99

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***Paralkar, Vikram: Night Theatre. Serpents Tail 2019. An injured family pay a visit to a doctor.  Signed by the author. £16.00

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Porter, Max: Lanny. Faber 2019. The story of an English village, past and present. One resident is Lanny, another is Dead Papa Toothwort. Longlisted for the Nooker Prize. Signed copies £20.00. Copies signed and dated by the author to the title page at the author's publication day event in Bath. £35.00

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Prototype 1: Prototype 2019. Edited by Jess Chandler. The first of a projected annual anthology. Contributors include Rachael Allen, Wayne Holloway-Smith, Emily Berry, Eley Williams, Jen Calleja and S J Fowler. Large format paperback original.  £20.00

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***Roy, Arundhati: My Seditious Heart. Hamish Hamilton 2019. A 1120 page collection of the author's essays. Signed by the author.  £45.00

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***Rushdie, Salman: Quichotte. Jonathan Cape 2019. Signed by the author to the title page. Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. £40.00

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***Savage, Lila: Say Say Say. Serpent's Tail. A first novel. Ella is fascinated by her employer's marriage. £12.99

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***Schweblin, Samanta: Mouthful of Birds. Oneworld 2019. A new collection of short stories from a young Argentinian writer recognised as being one of the best international authors of her generation. Longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. Signed by the author. £20.00

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***Sissay, Lemn: My Name is Why. Canongate 2019. An autobiography of a poet at last becoming recognised. Signed by the author to the title page. £20.00

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Smith, Ali: Spring. Hamish Hamilton 2019. The third in the author's series of contemporary novels. Signed by the author. £24.00

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***Vincent, Isabel: Dinner with Edward. One 2019. A couple seem to be getting it together. £12.99

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Williams, Hugo: Lines Off. Faber 2019.  The poet's first collection for 5 years. £14.99

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***Winterson, Jeanette: Frankissstein. Jonathan Cape 2019. Signed by the author to the title page. Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. £32.00


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 2019

Atwood, Margaret. The Testaments. Chatto & Windus. A much anticipated follow up to the author's celebrated the Handmaid's Tale. Longlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize.  £20.00

Burton, Jessie: The Confession. Picador. A novel set in 1980's London and Los Angeles.£16.99

Houellebecq, Michel: Serotonin. William Heinemann. Does the title give the plot away? £20.00

Keret, Etgar: Fly, Already: Granta. A collection of 22 linked short stories. £12.99

Muldoon, Paul: Frolic and Detour. Faber. A new collection. £14.99

Olyslaegers, Jeroen: Will. Pushkin Press. The first book by the Flemish author to be translated into English. £16.99

Oswald, Alice: Nobody. Jonathan Cape. A book-length sea-related poem featuring voices from the classics £10.00

Strout, Elizabeth: Olive, Again. Viking. A revisit to the world of Olive Kitteridge. £14.99

Wyld, Evie: The Bass Rock. Jonathan Cape. The story of 3 women at different times. £16.99

October 2019

Aciman, Andre: Find Me. Faber. Love blossoms in Europe.  £14.99

Ball, Jessie: The Diver's Game. Granta. A dystopian allegory. £14.99

Costello, Mary: The River Capture. Canongate. A man decides to withdraw from society and return to his family's land.  £14.99

Donoghue, Emma: Akin. Picador. A New Yorker looks for his mother's secrets on the French Riviera. £16.99

Gray, Alasdair. Purgatory - Dante's Divine Trilogy Part Two. Canongate.  The second part of the translation. £14.99

Hunt, Laird: In the House in the Dark of the Woods. One. Dark fairy tales.  £12.99

Jones, Cynan: Stillicide. Granta. A new short novel from the Welsh author. £12.00

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

Preston, Alex: Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection. Canongate. A whisky centred anthology with contributions from Eley Williams, Kamila Shamsie, David Szalay, Michael Donkor and others.  £12.99

Pullman, Philip: The Secret Commonwealth. Penguin/David Fickling. Part Two of The Book of Dust. £20.00

Safran Foer, Jonathan: We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Starts at Breakfast. Hamish Hamilton. The author's take on climate change. £16.99

Smith, Zadie: Grand Union. Hamish Hamilton. 20 short stories - 10 new and 10 written in the past 10 years. £25.00

November 2019

MacFarlane, Robert. Ness. Hamish Hamilton. A myth for our times. £14.99


***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.

Andreae, Christopher : Mary Fedden - Enigmas and Variations. Lund Humphries; 2007. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine dustjacket. £100.00 x

Armitage, Simon: The Universal Home Doctor. Faber 2002. Proof copy. Fine in plain wrappers. Signed by the author. Paperback. £25.00

Beetles, Chris (introduces): Art and Sunshine: The Work of Hercules Brabazon 1821-1906. Chris Beetles; 1997. First edition, first printing. Fine large format paperback exhibition catalogue and essays. £40.00

Hoffmann, Heinrich: The English Struwwelpeter or Pretty Stories and Funny Pictures for Little Children.  A N Myers; c1885. £100.00

Menmuir, Wyl: Rounds. Nightjar 2016. First edition, first printing. One of a signed limited edition of 200 pamphlets. Fine. Thirty-first edition, following the 133rd German edition. Very good, with some doodling to the reverse of the cloth-backed images. Small ownership on the front pastedown. £5.00

Mitchell, Gill: Joan Gillchrest (1918-2008)  A Life in Pictures. Wren Galley 2008. First edition, first printing. Fine in a near fine spine faded dustjacket. £60.00

Pontone, Tony (introduces): Scottish Show 2000 - Eight Royal Scottish Academicians. Albermarle Gallery; 2000. First edition, first printing. Fine large format paperback exhibition catalogue. Includes correspondence from Gordon Bryce (who has also signed. £25.00

Vann, Philip: Tessa Newcomb. Sansom 2010. First edition, first printing. Fine in fine dustjacket. £40.00

Yates, Fred: Early Sketchbook. One of the author's own sketchbooks. Unique. No date, but believed to be early in his career. Contains many ink sketches, often several to a page, covering rough drawings of such subjects as offices, cafeterias, nurses, television crews, orchestras and many more. £500.00



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