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Political Fiction From Riley Books


When Shrimps Learn to Whistle

By Denis Healey

London: Michael Joseph, 1990 An ex-library copy of this book but in good condition. ffep missing, neatly removed by the library. One neat stamp. 266 clean pages. The jacket is also in good condition. A good study copy.


The Modern Prince and Other Writings

By Antonio Gramsci

London: Lawrence and Wishhart, 1967 No creases to the covers or to the spine. 192 clean, firm, and tight pages. Blue, white and black front cover.


The British Ambassador
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The British Ambassador

By Michael Shea

London: HarperCollins, 1997 A very good copy of this book. No creases to the covers. Very clean, tight pages.


Disraeli in Love

By Maurice Edelman

U. K.: BCA, 1973 318 clean pages. Browning very lightly to the edges. The jacket has some edgewear. Wrap around cover art and title page sketch by Charles Mozley. Political fiction.


The Shot

By Philip Kerrigan

London: Orion, 2000 456 pages. America. 1960. John F. Kennedy has just been elected President. But the Cold War is close to boiling point, the arms race is at an all-time high, and the Soviet Union has beaten America into space. Anti-Communism fever is rampant and paranoia about Castro's Cuba is running high. The Mafia also have a problem with Castro - and they have no scruples about hiring Tom Jefferson, America's best assassin, to kill him. But Jefferson has his own agenda, his own target, much closer to home.



By Joe Eszterhas

London: Pan, 1978 A used copy of this book with reading creases to the spine, and some creases to the back cover. General used appearance. 351 pages which are browning .Some light shelf wear to the top of the spine. Reading copy. - This book is the story of Johnny Kovak , whose combination of punch and persuasion took him to the top of the truckers union --- of the wife he betrayed and the ambitions he tarnished --- and of the dangerous allies who brought him down. A story shot through with powerful characters and a savage violence and deep-etched corruption.


Cancer Ward

By Alexander Solzhenitsyn

U K: Penguin, 1971 There are some reading creases to the spine and some very light surface corner creases. Some light edge wear and a sun bleached spine. 569 pages - browning to the closed page edges. This book has been read , possibly more than once , but it is still a very good reading copy. ---- Divided into two parts , Part One assembles a fascinating cross section of Soviet society in the cancer ward of a provincial hospital , with Oleg Kostoglotov as the main character. Part Two completes the story of Kostoglotov 's fight for existence. All the people invoved are threatened by cancer literally and metaphorically.


For the Good of the Cause

By Alexander Solzhenitsyn

U K: Sphere, 1971 A very good copy of this book with no creases to the spine or the cover. 142 bright clean pages , browning very slightly towards the edges. The spine is very firm.---- This novel is set in a school and is the scathing indictment of vicimization of ordinary , decent people by Soviet careerist bureaucrats. The author presents the conflicts between right and wrong , between freedom of the individual and the harshness of the system with absolute sincerity and conviction.


Special Relations

By Tim Sebastian

UK: Orion, 1994 Spine is uncreased. Covers uncreased. Very light edge wear. An excellent copy.It begins in 1965 when a student from Kansas falls for an English girl at Oxford. For them both it is an experience of overwhelming intensity , but it ends abruptly - and for her in tragedy. When they meet again it is as President David Bradley and Prime Minister Alison Lane , facing each other across the conference table amidst a growing internation crisis.