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  • ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY : AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA TO THE PRESENT
    ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY : AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA TO THE PRESENT
    LOPATE PHILLIP
    ISBN: 9780385423397
    Title: ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY : AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE CLASSICAL ERA TO THE PRESENT
    Author: LOPATE PHILLIP
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    For more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love and disappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk -- to offer insight into the human condition and the great social and political issues of the day. The Art of the Personal Essay is the first anthology to celebrate this fertile genre. By presenting more than seventy-five personal essays, including influential forerunners from ancient Greece, Rome, and the Far East, masterpieces from the dawn of the personal essay in the sixteenth century, and a wealth of the finest personal essays from the last four centuries, editor Phillip Lopate, himself an acclaimed essayist, displays the tradition of the personal essay in all its historical grandeur, depth, and diversity.

    Imprint: ANCHOR DOUBLEDAY
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ARTFUL
    ARTFUL
    SMITH ALI
    ISBN: 9780241959572
    Title: ARTFUL
    Author: SMITH ALI
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, this title is narrated by a character who is haunted - literally - by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. It explores form, style, life, love, death, mortality, immortality and what art and writing can mean.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • AS I LAY DYING
    AS I LAY DYING
    FAULKNER WILLIAM
    ISBN: 9780099479314
    Title: AS I LAY DYING
    Author: FAULKNER WILLIAM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The death and burial of Addie Bundren is told by members of her family, as they cart the coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi, to bury her among her people. And as the intense desires, fears and rivalries of the family are revealed in the vernacular of the Deep South, Faulkner presents a portrait of extraordinary power - as epic as the Old Testament, as American as Huckleberry Finn.


    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ASHENDEN
    ASHENDEN
    MAUGHAM W SOMERSET
    ISBN: 9780099289708
    Title: ASHENDEN
    Author: MAUGHAM W SOMERSET
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A celebrated writer by the time the war broke out in 1914, Maugham had the perfect cover for living in Switzerland. Multilingual and knowledgeable about many European countries, he was dispatched by the Secret Service to Lucerne - under the guise of completing a play. An assignment whose danger and drama appealed both to his sense of romance and of the ridiculous. The stories collected in ASHENDEN are rooted in Maugham's own experiences as an agent, reflecting the ruthlessness and brutality of espionage, its intrigue and treachery, as well as absurdity.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • ASK THE DUST
    ASK THE DUST
    FANTE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780857862372
    Title: ASK THE DUST
    Author: FANTE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Arturo Bandini arrives in Los Angeles with big dreams but is faced with the grim reality of poverty.

    When he makes a small fortune from the publication of a short story, he embarks upon a reinvention, indulging in expensive clothes, fine food and downtown strip clubs. But Bandini's delusions take a worrying turn when he is drawn into a relationship with Camilla Lopez, a beautiful but troubled young woman who will be responsible for his greatest downfall.

    Ask the Dust is an unforgettable novel about outsiders looking in on a town built on celluloid dreams.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ASK THE DUST
    ASK THE DUST
    FANTE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781786896209
    Title: ASK THE DUST
    Author: FANTE JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: December 2018 New Release

    One of the great novels of LA, a semi-autobiographical story of a struggling writer.

    Arturo Bandini arrives in Los Angeles with big dreams. But the reality he finds is a city gripped by poverty.

    When he makes a small fortune from the publication of a short story, he reinvents himself, indulging in expensive clothes, fine food and downtown strip clubs. But Bandini's delusions take a worrying turn when he is drawn into a relationship with Camilla Lopez, a beautiful but troubled young woman who will be responsible for his greatest downfall.

    Ask the Dust is an unforgettable novel about outsiders looking in on a town built on celluloid dreams.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER : STORIES
    ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER : STORIES
    MANTEL HILARY
    ISBN: 9780007580996
    Title: ASSASSINATION OF MARGARET THATCHER : STORIES
    Author: MANTEL HILARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'.

    Hilary Mantel is one of Britain's most accomplished, acclaimed and garlanded writers. Uniquely, her last two novels, Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies, both won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

    In this new collection of ten stories, all her gifts of characterisation, observation and intelligence are once again fully on display. With settings ranging from Saudi Arabia to Greece to London, they reveal a great writer at the peak of her powers.

    Imprint: FOURTH ESTATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ASTONISHING THE GODS
    ASTONISHING THE GODS
    OKRI BEN
    ISBN: 9781784082550
    Title: ASTONISHING THE GODS
    Author: OKRI BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A modern fable about one man's search for visibility on an enchanted island.

    Imprint: HEAD OF ZEUS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • ASYMMETRY
    ASYMMETRY
    HALLIDAY LISA
    ISBN: 9781783783960
    Title: ASYMMETRY
    Author: HALLIDAY LISA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In New York, Alice, a young editor, begins an affair with Ezra Blazer, a world-famous, much older writer.

    At Heathrow airport, Amar, an Iraqi-American economist en route to Kurdistan, finds himself detained for the weekend. What draws these characters together, and how do their lives connect?

    Playful and inventive, tender and humane, Asymmetry is a novel which illuminates the power plays and imbalances of contemporary life - between young and old, West and Middle East, fairness and injustice, talent and luck, and the personal and the political. It introduces a major new literary talent, writing about the world today with astonishing versatility, acuity and daring.

    Imprint: GRANTA
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • AT DUSK
    AT DUSK
    SOK-YONG HWANG
    ISBN: 9781925322934
    Title: AT DUSK
    Author: SOK-YONG HWANG
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    In the evening of his life, a wealthy man begins to wonder if he might have missed the point.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • AT LAST   #5
    AT LAST #5
    ST AUBYN EDWARD
    ISBN: 9780330435925
    Title: AT LAST #5
    Author: ST AUBYN EDWARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    As friends, relatives and foes trickle in to pay their final respects to his mother Eleanor, Patrick Melrose finds himself questioning whether a life without parents will be the liberation he has so long imagined. Yet as the memorial service ends and the family gathers one last time, amidst the social niceties and the social horrors, the calms and the rapids, Patrick begins to sense a new current: the chance of some form of safety -- at last.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ATLAS OF IMPOSSIBLE LONGING
    ATLAS OF IMPOSSIBLE LONGING
    ROY ANURADHA
    ISBN: 9781847247643
    Title: ATLAS OF IMPOSSIBLE LONGING
    Author: ROY ANURADHA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Beginning in 1907 with the founding of a factory in Songarh, a small provincial town where narrow attitudes prevail, the story is of three generations of an Indian family, brilliantly told, in which a sensitive and intelligent foundling boy orphan who is casteless and without religion and Bakul, the motherless granddaughter of the house, grow up together. The boy, Mukunda, spends his time as a servant in the house or reading the books of Mrs Barnum, an Anglo-Englishwoman whose life was saved long ago by Bakul's grandmother, by now demented by loneliness. Mrs Barnum gives Mukunda the run of her house, but as he and Bakul grow, they become aware that their intense closeness is becoming something else, and Bakul's father is warned to separate them. He banishes Mukunda to a school in Calcutta. The many strands of this intensely fashioned narrative converge when Mukunda, by now a successful businessman, returns to Songarh years after he has been exiled from the only home he knew, to resolve the family's destiny.


    Imprint: MACLEHOSE
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ATONEMENT
    ATONEMENT
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780099429791
    Title: ATONEMENT
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen- year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country hosue. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AUGUSTUS
    AUGUSTUS
    WILLIAMS JOHN
    ISBN: 9780099445081
    Title: AUGUSTUS
    Author: WILLIAMS JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    After the brutal murder of his great-uncle, Julius Caesar, Octavian, a shy and scholarly youth of nineteen, suddenly finds himself heir to the vast power of Rome. He is destined, despite vicious power struggles, bloody wars and family strife, to transform his realm and become the greatest ruler the western world had ever seen.

    Imprint: VINTAGE CLASSICS
    RRP: $14.99

    Price: $14.99
  • AUNTS STORY
    AUNTS STORY
    WHITE PATRICK
    ISBN: 9780143791027
    Title: AUNTS STORY
    Author: WHITE PATRICK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Australia's first Nobel Prize-winning author. With the death of her mother, middle-aged Theodora Goodman contemplates the desert of her life. Freed from the trammels of convention, she leaves Australia for a European tour and becomes involved with the residents of a small French hotel. But creating other people's lives, even in love and pity, can lead to madness. Her ability to reconcile joy and sorrow is an unbearable torture to her. On the journey home, Theodora finds there is little to choose between the reality of illusion and the illusion of reality. She looks for peace, even if it is beyond the borders of insanity.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • AUSTERLITZ
    AUSTERLITZ
    SEBALD W G
    ISBN: 9780241951804
    Title: AUSTERLITZ
    Author: SEBALD W G
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

    'A superb meditation on time, loss and retrieval. A new kind of writing, combining fiction, memoir, travelogue, philosophy and much else besides . . . greatness in literature is still possible' John Banville, Irish Times, Books of the year

    In 1939, five-year-old Jacques Austerlitz is sent to England on a Kindertransport and placed with foster parents. This childless couple promptly erase from the boy all knowledge of his identity and he grows up ignorant of his past. Later in life, after a career as an architectural historian, Austerlitz - having avoided all clues that might point to his origin - finds the past returning to haunt him and he is forced to explore what happened fifty years before.

    'A work of obvious genius and an extraordinary writer way above most of his contemporaries' Literary Review

    'Mesmeric, haunting and heartbreakingly tragic. Simply no other writer is writing or thinking on the same level as Sebald. A profound, alluring masterwork of singular genius' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

    'An extraordinary, mesmeric story and one of the most haunting books of the year'

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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