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Pedant in the kitchen

Hardback, 15/10/2003, £9.99
£8.99
This work is an elegant account of Julian Barnes' search for gastronomic precision. It is a quest that leaves him seduced by Jane Grigson, infuriated by Nigel slater and reassured by Mrs Beeton's Victorian virtues. For anyone who has ever been defeated by a cookbook.

Only Story

Hardback, 29/01/2018, £16.99
£11.99
Would you rather love the more, and suffer the more; or love the less, and suffer the less?First love has lifelong consequences, but Paul doesn't know anything about that at nineteen.As he grows older, the demands placed on Paul by love become far greater than he could possibly have foreseen.

Living Fiction: Reading the British Novel from Daniel Defoe to Julian Barnes

Paperback, 01/05/2014, £22.99
£20.69
Analysing a wide range of extracts from key works of British fiction from the Eighteenth to the Twenty-First Century, William Hutchings lucidly demonstrates how close reading can enhance appreciation of detail and illuminate whole novels.

Sense of an Ending

Paperback, 01/03/2012, £8.99
£8.09
Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour and wit. May be Adrian was a little more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life.

Through the Window Seventeen Essays and One Short Story

Paperback, 01/11/2012, £10.99
£9.89
From the deceptiveness of Penelope Fitzgerald to the directness of Hemingway, from Kipling's view of France to the French view of Kipling, from the National Treasure Status of George Orwell to the despair of Michel Houellebecq, the author considers what fiction is, and what it can do.

Arthur and George

Paperback, 07/09/2006, £9.99
£8.99
Arthur and George grow up worlds apart in late nineteenth-century Britain: Arthur in shabby-genteel Edinburgh, George in the vicarage of Staffordshire village. Arthur is to become one of the most famous men of his age, while George remains in hard-working obscurity. But as the new century begins, they are brought together by a sequence of events.

Death: Vintage Minis

Paperback, 08/06/2017, £3.50
£3.15
When it comes to death, is there ever a best case scenario? In this book, the author confronts our unending obsession with the end. He also reflects on what it means to miss God, whether death can be good for our careers and why we eventually turn into our parents.

Levels of Life

Paperback, 03/04/2014, £8.99
£8.09
Gives us Nadar, the pioneer balloonist and aerial photographer; gives us Colonel Fred Burnaby, reluctant adorer of the extravagant Sarah Bernhardt; then, finally, it gives us the story of author's own grief, unflinchingly observed.

Noise of Time

£14.99
£13.49

Flaubert's Parrot

Paperback, 02/07/2009, £8.99
£8.09
Geoffrey Braithwaite is a retired doctor haunted by an obsession with the great French literary genius, Gustave Flaubert. As Geoffrey investigates the mystery of a stuffed parrot Flaubert borrowed from the Museum of Rouen to help research one of his novels.

Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art

Paperback, 07/05/2015, £16.99
£15.29
Fully illustrated in colour throughout, this book contains essays on Gericault, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Fantin-Latour, Cezanne, Degas, Redon, Bonnard, Vuillard, Vallotton, Braque, Magritte, Oldenburg, Howard Hodgkin and Lucian Freud.