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  • 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 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
  • WORLD WITHOUT WHOM : The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age
    WORLD WITHOUT WHOM : The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age
    FAVILLA EMMY J
    ISBN: 9781408895023
    Title: WORLD WITHOUT WHOM : The Essential Guide to Language in the BuzzFeed Age
    Author: FAVILLA EMMY J
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • 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: MAY 2018 NEW RELEASE

    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
  • 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
  • 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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