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  • SWEET TOOTH - 2ND HAND
    SWEET TOOTH - 2ND HAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780224097376
    Title: SWEET TOOTH - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency. The Cold War has entered a moribund phase, but the fight goes on, especially in the cultural sphere. Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is sent on a 'secret mission' which brings her into the literary world of Tom Healey, a promising young writer. First she loves his stories, then she begins to love the man. Can she maintain the fiction of her undercover life? And who is inventing whom? To answer these questions, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage u trust no one. McEwan's mastery dazzles us in this superbly deft and witty story of betrayal and intrigue, love and the invented self.

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • TAKE SIX GIRLS : The Lives of the Mitford Sisters - 2ND HAND
    TAKE SIX GIRLS : The Lives of the Mitford Sisters - 2ND HAND
    THOMPSON LAURA
    ISBN: 9781784970871
    Title: TAKE SIX GIRLS : The Lives of the Mitford Sisters - 2ND HAND
    Author: THOMPSON LAURA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • TALES OF TWO CITIES : Paris and London and the Birth Of The Modern City - 2ND HAND
    TALES OF TWO CITIES : Paris and London and the Birth Of The Modern City - 2ND HAND
    CONLIN JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781848870260
    Title: TALES OF TWO CITIES : Paris and London and the Birth Of The Modern City - 2ND HAND
    Author: CONLIN JONATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition hard cover.

    Paris and London have long held a mutual fascination, and never more so than in the period 1750-1914, when they vied to be the world's greatest city. Each city has been the focus of many books, yet Jonathan Conlin here explores the complex relationship between them for the first time.The reach and influence of both cities was such that the story of their rivalry has global implications. It is a history of surprises: Sherlock Holmes was actually French, the can-can was English and the first ever restaurant served English food in Paris. By borrowing, imitating and learning from each other Paris and London invented the modern metropolis.Tales of Two Cities examines and compares five urban spaces - the pleasure garden, the cemetery, the apartment, the restaurant and the music hall - that defined urban modernity in the nineteenth century. The citizens of Paris and London first created these essential features of the modern cityscape and so defined urban living for all of us.



    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • TEMPORARY GENTLEMAN - 2ND HAND
    TEMPORARY GENTLEMAN - 2ND HAND
    BARRY SEBASTIAN
    ISBN: 9780670025879
    Title: TEMPORARY GENTLEMAN - 2ND HAND
    Author: BARRY SEBASTIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, corners bumped, remainder mark to bottom edge, in a very good dust jacket. First edition.

    Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never permanent. In 1957, sitting in his lodgings in Accra, he urgently sets out to write his story. He feels he cannot take one step further, or even hardly a breath, without looking back at all that has befallen him. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has worked and wandered around the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - trying to follow his childhood ambition to better himself. And he has had a strange and tumultuous marriage. Mai Kirwan was a great beauty of Sligo in the 1920s, a vivid mind, but an elusive and mysterious figure too. Jack married her, and shared his life with her, but in time she slipped from his grasp. A heart-breaking portrait of one man's life - of his demons and his lost love - The Temporary Gentleman is, ultimately, a novel about Jack's last bid for freedom, from the savage realities of the past and from himself.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • TERRINES AND VERRINES - 2ND HAND
    TERRINES AND VERRINES - 2ND HAND
    PONTAIS FRANCK
    ISBN: 9781903872093
    Title: TERRINES AND VERRINES - 2ND HAND
    Author: PONTAIS FRANCK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, pictorial boards. As issued without dustjacket.

    "The hottest trend you've never heard of - verrines, sink your spoon in and scoop out an explosion of flavours."

    Franck Pontais's creations have been enjoyed by the most demanding hosts in high society, show business and the music industry. He has dedicated his career to perfecting stunningly presented, delicious food for people to share.

    Full of mouth-watering recipes and instructions on how to achieve the perfect terrine and verrine - whether savoury or sweet.


    Imprint: -
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • THOMAS HARDY : The Time-Torn Man - 2nd hand
    THOMAS HARDY : The Time-Torn Man - 2nd hand
    TOMALIN CLAIRE
    ISBN: 9780670915125
    Title: THOMAS HARDY : The Time-Torn Man - 2nd hand
    Author: TOMALIN CLAIRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    Thomas Hardy is one of the sacred figures in English writing, a great poet and a novelist with a world reputation. His life was also extraordinary: from the poverty of rural Dorset he went on to become the Grand Old Man of English life and letters, his last resting place in Westminster Abbey. This seminal biography, by our leading biographer, covers Hardy s illegitimate birth, his rural upbringing, his escape to London in the 1860s, his marriages, his status as a bestselling novelist, and in later life, his supreme achievements as a poet.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • THROWIM WAY LEG : Tree Kangaroos Possums and Penis Gourds - 2ND HAND
    THROWIM WAY LEG : Tree Kangaroos Possums and Penis Gourds - 2ND HAND
    FLANNERY TIM
    ISBN: 9780871137319
    Title: THROWIM WAY LEG : Tree Kangaroos Possums and Penis Gourds - 2ND HAND
    Author: FLANNERY TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. Reprint.

    A poignant journey into the enigmatic wilds of New Guinea details the author's friendship with a fabled warrior who commandeered the attack on colonial whites years ago and discusses the fate of the indigenous peoples as they confront technologically advanced industries.


    Imprint: ATLANTIC MONTHLY PRESS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND - 2ND HAND
    TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND - 2ND HAND
    MORTIMER IAN
    ISBN: 9781847921147
    Title: TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND - 2ND HAND
    Author: MORTIMER IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    The past is a foreign country. This is your guidebook. A time machine has just transported you back into the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? How do you earn a living and how much are you paid? What sort of food will you be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? And more important, where will you stay? The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England is not your typical look at a historical period. This radical new approach shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. Through the use of daily chronicles, letters, household accounts, and poems of the day, Mortimer transports you back in time, providing answers to questions typically ignored by traditional historians. You will learn how to greet people on the street, what to use as toilet paper, why a physician might want to taste your blood, and how to know whether you are coming down with leprosy. The result is the most astonishing social history book you're ever likely to read: revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance, and fear.

    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND : A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century - 2NDHAND
    TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND : A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century - 2NDHAND
    MORTIMER IAN
    ISBN: 9780224079945
    Title: TIME TRAVELLERS GUIDE TO MEDIEVAL ENGLAND : A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century - 2NDHAND
    Author: MORTIMER IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    The past is a foreign country: this is your guidebook. Imagine you could get into a time machine and travel back to the fourteenth century. What would you see? What would you smell? More to the point, where are you going to stay? Should you go to a castle or a monastic guesthouse? And what are you going to eat? What sort of food are you going to be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? This radical new approach turns our entire understanding of history upside down. It shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. It sets out to explain what life was like in the most immediate way, through taking you, the reader, to the middle ages, and showing you everything from the horrors of leprosy and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and haute couture. Being a guidebook, many questions are answered which do not normally occur in traditional history books. How do you greet people in the street? What should you use for toilet paper? How fast - and how safely - can you travel? Why might a physician want to taste your blood? And how do you test to see if you are going down with the plague? The result is the most astonishing social history book you are ever likely to read: revolutionary in its concept, informative and entertaining in its detail, and startling for its portrayal of humanity in an age of violence, exuberance and fear.



    Imprint: BODLEY HEAD
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • TIMES ARROW - 2ND HAND
    TIMES ARROW - 2ND HAND
    AMIS MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780224030939
    Title: TIMES ARROW - 2ND HAND
    Author: AMIS MARTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    The story of a life lived backwards in time. Its narrator, trapped and hurtling towards a terrible secret, moves "out of the blackest sleep" to find himself surrounded by doctors and on the deathbed of a man in whose body he is imprisoned. The novel was shortlisted for the 1991 Booker Prize.


    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • TO THE HERMITAGE - 2ND HAND
    TO THE HERMITAGE - 2ND HAND
    BRADBURY MALCOLM
    ISBN: 9780330376624
    Title: TO THE HERMITAGE - 2ND HAND
    Author: BRADBURY MALCOLM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    To the Hermitage tells two stories. The first is of the narrator, a novelist, on a trip to Stockholm and Russia for an academic seminar called the Diderot Project. The second takes place two hundred years earlier and recreates the journey the French philosopher Denis Diderot made to Russia at the invitation of Catherine the Great, a woman whose influence could change the path of history . . .

    Malcolm Bradbury’s last novel is rich with his satirical wit, but it is also deeply personal and weaves a wonderfully wry self-portrait.


    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG - 2ND HAND
    TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG - 2ND HAND
    CAREY PETER
    ISBN: 9780571192168
    Title: TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG - 2ND HAND
    Author: CAREY PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. Reprint

    As he flees the police, Ned Kelly scribbles his narrative in semiliterate but magically descriptive prose. To his pursuers he is a thief and a murderer. To his own people he's a hero for opposing the English. Ned, who saw his first prison cell at fifteen, has become the most wanted man in the wild colony of Victoria, taking over towns and defying authority. Here is a classic outlaw tale, made alive by the skill of a great novelist. There are no sentences like these in all Australian literature and yet they could only have grown from our soil.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • TUKKA : Real Australian Food - 2ND HAND
    TUKKA : Real Australian Food - 2ND HAND
    BRUNETEAU JEAN-PAUL
    ISBN: 9780207189661
    Title: TUKKA : Real Australian Food - 2ND HAND
    Author: BRUNETEAU JEAN-PAUL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    This illustrated guide details the history and development of truly Australian cuisine and offers a range of recipes for each food such as Illawarra plums, wattle seeds, macadamia nuts, kangaroo, emu and barramundi.

    Imprint: ANGUS AND ROBERTSON
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • TURNING - 2ND HAND
    TURNING - 2ND HAND
    WINTON TIM
    ISBN: 9780330421386
    Title: TURNING - 2ND HAND
    Author: WINTON TIM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, pages tanned, in a very good, clean and bright, dust jacket. First edition. Signed.

    Here are turnings of all kinds - changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours - where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they've made for themselves. Beautifully crafted, and as tender as they are confronting, these elegiac stories examine the darkness and frailty of ordinary people and celebrate the moments when the light shines through.

    'Each of these 17 stories is a self-contained whole - as all good short stories should be - yet the sequence reveals striking connections among seemingly disparate lives and experiences. The result is at times mysterious, moving and occasionally deeply unsettling . . . A memorable book and a fine achievement.' Sydney Morning Herald

    'The writing is frankly brilliant . . . Winton shows us how startling ordinary life is. And he does it in a way that's more amazing than if he had shown a ghost shimmering on the page.' Boston Globe

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • TYPEWRITER IS HOLY : THE COMPLETE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF THE BEAT GENERATION  - 2ND HAND
    TYPEWRITER IS HOLY : THE COMPLETE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF THE BEAT GENERATION - 2ND HAND
    MORGAN BILL
    ISBN: 9781416592426
    Title: TYPEWRITER IS HOLY : THE COMPLETE UNCENSORED HISTORY OF THE BEAT GENERATION - 2ND HAND
    Author: MORGAN BILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy,ink remainder mark to bottom edge, in like dust jacket. First edition.

    Anyone who cares to understand the cultural ferment of America in the later twentieth century must know of the writings and lives of those scruffy bohemians known as the Beats.

    In this highly entertaining work, Bill Morgan, the country’s leading authority on the movement and a man who personally knew most of the Beat writers, narrates their history, tracing their origins in the 1940s to their influence on the social upheaval of the 1960s.

    The Beats, through their words and nonconformist lives, challenged staid postwar America. They believed in free expression, dabbled in free love, and condemned the increasing influence of military and corporate culture in our national life. But the Beats were not saints. They did too many drugs and consumed too much booze. The fervent belief in spontaneity that characterized their lives and writings destroyed some friendships.

    As we watch their peripatetic lives and sexual misadventures, we are reminded above all that while their personal lives may not have been holy, their typewriters and their lasting words very much were.

    Imprint: FREE PRESS - SIMON AND SC
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • UNKNOWN TERRORIST - 2ND HAND
    UNKNOWN TERRORIST - 2ND HAND
    FLANAGAN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9780330422772
    Title: UNKNOWN TERRORIST - 2ND HAND
    Author: FLANAGAN RICHARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    What would you do if you turned on the television and saw you were the most wanted terrorist in the country?

    Gina Davies is about to find out. After spending a night with an attractive stranger, she has become a prime suspect in the investigation of an attempted terrorist attack. When police find three unexploded bombs at a stadium and her enigmatic lover suddenly goes missing, Gina spends five days on the run and witnesses every truth of her life twisted into a betrayal.

    THE UNKNOWN TERRORIST is a relentless tour de force that paints a devastating picture of a contemporary society gone haywire, where the ceaseless drumbeat of terror-alert levels, newsbreaks, and fear of the unknown pushes one woman ever closer to breaking point. This is an extraordinary achievement, chilling, impossible to put down, and all too familiar.


    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
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