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Bohemian London: From Pre-Raphaelites to Punk

Hardback, 01/10/2005, £12.99

Darling Pol: Letters of Mary Wesley and Eric Siepmann 1944-1967

Hardback, 15/10/2017, £20.00
By the time she eventually caught the train back to Penzance two days later they had fallen in love and Eric had declared that he was determined to marry her...'Before her death in 2002, Mary Wesley told her biographer Patrick Marnham: `after I met Eric I never looked at anyone else again.

Proust's Overcoat

Hardback, 04/11/2010, £9.99
A meeting happens between an obsessive bibliophile, Jacques Guerin, the head of a French perfume house, and his physician, Dr Robert Proust, brother of the late writer. Glimpsing the possibility of adding to his collection, Guerin stumbles into a tense and tangled relationship with the novelist's family.

Making An Elephant

Hardback, 11/01/2018, £20.00
As a novelist, Graham Swift delights in the possibilities of the human voice, imagining his way into the minds and hearts of an extraordinary range of characters. In Making an Elephant, his first ever work of non-fiction, the voice is his own.

Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

Paperback, 04/01/2018, £9.99
Pronounced guilty of libel and sentenced to a year in prison, novelist Emile Zola went on the run. Michael Rosen brings to life the sleepy world of late Victorian suburbia, Zola's turbulent politics and his tangled private life.

Notes on Snow falling on Cedars

Paperback, 01/04/2000, £4.99
Readers get a traditional Cliffs Notes treatment of an award-winning novel that explores the intricacies of love, prejudice, and justice in the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s. This product also features a historical introduction to the novel and addresses the concerns of Japanese-Americans during World War II.


Paperback, 27/03/1998, £3.99
Angelou's autobiographical modern masterpiece receives the "Bloom's Notes" treatment, as the noted critic examines its place in 20th century literature. "Cliff Notes" they are not", says "Booklist".

John Updike

Hardback, 18/10/2001, £18.95

Regeneration a reader's guide

Paperback, 15/10/2001, £5.00
This work is part of the "Continuum Contemporaries" series giving readers accessible and informative introductions to 30 of the most popular, most acclaimed and most influential contemporary novels. It contains a biography of the novelist and a full-length study of the novel.

Rise Of The Novel

Paperback, 06/01/2000, £10.99
In this study, Ian Watts traces the genesis and development of the literary form, the novel. He investigates the reasons why the three main 18th-century novelists (Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding) wrote in the way they did.


Paperback, 27/04/1981, £3.50

Fictions of Empire

Paperback, 26/04/2002, £8.95

History of American literature

Paperback, 16/12/2003, £22.99
Presents the history of American literature since pre-Columbian times. This book covers oral literature, folktales, spirituals, the blues, the western, the detective story, the thriller and science fiction, as well as canonical literature.

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley

Hardback, 23/04/2015, £25.00
Mary Wollstonecraft and author Mary Shelley were mother and daughter, yet these two extraordinary women never knew one another. This book brings together a pair of visionary women who should have shared a life, but who instead share a powerful literary and feminist legacy.

Nemo's Almanac: A Quiz for Book Lovers

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £9.99

Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)

Paperback, 02/11/2017, £7.99
The essential miscellany for all Bronte fans.

Who Is Dracula's Father?: And Other Puzzles in Bram Stoker's Gothic Masterpiece

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £9.99
Acclaimed critic John Sutherland gets his teeth into the literary puzzles of the greatest-ever Gothic novel

Is Heathcliff a Murderer?: Puzzles in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Paperback, 02/11/2017, £8.99
A brand-new, revised edition of John Sutherland's bestselling literary puzzle classic

Can Jane Eyre Be Happy?: More Puzzles in Classic Fiction

Paperback, 02/11/2017, £8.99
A new edition of the brilliant literary puzzle sequel, exploring conundrums in classic fiction

1606: William Shakespeare and the Year of Lear

Hardback, 01/10/2015, £20.00
Marking the forthcoming 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, this book offers a intimate portrait of one of Shakespeare's most inspired moments: the year of King Lear, Macbeth and Antony and Cleopatra.

Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £30.00
Over a career spanning nearly fifty years Edward Garnett - editor, critic and publisher's reader - would become one of the most influential men in twentieth-century British literature.

Naive And The Sentimental Novelist

Hardback, 03/03/2011, £14.99
What happens within us when we read a novel? And how does a novel create its unique effects, so distinct from those of a painting, a film, or a poem? In this book, Turkey's Nobel Prize winner explores the art of writing, and takes us into the worlds of the reader and the writer, revealing their intimate connections.

Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling

Hardback, 26/10/2017, £20.00
A masterful collection of essays on storytelling by Philip Pullman, one of our greatest writers.

House of Fiction: From Pemberley to Brideshead, Great British Houses in Literature and Life

Hardback, 15/07/2017, £20.00
Houses in literature have captured readers' imaginations for centuries, from Gothic castles to Georgian stately homes, Bloomsbury townhouses and high-rise penthouses.

Poetry : The Basics 2ed

Paperback, 18/02/2011, £11.99

Margaret Atwood: A Beginner's Guide

Paperback, 28/02/2003, £5.99

Dying Modern: A Meditation on Elegy

Paperback, 12/04/2013, £18.99
In Dying Modern, renowned literary critic Diana Fuss argues that as death has been increasingly shunted off-stage, out of the public eye, poets have taken up the task of reckoning with dying, loss, absence, and grief.

Norton Anthology: Theory and Criticism

Hardback, 13/08/2001, £34.99
This anthology of critical writing ranges from Gorgias and Plato to Sigmund Freud and Mikhail Bakhtin. Each of the 147 contributions has a headnote introducing the writer and making connections to other critics, theorists and movements. An introduction surveys the history of theory and criticism.


Paperback, 23/11/1995, £12.99
Botting expertly introduces the transformations of the gothic through history, discussing key figures such as ghosts, monsters and vampires, as well as tracing its origins, characteristics, cultural significance and critical interpretations.

Language of Metaphors

7, 15/05/1997, £24.99
This textbook explores the language of metaphor. Combining insights from relevance theory and functional linguistics, Goatley provides a powerful model for understanding how metaphors work in real communication.


7, 29/06/2001, £5.99

Salman Rushdie

Paperback, 30/11/2001, £5.99


Paperback, 31/08/2001, £3.99
Part of the "Teach Yourself Literature Guides" which use scientific knowledge on how the brain works best to show you how you can work faster, shorten your study time and get a higher grade. This title provides commentary, questions, "Mind Maps" and essay practice on "A Clockwork Orange".

Siegfried Sassoon

Paperback, 06/10/2006, £12.99
The authorized biography of a literary legend, written with unique access to all of Sassoon's previously unseen papers

Margaret Atwood (hardback @ paperback price)

Hardback, 13/11/1995, £17.99
This introductory study explores Margaret Atwood's versatility as a writer and her use of a variety of novel forms. Atwood's writing from the 1970s to the 1990s is analyzed in order to indicate the significant continuities beneath her constant shifts of emphasis.

History of English Literature

7, 25/05/2000, £15.99
This text provides a comprehensive survey of one of the richest and oldest literatures in the world. Presented as a narrative, and usable as a work of reference, this text offers an account of literature from the beginnings of English until the year 2000.

Shakespeare's Local

Hardback, 08/11/2012, £16.99
A history of Britain told through the story of one very special public house

Ammonites and Leaping Fish

Hardback, 10/10/2013, £14.99
Reports from beyond the horizon of old age. This book looks at the context of a life and times, the history and archaeology that is actually being made as we live out our lives in real time, in her case World War II; post war penny-pinching Britain; the Suez crisis; the Cold War and up to the present day.

Introduction to Poetry

Paperback, 21/09/2009, £59.99

Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Hardback, 18/09/2012, £25.00
On 14 February 1989, Valentine's Day, the author was telephoned by a BBC journalist and told that he had been 'sentenced to death' by the Ayatollah Khomeini. For the first time he heard the word fatwa. His crime? This title tells the story of one of the crucial battles, in our time, for freedom of speech.

On Writing

Hardback, 07/03/2013, £18.99
Offers readers and aspiring writers everything they need to know about the complexities of researching, writing and publishing fiction. This book ends with the transcript of the author's celebrated one-person show about writing and language that she has performed round the world to huge acclaim.

Victorian Sensation Fiction

Paperback, 14/11/2008, £15.99
Assessing the full range of criticism from the frequently strident early responses, through twentieth-century critical engagements, to present-day commentaries, this Guide adopts a thematic approach to explore the key issues, topics and debates typically encountered in Sensation Fiction, and the study of the genre as a whole.

Literature and gender

Paperback, 20/02/1998, £19.99
A collection which explores the links between cultural beliefs, social institutions, sexual roles and personal identity. Arranged around three themes: "Learning", "Living", and "Resisting", the anthology asks students to think and write about gender issues.

Faculty Towers

Hardback, 15/09/2005, £13.99
A personal take on the way British and American novels about the faculty reflect changes in universities and society, since 1950. Looking at the novels that helped shape her identity as a professor of English, the author shows how the academic mood has changed from the utopian portraits of Cambridge to the novels of the early 21st century.

What is Comparative Literature O/P

Paperback, 02/02/1995, £5.00
The text of Steiner's inaugural lecture at the University of Oxford, in which he seeks to define the spirit and methods of comparative literary studies. It provides a sketch of their origins and history, together with a personal statement as to the possible future of the field.

Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature

Paperback, 08/04/2004, £20.00
What were people reading about as Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel? How did the events around the industrial revolution influence the literary output of British writers and thinkers? This title presents a digest of significant and representative works of literature published in English by British authors from 1474 to 2001.

Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature, The

7, 24/03/2005, £9.99
"Replacing the Annals of English Literature" (first published by OUP in 1935), this book presents a chronological record of around 15,000 works published in the English language since 1474. It focuses on English literature and covers various genres. It features the titles in an alphabetical order by author surname, and includes three indexes.

Believer, Issue 92

Paperback, 27/09/2012, £5.99
Intends to introduce readers to the best work in the world of art, culture, and thought - whether that means literature, painting, wrestling, philosophy, or cooking - in an attractive vehicle that's free from the bugbears of condescension, mustiness, and jargony obfuscation.

Believer, Issue 93

Paperback, 23/10/2012, £5.99
Intends to introduce readers to the best and most interesting work in the world of art, culture, and thought - whether that means literature, painting, wrestling, philosophy, or cooking.
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