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Granta 149: New Europe

Paperback, 19/11/2019, £12.99

Why Women Read Fiction: The Stories of Our Lives

Hardback, 16/01/2020, £14.99
Written by a leading academic and broadcaster and drawing on interviews with readers, writers, reading groups, bookshop owners, librarians, and figures from literary publishing, reviewing, and festivals, this accessible volume offers an overview of the contemporary scene of women's novel-reading.

Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell's 1984

Hardback, 28/05/2019, £16.99
In The Ministry of Truth, Dorian Lynskey charts the life of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four: one of the most influential books of the 20th Century, a perennial bestseller, and a work that remains more relevant than ever in today's tumultuous world.

Ghostland: In Search of a Haunted Country

Hardback, 17/10/2019, £16.99
'A uniquely strange and wonderful work of literature' Philip Hoare 'An exciting new voice' Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country


Hardback, 01/06/2017, £10.99
Takes you through depression, divinity, alcohol, and desire, visiting along the way famous blue figures, including Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Yves Klein, Leonard Cohen, and Andy Warhol. In this book, the narrator sets out to construct a sort of 'pillow book' about her lifelong obsession with the colour blue.

Reading and the Reader: The Literary Agenda

Paperback, 03/10/2013, £16.99
Reading and the Reader defends the value of reading serious literature, investigating the role of the reader in the human search for meaning outside as well as inside of books.

Autobiographical Discourses

Paperback, 01/09/1998, £17.99
This work explores the significance of the genre of autobiography. Drawing on a range of writings, both literary and theoretical the text shows how biography and autobiography have been crucial in debates over subject and object, public and private - debates now figured in feminist theory.

English Literature: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback, 07/10/2010, £8.99
English Literature: A Very Short Introduction discusses why literature matters, how narrative works, and what is distinctly English about English literature. Jonathan Bate considers how we determine the content of the field, and looks at the three major kinds of imaginative literature - English poetry, English drama and The English novel.

Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Paperback, 23/03/2017, £12.99
This Companion is the first place to look for information on authors, illustrators, printers, publishers, and others involved in children's literature, and on the stories and characters at their centre. Written both to entertain and to instruct, it is a reference work that no-one interested in the world of children's books should be without

Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century: The Literary Agenda

Paperback, 28/07/2016, £17.99
Being Literate in the 21st Century tackles some of the most difficult questions for the next generation around literacy and thought, as we continue to move into a digital culture. It explores research from multiple disciplines on what it means to be literate, and addresses the problem of universal literacy.

Everyday Stories: The Literary Agenda

Paperback, 23/06/2016, £17.99
Ordinary life is full of words, images, and stories: we spend our days talking and writing about what's going on, and what has happened. Rachel Bowlby makes us think again about this life: always the same, always slightly changing. Drawing out the stories that surround us, she explores everyday stories, old and new-in literature and in real life.

Tradition: A Feeling for the Literary Past: The Literary Agenda

Paperback, 29/09/2016, £17.99
Seth Lerer explores our relationship to the literary past in an age marked by historical self-consciousness, critical distance, and shifts in cultural literacy. He examines a range of fiction, poetry, and criticism in order to understand the ways in which the literary past makes us, and how we create canons for reading, teaching, and scholarship.

Tragic Imagination: The Literary Agenda

Paperback, 29/09/2016, £17.99
Rowan Williams explores the definition of the tragic as a mode of narrative, in this short and thought-provoking volume. He turns to subjects including the role of irony in tragedy, the relationship between tragedy and political as well as religious rhetoric, common ground between tragedy and comedy, and the complex place of theology in the debate.

Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life

Paperback, 23/04/2015, £8.99
A working father whose life no longer feels like his own discovers the transforming powers of great (and downright terrible) literature in this laugh-out-loud memoir.

Granta 133: What Have We Done

Hardback, 05/11/2015, £12.99
Published in book form four times a year, Granta is respected around the world for its mix of outstanding new fiction, poetry, reportage, memoir, photography and art.

Life in a Bustle: Advice to Youth

Paperback, 05/05/2016, £4.99
"Containing: Bustle, 1897; The Little Book of Health & Curiosity. Written for Boys and Girls, 1905; On Keeping Young and Growing Old, 1915"--Back cover.

Everything to Nothing

Hardback, 27/10/2015, £20.00
The Poet's Great War: Violence, Revolution and Modernism

Woman's Walks

Paperback, 03/11/2016, £4.99

And Yet: Essays

Paperback, 01/09/2016, £11.99
And Yet... gathers the previously uncollected essays of the late Christopher Hitchens into a final volume of peerless prose from one of the great thinkers of our times.

World of Failing Machines: Speculative Realism and Literature

Paperback, 30/09/2016, £9.99
How speculative realism impacts the art of literary criticism.

Yours Always: Letters of Longing

Hardback, 05/01/2017, £9.99
Heart-rending letters of love gone sour from notable men and women

Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding

Paperback, 01/10/2015, £16.99
In the space of a single generation, three eighteenth-century writers - Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding - invented an entirely new genre of writing: the novel. This book explains why these authors wrote in the way that they did, and how the complex changes in society - the emergence of the middle-class and more.

Virginia Woolf

Paperback, 01/09/2016, £11.99
Featuring new details about Virginia Woolf's homes and personal life, this engaging biography offers a fresh insight into her work, focusing on how place as much as imagination fashioned her writing.

Djuna Barnes

Paperback, 01/06/2001, £16.99
She explores the psychological and stylistic aspect of Barnes's work through close analysis of the texts within their social, cultural and aesthetic context, and provides an indispensable and enriching guide to Barnes's artistic identity and poetic vision.

Ernest Hemingway

Paperback, 30/08/2015, £9.99
The essential biography

Fiction of Martin Amis

7, 01/04/2000, £21.99
In this guide, Nicolas Tredell explores the critical judgements and interpretations generated by Amis's novels since the mid-70s. It brings together material whch considers key issues such as his use of language, his concern with time and his relation to modernity and postmodernity.

Charlotte Bronte: A Life

Paperback, 07/04/2016, £9.99
Raised motherless on remote Yorkshire moors, watching five beloved siblings sicken and die, haunted by unrequited love: Charlotte Bronte's life has all the drama and tragedy of the great Gothic novels it inspired. This book presents an illuminating account of one of our best-loved novelists.


Paperback, 21/04/1999, £7.99
Packed full of analysis and interpretation, historical background, discussions and commentaries, York Notes Advanced will help students get right to the heart of the text. York Notes offer an exciting and accessible key to the text, enabling students to develop ideas and transform their studies!

Heart of Darkness; advanced notes

Paperback, 06/04/2004, £7.99
The most supportive, easy-to-use and focussed literature guides to help your students understand the texts they are studying at GCSE and A Level

New Army in Training

Hardback, 01/01/2015, £8.99
A collection of Rudyard Kipling's articles based describing Lord Kitchener's volunteer army, written just a couple of months after the death of his son at the Battle of Loos.

Eyes of Asia

Hardback, 01/04/2015, £8.99
A collection of Rudyard Kipling's articles describing Sikh soldiers' experiences of the First World War. Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Rudyard Kipling's birth.

France at War

Hardback, 01/04/2015, £8.99
A collection of Rudyard Kipling's articles describing the French Frontline during the First World War. Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Rudyard Kipling's birth.

Sea Warfare

Hardback, 01/04/2015, £8.99
A collection of Rudyard Kipling's articles describing the role of the Navy during the First World War. Published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Rudyard Kipling's birth.

Connell Guide to Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway

Paperback, 22/09/2014, £8.99
A fresh look at the way Virginia Woolf shook up the literary world with Mrs Dalloway, one of the seminal modern texts which challenged all the conventions of classic 19th century fiction.

Marcel Proust

Paperback, 01/04/2013, £11.99
Adam Watt's biography considers Proust's early years of personal and aesthetic experiment, the growth of his masterwork A la recherche du temps perdu and his personal decline due to ill-health.

Weatherland: Writers & Artists Under English Skies

Paperback, 14/07/2016, £10.99
An account English weather, which is at the very heart of English life and culture, as it is experienced physically, emotionally and spiritually. It catches the distinct voices of compelling individuals: 'Bloody cold', says Jonathan Swift in the 'slobbery' January of 1713; Percy Shelley wants to become a cloud and John Ruskin wants to bottle one.


Paperback, 09/07/2014, £17.99

Studying English Literature: A Practical Guide

Paperback, 22/05/2008, £19.99
A practical guide providing literature students with the reading and writing skills needed to make the most of their degree.

Disappearance of Emile Zola: Love, Literature and the Dreyfus Case

Hardback, 05/01/2017, £16.99
18 July 1898. World-renowned novelist Emile Zola is on the run. His crime? Taking on the highest powers in the land with his open letter 'J'accuse' and losing. Forced to leave Paris, with nothing but the clothes he is standing in and a nightshirt wrapped in newspaper, Zola flees to England with no idea when he will return.

Writer Abroad: Literary Travels from Austria to Uzbekistan

Hardback, 23/02/2017, £12.99
In The Writer Abroad, Lucinda Hawksley takes us on a literary journey around the world, through extracts from Arthur Conan Doyle in Australia, Joseph Conrad in the Congo, Charles Dickens in Italy, Henry James in France, Mary Wollstonecraft in Sweden, and many more.

Absurd in Litereature

Paperback, 30/08/2006, £17.99
This is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of the phenomenon of the absurd in a full literary context (that is to say, primarily in fiction, as well as in theatre).


Paperback, 26/05/2016, £6.99
Features a story about one man's attempt to live the simple life in the wilderness, and the great, founding text both for the environmental movement and the entire counter-culture.

Six Memos for the Next Millennium

Paperback, 04/08/2016, £9.99
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