• 100 Great Books in Haiku (Pop Penguin)
    100 Great Books in Haiku (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141399423
    Title: 100 Great Books in Haiku (Pop Penguin)
    Author: BADER DAVID

    In the sixteenth century, Zen monks in Japan developed the haiku, an unrhymed poetic form consisting of 17 syllables arranged in three lines. Now, in One Hundred Great Books in Haiku, David Bader has applied this ancient poetic form to the classics. From Homer to Milton to Dostyevsky, the great books are finally within reach of even the shortest attention spans!

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
  • 100 Writers
    100 Writers
    ISBN: 9781855147423
    Title: 100 Writers

    This richly illustrated gift book showcases 100 portraits of writers, authors and essayists held in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, from William Shakespeare to Malala Yousafzai. An illustrated introductory text looks at the relationship between the written word and visual arts.
    100 Writers includes 16th-century works through to contemporary portraits, with a focus on writers who have made an important contribution to a number of areas such as literature, history, philosophy and politics, bringing varied disciplines and periods into one publication. Select works are also accompanied by quotations taken from interviews, essays and the sitter's most acclaimed works.
    Featured writers include Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, George Eliot, Zadie Smith, Stephen Hawking, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Sylvia Plath, Harold Pinter, Jean Rhys, Kazuo Ishiguro, Roald Dahl, Carol Ann Duffy, Malala Yousafzai, Charles Darwin, Emily Bront and Samuel Pepys.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
    1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
    ISBN: 9781760524036
    Title: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

    Delve into the pages of this sumptuously illustrated book and take a tour of the greatest novels that the world has to offer. Fully updated for 2018.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • 30-Second Literature: The 50 Most Important Styles, Forms & Genres of Literature, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    30-Second Literature: The 50 Most Important Styles, Forms & Genres of Literature, Each Explained in Half a Minute
    ISBN: 9781782408444
    Title: 30-Second Literature: The 50 Most Important Styles, Forms & Genres of Literature, Each Explained in Half a Minute

    Whether you're looking for a new author or genre to explore, 30-Second Literature provides you with summaries of the major literary genres, styles and histories.

    Part of the 30-Second series, this introductory guide to literature is split into 7 chapters that cover:
    • The History of Literature - from Sanskrit to Modernism
    • The Novel - in all its glorious& genres
    • Literary Prose - non-fiction from diaries to philosophies
    • Poetry - from the sonnet to the haiku
    • Drama - interesting theatrical forms and genres
    • Literary Devices - the techniques authors use in their works
    • Literary Styles - the& features and history of different styles of writing
    Each topic is summarized in 300 words and contains a small bibliography for you to expand your bookworm horizons. You can also brush up on literary terms ahead of that book-club meeting, as each chapter features its own glossary. Interspersed throughout the book are profiles of key literary figures that have impacted one of our most beloved hobbies.
    Literature is not just any written work; it is work that has stood the test of time, that is most widely thought to be of lasting merit. Just how& particular books are elevated to literary status, reflects the values and judgements of society and mirrors the development of civilisation. This book is a broad overview of the multitude of voices used to describe our human experience.

    If you like this, you might also be interested in 30-Second Mythology . . .

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Accidence Will Happen: the Non-pedantic Guide to English
    Accidence Will Happen: the Non-pedantic Guide to English
    ISBN: 9781780227955
    Title: Accidence Will Happen: the Non-pedantic Guide to English
    Author: KAMM OLIVER

    Are standards of English alright - or should that be all right?
    To knowingly split an infinitive or not to?
    And what about ending a sentence with preposition, or for that matter beginning one with 'and'?

    We learn language by instinct, but good English, the pedants tell us, requires rules. Yet, as Oliver Kamm demonstrates, many of the purists' prohibitions are bogus and can be cheerfully disregarded. ACCIDENCE WILL HAPPEN is an authoritative and deeply reassuring guide to grammar, style and the linguistic conundrums we all face.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • America's Greatest Library: An Illustrated Chronology of the Library of Congress
    America's Greatest Library: An Illustrated Chronology of the Library of Congress
    ISBN: 9781911282136
    Title: America's Greatest Library: An Illustrated Chronology of the Library of Congress
    Author: COLE JOHN Y.

    Packed with fascinating facts, compelling images, and little-known nuggets of information, this new go-to illustrated guide to the history of the Library of Congress will appeal to history buffs and general readers alike. It distils over two hundred years of history into an engaging read that makes a Washington icon relevant today.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $72.00
  • American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to le Guin
    American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to le Guin
    ISBN: 9781598536409
    Title: American Canon: Literary Genius from Emerson to le Guin

    Our foremost literary critic celebrates the American pantheon of great writers from Emerson and Whitman to Hurston and Ellison, to Ursula K. LeGuin, Philip Roth, and Thomas Pynchon.

    Harold Bloom is our greatest living student of literature, "a colossus among critics" (The New York Times) and a "master entertainer" (Newsweek). Over the course of a remarkable career spanning more than half a century, in such best-selling books as The Western Canonand Shakespeare- The Invention of the Human, he transformed the way we look at the masterworks of western literature. Now, in the first collection devoted to his illuminating writings specifically on American literature, Bloom reflects on the surprising ways American writers have influenced each other across more than two centuries. The American Canongathers five decades of Bloom's essays, occasional pieces, and introductions as well as excerpts from several of his books, weaving them together into an unrivalled tour of the great American bookshelf. Always a champion of aesthetic power, Bloom tells the story of our national literature in terms of artistic struggle against powerful predecessors and the American thirst for selfhood. All of the visionary American writers who have long preoccupied Bloom--Emerson and Whitman, Hawthorne and Melville, and Dickinson, Faulkner, Crane, Frost, Stevens, and Bishop--are here, along with Hemingway, James, O'Connor, Ellison, Hurston, LeGuin, Ashbery and many others. Bloom's enthusiasm for these American geniuses is contagious, and he reminds us how these writers have shaped our sense of who we are, and how they can summon us to be yet better versions of ourselves.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Associated Press Guide to News Writing, 2 Edition
    Associated Press Guide to News Writing, 2 Edition
    ISBN: 9780768943733
    Title: Associated Press Guide to News Writing, 2 Edition
    Author: PETERSON'S

    The Associated Press Guide to News Writing, is the standard professional resource for both novice and experienced news writers. This practical handbook is the ideal writing style guide for all reporters, writers, editors, and English and journalism students. It covers all the essentials of good news writing, according to the styles and guidelines set forth by the Associated Press--with lively examples from today's newspapers. This authoritative guide includes:
  • Professional advice about crafting a good feature story
  • In-depth reviews of important principles in news writing
  • Expert guidance on writing concise, informative copy, source citations, and more.
  • Clear and instructive discussions of specialized styles.

  • Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
  • Babel: Around the World in 20 Languages
    Babel: Around the World in 20 Languages
    ISBN: 9781781256411
    Title: Babel: Around the World in 20 Languages

    English is the world language, except that most of the world doesn't speak it--only one in five people does. Dorren calculates that to speak fluently with half of the world's 7.4 billion people in their mother tongues, you would need to know no fewer than twenty languages. He sets out to explore these top twenty world languages, which range from the familiar (French, Spanish) to the surprising (Malay, Javanese, Bengali). Babel whisks the reader on a delightful journey to every continent of the world, tracing how these world languages rose to greatness while others fell away and showing how speakers today handle the foibles of their mother tongues. Whether showcasing tongue-tying phonetics or elegant but complicated writing scripts, and mind-bending quirks of grammar, Babel vividly illustrates that mother tongues are like nations: each has its own customs and beliefs that seem as self-evident to those born into it as they are surprising to the outside world.
    Among many other things, Babel will teach you why modern Turks can't read books that are a mere 75 years old, what it means in practice for Russian and English to be relatives, and how Japanese developed separate "dialects" for men and women. Dorren lets you in on his personal trials and triumphs while studying Vietnamese in Hanoi, debunks ten widespread myths about Chinese characters, and discovers that Swahili became the lingua franca in a part of the world where people routinely speak three or more languages. Witty, fascinating and utterly compelling, Babel will change the way you look at and listen to the world and how it speaks.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Being a Writer: Advice, Musings, Essays & Experiences from the World's Greatest Authors
    Being a Writer: Advice, Musings, Essays & Experiences from the World's Greatest Authors
    ISBN: 9780711238206
    Title: Being a Writer: Advice, Musings, Essays & Experiences from the World's Greatest Authors

    Being a Writer is an inspiring assemblage of wit, wisdom and hard-won practical advice from some of the world's greatest authors musing on the art of writing and how they came to define themselves as writers. It is an anthology for dipping into, but also for drawing genuine lessons about the whole messy business of writing literature and what it takes to be a writer. Its contributors range from the canon to the contemporary: from Samuel Johnson in eighteenth-century London to Lorrie Moore in twenty-first-century Wisconsin, Being a Writer covers more than 250 years and features novelists and short-story writers from across the world. Through its text and beautiful, original illustrations, the book explores and illuminates the pleasures and pitfalls of the compulsion to write, and aims to inspire and delight writers and readers in equal measure. Chapters include Becoming a Writer, Methods & Means, Failing, The Art of Writing and A Sense of an Ending.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Better Books / Better Bookz: Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-Culture & the New Avant-garde
    Better Books / Better Bookz: Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-Culture & the New Avant-garde
    ISBN: 9783960984580
    Title: Better Books / Better Bookz: Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-Culture & the New Avant-garde

    In the 1960s and '70s, the legendary independent London bookstore Better Books, located on the Charing Cross Road, was the hub for Britain's counterculture, with the likes of Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi, John Latham, Jeff Nuttall, Bob Cobbing, Barry Miles and Gustav Metzger regularly giving readings and performances or exhibiting their works. Countless other writers and artists got their start there by encountering the books, authors or artists that would determine their vocations and change their lives. With its unique range of small-press/underground literature, poetry readings, film screenings and happenings, Better Books was the hub of London's 1960s counterculture scene. This book is the first to examine this special historic moment. Gathering archival documents, previously unpublished texts and photographs with the voices of the protagonists who launched this revolution, this volume provides a secret history of the real London counterculture.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $85.00
  • Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books
    Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books
    ISBN: 9781743795910
    Title: Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

    'A room without books is like a body without soul.' - Cicero
    In Bibliostyle, interior designer Nina Freudenberger teams up with& New Yorker writer Sadie Stein, and Architectural Digest photographer Shade Degges to celebrate the beauty of books and the personal touch they bring to the homes they live in.
    Though books are beautiful objects in their own right, our connection to them goes beyond the physical. In every home featured in Bibliostyle, the library is the undisputed heart of the home, a place that holds the homeowner's passions, values and stories& in its& books.
    With its gorgeous photography, Bibliostyle offers a peek into the private libraries of passionate readers from all over the world and all walks of life, including Karle Ove Knausgaard, Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, Silvia Whitman and Phillip Lim. Featuring an abundance of& rare collections, floor-to-ceiling shelves and stacks upon stacks of books, Bibliostyle is a visual feast and inspiration for every bibliophile.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00
  • Book as a Work of Art
    Book as a Work of Art
    ISBN: 9788875700379
    Title: Book as a Work of Art

    This succinct catalogue features wonderful cover and interior spread reproductions of a selection of the most important and influential artist's books of the twentieth century. Beginning with St phane Mallarm 's 1914 Un Coup de D s Jamais N'Abolira le Hasard, now yellowed and slightly frayed around the edges, it includes works by Kokoschka, Kandinsky, Marinetti and other Futurists, Constructivists like El Lissitzky and such Dadaists as Schwitters, Tzara, Ernst and Duchamp. Photo experimentation by Maholy-Nagy is followed by Matisse's Jazz. There are Fluxus books by aa.vv., Daniel Spoerri and George Maciunas, mid-60s offerings by Ettore Sottsass, Dieter Roth and Andy Warhol, and Minimalist and Conceptual works by Carl Andre, Lawrence Weiner, Allan Kaprow, Vito Acconci and Bruce Nauman, followed by Arte Povera books and others from the 80s and 90s. Includes a gem-like illustrated bibliographies for all genres of artist's books, from the Futurists to books on typography.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $89.00
  • Book Business: What Everyone Needs to Know
    Book Business: What Everyone Needs to Know
    ISBN: 9780190628048
    Title: Book Business: What Everyone Needs to Know

    For all the ways books influence, teach, challenge, and connect us, we still remain in the dark as to where they come from and how the mysterious world of publishing works. From concerns over the alleged death of print and the rise of Amazon to the beginnings of modern publishing, Mike Shatzkin and Robert Paris Riger provide a succinct and insightful survey, Ideal for those looking to gain a foothold in the business and seasoned industry experts alike, The Book Business answers questions from basic to cutting-edge at a time of unprecedented flux. Book jacket.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Book Lovers' Miscellany
    Book Lovers' Miscellany
    ISBN: 9781851244713
    Title: Book Lovers' Miscellany

    How is ink made? What is the bestselling book of all time? What are the oldest known books in the world? And how does one make sense of the colors found on Penguin paperbacks? The answers to these questions and many more await readers in The Book Lovers' Miscellany.

    The Book Lovers' Miscellany is a cornucopia for bibliophiles. With customary wisdom and wit, Claire Cock-Starkey presents a brief illustrated history of paper, binding, printing, and dust jackets, with a wealth of arcane facts that even the most avid book lovers may be hard-pressed to answer: Which natural pigments were used to decorate medieval bibles? Which animal is needed for the making of vellum? Curious facts are drawn from throughout the history of books and publishing, including many more recent examples, such as a short history of the comic and the story behind the massively successful Harlequin romance imprint Mills and Boon. Readers can explore the output of the most prolific writers and marvel at the youth of the youngest published authors--or lament the decisions of the publishers who rejected books that later became colossal bestsellers. The book also includes a collection of lists, including unfinished novels, books that have faced bans, books printed with mistakes, the most influential academic books of all time, and the longest established literary families.

    The perfect gift for every bibliophile, The Book Lovers' Miscellany is equally well suited to reading straight through or dipping into here and there.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00

  • Book Publishing Industry
    Book Publishing Industry
    ISBN: 9780415887243
    Title: Book Publishing Industry

    The Book Publishing Industry focuses on consumer books (adult, juvenile, and mass market paperbacks) and reviews all major book categories to present a comprehensive overview of this diverse business. In addition to the insights and portrayals of the U.S. publishing industry, this book includes an appendix containing historical data on the industry from 1946 to the end of thetwentieth century. The selective bibliography includes the latest literature, including works in marketing and economics that has a direct relationship with this dynamic industry. This third edition features a chapter on e-books and provides an overview of the current shift toward digital media in the US book publishing industry. "

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $138.00

  • Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace & Pleasure
    Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace & Pleasure
    ISBN: 9781922268471
    Title: Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace & Pleasure

    Great literature is thrilling. It will feed your hungry mind and take your heart on a journey. It will help you on the wonderful path to one of life's most elusive and hard-won freedoms, freedom from the ego.

    Here is a book about the sheer joy of living, exploring forty texts that can enrich us in all manner of ways. Some are recent, such as Harry Potter; some ancient, such as Homer and Lao Tzu. There are memoirs (Nelson Mandela), poetry (Les Murray) and many of the world's great novels, from George Eliot's Middlemarch to Toni Morrison's Beloved. This book uses them to muse upon life in all its glorious complexity.

    Our guide, in entertaining short accounts of personal encounters with these works, is Michael McGirr- schoolteacher and father, reviewer of hundreds of books and lifelong lover of literature. His humour and insight shine through in essays that connect the texts he has selected with each other, and connect us to them.

    This is the ideal companion for a keen reader-and it may just inspire someone you know to become one, too. Never prescriptive, and often very funny, Books that Saved My Life is an invitation to reflect on the extraordinary gift of reading. 'It is a gift that is taking me a lifetime to unwrap,' McGirr writes. 'The excitement has never worn off.'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading
    Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading
    ISBN: 9781784709228
    Title: Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading
    Author: MANGAN LUCY

    When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. They opened up different worlds and cast new light on this one.

    She was whisked away to Narnia - and Kirrin Island - and Wonderland. She ventured down rabbit holes and womble burrows into midnight gardens and chocolate factories. No wonder she only left the house for her weekly trip to the library.

    In Bookworm, Lucy brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life and disinters a few forgotten treasures poignantly, wittily using them to tell her own story, that of a born, and unrepentant, bookworm.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life
    Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life
    ISBN: 9781526605801
    Title: Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life
    Author: O'CONNELL JOHN

    'What is your idea of perfect happiness?' 'Reading.''What is the quality you most like in a man?''The ability to return books.'Three years before he died, David Bowie made a list of the one hundred books that had transformed his life - a list that formed something akin to an autobiography. From Madame Bovary to A Clockwork Orange, the Iliad to the Beano, these were the publications that had fuelled his creativity and shaped who he was. In Bowie's Books, John O'Connell explores this list in the form of one hundred short essays, each offering a perspective on the man, performer and creator that is Bowie, his work as an artist and the era that he lived in.Bowie's Books is much more than a list of books you should read in your lifetime: it is a unique insight into one of the greatest minds of our times, and an indispensable part of the legacy that Bowie left behind.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
  • Burning Down the House Essays on Fiction
    Burning Down the House Essays on Fiction
    ISBN: 9781555975081
    Title: Burning Down the House Essays on Fiction

    Graywolf reissues one of its most successful essay collections with two new essays and a new foreword by Charles Baxter

    As much a rumination on the state of literature as a technical manual for aspiring writers, Burning Down the House has been enjoyed by readers and taught in classrooms for more than a decade. Readers are rewarded with thoughtful analysis, humorous one-liners, and plenty of brushfires that continue burning long after the book is closed.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Butler's Guide to Gentlemen's Grooming
    Butler's Guide to Gentlemen's Grooming
    ISBN: 9781849943703
    Title: Butler's Guide to Gentlemen's Grooming

    Do things in style, with this essential advice from a real British butler to the rich and famous
    Real gentlemen know that it is essential to be well groomed. And since not everyone has a personal butler at hand, this short guide is here to take his place. It cuts to the chase, with information on skin and hair care (including nasal hair trimming); a style guide (with tips on what to wear for what occasion); and advice on keeping your clothes and shoes in tip-top shape.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
  • Butler's Guide to Table Manners
    Butler's Guide to Table Manners
    ISBN: 9781849943680
    Title: Butler's Guide to Table Manners

    Do things in style, with this essential advice from a real British butler to the rich and famous
    Which fork should you use? How do you open a bottle of champagne? Let an English butler with more than ten years' experience get your table etiquette up to snuff Nicholas Clayton covers everything from napkin folding, cutlery, and glasses to eating soup, spaghetti, escargots, and artichokes. With diagrams to illustrate all those tricky little rules, and a range of tips and hints, this book will teach you manners fit for a king.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
  • Cabinet Magazine Issue 34 Testing Quarterly
    Cabinet Magazine Issue 34 Testing Quarterly
    ISBN: 9784447555897
    Title: Cabinet Magazine Issue 34 Testing Quarterly

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Cabinet Magazine Issue 35 Dust Quarterly
    Cabinet Magazine Issue 35 Dust Quarterly
    ISBN: 9785557777773
    Title: Cabinet Magazine Issue 35 Dust Quarterly

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition
    Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition
    ISBN: 9780226287058
    Title: Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition
    Author: 17TH EDITION

    Technologies may change, but the need for clear and accurate communication never goes out of style. That is why for more than one hundred years The Chicago Manual of Style has remained the definitive guide for anyone who works with words.

    In the seven years since the previous edition debuted, we have seen an extraordinary evolution in the way we create and share knowledge. This seventeenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style has been prepared with an eye toward how we find, create, and cite information that readers are as likely to access from their pockets as from a bookshelf. It offers updated guidelines on electronic workflows and publication formats, tools for PDF annotation and citation management, web accessibility standards, and effective use of metadata, abstracts, and keywords. It recognizes the needs of those who are self-publishing or following open access or Creative Commons publishing models. The citation chapters reflect the ever-expanding universe of electronic sources--including social media posts and comments, private messages, and app content--and also offer updated guidelines on such issues as DOIs, time stamps, and e-book locators.

    Other improvements are independent of technological change. The chapter on grammar and usage includes an expanded glossary of problematic words and phrases and a new section on syntax as well as updated guidance on gender-neutral pronouns and bias-free language. Key sections on punctuation and basic citation style have been reorganized and clarified. To facilitate navigation, headings and paragraph titles have been revised and clarified throughout. And the bibliography has been updated and expanded to include the latest and best resources available.

    This edition continues to reflect expert insights gathered from Chicago's own staff and from an advisory board of publishing experts from across the profession. It also includes suggestions inspired by emails, calls, and even tweets from readers. No matter how much the means of communication change, The Chicago Manual of Style remains the ultimate resource for those who care about getting the details right.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $131.00

  • Children's Literature: the New Critical Idiom
    Children's Literature: the New Critical Idiom
    ISBN: 9781138667952
    Title: Children's Literature: the New Critical Idiom
    Author: HINTZ CARRIE

    Children's Literature is an accessible introduction to this engaging field. Carrie Hintz offers a defining conceptual overview of children's literature that presents its competing histories, its cultural contexts, and the theoretical debates it has instigated.

    Positioned within the wider field of adult literary, film, and television culture, this book also covers:

    • Ideological and political movements
    • Children's literature in the age of globalization
    • Postcolonial literature, ecocriticism, and animal studies

    Each chapter includes a case study featuring well-known authors and titles, including Charlotte's Web, Edward Lear, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. With a comprehensive glossary and further reading, this book is invaluable reading for anyone studying Children's Literature.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling
    Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling
    ISBN: 9781786275738
    Title: Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling

    Children's picturebooks are the very first books we encounter and play a major role in introducing us to both art and language. But what does it take to create a successful picturebook for children? This revised edition of a bestselling title carries invaluable insight into a highly productive, dynamic sector of the publishing world. Featuring interviews with leading illustrators and publishers from across the world, it remains essential reading for students and aspiring children's book illustrators and writers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $65.00
  • Confessions of a Bookseller
    Confessions of a Bookseller
    ISBN: 9781788162302
    Title: Confessions of a Bookseller

    "Do you have a list of your books, or do I just have to stare at them?"Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms. Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don't understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.The Diary of a Bookseller (soon to be a major TV series) introduced us to the joys and frustrations of life lived in books. Sardonic and sympathetic in equal measure, Confessions of a Bookseller will reunite readers with the characters they've come to know and love.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Consider This
    Consider This
    ISBN: 9781472155511
    Title: Consider This

    Renowned, bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk takes us behind the scenes of the writing life, with postcards from decades on the road and incredible examination of the power of fiction and the art of storytelling.

    In this spellbinding blend of memoir and insight, bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk shares stories and generous advice on what makes writing powerful and what makes for powerful writing.

    With advice grounded in years of careful study and a keenly observed life, Palahniuk combines practical advice and concrete examples from beloved classics, his own books, and a "kitchen-table MFA" culled from an evolving circle of beloved authors and artists, with anecdotes, postcards from the road, and much more.

    Clear-eyed, sensitive, illuminating, and knowledgeable, Consider This is Palahniuk's love letter to stories and storytellers, booksellers and books themselves. Consider it a classic in the making.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Conversations With Ian Mcewan
    Conversations With Ian Mcewan
    ISBN: 9781604734201
    Title: Conversations With Ian Mcewan

    Conversations with Ian McEwancollects sixteen interviews, conducted over three decades, with the British author of such highly praised novels asEnduring Love,Atonement,Saturday, andOn Chesil Beach. McEwan (b. 1948) discusses his views on authorship, the writing process, and major themes found in his fiction, but he also expands upon his interests in music, film, global politics, the sciences, and the state of literature in contemporary society.McEwan's candid and forthcoming discussions with notable contemporary writers---Martin Amis, Zadie Smith, Ian Hamilton, David Remnick, and Stephen Pinker---provide readers with the most in-depth portrait available of the author and his works.Readers will find McEwan to be just as engaging, humorous, and intelligent as his writings suggest. The volume includes interviews from British, Spanish, French, and American sources, two interviews previously available only in audio format, and a new interview conducted with the book's editor.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $44.00
  • Copy Book D & Ad
    Copy Book D & Ad
    ISBN: 9783836528320
    Title: Copy Book D & Ad
    Author: D & AD

    The superstars and leading professionals in the business of writing ads In 1995, the D&AD published a book on the art of writing for advertising. Though now outdated, the best-selling book remains an important reference work today-a bible for creative directors. D&AD and TASCHEN have joined forces to bring you an updated and redesigned edition of the publication, including works from the last 15 years. Regarded as the most challenging field in advertising, copywriting is usually left to the most talented professionals-often agency leaders or owners themselves. The book features a work selection and essays by 48 leading professionals in the world, including copywriting superstars such as David Abbott, Lionel Hunt, Steve Hayden, Dan Wieden, Neil French, Mike Lescarbeau, Adrian Holmes, and Barbara Nokes. Looking for the clues to well-written, effective, and compelling stories that make great advertising? Look no further.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $120.00
  • Curious World of Dickens
    Curious World of Dickens
    ISBN: 9781851243846
    Title: Curious World of Dickens

    Published to mark the 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth, this book celebrates the greatest of English novelists by illustrating some of his abiding preoccupations. Prompted by quotations from the novels and other writings, each themed chapter explores contemporary images relating to salient topics of the Victorian age such as the public entertainments of London and the domestic pastimes of its inhabitants; the coming of the railways (which were to transform Victorian England in fiction and in fact); school life for children, and conditions in the workhouses and prisons which loom so large in many of the novels and which blighted Dickens's own childhood. Dickens was an incorrigible showman, and this book also explores his role as actor-manager of theatrical productions, as originator of the myriad stage adaptations of his books, and as supreme interpreter of them himself in the public readings which came to dominate his later years. Reproducing key extracts from the novels alongside a selection of the original covers as they appeared weekly and monthly in the bookshops, their crucial illustrations and all the paraphernalia of nineteenth-century advertising, is a unique approach which breathes life into the vibrant world of Dickens and his characters.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $52.00
  • Devil's Dictionary
    Devil's Dictionary
    ISBN: 9781851245079
    Title: Devil's Dictionary

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce The Devil's Dictionary is a satirical dictionary written by American journalist and author Ambrose Bierce. Originally published in 1906 as The Cynic's Word Book, it features Bierce's witty and often ironic spin on many common English words. Retitled in 1911, it has been followed by numerous "unabridged" versions compiled after Bierce's death, which include definitions absent from earlier editions.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $36.00
  • Diary of a Bookseller
    Diary of a Bookseller
    ISBN: 9781781258637
    Title: Diary of a Bookseller

    Hilarious, wry, and charming, Shaun Bythell's stories from his second-hand bookshop in remotest Scotland are sure to delight readers of all stripes.The Diary of a Bookseller is the funny and fascinating memoir of Shaun Bythell's experiences at the helm of The Bookshop, Scotland's largest second hand bookstore-and the delightfully unusual staff members, eccentric customers, and surreal buying trips to crumbling estates and auction houses that make up his life there.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters
    Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters
    ISBN: 9780349142913
    Title: Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters
    Author: EVANS HAROLD

    *New York Times Bestseller *
    One of NPR's Best Books of 2017
    A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time.

    Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. He's even been knighted for his services to journalism. In DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well.

    The right words are oxygen to our ideas, but the digital era, with all of its TTYL, LMK, and WTF, has been cutting off that oxygen flow. The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture, and in writing of every kind we see a trend towards more--more speed and more information but far less clarity.

    Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age. DO I MAKE MYSELF CLEAR? is an essential text, and one that will provide every writer an editor at his shoulder.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00

  • Don't Hide the Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg
    Don't Hide the Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg
    ISBN: 9781941110706
    Title: Don't Hide the Madness: William S. Burroughs in Conversation with Allen Ginsberg

    Two seminal figures of the Beat movement, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, discuss literary influences and personal history in a never-before-published three-day conversation following the release of the David Cronenberg film of Burroughs' classic novel Naked Lunch. The visit coincided with the shamanic exorcism of the demon that Burroughs believed had caused him to fatally shoot his common law wife, Joan Vollmer Burroughs, in 1951--the event that Burroughs believed had driven his work as a writer. The conversation is interspersed with photographs by Ginsberg revealing Burroughs's daily activities from his painting studio to the shooting range. DON'T HIDE THE MADNESS presents an important, hitherto unpublished primary document of the Beat Generation.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity & Style
    Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity & Style
    ISBN: 9781529124279
    Title: Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity & Style

    ''An utterly delightful book to read, Dreyer''s English will stand among the classics on how to use the English language properly.'' ELIZABETH STROUT

    ''A complete joy. For those who care about words - and for those who don''t - Dreyer''s English is the book we have all been waiting for. Wise, funny, no-nonsense, stylish and brilliantly practical. Ditch the beach books this year; take this instead.'' RACHEL JOYCE

    An indispensable, New York Times-bestselling guide to the craft of writing from Random House''s long-time copy chief and one of Twitter''s leading language gurus.

    We all write, all the time: books, blogs, tweets, emails, emails, emails - and we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help.

    As Random House''s copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike - not to mention his followers on social media - for playfully, brilliantly deconstructing the English language. Dreyer''s English is the distillation of everything he has learned from copyediting thousands of books, the perfect guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.

    Both authoritative and amusing, Dreyer''s English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en-dash; the rules and non-rules of grammar, including why it''s OK to begin a sentence with ''And'' or ''But'' and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it''s best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including ''very'', ''rather'', ''of course'', and the dreaded ''actually''.

    And yes: ''Only godless savages eschew the Oxford comma.''

    Stuffed with advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people''s prose, and - perhaps best of all - an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.

    This book is written in British English.
    ''A fascinating guide to grammatical "rights" and "wrongs" - practical and useful'' SUNDAY TIMES

    ''Benjamin Dreyer''s brilliant, pithy, incandescently intelligent book is to contemporary writing what Geoffrey Chaucer''s poetry was to medieval English: a gift that broadens and deepens the art and the science of literature by illustrating that convention should not stand in the way of creativity, so long as that creativity is expressed with clarity and with conviction.'' JON MEACHAM

    ''Meet the guardian of grammar who wants to help you be a better writer. Benjamin Dreyer sees language the way an epicure sees food. And he finds sloppiness everywhere he looks.'' THE NEW YORK TIMES

    ''A fascinating guide to grammatical ''rights'' and ''wrongs'' - practical and useful'' SEBASTIAN FAULKS, SUNDAY TIMES

    ''If learning about the pillars of punctuation and grammar doesn''t excite you, let Benjamin Dreyer change your mind ... he analyzes the English language without dipping into the drab technicalities, crafting a pleasing read for anyone who has an appreciation for the written word.'' TIME MAGAZINE, BEST 10 NON-FICTION BOOKS OF 2019

    ''Witty and piquant [...] full of jokes - and equally full of deliciously deprecating footnotes.'' JEWISH CHRONICLE

    ''Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of Dreyer''s English.'' WALL STREET JOURNAL

    ''Destined to become a classic.'' THE MILLIONS

    ''A mind-blower--sure to jumpstart any writing project, just by exposing you, the writer, to Dreyer''s astonishing level of sentence-awareness.'' GEORGE SAUNDERS, author of Lincoln in the Bardo

    ''Pleasurable and instructive ... You can read Dreyer''s English right through with unalloyed enjoyment, and learn a lot from it: not only from its rulings but from its attitude ... Benjamin Dreyer is wise and bitterly experienced and fantastically good company. You should buy his book and read it.'' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

    ''Dreyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better: He''ll entertain you while he''s at it.'' NEWSDAY

    ''Boisterously well written ... I recommend it highly.'' INDEPENDENT

    ''It is Benjamin Dreyer''s intense love for the English language and his passion for the subject that make the experience of reading Dreyer''s English such a pleasure, almost regardless of the invaluable and practical purpose his book serves in such dark and confusing times for grammar and meaning.'' AYELET WALDMAN & MICHAEL CHABON

    ''An informative and entertaining handbook on how to write clearer English. It''s pithy, witty and a near perfect example of the kind of writing it advocates'' STING

    ''Dreyer promises to reveal "some of the fancy little tricks I''ve come across or devised that can make even skilled writing better", and does so with accuracy, style, and humour'' GUARDIAN

    ''This work is that rare writing handbook that writers might actually want to read straight through, rather than simply consult.'' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Elements of Eloquence: an Entirely Successful Attempt to Write Three Perfect Sentences
    Elements of Eloquence: an Entirely Successful Attempt to Write Three Perfect Sentences
    ISBN: 9781848316218
    Title: Elements of Eloquence: an Entirely Successful Attempt to Write Three Perfect Sentences
    Author: FORSYTH MARK

    Whether you want to achieve literary immortality or just persuade people of the genius of your thoughts, says Mark Forsyth, author of the bestselling The Etymologicon, you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.And to say it well you just need to know the tricks of the trade, the simple formulas that have been in use from The Bible to The Beatles, from proverbs to number one singles. These are the timeless techniques of classical rhetoric that worked just as well for Tennyson as they do for Tarantino.Join Mark as he explains, in his inimitably lucid and entertaining way, why you remember lines like 'Bond. James Bond' and 'To be or not to be', how Katy Perry adapted Charles Dickens, and the intriguing complexity of Dirty Harry's rhetorical questions.In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
  • Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
    Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
    ISBN: 9781785781728
    Title: Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
    Author: FORSYTH MARK


    Mark Forsyth presents the secret of writing unforgettable phrases, uncovering the techniques that have made immortal such lines as ‘To be or not to be' and ‘Bond. James Bond.'&

    In his inimitably entertaining and witty style, he takes apart famous quotations and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde or John Lennon.&

    Crammed with tricks to make the most humdrum sentiments seem poetic or wise, The Elements of Eloquencereveals how writers through the ages have turned humble words into literary gold – and how you can do the same.&

    ‘An informative but highly entertaining journey through the figures of rhetoric … Mark Forsyth wears his considerable knowledge lightly. He also writes beautifully.' David Marsh, Guardian

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Elements of Style: Illustrated
    Elements of Style: Illustrated
    ISBN: 9780143112723
    Title: Elements of Style: Illustrated

    The only style manual ever to appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principles of plain English. The book’s mantra—make every word tell—is still on point. Whether seventeen or seventy, this much-loved classic, now in its fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint on how to make a turn of phrase clearer, or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. Kalman’s exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colorful and clear. The Elements of Style Illustratedwill come to be known as the definitive, must-have edition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
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