The Female of the Species (Signed copy)
Signed by Lionel Shriver, her first novel
First UK edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 24 × 15.5cm, 405pp.
Signed directly to the title page by Lionel Shriver.
Lionel Shriver's first novel. "Still unattached and childless at fifty-nine, world-renowned anthropologist Gray Kaiser is seemingly invincible—and untouchable. Returning to make a documentary at the site of her first great triumph in Kenya, she is accompanied by her faithful middle-aged assistant, Errol McEchern, who has loved her for years in silence. When young graduate assistant Raphael Sarasola arrives on the scene, Gray is captivated and falls hopelessly in love—before an amazed Errol's eyes. As he follows their affair with jealous fascination, Errol watches helplessly from the sidelines as a proud and fierce woman is reduced to miserable dependence through miserable dependence."
Good condition. The dustwrapper is in good order, it has not been price-clipped but a little creased to the front flap. The book is in good solid shape but the pages are tanned throughout with a few small marks to the pages' fore-edge.