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Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer

Hardback, 05/02/2015, £16.99
£8.50
Dealing with the issues that affect us all: personal, political, national and global, this book explores questions such as: What is cultural heritage? How do we define national identity? Is it possible to overcome censorship and propaganda? And how can we celebrate, challenge and change our remarkable world?

Burying The Bones: Pearl Buck in China

Paperback, 01/04/2011, £8.99
£4.50
Pearl Buck was raised in China by her American parents, Presbyterian missionaries from Virginia. Blonde and blue-eyed she looked startlingly foreign, but felt as at home as her Chinese companions. Pearl Buck would eventually rise to eminence in America as a bestselling author. This biography recounts her upbringing in China.

Autumn

Hardback, 24/08/2017, £16.99
£15.29
Begins with a letter the author writes to his unborn daughter. He adds one short piece per day, describing the material and natural world with the precision and mesmerising intensity that have become his trademark.

Confabulations

Paperback, 06/10/2016, £7.99
£7.19

Geoffrey Chaucer: A New Introduction

Hardback, 24/08/2017, £10.99
£9.89
Covering Geoffrey Chaucer's life and work, David Wallace considers the influence and enduring appeal of his body of writing, exploring the wide ranging geography and iconic characters in his stories, and discusses how Chaucer's own experiences contributed to his literature.

I am, I am, I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

Hardback, 22/08/2017, £18.99
£13.29
An extraordinarily intimate memoir of the the brushes with death that have made Maggie O'Farrell the woman and the writer she is today, for readers of WILD and GRIEF IS THE THING WITH FEATHERS.

Book of Emma Reyes: A Memoir in Correspondence

Hardback, 24/08/2017, £14.99
£13.49
The extraordinary, posthumously published memoir in letters of a Colombian artist whose writing was championed by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Last of the Light: About Twilight

Paperback, 01/09/2017, £14.95
£13.46
A meditation on twilight in Western thought, painting and literature, which combines memoir, literature and art history.

Greece: A Literary Guide for Travellers

Hardback, 30/08/2017, £16.99
£15.29
An engaging portrait of the unparalleled literary history of Greece

Great Books of China

Hardback, 07/09/2017, £20.00
£18.00
Discover - or rediscover - the major achievements of Chinese culture and civilization.

Work of Literature

Paperback, 27/09/2017, £23.49
£21.14
The Work of Literature presents a fresh approach to the question of the value of literature, posing and responding to questions about the way we read and write about literature, its value to individuals and society, how it is best approached by readers and critics, and how it retains its power to give pleasure over decades and centuries.

Release the Bats: Pocket Guide to Writing Your Way Out Of It

Paperback, 07/09/2017, £8.99
£8.09
A guide to writing fiction by the Booker Prize-winning author of Vernon God Little.Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, Release the Bats explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction.

Ariel:Literary Life of Jan Morris

Paperback, 07/09/2017, £9.99
£8.99
Derek Johns was Jan Morris's literary agent for twenty years, and Ariel is a literary life, an appreciation of the work and achievements of someone who besides being a delightful writer is known to many as a generous, affectionate, witty and irreverent friend.

Penguin Book of Historic Speeches

Paperback, 05/10/2017, £14.99
£13.49

Uncommon Reader: A Life of Edward Garnett

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £30.00
£27.00
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.

Winter: (Seasons Quartet 2)

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £16.99
£11.89
The second volume in his autobiographical quartet based on the seasons, Winter is an achingly beautiful collection of daily meditations and letters addressed directly to Knaugsaard's unborn daughterIt is strange that you exist, but you don't know anything about what the world looks like.

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Orhan Pamuk

Paperback, 01/10/2017, £23.95
£21.56

On the Trail of Arthur Conan Doyle: Illustrated Devon Tour

Hardback, 22/02/2008, £12.99
£11.69
This title is the result of many years of research into the lives of Arthur Conan Doyle and two notable friends of his - Dr Budd and journalist, Bertram Robinson.

Voice of the Heart the workings of Mervyn Peakes's Imagination

Paperback, 01/09/2006, £18.50
£16.65
The works of Mervyn Peake have fascinated readers for several years. His Gormenghast sequence of novels are serialized to great acclaim by the BBC stands. This book traces the recurrent motifs through Peake's works (islands, animals, and loneliness) and explores Peake's play, "The Wit to Woo".

History of Children's Books in 100 Books

Hardback, 21/09/2017, £25.00
£22.50
This book takes a global perspective, tracing the development of children's literature from ancient stories such as Aesop's Fables and the Indian Panchatantra, to the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, to the highly collectable Ladybird books of the 20th century, and up to modern classics and bestsellers such as the Harry Potter series.

Story Cure: An A-Z of Books to Keep Kids Happy, Healthy and Wise

Hardback, 21/09/2017, £16.99
£15.29
This 'perfect gift' (Vogue) is an essential guide to filling your children's shelves with all the books they'll ever need

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

Paperback, 05/10/2000, £39.49
£35.54
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.

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

Paperback, 10/06/1993, £9.99
£8.99
Stories by celebrated female writers Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Kate Chopin and Edith Wharton - edited by Elaine Showalter

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

Paperback, 14/10/2016, £20.99
£18.89
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, £27.99
£25.19
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.

Art and Idea in the Novels of China Mieville

Paperback, 07/09/2015, £16.99
£15.29

Illustrated Letters of Virginia Woolf

Hardback, 05/10/2017, £16.99
£15.29
The moving story of the life and work of novelist Virginia Woolf, revealed through her own letters to those closest to her.

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

Paperback, 03/10/2017, £14.99
£13.49

Dostoevsky

Paperback, 31/12/2003, £8.99
£8.09
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".

Believer, Issue 92

Paperback, 27/09/2012, £5.99
£5.39
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
£5.39
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 95

Paperback, 31/01/2013, £5.99
£5.39

Believer, Issue 96

Paperback, 28/02/2013, £5.99
£5.39
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
£7.19
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.

Little Library Cookbook

Hardback, 18/09/2017, £25.00
£22.50
A giftable cookery book with over 100 delicious recipes taken from the author's favourite works of fiction.

Concise Oxford Chronology of English Literature

Paperback, 08/04/2004, £20.00
£14.00
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.

John Ruskin

Paperback, 23/04/2007, £4.99
£4.49
From William Shakespeare to Winston Churchill, the "Very Interesting People" series provides biographies of Britain's fascinating historical figures - people whose influence and importance have stood the test of time. This work talks about John Ruskin.

Margaret Atwood

Hardback, 13/11/1995, £17.99
£16.19
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.

Dostoyevsky

7, 29/06/2001, £5.99
£5.39
This book introduces you to the life and works of Dostoyevsky. Explore the range and versatility of this thought-provoking and compelling writer, focusing on his concern with writing as a means of understanding the human condition.

Salman Rushdie

Paperback, 30/11/2001, £5.99
£5.39
Introduces you to the life and work of Salman Rushdie, one of the contemporary authors.

Margaret Atwood: A Beginner's Guide

Paperback, 28/02/2003, £5.99
£5.39
This guide helps readers find their way into the writing of one of today's most popular writers. Her work plunges people into the heart of stories, involving them in the process and the pleasure of storytelling. In her fiction, Margaret Atwood dismantles universal truths and leads readers to seek their own answers to the riddles of life.

Dying Modern: A Meditation on Elegy

Paperback, 12/04/2013, £17.99
£16.19
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

Paperback, 15/05/1997, £28.99
£20.29
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.

House of Fiction: From Pemberley to Brideshead, Great British Houses in Literature and Life

Hardback, 15/07/2017, £20.00
£18.00
Houses in literature have captured readers' imaginations for centuries, from Gothic castles to Georgian stately homes, Bloomsbury townhouses and high-rise penthouses.

Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling

Hardback, 26/10/2017, £25.00
£15.00
A masterful collection of essays on storytelling by Philip Pullman, one of our greatest writers.

Darling Pol: Letters of Mary Wesley and Eric Siepmann 1944-1967

Hardback, 15/10/2017, £20.00
£14.00
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.

Nemo's Almanac: A Quiz for Book Lovers

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £9.99
£8.99
A literary quiz full of quotes that will challenge, cheer and enlighten book buffs.

Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)

Paperback, 02/11/2017, £7.99
£7.19
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
£8.99
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
£8.09
A brand-new, revised edition of John Sutherland's bestselling literary puzzle classic

 

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