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A Legacy
Bedford, Sybille
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1956. First edition.  0 
  Small 8vo. hardcover. 368pp. Very good, light foxing, owner's inscription on fep. /Very good clipped d/w with small tear rear top of spine (repaired). 
Price: $110.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 54419  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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A Soldier's Embrace
Gordimer, Nadine
ISBN: 0224017780
Cape, London 1980  1980 
  8vo. hardcover. 144pp. Very good / Very Good d/wbrowned on spine. 
Price: $12.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 62037  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Bitter Fruit: A Novel
Dangor, Achmat
ISBN: 0802170064
Black Cat March 10, 2004 First American Edition  0 
  8vo softcover 288pp very good. French flaps, rough page edges. Early in Dangor's embittered second novel about his native South Africa, aloof, independent 19-year-old Mikey comes to the realization that "history has a remembering process of its own, one that gives life to its imaginary monsters." This understanding of the past informs the thoughts and actions of the characters, which the author of Kafka's Curse explores in meticulous detail. Mikey's parents, Silas and Lydia Ali, are members of the black middle class in postapartheid South Africa. But when Silas, a lawyer for the Justice Department, encounters the white police lieutenant who raped his wife two decades before, old wounds open in his and Lydia's already strained marriage. Mikey discovers that he may be the product of his mother's violation and sets out to explore his familial roots, taking a type of "apartheid heritage route" that leads him to Silas's father's mosque. Here, he learns of his grandfather's own struggle with colonialism in India a generation earlier. Dangor's novel, a Man Booker Prize finalist, interrogates the forgiving attitude of people like Archbishop Tutu, and, as Silas puts it, "the namby-pambying of God's ferocious legions." In this environment, where even incestuous transgressions can be rationalized away, Mikey finds vengeance as a way to order the decayed social structures around him. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 41126  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Daishi-San
Lund, Robert
London, Cassell, 1962. first UK edition.  0 
  8vo. hardcvoer. 350pp. very good. / good, clipped d/w.  
Price: $18.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 25992  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Dubu A Novel of New Guinean Conquest
Williams, Maslyn
New York William Morrow & Co. 1971  1971 
  8vo. hardcover. 253pp. very good. / very good d/w. 
Price: $15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 25170  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Flowers on the Grass
Dickens, Monica
London: Michael Joseph, 1949  1949 
  8vo. hardcover. 304pp. very good, foxing to edges. / good d/w missing small piece top of spine. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 30448  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Geography
Cunningham, Sophie
Text Publishing January 1, 2004  2004 
  8vo softcover 208pp very good. An evocation of a woman losing herself to the idea of love. It will remind you how easy it is to cross the line and how hard it can be to get back. 
Price: $5.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 47828  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Golem
Ludwig, Myles Eric
1969 Weybright & Talley  0 
  8vo. hardcover. 277pp. very good. / very good d/w with faded spine. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 25171  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Good to a Fault
Endicott, Marina
ISBN: 9781742370262
Allen & Unwin 2009  2009 
  8vo. Softcover. French flaps. 440pp. When Clara Purdy takes a dreamy turn in her car and ends up plowing into the lives of the Gage family, her low-impact, nine-to-five life in the suburbs is transformed into heady, noisy chaos. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 50090  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Great House
Krauss, Nicole
ISBN: 0670919330
Viking 7 Oct 2010  2010 
  8vo softcover 370pp near fine. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 51368  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Guardian of the Dawn
Zimler, Richard
ISBN: 0957848137
The Migdal Press 2005  2005 
  8vo. Softcover with d/w. Very good. Here is the astonishing story of Tiago Zarco, a young man whose family fled forced conversions in Portugal and now lives in a twilight between local Hindus and the ruling Portuguese Catholics. As Tiago comes of age in Goa, the capital of the spice trade, he struggles to keep the far-reaching powers of the Inquisition from destroying his family and pulling him apart from the Hindu girl he loves. When an act of betrayal puts his beloved father in prison, Tiago is forced to hunt down the traitor and make an unimaginable choice…and for him, a harrowing journey begins–one that will show him the depths of human depravity, and the dark, poisonous salvation of revenge…. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 56543  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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In the Shape of a Boar
Norfolk, Lawrence
ISBN: 0297647008
Weidenfeld & Nicholson 2000  2000 
  Trade paperback. 322pp. Very good. A mesmerizing novel of Love and betrayal, of ancient myths and modern horrors, In the Shape of a Boar begins in the pre-dawn of history and reverberates through the darkest events of the twentieth century. First hunted in ancient Greece, the Boar of Kalydon returns three thousand years later in human guise. The modern hunt leads from 1930's Romania to wartime Greece anf finally to Paris in the 1970's where the secret of the hunt is exposed. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 38850  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Kit's Law
Morrissey, Donna
ISBN: 0340769122
Sceptre 1999  1999 
  8vo. Softcover. 383pp. Good. In a wild gully beside a village on the rocky shores of Newfoundland lives 14-year old Kit. Her grandmother Lizzie is her anchor and her solace. Kit's mother Josie, mentally disabled, inarticulate, and child-like, is their burden. Kit's father is unknown - one of the numerous men in the town who have sexually used and abused Josie. Kit, stigmatized as the Gully Tramp's Girl, can fend off the town's cruel snobs and oily do-gooders, as long as Lizzie is alive. But when Lizzie dies suddenly, Kit's fragile world is shaken. She is determined to remain at home to care for Josie, but she has few allies - the villagers want to put Josie in an institution and send Kit to an orphanage. And there is another menace in Haire's Hollow - the violent rapist and killer known as Shine. It is he who sets in motion the train of events that lead to tragedy. 
Price: $6.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 59533  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Last Safari
Rhodes, Richard
ISBN: 0233972161
Deutsch 1980  1980 
  8vo hardcover 349pp. very good, small owner's name on fep. / very good d/w. 
Price: $15.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 30242  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Mr Smith Goes to Washington - The Novel of Frank Capras Columbia Picture
Landery, Charles.
London: J.M. Dent, 1940.  1940 
  8vo. hardcover. 178pp. b/w illus. very good, light foxing to endpapers & outer edges. / good d/w with a few small tears & sunned spine. 
Price: $65.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 32846  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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My Brilliant Friend. (Book 1 of the Neapolitan Novels)
Ferrante, Elena
ISBN: 9781609450786
Europa Editions, New York 2015  2015 
  8vo. softcover. 331pp. Very good+, owner's name on fep. 
Price: $12.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 62933  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Notorious - A Novel
Lowing, Roberta
ISBN: 9781742372396
Allen & Unwin 2010  2010 
  Trade paperback. 496pp. The story centres on a diary written by a French poet in the Sahara desert in 1890 and the people who have come in contact with the book and the power the book seems to have over them. 
Price: $9.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 54000  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Photographing Fairies
Szilagyi, Steven G.
ISBN: 9780345383235
Ballantine Books April 13, 1993  1993 
  8vo softcover 336pp very good. It all begins in the 1920s, when a blustering country policeman, Constable Michael Walsmear, literally punches his way into American photographer Charles Castle's London studio. Walsmear has what he claims are photographs of fairies. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, whom Castle approaches to verify the pictures, offers a large sum of money to have Walsmear's photographs destroyed. But even more than cash, Castle wants the truth. His quest takes him to Burkinwell, a seemingly peaceful country village seething with secrets. Armed with a camera, he encounters gypsies and wild dogs, the innocent girls of the photos and the murderous thieves who threaten them, a beautiful garden and unspeakable sexual practices. He also discovers the most shocking truth of all: that absolute purity and utter depravity are folded together in the human heart. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 52264  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Poster Boy
Cope, Allen
ISBN: 9780977569618
Short Stop Press 2008  2008 
  Trade paperback. 331pp. Fine. Poster Boy's fabulous life is a fabrication of gossip mags.The real story — he is intellectually impaired Wimmie, who becomes a supermodel for designer jeans through the camera lens of his lover, Zac. Wimmie's life is far more extraordinary than the crazy fiction of the Poster Boy — all the more remarkable for being real. Wimmie soars above his limitations, freeing others along his way from the shackles of convention. 
Price: $10.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 52159  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Rainwater
Brown, Sandra
ISBN: 9780731814596
Simon & Schuster 20010  0 
  large 8vo. softcover. Fine. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 50239  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Skin - The Beauty Myth Redefined
Briscoe, Joanna
ISBN: 1897580835
Weidenfeld & Nicholson February 10, 1997  1997 
  8vo softcover 288pp very good. Adele's career as an author of erotic novels is on the wane, as are her legendary looks. In an attempt to defy age, she retreats into a series of cosmetic surical procedures that, as her fear builds, become increasingly abusive and disturbing. After each operation, a layer of Adele's complex life is peeled away, exposing her most private passions and fears, until they young, brilliant girl is revealed, already sowing the seeds of her destiny. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 45320  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Something Special [Illustrated]
Murdoch, Iris
ISBN: 0701169184
Chatto & Windus 1999  1999 
  12mo. hardcover in d/w. 41pp very good. An unforgettable tale of love and repression, appearing in book form for the first time. Beautifully produced and hauntingly illustrated, this unknown work by Iris Murdoch (1918-1999) is something very special indeed. Previously unpublished but for an excerpt in a 1950s anthology, this is a bittersweet, haunting story. Yvonne, an ordinary, bold young Irish woman, believes that there's more to life than marriage to Sam, the dutiful Jewish lad who is courting her. Set in Dublin, against the vividly recognizable backdrop of the author's native city in the 1950s, Something Special is written with a wry humor and penetrating insight that evokes the psychological tension of James Joyce's "The Dead." Gorgeously illustrated with line drawings by the renowned American artist Michael McCurdy, Something Special is a perfect gift for all occasions, but especially for anyone in love. Line drawings. 
Price: $6.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 52628  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Something to Declare
Alvarez, Julia
ISBN: 0452280672
Plume September 1, 1999  1999 
  8vo softcover 320pp very good. These 24 autobiographical essays are meant to answer various questions her readers have posed about her life and her writing. For Alvarez, these questions ultimately can be summed up in one line: "Do you have anything more to declare?" The first section of the book, "Customs," paints with vibrant, earthy clarity?in classic Alvarez style?the author's Dominican girlhood, surrounded by the rich cast of characters that made up her extended family and the constant menace of dictator Rafael Trujillo's police state. She also describes her escape to the U.S. with her parents and sisters, along with the assimilation that made her a "hyphenated American." The seeds of her writerly beginnings are picked out here and then further explored in the second part of her book, "Declarations." These essays examine the difficult balance between the writing life and "real life"; the joys of teaching; the daily process of writing; and an unsuccessful trip to Necedeh, Wis., to research a potential novel. Alvarez also includes her "ten commandments" for writing, which consist of some of the author's favorite quotes (beginning with a Zen saying and ending with Samuel Johnson's well-known credo, "If you want to be a writer, then write. Write every day!"). Taken together, the pieces are as open and lively as Alvarez's readers have come to expect from her work. 
Price: $7.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 50657  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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Tamara Walks on Water
Horn, Shifra
Piatkus 2004  2004 
  Trade paperback. 250pp. Very good. As a child, Tamara loves stories and is constantly asking questions of those around her. However no one ever seems to give Tamara the whole story, so instead she must piece together the various narratives herself in what becomes a lifelong attempt to unravel the hidden secrets of her family history. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 55151  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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The Ballad of Siddy Church
Hek, Lin van
ISBN: 9781875559619
Spinifex Press March 28, 1997  1997 
  8vo softcover 261pp very good. Set in Melbourne. Lin Van Hek writes about the poetry of aunties in a novel that is at once thrilling and filled with the memories of wilful women. When Eadie Wilt disappears during the flood, everyone thinks she has drowned. But Siddy Church's granddaughter has more life to live in a household filled with stories and larger-than-life characters. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 52212  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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The California Book of the Dead: A Novel
Farrington, Tim
ISBN: 0671519603
Pocket Books May 1997  1997 
  8vo hardcover in d/w. 340pp very good. Farrington's fresh use of language lifts this romantic comedy above stereotypical retrohip. Farrington's quirky, lovable cast of characters, colorful souls careening around the California landscape, seems to cry out for a miniseries like, say, Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. Marlowe, half of a devoted lesbian couple, is an artist obsessively painting a series of mopheads while she grieves the loss of her friend and soul mate, Jackson, to AIDS. Her lover, Daa, a transplant from the Midwest, is a kind of earth mother, ready to forgive almost anything, even Marlowe's unexpected pregnancy by their boarder, a New Age massage therapist who also seduces Marlowe's innocent cousin from the South, who has made her way to Lotus Land in search of spiritual inspiration--etc., etc.--you get the idea. This gentle, affectionately satirical look at the rituals often associated with California and at those who, seeking alternatives in salvation, are drawn to the West Coast, is one enjoyable book. 
Price: $14.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 54046  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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The Day of the Tortoise
Bates, H. E.
Michael Joseph, London, 1961.  1961 
  8vo. hardcover. 96pp. b/w illus. by Peter Farmer. Good+, spine slanted, light foxing to endpapers. / Good foxed d/w. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 65416  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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THE END OF VANDALISM
Drury, Tom
ISBN: 0749396148
Minerva 1994  1994 
  8vo softcover 292pp very good, page edges browned, crease on cover corner. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 44809  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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The faraway drums
Cleary, Jon
ISBN: 0002222833
London Collins 1981  1981 
  8vo hardcover 288pp very good / very good d/w. 
Price: $8.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 25360  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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The Five Greatest Warriors
Reilly, Matthew
Pan Macmillan Australia Pty, Limited 2009  2009 
  8vo hardcover in d/w. 518pp Very good. / Very good d/w. First Edition. Signed with inscription by Reilly. " Hi Jessie Mathew Reilly". 
Price: $45.00 (AUD)
Book Number: 52600  Bookseller: Dial a Book
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