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An English Guide to Birdwatching

Paperback, 25/05/2017, £9.99
Nicholas Royle's magnificent second novel combines a page-turning story about literary theft, adultery and ambition with a deeply moving investigation into our relationship to birds and the environment.


Paperback, 25/08/2006, £7.99
Nicholas Royle challenges and experiments with literary form to forge a new mode of storytelling that is both playful and inquisitive. Tender, absorbing and at times shockingly funny, this extraordinary novel is both mystery and love story. It confronts the mad hand of grief while embracing the endless possibilities of language.

Neon Lit: "Time Out" Book of New Writing

Paperback, 01/08/1998, £7.00

Best British Short Stories: 2016

Paperback, 15/06/2016, £9.99
Best British Short Stories invites you to judge a book by its cover - or more accurately, by its title. This new series aims to reprint the best short stories published in the previous calendar year by British writers, whether based in the UK or elsewhere.


Paperback, 01/09/2011, £7.99
Carl finds part of a map to an unknown town. He becomes convinced it represents the city of his dreams, where ice skaters turn quintuple loops and trumpeters hit impossibly high notes... where Annie Risk will agree to see him again. But if he ever finds the city, will it turn out to be a land of dreams or the world of his nightmares?

This Thing Called Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing

Paperback, 05/01/2015, £17.99
"What is this thing called literature? What is the point of studying literature? How do I study literature? Relating literature to timeless topics such as dreams, politics, life, death, the ordinary and the crazy, this beautifully written book establishes a sense of why and how literature is an exciting and rewarding subject to study. Bennett and Royle delicately weave an essential love of literature into an account of what literary texts do, how they work and what sort of questions and ideas they provoke.The book's three parts reflect the key components of studying literature: reading, thinking and writing. Part One comprises short chapters on reading a poem, reading a novel, reading a story, and reading a play. Part Two considers what thinking is, especially in relation to critical thinking and thinking about literature. Part three includes practical chapters on writing an essay, creative writing, and writing fiction. The authors use helpful, familiar examples throughout and offer brief reflections on questions such as 'What is literature?', on 'English' as a war zone, on crisis management and literary criticism, on dictionaries and on what the authors call creative reading. Bennett and Royle's lucid and friendly style engages and encourages personal experience of this thing called literature"--

Art of the Novel

Paperback, 15/10/2015, £8.99
The Art of the Novel is the first textbook written by writers who are also teachers for today's Creative Writing students as well as more experienced practitioners of the novel. The guide brings together specially-commissioned essays from well-published novelists many of whom are also prize winners.

Best British Short Stories 2013

Paperback, 15/04/2013, £9.99
The third in a landmark series of annual anthologies, The Best British Short Stories 2013 brings you the best of short fiction, by British writers, first published in 2012.

First Novel

Paperback, 02/01/2014, £12.99
Paul Kinder, a novelist with one forgotten book to his name, teaches creative writing in a university in the north-west of England. Either he's researching his second, breakthrough novel, or he's killing time having sex in cars. Either eternal life exists, or it doesn't. Either you'll laugh, or you'll cry. Or maybe both.