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will not turn up and that their love has been sacrificed to her father’s ambitions to become ruler of the country. Wandering distractedly through the crowds at the May Day celebrations, he meets his colleague G.Z., who has gained promotion through the desperate measure of setting a trap for a dissident playwright. The next, contrasting, encounter is with his uncle, who sees through the narrator and perceives that his whole life is a hypocritical sham forced on him by the system. The Blinding Order is about the public and private cost of blinding used as a form of social control, while The Great Wall takes the reader to the Chinese borders in the days of Tamburlaine. 226pp. £15 NOW £4

68190 LOVE LETTERS OF GREAT MEN AND WOMEN edited by Ursula Doyle

Taken together, these love letters of kings and queens, composers, writers and poets show that perhaps we haven’t changed so very much over the last 2000 years. From the private papers of Beethoven and Lord Byron to those of Katherine of Aragon and Queen Victoria, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, Emily Dickinson, Napoleon, Browning, Katherine Mansfield, Oscar Wilde, Edith Wharton, Empress Josephine, Lord Nelson, Mrs Fitzherbert and the Empress Alexandra of Russia, here is passion, jealousy, hope and longing in the simple pleasure of the sending and receiving of a letter to the person you love most. 309pp in paperback. £6.99 NOW £3.50

68220 TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES by Thomas Hardy

One of the greatest and most tragic love stories ever told, this is the story of Tess, a good woman. But in her time and her place, being good and being a woman is not enough to find justice in a world dominated by powerful men and even more powerful traditions. When Tess falls in love with Angel, she cannot imagine the heartbreak that will follow or the lengths she will have to go to in order to prove the strength of her heart. Gift edition, chunky 575pp in softback. £6.99 NOW £2

68275 EVERYTHING IS NICE AND OTHER FICTION by Paul Bowles, Anaïs Nin, Shusaku

Endo, Octavio Paz, Jeremy Reed et al Since 1951, the staunchly independent firm of Peter Owen has produced some of the most groundbreaking literature of any British publisher. With seven Nobel Prize winners and a backlist that includes some of the most talented writers worldwide. This selection brings together a few of the most important authors they have published, including Colette, Isabelle Eberhardt, Anna Kavan and Peter Vansittart among them. The book is illustrated by Mark Chagall, Jean Cocteau, Dalí, Erté, Gerald Scarfe and others. 192pp in paperback. £11.95 NOW £4

68277 GERTRUDE by Hermann Hesse As a sensitive, disabled young composer, the narrator is drawn to a sensual singer named Gertrude through their mutual love of music. Gradually he becomes engulfed by an enduring and hopeless passion for her, but, because of his fear of arousing sympathy instead of passion, he loses her. When Gertrude marries his friend, a famous singer, he is compelled to stand by as their obsessive relationship disintegrates into tragedy. Packed with brooding Teutonic power, the musical detail is extraordinarily well done. 208pp in paperback. £9.95 NOW £2.50

68286 WEIGHTS AND MEASURES by Joseph Roth

At his wife’s insistence, Eibenschütz leaves his job an artilleryman in the Austrian army for a job as Weights and Measures Inspector in a remote part of the Empire near the Russian border. Attempting to exercise some rectitude in his duties, he is at sea in a world of smugglers, profiteers and small-time crooks. But when he discovers that his wife has become pregnant by his own clerk, he spends less and less time at home, preferring to frequent a tavern on the border. There he becomes hopelessly drawn to a gypsy woman. She, however, is prepared to share the bed of the landlord, Eibenschütz’s enemy, an unprincipled profiteer who has made the tavern a beacon for smuggling activity. 150pp in paperback.


GIFT WRAP by Freddy Moran Opening out to 19" x 30", here are 12 sheets of quality gift wrap featuring four designs of fabulously colourful quilts. House of Dreams, French Connection, A Parade of Homes and Address Unknown, Freddy Moran is well known for her motto ‘ten colours don’t work, but a hundred do!’ With

12 matching gift tags, great value for money. $13.95 NOW £6


Shiny red laminate cover; 16 pages of recycled grey paper. 8½” x 12", great value. Ideal for photographs, cuttings, pressed flowers, artistic doodles etc. ONLY £1

48245 FULL-PAGE A4 MAGNIFIER SHEET An A4 flexi sheet measuring 8½” x 11", it weighs nothing and is ideal for laying over your needlecrafts and handiwork, scrapbooking, newspapers, home computer, map reading, books - indeed anything you need to bring a little closer to avoid eye strain. Would also make a thoughtful gift for those who are a little short-sighted. Bibliophile has bought stocks from a medical specialist, recognising a need in our readers. Wipe clean and non- breakable. ONLY £6

68500 HIROSHIGE 2012 CALENDAR Taschen’s weekly tear-off calendars help you keep a handle on your daily life. Every Monday you’ll discover a beautiful new famous view of Edo picture to inspire you right through to the weekend, with a small space below to jot down each day’s most important events. All in gorgeous colour, serene, Japanese and tasteful wall hanging calendar. 21 x 29 cm, 110 pages. Reduced to clear.

WAS £14 NOW £8.50

67587 PLACEMAT SET: 24 Paper Placemats by Lotta Jansdotter

Add a delightful accent to family meals, picnics and other get-togethers with this colourful collection of paper placemats featuring the modern organic designs of Lotta Jansdotter. Four each of six designs measuring 15" x 11", the accent colours are subtle yellow, rusty red, brown stripes and petrol blue each with a leaf or nature design. A lovely and practical idea and useful to keep to create that special setting. £12 NOW £3


Mouse Design by Mike Taylor Our lovely customer Mike Taylor donated this very witty artwork in glowing colour, with lime green border with tiny flowers, a lovely tabby cat looking up at a stack of books to a cute grey mouse on top. In the background is an arched window, a church in a rural scene and the wood of the furniture is actually sparking as is the mug of tea with ‘I Love Bibliophile’ on it! The stack of books have some really hilarious and punny titles. 2" x approx. 9" quality laminate bookmark. ONLY 20p


In Bibliophile blue, this is the latest in our own collectable company designs with a quick reminder for our book hotline printed on. It has a super squeezy black rubber grip, ideal for older hands, and an attractive metal ‘squiggle’ clip. Black ink. ONLY £1

65980 NOTE PAD SPIRAL SHORT HAND by Anker International

Very handy to keep in the desk, these quality spiral bound notepads each contain 150 sheets of lined notepaper measuring approximately 4" across by 8". A very handy jotter to keep on the desk, next to the computer or by the phone. ONLY £1.50


Measuring 8" x 10" with a frame in a very pretty royal blue and yellow paisley design, the frame is padded and also covered in the same fabric all the way across the back and around the large stand. The cork board itself could be used to pin on notices, shopping lists, reminders etc. or indeed used as a picture frame as it is designed to stand alone. Very handy to keep in the kitchen or by the telephone. $16.95 NOW £4


In a lovely modern design with a chrome flexible neck and white storage container, here is a clip-on light for a wireless world. It is designed to illuminate laptops, e- readers, books, crafts and more. Two powerful LEDs provide bright, even light, the adjustable neck directs light where needed, the rubberised clip stays securely in place and the light fits into the clip for easy storage and travel. Uses two CR2032 batteries and two sets are included in the box. This is the recommended product for the Amazon Kindle. ONLY £5

67492 LEATHER MINI PORTFOLIO: Plum by the Canyon Outback Leather Goods Company

Handbag or man bag? That is the question. Measuring approx. 12" x 7", in a very soft and supple leather showing the grains and textures of each piece’s character, this fine leather wallet could be used as a travel document wallet or as a purse or clutch bag. There are three zip compartments for more precious items, six slots for credit cards and one for a slim mobile phone or keys. With matching leather tie and silver stitching. $29.95 NOW £10

67534 SHOPPING BAG: Flip and Tumble Red Lightweight, palm-sized when tucked away in its own pocket, this super lightweight shopping bag will flip and tumble out of the pocket to become 17" wide and 23" tall, hold 25lbs in weight and is machine washable. A great product we have imported from California. ONLY £3

67589 BRONTE SISTERS NOTECARDS by Potter Style Publishing

‘My soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring.’ - Anne Brontë. ‘Love is like the wild rose-briar.’ - Emily Brontë. Delicate pastel colours and découpage style design, these very delicately designed blank notecards are perfect for sending to your more literary friends. 16 small blank notecards, four of each design with 16 quality envelopes with a rose design. All in a sturdy box. £10 NOW £4.50

67757 HAPPY BIRTHDAY by Valeria Manferto De Fabianis All that you could wish to give someone on his/her birthday. Here are cakes and candles, birthday cards with words and thoughts of best wishes, birthdays caught under the spotlight and Happy Birthday cartoons. Here too are rolling happy birthdays - that is, films that have celebrated them - even a sexy girl jumping out of a giant cake in How to Murder Your Wife! And no birthday would be complete without a section celebrating animals. 144 pages lavishly illustrated in b/w and colour, book with a card in a little blue envelope. £8.99 NOW £2


Measuring 4" x 6", here are four delightfully bright and colourful items of stationery, 44 page blank books in which the right hand pages are lined and the left hand pages are blank for all your own illustrations. There are also two sticker sheets containing four stickers ‘The Little Book of - by -’. Get creative, whatever your age. ONLY £3.50

68521 ANGELS CALENDAR 2012 Angel with Lute by Rosso Fiorentino, Adoration of the Shepherds (detail of the angels and child) by the Le Naim Brothers, The Guardian Angel by Wilhelm von Kaulbach, Elijah in the Wilderness by Lord Frederic Leighton, the Vision of St. Bernard (detail of three angels) by Filippino Lippi and illustrations of musical angels are among the 12 images selected for this celestial collection. Includes one bonus image with six months July to December 2011 planner. Measuring 12" square, this wall calendar has a square grid and features public holidays worldwide. Softback. Reduced to clear. £9.99 WAS £5 NOW £3

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68525 FAIRIES CALENDAR 2012 The Call to the Faerie by Thomas Maybank, Fair Face of Woman by Sophie Anderson, Midsummer Eve by Edward Robert Hughes, Ariel by John Anster Fitzgerald, The Fairy Wood by Roy Miles and several German prints illustrating scenes from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream are among the 12 images chosen for this calendar of ethereal beauty. In addition to the 12" x 12" image, the wall calendar itself is a grid marking all the major public holidays in the UK, USA, Australia and Eire and even Showa Day in Japan on 29th April. Includes one bonus image with a six month July to December 2011 planner page. Buy now to beat the rush! 12" x 12" softback. Reduced to clear. £9.99 WAS £5 NOW £2


YOU CARDS by Eric Carle A beautiful set featuring the bestselling ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ illustrations, first the hairy Caterpillar with his red face and big bug green eyes, and secondly as a beautiful colourful butterfly. You’re Invited! With occasion, date, time and RSVP and Thank You! Which is a blank

notecard, these are quality stationery products, ten of each design with quality envelopes. £8.99 NOW £4

68654 AGE OF ROMANCE: 30 Postcards by Peony Press

Ten beautiful portraits of pre-Raphaelite beauties depicted on 30 postcards, each on sturdy card and easily detachable from the softback binding. Several of Rossetti’s works are present as well as pictures by Muschamp, Holman-Hunt, Kennington, Alma-Tadema and Burne-Jones. For sending or keeping, all in colour. £4.95 NOW £3.50


The design of this magnetic closing hardback book has the appearance of an antiqued book and the hard card cover opens to reveal a quality lined notebook from the Piccadilly range of social stationery. 80 pages, quality cream lined paper. 6½” x 9". Brown and gold in colour

with black satin bookmark. $14.95 NOW £6


80 pages, quality cream lined paper. 6½” x 9" with a cover resembling red leather with elaborate, embossed gold tooling and satin bookmark. $14.95 NOW £6


‘Drink me!’ says the label on the bottle she holds as Alice’s neck extends in the famous John Tenniel cartoon. On the reverse of the card is the reverse of Alice, her long hair flowing from behind as she tosses away the bottle in a black and white illustration. Slimline card measures 6" tall by nearly 3" across and comes with a quality envelope. The blank card itself may be sent or divided to become a bookmark. Blank notecard and envelope.

ONLY £2.50

68834 AUBREY BEARDSLEY: The Yellow Book Bookmark Card by Retrocards

With the distinctive black outline and yellow highlights, there are two images, one of a buxom lady in a black dress reclined in a yellow high backed armchair reading The Yellow Book. The reverse of this blank notecard is a blonde beauty in a long dress carrying a summer hat. Blank notecard measures 6" tall by nearly 3" across and comes with a quality envelope. After use, the card may be divided to become two bookmarks. ONLY £2.50


Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded. - Virginia Woolf


1920s by Pamela Horn Drawing on family papers, contemporary publications and archive research, the author presents a vivid picture of what women’s lives were like at this time. This volume examines how women responded to the new challenges and the difficulties of the years after the First World War when, for a large number of them,

war casualties meant a life of spinsterhood, which some turned to good account by enjoying their new independence. The current fashions, with their close- fitting dresses, cloche hats and cropped hair, emphasised this spirit of female emancipation, although it was 1918 before the vote was granted to women, and then only to those aged 30 or over. From the revival of the round of high society by the social élite to the lives of the new middle-class professionals and working-class women employed in the still traditional milieu of factory and domestic service, the changing lives of women are explored. Other topics under review are the bringing up of children and attitudes to family planning, as well as the widening leisure and political activities which some women could now afford. 256 paperback pages with b/ w archive photos, cartoons and other illustrations and explanation of the historical value of money in the UK. £16.99 NOW £6.50

69088 THE EITINGONS: A Twentieth Century Story by Mary-Kay Wilmers

Here is a riveting history of the 20th century, told through one family. It deals with war, displacement, murder, espionage, the Jewish diaspora and psychoanalysis. At the same time, it also explains

e-mail: 69306 LOOKING BACK AT BRITAIN: The

Road to Recovery 1950s by Brian Moynahan The 1950s got off to a good start with the Festival of Britain in 1951, celebrating the technologies which were going to improve everyone’s lives in the very near future. As Supermac remarked, we had never had it so good. Optimism was in the air, and the 1951 election rejected Labour’s austerity measures and put the Conservatives in power. As men returned from the war the fight for equal pay came onto the streets with middle-aged, middle class women carrying banners. The Coronation in June 1953 confirmed a sense of national pride, and the Queen is pictured struggling with her voluminous garments in the pouring rain while still managing to look serene. Pogo-sticks came and went, and Liverpool was one of the first cities to become a multi-ethnic community. The exploits of the jet set featured in gossip columns as glamorous young people started jetting around the world. At the other end of the cultural spectrum, kitchen sink drama was filling the theatres with a new gritty realism. The Suez crisis of 1956 shook confidence in Britain as a world power, and Harold Wilson and Barbara Castle, pictured here in their youthful prime next to a photo of Harold Macmillan at a grouse shoot, were the future Labour stars. The end of the 50s saw the meteoric rise of entertainers like Tommy Steel and the young Cliff Richard. 160pp, superb black and white photos on every page. See also 69310 Looking Back At Britain: War and Peace 1940s in War Memoirs. £17.99

NOW £6.50

Trotsky’s assassination, the growth of Freud’s teachings, the importance of the fur trade, the uses of money and the lure of the past, throwing light into some of the darkest corners of the last century. Who were the Eitingons, and what part did they play in the secret dramas? Just three of them were Leonid, Max and Motty. The first was a KGB assassin who dedicated his life to the Soviet regime. He was in China in the early 1920s, in Turkey in the late 1920s, in Spain during the civil war and, crucially, in Mexico when Trotsky was killed. ‘As long as I live’ Stalin had said, ‘not a hair of his head shall be touched, but it did not work out like that. Max was a psychoanalyst and a colleague, friend and protégé of Freud’s. He was rich, secretive and - through his friendship with a famous Russian singer - implicated in the abduction of a White Russian general in Paris in 1937. Motty was a New York fur dealer whose connections with the Soviet Union made him the largest fur trader in the world. Imprisoned by the Bolsheviks, and questioned by the FBI, was Motty everybody’s friend or everybody’s enemy? We leave you to find out. A huge 476 pages with maps, b/w archive photos, family tree and note on the Soviet Secret Service. £20 NOW £6


THE WORLD by Jo Potts It is primarily a guide to the world’s national flags, but it provides much more than just this. First there is a concise guide to the history and anatomy of the world’s flags - flag ratio (width:length), types and the parts of a flag and flagpole. Next we are taken through the many different styles of flag, such as cross, triangle at hoist, diagonal stripes, horizontal and vertical

tricolours etc, followed by a world map showing all the sovereign countries of the world. Then comes the main part of the book, an A-Z listing of all the world’s national flags from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, one to a page and in full and accurate colour. To round it all off there is also a fact-box with the country’s area, population, capital and its population, type of government, ethnicity, languages, religions, national motto and national anthem with date first used. In addition to all of this, there are further sections on the flags of the UK and Channel Islands, the State Flags of the US, the province flags of Canada, the State Flags of Australia, the flags of International Organisations, alphabetical and numerical signal flags and a list of fixed national flag days - phew! 224pp, colour. £9.99 NOW £4.50


Age of Paranoia by Francis Wheen How quickly we forget, says Francis Wheen, the power cuts, kidnappings, terrorism, fuel and food shortages and Cold War paranoia that were the reality of the 70s. Whether it was Nixon’s demented behaviour in the White House, Harold Wilson’s insistence that “they” were out to get him, China ruled by two untouchable hypochondriac borderline-psychotics, the trial of Rupert Bear, the inglorious end of the Vietnam conflict or Pol Pot’s Cambodia, the list of horrors is almost endless. Wheen notes that in our own current Great Crash, barely a week passes without some allusion being made to that distant decade. Jaw-droppingly revealing, 344pp. £18.99 NOW £5

67555 GREAT SILENCE 1918-1920 Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz Age by Juliet Nicolson

Between two landmark occasions two years apart, a rich slice of British history unfolds. The first, Armistice Day 1918, brings cheering crowds into the streets. But the euphoria soon vaporises to reveal the carnage the war has left in its wake: debilitated veterans, mental illness, countless dead. Slowly but surely, new life emerges. Revolutionary surgeon Harold Gillies brings hope with his miraculous skin-grafting procedure. Women win the vote, skirt hems leap from ankle to knee and aristocrats and servants alike forget their troubles at packed dance halls. A lively cast of characters from the Prince of Wales to T. E. Lawrence and from Nancy Astor to Vera Brittain bring these two years to life. 302 pages with photos. $25 NOW £6

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