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Virginia Woolf: Ambivalent Activist

Paperback, 31/03/2017, £19.99
This book includes essays, unpublished sketches, Woolf's social realist 1919 novel Night and Day, and her final, visionary novel Between the Acts. This approach to Woolf's writing takes an integrated view, incorporating her juvenilia and foregrounding Woolf's critically neglected early novels.

Diary of an Ordinary Schoolgirl

Hardback, 07/12/2017, £10.99
24 July, SaturdayBought a pair of shorts - white, very short with two pockets. Algebra, 6th = 74%. Latin = 55% Thrilled! Eng Literature, Top = 79% but Lang. 4th = 60%. History top = 85% smashing! French 12th = 61%. Geography, disgusting, 2nd = 67%.

Little Library Cookbook

Hardback, 18/09/2017, £25.00
A giftable cookery book with over 100 delicious recipes taken from the author's favourite works of fiction.

Readers' Liberation: The Literary Agenda

Paperback, 11/01/2018, £14.99
Readers' Liberation addresses question of what we should be reading to obtain information, examining how past readers encountered the same problems that today's readers face, and how they dealt with them.

London Literature, 1300-1380

Paperback, 01/01/2009, £27.99
Ralph Hanna charts the generic and linguistic features particular to London writing.

Public Confessions of a Middle-Aged Woman

Paperback, 30/08/2012, £8.99
Covers everything from hosepipe bans to Spanish restaurants, from writer's block to slug warfare, from slob holidays to the banning of beige. This book reveals the author, ourselves and the nation in a new light.

Country House Library

Hardback, 03/10/2017, £45.00
"Beginning with new evidence that cites the presence of books in Roman villas and concluding with present day vicissitudes of collecting, this ... book presents a ... survey of British and Irish country house libraries"

All The Devils Are Here

Paperback, 18/01/2018, £10.00

Take Courage: Anne Bronte and the Art of Life

Paperback, 04/01/2018, £9.99
Anne Bronte is the forgotten Bronte sister, overshadowed by her older siblings - virtuous, successful Charlotte, free-spirited Emily and dissolute Branwell. Tragic, virginal, sweet, stoic, selfless, Anne. The less talented Bronte, the other Bronte.

Magic Island

Paperback, 20/04/2016, £17.99

Written World: How Literature Shaped History

Hardback, 16/11/2017, £14.99

Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick

Paperback, 15/10/2017, £14.99

Biographer's Tale

Paperback, 01/06/2001, £8.99
Everywhere he looks he finds fragments and gaps: disconnected typescripts, bones and husks, boxes of marbles, collections of photographs. Like a shaman flying across the globe, his mind tracks the journeys of his subjects to the deserts of Africa and the maelstroms of the Arctic, where the shapes of myth meet the patterns of science.

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.

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.

Fictions of Empire

Paperback, 26/04/2002, £8.95

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

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.

Reading and Rebellion: An Anthology of Radical Writing for Children 1900-1960

Hardback, 12/10/2018, £25.00
This new anthology of radical writings for children from the first half of the twentieth century contains a wide selection of the kinds of materials that left-wing and progressive parents would have wanted their children to read, and which children understood as part of their initiation into a politically radical class.

In Praise of Disobedience: The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Other Writings

Hardback, 13/11/2018, £14.99
Works of Wilde's annus mirabilis of 1891 in one volume, with an introduction by renowned British playwright.

Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale

Paperback, 22/06/2016, £8.99
In ten succinct chapters, Marina Warner guides us through the rich world of fairy tale, from Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel to Snow White and Pan's Labyrinth. Exploring pervasive themes of folklore, myth, the supernatural, imagination, and fantasy, Warner highlights the impact of the genre on human understanding, history, and culture.

Origins of Dislike

Hardback, 12/07/2018, £25.00
In this wonderfully rich and diverse collection of essays, Amit Chaudhuri explores the way in which writers understand and promote their own work in antithesis to writers and movements that have gone before. The book particularly illuminates new ways of thinking about Western and non-Western traditions, prejudices, and preconceptions.

What Good are the Arts?

Paperback, 01/06/2006, £11.99
From one of the country's most eminent reviewers and academics, a delightfully sceptical and devastatingly intelligent assessment of the true value of art.

Penguin Classics Book

Hardback, 01/11/2018, £30.00

David Foster Wallace Reader

Paperback, 04/10/2018, £12.99

How to Write A Short Story (And Think About It)

Paperback, 27/07/2017, £17.99
Whether you are a student or an experienced author, this book will teach you how to write short stories - and reflect on the creative processes involved.


Paperback, 04/09/2018, £6.99
From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, a rare and generous look into the creative process


Hardback, 02/10/2018, £12.99
The second book in the Why I Write series provides generous insight into the creative process of the award-winning Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard

Vampire: A New History

Hardback, 02/10/2018, £16.99
An authoritative new history of the vampire, two hundred years after it first appeared on the literary scene

Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives

Paperback, 30/01/1997, £10.99
In the last months of his 29-year life, he fought a ravening opium addiction to succeed in claiming a place in history of English painting. He begged to be allowed to return to flying, and died mysteriously in a night training operation, aged 23.

Cambridge Introductions to Literature: The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative

Paperback, 07/04/2008, £22.99
This thoroughly revised second edition of this widely used textbook takes recent developments in the field into account, and includes two new chapters. Organised to be used throughout a narrative studies course, it includes many textbook features, examples and suggestions for further reading.

Making Oscar Wilde

Hardback, 07/05/2018, £20.00
Packed with new evidence, Making Oscar Wilde tells the untold story of a local Irish eccentric who became a global cultural icon. This must-read book dramatizes Oscar Wilde's remarkable rise in Victorian England and post-Civil War America. Michele Mendelssohn interweaves biography and social history to reveal a life like no other.

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

Paperback, 04/10/2018, £8.99
Acclaimed critic John Sutherland gets his teeth into the literary puzzles of the greatest-ever Gothic novel

Frankenstein's Brain: Puzzles and Conundrums in Mary Shelley's Monstrous Masterpiece

Hardback, 04/10/2018, £9.99
Literary sleuth John Sutherland takes a quirky journey through the lesser-known byways of Mary Shelley's masterpiece.

Snooty Bookshop: Fifty Literary Postcards

23/10/2018, £12.98
A hilarious collection of fifty postcards celebrating multi-award-winning cartoonist Tom Gauld's iconic Guardian comics - the perfect gift for book lovers everywhere

If the War Goes On . . .: Reflections on War and Politics

Paperback, 01/11/2018, £9.99
A collection of essays on the absurdity of war, from the Nobel Prize laureate


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