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A Pad in the Straw. Stories by Christopher Woodforde.
London: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd, 1952. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine-/Fine. First Impression of this "essential part of the James canon," with prefatory note by Lord David Cecil (who championed Woodforde and many other neglected writers—notably Barbara Pym—and who—like Woodforde—was a Fellow of New College, Oxford) and drawings by Yunge-Bateman. Demy 8vo: xii,235,[1]pp. Publisher's lime-green cloth, spine stamped gilt, pictorial dust jacket (designed by Yunge-Bateman), priced 10s/6d. About Fine (minor offsetting to spine), in a Fine jacket. Superb Tales of the supernatural, in the style of M. R. James, with a "distinctive antiquarian flavour, frequent settings in East Anglia, a vivid sense of the atmosphere of country churches and of the wealth of tradition symbolised by their medieval antiquities . . . Only half the stories in A Pad in the Straw are genuine ghost stories. The others range from witchcraft (used by a vengeful schoolmaster in 'Jeremy' and a choir school matron in 'Tony, Ian and Co.'), to fantastic events which border on the ridiculous in 'Sacrilege at St George's' and "Roderick.'" (Ghosts & Scholars 14: "Writers in the James Tradition, No. 11") Note: With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition, with dust jackets carefully preserved in archival, removable polypropylene sleeves. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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