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  • 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: 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
  • 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 BROKE IN TWO : Virginia Woolf T S Eliot D H Lawrence E M Forster and the Year that Changed Literature
    WORLD BROKE IN TWO : Virginia Woolf T S Eliot D H Lawrence E M Forster and the Year that Changed Literature
    GOLDSTEIN BILL
    ISBN: 9781408894583
    Title: WORLD BROKE IN TWO : Virginia Woolf T S Eliot D H Lawrence E M Forster and the Year that Changed Literature
    Author: GOLDSTEIN BILL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A revelatory narrative charting the lives and works of legendary authors Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence during 1922, the birth year of modernism

    The world broke in two in 1922 or thereabouts, ' the American author Willa Cather once wrote. Yet for Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, E. M. Forster and D. H. Lawrence, 1922 began with a frighteningly blank page. Eliot was in Switzerland recovering from a nervous breakdown. Forster was grappling with unrequited love. Woolf and Lawrence, meanwhile, were both in bed with the flu. Confronting illness, personal problems and the spectral ghost of World War I, all four felt literally at a loss for words. At the same time, with the publication of Joyce 's Ulysses and Proust 's In Search of Lost Time, the literary ground was shifting beneath their feet.
    As dismal as things seemed, 1922 turned out to be a year of outstanding creative renaissance for them all. By the end of the year Woolf had started Mrs Dalloway, Forster had returned to work on A Passage to India, Lawrence had written his heavily autobiographical novel Kangaroo, and Eliot had finished and published to great acclaim The Waste Land '. Each discovered their own private literary way to bridge their problems and the lost time of the war. In doing so, they changed the face of literature.
    Full of surprising insights and original research, Bill Goldstein's The World Broke in Two chronicles the intertwined lives and works of these four writers in a crucial year of change.

    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    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 TRUE STORIES
    WRITING TRUE STORIES
    MILLER PATTI
    ISBN: 9781760293086
    Title: WRITING TRUE STORIES
    Author: MILLER PATTI
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    Patti Miller is the most well-regarded and experienced memoir teacher in Australia. And Writing True Stories is the culmination of her experience as an award-winning non-fiction writer as well as an acclaimed memoir teacher. 


    Writing True Stories is invaluable for anyone who has ever wanted to write their own memoir or their family's history. Patti Miller has included writing exercises, examples and readings to help each writer accumulate the skills necessary to write their stories in a fascinating and engaging way.


    The book is organised in a graded development of writing experience and will be used by beginning writing students and more advanced writers.


    'Patti is the writing whisperer! She taught me how to stop daydreaming and to get writing. I couldn't have written my memoir without her!' Jessica Rowe

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • YOU COULD LOOK IT UP : THE REFERENCE SHELF FROM ANCIENT BABYLON TO WIKIPEDIA
    YOU COULD LOOK IT UP : THE REFERENCE SHELF FROM ANCIENT BABYLON TO WIKIPEDIA
    LYNCH JACK
    ISBN: 9780802777522
    Title: YOU COULD LOOK IT UP : THE REFERENCE SHELF FROM ANCIENT BABYLON TO WIKIPEDIA
    Author: LYNCH JACK
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    An illuminating exploration of reference books through time and across cultures, from the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi to Wikipedia.


    Knowledge is of two kinds, said Samuel Johnson in 1775. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. Today we think of Wikipedia as the source of all information, the ultimate reference. Yet it is just the latest in a long line of aggregated knowledge-reference works that have shaped the way we've seen the world for centuries.

    You Could Look It Up chronicles the captivating stories behind these great works and their contents, and the way they have influenced each other. From The Code of Hammurabi, the earliest known compendium of laws in ancient Babylon almost two millennia before Christ to Pliny's Natural History; from the 11th-century Domesday Book recording land holdings in England to Abraham Ortelius's first atlas of the world; from Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language to The Whole Earth Catalog to Google, Jack Lynch illuminates the human stories and accomplishment behind each, as well as its enduring impact on civilization. In the process, he offers new insight into the value of knowledge.

    Imprint: WALKER AND CO
    RRP: $40.99

    Price: $40.99
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