• 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
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  • 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
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  • Suppose a Sentence
    Suppose a Sentence
    ISBN: 9781913097011
    Title: Suppose a Sentence
    Author: DILLON BRIAN

    A captivating meditation on the power of the sentence by the author of Essayism, a 2018 New Yorker book of the year.

    In Suppose a Sentence, Brian Dillon, whom John Banville has called "a literary fl neur in the tradition of Baudelaire and Walter Benjamin," has written a sequel of sorts to Essayism, his roaming love letter to literature. In this new book Dillon turns his attention to the oblique and complex pleasures of the sentence. A series of essays prompted by a single sentence--from Shakespeare to Janet Malcolm, John Ruskin to Joan Didion--the book explores style, voice, and language, along with the subjectivity of reading. Both an exercise in practical criticism and a set of experiments or challenges, Suppose a Sentence is a polemical and personal reflection on the art of the sentence in literature. Whether the sentence in question is a rigorous expression of a state of vulnerability, extremity, even madness, or a carefully calibrated arrangement, Dillon examines not only how it works and why but also, in the course of the book, what the sentence once was, what it is today, and what it might become tomorrow.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00

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  • Surgeon of Crowthorne (Pop Penguin)
    Surgeon of Crowthorne (Pop Penguin)
    ISBN: 9780141037714
    Title: Surgeon of Crowthorne (Pop Penguin)
    Author: WINCHESTER SIMON

    Simon Winchester's The Surgeon of Crowthorne was an international bestseller and tells an extraordinary true story of murder, madness and an extraordinary friendship in the nineteenth century. It is the tale of James Murray, the compiler of the first Oxford English Dictionary, and his most valued helper: Dr Minor of Crowthorne, who was also a homicidal lunatic, confined to Broadmoor asylum for murder. This is an enthralling and beautifully written work of literary detection.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $14.00
    $14.00
  • Swim in the Pond in the Rain US Ed
    Swim in the Pond in the Rain US Ed
    ISBN: 9781984856029
    Title: Swim in the Pond in the Rain US Ed
    Author: SAUNDERS GEORGE

    In A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, George Saunders guides the reader through seven classic Russian short stories he's been teaching for twenty years as a professor in the prestigious Syracuse University graduate MFA creative writing program. Paired with stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, these essays are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it's more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.
    Saunders approaches each of these stories technically yet accessibly, and through them explains how narrative functions; why we stay immersed in a story and why we resist it; and the bedrock virtues a writer must foster. For the process of writing, Saunders reminds us, is as much a craft as it is a quality of openness and a willingness to see the world through new eyes.
    Funny, frank, and rigorous, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain ultimately shows how great fiction can change a person's life and become a benchmark of one's moral and ethical beliefs

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $57.00
    $57.00
  • 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
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  • To Read Aloud
    To Read Aloud
    ISBN: 9781786693266
    Title: To Read Aloud
    Author: DIMITRI FRANCESCO


    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
    $25.00
  • Trials of Portnoy How Penguin Brought down Australia's Censorship System
    Trials of Portnoy How Penguin Brought down Australia's Censorship System
    ISBN: 9781925849448
    Title: Trials of Portnoy How Penguin Brought down Australia's Censorship System
    Author: MULLINS PATRICK


    For fans of Banned Book Week and champions of freedom of speech, a riveting read about the way a publisher changed censorship laws in Australia with Portnoy's Complaint.


    Until fifty years ago, books that might damage the morals of the Australian public were banned, seized, and burned. Bookstores were raided. Publishers were fined. Writers were charged, even jailed.


    In 1970, in great secrecy and at considerable risk, Penguin Books Australia resolved to publish Portnoy's Complaint--Philip Roth's frank, funny, and profane bestseller.


    The Trials of Portnoy draws on archival records and interviews to show how Penguin and a band of writers, booksellers, academics, and lawyers sought for the freedom to read what they wished, even through criminal charges, police raids, and trials.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Uncle Dysfunctional
    Uncle Dysfunctional
    ISBN: 9781786891839
    Title: Uncle Dysfunctional
    Author: GILL A. A.

    From 2011 up until his death at the end of 2016, the inimitable AA Gill reigned supreme as Uncle Dysfunctional, Esquire's resident advice columnist. In this raffish, hilarious, scathing yet often surprisingly humane collection, Gill applies his unmatched wit to the largest and smallest issues of our time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • 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
    $45.00
  • Why Orwell Matters
    Why Orwell Matters
    ISBN: 9780465030507
    Title: Why Orwell Matters
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER

    "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: $38.00
    $38.00
  • 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
    Author: RUNDELL KATHERINE

    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
    $15.00
  • World Full of Animal Stories: 50 Favourite Animal Folk Tales, Myths & Legends
    World Full of Animal Stories: 50 Favourite Animal Folk Tales, Myths & Legends
    ISBN: 9781786030443
    Title: World Full of Animal Stories: 50 Favourite Animal Folk Tales, Myths & Legends
    Author: MCALLISTER ANGELA


    Travel the world with 50& best-loved tales, featuring& creatures big and small.& This beautifully-illustrated& collection of classic stories& brings together& favourite animal-themed& fables, myths and legends including The Three Little Pigs, The& Ugly& Duckling, Why the Swallow's Tail is Forked and& the story of Ananse and the Python.


    Lively retellings from Angela McAllister are brought to life with sumptuous illustrations from Romanian-born illustrator, Aitch, in this treasury to treasure.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Write to the Point: How to Be Clear, Correct & Persuasive on the Page
    Write to the Point: How to Be Clear, Correct & Persuasive on the Page
    ISBN: 9781781254783
    Title: Write to the Point: How to Be Clear, Correct & Persuasive on the Page
    Author: LEITH SAM

    Writing tends to make people anxious, and with good reason. The first sentence of a job application letter can consign it to the bin. A speech intended to rouse can put a room to sleep. A mistimed tweet can cost you your job. And a letter to a beloved may aim to convey feelings of tenderness but end up making the recipient laugh rather than melt. In this complete guide to persuasive writing, Sam Leith shows how to express yourself fully across any medium, and how to maximise your chances of getting your way in every situation. From work reports to Valentine cards, and from emails of condolence to tweets of complaint, Leith lays bare the secrets to successful communication, eloquence and off- and online etiquette. How do you write a job application, a thank-you card, or an email to your bank manager, to your children's headteacher, to your clients or your boss? How do you prepare a speech to win the argument, get the vote of confidence, or embarrass the bridegroom? Getting these things right - or wrong - can be life-changing. Succinct treatments of the most general principles of style and composition, as well as examinations of specific modes of address (What is a subtweet? How do I write a moving elegy?) are accompanied by concrete and well-illustrated dos and don'ts and examples of wins and fails. Astute, sprightly and illuminating, Write to the Point will give you the skills and confidence you need to get your message across on every occasion.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • 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
    Author: HAWKSLEY LUCINDA

    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
    $45.00
  • Writers Their Lives & Works
    Writers Their Lives & Works
    ISBN: 9780241301944
    Title: Writers Their Lives & Works
    Author: DORLING KINDERSLEY

    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
    $48.00
  • 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
    Author: CLARK ROY PETER

    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
    $35.00
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