• & What do You Do, Mr Gable?
    & What do You Do, Mr Gable?
    ISBN: 9780857989246
    Title: & What do You Do, Mr Gable?

    From the winner of the Man Booker Prize. The collected short pieces of nonfiction from one of Australia's best novelists. 'And what do you do, Mr Faulkner?' asked Clark Gable after being introduced to William Faulkner at a party. 'I write,' replied Faulkner. 'And what do you do, Mr Gable?' Over the years, Richard Flanagan's non-fiction has gained a major reputation. Gathered here in this updated edition are the best of his writings on everything from directing film to a near fatal kayak trip, from Jorge Luis Borges to baking bread. Included is his celebrated Perth Writers Festival closing address on love stories and the murder of Reza Barati, along with his famous essay on Gunns that set in train the end of the woodchipping giant. Together they form a revealing guide to the literary and personal world of Richard Flanagan.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • & Yet... Essays
    & Yet... Essays
    ISBN: 9781760294953
    Title: & Yet... Essays

    The seminal, uncollected essays--lauded as "dazzling" (The New York Times Book Review)--by the late Christopher Hitchens, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller God Is Not Great, showcase the notorious contrarian's genius for rhetoric and his sharp rebukes to tyrants and the ill-informed everywhere.
    For more than forty years, Christopher Hitchens delivered essays to numerous publications on both sides of the Atlantic that were astonishingly wide-ranging and provocative. His death in December 2011 from esophageal cancer prematurely silenced a voice that was among the most admired of contemporary voices--writers, readers, pundits and critics the world over mourned his loss.
    At the time of his death, Hitchens left nearly 250,000 words of essays not yet published in book form. "Another great book of essays from a writer who we wish were still alive to produce more copy" (National Review), And Yet... ranges from the literary to the political and is a banquet of entertaining and instructive delights, including essays on Orwell, Lermontov, Chesterton, Fleming, Naipaul, Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, and Dickens, among others, as well as his laugh-out-loud self-mocking "makeover." The range and quality of Hitchens's essays transcend the particular occasions for which they were originally written, yielding "a bounty of famous scalps, thunder-blasted targets, and a few love letters from the notorious provocateur-in-chief's erudite and scathing assessments of American culture" (Vanity Fair). Often prescient, always pugnacious, formidably learned, Hitchens was a polemicist for the ages. With this posthumous volume, he remains, "America's foremost rhetorical pugilist" (The Village Voice).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • & Yet...: Essays
    & Yet...: Essays
    ISBN: 9781760110079
    Title: & Yet...: Essays

    These seminal, uncollected essays by the late Christopher Hitchens showcase the notorious contrarian's genius for rhetoric, and offer sharp rebukes to tyrants and the ill-informed everywhere.
    Christopher Hitchens was an unparalleled, prolific writer, who raised the polemical essay to a new art form, over a lifetime of thinking and debating the defining issues of our times. As an essayist he contributed to the New Statesman, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, TLS and Vanity Fair. Any publication of a volume of Hitchens' essays was a major event on both sides of the Atlantic. Now comes the last of the last; a volume of Hitchens' previously unpublished essays, covering the themes that define Hitchens the thinker: literature, religion and politics. These essays remind us, once more, of the fierce, brilliant and trenchant voice of Christopher Hitchens.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • 2019 Duomo, Slim, HOR
    2019 Duomo, Slim, HOR
    ISBN: 9781439749029
    Title: 2019 Duomo, Slim, HOR

    Every Diary is handbound to our exacting standards; two ribbon page markers, acid-free sustainable forest paper (which will last for centuries), memento pouch, European-made binder boards from 100% recycled stock, high opacity paper to lessen ink show-through, a smooth writing surface that takes ink superbly. Each Diary contains helpful supplementary material; monthly and yearly planners, national and international holidays & celebrations summary, international dialling codes, clothing sizes measurements and temperature conversion tables, world time zones chart, travel planning memo page, birthdays and important dates memo page, extra note pages, convenient removable address book insert.

    Format: Diary
    Price: $30.00
  • 2019 Metauro, Midi, HOR
    2019 Metauro, Midi, HOR
    ISBN: 9781439749197
    Title: 2019 Metauro, Midi, HOR

    Every Diary is handbound to our exacting standards; two ribbon page markers, acid-free sustainable forest paper (which will last for centuries), memento pouch, European-made binder boards from 100% recycled stock, high opacity paper to lessen ink show-through, a smooth writing surface that takes ink superbly. Each Diary contains helpful supplementary material; monthly and yearly planners, national and international holidays & celebrations summary, international dialling codes, clothing sizes measurements and temperature conversion tables, world time zones chart, travel planning memo page, birthdays and important dates memo page, extra note pages, convenient removable address book insert.

    Format: Diary
    Price: $33.00
  • 50s: The Story of a Decade
    50s: The Story of a Decade
    ISBN: 9780812983302
    Title: 50s: The Story of a Decade

    Including contributions by Elizabeth Bishop Truman Capote John Cheever Roald Dahl Janet Flanner Nadine Gordimer A. J. Liebling Dwight Macdonald Joseph Mitchell Marianne Moore Vladimir Nabokov Sylvia Plath V. S. Pritchett Adrienne Rich Lillian Ross Philip Roth Anne Sexton James Thurber John Updike Eudora Welty E. B. White Edmund Wilson
    And featuring new perspectives by Jonathan Franzen Malcolm Gladwell Adam Gopnik Elizabeth Kolbert Jill Lepore Rebecca Mead Paul Muldoon Evan Osnos David Remnick
    The 1950s are enshrined in the popular imagination as the decade of poodle skirts and I Like Ike. But this was also a complex time, in which the afterglow of Total Victory firmly gave way to Cold War paranoia. A sense of trepidation grew with the Suez Crisis and the H-bomb tests. At the same time, the fifties marked the cultural emergence of extraordinary new energies, like those of Thelonious Monk, Sylvia Plath, and Tennessee Williams.
    "The New Yorker" was there in real time, chronicling the tensions and innovations that lay beneath the era s placid surface. In this thrilling volume, classic works of reportage, criticism, and fiction are complemented by new contributions from the magazine s present all-star lineup of writers, including Jonathan Franzen, Malcolm Gladwell, and Jill Lepore.
    Here are indelible accounts of the decade s most exciting players: Truman Capote on Marlon Brando as a pampered young star; Emily Hahn on Chiang Kai-shek in his long Taiwanese exile; and Berton Roueche on Jackson Pollock in his first flush of fame. Ernest Hemingway, Emily Post, Bobby Fischer, and Leonard Bernstein are also brought to vivid life in these pages.
    The magazine s commitment to overseas reporting flourished in the 1950s, leading to important dispatches from East Berlin, the Gaza Strip, and Cuba during the rise of Castro. Closer to home, the fight to break barriers and establish a new American identity led to both illuminating coverage, as in a portrait of Thurgood Marshall at an NAACP meeting in Atlanta, and trenchant commentary, as in E. B. White s blistering critique of Senator Joe McCarthy.
    The arts scene is here recalled in critical writing rarely reprinted, whether it s Wolcott Gibbs on "My Fair Lady, " Anthony West on "Invisible Man, " or Philip Hamburger on "Candid Camera. "The reader is made witness to the initial response to future cultural touchstones through Edmund Wilson s galvanizing book review of "Doctor Zhivago "and Kenneth Tynan s rapturous response to the original production of "Gypsy."
    As always, "The New Yorker" didn t just consider the arts but contributed to them. Among the audacious young writers who began publishing in the fifties was one who would become a stalwart for the magazine in both fiction and criticism for fifty-five years: John Updike. Also featured here are great early works from Philip Roth and Nadine Gordimer, as well as startling poems by Theodore Roethke and Anne Sexton, among others.
    Completing the panoply are insightful and entertaining new pieces by present day "New Yorker" contributors examining the 1950s through contemporary eyes. The result is a vital portrait of American culture as only one magazine in the world could do it.
    Praise for "The 50s"
    Superb: a gift that keeps on giving. "Kirkus Reviews "(starred review)
    A] magnificent anthology. "Literary Review"

    "From the Hardcover edition.""

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00

  • 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration
    52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration
    ISBN: 9781632170347
    Title: 52 Lists Project: A Year of Weekly Journaling Inspiration
    Author: SEAL MOOREA

    Based on the popular blog series by Moorea Seal, this bestselling journal is for list lovers. Create 52 lists, one for every week of the year, that will help you discover the beauty, joy, creativity, and power you already have This gorgeous undated journal of weekly lists will help nurture self-expression and self-development. Each seasonal section includes list prompts, with plenty of space to write your own lists, and challenges to help you take action and make your dreams a reality. With perfectly timed prompts that meet you where you are throughout the different seasons, this journal will open up new avenues of self-knowledge and help you celebrate, enjoy, and take ownership of your life, as each week of the year becomes more thoughtful and vibrant.

    Format: Diary
    Price: $36.00
  • 60s: the Story of a Decade
    60s: the Story of a Decade
    ISBN: 9780679644835
    Title: 60s: the Story of a Decade

    The third installment of a fascinating decade-by-decade series, this anthology collects historic New Yorker pieces from the most tumultuous years of the twentieth century including work by James Baldwin, Pauline Kael, Sylvia Plath, Roger Angell, Muriel Spark, and John Updike alongside new assessments of the 1960s by some of today s finest writers.
    Here are real-time accounts of these years of turmoil: Calvin Trillin reports on the integration of Southern universities, E. B. White and John Updike wrestle with the enormity of the Kennedy assassination, and Jonathan Schell travels with American troops into the jungles of Vietnam. The murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., the fallout of the 1968 Democratic Convention, the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Six-Day War: All are brought to immediate and profound life in these pages.
    The New Yorker of the 1960s was also the wellspring of some of the truly timeless works of American journalism. Truman Capote s In Cold Blood, Rachel Carson s Silent Spring, Hannah Arendt s Eichmann in Jerusalem, and James Baldwin s The Fire Next Time all first appeared in The New Yorker and are featured here. The magazine also published such indelible short story masterpieces as John Cheever s The Swimmer and John Updike s A & P, alongside poems by Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.
    The arts underwent an extraordinary transformation during the decade, one mirrored by the emergence in The New Yorker of critical voices as arresting as Pauline Kael and Kenneth Tynan. Among the crucial cultural figures profiled here are Simon & Garfunkel, Tom Stoppard, Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Cassius Clay (before he was Muhammad Ali), and Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
    The assembled pieces are given fascinating contemporary context by current New Yorker writers, including Jill Lepore, Malcolm Gladwell, and David Remnick. The result is an incomparable collective portrait of a truly galvanizing era.
    Advance praise for The 60s: The Story of a Decade
    The third installment in the esteemed magazine s superb decades series . . . The contributor list is an embarrassment of riches. . . . The hits continue. Bring on the '70s. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
    The 60s] deserves a lasting place on one s shelves. Like its predecessors in the series, this collection is a time capsule and a keeper. Booklist"

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $66.00
  • 800 Years of Womens Letters
    800 Years of Womens Letters
    ISBN: 9780752454795
    Title: 800 Years of Womens Letters
    Author: KENYON OLGA

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • 84 Charing Cross Road
    84 Charing Cross Road
    ISBN: 9781860498503
    Title: 84 Charing Cross Road
    Author: HANFF HELENE

    84, Charing Cross Road with introduction by Anne Bancroft. 'A charmer. Will beguile an hour of your time and put you in tune with [humankind].'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 97,196 Words: Essays
    97,196 Words: Essays
    ISBN: 9781911214465
    Title: 97,196 Words: Essays

    From the bestselling author of The Adversary and 'France's greatest writer of nonfiction' (New York Times), the first collection of Carr re's essays in English.

    Over the course of his career, Emmanuel Carr re has reinvented non-fiction writing. In a search for truth in all its guises, he dispenses with the rules of genre. For him, no form is out of reach- theology, historiography, reportage and memoir - among many others - are fused under the pressure of an inimitable combination of passion, curiosity and intellect that has made Carr re one of our most distinctive and important literary voices today.

    97,196 Wordsintroduces Carr re's shorter work to an English-language audience. Featuring more than thirty extraordinary texts written over an illustrious twenty-five-year period of Carr re's creative life, the book shows a remarkable mind at work. Spanning continents, histories, and personal relationships, 97,196 Wordsconsiders the divides between truth, reality and our shared humanity, exploring remarkable events and eccentric lives, including Carr re's own.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
  • Abundance
    ISBN: 9781782117735
    Title: Abundance

    Annie Dillard has spent a lifetime examining the world around her with eyes wide open, drinking in all things intensely and relentlessly. Whether observing a sublime lunar eclipse or a moth consumed in a candle flame, the trembling of lily pads on a pond or hundreds of red-winged blackbirds taking flight, Dillard's awe at the fragility of the natural world rejuvenates and inspires pleasure and heartache. Precise in language and deeply meditative in spirit, this is a landmark collection from one of America's masters.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Acanthus Foiled Journal: William Morris
    Acanthus Foiled Journal: William Morris
    ISBN: 9781783613434
    Title: Acanthus Foiled Journal: William Morris

    Part of a series of exciting and luxurious Flame Tree Notebooks. Combining high-quality production with magnificent fine art, the covers are printed on foil in five colours, embossed then foil stamped. And they're powerfully practical: a pocket at the back for receipts and scraps, two bookmarks and a solid magnetic side flap. These are perfect for personal use and make a dazzling gift. This example features one of William Morris's most striking textile designs, Acanthus.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
  • Adding Machine
    Adding Machine
    ISBN: 9780802121950
    Title: Adding Machine

    "Sheer pleasure...Wonderfully entertaining."- Chicago Sun-Times Acclaimed by Norman Mailer more than twenty years ago as "possibly the only American writer of genius," William S. Burroughs has produced a body of work unique in our time. In these scintillating essays, he writes wittily and wisely about himself, his interests, his influences, his friends and foes. He offers candid and not always flattering assessments of such diverse writers as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Proust. He ruminates on science and the often dubious paths into which it seems intent on leading us, whether into outer or inner space. He reviews his reviewers, explains his famous "cut-up" method, and discusses the role coincidence has played in his life and work. As satirist and parodist, William Burroughs has no peer, as these varied works, written over three decades, amply reveal.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Adventures of Form & Content: Essays
    Adventures of Form & Content: Essays
    ISBN: 9781555977610
    Title: Adventures of Form & Content: Essays

    An astounding work of doubles by Albert Goldbarth, "a dazzling virtuoso who can break your heart" (Joyce Carol Oates)

    Albert Goldbarth's first book of essays in a decade,The Adventures of Form and Content is about the mysteries of dualities, the selves we all carry inside, the multiverses that we are. This collection takes its shape from the ACE Doubles format of the 1950s: turn this book one way, and read about the checkered history of those sci-fi and pulp fictions, or about the erotic poetry of Catullus and the gravelly songs of Springsteen, or about the high gods and the low-down blues, a city of the holy and of the sinful; turn this book the other way, and read about prehistoric cave artists and NASA astronauts, or about illness and health, or about the discovery of planets and the discovery of oneself inside an essay, or about soul ships and space ships, the dead and the living; or turn the book any way you want, and this book becomes an adventure of author and reader, form and content.

    Goldbarth's essays have pioneered and inspired new forms of nonfiction writing for thirty years. Robert Atwan, the series editor forThe Best American Essays, praises his work by stating, "These essays are a whole new breed . . . Goldbarth has spliced strands of the old genre with a powerful new genre--and the results are miraculous."The Adventures of Form and Content is a new, ingenious work of hilarity and humanity that reminds us of the capabilities and impossibilities of art.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Affirming: Letters 1975-1997
    Affirming: Letters 1975-1997
    ISBN: 9781845952259
    Title: Affirming: Letters 1975-1997

    'IB was one of the great affirmers of our time.' John Banville, New York Review of Books The title of this final volume of Isaiah Berlin's letters is echoed by John Banville's verdict in his review of its predecessor, Building- Letters 1960-75, which saw Berlin publish some of his most important work, and create, in Oxford's Wolfson College, an institutional and architectural legacy. In the period covered by this new volume (1975-97) he consolidates his intellectual legacy with a series of essay collections. These generate many requests for clarification from his readers, and stimulate him to reaffirm and sometimes refine his ideas, throwing substantive new light on his thought as he grapples with human issues of enduring importance. Berlin's comments on world affairs, especially the continuing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and the collapse of Communism, are characteristically acute. This is also the era of the Northern Ireland Troubles, the Iranian revolution, the rise of Solidarity in Poland, the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ayatollah Khomeini's fatwa against Salman Rushdie, the spread of Islamic fundamentalism, and wars in the Falkland Islands, the Persian Gulf and the Balkans. Berlin scrutinises the leading politicians of the day, including Reagan, Thatcher and Gorbachev, and draws illuminating sketches of public figures, notably contrasting the personas of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Andrey Sakharov. He declines a peerage, is awarded the Agnelli Prize for ethics, campaigns against philistine architecture in London and Jerusalem, helps run the National Gallery and Covent Garden, and talks at length to his biographer. He reflects on the ideas for which he is famous - especially liberty and pluralism - and there is a generous leavening of the conversational brilliance for which he is also renowned, as he corresponds with friends about politics, the academic world, music and musicians, art and artists, and writers and their work, always displaying a Shakespearean fascination with the variety of humankind. Affirming is the crowning achievement both of Berlin's epistolary life and of the widely acclaimed edition of his letters whose first volume appeared in 2004.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $55.00
  • After the Tall Timber
    After the Tall Timber
    ISBN: 9781590178799
    Title: After the Tall Timber
    Author: ADLER RENATA

    What is really going on here? For decades Renata Adler has been asking and answering this question with unmatched urgency. In her essays and long-form journalism, she has captured the cultural zeitgeist, distrusted the accepted wisdom, and written stories that would otherwise go untold. As a staff writer at The New Yorker from 1963 to 2001, Adler reported on civil rights from Selma, Alabama; on the war in Biafra, the Six-Day War, and the Vietnam War; on the Nixon impeachment inquiry and Congress; on cultural life in Cuba. She has also written about cultural matters in the United States, films (as chief film critic forThe New York Times), books, politics, television, and pop music. Like many journalists, she has put herself in harm’s way in order to give us the news, not the “news” we have become accustomed to—celebrity journalism, conventional wisdom, received ideas—but the actual story, an account unfettered by ideology or consensus. She has been unafraid to speak up when too many other writers have joined the pack. In this sense, Adler is one of the few independent journalists writing in America today.

    This collection of Adler’s nonfiction draws on Toward a Radical Middle (a selection of her earliest New Yorker pieces),A Year in the Dark (her film reviews), and Canaries in the Mineshaft (a selection of essays on politics and media), and also includes uncollected work from the past two decades. The more recent pieces are concerned with, in her words, “misrepresentation, coercion, and abuse of public process, and, to a degree, the journalist’s role in it.” With a brilliant literary and legal mind, Adler parses power by analyzing language: the language of courts, of journalists, of political figures, of the man on the street. In doing so, she unravels the tangled narratives that pass for the resolution of scandal and finds the threads that others miss, the ones that explain what really is going on here—from the Watergate scandal, to the “preposterous” Kenneth Starr report submitted to the House during the Clinton impeachment inquiry, to the plagiarism and fabrication scandal of the formerNew York Times reporter Jayson Blair. And she writes extensively about the Supreme Court and the power of its rulings, including its fateful decision in Bush v. Gore.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Against Everything
    Against Everything
    ISBN: 9781784785925
    Title: Against Everything
    Author: GREIF MARK

    Mark Greif is one of the most exciting writers of his generation. In Against Everything, he make us rethink the ordinary, taking our own lives seriously, exploring how we might live an honest life in these dishonest times. In a series of coruscating set pieces he asks why we put ourselves through the pains of exercise, what shopping in organic supermarkets does for our sense of self-worth, what the political identity of the hipster might be, and what happens to us when we listen to too much Radiohead. From such counter-intuitive observations, Greif exposes the fundamental contradictions between our actions, desires and the excuses that we make to ourselves in hope of consolation. With the wit and seriousness of David Foster Wallace, Against Everything is the most thought-provoking study and essential guide to everyday life under 21st century capitalism.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Against Everything: On Dishonest Times
    Against Everything: On Dishonest Times
    ISBN: 9781784785932
    Title: Against Everything: On Dishonest Times
    Author: GREIF MARK

    Against Everything is a thought-provoking study and essential guide to the vicissitudes of everyday life under twenty-first-century capitalism.

    Mark Greif is one of the most exciting writers of his generation. In this invigorating collection, he challenges us to rethink the ordinary world and take life seriously – in short, to stay honest in dishonest times. In a series of coruscating set pieces he asks why we put ourselves through the pains of exercise, what our concerns about diet or sex does for our fundamental worth, what political identity the hipster might possess, and what happens to us when we listen to Radiohead or hip-hop.

    Counter-intuitive and revelatory in his insights, Greif revels in the contradictions arising between our desires and the excuses we make to console ourselves. His work demands we have the courage to be 'against everything', to change our vantage on everyday life, find it wanting and demand something better.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Against Interpretation & Other Essays
    Against Interpretation & Other Essays
    ISBN: 9780141190068
    Title: Against Interpretation & Other Essays
    Author: SONTAG SUSAN

    'A dazzling intellectual performance' VogueAgainst Interpretation was Susan Sontag's first collection of essays and made her name as one of the most incisive thinkers of our time. Sontag was among the first critics to write about the intersection between 'high' and 'low' art forms, and to give them equal value as valid topics, shown here in her epoch-making pieces 'Notes on Camp' and 'Against Interpretation'. Here too are impassioned discussions of Sartre, Camus, Simone Weil, Godard, Beckett, L#65533;vi-Strauss, science-fiction movies, psychoanalysis and contemporary religious thought. Originally published in 1966, this collection has never gone out of print and has been a major influence on generations of readers, and the field of cultural criticism, ever since. 'Sontag offers enough food for thought to satisfy the most intellectual of appetites' The Times

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Agamemnon's Kiss: Selected Essays
    Agamemnon's Kiss: Selected Essays
    ISBN: 9781921145865
    Title: Agamemnon's Kiss: Selected Essays

    The newest selection of essays from one of Australia's finest historians and writers.Agamemnon's Kissis a thrilling selection of essays by one of Australia's most celebrated writers.Inga Clendinnen writes about everything from the books that terrified her as a child to what history can teach us about ourselves and our own times. She describes visits to the beach and to a museum dedicated to the Holocaust. She recounts the experience of falling ill and the prospect of death. And she writes movingly about other people who have changed her own life.Many of the themes which are central to Clendinnen's work are teased out in Agamemnon's Kiss- Selected Essays, the way we think about the Holocaust and its perpetrators, and the investigative power of history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings
    Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings
    ISBN: 9780007270873
    Title: Age of the Warrior: Selected Writings
    Author: FISK ROBERT

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
  • Airmail: Women of Letters
    Airmail: Women of Letters
    ISBN: 9780670078660
    Title: Airmail: Women of Letters

    Women of Letters have conquered the world with their passion for correspondence. Taking their literary salons on a global tour, they've collected an astounding and sweeping array of contributions from some of the world's brightest talents.& From Ubud, award-winning author Lionel Shriver writes with unexpected nostalgia about her days as an unknown novelist.& Musician Moby pays tribute from Los Angeles to his favourite David Bowie song, even while acknowledging the frustration of feeling like he'll never live up to it.& Writer, actor and Rookie Magazine founder Tavi Gevinson sends a dispatch from Chicago about the importance of getting stuff done instead of waiting for inspiration to hit.& And much-loved and bestselling novelist Monica McInerney posts a note from Dublin about how sometimes the things that don't happen to us can affect us as strongly as the things that do.& Containing two years of missives from live events held in Indonesia, the USA, the UK and Ireland, Airmail is the first international anthology in the Women of Letters series.All royalties for this book will go to Edgar's Mission animal rescue shelter.&

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Alfred Kazins Journals
    Alfred Kazins Journals
    ISBN: 9780300187953
    Title: Alfred Kazins Journals
    Author: COOK RICHARD M

    At the time of his death in 1998, Alfred Kazin was considered one of the most influential intellectuals of postwar America. What is less well known is that Kazin had been contributing almost daily to an extensive private journal, which arguably contains some of his best writing. These journals collectively tell the story of his journey from Brooklyn's Brownsville neighbourhood to his position as a dominant figure in twentieth-century cultural life.

    To Kazin, the daily entry was a psychological and spiritual act. 'I turn to this notebook as if it were my lie detector, my confession, my way of ascertaining authenticity - of making myself whole again.' To read through these entries is to reexperience history as a series of daily discoveries by an alert, adventurous, if often mercurial intelligence. It is also to encounter an array of interesting and notable personalities.

    Sketches of friends, mistresses, family figures, and other intellectuals are woven in with commentary on Kazin's childhood, early religious interests, problems with parents, bouts of loneliness, dealings with publishers, and thoughts on the Holocaust. The journals also highlight his engagement with the political issues and cultural debates and controversies of the decades through which he lived. He wrestles with communism, anticommunism, socialism, cultural nationalism, liberalism, existentialism, Israel, modernism, bohemianism, the American Jewish renaissance, New York City, the Kennedy administration, the Vietnam war, student radicalism, feminism, religious belief, and neoconservatism.

    Judiciously selected and edited by acclaimed Kazin biographer Richard Cook, this collection provides the public with access to these previously unavailable writings and, in doing so, offers a fascinating social, historical, literary, and cultural record.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $52.00
  • Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere
    Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere
    ISBN: 9781250013989
    Title: Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere
    Author: ACIMAN ANDRE

    A Boston Globe Best Nonfiction Book of 2011

    Celebrated as one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, Andr#65533; Aciman has written a luminous series of linked essays about time, place, identity, and art that show him at his very finest. From beautiful and moving pieces about the memory evoked by the scent of lavender; to meditations on cities like Barcelona, Rome, Paris, and New York; to his sheer ability to unearth life secrets from an ordinary street corner, Alibis reminds the reader that Aciman is a master of the personal essay.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
  • Alice in Wonderland Everlasting Diary
    Alice in Wonderland Everlasting Diary
    ISBN: 9781909621602
    Title: Alice in Wonderland Everlasting Diary

    Beautifully illustrated throughout by Sir John Tenniel, the Alice in Wonderland Everlasting Diary is a delightful keepsake for old and new fans alike. It includes a page a day, but as the days are not named it can be used in any calendar year and is also perfect for keeping track of birthdays and anniversaries. Each entry also includes a delightful quote from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or Through the Looking-Glass.With this elegant and handy diary, you can celebrate one of the world's best-loved stories that is still being told over 150 years since it was first published.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $18.00
  • Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    ISBN: 9781783782727
    Title: Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    Author: ATHILL DIANA

    In this sequel to Costa Biography Award-winning Somewhere Towards the End, Diana Athill writes vivaciously, poignantly, and with extraordinary clarity about what really matters in the end, from the remarkable vantage point of her late ninetiesWhat matters in the end? In the final years of life, which memories stand out? Writing from her retirement home in Highgate, London, as she approaches her 100th year, Diana Athill reflects on what it is like to be in her nineties, and on the moments in her life which have risen to the surface and sustain her in her later years.She recalls in sparkling detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood, a vast and beautiful park attached to a large house, and writes with humour, clarity and honesty about her experiences of the First and Second World Wars, and her trips to Europe as a young woman. In the remarkable title chapter, Athill describes her pregnancy at the age of forty-three, losing the baby and almost losing her life, and her gratitude on discovering that she had survived.With vivid memories of the past mingled with candid, wise and often very funny reflections on the experience of being very old, Alive, Alive Oh! reminds us of the joy and richness to be found at every stage of life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
  • All in a Don's Day: a Further Selection from Her Renowned Blog
    All in a Don's Day: a Further Selection from Her Renowned Blog
    ISBN: 9781846685361
    Title: All in a Don's Day: a Further Selection from Her Renowned Blog
    Author: BEARD MARY

    Her central themes are the classics, universities and teaching - and much else besides. In this second collection following on from the success of It's a Don's Life, Beard ponders whether Gaddafi's home is Roman or not, we share her 'terror of humiliation' as she enters 'hairdresser country' and follow her dilemma as she wanders through the quandary of illegible handwriting on examination papers and 'longing for the next dyslexic' - on whose paper the answers are typed, not handwritten.Praise for It's a Don's Life'Delightful ... it has the virtues of brevity, eclecticism and learning worn lightly ... if they'd had Mary Beard on their side back then, the Romans would still have their empire' Daily Mail

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to be Famous Strangers
    All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to be Famous Strangers
    ISBN: 9781455565887
    Title: All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to be Famous Strangers
    Author: MASSEY ALANA

    "Alana Massey's prose is to brutal honesty what a mandolin is to a butter knife: she's sharper; she slices thinner; she shows the cross-section of a truth so deftly--so powerfully and cannily--it's hard to look away, and hard not to feel that something has shifted in you for having read her."--Leslie Jamison, New York Times bestselling author of The Empathy Exams
    From columnist and critic Alana Massey, a collection of essays examining the intersection of the personal with pop culture through the lives of pivotal female figures--from Sylvia Plath to Britney Spears--in the spirit of Chuck Klosterman, with the heart of a true fan.
    Mixing Didion's affected cool with moments of giddy celebrity worship, Massey examines the lives of the women who reflect our greatest aspirations and darkest fears back onto us. These essays are personal without being confessional and clever in a way that invites readers into the joke. A cultural critique and a finely wrought fan letter, interwoven with stories that are achingly personal, ALL THE LIVES I WANT is also an exploration of mental illness, the sex industry, and the dangers of loving too hard. But it is, above all, a paean to the celebrities who have shaped a generation of women--from Scarlett Johansson to Amber Rose, Lil' Kim, Anjelica Huston, Lana Del Rey, Anna Nicole Smith and many more. These reflections aim to reimagine these women's legacies, and in the process, teach us new ways of forgiving ourselves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $49.00
  • All Things Bright & Beautiful
    All Things Bright & Beautiful
    ISBN: 9780312330866
    Title: All Things Bright & Beautiful

    This omnibus edition comprises Herriot's third and fourth books, Let Sleeping Vets Lie and Vet in Harness. The first book covers his struggle to establish himself in Yorkshire as a vet, and the second introduces many new characters. Both are told with Herriot's usual insight and humour.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Am I Alone Here?
    Am I Alone Here?
    ISBN: 9781936787258
    Title: Am I Alone Here?
    Author: ORNER PETER

    Stories, both my own and those I ve taken to heart, make up whoever it is that I ve become, Peter Orner writes in this collection of essays about reading, writing, and living. Orner readsand writeseverywhere he finds himself: a hospital cafeteria, a coffee shop in Albania, or a crowded bus in Haiti. The result is a book of unlearned meditations that stumbles into memoir. Among the many writers Orner addresses are Isaac Babel and Zora Neale Hurston, both of whom told their truths and were silenced; Franz Kafka, who professed loneliness but craved connection; Robert Walser, who spent the last twenty-three years of his life in a Swiss insane asylum, working at being crazy; and Juan Rulfo, who practiced the difficult art of silence. Virginia Woolf, Eudora Welty, Yasunari Kawabata, Saul Bellow, Mavis Gallant, John Edgar Wideman, William Trevor, and Vaclav Havel make appearances, as well as the poet Herbert Morrisabout whom almost nothing is known.
    An elegy for an eccentric late father, and the end of a marriage, Am I Alone Here? is also a celebration of the possibility of renewal. At once personal and panoramic, this book will inspire readers to return to the essential stories of their own lives."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
  • American Way of Death Revisited
    American Way of Death Revisited
    ISBN: 9780679771869
    Title: American Way of Death Revisited

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • Andy Warhol Diaries
    Andy Warhol Diaries
    ISBN: 9780141193076
    Title: Andy Warhol Diaries

    Edited with an Introduction by Pat Hackett'Cruel, sexy and sometimes heartbreaking . . . Warhol is no neutral observer, but a character in his own right'NewsweekAndy Warhol kept these diaries faithfully from November 1976 right up to his final week, in February 1987. Written at the height of his fame and success, Warhol records the fun of an Academy Awards party, nights out at Studio 54, trips between London, Paris and New York, and surprisingly even the money he spent each day, down to the cent. With appearances from and references to everyone who was anyone, from Jim Morrison, Martina Navratilova and Calvin Klein to Shirley Bassey, Estee Lauder and Muhammad Ali, these diaries are the most glamorous, witty and revealing writings of the twentieth century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $47.00
  • Anglo-english Attitudes
    Anglo-english Attitudes
    ISBN: 9780857864031
    Title: Anglo-english Attitudes
    Author: DYER GEOFF

    Anglo-English Attitudes brings together Geoff Dyer's best journalism and other writing from 1984-99. There are studied meditations on photographers (Robert Capa, William Gedney, Cartier-Bresson) , painters (Bonnard, Gauguin), musicians (Coltrane, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan), and close critical engagements with writers including Camus, Michael Ondaatje and Martin Amis. Also here are idiosyncratic reflections on boxing, comics, Airfix models and Action Man, and often hilarious accounts of his 'misadventures'.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
  • Aphorisms
    ISBN: 9780805212655
    Title: Aphorisms

    Kafka twice wrote aphorisms in his lifetime. The first effort was a series of 109, known as the Z rau Aphorisms, which were written between September 1917 and April 1918 and originally published posthumously by his friend, Max Brod, in 1931. These aphorisms reflect on metaphysical and theological issues--as well as the occasional dog. The second sequence of aphorisms, numbering 41, appears in Kafka's 1920 diary dating from January 6 to February 29. It is in these aphorisms, whose subject is "He," where Kafka distills the unexpected nature of experience as one shaped by exigency and possibility. Foreword by Daniel Frank

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
  • Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists
    ISBN: 9780864735140
    Title: Are Angels Ok: The Parallel Universes of NZ Writers & Scientists

    New Zealands top writers and physicists collaborate to create a provocative and fascinating discussion on the most strange and fantastic aspects of physics. With topics that include the curvature of space time, wave particle duality, the untimely death of Schrodinger's cat, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle, dark energy, and the end of the universe, this extraordinary guide artfully blends philosophy and literature with science.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Arguably: Love & War God & Mammon
    Arguably: Love & War God & Mammon
    ISBN: 9781742377391
    Title: Arguably: Love & War God & Mammon

    A collection of the most important and controversial writings from the unapologetically provocative yet universally admired Christopher Hitchens. He raises hackles or receives resounding cheers, he's loved or hated but never ignored. Christopher Hitchens is possibly the most provocative writer of our time, fearless and forthright with no subject off limits. This volume of essays spans a remarkable four decades of writing. From early articles in the New Statesman where he worked alongside writers such as Ian McEwan and Martin Amis, through to his pieces for Salon, The Atlantic and Vanity Fair, these articles display his rare genius, indomitable wit and singular command of language. World figures from Clinton to Mother Teresa, Kissinger to Benazir Bhutto go under his unforgiving microscope. Issues from Vietnam to Iraq, Afghanistan to Iran and literary musings on the leading writers of the last fifty years form the richest tapestry a reader could ask. 'Don't mince words' is the title of one of these pieces. Nor does he, nor has he over the course of a dozen books of which the most recent are the best selling GOD IS NOT GREAT and HITCH-22, and hundreds of articles of which the cream of the crop is here.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Art Matters
    Art Matters
    ISBN: 9781472260086
    Title: Art Matters

    A creative call to arms from the mind of Neil Gaiman, combining his extraordinary words with deft and striking illustrations by Chris Riddell. Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art.

    Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters.

    Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters explores how reading, imagining and creating can change the world, and will be inspirational to young and old.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
  • Art Objects
    Art Objects
    ISBN: 9780099590019
    Title: Art Objects

    These interlocking essays uncover art as an active force in the world - neither elitist or remote, present to those who want it, affecting even those who don't. Winterson's own passionate vision of art is presented here - provocatively and personally in pieces on Modernism, autobiography, style, painting, the future of fiction, in two essays on Virginia Woolf, and more intimately in pieces where she describes her relationship to her work and the books that she loves.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • Art of Invective Selected Non-fiction, 1953-1994
    Art of Invective Selected Non-fiction, 1953-1994
    ISBN: 9781783192038
    Title: Art of Invective Selected Non-fiction, 1953-1994

    Dennis Potter's best work is widely regarded as the high-water mark of British television drama: "Son of Man, The Singing Detective, Blue Remembered Hills" and "Pennies from Heaven." Published to mark eighty years since Potter's birth, this new anthology is a cache of rarely seen and often excoriating nonfiction, which elevates his standing as a journalist and critic to match his undisputed brilliance as a dramatist.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $70.00

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