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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.


7, 29/06/2001, £5.99
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
Introduces you to the life and work of Salman Rushdie, one of the contemporary authors.

Margaret Atwood

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.

Margaret Atwood: A Beginner's Guide

Paperback, 28/02/2003, £5.99
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, £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

Paperback, 15/05/1997, £28.99
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.

Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling

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

In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes

Hardback, 25/10/2017, £12.99
"In search of lost books was first published as Storie di libri perduti in Italy 2016"--Title page verso.

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.

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.


Paperback, 27/04/1981, £2.99

Fictions of Empire

Paperback, 26/04/2002, £24.99

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.

Notes on Snow falling on Cedars

Paperback, 01/04/2000, £4.99
Readers get a traditional Cliffs Notes treatment of an award-winning novel that explores the intricacies of love, prejudice, and justice in the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s. This product also features a historical introduction to the novel and addresses the concerns of Japanese-Americans during World War II.


Paperback, 27/03/1998, £4.95
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, £9.99
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.

Magic Island

Paperback, 20/04/2016, £18.99

Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick

Paperback, 15/10/2017, £15.99

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
For over 150 years, the garrets, pubs and clubs of Soho have been, according to Jeffrey Bernard, 'a lifeboat of sorts for the deserters from convention'. This book celebrates those whose style, irregular work patterns, love of intoxicants and unconventional sexual mores shaped the city, and the world, we know today.

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.

Readers' Liberation: The Literary Agenda

Paperback, 11/01/2018, £15.99
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, £29.99
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.

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.

Last of the Light: About Twilight

Paperback, 01/09/2017, £14.95
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
An engaging portrait of the unparalleled literary history of Greece

Great Books of China

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

Work of Literature

Paperback, 27/09/2017, £23.49
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
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
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

Winter: (Seasons Quartet 2)

Hardback, 02/11/2017, £16.99
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.

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.

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.

Remembered Dead: Poetry, Memory and the First World War

Hardback, 31/05/2018, £75.00
Explores the ways poets address the difficult question of how to remember, and commemorate, those killed in the First World War and beyond.

Jane Austen: pocket GIANTS

Paperback, 03/02/2014, £6.99
and: A Rambling Fancy: In the Footsteps of Jane Austen, a travel book about Jane Austen's life and locations.Caroline's articles, book reviews and author interviews have appeared in The Times, The Independent on Sunday, Mslexia, newbooks and Books for Keeps.

Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community

Paperback, 30/06/1995, £27.99
Shows magical realism to be an international movement with a wide-ranging history.

Magic(al) Racism

Paperback, 23/09/2004, £17.99
This invaluable handbook, provides clear definitions and distinctions between the terms and helps to navigate the complexities of magic, magical and marvellous realism within art and literary criticism.

Exegesis of Philip K Dick

Paperback, 27/03/2012, £25.00
The final piece of work from one of the world's most visionary authors

Ordinary Enchantments: Magical Realism and the Remystification of Narrative

Paperback, 31/01/2004, £32.95
This study investigates magical realism as the most important trend in contemporary international fiction. It defines its characteristics and narrative techniques and proposes a new theory to explain its significance. Works by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and Ben Okri are discussed.


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