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She is forced to cope with their young twins, the hard physical work of running the homestead, and the frustration that these things now mark the boundaries of her life. Nothing is as she expected it to be; a dark history seeps through the land and the air shimmers with heat and an intangible menace. And then a young English girl, Laura, hired by her husband, arrives on the property to work as a jillaroo. Laura falls in love with Texas, the Aboriginal head stockman, naively believing that her love will pull him out of long-held destructive habits.

And Susannah, preoccupied by her own struggles, watches from the sidelines. Taut and powerful story of the land and the past and desire.

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A novel of place, history, and our relationship with the land, it tells of the extremity and ruthlessness of this country and the way in which it constantly reminds us of the fragility of our place on it. Fiction; Australia; Signed by Author. Small crease on rear cover. Jacket by Val Biro. In Association with George G. Cover is marked and has light wear on the edges with browning on the spine.

The front of the dustjacket has been pasted to the front cover and the description of the book pasted on the front loose ednpaper. Page edges and endpapers browning. Juffie Kane Martin, Beverly S. Edge wear to covers Quantity Available: Bumping to edges of dust jacket. Previous owner's name on front end page. This is the first USA edition. Dust jacket has minor bumping to edges. Edges of boards have moderate wear.

Spine has minor lean and slight fading. No dust jacket with this book. Minor edgewear and creasing to covers. The Flying Dutchman was wrecked off the coast of South America - its crew trapped in an eternity of misery. Only Ben and his dog, Ned escaped to wander the world, never ageing, moving on to new missions by the toll of the ship's bell. However, now the evil Captain Vanderdecken wants them back. Riveting, haunting debut thriller set in Miami and Haiti. Former cop turned private eye Max Mingus is hired by the wealthy Allan Carver to find his young son Charlie, who went missing on the island of Haiti three years before.

But something terrifying is happening on the island; previous detectives who went there to look for him have either returned as mental wrecks or not returned at all. A long line of children have disappeared in Haiti and on an island where voodoo dominates daily life, a local myth has grown up about a figure called Mr Clarinet who spirits the children away. But Max soon realises there is a far more real, far more shocking explanation.

When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. Then a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, and a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground. Things quickly become much more sinister. Assigned to the case, DCI Banks and his team are baffled by the mystery laid out before them. But when a motor accident throws up a gruesome discovery, the investigation spins into a higher gear - in another direction.

As Banks and his team struggle desperately to find the missing boy who holds the key to the puzzle, they find themselves in a race against time where it's their turn to become the prey Small stain on first page. Dress Gray Truscott, Lucian K. Dustjacket may have tanned slightly, small tear on front flap of jacket, foxing to top closed edge of pages. Edges of dust jacket have minor chipping. On a bright September morning in , two days after Britain has declared war, a group of privileged but desperate people gather in Southampton to board the largest, most luxurious airliner ever built - the Pan American Clipper, bound for New York: Mary and her sister Jane have always longed for a handsome young poet to whisk them away from their mundane life.

Then, in the spring of , Percy Shelley walks into their father's shop, like an angel of deliverance. Seduced by Shelley's radical ideas - equality of the sexes and freedom from the binds of religion - the girls flee with him to Europe. But the life they lead together is frowned on by their family and society. Persecuted by gossip and plagued by jealousy and suspicion, Mary becomes haunted by freakish imaginings. Her children with Shelley begin to die, and though her grief threatens to overwhelm her and her marriage to Shelley, it also gives her the germ of an idea - a story.

Then Shelley drowns after a foolish sailing expedition, and Mary knows that it's time to write "Frankinstein". Micah Dalton isn't paid to ask questions. He's a 'cleaner', a CIA fixer sent in to mop up the mess when an agent or situation goes bad. But when his close friend and colleague Porter Naumann turns up dead in an idyllic hill town in Tuscany, victim of an apparent suicide, Dalton's curiosity gets the best of him.

Other hard-nosed ex-CIA field men are found butchered across the globe and Dalton soon finds himself on the trail of a sadistic killer, who has a penchant for intricate knife work and Native American mysticism. The murders appear to be acts of retribution, but for what?

The only link between the victims seems to be a global surveillance operation called Echelon. Dalton's search for answers takes him from the fog-shrouded mazes of Venice to the beautiful big-sky country of the American West. At every turn he comes one step closer to discovering the truth behind the truth, a conspiracy so closely guarded that even suspecting it exists could prove fatal. Initials on title page. Spine has minor lean, minimal reading creases and mild fading.

Throughout their childhood in the dusty cane fields of Saint Michael, Isabel and her older brother Isaias have been inseparable. Life is simple, and for Isabel, happiness is playing by the empty fountain in the village square, or listening to Isaias playing the fiddle. But when Isaias runs away to become a musician, promising to return, Isabel's life changes irrevocably.

With scorching droughts setting in and the threat of starvation looming over the villagers, Isabel's parents are forced to send her to the Capital, the glamorous and exotic city in the south.

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However, the city is not the land of plenty they had believed it to be, leaving Isabel no choice but to make a home for herself in the sprawling slums. And although there has been no word from Isaias for several years, she remains convinced that they will one day be reunited. A vivid, uncompromising portrayal of poverty and desperation, A Far Country is also a sensitive and haunting tale of struggle, loss and the ties of family, from the critically acclaimed author of The Piano Tuner.

In from the Cold: Spine has moderate lean and moderate reading creases. Dustjacket has been contacted to cover. Catalogue label on spine. Dustjacket is chipped at top of spine and bottom of spine is cut out for catalogue label. Inside dustjacket and cover there is severe tape residue marks. Follows the lives of two children, one captured and one sold into slavery, in the days leading up to the destruction of Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD Beyond this world, behind the veil of history, lies the kingdom of the Rus When an ancient golden bear is found walled up in a dilapidated St Petersburg bathhouse, researcher Daniel St Clare and his frosty colleague Em Hayward set out for Arkhangelsk to verify its age.

But in the deep of night they are mysteriously set adrift, sinking ever deeper into the secrets and terrors of the Russian landscape. Daniel's lost love, the wild and beautiful Rosa Kovalenka, knows the only way to save him is to outwit the haunted Chenchikov family or is it Papa Grigory, full of tales and riddles of times past, who will free them? He might instead destroy them all in order for his world to survive Edges of boards have superficial edgewear and corners are moderately bumped.

Short gift inscription in ink. Dust Jacket worn at edges, small chips and tears. The first sixty pages are heavily tanned. The rest of the pages are lightly tanned. Controversy rages at the Ministry of Defence. And Sir Gifford Hillary, outspoken in his views on top-secret measures to counter the threat of Soviet aggression, is partly responsible for tempers fraying.

But danger and betrayal stalk closer to home. On a warm autumn night at Longshot Hall, Sir Gifford gets the shock of his life. Horrifically and inexplicably, he witnesses his own murder The Eye of Jade: Financial and political thriller, set in the final years of British rule of Hong Kong. The second in the Landry series which began with "Ruby". Ruby is living in the Dumas family's grand New Orleans mansion, rejoicing in the love of a father she has never known.

But she has to contend with the cruelty of her stepmother, Daphne, and the bitter hostility of her stepsister, Giselle. Octavo 8vo standard book size. The dust wrapper is not price clipped and shows only minor shelf-wear other than a small area that has been scuffed on the front. Your book when ordered will be securely packed and promptly dispatched by Great Southern Books.

At Connecticut's most prestigious medical research institute, something is very wrong. It's the s and America is in ferment, but at the Hug, the daily business of research continues and the hierarchies of power remain undisturbed. Until the body of a young woman is found in one of the animal research laboratories.

No internal inscriptions, torn or missing pages. Minor wear to extremities of dust jacket. But Reacher has done the impossible before. Now there's deadly trouble in the wilds of Nebraska. First he falls foul of the Duncans, a local clan that has terrified an entire county into submission. But it's the unsolved case of a missing eight-year-old girl, already decades-old, that Reacher can't let go. The Duncans want Reacher gone-or dead.

And it's not just past secrets they're trying to hide. They're awaiting a secret shipment that's already late-and they have the kind of customers no one can afford to annoy. For as dangerous as the Duncans are, they're just the bottom of a criminal food chain stretching halfway around the world. Reacher - bruised and battered - should have just kept on going. But for Reacher, that was impossible. Athena and Dexter lead an enclosed family life, innocent of fashion and bound towards a disturbed child. Their comfortable rut is disrupted by the arrival of Elizabeth, a tough nut from Dexter's past.

With her three charming, chaotic hangers-on, she draws the couple out into a world whose casual egotism they had barely dreamed of. How can they get home again? It's taut, self-assured and barrels along without an inch of hand-holding. Major water damage to text, covers unaffected. Covers have mild soiling. Dust jacket has mild foxing. Fiction; Australian; Inventory No: Kay Lansing grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, daughter of the landscaper to the wealthy and powerful Carrington family.

One day, accompanying her father to work, six-year-old Kay overhears a quarrel between a man and a woman that ends with the man's caustic response: Decades later, a cloud of suspicion hangs over Peter, not only for his neighbor's disappearance but also for the subsequent drowning death of his own pregnant wife in their swimming pool.

But when Kay Lansing, now a librarian in Englewood, asks Peter's permission to hold a literary benefit cocktail party on his estate, she comes to see Peter as misunderstoodsand when he begins to court her, she falls in love - and marries him. However, she soon makes a discovery that leads her to question her husband's innocence. She believes that the key to the truth lies in the identities of the man and woman whose quarrel she witnessed as a child. What she does not realize is that uncovering what lies behind these memories may cost Kay her life.

Spine has moderate reading creases. Her second semi-autobiographical novel of desire and lust in a new city far from China. According to the author, Marrying Buddha is the continuation of her first novel Shanghai Baby, the international bestseller which was banned in China and catapulted her to fame and notoriety in the country of her birth. As in Shanghai Baby, the protagonist is Coco, a young successful female novelist who decides to leave Shanghai for New York.

Coco embarks on the next leg of life's journey, a road that leads her through love, desire, and spiritual awakening. In Manhattan she meets Muju. Muju and Coco share a deep, intense passion, experimenting and exploring their desires at every available opportunity.

But into this relationship enters glamorous, wealthy and impossibly urbane New Yorker Nick. And when as a result her relationship with Muju is threatened, Coco returns to China, to the tiny temple-studded island of Putu, the place of her birth. It is on Mount Putu where Coco finds some inner peace - but once back in Shanghai she is visited by both Muju and Nick and is once again caught up in the intensity and passion of the two relationships.

After both men leave Coco discovers she is pregnant, but has no idea of whether it is Muju or Nick who is the father. Very firm, clean and unmarked. Contact EldoradoBooks for details postage reduction. Blackly humourous novel of three working women in a large city. Jacket by Brian Grimwood. Slight spine heel crush. Pencil "ghosts" on the FFEP. Jacket has lost some of the pristine whiteness of its youth.

Inscription on first page. Clean, unmarked green boards. Nobel Descent, set in India six years after India's independance.

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Numbers written on rear blank page. Slight slant on spine. Ownership inscription, and owner's ex Libris stamp on front end page, and stamp on rear end page, the spine has a backward slant, and the dust jacket over the spine section is darkened. A Great Pan book, a very good copy. Edges of dust jacket have light bumping. Cover has wear with a small cease on the front and rear. Two prices written on front cover. Dustjacket has wear on the edges. Brown marks on top page edge.

Cover darkened with wear on the spine. Clu was apparently shot by Esperanza Diaz, who just happens to be Myron's best friend and partner in the sport's agency. Esperanza is hiding something, but Myron isn't sure if it has to do with her job, or with her private life. His search for the truth takes him back to a shabby incident from his own past, and to times he would rather forget. It tells of what a friend can sacrifice and how hard it is to save those you love - particularly from themselves While in a reform school for cops, Inspector John Rebus joins a covert mission to gain evidence of a drug heist orchestrated by some of his classmates known as "Resurrection Men.

In Atlanta, Georgia, a vicious serial killer is at loose, luring victims with ease, killing them with a combination of precision and twisted brutality. Keye Street is not happy. Formally a rising FBI star, with two university degrees and a brilliant track record in criminal profiling, she's now working for herself as a bail recovery agent.

It's not exciting work, but it keeps her agency afloat. So when her friend and mentor, Lieutenant Aaron Rauser, wants her on his case, Keye is reluctant to help him out. That way, obsession lies, and she knows her demons. But when he shows her a letter he's received from the killer, Keye feels a familiar excitement. They're being played with, the snare is set, and Keye just can't resist picking up the bait. Jacket by Janina Ede. Edges of dust jacket have moderate bumping and minor chipping. Cover illustration by Chantel Stewart. Jacket photo by Marc Atkins.

Light fading to the spine. Slight stains on a couple of pages. This tense, unusual novel begins with the seemingly divine reappearance of a wooden cross once belonging to a sixth-century bishop. The vision emerges from the depths of an Italian lake, and a menacing local antagonism is subsequently stirred. But what can the cross mean?

A Hell of a Dog: Dust jacket has minor bumping to edges and a corner crease on rear flap. Tanned pages, minor bumping to dust jacket. Minor edge wear to boards. A Catherine Cookson novel which explores the life and fortunes of a spirited girl who lived in an age when it was customary for servant-girls to do the bidding of their masters, and remember their place.

Late in the 19th century, orphaned year-old Jinnie Howlett leaves a northern workhouse. After the British military lose an officer to Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, a race begins to find and destroy a computer chip. Little do the thieves know that the sophisticated chip could bring down the entire network of Western intelligence in the Mid-East.

But the Al Qaeda fighter hiding it is captured by US troops and flown to the States for interrogation. And so begins a nail-biting, claustrophobic and explosive thriller that will ultimately lead British operative John Stratton to the Styx penitentiary, America's undersea prison.

How do you break in to a jail a hundred metres below the ocean? Can Stratton get the chip back without the US discovering him? Is everyone in the prison really who they seem to be? With its labyrinthine narrative and authentic detail, its CIA plots and White House agents, this fourth thriller in the Stratton series will catapult Duncan Falconer right back into the top tier. For four novels, Clive Cussler has charted the exploits of the Oregon, a clandestine spy ship completely dilapidated on the outside, but on the inside packed with sophisticated weaponry and intelligence-gathering equipment.

Captained by the rakish, one-legged Juan Cabrillo and manned by a crew of former military and spy personnel, it is a private enterprise, available for any government agency that can afford it - and now Cussler sends the Oregon on its most extraordinary mission yet. The crew has just completed a top-secret mission against Iran in the Persian Gulf, when they come across a cruise ship adrift in the sea. Hundreds of bodies litter its deck, and as Cabrillo tries to determine what happened, explosions rack the length of the ship.

Barely able to escape with his own life and that of the liner's sole survivor, Cabrillo finds himself plunged into a mystery as intricate - and as perilous - as any he has ever known, and pitted against a cult with monstrously lethal plans for the human race. Edges of covers have moderate edgewear and corners are moderately bumped.

They don't stop at the steps, but steer the horses through the crowds gathered for the gala opening of a major exhibition of Vatican treasures and storm into the museum, scattering the great and the good of Manhattan society. The story, set against hospital and courtroom, chronicles their lives together and their struggle to outwit those determined that they don't succeed. Minor reading creases to spine. The second thrilling adventure in the Wiki Coffin series in which Forsythe leads Wiki and George into dangerous waters where both sharks and men kill.

Powerful drama of success, guilt and murder. Jacket by Michael Trevillion. Book appears new, but has ink name and number on the title page. Jacket ha s very minor edge-crumple, and an ink name on the rear flap. A scan of the jacket can be provided if required. Katie Horgan is going places: Jim is brilliant, handsome and, like her parents, Irish. The only problem is that he already has a girlfriend. When Katie is sent to Ireland as part of her training, she happily settles into life in Dublin where she works in a clinic that provides free legal advice to the homeless.

She befriends Mags who makes it her business to initiate Katie to Dublin's social scene. Then Jim Donnelly comes home on a visit, their relationship deepens, but everything begins to unravel Covers have moderate creasing. Spine has severe lean and moderate reading creases. The Brigadier arrives in Australia he seems to dislike everything about Australia and stays at the same hotel as the touring English cricket team.. In protective wraps, can be safely removed. Stamp and sticker remnants to front endpapers.

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Stain to outside edge of rear section of pages. Light soiling to covers. Previous owner has made custom dust jacket, includes newspaper clippings related to the author. Foxing to top outside edge of text block. Monkey Beach Robinson, Eden London: Dramatic modern Ghost Story. Light wear on cover. Cover worn on the spine. Browning to pages and page edges. Jacket by Graham Rogers. Beauty Story Jennings, Luke London: No torn or missing pages. Previous owner's details on first page. Light age spotting to edges of book. Determined to start a new life, Louisa Forrester has come to Scotland in search of adventure, new relationships and a second chance.

She has enrolled on a creative writing course at the renowned Glendrochatt Arts Centre. It is here that she meets Marnie Donovan, a young American woman who has travelled to Scotland in search of the childhood home of her eccentric benefactress, hoping for answers to questions that have haunted her all her life. Isobel Grant, who runs the centre with her husband Giles, is facing the greatest challenge of her life but must put on a brave face for everyone's sake. Initially Louisa and Marnie dislike each other, especially when both women are drawn to the same man.

And Isobel must keep the peace. But enigmatic Christopher Piper carries his own secrets from the past and in their brief encounter all are forced to confront the truth about themselves and the choices they have made. Told with warmth and insight, Secrets and Shadows is a beautifully written story of three women and how they learn to embrace the future, however uncertain.

At no time does Moonlight Bay look more beautiful than at night. Yet it is precisely then that the secluded little town reveals its menace. Now children are disappearing. And there's nothing their families can do about it. Because in Moonlight Bay, the police work their hardest to conceal crimes and silence victims.

No matter what happens in the night, their job is to ensure that nothing disturbs the peace and quiet of Moonlight Bay.

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Christopher Snow isn't afraid of the dark. Forced to live in the shadows because of a rare genetic disorder, he knows the night world better than anyone. He believes the lost children are still alive and that their disappearance is connected to the town's most carefully kept, most ominous secret--a secret only he can uncover, a secret that will force him to confront an adversary at one with the most dangerous darkness of all: Minor edgewear to spine ends.

Greeted in headlines throughout the world as a monumental find when it was discovered last year [], and being published now for the 60th anniversary of "Gone With The Wind", Margaret Mitchell's only surviving unpublished work, "Lost Laysen", is a delightful romantic novella that suggests "Gone With The Wind" in embryo. Dust jacket has moderate creasing.

Edge wear to boards. Dustjacket has wear on the edges with creasing on the spine. Tape stains on inside of covers. Usual library markings, slanted spine. Edges of pages are reasonably browned. The rich and the famous from all over America - and beyond - have arrived to honour a former First Lady after her sudden, unexpected death.

Then follows an attack that was three years in the planning. Hostages are taken - the ex-President among them - ransoms demanded, a couple of hostages shot to show the kidnappers mean business. It's all brilliantly and chillingly co-ordinated, and Michael Bennett, the detective in charge of the case, knows it will be his biggest ever challenge. Jesse Parker, ex-Denver police detective, has returned to his hometown of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to spend the winter working the ski patrol and taking it easy.

But he is reluctantly dragged back into a world of violence and murder when a serial killer begins a killing spree in the sleepy ski town. In a Greek taverna, high over the small village of Aghia Anna, four people meet for the first time: Along with Andreas, the old man who runs the taverna, they become close to each other after witnessing a tragedy when a pleasure steamer catches fire in the harbour.

With the help of Vonni, a middle-aged Irish woman who lives in the village and is now a near-native, they each find a solution - although not necessarily the one they anticipated It's a young woman in the North Tower when the first plane crashed into the building who has the courage and determination to take on both sides of the law and avenge the old lady's death. Why are so many people willing to risk their own lives and others' to own the Van Gogh Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear?

An engimatic Russian spymaster makes contact with Jake Grafton in the aftermath of the savage attacks on the World Trade Center in New York to give him a warning. A disaffected Russian general has sold twenty tactical nuclear weapons, capable of being transported in suitcases, to a terror network within the US. The network's goal is nothing less than a deadly strike designed to destroy the US as a power. But this is no foreign group but an attempt to attack America from within. The search is on, through agents and double agents. And as the moment of strike draws near, Grafton, Toad Tarkington and Carmellini must combine forces to stop this horror.

Set in Morocco and the UK, a story of espionage, veiled truths and retribution; and how the sins of our forebears haunt the generations of the present. They are later joined by Beatrice's widowed sister who marries an expatriate dignitary.

As WW2 unfolds and pollutes, the lives of the sisters, their spouses and the locals become entwined with devastating results. Nicholas Budgeon, a successful publisher and retired Special Branch detective, learns of his ex-wife's suicide. He too finds himself in Morocco, retracing the paths of her ancestors in an effort to uncover the truth behind the atrocities that have visited his family.

Tancock Pages have yellowed with age otherwise a nice copy. Previous owners name on first end page New Guinea, A land of black magic and yellow gold where the lucky made quick fortunes and the unlucky disappeared without trace in the jungle. Here a man could make a new life far from the prying eyes and probing questions of the city bureaucrats. Peter Cayman thought he had managed just that, until the planes suddenly appeared from the sea and the sky at noon was filled with the blood-red sun of Japan.

For Cayman and a motley group of civilians and members of the New Guinea Volunteer Rifles there was no way out: Great condition, only mild foxing on some pages and compressed page edge. Fiction; War; Inventory No: No foxing in this copy. The Roman world is in the throes of death, but a new myth, destined to span the centuries, is waiting to be born. The Last Legion is a bewitching novel of bravery, love, myth, and magic.

Valerio Massimo Manfredi has written an epic that will hold you spellbound until the very last page. Near Fine Condition Price: Lightly bumped corners to cover. Mary is Queen of Scotland but she has been forced to flee her land and take refuge in an England that is ruled by her cousin Elizabeth.

But England, precarious in its Protestant state, set against the mighty powers of Spain, France and Rome, doesn't need a charismatic Catholic figurehead at large. So Elizabeth's chief advisor, Cecil, devises a plan in which Mary will live under guard with his trusted accomplice: Bess is a self-made woman, a shrewd survivor. She is newly married to her fourth and most distinguished husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury. But what marriage can withstand the charms of Mary?

Or the threat of rebellion that she always carries? Mary must wait in her privileged imprisonment for the return to Scotland and her infant son; but waiting is not the same as doing nothing! With her characteristic combination of superb storytelling and authentic historical background, Philippa Gregory brings to life this period of great change, in a riveting tale of betrayal, loyalty, politics and passion.

No creasing, wear or marks to covers or pages. Complaints and Conduct Department, to give them their full title, but known colloquially as 'The Dark Side', or simply 'The Complaints'. It's where Malcolm Fox works. He's just had a result, and should be feeling good about himself. But he's a man with problems of his own. He has an increasingly frail father in a care home and a sister who persists in an abusive relationship - something which Malcolm cannot seem to do anything about.

But, in the midst of an aggressive Edinburgh winter, the reluctant Fox is given a new task. There's a cop called Jamie Breck, and he's dirty. The problem is, no one can prove it. But as Fox takes on the job, he learns that there's more to Breck than anyone thinks. This knowledge will prove dangerous, especially when a vicious murder intervenes far too close to home for Fox's liking. Covers have slight soiling. Edges of boards have superficial edgewear and corners are lightly bumped. Gift inscription in ink. Abducted from Africa as a child and enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata Diallo thinks only of freedom - and of the knowledge she needs to get home.

Sold to an indigo trader who recognizes her intelligence, Aminata is torn from her husband and child and thrown into the chaos of the Revolutionary War. In Manhattan, Aminata helps pen the Book of Negroes, a list of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia. There Aminata finds a life of hardship and stinging prejudice. When the British abolitionists come looking for 'adventurers' to create a new colony in Sierra Leone, Aminata assists in moving 1, Nova Scotians to Africa and aiding the abolitionist cause by revealing the realities of slavery to the British public.

This captivating story of one woman's remarkable experience spans six decades and three continents and brings to life a crucial chapter in world history. Spine has slight fading. As a student under the German occupation, Stephen Seagrave had risked his life for the Resistance.

But with the German defeat come risks and dangers of another but no less frightening kind as he searches obsessively for the gypsy whore he tried to save from the camps. Thirkell wrote about 30 novels so we have lots of fun reading ahead; I have only read five and this is my favorite thus far. This book is ideal to lift your spirits and get you to smile.

This was a gift for my mother who is an avid fan of Thirkell. Although her writing can be a bit dense, the character development is wonderful. Thirkell has a way of interjecting ideas that provoke further thought. She wrote nice, humorous, gentle stories. No deep plot twists. Just lovely English country people interacting with one another. A delightful episode in the life of Angela Thirkell's Barsetshire. I remember reading many of her books decades ago, and I really enjoyed them, then. They always are about upper middle class Brits in their country homes in the 's.

But they have lost their charm for me now- no character development- no surprises, no depth. As with all books- its all about what you are in the mood for at a particular time in your own life. When I originally read them, my own life was in such tumult that her books were very soothing to me.