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  • BOOKS MAKE A HOME : Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books
    BOOKS MAKE A HOME : Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books
    THOMPSON DAMIAN
    ISBN: 9781849758994
    Title: BOOKS MAKE A HOME : Elegant Ideas for Storing and Displaying Books
    Author: THOMPSON DAMIAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Books fulfil myriad functions in our lives. They provide essential information, foster enthusiasms and spark memories. But these personal treasures also add colour and a true sense of personality to our homes.

    Books Make a Home explores the important role they play as decoration, as well as functional items. Author and bibliophile Damian Thompson tours the rooms of the home in turn, discovering a host of techniques for stacking, shelving and closeting volumes, and illustrating how each space can be brought to life by books. Alongside inspirational photography is a wealth of practical design solutions for each space and every size of collection. You will learn how to make the best use of existing storage and create new space for an ever-growing collection; how to combine books with other personal effects to create eye-catching displays; and helpful feature spreads will illustrate how to organize and care for your books.

    Beautifully presented and elegantly written, scattered with quotes from famous readers throughout, Books Make a Home is an insightful guide to enjoying books with the eye as well as with the mind.

    Imprint: RYLAND PETERS & SMALL
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • BOOKS THAT CHANGED HISTORY
    BOOKS THAT CHANGED HISTORY
    ISBN: 9780241289334
    Title: BOOKS THAT CHANGED HISTORY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • 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-François 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-François 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
  • CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES : A YEARBOOK OF FORGOTTEN WORDS
    CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES : A YEARBOOK OF FORGOTTEN WORDS
    JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781783963584
    Title: CABINET OF LINGUISTIC CURIOSITIES : A YEARBOOK OF FORGOTTEN WORDS
    Author: JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A whole year's worth of linguistic curiosities, just waiting to be discovered.; Within these pages you might leap back in time, learn about linguistic trivia, follow a curious thread or wonder at the web of connections in the English language.; 1 January quaaltagh (n.) the first person you meet on New Year's Day; 1 April dorbellist (n.) a fool, a dull-witted dolt; 12 May word-grubber (n.) someone who uses obscure or difficult words in everyday conversation; 25 September theic (adj.) an excessive drinker of tea; 24 December doniferous (adj.) carrying a gift; Paul Anthony Jones has unearthed a wealth of strange and forgotten words: illuminating some aspect of the day, or simply telling a cracking good yarn, each reveals a story. Written with a light touch that belies the depth of research it contains, this is both a fascinating compendium of etymology and a captivating historical miscellany. Dip into this beautiful book to be delighted and intrigued throughout the year.

    Imprint: ELLIOTT AND THOMPSON
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • DAEMON VOICES : Essays on Storytelling
    DAEMON VOICES : Essays on Storytelling
    PULLMAN PHILIP
    ISBN: 9781910200964
    Title: DAEMON VOICES : Essays on Storytelling
    Author: PULLMAN PHILIP
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A masterful collection of essays on storytelling by Philip Pullman, one of our greatest writers.

    Imprint: DAVID FICKLING BOOKS
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451 : A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to Her Books
    DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451 : A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to Her Books
    SPENCE ANNIE
    ISBN: 9781785783098
    Title: DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451 : A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to Her Books
    Author: SPENCE ANNIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A librarian's laugh-out-loud funny, deeply moving collection of love letters and break-up notes to the books in her life.

    Have you ever wished you could tell your favourite books just what they mean to you? Or wanted to give a piece of your mind to the 'must-read' book that you wish you hadn't? Librarian Annie Spence has done just that, writing letters to the books under her care, from love letters to Matilda and The Goldfinch, to snarky break-up notes to Fifty Shades of Grey and The Hobbit.

    Annie's letters will make you laugh, remind you why you love your favourite books, and give you lots of new entries for your reading list. She's also on-hand to help out with your bookish dilemmas: recommendations for lazy readers; excuses to tell your friends when you'd rather stay home reading; and how to turn your lover into a reader.

    Hilarious, compassionate and smart, Dear Fahrenheit 451 is the consummate book-lover's book.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DEVOTION
    DEVOTION
    SMITH PATTI
    ISBN: 9780300218626
    Title: DEVOTION
    Author: SMITH PATTI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic—its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture’s beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.

    Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession—a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus’s house, the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. She tracks down Simone Weil’s grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano’s novels. Whether writing in a café or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.

    Imprint: YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • DRAFT NO 4 : On the Writing Process
    DRAFT NO 4 : On the Writing Process
    MCPHEE JOHN
    ISBN: 9781925603651
    Title: DRAFT NO 4 : On the Writing Process
    Author: MCPHEE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The long-awaited guide to writing long-form non-fiction by the legendary author and teacher.

    In Draft No. 4 John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his long career, and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most highly regarded writers of our time. He discusses structure, diction and tone, observing that ‘readers are not supposed to notice the structure. It is meant to be about as visible as someone’s bones’.

    This book is a vivid depiction of the writing process, enriched by personal reflections on the life of a writer. Everything in this luminous book is enlivened by McPhee’s keen sense of writing as a way of being in the world.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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