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Ecat 181 June 2019

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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.

Limited Edition:

Armitage, Simon: Hansel & Gretel. One of 100 numbered copies signed by the author and illustrator. A contemporary retelling of the classic story with illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Includes 2 additional numbered prints, signed by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, that were not used in the book. £75.00

***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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Allen, Rachael: Kingdomland. Faber 2019. A first full collection from a talented young poet. £10.99

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***Anker, Willem: Red Dog. Pushkin Press 2019. The author's first novel to be translated into English. £16.99

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Anstruther, Eleanor:  A Perfect Explanation. Salt 2019. The story of an abandoned aristocrat's child. £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. £25.00 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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

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***Atkinson, Kate: Big Sky. Doubleday. A return to the life of Jackson Brodie, rather more than a crime novel. Sold out but hoping for more signed copies at a price to be confirmed.
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***Barry, Kevin: Night Boat to Tangier. Canongate 2019. A pair of Irish gangsters waiting to catch the boat in Algeciras.  £14.99 ((Signed copies  sold out, but more should be available at a price to be confirmed).

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***Blackburn, Julia: Time Song - Searching for Doggerland. Jonathan Cape 2019. The author looks  for the now drowned ancient land between England and the Netherlands. Signed by the author. £25.00

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***Cercas, Javier: Lord of all the Dead. Maclehose Press 2019. The author looks at a ancestor's role in the Spanish Civil War. Signed and dated by the author to the title page. £28.00.

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***Clare, Horatio: Something of his Art - Walking to Lubeck with J S Bach. Little Toller 2018. Signed by the author to the title page. £20.00

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***Cook, Elizabeth: Lux. Scribe 2019. David and Bathsheba's story revisited before relocating to the Tower of London. (The author's previous novel, Achilles, was one of the best reviewed books of the century so far).  £16.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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Cooper, Jeremy: Ash Before Oak. Fitzcarraldo 2019. A novel in the form of a nature diary. £12.99

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***Couto, Mia: Woman of the Ashes. World Editions 2019. Signed by the author to the title page. Fine paperback original. £18.00

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de Bernieres, Louis: Labels and Other Stories 2019. Harvill Secker.  A collection of stories. £16.99

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del Amo, jean-baptiste: Animalia. Fitzcarraldo 2019. A twentieth century biography of a French peasant family £12.99

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Dunthorne, Joe: O Positive. Faber 2019. A first full collection of poems from an established author.  £10.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).


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Dymott, Elanor: Slack-Tide. Jonathan Cape 2019.  A new novel from a respected author. £12.99

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***Evaristo, Bernadine: Girl, Woman, Other. Hamish Hamilton 2019. A novel featuring 12 women. Signed by the author. £18.00

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Ferlinghetti, Lawrence: Little Boy. Faber 2019. An artist's memoirs as he nears 100. £14.99

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Flattery, Nicole: Show Them a Good Time. Bloomsbury 2019. Signed by the author. A collection of stories. £20.00

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***Ghosh, Amitav: Gun Island. John Murray. A book set among the realms of rare book dealers. Signed and dated by the author to the title page. £28.00

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***Grant, Linda: A Stranger City. Virago.  Signed and dated by the author to the title page. Different people respond to a drowned body in different ways. £24.00.

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***Greenlaw, Lavinia: The Built Moment. Faber 2019. The first collection of poetry since 2011. Signed by the author. £14.99

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***Gundar-Goshen, Ayelet: Pushkin Press 2019. An inter-generational Israeli novel. £12.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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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 (with a signed sticker affixed to the dustjacket) £18.99

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

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***Hudson, Kerry: Lowborn. Chatto & Windus 2019.  A novelist's look at at run down parts of Britain. £14.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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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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***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 copies due in. £10.99

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Luiselli, Valeria. Lost Children Archive. Fourth Estate 2019. Signed by the author. A debut novel examining the current US/Mexican political and diplomatic relationship. £25.00

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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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***McEwan, Ian: Machines Like Me. Jonathan Cape 2019. An alternative recent history of 1980's London where Alan Turing is still alive. Signed by the author. £18.99

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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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Means, David: Instructions for a Funeral. Faber 2019. A new collection of short stories. £12.99

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Menasse, Robert: The Capital. MacLehose Press 2019. Winner of the German Book prize. £24.00

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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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Mort, Helen: Black Car Burning. Chatto & Windus 2019. The poet's first novel takes in Sheffield, rock-climbing and the Police. £12.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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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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***Nayeri, Dina: The Ungrateful Refugee. Canongate 2019.. An Iranian refugee relates her journey to being an award winning American writer. Signed by the author to the title page. £25.00

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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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***Obioma, Chigozie: An Orchestra of Minorities. Little, Brown 2019. A second novel from a Booker shortlisted author. £14.99 99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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***O'Connor, Joseph: Shadowplay. Harvill Secker 2019. Henry Irving, Ellen Terry and Bram Stoker are working together in 1878. A Victorian novel.  £14.99  (Sold out of signed copies - more should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).


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***Paralkar, Vikram: Night Theatre. Serpents Tail 2019. An injured family pay a visit to a doctor.  £12.99 (99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed). )

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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. Signed copies £12.99. Copies signed and dated by the author to the title page at the author's publication day event in Bath £20.00

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Price, Rosie. What Red Was. Harvill Secker 2019. A take on violence against women linked with socio-economics. £12.99

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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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***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. Longlisted for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. £12.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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***Scovell, Adam: Mothlight. Infux Press 2019. A novel of gtief and moths. £15.00

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***Scraton, Paul: Built on Sand. Influx Press 2019. A historical and contemporary look at Berlin. £15.00

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***Shafak, Elif: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World. Viking 2019. What if the human mind carries on functioning 10 Minutes 38 Seconds after death.  Signed by the author to a tipped in page. £14.99

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Smith, Ali: Spring. Hamish Hamilton 2019. The third in the author's series of contemporary novels.  £16.99 (Signed copies £24.00).

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Ting-Kuo, Wang: My Enemy's Cherry Tree. Granta 2019. A strange relationship between a cafe proprietor and a local business man. £12.99

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Walters, Kate: Shetland Notebooks & Shetland Sketchbooks. Guillemot Press 2019. A  2 volume set of fine paperback originals plus an original watercolour. The Shetland Notebooks are signed on the title page and contain poetry, prose and about 70 watercolour  illustrations. The Shetland Sketchbooks contain more illustrations.  £30.00

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


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.

June 2019

Bilston, Brian: Diary of a Somebody. Picador. The trials and tribulations of a would-be poet. £14.99

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

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 Signed copies should be available at a price to be confirmed.

July 2019

Barker, Nicola: I Am Sovereign. Heinemann. A novella featuring a Welsh Teddy-bear maker. £12.99

Chan, Mary Jean: Fleche. Faber. A collection of poems from Hong Kong. £10.99

Ellmann, Lucy:  Ducks, Newburyport. Galley Beggar. A female take on the great American novel.  Limited edition. £20.00

***Flanery, Patrick: Night for Day. Atlantic. A novel set over one day in McCarthy-era Hollywood. £14.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

***Hisayo, Buchanan, Rowan: Starling Days. Sceptre. A novel looking at urban isolation. £14.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).


***Hope, Anna: Expectation. Doubleday. Three young women living in East London. £12.99

***Jacobson, Howard: Live a Little. Jonathan Cape. A comic novel about late-in-life love. £18.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

Kavenna, Joanna: Zed. Faber. The CEO of a global company is heading for a fall. £16.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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

***Norris, Barney: The Vanishing Hours. Doubleday. Two strangers meet in a Dover hotel.£12.99

***Russell, Karen: Orange World. Chatto & Windus. Surreal comedy. £14.99

Taddeo, Lisa: Three Women. Bloomsbury. The story of three different woman and how their lives overlap. £16.99

***Williams, Lara: Supper Club. Hamish Hamilton. Women rediscover their appetites. £12.99


August 2019

Agualusa, Jose Eduardo: The Society of Reluctant Dreamers. Harvill Secker. Dreams can be awkward in Angola. £14.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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. £14.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

Doughty, Louise: Platform Seven. Faber. Two people are about to die at Peterborough Railway Station. £12.99

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

Levy, Deborah: The Man who Saw Everything. Hamish Hamilton. a 1980's cold war novel. £14.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

Myers, Benjamin: The Offing. Bloomsbury. First novel published by a large publisher for the prize-winning author. £16.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

O'Breht, Tea: Inland. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. A second novel from Orange Prize winner. £14.99

Rushdie, Salman: Quichotte. Jonathan Cape. A story for our times. £18.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

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

Sissay, Lemn: My Name is Why. Canongate. An autobiography of a poet at last becoming recognised. £16.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).

Stevens, Madeline: Devotion. Faber. A first novel. Ella is fascinated by her employer's marriage. £12.99

Vincent, Isabel: Dinner with Edward. One. A three generation gap proves enjoyable. £12.99

Whitehead, Colson: The Nickel Boys. Fleet. The story of two boys abused at a reform school. £16.99 (Signed copies should be available in August at a price to be confirmed).


September 2019

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

Meek, James: To Calais, in Ordinary Time. Canongate. A novel set in 1348.  £17.99 (Signed copies should be available  at a price to be confirmed).

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Auden, W.H and Isherwood, Christopher: On the Frontier. Faber 1938. First edition, first printing. Near fine with some spotting to the endpapers in near fine dustjacket. £100.00

Booth, John: Jack B Yeats - A Vision of Ireland. Thomas & Lochar 1993. First edition, first printing. Very good in very good dustjacket. £20.00

Dexter, Emma & Barson, Tanya (edit): Frida Kahlo. Tate 2005. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine dustjacket. £30.00

Erben, Walter: Joan Miro 1893-1983 The Man and his Work. Taschen 1992. First edition, first printing. Very good large format paperback original. £18.00

Isherwood, Christopher: The Condor and the Cows - A South American Travel Diary. New York Random House 1949. First edition, first printing. Near fine, slightly bumped to the bottom front board in very good dustjacket marred by a tea or coffee stain covering parts of the front and rear panels.  £25.00

Isherwood, Christopher: Ramakrishna and his Disciples. New York Simon & Schuster 1965. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine dustjacket. £40.00

Isherwood, Christopher (edits): Vedanta for Modern Man. George Allen & Unwin 1952. First edition, first printing. Includes essays by Aldous Huxley, Rabindranath Tagore and Gerald Heard. Near fine in very good price clipped and spotted dustjacket. £60.00

Isherwood, Christopher & Upward, Edward: The Repton Letters. Stone Trough Books 1997. First edition, first printing. Number 15 of 30 copies signed by Edward Upton from an edition of 300 copies. Fine in quarter navy blue leather and three quarter light blue cloth. Gilt top edge. Original acetate jacket. £125.00

Isherwood, Christopher  & Upward, Edward: The Mortmere Stories. Enitharmon 1994. First edition, first printing. Number 18 of 50 copies signed by Edward Upward, Katharine Bucknell and Graham Crowley.  There were also 200 paperback copies. Fine in light brown cloth with gilt spine titles with image affixed to the front board.  Original acetate jacket (missing a small portion). £200.00 x



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