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The Odd Flamingo - Nina Bawden
1954 English hardcover first edition, first impression, Collins Crime Club, London
A VG+ book in VG+ unclipped dust jacket
The book is free of previous owner names or stamps etc
Tight binding, square spine, a nice example
The dustwrapper has some minor wear to edges but is still clean and very attractive
Overall a very nice copy

The authors important and highly collectable second book, very rare in dust jacket
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About the book - Sample .. .
THE AFTERNOON had been hot, without any breeze. The clouds were low and ominously grey so that people walking along the street carried umbrellas and mackintoshes and from time to time glanced uneasily upwards at the sky. The town, lying in the valley, trapped the heat and the day had been one of emptiness and exhaustion. I had been unable to work and yet not quite able to give up trying and go home. Towards the evening thunder crawled faintly across the sky but the expected storm did not come. Instead, a wind got up and cleared the sky of cloud except for a fine tracery of milk-white stuff high up against the blue. So that by the time I had had dinner and changed my clothes and gone into the garden it was a rare, perfect evening. It was quiet, the shadows on the clipped lawn lay long and still and the air was heavy with the scent of roses

They had done exceptionally well that summer; now, in August, they were flowering as freely as they had done in June. Looking at the bushes I saw that the Crimson Glory had a light dusting of mildew on the leaves and wondered why I had not noticed it before, I was going- to get the spray when I remembered about the nettles at the bottom of the kitchen garden.

About the author ...
Nina Bawden was born in London in 1925, the daughter of a distinguished marine engineer. She won a scholarship to Oxford, where she read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. During the vacations from Oxford she worked on the land, in the remoter regions of the Welsh Marshes. She is now married and has two small sons, with the result, as she puts it, that her writing is accomplished in the interval of looking after her home and children.


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