• Me Talk Pretty One Day
    Me Talk Pretty One Day
    ISBN: 9780349143941
    Title: Me Talk Pretty One Day

    A hilarious collection of essays from 'the premier observer of our world and its weirdnesses,' New York Times bestselling author David Sedaris (Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt)

    Anyone who has heard David Sedaris speaking live or on the radio will tell you that a collection from him is cause for jubilation. A move to Paris from New York inspired these hilarious pieces, including 'Me Talk Pretty One Day', about his attempts to learn French from a sadistic teacher who declares that 'every day spent with you is like having a caesarean section'.

    His family is another inspiration. 'You Can't Kill the Rooster' is a portrait of his brother, who talks incessant hip-hop slang to his bewildered father. And no one hones a finer fury in response to such modern annoyances as restaurant meals presented in ludicrous towers of food and cashiers with six-inch fingernails.

    Readers say:

    'Fantastically funny book which gets better and better'

    'Oh how I loved this book. David Sedaris and his adventures in learning to speak French made me cry with laughter, especially the terrifying teacher at the language classes'

    'Why have I not discovered him before'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Meaty
    ISBN: 9780571349838
    Title: Meaty

    More wickedly funny essays from the author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Men Explain Things to Me & Other Essays
    Men Explain Things to Me & Other Essays
    ISBN: 9781783780792
    Title: Men Explain Things to Me & Other Essays

    Rebecca Solnit's essay 'Men Explain Things to Me' has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term 'mansplaining', and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time - one who has inspired everyone from radical activists to Beyonce Knowles. Collected here in print for the first time is the essay itself, along with the best of Solnit's feminist writings.From rape culture to mansplaining, from French sex scandals to marriage and the nuclear family, from Virginia Woolf to colonialism, these essays are a fierce and incisive exploration of the issues that a patriarchal culture will not necessarily acknowledge as 'issues' at all. With grace and energy, and in the most exquisite and inviting of prose, Rebecca Solnit proves herself a vital leading figure of the feminist movement and a radical, humane thinker.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Merchants of Truth: Inside the News Revolution
    Merchants of Truth: Inside the News Revolution
    ISBN: 9781784702618
    Title: Merchants of Truth: Inside the News Revolution

    The gripping and definitive in-the-room account of the revolution that has swept the news industry over the last decade and reshaped our world.

    The last decade has seen the News industry face unprecedented change. The sometimes-century old institutions which were once the bastions of truth have had their dominance eroded by vast innovations in viral technology and, as millennial appetites force the industry to choose between principles of objectivity and impartiality, the survivors must confront the horrifying cost of their success: sexual scandal, fake news, the election of President Trump and the shaking of democracy.

    Taking us behind the scenes at four media titans - BuzzFeed, VICE, The New York Times and The Washington Post - Abramson reveals the human drama behind this shift: one involving deal-making tycoons, thrusting reporters, hard-bitten editors, egomaniacs, bullshitters, provocateurs and bullies, with some surfing and others drowning in the breaking wave of change.

    'A cracking, essential read... Abramson knows where most of the bodies are buried and is prepared to draw the reader a detailed map' Guardian

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Multiply Divide: On the American Real & Surreal
    Multiply Divide: On the American Real & Surreal
    ISBN: 9781941411049
    Title: Multiply Divide: On the American Real & Surreal

    In the manner of Calvino's Invisible Cities, Wendy S. Walters's essays deftly explore the psyches of cities such as Chicago, Detroit, New York, Portsmouth, and Washington, D.C. In "Cleveland," she interviews an African-American playwright who draws great reviews, but can't muster an audience. An on-air telephone chat between a DJ and his listeners drives a discussion of race and nutrition in "Chicago Radio." In "Manhattanville" the author, out for a walk with her biracial son, is mistaken for his nanny. Each essay explores societal questions--how eras of immense growth can leave us unable to prosper from that growth, how places intended for safety become fraught with danger, and how race and gender bias threaten our communities. Walters's haunting utterances are beautifully precise estimations of a place and its people.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Naked
    ISBN: 9780349119779
    Title: Naked

    A riotous collection of memoirs which explores the absurd hilarity of modern life and creates a wickedly incisive portrait of an all-too-familiar world. It takes Sedaris from his humiliating bout with obsessive behaviour in 'A Plague of Tics' to the title story, where he is finally forced to face his naked self in the company of lunatics. At this soulful and moving moment, he brushes cigarette ashes from his pubic hair and wonders what it all means.This remarkable journey into his own life follows a path of self-effacement and a lifelong search for identity leaving himself both under suspicion and over dressed.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Nelson Mandela: I Know This to Be True: Guiding Principles
    Nelson Mandela: I Know This to Be True: Guiding Principles
    ISBN: 9781990003028
    Title: Nelson Mandela: I Know This to Be True: Guiding Principles

    '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.Revolutionary anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela devoted his life to ensuring liberation, equality and justice for the people of South Africa. Incarcerated for twenty-seven years, his endurance and faith in a justice to come remain an inspiration to all. Here, two of his former colleagues, Sello Hatang and Verne Harris, share little-known stories from his life as they explore the qualities and disciplines that enabled him to lead a country through seemingly insurmountable challenges. With excerpts from Mandela's own reflections, this book is a moving reminder of his legacy and encourages every reader to find and nurture the leader within.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
  • No One Asked for This: Essays
    No One Asked for This: Essays
    ISBN: 9780358197027
    Title: No One Asked for This: Essays
    Author: DAVID CAZZIE


    "Blisteringly honest...kind of like if a David Sedaris book was written by an anxiety-ridden millennial who grew up in Hollywood."
    --Entertainment Weekly

    "Cazzie David is the delicious antidote to the poison& of basic influencer culture. This book will make all misanthropes feel seen and loved--well, seen and tolerated."&
    --Diablo Cody, screenwriter and author ofCandy Girl

    From writer Cazzie David comes a series of acerbic, darkly funny essays about misanthropy, social media, anxiety, relationships, and growing up in a wildly eccentric family.

    For Cazzie David, the world is one big trap door leading to death and despair and social phobia. From shame spirals caused by hookups to panic attacks about being alive and everyone else having to be alive too, David chronicles her life's most chaotic moments with wit, bleak humor, and a mega-dose of self-awareness.

    In& No One Asked for This, David provides readers with a singular but ultimately relatable tour through her mind, as she explores existential anxiety, family dynamics, and the utterly modern dilemma of having your breakup displayed on the Internet. With pitch-black humor resonant of her father, comedy legend Larry David, and topics that speak uniquely to generational malaise,& No One Asked for This& is the perfect companion for when you don't really want a companion.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters
    No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters
    ISBN: 9781328507976
    Title: No Time to Spare: Thinking about What Matters

    Ursula K. Le Guin on the absurdity of denying your age: "If I'm ninety and believe I'm forty-five, I'm headed for a very bad time trying to get out of the bathtub."

    On cultural perceptions of fantasy: "The direction of escape is toward freedom. So what is 'escapism' an accusation of?"

    On breakfast: "Eating an egg from the shell takes not only practice, but resolution, even courage, possibly willingness to commit crime."

    Ursula K. Le Guin took readers to imaginary worlds for decades. In the last great frontier of life, old age, she explored a new literary territory: the blog, a forum where she shined. The collected best of Ursula's blog, No Time to Spare presents perfectly crystallized dispatches on what mattered to her late in life, her concerns with the world, and her wonder at it: "How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us."

    "The pages sparkle with lines that make a reader glance up, searching for an available ear with which to share them." -- Melissa Febos, New York Times Book Review

    "Witty . . . deeply observed." -- USA Today

    "A book that truly does matter." -- Houston Chronicle

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
  • Nobody's Looking at You: Essays
    Nobody's Looking at You: Essays
    ISBN: 9781925773705
    Title: Nobody's Looking at You: Essays

    Nobody's Looking at You brings together previously uncompiled pieces, mainly from the New Yorker and New York Review of Books. The title of this wonderfully eclectic collection comes from one of its profiles, of the fashion designer Eileen Fisher, from one of her mother's favourite reproofs. But in every piece in this volume, Malcolm looks closely and with impunity at a broad range of subjects, from Donald Trump's TV nemesis Rachel Maddow, to the stiletto-heel-wearing pianist Yuju Wang, from the 'big-league game' of Supreme Court confirmation hearings to the battleground of Tolstoy translation.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Not a Novel: Collected Writings & Reflections
    Not a Novel: Collected Writings & Reflections
    ISBN: 9781783786091
    Title: Not a Novel: Collected Writings & Reflections

    A collection of intimate and explosive essays on literature, life, history, politics and place from the award-winning author of Go, Went, Gone and The End of Days.
    Not a Novel gathers together the best of Jenny Erpenbeck's non-fiction. Drawing from her 25 years of thinking and writing, the book plots a journey through the works and subjects that have inspired and influenced her. Written with the same clarity and insight that characterise her fiction, the pieces range from literary criticism and reflections on Germany's history, to the autobiographical essays where Erpenbeck forgoes the literary cloak to write from a deeply personal perspective about life and politics, hope and despair, and the role of the writer in grappling with these forces.

    Here we see one of the most searching of European writers reckoning with her country's divided past in all its complexity, and responding to the world today with insight, intelligence and humanity.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Notes of a Native Son
    Notes of a Native Son
    ISBN: 9780241334003
    Title: Notes of a Native Son

    'The story of the negro in America is the story of America ... it is not a very pretty story'

    James Baldwin's breakthrough essay collection made him the voice of his generation. Ranging over Harlem in the 1940s, movies, novels, his preacher father and his experiences of Paris, they capture the complexity of black life at the dawn of the civil rights movement with effervescent wit and prophetic wisdom.

    'A classic ... In a divided America, James Baldwin's fiery critiques reverberate anew' Washington Post

    'Edgy and provocative, entertainingly satirical' Robert McCrum, Guardian

    'Cemented his reputation as a cultural seer ... Notes of a Native Son endures as his defining work, and his greatest' Time

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Notes on Camp
    Notes on Camp
    ISBN: 9780241339701
    Title: Notes on Camp
    Author: SONTAG SUSAN

    From one of the greatest prose stylists of any generation, the essay that inspired the theme of the 2019 Met Gala, Camp: Notes on Fashion

    Many things in the world have not been named; and many things, even if they have been named, have never been described. One of these is the sensibility--unmistakably modern, a variant of sophistication but hardly identical with it--that goes by the cult name of "Camp."

    So begins Susan Sontag's seminal essay "Notes on 'Camp.' " Originally published in 1964 and included in her landmark debut essay collection Against Interpretation, Sontag's notes set out to define something that even the most well-informed could describe only as "I know it when I see it." At once grounded in a sweeping history (Louis XIV was pure Camp) and entirely provisional, Camp delights in low and high culture alike. Tiffany lamps, the androgynous beauty of Greta Garbo, King Kong (1933), and Mozart all embody the Camp sensibility for Sontag--an almost ineffable blend of artifice, extravagance, playfulness, and a deadly seriousness. At the time Sontag published her essay, Camp, as a subversion of sexual norms, had also become a private code of signification for queer communities.

    In nearly every genre and form--from visual art, décor, and fashion to writing, music, and film--Camp continues to be redefined today, as seen in the 2019 Met Gala that took Sontag's essay as the basis for its theme. "Style is everything," Sontag tells us, and as Time magazine points out, " 'Notes on "Camp" ' launched a new way of thinking," paving the way for a whole new style of cultural criticism, and describing what is, in many ways, the defining sensibility of our culture today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $3.00
  • Nothing Is Wrong & Here Is Why: Essays
    Nothing Is Wrong & Here Is Why: Essays
    ISBN: 9781324006459
    Title: Nothing Is Wrong & Here Is Why: Essays

    These impossibly cheerful essays on the routine horrors of the present era explain everything from the resurgence of measles to the fiasco of the presidency. In Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics that will in no way unsettle your worldview. In essays both new and adapted from her viral Washington Post columns, Petri reports that the Trump administration is as competent as it is uncorrupted, white supremacy has never been less rampant, and men have been silenced for too long. The "woman card" is a powerful card to play Q-Anon makes perfect sense This Panglossian venture into our swampy present offers a virtuosic first draft of history-a parody as surreal and deranged as the Trump administration itself. Written with devastating wit that reveals a persistent, perhaps manic optimism about her benighted country, Petri's essays have become iconic expressions of rage and anger, read and liked and shared by hundreds of thousands of people. Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why shows why she has emerged as the preeminent political satirist of her generation.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea: Essays
    OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea: Essays
    ISBN: 9781844884889
    Title: OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea: Essays

    'Funny, smart, soulful and sometimes devastating, this book shows life in all its shades. It made me laugh and cry.' Emilie Pine, author of Notes to Self

    'Hilariously, painfully, Freynefully brilliant' Joseph O'Connor

    Patrick Freyne has tried a lot of stupid ideas in his life. Now, in his scintillating debut, he is here to tell you about them: like the time (aged 5) he opened a gate and let a horse out of its field, just to see what would happen; or the time (aged 19) he jumped out of a plane for charity, even though he didn't much care about the charity and was sure he'd end up dead; or the time (aged old enough to know better) he used a magazine as a funnel for fuel when the petrol cap on his band's van broke.

    He has also learned a few things: about the power of group song; about the beauty of physically caring for another human being; about childlessness; about losing friends far too young. Life as seen through the eyes of Patrick Freyne is stranger, funnier and a lot more interesting than life as we generally know it. Like David Sedaris or Nora Ephron, he creates an environment all his own - fundamentally comic, sometimes moving, always deeply humane. OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea is a joyous reading experience from an instantly essential new writer.

    'Patrick Freyne is a comic genius' Marian Keyes

    'Clever, lovely and great, great fun' Roddy Doyle

    'Patrick Freyne has a distinct and enviable gift for story-telling, guiding the reader into the tardis of his brilliant brain; from music and families to society and loss. Full of humour and tenderness, this book is an absolute JOY' Sinéad Gleeson, author of Constellations

    'Patrick Freyne is a writer of rare humour, depth, and humanity. These essays are a delight' Mark O'Connell, author of To Be a Machine

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Only Dull People are Brilliant at Breakfast: Little Black Classics
    Only Dull People are Brilliant at Breakfast: Little Black Classics
    ISBN: 9780241251805
    Title: Only Dull People are Brilliant at Breakfast: Little Black Classics
    Author: WILDE OSCAR

    "Wilde's celebrated witticisms on the dangers of sincerity, duplicitous biographers, the stupidity of the English - and his own genius. "

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $3.00
  • Orwell & England: Selected Essays
    Orwell & England: Selected Essays
    ISBN: 9781529032697
    Title: Orwell & England: Selected Essays

    George Orwell wrote extensively about English life and politics. The selection of essays and journalism in Orwell and England brings together some of his most provocative and insightful writing on England and Englishness.Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is edited and introduced by Professor Michael Gardiner.Orwell's interests were broad. He often wrote about everyday concerns such as transport, food and the weather. Turning to social issues, he exposed the plight of the poor and the unemployed. He dissected the idea of nationalism and he examined the failings of the Left. What emerges from his acute observation of English rituals, habits and attitudes is his belief that these are the very things with which the English people can defend themselves against oppression. His writing remains insightful and prescient to this day.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
  • Orwell & the Dispossessed
    Orwell & the Dispossessed
    ISBN: 9780241418000
    Title: Orwell & the Dispossessed

    Including Down and Out in Paris and London

    'Orwell was the great moral force of his age' Spectator

    The powerful writings collected together in this volume chronicle George Orwell's first-hand experiences of life among the underclass of the 'two nations' of rich and poor. Down and Out in Paris and London is the young Orwell's memoir of his time as a struggling, often penniless writer, living among the destitute and dispossessed, in which he exposes what 'going to the dogs' is really like. There are also articles and letters on sleeping rough in Trafalgar Square, being arrested for drunkenness, on the poverty Orwell witnessed in Morocco and India, and his shocking essay, 'How the Poor Die'.

    Edited by Peter Davison with an Introduction by Peter Clarke

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Orwell in Spain
    Orwell in Spain
    ISBN: 9780241418017
    Title: Orwell in Spain

    Including Homage to Catalonia

    'Spain not only defined Orwell as an individual, it also gave him his first glimpse of totalitarianism' D. J. Taylor, Guardian

    George Orwell's experience of the Spanish Civil War had a transformative effect on his life and work. This volume brings together his complete writings on the war, including Homage to Catalonia, his searing memoir of fighting in the conflict and the bitter betrayal that followed. The powerful journalism, essays, letters and pamphlets also collected here show his resolution to tell the truth about what happened amid a 'crop of lies' from both the Communist Party and the British press, while in 'Looking Back on the Spanish War' he remembers the heroism and decency of the ordinary people he encountered.

    Edited by Peter Davison with an Introduction by Christopher Hitchens

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Orwell on Freedom
    Orwell on Freedom
    ISBN: 9781787301405
    Title: Orwell on Freedom

    With an introduction by Kamila Shamsie'Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.?GEORGE ORWELL is one of the world?s most famous writers and social commentators. Through his writing he exposed the unjust sufferings of the poor and unemployed, warned against totalitarianism and defended freedom of speech.This selection, from both his novels and non-fiction, charts his prescient and clear-eyed thinking on the subject of FREEDOM. It ranges from pieces on individual liberty, society and technology, to political liberty, revolution and the importance of free speech. His ambition to create a fairer and more egalitarian society is essential inspiration as we strive for freedom and equality in today's world.'If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.'

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Orwell on Truth
    Orwell on Truth
    ISBN: 9781787300521
    Title: Orwell on Truth

    'Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.'

    This selection of George Orwell's writing, from both his novels and non-fiction, gathers together his thoughts on the subject of truth. It ranges from discussion of personal honesty and morality, to freedom of speech and political propaganda. Orwell's unique clarity of thought and illuminating scepticism provide the perfect defence against our post-truth world of fake news and confusion.

    'The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.'

    Includes an introduction by Alan Johnson and passages from Burmese Days, The Road to Wigan Pier, Coming Up for Air, The Lion and the Unicorn, Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Orwell's letters, war-time diary, criticism and essays including 'Fascism and Democracy', 'Culture and Democracy', 'Looking Back on the Spanish War', 'As I Please', 'Notes on Nationalism', 'The Prevention of Literature', 'Politics and the English Language' and 'Why I Write'.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
  • Orwell's England
    Orwell's England
    ISBN: 9780241418024
    Title: Orwell's England

    Including The Road to Wigan Pier

    'No one wrote better about the English character than Orwell' New York Review of Books

    Much of George Orwell's best writing, brought together in this collection, is concerned with his complex, often contradictory attitude to England. In the brilliantly perceptive The English People, he lists the national characteristics as 'suspicion of foreigners, sentimentality about animals, hypocrisy, exaggerated class distinctions and an obsession with sport'. The Road to Wigan Pier, his blistering account of poverty in the north of England, and many of his essays, attack what he called 'the most class-ridden country under the sun', while other writings here ruminate on the merits of cricket, gardening, roast dinners, pubs, tea and seaside postcards.

    Edited by Peter Davison with an Introduction by Ben Pimlott

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Our Women on the Ground Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World
    Our Women on the Ground Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World
    ISBN: 9781529111675
    Title: Our Women on the Ground Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World

    'Determination, grit and humour shine through' Lindsey Hilsum, Observer

    Nineteen Arab women journalists speak out about what it's like to report on their changing homelands in this first-of-its-kind essay collection.

    A growing number of intrepid Arab and Middle Eastern sahafiyat - female journalists - are working tirelessly to shape nuanced narratives about their changing homelands, often risking their lives on the front lines of war.

    Here, nineteen of these women tell us, in their own words, about what it's like to report on conflicts that (quite literally) hit close to home. Their daring and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about the region's women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is frequently misunderstood.

    With a foreword by CNN chief international anchor Christiane Amanpour.

    INCLUDING ESSAYS BY: Donna Abu-Nasr, Aida Alami, Hannah Allam, Jane Arraf, Lina Attalah, Nada Bakri, Shamael Elnoor, Zaina Erhaim, Asmaa al-Ghoul, Hind Hassan, Eman Helal, Zeina Karam, Roula Khalaf, Nour Malas, Hwaida Saad, Amira Al-Sharif, Heba Shibani, Lina Sinjab, and Natacha Yazbeck

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Over Seventy
    Over Seventy
    ISBN: 9781841591940
    Title: Over Seventy
    Author: WODEHOUSE P G

    First published in 1956, this collection of articles covers Wodehouse's feelings on United States, his adopted homeland all collected into one edition. Features a collection of articles originally from Punch magazine as well as America, I Like You, all with Wodehouse's usual wit and personality.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Peacock & Vine: Fortuny & Morris in Life & at Work
    Peacock & Vine: Fortuny & Morris in Life & at Work
    ISBN: 9781784740801
    Title: Peacock & Vine: Fortuny & Morris in Life & at Work
    Author: BYATT A S

    This ravishing book opens a window onto the lives, designs, and passions of two charismatic artists. Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; William Morris, a British craftsman, in thrall to the myths of the North. Yet through their revolutionary inventions and textiles, both men inspired a new variety of art, as vibrant today as when it was first conceived. Acclaimed writer A.S. Byatt traces their genius right to the source.

    The Palazzo Pesaro Orfei in Venice is a warren of dark spaces leading to a workshop where Fortuny created his designs for pleated silks and shining velvets. Here he worked alongside the French model who became his wife and collaborator, including on the âe~Delphosâe(tm) dress âe" a flowing gown evoking classical Greece.

    Morrisâe(tm)s Red House, outside London, with its Gothic turrets and secret gardens, helped inspire his stunning floral and geometric patterns; it also represented a coming together of life and art. But it was Kelmscott Manor in the English countryside that he loved best âe" even when it became the setting for his wifeâe(tm)s love affair with Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

    Generously illustrated with the artistsâe(tm) beautiful designs âe" pomegranates and acanthus, peacock and vine âe" A.S. Byatt brings the visions and ideas of Fortuny and Morris dazzlingly to life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Perpetual Disappointments Diary
    Perpetual Disappointments Diary
    ISBN: 9781529038651
    Title: Perpetual Disappointments Diary
    Author: ASBURY NICK

    Most Disappointing Edition Yet 'Best. Diary. Ever' - Metro 'Cheeringly depressing' - Guardian'Abandon all hope, ye who buy it' - New York TimesPerpetual Disappointments Diary by Nick Asbury, the downbeat weekly journal for pessimists, stoics and losers everywhere, returns with its most disappointing edition yet. Ground yourself with Realistic Mindfulness Prompts, Demotivational Proverbs, Unhelpful Folk Rhymes, and reminders of Notable Deaths. Travel the world with Useful Phrases translated into four languages ('A table for one, please', 'I have destroyed my hire car') plus advice for surviving Even Worse Case Scenarios (Fighting a crocodile while tired, Surviving an elephant stampede while running into an ex). Fill an idle moment with a Boring Crossword, and overcome creative blocks using Bleak Strategies. This may not be your year. But this is definitely your diary. This Edition includes:Realistic Mindfulness Prompts, Demotivational Proverbs, Unhelpful Folk Rhymes, Bleak Strategies, Even Worse Case Scenarios, Boring Crosswords, Notable Deaths, Bank Insecurity Questions, People Who Never Call, Notes Towards A Dull Novel, Pointless Doodles. This diary is not specific to one year - they are all basically the same.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
  • Personal Writings
    Personal Writings
    ISBN: 9780525567219
    Title: Personal Writings
    Author: CAMUS ALBERT

    The Nobel Prize winner's most influential and enduring personal writings, newly curated and introduced by acclaimed Camus scholar Alice Kaplan.

    Albert Camus (1913-1960) is unsurpassed among writers for a body of work that animates the wonder and absurdity of existence. Personal Writings brings together, for the first time, thematically-linked essays from across Camus's writing career that reflect the scope and depth of his interior life. Grappling with an indifferent mother and an impoverished childhood in Algeria, an ever-present sense of exile, and an ongoing search for equilibrium, Camus's personal essays shed new light on the emotional and experiential foundations of his philosophical thought and humanize his most celebrated works.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00

  • Peter Watts Is an Angry, Sentient Tumor
    Peter Watts Is an Angry, Sentient Tumor
    ISBN: 9781616963194
    Title: Peter Watts Is an Angry, Sentient Tumor
    Author: WATTS PETER

    "A brilliant bastard." --Cory Doctorow
    "Comfort, of course, is the last thing that Watts wants to give." --New York Review of Science Fiction

    Which of the following is true?

  • Peter Watts is banned from the U.S.
  • Watts almost died from flesh-eating bacteria.
  • A schizophrenic man living in Watts's backyard almost set his house on fire.
  • Watts was raised by Baptists who really sucked at giving presents.
  • Peter Watts said to read this book. Or else.

    "Watts, undoubtedly, is a genius." ―Medium

    In more than fifty unpredictable essays and revenge fantasies, Peter Watts -- Hugo Award-winning author, former marine biologist, and angry sentient tumor -- is the savage dystopian optimist whom you can't look away from. Even when you probably should.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00

  • Phone Home Berlin Collected Non-fiction
    Phone Home Berlin Collected Non-fiction
    ISBN: 9780864735676
    Title: Phone Home Berlin Collected Non-fiction
    Author: COX NIGEL

    Nigel Cox (1951-2006) was one of New Zealand's major writers. His six novels opened up a space in New Zealand literature that hadn't existed before, a space in which a recognisable New Zealand reality is illuminated by a mythic dimension drawn from twentieth-century popular culture. The essays and other writing collected in this book provide remarkable insights into these books and the life and interests behind them. Phone Home Berlin was planned by Nigel before his death at the age of 55 in 2006, and is edited by his publisher and friend Fergus Barrowman.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Pity the Nation Lebanon at War
    Pity the Nation Lebanon at War
    ISBN: 9780192801302
    Title: Pity the Nation Lebanon at War
    Author: FISK ROBERT

    Pity the Nation will rank among the classics of war in our time, both as an historical document and as an eye-witness testament to human savagery.This epic account of the Lebanon conflict has now been brought up to date. In a new epilogue, Fisk, himself often at risk from the kidnappers of the warring factions, considers the rise and fall of General Aoun, the assassination of President Moawad, and the impact of the Gulf War on events inBeirut. He also recalls the release of the Western hostages, and presents unique information in the case of his friend, Terry Anderson.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $49.00
  • Point of it All: A Lifetime of Great Loves & Endeavors
    Point of it All: A Lifetime of Great Loves & Endeavors
    ISBN: 9781984825506
    Title: Point of it All: A Lifetime of Great Loves & Endeavors

    Created and compiled by Charles Krauthammer before his death, The Point of It All is a powerful collection of the influential columnist's most important works. Spanning the personal, the political and the philosophical, it includes never-before-published speeches and a major new essay about the effect of today's populist movements on the future of global democracy. Edited and with an introduction by the columnist's son, Daniel Krauthammer, it is the most intimate and profound book yet by the legendary writer and thinker.

    In his decades of work as America's preeminent political commentator, Charles Krauthammer elevated the opinion column to a form of art. Whether writing about statecraft and foreign policy or reflecting on more esoteric topics such as baseball, spaceflight and medical ethics, Krauthammer was beloved not only for his penetrating wit and insight but also for his ability to identify the hidden moral truths that animate our politics and culture.

    This new collection, which Krauthammer composed before his death in June 2018, features the columns, speeches and unpublished writings that showcase the best of his original thought and his last, enduring words on the state of American politics, the nature of liberal democracy and the course of world history.

    The book also includes a deeply personal section offering insight into Krauthammer's beliefs about what mattered most to him--friendship, family and the principles he lived by--all anchored by Daniel Krauthammer's poignant eulogy for his father.

    For longtime readers and newcomers alike, The Point of It All is a timely demonstration of what it means to cut through the noise of petty politics with clarity, integrity and intellectual fortitude. It is a reminder of what made Charles Krauthammer the most celebrated American columnist and political thinker of his generation, a revealing look at the man behind the words and a lasting testament to his belief that anyone with an open and honest mind can grapple deeply with the most urgent questions in politics and in life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela
    Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela
    ISBN: 9781631491177
    Title: Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

    The first, and only, authorized and authenticated collection of correspondence spanning the 27 years Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner. While incarcerated in South Africa in four prisons as a sentenced prisoner between 1962 and 1990, Mandela wrote hundreds of letters to loved ones, followers, prison authorities, and government officials documenting his plight as the most prominent political prisoner of the twentieth century. Here, the letters many of them never before seen by the public have been assembled from the collections held by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the South African National Archives, and the Mandela family, amongst others, together with a foreword by Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, granddaughter of Nelson Mandela. With accompanying facsimiles of some of the actual letters with generous annotations, the book provides a personal and intimate portrait of the lawyer and political activist as husband, parent, friend, and political prisoner, reflecting on everything from the trajectory of the anti-apartheid movement to the death of his beloved son, Thembi, in Cape Town in 1969. Quietly impassioned and (despite occasional heavy censorship) eloquent, they reveal both the extraordinary compassion of a father and the unbending will of a man who refused to compromise his ethical values in the face of the most extraordinary human punishment and psychological abuse. The volume covers every aspect of life behind bars for the future South African leader, whose voice the apartheid government attempted to stifle at every possible opportunity. The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela form a new autobiographical vision. Images throughout

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $58.00
  • Room of One's Own
    Room of One's Own
    ISBN: 9780141018980
    Title: Room of One's Own

    Virginia Woolf's blazing polemic on female creativity, the role of writers and the silent fate of Shakespeare's imaginary sister remains a powerful reminder of a woman's need for financial independence and intellectual freedom.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
  • Room of One's Own
    Room of One's Own
    ISBN: 9780241436288
    Title: Room of One's Own

    Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. The series will be extensive and open-ended and will provide school students with a range of edited texts taken from a wide geographical spread. It will feature writing in English from various genres and differing times. A Room of One's Own is edited by Jenifer Smith, English Advisor, Suffolk LEA.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $18.00
  • Scandal of the Century & Other Writings
    Scandal of the Century & Other Writings
    ISBN: 9780241444184
    Title: Scandal of the Century & Other Writings

    "I don't want to be remembered for One Hundred Years of Solitude or for the Nobel Prize but rather for my journalism," Gabriel Garcia Marquez said in the final years of his life. And while some of his journalistic writings have been made available over the years, this is the first volume to gather a representative selection from across the first four decades of his career - years during which he worked as a full-time, often muckraking, and controversial journalist, even as he penned the fiction that would bring him the Nobel Prize in 1982.The Scandal of the Century brings together the first pieces he wrote while working for newspapers in the coastal Colombian cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla . . . his longer, more fiction-like reportage from Paris and Rome . . . his monthly columns for Spain's El Pais. And while all the work points to his fiction in its style, wit, depth, and passion, these fifty pieces are, more than anything, a revelation of the writer working at the profession he believed to be 'the best in the world'.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • See What Can Be Done Essays, Criticism, & Commentary
    See What Can Be Done Essays, Criticism, & Commentary
    ISBN: 9780571339945
    Title: See What Can Be Done Essays, Criticism, & Commentary
    Author: MOORE LORRIE

    A New York Times Critic's Top Pick of the Year

    This essential, enlightening, truly delightful collection shows one of our greatest writers parsing the political, artistic, and media landscape of the past three decades. These sixty-six essays and reviews, culled from the pages of The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, Harper's, The Atlantic, and The New Yorker,& among others, find Lorrie Moore turning her discerning eye on everything from Philip Roth to Margaret Atwood, from race in America to the shocking state of the GOP, from celebrity culture to the wilds of television, from Stephen Sondheim to Barack Obama. See What Can Be Done is a perfect blend of craft, brains, and a knowing, singular take on life, liberty, and the pursuit of (some kind of) happiness.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Seeing Things as They Are: Selected Journalism & Other Writings
    Seeing Things as They Are: Selected Journalism & Other Writings
    ISBN: 9780141984230
    Title: Seeing Things as They Are: Selected Journalism & Other Writings

    "The first thing we ask of a writer is that he shan't tell lies' George Orwell wrote, in his words, from 'a desire to see things as they are'. This new collection of his journalism and other writings, including articles, essays, broadcasts, poems, book and film reviews from across his career, shows his unmatched genius for observing the world. Whether discussing Polish immigration or Scottish independence, railing against racism, defending the English language or holding an imaginary conversation with Jonathan Swift, these pieces reveal a clear-eyed, entertaining and eternally relevant chronicler of his age. Edited with an introduction by Peter Davison"

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • Serious Noticing Selected Essays, 1999-2019
    Serious Noticing Selected Essays, 1999-2019
    ISBN: 9781529111910
    Title: Serious Noticing Selected Essays, 1999-2019
    Author: WOOD JAMES

    The selected essays of James Wood - our greatest living literary critic and author of How Fiction Works

    'James Wood is a close reader of genius... By turns luscious and muscular, committed and disdaining, passionate and minutely considered' John Banville

    James Wood is one of the leading critics of the age, and here, for the first time, are his selected essays. From the career-defining 'Hysterical Realism' to his more personal reflections on family, religion and sensibility, Serious Noticing offers a comprehensive overview of his writing over the last twenty years. These essays offer more than a viewpoint - they show how to bring the eye of critical reading to life as a whole.

    'James Wood is one of literature's true lovers, and his deeply felt, contentious essays are thrilling in their reach and moral seriousness' Susan Sontag

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
  • She Said
    She Said
    ISBN: 9781526603265
    Title: She Said

    'Explosive' Margaret Atwood
    'Seismic' Observer
    'Brilliant' Nigella Lawson
    'Gripping' Jon Ronson


    On 5 October 2017, the New York Times published an article by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey that helped change the world.
    Hollywood was talking as never before. Kantor and Twohey outmanoeuvred Harvey Weinstein, his team of defenders and private investigators, convincing some of the most famous women in the world and some unknown ones to go on the record. Three years later, it helped lead to his conviction.
    This is how they did it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem
    Slouching Towards Bethlehem
    ISBN: 9780008284640
    Title: Slouching Towards Bethlehem
    Author: DIDION JOAN

    Joan Didion's savage masterpiece, which, since first publication in 1968, has been acknowledged as an unparalleled report on the state of America during the upheaval of the Sixties Revolution.

    We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were

    In her non-fiction work, Joan Didion not only describes the subject at hand - her younger self loving and leaving New York, the murderous housewife, the little girl trailing the rock group, the millionaire bunkered in his mansion - but also offers a broader vision of the world, one that is both terrifying and tender, ominous and uniquely her own.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
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