• TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
    TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking
    ISBN: 9781472228062
    Title: TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

    -Catnip for all the TED fans out there.- --Publishers Weekly

    -Unimpeachably practical . . . A handy guide for novice and moderately experienced speakers.- --Kirkus Reviews

    -Anderson shares the secrets behind the best TED presentations.- --Booklist

    Since taking over TED in 2001, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview; it can be more powerful than anything in written form.

    This -invaluable guide- (Publishers Weekly) explains how the miracle of powerful public speaking is achieved, and equips you to give it your best shot. There is no set formula, but there are tools that can empower any speaker.

    Chris Anderson has worked with all the TED speakers who have inspired us the most, and here he shares insights from such favorites as Sir Ken Robinson, Salman Khan, Monica Lewinsky and more -- everything from how to craft your talk's content to how you can be most effective on stage. This is a must-read for anyone who is ready to create impact with their ideas.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • This is Shakespeare: How to Read the World's Greatest Playwright
    This is Shakespeare: How to Read the World's Greatest Playwright
    ISBN: 9780241361634
    Title: This is Shakespeare: How to Read the World's Greatest Playwright
    Author: SMITH EMMA

    Is this Shakespeare? Well, sort of.

    But it doesn't really tell us the whole truth. So much of what we say about Shakespeare is either not true, or just not relevant, deflecting us from investigating the challenges of his inconsistencies and flaws. This electrifying new book thrives on revealing, not resolving, the ambiguities of Shakespeare's plays and their changing topicality. It introduces an intellectually, theatrically and ethically exciting writer who engages with intersectionality as much as with Ovid, with economics as much as poetry- who writes in strikingly modern ways about individual agency, privacy, politics, celebrity and sex. It takes us into a world of politicking and copy-catting, as we watch him emulating the blockbusters of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Kyd, the Spielberg and Tarantino of their day; flirting with and skirting round the cut-throat issues of succession politics, religious upheaval and technological change. The Shakespeare in this book poses awkward questions rather than offering bland answers, always implicating us in working out what it might mean.

    Thisis Shakespeare. And he needs your attention.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • To Read Aloud
    To Read Aloud
    ISBN: 9781786693266
    Title: To Read Aloud

    Reading a story to another person creates a bond between two people. It is often assumed that reading aloud is only for children, but the practice was once a common pleasure for adults too. The time has come to rediscover it. This simple yet powerful action connects us with our friends, helps us centre ourselves in the present and lets us focus gently on what matters.

    To Read Aloudconsists of 75 extracts of an average 1000 words each, from writers ranging from Cicero to Lewis Carroll to Robert Macfarlane (alongside less familiar names). It is arranged under ten thematic chapters: Love, Loss, Lightness, Pleasure, Work, Illness, Nature, Change, Chaos and Wonder. A literary toolbox for well-being, To Read Aloudinvites you to to take just ten minutes off, sit down with somebody you care about and share a passage of writing.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers & Drinking
    Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers & Drinking
    ISBN: 9781786891600
    Title: Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers & Drinking
    Author: LAING OLIVIA


    In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver.

    All six of these writers were alcoholics, and the subject of drinking surfaces in some of their finest work, from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof to A Moveable Feast. Often, they did their drinking together: Hemingway and Fitzgerald ricocheting through the cafes of Paris in the 1920s; Carver and Cheever speeding to the liquor store in Iowa in the icy winter of 1973.

    Olivia Laing grew up in an alcoholic family herself. One spring, wanting to make sense of this ferocious, entangling disease, she took a journey across America that plunged her into the heart of these overlapping lives. As she travels from Cheever's New York to Williams's New Orleans, and from Hemingway's Key West to Carver's Port Angeles, she pieces together a topographical map of alcoholism, from the horrors of addiction to the miraculous possibilities of recovery.

    Beautiful, captivating, and original, The Trip to Echo Spring strips away the myth of the alcoholic writer to reveal the terrible price creativity can exert.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • What We Talk about When We Talk about Books: The History & Future of Reading
    What We Talk about When We Talk about Books: The History & Future of Reading
    ISBN: 9780465042685
    Title: What We Talk about When We Talk about Books: The History & Future of Reading
    Author: PRICE LEAH

    In encounters with librarians, booksellers, and activists who are reinventing old ways of reading, Price offers fresh hope to bibliophiles and literature lovers alike.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
  • Why Orwell Matters
    Why Orwell Matters
    ISBN: 9780465030507
    Title: Why Orwell Matters

    "Hitchens presents a George Orwell fit for the 21st century. "-Boston Globe. In this widely acclaimed biographical essay, Christopher Hitchens assesses the life, the achievements, and the myth of the great political writer and participant George Orwell.

    In true emulative and contrarian style, Hitchens is both admiring and aggressive, sympathetic yet critical, taking true measure of his subject as hero and problem. Answering both the detractors and the false claimants, Hitchens tears down the faade of sainthood erected by the hagiographers and rebuts the critics point by point. He examines Orwell and his perspectives on fascism, empire, feminism, and Englishness, as well as his outlook on America, a country and culture towards which he exhibited much ambivalence.

    Whether thinking about empires or dictators, race or class, nationalism or popular culture, Orwell's moral outlook remains indispensable in a world that has undergone vast changes in the fifty years since his death. Combining the best of Hitchens's polemical punch and intellectual elegance in a tightly woven and subtle argument, this book addresses not only why Orwell matters today, but how he will continue to matter in a future, uncertain world. Christopher Hitchens, one of the most incisive minds of our own age, meets Orwell on the page in this provocative encounter of wit, contention and moral truth.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00
  • Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old & Wise
    Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old & Wise
    ISBN: 9781526610072
    Title: Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old & Wise

    Katherine Rundell - Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and prize-winning author of five novels for children - explores how children's books ignite, and can re-ignite, the imagination; how children's fiction, with its unabashed emotion and playfulness, can awaken old hungers and create new perspectives on the world. This delightful and persuasive essay is for adult readers.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $15.00
  • Words & Pictures: Writers, Artists & a Peculiarly British Tradition
    Words & Pictures: Writers, Artists & a Peculiarly British Tradition
    ISBN: 9780571354115
    Title: Words & Pictures: Writers, Artists & a Peculiarly British Tradition
    Author: UGLOW JENNY

    As children, learning to read, we look first at the illustrations - but how do these tell their stories differently to the words? Words & Pictures explores this question through three encounters between writers and artists. It looks at how artists have responded to two great, contrasting works, Paradise Lost and Pilgrim's Progress; at Hogarth and Fielding, great innovators, sharing common aims; and at Wordsworth and Bewick, a poet and engraver, both working separately, but both imbued with the spirit of their age. A brief coda turns to a fourth relationship: writers and artists who collaborate from the start, like Dickens and Phiz, and Lewis Carroll and Tenniel.

    Sometimes amusing, sometimes moving, this is a book to pore over and enjoy. The visions it considers link daily life to the universal, the passionate and the sublime.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
  • Words in Progress
    Words in Progress
    ISBN: 9780241460504
    Title: Words in Progress
    Author: LABUE SAMMI

    Lost the plot? Blank page staring back at you? Get your ink flowing and be reinspired by this write-in journal.

    From first-time writers to experienced authors, blank-page syndrome can hit anytime. Whether you want to create screenplays, songs, prose, novels, short stories or plays, if you're feeling in need of some inspiration, these thought-provoking prompts and fun exercises will help to get your creative juices flowing again.

    From plot generators and scene setters to character descriptor exercises, fill in the blanks of this journal and banish your writer's block! Perhaps you'll even discover the beginning of your next amazing work inside...

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $24.00
  • Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired the Writer's Imagination
    Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired the Writer's Imagination
    ISBN: 9780711241275
    Title: Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien: The Places That Inspired the Writer's Imagination
    Author: GARTH JOHN

    Tolkien's Worlds is an expertly written exploration of the places that inspired and shaped the work of one of the worlds best loved authors.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Writer Abroad: Literary Travels from Austria to Uzbekistan
    Writer Abroad: Literary Travels from Austria to Uzbekistan
    ISBN: 9780712357876
    Title: Writer Abroad: Literary Travels from Austria to Uzbekistan

    From the grand tour to the global village, novelists and poets have made particularly observant travelers. Many writers have been prone to wanderlust, eager to explore the world and draw inspiration from their travels. They recorded their notes in letters, journals, essays and books. In some cases, these became celebrated examples of travel writing, such as George Orwell's Homage to Catalonia, but there are many more accounts which remain overlooked. This collection takes us on a literary journey around the world, through extracts from Arthur Conan Doyle in Australia, Aldous Huxley in India, Charles Dickens in Italy, Henry James in France, Mary Wollstonecraft in Sweden, and many more.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    ISBN: 9780500519509
    Title: Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

    Maps can transport us, they are filled with wonder, the possibility of real adventure and travels of the mind. This is an atlas of the journeys that writers make, encompassing not only the maps that actually appear in their books, but also the many maps that have inspired them and the sketches that they use in writing. For some, making a map is absolutely central to the craft of shaping and telling their tale. A writer_s map might mean also the geographies they describe, the worlds inside books that rise from the page, mapped or unmapped, and the realms that authors inhabit as they write. Philip Pullman recounts a map he drew for an early novel; Robert Macfarlane reflects on his cartophilia, set off by Robert Louis Stevenson and his map of Treasure Island; Joanne Harris tells of her fascination with Norse maps of the universe; Reif Larsen writes about our dependence on GPS and the impulse to map our experience; Daniel Reeve describes drawing maps and charts for The Hobbit trilogy of films; Miraphora Mina recalls creating _The Marauder_s Map_ for the Harry Potter films; David Mitchell leads us to the Mappa Mundi by way of Cloud Atlas and his own sketch maps. And there_s much more besides. Amidst a cornucopia of images, there are maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, maps from nursery stories, literary classics, collectible comics _ a vast range of genres.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
  • Writers Their Lives & Works
    Writers Their Lives & Works
    ISBN: 9780241301944
    Title: Writers Their Lives & Works

    Introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured novelist, playwright, or poet, biographical entries trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each individual and influenced their work, revealing insights into the larger-than-life characters, plots, and evocative settings that they created.

    Lavishly illustrated with photographs and paintings of writers' homes, studies, and personal artefacts - along with pages from original manuscripts, first editions, and their correspondence - this book introduces the key ideas, themes, and literary techniques of each writer, revealing the imaginations and personalities behind some of the world's greatest novels, short stories, poems, and plays. Covering an eclectic range of authors from the Middle Ages to the present day, Writersprovides a compelling glimpse of the lives and loves of each great writer.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
  • Writing a Novel: Bring Your Ideas to Life the Faber Academy Way
    Writing a Novel: Bring Your Ideas to Life the Faber Academy Way
    ISBN: 9780571340460
    Title: Writing a Novel: Bring Your Ideas to Life the Faber Academy Way

    A novel is a relationship, a place outside of time where both reader and writer are challenged and validated, stretched and rewarded.

    Richard Skinner believes it is your duty as a novelist to bring your whole self to the page; to find your story, not force it; to meet your reader in a spirit of openness.

    In Writing a Novel he offers up frameworks, strategies and stimuli to help you meet that duty, drawingon his deep experience as one of the UK's leading creative writing teachers. He covers the essentials - narrators, character, setting - with charm and rigour. But Writing a Novel is not a set of instructions: it is a way of thinking, a conversation, a relationship in itself.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
    Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
    ISBN: 9780316014991
    Title: Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer

    A special 10th anniversary edition of Roy Peter Clark's bestselling guide to writing, featuring five bonus tools.

    Ten years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America's most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of fifty short essays on different aspects of writing. In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available.

    Organized into four sections, "Nuts and Bolts," "Special Effects," "Blueprints for Stories," and "Useful Habits," Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature. This new edition includes five brand new, never-before-shared tools.

    Accessible, entertaining, inspiring, and above all, useful for every type of writer, from high school student to novelist, Writing Tools is essential reading.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
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