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  • 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
  • SYRIAS SECRET LIBRARY
    SYRIAS SECRET LIBRARY
    THOMSON MIKE
    ISBN: 9781474605915
    Title: SYRIAS SECRET LIBRARY
    Author: THOMSON MIKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    The secret library is in the basement of a bombed building in a heavily shelled area of Darayya. Around it, shattered buildings that were once homes and offices lie in crumbling, treacherous piles. A desert of shattered grey concrete festooned with twisted metal and charred wires. Deep beneath this scene of frightening devastation lies the secret library. No signs mark its presence. Locals fear that Syrian government planes will bomb it if they know where it is.

    While the streets above echo with rifle fire and thunderous shelling the secret world below is a haven of peace and tranquillity. More than 14,000 books are stacked neatly on home-made shelves according to author and subject, and are checked in and out meticulously. Those within read quietly, drinking tea on comfortable sofas and chairs. A small oasis of normality in a country at war with itself.

    The secret library was the brainchild of a group of former university students whose education was interrupted when war broke out and then was ended altogether by the siege that followed. Teams of young enthusiasts regularly dodge snipers' bullets and barrel bombs to bring the books to the library. Timber for the bookshelves is collected in a similar way.

    Darayya's secret library is an extraordinary place, but this book is about more than that. It is also the stories of the many people who treasure it and the central role it has in their lives.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • 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
  • 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
  • WHY WE WRITE ABOUT OURSELVES
    WHY WE WRITE ABOUT OURSELVES
    MARAN MEREDITH
    ISBN: 9780142181973
    Title: WHY WE WRITE ABOUT OURSELVES
    Author: MARAN MEREDITH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: MAY 2016 NEW RELEASE

    For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves - bloggers, journal-keepers, aspiring essayists, and memoirists - this book offers inspiration, encouragement, and pithy, practical advice. Twenty of America's bestselling memoirists share their innermost thoughts and hard-earned tips with veteran author Meredith Maran, revealing what drives them to tell their personal stories, and the nuts and bolts of how they do it. Speaking frankly about issues ranging from turning oneself into an authentic, compelling character to exposing hard truths, these successful authors disclose what keeps them going, what gets in their way, and what they love most - and least - about writing about themselves.

    'Most of the contributors are likely to be familiar to readers . . . Candid revelations for readers; useful advice and encouragement for aspiring writers.' Kirkus



    Imprint: PLUME
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    BOLLMAN STEFAN
    ISBN: 9780789212566
    Title: WOMEN WHO READ ARE DANGEROUS
    Author: BOLLMAN STEFAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An elegant survey of more than 70 works of art featuring women reading throughout time.

    What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Stefan Bollmann's 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous' explores this popular subject in more than 70 artworks—drawings, paintings, photographs, and prints—by iconic artists such as Henri Matisse, Edward Hopper, Suzanne Valadon, August Sander, Rembrandt, and many more. As the book's provocative title indicates, a woman reading was once viewed as radical. In chapters, such as "Intimate Moments" and "The Search for Oneself," Bollmann profiles how a woman with a book was once seen as idle or suspect and how women have gained autonomy through reading over the years. Bollmann offers intelligent and engaging commentary on each work of art in 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous', telling us who the subject is, her relationship to the artist, and even what she is reading. With works ranging from a 1333 Annunciation painting of the angel Gabriel speaking to the Virgin Mary, book in hand, to twentieth-century works, such as a stunning photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, this appealing survey provides a veritable slideshow of the many iterations of a woman and her book—a compelling subject to this day.

    Imprint: ABBEVILLE PRESS
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • WORDS THAT GO PING
    WORDS THAT GO PING
    LASSERRE BARBARA
    ISBN: 9781760632199
    Title: WORDS THAT GO PING
    Author: LASSERRE BARBARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: November 2018 New Release

    If it goes 'moo' then every child knows it's a cow. If it goes 'Wham! Bam! Crash!' we're in a fast-paced comic. But what goes 'krknout'?

    Barbara Lasserre takes us on a playful journey through the delightful world of words that mimic sounds. Normally relegated to children's books, cartoons and comedians, she shows how these often ancient words reveal unexpected things about the way we think, speak and act.

    A book for anyone who loves playing with words.

    'When it comes to the crunch, Words That Go Ping is bound to reverberate. Zipping between Norwegian kisses and Japanese silence, my brain is still humming.' - David Astle, writer, crossword maker and general word nerd

    'An immensely satisfying book covering a neglected aspect of language with impeccable skill, and written in an open, flowing and humorous style.' - Susan Butler AO, inaugural editor of the Macquarie Dictionary

    'Barbara Lasserre has conjured up a magical world of word mimicry. Her wondrous little book will delight all who love language.' - Richard Walsh, author and publisher

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WORLD OF THE BOOK
    WORLD OF THE BOOK
    WILLIAMSON CLARE / COWLEY DES
    ISBN: 9780522872729
    Title: WORLD OF THE BOOK
    Author: WILLIAMSON CLARE / COWLEY DES
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A stunning new edition to coincide with the State Library of Victoria’s exhibition on the wonderful world of books.The World of the Book pays homage to our love of books, and demonstrates the book's long and rich traditions and its great contributions to modern life.

    'All earthly existence must ultimately be contained in a book.'

    French poet Stéphane Mallarmé understood that books hold the world's stories. From the earliest known myths and legends to postmodern fictions, books are mirrors of real worlds, windows into imagined worlds and keepers of powerful ideas.

    Beautifully illustrated, The World of the Book is a celebration of this age-old tradition drawing upon the rare collections of the State Library of Victoria. A journey through time and across the globe, this volume features great books and publishing innovations of the past and present. It also revels in the sheer beauty of books as objects to be desired and treasured.

    Within these covers you will discover an illuminated manuscript created for the Medici family of Florence in 1479; masterpieces of early printing, such as Gutenberg's Bible and Aldus Manutius's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili; books recording the scientific discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo and Newton; atlases and illustrated accounts from the great age of travel and exploration; works by the great botanical and natural history artists, such as Redouté, Audubon and Gould; the woodblock books of Japanese artist Hokusai; the lavish productions by William Morris and the Kelmscott Press; literary greats from William Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf; children's books, Beat literature and pulp fiction, graphic novels, artists' books and contemporary graphic design.

    Imprint: MELBOURNE UNI PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • WRITERS : Their Lives and Works
    WRITERS : Their Lives and Works
    ISBN: 9780241301944
    Title: WRITERS : Their Lives and Works
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: DORLING KINDERSLEY
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • WRITERS AND READERS : A Celebration of Virago Modern Classics
    WRITERS AND READERS : A Celebration of Virago Modern Classics
    ISBN: 9780349008622
    Title: WRITERS AND READERS : A Celebration of Virago Modern Classics
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A celebration of the Virago Modern Classics

    2018 will be the fortieth anniversary of Virago Modern Classics. To celebrate this milestone, Virago is publishing an anthology entitled Writers as Readers, collecting forty of the wonderful introductions to Virago Modern Classics editions from the past four decades. The book will be published as a gift hardback, in the same stunning design style as the Virago Designer Classics collection.

    Essays in the collection include: Hilary Mantel on Elizabeth Taylor, Kate Saunders on Barbara Pym, Alexander McCall Smith on Angela Thirkell, Jane Gardam on Barbara Comyns, Sarah Dunant on Daphne du Maurier, Angela Carter on Charlotte Bronte, Paula McLain on Mary McCarthy, Linda Grant on Beryl Bainbridge, Penelope Lively on Edith Wharton, Rachel Cooke on Stevie Smith, Mark Bostridge on Vera Brittain, Jonathan Coe on Rosamond Lehmann, Maggie O'Farrell on Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jilly Cooper on E. M. Delafield, Julie Burchill on Jacqueline Susann, Carmen Callil on Angela Carter, Sophie Dahl on Stella Gibbons, Diana Souhami on Radclyffe Hall, Amanda Craig on Rebecca West and Marina Lewycka on Monica Dickens, as well as many other Virago Modern Classics treasures.

    Imprint: VIRAGO
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • WRITERS MAP : An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    WRITERS MAP : An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    LEWIS-JONES HUW [ED]
    ISBN: 9780500519509
    Title: WRITERS MAP : An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    Author: LEWIS-JONES HUW [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Maps can transport us, they are filled with wonder, the possibility of real adventure and travels of the mind. This is an atlas of the journeys that writers make, encompassing not only the maps that actually appear in their books, but also the many maps that have inspired them and the sketches that they use in writing. For some, making a map is absolutely central to the craft of shaping and telling their tale. A writer’s map might mean also the geographies they describe, the worlds inside books that rise from the page, mapped or unmapped, and the realms that authors inhabit as they write. Philip Pullman recounts a map he drew for an early novel; Robert Macfarlane reflects on his cartophilia, set off by Robert Louis Stevenson and his map of Treasure Island; Joanne Harris tells of her fascination with Norse maps of the universe; Reif Larsen writes about our dependence on GPS and the impulse to map our experience; Daniel Reeve describes drawing maps and charts for The Hobbit trilogy of films; Miraphora Mina recalls creating ‘The Marauder’s Map’ for the Harry Potter films; David Mitchell leads us to the Mappa Mundi by way of Cloud Atlas and his own sketch maps. And there’s much more besides.

    Amidst a cornucopia of images, there are maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, maps from nursery stories, literary classics, collectible comics – a vast range of genres.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • YOU HAD BETTER MAKE SOME NOISE : Words to Change the World
    YOU HAD BETTER MAKE SOME NOISE : Words to Change the World
    ISBN: 9780714876733
    Title: YOU HAD BETTER MAKE SOME NOISE : Words to Change the World
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JUNE 2018 NEW RELEASE

    A timeless collection of quotations by visionaries who have been catalysts for change - through the ages and across the globe

    You Had Better Make Some Noise brings together the words of social activists, revolutionaries, artists, writers, musicians, philosophers, politicians, and more - galvanizing us all to do the same. Familiar figures - Thomas Paine to Bertrand Russell, Augustine to Gloria Steinem, Harvey Milk to Ai Weiwei, James Baldwin to Margaret Mead - are joined by a chorus of voices that have made their own indelible marks on the legacy of protest and progress.

    "When the history of our times is written, will we be remembered as the generation that turned our backs in a moment of global crisis or will it be recorded that we did the right thing?" Nelson Mandela asked that question, and this positive and reinforcing book urges us to heed the call.

    Imprint: PHAIDON
    RRP: $14.95

    Price: $14.95
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