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A Sour Apple Tree.

By: Blackburn, John

Price: £35.00

Publisher: Secker & Warburg: London.: 1958.

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Seller ID: 38981

Condition: Page edges browning and a little spotted, a near fine copy in a G/VG dustjacket with shallow chipping along the spine edges and several corner tips.


Spy thriller: the author's second book.''(1923-1993) UK writer and antiquarian book dealer, author of many novels whose ambience of Horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf, often simultaneously; he was a sophisticated, commercial exploiter of Equipoise in fantastic fiction. Early books, such as his first, A Scent Of New-Mown Hay (1958; vt The Reluctant Spy 1966), A SOUR APPLE TREE (1958), Broken Boy (1959) and A Ring of ... View more info

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A Ring Of Roses.

By: Blackburn, John

Price: £50.00

Publisher: Jonathan Cape: London.: 1965.

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Seller ID: 20030

Condition: Fine copy in an almost fine dustjacket.


Thriller with sf elements. View more info

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Mister Brown's Bodies.

By: Blackburn, John

Price: £15.00

Publisher: Jonathan Cape: London.: 1975.

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Seller ID: 10858

ISBN: 0224011006

Condition: Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).


''UK writer and antiquarian book dealer, author of many novels whose ambience of horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf. However, though his use of sf situations is often ingenious, and though even his most straightforward novels are prone to internal generic mutations from one form to another, it would be unduly stretching matters to describe the author as a genuine sf writer'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF). View more info

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The Cyclops Goblet.

By: Blackburn, John

Price: £20.00

Publisher: Jonathan Cape: London.: 1977.

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Seller ID: 18018

ISBN: 0224013777

Condition: Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).


Mystery/thriller.''throughout Blackburn's more routine work, however, it is often the case that what seem to be sf plot devices on introduction turn out to be explicable in terms of contemporary science by the story's close, or are McGuffins like the atom-bomb conspiracy in The Face of the Lion. Though his use of sf situations is often ingenious, and though even his most straightforward novels are prone to internal generic mutations from one form to another, it w... View more info

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A Scent Of New-Mown Hay.

By: Blackburn, John

Price: £40.00

Publisher: Secker & Warburg: London.: 1958.

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Seller ID: 38980

Condition: Inked name on front free endpaper, page edges a little browned, else a fine copy in a fairly good dustjacket with shallow chipping along the top spine edge and chipped (2cm x 2cm) bottom spine edge, dust-soiling to rear (white) panel and wear at corner tips.


Spy thriller with sf trappings: the author's first book. Published in the US in 1966 as a Lancer paperback as THE RELUCTANT SPY. Scarce UK hardcover (the US edition issued the same year is much more common).''(1923-1993) UK writer and antiquarian book dealer, author of many novels whose ambience of Horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf, often simultaneously; he was a sophisticated, commercial exploiter of Equipoise i... View more info

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The Face Of The Lion.

By: Blackburn, John

Price: £15.00

Publisher: Jonathan Cape: London.: 1976.

Edition: First edition (& 1st printing).

Seller ID: 10044

ISBN: 0224011847

Condition: Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new) but for just a little rubbing to the (black) dustjacket.


Thriller/horror novel.''author of many novels whose ambience of horror derives from a calculated use of material from several genres, including sf: he tended to use themes from espionage and thriller fiction to buttress and ultimately provide explanations for tales whose effects were fundamentally gothic horror and fantasy. Ex-Nazis often cropped up in these books, and even in later stories, like THE FACE OF THE LION (1976), which again (characteristically) deals... View more info