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The Queen's Sorrow, Dunn, Suzannah
1 Dunn, Suzannah The Queen's Sorrow
U.S.A. HarperCollins 2009 006170427X / 9780061704277 1st US Ed Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
288 pages. Trapped in a loveless marriage to Philip of Spain in spite of her triumphant coronation, a dutiful Mary Tudor finds her queenship challenged by religious dissidence, her inability to conceive a child, and uprisings among her subjects. Even a queen cannot rule over men's hearts. Mary's husband, Philip of Spain, cares nothing for his broody, besotted new wife, and the public joy with which Mary is crowned soon sours as religion splits the country. To what lengths will she go for her faith and family and for he heir she so desperately wants? 
Price: 9.50 AUD
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The Advocate: A Sardinian Mystery, Fois, Marcello
2 Fois, Marcello The Advocate: A Sardinian Mystery
UK Vintage 2004 0099453746 / 9780099453741 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
118 pages. 'Dreamy, compressed and much concerned with local identity, The Advocate is not a typical policier...The poeticism and the social-historical concerns come together in the figure of Bustianu ... a hugely appealing central character ... vivid and atmospheric' Sunday Telegraph. The incident occurred in Nuoro, Sardinia, about a hundred years ago. A prosperous farmer was shot dead in his olive grove, and his hired hand, a young man called Zenobi, was found guilty in absentia - he had gone to ground already after being accused of theft and was now a bandit with a price on his head. An open-and-shut case. Qnly the lawyer, Bustianu, was willing to see whether the evidence for either charge stood up against the facts. Neither the courts nor the police wanted to reopen the case; the boy had effectively admitted his guilt by absconding. The lawyer’s only recourse was to set up a trap of his own... 'Qlite simply a masterpiece. The novel nurtures a wordless violence and a pastoral simplicity, tragic as the Mediterranean sun beating down upon this stony ground' Nouvel Observateur. 'Fois captures Sardinian family intrigue within the hot and dusty landscape in an almost Pagnolian manner' Time Out. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Black Ajax, Fraser, George MacDonald
3 Fraser, George MacDonald Black Ajax
United Kingdom HarperCollins 1998 0006499813 / 9780006499817 1st Edition Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
248 pages. In the spirit of Flashman and in the inimitable George MacDonald Fraser style comes a rousing story of prize fighting in the 19th century. Reissued in a stunning new package, Black Ajax will attract a new generation of fans. When Captain Buck Flashman sees the black boxer catch a fly in mid-flight he realizes that he is in the presence of speed such as the prize ring has never seen. Tom Molineaux may be crude and untutored, but if 'Mad Buck' knows anything (and like his notorious son, the archcad Harry Flashman, he has an unerring eye for the main chance), this ex-slave from America is a Champion in the making, on whose broad shoulders the ambitious Captain can climb to sporting and social fame. Under his patronage, the 'Black Ajax' is carried on a popular tide of sporting fever to his great dream: to fight the invincible, undefeated Champion of England, the great Tom Cribb. The story of Molineaux and his eventual battles with Cribb is told through a series of superbly original and individual voices -- colourful, powerful and funny. Together they create a magnificent picture of Regency England and a portrait of a flawed hero who surmounted the barriers of ignorance, poverty and race hatred to bring the prize ring a lustre it had never known before, and may never again. 
Price: 8.50 AUD
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Flight of the Falcon, Geason, Susan
4 Geason, Susan Flight of the Falcon
Australia Little Hare 2006 1921049367 / 9781921049361 1st Edition Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
118 pages. Sybilla de Saint-Valery, the daughter of a nobleman and soldier, has been staying with relatives in the castle of the Duke of Normandy. When news of an imminent English attack reaches the castle, Sybilla must undertake a dangerous journey home to her mother and the family estate. But these are treacherous times to be on the road. En route, she is kidnapped by her father's enemies who demand that Sybilla's mother hand over the deeds to the Saint-Valery estate in exchange for her daughter's safe return. With only her faithful hound, Hannibal, and falcon, Merlin, to help her, can Sybilla escape her captors and reach Saint-Valery before her ancestral home is lost? Set in eleventh-century Normandy, this adventure novel is an intiguing glimpse of the life of a young noblewoman in the early Middle Ages. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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Kaspar's Journey, Joseph, M. K.
5 Joseph, M. K. Kaspar's Journey
New Zealand Brick Row/Hallard Press 1988 0908595441 / 9780908595440 1st Edition Glossy Soft Cover Good 12mo 
257 pages. 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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One Foot in Eden, Rash, Ron
6 Rash, Ron One Foot in Eden
Australia The Text Publishing Company 2011 1921656964 / 9781921656965 1st Australian Edition Soft Cover Good 8vo 
199 pages. The first novel from acclaimed poet and short-fiction writer Ron Rash. The book was chosen for publication from more than 100 manuscript submissions. A richly textured story of love and murder, One Foot in Eden unfolds through the distinctive voices of a small-town sheriff, a young married couple, and those who share in their secrets. Sheriff Will Alexander knows who murdered Holland Winchester, but he can't find the body and no one's talking, least of all Holland's neighbor, Billy Holcombe. And Billy's pretty wife Amy seems to know something about it, too. For years, the mystery will go unsolved-until the day the power company forces everyone out and floods the valley and family farms where this close-knit community has lived and worked for generations. Rash is a native Appalachian, and writes with deep understanding and affection for a region often misunderstood. The story is a tribute to a time, place, and way of life slowly vanishing from the modern South. Ron Rash, an American poet, short story writer and novelist, is the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. Ron Rash holds the John and Dorothy Parris Professorship in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University, where he teaches poetry and fiction-writing in the Department of English. " ... Scholars have praised his ability to find the universal within the particulars of place, citing his writing's "universal appeal, lyrical grace, and narrative efficiency." ... (Wikipedia). 
Price: 10.00 AUD
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Tha Manse: the first novel in the Heart of green valley Series, Resce, Meredith
7 Resce, Meredith Tha Manse: the first novel in the Heart of green valley Series
Australia Golden Grain Pub 1998 0646340263 / 9780646340265 2nd Impression Glossy Pictorial Soft Cover Very Good 12mo 
234 pages. Kate has a secret she does not want anyone to know, especially the hateful new minister - the man who has taken her father’s place. John Laslett has just arrived in Green Valley as the new parish minister. He has been employed by the patron lady, Vera Wallace. At first it seems that the grand lady is full of grace and her intention is to see to his every need. However, there is something strange about the housekeeper she has sent. Kathryn is efficient in every detail, but John cannot seem to break through the cold exterior. Something is wrong, he is sure, but he does not know what... Australian author, Meredith Resce has received wide acclaim from Australian readers for her historical romance novels, 'The Heart of Green Valley' series. 
Price: 9.00 AUD
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The Bridal Wreath: Kristin Lavransdatter, Vol.1, Sigrid Undset
8 Sigrid Undset The Bridal Wreath: Kristin Lavransdatter, Vol.1
USA Vintage 1987 0394752996 / 9780394752990 1st Edition Soft Cover Good 12mo 
284 tanning pages. The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its story of a woman's life in fourteenth-century Norway has kept its hold on generations of readers, and the heroine, Kristin - beautiful, strong-willed, and passionate - stands with the world's great literary figures. Volume 1, The Bridal Wreath, describes young Kristin's stormy romance with the dashing Erlend Nikulausson, a young man perhaps overly fond of women, of whom her father strongly disapproves. In this classic Kristin Lavransdatter interweaves political, social, and religious history with the daily aspects of family life to create a colorful, richly detailed tapestry of Norway during the fourteenth-century. Pages are tanning due to age. 
Price: 12.00 AUD
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