• 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
    $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
    Author: BOXALL PETER ED

    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
    $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
    Author: BERTHOUD ELLA

    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
    $33.00
  • Better Books / Better Bookz: Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-Culture & the New Avant-garde
    Better Books / Better Bookz: Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-Culture & the New Avant-garde
    ISBN: 9783960984580
    Title: Better Books / Better Bookz: Art, Anarchy, Apostasy, Counter-Culture & the New Avant-garde
    Author: HEIL AXEL, KESHVANI ROZEMIN & WEIBEL PETER

    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
    $85.00
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life
    Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life
    ISBN: 9780385480017
    Title: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life
    Author: LAMOTT ANNE

    Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Book Lover's Quiz Book
    Book Lover's Quiz Book
    ISBN: 9781472145291
    Title: Book Lover's Quiz Book
    Author: WIGGLESWORTH GARY


    '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
    $35.00
  • Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing
    Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing
    ISBN: 9781509546787
    Title: Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing
    Author: THOMPSON JOHN B.


    This book tells the story of the turbulent decades when the book publishing industry collided with the great technological revolution of our time. From the surge of ebooks to the self-publishing explosion and the growing popularity of audiobooks,& Book Wars& provides a comprehensive and fine-grained account of technological disruption in one of our most important and successful creative industries.


    Like other sectors, publishing has been thrown into disarray by the digital revolution. The foundation on which this industry had been based for 500 years - the packaging and sale of words and images in the form of printed books - was called into question by a technological revolution that enabled symbolic content to be stored, manipulated and transmitted quickly and cheaply. Publishers and retailers found themselves facing a proliferation of new players who were offering new products and services and challenging some of their most deeply held principles and beliefs. The old industry was suddenly thrust into the limelight as bitter conflicts erupted between publishers and new entrants, including powerful new tech giants who saw the world in very different ways. The book wars had begun.


    While ebooks were at the heart of many of these conflicts, Thompson argues that the most fundamental consequences lie elsewhere. The print-on-paper book has proven to be a remarkably resilient cultural form, but the digital revolution has transformed the industry in other ways, spawning new players which now wield unprecedented power and giving rise to an array of new publishing forms.& Most important of all, it has transformed the broader information and communication environment, creating new challenges and new opportunities for publishers as they seek to redefine their role in the digital age.


    This unrivalled account of the book publishing industry as it faces its greatest challenge since Gutenberg will be essential reading for anyone interested in books and their future.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $72.00
    $72.00
  • 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
    Author: MARINO LAUREN

    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

    $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
    Author: MCGIRR MICHAEL

    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
    $26.00
  • Bookseller's Tale
    Bookseller's Tale
    ISBN: 9780241408810
    Title: Bookseller's Tale
    Author: LATHAM MARTIN


    '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
    $40.00
  • Bookstores; A Celebration of Independent Booksellers
    Bookstores; A Celebration of Independent Booksellers
    ISBN: 9783791385815
    Title: Bookstores; A Celebration of Independent Booksellers
    Author: FRIEDRICHS HORST A.

    Explore the magic of independent bookstores in this beautiful photographic journey across the world.

    Bookstores are treasure troves of knowledge and ideas, invaluable for the imagination, and often reflect their owners' personalities in ways internet behemoths could never re-create. In this book, photographer Horst A. Friedrichs opens the door to the world of bricks-and-mortar bookstores, showcasing their variety, quirkiness, and vitality with lavish photography. It celebrates the passion and commitment of the owners with interviews and anecdotes. Explore William Stout Books, a specialty store for architecture and art books in San Francisco, and Baldwin's Book Barn in Pennsylvania, a 5-story bookstore housed in a dairy barn open since the mid-1940s. Discover Gay's the Word, the UK's first and only dedicated LGBTQI bookshop and Livraria Lello, whose Art Deco interior is a temple to reading in the middle of Porto, Portugal. Some of the featured bookstores specialize in a certain genre, some are massive with vaulted ceilings, some are tiny and filled to the brim with books, some are in historic buildings that evoke a different time and place, and some are brand new, hightech, architect-designed spaces. What all the bookstores have in common is that they are all dedicated to spreading the written word to their communities. This is an ideal book for anyone who loves to read, browse, or simply linger in the analog world of books and bookstores.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $100.00

    $100.00
  • B-Side Books Essays on Forgotten Favorites
    B-Side Books Essays on Forgotten Favorites
    ISBN: 9780231200578
    Title: B-Side Books Essays on Forgotten Favorites
    Author: PLOTZ JOHN (EDITOR)

    Enter the atlas of lost books. In B-Side Books, writers such as Stephanie Burt, Caleb Crain, Merve Emre, Ursula K. Le Guin, Stephen McCauley, and Namwali Serpell reveal what is great and lovely and instructive in books that might otherwise have eluded our grasp. Reading works by authors including Helen DeWitt, Shirley Jackson, Stanislaw Lem, Dambudzo Marechera, Paule Marshall, and Charles Portis, they tell the stories of the books that changed their lives-and could change yours. Book jacket.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • 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
    Author: OVENDEN RICHARD

    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
    $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

    $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
    Author: SALISBURY MARTIN AND STYLES MORAG

    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: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Complete Flags of the World
    Complete Flags of the World
    ISBN: 9781409353713
    Title: Complete Flags of the World
    Author: DORLING KINDERSLEY

    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
    $30.00
  • Confessions of a Bookseller
    Confessions of a Bookseller
    ISBN: 9781788162319
    Title: Confessions of a Bookseller
    Author: BYTHELL SHAUN

    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
    $25.00
  • Consider This
    Consider This
    ISBN: 9781472155535
    Title: Consider This
    Author: PALAHNIUK CHUCK


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

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

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

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



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • 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
    Author: SMITH IAN HAYDN

    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
    $28.00
  • Daemon Voices on Stories & Storytelling
    Daemon Voices on Stories & Storytelling
    ISBN: 9781910989548
    Title: Daemon Voices on Stories & Storytelling
    Author: PULLMAN PHILIP

    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
    $27.00
  • Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science & History of Books Bound in Human Skin
    Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science & History of Books Bound in Human Skin
    ISBN: 9780374134709
    Title: Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science & History of Books Bound in Human Skin
    Author: ROSENBLOOM MEGAN


    On bookshelves around the world, surrounded by ordinary books bound in paper and leather, rest other volumes of a distinctly strange and grisly sort: those bound in human skin. Would you know one if you held it in your hand?

    In Dark Archives, Megan Rosenbloom seeks out the historic and scientific truths behind anthropodermic bibliopegy--the practice of binding books in this most intimate covering. Dozens of such books live on in the world's most famous libraries and museums. Dark Archives exhumes their origins and brings to life the doctors, murderers, innocents, and indigents whose lives are sewn together in this disquieting collection. Along the way, Rosenbloom tells the story of how her team of scientists, curators, and librarians test rumored anthropodermic books, untangling the myths around their creation and reckoning with the ethics of their custodianship.

    A librarian and journalist, Rosenbloom is a member of The Order of the Good Death and a cofounder of their Death Salon, a community that encourages conversations, scholarship, and art about mortality and mourning. In Dark Archives--captivating and macabre in all the right ways--she has crafted a narrative that is equal parts detective work, academic intrigue, history, and medical curiosity: a book as rare and thrilling as its subject.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Dear Reader: The Comfort & Joy of Books
    Dear Reader: The Comfort & Joy of Books
    ISBN: 9781509891542
    Title: Dear Reader: The Comfort & Joy of Books
    Author: RENTZENBRINK CATHY


    '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
    $38.00
  • Devil's Dictionary
    Devil's Dictionary
    ISBN: 9781851245079
    Title: Devil's Dictionary
    Author: BIERCE AMBROSE

    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: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Devil's Dictionary
    Devil's Dictionary
    ISBN: 9781847498175
    Title: Devil's Dictionary
    Author: BIERCE AMBROSE

    A celebrated journalist in his lifetime, Ambrose Bierce's began circulating his own sardonic, mischievous definitions of words in his various columns for San Francisco newspapers. Over several years these were then compiled and expanded into entries for a mock dictionary originally published as The Cynic's Word Book.
    One of the most popular satirical works of American literature, The Devil's Dictionary o here published in its most complete 1911 version o brilliantly lays bare the hypocrisies of American society and displays a razor-sharp wit to rival that of Bierce's contemporary Mark Twain.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $17.00
    $17.00
  • 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
    Author: STRAUSS MARIANNE JULIA ED

    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
    $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
    Author: DREYER BENJAMIN


    ''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.
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    ''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



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  • Elements of Style: Illustrated
    Elements of Style: Illustrated
    ISBN: 9780143112723
    Title: Elements of Style: Illustrated
    Author: STRUNK WILLIAM

    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
    $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
    Author: KAKUTANI MICHIKO


    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.



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  • Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
    Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
    ISBN: 9780140283709
    Title: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
    Author: FADIMAN ANNE

    Anne Fadiman is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, and who once found herself poring over a 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only thing in her apartment that she had not read at least twice. EX LIBRIS wittily recounts a lifelong obsession with books. Writing with humour and erudition she moves easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. 'One of the most delightful volumes to have come across my desk in a long while...witty, enchanting and supremely well-written' -- Robert McCrum, Observer

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
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  • 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
    Author: MANHIRE BILL & PRICE CHRIS & WILKINS DAMIEN

    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
    $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
    Author: MANGUEL ALBERTO

    "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
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  • 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
    Author: POLLARD CLARE

    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
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  • First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing ... & Life
    First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing ... & Life
    ISBN: 9780241978511
    Title: First You Write a Sentence: The Elements of Reading, Writing ... & Life
    Author: MORAN JOE

    'What a lovely thing this is: a book that delights in the sheer textural joy of good sentences ... Any writer should read it' Bee Wilson
    'Thoughtful, engaging, and lively ... when you've read it, you realise you've changed your attitude to writing (and reading)' John Simpson, formerly Chief Editor of the OED and author of The Word Detective


    The sentence is the common ground where every writer walks. A poet writes in sentences, but so does the unsung author who came up with Items trapped in doors cause delays. A good sentence can be written (and read) by anyone if we simply give it the gift of our time.


    Enter widely-acclaimed author Professor Joe Moran. First You Write a Sentence is his unpedantic and authoritative explanation of how the most ordinary words can be turned into verbal constellations of extraordinary grace. Using examples ranging from the Bible and Shakespeare to George Orwell and Maggie Nelson, and studies of what can best fire the reader's mind, he shows how we can all write in a way that is clear, compelling and alive. Good writing can even make ourselves known to others and live more meaningful lives.


    It's an elegant gem in praise of the English sentence.


    'Moran is a past master at producing fine, accessible non-fiction' Helen Davies, Sunday Times


    'Joe Moran has a genius for turning the prosaic poetic' Peter Hennessy



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    Price: $28.00
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  • For Now
    For Now
    ISBN: 9780300244649
    Title: For Now
    Author: MYLES EILEEN

    In this third Why I Write volume, Eileen Myles addresses the social, political, and aesthetic conditions that shape their work


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • From Spare Oom to War Drobe: Travels in Narnia with My Nine-Year-old Self
    From Spare Oom to War Drobe: Travels in Narnia with My Nine-Year-old Self
    ISBN: 9781913657079
    Title: From Spare Oom to War Drobe: Travels in Narnia with My Nine-Year-old Self
    Author: LANGRISH KATHERINE

    Back in the 1960s a little girl of nine who was deeply in love with Narnia wrote a book of short stories. Written in spiky blue ink with various crossings-out and spelling mistakes, Katherine Langrish's Tales of Narnia filled an old hard-cover notebook from front to back. Some of the stories were illustrated with dramatic, poster-painted scenes, and Katherine drew a map of Narnia on the inside back cover. Now a celebrated adult writer of children's and young adult's literature, Langrish has revisited C. S. Lewis's Seven Chronicles of Narnia to explore what they mean to her today. In From Spare Oom to War Drobe she analyses what once enchanted her and asks whether it still has the power to do so. Hand in hand with her nine year-old self, she traces many paths through Lewis's thick forest of allusions not only to Christianity, but to Plato, fairy tales, myths, legends, medieval romances, renaissance poetry and indeed to other children's books.Here are two very different ways of reading the Narnia stories: the adult, informed, rational way and the passionate childish way. For whenever children fall in love with a book they love it fiercely, loyally, completely; and as anyone it's ever happened to will know, it can be a transformative experience.The Foreword has been written by award-winning writer and broadcaster Brian Sibley, who dramatised the BBC radio adaptations of The Chronicles of Narnia, and wrote Shadowlands, a biography of C. S. Lewis.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Fucking Apostrophes
    Fucking Apostrophes
    ISBN: 9781785781414
    Title: Fucking Apostrophes
    Author: GRIFFIN SIMON

    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.

    WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $19.00

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  • Grammar Guide A Complete Self-Study Programme
    Grammar Guide A Complete Self-Study Programme
    ISBN: 9780241242360
    Title: Grammar Guide A Complete Self-Study Programme
    Author: DORLING KINDERSLEY PUBLISHING STAFF

    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
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  • 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
    Author: KINDERSLEY DORLING

    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
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  • Guarded by Dragons: Encounters with Rare People & Rare Books
    Guarded by Dragons: Encounters with Rare People & Rare Books
    ISBN: 9781408715413
    Title: Guarded by Dragons: Encounters with Rare People & Rare Books
    Author: GEKOSKI RICK

    Rick Gekoski has been traversing the rocky terrain of the rare book trade for over fifty years. The treasure he seeks is scarce, carefully buried and often jealously guarded, knowledge of its hiding place shared through word of mouth like the myths of old. In Guarded by Dragons, Gekoski invites readers into this enchanted world as he reflects on the gems he has unearthed throughout his career. He takes us back to where his love of collecting began - perusing D.H. Lawrence first editions in a slightly suspect Birmingham carpark. What follows are dizzying encounters with literary giants as Gekoski publishes William Golding, plays ping-pong with Salman Rushdie and lunches with Graham Greene. A brilliant stroke of luck sees Sylvia Plath's personal copy of The Great Gatsby fall into Gekoski's lap, only for him to discover the perils of upsetting a Poet Laureate when Ted Hughes demands its return. Hunting for literary treasure is not without its battles and Gekoski boldly breaks the cardinal rule never to engage in a lawsuit with someone much richer than yourself, while also guarding his bookshop from the most unlikely of thieves. The result is an unparalleled insight into an almost mythical world where priceless first editions of Ulysses can vanish, and billionaires will spend as much gold as it takes to own the manuscript of J.K. Rowling's Tales of Beedle the Bard. Engaging, funny and shrewd, Guarded by Dragons is a fascinating discussion on value and worth. At the same time, Gekoski artfully reveals how a manuscript can tell a thousand stories

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • 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
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