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  • QUID PRO QUO : What the Romans Really Gave the English Language
    QUID PRO QUO : What the Romans Really Gave the English Language
    JONES PETER
    ISBN: 9781782399315
    Title: QUID PRO QUO : What the Romans Really Gave the English Language
    Author: JONES PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A surprising, witty and entertaining journey through the Latin roots of the English language, by the bestselling author of Veni Vidi Vici and Eureka!


    In this original and highly accessible book, Peter Jones takes the reader on a fascinating journey along the highways and byways of Roman life and culture, telling the amazing stories behind the original Latin meanings and uses of hundreds of our everyday words.

    Taking in every aspect of the ancient world, including science, religion, military matters, politics and literature, Jones shows just how much the English language owes to the ancient Romans and the role Latin has played in the creation of our vast vocabulary.

    Imprint: ATLANTIC BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • RELEASE THE BATS : WRITING YOUR WAY OUT OF IT
    RELEASE THE BATS : WRITING YOUR WAY OUT OF IT
    PIERRE DBC
    ISBN: 9780571283187
    Title: RELEASE THE BATS : WRITING YOUR WAY OUT OF IT
    Author: PIERRE DBC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    When DBC Pierre burst onto the scene in 2003, he arrived with no particular literary education. Finding he had something to say, he made the journey solo to that place where dreams and demons live, to try and turn feelings into words.

    Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, Release the Bats explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction. DBC Pierre reveals everything he learned the hard way.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • ROGETS THESAURUS
    ROGETS THESAURUS
    ISBN: 9780140515039
    Title: ROGETS THESAURUS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A reference work for those looking for help in order to write a letter, prepare a speech, solve a crossword, or write any manner of prose or poem. It includes various buzzwords and phrases, information about signs of the zodiac and the origins of familiar quotations.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.95
    Price: $19.95
  • SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    PARRIS MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9781781257296
    Title: SCORN : The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
    Author: PARRIS MATTHEW
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A totally up-to-date compendium of the sharpest, wittiest and downright rudest insults in human history, whether you're searching for the perfect elegant riposte, the rudest polite letter ever written, or a brutal verbal sledgehammer.

    'Authors are easy to get on with - if you're fond of children.' - Michael Joseph, publisher 'May the fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits' - Arab curse 'I married beneath me - all women do.' - Nancy Asquith 'Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.' - Albert Einstein 'Your blistered crotch!' - insult from the Marquesas Islands

    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. So here is a selection of 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, Boris Johnson, Paul Keating, Groucho Marx, Princess Anne, Winston Churchill, Mae West and Alastair Campbell - which form an exchange between voices down the ages - Scorn shows that abuse can be an art form, and 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: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • 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
  • SIMPLY ENGLISH : AN A-Z OF AVOIDABLE ERRORS
    SIMPLY ENGLISH : AN A-Z OF AVOIDABLE ERRORS
    HEFFER SIMON
    ISBN: 9780099558460
    Title: SIMPLY ENGLISH : AN A-Z OF AVOIDABLE ERRORS
    Author: HEFFER SIMON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    What is the difference between amend and emend, between imply and infer, and between uninterested and disinterested?
    When should one put owing to rather than due to?
    Why should the temptation to write actually, basically or at this moment in time always be strenuously resisted?

    This book deals with these questions.

    Imprint: WINDMILL
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • SPELL IT OUT : THE SINGULAR STORY OF ENGLISH SPELLING
    SPELL IT OUT : THE SINGULAR STORY OF ENGLISH SPELLING
    CRYSTAL DAVID
    ISBN: 9781846685682
    Title: SPELL IT OUT : THE SINGULAR STORY OF ENGLISH SPELLING
    Author: CRYSTAL DAVID
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why is there an 'h' in ghost? William Caxton, inventor of the printing press and his Flemish employees are to blame: without a dictionary or style guide to hand in fifteenth century Bruges, the typesetters simply spelled it the way it sounded to their foreign ears, and it stuck. Seventy-five per cent of English spelling is regular but twenty-five per cent is complicated, and in Spell It Out our foremost linguistics expert David Crystal extends a helping hand to the confused and curious alike...He unearths the stories behind the rogue words that confound us, and explains why these peculiarities entered the mainstream, in an epic journey taking in sixth century monks, French and Latin upstarts, the Industrial Revolution and the internet. By learning the history and the principles, Crystal shows how the spellings that break all the rules become easier to get right.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $21.99
    Price: $21.99
  • STORY CURE : An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy Healthy and Wise
    STORY CURE : An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy Healthy and Wise
    ELDERKIN SUSAN
    ISBN: 9781782115274
    Title: STORY CURE : An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy Healthy and Wise
    Author: ELDERKIN SUSAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A literary first aid kit of book recommendations for children of all ages from the authors of The Novel Cure.

    From tantrums to tummy aches to teenage mood swings, there are times when a book is the best medicine of all. The Story Cure is a manual for grown-ups who believe that the stories which shape children's lives should not be left to chance.

    In these pages bibliotherapists Ella and Susan recommend the perfect children's book - from picture books to YA novels via the golden world of chapter books - for every hiccup and heartache. Whether the young child you know is being bullied, the toddler can't sleep, or the teenager has fallen in love for the first time - or just doesn't know what to read next - the right story will help them feel themselves again. Packed full of helpful lists of the best books to read when turning ten or going through a spy/horse/superhero phase, you'll find old favourites such as The Borrowers and The Secret Garden alongside modern classics by MT Anderson, Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

    The Story Cure is the perfect companion for initiating young readers into one of life's greatest pleasures.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE NOVEL : WHAT TO READ AND HOW TO WRITE
    THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE NOVEL : WHAT TO READ AND HOW TO WRITE
    SMILEY JANE
    ISBN: 9780571231102
    Title: THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT THE NOVEL : WHAT TO READ AND HOW TO WRITE
    Author: SMILEY JANE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Over her 20 year career, Jane Smiley has written many kinds of novels - mystery, comedy, historical fiction, epic. But when her impulse to write faltered after 9/11, she decided to approach novels from a different angle: she read 100 of them, from the 1000-year-old Tale of Genji to the recent bestseller White Teeth by Zadie Smith, from classics to little-known gems. With these books and her experience of reading them as her reference, Smiley discusses the pleasure of reading; why a novel succeeds - or doesn't; and how the form has changed over time. She delves into the character of the novelist and reveals how (and which) novels have affected her own life. Smiley takes us deep into the process of novel-writing, sharing the secrets of her own habits and theories of creativity. She offers priceless practical advice to aspiring writers, and even walks us through the publication of her most recent novel, Good Faith. And in an appendix - one of the most compelling and intelligent reading lists ever compiled - Smiley considers individually the 100 novels she read, giving us a brief but cogent description of each, along with her own opinions and interpretations.

    Engaging, wise, decidedly unacademic - and bound to be one of Smiley's most widely read and beloved books.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • TIMES COMPREHENSIVE ATLAS OF THE WORLD
    TIMES COMPREHENSIVE ATLAS OF THE WORLD
    14TH EDITION
    ISBN: 9780007551408
    Title: TIMES COMPREHENSIVE ATLAS OF THE WORLD
    Author: 14TH EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: OCTOBER 2014 NEW RELEASE

    The latest edition of the world's most prestigious and authoritative world atlas, containing up-to-date world maps and thematic information curated by experts in geography and cartography. The latest edition of the world's most prestigious and authoritative world atlas, containing up-to-date world maps and thematic information curated by experts in geography and cartography. Now in its fourteenth edition, The Times Comprehensive Atlas of the World continues to be the benchmark of cartographic excellence. The atlas is relied on and trusted by governments, media companies and international organizations around the world including the UN and the European Commission. New features Double page map of the Arctic Ocean New maps of sub-ice features in the Arctic Ocean and the Antarctic Physical maps of all the continents Major updates include: 5000 place name changes, most notably in Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Taiwan and Spain. A beautifully illustrated section on current issues, including climate change, economy and energy, and a new section on the power of maps. Updated national parks and conserved areas including the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA), the largest conservation zone in the world. Realignment of the international boundary between Burkina Faso and Niger resulting from the International Court of Justice decision. Addition of Brussel as alternative local name form for Bruxelles (Brussels) as city is officially bilingual. Now shown as Brussel/Bruxelles. New administrative structures in Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya and Madagascar, and the addition of the new Indian state of Telangana. Addition of over 50 major waterfalls around the world.

    Imprint: TIMES BOOKS
    RRP: $299.99

    Price: $299.99
  • TREASURE PALACES : GREAT WRITERS VISIT GREAT MUSEUMS
    TREASURE PALACES : GREAT WRITERS VISIT GREAT MUSEUMS
    FERGUSSON MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781781256909
    Title: TREASURE PALACES : GREAT WRITERS VISIT GREAT MUSEUMS
    Author: FERGUSSON MAGGIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who doesn't love a good museum? Whether grand and impressive, or irreverent and amusing, museums are places to lose - and find - ourselves, palaces of the imagination. And they have long been sources of inspiration to the most creative among us...Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of the museums that have awed, haunted and inspired them. The result is a fascinating look into the world of literature and museums, where Margaret Drabble, John Burnside, Claire Messud and Michael Morpurgo open the doors to their favourite places and invite us inside...Explore the Villa San Michele on the sunny island of Capri with Ali Smith, as she delves into the life of its eccentric founder. Step off the busy roads of Paris with Jacqueline Wilson, as she dives into the uncanny world of the Musee de la Poupee. Discover an Egyptian temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, and the mystery of Sibelius's silence in Helsinki with Julian Barnes...Travelling all over the world, from London to New York, Zagreb to Karachi, and exploring a range of museums, from the ABBA Museum to the Museum of Broken Relationships, the essays in this collection will leave you inspired, longing to revisit your favourite treasure palace or itching to find a new one to explore.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WATSONS DICTIONARY OF WEASEL WORDS
    WATSONS DICTIONARY OF WEASEL WORDS
    WATSON DON
    ISBN: 9781740513661
    Title: WATSONS DICTIONARY OF WEASEL WORDS
    Author: WATSON DON
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The brilliant and bestselling companion volume to Don Watson's Death Sentence The prime minister speaks of core and non-core election promises, your boss asks you to commit to an involuntary career event (you're fired), and hospitals refer to negative patient outcomes (you're dead) - How to fight back?

    This book is a heavy weapon against politicians, managers and all those whose words kill brain cells and sink hearts. Striking a much-needed blow for truth and clarity, here is Don Watson, author of the international bestseller Death Sentence, at his sobering, scathing and wickedly funny best.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WELL EDUCATED MIND : A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION YOU NEVER HAD
    WELL EDUCATED MIND : A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION YOU NEVER HAD
    BAUER SUSAN WISE
    ISBN: 9780393080964
    Title: WELL EDUCATED MIND : A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION YOU NEVER HAD
    Author: BAUER SUSAN WISE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The enduring and engaging guide to educating yourself in the classical tradition.

    Have you lost the art of reading for pleasure? Are there books you know you should read but haven’t because they seem too daunting? In The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer provides a welcome and encouraging antidote to the distractions of our age, electronic and otherwise.

    Newly expanded and updated to include standout works from the twenty-first century as well as essential readings in science (from the earliest works of Hippocrates to the discovery of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs), The Well-Educated Mind offers brief, entertaining histories of six literary genres?fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science?accompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type. The annotated lists at the end of each chapter?ranging from Cervantes to Cormac McCarthy, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Aristotle to Stephen Hawking?preview recommended reading and encourage readers to make vital connections between ancient traditions and contemporary writing.

    The Well-Educated Mind reassures those readers who worry that they read too slowly or with below-average comprehension. If you can understand a daily newspaper, there’s no reason you can’t read and enjoy Shakespeare’s sonnets or Jane Eyre. But no one should attempt to read the “Great Books” without a guide and a plan. Bauer will show you how to allocate time to reading on a regular basis; how to master difficult arguments; how to make personal and literary judgments about what you read; how to appreciate the resonant links among texts within a genre?what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary??and also between genres.

    In her best-selling work on home education, The Well-Trained Mind, the author provided a road map of classical education for parents wishing to home-school their children; that book is now the premier resource for home-schoolers. In The Well-Educated Mind, Bauer takes the same elements and techniques and adapts them to the use of adult readers who want both enjoyment and self-improvement from the time they spend reading. Followed carefully, her advice will restore and expand the pleasure of the written word.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • WESTERN LIT SURVIVAL KIT : HOW TO READ THE CLASSICS WITHOUT FEAR
    WESTERN LIT SURVIVAL KIT : HOW TO READ THE CLASSICS WITHOUT FEAR
    NEWMAN SANDRA
    ISBN: 9780141044521
    Title: WESTERN LIT SURVIVAL KIT : HOW TO READ THE CLASSICS WITHOUT FEAR
    Author: NEWMAN SANDRA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There they sit, the great tomes of classical literature, taunting you with their length and difficulty, as you ask: which books are the most important and why - and what's actually any good? Why does most writing about the classics have words like 'seminal' or 'oeuvre' in it? What does postmodernism mean? Can I get away with just reading the introduction?

    Now you can enjoy the classics without fear. This survival kit will guide you painlessly through the Western literary canon, century by century: from Ancient Greek drama to the modern novel, via Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Romantic poetry, Tolstoy and Proust. There are entertaining plot summaries, unpretentious definitions of literary movements and fresh insights into authors' lives. With each work assigned ratings from 1 to 10 on Importance, Accessibility and Fun, you'll discover what's really worth bothering with and what you can safely discard without guilt.

    This book will make the things you've read clearer, inspire you to tackle the ones you've always meant to and make you sound far cleverer than you really are.

    'Heavens, what a joy this book is ... extremely funny' Lynne Truss on

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.95

    Price: $19.95
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