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  • 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 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 JOHN MARSDEN : Writers on Writers
    ON JOHN MARSDEN : Writers on Writers
    PUNG ALICE
    ISBN: 9781863959568
    Title: ON JOHN MARSDEN : Writers on Writers
    Author: PUNG ALICE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In this fascinating book, Alice Pung writes about one of her deep influences – the much-loved and hugely successful John Marsden.

    Alice writes: ‘I keep coming back to John Marsden. What makes him so fascinating to me is that as a young adult writer, he comes at it with a whole philosophy of what it means to be a teenager – it is embedded in his two schools, but also his early experiences with mental illness and hospitalisation. It brings interesting questions for an author of YA fiction – how much darkness is allowed, before you are considered a “bad influence”?’

    Offering a personal take, Alice Pung entertains and enlightens. This is a book to cherish about writers and writing.

    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, and 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.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • ON KATE JENNINGS : Writers on Writers
    ON KATE JENNINGS : Writers on Writers
    JENSEN ERIK
    ISBN: 9781863959834
    Title: ON KATE JENNINGS : Writers on Writers
    Author: JENSEN ERIK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Award-winning writer Erik Jensen plunges the reader into the world of acclaimed novelist, poet and pioneering feminist Kate Jennings. Weaving in his interviews with Jennings in New York, he shows how poetry, politics and family were transmuted into her first novel, Snake – a work of art that depicts rural Australia in a funny, cutting and unforgettable way. This is a biography of a book and the life that made it.

    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, and 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.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • 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: 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
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