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  • 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
  • TWENTY FIVE BOOKS THAT SHAPED AMERICA : How White Whales, Green Lights, And Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity
    TWENTY FIVE BOOKS THAT SHAPED AMERICA : How White Whales, Green Lights, And Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity
    FOSTER THOMAS C
    ISBN: 9780061834400
    Title: TWENTY FIVE BOOKS THAT SHAPED AMERICA : How White Whales, Green Lights, And Restless Spirits Forged Our National Identity
    Author: FOSTER THOMAS C
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From the author of the New York Times bestselling How to Read Literature Like a Professor comes a highly entertaining and informative new book on the twenty-five works of literature that have most shaped the American character. Foster applies his much-loved combination of wit, know-how, and analysis to explain how each work has shaped our very existence as readers, students, teachers, and Americans.

    Foster illuminates how books such as The Last of the Mohicans, Moby-Dick, My Ántonia, The Great Gatsby, The Maltese Falcon, Their Eyes Were Watching God, On the Road, The Crying of Lot 49, and others captured an American moment, how they influenced our perception of nationhood and citizenship, and what about them endures in the American character. Twenty-five Books That Shaped America is a fun and enriching guide to America through its literature.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $27.99

    Price: $27.99
  • 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
  • WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ
    WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ
    MENDELSUND PETER
    ISBN: 9780804171632
    Title: WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ
    Author: MENDELSUND PETER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A gorgeously unique, fully illustrated exploration into the phenomenology of reading--how we visualize images from reading works of literature, from one of our very best book jacket designers, himself a passionate reader.

    What do we see when we read? Did Tolstoy really describe Anna Karenina? Did Melville ever really tell us what, exactly, Ishmael looked like? The collection of fragmented images on a page--a graceful ear there, a stray curl, a hat positioned just so--and other clues and signifiers helps us to create an image of a character. But in fact our sense that we know a character intimately has little to do with our ability to concretely picture our beloved--or reviled--literary figures. In this remarkable work of nonfiction, Knopf's Associate Art Director Peter Mendelsund combines his profession, as an award-winning designer; his first career, as a classically trained pianist; and his first love, literature--he considers himself first and foremost as a reader--into what is sure to be one of the most provocative and unusual investigations into how we understand the act of reading.

    Imprint: VINTAGE U.S.A.
    RRP: $26.99

    Price: $26.99
  • WHITE MAGIC : THE AGE OF PAPER
    WHITE MAGIC : THE AGE OF PAPER
    MULLER LOTHAR
    ISBN: 9780745672540
    Title: WHITE MAGIC : THE AGE OF PAPER
    Author: MULLER LOTHAR
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Paper is older than the printing press, and even in its unprinted state it was the great network medium behind the emergence of modern civilization. In the shape of bills, banknotes and accounting books it was indispensible to the economy. As forms and files it was essential to bureaucracy. As letters it became the setting for the invention of the modern soul, and as newsprint it became a stage for politics.

    In this brilliant new book Lothar Müller describes how paper made its way from China through the Arab world to Europe, where it permeated everyday life in a variety of formats from the thirteenth century onwards, and how the paper technology revolution of the nineteenth century paved the way for the creation of the modern daily press. His key witnesses are the works of Rabelais and Grimmelshausen, Balzac and Herman Melville, James Joyce and Paul Valéry.

    Müller writes not only about books, however: he also writes about pamphlets, playing cards, papercutting and legal pads. We think we understand the ?Gutenberg era?, but we can understand it better when we explore the world that underpinned it: the paper age.

    Today, with the proliferation of digital devices, paper may seem to be a residue of the past, but Müller shows that the humble technology of paper is in many ways the most fundamental medium of the modern world.

    Imprint: POLITY
    RRP: $33.99

    Price: $33.99
  • 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: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • 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: OCTOBER 2017 NEW RELEASE

    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
  • WRITING BOOK : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR FICTION WRITERS
    WRITING BOOK : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR FICTION WRITERS
    GRENVILLE KATE
    ISBN: 9781742373881
    Title: WRITING BOOK : A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR FICTION WRITERS
    Author: GRENVILLE KATE
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Writing Book doesn't just talk about how to write fiction; it takes you, step-by-step, through the process of doing it. Each chapter concentrates on one aspect of writing: getting started, bringing characters to life, writing convincing dialogue, revising and writer's block, etc. Exercises in each chapter are carefully structured so that each one builds on the one before. Examples from contemporary Australian writing demonstrate how different writers tackle the technical aspects of their art. By working your way through this book, you'll gradually craft a piece of fiction, and develop confidence in your own fictional voice. If you'd like to write, but you're not sure how to start, The Writing Book will show you how. If you're already writing, The Writing Book will give you practical ideas for new energy and direction.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
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