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Ecat 170 April 2018

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Paul Muldoon - Superior Aloeswood

One of a limited edition of 100 signed copies (plus 25 hors de commerce) from the Enitharmon press. Fine hand-sewn paperback original in marbled covers.  £75.00


Part One - New Acquisitions, Imminent Arrivals and Selections from Stock.


Unless stated otherwise, all books are hardbacks or paperback originals, in fine condition and are first impressions of first UK editions. A fuller description will gladly be supplied on request. Most titles in this section are on view at 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.

Adichie, Ngozi Chimamanda: Dear Ijeawele - Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. Fourth Estate 2017. Small format paperback original. First printing thus. £8.00

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***Albertine, Viv: To Throw Away Unopened. Faber 2018. Signed by the author to the title page. £14.99

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Alexievich, Svetlana: The Unwomanly Face of War. Penguin 2017. The Nobel prize winner's first book, originally published in a censored edition in Russia in 1985 and not translated into English (in a full, uncensored, edition) until 2017. Paperback original. £16.99

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Allen, Rachael & Jacotey, Marie: Nights of Poor Sleep. Test Centre 2017. One of 300 numbered copies. A collection of poems by Rachael Allen and illustrations by Marie Jacotey. Paperback original with the pages stapled together, but loose within the card covers. £15.00

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***Anderson, Laurie: All the Things I Lost in the Flood. Rizzoli 2018. A kind of biography. Signed by the author. Due in shortly, so the book doesn't appear on the website. £60.00

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Andrews, Abi: The Word for Woman is Wilderness. Serpent's Tail 2018. A first novel involving an Arctic journey. £12.99

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***Ball, Jesse: Census. Granta 2018. First UK publication of a young American author. £14.99

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Barker, Nicola: H(a)ppy. Heinemann 2017.  The talented author's latest novel which  features multi-coloured printing. Winner of the Goldsmith's Prize and longlisted for the Women's Prize. Signed by the author. £25.00.

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Barnes, Julian: The Only Story. Jonathan Cape 2018. Signed by the author to the title page. This is the true first trade edition and not the Foyles edition. £28.00

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Benedictus, Leo: Consent. Faber 2018. A novel that requests the reader's consent before reading. £12.99

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***Borodale, Sean: Asylum. Jonathan Cape 2018. The respected poet's third collection. £10.00

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Carey, Peter: A Long Way from Home. Faber 2018. The double Booker-winner's latest novel set in the 1950's during a trans-continental motor race. Signed by the author. £17.99.

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Cope, Wendy: Anecdotal Evidence. Faber 2018. The poet's first collection for 7 years taking in subjects ranging from Eric Morecambe to John Cage. £14.99

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Crace, Jim: The Melody. Picador 2018. To prove he has re-found his mojo, the author returns with a (tuneful) bang. Signed by the author to the title page. £20.00

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Denton, Danny: The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow. Granta 2018. Paperback original reprinted before publication. £12.99

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Dunthorne, Joe: The Adulterants. Hamish Hamilton 2018.  A wry coming of age novel - except the age in this case is 30. £12.99

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Eggers, Dave: The Monk of Mokha. Hamish Hamilton 2018. A new novel from the talented author. £18.99

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***Evans, Diana: Ordinary People. Chatto & Windus 2018. The authors third novel.  £12.99

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Flanagan, Richard: First Person. Chatto & Windus 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. £18.99

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***Forna, Aminatta: Happiness. Bloomsbury. A novel set in London's West African community. Signed by the author to the title page. £22.00

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Freeman, John: Freemans - The Future of New Writing. Grove Press 2017. An anthology of 30 rising stars. Contributors include Mariana Enriquez, Sunjeev Sahota, Samanta Schweblin, Valeria Luisella and Ross Raisin. £10.99

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Gavron, Jeremy: Felix Culpa. Scribe 2018. A novel that collects threads from various other books. £12.99

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Greengrass, Jessie: John Murray 2018. First edition, first printing. Longlisted for the 2018 Women's Prize. £14.99

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Halliday, Lisa: Asymmetry. Granta 2018. A debut novel of three unequal parts - hence the title. £14.99

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Harkaway, Nick: Gnomon. William Heinemann 2017. Three years in the writing, a new novel from a multi-talented and genre busting author. Signed by the author, one of about 500 copies with orange edges that were signed for the publisher. £14.99.

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Harvey, Samantha: The Western Wind. Jonathan Cape 2018. A priest in medieval rural Somerset tries to explain and understand a suspicious death. £16.99

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Hensher, Philip: The Friendly Ones. Fourth Estate 2018.  A state of the nation novel set in Sheffield. Signed and dated at the launch party. £25.00

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Hermann, Judith: Letti Park. Clerkenwell Press 2018. A novel based on chance encounters. £10.00

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Hollinghurst, Alan: The Sparsholt Affair. Picador 2017. A first book for 5 years, this is only the author's sixth novel. Signed and dated by the author. £28.00

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Hourston, Alex: Love After Love. Faber. 2018. An adult take on the middle class adultery between a pair of psychotherapists. £12.99

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Ishiguro, Kazuo: My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs. Faber 2017. Small format paperback of the author's Nobel Lecture. £5.00

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Kang, Han: The White book. Portobello 2017. Signed by the author in English and Korean to the title page. Shortlisted for the MAN Booker International Prize. £10.00

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Kawakami, Mieko. Ms Ice Sandwich. Puskin Press 2017. Paperback original. £7.99

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Kidd, Jess: The Hoarder. Canongate. A second novel that has received very warm advance praise. £12.99

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Kinsky, Esther: The River. Fitzcarraldo 2018. Translated from the German. Paperback original. £16.00

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Knausgaard. Karl Ove: Spring. Harvill Secker. Volume 3 in the author's seasonal quartet. £16.99

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Lee, Tom: The Alarming Palsy of James Orr. Granta 2017. A first novel from a respected short story writer. £12.99

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Lunde, Maja: The History of Bees. Scribner 2017. A first novel for adults from a Norwegian writer. A European best seller. £14.99

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Martinez de las Rivas, Toby. Black Sun. Faber 2018.  A second full collection from a rising poet.  £10.99

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McGregor, Jon: Reservoir 13. Fourth Estate 2017. Longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize, winner of the Costa Novel award. Signed by the author to the title page. True first as supplied by the publisher and not the Waterstone's edition.  £25.00

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McGregor, Jon: The Reservoir Tapes. Fourth Estate. A spin off from the author's Reservoir 13. Price to be confirmed (I've secured copies, as yet unsigned)

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Molina, Antonio Munoz: Like a Fading Shadow. Tuskar Rock 2017.  A novel featuring James Earl Ray while he was on the run following the assassination of Martin Luther King. Shortlisted for the MAN Booker International Prize. £16.99

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***Nesbo. Jo: MacBeth. Hogarth Shakespeare. Norway's foremost crime writer takes on The Scottish play. £20.00.  Signed copies at the same price while stocks last.

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Niffenegger, Audrey & Campbell, Eddie: Bizarre Romance. Jonathan Cape 2018. The husband and wife team offer their take on graphic love. £16.99

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Norris, Barney: Turning for Home. Doubleday 2018. A new novel from the author of Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain. £14.99

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***Peace, David: Patient X. Faber 2018. A novel about the life of Ryunosuke Akutagawa - author of Rashomon and other works.  £14.99

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Power, Chris: Mother. Faber 2018. A debut collection of short stories set in various counties. £10.00

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Pullman, Philip: The Book of Dust - Volume One: La Belle Sauvage. David Fickling Books/Penguin 2017. Signed by the author to a themed bookplate on the title page, plus a print in a sealed envelope. £45.00

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Ritter, Krysten: Bonfire. Hutchinson 2017. Signed by the author (with initials) on the title page. Lawyer Abby thought she had escaped her roots, but then a case takes her back. £12.99

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Robertson, Robin: The Long Take. Picador 2018. A long poetic narrative featuring a post D-Day Canadian trying to come to terms with what he has witnessed in the War and the changes taking place in urban America as he drifts about. £20.00 (hoping for signed copies at a price to be confirmed)

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***Ryan, Donal. From a Low and Quiet Sea. Doubleday 2018 . Three men travel to rural Ireland from the troubles in Syria. £12.99

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St. Aubyn, Edward: Dunbar. Hogarth Shakespeare. In the latest in the series, the author provides his take on King Lear. Signed by the author. £22.00

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***Salam, Anbara: Things Bright and Beautiful. Fig Tree. A first novel inspired by living for half a year on a South Pacific island. £14.99

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***Scott, Richard. Soho. Faber. A debut collection drawing on London's Soho for inspiration. £10.99

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Shamsie, Kamila: Home Fire. Bloomsbury. A retelling of Antigone set in contemporary London. Signed by the author. Longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award, longlisted for the Women's Prize. £25.00

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Sinclair, Iain: The Last London. Oneworld 2017. The author's last planned biography of his home city, this time concentrating on Brexit. Signed and dated by the author. £25.00

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Smith, Ali: Winter. Hamish Hamilton 2017. The author's second volume in the proposed season quartet.  Signed copies are due in. £28.00

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Smith, Zadie: Feel Free. Hamish Hamilton 2018. A postponed collection of essays and non fiction pieces. £20.00

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***Sopinka, Heidi: The Dictionary of Animal Languages. Scribe 2018. Rebellious  since a teenager, Ivory looks back on her life as a 90 year old. £12.99

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Sullivan, Hannah: Three Poems. Faber 2018. A first collection of 3 full length poems. Paperback original. £10.00

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***Sweeney, Matthew: My Life as a Painter. Bloodaxe 2018. A 12th collection of poetry. £9.95

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Thayil, Jeet: The Book of Chocolate Saints. Faber 2018.  The author's second novel - his first was MAN Booker shortlisted.  This one is an imagined biography of a middle-aged artist. £17.99

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***Tremain, Rose: Rosie. Chatto & Windus 2018. A combined memoir of childhood and remembrance of a different England. £14.99 Signed copies at the same price while stocks last.

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Vaughan, Sarah: An Anatomy of a Scandal. Simon & Schuster 2018.  Signed by the author to the title page. £12.99

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Waldrop, Rosmarie: White is a Color. Guillemot 2017.  Prose poetry. Fine small format in white boards. £10.00

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Weiner, Matthew: Heather, the Totality. Canongate 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. A debut novel from the scriptwriter of The Sopranos and Mad Men. £14.99

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Wood, James: Upstate. Jonathan Cape 2018. A father and his 2 grown-up daughters try to bond. £14.99

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Ybarra, Gabriela: The Dinner Guest. Harvill Secker 2018. An autobiographical novel about the kidnapping of the author's grandfather by the Basque Separatists ETA. £14.99

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Yokoyama, Hideo: Seventeen. Riverrun 2018. Signed and stamped by the author on the title page and additionally signed by the translator. Issued in laminated pictorial boards with a vertical wraparound. One of a small number of signed copies. Sadly all copies are pushed to the head and tail of spine and in some cases the red from the spine of one book has marked the foredge of the book it was packed next to. £25.00



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.


March/April 2018

de Waal, Kit: The Trick to Time. Viking. A young Irish woman has interesting times in '70's Birmingham. £12.99

Kushner, Rachel: The Mars Room. A novel following Romy Hall at the start of a long prison sentence and the world she has left behind. £16.99

Levy, Deborah: The Cost of Living. Hamish Hamilton. The author's memoir of being a difficult woman in difficult times. £12.99 (having problems obtaining additional stock)

Logan, Kirsty: The Gloaming. Harvill Secker. A new title from a rising Scottish author. £12.99

Miller, Madeline: Circe. Bloomsbury. A novel from the Orange prize winner set in ancient Greece. £18.99

Shriver, Lionel: Property. Borough Press. A first collection of short stories. £14.99

Walsh, Joanna: Break.Up Tuskar Rock. The novel of the manuscript that won the 2017 Arts Foundation Fellowship. £12.99.

Welsh, Irvine: Dead Men's Trousers. Jonathan Cape. The four main Trainspotting characters are back. However, only three will make it to the end of the book. £16.99

Wood, Lucy: The Sing of the Shore. 4th Estate. A collection of Cornish-set short stories. £14.99

May 2018

Cusk, Rachel: Kudos. Faber. The third part of the author's series.  £20.00

Edwards, Rachel: Darling. Fourth Estate. A contemporary multi-racial Brexit novel. £12.99

Gough, Julian:  Connect. Picador. A novel set in a near future dystopian Las Vegas.  £14.99

Gunaratne, Guy: In Our Mad and Furious City. Tinder. 48 hours in the lives of 3 men following a terrorist attack. £12.99

Healey, Emma: Whistle in the Dark. Viking. A second novel from a winner of the Costa First Novel award. £12.99

Kavenna, Joanna: Tomorrow. Faber. As the millennium edges closer, guru Guy Mathias's experiment is cause for concern. £12.99

Mackintosh, Sophie: The Water Cure. Hamish Hamilton. A prize winning short story writer's debut novel about extreme survival. £12.99

Moore, Alison: Missing. Salt.  translator tries valiantly to leave the past behind. £9.99

Ondaatje, Michael: Warlight. Jonathan Cape. A novel set in 1945 London at the tail end of the war featuring a pair of teenage siblings. £16.99

Powers, Kevin: A Shout in the Ruins. Sceptre. A look at the violence of war. £16.99

***Sittenfield, Curtis: You Think it, I'll Say it. Doubleday. A new collection of stories. £16.99

***Solstad, Dag: T Singer. Harvill Secker. A book from a Norwegian writer compared to Toni Morrison and Don DeLillo and who can count Murkami as a fan. Seems like he's good then.£14.99

Trevor, William: Last stories. Viking. The short story writer's final collection - published posthumously. £14.99

Vargas Llosa, Mario: The Neighbourhood. Faber. A detective novel set  in Peru in the 1990's - a period of corruption and turbulence. £18.99

Vasquez, Juan Gabriel: The Shape of the Ruins. Maclehose Press. Links between 2 American assassinations a generation apart. £20.00

Woodward, Gerald:  The Paper Lovers. Picador. A story of fidelity and infidelity between 2 couples. £16.99

***Youngson, Anne: Meet Me at the Museum. Doubleday. Late in life love is the best love. £12.99

June 2018

Al-Shaykh, Hanan: The Occasional Virgin. Bloomsbury. A novel featuring two stereotype challenging Arab women written by a Lebanese woman. £16.99

Bogota 39: New Voices from Latin America. Oneworld. An anthology of 39 latin american authors under the age of 40. £12.99

Coulton, Lex: Falling Short. John Murray. A middle aged woman deals with her parents' age-related issues. £14.99

***Diaz, Junot: Islandborn. Oneworld. A book aimed at children and discussing cultural and ethnic identity. £10.99

Dunmore, Helen: Girl, Balancing and other Stories. Hutchinson. A posthumous collection of short stories. £18.99

Greenberg-Jephcott, Keeleigh: Swan Song. Hutchinson. A novel looking at the rise and fall of Truman Capote. £12.99

Gunn, Kirsty: Caroline's Bikini. Faber. A novel tackling the awkward subject of unrequited love  across the generation gap. £16.99

***Hooper, Emma: Our Homesick Songs. Fig Tree. What happens to a fishing community when the fish swim away? £12.99

Hughes, Caoilinn: Orchid and the Wasp. Oneworld. A first novel from an Irish poet following the post-crash journey of an Irish banker.  £12.99

Kilalea, Katherine: OK, Mr. Field. Faber. A first novel (described by the publisher as uncanny) from a promising young poet £12.99

Laing, Olivia: Crudo. Macmillan. A part autobiographical and fictional novel from an acclaimed non fiction author. £12.99.

Louis, Edouard: History of Violence. Harvill Secker. A second novel from the French author whose debut, The End of Eddy was an international best seller. £14.99

Markovits, Benjamin: A Weekend in New York. Faber. The first in a proposed quartet of novels featuring the New York Essinger family. £14.99

***Morgan, J O : Assurances. Jonathan Cape. A hopefully not pertinent long poem about nuclear war. £10.00

Moshfegh, Ottessa: My Year of Relaxation. Jonathan Cape. A year spent under the supervision of the worlds's worst psychiatrists. £14.99

Pheby, Alex: Lucia. Galley Beggar. The story of James Joyce's daughter whose mental health issues have been conveniently forgotten by history. £9.99 (trade edition, there may also be a limited edition)

***Roe, Sue: In Montparnasse: The Emergence of Surrealism in Paris, from Duchamp to Dali. Fig Tree. a biographical novel about the early days of surrealism. £20.00

Roupenian, Kristen: You Know You Want This. Jonathan Cape. A debut collection of short stories. £12.99

Thomson. Robert: Never Anyone but You. Corsair.  A fictional  account of the affair between two avant garde French female artists. £18.99

Thompson, Sam: Jott. JM Originals. Authors second novel, set in the mental hospitals of 1935 London..  £10.99

July 2018

***Akbar, Prayaag: Leila. Faber. A mother is still looking for her daughter 16 years after her abduction. £10.00

***Beagin, Jen: Pretend I'm Dead. Oneworld. A first novel, featuring Mona the cleaner. £12.99

de Bernieres, Louis: So Much Life Left Over. Harvill Secker. A sequel to The Dust that Falls from Dreams.  £16.99

***Donkor Michael: Hold. Fourth Estate. A first novel involving culture clashes  in Ghana and London £12.99

***Homes, A M: Days of Awe. Granta. A collection of black and comic short stories. £14.99

***Johnson, Daisy: Everything Under. Jonathan Cape. A first novel from an aeard winning short story writer. £14.99

***Murata, Sayaka: Convenience Store Woman. Portobello. A novel about an unconventional Japanese woman. £12.99

***Orange, Tommy: There There. Harvill Secker. A novel set in a Native American community. £14.99

Sjon: Codes 1962. Sceptre. A typically fabulous fiction, involving a Jewish family fleeing the Nazis to Iceland. £18.99

August 2018

Barker, Pat: The Silence of the Girls. Hamish Hamilton. A new take on The Iliad. £18.99

Edugyan, Esi: Washington Black. Serpent's Tail. A young slave boy finds himself appointed personal servant to an eccentric sugar plantation owner. £14.99 (re-scheduled).

***Harrison, Melissa: All Along the Barley. Bloomsbury. A novel set on a 1930's farm. £16.99

***Hosseini, Khaled: Sea Prayer. Bloomsbury. A father tells his story to his son the evening before they will try to escape on a refugee boat £12.99

Knausgaard, Karl Ove: The End. Harvill Secker. The final part. £25.00

***Meijer, Eva: Bird Cottage. Pushkin. At the age of 40, Len decides to devote the rest of her life to birds.  £12.99

Miller, Andrew: Now We Shall be Entirely Free. Sceptre. A soldier escapes from the Napoleonic wars to the Hebrides. £18.99

September 2018

Atkinson, Kate: Transcription. Doubleday. The story of a wartime female agent. £20.00

Boyd, William: Love is Blind. Viking. A love story set in France and Russia.  £20.00

***d'Avenia, Alessandro: What Hell is Not. Oneworld. A priviliged teenager helps out at a deprived youth centre in Palermo. £12.99

***dewitt, Patrick: French Exit. A satire of modern life and culture clash set in Paris. £16.99

Faulks, Sebastian: Paris Echo. Hutchinson. The history of France is explored through the eyes of an American academic and a Moroccan teenager. £20.00

Hanif, Mohammed: Red Birds. Bloomsbury. A black satire on the contemporary world order. £16.99.

***Lacey, Catherine: Certain American States. Granta. A collection of short stories from a rising American author.  £12.99

***Rooney, Sally: Normal People. Faber. A second novel from a young award winning novel. £14.99

***Tempest, Kate: Running Upon the Wires. Picador. The young poet's new collection. £9.99

October 2018

Duffy, Carol Ann: Sincerity. Picador. The last collection as Poet Laureate. £14.99

***Jones, Tayari: An American Marriage. Oneworld. A couple's life is upturned when the husband is arrested. £14.99

***Kingsolver, Barbara: Unsheltered. Faber. The author's first novel for 5 years. £20.00

Marias, Javier: Berta Isla. Hamish Hamilton. A secret agent is compromised by his work as a secret agent and his marriage. Price to be confirmed.

Murakami, Haruki: Killing Commendatore. Harvill Secker. The new novel. £20.00

Offill, Jenny: American Weather. Granta. A librarian struggles the modern American world. Price to be confirmed.

Perry, Sarah: Melmoth: Serpent's Tail. A novel inspired by gothic writing of the 1820's. £16.99

November 2018

***Frelih, Jasmin B: In/Half. Oneworld. The first novel to be translated from a Slovenian author.  £9.99

***Kennedy, A L: The Little Snake. Canongate. A fable about modern life.  £9.99

January 2019

***Collins, Bridget: The Binding. Borough Press. A first novel from adults. £12.99


***Entries with asterisks indicate that these titles are being shown for the first time or for the first time in Part One or have been modified.

Part Three - 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.

Adiga, Aravind: Selection Day. Picador 2016. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author to a tipped in page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £30.00

Auster, Paul & Coetzee, J. M: Here and Now - Letters 2008 - 2011. Faber/Harvill Secker 2013. No. 66 from an edition of 100 signed leather (half dark brown, half cream) bound copies contained in a burgundy cloth covered slipcase. Fine.£300.00

Boast, Rachael: Void Studies. Picador 2016. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Fine paperback original. £18.00

Coetzee, J.M: Stranger Shores. Secker & Warburg 2001. First edition, first printing of author's collection of essays. Signed by the author. Fine in fine dustjacket. £200.00

Coetzee, J.M: The Childhood of Jesus. Harvill Secker 2013. No. 84 from an edition of 100 signed leather (quarter cream, three quarter black) bound copies contained in a black cloth covered slipcase. Fine. £250.00

Creed, Martin: What's the Point of it? Hayward Publishing 2014. First edition, first printing. Fine in boards as published. £55.00

Glaister, Lesley: Visiting the Animal. Mariscat Press 2015. First edition, first printing. Signed by the author. Fine pamphlet of poems. £15.00

Gough, Paul: Zawn - Walking West Penwith - Cliff Edge Painting by Paul Lewin. Sansom 2016. First edition, first printing. A study of Paul Lewin's paintings of the West Penwith Peninsular Signed by Paul Lewin. Fine paperback. £28.00

Heindel, Robert: Robert Heindel Paintings and Drawings. Kodansha 1997. First edition, first printing. A collection of the artist's ballet dancer paintings. Fine in near fine dustjacket. £40.00

Spender, Michael: The Art of Pamela Kay. David & Charles 1993. First edition, first printing. Catalogue for an exhibition at  Richard Hagen's Gallery laid in. Signed by Pamela Kay. on the title page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £25.00

Swete, John (Gray, Todd & Rowe, Margery edit): Travels in Georgian Devon - The Illustrated Journals of the Reverend John Swete (1789-1800). Halsgrove 1997-2000. First edition, first printing. A box set of 4 volumes, each set bearing a numbered limitation label on the front free endpaper signed by the 2 editors. Fine in fine dustjackets, one volume with an ownership inscription to the front pastedown. Contained in a bespoke slipcase. £125.00

Westcote, Thomas: A View of Devonshire in MCCXXX with a Pedigree of Most of its Gentry. Roberts 1845. First edition, first printing. Very good in brown cloth boards. Some foxing as normal and an ex-libris label and ownership inscription on the front endpaper. £150.00



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