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  • MAKING MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS
    MAKING MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS
    DE HAMEL CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9781851244683
    Title: MAKING MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPTS
    Author: DE HAMEL CHRISTOPHER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Many beautiful illuminated manuscripts survive from the Middle Ages and can be seen in libraries and museums throughout Europe. But who were the skilled craftsmen who made these exquisite books? What precisely is parchment? How were medieval manuscripts designed and executed? What were the inks and pigments, and how were they applied? This book looks at the work of scribes, illuminators and book binders.

    Based principally on examples in the Bodleian Library, this lavishly illustrated account tells the story of manuscript production from the early Middle Ages through to the high Renaissance. Each stage of production is described in detail, from the preparation of the parchment, pens, paints and inks to the writing of the scripts and the final decoration and illumination of the manuscript. This book also explains the role of the stationer or bookshop, often to be found near cathedral and market squares, in the commissioning of manuscripts, and it cites examples of specific scribes and illuminators who can be identified through their work as professional lay artisans.

    Christopher de Hamel’s engaging text is accompanied by a glossary of key technical terms relating to manuscripts and illumination, providing an invaluable introduction for anyone interested in studying medieval manuscripts today.

    Imprint: BODLEIAN LIBRARY
    RRP: $37.99

    Price: $37.99
  • MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
    MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
    DE HAMEL CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780141977492
    Title: MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
    Author: DE HAMEL CHRISTOPHER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is rather like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature.

    The idea for this book, which is entirely new, is to invite the reader into an intimate conversation with a selection of the most famous manuscripts in existence, and to let each of those manuscripts illuminate the Middle Ages and sometimes the modern world too. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts invites the reader to accompany the author on exclusive private visits to a dozen very varied collections, in different parts of the world, to discover twelve great manuscripts and to explore their historical and intellectual significance.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MEG JO BETH AMY : The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
    MEG JO BETH AMY : The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
    RIOUX ANNE BOYD
    ISBN: 9780393254730
    Title: MEG JO BETH AMY : The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters
    Author: RIOUX ANNE BOYD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2018 NEW RELEAS

    Rediscover the beloved classic Little Women and its lasting power as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • NABOKOVS FAVOURITE WORD IS MAUVE : The Literary Quirks and Oddities of our most-loved Authors
    NABOKOVS FAVOURITE WORD IS MAUVE : The Literary Quirks and Oddities of our most-loved Authors
    BLATT BEN
    ISBN: 9781471152832
    Title: NABOKOVS FAVOURITE WORD IS MAUVE : The Literary Quirks and Oddities of our most-loved Authors
    Author: BLATT BEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books.

    Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that have intrigued curious book lovers for generations: Does each writer have their own stylistic footprint? Do men and women write differently? What are the crutch words our best-loved authors fall back on?

    Spanning from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to fan fiction, JK Rowling and Stephen King, Blatt reveals the quirks and oddities of the world's greatest writers.

    This is a lighthearted, humorous book that uses numbers to inform our understanding of words to enlighten, to clarify, and, above all, to entertain.

    Imprint: SIMON & SCHUSTER
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • NEMOS ALMANAC : A Quiz for Book Lovers
    NEMOS ALMANAC : A Quiz for Book Lovers
    PATTERSON IAN
    ISBN: 9781781259504
    Title: NEMOS ALMANAC : A Quiz for Book Lovers
    Author: PATTERSON IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A literary quiz full of quotes that will challenge, cheer and enlighten book buffs.


    You might recognise:
    'It was a bright day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.'
    But what about:
    'Time, like an ever-rolling stream'
    Or even:
    'I am soft sift / In an hour-glass-at the wall / Fast, but mined with a motion, a drift, / And it crowds and it combs to the fall.'

    Can you match each to their author? What about their book or poem? Welcome to Nemo's Almanac, the ultimate quiz for bibliophiles.

    With tantalising, elegant quotes arranged around themes from fashion to fire, winter to sunshine, each chapter will test your knowledge and literary instinct - and if that tip-of-your-tongue feeling doesn't materialise into words, you can check the back of the book for answers that will send you on fresh journeys of literary discovery.

    Wonderful, maddening, enlightening, Nemo's Almanac has been the well-guarded secret of the literary world for over a century, beloved by authors and booksellers alike. Now collected in book form, you can experience its fiendishly addictive qualities. Curl up by a fire with your wits about you, stuff the book in your pocket for a trip to the library, or quiz the whole family after dinner.



    Answers: George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four; Isaac Watts, 'O God, Our Help'; Gerard Manley Hopkins, 'The Wreck of the Deutschland'

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ON EDITING : How to edit your novel the professional way
    ON EDITING : How to edit your novel the professional way
    BRYANT HELEN
    ISBN: 9781473666689
    Title: ON EDITING : How to edit your novel the professional way
    Author: BRYANT HELEN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Understand and apply the principles of editing and re-writing with this comprehensive, practical handbook for writers who wish to perfect their prose and prepare for publication.

    Writing is a magical hobby and form of expression but getting words on the page is not the same as finalising material which you are happy to send out and share. This book is a complete toolkit which will help you to tame doubts and insecurities and engage with your internal critic in order to assert control over your manuscript and elevate your writing.

    Written by the team behind one of the world's most successful literary consultancies, ON EDITING will show you how to master the art of self-editing - perhaps the least understood but most vital skill in the writer's toolkit. You will learn to compose, draft and edit while sharpening your writing and ensuring that your novel is structurally sound, authentic, well-written and ready for submission.

    Imprint: JOHN MURRAY
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ON JM COETZEE
    ON JM COETZEE
    DOVEY CERIDWEN
    ISBN: 9781760640613
    Title: ON JM COETZEE
    Author: DOVEY CERIDWEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: October 2018 New Release

    'I was born in the year J.M. Coetzee published his third novel, Waiting for the Barbarians. My mother read this dark, disturbing book with its multiple scenes of torture as she breastfed me at night, while my older sister slept and the house was quiet. It was 1980. The apartheid government had declared a state of emergency in the face of growing internal revolt, and my parents were thinking of leaving South Africa again.'

    For Ceridwen Dovey, J.M. Coetzee 'has always been there, an unseen but strongly felt presence in our small family drama'. As a child, she observed with fascination her mother's immersion in Coetzee's writing as she worked on what would become the first critical study of his early novels. Even now, as a writer herself, Ceridwen's relationship with Coetzee's books is still mediated by her mother's readings of them- to get to him, she must first step through her mother's formidable mind. With tenderness and insight, Dovey draws on this personal history to explore the Nobel Prize-winner's work - how his books 'do theory' on themselves - while also tracing the intellectual heritage that has been passed from mother to daughter.

    In the Writers on Writers series, leading writers reflect on another Australian writer who has inspired and fascinated them. Provocative, crisp and written from a practitioner's perspective, the series starts a fresh conversation between past and present, writer and reader. It sheds light on the craft of writing, and introduces some intriguing and talented authors and their work.
    Published by Black Inc. in association with the University of Melbourne and State Library Victoria.

    Also available in the Writers on Writers series

    Alice Pung on John Marsden
    Erik Jensen on Kate Jennings
    Christos Tsiolkas on Patrick White
    Nam Le on David Malouf (forthcoming)
    Michelle de Kretser on Shirley Hazzard (forthcoming)

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $17.99

    Price: $17.99
  • OXFORD THESAURUS OF ENGLISH
    OXFORD THESAURUS OF ENGLISH
    THIRD REVISED EDITION
    ISBN: 9780199560813
    Title: OXFORD THESAURUS OF ENGLISH
    Author: THIRD REVISED EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Developed using evidence from the Oxford English Corpus, this fully revised text offers more up-to-date and complete coverage of synonyms and antonyms than any other A-Z thesaurus. Increased coverage now includes hundreds of new phrases and idioms, and newly selected examples of real English showing how words are used, and helping to guide you to the right meaning. New features include the Word Toolkit which helps you choose the best word matches based on evidence from the Oxford English Corpus. In addition, the popular Word Link feature points you to related words. Look up 'sleep' and find the words 'sedative', 'hypnotic', and 'soporific', and find related prefixes. The redesigned centre section provides convenient lists of words by topic, from society and religion, to fashion and technology, in addition to lists of foreign, and archaic words and phrases. An invaluable resource for puzzlers, or anyone wishing to broaden their vocabulary. The Oxford Thesaurus of English is ideal for anyone who wants a comprehensive and authoritative thesaurus of current English, for use by writers and editors, students, and crossword and puzzle solvers at work or at home. 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: $76.99

    Price: $76.99
  • READING ART : Art for Book Lovers
    READING ART : Art for Book Lovers
    TRIGG DAVID
    ISBN: 9780714876276
    Title: READING ART : Art for Book Lovers
    Author: TRIGG DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A celebration of artworks featuring books and readers from throughout history, for the delight of art lovers and bibliophiles

    As every book tells a story, every book in art is part of an intriguing, engaging, and relatable image. Books are depicted as indicators of intellect in portraits, as symbols of piety in religious paintings, as subjects in still lifes, and as the raw material for contemporary installations. Reading Art spotlights artworks from museums and collections around the globe, creating a gorgeous, inspiring homage to both the written word and to its pivotal role in the visual world.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • REDEEMING THE KAMASUTRA
    REDEEMING THE KAMASUTRA
    DONIGER WENDY
    ISBN: 9780190499280
    Title: REDEEMING THE KAMASUTRA
    Author: DONIGER WENDY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE



    Imprint: OXFORD
    RRP: $30.99

    Price: $30.99
  • ROMANTIC AUSTEN
    ROMANTIC AUSTEN
    TUITE CLARA
    ISBN: 9780521054393
    Title: ROMANTIC AUSTEN
    Author: TUITE CLARA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A full-length scholarly monograph examining Jane Austen's writings within the traditions of Romanticism. It argues that Austen's central position within the literary canon can only be fully understood by locating her work within Romantic cultural traditions. Taking the contemporary Austen revival as its cue, the study presents a series of historically contextualized readings of Austen's juvenilia (Catharine, or The Bower and The History of England), Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Austen's posthumously published novel, Sanditon, to examine ways in which Romantic-period definitions of nation, culture and literature continue to function in contemporary readings of Austen and her period. An investigation of the sexual politics of national culture, heritage culture and literary canon-formation informs the study's discussion of the relationship between Romanticism, Austen and the literary canon.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $57.99

    Price: $57.99
  • ROOMS OF ONES OWN : 50 Places That Made Literary History
    ROOMS OF ONES OWN : 50 Places That Made Literary History
    MOURBY ADRIAN
    ISBN: 9781785783388
    Title: ROOMS OF ONES OWN : 50 Places That Made Literary History
    Author: MOURBY ADRIAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Visit the historic places where great works of literature were written.

    Writers' relationships with their surroundings are seldom straightforward. While some, like Jane Austen and Thomas Mann, wrote novels set where they were staying (Lyme Regis and Venice respectively), Victor Hugo penned Les Miserables in an attic in Guernsey and Noel Coward wrote that most English of plays, Blithe Spirit, in the Welsh holiday village of Portmeirion.

    Award-winning BBC drama producer Adrian Mourby follows his literary heroes around the world, exploring 50 places where great works of literature first saw the light of day. At each destination - from the Brontes' Yorkshire Moors to the New York of Truman Capote, Christopher Isherwood's Berlin to the now-legendary Edinburgh cafe where J.K. Rowling plotted Harry Potter's first adventures - Mourby explains what the writer was doing there and describes what the visitor can find today of that great moment in literature.

    Rooms of One's Own takes you on a literary journey from the British Isles to Paris, Berlin, New Orleans, New York and Bangkok and unearths the real-life places behind our best-loved works of literature.

    Imprint: ICON
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    PARRIS MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781781257302
    Title: SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    Author: PARRIS MATTHEW
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A totally up-to-date compendium of the sharpest, wittiest and downright rudest insults in human history.

    'He's 100% political herpes. Back in six months whatever you do. Or three days, like last time.' - Camilla Long on Nigel Farage

    'You're as ugly as a salad.' - Bulgarian insult

    'I'm going to beat him so bad he'll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.' - Muhammed Ali

    There's no pleasure like a perfectly-turned put-down (when it's directed at somebody else, of course) but Matthew Parris's Scorn is sharply different from the standard collections. Here are the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults in history, from ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter.

    Drawing on bile from such masters as Dorothy Parker, Elizabeth I, Donald Trump, Groucho Marx, Princess Anne, Winston Churchill, Nigel Farage, Mae West and Alastair Campbell - which form an exchange between voices down the ages - Scorn shows that abuse can be an art form. This collection includes extended literary invective as well as short verbal shin-kicks.

    Encompassing literature, art, politics, showbiz, marriage, gender, nationality and religion, Matthew Parris's sublime collection is the perfect companion for the festive season, whether you're searching for the perfect elegant riposte, the rudest polite letter ever written, or a brutal verbal sledgehammer.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SECRET HISTORY OF JANE EYRE : How Charlotte Bronte Wrote Her Masterpiece
    SECRET HISTORY OF JANE EYRE : How Charlotte Bronte Wrote Her Masterpiece
    PFORDRESHER JOHN
    ISBN: 9780393248876
    Title: SECRET HISTORY OF JANE EYRE : How Charlotte Bronte Wrote Her Masterpiece
    Author: PFORDRESHER JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The surprising hidden history behind Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

    In this perceptive book, John Pfordresher shares the enthralling story of how Charlotte Bronte wrote her masterpiece and why she tried so vehemently to disown it. What few people knew then-and even fewer know today-was that as she tended her invalid father and held the family together, Bronte was re-imagining her experiences as a governess, her fears for her dissolute brother and her devastating passion for a married man into an immersive, brilliant novel. By aligning the details of Bronte's life with the timeless characters and plot of Jane Eyre, Pfordresher reveals the remarkable parallels between one of literature's most beloved heroines and its vulnerable and deeply human creator and why Bronte didn't want those parallels exposed.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $38.95

    Price: $38.95
  • SENSE OF STYLE : THE THINKING PERSONS GUIDE TO WRITING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    SENSE OF STYLE : THE THINKING PERSONS GUIDE TO WRITING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    PINKER STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780241957714
    Title: SENSE OF STYLE : THE THINKING PERSONS GUIDE TO WRITING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    Author: PINKER STEVEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What is the secret of good prose? Does it matter in an age of digital media? In this witty, mind-expanding book about the art and science of writing well, Steven Pinker shows that good style isn't just about rules - it's about empathy, coherence and adding beauty to the world.

    'Witty, direct and idiosyncratic . . . often laugh-out-loud funny . . . refreshingly uncensorious . . . It helps enormously that he is such a beautiful stylist himself.' Paula Byrne, The Times

    'Wonderful . . . No true lover of this chaotic, unregulated, magnificently vital language could fail to thrill.' Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

    'Brainy, funny . . . a comedy of linguistic bad manners.' Peter Conrad, Guardian

    'Outstanding . . . the one book I can unreservedly recommend as a guide on how to write well . . . unique as well as brilliant.' Oliver Kamm, The Times



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY PARIS : A HISTORY OF THE RAG AND BONE SHOP OF THE HEART
    SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY PARIS : A HISTORY OF THE RAG AND BONE SHOP OF THE HEART
    HALVERSON KRISTA [ED]
    ISBN: 9791096101009
    Title: SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY PARIS : A HISTORY OF THE RAG AND BONE SHOP OF THE HEART
    Author: HALVERSON KRISTA [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A copiously illustrated account of the famed Paris bookstore on its 65th anniversary

    This first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop - Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others--with hundreds of never-before-seen archival pieces, including photographs of James Baldwin, William Burroughs and Langston Hughes, plus a foreword by the celebrated British novelist Jeanette Winterson and an epilogue by Sylvia Whitman, the daughter of the store’s founder, George Whitman. The book has been edited by Krista Halverson, director of the newly founded Shakespeare and Company publishing house.

    George Whitman opened his bookstore in a tumbledown 16th-century building just across the Seine from Notre-Dame in 1951, a decade after the original Shakespeare and Company had closed. Run by Sylvia Beach, it had been the meeting place for the Lost Generation and the first publisher of James Joyce’s Ulysses. (This book includes an illustrated adaptation of Beach’s memoir.) Since Whitman picked up the mantle, Shakespeare and Company has served as a home-away-from-home for many celebrated writers, from Jorge Luis Borges to Ray Bradbury, A.M. Homes to Dave Eggers, as well as for young authors and poets. Visitors are invited not only to read the books in the library and to share a pot of tea, but sometimes also to live in the bookstore itself--all for free.

    More than 30,000 people have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, fulfilling Whitman’s vision of a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore.” Through the prism of the shop’s history, the book traces the lives of literary expats in Paris from 1951 to the present, touching on the Beat Generation, civil rights, May ’68 and the feminist movement--all while pondering that perennial literary question, “What is it about writers and Paris?”

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
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