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PUBLISHER

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APPACHANA.

INCANTATIONS and Other Stories.

Virago

£2.95

 

 

Anjana,

An important new young voice from India.

Stories capturing the funny, poignant, unexpected and optimistic moment.

People living their lives amid contradictions and double standards, superstitions and impossible dreams, but ultimately usurp their familiar landscape and imbue it with an idiosyncratic vision.

Poor / Fair

1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATWOOD.

DANCING GIRLS and Other Stories.

Virago

 £3.50

 

 

Margaret,

Pregnant women, students and journalists; farmers, birdwatchers, ex-wives, adolescent lovers - and dancing girls.

All ordinary people - or are they?

In this collection of short stories Margaret Atwood maps human motivation we scarcely know we have.

Good 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BARANSKAYA

A WEEK LIKE ANY OTHER.

Virago

£3.25

 

 

Natalya,

Women's lives are the central preoccupation in this colection; a young girl is bewildered by her parent's seperation; a woman writer who regrets never marrying is finally glad of it; a delinquent girl is brought before the people's court.

In all of the stories, she captures the everyday realities of family and society in the Soviet Union.

Fair / Good

1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLACKWOOD.

GOOD NIGHT SWEET LADIES.

Penguin

£3.00

 

 

Caroline,

Stories and Essays.

From its opening story - an interview with lack-veiled, razor-tongued widow of a famous painter - to its concluding autbiographical piece drawn from her wartime childhood at a boys' prep chool in Ireland, demonstrating the full range of her elegant and ferocious talent.

Of the ten stories included here, 'Taft's wife' is a subtle study of male promiscuity, while 'Who Needs It?' is set in an American beauty salon. Recurring themes are the terror and pity inescapable in relationships; and - 'Marigold's Christmas', Olga and Angelica - Caroline Blackwood confirms her reputation as a remarkable portrayer of women, as her society hostesses, harridans and ex-wives all blaze into life with a wonderfully sour and idiosyncratic wit.

Fair / Good

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRAND.

A LOAD OF OLD BALLS

Simon & Schuster

£4.50

 

 

Jo,

Men in History.

Good / V Good 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BROWN.

THE EVOLUTION OF DARKNESS and Other Stories.

Brilliance

£3.50

 

 

Rebecca,

Everybody's nightmares and everybody's daydreams find focus in these stories that unravel the slightest of incidents into distrbingly familiar patterns.

Essential reading for anyone interested in their imagination.

Fair / Good

1984

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BROWNRIGG.

TEN WOMEN WHO SHOOK THE WORLD.

Gollancz

£2.95

 

 

Sylvia,

Across a series of vivid, untamed landscapes her characters wander in search of the obvious - love, fame, a good recipe for canapes - as well as the less obvious.

In 'Hussie from the West' the narrator rides a long erotic journey hoping for satisfaction; in 'The Bird Chick' a visionary organises some unusual park inhabitants for a vold experiment in theatre.

Wherever these maverick women travel their lyrical, comical voices urge you to follow.

Fair / Good

1997

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CADIGAN, FOWLER & MURPHY.

LETTERS FROM HOME.

Women’s Press

£3.50

 

 

Pat, Karen & Pat,

18 'Tales of the Unexpected' from 3 award-winning American authors: some frigtening, some humourous, all startlingly original.

In Pat Cadigan's 'The Pond', a mother is terrified that her 5-year-old daughter will be drowned, as was her cousin when they were children. But it is not her daughter who will die... Karen Fowler writes of the shifting nature of relationships, between father and daughter in 'Lieserl', between Tonto and the Lone Ranger in 'The Faithful Companion at Forty', between women friends in 'Duplicity'. Pat Murphy shows an abused wife's sweet revenge in 'His Vegetable Wife' and sex as the cure for father-obsession in 'Dead Men on TV'.

These stories are collected here for the first time. Satirical or serious, they show the workings of myth and magic in modern day life.

V Good 1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAMERON.

DZELARHONS.

Harbour

£4.75

 

 

Anne,

Myths of the Northwest Coast.

The world is full of magic. It's everywhere...

"When I was eight or nine - or maybe ten or eleven - I don't remember for sure now, Klopinum would share her stories with me".

And thus it begins, the long awaited successor to Anne Cameron's ground-breaking 'Daughters of Copper Woman'.

Magic in many incarnations - mischievous, terrifying, benevolent, erotic - suffuses the pages of this extraordinary collection.

From the humourous tales of the trickster Raven through feminist fable of the bearded woman to the myth of the lazy boy who reared by whales and saved the world, climaxing with the epic story of the mythical superwoman Dzelarhons - First Mother, Frog Mother, Weeping Woman, guardian and teacher of her people.

Good / V Good

1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CARTER.

THE VIRAGO BOOK OF FAIRY TALES

Virago

£3.50

 

 

Angela,

Once upon a time fairy tales weren't meant just for children and neither is 'The Virago Book of Fairy Tales'.

Adults certainly delight in them and this stunning collection of Angela Carter's met with huge acclaim and success when first published in hardback.

Here is the pick of Mother Goose's feathers: lyricl and bloody tales, hilariously funny and ripely bawdy stories that show the dark and the light side of life - from Europe, the Arctic, the USA, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Be they brave, good, silly, cruel, awesomely clever or unfortunate, Angela Carter's heroines are always centre stage, as large as life, even larger.

Fair / Good

1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHINEN.

THE WAKING WORLD.

Tarcher Putnam

£6.00

 

 

A.B,

Classic Tales of Women and the Heroic Feminine.

This captivating collection of fairy tales, compiled from 7000 folklores from around the world, focuses on strong, mature women and explores such matters as compettion and loyalty among sisters; disloyalty of parents; reclamation of power and discovery of its limits; trust in intuition over intellect; rescue and revival of the true self.

These stories defy passive female roles and present empowered women who do not wait for the prince to come, but instead rescue him and change their worlds.

Psychology/Women's Studies/Stories/ Spirituality.

Good / V Good

1997

 

Large

£2 P&P (UK)

ISBN: 0-87477-863-8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHOPIN.

PORTRAITS.

Women’s Press

£3.00

 

 

Kate,

Collection of 29 short stories, each story illustrates why Kate Chopin is read now with such pleasure and recognition and was so firmly censored and castigated at the end of the nineteenth century.

Her characters are full of life, faults and passion; she wrote with relish of great love, of unsatisfactory marriage, of the nature and implications of illicit romance and adultery.

The rage and despair with which so many women writer's speak the truth of women's experience are rarely present in Kate Chopin's work. Her knowledge of the ways in which a woman's life is circumscribed is used to effect, but in many stories, against the odds, the woman hero has the last laugh or at least a much-enjoyed moment of triumph.

Good / V Good

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLAUSEN.

MOTHER, SISTER, DAUGHTER, LOVER.

Women’s Press

£2.50

 

 

Jan,

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!! 

Fair / Good 19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOPER.

A PIECE OF MINE.

Women’s Press

£1.50

 

 

J California,

J California Cooper's larger-than-life women struggle for love, money, happiness, and sometimes revenge.

Told with enormous warmth and humour, these twelve stories centre on the lives of black women and their men in the small-town southern states of America. Ex-Library

Fair 1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOPER.

A PIECE OF MINE.

Women’s Press

£2.95

 

 

J California,

J California Cooper's larger-than-life women struggle for love, money, happiness, and sometimes revenge.

Told with enormous warmth and humour, these twelve stories centre on the lives of black women and their men in the small-town southern states of America.

Good / V Good

1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOPER.

HOMEMADE LOVE.

Women’s Press

£3.00

 

 

J California,

The characters in these stories spend their lives trying to learn to swim to the top. They strive, survive and age in their attempts. They swim by creating their own Homemade Love.

These stories are full of wonder at the mystery of life, the hardness of fate, and the whimsical humour the Lord indulges in.

Good 1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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DAVIS & OLSEN.

LIFE IN THE IRON MILLS & Other Stories.

Feminist press

£3.50

 

 

Rebecca Harding Davis

(Edited by Tillie Olsen).

Forgotten American Classic.

Rebecca Harding's 'Life in the Iron Mills', reprinted after 124 years from April 1861 'Atlantic Monthly'. Edited and with a Biographical Interretation by Tillie Olsen.

Without precedent or predecessor, it records what no one else recorded; alone in its epoch and for decades to come, saw the significance, the passage, in scorned or unused native materials - and wrought them into art.

Written in secret and in isolation by a thirty-year-old unmarried woman who lived far from literary circles of any kind, it won instant fame - to sleep in ever deepening neglect in our time.

Fair / Good

1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

De Beauvoir.

THE WOMAN DESTROYED

Flamingo

£2.50

 

 

Simone,

3 long short stories all on the theme of woman's vulnerability.

In the first, to the process of ageing; in the second, to loneliness; and, in the third, to the growing indofference of the loved one.

Poor / Fair

1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DORSEY.

MACHINE SEX... and other stories.

Women’s Press

£3.25

 

 

Candas Jane,

Sci-Fi Stories which are speculative and subtle. They deal with the advance of technology, cultural changes and human relationships.

In '(Learning About) Machine Sex' she offers a brilliant parody of cyberpunk: funny, angry and feminist.

In 'Time is the School in which We Learn, Time is the Fire in which We Burn', a woman dying of cancer meditates on her life and the choices she has made and teaches herself to come to terms with her past.

Other stories are concerned with exile and identity, with the fragile beauty of earth, with loneliness and desire.

V Good

1990

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DWORKIN.

THE NEW WOMANS BROKEN HEART.

Frog in the Well

£3.00

 

 

Andrea,

Eight short stories by the Author of 'Woman Hating' and 'Our Blood'.

Includes big women, Lesbians and broken hearts.

V Good / Mint

1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EIDUS.

VITO LOVES GERALDINE.

Serpent’s Tail

£3.50

 

 

Janice,

In these stories, recognisable myths of US life - country and western music, lecherous therapists, best friends, divorcees, locker-room talk, motels, body building - are undermined with sardonic sympathy.

It is a world where the real is mock, where the student becomes the object of her study, where the computer operator longs to be a performance artist, where the linguist is at loss for words.

Vito loves Geraldine confirms Janice Eidus as a writer with the nerve to take risks and the poise to carry them off.

Good 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ELLIOTT.

THE NOISE FROM THE ZOO.

Sceptre

£3.00

 

 

Janice,

In these, the best of her short stories which include the new 'No Man's Land', Janice Elliott explores a range of themes with all the dark wit and magic found in her novels.

Combining a menacing world of the imagination with sharp observation of eveyday foibles, she blends the beautiful with the grotesque, humour with tragedy, and provides a collection of stories as subtly thought-provoking as they are entertaining.

Good / V Good

1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FERRE.

THE YOUNGEST DOLL.

Bison

£3.75

 

 

Rosario,

A gentle maiden aunt who has been victimised for years unexpectedly retaliates through her talent for making life-sized dolls filled with honey. 'The Youngest Doll', based on a family anecdote, is a stunning literary expression of Rosario Ferre's feminist and social concerns.

It is the premier story in a collection that was originally published in Spanish in 1976 as Papeles de Pandora and is now translated into English by the author. The daughter of former governor of Puerto Rico, Ferre portrays women who are loosening the constraints that have bound them to a particular culture. Anger takes creative rather than polemical form in ten stories that started Ferre on her way to becoming a leading writer in Latin America.

The upper-middle class women in 'The Youngest Doll', mostly married to macho men, rebel against their doll-like existence or retreat into fantasy; those without money or the right skin colour are even more oppressed. In terms of powet and influence, these women stand in the same relation to men as Puerto Rico does to the United States, and Ferre stretches artistic boundaries in writing about their situation.

These stories, moving from the realistic to the nightmarish, are deeply felt, full of irony and black humour, often experimental in form. In closing, Ferre considers how her experiment as a Latin American women with ties to the United States has brought to her writing a dual cultural perspective.

Fair / Good

1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLANAGAN.

BAD GIRLS.

Abacus

£3.50

 

 

Mary,

A sharp and funny collection of stories about women of all ages who don't always behave as they ought.

It is a triumph for Mary Flanagan, who views women, their behaviour and sensuality with an avid intelligence and an unforgettable freshness.

Good / V Good

1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLANAGAN.

BAD GIRLS.

Abacus

£3.75

 

 

Mary,

In her superbly sharp and funny debut short story collection Mary Flanagan writes about women of all ages who don't always behave as they should.

Bad Girls is a triumph for this gifted author, who views women, their behaviour and sensuality with avid intelligence and unforgettable freshness.

Good / V Good

1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLANAGAN.

THE BLUE WOMAN.

Abacus

£3.75

 

 

Mary,

By turns funny and serious, quirky and moving, Mary Flanagan's superb new collection of 16 sequential stories delightfully picks up the thread of her outstanding debut, 'Bad Girls'.

Then, women imposing themselves on life were the focus of her ironic scrutiny. Now Flanagan investigates life's impositions on women - from girlhood to old age and with a narrative range that embraces tragedy, lyricism and broad farce.

Good 1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOSTER.

A BRIGHTER COMING DAY.

Feminist press

£3.75

 

 

 

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRAME.

YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE HUMAN HEART.

Women's Press

£3.50

 

 

Janet,

These dazzling stories, selected by the author herself from all her published and unpublished collections, span forty years of her writing life.

From impressions of a New Zealand childhood to life in some of the world's largest cities; fromthe sardonic to the compassionate, scrupulous realism to the haunting resonance of dream and fable, these supurb and moving tales confirm Janet Frame's position as one of the world's finest writer's of fiction.

V Good 1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRASER.

JEMIMA SHORE at the SUNNY GRAVE.

Mandarin

£1.50

 

 

Antonia,

See Detective novels.

Fair / Good

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GILLIATT.

LINGO.

Weidenfeld

£3.50

 

 

Penelope,

Characters ranging from the exotic to the everyday, and her settings from Troy to the East End. Yet the subjects of all her stories have the sharpness of immediate experience.

In 'Fat Chance', a young girl is torn between poverty and the chance to study music, as well as between her mother and father she adores. Other stories, including the title story 'Lingo', explore the pitfalls of speech, for people who have much to say but cannot control the words in which they say it.

And others again discover people, often unwittingly, at critical moments where seemingly insignificant decisions can shape a life. Hardback

V Good / Mint

1990

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLADWELL.

BRIDAL GOWN SHROUD.

Creation

£3.75

 

 

Adele Olivia,

Fiction & Essays.

Collection of short stories, prose poems, and complementary essays, which confronts contemporary female issues using radical motifs of menstruation and abjection - a 'beautific abyss of crimson issue'.

Here, steeped in bloody catamenial lore, we meet satyrs and vampire paramours; goddesses within; devils of fate, death and rebirth; and other praeterhuman shadow figures cavorting to liberate the female imagination.

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!

Fair / Good 1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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HIGHSMITH.

LITTLE TALES OF MISOGYNY.

Heinemann

£1.00

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HURSTON.

SPUNK - Selected Short Stories.

Camden

£3.50

 

 

Zora Neale,

Novelist, folkloreist, anthropologist, playwright, journalist and critic, Zora Neale Hurston (1901?-1960) has been called the heart behind an entire generation of modern black women writers. Named by Alice Walker 'a native American genius', she was born in Eatonville, Florida; where she grew up in an all black, self-governed town.

Hurston's stories celebrate the vitality and exuberance of black culture, whether in 'The Gilded Six Bits', an ironic account of infidelity, the powerful 'Sweat', a story of marital cruelty, or the joyful 'Isis', where a little girl tries to shave her grandmother's whiskers and runs off with the new red tablecloth to dance at the carnival.

Good / V Good

1987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JAMES.

THE ADVENTURES OF STOUT MAMA.

Balnain

£3.75

 

 

Sibyl,

Collection of short tales, deliciously funny sound bites that will send you running to a phone to read them to your best friend.

Stout Mama - a fortyish radical obsessed with diets, politics, language, travel, and romance - is a politically eclectic feminist who paints toenails but hasn't shaved her legs for years, who loves Mick Jagger but has never taken the words of 'Under My Thumb' seriously.

Good 1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JIE.

AS LONG AS NOTHING HAPPENS, NOTHING WILL.

Virago

£2.00

 

 

Zhang,

One of China's most popular and controversial writers.

In this Collection of 5 stories she dissects some of the more hidden areas of daily life in Chinese society, speaking out on such taboo issues as sex, and satirising what she sees as hypocrisies and abuses - plotting and manoeuvring at work, nepotism, conniving to secure a prestigious husband, a better flat or job.

V Good / Mint

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LETTE.

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT.

Picador

£1.50

 

 

Kathy,

The seven friends who get together for a girls' night out believe there are only two things wrong with men: everything they say and everything they do. in twelve brilliantly funny short stories, Kathy Lette reveals the hilarious, poignant and bawdy secrets women tell each other - when men aren't around. 'New Woman' Mag Editiion.

Good / V Good

1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LETTE.

GIRLS' NIGHT OUT.

Picador

£.3.25

 

 

Kathy,

The seven friends who get together for a girls' night out believe there are only two things wrong with men: everything they say and everything they do. in twelve brilliantly funny short stories, Kathy Lette reveals the hilarious, poignant and bawdy secrets women tell each other - when men aren't around.

Fair / Good

1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LOVE.

THE TOTAL DEVOTION MACHINE

Women’s Press

£3.25

 

 

Rosaleen,

4 Sci-fi Stories that won literary awards in Australia.

Mary Beth knows that babies need total devotion, and that they are unlikely to get it from their fathers, so when she sets off to fly the solar wind to Mars, she leaves Wim Morris and Baby in the care of the Total Devotion Machine. Only the Total Devotion Machine has ideas of its own about parenting...

As with all good science fiction, these short stories are rooted in human concerns: our relationships with each other and with the planet we inhabit.

In this first collection of her stories we see dolphins, seasnakes, electric fish and even prehistoric bones entering the realm of human relationships, and upsetting them. Allowing the bizarre to creep into the everyday event, and records it with a subversive and ironic wit.

Fair / Good

1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LURIE.

WOMEN & GHISTS.

Vintage

£1.50

 

 

Alison,

Sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting, these stories may read as tales of the uncanny or as accounts of how the world can appear when seen through the coloured spectacles of imagination or delusion.

Alison Lurie's gift lies in her intuitive understanding of women's hearts and minds. Combined with her faultlessly sure touch and unmatchable talent for comedy, it makes each of her ghost stories a small masterpiece.

Special Edition from 'She' Magazine.

V Good 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LURIE.

WOMEN & GHOSTS.

Heinemann

£3.00

 

 

Alison,

Sometimes humorous, sometimes haunting, these stories may read as tales of the uncanny or as accounts of how the world can appear when seen through the coloured spectacles of imagination or delusion.

Alison Lurie's gift lies in her intuitive understanding of women's hearts and minds. Combined with her faultlessly sure touch and unmatchable talent for comedy, it makes each of her ghost stories a small masterpiece.

Uncorrected proof copy - 13th June 1994 (£12.99)

Poor / Fair

1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MACKAY.

BABIES IN RHINESTONES.

Abacus

£3.00

 

 

Shena,

New collection from a leading contemporary writer.

The unsettling world of these stories is one of deceptive appearances: a place of hidden traps, subtle revenge and thinly disguised menace.

These highly individual stories present an unusual and distinctive picture of apparantly ordinary events and the darker causes which may lie at their roots.

Fair 1984

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAITLAND.

TELLING TALES.

Journeyman

£3.95

 

 

Sara,

Collection of feminist stories, some of which have already appeared in 'Bananas', 'Time Out' and elsewhere.

Tales about women from Greek mythology to the present, from South America to China, from the Creation to clinical death, to be read aloud, reread and never forgotten. Tales men should be told!

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!

Fair / Good

1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAITLAND.

WOMEN FLY WHEN MEN AREN’T WATCHING.

Virago

£3.25

 

 

Sara,

For 20 years Sara Maitland, one of Britain's most acclaimed writers, has chronicled the imaginative and actual concerns of women's lives shaped by feminism in a series of stunning short stories and novels.

The breadth of her interests and inspiration are brilliantly displayed in this gathering of tales old and new: from folkstories in 'Truth North' to classical mythology in 'Cassandra'; from historical incident in 'Forceps Delivery' to Christian heroines like Perpetua in 'Requiem'.

And as she intertwines the everyday and the inexplicable to witty or disquieting effect in 'Apple Picking' and 'The loveliness of the Long Distance Runner', her wildest flights of fantasy remain anchored in a consciousness of the oppresion of women, overlaid with a wickedly ironic humour.

Good 1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANSFIELD.

SHORT STORIES

Everyman

£3.50

 

 

Katherine,

Selected and Introduced by Claire Tomalin.

This selection of stories by Katherine Mansfield has been chosen to Claire Tomalin to present the work most likely to challenge the attention of readers' a century after the birth of this remarkable writer.

They specifically emphasize the stronger, feminist side of her writing rather than the popular, more sentimental view.

Claire Tomalin's fine introduction traces the development of Katherine Mansfield as a writer against a narrative of her short but eventful life; and evokes the particular qualities of her personality, period and situation, and their reflection in the stories.

The 21 stories are presented in chronological order and include such well-known ones as 'Prelude', 'The Garden Party', 'At the Bay' and 'Bliss' as well as others less familiar, but equally interesting, such as 'The Swing of the Pendulum', 'The Little Governess' and 'Carnation'.

V Good / Mint

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MANSFIELD.

THE COLLECTED SHORT STORIES.

Penguin

£3.00

 

 

Katherine,

The 73 short stories and 15 unfinished fragments contained in this volume represent the whole range of Katherine Mansfield's writing.

Contemporary critics compared her to Chekhov in her treatment of apparently trifling incidents and her symbolic use of objects to convey powerful atmosphere.

These are not tales of violent emotions or dextrous plot; they are sensitive revelations of human behaviour in quite ordinary situations, through which we can glimpse a powerful, and sometimes cruelly pessimistic, view of the human lot.

779 pages Large £1.75 P&P (UK)

Fair 1981

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCRACKEN

HERE’S YOUR HAT WHAT’S YOUR HURRY.

Minerva

£2.95

 

 

Elizabeth,

Elizabeth McCracken's characters are eccentrics and outsiders, both charmingly unhinged and chockingly familiar.

Unconventional acute and very funny, these stories offer a rare insight into the emotional lives of the individual and the family, and represent a unique voice in contemporary fiction.

Fair / Good

1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCRORY.

THE WATER'S EDGE.

Sheba

£2.95

 

 

Moy,

Full of secrets and skeletons, gossip and humour, Moy McCrory's stories skilfully portray the close community life of Irish Liverpudlians. People like Great Aunt Florence, who chats as readily to her dead as to her living relatives, bring the culture alive.

Through many different characters, Moy McCrory tells stories of the past, the present, the prejudice. These stories tell how a people can retain their identity even when dispplaced. Here is an ordinary life and ordinary people with an extraordinary way of surviving.

Humourous, perceptive and sometimes stunningly sad.

Fair / Good

1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCRORY.

THE WATER'S EDGE.

Sheba

£3.50

 

 

Moy,

Moy McCrory's excellent first collection of short stories, "The Water's Edge", is now in it's second edition.

In these memorable and widely acclaimed stories, several of which have been dramatise on BBC Radio, Moy McCrory vividly portrays a close knit community of Irish Liverpudlians, putting a particular emphasis on women's experiences.

Good / V Good

1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McELROY.

JESUS AND FAT TUESDAY.

Pandora

£3.00

 

 

Colleen J,

Church ladies, honky tonk piano men, politics, prostitutes and nurses are the subjects of Colleen McElroy's America - cajun New Orleans, Mid Century St Louis and present day Northern California.

Through evocative imagery and strong use of the oral tradition, these powerful, poetic stories conjure up the colour and the vivacity of Black America.

Fair / Good

1888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MOGGACH.

CHANGING BABIES.

Mandarin

£2.00

 

 

 

OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONROE.

A WILD, COLD STATE.

Simon & Schuster

£3.95

 

 

Debra,

Debra Monroe received glowing nationwide reviews for her first volume of stories, 'The Source of trouble', which won the prestigious Flannery O'Connor Award amd established her as an important new voice in contemporary American fiction.

Here, in her new collection, Monroe's novellas and stories are linked by the lives of six characters who inhabit the cold, unforgiving geography of rural Wisconsin. As they pass in and out of each other's lives, what persists is a state of mind in which - in the words of one character - "it was possible, inevitable, that love would streak from the sky and warm me all the way to the soles of my cold feet".

Nearly all the stories feature women of various classes, united by their desire for love and fulfillment in a land dominated by glacial wonds and stormy men. RRP £12.99 Hardback

Good / V Good

1995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUNRO.

THE MOONS OF JUPITER.

Penguin

£3.50

 

 

Alice,

In these 11 stories, Alice Munro's women discover that love is rarely honest, kind or reliable (although they keep trying); that people are not puzzles to be 'arbitrarily solved' (although they continue to search the past and the present for clues).

V Good / Mint

1984

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUNRO.

THE PROGRESS OF LOVE.

Vintage

£3.95

 

 

Alice,

"Only a few writers continue to create those full-bodied miniature universes of the old school.

Some of her short stories are so ample and fulfilling that they fell like novels.

They present whole landscapes and cultures, whose families of characters'. Anne Tyler. New Republic.

V Good / Mint

1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAMJOSHI.

FEMINIST FABLES.

Sheba

£3.25

 

 

Suniti,

Drawings by Susan Trangmar.

Everyone likes a good story... but how often do women have to make allowances when reading a short story, or fable, that we might otherwise really enjoy?

Now, at last, we have this new and exciting book: Feminiast Fables... and elegant and subversive collection of stories and drawings that rework mythology as it used to be.

Weaving through time and space they create a uniquely feminist pattern of meaning... these fables are an important contribution to contemporary women's literature. (Includes Lesbian Stories).

Fair / Good

1981

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OBEJAS.

WE CAME ALL THE WAY FROM CUBA SO YOU COULD DRESS LIKE THIS?

Cleis Press

£3.95

 

 

 

See Also Lesbian short stories. 

Good / V Good

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O'CONNOR.

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND.

Women’s Press

£3.50

 

 

Flannery,

Introduced by Lisa Alther

Flannery O'Connor once referred to 'A Good Man is hard to Find' as 'nine stories about original sin'. in her introduction to this edition Lisa Alther writes: 'The sin is usually some form of vanity or self-love.

There is, in each story, a moment of grace or revelation or retribution, often violent, during which a character accepts or fails to accept enlightenment about the paucity of his or her existence and the need for reformation.

But description does very little for these stories. Like bad dreams, they have to be experienced for their full impact to be felt.

Fair / Good

1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O'CONNOR.

A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND.

Women’s Press

£3.50

 

 

Flannery,

Enter the enticing world of Flannery O'Connor.

The world of the American Deep South, where characters lead lives of brutal poverty and fierce cruelty; where ordinary events can tip over into violence, tragedy and despair.

Fair / Good

1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O'CONNOR.

THE COMPLETE STORIES.

Faber and Faber

£7.00

 

 

 Flannery,

This is the first complete collection of Flannery O'Connor's stories.

This volume, which includes the stories already published in 'A Good Man is Hard to Find' and 'Everything That Rises Must Converge', also includes several stories never before published in book form.

Good / V Good

1990

550 pages - Large

£1.75 P&P (UK)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 P

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PERERA.

BIRTHDAY DEATHDAY.

Women's Press

£3.50

 

 

Padma,

A stubborn old woman vows to stay silent one day a week, until her death becomes her loudest and most powerful silence; two dubious holy men - one raffish, one endearing - wake a child to the irony of belief; and an unjustly dismissed village schoolmaster becomes a rueful metaphor for the uselessness of hindsight...

Humorous, tragic, wistful, through all of these tales flows a passionate attachment to an ancient, sheltering Indian culture passed down through the centuries, particularly through the lives of women.

Thus the dreamy elder sister inspires the hoydenish younger; the mother's wisdom restrains the restless daughter but does not restrict; the old woman finds a vocation in passing on her knowledge to the impatient young.

V Good / Mint

1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHILLIPS.

BLACK TICKETS.

Penguin

£3.00

 

 

Jayne Anne,

27 stories, whose characters and voices begin in what is real, but become, in fact, dreams. They bear no relation to living persons, except that love or loss lends a reality to what is imagined.

Fair / Good

1979

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLATH.

JOHNNY PANIC & THE BIBLE OF DREAMS.

Faber

£3.75

 

 

Sylvia,

This second edition contains 13 stories included in the 1st edition together with 5 of her more interesting pieces of journalism and a few fragments from her journal; and in Part IV, a further 9 stories selected from the Indiana Archive.

All items are given approximate dates of composition in so far as that is known.

Fair / Good

1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POLLARD.

HEARTS and SHOWERS.

Headline

£3.75

 

 

Su,

Writing with a wickedly sharp pen, Su Pollard explores the worlds of romantic attraction, lust, and true love, from the cradle to the grave.

Hearts and Showers is a book that no potentila lover from nine months to ninety-nine years can afford to be without. Hardback

Good / V Good

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 R

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICHARDSON.

JOURNEY TO PARADISE.

Virago

£3.25

 

 

Dorothy,

Short Stories & Autobiographical Sketches.

Published together for the first time are Dorothy Richardson's short stories: delicate and slippery tales which range from the vast gardens of childhood and the anticipation of seaside holidays, to the shifts in perception as youth stutters towards maturity and on the levelling experiences of old age and death.

Accompanying this range of fictional voices are her autobiographical sketches, offering insight into Dorothy Richardson's life and the development of her creative talent.

V Good 1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROBERTS.

DURING MOTHER'S ABSENCE.

Virago

£3.50

 

 

Michele,

Subversive, sensous tales, wise and witty fictions; this collection of short stories from one of Britain's most acclaimed novelists is by turns shockingly delicious and soberingly disquieting.

When mother is away taboos are breached, the untouchables embraced and the forbidden tasted.

Good / V Good

1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RUSS.

EXTRA (ORDINARY) PEOPLE.

Women's Press

£2.95

 

 

Joanna,

Science Fiction Stories.

Five elegant stories from Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Joanna Russ, in the form of a history lesson to a child of the future.

A medieval abyss defends her community against a Viking invasion; a young girl sails on a 19th-century clipper bound for America with a guardian who is not what 'he' seems; a time traveller disguises herself as a male god on an errand of mercy in a feudal past; an author evolves the plot of a Gothic romance between two women.

These stories are as much about nature of science fiction as they are about the imagined and fantastical worlds they describe.

Joanna Russ once more draws on her talent for vivid charactisation to involve us in worlds not our own, exploring gender and power relationships in past and future to illuminate our own time.

'Souls', the first story in the collection, won the 1983 Hugo Award.

Fair / Good

1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAXTON.

THE POWER OF TIME.

Chatto

£3.75

 

 

Josephine,

Sci-fi and Fantasy.

Rebuild Manhattan in the heart of Leicestershire? Enliven dull Utopia by summoning a demon lover? Change your rivals into animals? Do your own brain surgery?

The whimsical and the perverse, the witty and the bored play the most dengerous games, face the most bizarre of consequences.

Short stories ranging on location from the Midlands to far stars and times, but all deal in an elegant taking of risks.

Good / V Good

1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAXTON.

LITTLE TOURS OF HELL.

Pandora

£2.95

 

 

Josephine,

Tall Tales of Food and Holidays.

Painting holidays, pregnant holidays, ghastly weekends and reckless rendezvous... these are just a few Saxton scenarios to help you get away from it all, with these cautionary tales about campers, hampers and oily foreign muck from gastronomiques and holiday makers everywhere.

These stories are specifically concerned with the more macabre or stultifying aspects of eating and holidaying.

Fair / Good

1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAXTON.

THE TRAVAILS OF JANE SAINT & OTHER STORIES. (Sci-Fi)

Women’s Press

£3.00

 

 

Josephine,

Down-to-earth, matter of fact, determined, daring and occasionally confused, Jane Saint fights to improve the status of women on earth.

She is helped in her search for the lost Kodebook by a canine phenomenologist 'unimpressed with magic as a political tool', Simone de Beauvoir, Joan of Arc, and amiable griffin and a bottle of Guiness.

Good / V Good

1986

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAXTON.

JANE SAINT & THE BACKLASH:

Women’s Press

£2.95

 

 

Josephine,

The Further Travails of Jane Saint and the Conscious Machine.

New readers will be amazed by Jane Saint's bizarre adventures on her journey through the sticky quagmire of patriarchal ideas, and those who followed her in her earlier travails will be delighted to meet up again with Mr Rochester the cat, the loyal demon Zilp and Agatha Hardcastle the witch of Heptonstall.

Good / V Good

1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHMIDT.

OUT OF AMERICA.

Serpent's Tail

£4.50

 

 

Susan,

Opposites meet in these gently ironic stories about the US Southwest, a place where the country is wide-open and weirdness flourishes.

Set against this landscape are stories of cultural confusion on both sides of the Atlantic, where American and English sensibilities clash.

Susan Schmidt writes humorously and movingly about the idea of 'home', and confirms with panache the success of Winging It.

Fair / Good

1993

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPARK.

THE COLLECTED STORIES of

Penguin

£3.75

 

 

Muriel,

From the cruel irony of 'A Member of the Family' to the fateful echoes of 'The Go-Away Bird' and the unexpectedly sinister 'The Girl I Left Behind Me', in settings that range from South Africa to the Portobello Road.

Muriel Spark cooly probes the idiosyncrasies that lurk beneath the veneer of human respectability, displaying the acerbic wit and wisdom that are the hallmarks of her unique talent.

Fair / Good

1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STEAD.

THE PUZZLEHEADED GIRL.

Virago

£2.75

 

 

Stead,

 OUT OF STOCK - SORRY!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 T

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOMPSON.

A COUNTRY CALENDAR & other Writings.

Oxford

£3.50

 

 

Flora,

Selected and Edited by Margaret Lane.

Flora Thompson is best known as the author of the acclaimed country classic, 'Lark Rise to Candleford'.

This companion volume, bringing together a delightful selection from her previously uncollected or unpublished papers, reveals her remarkable gifts as an observer and naturalist, evoking a turn-of-the-century rural world now vanished.

Good / V Good

1991

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWEEDIE.

LETTERS FROM A FAINTHEARTED FEMINIST & MORE FROM MARTHA.

Robson

£3.50

 

 

Jill,

Illustrated by Merrily Harpur.

Published for the first time in one paperback volume, these wickedly funny and now classic letters between Martha and her younger, more liberated sister, Mary, were the inspired creation of Jill Tweedie.

They brilliantly reflect the gap in many enlightened women's lives between their theories and their day-to-day practice.

Good / V Good

1994

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TWEEDIE.

MORE FROM MARTHA.

Picador

£3.00

 

 

Jill,

Further Letters from a Fainthearted Feminist.

More letters from Martha (wife of Josh, ex-wife of Tom, mother of two teenagers and an unexpected baby) to her much more militant soul-mate Mary (who is a squatter somehwere in the dark satanic mills of Northern England with her live-in-lover, Mo).

Good / V Good

1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 W

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WALTON.

GLACE FRUITS.

Pandora

£3.75

 

 

Robin,

This powerful collection of short stories heralds the emergence of an important new writer.

Robin Walton's characters are deftly drawn and her acute and shrewd perceptions challenge and engage the reader from the first word.

From the down-and-outs of 'Easy Street' to the sophisticates of 'A Double Act'; from a suburban milkman snubbed at a first night at the opera to an Asian bank officer grappling with an Aboriginal intruder Walton's world is peopled by inner city inhabitants from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds.

Most are east coast Australian born and bred but some of them have managed successfully to transpose themselves to New York, London or Brussels.

Good / V Good

1989

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELDON.

MOON OVER MINNEAPOLIS or Why She Couldn’t Stay.

Flamingo

£3.25

 

 

Fay,

A major new collection of short stories from one of Britain's most glitteringly talented writers.

Mothers and children, lovers and wives, carers and betrayers. Some characters struggle; some dance or fly; some try suicide or murder.

They may resort to reason or unreason (wrestle those apart if you can). All of them make choices.

Deft, spare, and incisively intelligent, shot through with Fay Weldon's needling moral sense and vibrant humour.

Good / V Good

1992

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WELDON.

WICKED WOMEN.

Flamingo

£2.75

 

 

Fay,

A collection of short stories.

Split into 'Tales of:
Wicked Women, Wicked Men, Wicked Children, From the Other side, Of Love, Pain and Good Cheer, and Going to the Therapist'.

Good 1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHARTON.

THE GHOST STORIES of EDITH WHARTON.

Virago

£3.95

 

 

Edith,

In these powerful and elegant tales, Edith Wharton evokes moods of disquiet and darkness within her own era.

In icy new England a fearsome double foreshadows the fate of a rich young man; a married farmer is bewitched by a dead girl; a ghostly bell saves a woman's reputation. Brittany conjures ancient cruelties, Dorset witnesses a retrospective haunting and a New York club cushions an elderly aesthete as he tells of the ghastly eyes haunting his nights.

Rich and strange, these stories reveal a seductive and little known aspect of this superb writer.

Edith Wharton (1862-1937), the grande dame of American literature, was also a subtle and spirited critic of its society.

V Good / Mint

1996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Z

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZOLINE.

BUSY ABOUT THE TREE OF LIFE.

Women’s Press

£3.50

 

 

Pamela,

Pamela Zoline is a writer of remarkable skill and ingenuity.

From the meditative complexity of 'The Holland of the Mind' to the pastoral pastiche of 'Sheep', from the bizarre and unnerving biographical history of 'Busy About the Tree of Life' to the classic science fiction story 'The Heat Death of the Universe', Pamela Zoline proves expert ar transcending the limits of form.

The interwoven themes of all the stories - of love, death and the imagination - are explored within a complex narrative framework that constantly challenges accepted notions of writing and reading.

Good

1988

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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