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  • BOOKS THAT CHANGED HISTORY
    BOOKS THAT CHANGED HISTORY
    ISBN: 9780241289334
    Title: BOOKS THAT CHANGED HISTORY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: NOVEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    With a foreword by James Naughtie (British radio and news presenter for the BBC). Turn the pages of the most famous books of all time and marvel at the stories behind them. Over 75 of the world's most celebrated, rare, and seminal books are examined and explained in this stunning treasury. Books That Changed History is a unique encyclopedia spanning the history of the written word, from 3000 BCE to the modern day. Chronological chapters show the evolution of human knowledge and the changing ways in which books are made. Discover incredible coverage of history's most influential books including the Mahabharata, Shakespeare's First Folio, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Penguin's first ever paperbacks. From Darwin's groundbreaking On the Origin of Species to Louis Braille's conception of the Braille system that we still use today, these are world famous books that have had the biggest impact on history. Every book is presented with breathtaking photography and fascinating biographies of those who created them. Books That Changed History gathers dictionaries, diaries, plays, poems, treaties, and religious texts into one stunning celebration of the undisputed power of books.

    Imprint: DORLING KINDERSLEY
    RRP: $49.99
    Price: $49.99
  • BRIEF TAKE ON THE AUSTRALIAN NOVEL
    BRIEF TAKE ON THE AUSTRALIAN NOVEL
    VERNAY JEAN-FRANCOIS
    ISBN: 9781743054048
    Title: BRIEF TAKE ON THE AUSTRALIAN NOVEL
    Author: VERNAY JEAN-FRANCOIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From Jean-Fran├žois Vernay, A Brief Take on the Australian Novel offers a sweeping view of Australian writing since colonialism. Written from an outsider's perspective, this single-authored overview will appeal to readers through its playful, jargon-free and potentially contentious account of the Australian novel. Vernay offers a unique and insightful perspective on Australian literature.

    Like a film narrator, he speaks directly to the reader, offering close-ups on particular works alongside panoramic views of the literary landscape. One can imagine the reader as part of an audience in a darkened cinema, absorbed in exciting action on the silver screen.

    Born of an Australian mother and a French father, Jean-Fran├žois Vernay grew up in New Caledonia's multicultural community which shares some of Australia's characteristics, including a convict heritage and a complex history of settlement. Using Peter Carey and Christopher Koch as a starting point, he has been researching Australian fiction for 20 years and has published widely in the field, both in French and in English. Dr Vernay is an energetic critic, editor, creative writer and cultural commentator. His fiction and nonfiction books have appeared in France, Australia and in the United States.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.95

    Price: $29.95
  • BROADVIEW INTRODUCTION TO BOOK HISTORY
    BROADVIEW INTRODUCTION TO BOOK HISTORY
    LEVY MICHELLE
    ISBN: 9781554810871
    Title: BROADVIEW INTRODUCTION TO BOOK HISTORY
    Author: LEVY MICHELLE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    For over five hundred years in the West, a particular form of the book - the printed codex - has been woven into the fabric of our lives. It has been the default medium for publicly circulating information and entertainment, and has structured the work, leisure and religious devotion of countless people. Now, as the cultural centrality of the printed book is challenged, we are prompted to reassess its value and its place in the history of media change. Readable but rooted in current scholarship, this introductory guide to book history tries not to privilege any one disciplinary perspective or historical period. Rather, the guide and its accompanying anthology aim to help the reader to find his or her bearings within the field, and to provide a map with which to navigate book history more widely.

    Imprint: BROADVIEW
    RRP: $55.99

    Price: $55.99
  • CHEEKY MONKEY - WRITING NARRATIVE COMEDY
    CHEEKY MONKEY - WRITING NARRATIVE COMEDY
    FERGUSON TIM
    ISBN: 9780868198613
    Title: CHEEKY MONKEY - WRITING NARRATIVE COMEDY
    Author: FERGUSON TIM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A Laugh a Minute is written by one of Australias most accomplished
    performers and writers of comedy. The book is an analytical study and
    practitioners guide to the art and provides useful exercises to aid developing
    writers comedy-writing skills. It explores the seven distinct principles
    that have evolved for sitcom and takes the reader through each stage and how
    to apply it to their own writing.

    Imprint: CURRENCY
    RRP: $32.95
    Price: $32.95
  • CLOTHING OF BOOKS
    CLOTHING OF BOOKS
    LAHIRI JHUMPA
    ISBN: 9781408890165
    Title: CLOTHING OF BOOKS
    Author: LAHIRI JHUMPA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2017 NEW RELEASE

    How do you clothe a book?

    In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, sometimes, "the covers become a part of me."

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
  • COMPACT OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
    COMPACT OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
    3RD REVISED EDITION
    ISBN: 9780199532964
    Title: COMPACT OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
    Author: 3RD REVISED EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $59.95
    Price: $59.95
  • COMPENDIUM OF COLLECTIVE NOUNS : FROM AN ARMORY OF AARDVARKS TO A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS
    COMPENDIUM OF COLLECTIVE NOUNS : FROM AN ARMORY OF AARDVARKS TO A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS
    WOOP STUDIOS
    ISBN: 9781452108230
    Title: COMPENDIUM OF COLLECTIVE NOUNS : FROM AN ARMORY OF AARDVARKS TO A ZEAL OF ZEBRAS
    Author: WOOP STUDIOS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This illustrated reference compiles more than 2000 collective nouns and brings them to life in stunningly colourful, graphic artwork. Chock-full of treasures of the English language, the diversity of terms collected here covers plants and animals, people and things and range from the familiar to the downright obscure.

    Imprint: CHRONICLE
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY - THE 1911 CLASSIC FIRST EDITION
    CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY - THE 1911 CLASSIC FIRST EDITION
    CRYSTAL DAVID [INTRO]
    ISBN: 9780199696123
    Title: CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY - THE 1911 CLASSIC FIRST EDITION
    Author: CRYSTAL DAVID [INTRO]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $38.95
    Price: $38.95
  • CONCISE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
    CONCISE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
    12TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9780199601080
    Title: CONCISE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY
    Author: 12TH EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    100 years after its first publication, the twelfth edition of this world-famous bestseller gives the most up-to-date picture of the English language today. The original 1911 edition, revolutionary at the time for its focus on current English and its use of illustrative examples, combined a succinct yet approachable style with coverage of everyday as well as specialist terms. This centenary edition continues this ground-breaking tradition, giving you rich authoritative coverage of English as it is used today. Explore our language resources on oxforddictionaries.com, Oxford's home for dictionaries and language reference. Updated regularly with the latest changes to words and meanings, the site provides hundreds of thousands of definitions, synonyms, and pronunciations in a range of languages. Access the highest quality language content, built from our extensive research, for free on your desktop or device.

    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $63.99

    Price: $63.99
  • ELEMENTS OF ELOQUENCE : How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
    ELEMENTS OF ELOQUENCE : How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
    FORSYTH MARK
    ISBN: 9781785781728
    Title: ELEMENTS OF ELOQUENCE : How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
    Author: FORSYTH MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In an age unhealthily obsessed with substance, this is a book on the importance of pure style. From classic poetry to pop lyrics and from the King James Bible to advertising slogans, Mark Forsyth explains the secrets that make a phrase - such as 'Tiger, Tiger, burning bright', or 'To be or not to be' - memorable.

    In his inimitably entertaining and witty style he takes apart famous lines and shows how you too can write like Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde. Whether you're aiming for literary immortality or just an unforgettable one-liner, The Elements of Eloquence proves that you don't need to have anything to say - you simply need to say it well.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ENGLISH FOR THE NATIVES : DISCOVER THE GRAMMAR YOU DONT KNOW YOU KNOW
    ENGLISH FOR THE NATIVES : DISCOVER THE GRAMMAR YOU DONT KNOW YOU KNOW
    RITCHIE HARRY
    ISBN: 9781848548398
    Title: ENGLISH FOR THE NATIVES : DISCOVER THE GRAMMAR YOU DONT KNOW YOU KNOW
    Author: RITCHIE HARRY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'My first English lesson was grammar with the terrifying Mrs Petrie. She spent the entire time marching up and down the classroom, thwacking various items of school furniture with a ruler while she banged on about the ING part of the verb. I sat there, vibrating with fear, desperately trying to figure out what on earth she could mean. Irregular Negative Gerund? Intransitive Nominative Genitive? It was only years later, when I was teaching English to foreign students, that I realised that English grammar wasn't obscure and wilfully difficult but a fascinating subject which I was already brilliant at - and this book will prove that you are too.' Forget the little you think you know about English grammar and start afresh with this highly entertaining and accessible guide. English for the Natives outlines the rules and structures of our language as they are taught to foreign students - and have never before been explained to us. Harry Ritchie also examines the grammar of dialects as well as standard English and shows how non-standard forms are just as valid. With examples from a wide variety of sources, from Ali G to John Betjeman, Margaret Thatcher to Match of the Day, this essential book reveals some surprising truths about our language and teaches you all the things you didn't know you knew about grammar.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ETYMOLOGICON : A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    ETYMOLOGICON : A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    FORSYTH MARK
    ISBN: 9781785781704
    Title: ETYMOLOGICON : A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
    Author: FORSYTH MARK
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?

    The Etymologicon is all about the strange connections between words. It's an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

    It's become a classic of writing about the English language. If you're interested in etymology, you need to have read this book!

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EVERY WORD IS A BIRD WE TEACH TO SING : Encounters with the Mysteries & Meanings of Language
    EVERY WORD IS A BIRD WE TEACH TO SING : Encounters with the Mysteries & Meanings of Language
    TAMMET DANIEL
    ISBN: 9780340961377
    Title: EVERY WORD IS A BIRD WE TEACH TO SING : Encounters with the Mysteries & Meanings of Language
    Author: TAMMET DANIEL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2017 NEW RELEAS

    A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language(s) - and those who speak, study, and invent them - by the bestselling author of BORN ON A BLUE DAY and THINKING IN NUMBERS.

    Is vocabulary destiny? Why do clocks 'talk' to the Nahua people of Mexico? Will A.I. researchers ever produce true human-machine dialogue? In this mesmerizing collection of essays, Daniel Tammet answers these and many other questions about the intricacy and profound power of language.

    In EVERY WORD IS A BIRD WE TEACH TO SING, Tammet goes back in time to explore the numeric language of his autistic childhood; in Iceland, he learns why the name Bl r became a court case; in Canada, he meets one of the world's most accomplished lip readers. He chats with chatbots; contrives an 'e'-less essay on lipograms; studies the grammar of the telephone; contemplates the significance of disappearing dialects; and corresponds with native Esperanto speakers - in their mother tongue.

    A joyous romp through the world of words, letters, stories, and meanings, EVERY WORD IS A BIRD WE TEACH TO SING explores the way communication shapes reality. From the art of translation to the lyricism of sign language, these essays display the stunning range of Tammet's literary and polyglot talents.

    Imprint: HODDER & STOUGHTON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    PIZZEY GRAHAM / KNIGHT FRANK
    ISBN: 9780732291938
    Title: FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF AUSTRALIA 9TH EDITION
    Author: PIZZEY GRAHAM / KNIGHT FRANK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The definitive and most respected guide to Australian bird identification and a must for both experts and amateurs. First published in 1980, Graham Pizzey's field guide combines a depth and breadth of knowledge with beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Frank Knight. This 9th edition is even more user-friendly than the 8th edition. The species entries are ordered as per the new taxonomic order of C&B 2008 and the guide is more suitable to be used as a quick reference due to the inclusion of associated colour-tabs. It has also been brought up-to-date with the inclusion of a number of new species, encompassing significantly more Vagrants (very occasional visitors to Australia, mostly storm assisted) which will have their own discrete Vagrants section at the back of the book. It also contains a longer Quick Reference Guide than the 8th edition, spanning over a few pages, with presenting images alongside the species group names.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $45.00
    Price: $45.00
  • FOR WHO THE BELL TOLLS : THE ESSENTIAL AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO GRAMMAR
    FOR WHO THE BELL TOLLS : THE ESSENTIAL AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO GRAMMAR
    MARSH DAVID
    ISBN: 9781783350520
    Title: FOR WHO THE BELL TOLLS : THE ESSENTIAL AND ENTERTAINING GUIDE TO GRAMMAR
    Author: MARSH DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Explains the grammar that people really need to know, such as the fact that an apostrophe is the difference between a company that knows its s*** and a company that knows it's s***, or the importance of capital letters to avoid ambiguity in such sentences as "I helped my Uncle Jack off his horse."

    Imprint: GUARDIAN BOOKS
    RRP: $21.99

    Price: $21.99
  • FUCKING APOSTROPHES
    FUCKING APOSTROPHES
    GRIFFIN SIMON
    ISBN: 9781785781414
    Title: FUCKING APOSTROPHES
    Author: GRIFFIN SIMON
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A hilarious, furious and profoundly useful short guide to the most maddening punctuation in English.

    Apostrophes are a f'ing pain. The rules about how to use them are complicated, and have evolved haphazardly.

    Originally written as advice by a copywriter for designers - wont to insert and remove apostrophes at will, for visual effect - this is a light-hearted, pocket-sized guide to getting the f'ing things right.

    Simon Griffin lets off steam so that we don't have to, showing precisely why 'Rhianna and Jennifer's photos were all over the internet' is quite different to 'Rhianna's and Jennifer's photos' or what words apostrophes are replacing in sentences such as 'He'd like you to buy him some cocaine', or 'They've got it all on camera.'

    Elegantly produced, this is the perfect gift for any pedant, as well as an indispensable guide in all our moments of grammar-related frustration.

    WARNING: CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE!

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $16.99

    Price: $16.99
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