• Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
    Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
    ISBN: 9780008192358
    Title: Hooded Gunman: An Illustrated History of Collins Crime Club
    Author: CURRAN JOHN


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


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


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


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



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

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • How the Classics Made Shakespeare
    How the Classics Made Shakespeare
    ISBN: 9780691161600
    Title: How the Classics Made Shakespeare
    Author: JONATHAN BATE


    From one of our most eminent and accessible literary critics, a groundbreaking account of how the Greek and Roman classics forged Shakespeare's imagination


    Ben Jonson famously accused Shakespeare of having "small Latin and less Greek." But he was exaggerating. Shakespeare was steeped in the classics. Shaped by his grammar school education in Roman literature, history, and rhetoric, he moved to London, a city that modeled itself on ancient Rome. He worked in a theatrical profession that had inherited the conventions and forms of classical drama, and he read deeply in Ovid, Virgil, and Seneca. In a book of extraordinary range, acclaimed literary critic and biographer Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading authorities on Shakespeare, offers groundbreaking insights into how, perhaps more than any other influence, the classics made Shakespeare the writer he became.


    Revealing in new depth the influence of Cicero and Horace on Shakespeare and finding new links between him and classical traditions, ranging from myths and magic to monuments and politics, Bate offers striking new readings of a wide array of the plays and poems. At the heart of the book is an argument that Shakespeare's supreme valuation of the force of imagination was honed by the classical tradition and designed as a defense of poetry and theater in a hostile world of emergent Puritanism.


    Rounded off with a fascinating account of how Shakespeare became our modern classic and has ended up playing much the same role for us as the Greek and Roman classics did for him, How the Classics Made Shakespeare combines stylistic brilliance, accessibility, and scholarship, demonstrating why Jonathan Bate is one of our most eminent and readable literary critics.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $52.00
    $52.00
  • How to Cook Little Fish: A Hundred NZ Listener Cryptic Crossword Puzzles With Answers & Explanations
    How to Cook Little Fish: A Hundred NZ Listener Cryptic Crossword Puzzles With Answers & Explanations
    ISBN: 9780473324414
    Title: How to Cook Little Fish: A Hundred NZ Listener Cryptic Crossword Puzzles With Answers & Explanations
    Author: TOSSMAN DAVID

    Charming and challenging, these puzzles offer perfect entertainment and valuable mental exercise. Ask any cryptic crossword enthusiast. The catch? As a novice you have to know how to interpret those nonsensical looking clues. It's not nearly as hard as it first appears and if you have any interest at all in cracking the cryptic this is the perfect place to begin: every clue here is explained in detail, in plain language, along with the answers ( towards the back of the book so the temptation to "save time" is reduced). This book also offers a brief introduction to cryptics for the complete novice. More experienced solvers will also find the explanations of value as they reveal the inner logic of those clues you have solved with some confidence but which still defy complete analysis. Though previously published, all the clues here have been rechecked and many have been revised and improved. Even regular solvers of Listener crosswords will find renewed value and entertainment in this collection. - See more at: http://www.academybooks.co.nz/product/isbn/9780473324414/#sthash.tA1mxDlO.dpuf

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • How to Raise a Reader
    How to Raise a Reader
    ISBN: 9781523505302
    Title: How to Raise a Reader
    Author: PAUL PAMELA

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

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

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


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $41.00
    $41.00
  • How to Wash the Dishes
    How to Wash the Dishes
    ISBN: 9781611807622
    Title: How to Wash the Dishes
    Author: MILLER PETER

    Find order and beauty in the kitchen with this delightfully elegant primer on washing the dishes that elevates and illuminates a seemingly routine chore.

    Washing the dishes is an ordinary, everyday task--but with examination and care, it can become much more. In this reverent guide to the household chore, Peter Miller shows us how washing dishes can become a joy, a delight, a meditative exercise, and an act of grace and rhythm.

    We pay so much attention to recipes but little attention to maintenance and cleanup. Washing the dishes is as much a part of making a meal as prepping the vegetables, making the sauces, or seasoning the meats. At times it is quite routine, sometimes raucous, other times complex. It is never convenient. Despite its din and clatter, and despite its reputation, washing the dishes is the coda to the meal. It is a bustling musical of water and soap, of flow and surface, and done well, the fragile shall sit as proudly as the cast-iron.

    There are some who do the dishes for the clarity and privacy of it, and there are some who relish the quiet isolation of putting things in order where they belong. There are some who feel the time and movement is a kind of digestive. In the evening in particular, there is a silence when it is all done. How to Wash the Dishes brings elegance, art, and a bit of mindfulness to the sink. It is the perfect gift for those who love to clean and equally as apt for those we wish would clean a bit more.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00

    $30.00
  • How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
    How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
    ISBN: 9781591477433
    Title: How to Write a Lot A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
    Author: SILVIA PAUL J

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

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
    I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
    ISBN: 9781419737114
    Title: I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf
    Author: SNIDER GRANT

    A look at the culture and fanaticism of book lovers, from beloved New York Times illustrator Grant Snider

    It's no secret, but we are judged by our bookshelves. We learn to read at an early age, and as we grow older we shed our beloved books for new ones. But some of us surround ourselves with books. We collect them, decorate with them, are inspired by them, and treat our books as sacred objects. In this lighthearted collection of one- and two-page comics, writer-artist Grant Snider explores bookishness in all its forms, and the love of writing and reading, building on the beloved literary comics featured on his website, Incidental Comics. With a striking package including a die-cut cover, I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf is the perfect gift for bookworms of all ages.


    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • In the Presence of Schopenhauer
    In the Presence of Schopenhauer
    ISBN: 9781509543250
    Title: In the Presence of Schopenhauer
    Author: HOUELLEBECQ MICHEL & BROWN ANDREW (TRANS)

    The work of Michel Houellebecq - one of the most widely read and controversial novelists of our time - is marked by the thought of Schopenhauer. When Houellebecq came across a copy of Schopenhauer's Aphorisms in a library in his mid-twenties, he was bowled over by it and he hunted down a copy of his major philosophical work, The World as Will and Representation. Houellebecq found in Schopenhauer - the radical pessimist, the chronicler of human suffering, the lonely misanthrope - a powerful conception of the human condition and of the future that awaits us, and when Houellebecq's first writings appeared in the early 1990s, the influence of Schopenhauer was everywhere apparent.

    But it was only much later, in 2005, that Houellebecq began to translate and write a commentary on Schopenhauer's work. He thought of turning it into a book but soon abandoned the idea and the text remained unpublished until 2017. Now available in English for the first time, In the Presence of Schopenhauer is the story of a remarkable encounter between a novelist and a philosopher and a testimony to the deep and enduring impact of Schopenhauer's philosophy on one of France's greatest living writers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.00
    $24.00
  • Library Book
    Library Book
    ISBN: 9781782392286
    Title: Library Book
    Author: ORLEAN SUSAN


    Susan Orlean's bestseller and New York Times Notable Book is "a sheer delight...as rich in insight and as varied as the treasures contained on the shelves in any local library" (USA TODAY)--a dazzling love letter to a beloved institution and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries. "Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book" (The Washington Post).
    On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library--and if so, who?

    Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a "delightful...reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America" (New York magazine) that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.

    In the "exquisitely written, consistently entertaining" (The New York Times) The Library Book, Orlean chronicles the LAPL fire and its aftermath to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives; delves into the evolution of libraries; brings each department of the library to vivid life; studies arson and attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and reexamines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the LAPL more than thirty years ago.

    "A book lover's dream...an ambitiously researched, elegantly written book that serves as a portal into a place of history, drama, culture, and stories" (Star Tribune, Minneapolis), Susan Orlean's thrilling journey through the stacks reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books--and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00

    $25.00
  • Library Miscellany
    Library Miscellany
    ISBN: 9781851244720
    Title: Library Miscellany
    Author: COCK-STARKEY CLAIRE

    What can be found in the Vatican's Secret Archive? How many books did Charles Darwin's library aboard the Beagle hold? Which library is home to a colony of bats?
    Bursting with potted histories, quirky facts, and enlightening lists, this book explores every aspect of the library, celebrating these remarkable institutions as well as the individuals behind their inspiring collections. From the ancient library at Alexandria to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, and from university libraries to those of humble villages, A Library Miscellany explores institutions both old and new. Opening the door to unusual collections such as herbaria, art libraries, magic libraries, and even the "library of smells," this book also charts the difficulties of cataloging books deemed to be subversive, heretical, libelous, or obscene.
    Packed with unusual facts and statistics, this is the perfect gift for library enthusiasts, bibliophiles, collectors, and readers everywhere.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $32.99
    $32.99
  • Lit Stitch: 25 Cross-Stitch Patterns for Book Lovers:
    Lit Stitch: 25 Cross-Stitch Patterns for Book Lovers:
    ISBN: 9781419743177
    Title: Lit Stitch: 25 Cross-Stitch Patterns for Book Lovers:
    Author: BOOK RIOT

    Clever and quirky cross-stitch patterns that proudly show off your love for all things literary

    Inside Book Riot's Lit Stitch, you'll find a number of badass, bookish cross-stitch patterns. Some of these are for bookmarks, others are for wall decor, and still others can take on a whole host of finished outcomes. What they have in common is their literary bent--the patterns speak to all manner of literary-minded book lovers, who are happy to display their nerdier sides. And what better way than through your own cross-stitch art to hang on your wall, prop on your desk, or even gift to friends and family. And most, if not all, are beginner friendly and can be completed in a few hours--instant stitchification So grab yourself some excellent embroidery floss, hoops, and needles, and pick out one or more of these great cross-stitch patterns for your next project.


    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Literary Review Issue 428 December/january 2017 Double issue (09/04/18)
    Literary Review Issue 428 December/january 2017 Double issue (09/04/18)
    ISBN: 9770144436997
    Title: Literary Review Issue 428 December/january 2017 Double issue (09/04/18)
    Author: GORDON & GOTCH


    Format: Magazine
    Price: $15.00
    $15.00
  • London Review of Books Vol 39 #16 17th August 2017 - Air -  (18/09/17)
    London Review of Books Vol 39 #16 17th August 2017 - Air - (18/09/17)
    ISBN: 9771463076109
    Title: London Review of Books Vol 39 #16 17th August 2017 - Air - (18/09/17)
    Author: LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS


    Format: Magazine
    Price: $16.80
    $16.80
  • London Review of Books Vol 42 #13 (21/09/20)
    London Review of Books Vol 42 #13 (21/09/20)
    ISBN: 074470922438
    Title: London Review of Books Vol 42 #13 (21/09/20)
    Author: LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS


    Format: Magazine
    Price: $16.00
    $16.00
  • London Review of Books Vol 42 #6 (15/06/20)
    London Review of Books Vol 42 #6 (15/06/20)
    ISBN: 9770260959158
    Title: London Review of Books Vol 42 #6 (15/06/20)
    Author: LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS


    Format: Magazine
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • Lost Books of Jane Austen
    Lost Books of Jane Austen
    ISBN: 9781421431598
    Title: Lost Books of Jane Austen
    Author: BARCHAS JANINE

    In the nineteenth century, inexpensive editions of Jane Austen's novels targeted to Britain's working classes were sold at railway stations, traded for soap wrappers, and awarded as school prizes. At just pennies a copy, these reprints were some of the earliest mass-market paperbacks, with Austen's beloved stories squeezed into tight columns on thin, cheap paper. Few of these hard-lived bargain books survive, yet they made a substantial difference to Austen's early readership. These were the books bought and read by ordinary people.


    Packed with nearly 100 full-color photographs of dazzling, sometimes gaudy, sometimes tasteless covers, The Lost Books of Jane Austen is a unique history of these rare and forgotten Austen volumes. Such shoddy editions, Janine Barchas argues, were instrumental in bringing Austen's work and reputation before the general public. Only by examining them can we grasp the chaotic range of Austen's popular reach among working-class readers.


    Informed by the author's years of unconventional book hunting, The Lost Books of Jane Austen will surprise even the most ardent Janeite with glimpses of scruffy survivors that challenge the prevailing story of the author's steady and genteel rise. Thoroughly innovative and occasionally irreverent, this book will appeal in equal measure to book historians, Austen fans, and scholars of literary celebrity.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
    $70.00
  • Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey
    Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey
    ISBN: 9781760529611
    Title: Lost Gutenberg: The Astounding Story of One Book's Five-Hundred-Year Odyssey
    Author: DAVIS MARGARET LESLIE

    A gripping exploration of the life of the world's oldest and most famous printed book.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Making a Good Script Great
    Making a Good Script Great
    ISBN: 9781935247012
    Title: Making a Good Script Great
    Author: SEGER LINDA

    Making a good script great is more than just a matter of putting a good idea on paper. It requires the working and reworking of that idea. This book takes you through the whole screenwriting process-from initial concept through final rewrite-providing specific methods that will help you craft tighter, stronger, and more saleable scripts. While retaining the invaluable insights that placed its first two editions among the all-time most popular screenwriting books, this expanded, revised, and updated third edition adds rich and important new material on dialogue, cinematic images, and point of view, as well as an interview with screenwriter Paul Haggis. If you are writing your first script, this book will help develop your skills for telling a compelling and dramatic story. If you are a veteran screenwriter, it will help you articulate the skills you know intuitively. And if you are currently stuck on a rewrite, this book will help you analyse and solve your script's problems and get it back on track.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Making of a Poem a Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
    Making of a Poem a Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
    ISBN: 9780393321784
    Title: Making of a Poem a Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
    Author: STRAND M & BOLAND E

    Two beloved and esteemed poets have collaborated on this intimate and useful anthology illuminating the history, practice, and wonder of our most elusive art. Intended for all those who love poetry, including teachers, readers, writers, and students, The Making of a Poem will be especially valued by those who feel that an understanding of form'onnet, ballad, villanelle, sestina, etc.'ould enhance their appreciation of poetry, but are daunted by the terms, the names, and the histories of various poetic forms. This anthology draws the reader in, by example and explanation, to the excitement and entertainment of these forms. It explains their origins, traces their development, and shows examples from the past and present. In a feature called ""The form at a glance"" the reader can try his or her own hand writing a particular form. Included are essays by each of the editors describing their own personal journeys toward a form for their poetic voice. Above all, this anthology shows that poetic form is a continuing adventure. Contemporary poets can be seen here trying out the same forms that poets used hundreds of years ago, but in the new circumstances of a complicated modern world. In this way poetic form is illustrated not as a series of rules, but as a passionate conversation in which every reader of poetry can become involved.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $36.00
    $36.00
  • Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel
    Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel
    ISBN: 9781529390827
    Title: Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel
    Author: GEORGE ELIZABETH

    As the author of twenty-four novels, Elizabeth George is one of the most successful--and prolific--novelists today. In& Mastering the Process, George offers readers a master class in the art and science of crafting a novel. This is a subject she knows well, having taught creative writing both nationally and internationally for over thirty years.

    "I have never before read a book about writing that is so thorough, thoughtful, and most of all, helpful." --Lisa See,& New York Times& bestselling author of& The Island of Sea Women


    For many writers, the biggest challenge is figuring out how to take that earliest glimmer of inspiration and shape it into a full-length novel. How do you even begin to transform a single idea into a complete book?

    In these pages, award-winning, number one& New York Times& bestselling author Elizabeth George takes us behind the scenes through each step of her writing process, revealing exactly what it takes to craft a novel.

    Drawing from her personal photos, early notes, character analyses, and rough drafts, George shows us every stage of how she wrote her novel& Careless in Red, from researching location to imagining plot to creating characters to the actual writing and revision processes themselves. George offers us an intimate look at the procedures she follows, while also providing invaluable advice for writers about what has worked for her--and what hasn't.& Mastering the Process& gives writers practical, prescriptive, and achievable tools for creating a novel, editing a novel, and problem solving when in the midst of a novel, from a master storyteller writing at the top of her game.

    *Includes a PDF of research photos and recommended reading.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Miss Aluminium
    Miss Aluminium
    ISBN: 9781474619080
    Title: Miss Aluminium
    Author: MOORE SUSANNA


    'I was self-invented, adapting myself minute by minute, a girl on the run. And yes, built for speed.'


    At seventeen, Susanna Moore left her home in Hawai'i, with no money, no belongings and no prospects. But in Philadelphia, an unexpected gift of four trunks of beautiful clothes allowed her to assume the first of many disguises.


    Her journey takes her from New York to Los Angeles where she becomes a model and meets Joan Didion
    and Audrey Hepburn. She works as a script reader for Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson, and is given
    a screen test by Mike Nichols.


    But beneath Miss Aluminium's glittering fairytale surface lies the story of a girl's insatiable hunger to
    learn. Moore gives us a sardonic, often humorous portrait of Hollywood in the seventies and of a young
    woman's hard-won arrival at selfhood.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Mobituaries
    Mobituaries
    ISBN: 9781501197628
    Title: Mobituaries
    Author: ROCCA MO

    From beloved CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca, an entertaining and rigorously researched book that celebrates the dead people who have long fascinated him.

    Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries--reading about the remarkable lives of global leaders, Hollywood heavyweights, and innovators who changed the world. But not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. His quest to right that wrong inspired Mobituaries, his #1 hit podcast. Now with Mobituaries, the book, he has gone much further, with all new essays on artists, entertainers, sports stars, political pioneers, founding fathers, and more. Even if you know the names, you've never understood why they matter...until now.

    Take Herbert Hoover: before he was president, he was the "Great Humanitarian," the man who saved tens of millions from starvation. But after less than a year in the White House, the stock market crashed, and all the good he had done seemed to be forgotten. Then there's Marlene Dietrich, well remembered as a screen goddess, less remembered as a great patriot. Alongside American servicemen on the front lines during World War II, she risked her life to help defeat the Nazis of her native Germany. And what about Billy Carter and history's unruly presidential brothers? Were they ne'er-do-well liabilities...or secret weapons? Plus, Mobits for dead sports teams, dead countries, the dearly departed station wagon, and dragons. Yes, dragons.

    Rocca is an expert researcher and storyteller. He draws on these skills here. With his dogged reporting and trademark wit, Rocca brings these men and women back to life like no one else can. Mobituaries is an insightful and unconventional account of the people who made life worth living for the rest of us, one that asks us to think about who gets remembered, and why.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $55.00

    $55.00
  • Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction
    Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction
    ISBN: 9781683691389
    Title: Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror & Speculative Fiction
    Author: KROGER LISA & ANDERSON MELANIE R

    Meet the women writers who defied convention to craft some of literature's strangest tales,& from& Frankenstein& to& The Haunting of Hill House& and beyond.
    &
    Frankenstein& was just the beginning: horror stories and other weird fiction wouldn't exist without the women who created it. From Gothic ghost stories to psychological horror to science fiction, women have been primary architects of speculative literature of all sorts. And their own life stories are as intriguing as their fiction. Everyone knows about& Mary Shelley, creator of Frankenstein, who was rumored to keep her late husband's heart in her desk drawer. But have you heard of& Margaret "Mad Madge" Cavendish, who wrote a science-fiction epic 150 years earlier (and liked to wear topless gowns to the theater)? If you know the astounding work of& Shirley Jackson, whose novel& The Haunting of Hill House& was reinvented as a Netflix series, then try the psychological hauntings of& Violet Paget, who was openly involved in long-term romantic relationships with women in the Victorian era. You'll meet celebrated icons (Ann Radcliffe, V. C. Andrews), forgotten wordsmiths (Eli Coltor, Ruby Jean Jensen), and today's vanguard (Helen Oyeyemi). Curated reading lists point you to their most spine-chilling tales.

    Part biography, part reader's guide, the engaging write-ups and detailed reading lists will introduce you to more than a hundred authors and over two hundred of their mysterious and spooky novels, novellas, and stories.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • New Sublime Ten Timeless Lessons on the Classics
    New Sublime Ten Timeless Lessons on the Classics
    ISBN: 9781787701816
    Title: New Sublime Ten Timeless Lessons on the Classics
    Author: BOITANI PIERO

    Boitani's presentation of the classics is as entertaining and unexpected as it is informative.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • New York: A Literary History
    New York: A Literary History
    ISBN: 9781108470810
    Title: New York: A Literary History
    Author: WILSON ROSS (ED)

    New York City's streets, parks, museums, architecture, and its people appear in an array of literary works published from New York's earliest settlement to the present day. The exploration of the city as both a symbol and as a reality has formed the basis of New York's literature. Using the themes of adaptation, innovation, identity, and hope, this history explores novels, poetry, periodicals, and newspapers to examine how New York's literature can be understood through the notion of movement. From the periodicals of the nineteenth century, the Arabic writers of the city in the early twentieth century, the literature of homelessness, childhood, and the spaces of tragedy and resilience within the metropolis, this diverse assessment opens up new areas of research within urban literature. It provides an innovative examination of how writing has shaped the lives of New Yorkers and how writing about the city has shaped the modern world.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $54.00
    $54.00
  • New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons
    New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons
    ISBN: 9780500022450
    Title: New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons
    Author: MANKOFF BOB (EDITOR)

    The New Yorker Encyclopedia of Cartoons is a prodigious, slip-cased, two-volume, 1,600-page A-to-Z curation of cartoons from the magazine from 1924 to the present. Bob Mankoff - for two decades the cartoon editor of the New Yorker - organizes nearly 3,000 cartoons into more than 250 categories of recurring New Yorker themes and visual tropes, including cartoons on banana peels, meeting St. Peter, being stranded on a desert island, snowmen, lion tamers, Adam and Eve, the Grim Reaper - and dogs, of course. The result is hilarious and Mankoff's commentary throughout adds both depth and whimsy. The collection also includes a foreword by New Yorker editor David Remnick. This is stunning gift for the millions of New Yorker readers and anyone looking for some humour in the evolution of social commentary.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $165.00
    $165.00
  • Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking & Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
    Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking & Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
    ISBN: 9780857052551
    Title: Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking & Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way
    Author: MYTTING LARS

    'Every man looks at his wood-pile with a kind of affection' Henry David Thoreau.


    Chopping and stacking wood is a pastime where the world makes sense once more. Because our relationship to fire is so ancient, so universal, it seems that in learning about wood, you can also learn about life.


    And who better to impart this wisdom than an expert from Scandinavia, where the extreme climate has obliged generations to hone and share their skills with tools, wood and heat production. Lars Mytting has distilled the wisdom of enthusiasts, from experienced lifelong growers, stackers and burners to researchers and professionals of combustion and tree culture.


    Part guide to the best practice in every aspect of working with this renewable energy source, part meditation on the human instinct for survival, this definitive handbook on the art of chopping, stacking and drying wood in the Scandinavian way has resonated acrossthe world.


    Whether you are a seasoned woodcutter, or your passion is yet to be kindled, Norwegian Wood is the perfect fireside read.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search Of Lost Time
    Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search Of Lost Time
    ISBN: 9780500293423
    Title: Paintings in Proust: A Visual Companion to In Search Of Lost Time
    Author: KARPELES ERIC

    Eric Karpeles's lavishly illustrated and comprehensive guide offers a feast for the eyes as it celebrates the close relationship between the visual and literary arts in Proust's masterpiece. Karpeles has identified and located all of the paintings to which Proust makes exact reference. Where only a painter's name is mentioned to indicate a certain mood or appearance, he has chosen a representative work to illustrate the impression that Proust sought to evoke. Botticelli's angels, Manet's courtesans, Mantegna's warriors and Carpaccio's saints stand among Monet's water lilies and Piranesi's engravings of Rome, while Karpeles's insightful essay and lucid contextual commentary explain their significance to Proust. The book closes with extensive notes and a comprehensive index of all painters and paintings mentioned in the novel. With over 200 beautifully reproduced paintings, drawings and engravings, and accompanying texts drawn from the Moncrieff/Kilmartin/Enright translation of In Search of Lost Time, this book is an essential addition to the libraries of Proustians worldwide and a handsome volume in its own right.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Poetry Handbook
    Poetry Handbook
    ISBN: 9780156724005
    Title: Poetry Handbook
    Author: OLIVER MARY

    With passion, wit, and good common sense, the celebrated poet Mary Oliver tells of the basic ways a poem is built-meter and rhyme, form and diction, sound and sense. Drawing on poems from Robert Frost, Elizabeth Bishop, and others, Oliver imparts an extraordinary amount of information in a remarkably short space. "Stunning" (Los Angeles Times). Index.


    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Reading Life: Reflections & Essays
    Reading Life: Reflections & Essays
    ISBN: 9780008307110
    Title: Reading Life: Reflections & Essays
    Author: LEWIS C. S.

    The revered teacher and best-selling author reflects on the power, importance, and joy of a life dedicated to reading books in this delightful collection drawn from his wide body of writings. More than fifty years after his death, revered intellectual and teacher C. S. Lewis continues to speak to readers, thanks not only to his intellectual insights on Christianity but also his wondrous creative works and deep reflections on the literature that influenced his life. Beloved for his instructive novels including The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, and The Chronicles of Narnia as well as his philosophical books that explored theology and Christian life, Lewis was a life-long writer and book lover. Cultivated from his many essays, articles, and letters, as well as his classic works, The Reading Life provides guidance and reflections on the love and enjoyment of books. Engaging and enlightening, this well-rounded collection includes Lewis' reflections on science fiction, why children's literature is for readers of all ages, and why we should read two old books for every new one. A window into the thoughts of one of the greatest public intellectuals of our time, this collection reveals not only why Lewis loved the written word, but what it means to learn through literature from one of our wisest and most enduring teachers.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Reading Like a Writer: a Guide for People Who Love Books & for Those Who Want to Write Them
    Reading Like a Writer: a Guide for People Who Love Books & for Those Who Want to Write Them
    ISBN: 9780060777050
    Title: Reading Like a Writer: a Guide for People Who Love Books & for Those Who Want to Write Them
    Author: PROSE FRANCINE

    Long before there were creative-writing workshops and degrees, how did aspiring writers learn to write? By reading the work of their predecessors and contemporaries, says Francine Prose. In Reading Like a Writer, Prose invites you to sit by her side and take a guided tour of the tools and the tricks of the masters. She reads the work of the very best writers#8212Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Austen, Dickens, Woolf, Chekhov#8212and discovers why their work has endured. She takes pleasure in the long and magnificent sentences of Philip Roth and the breathtaking paragraphs of Isaac Babel; she is deeply moved by the brilliant characterization in George Eliot's Middlemarch. She looks to John Le Carr? for a lesson in how to advance plot through dialogue, to Flannery O'Connor for the cunning use of the telling detail, and to James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield for clever examples of how to employ gesture to create character. She cautions readers to slow down and pay attention to words, the raw material out of which literature is crafted. Written with passion, humor, and wisdom, Reading Like a Writer will inspire readers to return to literature with a fresh eye and an eager heart.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Red Hand Stories, Reflections & the Last Appearance of Jack Irish
    Red Hand Stories, Reflections & the Last Appearance of Jack Irish
    ISBN: 9781922268273
    Title: Red Hand Stories, Reflections & the Last Appearance of Jack Irish
    Author: TEMPLE PETER; HEYWARD MICHAEL (INTRODUCTION BY)

    Peter Temple started publishing novels late, when he was 50, but then he got cracking. He wrote nine novels in 13 years. Along the way he wrote screenplays, stories, dozens of reviews. When he died in March 2018, there was an unfinished Jack Irish novel in his drawer. It is included in The Red Hand, and it reveals the master at the peak of his powers. The Red Hand also includes the screenplay of Valentine's Day, an improbably delightful story about an ailing country football club, which in 2007 was adapted for television by the ABC. Also included are his short fiction, his reflections on the Australian idiom, a handful of autobiographical fragments, and a selection of his brilliant book reviews.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Secret Life of Books: Why They Are So Much More Than Just Words
    Secret Life of Books: Why They Are So Much More Than Just Words
    ISBN: 9781783964581
    Title: Secret Life of Books: Why They Are So Much More Than Just Words
    Author: MOLE TOM

    We love books. We take them to bed with us. They weigh down our suitcases when we go on holiday. We display them on our bookshelves or store them in our attics. We give them as gifts. We write our names in them. We take them for granted. And all the time, our books are leading a double life.

    Books are far more than the words on their pages. Whether we favour leather tomes, dog-eared paperbacks or files on our phones, what we read and how we read it says a huge amount about us. From illuminated manuscripts to the last edition of the Yellow Pages, books tell us stories about who we are.

    The Secret Life of Books is about everything that isn't just the words. It's about how books transform us as individuals. It's about how books - and readers - have evolved over time. And it's about why, even with the arrival of other media, books still have the power change our lives.

    In this stylish and thought-provoking meditation, Tom Mole brings the expertise he has gathered running Edinburgh University's Centre for the History of the Book to write an illuminating account that looks at everything from binding innovations to binding errors, to books defaced by lovers, to those imprisoning professors in their offices, to books in art, to burned books, to those we'll leave behind. A striking text in a stunning package, it will change how you think about books.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
    $38.00
  • Shadow of the Wind #1 The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
    Shadow of the Wind #1 The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
    ISBN: 9781920885854
    Title: Shadow of the Wind #1 The Cemetery of Forgotten Books
    Author: ZAFON CARLOS RUIZ

    Barcelona 1945: young Daniel Sempere is taken to a fabulous secret library called the Cemetery of Forgotten Books where he is told he must 'adopt' a single book, promising to care for it and keep it alive always.Entranced by his chosen book, The Shadow of the Wind by Julian Carax, Daniel begins a quest to find the truth about the life and death of its mysterious author. He starts to fall into a game of mirrors, reflecting strange discoveries about obsession and love, and how they are entwined within the shadow world of books.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Shelf Life: Writers on Books Reading
    Shelf Life: Writers on Books Reading
    ISBN: 9780712352864
    Title: Shelf Life: Writers on Books Reading
    Author: JOHNSON

    Books; reading, collecting and the physical housing of them has brought the book-lover joy - and stress - for centuries. Fascinated writers have tried to capture the particular relationships we form with our library, and the desperate troubles we will undergo to preserve it. With Alex Johnson as your guide, immerse yourself in this eclectic anthology and hear from an iconic Prime Minister musing over the best way to store your books and an illustrious US President explaining the best works to read outdoors. Enjoy serious speculations on the psychological implications of reading from a 19th century philosopher, and less serious ones concerning the predicament of dispensing with unwanted volumes or the danger of letting children (the `enemies of books') near your collection. The many facets of book-mania are pondered and celebrated with both sincerity and irreverence in this lively selection of essays, poems, lectures and commentaries ranging from the 16th to the 20th century.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin
    Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin
    ISBN: 9781529028829
    Title: Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin
    Author: JAMES CLIVE

    Clive James is a life-long admirer of the work of Philip Larkin. Somewhere Becoming Rain gathers all of James's writing on this towering literary figure of the twentieth century, together with extra material now published for the first time.The greatness of Larkin's poetry continues to be obscured by the opprobrium attaching to his personal life and his private opinions. James writes about Larkin's poems, his novels, his jazz and literary criticism; he also considers the two major biographies, Larkin's letters and even his portrayal on stage in order to chart the extreme and, he argues, largely misguided equivocations about Larkin's reputation in the years since his death.Through this joyous and perceptive book, Larkin's genius is delineated and celebrated. James argues that Larkin's poems, adored by discriminating readers for over half a century, could only have been the product of his reticent, diffident, flawed, and all-too-human personality.Erudite and entertaining in equal measure, Somewhere Becoming Rain is a love letter from one of the world's best living writers to one of its most cherished poets.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Steering the Craft: A Twenty-first Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
    Steering the Craft: A Twenty-first Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
    ISBN: 9780544611610
    Title: Steering the Craft: A Twenty-first Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story
    Author: LE GUIN URSULA K

    A revised and updated guide to the essentials of a writer s craft, presented by a brilliant practitioner of the art
    Completely revised and rewritten to address the challenges and opportunities of the modern era, this handbook is a short, deceptively simple guide to the craft of writing. Le Guin lays out ten chapters that address the most fundamental components of narrative, from the sound of language to sentence construction to point of view. Each chapter combines illustrative examples from the global canon with Le Guin's own witty commentary and an exercise that the writer can do solo or in a group. She also offers a comprehensive guide to working in writing groups, both actual and online.Masterly and concise, "Steering the Craft" deserves a place on every writer's shelf.
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.00
    $34.00
  • Storyville! An Illustrated Guide to Writing Ficiton
    Storyville! An Illustrated Guide to Writing Ficiton
    ISBN: 9780393608403
    Title: Storyville! An Illustrated Guide to Writing Ficiton
    Author: DUFRESNE JOHN & WONDOLOWSK EVAN


    Whether you are daunted by a blinking cursor or frustrated trying to get the people in your head onto the page, writing stories can be intimidating. It takes passion, tenacity, patience, and a knowledge of?and faith in?the often-digressive writing process. A do-it-yourself manual for the apprentice fiction writer, Storyville demystifies that process; its bold graphics take you inside the writer's comfortingly chaotic mind and show you how stories are made.


    In Storyville , seasoned guide John Dufresne?whose approach "will anchor the newbie and entertain the veteran" (San Francisco Chronicle)?provides practical insight into the building blocks of fiction, including how to make the reader see your characters, create a suspenseful plot, and revise, revise, revise. Storyville is a combination handbook and notebook, with original prompts and exercises crafted with Dufresne's singular dry wit and Evan Wondolowski's playful and illuminating graphics on every page.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Super Tutor: The Best Education Money Can Buy in Seven Easy Chapters
    Super Tutor: The Best Education Money Can Buy in Seven Easy Chapters
    ISBN: 9781780723860
    Title: Super Tutor: The Best Education Money Can Buy in Seven Easy Chapters
    Author: NORMAN JOE

    'The writer William Morris said that you should 'have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful', and I think the same is true of education - that its purpose is to fill our heads with things we find useful, or beautiful, or hopefully both.' For Joe Norman, education is what you still remember when you have forgotten everything else. What ideas have stayed with you from the classroom? How do you write an essay? How do you read a poem? Whether you are still a student or long finished with formal education, The Super Tutor offers a first-class schooling for anyone who wants to have the sort of education that will stay with you a lifetime. Drawing on fifteen years of tutoring, Joe shares his brilliantly imaginative teaching tips, including: how to write an essay, how to read a poem and, most importantly, how to think. Stripping away grades, praise, university places or examiners, this book celebrates the love of learning things for its own sake.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
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