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  • MODERN AUSTRALIAN USAGE
    MODERN AUSTRALIAN USAGE
    HUDSON NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9781760111557
    Title: MODERN AUSTRALIAN USAGE
    Author: HUDSON NICHOLAS
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Why have a guide to using language when you can look it up on the internet? Because you often can't find a clear or reliable answer. Nicholas Hudson's wonderfully comprehensive and practical compendium on the English language will tell you what you need to know...Should you use 'lay' or 'lie'? How do you use a semicolon correctly? What's a willy-willy? The difference between a town and a city, or a boat and a ship? In his witty and pithy entries, Nicholas Hudson identifies commonly confused terms. He explains how to use the key elements of English grammar and punctuation to convey the meaning you intend. He highlights distinctively Australian usage and terms, and reflects the impact of digital technologies on writing and publishing...Modern Australian Usage should be on the desk of every writer who wants to expand their understanding of our rich and frustrating language... 'A comprehensive usage guide based on great knowledge, experience and love of language... immensely readable...' - Susan Butler, The Editor, Macquarie Dictionary..'Insightful and original observations on Australian usage: an essential read for all lovers of language' - Kate Burridge, Professor of Linguistics, Monash University

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • MORE ALIVE AND LESS LONELY : On Books and Writers
    MORE ALIVE AND LESS LONELY : On Books and Writers
    LETHEM JONATHAN
    ISBN: 9781612196039
    Title: MORE ALIVE AND LESS LONELY : On Books and Writers
    Author: LETHEM JONATHAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A readerly wake-up call from one of America's finest and most acclaimed working writers. Picking up where his NBCC Award finalist collection The Ecstasy of Influence left off, More Alive and Less Lonely collects more than a decade of Lethem's finest writing on writing, with new and previously unpublished material, including- impassioned appeals for forgotten writers and overlooked books, razor-sharp essays, and personal accounts of his most extraordinary literary encounters and discoveries. Only Lethem, with his love of cult favorites and the canon alike, can write with equal insight about the stories of modern masters like Lorrie Moore and Salman Rushdie, graphic novelist Chester Brown, science fiction outlier Philip K. Dick, and classic icons like Moby-Dick. Edited by novelist Christopher Boucher (Golden Delicious), More Alive and Less Lonely deserves a place on every serious reader's bookshelf. Lethem's joyful approach to literature will inspire you to dive back into your favorite books and then point you towards what to read next.

    Imprint: MELVILLE HOUSE
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • 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: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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
  • NOVEL OF THE CENTURY : The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables
    NOVEL OF THE CENTURY : The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables
    BELLOS DAVID
    ISBN: 9781846144707
    Title: NOVEL OF THE CENTURY : The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables
    Author: BELLOS DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Novel of the Century brings to life the extraordinary story of how Victor Hugo managed to write his novel of the downtrodden despite a revolution, a coup d'état and political exile; how he pulled off the deal of the century to get it published, and set it on course to become the novel that epitomizes the grand sweep of history in the nineteenth century. Placing a century of scholarship into narrative form and packed full of information about the background and design of Les Misérables, this biography of a masterpiece nonetheless insists that the moral and social message of Hugo's ever-popular novel is just as important for our century as it was for its own.

    Imprint: PARTICULAR BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • ON CONAN DOYLE OR THE WHOLE ART OF STORYTELLING
    ON CONAN DOYLE OR THE WHOLE ART OF STORYTELLING
    DIRDA MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780691164120
    Title: ON CONAN DOYLE OR THE WHOLE ART OF STORYTELLING
    Author: DIRDA MICHAEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A passionate lifelong fan of the Sherlock Holmes adventures, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda is a member of The Baker Street Irregulars - the most famous and romantic of all Sherlockian groups. Combining memoir and appreciation, On Conan Doyle is a highly engaging personal introduction to Holmes's creator, as well as a rare insider's account of the curiously delightful activities and playful scholarship of The Baker Street Irregulars. On Conan Doyle is a much-needed celebration of Arthur Conan Doyle's genius for every kind of storytelling.

    Imprint: PRINCETON UNIVERSITY PRES
    RRP: $36.99

    Price: $36.99
  • ON THE ART OF READING
    ON THE ART OF READING
    QUILLER-COUCH ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780521736831
    Title: ON THE ART OF READING
    Author: QUILLER-COUCH ARTHUR
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), who often published under the pen-name of 'Q', was one of the giants of early twentieth-century literature and literary criticism. A novelist and poet who was also a Professor of English, he helped to form the literary tastes of generations of literary students and scholars who came after him. The freshness, enthusiasm and intellectual insight of his work is still evident in his writings nearly a century on. Cambridge University Press is delighted to reissue some of his key texts in this new edition.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • ON THE ART OF WRITING
    ON THE ART OF WRITING
    QUILLER-COUCH ARTHUR
    ISBN: 9780521736824
    Title: ON THE ART OF WRITING
    Author: QUILLER-COUCH ARTHUR
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863-1944), who often published under the pen-name of 'Q', was one of the giants of early twentieth-century literature and literary criticism. A novelist and poet who was also a Professor of English, he helped to form the literary tastes of generations of literary students and scholars who came after him. The freshness, enthusiasm and intellectual insight of his work is still evident in his writings nearly a century on. Cambridge University Press is delighted to reissue some of his key texts in this new edition.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • 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
  • PEARS CYCLOPAEDIA  2017-2018
    PEARS CYCLOPAEDIA 2017-2018
    COOK CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780141985541
    Title: PEARS CYCLOPAEDIA 2017-2018
    Author: COOK CHRIS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    First published as the Pears Shilling Cyclopaedia in 1897 by Queen Victoria's famous soap-makers to celebrate her golden jubilee, this treasured reference compendium condenses a world of information into one concise volume. Pears is still the only book of its kind to be fully revised and updated annually by a dedicated team of experts, making it the favourite encyclopaedia, crossword lifesaver and quizzing Bible for thousands, year after year. The quintessentially British almanac, Pears' Cyclopaedia continues to inform and intrigue generations of readers with its unique mix of solid facts and fascinating gems. Now in its 126th year, this ultimate volume offers clear and concise information on such wide-ranging subjects as global events, Norse mythology and modern cinema. Updated regularly by editor Chris Cook and his panel of experts, this handy and beautiful edition includes new entries for all major events from 2017-18 and all the traditional favourites - from public figures and celebrities, through medical matters and classical mythology, to a gazetteer of the British Isles and the latest tax advice. This is a world of knowledge rolled into one must-have volume - the Swiss army knife of reference books.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • PLAIN WORDS
    PLAIN WORDS
    GOWERS ERNEST / GOWERS REBECCA
    ISBN: 9780241960349
    Title: PLAIN WORDS
    Author: GOWERS ERNEST / GOWERS REBECCA
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'Be short, be simple, be human.'

    This classic work is the quintessential guide to writing good clear English. Now updated in a new edition, but with all its original charm, it offers indispensable advice on everything from the correct use of semicolons to avoiding clichés and jargon. It is a vital resource for anyone who wants to write in a strong, plain style, and who recoils from words such as 'operationalisation'.

    'Vastly informative and indispensable.' Bill Bryson

    'Who should read this book? Anyone who writes'. Russell Davies, The Oldie

    'Wit, humanity and common sense . . . his central advice should be taped to the screen of anyone sitting down at a computer keyboard.' Michael Skapinker, Financial Times

    'One thing that makes Gowers such an engaging figure is that he isn't prissy, priggish or prim. As far as he is concerned, language is a living thing that is constantly changing - and this is just as it should be.' John Preston,Sunday Telegraph



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • 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 : A Pocket Guide to Writing Your Way Out of It
    RELEASE THE BATS : A Pocket Guide to Writing Your Way Out of It
    PIERRE DBC
    ISBN: 9780571329281
    Title: RELEASE THE BATS : A Pocket Guide to Writing Your Way Out of It
    Author: PIERRE DBC
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: DECEMBER 2017 NEW RELEASE


    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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
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