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VOICES IN THE STORM

By Kaufmann, Walter

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia: Australasian Book Society, 1953. 305pp. Book clean. Spine firm, but mildly canted and bumped. Art-illustrated (Noel Counihan, 1913-1986) front, and photographic author portrait on rear, card wrapper lightly edgeworn and minimally soiled on rear panel. A short repaired tear on half-title page, textblock age-toned, else unmarked. This book is an extremely rare first edition of the author's debut novel. With Polish heritage, the German-born (19 January, 1924, as Jizchak Schmeidler) Australian (he arrived on the HMT Dunera in 1940) was inspired to write this novel, based on his own past, by Australian socialist authors such as Frank Hardy. It was, and remains, a powerful story of Nazi Germany . . . Contents include: Prelims., 5 'parts' (30 chapters). Author Bio. Book weight approx. 340g. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$77.50

THE THIRD SET
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THE THIRD SET

By Finch, Matthew

London: Dennis Dobson, 1957. 192pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly bumped, gilt title there-on. Plain blue boards undamaged. Textblock mildly tanned and flecked. Stylish, art-illustrated (Rudland), loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, foxed on rear (text) panel, else small closed tear and several small (2mm) biopredation holes on front foredge fold. In keeping with his previous dental-themed books, the author Matthew Finch has created a story of a man, Ted Hogg, who has been left a large sum of money with the proviso that he does something really valuable for the community. After many attempts, he discovers a paste he hopes will be the answer to dentures . . . Contents include: Prelims., 18 chapters. Book weight approx. 355g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

A BIG DAY AT BELLBIRD
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A BIG DAY AT BELLBIRD

By Vernon, Barbara

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Ure Smith, 1971. 189pp. Book clean. Bright gilt title over minimally bumped and canted spine. Plain blue boards nominally shelfworn only. Textblock lightly flecked on head, else leaves unmarked. Colour-art illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly colour-faded on spine, else trivially edgeworn only. Barbara Mary Vernon (1916-1978) was the original head writer and script editor for the ABC television series "Bellbird", set in rural Australia. Running from 1967 to 1977, it had two million viewers by 1972. This title, the second by Barbara Vernon, follows on from "Bellbird: The Story of a Country Town" - a variation from the series, but with all the familiar characters . . . Contents include: Prelims., Author's Note. 9 chapters. Book weight approx. 345g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.09

THE LAST DRY CREEK  (Signed Copy)
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THE LAST DRY CREEK (Signed Copy)

By Mahood, Marie

Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia : Central Queensland University Press, 2005. vii, + 183pp., small b/white chapter header and closer halftone plate illustrations. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Colour-art illustrated (Norah Kersh) card wrapper mildly bumped and edgeworn. Signed by author on half-title page, else textblock nominally bumped only. This title is the third in Marie Mahood's 'Serendipity Trilogy'. Set in the Northern Territory of the 1970s (a setting most familiar with the author), it continues the fortunes of two families of rural battlers - the Hardys and the Nelsons - one white and one Aboriginal . . . by now the children have grown to adulthood, and now must cross the last dry creek . . . Contents include: Prelims., Introduction, 42 chapters. Epilogue. Author Marie Mahood passed away in 2009. Book weight approx. 365g. . Signed by Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾".

$45.79

MURDER ON THE TRAP
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MURDER ON THE TRAP

By Smith, J. Preston

Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.: Durban House, 2004. 209pp., plus publisher promotional section at rear. Book clean, square. Spine firm. Leaves unmarked. Illustrated card wrapper negligibly edgeworn and indented only. From the rear panel: "Life has been pretty good to Ben Sandifer. After his tour in Vietnam he marries his childhood sweetheart, is a successful private investigator, and rides his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Then the murders begin on Curley Trap Road . . . " Book weight approx. 375g. . First Edition, First Impression. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

SARTORIS: A Novel
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SARTORIS: A Novel

By Faulkner, William

London: Chatto & Windus , 1932. 379pp. Book clean and square. Undamaged red title over firm (lightly bumped head and heel) spine. Plain mustard/tan (one of several variant colours used) original cloth boards splash-stained on front board, else minimal flecks. Inner and outer hinges undamaged. An original seller's sticker affixed to front pastedown, textblock top edge tinted a complimentary colour to boards, bottom edge untrimmed. Front free endpaper features the pencilled signature and date (May '38) of D.H. Ferguson, who held a senior management role at H.V. McKay-Massey Harris Pty. Ltd., Sunshine, Victoria (his father D.B. Ferguson was Managing Director). Textblock very lightly tanned, eight page publisher's promo at rear, hinges undamaged. No dustjacket. This book is the first British edition of the William Faulkner (1897-1962) classic novel, "Sartoris". It is a story of the decay of an aristocratic Mississippi family, the Sartoris'. The novel begins with the return to Jefferson, Mississippi, of young Bayard Sartoris, from service in the First World War. Haunted by the death of his twin brother John, who was killed in action, young Bayard, with reckless abandon, sets a path of self-destructive behaviour when he purchases an automobile . . . Contents include: Prelims., 5 'parts'. Book weight approx. 455g. . First U.K. Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$70.45

THE MYSTIC MASSEUR
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THE MYSTIC MASSEUR

By Naipaul, V.S.

New York: The Vanguard Press, 1959. xii, + 215pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, lightly bumped on head and heel. Bright title on spine and line-illustration on undamaged original black cloth boards. A former owner's signature on ffep., plus a gift inscription to that owner on half-title page, else textblock unmarked. Art-illustrated (R.F. Micklewright, 1923-2013), loose-plastic protected dustjacket slightly edgeworn and colour-faded on spine. Debut fiction (first published by Andre Deutsch, London, 1957) by (Sir) V.S.Naipaul (1932-2018) who was later to win numerous prestigious literary awards including the Nobel Prize and the Booker Prize. In this 1st American Edition, V.S. Naipaul (born in Trinidad to Indian parents) sets the story in colonial Trinidad, and features Ganeash Rasumair, an unappreciated teacher who becomes a masseur, and from a masseur who is lacking talent he blossoms into a mystic one . . . Contents include: Prelims., Introduction (Lord David Cecil), 10 chapters, Epilogue. Book weight approx. 410g. . First U.S. Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$25.36

LOLA BENSKY (Inscribed Copy)
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LOLA BENSKY (Inscribed Copy)

By Brett, Lily

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Hamish Hamilton (Penguin Australia), 2012. 267pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper nominally bumped only. A concise inscription, in the authors hand, on the half-title page: "For xxxx, with my best wishes, Lily Brett, 2012", else textblock unmarked. Drawing on her own experiences as a young journalist, best-selling author Lily Brett has created a story about a nineteen-year-old rock journalist Lola Bensky, who spends her days planning diets and interviewing rock stars . . . or is there more? Book weight approx. 415g. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$17.61

BEYOND RESOLUTION  (Signed Copy)
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BEYOND RESOLUTION (Signed Copy)

By Dee, Rose

Capalaba, Queensland, Australia: Even Before Publishing (Wombat Books) No publication date (S.L.V. suggests 2012). 227pp., illustrated publisher's promo and author portrait/bio at rear. Book clean. Spine firm, but slightly canted. Colour-illustrated card wrapper lightly bumped only. A handwritten inscription, "I hope you enjoy", signed by author on half-title page, else textblock unmarked. Life was on a downward spiral for Samara, with one bad choice after another. That is, until a chance encounter with a stranger on a Kings Cross, Sydney street provides the catalyst for a life-changing event. This is a story which provides a window into the joy of forgiveness, trust and peace . . . Contents include: Prelims., 12 chapters. Book weight approx. 290g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed By Author. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.50

PASSIONATE SERVICE: A Novel Based on the Life of James Service - Pioneering Father of Australian Federation
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PASSIONATE SERVICE: A Novel Based on the Life of James Service - Pioneering Father of Australian Federation

By Pound, Jane and Fraser, Barbara

Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Hybrid Publishers, 2001. viii, + 213pp., intext, b/white sketch illustrations throughout. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper mildly bumped only. Textblock unmarked. This book is a novelized account of the life of James Service (born Scotland, 1823) and the important role he played leading up to Australian Federation. Contents include: Prelims., Foreword, List of Illustrations, Acks., 18 chapters, Afterword. Bibliography. Book weight approx. 330g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$12.68

UNUSUAL BEHAVIOUR
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UNUSUAL BEHAVIOUR

By Cooper, Lettice

London: Gollancz, 1986. 174pp. Book clean. Bright gilt title over firm spine. Plain red boards undamaged. Textblock unmarked. Printed, loose-plastic protected dustjacket minimally edgeworn only. Lettice Cooper (1897-1994) has woven an enthralling mystery featuring a wide range of characters, including the previously introduced Chief Detective Inspector Corby. This story, set in the times of the 'Irish troubles', has its beginning when the British police receive an anonymous letter informing them that 'something strange' is going on at Hollycroft, a large, decaying Victorian house in a London suburb. At the time, the police are doing neighbourhood searches for IRA bombs and bombers . . . Contents include: Prelims., 4 'parts'. Book weight approx. 290g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good +/Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.09

WHERE THE REKOHU BONE SINGS
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WHERE THE REKOHU BONE SINGS

By Makereti, Tina

Auckland, New Zealand: Vintage (Random House N.Z.) Assisted by Creative New Zealand, 2014. 278pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated (Veronica Gradinariu) card wrapper nominally edgeworn only. Textblock unmarked. Debut fiction for New Zealander Tina Makereti. From the rear cover: "From the Chatham Islands/Rekohu to London, from 1835 to the 21st century, this quietly powerful and compelling story confronts the complexity of being Moriori, Maori and Pakeha." Contents include: Prelims., Part 1/ Calling the Old Bones Down. 2/ 'And the Stirrings of their Hearts Quivered . . . '. 3/ And Still We Are. Author's Note, Acks. Book weight approx. 380g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$15.50

BEHIND THE HEADLINES
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BEHIND THE HEADLINES

By Chapman, Robert

London: Werner Laurie , 1955. 196pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Black title over lightly bumped spine. Plain red boards minimally shelfworn. An indecipherable signature on front pastedown, random flecks, toned endpapers, else text-block good. "Behind the Headlines' is another fast-paced crime thriller by Robert Chapman featuring his key character, London's Banner's news agency newshound Rex Banner. It was a chilly June day in Nova Gardens when Rex Banner arrived in his old Ford . . . The dead woman had been pretty, she wasn't pretty any more . . . It was murder, the stuff that headlines are made of . . . Our sleuth has 15 chapters in which to solve the crime . . . Book weight approx. 285g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover. Good +. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.

$14.09

THE CASUARINA TREE: Six Stories
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THE CASUARINA TREE: Six Stories

By Maugham, W.S.

London: William Heinemann , 1926. viii, + 311pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over mildly bumped and frayed spine. Gilt title and black decoration over similarly frayed and flecked boards. Hinges good. No dustjacket. Textblock flecked and splotched throughout, with a former owner's name on front free endpaper. First edition of this collection of short stories by W.S. (William Somerset) Maugham (1874-1965). These six stories are loosely set in the Federated Malay States during the 1920s . . . Contents include: Prelims., The Casuarina Tree (as an Introduction), Before the Party. P. & O. The Outstation. The Force of Circumstance. The Yellow Streak. The Letter. Postscript. Book weight approx. 400g. . First Edition. Hardcover (Original Cloth). Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" Tall.

$31.70

THE FACELESS MEN
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THE FACELESS MEN

By Beeby, Otto

Richmond, Victoria, Australia: Hutchinson of Australia, 1969. 183pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over lightly bumped spine. Plain charcoal boards have a minor blind indentation on foot or rear board, else unmarked. An original seller's sticker affixed to front pastedown, several formerly dog-eared leaves, else textblock unmarked. Illustrated, loose-plastic protected dustjacket price-clipped, edgeworn, and abraded on edges. Of Note: This jacket is under Hutchinson's 'John Long' imprint. 'The Faceless Men' by Australian journalist/author Otto Beeby (1906-1981) is his second thriller featuring Tony Spencer - a conman with a conscience . . . It's New Year's Eve in Kings Cross, the cosmopolitan play centre of Sydney, but for Tony what began as a good night ended with him in a dimly-lit cellar beaten by a self-appointed 'court of faceless men'. In his quest for revenge, Tony starts out on a trail of murder and violence which leads him from Bondi Beach in the early hours of New Year's Day, through almost every strata of city life . . . This thriller unfolds over 15 chapters. Book weight approx. 315g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$31.70

THE DELINQUENTS
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THE DELINQUENTS

By Rohan, Criena (pseudonym of Deirdre Cash)

London: Victor Gollancz, 1962. 192pp. Book clean and square. Bright gilt title over slightly bumped spine. Red boards undamaged. An original seller's sticker affixed to front pastedown, tanned strips on free endpapers, and light, uniformly tanned textblock. Printed, loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, nipped and price-clipped, with a pin-hole and discolouring on spine. "The Delinquents' was the debut novel for Criena Rohan (pseudonym of Melbourne-born novelist Deirdre Cash, b. 1924 - d.1963). A relationship-based novel of young love set in the mid-twentieth century on the east coast of Australia. Lola and Brownie meet when they are young and fall in love. Older generation values and fate drive them apart, but determination prevails and they find one another once more . . . Note: In the late 1980s a film based on this title was made, featuring a young Kylie Minogue . . . Book weight approx. 265g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Very Good/Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$28.18

ABE LINCOLN OF PIGEON CREEK
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ABE LINCOLN OF PIGEON CREEK

By Wilson, William E.

London: Victor Gollancz, 1950. ix, + 288pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, minor bumps on head and heel. Brown, original cloth boards lightly bumped on lower foredge corners, else very good. Textblock edges and preliminary pages flecked, else leaves unmarked. Printed, loose-plastic protected dustjacket edgeworn, sunned on spine, and mildly marked and soiled. This title is a historical, but novelized, account of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and his early life - the fourteen important formative years in Indiana, from 1816 to 1830. All the major episodes of the story have been based on fact, in-so-far as the reports of this period in Lincoln's life have been authenticated . . . Contents include: Prelims., Author's Foreword, 36 chapters, Selected Bibliography. Book weight approx. 370g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First U.K.. Hardcover and Dustjacket. Good+/Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" Tall.

$15.50

ON PROBATION: Detective Ludowski's Casebook  (Signed Copy)
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ON PROBATION: Detective Ludowski's Casebook (Signed Copy)

By Bevege, Margaret

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Preszoom Pty. Ltd. , 2001. 182pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm, minimally concaved. Illustrated, unsealed card wrapper lightly edgeworn, and scuffed. Inscribed "With best wishes" and signed by author on front flyleaf, else textblock unmarked. Detective Constble Elizabeth Ludowski, first female appointed to the Police Commissioner's Special Assignments Squad within the Queensland CIB. Complete with a criminology degree and backed by five years' exemplary service in uniform, she is eager to pursue the state's worst criminals . . . but what if her boss challenges her confidence, and her fellow team members resent her . . . ? In her introduction to the Special Assigment Unit she is faced with four cases: Mystery Baby, Domestic Politics, Anatomy of a Rape, Laddie Come Home. Book weight approx. 275g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . Inscribed and Signed. First Edition. Softcover. Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$14.09

WE ALL HAVE SECRETS
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WE ALL HAVE SECRETS

By Bradley, Elsie

Glen Waverley, VIC, Australia: Sid Harta Publishers, 2015. 315pp., plus (iv). Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper nominally bumped only. Textblock unmarked. An endearingly intimate novel about women sharing secrets. Six women, all over 50, have met each month for over eight years to discuss books they have read. Bored with chicklit and fantasy, they decide to write their own book. One of the group, Lucy, is the first to say "Ten years ago I . . . " and reveals previously hidden secrets. The others feel free to be as honest when they tell their own stories which include lovers, swingers, death and divorce . . . Book weight approx. 390g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Very Good +. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$21.14

THE GLASS HOUSE
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THE GLASS HOUSE

By Hartnett, Sonya

Sydney, N.S.W., Australia: Pan Books (Australia), 1990. 189pp. Book clean and square. Spine firm. Illustrated card wrapper edgeworn, bumped and chipped on foredge corners, foxing splotches on plain inner covers, plus a short, repaired tear on foredge. Textblock evenly toned, remainder strip on foot, else unmarked. This title, from a young Sonya Hartnett, is extremely scarce, with, at the time of listing, no other copy available for sale via the internet. It is a relationship-based novel, involving six people in their early twenties who meet regularly at the local suburban pub, 'The Glass House'. Tory, Liam, Faine, Henry, Katrina and Simon are friends who, for the most part, meet to get drunk, exchange stories, and they have few inhibitions between them . . . Book weight approx. 155g. *Postage charge will be reduced as this item will post under 500g. packed weight. . First Edition. Softcover. Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

$28.18

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