First edition, first printing. Original purple cloth with gilt (on black) lettering to the spine, in the dustwrapper designed by Stanley Hickson. A fine copy, the binding square and firm, the contents clean without inscriptions or stamps. Minor pushing and fading to spine tips, and a tiny mark to the upper edge of the page block. In the bright, clean dustwrapper, with a short closed tear (c. 1 cm) to the lower edge of the rear panel, and another (0.5 cm) to the upper edge of the front flap. Minimally rubbed to the upper outer corner. Not price-clipped (2.25 net to the front flap). A very attractive copy.

Taylor's fourth volume of short stories. Margaret Drabble, in the introduction to her selection of Taylor's stories (NYRB, 2014) writes of how they "move from the era of war damage and postwar austerity through rebuliding and reconstruction to an age of growing affluence, of coffee bars, transistor radios, motorways, and the package holiday in the sun", while her great contemporary, Elizabeth Bowen, wrote that '[s]he makes one feel, "here is something new; something that has not been perceived or said before"'.

Stock code: 21848


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