Title: THE PANGS OF LOVE AND OTHER STORIES
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Publication Date: 1983
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Edition: 1st Edition
First edition, first printing. 156 printed pages (age-toned as usual, small marginal ink spot on text block, not affecting text) . Signed by author "With love from Jane" on title page in ink. 14 x 22.5cm. Original blue linen boards with gilt embossed titles to the spine; in a verygood dust jacket with a minor lamination wrinkle to the lower spine; original printed £7.50 net price still intact to the front inner flap. Katherine Mansfield's Award winning third short story collection. The edgy and witty stories focus on human nature, and differences. Provenance:- This copy was acquired from the descendants of Tony Hoolahan Q.C., a prominent libel lawyer who successfully prosecuted Private Eye, (represented by John Mortimer of Rumpole fame) on behalf of Desmond Wilcox (married to Esther Rantzen of "That's Life" fame) in 1982. Tony had been a colleague at the Bar and a close friend of Jane Gardam and her husband, David who spent much of his career working abroad and specialising in construction cases, exactly like Filth ("but there," Gardam says firmly, "the similarity stops"). "Old Filth", one of Gardam's best known novels, is a highly acclaimed portrait of the life and times of international lawyer Sir Edward Feathers, aka Old Filth, which was shortlisted for the Orange prize in 2005. After the publication of Old Filth, Gardam was invited to dinner at the Inner Temple "not with my husband but on my own account", she says proudly and was amused to look around her and see "nobody like Filth at all he was an imaginary creature".