First edition in book form. Inscribed presentation copy. Publisher's original black cloth with gilt titles to the spine, in the Patrick Tilly designed dustwrapper. An excellent fine copy, the binding square and tight, the contents, the with recipient's bookplate to the front pastedown are otherwise clean throughout. Complete with the very lightly rubbed dustwrapper that has some offsetting from the author's ink presentation inscription to the front flap. Not price-clipped (16s net to the front flap).

Inscribed by the author in black ink on the front endpaper "To Britta and / Jan Broberg / with best wishes from / Alan Sillitoe / 7th July 1964". The recipient Jan Broberg (1932-2012) was a literary historian and one of Sweden's foremost experts on crime fiction. He interviewed numerous authors including J. R. R. Tolkien, Georges Simenon and Doris Lessing. The Ragman's Daughter is a collection of seven short stories previously published in magazine form. The titular story is the basis for the 1972 Harold Becker directed film starring Simon Rouse and Victoria Tennant.

Stock code: 22367


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