New York: Spire Books, 1972. Mass Market Paperback. Good. 336 pages; spine creasing, heavy edge wear; Catherine Marshall's world caved in when her husband Peter died in his sleep. Suddenly it appeared as if her own life had ended--as all alone she faced a future seemingly devoid of hope and love. This is her own story of how she emerged triumphant to live again.
London: Harpercollins Uk, 1997-05-06. Paperback. Very Good. 426 pages; slight edge wear; sticker remnant on inside cover; McCourt's Pulitzer Prize winning look back at his childhood. "It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while..." Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's sad, funny, bittersweet memoir of growing up in New York in the 30s and in Ireland in the 40s. It is a story of extreme hardship and suffering, in Brooklyn tenements and Limerick slums -- too many children, too little money, his mother Angela barely coping as his father Malachy's drinking bouts constantly brought the family to the brink of disaster. It is a story of courage and survival against apparently overwhelming odds. Written with the vitality and resonance of a work of fiction, and a remarkable absence of sentimentality, Angela's Ashes is imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's distinctive humour and compassion. Out of terrible circumstances, he has created a glorious book in the tradition of Ireland's literary masters, which bears all the marks of a great classic.
New York: Scribner, 1996-09-05. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. 364 pages; light edge wear to jacket and boards; Born in depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants, Frank McCourt experienced a childhood fraught with poverty and occasional cruelty. When the family moves back to Limerick, Frank endures the most miserable of childhoods. An astonishing, glorious debut, Angela's Ashes recounts McCourt's existence with remarkable exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1929. Hardcover. Good. 331 pages; corners bumped, some edge wear, slight foxing throughout, chip in board cloth on lower edge of back cover;
New York: William Morrow & Company, 1960. Hardcover. Good/Fair. Ward, John. 276 pages; dust jacket is tattered; boards have light edge wear, some sunning to spine tips, corners lightly bumped; autobiography of Lee's early years in the West of England.
New York: Avon Books, 1976. Mass Market Paperback. Good. 306 pages; spine creasing, some edge wear; Prior to the publication of this biography, the elusive Anthony Bacon was merely glimpsed in the shadow of his famous younger brother, Francis. A fascinating historical figure, Anthony Bacon was a contemporary of the brilliant band of gallants who clustered round the court of Elizabeth I, and he was closely connected with the Queen's favourite, the Earl of Essex. He also worked as an agent for Sir Francis Walsingham, the Queen's spymaster, living in France where he became acquainted with Henri IV and the famous essayist Michel de Montaigne. It was in France that du Maurier discovered a secret that, if disclosed during Bacon's lifetime, could have put an end to his political career ...Du Maurier did much to shed light on matters that had long puzzled historians, and, as well as a consummate exercise in research, this biography is also a strange and fascinating tale.