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Self & I

Hardback, 26/03/2018, £14.99
A unique, remarkable and hilarious portrait of one of our most talked-about and controversial literary figures

Manderley Forever: The Life of Daphne du Maurier

Paperback, 03/05/2018, £11.99
An enthralling biography of Daphne du Maurier, the legendary author of novels including Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel.

Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis

Hardback, 24/03/2016, £71.99
Print Culture Histories Beyond the Metropolis focuses attention to how the residents of smaller cities, provincial districts, rural settings, and colonial outposts have produced, disseminated, and read print materials.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle-Earth

Hardback, 01/06/2018, £40.00
This richly illustrated book explores the huge creative endeavour behind Tolkien's enduring popularity. Lavishly illustrated with over 300 images of his manuscripts, drawings, maps and letters, the book traces the creative process behind his most famous literary works and reproduces personal photographs and private papers.

Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow

Hardback, 30/11/2018, £31.95
Against Nazi dictatorship,the disillusionment of Weimar, and Christian austerity, Hermann Hesse's stories inspired a nonconformist yearning for universal values to supplant fanaticism in all its guises. He reenters our world through Gunnar Decker's biography-a champion of spiritual searching in the face of mass culture and the disenchanted life.

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

Hardback, 21/08/2018, £19.99
Rediscover the beloved classic Little Women and its lasting power as it celebrates its 150th anniversary.

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

Paperback, 27/07/2017, £19.99
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.

Devotion

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

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.

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

Signs & Wonders: Essays on Literature and Culture

Paperback, 07/10/2004, £12.99
Since the early 1970s, Marina Warner has been one of the most challenging, subtle and profound commentators on the culture of past and present, unravelling our webs of images, ideas and beliefs, and making new and provocative connections.

Literary Life Revisited

Hardback, 26/10/2016, £18.99
First published in 2003, Literary Life became an instant classic as readers (and writers) delighted in watching Posy Simmonds skewer the pains and pretensions of the writer's (and reader's) calling with her inimitable flair for witty satire and sharp social observation.

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.

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

Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume I: 1940-1956

Hardback, 28/09/2017, £35.00
The Letters of Sylvia Plath Volume I: 1940-1956 Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) was one of the writers that defined the course of twentieth-century poetry.

Thinking with Literature: Towards a Cognitive Criticism

Paperback, 17/05/2018, £15.99
Thinking with Literature offers a succinct introduction to a cognitive literary criticsm. Broad in scope but focusing on a particular cluster of approaches, it aims to induce a change of perspective in the reader.

Nearest Thing To Life

Hardback, 16/04/2015, £14.99
Argues that, of all the arts, fiction has a unique ability to describe the shape of our lives, and to rescue the texture of those lives from death and historical oblivion.

Literary Theory: An Introduction

Paperback, 29/02/2008, £17.99
First published in 1983, Literary Theory: An Introduction is probably the best-selling work of literary criticism in the world today. It propelled its author to a position of such influence and controversy within the British academy that even Prince Charles once described him as "that dreadful Terry Eagleton".

Cost of Living

Paperback, 07/02/2019, £8.99

Beginning Modernism

Paperback, 01/08/2010, £10.99
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Modernism 3ed

Paperback, 27/09/2016, £18.99

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading

Paperback, 07/03/2019, £8.99
When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything.She was whisked away to Narnia - and Kirrin Island - and Wonderland.In Bookworm, Lucy brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life and disinters a few forgotten treasures poignantly, wittily using them to tell her own story, that of a born, and unrepentant, bookworm.

Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain

Paperback, 06/11/2008, £9.99
Explores our brains' near-miraculous ability to arrange and re-arrange themselves in response to external circumstances. This title examines how this 'open architecture', the elasticity of our brains, helps and hinders humans in their attempts to learn to read, and to process the written language.

Character Breakdown

Hardback, 04/04/2019, £16.99
Cult heroine Zawe Ashton brings us a unique look at life, work and the absurdities of contemporary lifeZawe Ashton has been acting since she was six. In it, she encounters glamour, horror, absurdity and questions like: is a life spent more on performance than reality any life at all?

Essential Paradise Lost

Paperback, 02/05/2019, £12.99
After its publication in 1667, John Milton's Paradise Lost was celebrated throughout Europe as a supreme achievement of the human spirit.

On the End of the World

Paperback, 30/05/2019, £9.99

My Seditious Heart

Hardback, 06/06/2019, £30.00

We'll Never Have Paris

Paperback, 14/05/2019, £16.99
Fiction and essays inspired by Paris from more than 70 Anglophone writers - A MoveableFeast for the twenty-first century.

On Chapel Sands: My mother and other missing persons

Hardback, 04/07/2019, £16.99
Cumming began with a few criss-crossing lives in this fraction of English coast - the postman, the grocer, the elusive baker - but soon her search spread right out across the globe as she discovered just how many lives were affected by what happened that day on the beach - including her own.

Words & Pictures: Writers, Artists and a Peculiarly British Tradition

Paperback, 04/07/2019, £10.99
It looks at how artists have responded to two great, contrasting works, Paradise Lost and Pilgrim's Progress; A brief coda turns to a fourth relationship: writers and artists who collaborate from the start, like Dickens and Phiz, and Lewis Carroll and Tenniel.

Fabulous Monsters: Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends

Hardback, 09/07/2019, £14.99
An original look at how literary characters can transcend their books to guide our lives, by one of the world's most eminent bibliophiles

Remembered Dead: Poetry, Memory and the First World War

Paperback, 08/08/2019, £18.99
The Remembered Dead explores the ways poets of the First World War - and later poets writing in the memory of that war - address the difficult question of how to remember, and commemorate, those killed in conflict. It looks closely at the way poets struggled to represent death, trauma, and grief.
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