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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This book includes essays, unpublished sketches, Woolf's social realist 1919 novel Night and Day, and her final, visionary novel Between the Acts.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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Believer, Issue 96

Paperback, 28/02/2013, £5.99
Features long articles, interviews, and book reviews, as well as poems, comics, and a two-page vertically-oriented Schema spread, more or less unreproduceable on the web. This title gives people and books the benefit of the doubt.

Believer, Issue 97

Paperback, 28/03/2013, £7.99
A monthly magazine where length is no object. It features long articles, interviews, and book reviews, as well as poems, comics, and a two-page vertically-oriented Schema spread, more or less unreproduceable on the web.

Book of Forgotten Authors

Hardback, 05/10/2017, £14.99
99 forgotten authors, their forgotten books, and their unforgettable stories

C.L.R. James: The Artist as Revolutionary

Paperback, 03/10/2017, £14.99


Paperback, 31/12/2003, £8.99
Fyodor Dostoevsky is known as the author of some of the most important Russian novels of the 19th Century, such as "Crime and Punishment", "The Idiot" and "The Brothers Karamazov".

Daughters Of Decadence: Stories by Women Writers of the Fin-de-Siecle

Paperback, 10/06/1993, £9.99
Stories by celebrated female writers Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin and Edith Wharton - edited by Elaine Showalter

Fin de Siecle: A Reader in Cultural History, c.1880-1900

Paperback, 05/10/2000, £32.00
Dealing with the cultural history of the Fin de Siecle, this is an anthology of non-literary writings from 1880-1900. It includes sections on Degeneration, Outcast London, The Metropolis, The New Woman, Literary Debates, The New Imperialism, Socialism, Anarchism, Scientific Naturalism, Psychology, Psychical Research, Sexology, and Racial Science.

Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010)

Paperback, 14/10/2016, £17.99
This Companion offers a comprehensive account of the influence of contemporary British Black and Asian writing in British culture.

How to Study Romantic Poetry

Paperback, 09/11/2000, £21.99
Romantic poetry deals with the tensions, hopes and fears of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, as felt by a disparate group of men and women. This revised and expanded second edition shows how to use some developments in literary theory to think and write about Romantic poetry.


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