Ecat 188 May/June 2020

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Limited Editions

Newly back in stock is the 100 copy signed limited edition of Leopoldstadt by Tom Stoppard at £115.00

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

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.

Anappara, Deepa: Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line. Chatto & Windus 2020. A First novel.  £14.99


***Armitage, Simon: Magnetic Field - The Marsden Poems. Faber 2020. The Laureate's new collection.  Signed by the author. £14.99


***Barry, Sebastian: A Thousand Moons. Faber 2020. Back to Tennessee - a sequel to Days Without End. Signed by the author. £18.99


Cabezon Camara, Gabriela: The Adventures of China Iron. Charco 2019. Longlisted for the 2020 Booker International Prize. £20.00


***Calleja, Jen: I'm Afraid That's All We've Got Time For. Prototype 2020. Signed by the author. A first collection of short stories. £18.00


Cander, Chris: The Weight of a Piano. Europa 2020. A piano gets lost in transit. £12.99


Coates, ta-nehisi: The Water Dancer. Hamish Hamilton 2020. A novel set amongst slavery plantations. £16.99


Dangarembga, Tsitsi: This Mournable Body. Faber 2020. A young woman struggles in Zimbabwe. £14.99


Deane, John F: Like the Dewfall. Guillemot Press 2019. Signed by the author. Illustrated by Tony Martin. A collection of poems inspired by Olivier Messiaen. £12.00


Donwood, Stanley: Bad Island. Hamish Hamilton 2020. A graphic novel looking forward to the end of the world. £12.99


***Duffy, Ella: New Hunger. Smith/Doorstop Books 2020. A first collection of poems. Copies on order - price to be confirmed.


***Ernaux, Annie: A Girl's Story. Fitzcarraldo 2020. An autobiographical account of the Summer of 1958. £10.99


Fosse, Jon: The Other Name - Septology I-II. Fitzcarraldo 2019. A Norwegian artist reflects on his life.  Longlisted for the 2020 Booker International Prize.  £20.00


Francis, Matthew: Wing. Faber. A collection of poetry celebrating air and space. £14.99


***Frears, Ella: Shine, Darling.  Offord Road Books 2020. The author's first collection of poems. £12.00


Harris, Will: Rendang. Granta 2020. A first full collection from an exciting young poet. Signed by the author. £16.00


Harsent, David: Loss. Faber 2020. A new poetry collection. £14.99 (Copies signed and dated by the author at the launch event  £25.00)


Hershman, Tania: Guillemot Press; 2020. And What if we were All Allowed to Disappear. Tall format collection of poetry. £10.00


***Kinsky, Esther: Grove. Fitzcarraldo. 2020. A prize winning  novel from the author of River. 12.99


Klaces, Caleb: Fatherhood. Prototype 2019. A very moving account in prose and poetry of becoming a father. £18.00 (signed copies £26.00)


***Lalwani, Nikita: You People. Viking 2020. A novel set in an Italian restaurant with non Italian employees. £14.99


***Leviston, Frances: The Voice in my Ear. Jonathan Cape 2020. Ten women named Claire talk about womanhood. £16.99


Lewycka, Marina: The Good, the Bad and the Little Bit Stupid. Fig Tree. 2020. Somehow George wins millions in the Kosovan lottery. £14.99


MacInnes, Martin: Gathering Evidence. Atlantic 2020. A head injury causes John to see things differently. £12.99


***Mars-Jones, Adam: Box Hill. Fitzcarraldo 2020. The author's first novel in ages. £10.99


***McAfee, Annalena: Nightshade. Harvill Secker 2020. Eve, once an artist's muse, is now an artist herself.  £16.99


McBride, Eimear: Strange Hotel. Faber 2020. A life lived in hotel rooms. Signed by the author. £12.99


Melchor, Fernanda: Hurricane Season. Fitzcarraldo; 2020.  Longlisted for the 2020 Booker International Prize. £18.00


Mengiste, Maaza: The Shadow King. Canongate 2020. A novel set in Ethiopia in 1935 as Mussolini is threatening.  £16.99


Miller, A D: Independence Square. Harvill Secker 2020. A diplomat spots the woman who caused his downfall. £14.99


Miller, David: Matrix 1 Matrix 2:  Guillemot Press; 2020. A pair of poetry booklets. £12.00


Morgan, J.O: The Martian's Regress. Jonathan Cape 2020. A book length poem featuring a Martian returning to earth. £10.00


***Nors, Dorthe: Wild Swims. Pushkin 2020. A new collection of short stories from an acclaimed Danish writer. £9.99


Pagano, Emmanuelle: Faces on the Tip of my Tongue. Peirene 2020. Longlisted for the 2020 Booker International Prize. £18.00


***Persaud, Ingrid: Love After Love. Faber 2020. Three people live harmoniously in a house - until...£14.99


***Riviere, Sam: After Fame. Faber 2020. A roman inspired collection of poems. £10.99


***Schibli, Adania: Minor Detail. Fitzcarraldo 2020. A novel set  during the Israeli/Palestinian unrest. £10.99


***Schweblin, Samanta: Little Eyes. Oneworld 2020. Is the spreading Kentuki craze harmless or menacing? Longlisted for the 2020 Booker International Prize. £14.99


Slimani, Leila: Sex and Lies. Faber 2020. A non-fiction look at Moroccan sexual politics from one of Europe's most exciting young authors. Signed and dated by the author. £16.00


Smith, Danez: Homie. Chatto & Windus 2020. A new collection from an award winning poet. £10.99


***Smith, Sarah Elaine: Marilou is Everywhere, Hamish Hamilton 2020. A young girl tries to fill the gap left when Marilou disappears.  £12.99


Stamm, Peter: The Sweet Indifference of the World. Granta 2020. A novella about shared experiences. £12.99


***Tyler, Anne: Redhead by the Side of the Road. Chatto & Windus 2020. A love affair for a couple unlikely to be loved. £14.99


Vila-Matas, Enrique: Mac & His Problem. Harvill Secker 2020. Longlisted for the 2020 Booker International Prize. £20.00


***Washburn, Kawai Strong: Sharks in the Time of Saviours. Canongate 2020. A young boy is rescued by sharks in Hawaii. £16.99

***Wyld, Evie: The Bass Rock. Jonathan Cape 2020. The story of 3 women at different times. £16.99

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.


April 2020

Alikavazovic, Jakuta: Night as it Falls. Faber. A story about the consequences of love. £12.99

Blacklock, Mark: Hinton. Granta. A family uses science fiction as escapism. £16.99

Bradley, Nick: The Cat and the City. Atlantic. A tortoiseshell cat features in a novel set in Tokyo. £12.99

Bryce, Colette: The M Pages. Picador. A new collection of poetry. £10.99

Cha, Frances: If I had your Face. Viking. A frantic novel set in modern day Seoul. £12.99

Diaz, Natalie: Postcolonial Love Poem. Faber. A native American writes about the suffering of her people.  £10.99

Franco, Jorge: Shooting Down Heaven. Europa Editions. A new novel from the Colombian author. £13.99

Kawakami, Mieko: Breasts and Eggs. Picador. A novel about female adolescence from a young Japanese writer. £14.99

McGuire, Ian: The Abstainer. Scribner. The battle for Irish independence takes root in Victorian Manchester. £14.99

May 2020

Cain, Amina: Indelicacy. Daunt Books. A Feminist ghost story. Price to be confirmed.

Hewitt, Sean: Tongues of Fire. Jonathan Cape. A first collection of poetry. £10.00

Ferrante, Elena: The Lying Life of Adults. Europa. A new Neapolitan novel. £20.00

Ladner, Kiare: Nightshift. Picador. A novel set in night-time London. £12.99

Kennedy, A.L: We are Attempting to Survive Our Time. Jonathan Cape. A collection of short stories. £14.99

Kingsnorth, Paul: Alexandria. Faber. The world 1000 years hence is a very different world. £16.99

Mackintosh, Sophie: Blue Ticket. Hamish Hamilton. What happens when your pre-determined identity goes wrong? £12.99

Moshfegh: Death in Her Hands. Jonathan Cape. A woman comes across a sinister note pinned to a tree. £12.99

Motion, Andrew: Randomly Moving Particles. Faber. A collection featuring a pair of long poems. £14.99

Pachico, Julianne: The Anthill. Faber. A first novel from a short story writer.  £12.99

Shakespeare, Nicholas: The Sandpit. Harvill Secker. John thought returning from Brazil to Oxford would be safe...£14.99

Tremain, Rose: Islands of Mercy. Chatto & Windus. An unlikely affair between a nurse from Bath and a businessman from Borneo.  £18.99

June 2020

Caldwell, Lucy: Intimacies. Faber. A new collection of (mostly) Irish stories.  £12.99

Clegg, Bill: The End of the Day. Jonathan Cape. A novel exploring  the limits of friendship. £12.99

Doyle, Roddy: Love. Jonathan Cape. Why don't men of a certain age drink in pubs anymore?  £16.99

Evers, Stuart: The Blind Light. Picador. The last 60 years as witnessed by Drum and Gwen.  £20.00

Guo, Xiaolu: A Lover's Discourse. A new novel from one of the most remarkable authors around. £12.99

Kneale, Matthew: Pilgrims. Atlantic. In 1289, a group of pilgrims set off from England to Rome. £16.99

Johnson, Daisy: Sisters. Jonathan Cape. A novel exploring tensions between a pair of sisters and their mother. £14.99

Mitchell, David: Utopia Avenue. Sceptre. The biography of a fictional rock group founded in the late 1960's . £20.00

Peace, David: Tokyo Redux. Faber. A mystery, 40 years is the making, needs to be resolved. £16.99

Smith, Ali: Summer. Hamish Hamilton. The final part of the author's Seasons quartet. £16.99

July 2020

Aitken, Molly: The Island Child. Canongate. The story of a young girl brought up on a remote Irish island. £14.99

Williams, Eley: The Liar's Dictionary. Heinemann. A debut novel from a prize winning short story writer.  £14.99

August 2020

Gyasi, Yaa: Transcendent Kingdom. Viking. Gifty is surrounded by death, illness and depression. Price to be confirmed.

Davis, Carys: The Mission House. Granta. A new novel from an exciting new voice. Price to be confirmed

Pierre, DBC: Meanwhile in Dopamine City. Faber. Fatherhood in dystopia. £18.99

Ryan, Donal: Strange Flowers. Doubleday. Moll disappears in 1973...and then returns. £12.99

September 2020

Faber, Michel:  D (A Tale of Two Worlds). Doubleday. A D-less novel. £18.99

Hornby, Nick. Just Like You. Viking. Do opposites really attract? £16.99

Kunzru, Hari: Red Pill. Scribner. The author returns his 2017 novel White Tears.  £14.99

O'Hagan, Andrew: Mayflies. Faber. Two pals get in touch after 30 years. £14.99

Rankine, Claudia: Just Us. Penguin. White supremacy examined through poetry. Price to be confirmed.

October 2020

Banville, John: Snow. Faber. A new crime novel written under the author's real name. Price to be confirmed.

Boyd, William: Trio. Viking. Paris 1968 and three people meet up. Price to be confirmed.

November 2020

Emezi, Akwaeke: The Death of Vivek Oji. Faber. A life story told in reverse.  £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 - Older titles.

Auping, Michael (introduces): Howard Hodgkin Paintings. Fort Worth; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; 1996. First edition, first printing. Exhibition catalogue. Fine large format paperback. Related ephemera from the London exhibition laid in. £20.00

Causey, Andrew & Reid, Norman (introduce): Paul Nash. London; Tate; 1975. First paperback edition, first printing. Small ownership inscription to the half title page, otherwise fine in pictorial wrappers. Paperback. £12.00

Ferrari, Enrique: Goya - The Frescos in San Antonio de la Florida in Madrid. Switzerland; Skira; 1955. First edition, first printing. Large format. Fine in fine price clipped dustjacket. Contained in card slipcase. £20.00

Goldscheider, Ludwig: Rodin Sculptures. London; Phaidon; 1964. First edition, first printing. Fine in with a couple of tape scars in fine dustjacket. £20.00 x

Keller, Hiltgart & Cichy, Bodo: 20 Centuries of Great European Painting. London; Mayflower; 1958. First edition, first printing. Large format. Near fine, with an ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, in fine dustjacket. Contained in card slipcase. £16.00

Laver, James (introduces): Isabella's Triumph (May 31st 1615). London; Faber; c1947. First edition, first printing. Exhibition catalogue. Fine paperback original. £12.00

Lewison, Jeremy:  Ben Nicholson. London; Tate; 1993. First edition, first printing. Near fine large format paperback original with reading creases to the spine. £24.00

Lipke, William: David Bomberg. London; Evelyn, Adams & Mackay; 1967. First edition, first printing. Fine, with a card tipped in to the front free endpaper, in very good dustjacket. £48.00

Maiuri, Amedeo & Venturi, Lionello: Painting in Italy - From the Origins to the Thirteenth Century. Switzerland; Skira; 1959. First edition, first printing. Large format. Fine in fine dustjacket. Contained in card slipcase. £36.00

Osborne, Peter (introduces): 20th Century British Art - Paintings Drawings Sculpture Ceramics. London; Scolar; 2002. First edition, first printing. Exhibition catalogue - exhibitors include Frank Auerbach,Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Peter Lanyon and John Tunnard. Fine paperback.  £12.00

Powers, Alan: Eric Ravilious - Imagined Realities. London; Imperial War Museum; 2004. First edition, first printing. Large format. Fine paperback exhibition catalogue with various associated ephemeral material laid in. £12.00

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