• 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 in Idleness
    Essays in Idleness
    ISBN: 9784805306314
    Title: Essays in Idleness
    Author: YOSHIDA KENKO

    Between 1330 and 1332, the Buddhist priest Kenko, having as he put it “nothing better to do” turned to his inkstone and brushes. He jotted down his thoughts, observations, and opinions; anecdotes that he found interesting, amusing, or instructive; accounts of customs and ceremonies-everything that seemed to him worthy of preservation. Donald Keene’s complete translation admirably presents this extraordinarily influential Japanese classic.

    The little essays-none of them more than a few pages in length, and some consisting of but two or three sentences-give us the self-portrait of a most engaging gentleman. He loves the past: every scrap of tradition is precious to him. He is haunted by transience, by the vanity of human desires and ambitious, by the inevitable approach of death. He values modesty and simplicity, even as he appreciates subtlety and formality. Sometimes he contradicts himself, as a journal keeper may so easily do, but these lapses are in themselves endearing.

    However Kenko is consistent in his statement of the peculiarly Japanese aesthetic principle: beauty is intrinsically bound to its perishability. The imperfect, the irregular, the understated, beginnings and endings-these have a charm of their own which surpasses that of completion.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
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  • 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
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  • Feel Free: Essays
    Feel Free: Essays
    ISBN: 9780241971024
    Title: Feel Free: Essays
    Author: SMITH ZADIE

    A New York Times Notable Book

    From Zadie Smith, one of the most beloved authors of her generation, a new collection of essays


    Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, Zadie Smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. She contributes regularly to The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right.

    Arranged into five sections--In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free--this new collection poses questions we immediately recognize. What is The Social Network--and Facebook itself--really about? "It's a cruel portrait of us: 500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore." Why do we love libraries? "Well-run libraries are filled with people because what a good library offers cannot be easily found elsewhere: an indoor public space in which you do not have to buy anything in order to stay." What will we tell our granddaughters about our collective failure to address global warming? "So I might say to her, look: the thing you have to appreciate is that we'd just been through a century of relativism and deconstruction, in which we were informed that most of our fondest-held principles were either uncertain or simple wishful thinking, and in many areas of our lives we had already been asked to accept that nothing is essential and everything changes--and this had taken the fight out of us somewhat."

    Gathering in one place for the first time previously unpublished work, as well as already classic essays, such as, "Joy," and, "Find Your Beach," Feel Free offers a survey of important recent events in culture and politics, as well as Smith's own life. Equally at home in the world of good books and bad politics, Brooklyn-born rappers and the work of Swiss novelists, she is by turns wry, heartfelt, indignant, and incisive--and never any less than perfect company. This is literary journalism at its zenith.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • 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

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  • 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: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 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
  • Great Diaries: The World's Greatest Diaries, Notebooks, & Letters Explored & Explained
    Great Diaries: The World's Greatest Diaries, Notebooks, & Letters Explored & Explained
    ISBN: 9780241412947
    Title: Great Diaries: The World's Greatest Diaries, Notebooks, & Letters Explored & Explained
    Author: KINDERSLEY DORLING

    Travel back in time and witness both everyday life and great moments in history in this fascinating compilation of diaries through the ages.

    Great Diaries traces the history of the diary in all its forms, from ancient times to the present day. It brings together historical and literary diaries, artists' sketchbooks, explorers' journals, and scientists' notebooks. Discover what is was life to build a pyramid, sail the seas with Magellan, travel into the heart of Africa, or serve on the Western Front. Find out how writers and artists planned their masterpieces and how scientists developed their groundbreaking theories.

    Great Diaries explores the world's greatest diaries and notebooks, including those of Samuel Pepys, Charles Darwin, Virginia Woolf, and Anne Frank. Stunning images of the original diaries and journals are complemented by key extracts and close-ups of important details. Feature boxes provide additional biographical information and set the works in their cultural and historical context.

    Essential reading for everyone who is passionate about history and literature, Great Diaries provides an intimate insight into the lives and thoughts of some of the most interesting people of the last two thousand years.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Greta Thunberg: I Know This to Be True: On Truth, Courage & Saving Our Planet
    Greta Thunberg: I Know This to Be True: On Truth, Courage & Saving Our Planet
    ISBN: 9781988516998
    Title: Greta Thunberg: I Know This to Be True: On Truth, Courage & Saving Our Planet
    Author: THUNBERG GRETA

    'I Know This to Be True' is a global five-year project founded on original interviews to inspire a new generation of leaders. Truth, wisdom, inspiration and what really matters for the most inspiring leaders of our time.Still a teenager, Greta Thunberg is one of today's most prominent climate change activists. Her impassioned calls for action on global warming have captured hearts and minds around the world. In this inspiring interview, she discusses the irrefutable facts surrounding climate change, the need to hold political figures and lawmakers accountable and why every person has the power to make a difference. Immovable in her mission, Thunberg's story is a testament to the power of young voices and proof that, when guided by truth and perseverance, anyone can create meaningful change.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Having & Being Had
    Having & Being Had
    ISBN: 9781922268013
    Title: Having & Being Had
    Author: BISS EULA


    A timely and arresting new look at affluence by a consistently surprising writer.


    'My adult life can be divided into two distinct parts,' Eula Biss writes, 'the time before I owned a washing machine and the time after.' Having just purchased her first home, she now embarks on a roguish and risky self-audit of the value system she has bought into. The result is a radical interrogation of work, leisure and capitalism. Described by the New York Timesas a writer who 'advances from all sides, like a chess player', Biss brings her approach to the lived experience of capitalism.


    Playfully ranging from IKEA to Beyoncé to Pokemon, across bars and laundromats and universities, she asks, of both herself and her class, 'In what have we invested?'



    Eula Bissis the author of three books, including theNew York Timesbestseller On Immunity: An Inoculation, which was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2014 by the New York Times Book Review, and Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Her work has appeared in Harper's, the New York Times, Believer, and elsewhere, and has been supported by an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


    'A major achievement. Having and Being Had, rather than leading through narrative, turns individual words and phrases, like capitalism, consumers, great America, husbandry, art and work, into fields of inquiry in order to frame a life. With astute consideration, this expansive and intimate accumulation asks the questions that touch all our lives.' Claudia Rankine


    'Eula Biss is known for stepping off the plank into turbulent waters that others might fear or avoid, armed with wry wit and a radical lucidity. Having and Being Hadcontinues this journey, offering us a probing tour of capitalism and class that sidesteps posturing and jargon in favor of clarity, humility, and incitement.' Maggie Nelson


    'Eula Biss's prescient new book gave me new language for things I didn't know I felt about money, capitalism, and my place inside of an economy that always requires so much of me and gives back so little. A brilliant, lacerating re-examination of our relationship to what we own and why, and who in turn might own us in ways we didn't know we consented to--what could be more necessary now?' Alexander Chee



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Hell's Angels (Pop Penguin)
    Hell's Angels (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141045566
    Title: Hell's Angels (Pop Penguin)
    Author: THOMPSON HUNTER S

    The Hell's Angels erupted into 1960s America, paralysing whole towns with fear. Determined to discover the truth behind the terrifying reputation of these marauding biker gangs, Hunter S. Thompson spent a year on the road with the Angels, documenting his hair-raising experiences with Charger Charley, Big Frank, Little Jesus and The Gimp. Hell's Angels was the result: a masterpiece of underground reportage whose free-wheeling, impressionistic style created the legend of Gonzo journalism, and made Thompson's name as the wild man of American writing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?: Essays on Modern Life
    How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?: Essays on Modern Life
    ISBN: 9781786332073
    Title: How Do We Know We're Doing It Right?: Essays on Modern Life
    Author: SYKES PANDORA


    'Pandora is my personal guru on all things relating to the zeitgeist. How lucky you are that she can now be yours too.' Dolly Alderton


    Modern life is full of choices. We're told that happiness lies within and we can be whoever we want to be. But with endless possibility comes a feeling of restlessness; like we're somehow failing to live our best life. What does doing it right even look like? And why do so many women feel like they're getting it wrong?


    From that Zara dress to millennial burnout, the explosion of wellness to the rise of cancel culture, Pandora Sykes interrogates the stories we've been sold and the ones we tell ourselves. Wide-ranging, thoughtful and witty, How Do We Know We're Doing It Right? explores the anxieties and myths that consume our lives and the tools we use to muddle through.


    So sit back and take a breath. It's time to stop worrying about the answers ­- and start delighting in the questions.


    'Like a very clever, lucid, charming friend unpacking all the messy anxieties of modern existence with tremendous intelligence and elan. Read this book. It will help your life.' India Knight



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • How Should One Read a Book?
    How Should One Read a Book?
    ISBN: 9781786277527
    Title: How Should One Read a Book?
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA

    "Where are we to begin? How are we to bring order into this multitudinous chaos and so get the deepest and widest pleasure from what we read?"

    Published for the first time as a standalone volume, Virginia Woolf's short, impassioned essay, How Should One Read a Book? celebrates the enduring importance of great literature. In this timeless manifesto on the written word, rediscover the joy of reading and the power of a good book to change the world.

    One of the most significant modernist writers of the 20th Century, Virginia Woolf and her visionary essays are as relevant today as they were nearly one hundred years ago.

    Features a new introduction by Sheila Heti.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $19.00

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  • How to Make a Slave & Other Essays
    How to Make a Slave & Other Essays
    ISBN: 9780814255995
    Title: How to Make a Slave & Other Essays
    Author: WALKER JERALD

    Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in Nonfiction

    For the black community, Jerald Walker asserts in& How to Make a Slave,& "anger is often a prelude to a joke, as there is broad understanding that the triumph over this destructive emotion lay in finding its punchline." It is on the knife's edge between fury and farce that the essays in this exquisite collection balance.& Whether confronting the medical profession's racial biases, considering the complicated legacy of Michael Jackson, paying homage to his writing mentor James Alan McPherson, or attempting to break free of personal and societal stereotypes, Walker elegantly blends personal revelation and cultural critique. The result is a bracing and often humorous examination by one of America's most acclaimed essayists of what it is to grow, parent, write, and exist as a black American male. Walker refuses to lull his readers; instead his missives urge them to do better as they consider, through his eyes, how to be a good citizen, how to be a good father, how to live, and how to love.
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • How to Read & Why
    How to Read & Why
    ISBN: 9781841150390
    Title: How to Read & Why
    Author: BLOOM HAROLD

    Information is endlessly available to us; where shall wisdom be found?" is the crucial question with which renowned literary critic Harold Bloom begins this impassioned book on the pleasures and benefits of reading well. For more than forty years, Bloom has transformed college students into lifelong readers with his unrivaled love for literature. Now, at a time when faster and easier electronic media threatens to eclipse the practice of reading, Bloom draws on his experience as critic, teacher, and prolific reader to plumb the great books for their sustaining wisdom.
    Shedding all polemic, Bloom addresses the solitary reader, who, he urges, should read for the purest of all reasons: to discover and augment the self. His ultimate faith in the restorative power of literature resonates on every page of this infinitely rewarding and important book.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
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  • I Choose Elena
    I Choose Elena
    ISBN: 9781760878078
    Title: I Choose Elena
    Author: OSBORNE-CROWLEY LUCIA

    Aged fifteen and on track to be an Olympic gymnast, Lucia Osborne-Crowley was violently raped in Sydney on a night out, sparking a series of events that left her devastatingly ill for more than ten years of her life. Her path to healing began a decade later, when she told someone about her rape for the very first time. Lucia eventually found solace in writers like Elena Ferrante, and her work is about rediscovering vulnerability and resilience in the face of formerly unbearable trauma.

    The author explores what has been proved, but is not yet widely known, about how trauma affects the body, bringing to our attention its cyclical, intergenerational nature; how trauma intersects with deeply held beliefs about the credibility of women; and how trauma is played out again and again in the fabric of our cultures, governments, judicial systems and relationships.

    'If you buy one book today let it be this one...It moved me to tears and to anger.' - Daisy Johnson, author of Everything Under

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.00
    $19.00
  • I Wanna Be Where the Normal People Are
    I Wanna Be Where the Normal People Are
    ISBN: 9781529354645
    Title: I Wanna Be Where the Normal People Are
    Author: BLOOM RACHEL


    A collection of hilarious personal essays, poems and even amusement park maps on the subjects of insecurity, fame, anxiety, and much more from the charming and wickedly funny creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
    "It's nice to know someone as talented as Rachel is also pretty weird. If you're like me and love Rachel Bloom, this hilarious, personal book will make you love her even more." - Mindy Kaling
    "Rachel is one of the funniest, bravest people of our generation and this book blew me away." - Amy Schumer
    Rachel Bloom has felt abnormal and out of place her whole life. In this exploration of what she thinks makes her 'different', she's come to realise that a lot of people also feel this way; even people who she otherwise thought were 'normal'.
    In a collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, all told in the unique voice (sometimes singing voice) that made her a star, Rachel writes about everything from her love of Disney, OCD and depression, weirdness, and female friendships to the story of how she didn't poop in the toilet until she was four years old. It's a hilarious, smart, and infinitely relatable collection (except for the pooping thing).



    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • In Cold Blood (Pop Penguin)
    In Cold Blood (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141038391
    Title: In Cold Blood (Pop Penguin)
    Author: CAPOTE TRUMAN

    Truman Capote's In Cold Blood is both a masterpiece of journalism and a powerful crime thriller. Inspired by a 300-word article in The New York Times, Capote spent six years exploring and writing the story of Kansas farmer Herb Clutter, his family and the two young killers who brutally murdered them. In Cold Blood created a genre of novelistic non-fiction and made Capote's name with its unflinching portrayal of a comprehensible and thoroughly human evil.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence & Song
    In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence & Song
    ISBN: 9781942658429
    Title: In the Shadow of King Saul: Essays on Silence & Song
    Author: CHARYN JEROME


    "Jerome Charyn is one of the most important writers in American literature." --Michael Chabon


    "Whatever milieu Charyn] chooses to inhabit . . . his sentences are pure vernacular music, his voice unmistakable." --Jonathan Lethem


    "With his customary linguistic verve and pulsing imagination, Charyn serves up here some of the tastiest essay writing available. He knows and loves New York past and present, and he draws on a lifetime of raucous experience and dedicated reading for a rich, heady, satisfying brew." --Phillip Lopate


    In the New York Review of Books, Joyce Carol Oates expressed her admiration for an equally prolific contemporary: "Among Charyn's writerly gifts is a dazzling energy. . . . He is] an exuberant chronicler of the mythos of American life"; the Los Angeles Times described him as "absolutely unique among American writers." In these ten essays, Charyn shares personal stories about places steeped in history and myth, including his beloved New York, and larger-than-life personalities from the Bible and from the worlds of film, literature, politics, sports, and the author's own family. Together, writes Charyn, these essays create "my own lyrical autobiography. Several of the selections are about other writers, some celebrated, some forgotten. . . . All of whom] scalped me in some way, left their mark."


    Jerome Charyn is the author of more than fifty works of fiction and nonfiction. Among other honors, Charyn has been named a Commander of Arts and Letters by the French Minister of Culture and received the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award for Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
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  • Intimations: Six Essays
    Intimations: Six Essays
    ISBN: 9780241492383
    Title: Intimations: Six Essays
    Author: SMITH ZADIE


    Deeply personal and powerfully moving, a short and timely series of essays on the experience of lockdown, by one of the most clear-sighted and essential writers of our time

    From the critically acclaimed author of Feel Free, Swing Time, White Teeth and many more

    'There will be many books written about the year 2020: historical, analytic, political and comprehensive accounts. This is not any of those - the year isn't half-way done. What I've tried to do is organize some of the feelings and thoughts that events, so far, have provoked in me, in those scraps of time the year itself has allowed. These are above all personal essays: small by definition, short by necessity.'


    Crafted with the sharp intelligence, wit and style that have won Zadie Smith millions of fans, and suffused with a profound intimacy and tenderness in response to these unprecedented times, Intimations is a vital work of art, a gesture of connection and an act of love - an essential book in extraordinary times.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $16.00
    $16.00
  • Jacinda Ardern: I Know This to Be True: On Kindness, Empathy & Strength
    Jacinda Ardern: I Know This to Be True: On Kindness, Empathy & Strength
    ISBN: 9781990003035
    Title: Jacinda Ardern: I Know This to Be True: On Kindness, Empathy & Strength
    Author: ARDERN JACINDA

    'I Know This to Be True' is a global five-year project founded on original interviews to inspire a new generation of leaders. Truth, wisdom, inspiration and what really matters for the most inspiring leaders of our time. Politician, feminist and champion for social equality, Jacinda Ardern epitomizes the modern leader. In this warm and candid interview, the fortieth Prime Minister of New Zealand discusses her childhood growing up in rural Aotearoa New Zealand, her journey into politics, and the lessons she has learned along the way. From her thoughts on climate change and women's rights, to the horrific Christchurch mosque attacks, she reflects on the matters and moments that have impacted her most. With sincerity and insight, she highlights the importance of kindness, compassion and inclusivity, while stressing the need for authenticity in a fast-paced and highly digitized world. At once inspiring and uplifting, her words are a compelling reminder of our shared humanity and a call to action to young leaders and activists around the world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Journalist & the Murderer
    Journalist & the Murderer
    ISBN: 9781783784547
    Title: Journalist & the Murderer
    Author: MALCOLM JANET

    A seminal work and examination of the psychopathology of journalism. Using a strange and unprecedented lawsuit as her larger-than-life example -- the lawsuit of Jeffrey MacDonald, a convicted murderer, against Joe McGinniss, the author of Fatal Vision, a book about the crime -- she delves into the always uneasy, sometimes tragic relationship that exists between journalist and subject. In Malcolm's view, neither journalist nor subject can avoid the moral impasse that is built into the journalistic situation. When the text first appeared, as a two-part article in The New Yorker, its thesis seemed so radical and its irony so pitiless that journalists across the country reacted as if stung.

    Her book is a work of journalism as well as an essay on journalism: it at once exemplifies and dissects its subject. In her interviews with the leading and subsidiary characters in the MacDonald-McGinniss case -- the principals, their lawyers, the members of the jury, and the various persons who testified as expert witnesses at the trial -- Malcolm is always aware of herself as a player in a game that, as she points out, she cannot lose. The journalist-subject encounter has always troubled journalists, but never before has it been looked at so unflinchingly and so ruefully. Hovering over the narrative -- and always on the edge of the reader's consciousness -- is the MacDonald murder case itself, which imparts to the book an atmosphere of anxiety and uncanniness. The Journalist and the Murderer derives from and reflects many of the dominant intellectual concerns of our time, and it will have a particular appeal for those who cherish the odd, the off-center, and the unsolved.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

    $25.00
  • Kaitiaki Maori & the Environment
    Kaitiaki Maori & the Environment
    ISBN: 9781869694029
    Title: Kaitiaki Maori & the Environment
    Author: SELBY RACHAEL

    This collection of 19 articles discusses the impact of changes in Aotearoa New Zealand's natural environment due to factors such as climate change, pollution and degredation of waterways and land, pest control and environmental management policy. It highlights Maori perspectives on these issues and actions that Maori have taken to maintain and restore the environment. These contributions demonstrate that the relationship that Maori have with the environment through kaitiakitanga has sound environmental principles and provide a reminder of obligations for future generations of all New Zealanders. With local, regional and central government decisions about the environment continuing to be based on a least expensive option rather than on the most sustainable, the book suggests that Maori should take a lead role as active kaitiaki to promote sound principles in the wider community for the benefit of all.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Kant's Little Prussian Head & Other Reasons Why I Write
    Kant's Little Prussian Head & Other Reasons Why I Write
    ISBN: 9780349726557
    Title: Kant's Little Prussian Head & Other Reasons Why I Write
    Author: MESSUD CLAIRE

    Arranged in three parts, Kant's Little Prussian Head and Other Reasons Why I Write opens with Claire's most personal essays - reflections on a childhood divided between cultures, and between dueling models of womanhood. It is here, in these early years, that we see the seeds of Messud's inquiry into the precarious nature of girlhood, the role narrative plays in giving shape to a life and the power of language. As the book progresses, we then see how these questions translate into Messud's rich body of criticism. In sections on literature and visual arts, Claire opens up the 'radical strangeness' of childhood in Kazuo Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO; the search for the self in Saul Friedlander; the fragility and danger of girlhood captured by Sally Mann; and the search for justice in Valeria Luiselli's THE LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE. But it is the idea of the relationship between form and meaning to which this collection returns again and again. It is 'the tension between form and freedom - the paradox that fierce constraint, or restraint, [that] can allow for the greatest liberty'. As she writes, in a time 'in which our ideals appear shattered and abandoned', it is in the return to language and to stories that 'we return to the essentials that make us human. It is to find the past and the present restored, and with them, the possibility of the future'.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Kingdom of Fear (Pop Penguin)
    Kingdom of Fear (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141037417
    Title: Kingdom of Fear (Pop Penguin)
    Author: THOMPSON HUNTER S

    Hunter S. Thompson's Kingdom of Fear is the wild and outrageous autobiography from the world's most notorious journalist. It's an unrestrained and uncensored account of fast living, hard drinking, sharp writing and unimaginable drug taking; of road trips, girls, guns, bikes and being accused of trying to kill Jack Nicholson. Kingdom of Fear is both personal and political; an explosive life story and a no-holds-barred assassination of contemporary America.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • Known & Strange Things
    Known & Strange Things
    ISBN: 9780571328062
    Title: Known & Strange Things
    Author: COLE TEJU


    Shortlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award and the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay


    A blazingly intelligent first collection of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief.


    With these pieces on politics, photography, travel, history and literature, Teju Cole solidifies his place as one of today's most powerful and original voices, covering subjects as diverse as Virginia Woolf, W.G Sebald, Instagram, Barack Obama and Boko Haram. Persuasive and provocative, erudite yet accessible, Known and Strange Things is an opportunity to live within Teju Cole's wide-ranging enthusiasms, curiosities and passions, and a chance to see the world in surprising and affecting new frames.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Known & Strange Things: Essays
    Known & Strange Things: Essays
    ISBN: 9780571331390
    Title: Known & Strange Things: Essays
    Author: COLE TEJU

    Blazingly intelligent essays from the acclaimed New Yorker writer and novelist.
    With this collection of more than fifty pieces on politics, photography, travel, history, and literature, Teju Cole solidifies his place as one of today's most powerful and original voices. On page after page, deploying prose dense with beauty and ideas, he finds fresh and potent ways to interpret art, people, and historical moments, taking in subjects from Virginia Woolf, Shakespeare, and W. G. Sebald to Instagram, Barack Obama, and Boko Haram. Cole brings us new considerations of James Baldwin in the age of Black Lives Matter; the African American photographer Roy DeCarava, who, forced to shoot with film calibrated exclusively for white skin tones, found his way to a startling and true depiction of black subjects; and (in an essay that inspired both praise and pushback when it first appeared) the White Savior Industrial Complex, the system by which African nations are sentimentally aided by an America 'developed on pillage.'

    Persuasive and provocative, erudite yet accessible, Known and Strange Things is an opportunity to live within Teju Cole's wide-ranging enthusiasms, curiosities, and passions, and a chance to see the world in surprising and affecting new frames.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Lady From Arezzo: My Musical Life & Other Matters
    Lady From Arezzo: My Musical Life & Other Matters
    ISBN: 9780571353729
    Title: Lady From Arezzo: My Musical Life & Other Matters
    Author: BRENDEL ALFRED


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Landfall 238 Spring 2019
    Landfall 238 Spring 2019
    ISBN: 9781988531809
    Title: Landfall 238 Spring 2019
    Author: NEALE EMMA (EDITOR)

    "FEATURED ARTISTS: Nigel Brown, Holly Craig, Emil McAvoy. AWARDS & COMPETITIONS: Results from the Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry 2019, with judges report by Jenny Bornholdt; results and winning essays from the Landfall Essay Competition 2019, with judges report by Emma Neale; results from the Caselberg Trust International Poetry Prize 2019, with judges report by Dinah Hawken. WRITERS: John Allison, Ruth Arnison, Emma Barnes, Pera Barrett, Nikki-Lee Birdsey, Anna Kate Blair, Corrina Bland, Cindy Botha, Liz Breslin, Mark Broatch, Tobias Buck, Paolo Caccioppoli, Marisa Cappetta, Janet Charman, Whitney Cox, Mary Cresswell, Jeni Curtis, Jodie Dalgleish, Breton Dukes, David Eggleton, Johanna Emeney, Cerys Fletcher, David Geary, Miriama Gemmell, Susanna Gendall, Gail Ingram, Sam Keenan, Kerry Lane, Peter Le Baige, Helen Lehndorf, Kay McKenzie Cooke, Kirstie McKinnon, Zoë Meager, Lissa Moore, Margaret Moores, Janet Newman, Rachel ONeill, Claire Orchard, Bob Orr, Jenny Powell, Nina Mingya Powles, Lindsay Rabbitt, Nicholas Reid, Jade Riordan, Gillian Roach, Paul Schimmel, Derek Schulz, Michael Steven, Chris Stewart, Robert Sullivan, Stacey Teague, Annie Villiers, Janet Wainscott, Louise Wallace, Albert Wendt, Iona Winter. REVIEWS: Landfall Review Online: books recently reviewed, Shef Rogers on The Travels of Hildebrand Bowman, ed. Lance Bertelsen, Steve Braunias on Ghost South Road by Scott Hamilton, Elizabeth Smither on James K. Baxter: Letters of a poet, ed. John Weir, Michael Steven on The Moon in a Bowl of Water by Michael Harlow, Keeping a Grip by Kevin Ireland, and One Hundred Poems and a Year by Bob Orr, Mark Broatch on Pearly Gates by Owen Marshall, Jocelyn Harris on The Political Years by Marilyn WaringDavid Eggleton on Frances Hodgkins, eds Catherine Hammond and Mary Kisler Anahera Gildea on Pūrākau, eds Witi Ihimaera and Witi Hereaka. Published with the assistance of Creative New Zealand"

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Letter to My Younger Self: People on the Lessons They've Learned, Mistakes They've Made & the Relationships That...
    Letter to My Younger Self: People on the Lessons They've Learned, Mistakes They've Made & the Relationships That...
    ISBN: 9781788702324
    Title: Letter to My Younger Self: People on the Lessons They've Learned, Mistakes They've Made & the Relationships That...
    Author: GRAHAM JANE

    From The Big Issue's popular section, this collection features 100 remarkable people from the worlds of entertainment, politics, food, sport and business writing letters to their younger selves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $47.00
    $47.00
  • Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
    Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
    ISBN: 9781782119289
    Title: Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience
    Author: USHER SHAUN

    Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people. From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression 'OMG' in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Letters of Note: Mothers
    Letters of Note: Mothers
    ISBN: 9781786899446
    Title: Letters of Note: Mothers
    Author: USHER SHAUN ED

    In Letters of Note: Mothers, Shaun Usher gathers together exceptional missives by and to mothers, celebrating the joy and grief, humour and frustration, wisdom and sacrifice the role brings to both parent and child. Includes letters by:Caitlin Moran, Sylvia Plath,Martin Luther King Jr., George Bernard Shaw,E.B. White, Laura Dern, Louisa May Alcott,Edna St. Vincent Millay, Bette Davis,Richard Wagner, Martha Gellhorn& many more

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $17.00
    $17.00
  • Letters to a Young Contrarian
    Letters to a Young Contrarian
    ISBN: 9780465030330
    Title: Letters to a Young Contrarian
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER

    Bestselling author Christopher Hitchins inspires future generations of radicals, rebels, and angry young men and women in these essays on the importance of disagreement to personal integrity, informed discussion, and democracy itself. The work is part of a series, "The Art of Mentoring," based on Rainer Maria Rilke's Letters to a Young Poet. Hitchins is a popular columnist for Vanity Fair and The Nation. This work lacks a subject index. c. Book News Inc.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Letters to a Young Poet
    Letters to a Young Poet
    ISBN: 9780393310399
    Title: Letters to a Young Poet
    Author: RILKE RAINER MARIA

    Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young would-be poet, on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Accompanying the letters is a chronicle of Rilke's life showing what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote these letters.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Liberty: Vintage Minis
    Liberty: Vintage Minis
    ISBN: 9781784872717
    Title: Liberty: Vintage Minis
    Author: WOOLF VIRGINIA


    Freedom and enfranchisement. Something anarchical which pushes at boundaries. The sweetness of leisure time. Each of these rich avenues of meaning are bound up in the word 'liberty' and are explored here in varied pieces by one of the most ground-breaking writers of the last century. Whether via the passionate feminist polemic of A Room of One's Own, the experimental narrative of her fiction, or a whimsical account of roaming the streets of London, Virginia Woolf's writing will set your thoughts at liberty.


    Selected from the books A Room of One's Own, The Waves and Street Haunting and Other Essays by Virginia Woolf


    VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS.


    Also in the Vintage Minis series:
    Calm by Tim Parks
    Summer by Laurie Lee
    Eating by Nigella Lawson
    Race by Toni Morrison



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $10.00
    $10.00
  • Life in Pieces
    Life in Pieces
    ISBN: 9780008431884
    Title: Life in Pieces
    Author: O'PORTER DAWN

    'Funny, intimate and honest' Louis Theroux


    Dear 2020 - can we just start over?

    Love Dawn x


    Dawn O'Porter has been thinking about life. In lockdown. Mostly from a cupboard.

    &

    From reflections on grief and identity, bad hair and parenting, sleep and spirituality, to the things we can control and the things we cannot, Dawn's daily diaries track the journey - for a hilarious, heartbreaking and highly entertaining glimpse into the new normal.

    &

    LIFE IN PIECES is a book for anyone who's been thrown into a life they didn't plan, or who just wants to stick it to 2020. When it looks like everything's falling apart, we'll piece it back together.


    'Moving and funny. I absolutely loved it' Claudia Winkleman


    'There's been a lot of well-meaning but mad advice on how to contend with the strangest period of human history any of us has ever lived through. Dawn O'Porter redresses the balance by telling it as it really has been: holding out for 5pm to crack open the tequila' Mark Watson



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
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