• 97,196 Words: Essays
    97,196 Words: Essays
    ISBN: 9781911214465
    Title: 97,196 Words: Essays
    Author: CARRERE EMMANUEL

    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
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  • 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
    $29.00
  • 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: $40.00
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  • Approaching Eye Level
    Approaching Eye Level
    ISBN: 9781911547648
    Title: Approaching Eye Level
    Author: GORNICK VIVIAN

    Seven seminal essays addressing loneliness, friendship and feminism, written in Gornick's inimitable voice, this collection has never been published in Australia.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    ISBN: 9780008245122
    Title: Bad Boy of Athens: Classics from the Greeks to Game of Thrones
    Author: MENDELSOHN DANIEL


    'Mendelsohn takes the classical costumes off figures like Virgil and Sappho, Homer and Horace ... He writes about things so clearly they come to feel like some of the most important things you have ever been told.' Sebastian Barry


    Over the past three decades, Daniel Mendelsohn's essays and reviews have earned him a reputation as 'our most irresistible literary critic' (New York Times). This striking new collection exemplifies the way in which Mendelsohn - a classicist by training - uses the classics as a lens to think about urgent contemporary debates.


    There is much to surprise here. Mendelsohn invokes the automatons featured in Homer's epics to help explain the AI films Ex Machina and Her, and perceives how Ted Hughes sought redemption by translating a play of Euripides (the 'bad boy of Athens') about a wayward husband whose wife returns from the dead. There are essays on Sappho's sexuality and the feminism of Game of Thrones; on how Virgil's Aeneid prefigures post-World War II history and why we are still obsessed with the Titanic; on Patrick Leigh Fermor's final journey, Karl Ove Knausgaard's autofiction and the plays of Tom Stoppard, Tennessee Williams, and Noël Coward. The collection ends with a poignant account of the author's boyhood correspondence with the historical novelist Mary Renault, which inspired his ambition to become a writer.


    In The Bad Boy of Athens, Mendelsohn provokes and dazzles with erudition, emotion and tart wit while his essays dance across eras, cultures and genres. This is a provocative collection which sees today's master of popular criticism using the ancient past to reach into the very heart of modern culture.



    Format: Paperback
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  • Becoming George Orwell: Life & Letters, Legend & Legacy
    Becoming George Orwell: Life & Letters, Legend & Legacy
    ISBN: 9780691182742
    Title: Becoming George Orwell: Life & Letters, Legend & Legacy
    Author: RODDEN JOHN

    Is George Orwell the most influential writer who ever lived? Yes, according to Rodden's provocative book about the transformation of a man into a myth. He charts the astonishing passage of a litterateur into a legend.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
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  • Best American Essays 2020
    Best American Essays 2020
    ISBN: 9780358359913
    Title: Best American Essays 2020
    Author: ACIMAN ANDRE ED

    A collection of the year's best essays selected by Andr Aciman, author of the worldwide bestseller Call Me by Your Name.

    Andr Aciman "quite simply, one of the finest essayists of the last hundred years" (Los Angeles Review of Books) and one of the most poignant stylists of his generation, selects the best essays of the year from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00

    $37.00
  • Best American Magazine Writing 2020
    Best American Magazine Writing 2020
    ISBN: 9780231198011
    Title: Best American Magazine Writing 2020
    Author: HOLT SID

    The Best American Magazine Writing 2020 brings together outstanding in-depth reporting and incisive criticism. It features extraordinary globe-spanning journalism and showcases the work of remarkable stylists.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019
    Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019
    ISBN: 9780358093169
    Title: Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019
    Author: LEPUCKI EDAN & 826 NATIONAL (EDS)

    An eclectic collection of fiction, essays, poetry, and graphic work selected by high school students with the help of New York Times best-selling author Edan Lepucki.

    Over the past year, fifteen Bay Area high school students have gathered each week in the basement of an independent publishing house to pore over online and print literary journals, magazines, books, plays, and graphic novels. They read things they couldn't shake and engaged in deep conversations about how good writing brings people together, no matter what else is happening around the world. With the help of New York Times best-selling author Edan Lepucki they have compiled The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2019.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
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  • Best of A. A. Gill
    Best of A. A. Gill
    ISBN: 9781474607759
    Title: Best of A. A. Gill
    Author: GILL A A

    For over twenty years, people turned to A. A. Gill's columns every Sunday - for his fearlessness, his perception, and the laughter-and-tear-provoking one-liners - but mostly because he was the best. 'By miles the most brilliant journalist of our age', as Lynn Barber put it. This is the definitive collection of a voice that was silenced too early but that can still make us look at the world in new and surprising ways.


    In the words of Andrew Marr, A.. A. Gill was 'a golden writer'. There was nothing that he couldn't illuminate with his dazzling prose. Wherever he was - at home or abroad - he found the human story, brought it to vivid life, and rendered it with fierce honesty and bracing compassion. And he was just as truthful about himself. There have been various collections of A. A. Gill's journalism - individual compilations of his restaurant and TV criticism, of his travel writing and his extraordinary feature articles. This book showcasesthe very best of his work: the peerlessly funny criticism, the extraordinarily knowledgeable food writing, assignments throughout the world, and reflections on life, love, and death. Drawn from a range of publications, including the Sunday Times, Vanity Fair, Tatler and Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Ivy Cookbook and his books on England and America, it is by turns hilarious, uplifting, controversial, unflinching, sad, funny and furious.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Best of Me
    Best of Me
    ISBN: 9781408713884
    Title: Best of Me
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID

    David Sedaris's best stories and essays, spanning his remarkable career--as selected by the author himself

    For more than twenty-five years, David Sedaris has been carving out a unique literary space, virtually creating his own genre. A Sedaris story may seem confessional, but is also highly attuned to the world outside. It opens our eyes to what is at absurd and moving about our daily existence. And it is almost impossible to read without laughing.
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    Now, for the first time collected in one volume, the author brings us his funniest and most memorable work. In these stories, Sedaris shops for rare taxidermy, hitchhikes with a lady quadriplegic, and spits a lozenge into a fellow traveler's lap. He drowns a mouse in a bucket, struggles to say "give it to me" in five languages, and hand-feeds a carnivorous bird.
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    But if all you expect to find in Sedaris's work is the deft and sharply observed comedy for which he became renowned, you may be surprised to discover that his words bring more warmth than mockery, more fellow-feeling than derision. Nowhere is this clearer than in his writing about his loved ones. In these pages, Sedaris explores falling in love and staying together, recognizing his own aging not in the mirror but in the faces of his siblings, losing one parent and coming to terms--at long last--with the other.
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    Taken together, the stories in TheBest of Me reveal the wonder and delight Sedaris takes in the surprises life brings him. No experience, he sees, is quite as he expected--it's often harder, more fraught, and certainly weirder--but sometimes it is also much richer and more wonderful.
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    Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led David Sedaris to be called "the funniest man alive" (Time Out New York), The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing--quite often at himself--and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Black Moleskine Cahier Journal Set of 3, Pocket, Squared, Soft Cover
    Black Moleskine Cahier Journal Set of 3, Pocket, Squared, Soft Cover
    ISBN: 9788883704901
    Title: Black Moleskine Cahier Journal Set of 3, Pocket, Squared, Soft Cover
    Author: M-QP312

    The Moleskine Cahiers are journals with a flexible heavy-duty writable cardboard cover in black with visible stitching on the spine. The last 16 sheets are detachable and there is a pocket for loose notes. Each set of 3 pieces includes the Moleskine history. With acid free paper and squared pages. Set of 3.

    Specifications:
    - Layout: Squared Paper
    - Dimensions: 3-1/2" x 5-1/2"
    - Color: Black
    - Pages: 64; last 16 Pages are detachable
    - Flap with space for collecting loose notes.
    - Paper Weight: 70 gsm/47 lb.; FSC Certified Paper; Acid-Free (pH Neutral)
    - Set of 3

    Format: Diary
    Price: $16.00

    $16.00
  • Books V Cigarettes #57
    Books V Cigarettes #57
    ISBN: 9780141036618
    Title: Books V Cigarettes #57
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE

    Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell's entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
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  • Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One's Books
    Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One's Books
    ISBN: 9780241475218
    Title: Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One's Books
    Author: PEREC GEORGES

    A slim volume featuring Georges Perec's writings on the simple task of arranging books and what it can reveal about life

    One of the most singular and extravagant imaginations of the twentieth century, the novelist and essayist Georges Perec was a true original who delighted in wordplay, puzzles, taxonomies and seeing the extraordinary in the everyday. In these virtuoso writings about books and language, he discusses different ways of reading, a list of the things he really must do before he dies and the power of words to overcome the chaos of the world.

    Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives--and upended them. Now Penguin brings you a new set of the acclaimed Great Ideas, a curated library of selections from the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
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  • Busted in New York & Other Essays With an Introduction by Zadie Smith
    Busted in New York & Other Essays With an Introduction by Zadie Smith
    ISBN: 9781529413748
    Title: Busted in New York & Other Essays With an Introduction by Zadie Smith
    Author: PINCKNEY DARRYL


    '[Pinckney] reveals himself to be a skilful chronicler of black experience in literary criticism, reportage and biography' The New York Times

    In these twenty-five essays, Darryl Pinckney has given us a view of our recent racial history that blends the social and the personal and wonders how we arrived at our current moment. Pinckney reminds us that "white supremacy isn't back; it never went away." It is this impulse to see historically that is at the core of Busted in New York and Other Essays, which traces the lineage of black intellectual history from Booker T. Washington through the Harlem Renaissance, to the Black Panther Party and the turbulent sixties, to today's Afro-pessimists, and celebrated and neglected thinkers in between.

    These are capacious essays whose topics range from the grassroots of protest in Ferguson, Missouri, to the eighteenth-century Guadeloupian composer Joseph Bologne, from an unsparing portrait of Louis Farrakhan to the enduring legacy of James Baldwin, the unexpected story of Black people experiencing Russia, Barry Jenkins's Moonlight, and the painter Kara Walker. The essays themselves are a kind of record, many of them written in real-time, as Pinckney witnesses the Million Man March, feels and experiences the highs and lows of Obama's first presidential campaign, explores the literary Black diaspora, and reflects on the surprising and severe lesson he learned firsthand about the changing urban fabric of New York.

    As Zadie Smith writes in her introduction to the book: "How lucky we are to have Darryl Pinckney who, without rancor, without insult, has, all these years, been taking down our various songs, examining them with love and care, and bringing them back from the past, like a Sankofa bird, for our present examination. These days Sankofas like Darryl are rare. Treasure him!



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Calypso
    Calypso
    ISBN: 9780349141893
    Title: Calypso
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID


    David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.


    If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris' cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.


    When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.


    With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny-it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris' powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.


    This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris' darkest and warmest book yet-and it just might be his very best.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
    Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
    ISBN: 9780141019468
    Title: Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays
    Author: SMITH ZADIE

    How did George Eliot’s love life affect her prose? Why did Kafka write at three in the morning? In what ways is Barack Obama like Eliza Doolittle? Can you be over-dressed for the Oscars? What is Italian Feminism? If Roland Barthes killed the Author, can Nabokov revive him? What does ‘soulful’ mean? Is Date Movie the worst film ever made?A collection of essays that brims over with personality and warmth, Changing My Mind is journalism at its most expansive, intelligent and funny – a gift to readers and writers both. Within its covers an essay is more than a column of opinions: it’s a space in which to think freely.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox
    Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox
    ISBN: 9780340733295
    Title: Colour: Travels Through the Paintbox
    Author: FINLAY VICTORIA

    Part travelogue, part narrative history, 'Colour' unlocks the history of the colours of the rainbow, and reveals how paints came to be invented, discovered, traded and used. This remarkable and beautifully written book remembers a time when red paint was really the colour of blood, when orange was the poison pigment, blue as expensive as gold, and yellow made from the urine of cows force-fed with mangoes. It looks at how green was carried by yaks along the silk road, and how an entire nation was founded on the colour purple. Exciting, richly informative, and always surprising, 'Colour' lifts the lid on the historical palette and unearths an astonishing wealth of stories about the quest for colours, and our efforts to understand them.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures & Innovations
    Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures & Innovations
    ISBN: 9781781250495
    Title: Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures & Innovations
    Author: BEARD MARY

    Mary Beard is one of the world's best-known classicists - a brilliant academic, with a rare gift for communicating with a wide audience both though her TV presenting and her books.In a series of sparkling essays, she explores our rich classical heritage - from Greek drama to Roman jokes, introducing some larger-than-life characters of classical history, such as Alexander the Great, Nero and Boudicca. She invites you into the places where Greeks and Romans lived and died, from the palace at Knossos to Cleopatra's Alexandria - and reveals the often hidden world of slaves. She takes a fresh look at both scholarly controversies and popular interpretations of the ancient world, from The Golden Bough to Asterix. The fruit of over thirty years in the world of classical scholarship, Confronting the Classics captures the world of antiquity and its modern significance with wit, verve and scholarly expertise.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Counterfutures #6: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa
    Counterfutures #6: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa
    ISBN: 9781811261400
    Title: Counterfutures #6: Left Thought & Practice Aotearoa
    Author: TAYLOR DYLAN ED


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Coventry
    Coventry
    ISBN: 9780571350452
    Title: Coventry
    Author: CUSK RACHEL

    A series of essays from Rachel Cusk - about choices, womanhood and art.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Dear Mr Murray
    Dear Mr Murray
    ISBN: 9781473662698
    Title: Dear Mr Murray
    Author: MCCLAY DAVID


    The publishing house of John Murray was founded in Fleet Street in 1768 and remained a family firm over seven generations. Published to coincide with this 'remarkable achievement' and in the anniversary year, Dear Mr Murray is a collection of some of the best letters from the hundreds of thousands held in the John Murray Archive. They reveal not only the story of some of the most interesting and influential books in history but also the remarkable friendships - as well as occasional animosities - between author and publisher, as well as readers, editors, printers and illustrators.


    Despite the incredible number of letters that were retained by the Murray family, some failed to arrive, others were delayed and some barely survived, but longevity added to the reputation and fame of John Murray and a correspondent in Canada who addressed his letter merely to 'John Murray, The World-wide famous Book & Publishing House, London, England' as early as 1932 could be confident that his letter would arrive.


    Intended to entertain and inspire, and spanning more than two hundred years, Dear Mr Murray is full of literary history and curiosities: from Charles Darwin's response to the negative reviews of On the Origin of Species to Adrian Conan Doyle challenging Harold Nicolson to a duel for insulting his father in the press; from David Livingstone's displeasure at the proposed drawing of a lion to represent his near-death encounter in Missionary Travels to William Makepeace Thackeray apologising for his drunken behaviour; from Byron berating John Murray for being fooled by his girlfriend's forgery of his signature to the poet James Hogg so desperate for money that he claims he won't be able to afford a Christmas goose; and from Jane Austen expressing concern about printing delays to Patrick Leigh Fermor beseeching Jock Murray not to visit him until he'd completed A Time of Gifts. Complemented by illustrations and reproductions of letters and envelopes, this is the perfect gift for book lovers everywhere.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
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  • Decreation: Poetry Essays Opera
    Decreation: Poetry Essays Opera
    ISBN: 9781400078905
    Title: Decreation: Poetry Essays Opera
    Author: CARSON ANNE


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
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  • Details On Love, Death and Reading
    Details On Love, Death and Reading
    ISBN: 9781760855253
    Title: Details On Love, Death and Reading
    Author: DAYLIGHT TEGAN BENNETT

    A book about the connections we form with literature and each other
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    Tegan Bennett Daylight has led a life in books - as a writer, a teacher and a critic, but first and foremost as a reader.
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    In this deeply insightful and intimate work, Daylight describes how her reading has nourished her life, and how life has informed her reading. In both, she shows us that it's the small points of connection - the details - that really matter: what we notice when someone close to us dies, when we give birth, when we make friends. In life's disasters and delights, the details are what we can share and compare and carry with us.
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    Daylight writes with invigorating candour and compassion about her mother's last days; her own experiences of childbearing and its aftermath (in her celebrated essay 'Vagina'); her long admiration of Helen Garner and George Saunders; and her great loves and friendships. Each chapter is a revelation, and a celebration of how books offer not an escape from 'real life' but a richer engagement with the business of living.
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    The result is a work that will truly deepen your relationship with books, and with other readers. The delight is in the details.

    'A superb writer... If you love reading, you'll cherish this book for showing you why.' Charlotte Wood, author of The Weekend and The Natural Way of Things
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    'An intimate and wise celebration of the joy and solace we find in books.'& Books & Publishing

    'If you care about reading and writing, past, present and future, read this book.' Stephen Romei, The Weekend Australian

    'The Details is a joyful and vital adventure alongside a sophisticated reader, and a timely reminder of the critical role of art in turbulent times.' Justine Hyde, The Saturday Paper

    'A testament to the enriching power of reading.' Thuy On, Sydney Morning Herald

    'An immersive and thought-provoking read, ideal for any bibliophile.' The Monthly

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
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  • Devotion: Why I Write
    Devotion: Why I Write
    ISBN: 9780300240221
    Title: Devotion: Why I Write
    Author: SMITH PATTI

    From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, a rare and generous look into the creative process

    A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic--its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture's beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.

    Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession--a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus's house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weil's grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano's novels. Whether writing in a caf or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.

    The Why I Write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $17.00
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  • Dramatic Exchanges The Lives & Letters of the National Theatre
    Dramatic Exchanges The Lives & Letters of the National Theatre
    ISBN: 9781781259368
    Title: Dramatic Exchanges The Lives & Letters of the National Theatre
    Author: ROSENTHAL DANIEL (EDITOR)

    The perfect gift for any theatre loverThere has been always as much drama offstage as on at the National Theatre, and much of it is to be found in the letters, telegrams, scribbled notes and colourful postcards of its main players. - What drove Laurence Olivier to confess: 'The foolishness of my position starts to obsess me'?- Why did Maggie Smith write: 'I am absolutely heartbroken by your decision'?- What prompted Judi Dench to ask: 'Can't you write me a musical so that I can sit on a chair in a fur hat & nothing else and sing RUDE songs?' This book brings together for the first time some of the most inspiring, dramatic and amusing letters from the life of Britain's most beloved theatre: Laurence Olivier's gracious rejection letters, Peter Hall's combative memos, Helen Mirren's impassioned defence of theatrical innovation, fantastical good luck missives and long conspiratorial letters. Together, they reveal the stories behind some of the most lavish, triumphant, daring and disastrous productions in the theatre's history, including Amadeus, Romans in Britain, Laurence Olivier's Othello, Closer, The History Boys and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. A rich collection of correspondence like no other, this book offers a fascinating and celebratory look at the world of theatre and beyond.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim
    Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim
    ISBN: 9780349116709
    Title: Dress Your Family in Corduroy & Denim
    Author: SEDARIS DAVID

    Essays to feature: bull; bull;David Sedaris's brief and painful encounter with the most popular guy in junior high school. bull;'The Rooster' in a tux and other unsavoury animal tales from David's brother's wedding. bull;David Sedaris on the differences between love in movies and love in real life. bull;David Sedaris on his brutally frank neighbour, a 75-year-old woman named Rocky who is given to outbursts like, 'I'll kick you up the ass so hard I'll lose my shoe!'No one renders the pathos, chaos, and impossible variety of daily encounters like David Sedaris. On every subject, he is bruisingly painful and tenderly affectionate. Sedaris is a unique voice in American writing, and this new collection will be eagerly anticipated by his ever-growing crowd of devoted readers.




    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Empathy Exams: Essays
    Empathy Exams: Essays
    ISBN: 9781847088420
    Title: Empathy Exams: Essays
    Author: JAMISON LESLIE

    The subjects of this stylish and audacious collection of essays range from an assault in Nicaragua to a Morgellons meeting; from Frida Kahlo's plaster casts to a gangland tour of LA. Jamison is interested in how we tell stories about injury and pain, and the limits that circumstances, bodies and identity put on the act of describing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
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  • Encounters & Destinies A Farewell to Europe
    Encounters & Destinies A Farewell to Europe
    ISBN: 9781782273462
    Title: Encounters & Destinies A Farewell to Europe
    Author: ZWEIG STEFAN

    A new collection of essays by Stefan Zweig: tributes to the great artists and thinkers of the Europe of his day

    Stefan Zweig was one of the twentieth century's greatest authors and a tireless champion of freedom, tolerance and friendship across borders. Encounters and Destinies collects his most impassioned and moving tributes to his many illustrious friends and peers: literary, philosophical and artistic luminaries from across the Old Europe that Zweig loved so much, and which he grieved to see so cruelly destroyed by two world wars.

    Including pieces on Rainer Maria Rilke, Marcel Proust, Sigmund Freud, Maxim Gorky and Arturo Toscanini, this essential collection is also Zweig's tribute to the ideal of friendship: an ideal he clung to as the world he knew was torn apart.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00

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  • Essays & Aphorisms
    Essays & Aphorisms
    ISBN: 9780140442274
    Title: Essays & Aphorisms
    Author: SCHOPENHAUER ARTHUR

    One of the greatest philosophers of the nineteenth century, Schopenhauer (1788-1860) believed that human action is determined not by reason but by 'will' - the blind and irrational desire for physical existence. This selection of his writings on religion, ethics, politics, women, suicide, books and many other themes is taken from Schopenhauer's last work, "Parerga and Paralipomena", which he published in 1851. These pieces depict humanity as locked in a struggle beyond good and evil, and each individual absolutely free within a Godless world, in which art, morality and self-awareness are our only salvation.

    This innovative - and pessimistic - view has proved powerfully influential upon philosophy and art, directly affecting the work of Nietzsche, Wittgenstein and Wagner among others.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Essays: A Selection
    Essays: A Selection
    ISBN: 9780140446029
    Title: Essays: A Selection
    Author: MONTAIGNE MICHEL DE

    To overcome a crisis of melancholy after the death of his father, Montaigne withdrew to his country estates and began to write. In the highly original essays that resulted he discussed themes such as fathers and children, conscience and cowardice, coaches and cannibals, and, above all, himself. On Some Lines of Virgil opens out into a frank discussion of sexuality and makes a revolutionary case for the equality of the sexes. In On Experience Montaigne superbly propounds his thoughts on the right way to live, while other essays touch on issues of an age struggling with religious and intellectual strife, with France torn apart by civil war. These diverse subjects are united by Montaigne's distinctive voice - that of a tolerant man, sceptical, humane, often humorous and utterly honest in his pursuit of the truth. M. A. Screech's distinguished translation fully retains the light-hearted and inquiring nature of the essays. In his introduction, he examines Montaigne's life and times, and the remarkable self-portrait that emerges from his works.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Essential Ginsberg
    Essential Ginsberg
    ISBN: 9780141398990
    Title: Essential Ginsberg
    Author: GINSBERG ALLEN

    Featuring the legendary and groundbreaking poem "Howl," this remarkable volume showcases a selection of Allen Ginsberg's poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews, and contains sixteen pages of his personal photographs.

    One of the Beat Generation's most renowned poets and writers, Allen Ginsberg became internationally famous not only for his published works but also for his actions as a human rights activist who championed the sexual revolution, gay liberation, Buddhism and Eastern religion, and the confrontation of societal norms--all before it became fashionable to do so. He was also the dynamic leader of war protesters, artists, Flower Power hippies, musicians, punks, and political radicals.

    The Essential Ginsberg collects a mosaic of material that displays the full range of Ginsberg's mental landscape. His most important poems, songs, essays, letters, journals, and interviews are displayed in chronological order. His poetic masterpieces, "Howl" and "Kaddish," are presented here along with lesser-known and difficult-to-find songs and prose. Personal correspondence with William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac is included, as well as photographs--shot and captioned by Ginsberg himself--of his friends and fellow rogues William Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and others.

    Through his essays, journals, interviews, and letters, this definitive volume will inspire readers to delve deeper into a body of work that remains one of the most impressive literary canons in American history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

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  • Everything's Trash, but It's Okay
    Everything's Trash, but It's Okay
    ISBN: 9780525534167
    Title: Everything's Trash, but It's Okay
    Author: ROBINSON PHOEBE & GLAZER ILANA (FOREWARD BY)

    Wouldn't it be great if life came with instructions? Of course, but like access to Michael B. Jordan's house, none of us are getting any. Thankfully, Phoebe Robinson is ready to share everything she has experienced to prove that if you can laugh at her topsy-turvy life, you can laugh at your own.

    Written in her trademark unfiltered and witty style, Robinson's latest collection is a call to arms. Outfitted with on-point pop culture references, these essays tackle a wide range of topics- giving feminism a tough-love talk on intersectionality, telling society's beauty standards to kick rocks, and calling foul on our culture's obsession with work. Robinson also gets personal, exploring money problems she's hidden from her parents, how dating is mainly a warmed-over bowl of hot mess, and definitely most important, meeting Bono not once, but twice. She's struggled with being a woman with a political mind and a woman with an ever-changing jeans size. She knows about trash because she sees it every day--and because she's seen roughly one hundred thousand hours of reality TV and zero hours of Schindler's List.

    With the intimate voice of a new best friend, Everything's Trash, But It's Okay is a candid perspective for a generation that has had the rug pulled out from under it too many times to count.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Eye You See With: Selected Nonfiction
    Eye You See With: Selected Nonfiction
    ISBN: 9780618386246
    Title: Eye You See With: Selected Nonfiction
    Author: STONE ROBERT & BELL MADISON SMARTT (EDITOR)

    The definitive collection of nonfiction--from war reporting to literary criticism to the sharpest political writing--from the "legend of American letters" (Vanity Fair)

    Robert Stone was a singular American writer, a visionary whose award-winning novels--including Dog Soldiers, Outerbridge Reach, and Damascus Gate--earned him comparisons to literary lions ranging from Samuel Beckett to Ernest Hemingway to Graham Greene. Stone had an almost prophetic grasp of the spirit of his age, which he captured with crystalline clarity in each of his novels. Of course, he was also a sharp and brilliant observer of American life, and his nonfiction writing is revelatory.

    The Eye You See With--the first and only collection of Robert Stone's nonfiction--was carefully selected by award-winning novelist and Stone biographer Madison Smartt Bell. Divided into three sections, the collection includes the best of Stone's war reporting, his writing on social change, and his reflections on the art of fiction. This is an extraordinary volume that offers up a clear-eyed look at the 20th century and secures Robert Stone's place as one of the most original figures in all of American letters.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
    $58.00
  • F*ck Your Diet & Other Things My Thighs Tell Me
    F*ck Your Diet & Other Things My Thighs Tell Me
    ISBN: 9781982135676
    Title: F*ck Your Diet & Other Things My Thighs Tell Me
    Author: HILLIARD CHLOE

    Fans of Issa Rae and Phoebe Robinson will love this collection of laugh-out-loud funny and insightful essays that explore race, feminism, pop culture, and how society reinforces the message that we are nothing without the perfect body.

    By the time Chloé Hilliard was 12, she wore a size 12--both shoe and dress--and stood over six feet tall. Fitting in was never an option. That didn't stop her from trying. Cursed with a "slow metabolism," "baby weight," and "big bones,"--the fat trilogy--Chloe turned to fad diets, starvation, pills, and workouts, all of which failed.

    Realizing that everything--from government policies to corporate capitalism--directly impacts our relationship with food and our waistlines, Chloé changed her outlook on herself and hopes others will do the same for themselves.

    The perfect mix of cultural commentary, conspiracies, and confessions, F*ck Your Diet pokes fun at the all too familiar, misguided quest for better health, permanent weight loss, and a sense of self-worth.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Far & Away: Essential A A Gill
    Far & Away: Essential A A Gill
    ISBN: 9781474617376
    Title: Far & Away: Essential A A Gill
    Author: GILL A A


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Fleet Street Girls: The Women Who Broke down the Doors of the Gentleman's Club
    Fleet Street Girls: The Women Who Broke down the Doors of the Gentleman's Club
    ISBN: 9781409187820
    Title: Fleet Street Girls: The Women Who Broke down the Doors of the Gentleman's Club
    Author: WELCH JULIE

    The Fleet Street Girls is the inspiring and evocative story of the female journalists who broke down barriers in the 1970s and 1980s as women moved up the ranks in Fleet Street for the first time.

    When Julie Welch called in her first ever football report at the Observer, an entire room of men fell silent. Heart in her mouth, Julie waited for the voice on the other end of the line to declare it passable. She'd done it. She was the first ever female football reporter.

    In The Fleet Street Girls, Julie looks back at the steps that led to that moment, from the National Union of Journalists nearly calling a strike when she dared to write an article as a mere secretary (despite allowing men who weren't journalists to write for the same pages), and many other battles in between.

    Julie also shines a light on the other trail-blazing women who were climbing the ladder against all odds, from Lynn Barber (of An Education fame) to Wendy Holden, a war correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and many more, as well as some of the secretaries whom the men overlooked but who actually knew everything. Pioneers one and all.

    The Fleet Street Girls is a fascinating story of the hopes and despairs, triumphs and tribulations of a group of women in the glitzy heyday of journalism, where they could be interviewing Elton John one moment and ducking flying bullets or fighting off the sex pests the next. At a time when Fleet Street was the biggest, cosiest all-male club you can imagine, and the interests of half the human race were consigned to 'The Women's Page' in the paper, we follow Julie and her contemporaries through dramas, excitement and sheer fun in their battle to make sure women's voices were heard.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00

    $60.00
  • Fran Lebowitz Reader
    Fran Lebowitz Reader
    ISBN: 9780679761808
    Title: Fran Lebowitz Reader
    Author: LEBOWITZ FRAN

    The Fran Lebowitz Reader brings together in one volume, with a new preface, two bestsellers, Metropolitan Life and Social Studies, by an "important humorist in the classic tradition" (The New York Times Book Review) who is "the natural successor to Dorothy Parker" (BritishVogue). In "elegant, finely honed prose" (The Washington Post Book World), Lebowitz limns the vicissitudes of contemporary urban life - its fads, trends, crazes, morals, and fashions. By turns ironic, facetious, deadpan, sarcastic, wry, wisecracking, and waggish, she is always wickedly entertaining.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Ghosts of Birds
    Ghosts of Birds
    ISBN: 9780811226189
    Title: Ghosts of Birds
    Author: WEINBERGER ELIOT


    A new collection from "one of the world's great essayists" (The New York Times)

    The Ghosts of Birds offers thirty-five essays by Eliot Weinberger: the first section of the book continues his linked serial-essay, An Elemental Thing, which pulls the reader into "a vortex for the entire universe" (Boston Review). Here, Weinberger chronicles a nineteenth-century journey down the Colorado River, records the dreams of people named Chang, and shares other factually verifiable discoveries that seem too fabulous to possibly be true. The second section collects Weinberger's essays on a wide range of subjects--some of which have been published in Harper's, New York Review of Books, and London Review of Books--including his notorious review of George W. Bush's memoir Decision Points and writings about Mongolian art and poetry, different versions of the Buddha, American Indophilia ("There is a line, however jagged, from pseudo-Hinduism to Malcolm X"), Bela Balazs, Herbert Read, and Charles Reznikoff. This collection proves once again that Weinberger is "one of the bravest and sharpest minds in the United States" (Javier Marias).

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Gifts of Reading
    Gifts of Reading
    ISBN: 9781474615686
    Title: Gifts of Reading
    Author: MACFARLANE ROBERT; JACKIE MORRIS; WILLIAM BOYD; CA


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
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