• Two Girls, One on Each Knee: the Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword
    Two Girls, One on Each Knee: the Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword
    ISBN: 9780141977102
    Title: Two Girls, One on Each Knee: the Puzzling, Playful World of the Crossword
    Author: CONNOR ALAN

    In the century since its birth, the crossword has evolved into the world's most popular intellectual pastime: a unique form of wordplay, the codes and conventions of which are open to anyone masochistic enough to get addicted. In Two Girls, One on Each Knee, Alan Connor celebrates the wit, ingenuity and frustration of setting and solving puzzles. From the beaches of D-Day to the imaginary worlds of three-dimensional crosswords, to the British school teachers and journalists who turned the form into the fiendish sport it is today, encompassing the most challenging clues, particular tricks, the world's greatest setters and famous solvers, PG Wodehouse and the torturers of the Spanish Inquisition, this is an ingenious book for lovers of this very particular form of wordplay.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.00
    $32.00
  • Ukrainian Phrasebook & Dictionary LP 4th Ed
    Ukrainian Phrasebook & Dictionary LP 4th Ed
    ISBN: 9781743211854
    Title: Ukrainian Phrasebook & Dictionary LP 4th Ed
    Author: 4TH EDITION

    Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher With Lonely Planet's Ukrainian Phrasebook, let no barriers - language or culture - get in your way. Grab this phrasebook and drop into Lviv, the pulsating heart of Ukraine, take in the holy monastery of Kyevo-Pecherska Lavra in Kyiv, or hike, bike and ski in the Carpathian National Nature Park. Our phrasebooks give you a comprehensive mix of practical and social words and phrases in more than 120 languages. Chat with the locals and discover their culture - a guaranteed way to enrich your travel experience. Order the right meal with our menu decoder Never get stuck for words with our 3500-word two-way dictionary We make language easy with shortcuts, key phrases & common Q&As Feel at ease, with essential tips on culture & manners Coverage includes: Basic language tools such as pronunciation; phrases for getting out and about, being social, food, safe travel, sustainable travel, and more; and two dictionaries Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet and Marko Pavlyshyn. About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in. TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 and 2013 winner in Favorite Travel Guide category 'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' -The New York Times 'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' -Fairfax Media (Australia)

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $17.00
    $17.00
  • Unfolding of Language: an Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
    Unfolding of Language: an Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
    ISBN: 9780099460251
    Title: Unfolding of Language: an Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
    Author: DEUTSCHER GUY

    Blending the spirit of "Eats, Shoots & Leaves" with the science of "The Language Instinct," an original inquiry into the development of that most essential-and mysterious-of human creations: Language

    Language is mankind's greatest invention-except, of course, that it was never invented." So begins linguist Guy Deutscher's enthralling investigation into the genesis and evolution of language. If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the level of "man throw spear," how did we end up with sophisticated grammars, enormous vocabularies, and intricately nuanced degrees of meaning?

    Drawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving us fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays. He traces the evolution of linguistic complexity from an early "Me Tarzan" stage to such elaborate single-word constructions as the Turkish "sehirlilestiremediklerimizdensiniz" ("you are one of those whom we couldn't turn into a town dweller"). Arguing that destruction and creation in language are intimately entwined, Deutscher shows how these processes are continuously in operation, generating new words, new structures, and new meanings.

    As entertaining as it is erudite, "The Unfolding of Language" moves nimbly from ancient Babylonian to American idiom, from the central role of metaphor to the staggering triumph of design that is the Semitic verb, to tell the dramatic story and explain the genius behind a uniquely human faculty.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00

    $33.00
  • Unkindness of Ravens: a Book of Collective Nouns
    Unkindness of Ravens: a Book of Collective Nouns
    ISBN: 9781782433088
    Title: Unkindness of Ravens: a Book of Collective Nouns
    Author: RHODES CHLOE

    Why are geese in a gaggle? Are crows really murderous? And what makes lions so proud? Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language, often with seemingly bizarre connections to the groups they identify. But have you ever stopped to wonder where these peculiar terms actually came from? Most of those found in this book have their origins in the Medieval Books of Courtesy, among the earliest works to be published in this country. Despite originating as a form of social etiquette reserved for the gentry, many of these collective nouns have survived to become a curious feature of today's everyday language. This absorbing book tells the stories of these evocative phrases, many of which have stood the test of time and are still in use today. Entertaining, informative and fascinating, An Unkindness of Ravens is perfect for any history or language buff.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Unlocking French with Paul Noble Use What You Know Already
    Unlocking French with Paul Noble Use What You Know Already
    ISBN: 9780008135867
    Title: Unlocking French with Paul Noble Use What You Know Already
    Author: NOBLE PAUL

    Ever tried to learn French and found it too hard? Bestselling language coach Paul Noble has a quick and easy way to get you back on track with his unique tried-and-tested method. * Keeps things simple with three basic rules; don't skip anything, don't try to memorise anything and cover up to test yourself.* A fun, jargon-free way to learn* Easy-to-understand French pronunciation* PROVEN to work; Paul can teach anyone a language, even people who think they're incapable Paul's course teaches you how to speak French more effectively, giving you the building blocks to form a huge range of conversations. This is a practical way to learn the aspects of language that you'll actually need and use; from booking a hotel room to navigating a menu, Paul will effortlessly build your confidence and give you the tools to handle any holiday situation. His 'word robbery' will also help unlock the range of vocabulary you already know. Ideal for first-time learners or people who struggled in school, this book will help you absorb information quickly and efficiently, just like you did learning English as a child. Forget the way you used to be taught; this course guarantees you minimum effort and maximum success without the need for complex grammar rules or jargon. "There is nothing so complicated in foreign languages that it cannot be made simple." Paul Noble A quick, easy and fun way to unlock your basic language skills. Perfect for beginners, this book will give you all the information you need to build basic conversations and get by on your travels. Which Paul Noble product is right for me? I need a basic audio course for use on holiday or a business trip - choose The Essential Paul Noble Course. I am a beginner or near-beginner and need an in-depth audio course - choose The Paul Noble Complete Course. I have listened to a Complete Course and I would like to take my learning to the next level - choose The Paul Noble Next Steps Course. I have some understanding and have previously studied the language, I need a book to consolidate what I know and increase my conversational ability - choose The Paul Noble Unlocking Series.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Unlocking German with Paul Noble: Your Key to Language Success
    Unlocking German with Paul Noble: Your Key to Language Success
    ISBN: 9780008135850
    Title: Unlocking German with Paul Noble: Your Key to Language Success
    Author: NOBLE PAUL


    Ever tried to learn German and found it too hard? Best-selling language expert Paul Noble has a quick and easy way to get you back on track with his unique tried-and-tested method.


    * Keeps things simple with three basic rules; don't skip anything, don't try to memorise anything and cover up to test yourself.

    * A fun, jargon-free way to learn

    * Easy-to-understand German pronunciation

    * PROVEN to work; Paul can teach anyone a language, even people who think they're incapable


    Paul's new course teaches you how to speak German more effectively, giving you the building blocks to form a huge range of conversations. This is a practical way to learn the aspects of language that you'll actually need and use; from booking a hotel room to navigating a menu, Paul will effortlessly build your confidence and give you the tools to handle any holiday situation.


    His 'word robbery' will also help unlock the range of vocabulary you already know. By making a few simple tweaks, you'll go from fantastic to fantastisch!


    Ideal for first-time learners or people who struggled in school, this book will help you absorb information quickly and efficiently, just like you did learning English as a child. Forget the way you used to be taught; this course guarantees you minimum effort and maximum success without the need for complex grammar rules or jargon. With thousands of satisfied customers, there's never been a better time to learn.


    "There is nothing so complicated in foreign languages that it cannot be made simple." Paul Noble


    A quick, easy and fun way to unlock your basic language skills. Perfect for beginners, this book will give you all the information you need to build basic conversations and get by on your travels.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Unlocking Spanish With Paul Noble Use What You Already Know
    Unlocking Spanish With Paul Noble Use What You Already Know
    ISBN: 9780008135836
    Title: Unlocking Spanish With Paul Noble Use What You Already Know
    Author: NOBLE PAUL

    For anyone who has tried to learn Spanish or failed to progress beyond a few phrases, this book will help. Discover Paul Noble's secrets for achieving independence in learning Spanish with his tried and tested method. - Teaching you how to learn Spanish more effectively, an easy way to boost your learning efforts- Tips and tricks from a renowned language expert with a tried and tested method for success- Also ideal for anyone learning for the first time, giving you the tools to learn efficiently and quickly- Pocket sized format with easy pronunciation guidance - so you can learn on the go -There is nothing so complicated in foreign languages that it cannot be made simple.- Paul Noble

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Usage & Abusage
    Usage & Abusage
    ISBN: 9780140514421
    Title: Usage & Abusage
    Author: PARTRIDGE ERIC

    This classic work, now in its third edition, takes a long, hard look at the use - and constant misuse - of English. Declaring war on bad grammar, woolliness of expression and poor choice of vocabulary, Usage and Abusagesets out both to highlight problems and pitfalls and to offer constructive advice on the proper use of English.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
    $39.00
  • Using Chinese a Guide to Contemporary Usage
    Using Chinese a Guide to Contemporary Usage
    ISBN: 9780521785655
    Title: Using Chinese a Guide to Contemporary Usage
    Author: WALLS YVONNE LI

    This is a guide to Chinese usage for students who have already acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge. Unlike conventional grammars, it addresses many aspects of Chinese language usage, such as letter writing, idioms, proverbs, and riddles. It also provides new and recent words, including internet vocabulary, which enables students to understand and properly use the most up-to-date expressions alongside everyday language. Useful sections on common social interactions are included, along with an invaluable guide to the finer nuances of body language. Clear, readable, and easy to consult, this is an essential reference for learners seeking access to one of the world's most important languages.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $73.00
    $73.00
  • Very Good Lives
    Very Good Lives
    ISBN: 9781408706787
    Title: Very Good Lives
    Author: ROWLING J K


    In 2008, J.K. Rowling delivered a deeply affecting commencement speech at Harvard University. Now published for the first time in book form, Very Good Lives offers J.K. Rowling's words of wisdom for anyone at a turning point in life, asking the profound and provocative questions: How can we embrace failure? And how can we use our imagination to better both ourselves and others?


    Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world-famous author addresses some of life's most important issues with acuity and emotional force.


    Sales of Very Good Lives will benefit Lumos, a charity organisation founded by J.K. Rowling, which works to transform the lives of disadvantaged children, and university-wide financial aid at Harvard University.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Vietnamese Flash Cards Kit: Everything You Need Is in This Box! (200 Hole-Punched Cards, CD with Audio Recordings, 16-page Book)
    Vietnamese Flash Cards Kit: Everything You Need Is in This Box! (200 Hole-Punched Cards, CD with Audio Recordings, 16-page Book)
    ISBN: 9780804847988
    Title: Vietnamese Flash Cards Kit: Everything You Need Is in This Box! (200 Hole-Punched Cards, CD with Audio Recordings, 16-page Book)
    Author: BAC HOAI TRAN

    Everything you need to learn 1,000 critical Vietnamese words and phrases quickly and efficiently is in this box
    • 200 hole-punched flash cards feature the most commonly-used words and related phrases
    • A free CD-ROM with native-speaker audio recordings of over 1,000 Vietnamese words and sentences
    • A sample sentence in the Vietnamese language showing the use of each main word in context
    • A 32-page study guide with pronunciation, study tips and indexes for the cards
    The front side of each flash card presents the main word with four related words and phrases. The back of the card gives the English meanings and pronunciations for all items on the front as well as a sample sentence demonstrating correct usage of the main vocabulary item in both Vietnamese and English.

    Format: Pack
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Vietnamese Phrasebook & Dictionary LP 8th Edition
    Vietnamese Phrasebook & Dictionary LP 8th Edition
    ISBN: 9781787013469
    Title: Vietnamese Phrasebook & Dictionary LP 8th Edition
    Author: 8TH EDITION


    Lonely Planet's Vietnamese Phrasebook & Dictionary is your handy passport to culturally enriching travels with the most relevant and useful Vietnamese phrases and vocabulary for all your travel needs. Order your coffee with authority, bargain like a pro at the market, and know what you're eating from street stalls, all with your trusted travel companion. With language tools in your back pocket, you can truly get to the heart ofwherever you go, so begin your journey now!


    Get More From Your Trip with Easy-to-Find Phrases for Every Travel Situation!

    • Feel at easewith essential tips on culture, manners, idioms and multiple meanings
    • Order with confidence,explain food allergies, and try new foods with the menu decoder
    • Save timeand hassles with vital phrases at your fingertips
    • Never get stuck for wordswith the 3500-word two-way, quick-reference dictionary
    • Be preparedfor both common and emergency travel situations with practical phrases and terminology
    • Meet friendswith conversation starter phrases
    • Get your message across with easy-to-use pronunciation guides

    Inside Lonely Planet's VietnamesePhrasebook & Dictionary:

    • Full colourthroughout
    • User-friendly layoutorganized by travel scenario categories
    • Survival phrasesinside front cover for at-a-glance on-the-fly cues
    • Convenient features
      • Listen For - phrases you may hear
      • Look For - phrases you may see on signs
    • Covers
      • Basics -time, dates, numbers, amounts, pronunciation, reading tips, grammar rules
      • Practical -travel with kids, disabled travellers, sightseeing, business, banking, post office, internet, phones, repairs, bargaining, accommodation, directions, border crossing, transport
      • Social -meeting people, interests, feelings, opinions, going out, romance, culture, activities, weather
      • Safe Travel - emergencies, police, doctor, pharmacist, dentist, symptoms, conditions
      • Food -ordering,at the market, at the bar, dishes, ingredients

    The Perfect Choice:Lonely Planet's VietnamesePhrasebook & Dictionary,a pocket-sized comprehensive language guide, provides on-the-go language assistance; great for language students and travellers looking to interact with locals and immerse themselves in local culture.


    Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Ben Handicott


    About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet is the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, and has been connecting travellers and locals for over 25 years with phrasebooks for 120 languages, more than any other publisher! With an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community, Lonely Planet enables curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves. The world awaits!


    Check out our Fast Talk Phrasebook mobile appfor on-the-go language needs. (Available languages: German, Latin Spanish, European Spanish, French, and Italian.)



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $17.00
    $17.00
  • Vietnamese Phrasebook Pack Book & Cd Collins Gem
    Vietnamese Phrasebook Pack Book & Cd Collins Gem
    ISBN: 9780007247059
    Title: Vietnamese Phrasebook Pack Book & Cd Collins Gem
    Author: COLLINS GEM

    With an accompanying CD that makes oral practice possible, this reference ensures that the right word will always be at the reader's fingertips. In all of the most common travel situations, non-natives need the reassurance that they can communicate with ease. This completely re-designed guide makes this a reality. With a whole new look inside and out that includes a new cover and easy-to-navigate layout, it is now simpler than ever to use a new language effectively and with confidence. This indispensable multimedia language guide covers the topics and phrases that crop up everyday on vacation, from finding a hotel to choosing wine. This newly updated version includes fully updated travel information, travel tips, a 3,000 word dictionary, a comprehensive menu decoder, and grammar and pronunciation sections.

    Format: Mixed Media
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Vulgar Tongues a Narrative History of Slang
    Vulgar Tongues a Narrative History of Slang
    ISBN: 9781846685613
    Title: Vulgar Tongues a Narrative History of Slang
    Author: DECHARNE MAX

    Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society. Of all the vocabularies available to us, slang is the most alive, constantly evolving and - as it leaks into the mainstream and is taken up by all of us - infusing the language with a healthy dose of vitality.Witty, energetic and informative, Vulgar Tongues traces the many routes of slang, beginning with the thieves and prostitutes of Elizabethan London and ending with the present day (where the centuries-old terms rap and hip-hop still survive, though their meanings have changed). On the way, we'll meet Dr Johnson, World War Two flying aces, pickpockets, schoolchildren, hardboiled private eyes, carnival geeks and the many eccentric characters who have tried to record slang throughout its chequered past.If you're curious about flapdragons and ale passion, the changing meanings of punk and geek, or how fly originated on the streets of eighteenth-century London and square in Masonic lodges, this is the book for you.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Vulgar Tongues: A Narrative History of Slang
    Vulgar Tongues: A Narrative History of Slang
    ISBN: 9781846688287
    Title: Vulgar Tongues: A Narrative History of Slang
    Author: DECHARNE MAX

    Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society. Over several centuries and across international borders, VULGAR TONGUES is the story of how the English language of Shakespeare's day fragmented and twisted into all kinds of shapes, as people like pickpockets, beggars, sailors, musicians, gangsters, whores, politicians, gypsies, soldiers, gays and lesbians, policemen, rappers, cockneys, biker gangs and circus folk seized the King's or Queen's English by the throat and took it to places it would probably regret in the morning.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words
    Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words
    ISBN: 9781740513661
    Title: Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words
    Author: WATSON DON

    The prime minister speaks of core and non-core election promises, your boss asks you to commit to an involuntary career event (you're fired), and hospitals refer to negative patient outcomes (you're dead)... How to fight back? This book is a heavy weapon against politicians, managers and all those whose words kill brain cells and sink hearts. Striking a much-needed blow for truth and clarity, here is Don Watson, author of the international bestseller and 2003 Booksellers' Choice Book fo the Year, DEATH SENTENCE, at his sobering, scathing and wickedly funny best.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Watson's Worst Words
    Watson's Worst Words
    ISBN: 9780857983442
    Title: Watson's Worst Words
    Author: WATSON DON

    Dr Don Watson - with his trademark wit and wisdom - says enough already! The English language is complex and evolving, and can win minds, hearts and nations. Why don't we try using it? Depending where you are on the change continuum, a quick pulse check will be in order and a scan of the forthcoming weather events before you move forward with your shark mitigation strategies. Were any animals were harmed in the above statement? The level of customer-centric vigilance remains below acceptable benchmarks and weasel words continue to fill our mailboxes, inboxes, ears and minds. Don Watson will make you cringe with recognition, and perhaps shame, and encourage you to rise up against this language that is obliterating all song, meaning and beauty from communication.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama
    We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama
    ISBN: 9781408889053
    Title: We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama
    Author: DIONNE JR. E. J. & REID JOY-ANN

    'Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change we seek'In his speeches as president, Barack Obama had the power to move people from all over the world as few leaders before him. We Are the Change We Seek is a collection of twenty-seven of Obama's greatest speeches, covering the issues most important to our time: war, inequality, race relations, gun violence and human rights. With brief introductory remarks explaining the context for each speech, this is a book to inform, illuminate and inspire, providing invaluable insight into a groundbreaking and era-defining presidency.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Whaikorero Hunga Mate 1a Study of the Sacred References to the Dead & Formal Conclusions in Indigenous Oral Literature
    Whaikorero Hunga Mate 1a Study of the Sacred References to the Dead & Formal Conclusions in Indigenous Oral Literature
    ISBN: 9780473140687
    Title: Whaikorero Hunga Mate 1a Study of the Sacred References to the Dead & Formal Conclusions in Indigenous Oral Literature
    Author: REREKURA SAM


    Format: Mixed Media
    Price: $84.00
    $84.00
  • What We See When We Read
    What We See When We Read
    ISBN: 9780804171632
    Title: What We See When We Read
    Author: MENDELSUND PETER

    A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading--how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.
    What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented images on a page--a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat positioned just so--and other clues and signifiers helps us to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved--or reviled--literary figures. In this remarkable work of nonfiction, Knopf's Associate Art Director Peter Mendelsund combines his profession, as an award-winning designer; his first career, as a classically trained pianist; and his first love, literature--he considers himself first and foremost as a reader--into what is sure to be one of the most provocative and unusual investigations into how we understand the act of reading.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • What Would Jane Do? Quips & Quotes from Jane Austen
    What Would Jane Do? Quips & Quotes from Jane Austen
    ISBN: 9780804185622
    Title: What Would Jane Do? Quips & Quotes from Jane Austen
    Author: STYLE POTTER

    Jane Austen always knows just the right thing to say. With this pocket collection of quotes from Jane's novels and letters, you too, will have a quip for every situatio

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • When They Go Low We Go High: Speeches That Shape the World & Why We Need Them
    When They Go Low We Go High: Speeches That Shape the World & Why We Need Them
    ISBN: 9780008235680
    Title: When They Go Low We Go High: Speeches That Shape the World & Why We Need Them
    Author: COLLINS PHILIP (ED)

    A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 'For all those who believe in the politics of principle and hope this a wonderful reminder that they do not always lose. For all those who despair that politics can ever be inspiring again this is a must-read to shake you out of your misery' Paddy Ashdown 'There is a serious prospect that, in our time, we are losing faith in politics. The words of politicians float by, practised and polished, but profligate. The respect, veneration and hope first expressed by Pericles, has gone missing. It is the grand purpose of this book to help to call it back.' In his work as a speechwriter to senior politicians and business leaders around the world, Philip Collins has become well versed in understanding what it is that makes a speech great.When They Go Low, We Go High explores the ways in which the most notable speeches in history have worked, analysing the rhetorical tricks to uncover how the right speech at the right time can profoundly shape the world. Travelling across continents and centuries, Collins reveals what Thomas Jefferson owes to Cicero and Pericles, who really gave the Gettysburg Address and what Elizabeth I shares with Winston Churchill. While we are bombarded by sound bites and social media, fake news and sloganeering, and while populists are winning support, democratic politicians need to find words that inspire and give us hope. Because disenchantment with politics fosters the dangerous illusion that there is an alternative. Informed by Collins's own experiences as a speech writer, When They Go Low, We Go High is a passionate defence of the power of good public speaking to propagate and protect democracy and an urgent reminder of how words can change the world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • White Guard
    White Guard
    ISBN: 9780300151459
    Title: White Guard
    Author: BULGAKOV MIKHAIL

    White Guard, Mikhail Bulgakov's semi-autobiographical first novel, is the story of the Turbin family in Kiev in 1918. Alexei, Elena, and Nikolka Turbin have just lost their mothertheir father had died years beforeand find themselves plunged into the chaotic civil war that erupted in the Ukraine in the wake of the Russian Revolution. In the context of this family's personal loss and the social turmoil surrounding them, Bulgakov creates a brilliant picture of the existential crises brought about by the revolution and the loss of social, moral, and political certainties. He confronts the reader with the bewildering cruelty that ripped Russian life apart at the beginning of the last century as well as with the extraordinary ways in which the Turbins preserved their humanity. In this volume Marian Schwartz, a leading translator, offers the first complete and accurate translation of the definitive original text of Bulgakov's novel. She includes the famous dream sequence, omitted in previous translations, and beautifully solves the stylistic issues raised by Bulgakov's ornamental prose. Readers with an interest in Russian literature, culture, or history will welcome this superb translation of Bulgakov's important early work. This edition also contains an informative historical essay by Evgeny Dobrenko.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Why Translation Matters
    Why Translation Matters
    ISBN: 9780300171303
    Title: Why Translation Matters
    Author: GROSSMAN EDITH


    Why Translation Matters argues for the cultural importance of translation and for a more encompassing and nuanced appreciation of the translator’s role. As the acclaimed translator Edith Grossman writes in her introduction, “My intention is to stimulate a new consideration of an area of literature that is too often ignored, misunderstood, or misrepresented.”


    For Grossman, translation has a transcendent importance: “Translation not only plays its important traditional role as the means that allows us access to literature originally written in one of the countless languages we cannot read, but it also represents a concrete literary presence with the crucial capacity to ease and make more meaningful our relationships to those with whom we may not have had a connection before. Translation always helps us to know, to see from a different angle, to attribute new value to what once may have been unfamiliar. As nations and as individuals, we have a critical need for that kind of understanding and insight. The alternative is unthinkable.”


    Throughout the four chapters of this bracing volume, Grossman’s belief in the crucial significance of the translator’s work, as well as her rare ability to explain the intellectual sphere that she inhabits as interpreter of the original text, inspires and provokes the reader to engage with translation in an entirely new way.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
    Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
    ISBN: 9781854795298
    Title: Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill
    Author: ENRIGHT DOMINIQUE

    Sir Winston Churchill was the greatest orator of his day, the greatest statesman of his age, and the greatest Englishman of the twentieth century. This enchanting collection gathers hundreds of his funniest and wickedest quips in tribute to the exhilarating wit of this great-hearted, infuriatingly conceited, wildly funny, and brilliantly talented Englishman.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • William Morris Words & Wisdom
    William Morris Words & Wisdom
    ISBN: 9781855144941
    Title: William Morris Words & Wisdom
    Author: NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY STAFF

    Born in London in 1834, William Morris was a radical thinker whose democratic vision for society and art has continued to influence designers, artists and writers to this day, long after his death in 1896. This book reveals and explores his passionately held view that beautiful, functional design should be accessible to all.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Wisdom
    Wisdom
    ISBN: 9780733623509
    Title: Wisdom
    Author: ZUCKERMAN ANDREW


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $90.00
    $90.00
  • Wisdom of the Ages
    Wisdom of the Ages
    ISBN: 9780060929695
    Title: Wisdom of the Ages
    Author: DYER WAYNE W

    Finally available in trade paperback, this is the bestselling collection of

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill a Treasury of More Than 1000 Quotations <BR>
    Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill a Treasury of More Than 1000 Quotations
    ISBN: 9780060925772
    Title: Wit & Wisdom of Winston Churchill a Treasury of More Than 1000 Quotations

    Author: HUMES JAMES C

    An extremely entertaining compendium of bon mots, anecdotes, and trivia about Winston Churchill from a leading Churchill lecturer and performer -- useful for speakers, students, of history, and World War II buffs, as well as general readers.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, & Why We Need It
    Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, & Why We Need It
    ISBN: 9780393254945
    Title: Wit's End: What Wit Is, How It Works, & Why We Need It
    Author: GEARY JAMES


    "A witty book about wit that steers an elegant path between waggishness and wisdom." ―Stephen Fry


    Much more than a knack for snappy comebacks, wit is the quick, instinctive intelligence that allows us to think, say, or do the right thing at the right time in the right place. In this whimsical book, James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns are the highest form of wit. Geary reasons that wit is both visual and verbal, physical and intellectual: there's the serendipitous wit of scientists, the crafty wit of inventors, the optical wit of artists, and the metaphysical wit of philosophers.


    In Wit's End, Geary embraces wit in every form by adopting a different style for each chapter; he writes the section on verbal repartee as a dramatic dialogue, the neuroscience of wit as a scientific paper, the spirituality of wit as a sermon, and other chapters in jive, rap, and the heroic couplets of Alexander Pope. Wit's End agilely balances psychology, folktales, visual art, and literary history with lighthearted humor and acute insight, drawing upon traditions of wit from around the world.


    Entertaining, illuminating, and entirely unique, Wit's End demonstrates that wit and wisdom are really the same thing.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • With Love: Humorous Quotes for Someone Special
    With Love: Humorous Quotes for Someone Special
    ISBN: 9781853759468
    Title: With Love: Humorous Quotes for Someone Special
    Author: BESLEY ADRIAN

    ""Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you." Loretta Young
    "Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead." Oscar Wilde""

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • Woe Is I
    Woe Is I
    ISBN: 9781573223317
    Title: Woe Is I
    Author: OCONNER PATRICIA T


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Word at War: World War Two in 100 Phrases
    Word at War: World War Two in 100 Phrases
    ISBN: 9781472922489
    Title: Word at War: World War Two in 100 Phrases
    Author: LEWIS PETER & GOODEN PHILIP

    War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the 'Dunkirk spirit' whenever the country is faced with major crisis or even minor adversity, and Roosevelt's famous description of Pearl Harbor as 'a date which will live in infamy' was echoed by many US commentators after the 9/11 attacks.

    So far, so familiar. Or is it? How many of us know, for instance, that 'Keep Calm and Carry On', far from achieving its morale-boosting aim, was considered at the time to be deeply patronizing by the people it was directed at, and so had only limited distribution?

    "The Word at War" explores 100 phrases spawned and popularized in the lead-up and during the conflict of World War Two. Substantial essays explore and explain the derivations of, and the stories behind, popular terms and phraseology of the period, including wartime speeches (and the words of Churchill, Hitler and FDR); service slang; national stereotypes; food and drink; and codewords.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00

    $23.00
  • Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
    Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
    ISBN: 9781101970263
    Title: Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
    Author: STAMPER KORY

    "We think of English as a fortress to be defended, but a better analogy is to think of English as a child. We love and nurture it into being, and once it gains gross motor skills, it starts going exactly where we don't want it to go: it heads right for the goddamned electrical sockets."
    &
    With wit and irreverence, lexicographer Kory Stamper cracks open the obsessive world of dictionary writing, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it to the knotty questions of ever-changing word usage.
    &
    Filled with fun facts--for example, the first documented usage of "OMG" was in a letter to Winston Churchill--and Stamper's own stories from the linguistic front lines (including how she became America's foremost "irregardless" apologist, despite loathing the word), Word by Word is an endlessly entertaining look at the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Word Play a Wittipedia of Puns Euphemisms Malapropisms & the Best Word Play
    Word Play a Wittipedia of Puns Euphemisms Malapropisms & the Best Word Play
    ISBN: 9781473620308
    Title: Word Play a Wittipedia of Puns Euphemisms Malapropisms & the Best Word Play
    Author: BRANDRETH GYLES


    The aim of the book is entertainment - and surprise - but there will be a fair bit of erudition and incidental education along the way. (Why is it a troop of baboons, but a shrewdness of apes?). We discover the oldest words, the newest, the longest, the shortest, the most frequently used, the costliest (yes, words can come with a price attached), the funniest, the most fatal, the most unusual...from the words Shakespeare gave us to the latest in sexting, the BEST and the WORST, the most AMUSING and AMAZING words are here


    Full of puns, palindromes, pangrams, acrostics, malaprops, famous (and infamous) last words and everything in between, in Word Play, Gyles Brandreth leads us through an A-Z and a Z-A of the wonderful world of words.


    This is a dazzling words book that is the ultimate compendium of word wisdom, facts and fun.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Word Power Made Easy: the Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary
    Word Power Made Easy: the Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary
    ISBN: 9781101873854
    Title: Word Power Made Easy: the Complete Handbook for Building a Superior Vocabulary
    Author: LEWIS NORMAN

    'Word Power Made Easy' provides a simple, step-by-step method for increasing knowledge and mastery of written and spoken English. Arranged in thematic sections - on everything from how to flatter friends and insult enemies to how to talk precisely about science and medicine - the book is written in a lively, accessible, and often humorous style, presenting ideas and a method of broadening your knowledge as an integral part of vocabulary-building.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • Word Spy
    Word Spy
    ISBN: 9780143304487
    Title: Word Spy
    Author: DUBOSARSKY URSULA

    Dear Readers, You may not know me, but I know you. I am - THE WORD SPY. Ever since I can remember, I've been listening to, speaking, reading, and yes, spying on words. The time has come for me to share with you some of the many things I have discovered. All you have to do is open this book... the wonderful world of words awaits! Join THE WORD SPY on an entertaining journey through the English language. Learn more about where the alphabet came from, find out what ATM stands for, make your own palindromes (it's easy!) and impress your pigs by speaking Pig Latin. There are cartoons, riddles and a special code to solve along the way.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • Word to the Wise: Untangling the Mix-Ups, Misuse & Myths of Language
    Word to the Wise: Untangling the Mix-Ups, Misuse & Myths of Language
    ISBN: 9781775593546
    Title: Word to the Wise: Untangling the Mix-Ups, Misuse & Myths of Language
    Author: BROATCH MARK

    Even the best wordsmiths can find themselves tripping over words that are commonly misused, mixed up or misspelled. Most of us have suffered the embarrassment of suddenly discovering that they have been using or spelling a word wrong for years, or, in some cases, their entire life. This useful reference untangles the mix-ups and misuses of language so that you can ensure you've got the word you're looking for, whether it's 'taught', 'taut', 'tort' or 'torte'. With definitions, examples of how to sharpen up text and improve your writing, lists of useful social media abbreviations and a discussion of unusual plurals, this playful look at the often bizarre and frustrating English language has got you covered. Word to the Wise will help you get your word use straight, whether you're writing a book, blog, email or text message.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Words Fail Me
    Words Fail Me
    ISBN: 9780714846354
    Title: Words Fail Me
    Author: MONACHINO TERESA


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $18.00
    $18.00
  • Words in Time & Place Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
    Words in Time & Place Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
    ISBN: 9780199680474
    Title: Words in Time & Place Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary
    Author: CRYSTAL DAVID

    Did you know that the English language has over 150 words for the adjective "drunk" developed over 1,000 years? Be prepared to learn words you have never heard before, find out fascinating facts behind everyday words, and be surprised at how lively and varied the English language can be. Published to critical acclaim in 2009, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first comprehensive thesaurus in the world to arrange words by meaning in order of first recorded use. Using its unique perspective on how the English language has developed, Words in Time andPlace takes 15 themes and explores the language in these areas over time - explaining when new words appeared, where they came from, and what such changes say about times in which they emerged. The themes chosen are varied, universal topics and show the semantic range of the thesaurus and what itcan tell us about the words used in areas of everyday life. Learn about the different words for dying and money, or types of pop music, as well as words for a privy, oaths, and words for being drunk. Written by the world's leading expert on the English language, David Crystal, the book carries his trademark style of engaging yet authoritative writing. Each chapter features an introduction to the language of that topic, followed by a timeline of vocabulary taken from the historical thesaurusshowing all the synonyms arranged in chronological order. The timelines are annotated with additional quotations, facts, and social and historical context to give a clear sense of how words entered the English language, when, and in which context they were used.Words in Time and Place showcases the unique and excellent resource that is the Historical Thesaurus and reveals the linguistic treasures to be found within. This fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in words and in the development of the English language.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
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