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Ecat 185 November/December 2019

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Limited Editions

John Le Carre - Agent Running in the Field
 One of a limited edition of 100 signed copies, fully leather bound. Still sealed. As of 01/12/19 only 1 copy left. £425

Margaret Atwood - The Testaments
A limited edition of 50 copies is planned. They will be signed & numbered on a tipped in page, bound in neon green cloth, printed on Perigord Condat Matt and feature special endpapers. They will be contained in a navy blue clamshell box lined with hand-marbled paper.
The joys of Brexit mean there are doubts as to price and when they will be ready, but for now the publisher is suggesting early December with a price of £1000.
I think the edition may have now sold out, but let me know if you're interested

Erin Morgenstern - The Starless Sea
Random House are also planning a signed limited edition of 100 copies of Erin Morgenstern's new book The Starless Sea.
The book will be bound in navy blue cloth with marbled endpapers and edges. The dustjacket will  be partially decorated with gold foil and will be double-sided and fold out.
The book will be contained in a dark blue slipcase with gold foil detailing.
The joys of Brexit mean there are doubts as to price and when they will be ready, but for now the publisher is suggesting mid November (now slipped to early December) with a price of £300.

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

Winter Papers 5
The annual anthology of Irish writing edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith is now published, but not yet in stock. It is difficult to price this book due to the uncertain exchange rates resulting from Brexit talks, but a guide price would be £50. 33 contributors make up the anthology, with articles on art, photography, music, drama, film, fiction, non fiction and poetry.
A few copies of Winter Papers 4 are also still available.

Simon Armitage - Gymnasium
The latest Moorhouse publication features 12 poems by Simon Armitage accompanied by 14 drawings by Antony Gormley.
Available in two formats (a presentation edition has sold out), the standard edition is available at £125.00plus shipping, is numbered 1 to 100 and is signed by both poet and artist. A further 26 copies of the standard edition are lettered A to Z and are contained in a slipcase. These form the deluxe edition and are available at £175.00 plus shipping.

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.

***Aciman, Andre: Find Me. Faber 2019. Love blossoms in Europe.  £14.99

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***Al Aswany, Alaa: The Dictatorship Syndrome. Haus 2019.  How do dictatorships emerge? £12.99

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Alvarez, Carlos Manuel: The Fallen. Fitzcarraldo 2019. A novel set in contemporary Cuba. 10.99

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

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Ball, Jessie: The Diver's Game. Granta 2019. A dystopian allegory. £14.99

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***Barnes, Julian: The Man in the Red Coat. Jonathan Cape 2019.  A portrait of The Belle Epoque as seen through the eyes of Samuel Pozzi. £18.99 (Signed copies should be available shortly at a price to be confirmed)

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Caley, Matthew: Trawlerman's Turquoise. Bloodaxe 2019. The author's sixth collection of poems. £9.95

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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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Clarke, Jane: When the Tree Falls.  A collection of poems celebrating rites of passage. Bloodaxe 2019. £9.95

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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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Costello, Mary: The River Capture. Canongate 2019. A man decides to withdraw from society and return to his family's land.  £14.99

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***Donoghue, Emma: Akin. Picador 2019. Signed by the author to a tipped in page. A New Yorker looks for his mother's secrets on the French Riviera. £25.00

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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.  Winner of the Goldsmiths prize. £32.00

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Ernaux, Annie: I Remain in Darkness. Fitzcarraldo 2019. The acclaimed novelist uses personal experience to look at Alzheimers. £8.99

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***Feaver, Vicki: I Want I Want! Jonathan Cape 2019. A fairly autobiographical collection of poems. £10.00

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Fosse, Jon: The Other Name - Septology I-II. Fitzcarraldo 2019. A Norwegian artist reflects on his life.  £12.99

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***Galvin, Cathy: Walking the Coventry Ring Road with Lady Godiva. Guillemot Press 2019. A collection of poems. £8.00

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Gray, Alasdair. Purgatory - Dante's Divine Trilogy Part Two. Canongate 2019.  The second part of the translation. £14.99

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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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Haddon, Mark: The Porpoise. Chatto & Windus 2019. The story of a baby who was the sole survivor of a plane crash. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths prize. 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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***Hall, Sarah: Sudden Traveller. Faber 2019. A new collection of short stories. £12.99

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***Haratischvili, Nino: The Eighth Life (for Brilka). Scribe 2019.  A Georgian family has to decide as the Russian Revolution approaches. £20.00

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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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Jones, Cynan: Stillicide. Granta 2019. A new short novel from the Welsh author. £12.00

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***Kalule, Peter: Kalimba. Guillemot Press 2019. A collection of poems. Signed by the author. £10.00

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***Kaminsky, Ilya: Deaf Republic. Faber 2019. A new collection of poems. Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. £10.99

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***Kandasamy, Meena: Exquisite Cadavers. Atlantic Books 2019. A novella set in contemporary London. £5.99

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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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Keret, Etgar: Fly, Already: Granta 2019. A collection of 22 linked short stories. £12.99

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Klaces, Caleb: Fatherhood. Prototype 2029. A very moving account in prose and poetry of becoming a father. £18.00

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***Krasznahorkai, Laszlo: Baron Wenckheim's Homecoming. Tuskar Rock 2019. An exiled Hungarian Baron returns home. £20.00

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Kunial, Zaffar: Six. Faber 2019. A small collection of cricket poems. £6.00

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***Le Carre, John: Agent Running in the Field. Viking 2019. Signed by the author directly to the title page. A British agent is caught up in the ever-changing politics of 2019. £28.00

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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. Shortlisted for the Goldsmiths prize. £32.00

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***Litt, Toby: Patience. Galley Beggar 2019. Toby Litt is a writer undergoing something of a renaissance and this title has garnered very favourable reviews.  Signed limited edition. Paperback. £20.00.

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Logan, Kirsty: Things we Say in the Dark. Harvill Secker 2019. A new collection of short stories. £12.99

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***MacFarlane, Robert. Ness. Hamish Hamilton 2019. A myth for our times. £14.99

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***Mahon, Derek: A Good Read. Gallery Press 2019. A pamphlet containing 3 essays. Signed by the author. One of 125 copies for sale. £50.00

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***Markovits, Benjamin: Christmas in Austin. Faber 2019. Wonder where people are going for their holidays...£16.99

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Marlantes, Karl: Deep River. Atlantic 2019. Three Finns emigrate to Washington State 125 years ago. £17.99

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Marsden, Philip: The Summer Isles. Granta 2019. The author sails from Cornwall to the Summer Isles. £20.00

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McEwan, Ian: The Cockroach. Jonathan Cape 2019. Signed by the author. A short satire. £15.00

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***Morgenstern, Erin: The Starless Sea. Harvill Secker 2019. A book found in a University Library leads Zachary on a voyage of discovery.  £16.99

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

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***Olds, Sharon. Arias. Jonathan Cape 2019. A collection of poems celebrating a woman's organs. Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. £12.00

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Olyslaegers, Jeroen: Will. Pushkin Press 2019. The first book by the Flemish author to be translated into English. £16.99

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Oswald, Alice: Nobody. Jonathan Cape 2019. A book-length sea-related poem featuring voices from the classics . £10.00

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***Papachristodoulou, Astra: Stargazing. Guillemot Press 2019. A collection of poems. £6.00

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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 Booker 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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Preston, Alex: Pursuit: The Balvenie Stories Collection. Canongate 2019. A whisky centred anthology with contributions from Eley Williams, Kamila Shamsie, David Szalay, Michael Donkor and others.  £12.99

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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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Rushdie, Salman: Quichotte. Jonathan Cape 2019. Signed by the author to the title page. Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. £28.00

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***Russo, Richard: Chances Are. Allen & Unwin 2019. A group of students reunite about 45 years later. £15.99

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***Smith, Ben: Doggerland; Fourth Estate 2019. A tale set in the North Sea. £12.99

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***Thomas, Scarlett: Oligarchy. Canongate 2019. A Russian schoolgirl finds herself at an English boarding school. Signed by the author. £14.99

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***Toibin, Colm: Pale Sister: Gallery Press 2019. The author's playscript for his version of Antigone.  £35.00

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

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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 2019/January 2020

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

Azar, Shokoofeh: The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree. Europa. A novel set amidst the 1979 Iranian Islamic revolution £13.99

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

Cha, Steph: Your House Will Pay. Faber. Los Angeles is about all Grace and Shawn have in common. £12.99

***Coetzee, J M: The Death of Jesus. Harvill Secker. Probably the last in the Jesus series.  £17.99

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

Harsent, David: Loss. Faber. A new poetry collection. £14.99

***Harvey, Samantha: The Shapeless Unease - A Year of Not Sleeping. Jonathan Cape. A non fiction book from a novelist drawing on her own experience.  £12.99

***Kadare, Ismail: The Doll. Harvill Secker. A novelised autobiography.  £12.99

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

***O'Callaghan, Billy: The Boatman and Other Stories. Jonathan Cape.  As the title suggests, a short story collection. £14.99

***Padel, Ruth: Beethoven Variations. Chatto & Windus. A poet's search for Beethoven.  £12.00

Thayil, Jeet: Low. Faber. Bombay - as seen by a drug addict.  £14.99

February 2020

Adiga, Aravind: Amnesty. Picador. An illegal immigrant faces a dilemma. £16.99

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

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

***Enright, Anne: Actress. Jonathan Cape. A fictional daughter's biography of a fictional Irish actress set in Hollywood and Dublin. £16.99

Forbes, Curdella: A Tall History of Sugar. Canongate. Moshe is born with blue translucent skin. Odd for a baby in Jamaica. £14.99

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

***Gappah, Petina: Out of Darkness, Shining Light. Faber. A second novel from an award winning writer. £16.99

Harris, Will: Rendang. Granta. A first full collection from an exciting young poet. £10.99

Offill, Jenny: Weather. Granta. Lizzie finds herself caught up in politics. £12.99

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

***McBride, Eimear: Strange Hotel. Faber. A life lived in hotel rooms. £12.99

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

***Slimani, Leila: Sex and Lies. Faber. A non-fiction look at Moroccan sexual politics from one of Europe's most exciting young authors. £12.99

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

***Sprackland, Jean: These Silent Mansions - A Life in Graveyards. Jonathan Cape. A non-fiction work from an established poet looking at what happens in graveyards and cemeteries. £16.99

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

***Swift, Graham: Here We Are. Scribner.  A novel set in Brighton in 1959. £14.99

March 2020

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


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


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


***Lucas Rijneveld, Marieke: The Discomfort of the Evening. Faber. First British publication of a Dutch bestseller. £12.99


Mantel, Hilary: The Mirror & the Light: Fourth Estate. Wolf Hall part Three. £25.00


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


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


***Paterson, Don: Zonal. Faber. A collection of Twilight Zone inspired poems from a never-not-entertaining author. £14.99


***Scudamore, James: English Monsters. Jonathan Cape. The effect of a boarding school on a young boy. £16.99


Smith, Sarah Elaine: Marilou is Everywhere. Hamish Hamilton. When Marilou disappears, Cindy is keen to take her place. £12.99

Tsiolkas, Christos: Damascus. Atlantic. A novel that looks at a certain conversion. £16.99

***Wyld, Evie: The Bass Rock. Jonathan Cape. The story of 3 women at different times. (Rescheduled from 2019). £16.99

Yousefzada, Osman: The Go-Between. Canongate.  A multi-cultural upbringing oin Birmingham. £14.99

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

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

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

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

May 2020

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

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

***Emezi, Akwaeke: The Death of Vivek Oji. Faber. A story beginning with the death of Vivek Oji.  £12.99

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

Lalwani, Nikita: You People. Viking. A novel set in an Italian restaurant with non Italian employees. £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 sesolved. £16.99

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

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


***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.

Bernard, Bruce (introduces) Freud, Lucian: Lucian Freud. Random House; 1996. First edition, first printing. Large format. Near fine in black cloth with titles in white in similar slipcase with an image to the rear. Some wear to the base of the slipcase. £125.00

Greenwood, Jeremy (Nash, John): The Wood Engravings of John Nash. Wood Lea Press; 1987. First edition, first printing. Large format, quarter cloth (slightly faded to the spine) and three quarter patterned  paper boards. One of 750 copies of the standard edition (there were also 61 copies of a special edition). Fine, profusely illustrated with images of the artist's engravings, mostly black and white, but a handful in colour. Contained in matching green slipcase. £200.00

Irving, Washington: The Alhambra. Macmillan 1911. Third printing thus. Full red leather binding with gilt tooling to the boards and gilt binding and titles to the spine. Raised bands and gilt edges. Marbled endpapers. Some minor spotting to endpapers and ownership inscriptions to the front flyleaf, otherwise near fine. £75.00

Kennard, Luke: The Transition. Fourth Estate 2017. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author to the title page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £20.00

Martin, John (introduces) (Yates, Fred): The Last Paintings. John Martin Gallery; 2015. First edition, first printing. An exhibition catalogue featuring the artist's last paintings. Near fine in boards as published (rear board slightly grubby). £30.00

Macaulay, Lord: Macaulay's Critical and Historical Essays contributed to The Edinburgh Review. Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts; 1858. Ninth edition. Issued in 3 volumes in original binding of full red leather binding with gilt tooling to the boards and gilt binding and titles to the spine. Raised bands and gilt edges. Some minor spotting to endpapers, otherwise near fine. £200.00

O'Riordan, Adam: The Burning Ground. Bloomsbury 2017. First edition, first printing. Signed and dated by the author. Fine in fine dustjacket. £24.00

Saunders, George: Lincoln in the Bardo. Bloomsbury 2017. First edition, first printing. Shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. Signed and dated (October 2017) by the author to the title page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £80.00

Skelton, Christopher  (Gill, Eric): Eric Gill: The Engravings. Godine; 1990. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine dustjacket with the typical fading to the red typeface. £50.00 x



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