All this talk of books in cryptic crosswords reminds me of a particular book setters love to write clues for. The book is such a frequent find in crossword grids that solvers have begun to pencil it in blindly whenever they see the word "book" and a 4-letter enumeration next to it.
One might think that, with repeated usage of the same word, setters would have run out of creative ideas for clueing it. Apparently not. This book clearly has potential - one keeps coming across fresh wordplay for it despite its ubiquity.
Here are some clues I like - many refer to the protagonist/plot than the book itself. Can you guess which book it is? Of course you can. Enjoy the clues :)
Guardian 25009 (Paul): One withdrawn from silent act, coming up with a novel (4)
Independent 1089 (Quixote): Proposition in line at front of famous book (5)
FT13668 (Falcon): Novel set in Salem, Massachusetts (4)
Guardian 25379 (Philistine): She caused some mayhem, matchmaking (4)
FT 13364 (Loroso): She had a little problem matchmaking (4)
Times 23963: Titled heroine from log cabin? (4)
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