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  • 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
  • GATE OF LILACS : A VERSE COMMENTARY ON PROUST   **Special Price**
    GATE OF LILACS : A VERSE COMMENTARY ON PROUST **Special Price**
    JAMES CLIVE
    ISBN: 9781509812356
    Title: GATE OF LILACS : A VERSE COMMENTARY ON PROUST **Special Price**
    Author: JAMES CLIVE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Over a period of fifteen years Clive James learned French by almost no other method than reading À la recherche du temps perdu. Then he spent half a century trying to get up to speed with Proust's great novel in two different languages. Gate of Lilacs is the unique product of James's love and engagement with Proust's eternal masterpiece.

    With À la recherche du temps perdu, Proust, in James's words, 'followed his creative instinct all the way until his breath gave out', and now James has done the same. In Gate of Lilacs, James, a brilliant critical essayist and poet, has blended the two forms into one.

    I had always thought the critical essay and the poem were closely related forms . . . If I wanted to talk about Proust's poetry beyond the basic level of talking about his language - if I wanted to talk about the poetry of his thought - then the best way to do it might be to write a poem.There is nothing like a poem for transmitting a mental flavour. Instead of trying to describe it, you can evoke it.

    In the end, if À la recherche du temps perdu is a book devoted almost entirely to its author's gratitude for life, for love, and for art, this much smaller book is devoted to its author's gratitude for Proust.

    Imprint: PICADOR
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $10.00
  • HAVE YOU EATEN GRANDMA?
    HAVE YOU EATEN GRANDMA?
    BRANDRETH GYLES
    ISBN: 9780241352632
    Title: HAVE YOU EATEN GRANDMA?
    Author: BRANDRETH GYLES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    It can be much harder than it seems; commas, colons, semi-colons and even apostrophes can drive us all mad at times, but it riles no one more than the longest-serving resident of Countdown's Dictionary Corner, grammar guru Gyles Brandreth.

    In this brilliantly funny tirade and guide, Gyles anatomizes the linguistic horrors of our times, tells us where we've been going wrong (and why) and shows us how, in future, we can get it right every time. Is 'alright' all right? You'll find out right here. From dangling clauses to gerunds, you'll also discover why Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

    In Have You Eaten Grandma? he waxes lyrical about the importance of language as, after all, it is what we use to define ourselves and, ultimately, is what makes us human.

    Imprint: MICHAEL JOSEPH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • HOW TO BE A WRITER : WHO SMASHES DEADLINES CRUSHES EDITORS AND LIVES IN A SOLID GOLD HOVERCRAFT
    HOW TO BE A WRITER : WHO SMASHES DEADLINES CRUSHES EDITORS AND LIVES IN A SOLID GOLD HOVERCRAFT
    BIRMINGHAM JOHN
    ISBN: 9781742234847
    Title: HOW TO BE A WRITER : WHO SMASHES DEADLINES CRUSHES EDITORS AND LIVES IN A SOLID GOLD HOVERCRAFT
    Author: BIRMINGHAM JOHN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This gonzo guide is a lesson in the practicalities of writing: how to be productive, professional and maybe one day even pay the rent.

    Topics covered include ‘How to slay writer’s block’, ‘What the hell is workflow?’, ‘How to write 10,000 words in a day’ and ‘The best apps for writers’.

    How to Be a Writer is a kick-arse writing guide with a tough-love approach, written for the internet generation. John Birmingham is lauded as a prolific writer working across multiple genres. Here he shares his secrets. And some hard-core, real-world practical advice. And a few excellent descriptions of explosions.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • HOW TO WRITE LIKE TOLSTOY : A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers
    HOW TO WRITE LIKE TOLSTOY : A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers
    COHEN RICHARD
    ISBN: 9781786071651
    Title: HOW TO WRITE LIKE TOLSTOY : A Journey into the Minds of Our Greatest Writers
    Author: COHEN RICHARD
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A Spectator Best Book of the Year

    For anyone who has ever identified with a character from fiction, been seduced by a first sentence or been profoundly moved by a story's end, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a wonderful and illuminating journey into the minds and imaginations of the world's greatest writers.

    What made Nabokov choose the name Lolita? Why did Fitzgerald tell The Great Gatsby in the first person? How did Kerouac, who raged against revision, finally come to revise On the Road? Why did Martin Amis give up on writing about sex? Veteran editor Richard Cohen draws on a vast and eclectic reservoir of knowledge to reveal what makes good prose soar. From plot and character development to dialogue and point of view, the motivations, obsessions, tricks and talents of a host of great novelists are brought to the fore, their published works mined and private beliefs unearthed. There's the nature of originality as plagiarism is discussed, and a weighing of the odds when trying to write about physical intimacies. And how to begin…Or end? From first page to last, How to Write Like Tolstoy is a unique exploration of the act and art of writing, one which enriches our experience of reading both the classics and the best modern fiction, and provokes in us an overwhelming urge to read and to write.

    Imprint: ONE WORLD
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ILLUSTRATED DUST JACKET 1920-1970
    ILLUSTRATED DUST JACKET 1920-1970
    SALISBURY MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780500519134
    Title: ILLUSTRATED DUST JACKET 1920-1970
    Author: SALISBURY MARTIN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the modern era, the "beautiful book," an art object in its own right, has become the key to the ongoing attraction of print publishing as physical books continue to distinguish themselves from the screen. Author Martin Salisbury traces the evolution of the book jacket from its functional origins as a plain dust protector for expensively bound books to its elaboration as an artistic device to catch the eye of browsing book buyers. The increasing awareness of the jacket's potential to serve as a marketing tool across various areas of the publishing world--from literary fiction to academic titles, and children's books--meant a proliferation of illustrative treatments. The book jackets reproduced here reflect the changing visual styles and motifs of the passing century, beginning with the Art Deco period and continuing through Modernism, the playful Thirties, the pre- and postwar Neo-Romantics, the new consumerism and realist subject matter of the Fifties, and the Pop Art of the Sixties. Featuring talent from the US and UK, Cover Up: The Illustrated Book Jacket explores the pictorial dust jacket through a selection of more than 300 key works and artists that influenced the course of book jacket design.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $50.00

    Price: $50.00
  • IN SEARCH OF LOST BOOKS
    IN SEARCH OF LOST BOOKS
    VAN STRATEN GIORGIO
    ISBN: 9781782273721
    Title: IN SEARCH OF LOST BOOKS
    Author: VAN STRATEN GIORGIO
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    These are the mythical books that were burnt, torn, stolen, or simply disappeared, but which certainly existed. In this elegiac and gripping volume, Giorgio van Straten is by turns detective and spy, traveller and scholar, as he sifts through clues, pursues leads, and interviews experts to discover the stories of these eight lost tomes, and their authors. His pursuit takes him around the world, and across decades, to discover serendipitous encounters and unexpected connections. From Byron's England to Sylvia Plath's, and on to France in the 1920s and Hemingway, across Gogol's Russia and from there to the Spanish frontier where Walter Benjamin tried to flee his destiny, from Nazi-occupied Poland where Bruno Schulz was killed in an argument between German officers and finally to a remote village in Canada where Malcolm Lowry took refuge ...

    Romano Bilenchi The Avenue
    Lord Byron Memoirs
    Ernest Hemingway Juvenilia
    Bruno Schulz The Messiah
    Nikolai Gogol Dead Souls (part II)
    Malcolm Lowry In Ballast to the White Sea
    Walter Benjamin What was in the Black Suitcase
    Sylvia Plath Double Exposure
    These are the lost books.

    Imprint: PUSHKIN PRESS
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE : Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers 1850-1917
    IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE : Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers 1850-1917
    KLINGER LESLIE S
    ISBN: 9781681776309
    Title: IN THE SHADOW OF AGATHA CHRISTIE : Classic Crime Fiction by Forgotten Female Writers 1850-1917
    Author: KLINGER LESLIE S
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Agatha Christie is undoubtedly the world's best-selling mystery author, hailed as the "Queen of Crime," with worldwide sales in the billions. Christie burst onto the literary scene in 1920, with The Mysterious Affair at Styles; her last novel was published in 1976, a career longer than even Conan Doyle's forty-year span.The truth is that it was due to the success of writers like Anna Katherine Green in America; L. T. Meade, C. L. Pirkis, the Baroness Orczy, and Elizabeth Corbett in England; and Mary Fortune in Australia that the doors were finally opened for women crime-writers.

    Authors who followed them, such as Patricia Wentworth, Dorothy Sayers, and, of course, Agatha Christie would not have thrived without the bold, fearless work of their predecessors-and the genre would be much poorer for their absence. So while Agatha Christie may still reign supreme, it is important to remember that she did not ascend that throne except on the shoulders of the women who came before her-and inspired her-and who are now removed from her shadow once and for all by this superb new anthology by Leslie S. Klinger.

    Featuring: Mary Fortune, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Ellen Wood, Elizabeth Corbett, C. L. Pirkis, Geraldine Bonner, Ellen Glasgow, L. T. Meade, Baroness Orczy, Augusta Großer, M. E. Graddon, Anna Katherine Green, Carolyn Wells, Susan Glashell

    Imprint: PEGASUS BOOKS
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    WILTSHIRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780521024990
    Title: JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    Author: WILTSHIRE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jane Austen has been read as a novelist of manners, whose work discreetly avoids discussing the physical. John Wiltshire shows, on the contrary, how important are faces and bodies in her texts, from complainers and invalids like Mrs Bennet and Mr Woodhouse, to the frail, debilitated Fanny Price, the vulnerable Jane Fairfax, and the 'picture of health', Emma. Talk about health and illness in the novels is abundant, and constitutes community, but it also serves to disguise the operation of social and gender politics. Behind the medical paraphernalia and incidents are serious concerns with the nature of power as exerted through and on the body, and with the manifold meanings of illness. 'Nerves', 'spirits', and sensibility figure largely in these books, and Jane Austen is seen to offer a critique of the gendering power of illness and nursing or attendance upon illness. Drawing both on modern - medical and feminist - theories of illness and the body as well as on eighteenth-century medical sources to illuminate the novels, this book offers new and controversial, but also scholarly, readings of these familiar texts.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $63.99

    Price: $63.99
  • LIBRARY BOOK
    LIBRARY BOOK
    SCHIFF THOMAS R
    ISBN: 9781597113748
    Title: LIBRARY BOOK
    Author: SCHIFF THOMAS R
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In pre–Revolutionary War America, libraries were member-driven collections for the elite; it was not until 1790 that Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the first public lending library. Throughout the subsequent centuries the library has evolved, but always remained central to the cultural life of the nation.

    Thomas R. Schiff’s photographs trace the history of the library through aesthetic and style while featuring legendary architects such as Charles F. McKim; Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; and I. M. Pei.

    The Library Book beautifully captures the shifting architectural styles and missions of the library in sweeping 360-degree panoramas from the very earliest American libraries to the modernist masterpieces of Louis I. Kahn and others.

    In his introductory essay, acclaimed author and library lover Alberto Manguel considers the story of the library in America, its evolving architecture and cultural role, and how the American model reflects the archetypal idea of the universal library.

    Including brief descriptions of each unique library, this book brings bibliophiles into one hundred libraries across the nation.

    Imprint: APERTURE
    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
  • LIBRARY MISCELLANY
    LIBRARY MISCELLANY
    COCK-STARKEY CLAIRE
    ISBN: 9781851244720
    Title: LIBRARY MISCELLANY
    Author: COCK-STARKEY CLAIRE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What can be found in the Vatican's Secret Archive?

    How many books did Charles Darwin's library aboard the Beagle hold?

    Which library is home to a colony of bats?

    Bursting with potted histories, quirky facts and enlightening lists, this book explores every aspect of the library, celebrating not only these remarkable institutions but also the individuals behind their awe-inspiring collections.

    From the ancient library at Alexandria to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, A Library Miscellany explores institutions both old and new, from the university library to that of the humble village. It opens the door to unusual collections such as herbaria, magic libraries and even the library of smells, and charts the difficulties of cataloguing books deemed to be subversive, heretical, libellous or obscene.

    Packed with unusual facts and statistics, this is the perfect volume for library enthusiasts, bibliophiles and readers everywhere.

    Imprint: BODLEIAN LIBRARY
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • LITERATURE BOOK
    LITERATURE BOOK
    ISBN: 9780241015469
    Title: LITERATURE BOOK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    From Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to Shelley's Frankenstein, The Literature Book is the ultimate collection of the greatest literature ever written. Documenting over 100 best-selling books, plays and poetry from all over the world, including Latin American and African fiction, The Literature Book encompasses celebrated masterpieces from the most renowned authors to have ever lived. Stunning images and inspirational quotes jump out from the pages, as detailed plot summaries and helpful context bring the timeless works of literature to life. The book also offers a deeper look into the famed fiction of Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde and more, as in-depth literary criticism and interesting authorial biographies give each work of literature a new meaning. In The Literature Book, the world's most iconic literature and greatest writers come together for a fascinating journey through time that is a must-have for any literature student or fan of fiction.



    Imprint: DORLING KINDERSLEY
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • MACQUARIE CONCISE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    MACQUARIE CONCISE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    SEVENTH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781742619828
    Title: MACQUARIE CONCISE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    Author: SEVENTH EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Macquarie Concise Dictionary, like its parent dictionary, continues to adapt to reflect Australian English. It is both international and uniquely Australian, making it the standard dictionary for all Australians. The richness of Macquarie distilled into a compact format, the Concise meets the needs of the general reader in a book which is accessible, portable and easy-to-use.

    The Seventh Edition features:
    - hundreds of new words and definitions such as Bechdel test, fat-shame, freecycle, lane filtering, robopoll
    - words relating to technology, the internet and social media, such as big data, cyberwarrior, digital tattoo, domotics, dox, listicle, live-tweet, smart buoy
    - words and phrases from regional Australia, such as early minute, four-pointer, mufti day, Stobie pole
    - illustrative phrases which clearly show how a word is used in context
    - extensive usage notes
    - etymologies

    Imprint: MACQUARIE LIBRARY
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • MACQUARIE CONCISE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    MACQUARIE CONCISE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    SEVENTH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781742619835
    Title: MACQUARIE CONCISE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    Author: SEVENTH EDITION
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Macquarie Concise Dictionary, like its parent dictionary, continues to adapt to reflect Australian English. It is both international and uniquely Australian, making it the standard dictionary for all Australians. The richness of Macquarie distilled into a compact format, the Concise meets the needs of the general reader in a book which is accessible, portable and easy-to-use.

    The Seventh Edition features:
    - hundreds of new words and definitions such as Bechdel test, fat-shame, freecycle, lane filtering, robopoll
    - words relating to technology, the internet and social media, such as big data, cyberwarrior, digital tattoo, domotics, dox, listicle, live-tweet, smart buoy
    - words and phrases from regional Australia, such as early minute, four-pointer, mufti day, Stobie pole
    - illustrative phrases which clearly show how a word is used in context
    - extensive usage notes
    - etymologies

    Imprint: MACQUARIE LIBRARY
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    7TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781742619811
    Title: MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - Seventh Edition
    Author: 7TH EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Since the Macquarie Dictionary was first published in 1981, its reputation as Australia's national dictionary has gone from strength to strength. It is now nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English.

    A comprehensive and up-to-date account of our variety of English, it not only includes all those words and senses peculiar to Australian English, but also those common to the whole English-speaking world.

    The Seventh Edition features:

    · a comprehensive record of English as it is used in Australia, with evidence from corpus data, including Macquarie's own corpus of Australian English, Ozcorp
    · thousands of new words and senses, such as grandcare, rumbler alarm, fitspiration, modest wear, cool burn, freecycle, grolar bear, digital tattoo, listicle, captain's call, robopoll, vamping, spiraliser and slackpacking
    · illustrative phrases, many from Australian literature, which clearly show how a word is used in context
    · words and phrases from regional Australia, such as boondie, prickly jack, bungarra, dragon's teeth and goose club
    · words, both formal and informal, that date back to the Australian military experience of WW1, such as gezumpher, bullring and green envelope
    · extensive usage notes
    · etymologies of words and phrases
    · foreword by Kate Grenville, international award-winning Australian author

    Imprint: MACQUARIE LIBRARY
    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
  • MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - SIXTH EDITION   **Special Price**
    MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - SIXTH EDITION **Special Price**
    6TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781876429898
    Title: MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - SIXTH EDITION **Special Price**
    Author: 6TH EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sixth edition of the Macquarie Dictionary is a comprehensive and up-to-date account of Australian English


    Since the Macquarie Dictionary was first published in 1981, its reputation as Australia's national dictionary has gone from strength to strength. It is now nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English. A comprehensive and up-to-date account of our variety of English, it not only includes all those words and senses peculiar to Australian English, but also those common to the whole English-speaking world. The Sixth Edition features: - the complete record of English as it is used in Australia, from the colourfully colloquial to the highly technical - thousands of new words and senses, such as apera, bladerunner, dramality, frape, yarn bombing, urban homesteading, virtual choir, mummy blog, and many more - words relating to the environment and climate change, such as blue revolution, envirocrime, flood pulse, green tape, novel ecosystem, rock fillet, and many more - illustrative phrases, many from Australian literature, which clearly show how a word is used in context - words and phrases from regional Australia as chonks for "lollies" from Victoria, gent for a "maggot" from South Australia, and anchovy for "whitebait" from Tasmania - words and phrases from other varieties of English which impinge on Australian English, as British English and American English, and English in Southeast Asia, India, and China - extensive usage notes - etymologies of words and phrases



    Imprint: MACQUARIE LIBRARY
    RRP: $99.99

    Price: $24.99
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