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Ecat 179 February/March 2019

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Michael Longley - Ghetto

Three signed editions of Michael Longley's poetic response to the natural death of Helen Lewis,  a holocaust survivor from Andrew Moorhouse. Michael Longley's daughter Sarah, a pupil of Heather Lewis and illustrated the book.
Prices are subject to confirmation
A Standard edition (quarter leather) of 75 signed and numbered copies  - £95.00
A Deluxe edition (the slipcased standard edition) of 26 signed and lettered copies - £140.00
A Presentation edition (full leather binding in a solander box) of 5 signed and roman numeral numbered copies - £500.00

Ian McEwan - Machines Like Me

Due shortly before publication of the trade edition (16th April) there should be a limited edition of Ian McEwan's new novel, Machines Like Me.
It is expected, but not confirmed, that the books will contain facsimile pages of the author's earliest notes for the book.
Two editions are planned; both have gold blocking to the spine and are housed in slipcases:
75 quarter bound leather copies signed by the author and hand numbered 1 to 75
25 fully leather bound copies signed by the author and numbered i to xxv.

Prices are to be confirmed, but will be in the region of £190 for the quarter leather edition and £420 for the full leather edition.
I do not know how many copies I will be allocated, but orders will be processed in the order I receive them.

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.

Adam, Claire: Golden Child. Faber 2019. A tale of life, love  and loyalty in Trinidad. £14.99


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


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


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


***Doyle, Roddy: Charlie Savage. Jonathan Cape 2019. A compilation of weekly pieces in the Irish Independent.  £9.99


***Dwyer Hickey, Christine: The Narrow Land. Atlantic 2019. Two young boys neet up with Edward Hopper.  £14.99


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


***Foulds, Adam. Dream Sequence. Jonathan Cape 2019. A new novel from a very highly regarded novellist and poet. £14.99


***Good, Anthony: Kill (Redacted). Atlantic 2019. The after-effects of a terrorist attack. £14.99


***Gray, Alasdair: Of Me and Others. Canongate 2019. A collection of autobiographical essays. £17.99


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


***Hadley, Tessa: Late in the Day. Jonathan Cape 2019. A new novel from one of the UK's most under-rated authors. £16.99


***Jackson, Stina: The Silver Road. Corvus 2019. A first novel set in Sweden from a Swedish/American writer. £12.99


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


***Jones, Sadie: The Snakes. Chatto & Windus 2019. A complicated family story. £14.99


***Keegan, Claire: Forester's Daughter. Faber 2019. . A single short story. £3.50


***Lahiri, Jhumpa (edits): The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories. Penguin 2019. A collection of 40 stories,  many translated for the first time. £25.00


***Lasdun, James: Victory. Jonathan Cape 2019. A pair of dramatic novellas. £14.99


***Li, Lillian: Number One Chinese Restaurant. One 2019. Things go wrong for a re-vamped restaurant. £14.99


***Li, Yiyun: Where Reasons End. Hamish Hamilton 2019. A mother attempts to come to life with her son's suicide. £12.99


***Maarouf, Mazen: Jokes for the Gunmen. Granta 2019. A collection of powerful  stories from a vibrant new voice. Longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize. £9.99


Mallo, Fernandez Agustin: Nocilla Lab. Fitzcarraldo 2019. The third instalment of the author's trilogy. £12.99


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


***Obioma, Chigozie: An Orchestra of Minorities. Little, Brown 2019. A second novel from a Booker shortlisted author. £14.99


***Paralkar, Vikram: Night Theatre. Serpents Tail 2019. An injured family pay a visit to a doctor.  £12.99


***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


***Ridker, Andrew: The Altruists. Jonathan Cape 2019. A widower tries to regain his late wife's legacy to their children. £16.99


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


***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


Seidel, Frederick: Peaches Goes it Alone. Faber. A new collection of poetry.  £10.99


Slimani, Leila: Adele. Faber. The author's first novel, though the second to appear in English.  £12.99 (sold out of signed copies - will try for more).


Szalay, David: Turbulence. Jonathan Cape 2018. A collection of short stories which fit together as a novel. £9.99


***Thompson, Luke & Kilburn, John: Eel Suitcase. Guillemot Press 2018. A straw lined cardboard packet containing 6 items, all fine -  1) Anguilliformes, True Eels, Dubious Translations by Luke Thompson & John Kilburn - an illustrated list of latin names alongside names in common usage, 2) The Creel an anthology prefaced by Luke Thompson, 3) The Origin of the Silver Eel by David Cairncross, written in 1862 and introduced by Luke Thompson and illustrated by John Kilburn, 4) Eels a pulp novel by Luke Thompson, 5) A Suitcase Full of Eels a collection of 137 illustrated eels and 6) A themed postcard bearing a palindromic poem. £25.00


***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


***Yuknavitch, Lidia: The Chronology of Water. Canongate 2019. A dogged determination to survive. £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.

February/March 2019

Anstruther, Eleanor:  A Perfect Explanation. Salt. The story of an abandoned aristocrat's child. £12.99

Armitage, Simon: Hansel & Gretel. DFT. A contemporary retelling of the classic story with illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. £25.00

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

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

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

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

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 troubles. £12.99

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

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

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

April 2019

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

Aw, Tash: We, the Survivors. Fourth Estate. A simple man confesses to a murder. £14.99

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

Cercas, Javier: Lord of all the Dead. Maclehose Press. The author looks at a ancestor's role in the Spanish Civil War. £20.00

Dawson. Jill: The Language of Birds. Sceptre.  A retelling of the Lord Lucan  story. £18.99

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

Hammad, 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

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

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

Miyashita, Natsu: The Forest of Wool and Steel. Doubleday. A piano transports Tomura into the countryside. £9.99

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

Smith, Ben: Doggerland. Fourth Estate. A novel set on a remote wind farm. £12.99

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

Andrews, Jessica: Saltwater. Hodder & Stoughton. A young woman's relationship with her mother as she heads to University. £14.99

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

Cook, Elizabeth: Lux. Scribe. 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

***Cowan, Andrew: Your Fault. Salt. A future self tries to warn a present self of the consequences of actions. £12.99

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

***Grant, Linda: A Stranger City. Virago. Different people respond to a drowned body in different ways. £16.99

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

***Hamilton, Hugo: Dublin Palms. Fourth Estate. A tri-lingual Irishman struggles when returning to Dublin.  £12.99

***Koch, Herman: The Ditch. Picador. What to do when the mayor chats up your wife? £14.99

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

***Price, Rosie: What Red Was. The after effects of a violent sexual assault. £12.99

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

Winterson, Jeanette: Frankissstein. Jonathan Cape. A look at Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Price to be confirmed.

June 2019

***Atkinson, Kate: Big Sky. Doubleday. A return to the life of Jackson Brodie, rather more than a crime novel. £20.00

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

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

***Erskine, Wendy: Sweet Home. Picador. A first collection of short stories. £12.99

***Ghosh, Amitav: Gun Island. John Murray. A book set among the realms of rare book dealers. £20.00

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

***Hale, Katie: My Name is Monster. Canongate. A debut novel trailed as a Robinson Crusoe for our times.  £12.99

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

***Sauma, Luiza: Everything You Ever Wanted. Viking. A young woman escapes to another planet to avoid social media. £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

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

July 2019

Barker, Nicola: I Am Sovereign. Heinemann. A novella featuring a Welsh Teddy-bear maker. Price to be confirmed.

Ellmann, Lucy:  Ducks, Newburyport. Galley Beggar. A female take on the great American novel.  Price to be confirmed.

Jacobson, Howard: Live a Little. Jonathan Cape. A comic novel about late-in-life love. Price to be confirmed.

August 2019

Levy, Deborah: The Man who Saw Everything. Hamish Hamilton. a 1980's cold war novel. Price to be confirmed.

Myers, Benjamin: The Offing. Bloomsbury. A novel set in post World War 2 Yorkshire. 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

Muldoon, Paul: Frolic and Detour. Faber. A new collection. Price to be confirmed.

Strout, Elizabeth: Olive, Again. Viking. A revisit to the world of Olive Kitteridge. Price to be confirmed.

Wyld, Evie: The Bass Rock. Jonathan Cape. The story of 3 women at different times. Price to be confirmed.

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

Smith, Zadie: Grand Union. Hamish Hamilton. 20 short stories - 10 new and 10 written in the past 10 years. Price to be confirmed.

***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.

Bouvet, Francis: Bonnard - The Complete Graphic Work. Gallery Books 1981. First edition, first printing. Large format. Near fine in near fine dustjacket with a couple of nicks to the top edge. £65.00

Coulton, Isabel: I was Sylvette. Endeavour, 2016. First edition, first printing. The biography of Lydia Corbett (Sylvette David) who was Picasso' s model in the 1950's. Signed and dated by the author and subject (mother and daughter) to the title page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £35.00

Fermigier, Andre: Bonnard. Abrams; no date. First edition, first printing. Large format. Fine in fine dustjacket with a Thames and Hudson sticker placed over the Abrams name on the dustjacket. £25.00

Grunchec, Philippe: Gericault's Horses - Drawings and Watercolours. Sotheby's 1982. First edition, first printing. Large format. Fine in near fine dustjacket. £50.00

Jarman, Derek: The Exhibition of Derek Jarman - Luminous Darkness. Uplink 1990. First edition, first printing. An exhibition catalogue featuring Jarman's paintings, sculptures and other artwork inspired by his house and garden. Fine in boards as published. £100 x

Lanyon, Andrew: In Search of Rowley Hall. Andrew Lanyon 2015. First edition, first printing. Number 87 of 200 numbered copies. Signed by the author/publisher to the colophon page. Fine paperback original. £30.00

Leach, Bernard and Hepworth, Hepworth: Borough of St. Ives 1968. A pair of pamphlets published on the occasion of the conferment of the Honorary Freedom of the Borough on Bernard Leach and Barbara Hepworth. They are presented in the original plastic folder. Fine. £120.00

McAfee, Annalena: Hame. Jonathan Cape 2017. First edition, first printing.The author's second novel, set in the Hebrides. Signed by the author to the title page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £22.00

Platzman, Steven: Cezanne - The Self-Portraits, Thames & Hudson, 1989. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine spine faded dustjacket. £35.00

Umland, Anne; Sudhalter, Adrian & Gerson, Scott (co-edit): Dada in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Museum of Modern Art, 2008. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine dustjacket. £35.00

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