• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing & Life
    Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing & Life
    ISBN: 9781786898555
    Title: Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing & Life
    Author: LAMOTT ANNE

    Bird by Bird is the bible of writing guides - a wry, honest, down-to-earth book that has never stopped selling since it was first published in the United States in the 1990s. Bestselling novelist and memoirist Anne Lamott distils what she's learned over years of trial and error. Beautifully written, wise and immensely helpful, this is the book for all serious writers and writers-to-be.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Bookish Broads Women Who Wrote Themselves into History
    Bookish Broads Women Who Wrote Themselves into History
    ISBN: 9781419746239
    Title: Bookish Broads Women Who Wrote Themselves into History

    A boldly illustrated celebration of literary history's most revolutionary, talented women writers

    Women have written some of our most extraordinary literary works while living in societies and cultures that tried to silence them. These women dared to put pen to paper to express the multifaceted female experience. In Bookish Broads, Lauren Marino celebrates fierce, trailblazing female writers, reworking the literary canon that has long failed to recognize the immense contributions of women. Featuring more than 50 brilliant bookish broads, Marino cleverly illuminates the lives of the greats as well as the literary talents history has wrongfully overlooked. Each intimate portrait delves into one woman's works and is accompanied by vibrant illustrations depicting each literary legend in her element and time.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00

  • 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
  • Bookseller's Tale
    Bookseller's Tale
    ISBN: 9780241408810
    Title: Bookseller's Tale

    'The Bookseller's Tale is a joy. I read the first chapters in a single binge-read, and each chapter instantly became my favourite ... I loved this gnarly old bookshop in nifty book form' David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas

    'Entertaining, erudite, eccentric - a delight' Alison Light, author of Common People

    'The right book has a neverendingness, and so does the right bookshop.'

    This is the story of our love affair with books, whether we arrange them on our shelves, inhale their smell, scrawl in their margins or just curl up with them in bed. Taking us on a journey through comfort reads, street book stalls, mythical libraries, itinerant pedlars, radical pamphleteers, extraordinary bookshop customers and fanatical collectors, Canterbury bookseller Martin Latham uncovers the curious history of our book obsession - and his own.

    Part cultural history, part literary love letter and part reluctant memoir, this is the tale of one bookseller and many, many books.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • 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
  • Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Literary Guide to Peace in the Present
    Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Literary Guide to Peace in the Present
    ISBN: 9781788162999
    Title: Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Literary Guide to Peace in the Present
    Author: JACOBS ALAN

    The past isn't cancelled: it's not even past. How to cherish authors from Aristotle to Edith Wharton without succumbing to their most regrettable parts.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
  • Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack
    Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack
    ISBN: 9781529378764
    Title: Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack

    Opening with the notorious bonfires of 'un-German' and Jewish literature in 1933 that offered such a clear signal of Nazi intentions, Burning the Books takes us on a 3000-year journey through the destruction of knowledge and the fight against all the odds to preserve it.

    Richard Ovenden, director of the world-famous Bodleian Library, explains how attacks on libraries and archives have been a feature of history since ancient times but have increased in frequency and intensity during the modern era. Libraries are far more than stores of literature, through preserving the legal documents such as Magna Carta and records of citizenship, they also support the rule of law and the rights of citizens. Today, the knowledge they hold on behalf of society is under attack as never before. In this fascinating book, he explores everything from what really happened to the Great Library of Alexandria to the Windrush papers, from Donald Trump's deleting embarrassing tweets to John Murray's burning of Byron's memoirs in the name of censorship.

    At once a powerful history of civilisation and a manifesto for the vital importance of physical libraries in our increasingly digital age, Burning the Books is also a very human story animated by an unlikely cast of adventurers, self-taught archaeologists, poets, freedom-fighters -- and, of course, librarians and the heroic lengths they will go to preserve and rescue knowledge, ensuring that civilisation survives. From the rediscovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the desert, hidden from the Romans and lost for almost 2000 years to the medieval manuscript that inspired William Morris, the knowledge of the past still has so many valuable lessons to teach us and we ignore it at our peril.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • 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: $135.00

  • 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
  • Complete Flags of the World
    Complete Flags of the World
    ISBN: 9781409353713
    Title: Complete Flags of the World

    Explore the world, flag by flag

    From Antigua to New Zealand discover the flags of the world with this updated edition of Complete Flags of the World.

    Learn all about flags from around the world - from the meaning behind country flags, national flags, world flags, state flags and naval flags to the meanings of flag symbols. Spanning geography, communications, politics, sport, history, culture, design and art, this is the ultimate book of flags, covering over 400 flags and flag history, explaining the widespread use and significance of flags and flag design. Each national flag is covered: detailed notes and annotations will tell you all about its history, design development, the significance of colours, symbols, crests and coats of arms and any recent changes.

    Complete Flags of the World (previous ISBN 9781405333023) is the perfect guide to flags for the budding vexillophile.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Confessions of a Bookseller
    Confessions of a Bookseller
    ISBN: 9781788162319
    Title: Confessions of a Bookseller

    Tricky customers, rude staff and everyone's favourite misanthropic bookseller: it's the second volume of the Sunday Times bestselling bookshop diaries, now available in paperback.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Cult Writers: 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know
    Cult Writers: 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know
    ISBN: 9780711250642
    Title: Cult Writers: 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know

    What makes a cult writer?&

    Whether pioneering in their craft, fiercely and undeniably unique& or critically divisive, cult writers come in all shapes and guises. Some gain instant fame, others instant notoriety, and more still remain anonymous until a chance change in fashion sees their work propelled into the limelight.

    Cult Writers& introduces 50 novelists deserving of a cult status. The literary genres and subjects explored within these writers' pages are rich and diverse - acting as mirrors& of their genius minds. From Irvine Welsh's gritty Edinburgh streets, to Ken Kesey's drug-fuelled madness; from feminist trailblazer Sylvia Plath to the magical realism of Angela Carter - discover& little knowns with small, devout followings and superstars& gracing the covers of magazines. Each writer is& special in their individuality and their ability to inspire, antagonise and delight.&

    Following Cult Artists, Cult Filmmakers and Cult Musicians& -& Cult Writers is an essential addition to any book lover's& library, as well as an entertaining introduction& to our& weird and wonderful world of literature.

    The writers:&
    Kathy Acker, James Baldwin, J.G. Ballard, Mikhail Bulgakov, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Octavia E. Butler, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Angela Carter, Colette, Maryse Conde, Julio Cortazar, Philip K. Dick, Douglas Coupland, Marguerite Duras, Ralph Ellison, Elena Ferrante, Janet Frame, Jean Genet, Joseph Heller, Michel Houellebecq, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Ken Kesey, Chris Kraus, Milan Kundera, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, Cormac McCarthy, Carson McCullers, Yukio Mishima, Haruki Murakami, Anais Nin, Sylvia Plath, Thomas Pynchon, Raymond Queneau, Ayn Rand, Pauline Reage, Jean Rhys, Juan Rulfo, Francoise Sagan, J.D. Salinger, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Donna Tartt, Jim Thompson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Virginia Woolf, Irvine Welsh.&

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
  • Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time
    Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time
    ISBN: 9780330481755
    Title: Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the Margin of My Time
    Author: JAMES CLIVE

    âe~One stupendous starburst of wild brillianceâe(tm) SIMON SCHAMA âe~Aphoristic and acutely provocative: a crash course in civilizationâe(tm) J. M. COETZEE Organized from A through Z, and containing over 100 essays, Cultural Amnesia is the ultimate guide to the twentieth century. âe~This is a beautiful book. James proves himself not only to be in possession of a towering intellect, but a singular ability to communicate his passionsâe(tm) Observer âe~Witty, insightful and unashamedly erudite, the book is a superb miscellany of 20th-century cultural and political subjectsâe(tm) The Sunday Times âe~Over the past forty years James has been scribbling notes in the margins of the books he has read . . . and this is the result. Clever, contentious and funnyâe(tm) Guardian âe~An eclectic journey through the 20th century, as Clive James explores the careers of luminaries such as Charles de Gaulle and Charlie Chaplinâe(tm) Daily Express

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Daemon Voices on Stories & Storytelling
    Daemon Voices on Stories & Storytelling
    ISBN: 9781910989548
    Title: Daemon Voices on Stories & Storytelling

    Inspired meditations on storytelling from one of the worlds finest, most accomplished and adored writers. Pullman is a master of fiction and shares his thoughts on the origin of his own stories, the craft of writing and the storytellers who have meant the most to him. The art of storytelling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humour and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and storytelling. Essential reading for anybody with a hunger and a heart for truly great stories.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.00
  • Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books
    Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books
    ISBN: 9781509891542
    Title: Dear Reader: The Comfort and Joy of Books

    'Dear Reader is a love letter to stories and reading from one of our very best memoirists . . . a book to cherish' - Nina Stibbe, author of Love, Nina

    For as long as she can remember, Cathy Rentzenbrink has lost and found herself in stories. Growing up she was rarely seen without her nose in a book and read in secret long after lights out. When tragedy struck, books kept her afloat. Eventually they lit the way to a new path, first as a bookseller and then as a writer. No matter what the future holds, reading will always help.

    Dear Reader is a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how books can change the course of your life, packed with recommendations from one reader to another.

    From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Act of Love.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings & Broken Hearts
    Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings & Broken Hearts
    ISBN: 9781472958211
    Title: Death by Shakespeare: Snakebites, Stabbings & Broken Hearts

    An in-depth look at the science behind the creative methods Shakespeare used to kill off his characters.

    In Death By Shakespeare, Kathryn Harkup, best-selling author of A is for Arsenic and expert on the more gruesome side of science, turns her expertise to William Shakespeare and the creative methods he used to kill off his characters. Is death by snakebite really as serene as Cleopatra made it seem? How did Juliet appear dead for 72 hours only to be revived in perfect health? Can you really kill someone by pouring poison in their ear? How long would it take before Lady Macbeth died from lack of sleep? Harkup investigates what actual events may have inspired Shakespeare, what the accepted scientific knowledge of the time was, and how Elizabethan audiences would have responded to these death scenes. Death by Shakespeare reveals this and more in a rollercoaster of Elizabethan carnage, poison, swordplay and bloodshed, with an occasional death by bear-mauling for good measure.
    In the Bard's day death was a part of everyday life. Plague, pestilence and public executions were a common occurrence, and the chances of seeing a dead or dying body on the way home from the theater was a fairly likely scenario. Death is one of the major themes that reoccurs constantly throughout Shakespeare's canon, and he certainly didn't shy away from portraying the bloody reality of death on the stage. He didn't have to invent gruesome or novel ways to kill off his characters when everyday experience provided plenty of inspiration.

    Shakespeare's era was also a time of huge scientific advance. The human body, its construction and how it was affected by disease came under scrutiny, overturning more than a thousand years of received Greek wisdom, and Shakespeare himself hinted at these new scientific discoveries and medical advances in his writing, such as circulation of the blood and treatments for syphilis.

    Shakespeare found dozens of different ways to kill off his characters, and audiences today still enjoy the same reactions--shock, sadness, fear--that they did over 400 years ago when these plays were first performed. But how realistic are these deaths, and did Shakespeare have the science to back them up?

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • 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: $37.00
  • 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 You Read Me? Bookstores Around& the World
    Do You Read Me? Bookstores Around& the World
    ISBN: 9783899559941
    Title: Do You Read Me? Bookstores Around& the World

    Lose yourself in the pages of this showcase of some of the most beautiful, innovative, and successful bookshops around the world. Bookshops are powerful places with the -freedom to deep-dive into their niche, from -cooking to cartoons, architecture to anarchy. - Do you read me? reconsiders the bookshop as a cornerstone of the community, where subcultures have the physical space to thrive. Bookshops are universally recognized as marketplaces of knowledge, curiosity, inspiration, and entertainment. They also promote communication and tolerance across cultures and have become destinations for both local communities and travelers. Within a changing media environment their role has been shifting, leading their overseers to pursue different ways to engage with their customers and build local--and sometimes even regional--support for their businesses. Do you read me? seeks out the most innovative and beautiful bookshops achieving this, sharing their concepts and celebrating book culture in all its glorious forms.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $120.00
  • Dreyer's English: an Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity & Style
    Dreyer's English: an Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity & Style
    ISBN: 9781787464131
    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: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
  • 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
  • Ex Libris: 100 Books for Everyone's Bookshelf
    Ex Libris: 100 Books for Everyone's Bookshelf
    ISBN: 9780008421953
    Title: Ex Libris: 100 Books for Everyone's Bookshelf

    From 'the most powerful book critic in the English-speaking world' (Vanity Fair) comes an inspiring and beautifully illustrated selection of the life-changing books that none of us should miss

    'Why do we love books so much?'

    For legendary literary critic Michiko Kakutani, books have always been an escape and a sanctuary, the characters of some novels feeling so real to her childhood self that she worried they might leap out of the pages at night if she left the book cover open. In Ex Libris, she offers a personal selection of over 100 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with passionate essays on why each has had a profound effect on her life.

    From Homer's The Odyssey to The Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, Ex Libris covers a rich and vast range of classics, old and new, that will help build a well-rounded reader and citizen of the world. With gorgeous illustrations by lettering artist Dana Tanamachi that evoke vintage bookplates leafed between Kakutani's inspiring essays,& Ex Libris& points us to our next great read - and proves an unmissable reminder of why we fell in love with reading in the first place.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Exercise Book: Creative Writing Exercises from Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters
    Exercise Book: Creative Writing Exercises from Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters
    ISBN: 9780864736857
    Title: Exercise Book: Creative Writing Exercises from Victoria University's Institute of Modern Letters

    Exercise Book collects over fifty creative writing exercises used by Bill Manhire and his colleagues, not only at Victoria but throughout New Zealand and around the world. The celebrated writer/teachers who have contributed include Eleanor Catton, Curtis Sittenfeld, Emily Perkins, David Vann, Elizabeth and Sara Knox, Dora Malech and Kirsty Gunn. This book will be an indispensible resource for teachers and students, and excellent stimulation and entertainment for anyone wanting to give writing a go.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Fabulous Monsters Dracula, Alice, Superman, & Other Literary Friends
    Fabulous Monsters Dracula, Alice, Superman, & Other Literary Friends
    ISBN: 9780300255355
    Title: Fabulous Monsters Dracula, Alice, Superman, & Other Literary Friends

    "In art and words, a book lover honors the characters he can't forget."--New York Times Book Review

    An original look at how literary characters can transcend their books to guide our lives, by one of the world's most eminent bibliophiles

    Alberto Manguel, in a style both charming and erudite, examines how literary characters live with us from childhood on. Throughout the years, they change their identities and emerge from behind their stories to teach us about the complexities of love, loss, and the world itself. Manguel's favorite characters include Jim from Huckleberry Finn, Phoebe from The Catcher in the Rye, Job and Jonah from the Bible, Little Red Riding Hood and Captain Nemo, Hamlet's mother, and Dr. Frankenstein's maligned Monster. Sharing his unique powers as a reader, Manguel encourages us to establish our own literary relationships. An intimate preface and Manguel's own "doodles" complete this delightful and magical book.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $31.00
  • Faith of a Writer Life, Craft, Art
    Faith of a Writer Life, Craft, Art
    ISBN: 9780060565541
    Title: Faith of a Writer Life, Craft, Art

    A tribute to the brilliant craftsmanship of one of our most distinguished writers, providing valuable insight into her inspiration and her method

    Joyce Carol Oates is widely regarded as one of America's greatest contemporary literary figures. Having written in a number of genres -- prose, poetry, personal and critical essays, as well as plays -- she is an artist ideally suited to answer essential questions about what makes a story striking, a novel come alive, a writer an artist as well as a craftsman.

    In The Faith of a Writer, Oates discusses the subjects most important to the narrative craft, touching on topics such as inspiration, memory, self-criticism, and the unique power of the unconscious. On a more personal note, she speaks of childhood inspirations, offers advice to young writers, and discusses the wildly varying states of mind of a writer at work. Oates also pays homage to those she calls her significant predecessors and discusses the importance of reading in the life of a writer.

    Oates claims, Inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make 'art': for prose fiction is also a craft, and craft must be learned, whether by accident or design. In fourteen succinct chapters, The Faith of a Writer provides valuable lessons on how language, ideas, and experience are assembled to create art.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books
    Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books
    ISBN: 9780241354797
    Title: Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books

    What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about?
    How is Meg and Mog related to Polish embroidery?
    And why does death in picture books involve being eaten?

    Fierce Bad Rabbits explores the stories behind our favourite picture books, weaving in tales of Clare Pollard's childhood reading and her re-discovery of the classic tales as a parent. Because the best picture books are far more complex than they seem - and darker too. Monsters can gobble up children and go unnoticed, power is not always used wisely, and the wild things are closer than you think.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Fucking Apostrophes
    Fucking Apostrophes
    ISBN: 9781785781414
    Title: Fucking Apostrophes

    A hilarious, furious and profoundly useful short guide to the most maddening punctuation in English

    Apostrophes are an f'ing pain. The rules about how to use them are complicated, and have evolved haphazardly.

    Originally written as advice by a copywriter for designers -- wont to insert and remove apostrophes at will, for visual effect -- this is a lighthearted pocket-sized guide to getting the f'ing things right.

    Simon Griffin lets off steam so that we don't have to, showing precisely why "Rihanna and Jennifer's photos were all over the Internet" is quite different to "Rihanna's and Jennifer's photos" or what words apostrophes are replacing in sentences such as "He'd like you to buy him some cocaine," or "They've got it all on camera."

    Elegantly produced, this is the perfect gift for any pedant, as well as an indispensable guide in all our moments of grammar-related frustration.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $19.00

  • Great Diaries: The World's Greatest Diaries, Notebooks, & Letters Explored & Explained
    Great Diaries: The World's Greatest Diaries, Notebooks, & Letters Explored & Explained
    ISBN: 9780241412947
    Title: Great Diaries: The World's Greatest Diaries, Notebooks, & Letters Explored & Explained

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

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

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

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

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
  • Happy Reader #15
    Happy Reader #15
    ISBN: 9780241444528
    Title: Happy Reader #15

    For avid readers and the uninitiated alike, this is a chance to reengage with classic literature and to stay inspired and entertained.

    The concept of the magazine is simple: the first half is a long-form interview with a notable book fanatic and the second half explores one classic work of literature from an array of surprising and invigorating angles.

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $12.00
  • Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
    Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
    ISBN: 9780008192358
    Title: Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
    Author: CURRAN JOHN

    A lavish full-colour celebration of the 2000 books are more than 250 authors published by the iconic Crime Club between 1930 and 1994.

    The Hooded Gunman was the sinister figure who, having appeared in various guises on the covers of Collins' various series of Mystery and Detective books in the 1920s, finally gained recognition with the launch of Collins' Crime Club, becoming the definitive imprint stamp on more than 2,000 books published by that august imprint between 1930 and 1994. From Agatha Christie to Reginald Hill, the Hooded Gunman was a guarantee of a first-class crime novel for almost 65 years, and those books are now as sought after and collectable and almost any other book series, with many commanding high prices and almost impossible to find.

    In the year that Collins - the publisher founded by William Collins in Glasgow in 1819 - is enjoying its 200th birthday, this book celebrates probably its most famous publishing imprint. Written and researched by Agatha Christie writer, expert and archivist Dr John Curran, this sumptuous coffee table book looks back at the history of the Crime Club and its authors, showing the jackets of every book published by the imprint over seven decades, and the descriptive 'blurbs' of every book, running to more than 350,000 words.

    With facts, figures and tables, and rare archival photos, correspondence and marketing materials, it is the first time that anyone has attempted to chronicle the publishing of the Crime Club - the ultimate book for fans of crime fiction and also of twentieth century book jacket design.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $80.00
  • How Proust Can Change Your Life
    How Proust Can Change Your Life
    ISBN: 9781509870691
    Title: How Proust Can Change Your Life

    With an introduction by comedian and novelist David Baddiel A novel in seven volumes, Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time is considered a major literary work of the twentieth century. And even more crucially, one that you should have read by now. However, as one of its most distinguishing features is its staggering length, many of us feel intimidated and perhaps, even, fatigued at the thought of diving in. Alain de Botton's hilarious and unexpected Proustian manual, is then, the perfect antidote to this problem. In How Proust Can Change Your Life, de Botton masterfully distils what Proust says about friendship, reading, being alive and taking your time, and mixes it with his own, no less nourishing commentary. As de Botton rereads Proust for our collective benefit, we see the continued relevance of his work and the rich and varied insights he can offer us, from how to reinvigorate your relationship to being a good host. This is Proust as you've never seen him before. He may even change your life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • How to Enjoy Poetry
    How to Enjoy Poetry
    ISBN: 9781529412963
    Title: How to Enjoy Poetry

    'Someone recently said to me, in reference to my poetry podcast, that you'd think poetry would be more popular than ever, in the twenty-first century, because people don't have a lot of time and 'novels are often quite big while poems are often quite small'. I referred them to Doctor Who's Tardis.'

    Frank Skinner wants you to read more poetry. Wait, wait - don't stop reading. Whether you're a frequent poetry reader or haven't read any since sixth form, Frank's infectious passion for language, rhythm and metre will win you over and provide you with the basic tools you need to tackle any poem.

    In this short, easy-to-digest and delightful book, Frank guides us through the twists and turns of 'Pad, pad' by Stevie Smith, a short, seemingly simple poem that contains multitudes of meaning and a deceptive depth of emotion. Revel in the mastery of Stevie Smith's choice of words, consider the eternal mystery of the speaker of the poem and be moved by rhyming couplets like you never have before.

    Give it a go. You never know, you might even enjoy it.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $25.00
  • How to Raise a Reader
    How to Raise a Reader
    ISBN: 9781523505302
    Title: How to Raise a Reader
    Author: PAUL PAMELA

    An indispensable guide to welcoming children--from babies to teens--to a lifelong love of reading, written by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo, editors of The New York Times Book Review.

    Do you remember your first visit to where the wild things are? How about curling up for hours on end to discover the secret of the Sorcerer's Stone? Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows you how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading.

    Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it's how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader. A fifth section, "More Books to Love: By Theme and Reading Level," is chockful of expert recommendations. Throughout, the authors debunk common myths, assuage parental fears, and deliver invaluable lessons in a positive and easy-to-act-on way.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $42.00
  • How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, & Everything in Between
    How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, & Everything in Between
    ISBN: 9780062895813
    Title: How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor A Smart, Irreverent Guide to Biography, History, Journalism, Blogs, & Everything in Between

    The& New York Times& bestselling author of& How to Read Literature Like a Professor& uses the same skills to teach how to access accurate information in a rapidly changing 24/7 news cycle and become better readers, thinkers, and consumers of media.

    We live in an information age, but it is increasingly difficult to know which information to trust. Fake news is rampant in mass media, stoked by foreign powers wishing to disrupt a democratic society. We need to be more perceptive, more critical, and more judicious readers. The future of our republic may depend on it.&

    How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor& is more careful, more attentive, more aware reading. On bookstore shelves, one book looks as authoritative as the next. Online, posts and memes don't announce their relative veracity. It is up to readers to establish how accurate, how thorough, how fair material may be.&

    After laying out general principles of reading nonfiction,& How to Read Nonfiction Like a Professor& offers advice for specific reading strategies in various genres from histories and biographies to science and technology to social media. Throughout, the emphasis will be on understanding writers' biases, interrogating claims, analyzing arguments, remaining wary of broad assertions and easy answers, and thinking critically about the written and spoken materials readers encounter. We can become better citizens through better reading, and the time for that is now.

    Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
    How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
    ISBN: 9781591477433
    Title: How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
    Author: SILVIA PAUL J

    All students and professors need to write, and many struggle to finish their stalled dissertations, journal articles, book chapters, or grant proposals. Writing is hard work and can be difficult to wedge into a frenetic academic schedule. In this practical, light-hearted, and encouraging book, Paul Silvia explains that writing productively does not require innate skills or special traits but specific tactics and actions. Drawing examples from his own field of psychology, he shows readers how to overcome motivational roadblocks and become prolific without sacrificing evenings, weekends, and vacations. After describing strategies for writing productively, the author gives detailed advice from the trenches on how to write, submit, revise, and resubmit articles, how to improve writing quality, and how to write and publish academic work.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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