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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

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

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

Paperback, 30/10/2020, £28.95
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.

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.

The 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, £19.95
£17.96
Radical universalism vs postcolonial theory

The Walker: On Finding and Losing Yourself in the Modern City

Hardback, 28/10/2020, £18.99
£17.09
A literary history of walking From Dickens to Zizek

Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck

Hardback, 13/10/2020, £25.00
£22.50
A biography of one of America's most popular and misunderstood authors, John Steinbeck.

Russian Roulette: 'A brilliant new life of Graham Greene' - Evening Standard

Hardback, 03/09/2020, £25.00
£22.50
The definitive one-volume biography of a literary legend.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Paperback, 07/03/1988, £3.50
£2.45

Douglas Dunn Selected Poems

Paperback, 14/02/1994, £3.50
£2.45
This series of notes for GCSE and A-level is tailored to exam requirements. The books provide criticism on specific texts, plus questions. Information on the author and the historical background to the text is given, and a specimen essay, hints for study and a summary of the text is included.

Mayor of Casterbridge

Paperback, 04/03/1999, £7.99
£2.79
Building on the formula of "York Notes", this Advanced series introduces students to more sophisticated analysis and wider critical perspectives. The notes enable students to appreciate contrasting interpretations of the text and to develop their own critical thinking.

The Fall of a Sparrow: Vivien Eliot's Life and Writings

Hardback, 05/11/2020, £35.00
£31.50
The Vivien Eliot Papers is a groundbreaking new biography of Vivien Eliot, comprising two sections: her Life and her Papers.

Letters from Tove

Paperback, 17/09/2020, £12.99
£11.69

Ahab`s Rolling Sea - A Natural History of "Moby-Dick"

Hardback, 26/11/2019, £23.00
£20.70
King lays bare the background to Moby-Dick by moving through the voyage of the Pequod, exploring topics in marine biology, oceanography, and the science of navigation as Ishmael raises them in the novel.

Reynard the Fox

Hardback, 16/10/2020, £20.00
£18.00
Reynard was once the most popular and beloved character in European folklore. Expanded with new interpretations, innovative language and characterisation, this edition is an imaginative re-telling of the Reynard story and as relevant and controversial today as it was in the fifteenth century.

The Life Of Robert Burns

Paperback, 01/01/2001, £14.00
£12.60
The author deliberately shakes the image of Burns as a romantic hero - exposing the sexual misdemeanours, drinking bouts and waywardness that other, more reverential, biographies choose to overlook. In this book, the author's real achievement is to bring alive the personality of a great man.

New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion

Hardback, 09/02/2017, £145.00
£130.50
This companion volume to The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works concentrates on the issues of canon and chronology. This major work in attribution studies presents in full the evidence behind the choices made in The Complete Works about which works Shakespeare wrote, in whole or part.

Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre

Paperback, 13/10/2011, £33.49
£30.14
An international team of scholars examines the theatrical world in which Shakespeare worked, tracing the social, political, and patronage pressures under which actors operated. They also explore the practicalities of playing: acquiring scripts, theatres, rehearsing, lighting, music, props, boy actors, and the role of women in an 'all-male' world.

Under Fire

Paperback, 17/03/2014, £9.99
£8.99
Follows the fortune of a French battalion during the First World War. This title presents a critique of inequality between ranks, the incomprehension of those who have not experienced battle, and of war itself.
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