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  • The Girl Green as Elderflower – Randolph Stow – First Edition 1980

    The Girl Green as Elderflower – Randolph Stow – First Edition 1980

    Another absolutely crisp, as if new first edition published by Secker & Warburg, London in 1980.

    Octavo, 150 pages, dust jacket art by John Piper.

    Randolph Stow had been awarded the Patrick White Award the previous year. White established the award from funds received form his Nobel Prize … good on him.

    Following quickly after Visitants a quite different book by Stow. Previous work often dealing with the deterioration of an individual here we have the opposite. Crispin Claire has been badly afflicted by his time in the Tropics. Convalescing in Suffolk the environment provides nourishment. With improved strength he begins to write a narrative around three 12th Century local stories, and he finds himself moving between the present and the time of Richard the Lionheart. Beautifully and skillfully written.

    Unusual and gripping story as can expected from Stow.


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  • Tourmaline – Randolph Stow – First Edition 1963

    Tourmaline – Randolph Stow – First Edition 1963

    A first edition of this Australian classic published by Macdonald, London in 1963.

    Octavo, 224 pages. A very good copy in a slightly chipped dust jacket. Ownership signature on paste down. A few pages near the beginning exhibit a some show through of text from the other side … a little irritating … overcome with a relaxing cup of tea.

    A derelict Australian gold rush town is the setting for Randolph Stow’s gripping drama.

    The half title informs … “On the surface Tourmaline is the story of an illusion, of a lost township snatching at the chance of rebirth. At a deeper level it is a fable and man’s ever-present temptation to seek refuge from the world of his own reality”

    And …who can go past the haunting Sydney Nolan dust jacket?

    First Edition and Special


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