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No Longer at Ease - Chinua Achebe

1960 - Heinemann, London Melbourne Toronto - First Edition
A fine and scarce copy of Achebe’s novel of personal and moral struggle amid turbulent social conflict, and written before he was thirty, No Longer at Ease tells the story of Obi Okonkwo, a man whose foreign education has separated him from his African roots and made him part of a ruling elite whose corruption he finds repugnant. The agony of choosing between traditional values and the demands of a changing world is dramatised with unequalled clarity and poignancy.

Still relevant more than fifty years after it was written,
No Longer at Ease remains a brilliant statement of the challenges facing African society. 
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The Restaurant at the end of the Universe - Douglas Adams

1980 - Arthur Barker Limited, London - First Hardback Edition
If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the end of the Universe?

Which is exactly what the crew of the Heart of Gold plan to do. There’s just the small matter of escaping the Vogons, avoiding being taken to the most totally evil world in the Galaxy and teaching a space ship how to make a proper cup of tea. And did anyone actually make a reservation?
 
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Watership Down - Richard Adams

1972 - Rex Collings, London - First Edition
A beautiful copy of this classic heroic fantasy and political novel about a small group of rabbits who are anthropomorphised, possessing their own culture, language (Lapine), proverbs, poetry, and mythology. Evoking epic themes, the novel recounts the rabbits' odyssey as they escape the destruction of their warren to seek a place in which to establish a new home, encountering perils and temptations along the way.

The novel takes its name from the rabbits' destination, Watership Down, a hill in the north of Hampshire, England, near the area where Adams grew up, and is based on a collection of tales that Adams told to his young children to pass the time on trips to the countryside.

Though it was initially rejected by thirteen publishers before eventually being accepted by Rex Collings,
Watership Down has never been out of print, and was the recipient of several prestigious awards. Adapted into an acclaimed film and a television series, it is Penguin Books' best-selling novel of all time.

‘As much about freedom, ethics and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates.’ – Paul Hughes.
 
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A Death in the Family - James Agee

1957 - McDowll, New York - First Edition
James Agee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of innocence, tenderness, and loss, reconstructs through the lens of fiction the real-life car accident that claimed his father when James was just six years old.

On a sultry summer night in 1915, Jay Follet leaves his house in Knoxville, Tennessee, to tend to his father, whom he belives is dying. Follet bids a lingering good-bye to his deeply pious wife, Mary, and drives off into the darkness, little imagining that the death that is soon to occur will be his own.
 
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The Young House-Keeper - or Thoughts on Food and Cookery - WM. (William) A. (Andrus) Alcott

1838 - George W. Light, Boston - Second Stereotype Edition
'Man has the power of deriving nourishment from almost every substance, both of the animal and the vegetable kingdoms of nature.’

A 19th century guide to healthy eating at home, with chapters including '
Food from Wheat', 'Nuts', 'Animal Food', 'Buckwheat and Millet', 'On Fruits in General', 'The Whortleberry', and 'Expense of Animal and Vegetable Food Compared'. 
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The Man With the Golden Arm - Nelson Algren

1949 - Doubleday & Company, New York - First Edition
There’s people in hell who want ice water…’

Algren’s shockingly brilliant novel of the disinherited,
The Man With the Golden Arm tells the sordid tale of Frankie Machine, the ‘golden arm’ dealer of a back street Chicago gambling den, whose heroin addiction and failing marriage drive him to the depths of despair.

The character of Frankie Machine was memorably brought to life on the silver screen by Frank Sinatra, in Otto Preminger’s 1955 film adaption of the novel, which co-starred Kim Novak and Eleanor Parker.
 
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A Walk on the Wild Side - Nelson Algren

1956 - Farrar, New York - First Edition
Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own.’

Algren’s tragicomic, picaresque account of young Texan Dove Linkhorn’s adventures as a hobo, hustler, stud, prisoner, and victim, as he traverses the shady corners of Old Perdido Street, in the French Quarter of 1930s New Orleans.

Little Joe never once gave it away, Everybody had to pay and pay, A hustle here and a hustle there, New York City is the place where they said: Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side. 
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Broad-Sword and Single-Stick - With chapters on Quarter-Staff, Bayonet, Cudgel, Shillelah, Walking-Stick, Umbrella, and other Weapons of Self-Defence - The All-England Series - R. G. Allanson-Winn, C. Phillipps-Wolley

1890 - George Bell & Sons, London - First Edition
This rare and oft quoted work on Victorian martial arts, was written by two acknowledged experts in the field, both members of of the Inns of Court School at Arms, one of the major combat sports clubs in London during the late 1800’s.

Wonderfully illustrated throughout, with examples of various weapons and equipment, diagrams indicating positions of attack and defence, and delightful, vintage sports-related advertisements.

If quite unacquainted with fencing, broad-sword, stick-play or bayonet-exercise, never be tempted into a bout with the quarter-staff.’ - C. Phillipps-Wolley. 
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