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My Salinger Year

Paperback, 02/07/2015, £9.99
£8.99

Why I Write

Paperback, 01/01/2021, £5.00
£4.50

Politics and the English Language

Paperback, 01/01/2021, £5.00
£4.50

The Prevention of Literature

Paperback, 01/01/2021, £5.00
£4.50

Politics vs. Literature

Paperback, 01/01/2021, £5.00
£4.50

Dostoevsky in Love: An Intimate Life

Hardback, 21/01/2021, £20.00
£18.00

In the Land of the Cyclops: Essays

Hardback, 07/01/2021, £20.00
£18.00

Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers and the British Landscape

Hardback, 13/08/2020, £25.00
£22.50
A lyrical, compelling account of the British landscape in writing and art from Beowulf to now.

The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

Hardback, 04/10/2018, £30.00
£27.00
A team of distinguished and internationally acclaimed writers and illustrators share their personal insights into the maps they love, the maps they use and the maps that set them dreaming.

Laurence Sterne's Tristram Shandy: A Casebook

Paperback, 27/04/2006, £38.49
£34.64
Thomas Keymer's introduction to this Casebok examines the historical context and controversial reception of Tristram Shandy, and connects the essays selected for inclusion to the diverse traditions of Sterne criticism.

Thinking Again

Paperback, 04/03/2021, £8.99
£8.09
Necrophilia is not one of my failings, but I do like graveyards and memorial stones and such... Following the publication In My Mind's Eye, her acclaimed first volume of diaries, a Radio 4 Book of the Week in 2018, Jan Morris continued to write her daily musings.

The Letters of Thom Gunn

Hardback, 18/03/2021, £40.00
£36.00
This selection of correspondence presents, for the first time, the private life and reflections of a maverick figure in the history of British and American poetry.

The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth

Paperback, 04/03/2021, £10.99
£9.89
The prize-winning biography of Wordsworth's beloved sister, champion, muse who was at the heart of the Romantic movement in Britain - reissued to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Dorothy's birth. 'Genius ...

The Uncommon Reader

Paperback, 25/03/2021, £7.99
£7.19
The bestselling classic reissued for the Queen's 95th birthday.

An Editor's Burial: Journals and Journalism from the New Yorker and Other Magazines

Paperback, 01/07/2021, £10.99
£9.89
Inspirations for Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch - fascinating essays on Paris by some of the twentieth century's finest writers.

Rewriting Crusoe: The Robinsonade across Languages, Cultures, and Media

Paperback, 30/10/2020, £27.50
Robinson Crusoe is one of those extraordinary literary works whose importance lies not only in the text itself but in its persistently lively afterlife. This celebratory collection of tercentenary essays testifies to the book's endurance, analysing its literary, aesthetic, philosophical, and cultural implications in historical context.

All Men Must Die: Power and Passion in Game of Thrones

Paperback, 28/01/2021, £12.99
£11.69
'All men must die': or 'Valar Morghulis', as the traditional Essos greeting is rendered into High Valyrian. And die they do - in prodigious numbers; in imaginatively varied and gruesome ways; and often in pain, terror and ordure within the blood-spattered and viciously unpredictable world that is HBO's sensational evocation of Game of Thrones.

Varying Degrees of Success: A Memoir 1992-2020

Hardback, 29/04/2021, £25.00
£22.50
In a career spanning six decades, David Lodge has been one of Britain's best-loved and most versatile writers. David Lodge describes these feelings with rare candour. Varying Degrees of Success provides the reader with a privileged insight into the working practices and the creative life of a major British novelist.

Philip Roth: The Biography

Hardback, 08/04/2021, £30.00
£27.00
The renowned biographer's definitive portrait of a literary titan Appointed by Philip Roth and granted complete access and independence, Blake Bailey spent years poring over Roth's personal archive, interviewing his friends, lovers, and colleagues, and engaging Roth himself in breathtakingly candid conversations.

The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000-2020

Hardback, 08/04/2021, £18.99
£17.09

Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape

Paperback, 01/11/2018, £8.99
£8.09
A fascinating literary tour of Britain from the author of The Secret Library

Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different

Paperback, 14/01/2021, £8.99
£8.09
Renowned, bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk takes us behind the scenes of the writing life, with postcards from decades on the road and incredible examination of the power of fiction and the art of storytelling.

Square Haunting: Five Women, Freedom and London Between the Wars

Paperback, 24/12/2020, £10.99
£9.89
Five exceptional women; one London square. A spellbinding group biography by a luminous new talent.

Love Letters: Vita and Virginia

Paperback, 04/02/2021, £9.99
£8.99
Eavesdrop on the affair that inspired Virginia to write her most fantastical novel, Orlando, and discover a relationship that - even a hundred years later - feels radical and relatable. WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION FROM ALISON BECHDEL, AUTHOR OF FUN HOME AND CREATOR OF THE BECHDEL TEST.

Swim in a Pond in the Rain

Hardback, 12/01/2021, £16.99
£15.29

Book Lover's Bucket List: A Tour of Great British Literature

Hardback, 29/04/2021, £14.99
£13.49
Immerse yourself in a land full of literary locations in this tour through the great books of the British Isles. Caroline Taggart's guide to statues, walks both rural and urban, literary homes and vistas which inspired great scenes from our favourite novels is guaranteed to have something for every avid reader.

A Book of Book Lists: A Bibliophile's Compendium

Paperback, 18/10/2017, £7.99
£7.19
This is a book of book lists. From Bin Laden's bookshelf to the books most frequently left in hotels, from prisoners' favourite books to MPs' most borrowed books, these lists are proof that a person's bookcase tells you everything you need to know about them, and sometimes more besides.

Shelf Life: Writers on Books and Reading

Paperback, 11/10/2018, £10.00
£9.00
The many facets of book-mania are pondered and celebrated with both sincerity and irreverence in this lively selection of essays, poems, lectures and commentaries ranging from the 16th to the 20th century.

How To Give Your Child A Lifelong Love Of Reading

Paperback, 26/03/2020, £12.99
£11.69
In this book of practical advice, Alex Johnson brings his tremendous enthusiasm and informed passion to answer the question of how to start, and keep your child reading, to ensure a new generation of bookworms are whisked away to new worlds and essential discoveries.

Science Fiction: A Literary History

Hardback, 26/10/2017, £20.00
£18.00
Science fiction (SF) has existed as a popular genre for around 150 years. This book offers a survey of the genre from nineteenth-century pioneers to contemporary authors, with a new focus on global reach.

The World in a Grain of Sand: Postcolonial Literature and Radical Universalism

Paperback, 25/05/2021, £19.99
£17.99
Radical universalism vs postcolonial theory

Craft of Poetry: A Primer in Verse

Hardback, 02/03/2021, £14.99
£13.49
A wonderfully accessible handbook to the art of writing and reading poetry-itself written entirely in verse

Philip Larkin and His Audiences

Paperback, 13/01/2010, £64.99
£58.49
Philip Larkin, one of England's greatest and most popular twentieth-century poets, is nonetheless widely regarded as a misanthropic, provincial recluse. This volume re-examines that critical view and argues that Larkin's poetry, far from demonstrating his misanthropy, highlights his profound awareness of and concern for readers.

Philip Larkin: The Poems

Paperback, 11/05/2007, £22.99
£20.69
Controversy rages around Larkin's character and life. This book takes a fresh look at his poems through close analysis, discussion of Larkin's major concerns and demonstrating how to approach these enigmatic works. It provides background information including an account of his life, discussion of cultural context and major critical views

Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron and Other Tangled Lives

Paperback, 03/05/2011, £16.99
£15.29
A striking literary biography by a significant and talented young writer

Romantic Geographies

Paperback, 04/05/2000, £85.00
£76.50
This work focuses on the geographical construction of people and places in late 18th- and early 19th century travel writings.

Travel Writing

Paperback, 12/05/2011, £24.99
£22.49
An increasingly popular genre, addressing issues of space, language, colonialism, globalization and politics, travel writing offers the reader a movement between the familiar and the unknown. This book offers a useful introduction for those new to the subject, as well as a crucial overview of the terminology, history and debates within the field.

Women Travel Writers and the Language of Aesthetics, 1716-18

Paperback, 10/06/2004, £33.99
£30.59
Travel writing of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries was staple fare in an age of imperial expansion that was also the formative period of modern aesthetics. Elizabeth Bohls examines the ways in which women's travel writing of this period both drew on and challenged the conventions of aesthetic theory.

Cambridge Companion to Travel Writing

Paperback, 21/11/2002, £29.99
£26.99
This book is an introduction to travel writing in English between 1500 and the present. Six essays survey the period's travel writing; six more focus on areas of particular interest; while the final three analyse the theoretical and cultural dimensions to this enigmatic and influential genre of writing.

Penelope Voyages: Women and Travel in the British Literary Tradition

Paperback, 15/12/1994, £27.99
£25.19
Looking at travel writing by British women from the seventeenth century on, Karen R. Lawrence asks an intriguing question: What happens when, instead of waiting patiently for Odysseus, Penelope voyages and records her journey...

The Adventures of Miss Barbara Pym

Hardback, 15/04/2021, £25.00
£22.50
'Captures both Barbara and her writing so miraculously' JILLY COOPER Picked as a Book to Look Forward to in 2021 by the Guardian, The Times and the Observer A Radio 4 Book of the Week, April 2020

What Happened?

Paperback, 03/06/2021, £10.99
£9.00
'No one else casts such a shrewd and gimlet eye on contemporary life.' - William Boyd Comic, dark and insightful, What Happened? is Hanif Kureishi's new collection of essays and fiction.

One-Way Street and Other Writings

Paperback, 29/10/2009, £10.99
£9.89
Walter Benjamin - philosopher, essayist, literary and cultural theorist - was one of the most original writers and thinkers of the twentieth century. This title brings together Benjamin's major works, including "Unpacking My Library"; "One-Way Street"; "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction"; and, "Brief History of Photography".

Child that Books Built

Paperback, 04/10/2018, £9.99
£8.00
A memoir about how, what and why we read as children.' Nick Hornby, Guardian Books of the Year 'Parents, non-parents, ex-children, anyone who reads or ever read children's books - read this.

Something to Tell You

Paperback, 03/05/2018, £9.99
£7.00
As he and his best friend Henry attempt to make the sometimes painful, sometimes comic transition to their divorced middle age, balancing the conflicts of desire and dignity, Jamal's teenage traumas make a shocking return into his present life.

Last Word

Paperback, 03/05/2018, £8.99
£7.00
Mamoon is an eminent Indian-born writer who has made a career in England -- but now, in his early seventies, his reputation is fading, his book sales have dried up and his new wife has expensive tastes.

Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation

Paperback, 27/09/2007, £34.99
£31.49
An interdisciplinary book which established itself as a seminal text in its field.

 

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