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Our Origins: Slightly Better Books was formed in 2004 and is based in Langley Park, Durham and the ethos of the bookshop is to give the customer the contents, chapter and image information they need to choose and buy a book. Whilst the focus of this site is to give obscure and under-covered books a chance and room to breathe, sometimes an author is just good enough to warrant covering all their books, like Rex Stout and John Creasey

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-Specialism: We are particularly interested in history, railway, lathe & metalworking, model railway and model engineering books and magazines. If you have railway slides, photos and postcards to sell, please get in touch

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Selected New Additions to Stock (most recent first)
Harrison, Harry. 'Winter in Eden', published in 1987 in Great Britain by Grafton Books, 352pp, ISBN 0586064796 Hayder, Mo. 'Pig Island', published in 2006 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by BCA - Book Club Associates, 352pp, ISBN 9780593049716 Hayder, Mo. 'Tokyo', published in 2004 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by BCA - Book Club Associates, 363pp Nock, O.S. 'The Caledonian Railway', published in 1973 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.160, ISBN 0711004080 Beal, Edward. 'New Developments in Railway Modelling: Recent Tendencies, New Designs and Useful Guidance', published in 1956 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 268pp, no ISBN. Click image to access product page on Amazon UK where you can buy our acceptable condition copy Kray, Roberta. 'Reg Kray: A Man Apart', published in 2003 in Great Britain by Pan Books, pp.337, ISBN 9780330491112
Harrison, Harry. 'Winter in Eden', book 2 of the Eden trilogy, published in 1987 in Great Britain by Grafton Books in paperback, 486pp, ISBN 0586064796.

Condition: good+ condition, clean & tidy copy, well looked-after. There is some slight rubbing to the cover edges and corners and some faint creasing to the corners on the front and back covers

Category: Harry Harrison

Price: £3.50

Hayder, Mo. 'Pig Island', published in 2006 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by BCA - Book Club Associates, 352pp

Condition: Good+ clean & tidy condition, well looked-after copy, with a good+ dustjacket, although it has two small rips to the top edge

Category: Mo Hayder

Price: £3.00

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Hayder, Mo. 'Tokyo', published in 2004 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by BCA - Book Club Associates, 363pp

Condition: good+ clean and tidy condition

Category: Mo Hayder

Price:
£3.00

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Nock, O.S. 'The Caledonian Railway', published in 1973 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.160, ISBN 0711004080

Condition: Fair, acceptable - wholly intact & readable, but with creasing to the front cover, rubbing to the edges and a weak spine

Category: Railways-Scotland

Price: £7.00

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Beal, Edward. 'New Developments in Railway Modelling: Recent Tendencies, New Designs and Useful Guidance', published in 1956 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 268pp, no ISBN

Condition: Acceptable condition (fair), worn & vintage, but wholly intact & readable pale blue cloth hardback, 2nd Edition published in 1957 by Adam and Charles Black with a tatty dustjacket and "Elland Grammar School Library" printed on page edges throughout the book -see Amazon listing for full condition notes

Category: Model Railway Building

Price: £7.00

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Kray, Roberta. 'Reg Kray: A Man Apart', published in 2003 in Great Britain by Pan Books, pp.337, ISBN 9780330491112

Condition: New

Category: The Krays

Price: £3.00

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Lambrianou, Tony. 'Inside the Firm: The Untold Story of the Krays' Reign of Terror' by former Kray boss Tony Lambrianou, published in 1992 in Great Britain in paperback by Pan Books, pp.256, ISBN 0330322842 Patterson, James; Axum, Tucker. 'Cajun Justice', published in 2020 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.336, ISBN 9781538752357. Condition: very good, well looked-after copy. Price: £4.00, not including post and packing Wodehouse, P. G. 'Uncle Dynamite', published in 1966 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.250, no ISBN. Condition: good, but vintage with rubbing and mild creasing to the cover edges and corners. The internal pages are clean and tidy, but foxed. Price: £3.00, not including post and packing Cornwell, Bernard. 'The Winter King', published in 2006 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.495, ISBN 9780140231861. Condition: like new, with a couple of tiny tiny dents to the top edges front and back, and a faint crease to the long opening edge on the back cover. Price: £5.00, not including post and packing Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Triumph" published in 1999 in paperback, 382pp, ISBN 0006510302. Condition: good condition, well looked-after copy, with a crease to the lower right corner on the front cover and some slight rubbing to the cover corners and edges. There is a touch of foxing to the long opening edge of the book, in the form of an orangey yellowy mark (hardly noticeable). Price: £3.75, not including post and packing Patterson, James; Paetro, Maxine. "12th of Never" published in 2013 in Great Britain in paperback by Arrow Books, pp.487, ISBN 9781784752759. Condition: very good. Price: £3.50, not including post and packing
Lambrianou, Tony. 'Inside the Firm: The Untold Story of the Krays' Reign of Terror' by former Kray boss Tony Lambrianou, published in 1992 in Great Britain in paperback by Pan Books, pp.256, ISBN 0330322842

Condition: Good

Category: The Krays

Price: £3.00

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Patterson, James; Axum, Tucker. 'Cajun Justice', published in 2020 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.336, ISBN 9781787465404

Condition: very good, well looked-after copy

Category: James Patterson

Price: £4.00, not including post and packing

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Wodehouse, P. G. 'Uncle Dynamite', published in 1966 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.250, no ISBN

Storyline: Frederick the fifth of Ickenham is spreading sweetness and light...no matter what the obstacles

Condition: good, but vintage with rubbing and mild creasing to the cover edges and corners. The internal pages are clean and tidy, but foxed

Category: P. G. Wodehouse

Price: £3.00, not including post and packing

Cornwell, Bernard. 'The Winter King', published in 2006 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.495, ISBN 9780140231861

Condition: like new, with a couple of tiny tiny dents to the top edges front and back, and a faint crease to the long opening edge on the back cover

Category: Bernard Cornwell

Price: £5.00, not including post and packing

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Cornwell, Bernard. "Sharpe's Triumph" published in 1999 in paperback, 382pp, ISBN 0006510302

Condition: good condition, well looked-after copy, with a crease to the lower right corner on the front cover and some slight rubbing to the cover corners and edges. There is a touch of foxing to the long opening edge of the book, in the form of an orangey yellowy mark (hardly noticeable)

Category: Bernard Cornwell

Price: £3.75, not including post and packing

Patterson, James; Paetro, Maxine. "12th of Never" published in 2013 in Great Britain in paperback by Arrow Books, pp.487, ISBN 9781784752759

Condition: very good clean & tidy copy

Category: James Patterson

Price: £3.50, not including post and packing

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Farmer, Philip José. 'The Magic Labyrinth', published in 1980 in the United States in hardback with dustjacket, 406pp, no ISBN. Condition: Good, clean copy with a good, clean, intact dustjacket. The dustjacket does have some small rips and rubbing to the edges, particularly at the top and bottom of the spine. Price: £6.00, not including post and packing Patterson, James; Marklund, Liza. 'Postcard Killers' published in 2010 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.516, ISBN 9780099550051. Condition: very good condition, well looked-after copy. Price: £4.00, not including post and packing Clarke, Arthur C. 'Imperial Earth', published in 1982 in Great Britain in paperback, 287pp, ISBN 0330250043. Condition: good, clean and tidy condition. Price: £3.50, not including post and packing Van Vogt, A. E. 'Quest for the Future', published in 1980 in Great Britain in paperback, 188pp, ISBN 0450045994. Condition: good, but vintage, with some slight rubbing to the cover edges and corners and some mild foxing to the internal pages. Price: £2.50, not including post and packing, which is extra (see Amazon listing) Van Vogt, A. E. 'The Wizard of Linn', published in 1979 in Great Britain by New English Library, in paperback, 174pp, ISBN 0450038254. Condition: good, but vintage paperback, with some very light rubbing to the cover edges and some mild foxing to the internal pages. Price: £2.50, not including post and packing, which is extra (see Amazon listing) Van Vogt, A. E. 'The Darkness on Diamondia', published in April 1980 in Great Britain in paperback, 188pp, ISBN 0283986514. Condition: good with some slight rubbing to the cover edges and corners and a bit of foxing to the internal pages (browning or tanning). Price: £3.00, not including post and packing
Farmer, Philip José. 'The Magic Labyrinth' published in 1980 in the United States in hardback with dustjacket, 406pp, no ISBN. Book Club Edition

Condition: Good, clean copy with a good, clean, intact dustjacket. The dustjacket does have some small rips and rubbing to the edges, particularly at the top and bottom of the spine

Category: Philip José Farmer

Price: £6.00, not including post and packing

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Patterson, James; Marklund, Liza. 'Postcard Killers' published in 2010 in Great Britain in paperback, pp.516, ISBN 9780099550051

Condition: very good condition, well looked-after copy

Category: James Patterson

Price: £4.00, not including post and packing

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Clarke, Arthur C. 'Imperial Earth', published in 1982 in Great Britain in paperback by Pan Books, 287pp, ISBN 0330250043

Condition: good, clean and tidy condition

Category: Arthur C. Clarke

Price: £3.50, not including post and packing

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Van Vogt, A. E. 'Quest for the Future', published in 1980 in Great Britain in paperback, 188pp, ISBN 0450045994

Condition: good, but vintage, with some slight rubbing to the cover edges and corners and some mild foxing to the internal pages

Category: A. E. Van Vogt


Price: £2.50, not including post and packing, which is extra (see Amazon listing)
Van Vogt, A. E. 'The Wizard of Linn', published in 1979 in Great Britain by New English Library, in paperback, 174pp, ISBN 0450038254

Condition: good, but vintage paperback, with some very light rubbing to the cover edges and some mild foxing to the internal pages

Category: A. E. Van Vogt

Price: £2.50, not including post and packing, which is extra (see Amazon listing)

Van Vogt, A. E. 'The Darkness on Diamondia', published in April 1980 in Great Britain in paperback, 188pp, ISBN 0283986514

Condition:
good with some slight rubbing to the cover edges and corners and a bit of foxing to the internal pages (browning or tanning)

Category: A. E. Van Vogt

Price: £3.00, not including post and packing (see Amazon listing)

Rendell, Ruth. 'An Unkindess of Ravens' published in 1985 in Great Britain by Guild Publishing, 269pp, no ISBN. Condition: Good condition with good++ condition dustjacket. Internally it's clean & tidy with a couple of faint brown marks just inside the front and back covers (tea?). A very decent copy. Price: £3.50, not including post and packing John, Edith. 'Filling Stitches', published in 1967 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by BT Batsford, 96pp, no ISBN. Condition: good, but the dustjacket is slightly tatty (ripped with marks and rubbing to the edges). There is a previous owner's name written in the front of the book. Price: £6.20, not including post and packing Heinlein, Robert. 'Starship Troopers' published in 1972 in Great Britain by New English Library, 223pp, no ISBN. Condition: fair, or acceptable. The internal pages are mildly foxed and the cover edges and corners are slightly rubbed. Price: £3.00, not including post and packing Casserley, H. C. 'LMSR Steam 1923-1948', published in 1975 by D. Bradford Barton, in hardback with dustjacket, 96pp, ISBN 0851532578. Condition: Good condition with a couple of tiny rips to the top edge of the dustjacket at the top of the spine and at the top of the opening edge of the front cover. Price: £4.75, not including post and packing    
Rendell, Ruth. 'An Unkindess of Ravens' published in 1985 in Great Britain by Guild Publishing, 269pp, no ISBN.

Condition: Good condition with good++ condition dustjacket. Internally it's clean & tidy with a couple of faint brown marks just inside the front and back covers (tea?). A very decent copy

Category: Ruth Rendell

Price: £3.50, not including post and packing

John, Edith. 'Filling Stitches', published in 1967 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by BT Batsford, 96pp, no ISBN.

Condition: good, but the dustjacket is slightly tatty (ripped with marks and rubbing to the edges). There is a previous owner's name written in the front of the book

Category: Embroidery

Price: £6.20, not including post and packing

Heinlein, Robert. 'Starship Troopers' published in 1972 in Great Britain by New English Library, 223pp, no ISBN

Condition: fair, or acceptable. Wholly intact & readable: the internal pages are mildly foxed and the cover edges and corners are slightly rubbed.

Category: Robert Heinlein

Price: £3.00, not including post and packing

Casserley, H. C. 'LMSR Steam 1923-1948', published in 1975 by D. Bradford Barton, in hardback with dustjacket, 96pp, ISBN 0851532578

Condition: Good condition with a couple of tiny rips to the top edge of the dustjacket at the top of the spine and at the top of the opening edge of the front cover

Category: Railways - LMS

Price: £4.75, not including post and packing

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Hambly, Barbara. 'Children of the Jedi', published in 1995 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Bantam Press, 345pp, ISBN 0593037642. Condition: Good+ condition with a touch of rubbing and wrinkling to the dustjacket edge in a couple of places. Internally clean and tidy. Price: £7.20, not including post and packing. Click image to buy (via Amazon listing) Anderson, Kevin J. 'Lightsaber', published by Transworld Press, 399pp, ISBN 0593037677. Condition: Very good 1st edition with very good condition dusjtacket (not price-clipped). Price: £15.00 (reflects rarity) Tyers, Kathy. 'The Truce at Bakura', first published in 1994 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, by Bantam Press, 311pp, ISBN 059303564x. Condition: good condition with some slight creasing to the dustjacket edges; there is also a scuff mark and indentation mark to the bottom of the middle of the front cover. The internal pages are slightly foxed. Price: £15.00, not including post and packing Gudykunst, William. 'Intercultural Communication Theory: Current Perspectives', first published in 1983 in the United States in hardback by Sage Publications, 311pp, ISBN 0803919700. Condition: good, clean copy with small dent in middle of top edge on front cover and there is a name from a previous owners written just inside the front cover. There is no dustjacket. Price: £5.45, not including post and packing    
Hambly, Barbara. 'Children of the Jedi', published in 1995 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Bantam Press, 345pp, ISBN 0593037642

Condition: Good+ condition with a touch of rubbing and wrinkling to the dustjacket edge in a couple of places. Internally clean and tidy

Category: Barbara Hambly

Price: £7.20, not including post and packing

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Anderson, Kevin J. 'Lightsaber', published by Transworld Press, 399pp, ISBN 0593037677

Condition: Very good 1st edition with very good condition dusjtacket (not price-clipped)

Category: Kevin J. Anderson

Price: £15.00 (reflects rarity), not including post and packing

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Tyers, Kathy. 'The Truce at Bakura', first published in 1994 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, by Bantam Press, 311pp, ISBN 059303564x

Condition: good condition with some slight creasing to the dustjacket edges; there is also a scuff mark and indentation mark to the bottom of the middle of the front cover. The internal pages are slightly foxed

Category: Kathy Tyers

Price: £15.00, not including post and packing

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Gudykunst, William. 'Intercultural Communication Theory: Current Perspectives', first published in 1983 in the United States in hardback by Sage Publications, 311pp, ISBN 0803919700

Condition: good, clean copy with small dent in middle of top edge on front cover and there is a name from a previous owners written just inside the front cover. There is no dustjacket

Category: Communications Studies

Price: £5.45, not including post and packing

   
Silverberg, Robert. 'At Winter's End', first published in 1988 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 404pp, ISBN 0575042737. Condition: 1st Edition. Very good, clean & tidy copy, well looked-after. Dustjacket has had the price clipped off it. Price: £7.50, not including post and packing Wolverton, Dave. 'The Courtship of Princess Leia', published in 1994 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Bantam Press, 327pp, ISBN 0593035801. Condition: good, but with some slight rubbing to the dustjacket edges and corners and a couple of shallow indentation marks on the front cover. The internal pages are mildly foxed (tanned). Price: £4.50, not including post and paacking Malzberg, Barry. 'Beyond Apollo', published in 1975 in Great Britain by The Readers Union book club, in hardback with dustjacket. Condition: good+ with clean internal pages and good+ condition dustjacket with some wrinkling to the top edge. Price: £5.00, not including post and packing Malzberg, Barry N. 'Guernica Night', 1st Edition, published in 1978 in Great Britain in hardback by New English Library, 127pp, ISBN 0450036036. Condition: ex-library, good condition, dustjacket protector has kept exterior in good condition, usual library markings. Price: £10.00, not including post and packing    
Silverberg, Robert. 'At Winter's End', first published in 1988 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket, 404pp, ISBN 0575042737

Condition: 1st Edition. Very good, clean & tidy copy, well looked-after. Dustjacket has had the price clipped off it.

Category: Robert Silverberg

Price: £7.50, not including post and packing

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Wolverton, Dave. 'The Courtship of Princess Leia', published in 1994 in Great Britain in hardback with dustjacket by Bantam Press, 327pp, ISBN 0593035801

Condition: good, but with some slight rubbing to the dustjacket edges and corners and a couple of shallow indentation marks on the front cover. The internal pages are mildly foxed (tanned)

Category: Dave Wolverton

Price: £4.50, not including post and packing

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Malzberg, Barry. 'Beyond Apollo', published in 1975 in Great Britain by The Readers Union book club, in hardback with dustjacket

Condition: good+ with clean internal pages and good+ condition dustjacket with some wrinkling to the top edge

Category: Barry Malzberg

Price: £5.00, not including post and packing
Malzberg, Barry N. 'Guernica Night', 1st Edition, published in 1978 in Great Britain in hardback by New English Library, 127pp, ISBN 0450036036

Condition: ex-library, good condition, dustjacket protector has kept exterior in good condition, usual library markings

Category: Barry Malzberg

Price: £10.00, not including post and packing
   
Anderson, Poul. 'War of the Wingmen', published in 1977 in Great Britain by Dobson Books, in hardback with dustjacket, 160pp, ISBN 0234720115. Condition: Acceptable or fair condition - wholly intact & readable, ex-library, well used, plenty of life left in it. Price: £6.50, not including post and packing, which is extra Patterson, James. 'Kill Alex Cross' published in 2011 in Great Britain by Century in hardback, 378pp, ISBN 9781846057649. Condition: 1st Edition, very good clean and tidy condition with a very good dustjacket (not price-clipped). Price: £6.99, not including post and packing Bear, Greg "EON", published in 1987 in Great Britain by Legend (Arrow Books) in paperback, 504pp, ISBN 0099523507. Condition: very good, clean & tidy copy with a crease to the bottom right corner of the front cover and to the top edge of the back cover. Price: £3.50, not including post and packing Newman, G. F. 'Sir, You Bastard', published in October 1971 in Great Britain by New English Library in paperback, 255pp, ISBN 0450025691. Condition: Fair, acceptable, creases and rubbing to the cover and foxing to internal pages. Wholly intact and readable. Price: £28.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers) Newman, G. F. 'Terry Sneed 2: You Nice Bastard', published in 1973 in Great Britain by New English Library, in paperback, 348pp, ISBN 0450025705. Condition: Quite good condition copy with some light foxing to the internal pages (a browning or tanning caused by ageing), and some creasing to the top right corner and long edge of the front cover and to the bottom left corner of the back cover. Price: £29.00, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers) Hiles, John (ed.), "Sacred Songs, Ancient and Modern. A Complete Collection of Sacred Vocal Music By Celebrated Composers, Suitable for Home Use." Condition: good+ condition, well looked-after with some slight bumping to the cover corners and a touch of dusty-dirtiness to the pages just inside the covers. A previous owner has written their name and a date on the top right corner of the first (blank) page in. Price: £28 + £3.35 p&p for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
Anderson, Poul. 'War of the Wingmen', published in 1977 in Great Britain by Dobson Books, in hardback with dustjacket, 160pp, ISBN 0234720115

Condition: Acceptable or fair condition - wholly intact & readable, ex-library, well used, plenty of life left in it

Category: Poul Anderson

Price: £6.50, not including post and packing, which is extra
Patterson, James. 'Kill Alex Cross' published in 2011 in Great Britain by Century in hardback, 378pp, ISBN 9781846057649

Condition: 1st Edition, very good clean and tidy condition with a very good dustjacket (not price-clipped)

Category: James Patterson (murder mystery; thriller)

Price: £6.99, not including post and packing

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Bear, Greg "EON", published in 1987 in Great Britain by Legend (Arrow Books) in paperback, 504pp, ISBN 0099523507

Condition: very good, clean & tidy copy with a crease to the bottom right corner of the front cover and to the top edge of the back cover

Category: Greg Bear

Price: £3.50, not including post and packing
Newman, G. F. 'Sir, You Bastard', published in October 1971 in Great Britain by New English Library in paperback, 255pp, ISBN 0450025691

Condition: Fair, acceptable, creases and rubbing to the cover and foxing to internal pages. Wholly intact and readable

Category: G.F. Newman

Price: £29.00, not including post and packing

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Newman, G. F. 'Terry Sneed 2: You Nice Bastard', published in 1973 in Great Britain by New English Library, in paperback, 348pp, ISBN 0450025705

Condition: Quite good with some light foxing to the internal pages, and some creasing to the top right corner and long edge of the front cover and to the bottom left corner of the back cover

Category: G.F. Newman

Price: £29.00, not including post and packing

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Hiles, John (ed.), "Sacred Songs, Ancient and Modern. A Complete Collection of Sacred Vocal Music By Celebrated Composers, Suitable for Home Use."
Published by Boosey, undated, but probably circa 1910

Condition:
good+ condition, well looked-after with some slight bumping to the cover corners and a touch of dusty-dirtiness to the pages just inside the covers. A previous owner has written their name and a date on the top right corner of the first (blank) page in

Category: Music Books

Price: £28, not including post and packing