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  • 1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare - 2ND HAND
    1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare - 2ND HAND
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571214808
    Title: 1599 : A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare - 2ND HAND
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, top edge a little foxed in a near fine dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet. James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling on a fledgeling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen. This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • 1606 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR - 2ND HAND
    1606 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR - 2ND HAND
    SHAPIRO JAMES
    ISBN: 9780571235780
    Title: 1606 : WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND THE YEAR OF LEAR - 2ND HAND
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    Ten years ago James Shapiro won the Samuel Johnson Prize for his bestseller 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. Now, to mark the forthcoming 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, comes a compelling look at a no less extraordinary year in his life: 1606.

    1606 is an intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare's most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.

    1606, while a very good year for Shakespeare, was a fraught one for England. Plague returns. There is surprising resistance to the new king's desire to turn England and Scotland into a united Britain. And fear and uncertainty sweep the land and expose deep divisions in the aftermath of a failed terrorist attack that came to be known as the Gunpowder Plot.

    James Shapiro deftly demonstrates how these extraordinary plays responded to the tumultuous events of this year, events that in unexpected ways touched upon Shakespeare's own life. By immersing us in Shakespeare's England, 1606 profoundly changes and enriches our experience of his plays, works that continue to speak to us with such immediacy.


    Imprint: FABER AND FABER
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • A FEW SHORT NOTES ON TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES - 2ND HAND
    A FEW SHORT NOTES ON TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES - 2ND HAND
    MURRAY JOHN
    ISBN: 9780060509286
    Title: A FEW SHORT NOTES ON TROPICAL BUTTERFLIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: MURRAY JOHN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition. Author's first collection of stories.

    n this remarkably assured and satisfying debut collection, John Murray seamlessly meshes fact with fiction, taking his inspiration from the worlds of science, medicine, and nature. The stories are set in intriguing locations across the globe -- a cholera tent in the slums of Bombay, a United Nations refugee camp in the mountains of Africa, a Key West hideaway -- where his characters, among them doctors, nurses, research scientists, explorers, and collectors, can be found reading The Manual of Clinical Microbiology or Gray's Anatomy or the Complete Textbook of Psychiatry.

    And yet, despite the pull of the outer world, these stories are all about the internal world of emotions -- love, loss, obsession, and conflict -- and about families and how they survive. They unfold to tell of moments when people catch glimpses of their real selves, their pasts, and have flashes of understanding about their lives. In "The Hill Station," an American-born scientist is drawn to Bombay, the homeland of her parents, where she breaks free from the confines of her well-ordered life. The title story tells of an aging surgeon who uses his grandfather's collection of butterflies to try and make sense of his past. In "Blue" a young man -- still haunted by the tragic death of his father years earlier -- traverses the Himalayan mountain that would have been his father's last climb. In "Acts of Memory, Wisdom of Man," the son of Indian immigrants relives the summer of 1968, and the events that determined his brother's fate.

    Vivid and alive, these stories reveal whole lives -- characters caught between the past and the present, between different cultures, and between their intellects and emotions. Global in scope, classical in form, evocative of place, this rich collection marks an exciting and original debut.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $30.00

    Price: $30.00
  • AD INFINITUM : A Biography of Latin - 2ND HAND
    AD INFINITUM : A Biography of Latin - 2ND HAND
    OSTLER NICHOLAS
    ISBN: 9780007221752
    Title: AD INFINITUM : A Biography of Latin - 2ND HAND
    Author: OSTLER NICHOLAS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st Edition.

    The Latin language has been the one constant in the cultural history of the West for more than two millennia. It has defined the way in which we express our thoughts, our faith, and our knowledge of how the world functions, its use echoing on in the law codes of half the world, in the terminologies of modern science, and, until forty years ago, in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. In his erudite and entertaining "biography," Nicholas Ostler shows how and why Latin survived and thrived even as its creators and other languages failed. Originally the dialect of Rome and its surrounds, Latin supplanted its neighbors to become, by conquest and settlement, the language of all Italy, and then of Western Europe and North Africa. After the empire collapsed, spoken Latin re-emerged as a host of new languages, from Portuguese and Spanish in the west to Romanian in the east, while a knowledge of Latin lived on as the common code of European thought, and inspired the founders of Europe's New World in the Americas. E pluribus unum. Illuminating the extravaganza of its past, Nicholas Ostler makes clear that, in a thousand echoes, Latin lives on, ad infinitum.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • AFTER THE VICTORIANS : 1901-1953 - 2ND HAND
    AFTER THE VICTORIANS : 1901-1953 - 2ND HAND
    WILSON A N
    ISBN: 9780091794842
    Title: AFTER THE VICTORIANS : 1901-1953 - 2ND HAND
    Author: WILSON A N
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    When this book begins, in the reign of Edward VII, Great Britain commands the mightiest empire the world has ever seen. By the time it ends, with the coronation of Elizabeth II. Britain has emerged victorious from a world war , but ruined as a world power. How did Britain's power and influence decline? This is one of the questions A.N.Wilson seeks to answer in his masterly follow -up to the Victorians.



    Imprint: HUTCHINSON PUBLISHERS
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE - 2NDHAND
    AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE - 2NDHAND
    MILLER HENRY
    ISBN: AIRCONDITIONED
    Title: AIR CONDITIONED NIGHTMARE - 2NDHAND
    Author: MILLER HENRY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy, foxed and rubbed, in a very good, price-clipped and sunned dustjacket.

    His stories and essays celebrate those rare individuals (famous and obscure) whose creative resilience and mere existence oppose the mechanization of minds and souls.
    In 1939, after ten years as an expatriate, Henry Miller returned to the United States with a keen desire to see what his native land was really like?to get to the roots of the American nature and experience. He set out on a journey that was to last three years, visiting many sections of the country and making friends of all descriptions. The Air-Conditioned Nightmare is the result of that odyssey.

    Imprint: HEINEMANN
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • ALICE SPRINGS - 2ND HAND
    ALICE SPRINGS - 2ND HAND
    GEMMELL NIKKI
    ISBN: 9780670883479
    Title: ALICE SPRINGS - 2ND HAND
    Author: GEMMELL NIKKI
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dustjacket. First edition.

    Author's second novel, originally published in Australia as 'Cleave' in a soft cover only.

    A legacy from her grandmother sends Phillipa "Snip" Freeman, a tough-minded artist and wanderer, on a personal odyssey through the vast outback of Australia in search of her long-lost father and answers to some of her unexplained questions about her troubled childhood.

    Imprint: VIKING
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ALL THE PRETTY HORSES : The Border Trilogy Volume 1 - 2ND HAND
    ALL THE PRETTY HORSES : The Border Trilogy Volume 1 - 2ND HAND
    MCCARTHY CORMAC
    ISBN: 9780394574745
    Title: ALL THE PRETTY HORSES : The Border Trilogy Volume 1 - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCCARTHY CORMAC
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    John Grady Cole is the last bewildered survivor of long generations of Texas ranchers. Finding himself cut off from the only life he has ever wanted, he sets out for Mexico with his friend Lacey Rawlins. Befriending a third boy on the way, they find a country beyond their imagining: barren and beautiful, rugged yet cruelly civilised; a place where dreams are paid for in blood. All the Pretty Horses is an acknowledged masterpiece and a grand love story: a novel about childhood passing, along with innocence and a vanished American age. Steeped in the wisdom that comes only from loss, it is a magnificent parable of responsibility, revenge and survival.Celebrating 40 years of outstanding international writing, this is one of the essential Picador novels reissued in a beautiful new series style.


    Imprint: KNOPF
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • AMSTERDAM - 2NDHAND
    AMSTERDAM - 2NDHAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780224051705
    Title: AMSTERDAM - 2NDHAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. Reprint.

    Winner of the 1998 Booker Prize

    On a chilly February day two old friends meet in the throng outside a crematorium to pay their last respects to Molly Lane. Both Clive Linley and Vernon Halliday had been Molly's lovers in the days before they reached their current eminence, Clive as Britain's most successful modern composer, Vernon as editor of the quality broadsheet, The Judge.

    Gorgeous, feisty Molly had had other lovers too, notably Julian Garmony, Foreign Secretary, a notorious right-winger tipped to be the next prime minister. In the days that follow Molly's funeral Clive and Vernon will make a pact that will have consequences neither has foreseen. Each will make a disastrous moral decision, their friendship will be tested to its limits and Julian Garmony will be fighting for his political life.



    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • AN EQUAL MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    AN EQUAL MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    SETH VIKRAM
    ISBN: 9780767902915
    Title: AN EQUAL MUSIC - 2ND HAND
    Author: SETH VIKRAM
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in like dust jacket. 1st US edition.

    While a music student in Vienna, violinist Michael Holme falls in love with pianist Julia McNicholl. They play together in a string trio, but when Michael has a nervous breakdown because of tensions with his stern and demanding violin teacher he abruptly leaves Vienna–and Julia–without warning. When, after some months pass, he tries to contact Julia again, he gets no reply. Ten years later, still in love with her, he meets her again in London when she attends a concert he is giving with his string quartet, the Maggiore. Still a performing pianist, she is now married to an American banker, has a child, and because of an auto-immune disease, is gradually going deaf. Unable to resist the power of their past, they begin to see each other again, this time under the shadow of Julia’s marriage and her tragic hearing loss. Julia agrees to tour Vienna and Venice with Michael and the Maggiore Quartet and for a brief, magical time everything seems possible.

    A tour de force of poetic, impassioned writing, An Equal Music is an unforgettable tale of love lost and nearly regained, its events unfolding in the dramatic settings of contemporary London, Vienna, and Venice. Brilliantly interweaving themes of loss, longing, and the power of music, Vikram Seth has created a deeply moving story about the strands of passion that run through all our lives.

    Imprint: BROADWAY BOOKS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ANILS GHOST - 2ND HAND
    ANILS GHOST - 2ND HAND
    ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    ISBN: 9780747548652
    Title: ANILS GHOST - 2ND HAND
    Author: ONDAATJE MICHAEL
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very good copy, top edge a little foxed in a near fine dust jacket. First edition.

    Anil's Ghost transports us to Sri Lanka, a country steeped in centuries of tradition, now forced into the late twentieth century by the ravages of the civil war. Into this maelstrom steps Anil Tissera, a young woman born in Sri Lanka sent by an international human rights group as a forensic anthropologist to investigate the campaigns of organised slaughter engulfing the island. What follows is a story about love, about family, about identity, about the unknown enemy, about the quest to unlock the hidden past - a story driven by a riveting mystery.


    Imprint: BLOOMSBURY
    RRP: $20.00

    Price: $20.00
  • ANTIPODES : STORIES - 2ND HAND
    ANTIPODES : STORIES - 2ND HAND
    MALOUF DAVID
    ISBN: 9780701128517
    Title: ANTIPODES : STORIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: MALOUF DAVID
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in a very good, bright & clen, lightly scuffed dust jacket. First edition. Signed.

    ANTIPODES - stories which pinpoint the contrast between the old world and the new, between youth and age, love and hatred and even life and death itself. . . David Malouf is one of Australia's most highly acclaimed and popular poets and novelists. Now, with his first stunning collection of stories, which has won both the Victorian Premier's Literary Award and the Vance Palmer Award for Fiction, he establishes himself as one of the most accomplished and provocative short-story writers of our time.


    Imprint: CHATTO & WINDUS
    RRP: $65.00

    Price: $65.00
  • ARABESQUE : MODERN MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD - 2ND HAND
    ARABESQUE : MODERN MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD - 2ND HAND
    MALOUF GREG / MALOUF LUCY
    ISBN: 9781864980738
    Title: ARABESQUE : MODERN MIDDLE EASTERN FOOD - 2ND HAND
    Author: MALOUF GREG / MALOUF LUCY
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A near fine copy in a very good jacket, spine a little faded. First edition.

    With over 170 recipes complementing this guided tour of forty-two essential ingredients, the Maloufs passion for the aromas, flavours and textures of modern Middle East cuisine come bursting through on every page. Almonds - Apricots - Artichokes - Beans - Burghul - Cardamom - Cheese - Chickpeas - Chillies - Cinnamon - Coriander - Couscous - Cumin - Dates - Eggplants - Figs - Garlic - Ginger - Honey - Lamb - Lemons - Lentils - Mint - Olives and Olive Oil - Orange-Blossom Water - Parsley - Pastry - Pine Nuts - Pistachios - Pomegranates - Quinces - Rice - Rosewater - Saffron - Sesame Seeds - Siverbeet and Spinach - Sumac - Thyme - Turkish Coffee - Vine Leaves - Watermelon - Yoghurt



    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $25.00

    Price: $25.00
  • ARCHITECTURAL THEORY : From the Renaissance to the Present - 2ND HAND
    ARCHITECTURAL THEORY : From the Renaissance to the Present - 2ND HAND
    TASCHEN
    ISBN: 9783836557467
    Title: ARCHITECTURAL THEORY : From the Renaissance to the Present - 2ND HAND
    Author: TASCHEN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket.

    If you’ve ever wondered what goes through architects’ minds when they design buildings, you’ll be happy to know that there’s no shortage of brilliant reading material to satisfy your curiosity. Wading through the archives at your local library may prove fruitful to your endeavor, but it won’t give you the instant gratification that Architecture Theory will.

    This book brings together all of the most important and influential essays about architecture written since the Renaissance, copiously illustrated and neatly organized chronologically by country. From Alberti and Palladio to Le Corbusier and Koolhaas, the best treatises by architecture’s greatest masters are gathered here, each accompanied by an essay discussing its historical context and significance. This is the all-in-one, must-have book for anyone interested in what architects have to say about their craft.

    The comprehensive overview that will help transform even the most uninformed novices into well-informed connoisseurs!

    Imprint: TASCHEN - NEW HOLLAND
    RRP: $28.00

    Price: $28.00
  • ART AND LIES - 2ND HAND
    ART AND LIES - 2ND HAND
    WINTERSON JEANETTE
    ISBN: 9780224031455
    Title: ART AND LIES - 2ND HAND
    Author: WINTERSON JEANETTE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A very good copy in like dust jacket. First edition.

    'There is no such thing as autobiography, there is only art and lies'. Set in a London of the near future, its three principal characters, Handel, Picasso and Sappho, separately flee the city and find themselves on the same train, drawn to one another through the curious agency of a book. Stories within stories take us through the unlikely love affairs of one Doll Sneerpiece, an 18th century bawd, and into the world of painful beauty where language has the power to heal. Art & Lies is a question and a quest: How shall I live?

    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $22.00

    Price: $22.00
  • ATONEMENT - 2ND HAND
    ATONEMENT - 2ND HAND
    MCEWAN IAN
    ISBN: 9780224062527
    Title: ATONEMENT - 2ND HAND
    Author: MCEWAN IAN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: SECOND HAND

    A near fine copy, previous owners name to FFE, in a near fine dust jacket. First edition. Signed.

    On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen- year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country hosue. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.


    Imprint: JONATHAN CAPE
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
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