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Peter James – Dead if you Don’t

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Brighton this time with Roy Grace. Demonstrating all the requirements to fit the “modern” detective genre. A boss who speaks gobbledygook is an idiot and has a name to suit (apologies to anyone named Caspian or Pewe), a set of detectives with confused relationship problems, a set of criminals devising twisted and evil ways to torture and kill and a set of victims that have many faults of their own.

Added together though, with a quick moving engaging plot, all it needs to challenge Nordic Noir is for the hero to go to the toilet now and again. All in all though this is a great series that I would recommend. I can’t say I have copies of every one of them in the shop, and can’t go up to check, but as I have read nearly all of them, I must have a fair number.

Just pondering, would it be OK under current rules to offer free delivery of books purchased on-line (just in the Spen Valley).

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LOUISE PENNY & ALISON BRUCE

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I know it’s a bit of a cliché, but as a book shop owner I do read a lot (68 books so far this year) so it is a great week when I discover a new author. This week I have excelled that and discovered two, not only that, by chance in both cases it was the first book in a series.

Two new authors, two new detectives and two new towns.

Louise Penny introduces Chief Inspector Gamache from the Surete  du Quebec (sorry I don’t know how to put accents on Surete), I don’t know if Three Pines exists but hope it does. Good interesting characters, cops and public, good pace and interesting sub plots, I did, sort of, guess the killer but not the reasoning. Very well worth a read.

Alison Bruce brings us back to the UK, this time Cambridge with DC Garry Goodhew. There are parallels with Morse and there is a suspicion that they are deliberate (watch out for the TV series, Oxford and Cambridge each would hate for the other to have something they don’t, even murder). My only criticism is that I find some of Garry’s clandestine activities not to be credible but the characters all seem interesting and credible. Another good read.

I only have these two titles in the shop (£2.00 each) but I now hunt others in the series.

Richard S Prather

220px-RichardSPratherRichard Scott Prather was an American mystery novelist, best known for creating the “Shell Scott” series. He also wrote under the pseudonyms David Knight and Douglas Ring.

Born in California in 1921 he died in 2007. Not quite as prolific as John Creasey, but a respectable output never the less.

Most of the copies I have were published by Gold Medal some covers more interesting than others.

 

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Strip for Murder Five Star 0 £5.00
The Scrambled Yeggs Five Star 0 1974 £2.50
Dance with the Dead Gold Medal 554 1st 1962 anon vg
Take a Murder Darling Coronet F 127 1st 1967 Photo vg £2.00
tcot Vanishing Beauty Gold Medal US s 1249 B? vg
The Kubla Khan Caper Four Square 1933 1st 1967 anon vg £2.50
The Meandering Corpse Four Square 1935 1st anon vg+ £3.50
The Wailing Frail BAG 1 0 £2.50
Lie Down Killer Gold Medal US d 1637 1st Berys? vg
Strip for Murder Gold Medal US d 1604 1st anon vg
Bodies in Bedlam Gold Medal UK 668 rep vg £3.00
Case of the Vanishing Beaty Gold Medal UK 663 2nd vg £4.00
Dance With the Dead Gold Medal UK 554 vg £3.00
Darling it’s Death Gold Medal UK 661 r 1963 anon vg- £2.50
Find This Woman Gold Medal UK 665 2nd anon vg £3.00
Joker in the Deck Gold Medal 718 1st vg £3.50
Kill the Clown Gold Medal UK 613 1st 1963 Hooks vg £3.00
Lie Down Killer Gold Medal UK 669 2nd 1963 vg £3.00
Pattern for Panic Gold Medal UK 0 1st 1962 vg- £3.00
Pattern for Panic Gold Medal US 573 1st 1962 anon vg £3.00
Shell Scott’s Seven Slaughters Gold Medal UK 548 1st anon vg £3.00
Shell Scott’s Seven Slaughters Gold Medal UK 672 r 1963 anon vg £2.50
Strip for Murder Gold Medal UK 667 2nd vg £3.00
Take a Murder Darling Gold Medal UK 671 vg £3.00
The Comfortable Coffin Gold Medal UK 0 1st vg £3.00
The Wailing Frail Gold Medal US 592 1st 1956 vg- £4.00
The Wailing Frail Gold Medal UK 664 r 1963 anon vg £3.00
Too Many Crooks Gold Medal UK 666 2nd 1963 Kays vg £3.00

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If there is no price shown it means I couldn’t find it at my last stock check.

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Stephen Daniel Francis a.k.a. HANK JANSON

I am posting this text from home and have been more than surprised about how little Google or Wikipedia have on this author, not only because he was so prolific, but also the pivotal roll he had in the UK censorship fiasco that culminated in the stage managed Lady Chatterley Show Trial.

The persecution he faced in the UK that saw him move to Spain to avoid arrest, Reginald Head (the illustrator of many Hank Janson titles) changing his name to Cy Webb and the publishers ending up in jail. All of these “facts” may not be true as I am relying on my memory, though I am sure I have a full account of the trials and tribulations somewhere in the shop.

Apparently all the Hank Janson novels from 46 to 53 were written by Stephen Francis and a number of the later novels.

 


Naked City -The Fault in our Stars Consul 790 1st anon vg £3.00
Naked City -Panic in the City Consul 791 1st anon vg £3.00
Naked City -The Day the Island Almost sank Consul 792 1st anon vg £3.00
Twilight People Consul 1291 1st photo vg £6.50
Pattern of Life Consul 1341 1st anon vg £10.00

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Janson Hank Bid for Beauty BAG 09
Janson Hank Delicious Danger BAG 09
Janson Hank Fame and Fortune BAG 09
Janson Hank Hellcat BAG 09
Janson Hank Passionate Waife BAG 09
Janson Hank Frails Can Be So Tough Gaywood
Janson Hank Hotsy-You’ll be Chilled Gaywood
Janson Hank “Amerous Captive “”Bygone Ages Vol 2” HJ
Janson Hank Amerous Captive Vol. 3 HJ
Janson Hank Devil’s Highways HJ
Janson Hank Hell’s Angel HJ
Janson Hank Slaves for Seduction HJ
Janson Hank Sultry Avenger HJ
Janson Hank 48 Hours Moring
Janson Hank Bewitched Moring
Janson Hank Bring me Sorrow Moring
Janson Hank Desert Fury Moring
Janson Hank Don’t Scare Easy Moring
Janson Hank Flight from Fear Moring
Janson Hank Hellcat Moring
Janson Hank Hell’s Angel Moring
Janson Hank Invasion Moring
Janson Hank Jack Spot Moring
Janson Hank Kill This Man Moring
Janson Hank Murder Moring
Janson Hank Persian Pride Moring
Janson Hank Revolt Moring
Janson Hank Sinister Rapture Moring
Janson Hank Situation Grave Moring
Janson Hank Strange Destiny Moring
Janson Hank Sweet Fury Moring
Janson Hank Tension Moring
Janson Hank Tomorrow and a Day Moring
Janson Hank Untamed Moring
Janson Hank Whiplash Moring
Janson Hank Wild Girl Moring
Janson Hank Obsession UPC
Janson Hank Brazen Seductress Gold Star
Janson Hank Fanny Gold Star
Janson Hank Expectant Nymph Gold Star
Janson Hank Quiet Waits the Grave R & V
Janson Hank Ripe for Rapture R & V
Janson Hank Sentence for Sin HJ
Janson Hank This Hood for Hire R & V
Janson Hank Break For a Lovely HJ
Janson Hank This Hood For Hire HJ
Janson Hank Beloved Traitor R & V
Janson Hank Beloved Traitor R&V
Janson Hank Come Quick Honey R&V
Janson Hank Passionate Waif Moring
Janson Hank Cool Sugar Moring
Janson Hank Deicious Danger HJ
Janson Hank Janson Go Home! HJ
Janson Hank Crowns Can Kill HJ
Janson Hank Don’t Scare Easy Moring
Janson Hank Reluctant Hostess HJ
Janson Hank Short-Term Wife HJ
Janson Hank Break For A Lovely HJ
Janson Hank Beauty and the Beat HJ
Janson Hank Chicago Chick HJ
Janson Hank Crime on my Hands HJ
Janson Hank Uncover Agent HJ
Janson Hank Take This Sweetie HJ
Janson Hank Honey For Me HJ
Janson Hank Mistress of Fear HJ
Janson Hank Too Soon to Die HJ
Janson Hank Kill Me For Kicks HJ
Janson Hank Twist for Two HJ
Janson Hank Angel Astray Compact
Janson Hank Dateline Diane Compact
Janson Hank Go With a Jerk HJ
Janson Hank I for Intrigue Compact
Janson Hank Brand Image Compact
Janson Hank Heartache Compact
Janson Hank The Love Makers Compact
Janson Hank Strange Ritual Compact
Janson Hank Hillary’s Terms Compact
Janson Hank Nerve Centre Compact
Janson Hank Fast Buck Compact
Janson Hank V for Vitality Compact
Janson Hank Visit from a Broad Compact
Janson Hank Lake Loot Compact
Janson Hank Fan Fare Compact
Janson Hank Voodoo Violence Compact
Janson Hank Will-Power Compact
Janson Hank Doctor Fix Compact
Janson Hank Pattern of Rape Compact
Janson Hank Square 1 Compact
Janson Hank The Last Lady Compact
Janson Hank Double Take Compact
Janson Hank Limbo Lover Compact
Janson Hank Model in Mayham Compact
Janson Hank Berlin Briefing Compact
Janson Hank Junk Market Compact
Janson Hank Tail Sting Compact
Janson Hank Why Should Sylvia Compact
Janson Hank Mayfair Slayride Compact
Janson Hank Bid for Beauty Compact
Janson Hank F.E.U.D. Compact
Janson Hank Make Mine Mink Compact
Janson Hank Zero Takes All Compact
Janson Hank The Young Wolves Compact
Janson Hank Love – In and Lamentation Compact
Janson Hank Sprung Compact
Janson Hank Globe Probe Compact
Janson Hank The Spy in my Bed Compact
Janson Hank Frame and Fortune Compact
Janson Hank Lament for a Lover Compact
Janson Hank Ultimate Deterrent Compact
Janson Hank Twilight Tigress Compact
Janson Hank Villon of the Peace Compact
Janson Hank The Long Arm Compact

Most of my photographs are taken with the book in a bag, so if labels are shown they are usually on the bag not the book. If you are interested please contact me, or better still visit, for a more detailed description.

JIM CLARKE – STIRLING MOSS – MOTOR RACING

I am starting to add comments to my data base that hopefully in the future will allow me to group on a theme, I only have about 7500 books to classify (that does not count the multiple thousands I have not added to the data base.

I am pretty sure Corgi published a book on Fangio, but I have yet to find it on my shelves. To be going on with, here are a couple of genuine legends.

Clark Jim - At the Wheel - Pan X352

Moss Stirling - All But My Life - Pan X421
Clark Jim At the Wheel Pan X 352 2nd 1965 photo vg+ £10.00
Moss Stirling All But My Life Pan X 421 1st vg £5.00

Most of my photographs are taken with the book in a bag, so if labels are shown they are usually on the bag not the book. If you are interested please contact me, or better still visit, for a more detailed description.

The SLEEPING BEAUTY ill. Roland Pym – Peepshow book

I have found four copies of this for sale, one in France and three in the USA. The cheapest is for sale at £51.21 (£70 with p&p to UK). This copy has had a few repairs and as you see (like all other copies for sale) is slightly bumped at the edges. If you are interested contact me and I will send more detailed photos. I am asking £20.00 for this copy.

The Sleeping Beauty (1)

Sleeping Beauty collageThe Sleeping Beauty (7)

Fantasy & Science Fiction – Stock Check

Fantasy & Science Fiction (37)

Some of the covers are in my view fantastic, thus which do I use to illustrate this post was a difficult choice. As I become more “Tech savvy” I may be able to do a collage but in the meantime I will continue having Tee Shirts printed with the images on them.

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There were about 4 I couldn’t find, but I am convinced they are in the shop somewhere.

Vol Number Title Year Month Price Contents
27 4 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1964 10 £1.00 L Brackett – E Hamilton – T I Thomas – D Knight – A Davidson – R Bretnor – Asimov – H Smith – R F Young
29 1 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1965 06 £2.50 Poul Anderson -Frederic Brown – Carl Onspaugh -Gahan Wilson – Judith Merril – Ron Gulart – Theodore L Thomas – Herb Lehrman – Greg Benford – Doris Pitkin Buck
0 0 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1965 06 £2.50 Poul Anderson – Frederic Brown – Judith Merril – Ron Goulart – Theodore L Thomas – Herb Lehrman – Greg Benford – Doris Pitkin Buck – L Sprague De Camp -Isaak asimov -Roger Zelazny – Robert Arthur
30 3 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1966 “03
arch” £1.00 Zenna Henderson – Kathleen James – Henry Slesar – Richard Olin – John Tomerlin – Julius Fast – Rudyard Kipling
30 4 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1966 04 £2.50 Philip K Dick – Jack Vance – A M Marple – Carol Emswiller – J T McIintosh – Gilbert Thomas – James Fulley – Larry Niven
31 6 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1966 06 £2.50 Roger Zelazny – Jack Vance – Doris Pitkin Buck – Barry Rothman – Kenneth Bulmer – Len Gutterage – John Decles
31 1 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1966 07 £2.50 Keith Laumer – Ardrey Marshall – Jack Vance – Robert Bloch – Ron Goulart – Norman Spinrad – Herb Lehrman
31 4 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1966 10 £2.50 Isaac Asimov – L Sprage De Camp – Gahan Wilson – Arthur Porges – Vic Chapmen – R L Stephenson – Jon Decles – Brian W Aldiss – Sally Daniell
34 2 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1968 02 £2.50 Kate Wilhelm – Chet Arthur – Mose Mallette – William F Nolan – Ted White – Robert Lory – Harry Harrison – Robert L Fish – Booth Tarkington
35 3 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1968 09 £2.50 Piers Anthony – Ed Jesby – Gilbert Thomas – Gahan Wilson – Stephen Barr – David R Bunch – Henry Slesar
35 3 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1968 09 £2.50 P Anthony – E Jesby – G Thomas – G Wilson – S Barr – D R Bunch – H Slesar
35 4 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1968 10 £2.50 Larry Niven – Robert Silverberg – Phullis Murphy – Harvey Jacobs – D F Jones – Harlon Ellison – Isaak Asimov – Ron Goulart – Arthur C Clarke
36 5 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1969 05 £2.50 Poul Anderson – Suzette Haden Elgin – William C Abeel – M John Harrison – Ron Goulart – George Malko –
38 4 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1970 04 £2.50 Leiber – N Shapiro – C W Runyan – C Wilson – R Lupoff – R Moore –
45 5 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1973 11 £2.50 Phyllis Gotlieb – Gordon Eklund – Poul Anderson – Bill Pronzini – Herbie Brennan – Leonard Tushnet – Barry N Malzberg
47 1 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1974 07 £2.50 Sterling E Lanier – Robert Thurston – Charles W Runyon – Maskell Barkin – Larry Trtten – Michael G Coney – Barry N Malzberg – Margaret St Clair – Harvey Jacobs
50 1 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1976 01 £2.50 G K Wolf – J Russ – Asimov – S Dybek – M G Coney – K Reed – H Barkin –
50 3 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1976 03 £2.50 R Cowper – T Waldo – J O Jeppson – G Eklund – C W Runyan – MC Roberts – L Trtten
53 1 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1977 07 £2.50 Harlan Ellison -Robert Silverberg – Richard Delap – L K Swigart – Eric Norden – Edward Wellen – Bruce McAllister – Steven Utley – Jane Yolen
53 5 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1977 11 £2.50 Charles L Harness – George Alec Effinger – Malzberg & Pronzini – L Sprague de Camp – Edward Wellen – Jeffrey Bullock – Richard Fred
54 3 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1978 03 £2.50 Varley – Brentnor – Wellman – Thomas – Cook – Grant – Young – Garrett
54 4 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1978 04 £2.50 Priest – Roberts – Aldiss – Aickman – Brunner – Watson – Cowper Bulmer
54 5 Fantasy and Science Fiction 1978 05 £2.50 Weiner – Cook – Olin – Malzberg – De Camp – Gilden – Moore
3 1 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1954 06 £1.00 Philip K Dick – Poul Anderson – W Norbert – Mack Reynolds – Philip Jose Farmer – Arthur Purges – Winston Marks – Doris Gilbert – Theodre Sturgeon – Roger Dee – W Morrison – A. Boucher – Heinlein
13 2 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1957 08 £2.00 Walter M Miller – Stuart Palmer – Mildred Clingerman – Rog Phillips – William Morrison – Les Cole – Damon Knight – H Ken Bulmer – Doris P Buck – Anthony Boucher – Robert Heinlein – Isaak Asimov
1 1 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1959 12 £2.50 Z Henderson – A Davidson – Ray Bradbury – R Sheckley – Asimov – A Bester – C Emshwiller – Fritz Leiber – Howard Fast – G C Edmondson – Poul Anderson
1 2 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 01 £2.50 D Knight – A Budrys – R Phillips – I Seabright – Silverberg – Judith Merril – R E Banks – Heinlein – Daniel Keyes
1 3 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 02 £2.50 C L Fontenay – Avram Davidson – Poul Anderson – R Goulart – J T Rogers – S Palmer – K Bennett – C Oliver
1 4 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 03 £2.50 M Clifton – Asimov – G E Neyroud – S Barr – J Rice – C M Kornbluth – Heinlein – R Bretnor – Robert Natan
1 5 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 04 £2.50 P Anderson – N Wilde – J Russ – Heinlein – L Bonnet – Asimov – C Henneberg – G C Edmondson – Simak
1 6 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 05 £2.50 Howard Fast – Evely E Smith – R J Tilley – R McKenna – Algis Budrys – Asimov – Robert Arthur – Robert Murray – Jane Rice – Will Worthington – Ward Moore
1 7 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 06 £1.00 Poul Anderson – Theodore Sturgeon – Issac Asimov – Charles L Fontenay – Edgar Pangborn – Damon Knight – Robert F Young – Clifford D Simak
1 8 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 07 £2.00 Daniel Keyes – James Blish – John Collier – Levi Crow – G C Edmundson – Isaac Asimov – Avram Davidson – Robert Sheckley
1 9 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 08 £2.50 F McMorrow – J Whitehall – P J Farmer – J Collier – Asimov – G R Dickson – Heinlein
1 10 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 09 £2.50 C Henneberg – W Worthington – Agate – A Davidson – Asimov – Jules Verne – H Fast – W Miller – Heunlein
1 11 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 10 £2.50 Gordon R Dickson – Charles G Finney – Will Worthington- Miriam Allen Deford – Isaac Asimov – Howard Fast – Clifford D Simak
1 11 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 10 £2.50 G R Dickson – C G finney – Will Worthington – M A Deford – Asimov – H Fast – C D Simak
1 12 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 11 £2.50 S Barr – T R Cogswell – Z Henderson – Asimov – A Davidson – A H Z Carr – M A DeFord – G R Dickson – Wilson Tucker
2 1 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1960 12 £2.50 R F Young – J Sharkey – A Porges – G C Edmondson – Asimov – R Arthur – R E Banks – J Berry – S Barr
2 2 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 01 £2.50 D R Bunch – K Reed – J F Suter – R G Brown – Asimov – Evelyn E Smith – R Bretnor – G R Dickson – J Whitehill – Burton Raffel
2 3 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 02 £2.50 James Blish – P Anderson – Howard Fast – K Maclean – Asimov – R Matheson – Wade Miller – Philip Jose Farmer
2 4 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 03 £2.50 R F Young – Will Worthington – Asimov – JW Vandercook – B J Friedman – Mack Reynolds
2 5 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 04 £2.50 Fritz Lieber – MA Deford – W McClintic – Asimov – J Berry – W P Saunders – D Linsay – Algis Budrys
2 6 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 05 £2.50
2 7 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 06 £2.50 M Ayme – T L Thomas – R G Brown – Asimov – Goulart – C B Kelly – Aldiss
2 8 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 07 £2.50 G R Dickson – R F Young – A Davidson – John Wyndham – Asimov – J Williams – J Berry – A Bester – P J Farmer
2 10 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 09 £2.50 R Rubin – C Emshwiller – S Barr – Asimov – R Bretnor – J Williams – P Anderson
2 11 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 10 £2.50 Garrett & Davidson – A C Clarke – J A West – Asimov – M A DeFord – D P Buck – Mark Twain – Cordwainer Smith
2 12 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 11 £2.50 Kingsley Amis – N Breckenridge – P Anderson – A Davidson – Asimov – K Neville – Aldiss
3 1 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1961 12 £2.50 G R Dickson – V Aandahl – Harry Harrison – W Blau – C F Cheinisse – Asimov – Davidson & Klass – K Reed – Leinster
3 2 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1962 01 £2.50 Fwallace – N T Peterson – G Klein – H Gold – Asimov – W McCintic – M Young – Aldiss
3 3 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1962 02 £2.50 G Langerlaan – C G Finney – Asimov – R G Brown – Kurt Vonnegut – A C Clarke – A Davidson – Kornbluth & Pohl – G R Dickson
3 4 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1962 03 £2.50 K Laumer – W Tevis – R Rubin – G P Elliott – Asimov – D P Buck – A Glaser – R Garrett – G R Dickson
3 5 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1962 04 £2.50 C Veillot – H Gold – A Walker – Asimov – W Stanton – J A West – H Draper – Aldiss
3 6 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1962 05 £2.50 Robert F Young – Kate Wilhelm – Maria Russell – Isaac Asomov – Henry Slesar – Poul Anderson
3 7 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1962 06 £2.50 J G Ballard – Avram Davidson – J T McIntosh – Isaac Asimov – Josef Nesvadba – Barry Stevens – Ward Moore
3 8 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1962 07 £1.00 E Pangborn – M Grass – R atheson – M W Wellman – Asimov – Leiber – A Davidson – Z Henderson
3 9 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1962 08 £2.50 J Williams – J Shepley – K Reed – Asimov – C Henneberg – Aldiss – R F Young
4 3 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1963 02 £2.50 M Clingerman – R F Young – S Gilien – D White – Asimov – V Aandahl – K F Crossen – R Sheckley
4 5 Fantasy and Science Fiction UK 1963 04 £2.00 Aldiss – J Harmon – R Kirk – R Arthur – Asimov – S Gilien – H Damonti – G R Dickson

F&S Fantasy

Fitzroy Maclean – Eastern Approaches

Maclean Fitzroy - Eastern Approaches - Pan 182

Over the past few years I have read less and less non-fiction, but on cataloguing my Pans I read the blurb on the back of this book and got hooked. Once I started reading, I became more hooked. The travels in the “forbidden” east of the Soviet Union in 1938, the trial of Nikolai Bukharin (Fitzroy was at the trials) and the analysis of why the accused pleaded guilty, all filled in my knowledge of Stalin’s Russia.

Then his exploits with the SAS which served as a prelude to his adventures in Yugoslavia with Tito. This fascinating account of the birth of a nation and explanation of the tensions that Tito supressed help to explain to some degree the chaos and genocide that followed Tito’s death.

The fact that this is a history lesson delivered through the very well written personal account of a man who became an MP so he could join the Army makes a fascinating read.

All About Arran – Downie

Downie - All About Arran - HB 181

A 1948 reprint both book and dj vg+. All about Arran for Holiday Maker, Hiker, Mountaineer, Historian, Geologist and Naturalist, no mention of Chief Cook and Bottle washer. 164 pages 170 X 110cm (I would normally have used inches but 1/2 inches make it difficult to type.

I offer it at £2.50 (+p&p if you are not visiting my shop)

Barker Dragon – Stock Take

Not a publisher that lasted a long time, but they did publish some authors  other publishes didn’t. What they did though is spend time choosing some great covers. Unusually I have included a large number in this blog. I did choose one of their covers for my title page.

Spillane Mickey - One Lonely Night - Barker Dragon 174
Anderson Oliver Grit and Polish Barker Dragon 1 vg £15.00
Anderson Oliver Painless Extractions Barker Dragon 13 vg £4.00
Bull RC ed. Perturbed Spirits Barker Dragon 20 vg £5.00
Burton Richard Tales From the Thousand and One Nights Barker Dragon 2 1st 1956 anon vg £3.00
Chegaray Jacques Going My way round the World Barker Dragon 14 1st 1957 anon vg £2.50
Dodge David How Lost was my Weekend Barker Dragon 12 vg £5.00
Downing Rupert If I Laugh Barker Dragon 33 vg £10.00
Goodwin RB HongKong Escape Barker Dragon 2 vg £3.00
Green John The First Enemy Barker Dragon 21 vg £4.00
Halliday Brett Murder is My Business Barker Dragon 10 vg- £4.00
Halliday Brett When Dorinda Dances Barker Dragon 16 vg £4.00
Hartley L P The Travelling Grave and other stories Barker Dragon 40 vg £15.00
Johnston J Patrol of the Dead Barker Dragon 8 vg £15.00
Langley Noel The Cabbage Patch Barker Dragon 4 vg £3.00
Mankowitz Wolf My Old Man’s a Dustman Barker Dragon 23 vg £4.00
Quentin Patrick Puzzle for Wantons Barker Dragon 34 vg £10.00
Sandstrom Flora The Dancing Giant Barker Dragon 5 vg £10.00
Spillane Micey One Lonely Night Barker Dragon 6 vg £4.00
Spillane Mickey The Big Kill Barker Dragon 18 vg £5.00
Spillane Mickey The Long Wait Barker Dragon 29 vg £5.00
Spillane Mickey Kiss Me, Deadly Barker Dragon 42 vg £5.00
Various The Girls from Esquire Barker Dragon 11 vg £5.00

Even the less than inspiring subjects have great illustrators.

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