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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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: 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
  • 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
  • SOUNDS APPEALING : The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation
    SOUNDS APPEALING : The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation
    CRYSTAL DAVID
    ISBN: 9781781256091
    Title: SOUNDS APPEALING : The Passionate Story of English Pronunciation
    Author: CRYSTAL DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: MARCH 2018 NEW RELEASE

    The newest volume in David Crystal's pentalogy of the English language, focusing on the subtleties of pronunciation.

    It's not what you say, it's the way that you say it ...

    There have long been debates about 'correct' pronunciation in the English language, and Britain's most distinguished linguistic expert, David Crystal, is here to set the record straight. Sounds Appealing tells us exactly why, and how, we pronounce words as we do.

    Pronunciation is integral to communication, and is tailored to meet the demands of the two main forces behind language: intelligibility and identity. Equipping his readers with knowledge of phonetics, linguistics and physiology - with examples ranging from Eliza Doolittle to Winston Churchill - David Crystal explores the origins of regional accents, how they are influenced by class and education, and how their peculiarities have changed over time.

    Imprint: PROFILE BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: ACTIVE TITLE

    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
  • TOUGH ENOUGH : Arbus Arendt Didion McCarthy Sontag Weil
    TOUGH ENOUGH : Arbus Arendt Didion McCarthy Sontag Weil
    NELSON DEBORAH
    ISBN: 9780226457802
    Title: TOUGH ENOUGH : Arbus Arendt Didion McCarthy Sontag Weil
    Author: NELSON DEBORAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This book focuses on six brilliant women who are often seen as particularly tough-minded: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and Joan Didion.

    Aligned with no single tradition, they escape straightforward categories. Yet their work evinces an affinity of style and philosophical viewpoint that derives from a shared attitude toward suffering. What Mary McCarthy called a 'cold eye'? was not merely a personal aversion to displays of emotion: it was an unsentimental mode of attention that dictated both ethical positions and aesthetic approaches.

    Tough Enough traces the careers of these women and their challenges to the pre-eminence of empathy as the ethical posture from which to examine pain. Their writing and art reveal an adamant belief that the hurts of the world must be treated concretely, directly, and realistically, without recourse to either melodrama or callousness. As Deborah Nelson shows, this stance offers an important counter-tradition to the familiar postwar poles of emotional expressivity on the one hand and cool irony on the other. Ultimately, in its insistence on facing reality without consolation or compensation, this austere 'school of the unsentimental'? offers new ways to approach suffering in both its spectacular forms and all of its ordinariness.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PR
    RRP: $45.99

    Price: $45.99
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