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  • DARK PLACES - 2ND HAND
    DARK PLACES - 2ND HAND
    GRENVILLE KATE
    ISBN: 9780732907891
    Title: DARK PLACES - 2ND HAND
    Author: GRENVILLE KATE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, pages beginning to tan, boards a little rubbed, in a very good, bright and clean dust jacket. First edition. Signed

    In the award-winning "Dark Places," celebrated Australian author Kate Grenville tells the tale of Albion Gidley Singer--a man with a comically grand exterior who believes he has the right, and the duty, to conquer the mocking flesh of any woman. Even his own daughter.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • DEAD CERTAINTIES : UNWARRANTED SPECULATIONS - 2ND HAND
    DEAD CERTAINTIES : UNWARRANTED SPECULATIONS - 2ND HAND
    SCHAMA SIMON
    ISBN: 9780140142303
    Title: DEAD CERTAINTIES : UNWARRANTED SPECULATIONS - 2ND HAND
    Author: SCHAMA SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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



    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • DEATH AND FAME : LAST POEMS 1993-1997 - 2ND HAND
    DEATH AND FAME : LAST POEMS 1993-1997 - 2ND HAND
    GINSBERG ALLEN
    ISBN: 9780060930837
    Title: DEATH AND FAME : LAST POEMS 1993-1997 - 2ND HAND
    Author: GINSBERG ALLEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy.

    Allen Ginsberg was one of the bravest and most admired poets of this century. Famous for energizing the Beat Generation literary movement upon his historic encounter with Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, and William Burroughs in mid-century New York City, Ginsberg influenced several generations of writers, musicians, and poets. When he died on April 5, 1997, we lost one of the greatest figures of twentieth-century American literary and cultural history. This singular volume of final poems commemorated the anniversary of Ginsberg's death, and includes the verses he wrote in the years shortly before he died.

    Imprint: HARPER PERENNIAL
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • DEATH IN SUMMER - 2ND HAND
    DEATH IN SUMMER - 2ND HAND
    BLACK BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780330509091
    Title: DEATH IN SUMMER - 2ND HAND
    Author: BLACK BENJAMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    When newspaper magnate Richard Jewell is found dead at his country estate, clutching a shotgun in his lifeless hands, few see his demise as cause for sorrow. But before long Doctor Quirke and Inspector Hackett realise that, rather than the suspected suicide, 'Diamond Dick' has in fact been murdered.


    Imprint: MANTLE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • DEBT TO PLEASURE - 2ND HAND
    DEBT TO PLEASURE - 2ND HAND
    LANCHESTER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780333669402
    Title: DEBT TO PLEASURE - 2ND HAND
    Author: LANCHESTER JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    Winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award 1996.

    To like something is to want to ingest it and, in that sense, is to submit to the world; to like something is to succumb, in a small but contentful way, to death.

    Tarquin Winot - hedonist, food obsessive, ironist and snob - travels a circuitous route from the Hotel Splendide in Portsmouth to his cottage in Provence. Along the way he tells the story of his childhood and beyond through a series of delectable menus, organized by season. But this is no ordinary cookbook, and as we are drawn into Tarquin's world, a far more sinister mission slowly reveals itself . . .

    Winner of the 1996 Whitbread First Novel Award, John Lanchester's The Debt to Pleasure is a wickedly funny ode to food; an erotic and sensual culinary journey. Its elegant, intelligent and unhinged narrator is nothing less than a work of art himself.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • DIANA - 2ND HAND
    DIANA - 2ND HAND
    FUENTES CARLOS
    ISBN: 9780374139032
    Title: DIANA - 2ND HAND
    Author: FUENTES CARLOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    On New Year's Eve in 1969, a novelist in his forties meets the beautiful movie actress Diana Soren at a party and is fascinated by her oddly elusive charm. But in this novel from Carlos Fuentes, his infatuation turns into doomed pursuit as the fleeting object of his desire spurns him, and he is forced to reconsider the foundations of his life as a writer.



    Imprint: FARRAR STRAUS GIROUX
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • DIARIES OF BARBARA HANRAHAN - 2ND HAND
    DIARIES OF BARBARA HANRAHAN - 2ND HAND
    HANRAHAN BARBARA / LINDSAY ELAINE (ED)
    ISBN: 9780702230608
    Title: DIARIES OF BARBARA HANRAHAN - 2ND HAND
    Author: HANRAHAN BARBARA / LINDSAY ELAINE (ED)
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, illustrated boards, quarter bound in cloth with small water stain, pages tanned. Issued without dust jacket.
    First edition.

    Writer and artist Barbara Hanrahan kept diaries from her late teens to her untimely death at the age of fifty-two. They chronicle her turbulent personal development and her passionate engagement with literature and art. With disconcerting honesty she describes her intense relationships with her family, her partner and her friends. Spontaneous outpourings of enthusiasm alternate with doubts, bitterness and regret about her work, herself and the people she meets.

    After achieving recognition as an artist and writer, Barbara was torn between commercial demands and her own desire for a creative, spiritual life apart from from the world. In her last years she straggled to fulfil her artistic responsibilities and to anticipate with joy the adventure of death. her battle with cancer is movingly told, revealing a strength and determination that are inspirational.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • DISQUIET - 2ND HAND
    DISQUIET - 2ND HAND
    LEIGH JULIA
    ISBN: 9780241015322
    Title: DISQUIET - 2ND HAND
    Author: LEIGH JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, signed and dated by the author, in a near fine dust jacket.

    When Olivia returns to the grand chateau in France she once called home, with her two children in tow, their arrival is unexpected. They have journeyed from Australia, escaping unspoken horrors, but home is not what it was . . . ' A powerful and disquieting novella, a work of fiction so infused with the practices of film that, while each scene is fully and even vividly realised in words, it also translates quite naturally into film, into a visually rich action taking place before the inner eye.' J. M. Coetzee, Nobel Prize-winning author of Disgrace 'Disquiet is the work of an artist who looks for truth in fear and trembling . . . It testifies to the power and seriousness of one of the most talented Australian writers to appear in ages.' Peter Craven, The Australian ' Leigh creates images which are new and memorable. She has a wonderful eye for details . . . Julia Leigh has written an extraordinary book.' Miranda France, Literary Review 'Hypnotic . . . It's difficult to imagine a reader who will not be electrified by this haunting, masterfully told story. Indeed, it's difficult to imagine a reader who will not be changed by it

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • DROWNER - 2ND HAND
    DROWNER - 2ND HAND
    DREWE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780732908584
    Title: DROWNER - 2ND HAND
    Author: DREWE ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, inscribed by the author, pages a little tanned, in a near fine dust jacket. First edition.

    In the warm alkaline waters of the public bath a headstrong young engineer accidentally collides with a beautiful actress. From this innocent collision of flesh begins a passion that takes them from the Wiltshire Downs to the most elemental choices of life and death in the Australian desert. Their intense romance is but part of the daring story that unfolds. Mingling history, myth and technology with a modern cinematic and poetic imagination, Robert Drewe presents a fable of European ambitions in an alien landscape, and a magnificently sustained metaphor of water as the life-and-death force.

    Imprint: MACMILLAN
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • DUENDE : A Journey in Search of Flamenco - 2ND HAND
    DUENDE : A Journey in Search of Flamenco - 2ND HAND
    WEBSTER JASON
    ISBN: 9780385603614
    Title: DUENDE : A Journey in Search of Flamenco - 2ND HAND
    Author: WEBSTER JASON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, pages tanned, in a near fine dust jacket. Author's first book. First Edition.

    Destined for a sedate and predictable life in academia, Jason Webster was derailed in his early twenties when his first love, an aloof Florentine beauty, dumped him unceremoniously. Loveless and eager for adventure - and determined to fulfill a secret dream - he left Oxford and headed for Spain, the country that had long captivated his imagination, and set off in search of duende, the intense and mysterious emotional state - part ecstasy, part melancholy - that is the essence of Spain's signature art form: flamenco.

    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ELEGY FOR APRIL - 2ND HAND
    ELEGY FOR APRIL - 2ND HAND
    BLACK BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780330509046
    Title: ELEGY FOR APRIL - 2ND HAND
    Author: BLACK BENJAMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    It's 1950's Ireland. As a deep, bewildering fog cloaks Dublin, a young woman is found to have vanished. When Phoebe Griffin, still haunted by the horrors of her past, is unable to discover news of her friend; Quirke, fresh from drying out in an institution, responds to his daughter's request for help.

    Imprint: MANTLE
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ELEGY FOR APRIL - 2ND HAND
    ELEGY FOR APRIL - 2ND HAND
    BLACK BENJAMIN
    ISBN: 9780805090918
    Title: ELEGY FOR APRIL - 2ND HAND
    Author: BLACK BENJAMIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

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

    It's 1950's Ireland. As a deep, bewildering fog cloaks Dublin, a young woman is found to have vanished. When Phoebe Griffin, still haunted by the horrors of her past, is unable to discover news of her friend; Quirke, fresh from drying out in an institution, responds to his daughter's request for help.


    Imprint: HENRY HOLT
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • EMPIRE OF THE CZAR : A JOURNEY THROUGH ETERNAL RUSSIA - 2NDHAND
    EMPIRE OF THE CZAR : A JOURNEY THROUGH ETERNAL RUSSIA - 2NDHAND
    CUSTINE MAARQUIS DE
    ISBN: 9780385249584
    Title: EMPIRE OF THE CZAR : A JOURNEY THROUGH ETERNAL RUSSIA - 2NDHAND
    Author: CUSTINE MAARQUIS DE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket.

    More than 150 years after its publication, the Marquis de Custine's colorful account of his journey through Russia is more relevant today than ever before.

    Imprint: DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $40.00

    Price: $40.00
  • ENDURING LOVE - 2ND HAND
    ENDURING LOVE - 2ND HAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780224050319
    Title: ENDURING LOVE - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, small black ink remainder mark bottom edge, in a very good, bright and clean dust jacket. First edition.

    One windy spring day in the Chilterns Joe Rose's calm, organised life is shattered by a ballooning accident. The afternoon, Rose reflects, could have ended in mere tragedy, but for his brief meeting with Jed Parry. Unknown to Rose, something passes between them - something that gives birth in Parry to an obsession so powerful that it will test to the limits Rose's beloved scientific rationalism, threaten the love of his wife Clarissa and drive him to the brink of murder and madness.


    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • ENIGMA - 2ND HAND
    ENIGMA - 2ND HAND
    HARRIS ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780091779238
    Title: ENIGMA - 2ND HAND
    Author: HARRIS ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

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

    It is March 1943 and inside Britain's codebreaking centre, Bletchley Park, the cryptanalysts are facing their worst nightmare- Nazi Germany's U-boats have unexpectedly changed their Enigma cipher and the Battle of the Atlantic suddenly hangs in the balance. In a desperate attempt to save the situation, the authorities turn to Tom Jericho, a brilliant young mathematician and codebreaker, presently on sick-leave in Cambridge. What follows is a frantic race to crack the U-boat code. But, unknown to his colleagues, Jericho also has another equally baffling enigma of his own to unravel- the woman he loves has disappeared and he suspects there may a spy at Bletchley... Steeped in the atmosphere of wartime England, based around an actual event, Enigma is a thriller of genius- a compelling mystery of codes and codebreaking, love and betrayal set inside the birthplace of the secret state."

    Imprint: HUTCHINSON PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $15.00

    Price: $15.00
  • ESSENTIAL BAKER - 2ND HAND
    ESSENTIAL BAKER - 2ND HAND
    BLOOM CAROLE
    ISBN: 9780764576454
    Title: ESSENTIAL BAKER - 2ND HAND
    Author: BLOOM CAROLE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.

    If you are a beginning baker, this book offers an accessible introduction to essential baking ingredients, equipment, and techniques as well as detailed, step-by-step recipes that make it easy to prepare even the trickiest baked goods. If you are already an accomplished baker, it offers many sophisticated and unusual recipes that will help you refine your knowledge and skills.

    The book features a distinctive organization based on six key baking ingredients, from fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and chocolate to dairy products, spices and herbs, and coffee, tea, and liqueurs. Select an ingredient or flavor you love, and you'll find many delicious ways to incorporate it into your baking.

    Bloom's recipes encompass every type of baking. You'll find spectacular versions of familiar favorites - Cherry Pie, Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting, and Double Peanut Butter Cookies - as well as intriguing variations and extravagant indulgences, including Coconut Biscotti, Lemon Verbena and Walnut Tea Cake, and Dark Chocolate Creme Brulee. Her meticulous recipes specify essential gear, offer tips on streamlining the recipe and storing the finished dish, and provide advice on varying ingredients and adding panache.

    With in-depth guidance on techniques and ingredients, 225 standout recipes, variations and embellishments for almost every dish, and 32 pages of striking full-color photographs, The Essential Baker is truly the only baking book you'll ever need.

    Imprint: WILEY
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
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