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Strath
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Strath

By ROSS, Bess

UK: Century, 1997. Paperback. Very Good. 8.4 x 5 x 1 inches. P/B 273 pages, condition is very good. This novel spans a year in the lives of the people of a small 17th-century village, Strath. The villagers strive to maintain their community in the face of relentless hardship, clan-fighting, disease and the marauding army of Montrose.

$8.67

My Favourite Stories of Scotland
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My Favourite Stories of Scotland

By Laurie, John

Lutterworth Press, 1978. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 5.5" X 9. Phillips, Douglas. H/B 128 pages, condition is very good. I then called on Mr Lee, with whom I associate fine gay ideas of the Edinburgh Theatre in my boyish days, when I used to walk down the Canongate and think of players with a mixture of narrow-minded horror and lively-minded pleasure; and used to wonder at painted equipages and powdered ladies, and sing 'The bonny bush aboon Traquair', and admire Mrs Bland in her chair, with tassels, and flambeaux before her.... The entries in James Boswell's Journal, in which this vivid glimpse appears, breathe a frank delight in experience, whether he is living on bread and cheese to eke out his allowance (having lent two guineas to a charming actress) or dining with the literary wits of his day. Here to flank him are other classic Scots writers: Sir Walter Scott in his ripest Doric, the rotund eloquence of Thomas Carlyle, the elegant simplicity of his wile Jane. Here too is savage joy on the football terraces as 'the Auld Firm' battles it out at Ibrox Park: the throwaway humour of Cliff Hanley walking from John o' Groats to Land's End - or at least as far as Wick: the black comedy of George Douglas Brown and the gentle sentiment of his namesake, Doctor John. The writers range from an anonymous and long-dead ballad-maker, to one of Scotland's finest modern poets. For John Laurie these passages are friends from a lifetime's reading, chosen to present the sweep and splendour of Scots writing, classic and contemporary, comic and tragic. . . . She sat propped up in a box-bed, on pillows, with her face to the open door, and the friendly airs of the countryside came in to stir her hair. With them came scents of the red earth and the grass, birch-tree, and myrtle from the moor. But more than all they brought her, who was at her end, a keen craving for one more summer of the grand world.

$11.33

The Roadie
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The Roadie

By McCabe, Craig

UK: Trend, 2010. 1st Edition . Soft cover. As New. 5" X 8. p/b 360 pages, condition is As New. The Derumba are a four piece band from Dundee who are on the verge of being signed by a major record label. Their manager, Vince, has only one problem with the band, Felix, their roadie. Vince feels that Felix has too much influence over the band and is constantly leading them astray, which is detriment to his hard work in attempting to portray the bands image in a positive light. Due to a case of mistaken identity, Felix is accused of cheating on his girlfriend and Vince uses this opportunity to get back at Felix by encouraging the rumours. After the resultant break up, Felix goes on a downward spiral of a continuous drink and drugs binge. Meanwhile, the band secure a support slot for an up and coming tour with a major rock group. This helpfully gets them signed up and their debut single is recorded and pushed through for release. It enters the top ten which puts more pressure on Felix as he begins receiving more attention than the band. There is talk behind the scenes that things are not as they seem and after endless nights of too much drugs and casual sex, can Felix stay sober enough to see the cracks in the bond with his childhood friends?

$33.34

Black Ajax
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Black Ajax

By Fraser, George MacDonald

UK: Harpercollins Publishers, 1997. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 9.2 x 6 x 1.2 inches. h/b 249 pages, condition is very good. In Black Ajax, George MacDonald Fraser tells the story of a black man from the United States who nearly became England's champion boxer during the early 19th century. This historical novel is based on the true story of Tom Molineaux, a former slave who won his freedom in a boxing match, then traveled to England, refined his skills, and almost became the first black champ. The story is told by over a dozen witnesses to Molineaux's bouts with the reigning champion, Tom Cribb. Molineaux's trainer recalls the fighter's awe-inspiring strength and speed. A butler who asks to remain anonymous divulges information about the fighter's love affair with an English noblewoman. Molineaux's manager, a former slave and retired boxer, speaks bitterly of his disappointment in the youth for failing to prove to the English that a black man could be as capable a fighter as any white man. Nearly all the witnesses to the first match between the two fighters thought Molineaux lost mainly because the judges gave the white opponent an unfair advantage. All the characters in this novel speak in 19th-century dialect, and it's diverting to try to decipher their many odd turns of phrase. For those who cannot determine the meanings of words such as "Spike Hotel," "toco," "winker," and "wistycastor" from context, the author provides a glossary at the end of the book. Unfortunately, almost all of the characters seem overly fond of using racial epithets, which draws attention to the shortcomings of this book. The main one is that Tom Molineaux, who undoubtedly was a complex, fascinating character, comes across as a stereotype here: a hulk with not many brains but a lot of sex drive. Although Fraser fails in that respect, this novel does vividly chronicle an intriguing episode in the history of sport and race relations.

$10.00

The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor
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The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor

By Barth, John

UK: Little, Brown & Company, 1991. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 6.25" x 9.5. h/b 571 pages, condition is very good, minor edge wear. This is the story of Simon William Behler, a popular New Journalist whose career has peaked. In 1980 he is lost overboard off the coast of Sri Lanka while attempting to retrace, with his lover, the legendary voyages of Sinbad the Sailor.

$13.34

Cache Down
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Cache Down

By Nigel Trantor

Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scotsman Publications Ltd & GRF Sutherland, 1987. Soft cover. Very Good/No Jacket. 5" x 7.5. P/B 216 pages, condition is very good. When Jock Leith, formerly Royal Navy, was sent on a mission of investigation to Andorra in the Pyrenees, he was not long in learning that his presence was unpopular. A Scot, he took it quite personally when his taxi was hyjacked on leaving Barcelona Airport, and having taken avoiding action in the Spanish marshes, found himself in the category of wanted man. Of an independent mind, and something of a loner, he did not take kindly to such prompt attempt on his life. After all, the investigation was not concerned with dramatics or excitements, but all rather humdrum, the manufacture and distribution of an anti-viral drug called Proteron, even if the ingredients were somewhat scarce. It made an off-putting start but thereafter, to have an assistant tacked on to him, unwanted, and a woman at that, was too much, even though she was young, good-looking but too competent by far. She would have to be ditched, somehow. Andorra was where the Proteron trail led, that tiny, mountainous independent principality between Spain and France, where duty-free exchange is international big business. But there is smuggling and smuggling, and the kind he found himself up against was lethal indeed, underground in more ways than one, with the mountains themselves playing their part, underground rivers not the only currency to be negotiated, and links with that competent and unditchable female not the only items to be forged. Jock Leith learned much in Andorra, as to the ways of unscrupulous financiers, the drug trade, and counterfeiting money, as well as fighting those mountains but not least the ways of women, a knowledge he was obviously short on, whatever else.

$20.00

Anne of the Island
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Anne of the Island

By L. M. Montgomery

London, UK: George G. Harrap, 1974. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. h/b 221 pages condition is very good, the DJ has been price clipped.

$11.33

Anne"s House of Dreams
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Anne"s House of Dreams

By L. M. Montgomery

London, UK: Harrap, 1974. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. h/b 224 pages, condition is very good.

$13.34

Anne of Avonlea
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Anne of Avonlea

By L M Montgomery

London, UK: Harrap, 1974. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. h/b 252 pages, condition is very good.

$13.34

Summer Crossing (Penguin Classics)
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Summer Crossing (Penguin Classics)

By Capote, Truman

Penguin Modern Classics, 2006. Soft cover. Very Good. p/b 142 pages, condition is very good. this is an ex library book with the usual stamps

$8.67

To Cry Loyal
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To Cry Loyal

By Helen B McKenzie

Moffat, Scotland: Lochar Publishing, 1989. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 6" x 9.25. H/B 207 pages. Condition- very good. Lora Macrae is headstrong and beautiful and will have no truck with the English army of occupation in the aftermath of the Battle of Culloden. An orphaned child, she frequently roams the countryside around her home in Glen Clova with only her deerhound 'Loyal' as companion. One day when wandering alone on the hills, the hound disappears into a wood and Lora begins to cry 'Loyal'. As the word resounds through the hills she repeats the call, over and over again, simply for the pleasure of hearing the echo. But unknown to Lora, a stranger hears her defiant call and with a measured and purposeful stride he makes his way into the wood. Her passion for the Jacobite cause is only matched by the torment within her as she is forced to reconcile her hate for the English and her seeming love for a young English officer whose job it is to hunt down the very men Lora is trying to help.

$8.00

The Man Who Stole The Crown Jewels
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The Man Who Stole The Crown Jewels

By Augustus Muir

London, UK: Methuen, 1937. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 5" x 7.5. H/B 209 pages, condition is Good, the grey boards and spine are dirty. Minor foxing to the pages.

$20.00

Alistair MacLean: 21 volumes
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Alistair MacLean: 21 volumes

By Maclean, Alistair

UK: Heron Books, 1973. Hardcover. Very Good. 20cm x 12cm. 21 volumes. Faux blue leather with gilt titles and decoration. Some of the gilt tiles are fading slightly on the spine. Books are illustrated and all have silk page markers. Some of the spine strips are darker than others. The Last Frontier, The Dark Crusader, South by Java Head, HMS Ulysses, When Eight Bells Toll, The Satan Bug, Bear Island, Breakhart Pass, The Golden Rondezvous, The Last Frontier, Ice Station Zebra, The Way to Dusty Death, Fear Is The Key, Night Without End, Caravan to Vaccares, Puppet On A Chain, Force 10 From Navarone, Circus, The Golden Gate, Where Eagles Dare.

$166.69

The Queen Of Spades & The Captain's Daughter
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The Queen Of Spades & The Captain's Daughter

By Pushkin, A.S.

London, UK: The Folio Society, 1970. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 5.5" X 9. Clarke Hutton. No slipcase. 192 pages, condition is very good.

$11.33

The Amateur Emigrant & The Silverado Squatters
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The Amateur Emigrant & The Silverado Squatters

By Stevenson, Robert Louis

London, UK: Folio Society, 1991. Hardcover. As New/No Jacket. 6.25" x 9.5. h/b 231 pages, condition is As New, No DJ slipcase.

$20.00

Jungle John
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Jungle John

By Budden, John

UK: Longmans Green and Co Ltd, 1927. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket. 5.75 X 8.0. Browne, Major-General H J P. h/b 304 pages, condition is Very good, grey boards with Tiger scene and lettering to the front board. Minor edge wear. Dated gift inscription to the flyleaf. Jungle John - A Book of the Big - Game Jungles.

$13.34

The Tanker Derbent
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The Tanker Derbent

By Krymov, Yuri

Moscow, USSR: Raduga Publishers, 1985. Soft cover. Very Good. 4" x 6.5. Zaryansky, Eduard. p/b 297 pages, condition is very good. Second Printing issued 1985. The Soviet writer Yuri Krymov died at the age of 33, but not before he had made his mark in literature. At the age of thirty he wrote "The Tanker Derbent" which became immensely popular all over the country and won him the Order of the Red Banner of Labour" When the Soviet Union was invaded by the Nazis in 1941 Yuri Krymov went off to the front at once. His unit was encircled. He could have left with the editorial staff of the frontline newspaper, but chose to stay with his fellow soldiers and share their fate. He died a hero's death.

$33.34

The Noon Lady of Towitta
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The Noon Lady of Towitta

By Sumerling, Patricia

UK: Wakefield Press, 2011. Soft cover. Very Good. 5.25" x 8.25. p/b 171 pages, condition is very good, minor edge wear. Signed by the author on the title page. Concerned that her son Chad may have become involved with a woman of dubious reputation, the formidable Mrs. Newsome sends her 'ambassador' Strether from Massachusetts to Paris to extricate him. Strether's mission, however, is gradually undermined as he falls under the spell of the city and finds Chad refined rather than corrupted by its influence and that of his charming companion, the comtesse de Vionnet. As the summer wears on, Mrs. Newsome comes to the conclusion that she must send another envoy to Paris to confront the errant Chad, and a Strether whose view of the world has changed profoundly. James' favourite novel and one of the greatest of his late works, "The Ambassadors" is a subtle and often witty exploration of different American responses to a European environment.

$20.00

Roderick Random - Everyman's Library No 790
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Roderick Random - Everyman's Library No 790

By Smollett, Tobias

UK: Dent, Everyman's, 1964. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Ex library copy. Tight and clean copy. Everyman's Library No 790

$13.34

Golightly Adrift
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Golightly Adrift

By Pike, Geoff

Angus & Robertson, 1977. 1st Edition . Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 5.5" X 8.5. h/b 250 pages, condition is very good. Henry Golightly, young adventurous English sailor, is lured to sea on the Caribbean Hunter, the last of the Hunter Line, a small, rust-riddled coal-burner, more commonly known as the Rustbucket, by tales of love and riches in distant ports. Yarns from Seashells, the biggest and most colourful man Henry had ever seen or heard of, with a face as rich and brown as milk chocolate. The destination is Punto Paraiso, a Venezuelan fishing village flourishing in a post-war oil boom, and Mammy Bong's Copacabana, the most famous house of pleasure in the south seas. Henry adrift with a crew "as dodgy as a wagon load of Barbary apes"* Bradley Hunter, the playboy owner, "thinks of nothing but his belly and what hangs to it"; Benjamin Thaddeus Beacher, the bible-bashing bosun; Ted Shreeve, the spooky Second Mate, sneaking and creeping the deck, gun poised in search of rats; "the Martian", the radio operator, hibernating among his anodes and cathodes and girly pictures. All barmy in the opinion of Goat, the poacher's son from Herefordshire. "Nutters from start to finish.,. Adventure and excitement along the way - Henry and Seashells stealing a pig from stores so they can pay for Goat, who had just not got around to losing his virginity, to taste the pleasures of one of the luscious ladies in the Seven Seas (more commonly known as Sweaty Mary's) - an Eskimo, no less. Attempted murder and mayhem when Shreeve, the Second Mate finally cracks up and holds the crew to ransom with his rifle as they frolic in the sea during an engine break-down. Shreeve picking off targets as the terrified crew frantically cling to the fraying rope ladder with killer sharks sweeping around their naked, dangling legs, drawn by the blood from one of their number taken when one of Shreeve's bullets found its mark.

$12.67

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