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Oblivion:

By David Foster Wallace

In good condition - ex library - has markings from usage...due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout...

$3.45

Grimm\'s Fairy Tales
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Grimm's Fairy Tales

Classic CL168 Paperback - in good condition - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe altered at checkout. For more than a century the stories so lovingly collected by the Brothers Grimm have been the delight of children, and of others who, whatever their age, will always be children at heart. Jacob Grimm was born in 1785, his brother Wilhelm a year later. Their father died while they were still lads, and they learned only too well that "the wolf at the door" may be more than a fable. All through their lives they were the best of friends, living together, and sharing the same studies and hobbies. On leaving school, they became greatly interested in German and Danish folk-lore, and spent much of their time wandering about the country, gleaning from peasants and the simpler townspeople a rich harvest of legends, which they would write down as nearly as possible in the words in which they were told. The first collection was published in 1812; other stories were gradually added, until there were more than two hundred. Some, it may be noted, are found in various forms in many languages, and have doubtless come to us from a period long before there were any books at all. This selection comprises most of the more popular stories, especially those suitable for younger children.

$3.45

Hal Porter
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Hal Porter

By Edited by Mary Lord

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. A.D. Hope has described Hal Porter as "the most distinctive and perhaps the most distinguished writer of short stories" in Australia. He is also a major novelist and this important volume makes available a revised edition of Hal Porter's first novel A Handful of Pennies as well as eleven of his brilliant stories. Included too are all the various versions of Porter's screenplay outline "The Jetty" (one of the segments of the Tim Burstall film Libido) along with the author's afterthoughts on the film and his subsequently written short story version. Hal Porter's autobiographical writings are represented by an extract from The Watcher on the Cast-Iron Balcony - regarded by many as his masterpiece - and there are poems and drawings which show his characteristic eye for detail. The section On Writers and Writing gives Porter's view on his own work and that of other Australian authors.

$3.45

The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Stories
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The Illustrated Treasury of Australian Stories

By Chosen by Geoffrey Dutton

In very good condition - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. The aim of this anthology is to entertain and give pleasure to an audience as wide as the field from which the stories have been chosen. The earliest was published in 1894, the latest in 1986. The stories are presented chronologically so that the reader may appreciate the development of the story-teller's art as the preoccupations and attitudes of Australians have changed with their history. From the haunting bush tragedy of Barbara Baynton's 'The Chosen Vessel' to Helen Garner's ironic comment on feminism in 'The Life of Art'; from Henry Lawson's comic story of desperate goldseekers thwarted by a formidable woman in 'The Golden Graveyard' to Angelo Loukakis's sad story of a young Greek bound by duty to an implacably self-centred father in 'Being Here Now': The variety of mood and theme in this collection is as fascinating as the variety of talent and technique. There is an emotional and imaginative depth in what appear to be simple stories. The poignancy of loss stays in the mind after reading 'Gant and His Horses' by Brian James or Frank Dalby Davidson's 'The Good Herdsman'. The magic and mystifications of being a child come to life in 'The Milk Run' by Christina Stead, 'The Glass Boy' by Gwen Harwood, 'The Time of the Peacock' by Mena Abdullah and Ray Mathew. The anguish of rejected love is treated brilliantly and lightheartedly in Beverley Farmer's 'Summer on Ice'. In these and other stories immediacy is given to moments of human experience by precise and evocative description, by a sense of place and period charmingly enhanced by the sensitively chosen illustrations.

$13.79

Recovering Apollo 8
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Recovering Apollo 8

By Kristine Kathryn Rusch

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout.

$6.90

The Stories of Mary Gordon
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The Stories of Mary Gordon

By Mary Gordon

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. The Masterly Stories of Mary Gordon return us to the pleasure of this writer's craft and to her monumental talent as an observer of character and of the ever-fading American Dream. These pieces encompass the pre- and post war Irish American family life she circles in the early Temporary Shelter series, as well as a wealth of new fiction that brings her contemporary characters into middle age; it is their turn to face bodily decline, mortality, and the more complex anxieties of modern life. Gordon captures the sharp scent of feelings as they shift, the shape of particular lives in their hope and incomprehensibility. In "The Neighbourhood," a seven-year-old who has lost her father finds birthday parties, with their noisy games and spun-sugar roses on fancy cakes, her greatest trial. "City Life" explores the dark side of Manhattan apartment living. "Intertextuality" proposes a dream meeting between Proust's characters and the author's aging grandmother. Throughout, Gordon's surprising path to the centre of a story is as much a part of the tale as the self-understanding her characters achieve in the process: "What were they all, any of them, feeling?" one narrator ventures. "This was the sort of question no one in my family would ask. Feelings were for others: the weak, the idle. We were people who got on with things." With their powerful insights into how we make do, both socially and privately, these stories are a treasure of American fiction. Each is a joy to read and a chance to savour Gordon's clear vision: her ability to reveal at every turn what we need and what we wish for, and her willingness, always, to address what comes of such precious wishes.

$6.90

Stepping Stone and Love Machine
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Stepping Stone and Love Machine

By Walter Mosley

In very good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Stepping Stone Truman Pope has spent his whole life watching the world go by - and waiting for something he can't quite put into words. A gentle, unassuming soul, he has worked in the mailroom of a large corporation for decades without making waves, until the day he spots a mysterious woman in yellow. A woman nobody else can see. Soon Truman's quiet life begins to turn upside-down. An old lover surfaces from his past even as he finds his job in jeopardy. Strange visions haunt his days and nights, until he begins to doubt his sanity. Is he losing his mind, or is he on the brink of a startling revelation that will change his life forever - and transform the nature of humanity? Love Machine The Datascriber was supposed to merely allow individuals to share sensory experiences via a neurological link, but its true potential is even more revolutionary. The brainchild of an eccentric, possibly deranged, scientist, the "Love Machine" can merge individual psyches and memories into a collective Co-Mind that transcends race, gender, species...and even death itself. Tricked into joining the Co-Mind, as part of a master plan to take over the world, Lois Kim struggles to adapt to her new reality and abilities. Is there any way back to the life that was stolen from her, or is she destined to lead humanity into a strange new era, despite the opposition of forces both human and otherwise?

$6.90

Pilgrims Stories
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Pilgrims Stories

By Elizabeth Gilbert

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. A short story collection written in a tough, dry style follows the fortunes of a diverse group of characters on singularly American pilgrimages, including an East Coast girl who dares a cowboy to whisk her away to the Rocky Mountains. A first collection.

$3.45

On Glorious Wings
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On Glorious Wings

By Edited and Introduced by Stephen Coonts

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout.

$3.45

The Man in the Shed
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The Man in the Shed

By Lloyd Jones

In good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. A boy watches his mother hooked and reeled ashore by a fisherman. A couple give up their seats on a bus for lovers soon to be parted. A woman searches through bushes for a piece of fabric torn from her husband's shirt. The Man in the Shed is a haunting collection of stories about family and longing, Lloyd Jones takes conventional family life and tilts it sideways - what follows is a sublime blend of the suburban and the surreal, achingly beautiful and unforgettable.

$3.45

Honeymoons
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Honeymoons

By Paul Bowles, Dorothy Parker, Graham Greene, Martha Gellhorn, Leo Tolstoy, D H Lawrence, Charles Dickens, Guy de Maupassant, Ernest Hemingway, Byron

In very good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. The honeymoon - no other holiday inspires so much anticipation, or has such potential for blissful happiness, or for disappointment. Using extracts from fiction and from real-life diaries and letters, Honeymoons takes you on a rollercoaster of an emotional journey into the heart of human longing, to examine what it is we are seeking, and what we expect, when we embark on marriage. There are real journeys to Pisa and Rome, through Switzerland and India and to the dales and moors of Yorkshire. We hear about the consummations of royal weddings; and about the dire consequences of marriages of convenience and those entered into with calculation. We journey in time from the very public wedding night of a seventeenth century couple, to the honeymoon of Sophie Kinsella's Shopaholic in Sri Lanka. The road is littered with pleasures great and small, not to mention surprises, disappointments, cads and one or two corpses.

$10.35

East of the West
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East of the West

By Miroslav Penkov

In very good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. We'd lost the war, of course, like all other recent wars, which was regrettable, since we never really lost our battles; we just picked the wrong allies. Prepare to discover a fascinating country; a land buffeted for centuries by power-struggles and revolts, lorded over by Turks, carved up by its neighbours, and submitted into the Soviet Union. Yet also a land of proud and resilient people, of crawfish hunters and bagpipe makers, shepherds and gypsies, in which daily life goes on. So meet the teenager who swims by night across a border river to steal a kiss from his girlfriend, the ageing man who finds a cache of love letters his wife has kept for sixty years, and the post-Communist girl, avowed thief with a heart of gold. Here are Miroslav Penkov's beguiling, surprising and moving visions of his home country, Bulgaria: stories of people who mourn the way things were and long for what will never be, who wrestles with the weight of history, the debt to family and the pangs of exile. And here is a remarkable new writer, who combines an eye for the absurd with great empathy to give a fresh and inspiring insight into our common humanity.

$10.35

Strangers in the Night
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Strangers in the Night

By Linda Howard

Large print - in good condition - ex library - has markings from use - due to differing weights on books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Feel the thrill of unexpected passion between strangers in the night...in a seductive story collection that showcases Linda Howard at her page-turning best. Lake of Dreams Thea Marlow had encountered her soulmate in the depths of her overpowering, frightening dreams. Now, on the shores of a country lake, the stranger comes to her in the flesh - and lures her into a timeless love. Blue Moon Sheriff Jackson Brody knows folks get a little crazy under a full moon. But while investigating a mysterious murder, it's the lawman himself who succumbs to the spell of a beautiful, mysterious stranger. White Out In the midst of an Idaho blizzard, Hope Bradshaw offers shelter to a stranger - and an instant, hungry passion flares between them. When a radio bulletin warns of a dangerous escaped convict, her blood runs cold: has desire blinded her to the risks of trusting a man who is an expert at covering his tracks?

$2.07

Great Tales of the Sea
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Great Tales of the Sea

In good condition - has markings from use - due to differing weights for books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. England Expects; The Great White Whale; Youth; HMS Ulysses; Surface At The Pole

$6.90

Great Tales of the Sea
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Great Tales of the Sea

In good condition - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Captain Cook; The Seamen's Seamen; An Iceland Fisherman; Sailing Alone Around The World; A Night To Remember; The RA Expeditions

$6.90

V.C.\'s of the Royal Navy
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V.C.'s of the Royal Navy

By John Frayn Turner

In good condition - has markings from use - due to differing weights in books, postage maybe adjusted at checkout. Here are twenty-four stories of almost incredible courage in surface ships, in midget submarines, and high above the waves in aircraft of the Fleet Air Arm. Some of the stories have been told already; others have never been heard before. The full first-hand account is given of the Battle of Narvik, where Captain B.A.W. Warburton-Lee led H.M.S. Hardy to great glory. The epic of H.M.S. Jervis Bay, a converted merchant cruiser, tells of her self-sacrifice which saved an Atlantic convoy from destruction. Captain E.S. Fogarty Fegen went down with his ship in this immortal action. John Frayn Turner has written a story that will appeal to readers of all ages. It is packed with drama, thrills and daring and is a vivid record of valour which makes one realize how much we owe to these brave and selfless men.

$6.90