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Memory and Writing: From Wordsworth to Lawrence by Philip Davis (£18.00)Publisher: Liverpool: Liverpool University Press — 1983Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0853234248]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine. Description: Number 21 in the series.

From the cover: “In this wide-ranging work, the author challenges T. S. Eliot’s belief that ‘the more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates’. Dr. Davis examines the relation of imagination and the creation of art to the experience of life, both individual and social, which provides the source and subject of so much nineteenth-century literature. Whilst acknowledging that no writing can simply reproduce pure memory, unaffected by the fact of its being recorded in verse or prose, the author argues that it is memory which nonetheless provides the underlying connection between writing and living. The mind which creates and the man who suffers are mutually supported, tested, and related through the power of memory.

The book is divided into three main parts. The first part deals with the work of Wordsworth, as the prime example of a poet, and studies the place of memory within his poetry and his idea of art. The second part concentrates on the rise of prose after the age of Wordsworth, and considers the relation between the writing of prose autobiography and the more indirectly autobiographical imagination involved in the writing of fiction. The authors discussed in this part include Hazlitt, Hood and Dickens, and Ruskin, Mrs Oliphant and George Eliot. The third part of the book, bringing together many of the issues discussed in the earlier parts, is a study of the profound disagreement between D. H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy. This disagreement had its source in debates which had dominated the nineteenth century. The issues include the future of Romanticism, the sense that writing can make of an individual’s experience with life, and the role of memory in relation to man’s lonely need for a meaning to his life in an age of secularization.

In its detailed and closely argued examination of the effects of life experience within the works of a creative writer, this study is in implicit opposition to those current critical trends which deny the significance of the writer as a human being. It is thus an important and highly original contribution to literary criticism, which will be valued and argued over by all who are engaged in serious thinking in this field.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Liverpool English Texts & Studies series. [XLI] 511 pages. Tags: criticism interpretation, english literature 19th century, memory literature, self literature, autobiographical fiction, authorship psychological aspects, creative writing, critical studies, writers role, literature, literary century, poetry, first edition books, books written philip davis, 0853234248, books the liverpool english texts studies series
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Great Sexual Scandals by Susan Crosland (£14.50)Publisher: Robson — 2002Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 1861055560]Condition: Very Good+ - in Very Good DJ. Top edge of DJ slightly ruffled. Text bright and tight.Description: Each of the 27 chapters is written with the authority and wit for which her books are known, whether non-fiction or fiction. Possibly the most outrageous account here is the opening chapter, 'Queen Pasiphae', set in Crete in 2,000 BC, where King Minos's wife gratifies her monstrous passion for a majestic bull by secretly ordering Daedalus, the most celebrated craftsman of that day, to build a hollow wooden cow in which the Queen arranges herself to receive her bestial lover. Illustrated with B&W photographs.Notes: Size: 8vo Medium (23 x 14cm Approx.). 264 pages. Tags: erotica passion Pasiphae Daedalus Minos
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The Great Confession: From Aksakov and De Quincey to Tolstoy and Proust by Esther Salaman (£14.50)Publisher: Allen Lane & The Penguin Press — 1973Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0713904593]Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly tanned.Description: From the cover: “The author considers the lives and work of four writers. First she takes two artist-autobiographers who could not write fiction: Aksakov, whose trilogy of childhood and youth is one of the classics of the Russian Golden Age, and Thomas De Quincey whose ‘autobiography’ can be recovered, scattered among his many writings. Next she deals with two novelists, Tolstoy and Proust, who also wrote auto- biography, but whose supreme achievement was in fiction. What all four have in common is their success in deciphering what Proust called the ‘book more laborious to decipher than any other — the only one dictated to us by reality’. A study of their lives sheds light on their work and conversely an understanding of these artists’ achievements brings them closer to us..”Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 312 pages. Tags: Salaman autobiographers Russian Golden Age Quincey Aksakov Tolstoy Proust
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Cloud Mountain by Aimee Liu (£12.50)Publisher: Headline — 1997Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0747220697]Condition: Very Good - in Very Good DJ. DJ slightly ruffled at the edges.Top edges of text block dusty. Leans slightly.Description: From the introduction: “This book is a work of fiction. While it follows the general chronology of the marriage between my grandparents Liu Ch’eng-yu and Jennie Trescott Luis, and incorporates versions of stories told to me by various family members, it is in no sense a family history. For the sake of historical consistency, the Wade-Giles system of romanization rather than the modern pinyin, is used for all Chinese words, names, and places mentioned in this book.”Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". 500 pages. Tags: bay area china shanghai may fourth riot chinese protesters foreign police poems verses
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Space Odyssey: An Anthology of Great Science Fiction Stories by Various (£12.50)Publisher: Treasure Press — 1987Binding: Hardback [ISBN: 1850512086]Condition: Very Good. Pages gently age-tanned.Description: First in this edition. [First: Octopus, 1983] From the cover; “This anthology of great science fiction writing ranges from epic tales of space travel to subtle evocations of future societies, exploring the enormous versatility of this popular form of fiction. The collection contains 25 tales ranging from the weird quasi-erotic world of Roger Zelazny’s Nebula Award-winning story, The Engine at Heartspring’s Centre, through to the stark and spine-chilling realism of Ray Bradbury’s the Third Expedition.”Notes: Jacket designed by Chris Moore. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Pictorial boards. 349 pages. Tags: about against aliens and anderson arthur award baffled ballard based boundaries bradbury brown carter civilization clarke clones complex creature dark deep detective dick disch earthman epics eye fantasy fiction final flight fredric from future glare guin heinlein him hugo human imagination imaginative inexplicable invader john lafferty laws leiber living machines mars
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Cuts: A Very Short Novel by Malcolm Bradbury (£11.50)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091682800]Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.Description: From the cover: “It is the summer of 1986, and in the newspapers and on television ‘cut’ is the commonest noun and the most regular verb. And up in the North of England two kinds of cuts are going on. They are cut-cut-cutting at the small provincial university where Henry Babbacombe, a much-ignored writer, does some teaching. And in the great glass tower of Eldorado Television, one of the smaller but more flamboyant of the programme companies, they are getting ready to make, cut and edit a major television series that will out-Bride Brideshead, and make The Jewel in the Crown look like a drop in the ocean.

Playing on the word ‘cuts’ as he did on ‘exchange’ in Rates of Exchange, Bradbury constructs a witty, abrasive vision of life in mid-1980’s Tory Britain, and its entrepreneurial heroes and heroines — Babbacombe himself, academic turned tyro script-writer; the irascible Lord Mellow, Head of Eldorado, who knows how to make Art lie down with Commerce; Cynthia Hyde-Lemon, the very active Head of Productions; and Jocelyn Pride, Head of Drama, a youth of middle years, whose one mistake it has been to suggest a Gladstone series. There is also a fine cameo part for the great thespian knight Sir Luke Trimingham.

Cuts — A Very Short Novel is Bradbury’s first venture into the novella form, and the characterisation has sharper focus than his other fiction. The story’s force comes from the typical Bradbury mixture of alarming humour and coruscating observation. There is also a rage in the book, about what has happened to Britain socially and artistically. When the laughs fade away, we are left with the discomfort of a bitter satirical farce, and a new tone in Bradbury’s writing.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Tom Philips. Illustrated by Tom Philips. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black Spine Strip with Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 106 pages. Tags: and authors britain english fiction general government great modern politics television texts writers
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The Corpse was No Lady by Nigel Morland (£11.50)Publisher: Sampson Low — 1950Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dustwrapper. Edges of the dustwrapper frayed with loss at the spine ends and corners. Tanning to the blanks. Edges of the textblock lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “NOBODY EXPECTED to find the slaughtered corpse of an elderly woman floating in from the sea with daffodils at her feet, sole occupant of a dinghy; it happened to Mark Patterson, ace radio reporter, while on holiday in Jersey. This leads straight back to London and the problem of Komstock, the vanished robber, and his stolen million. That enchanting person, Chief-Inspector Andy McMurdo, is naturally called in, to land in his weirdest case. This is the story of a chase, danger, and sudden death. Crammed with action, the story is dominated by the puzzling problem of “Where is Komstock?” — His hiding place is surely the most extraordinary ever devised in crime fiction. The Corpse Was No Lady is full of the sly humour, vigorous characterisation and omniscience which distinguish a vintage Morland yarn, for he does it again in the traditional Morland manner.”Notes: Size: 7½" x 5". Red boards with Black titling to the Spine. 211 pages. Tags: activity barrister behind bizarre british butchery career carnage case chase contract corpse court courtroom crimes danger death detective dinghy double elderiy evidence explosive fiction fictional floating from games guilty homicide illegal investigation jersey justice killer killing lawyer’s legal manslaughter massacre murders mystery novels occupant police policeman policewoman prime prosecuting robber scenes sea slaughter slaughtered slippery sudden suspect suspense the thriller trial underworld unlawful vanished weirdest woman wrongdoing
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The Downing Street Years by Margaret Thatcher (£11.50)Publisher: London: HarperCollinsPublishers — 1993Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0002550490]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a short, closed but untidy, tear to the top corner of the lower panel. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “The appearance of Margaret Thatcher’s memoirs has been one of the most eagerly awaited publishing events in many years. As this book now shows, rarely has such a sense of anticipation been so amply justified.

The Downing Street Years is, first and foremost, a brilliant first-hand portrayal of the events and personalities of her years in power. She gives riveting accounts of the great and critical moments of her premiership — the three election victories, the Falklands War, the Miners’ Strike, the Brighton Bomb, the Westland Affair, her battles abroad with foreign federalists and at home with faint-hearted or misguided ministers. Her judgments of the men and women she has encountered, whether world statesmen or Cabinet colleagues, are completely, sometimes brutally, frank. She is lavish with praise where it is due; devastating in her criticism when it is not. The book ends with an account of her last days which is as gripping as anything in thriller fiction.

But The Downing Street Years is as much an argument as it is a record or a series of character portraits. No prime minister of modern times has sought to change Britain and its place in the world as radically as she did. Her government, she says, was about the application of a philosophy, not the implementation of an administrative programme. She sets out here with forcefulness and conviction the reasons for her beliefs and how she sought to turn them into action.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIV] 914 pages. Tags: thatcher 0002550490 conservative party britain politicians women prime ministers politics government 20th century history biographies political military leaders british conservatism united kingdom
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Cuts: A Very Short Novel by Malcolm Bradbury (£10.50)Publisher: Hutchinson — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0091682800]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Slight rubbing to the bottom corner of the upper panel. Leans slightly. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank.Description: From the cover: “It is the summer of 1986, and in the newspapers and on television ‘cut’ is the commonest noun and the most regular verb. And up in the North of England two kinds of cuts are going on. They are cut-cut-cutting at the small provincial university where Henry Babbacombe, a much-ignored writer, does some teaching. And in the great glass tower of Eldorado Television, one of the smaller but more flamboyant of the programme companies, they are getting ready to make, cut and edit a major television series that will out-Bride Brideshead, and make The Jewel in the Crown look like a drop in the ocean.

Playing on the word ‘cuts’ as he did on ‘exchange’ in Rates of Exchange, Bradbury constructs a witty, abrasive vision of life in mid-1980’s Tory Britain, and its entrepreneurial heroes and heroines — Babbacombe himself, academic turned tyro script-writer; the irascible Lord Mellow, Head of Eldorado, who knows how to make Art lie down with Commerce; Cynthia Hyde-Lemon, the very active Head of Productions; and Jocelyn Pride, Head of Drama, a youth of middle years, whose one mistake it has been to suggest a Gladstone series. There is also a fine cameo part for the great thespian knight Sir Luke Trimingham.

Cuts — A Very Short Novel is Bradbury’s first venture into the novella form, and the characterisation has sharper focus than his other fiction. The story’s force comes from the typical Bradbury mixture of alarming humour and coruscating observation. There is also a rage in the book, about what has happened to Britain socially and artistically. When the laughs fade away, we are left with the discomfort of a bitter satirical farce, and a new tone in Bradbury’s writing.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Tom Philips. Illustrated by Tom Philips. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black Spine Strip with Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 106 pages. Tags: and authors britain english fiction general government great modern politics television texts writers
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Spycatcher: The Candid Autobiography Of A Senior Intelligence Officer by Peter Wright (£10.50)Publisher: Viking — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0670820555]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper slightly ruffled at the edges. Last page of the index notably creased. Pages very gently age-tanned.Description: Illustrated with black and white photographs.

From the cover: “Peter Wright was a key figure in British intelligence for nearly a quarter of a century This book, which the British government has gone to great lengths to keep from being published, is a memoir that recounts his extraordinary career in that wilderness of mirrors, the world of espionage. It is uncensored, remarkably candid, and enormously revealing about the real spy business that most of us know principally from fiction. Peter Wright initially joined Britain’s Secret Service, known as MI5, in 1955 in the capacity of the organization’s principal scientist, and devoted himself in the early years to the invention of various gadgets for use in the espionage trade. Along the way, he demonstrated a brilliant flair for the art of counter-intelligence. He went on to become, for nearly two decades, the central figure in Britain’s relentless and sometimes humiliating efforts to detect and expose Soviet espionage. From that vantage point, the reader is treated to a unique perspective on the likes of Philby, Maclean, Burgess, Blunt, and a host of other exposed spies and alleged defectors. The identity of the so-called Fifth Man Soviet spy has puzzled and fascinated many for decades. In Spycatcher, Peter Wright shares his conviction that the Fifth Man was none other than Sir Roger Hollis, long the head of MI5 itself! The story of how he and many of his MI5 colleagues came to this conclusion makes for some of the best reading found anywhere in the vast literature on espionage. As a result of a great many trips Peter Wright made to the United States in his capacity as Britain’s principal liaison with American intelligence officials, his book is replete with sharply etched and sometimes humorous anecdotes about such notables as J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Helms, Bill Sullivan, William Harvey, and, above all, James Jesus Angleton. Wright’s insights about the CIA and the FBI, their relationships with each other, with the rest of the U. S. government, and with America’s allies is riveting stuff. American interest ought to be especially aroused by Peter Wright’s charge that there was a conspiracy within MI5 to overthrow then Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the mid-1970s, and that it was instigated from within the CIA. Wright’s memoir is also of interest because it is a firsthand account of the bugging of embassies (of friend and foe alike), as well as other aspects of electronic eavesdropping, codebreaking, and “wet” affairs (assassinations). But the most important aspect of this book is that it offers a rare inside glimpse of the real day-by-day goings-on within the intelligence world over a long period of time from a very high-level, authoritative voice.”
Notes: Jacket designed by Russell Farrell. Size: 9½" x 6¼". 392 pages. Tags: wright 0670820555 peter great britain mi5 history intelligence officers biography espionage 20th century secret service military politics government
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Spycatcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer by Peter Wright (£10.50)Publisher: London: Viking — 1987Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. [ISBN: 0670820555]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned. Description: 6th printing. [First Published: 1987] Illustrated with black and white photographs.

From the cover: “Peter Wright was a key figure in British intelligence for nearly a quarter of a century This book, which the British government has gone to great lengths to keep from being published, is a memoir that recounts his extraordinary career in that wilderness of mirrors, the world of espionage. It is uncensored, remarkably candid, and enormously revealing about the real spy business that most of us know principally from fiction. Peter Wright initially joined Britain’s Secret Service, known as MI5, in 1955 in the capacity of the organization’s principal scientist, and devoted himself in the early years to the invention of various gadgets for use in the espionage trade. Along the way, he demonstrated a brilliant flair for the art of counter-intelligence. He went on to become, for nearly two decades, the central figure in Britain’s relentless and sometimes humiliating efforts to detect and expose Soviet espionage. From that vantage point, the reader is treated to a unique perspective on the likes of Philby, Maclean, Burgess, Blunt, and a host of other exposed spies and alleged defectors. The identity of the so-called Fifth Man Soviet spy has puzzled and fascinated many for decades. In Spycatcher, Peter Wright shares his conviction that the Fifth Man was none other than Sir Roger Hollis, long the head of MI5 itself! The story of how he and many of his MI5 colleagues came to this conclusion makes for some of the best reading found anywhere in the vast literature on espionage. As a result of a great many trips Peter Wright made to the United States in his capacity as Britain’s principal liaison with American intelligence officials, his book is replete with sharply etched and sometimes humorous anecdotes about such notables as J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Helms, Bill Sullivan, William Harvey, and, above all, James Jesus Angleton. Wright’s insights about the CIA and the FBI, their relationships with each other, with the rest of the U. S. government, and with America’s allies is riveting stuff. American interest ought to be especially aroused by Peter Wright’s charge that there was a conspiracy within MI5 to overthrow then Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the mid-1970s, and that it was instigated from within the CIA. Wright’s memoir is also of interest because it is a firsthand account of the bugging of embassies (of friend and foe alike), as well as other aspects of electronic eavesdropping, codebreaking, and “wet” affairs (assassinations). But the most important aspect of this book is that it offers a rare inside glimpse of the real day-by-day goings-on within the intelligence world over a long period of time from a very high-level, authoritative voice.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Black boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 392 pages. Tags: wright 0670820555 peter great britain mi5 history intelligence officers biography espionage 20th century secret service military politics government
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The Riddle and the Knight: In Search of Sir John Mandeville by Giles Milton (£10.50)Publisher: London: Allison & Busby — 1996Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0850319994]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, slight sunning to the spine. Description: Illustrated by way of: Black & White Drawings;

From the cover: “On St Michael’s Day 1322, Sir John Mandeville, a knight from St Albans, left England with the intention of making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Thirty-four years later he returned claiming to have visited not only Jerusalem but India, China, Java, Sumatra and Borneo as well. His book about that voyage — a slim volume known as The Travels — was heralded as the most important book of the Middle Ages. Its influence lay not so much in its descriptions of far-away lands as in a single yet startling passage which set the book apart from all other medieval travelogues. Mandeville claimed that his voyage proved it was possible to circumnavigate the globe.

For centuries none doubted Sir John, many regarding him, not Chaucer, as the father of English literature. In the nineteenth century sceptics questioned his voyage, pouring scorn on his revelations about fantastic people and animals in the Far East. They even doubted he had left England let alone voyaged for thirty-four years. Whilst The Travels are still in print, six centuries later, Sir John’s reputation and importance have dwindled.

The Riddle and the Knight sets out to discover whether Mandeville really could have made his voyage or whether, as is claimed, The Travels was a work of imaginative fiction. Beginning in Istanbul, Giles Milton unearths clues about the journey and reveals that The Travels is built upon a series of riddles which have, until now, remained unsolved. Milton encounters the last Byzantines living in their ancient capital — descendants of those Sir John claims to have met; in Syria he finds a dying community of Nestorian Christians whom Mandeville described; in Jerusalem, he meets the Keyholder to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre — a Muslim whose ancestor opened the door to Mandeville in the fourteenth century. After piecing together clues about his pilgrimage, Milton turns his attention to Sir John’s time in the Far East and discovers, in the chapter on Tibet, the answer to the riddle of The Travels — an answer that has eluded readers for over 600 years.

Whatever the nineteenth-century sceptics may have thought about the veracity of Sir John’s account, there is no doubt that it became the beacon which lit the way for the great explorations of the Renaissance. It inspired Columbus’s historic voyage in 1492, while Sir Walter Raleigh studied The Travels and pronounced every word to be true. Not only was he the father of English literature but, Milton, declares, Sir John Mandeville was the unsung father of exploration.”
Notes: Size: 9½" x 6¼". Burgundy boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 230 pages. Tags: milton 0850319994 journeys mandeville john sir travels knights knighthood england biography christian pilgrims pilgrimages geography medieval travel itinerarium english
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Joyce Cary: Liberal Principles by Cornelia Cook (£9.50)Publisher: Vision and Barnes & Noble — 1981Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0854784144]Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight. Description: From the cover: “Joyce Cary is celebrated as a creator of memorable characters and as a novelist in whose hands the worlds of art, politics and religion come vividly to life. While offering a detailed critique of Cary’s novels, this book argues that Cary’s main achievement as a writer — an achievement which should designate him as a major figure among modern writers — is the realization of a lively, significant fiction with a serious liberal bias.

Cary’s liberalism — examined here in the context of its historical and theoretic background — not only provided his novels’ themes and elements of their subject-matter, but also provoked a distinctive method of fiction. A thematic emphasis on education, liberty and the relationship between personal happiness and social progress pervades the novels, where the history of political liberalism in Britain recurs as a subject. Cary’s emphasis on character and his commitment to the free expression of conflicting opinions in fiction led him to the tour de force of his trilogies, where the juxtaposition of the varied viewpoints of self-revealing characters challenges the reader’s judgements while widening his experience.

With the aid of the vast body of Cary’s manuscript drafts, notebooks and letters, this book fully charts the development of his fiction. It establishes the consistency and importance of Cary’s liberal principles in shaping that fiction, and sensitively records the challenges and contradictions inherent in the position of an Edwardian liberal novelist in the mid-twentieth century.”
Notes: Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Critical Studies series. 242 pages. Tags: cary joyce 1888-1957 criticism and interpretation political social views politics literature great britain history 20th century liberalism prose 1900 the present day novels works about novelists fiction english ideologies cornelia cook 0854784144 first editions firsts printings 1st
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Spy!: Six Stories of Modern Espionage by Richard Deacon & Nigel West (£9.50)Publisher: British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC] — 1980Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0563177292]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Dustwrapper a little rubbed at the edges and faded at the spine. Previous owner’s inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight.Description: From the cover: “Here are six great stories of twentieth-century espionage — all true and all more intriguing than fiction. Many of these spies have had a real and lasting, if hitherto generally unknown, influence on world history.

In this book, Richard Deacon and Nigel West examine not only their political roles but their own psychology — what motivates a spy and what makes a successful spymaster?

Some of the spies like Richard Sorge and the beautiful ‘Cynthia’ are comparatively well known. The identity of others, such as the Double Cross Agent, Tate, have only recently been revealed — their activities shrouded by the Official Secrets Act. The grim tale of Stashinsky — a KGB assassin — offers a disturbing parallel to the recent killing of Georgi Markov. The chapters on the Venlo Incident and John Vassall give an inside view of how spymasters and governments can and do make grave mistakes which cannot always be covered up.

Spy! in its combination of scrupulous accuracy and readability is a fascinating analysis of intelligence agents and the secret organisations for which they risked their lives.”
Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 190 pages. Tags: agents american amery amy analysis assassin attaches bogdan brainwashed britain bunty camp canadian cia civil codes collecting communism deciphering defectors diplomatic double double-cross elizabeth embassies espionage executed failures fascist fuchs gee georgi gordon grim harry hayhanennd homosexuals houghton idealism incident individual intelligence intern joyce kgb khokhlov killing korea lee lonsdale maclean markov martin mission mistaken nature nazi officers official organisations payne penkovs penkovsky philby political pontecorvo portland present propagandists psychology rings roles russia russian secrets security service shrouded sigismund social sorge spies spy spymaster spy-ring stashinsky studies successful tale tate thorpe tokyo traitors twentieth usa vassall venlo wulf
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The Wreck of the Barque Stefano Off The North West Cape of Australia in 1875 by Gustave Rathe (£9.50)Publisher: Canongate — 1992Binding: Hardback in a Dust Wrapper. First Edition. [ISBN: 0862413990]Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Top edges of text block tanned.Description: First British Edition. [First Published: Hesperian Press, Australia] Illustrated with photographs, in colour & black and white. From the cover: “An extraordinary drama of shipwreck and survival, The Wreck of the Barque Stefano is a true story with all the ingredients of classic adventure fiction. This Croatian vessel went from Dubrovnik to Cardiff to pick up coal for Hong Kong. Off the North West Cape of Australia the ship was grounded and the sailors cast into the sea. Shipwrecks were common — 1,800 in the last quarter of the nineteenth century in that region alone — and castaways could expect a slow death. Although ten men struggled ashore, their plight was acute. The North West Cape is barren, plagued by heat and cyclones, and after three desperate months almost all were dead. The teenagers Miho Baccich and Ivan Jurich, themselves driven to cannibalism, were rescued by aborigines, members of a nomadic tribe whose generosity and compassion saved their lives. Eventually a pearling ship turned toward shore in a storm and they were discovered. A year after the wreck the two returned to Dubrovnik and told a Jesuit scholar of their experiences. Gustave Rathe, Miho Baccich’s grandson, first read the account as a boy in 1930. He has sought out other descendents of the principal characters and pin-pointed the sites of much of the story. In the spirit of Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island, this deft adaptation of the original document unlocks a true story rich in human insight.”Notes: Size: 9¼" x 6¼". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 136 pages. Tags: about administration aerial after aged and area art australia australian author author's baccich barque battye bay benefit betty black bundegi cadet camp campsite canning captain castaways charles church city cloates coast collection consolidated costa cutter dalmatian department deputy division dubrovnik eber factory family farquhar first follow for fremantle from full-color
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The Dean Koonz Companion by Martin Greenberg (£8.00)Publisher: Headline — 1994Binding: Hardback Condition: Very Good.Description: Dean Koontz is one of the most prolific and popular writers of our time. The no 1 bestselling author of WATCHERS, DRAGON TEARS, MR MURDER and many other novels, he is widely regarded as one of the world's most original masters of imaginative fiction. Praised by fans and critics, his unique stories and novels are startling, emotional, humorous, terrifying - and always thought-provoking.Here for the first time is a fascinating, comprehensive look at the life, career and work of this truly inventive talent - with more than 70,000 words of material from Dean Koontz himself.Tags: GREENBERG, Martin
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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (£4.50)Publisher: Ware: Wordsworth Classics — 1993Binding: Paperback [ISBN: 1853260703]Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Pages lightly age-tanned.Description: From the cover: “In The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes we read the last twelve stories Conan Doyle was to write about Holmes and Watson. They reflect the disillusioned world of the 1920s in which they were written, and he can be seen to take advantage of new, more open conventions in fiction. Suicide as a murder weapon and homosexual incest are some of the psychological tragedies whose consequences are unravelled by the mind of Holmes before the eyes of Watson. That said, the collection also includes some of the best turns of wit in the series, and indeed in the whole of English literature.”Notes: Size: A Format (7" x 4½"). Tags: 1853260703 fiction novels literature stories story novella short holmes sherlock fictitious watson john detective mystery english crime classic classics
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Spaced Out, Punch Among The Galaxies by William Hewison (£0.01)Publisher: Grafton — 1987Binding: Paperback Condition: Very Good.Description: Is there intelligent life in the Universe? The comic antennae, ever alert, extend through space and time to scan the limits of science fact and fiction. Yet however advanced the technology, it's good to know that in this book, one can still find the British space station of the future, providing a red anti-gravity carpet for visiting royalty…Notes: Size: Other / Oversized Paperback. Tags: Universe, UFOs, earthlings, planets, space, technology, aliens
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