• 100 Children's Books: That Inspire Our World
    100 Children's Books: That Inspire Our World
    ISBN: 9781911641087
    Title: 100 Children's Books: That Inspire Our World
    Author: SALTER COLIN

    In 100 Children's Books That Inspired Our World, author Colin Salter brings together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking children's books - from Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer to the graphic novels of Dr. Seuss. All the classic children's authors are represented with one stand-out book, plus mentions for their best-known works. Entries include: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Charlotte's Web, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Matilda, Watership Down, Tales of Hans Christian Anderson, Grimms Fairy Tales, Peter Pan, A Bear Called Paddington, The Snowman, The Secret Garden, How to Train Your Dragon, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, James and the Giant Peach, The Gruffalo, Mr Men, Coraline, Herge's Adventures of TinTin, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Finn Family Moomintroll, Swiss Family Robinson, Heidi, The Hobbit, The Red Balloon, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, His Dark Materials, The Railway Children, Noddy, The House at Pooh Corner, The Sheep Pig, Stig of the Dump, Fungus the Bogeyman, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Secret Seven, Famous Five, Black Beauty, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Artemis Fowl and many more who lived happily ever after.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • Alice: Curioser & Curioser
    Alice: Curioser & Curioser
    ISBN: 9781838510046
    Title: Alice: Curioser & Curioser
    Author: BAILEY KATE (ED)

    Explore the phenomenon of Alice in Wonderland, which has captivated readers from Walt Disney to Annie Leibovitz for over 150 years
    Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is a cultural phenomenon. First published in 1865, it has never been out of print and has been translated into 170 languages. But why does it have such enduring and universal appeal for both adults and children?

    This book explores the global impact of Alice in Wonderland across art, design and performance from the nineteenth century to today. It shows how Alice has been re-imagined and reinterpreted by each new generation: from the original illustrations by John Tenniel to artwork by Peter Blake and Salvador Dali, and from the 1951 Disney movie to Tim Burton's latest interpretation.

    This beautiful, playful publication also includes specially commissioned interactive illustrations by award-winning artist Kristjana S. Williams, as well as quotes from an array of cultural creators from Stephen Fry to Tim Walker, Ralph Steadman to Little Simz about the profound influence of Alice on their work.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $85.00

  • 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
  • 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: $36.00
  • 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
  • Book Collectors of Daraya
    Book Collectors of Daraya
    ISBN: 9781529012323
    Title: Book Collectors of Daraya

    'There is no jail that can imprison the free word, nor is there a siege tight enough that can prevent the spread of information.' MAZEN DARWISH, Syrian human rights activist, in a speech given on April 23, 2016, following his release from jail in 2015.In 2012 the rebel suburb of Daraya in Damascus was brutally besieged by Syrian government forces. Four years of suffering ensued, punctuated by shelling, barrel bombs and chemical gas attacks. People's homes were destroyed and their food supplies cut off; disease was rife. Yet in this man-made hell, forty young Syrian revolutionaries embarked on an extraordinary project, rescuing all the books they could find in the bombed-out ruins of their home town. They used them to create a secret library, in a safe place, deep underground. It became their school, their university, their refuge. It was a place to learn, to exchange ideas, to dream and to hope. Based on lengthy interviews with these young men, conducted over Skype by the award-winning French journalist, Delphine Minoui, The Book Collectors is a powerful testament to freedom, tolerance and the power of literature.'This is an urgent and compelling account of great bravery and passion. Delphine Minoui has crafted a book that champions books and the individuals who risk everything to preserve them.' Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Book Lover's Quiz Book
    Book Lover's Quiz Book
    ISBN: 9781472145291
    Title: Book Lover's Quiz Book

    'Brilliantly inventive and entertaining questions from the bookworm's bookworm'
    Mark Mason, author of Walk the Lines, Question Time and many more

    'A book quiz quiz book what more could lovers of books, quizzes and quizzes about books desire? And marvellous it is too, Wiggleworth proving himself quite the literary Magnus Magnussen of our social media age'
    TRAVIS ELBOROUGH traviselborough.co.uk

    'This is the ultimate literary quiz book and Gary Wigglesworth is the quizmaster to end all quizmasters'
    DAVID QUANTICK davidquantick.com

    This is a literary quiz book with a difference. Rather than basic sets of questions, The Book Lover's Quiz Book mirrors the format of Gary's live quizzes, at the Betsey Trotwood in London and elsewhere. So, there are lots of multiple-choice questions, some amusing answers, clever red herrings, little-known facts about authors and some of the much-loved Say What You See picture round.

    Also, there are fixed and variable rounds - fixed ones include 'Blankety Books' (one word missing from the title - always with a theme), 'Literary Links and lists' (what connects/next in the list etc.) and '2 of a Kind' (name the character and the author that share the same initials). The changeable rounds keep the quizzes fresh and include 'What the Dickens?' (real or made-up Dickens names), 'RomeNo or JuliYess' (real or made-up Shakespearian insults) and 'Book Bingo!' (identify the correct number). There are also more standard rounds such as 'First Lines', 'Working Titles' and 'Banned Books'.

    The aim of all Gary's quizzes, and this book, is that people should have fun and be able to guess (if they don't know) as much as possible.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • 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: $165.00

  • 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
  • Clear & Concise: Become a Better Business Writer
    Clear & Concise: Become a Better Business Writer
    ISBN: 9781863957113
    Title: Clear & Concise: Become a Better Business Writer

    How well do you write? Good communication is a skill required by all professionals. Whether you're preparing reports, conducting reviews or simply writing emails, expressing your ideas clearly and persuasively is fundamental to your success in the workplace. Susan McKerihan has spent over twenty years assisting corporate clients to perfect their written communications. In Clear & Concise she shares her secrets, using real - world examples to show how to avoid common writing traps, such as wordiness, ambiguity and repetition. By eliminating these habitual errors from your work and by using a logical top - down structure, you can improve the readability of your writing. And when your words are lucid and focused, your thinking becomes sharper, and you become more impressive and more productive. Clear & Concise is the only writing guide you will ever need.

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Edmund de Waal Library of Exile
    Edmund de Waal Library of Exile
    ISBN: 9780714123479
    Title: Edmund de Waal Library of Exile
    Author: DE WAAL EDMUND

    Published to mark the display of library of exile at the British Museum, this beautifully produced new book reflects on the themes raised by de Waal's thought-provoking work of art. A preface by Booker Prize-nominated author Elif Shafak reflects on the importance of literature and its capacity to transcend language and borders. The introduction from Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum, positions the artwork within the wider context of the Museum's collection, highlighting the dialogue between objects from across time and throughout history and the contemporary. Finally, de Waal concentrates on the work itself, its journey to the British Museum via Venice and Dresden, and its future role in the foundation of the New University Library in Mosul.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $22.00
  • 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
  • Enchanted Hour The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction
    Enchanted Hour The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction
    ISBN: 9780349422961
    Title: Enchanted Hour The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

    "Parents and grandparents shouldn't miss The Enchanted Hour."
    -- James Patterson, international bestselling author

    A Wall Street Journal writer's conversation-changing look at how reading aloud makes adults and children smarter, happier, healthier, more successful and more closely attached, even as technology pulls in the other direction.

    A miraculous alchemy occurs when one person reads to another, transforming the simple stuff of a book, a voice, and a bit of time into complex and powerful fuel for the heart, brain, and imagination. Grounded in the latest neuroscience and behavioral research, and drawing widely from literature, The Enchanted Hour explains the dazzling cognitive and social-emotional benefits that await children, whatever their class, nationality or family background. But it's not just about bedtime stories for little kids: Reading aloud consoles, uplifts and invigorates at every age, deepening the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of teenagers and adults, too.

    Meghan Cox Gurdon argues that this ancient practice is a fast-working antidote to the fractured attention spans, atomized families and unfulfilling ephemera of the tech era, helping to replenish what our devices are leaching away. For everyone, reading aloud engages the mind in complex narratives; for children, it's an irreplaceable gift that builds vocabulary, fosters imagination, and kindles a lifelong appreciation of language, stories and pictures.

    Bringing together the latest scientific research, practical tips, and reading recommendations, The Enchanted Hour will both charm and galvanize, inspiring readers to share this invaluable, life-altering tradition with the people they love most.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Etymologicon: a Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    Etymologicon: a Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    ISBN: 9781785781704
    Title: Etymologicon: a Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    Author: FORSYTH MARK


    ‘Witty and erudite ... stuffed with the kind of arcane information that nobody strictly needs to know, but which is a pleasure to learn nonetheless.' Nick Duerden, Independent

    ‘Particularly good ... Forsyth takes words and draws us into their, and our, murky history' William Leith, Evening Standard

    The Etymologiconis an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language.

    What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?

    Mark Forsyth's riotous celebration of the idiosyncratic and sometimes absurd connections between words isa classic of its kind: a mine of fascinating information and a must-read for word-lovers everywhere.

    ‘Highly recommended.' Spectator

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • 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: $46.00
  • 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, and Other Literary Friends
    Fabulous Monsters Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends
    ISBN: 9780300255355
    Title: Fabulous Monsters Dracula, Alice, Superman, and 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: $35.00
  • 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

  • Grammar Guide A Complete Self-Study Programme
    Grammar Guide A Complete Self-Study Programme
    ISBN: 9780241242360
    Title: Grammar Guide A Complete Self-Study Programme

    English for Everyone is an exciting and comprehensive self-study course for adults learning English as a foreign language. This course is a unique new series with a visual, engaging, and easy to follow style to make the English language easy to learn.
    The English for Everyone Grammar Guide is a detailed visual reference that makes even the trickiest points of English grammar clear and simple, with beautiful illustrations and clear, step-by-step graphics. This English grammar guide covers all aspects of grammar including tenses, verbs, clauses, superlatives and adverbs. Learn English grammar with detailed information on easily confused phrases, conversation starters, and question words.
    The English for Everyone Grammar Guide is part of the English for Everyone series. Perfect for personal study or to support exams including TOEFL and IELTS, English for Everyone is suitable for all levels of English language learners.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • 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
  • Hero: The Enduring Myth that Makes Us Human
    Hero: The Enduring Myth that Makes Us Human
    ISBN: 9780008355784
    Title: Hero: The Enduring Myth that Makes Us Human
    Author: CHILD LEE


    What makes a hero? Who better to answer that question than Lee Child...

    'It's Lee Child. Why would you not read it?' Karin Slaughter

    'I don't know another author so skilled at making me turn the page' The Times

    In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world - arguing that we need them now more than ever.

    From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?

    Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we'll always need heroes.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
  • History of Reading
    History of Reading
    ISBN: 9780143126713
    Title: History of Reading

    At one magical instant in your early childhood, the& page of a book-that string of confused, alien ciphers-shivered into meaning, and at that moment,& whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a& reader. Noted essayist and editor Alberto Manguel& moves from this essential moment to explore the& six-thousand-year-old conversation between words& and that hero without whom the book would be a& lifeless object: the reader. Manguel brilliantly covers& reading as seduction, as rebellion, and as obsession& and goes on to trace the quirky and fascinating& history of the reader's progress from clay tablet to& scroll, codex to CD-ROM.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $57.00
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