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Ecat 165 November 2017


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Limited Editions

Winter Papers Volume 3
The third installment of the annual Irish anthology edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith. Little hard information yet, but as in previous years is likely to be well produced and contain a range of writing and photographs. Contributors include Kevin Barry, Sara Baume, Claire-Louise Bennett, Tara Bergin, Eimear McBride, Mary Morrissy, Glenn Patterson and Olivia Smith.
It is difficult to be precise about price as the publication is priced in Euros, but I think we're looking in the £40 to £50 range


Alan Hollinghurst - The Sparsholt Affair
Tuskar Rock have produced a sumptuous limited edition of Alan Hollinhurst's The Sparsholt Affair. The edition consists of 26 signed, lettered  and pre-publication dated copies with a few additional hors de commerce. The lettered copies sold out on publication, but there may be some hors de commerce copies left - please enquire.
The books are bound in full red leather with black titles to the spine and are enclosed in a navy blue cloth-covered slipcase.
The cost is £310 plus postage from the publisher to me and from me to you.

Guillemot Press Triptych

An exciting new venture from Cornish publisher Guillemot Press. A collection of 12 single poems by 12 poets. Limited edition of 52 sets. The poems are printed using a 1928 Thompson letterpress on thrice folded 100% cotton St Cuthbert's Mill Somerset paper. The poems are presented in a bespoke box. The poets are Peter Riley, Thomas A Clark, Rebecca Goss, Rowan Williams, Toby Martinez de las Rivas, Mona Arshi, Sarah Cave, Rupert Loydell, Isabell Galleymore, Robert Lax, Nathan Thompson and John F Deane. £45.00


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.

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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***Amis, Martin: The Rub of Time - Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump. Essays and Reportage, 1986-2016. Jonathan Cape. A collection of essays from the distinguished man of letters. NB Second printings. Sadly the author will not be in the UK to promote the book. £20.00

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***Aridjis, Chloe (introduces): An Evening of Dreams. Swedenborg 2017.  collection of essays by Homero Aridjis, Eva Hoffman, Darian Leader, Tom McCarthy and Selena Mills. £12.00

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Aslam, Nadeem: The Golden Legend. Faber 2017. A novel set in Pakistan, taking a look at religious conflicts, from a startling young British writer.  £18.00

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Auster, Paul: 4 3 2 1. Faber 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. Shortlisted for the 2017 MAN Booker Prize. £32.00

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Banville, John (as Black, Benjamin): Prague Nights. Viking. A murder in Prague, 1599. Cristian Stern, a young doctor, gets involved. Signed by the author to the title page. £20.00

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***Banville, John: Mrs Osmond. Viking 2017. A sequel to Henry James's The Portrait of a Lady. £14.99. Signed copies £22.00

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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. £25.00 (Trying for signed copies at a price to  be confirmed).

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Baume, Sara: A Line Made by Walking. Heinemann 2017. A struggling Irish artist returns to the countryside and retreats into herself. Signed by the author. £20.00

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***Bergin, Tara: The Tragic Death of Eleanor Marx. Carcanet 2017. A new collection of poems. Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. £15.00

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***Boyd, William: The Dreams of Bethany Mellmoth. Viking. A new collection of short stories. £16.99. Note, I was able to buy in a few copies, but the condition of most copies I have seen is far from perfect.

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Burnside, John: Ashland & Vine. Jonathan Cape 2017. A novel describing the strange coming together of different generation neighbours. Signed by the author.  £20.00 

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Burnside, John: Still Life with Feeding Snake 2017. Jonathan Cape. Signed by the author. A new collection of poems. £12.00

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Burnside, John: Havergey: Little Toller 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. Fine in fine dustjacket. £18.00

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Buti, Roland: Year of the Drought. Old Street Press 2017. First English translation of a book first published in Switzerland in 2015. Signed and dated by the author. Paperback original. £16.00

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Carrington, Leonora: The Milk of Dreams. New York Review of Books 2017. A collection of the artist's short stories for children. Illustrated by the artist. £11.99

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Chaudhuri, Amit: Friend of my Youth. Faber 2017. A combination of novel and autobiography.  Signed and dated by the author. £15.00

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Christofi, Alex: Let it Be True. Serpent's Tail 2017. A love affair between troubled partners is sparked in post-war Paris. £14.99

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Cole, Teju: Blind Spot. Faber 2017. Green boards as published. Signed and dated by the author. A collection of photographs accompanied by explanatory text. £32.00

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***de Rosnay, Tatiana: Manderley Forever - The Life of Daphne du Maurier. Allen & Unwin 2017. £18.99

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Docx, Edward: Let Go My Hand. Picador. A black comedy of a road trip across Europe. Signed and dated by the author. £25.00

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Doyle, Roddy: Smile. Jonathan Cape 2017. An Irishman has uncomfortable memories of his schooldays. Signed and dated by the author. £25.00

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Enriquez, Martina: Things we Lost in the Fire. Portobello 2017. The Argentinian author's first book to appear in English. Signed by the author. Paperback original. £14.00

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Ferris, Jonathan: The Dinner Party and Other Stories. Viking 2017. A collection drawing on the ways of modern life. £14.99

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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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Freeman, John: Freeman's Home. Grove Press 2017. The literary magazine's third edition. Contributors include Xiaolu Guo,  Marie Darrieussecq, Ross Raisin,  Herta Muller and Aleksandar.  Signed at their contributions by Ross Raisin, Viet Thanh Nguyen and Xiaolu Guo. £12.00

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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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Fuller, Claire: Swimming Lessons. Viking 2017. A second novel from the winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize. Signed by the author. £18.00

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Furukawa, Hideo: Slow Boat. Pushkin 2017. Paperback. A collection of linked Japanese stories  £7.99

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Gekoski, Rick: Darke. Canongate 2017. An ageing academic looks back bleakly on his life, finding little hope for the future. Signed by the author to the title page. £20.00

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Goodman, Allegra: The Chalk Artist. Atlantic 2017. The coming together of an artist and a teacher. £14.99

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Grudova, Camilla: The Doll's Alphabet. Fitzcarraldo 2017. First British publication of the Canadian author's short stories. £10.99

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Guo, Xiaolu: Once Upon A Time in the East: A Story of Growing up . Chatto & Windus. 2017. A memoir from a formidable writing talent. Signed by the author to the title page. £20.00

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Haig, Matt: How to Stop Time. Canongate. 2017. What is  it like to be 400 years old? Ask Tom Hazard. Signed by the author. £16.00

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Hamer, Kate: The Doll Funeral. Faber 2017. A second novel, this one featuring an unsettled child and her new friends. Signed by the author.  £12.99

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Hamid, Mohsin: Exit West. Hamish Hamilton 2017. Signed by the author to a tipped in page. Fine in fine dustjacket bearing the publisher's "signed by the author" roundel. Shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. £50.00

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Hamilton, Omar Robert. The City Always Wins. Faber 2017. A novel about the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Signed by the author. £20.00

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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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Harris, Jane: Sugar Money. Faber 2017. Two brothers are commissioned to  reclaim slaves stolen from Martinique to Granada. £14.99

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Harris, Robert: Munich. Hutchinson 2017. A novel set during the infamous 1938 Munich conference. Signed by the author. £20.00

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***Harsent, David: Salt. Faber. A collection of shorter poems. £14.99

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Harwicz, Ariana: Die, My Love. Charco Press 2017. First English translation of a book published in France in 2012.  Signed by the author. Paperback original. £15.00

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***Hayden, David: Darker With the Lights On. Little Island Press 2017. A collection of prose pieces. £22.00

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Helle, Heinz: Euphoria. Serpents Tail 2017. A group of men returning from a weekend in a remote part of the Alps realise they are the only humans left alive.  Signed by the author. £16.00.

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Hoeg, Peter: The Susan Effect. Harvill Secker 2017. A new novel from the author of Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow. Signed by the author to the title page. £22.00

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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 See above for details of the limited edition.

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***Hurley, Andrew Michael: Devil's Day. John Murray. The prize-winning author's second novel. Signed by the author.  £12.99

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***Hutchinson, Ishion: House of Lords and Commons. Faber 2017. A first collection of poetry. £12.99

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Jamie, Kathleen, Paterson, Don & Laird, Nick: Other Ways to Leave the Room - Modern Poets Four. Penguin 2017. Signed by Nick Laird and Don Paterson. Small format paperback original. £12.00

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Jenni, Alexis: The French Art of War. Atlantic 2017. The Goncourt Prize winning novel, set at the start of the Gulf War but looking back at earlier conflicts. Paperback original. Signed and dated by the author. £20.00

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John, Rebecca F: The Haunting of Henry Twist. Serpent's Tail 2017. A first novel from a respected short story writer. £14.99

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Joyce, Rachel: The Music Shop. Doubleday. Frank's life changes when Ilse Brauchmann walks into his shop. Signed by the author to a tipped in page. £16.99

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Jufresa, Laia: Umami. Oneworld 2017. Ana decides to plant a vegetable garden in her Mexico City courtyard. Paperback original. Signed and dated by the author. £12.00

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Kandasamy, Meena: When I Hit You: Or, a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife. Atlantic 2017. Signed by the author.. £16.00

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Keenan, David: This is Memorial Device. Faber 2017. A debut novel , effectively a lover letter to the author's home area (Lanarkshire) and the 1970's/80's music remembered there. Signed by the author. £18.00

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Kennard, Luke: The Transition. Fourth Estate 2017. The first novel from an accomplished poet. Signed by the author. £20.00

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Kent, Hannah: The Good People. Picador 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. Untrimmed foredge. £22.00

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Korelitz, Jean Hanff: The Devil and Webster. Faber 2017. An American campus novel. Signed by the author. Paperback. £16.00

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***Krasznahorkai, Laszlo: The World Goes On. Tuskar Rock 2017. A novel translated into English for the first time. £14.99

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Laird, Nick: Modern Gods. Fourth Estate 2017  Signed by the author to the title page.  £18.00.

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Laird, Nick & Paterson, Don: The Zoo of the New. Particular Books 2017. An anthology of  poems. Signed by the editors. Contributors include W.H. Auden, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Burns, Robert Frost, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Sharon Olds and Derek Walcott. £25.00

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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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***Lumsden, Roddy: So Glad I'm Me. Bloodaxe 2017. A new collection of poems. Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. £15.00

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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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***Mackinnon, Lachlan: Doves. Faber 2017. A new collection of poems. Signed by the author to the title page. £20.00

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Mackintosh, Anneliese: So Happy It Hurts. Jonathan Cape 2017. The author's second collection of stories. Signed and dated by the author to the front endpaper. £16.00

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McAfee, Annaleena: Hame. Harvill Secker 2017. Mhairi McPhail leaves New York to remote Scotland to write a biography of a late poet. Signed by the author. £18.00

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McCormack, Mike: Solar Bones. Canongate 2017. First UK printing of a book first published in Ireland in 2016. Longlisted for the 2017 MAN Booker Prize. Published simultaneously in paperback and 500 copies in hardback. Paperback £8.99, signed hardback £25.00

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McFarlane, Fiona: The High Places. Sceptre 2017. Winner of the Dylan Thomas Prize. Signed by the author. £24.00

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McGrath, Patrick: The Wardrobe Mistress. Hutchinson 2017. An uncomfortable truth is discovered in post-war England. Signed by the author on an image on the page following the title page. £14.99

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McGregor, Jon: Reservoir 13. Fourth Estate 2017. Longlisted for the MAN Booker Prize. Signed by the author to the title page. Bears the publisher's "Signed by the Author" roundel. True first as supplied by the publisher and not the Waterstone's edition.  £36.00

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McInerney, Lisa: The Blood Miracles. John Murray 2017. A sequel to the Bailey Prize winning novel. Signed by the author. £14.99

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***McNish, Hollie: Plum. Picador 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. Paperback original. £15.00

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Meruane, Lina: Seeing Red. Atlantic 2017. An autobiographical account of a Chilean academic  who suddenly goes substantially blind. Signed and dated by the author. £12.99

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***Messud, Claire: The Burning Girl. Fleet 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. £22.00

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***Michaels, Anne: All we Saw. Bloomsbury 2017. The author's fifth collection of poems. £16.99. Signed copies at a price to be confirmed should be available soon. Note, I need to invest in new image management software, so this title is not yet on the website.

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***Michaels, Anne: Infinite Gradation. House Sparrow Press 2017.  A collection of short prose pieces.  Small format paperback original. £9.99

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Mieville, China: October - The Story of the Russian Revolution. Verso 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. £25.00

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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. £16.99

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Moore, Marianne: New Collected Poems. Faber 2017. An updated collection from one of the great poets of the 20th century. £30.00

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Mozley, Fiona: Elmet. JM Originals  2017. Paperback original. Signed and dated (October 2017) by the author to the title page. Shortlisted for the MAN Booker Prize 2017. £50.00

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Mukherjee, Neel: A State of Freedom. Chatto & Windus 2017. What it means to strive for a better life. Signed and dated by the author. £20.00

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Mytting, Lars: The Sixteen Trees of the Somme. Maclehose 2017. A newly translated novel from an author who had an unexpected best seller with Norwegian Wood. Signed and dated by the author. £22.00

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Nagra, Daljit: British Museum. Faber 2017.  A series of poems looking at contemporary British society. Signed by the author. £14.99

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O'Hagan, Andrew: The Secret Life - Three True Stories. Faber 2017. Three non-fiction essays. Signed by the author. £16.00

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***Oksanen, Sofi: Norma. Atlantic 2017. Norma is left with secrets following her mother's suicide. £12.99

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O'Riordan, Adam: A Herring Famine. Chatto & Windus.  2017. Signed by the author. A second collection of poems. £12.00

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O'Riordan, Adam: The Burning Ground. Bloomsbury 2017. A first novel from an established poet. Signed by the author. £24.00

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Pamuk, Orhan: The Red-Haired Woman. Faber. A new novel from the Nobel Prize winner. £16.99

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***Persson, Russell: The Way of Florida.  Little Island Press 2017.  A collection of prose pieces. Signed by the author to the title page. £22.00

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Pullman, Philip: The Adventures of John Blake - Mysteries of the Ghost Ship. David Fickling 2017. A graphic novel with illustrations by Fred Fordham. £10.00 (special price - normally retails at £14.99)

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Raisin, Ross: A Natural. Jonathan Cape 2017.  Signed by the author. A dejected teenager finds he is no longer wanted by his Premier League club. £16.00 

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Rankine, Claudia: Don't Let Me Be Lonely : An American Lyric. Penguin 2017. First British edition. £9.99

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Riley, Gwendoline: First Love. Granta 2017.  A marriage between differently aged partners becomes a battleground. Signed by the author. £12.99.

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***Ritter, Krysten: Bonfire. Hutchinson 2017. Signed by the author (with initals) 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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***Riviere, Sam: Safe Mode. Test Centre 2017. An experimental ambient first novel from an established. £20 (exposed spine), £75 (limited edition hardback)

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Rogers, Richard: A Place for All People - Life, Architecture and the Fair Society. Canongate 2017. The architect's autobiography.  Signed by the author on a publisher's bookplate affixed to the half title page. £30.00

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Rooney, Sally. Conversations with Friends. Faber 2017. Four characters talk a lot, but not necessarily to each other. Signed by the author.  £20.00

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Roy, Arundhati: The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Hamish Hamilton 2017. The Booker Prize winning author's second novel. Longlisted for the 2017 MAN Booker Prize. £20.00

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Royle, Nina: Black White and Red. Andrew Lanyon 2015. One of 100 copies of a book from one of the UK's most exciting young artists. Six poems drawing on the young artist's study project visits to India and Japan as well as her native Cornwall. Illustrated by the artist's own artwork. Signed by the author to the title page and signed and numbered by the publisher  to the colophon. Paperback original. £10.00

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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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Sanin, Carolina: The Children. Maclehose Press 2017. Signed by the author to the title page.£20.00

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Saunders, George: Lincoln in the Bardo. Bloomsbury 2017. Winner of the MAN Booker Prize 2017. Signed and dated by the author. £100.00

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Shafak, Elif: Three Daughters of Eve. Viking 2017. A handbag snatch in Istanbul leads Peri to remember student days in Oxford. Signed by the author. £25.00.

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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. £25.00

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Shanbhag, Vivek: Ghochar, Ghachar, Faber 2017. The Indian author's first novel to be published in English. £10.00.

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Sharma, Akhil: A Life of  Adventure and Delight. Faber 2017. Paperback original. Signed by the author. £15.00

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***Sinclair, Iain: The Last London. Oneworld. 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: Autumn. Hamish Hamilton 2016. The first in a series of novels themed on the seasons.  Shortlisted for the 2017 MAN Booker Prize. Signed by the author. £50.00

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

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Smith, Zadie: Swing Time. Hamish Hamilton 2016. Signed by the author on a tipped in page. A new novel set in London and West Africa. Longlisted for the 2017 MAN Booker Prize. £20.00

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Spiotta, Dana: Innocents and Others. Picador 2017. A much praised novel. Signed by the author. In boards with a cut-out to the front board as published. £20.00

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Strout, Elizabeth: My Name is Lucy Barton. Viking 2016. Longlisted for the 2016 MAN Booker Prize. Fine in boards as published. Signed by the author. £20.00

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Sudjic, Olivia: Sympathy. One 2017. A well received first novel set in New York. Signed and dated by the author. £16.00

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Symmons Roberts, Michael: Mancunia. Jonathan Cape 2017. A collection of poems inspired by the writer's home city. Signed by the author. Shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize. £15.00

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Taneja, Preti: We That Are Young. Galley Beggar 2017. One of a limited edition of 500 black flapped copies. Paperback original. £15.00

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Thorpe, Adam: Missing Fay. Jonathan Cape 2017. A disparate group of characters come together to look for a missing teenager. Signed by the author. £18.00

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Toibin, Colm: House of Names. Viking 2017. A story of love, war, loss, suicide, brutality and revenge set in ancient Greece.  Signed and dated by the author. £20.00

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***Tomalin, Claire: A Life of my Own. Penguin Viking 2017. Signed by the author to the title page. £22.00

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***Uglow, Jenny: Mr. Lear - A Life of Art and Nonsense. Faber. 2017. Signed by the author.£25.00

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***Walsh, Joanna: Worlds from the Word's End. And Other Stories 2017. Signed by the author. Paperback original. £15.00

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Walters, Kate: Iona Notebooks. Guillemot Press 2017. One of 200 copies of a collection of poems illustrated by the author. Signed by the author. Paperback. £12.00

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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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Whitehead, Colson: The Underground Railway. Fleet 2016. Tenth printing. Signed by the author. Longlisted for the 2017 MAN Booker Prize. £15.00

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Wieringa, Tommy: A Beautiful Young Wife. Scribe 2016. Signed by the author to the title page. Near fine hardback, issued in pictorial boards. £12.00

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Winterson, Jeanette: Christmas Days. Jonathan Cape 2026. Twelve stories for Christmas. Signed by the author. £20.00

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Woodson, Jacqueline: Another Brooklyn. Oneworld 2017. First UK edition of a novel harking back to 1970's Brooklyn. Signed by the author. £15.00




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.


November 2017


Carrington, Dora (Chisholm, Anne): Carrington's Letters. Chatto & Windus. A biography through letters of a great artist who took her own life aged 38. £30.00

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

Kempowski, Walter: Homeland. Granta. Published posthumously. Shortly before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, a West Germany is sent on a work project to an area in the East where he was born to refugees. £14.99

Marias, Javier: Between Eternities. Penguin.  A collection of essays and non fiction pieces. £16.99

Shriver, Lionel: The Standing Chandelier. Borough Press. For former lovers, now tennis partners, friction arrives when a new lover interest arrives. £8.99

January 2018

Andrew, Kerry: Swansong. Jonathan Cape. A debut novel concerning a wayward student finding herself in the Scottish highlands. £14.99

Bracht, Mary Lynn: White Chrysanthemum. Chatto & Windus. A novel set in Japanese occupied Korea in the 1940's drawing on experiences of the author's family. £12.99

Cannon, Joanna: Three Things about Elsie. Borough Press. A novel concerning the thoughts of an elderly woman after a fall at her sheltered accommodation. £14.99

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

de Kretser, Michelle: The Life to Come. Allen & Unwin. A new book looking at lonliness and other people.  £14.99

***Denton, Danny: The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow. Granta.  rollicking debut from Ireland. £12.99

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

Hermes Gowar, Imogen: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock. Harvill Secker.  A historical novel set in the late eighteenth century. £12.99

Nansubuga Makumbi, Jennifer: Nintu. Oneworld.  An alternative history of Uganda as seen through Kintu eyes. £12.99

Norminton, Gregory: The Devil's Highway. Fourth Estate. A 3000 year time span covering 3 linked narratives featuring an ancient rural road. £12.99

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

Slimani, Leila: Lullaby. Faber. First translation of the Prix Goncort prize concerning a power struggle between a family and their nanny. £12.99

***Sullivan, Hannah: Three Poems. Faber.  A first collection consisting of just three poems. £10.99

February 2018

Barnes, Julian: The Only Story. Jonathan Cape. Is life better with or without love? Paul determines this over his adult life. £14.99

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

***Boast, Will: Daphne. Granta. Romance causes Daphne to confront her medical condition.£12.99

***Cassara, Joseph: The House of Impossible Beauties. Oneworld.  A novel set in the heyday of New York drag balls. £14.99

***Crace, Jim: The Medody. Picador. To prove he has re-found his mojo, the author returns with a bang. £16.99

***Drake, Alicia: I Love you Too Much. Picador. 13 year old people watcher Paul sees something he wishes he hadn't.  £12.99

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

***Gilbert, Zoe. Folk. Bloomsbury. A first novel looking at the lives of a generation creating their own folklore. £16.99

***Helgason, Hallgimur: The Woman at 1000 Degrees. Oneworld. An elderly Icelandic womn look back at her life, fashioned as it was by her father's admiration of Adolf Hitler. £14.99

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

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

***Lynch, David: Room to Dream - A Life in Art. Canongate. The film director's memoir and biography. £20.00

***Martinez de las Rivas, Toby. Black Sun. Faber. A second full collection from a rising poet.  £11.99

Poulain, Catherine: Woman at Sea. Jonathan Cape. Life is tough for Lili  as the only woman on an Alaskan trawler. £16.99

***Saadawi, Ahmed: Frankenstein in Bagdad. Oneworld. A macabre novel where random body parts are stitched together to form a complete corpse. £12.99

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

March 2018

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

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

Evans, Diana: Ordinary People. Chatto & Windus. The authors second novel after an 18 year wait. £12.99

***Gadney, R.J: Albert Einstein Speaking. Canongate. A story of the scientist told against the backdrop of a friendship with a young girl and European history. £17.99

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

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

***Iweala, Uzodinma: Speak No Evil. John Murray. Author's first novel since Beasts of No Nation in 2006. £18.99

***Millard, Will: The Old Man and the Sand Eel. Viking. An autobiographical accountof obsessive fishing. £14.99

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

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

***Thayil, Jeet: The Book of Chocolate Saints. Faber.  The author's second novel - his first was MAN Booker shortlisted.  This one is an imagined biography of a middle-aged artist. £12.99

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

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

April 2018

***Forna, Aminatta: Happiness. Bloomsbury. A novel set in London's West African community. £18.99

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

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

Nesbo. Jo: MacBeth. Hogarth Shakespeare. Norway's foremost crime writer takes on The Scottish play. £20.

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

***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

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

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

May 2018

***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

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

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

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

June 2018

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

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

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


***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.

Blunden, Edmund: Winter Nights. London; Faber & Gwyer; 1928First printing, first edition. Ariel Poem No. 17. Illustrated by Albert Rutherston. Fine small format pamphlet, missing the original envelope. £12.00

Causley, Charles: Union Street.  London; Hart Davis; 1957. First edition, first printing. Fine. Laid in is a handwritten poem (Innocent's Song)on H.M.S. Glory headed note paper in the author's hand inscribed to Ruth Simon of  the Curwen Press. Lacks dustjacket. £120.00

Cole, Barry: Ulysses in the Town of Coloured Glass. London; Turret Books; 1968. First printing, first edition. Number 183 from a signed limited edition of 250. Fine paperback issued in stiff card covers printed on coloured paper and illustrated by linocuts by Stanislaw Gliwa. £16.00

Empson, William: Collected Poems. London; Chatto & Windus; 1955. First edition, first printing. Fine in near fine dustjacket. £36.00

Gollancz, Israel (interpretes): Pearl. London; George Jones; 1918. First edition, first printing thus. An interpretation in modern English of a medieval poem. This is number 149 of 550 copies for sale of an edition donated to the Red Cross for fundraising. Near fine in quarter vellum and paperboards. No dustjacket. £36.00

Gowers, Patrick (introduces): Jupiter and Turret at the Wigmore. London; Turret Books; 1968. First printing, first edition. One of 100 signed programme notes produced for an evening of jazz and poetry. The booklet is signed by Edward Lucie Smith, George MacBeth, Erich Fried, Georg Rapp and Christopher Logue  Fine in cream covers.  £16.00

Hampton, Christopher (edits and introduces): Poems for Shakespeare. London; Globe Playhouse; 1972. Number 54 from a limited edition of 100 copies signed by the contributing poets. Fine in quarter buckram with cloth boards. Gilt lettering, motif and edges. This is the first of several publications designed to raise money for the building of the Globe Playhouse. All thirteen poets have signed to the reverse of the half title page. The poets are: Cecil Day Lewis, Peter Redgrove, George MacBeth, Jeni Couzyn, W.H. Auden, Peter Porter, Stephen Spender, Norman MacCaig, Dannie Abse, Adrian Mitchell, Bob Cobbing, Vernon Scannell and Robert Graves. £250.00

Lucie Smith, Edward: Futura 10 Cloud Sun Fountain Structure. Hansjorg Mayer; 1966. First edition, first printing thus. A fold out broadsheet of concrete poetry. Signed by the author on the title fold. Very good, marred by a stain. £20.00

Steadman, Ralph: Red Alert. London; The October Gallery ;1990. First printing, first edition. An exhibition catalogue of the artist's paintings and constructions. Signed by the author to the colophon page. Fine paperback. £24.00





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