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141 Banks, Iain THE STEEP APPROACH TO GARBADALE
LITTLE, BROWN BOOK GROUP 2012 0349119287 / 9780349119281 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Dark family secrets and a long-lost love affair lie at the heart of a fabul ous new novel by the author of Matter and The Wasp Factory The Wopuld family built its fortune on a board game called Empire!, now a hugely successful computer game. So successful, in fact, that the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the firm out. Young renegade Alban, who has evaded the family clutches for years, is persuded to attend the forthcoming family gathering-part birthday party, part Extraordinary General Meeting-convened by Win, Wopuld matriarch and most powerful member of the board, at Garbadale, the family's highland castle. Being drawn back into the bosom of the clan brings a disconcerting confrontation with Alban's past. What drove his mother to take her own life? And is he ready to see Sophie, his beautiful cousin and teenage love? Grandmother Win's revelations will radically alter Alban's perspective forever. 
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THE BACKWARD SHADOW, Banks, Lynne Reid
142 Banks, Lynne Reid THE BACKWARD SHADOW
Penguin Books Ltd 1972 0140034935 / 9780140034936 Paperback Very Good 
Jane says she doesn't want to be a burden to anyone - least of all to her l over, Toby. She has exchanged the l-shaped room of the earlier novel for a remote country cottage where she nurses her baby. Dottie, another stray, tu rns up with a proposal unlikely at first sight to succeed. 
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TWO IS LONELY, Banks, Lynne Reid
143 Banks, Lynne Reid TWO IS LONELY
Penguin Books Canada, Limite 1976 0140041095 / 9780140041095 Paperback Very Good 
Now living with her son in the country, Jane is a long way from the l-shape d room. The last novel in a trilogy which began when Jane, pregnant and unm arried, fled from her father`s house, this text is a poignant story of new beginnings and for Jane new love. 
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THE RESERVE: A NOVEL, Banks, Russell
144 Banks, Russell THE RESERVE: A NOVEL
Harper Perennial 2009 0061430269 / 9780061430268 Paperback Very Good 
A tight clean softcover, no markings throughout: Part love story, part murder mystery, set on the cusp of the Second World War, Russell Banks's sharp-witted and deeply engaging new novel raises dangerous questions about class, politics, art, love, and madness-and explores what happens when two powerful personalities, trapped at opposite ends of a social divide, begin to break the rules. Moving from the secluded beauty of the Adirondack wilderness to the skies above war-torn Spain and Fascist Germany, The Reserve is a clever, incisive, and passionately romantic novel of suspense that adds a new dimension to this acclaimed author's extraordinary repertoire. 
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KEPLER., Banville, John
145 Banville, John KEPLER.
Picador 1999 0330372335 / 9780330372336 Paperback Very Good 
In a brilliant illumination of the Renaissance mind, acclaimed Irish noveli st John Banville re-creates the life of Johannes Kepler and his incredible drive to chart the orbits of the planets and the geometry of the universe. Wars, witchcraft, and disease rage throughout Europe. For this court mathem atician, vexed by domestic strife, appalled by the religious upheavals that have driven him from exile to exile, and vulnerable to the whims of his ec centric patrons, astronomy is a quest for some form of divine order. For al l the mathematical precision of his exploration, though, it is a seemingly elusive quest until he makes one glorious and profound discovery. 
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NEVER SAW IT COMING, Barclay, Linwood
146 Barclay, Linwood NEVER SAW IT COMING
Orion 2014 1409137635 / 9781409137634 Paperback Very Good 
Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that's what she tells people. She wat ches the news for stories of missing people, then waits a few days and goes to see the family. She tells them she's had a vision and that she may know where their missing loved one is--for a price, of course. Keisha's latest mark is Wendell Garfield, whose wife disappeared a week ago . She's seen him on TV, pleading for his wife to come home, or for whoever took her to let her go. Keisha tells Wendell her vision of what might have happened. Unluckily for Keisha, her vision turns out to be alarmingly close to the truth. As she wades deeper into the mystery, Keisha inadvertently f inds herself caught in a web of suspicion and violence that's much more com plicated than she first thought--and which may end up with her own disappea rance. . . The book will include a sneak peak of Barclay's next work, A Tap on the Window. 
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JOHN WAYNE: A NOVEL, Barden, Dan
147 Barden, Dan JOHN WAYNE: A NOVEL
Anchor 1998 038548710X / 9780385487108 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. In this immensely captivating and imaginative novel, perfectly set at the i ntersection of fact and fiction, Dan Barden superimposes the story of John Wayne on the story of the Bardens, a family very much like his own. Frank B arden, Wayne's contractor, is an Irish Catholic from New York who has come to California in pursuit of the American dream for his wife, Lillian, and t heir three young children, Danny, Alice, and Chris. Wayne is someone the Ba rdens work with, drink with, and felt blessed to be around. In fictionalized episodes ranging from Wayne's first love at sixteen to his deathbed conversion to Catholicism, this novel offers a surprisingly intim ate vision of John Wayne. The Bardens are the perfect observers, guileless enough to retain an unabashed admiration for a man they consider a hero, pe rceptive enough to begin to see him as he really is--a man struggling to co me to terms with the myths that define him. In their own way, the Bardens are coming to terms with these same myths. Frank Barden, trapped by alcoholism and the masculine ideal embodied by his friend Wayne, begins to lose touch with his family. Lillian Barden, disappointed by the impossible promise of the men around her, questions her faith in the manhood that men like Frank have to offer. As John Wayne lies on his deathbed at the close of this heartbreaking story, the Barden children have grown up, and Lillian and Frank are facing the dissolution of their marriage. With wit, intelligence and sympathy, Dan Bard 
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148 Baricco, Alessandro SILK
Vintage 2007 0307277976 / 9780307277978 Paperback Very Good 
The year is 1861. Hervé Joncour is a French merchant of silkworms, who comb s the known world for their gemlike eggs. Then circumstances compel him to travel farther, beyond the edge of the known, to a country legendary for th e quality of its silk and its hostility to foreigners: Japan. There Joncour meets a woman. They do not touch; they do not even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his own country. But in the moment he does, Joncour is possessed. 
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COLDHEART CANYON, Barker, Clive
149 Barker, Clive COLDHEART CANYON
HarperCollins 2001 000651040X / 9780006510406 Paperback Very Good 
A famous Hollywood actor loses his looks - and is drawn into the dark and t wisted world of Coldheart Canyon...Following extensive cosmetic surgery, Ho llywood superstar Todd Pickett needs somewhere to hide away while his scars heal. His manager finds the ideal location, Coldheart Canyon - a dream-pal ace hidden away in a corner of the city so secret it doesn't even appear on a map.In the 20s, `A' list stars came to the Canyon to have the kind of pa rties nobody was supposed to know about. It wasn't just the wild sex and th e drugs that made Katya's parties so memorable. There was a door in the bow els of the dream-palace, which reputedly opened onto another world - the De vils' Country - where nothing was forbidden. Nothing.With his refuge now a prison, Todd needs to get out of Coldheart Canyon. But to do that he must n ot only solve its mysteries but also face the powers that have protected it for seven decades, and that means stepping through the door...As a Hollywo od insider with a keen eye for its idiocies and horrors Clive Barker is uni quely positioned to write this vitriolic Tinseltown ghost story. Coldheart Canyon is an irresistible and unmerciful picture of Hollywood and its demon s, told with all the style and raw narrative power that have made Barker's books and films a worldwide phenomenon. 
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THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW, Barker, Clive
150 Barker, Clive THE GREAT AND SECRET SHOW
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS 1990 0061099015 / 9780061099014 Paperback Good 
Armageddon begins with a murder in the Dead Letter Office in Omaha, Nebrask a. A lake that has never existed falls from the clouds over Palomo Grove, Cali fornia. Young passion blossoms, as the world withers with war. The Great and Secret Show has begun on the stage of the world. And soon, the curtain must fall. In this masterpiece of the imagination that explores the uncharted territory within our secret lives and the most private hearts, Clive Barker wields the full power and sweep of his extraordinary talents. Sprawling and ambitious, triumphantly magical and satisfying, The Great and Secret Show is an unforgettable epic for our time--and for the future. 
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DARKMANS, Barker, Nicola
151 Barker, Nicola DARKMANS
Harper Perennial 2008 0007193637 / 9780007193639 Paperback Very Good 
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Darkmans is an exhilarating, extraord inary examination of the ways in which history can play jokes on us all... If History is just a sick joke which keeps on repeating itself, then who ex actly might be telling it, and why? Could it be John Scogin, Edward IV's in famous court jester, whose favorite pastime was to burn people alive - for a laugh? Or could it be Andrew Boarde, Henry VIII's physician, who kindly w rote John Scogin's biography? Or could it be a tiny Kurd called Gaffar whos e days are blighted by an unspeakable terror of - uh - salad? Or a beautifu l, bulimic harpy with ridiculously weak bones? Or a man who guards Beckley Woods with a Samurai sword and a pregnant terrier? Darkmans is a very modern book, set in Ashford [a ridiculously modern town] , about two very old-fashioned subjects: love and jealousy. It's also a boo k about invasion, obsession, displacement and possession, about comedy, art , prescription drugs and chiropody. And the main character? The past, which creeps up on the present and whispers something quite dark - quite unspeak able - into its ear. The third of Nicola Barker's narratives of the Thames Gateway, Darkmans is an epic novel of startling originality. 
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THE TANGIER SCRIPT / VICTOR BARKER., Barker, Victor.
152 Barker, Victor. THE TANGIER SCRIPT / VICTOR BARKER.
Simon & Schuster in associat 1991 0731802586 / 9780731802586 Paperback Near Fine 

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ARTHUR & GEORGE, Barnes, Julian
153 Barnes, Julian ARTHUR & GEORGE
Vintage Books 2006 0099492733 / 9780099492733 Paperback Very Good 
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, Ge orge in the vicarage of a small Staffordshire village. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, while George remains in hard-working obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a s equence of events that made sensational headlines at the time as The Great Wyrley Outrages. This is a novel about low crime and high spirituality, gui lt and innocence, identity, nationality and race. Most of all it is a profo und and moving meditation on the fateful differences between what we believ e, what we know and what we can prove. 
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ENGLAND, ENGLAND: OPEN MARKET EDITION, Barnes, Julian
154 Barnes, Julian ENGLAND, ENGLAND: OPEN MARKET EDITION
Vintage Books 1999 0375705910 / 9780375705915 Paperback Good 

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SUPERJACK, Baron, Adam
155 Baron, Adam SUPERJACK
Not Avail 2002 0333906179 / 9780333906170 Paperback Very Good+ 
Having coffee with a famous footballer would be the highlight of the year f or many people. Not so for P.I. Billy Rucker. For only hours after meeting Jack DraperSuper Jack to his adoring fansBilly is standing over the brutali zed body of a girl called Alison. A girl who was Jack Draper's mistress. 
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156 Barr, Nevada FLASHBACK
Putnam Adult 2003 0399149759 / 9780399149757 1st Edition Hardcover Fine/Fine 
A highly collectible first edition, tight clean copy, protected in a new br odart wrapper, no inscriptions, unclipped dustjacket, this is not an Ex-Lib or a BCE/BOMC edition. When Anna Pigeon flees a marriage proposal for ranger service on Garden Key in Dry Tortugas National Park, she finds that the past (the island was once a prison) and the present (an exploding boat scatters unidentified body parts) are eerily conjoined. 
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BEARING SECRETS, Barre, Richard
157 Barre, Richard BEARING SECRETS
Berkley 1998 0425166414 / 9780425166413 Paperback Very Good 
A copy that has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. PI Wil Hardesty must face more than his past when the discovery of the 17-year-old wreckage of a plane--and its illicit cargo--prompts the suicide of '60s radical Max Pfieffer. Pfieffer's daughter knows it wasn't suicide. She wants Hardesty to unearth the truth, even if it means unearthing past sins better left in peace... 
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THE MIDDLE KINGDOM, Barrett, Andrea
158 Barrett, Andrea THE MIDDLE KINGDOM
Flamingo 2001 0007102887 / 9780007102884 Paperback Very Good 
A crisp clean softcover, no markings throughout: Andrea Barrett is best known for her novel The Voyage of The Narwhal and a collection of short stories, Ship Fever. In both these books scientific dis covery, history and the natural world are wonderful backdrops to intimate, personal dramas. The Middle Kingdom is an earlier work but the same keen se nse of curiosity about life and the way to live it glimmers on the page. The novel opens in the recent past, in Tiananmen Square. There is smoke, gu nfire and confusion, a sense of history being destroyed and re-made into so mething else. In the midst of this historical shattering, is a character st udy of an American woman teaching natural history in a Chinese laboratory. Grace Hoffmeier's story starts off "stunted and stilted, common and sad", b ut by the end of the novel she has found the "middle way--not too much look ing back. Not too much dreaming ahead". Grace's is an American tale, one of stifling family conflicts; and two bad marriages that look like escape routes, but are just another way of being trapped. Grace overeats to compensate for all her mistakes, to swaddle her desires, to stop herself thinking: "that was how I existed then: push, shut, close, seal, deny, forget". But on a trip to China, with her husband Walter, a meeting at a scientific conference forces her to reassesses her past and take control of her future. Andrea Barrett's prose is lyrical and sure, blending fact with fiction in an elegant meditation on personal freedom and political repression. Grace's story is shadowed by real events in China, giving her voyage of discovery an extraordinary vividness and 
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JANE AND THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT SCARGRAVE MANOR: BEING THE FIRST JANE AUSTEN MYSTERY, Barron, Stephanie
159 Barron, Stephanie JANE AND THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT SCARGRAVE MANOR: BEING THE FIRST JANE AUSTEN MYSTERY
Crimeline 1996 0553575937 / 9780553575934 Paperback Good 
Minimum wear, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book: For everyone who loves Jane Austen...a marvelously entertaining new series that turns the incomparable author into an extraordinary sleuth! On a visit to the estate of her friend, the young and beautiful Isobel Payne, Countess of Scargrave, Jane bears witness to a tragedy. Isobel's husband-a gentleman of mature years-is felled by a mysterious and agonizing ailment. The Earl's death seems a cruel blow of fate for the newly married Isobel. Yet the bereaved widow soon finds that it's only the beginning of her misfortune...as she receives a sinister missive accusing her and the Earl's nephew of adultery-and murder. Desperately afraid that the letter will expose her to the worst sort of scandal, Isobel begs Jane for help. And Jane finds herself embroiled in a perilous investigation that will soon have her following a trail of clues that leads all the way to Newgate Prison and the House of Lords-a trail that may well place Jane's own person in the gravest jeopardy. 
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160 Barrowcliffe, Mark GIRLFRIEND 44 (UK EDITION)
Headline 2000 0747268142 / 9780747268147 Paperback Very Good 
Girlfriend 44 supplies a sharp, sardonic study of one man's slant on relati ons between the sexes. Laddish, thirtysomething Harry is still looking for the woman of his dreams, after 43 failed attempts. When his mate Farley app arently commits suicide over a girl called Alice, Harry sets his sights on the bereaved, convinced that she's the woman of his dreams. There's just on e small catch--his best mate Gerrard is equally convinced that she's the on ly one for him and so the contest commences. A battle not so much of wits a s of puerile one-upmanship ensues as the pair project their own needs and d esires onto the object of their fantasies. Sporting metaphors are served up fast and furious in this rogues' rally:"So by cutting the levity ... he br ought the fight onto his own territory. Even if he failed ... he would stil l be there, like a tennis player hanging on in a demanding rally, biding hi s time to regain the cent re of the court." With its sharp one-liners, witt y observations and vivid characterisations, Mark Barrowcliffe's first novel Girlfriend 44 presents a provocative insight into the male psyche. 
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