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Facts and Fiction: A Book of Storytelling

Hardback, 14/06/2018, £20.00

Susan Hill: the essential guide

Paperback, 04/09/2003, £5.99
A guide to the works of Susan Hill for teachers and students. This work offers an in-depth interview with Susan Hill, relating specifically to the texts under discussion. It deals with Hill's themes, genre and narrative technique.

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.

Inventing Edward Lear

Hardback, 22/02/2019, £23.95
Edward Lear-the father of nonsense-wrote some of the best-loved poems in English. He was also admired as a naturalist, landscape painter, travel writer, and composer. Awkward but funny, absurdly sympathetic, Lear invented himself as a Victorian character. Sara Lodge offers a moving account of one of the era's most influential creative figures.

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


Paperback, 15/02/2007, £21.95

Modernism 3ed

Paperback, 27/09/2016, £18.99


Paperback, 01/11/2018, £6.00

Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World

Paperback, 07/06/2018, £9.99
An exciting and provocative look at the women who wrote the novels that changed the literary world - Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf - by the renowned biographer of Emily Dickinson

Charlotte Bronte: A Passionate Life

Paperback, 04/09/2008, £12.99
* From the highly acclaimed author of Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft comes this extraordinary analysis of Charlotte Bronte

Henry James: His Women and His Art

Paperback, 30/10/2012, £14.99
Told through the lense of Henry James's relationship with two women who particularly shaped his writing, Henry James is a unforgettable read by one of our best-loved biographers.

Imperfect Life of T. S. Eliot

Paperback, 30/10/2012, £14.99
The most authoritative life of Eliot ever written, acclaimed biographer Lyndall Gordon brings into focus a flawed yet brilliant man.

Serious Noticing: Selected Essays

Paperback, 05/11/2019, £12.99
The selected essays of James Wood - our greatest living literary critic and author of How Fiction Works'James Wood is a close reader of genius...

Our Ancestors

Paperback, 20/02/1992, £10.99
Viscount Medardo is bisected by a Turkish cannonball on the plains of Bohemia; These three vivid images are the points of departure for Calvino's classic triptych of moral tales, now published in one volume and all displaying the exuberant talent of a master storyteller.

Hermit in Paris

Paperback, 27/01/2011, £10.99
Italo Calvino once said that he preferred to give false details about his biography since he felt that even the genuine data of a writer's life shed no light on the creative work. This volume of posthumously collected personal writings is the closest we may ever come to the autobiography of this most private of writers.

Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations

Hardback, 20/02/2020, £9.99
A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time'We die. That may be the measure of our lives.' The Nobel Lecture in Literature, 1993The power of language, discussed beautifully in Toni Morrison's Nobel lecture, is felt throughout the essays, speeches and meditations contained in this collection.


Hardback, 07/11/2019, £14.99

Black Milk: On Motherhood and Writing

Paperback, 01/08/2013, £8.99
Postpartum depression affects millions of new mothers every year. This is an epic poem to women everywhere.

Campo Santo

Paperback, 23/02/2006, £9.99
A collection of essays by W G Sebald, which provide insight into the themes that came to dominate his life. It also includes four pieces that pay tribute to Corsica, weaving elegiacally between past and present.

James Baldwin: Living in Fire

Hardback, 20/09/2019, £20.00
The first biography of the great American writer in over a decade

Discovering Gilgamesh: Geology, Narrative and the Historical Sublime in Victorian Culture

Hardback, 31/10/2013, £80.00
Details the discovery of The epic of Gilgamesh, and explores the broader tensions concerning history and time that it highlighted in Victorian culture -- .

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War

Hardback, 29/08/2019, £25.00
In this ground-breaking and fascinating book, Duncan White illuminates a period in history in which literature became one of the most potent of weapons, and its authors often the bravest of warriors: the Cold War.

Joe Gould's Secret

Paperback, 03/10/2019, £9.99
`It's a masterpiece, of course, but more than that it shows that there is some such thing as being a simple observer' Nicci French, Independent It was 1932 when Joseph Mitchell first came across Joe Gould, a Harvard-educated vagrant of Greenwich Village.

Dickens: London into Kent

Hardback, 24/10/2013, £9.99
In the first half of this book Peter Clark illuminates the settings of Dickens's London scenes as they feature in his writing. The second half of this book takes the reader to the places Dickens knew and imaginatively wove into the tapestry of his stories: Chatham and Rochester, Canterbury and Dover.

Living, Thinking, Looking

Paperback, 14/02/2013, £9.99
A dazzling collection of essays by the bestselling author of What I Loved - thought-provoking, engaging, illuminating reflections on what it means to be human

Granta 149: New Europe

Paperback, 19/11/2019, £12.99

Reading for Life

Hardback, 20/02/2020, £25.00
This volume presents original case-histories of readers to delve into just what reading is and how it works. Each chapter begins with a poem or excerpt which becomes the scene either of a reading-group transcription or of a thought-piece from an interviewed reader to explore therapeutic reading and how culture might impact upon health.

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.

Author's Effects: On Writer's House Museums

Hardback, 23/01/2020, £30.00
A fascinating account of the emergence of the writer's house museum over the course of the nineteenth century in Britain, Europe, and North America. It considers the museum as a cultural form and asks why it appeared and how it has constructed authorial afterlife for readers individually and collectively.

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



Gifts of Reading

Hardback, 17/09/2020, £16.99
An anthology of essays about the joys of reading and of giving books, from some of the world's most beloved writers. Inspired by and including Robert Macfarlane's own essay, 'The Gifts of Reading', publishing to coincide with the 20th anniversary of global literacy non-profit, Room to Read

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.


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


Hardback, 02/10/2018, £12.99
The second book in the Why I Write series provides generous insight into the creative process of the award-winning Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard

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.

Who Is Dracula's Father?: And Other Puzzles in Bram Stoker's Gothic Masterpiece

Paperback, 04/10/2018, £8.99
Acclaimed critic John Sutherland gets his teeth into the literary puzzles of the greatest-ever Gothic novel

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
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