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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. A Novel - SIGNED - Michael Chabon

2000 - Random House, New York - First Edition
Signed by the Chabon and with hand drawn key of the ‘Escapist’ on the title page.

This magnificent novel won the Pulitzer prize for literature in 2000. The story of a young Jewish artist who escapes from Prague and increasing Nazi persecution, arriving in New York where he finds an outlet for his frustration and concern by illustrating for comic books starting with the ‘Escapist’. The golden era of Super Heroes.
 
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They Do It With Mirrors - Agatha Christie

1952 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
Miss Marple arrives at her friend Carrie’s sprawling estate to find that it’s been turned into a home for delinquent boys. What’s more, Carrie’s children have taken residence. Then a brutal murder occurs and Miss Marple finds that where there’s smoke, there are mirrors.

Published as ‘
Murder with Mirrors’ in the USA. The basis for the Emmy-nominated movie starring john Mills and Bette Davis. 
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A Pocket Full of Rye - Agatha Christie

1953 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
‘A tear rose in Miss Marple’s eyes. Succeeding pity, there came anger- anger against a heartless killer. And then, displacing both these emotions, there came a surge of triumph - the triumph some specialist might feel who has successfully reconstructed an extinct animal from a fragment of jawbone and a couple of teeth.’

Yet another case opens up for our distinguished sleuth, when a murder spree befalls a wealthy but troubled family, and the death of an innocent maid Miss Marple knew as a child compels her to investigate. A cracking murder-mystery with everything from poisoned teacups to sinister nursery rhymes- that will keep you up well past a sensible hour.
 
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After the Funeral - Agatha Christie

1953 - Published for The Crime Club by Collins, London - First Edition
The master of a Victorian mansion dies suddenly - and his sister is convinced it was murder... When Cora is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made the previous day at her brother Richard's funeral suddenly takes on a chilling significance. At the reading of Richard's will, Cora was clearly heard to say: 'It's been hushed up very nicely, hasn't it! But he was murdered, wasn't he?' In desperation, the family solicitor turns to Hercule Poirot to unravel the mystery.

A Hercule Poirot mystery, published as 'Funerals are Fatal' in America and the basis for the 1963 film '
Murder at the Gallop', although Miss Marple replaced Poirot as the sleuth for the big screen. 
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The Cigar: By the Author of "Three Courses and a Dessert" - William Clarke

Circa 1835 - Sherwood, Paternoster Row - First Edition
We have endeavoured to make the Cigar like a true Havannah planted in the mouth of a skilful practitioner, retain its fire and fragrance to the last. The Cigar is of a masculine gender; it has been written by men to be read by men.’

Not a book about Cigars, but a small and extremely rare antique medley of humorous sketches by an underemployed Barrister, to accompany you cigar. With titles such as An Oyster Supper, The Opera Hat, Witchcraft Waggeries, Lady Viola’s Nipple, The Beef-Steak Cub, Smoking and Snuff Taking, Batchelor’s Antipathies, Social Bores and The Court of Love. With a number of in-text illustrations.

‘Bedecked with the gaudy tints of jollity and light-heartedness; but who will say that it contains not innumerable lessons which are well worth gathering and treasuring up as jewels of the memory, wherewith to illumine the dim and dangerous onward path of life? Our homily is quaint and joyous seeming, but the marrow of wisdom lurks within its core.’ 
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Incendiary - SIGNED - Chris Cleave

2005 - Chatto & Windus, London - First Edition
‘An al-Qaeda bomb attack on a London soccer match provides the tragicomic donnée of former Daily Telegraph journalist Cleave's impressive multilayered debut: a novel-length letter from an enraged mother to Osama bin Laden. Living hand to mouth in London's East End, the unnamed mother's life is shattered when her policeman husband (part of a bomb disposal unit) and four-year-old son are killed in the stadium stands.’ – Publisher’s Weekly.

‘Arguably the strangest epistolary novel ever written’ –
Newsweek.

True first and limited edition issued two weeks before the trade edition. Signed by the author and with a typed note of thanks. Unfortunately, it was published on the 7 July 2005, the day of the London bombings and most of the major bookshops removed it from their shelves.
 
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An Essay On The Art of ingeniously Tormenting - Jane Collier

1757 - A Millar, London - Second Edition, Corrected
Speak Daggers – but use none.’ - Shakespeare.

Remember always to do unto to every one, what you would least wish to have done unto yourself’ - Jane Collier (1714-55).

‘Perhaps the first extended non-fiction prose satire written by an English woman.
The Art of Ingeniously Tormenting is a wickedly satirical send-up of eighteenth-century advice manuals and educational tracts. It takes the form of a mock advice manual in which the speaker instructs her readers in the arts of tormenting, offering advice on how to torment servants, humble companions and spouses, and on how to bring one’s children up to be a torment to others. The work’s satirical style, which focuses on the different kinds of power that individuals exercise over one another, follows in the footsteps of Jonathan Swift and paves the way for Jane Austen.’ - Broadview Press.

In contemporary full calf binding, and with engraved frontispiece titled ‘
The Cat doth play, And after slay’. 
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The Hunger Games – Catching Fire – Mockingjay - SIGNED - Suzanne Collins

2008 2009 2010 - Scholastic Press, New York - First Editions
‘A brilliantly imagined dystopian novel about the ultimate television reality game for teens’ – Daily Telegraph

‘I couldn’t stop reading’
– Stephen King

A super set of Suzanne Collins’ phenomenally best-selling trilogy, the first two volumes signed by Suzanne Collins,
Mocking Jay with the 2010 stamp of a Mockingjay and her signature (which was used instead of a personal signature due to a hand injury). Set in dystopian Panem, a place once known as North America, in a rich city called the Capitol, which is surrounded by twelve districts, the novels follow the adventures of 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who steps forward to take her sister’s place in the dark and brutal live television show, The Hunger Games. 
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