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Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

Helen Garner

$23.99
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Helen Garner is one of Australia’s greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition, flashes of anger and incidental humour. It takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for the murder of her newborn baby. It moves effortlessly from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice. Everywhere I Look includes Garner’s famous and controversial essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother and extracts from her diaries, which have been part of her working life for as long as she has been a writer. Everywhere I Look glows with insight. It is filled with the wisdom of life.
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A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work

Bernadette Brennan

$32.99
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Helen Garner is one of Australia's most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained by the rules of literary form. She has never been afraid to write herself into her nonfiction, and many of her own experiences help to shape her fiction. But who is the 'I' in Helen Garner's work? Bernadette Brennan's A Writing Life is the first full-length study of Garner's forty years of work, a literary portrait that maps all of her books against the different stages of her life. Brennan has had access to previously unavailable papers in Garner's archive, and she provides a lively and rigorous reading of the books, journals and correspondence of one of Australia's most beloved women of letters.
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The Dog's Last Walk (and other pieces)

The Dog's Last Walk (and other pieces)

Howard Jacobson

$21.99
Hilarious, heartbreaking, provocative and affecting - Howard Jacobson's irresistible journalism reveals the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist in all his humanity. From the tiniest absurdities to the most universal joys and desolations, Jacobson writes with a thunder, passion and wit unmatched. Just as did his previous volume, Whatever It Is I Don't Like It, this glorious, unputdownable collection will delight, entertain, challenge and move.
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Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve: The Literary Quirks and Oddities of Our Most-Loved Authors

Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve: The Literary Quirks and Oddities of Our Most-Loved Authors

Ben Blatt

$35.00
'Read this book thoughtfully. It's fun. And, I think, the shape of some very interesting things to come.' John Sutherland, The Times Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books. Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that have intrigued curious book lovers for generations: Does each writer have their own stylistic footprint? Do men and women write differently? What are the crutch words our best-loved authors fall back on? Which writer is the most cliched? Spanning from Shakespeare and Jane Austen to fan fiction, JK Rowling and Stephen King, Blatt reveals the quirks and oddities of the world's greatest writers. This is a lighthearted, humorous book that uses numbers to inform our understanding of words to enlighten, to clarify, and, above all, to entertain.
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I Love Jane Austen: 400 Fantastic Facts

I Love Jane Austen: 400 Fantastic Facts

Cate Ludlow

$24.99
Did you know that Jane Austen's sister-in-law lost her first husband to the guillotine? Or that as a child, Jane added fake marriages to her father's parish records? And were you aware that Jane Austen was the first writer to use the terms 'doorbell', 'double bed' and 'dinner party'? These interesting and little-known facts, plus many more, fill the pages of this fun little book.
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Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books

Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books

Michael Dirda

$23.95
Michael Dirda has been hailed as  the best-read person in America  (The Paris Review) and  the best book critic in America  (The New York Observer). In addition to the Pulitzer Prize he was awarded for his reviews in The Washington Post, he picked up an Edgar from the Mystery Writers of America for his most recent book, On Conan Doyle. 

Dirda's latest volume collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves. Reaching from the classics to the post-moderns, his allusions dance from Samuel Johnson, Ralph Waldo Emerson and M. F. K. Fisher to Marilynne Robinson, Hunter S. Thompson, and David Foster Wallace. Dirda's topics are equally diverse: literary pets, the lost art of cursive writing, book inscriptions, the pleasures of science fiction conventions, author photographs, novelists in old age, Oberlin College, a year in Marseille, writer's block, and much more, not to overlook a few rants about Washington life and American culture. 

As admirers of his earlier books will expect, there are annotated lists galore-of perfect book titles, great adventure novels, favorite words, essential books about books, and beloved children's classics, as well as a revealing peek at the titles Michael keeps on his own nightstand.

Funny and erudite, occasionally poignant or angry, Browsings is a celebration of the reading life, a fan's notes, and the perfect gift for any booklover.
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Messages from a Lost World: Europe on the Brink

Messages from a Lost World: Europe on the Brink

Stefan Zweig

$19.99
'Darkness must fall before we are aware of the majesty of the stars above our heads. It was necessary for this dark hour to fall, perhaps the darkest in history, to make us realize that freedom is as vital to our soul as breathing to our body.'

As Europe faced its darkest days, Stefan Zweig was a passionate voice for tolerance, peace and a world without borders. In these moving, ardent essays, speeches and articles, composed before and during the Second World War, one of the twentieth century's greatest writers mounts a defence of European unity against terror and brutality.
From the dreamlike 'The Sleepless World', written in 1914, through the poignant 'The Vienna of Yesterday', to the impassioned 'In This Dark Hour', one of his final addresses, given in 1941, Zweig envisages a Europe free of nationalism and pledged to pluralism, culture and brotherhood.

These haunting lost messages, all appearing in English for the first time and some newly discovered, distil Zweig's courage, belief and richness of learning to give the essence of a writer; a spiritual will and testament to stand alongside his memoir, The World of Yesterday. Brief and yet intense, they are a tragic reminder of a world lost to the 'bloody vortex of history', but also a powerful statement of one man's belief in the creative imagination and the potential of humanity, with a resounding relevance today.

Translated by Will Stone, with an introduction by philosopher and historian of ideas John Gray.
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101 Great Illustrators from the Golden Age, 1890-1925

101 Great Illustrators from the Golden Age, 1890-1925

Jeff A. Menges

$65.00
The most comprehensive book of its kind, this gorgeous edition presents more than 500 full-color works by famous and lesser-known artists from the heyday of book and magazine illustration. Featured artists include Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Maxfield Parrish, Howard Pyle, Arthur Rackham, N. C. Wyeth, and many others - 101 in all. Several examples of each artist's finest illustrations are accompanied by biographical comments and career notes.

Additional artists include Victorian-era illustrator Aubrey Beardsley, noted for his compelling combinations of the erotic and grotesque; American painter Harvey Dunn, one of Howard Pyle's most accomplished students; James Montgomery Flagg, famed for his U.S. Army recruitment posters; Charles Dana Gibson, creator of the iconic Gibson Girl; Charles Knight, a pioneer in the depiction of dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures; Edward Penfield, the king of poster art; Frederic Remington, whose works document the Old West; J. Allen St. John, the principal illustrator of Edgar Rice Burroughs's adventure tales; and dozens of others.
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The Singularity of Literature

The Singularity of Literature

Derek Attridge

$29.99
The Iliad and Beowulf provide rich sources of historical information. The novels of Henry Fielding and Henry James may be instructive in the art of moral living. Some go further and argue that Emile Zola and Harriet Beecher Stowe played a part in ameliorating the lives of those existing in harsh circumstances.

However, as Derek Attridge argues in this outstanding and acclaimed book, none of these capacities is distinctive of literature. What is the singularity of literature? Do the terms "literature" and "the literary" refer to actual entities found in cultures at certain times, or are they merely expressions characteristic of such cultures? Attridge argues that this resistance to definition and reduction is not a dead end, but a crucial starting point from which to explore anew the power and practices of Western art.

Derek Attridge provides a rich new vocabulary for literature, rethinking such terms as invention, singularity, otherness, alterity, performance and form. He returns literature to the realm of ethics, and argues for the ethical importance of literature, demonstrating how a new understanding of the literary might be put to work in a 'responsible,' creative mode of reading.

The Singularity of Literature is not only a major contribution to the theory of literature, but also a celebration of the extraordinary pleasure of the literary, for reader, writer, student or critic.

This Routledge Classics edition includes a new preface by the author.
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The Unaccompanied

The Unaccompanied

Simon Armitage

$32.99
After more than a decade and following his celebrated adventures in drama, translation, travel writing and prose poetry, Simon Armitage's eleventh collection of poems heralds a return to his trademark contemporary lyricism. The pieces in this multi-textured and moving volume are set against a backdrop of economic recession and social division, where mass media, the mass market and globalisation have made alienation a commonplace experience and where the solitary imagination drifts and conjures. The Unaccompanied documents a world on the brink, a world of unreliable seasons and unstable coordinates, where Odysseus stalks the aisles of cut-price supermarkets in search of direction, where the star of Bethlehem rises over industrial Yorkshire, and where alarm bells for ailing communities go unheeded or unheard. Looking for certainty the mind gravitates to recollections of upbringing and family, only to encounter more unrecoverable worlds, shaped as ever through Armitage's gifts for clarity and detail as well as his characteristic dead-pan wit. Insightful, relevant and empathetic, these poems confirm The Unaccompanied as a bold new statement of intent by one of our most respected and recognised living poets.
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Aeneid: Book VI

Aeneid: Book VI

Seamus Heaney

$24.99
In a momentous publication, Seamus Heaney's translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, Virgil's epic poem composed sometime between 29 and 19 BC, follows the hero, Aeneas, on his descent into the underworld. In Stepping Stones, a book of interviews conducted by Dennis O'Driscoll, Heaney acknowledged the importance of the poem to his writing, noting that 'there's one Virgilian journey that has indeed been a constant presence, and that is Aeneas' venture into the underworld. The motifs in Book VI have been in my head for years - the golden bough, Charon's barge, the quest to meet the shade of the father.' In this new translation, Heaney employs the same deft handling of the original combined with the immediacy of language and flawless poetic voice as was on show in his translation of Beowulf, a reimagining which, in the words of Bernard O'Donoghue, brought the ancient poem back to life in 'a miraculous mix of the poem's original spirit and Heaney's voice'.
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The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013

Derek Walcott

$39.99
The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013 draws from every stage of the poet's storied career. Here are examples of his very earliest work, like 'In My Eighteenth Year', published when the poet himself was still a teenager; his first widely celebrated verse, like 'A Far Cry from Africa', which speaks of violence, of loyalties divided in one's very blood; his mature work, like 'The Schooner Flight' from The Star-Apple Kingdom; and his late masterpieces, like the tender 'Sixty Years After', from the 2010 collection White Egrets. Across sixty-five years, Walcott has grappled with the themes that have defined his work as they have defined his life: the unsolvable riddle of identity; the painful legacy of colonialism on his native Caribbean island of St Lucia; the mysteries of faith and love; the trauma of growing old, of losing friends, family, one's own memory. This collection, selected by Walcott's friend the poet Glyn Maxwell, will prove as enduring as the questions, the passions, that have driven Walcott to write for more than half a century.
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The Complete Poems

The Complete Poems

Emily Dickinson

$34.99
The startling originality of Emily Dickinson's style condemned her poetry to obscurity during her lifetime, but her bold experiments in prosody, her tragic vision, and the range of her intellectual and emotional explorations have since won her international recognition as a poet of the highest order. The Complete Poems is the only one-volume edition containing all of Emily Dickinson's verse. In this landmark edition, the editor, Thomas H. Johnson, has presented the poems in their original contexts; and where alternate readings were suggested, he has chosen only those which the poet evidently preferred. His introduction includes a brief explanation of his selection of texts as well as an outline of Emily Dickinson's career.
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Wildly Into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind

Wildly Into the Dark: Typewriter Poems and the Rattlings of a Curious Mind

Tyler Knott Gregson

$32.99
The most intimate and eclectic poetry collection yet from bestselling author and online sensation Tyler Knott Gregson With loyal fans around the world and across the internet, Tyler Knott Gregson is reinventing poetry for a new generation, using Instagram and Tumblr to reach readers where they are. Tyler s third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his first book, Chasers of the Light ) as well as never-before-published scenes that paint the world as only Tyler sees and experiences it. Filled with vivid photographs and even more vivid emotions, Wildly Into the Dark is a must-have for longtime fans as well as newcomers to Tyler's unique brand of passionate, intimate, and playful words and images.
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Penguin's Poems for Weddings

Penguin's Poems for Weddings

Laura Barber

$22.99
Now in paperback, a wonderful anthology of wedding poems, filled with surprising, curious, unorthodox and charming poems about love and the public commitment to love. For the many thousands of readers who each year go through the complex mix of thrill and trauma that is the planning of a marriage ceremony, Laura Barber's anthology is the answer to a prayer, with a wonderfully generous and unusual selection of poems suitable for reading out loud, and which celebrate and encapsulate our deepest feelings in all their bewildering diversity. Including verse by poets ranging from John Keats to Carol Ann Duffy and Walt Whitman to W. H. Auden, as well as many less familiar voices, this anthology offers numerous options for anyone about to read at the wedding of family or friends, or to celebrate their own.
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Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology

Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology

Tim Kendall

$30.95
'What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?' The First World War produced an extraordinary flowering of poetic talent, from poets whose words commemorate the conflict as enduringly as monuments in stone. Their poems have come to express the feelings of a nation about the horrors and aftermath of war. This new anthology provides a definitive record of the achievements of the Great War poets. As well as offering generous selections from the celebrated soldier-poets, including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, and Ivor Gurney, it also incorporates less well-known writing by civilian and women poets. Music hall and trench songs provide a further lyrical perspective on the War. The work of each poet is prefaced with a biographical account that sets the poems in their historical context. In addition, Tim Kendall's introduction charts the history of the war poets' reception and challenges prevailing myths about their progress from idealism to bitterness.
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Shakespeare's Sonnets and Other Poems

Shakespeare's Sonnets and Other Poems

William Shakespeare

$19.99
William Shakespeare's sonnets are among the best-known poems in the English language, and the verses continue to touch the hearts of readers today. In Shakespeare's Sonnets and Other Poems, readers will find all 154 of the Bard's sonnets, along with his other poetic creations: Venus and Adonis, Lucrece, A Lover's Complaint, Sonnets to Sundry Notes of Music, and The Phoenix and Turtle. With a flexibound cover that features foil stamping and a clean, modern look, this collection of poems is a beautiful addition to the shelf of any reader.
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Le Morte d'Arthur: King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table

Le Morte d'Arthur: King Arthur & the Knights of the Round Table

Sir Thomas Malory ,  Aubrey Beardsley ,  Andrea Denny-Brown

$45.00
Le Morte d'Arthur is an exciting, magical interpretation of the legend of King Arthur The next elegant edition in the Knickerbocker Classic series, Le Morte d'Arthur is unabridged and complete. Originally published in 1485 by William Caxton, Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur remains the most exciting and magical interpretation of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. For Arthurian fans worldwide, this stunning gift edition has a cloth binding, ribbon marker, and is packaged neatly in an elegant slipcase. Featuring a new introduction and the elegant illustrations by Aubrey Beardsley (1872a 1898), this volume of Le Morte d'Arthur is an indispensible classic for every home library.
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The Iliad

The Iliad

Homer ,  Anthony Verity

$34.95
'War, the bringer of tears...' War, glory, despair, and mourning: for 2,700 years the Iliad has gripped listeners and readers with the story of Achilles' anger and Hector's death. This tragic episode during the siege of Troy, sparked by a quarrel between the leader of the Greek army and its mightiest warrior, Achilles, is played out between mortals and gods, with devastating human consequences. It is a story of many truths, speaking of awesome emotions, the quest for fame and revenge, the plight of women, and the lighthearted laughter of the gods. Above all, it confronts us with war in all its brutality - and with fleeting images of peace, which punctuate the poem as distant memories, startling comparisons, and doomed aspirations. The Iliad's extraordinary power testifies to the commitment of its many readers, who have turned to it in their own struggles to understand life and death. This elegant and compelling new translation is accompanied by a full introduction and notes that guide the reader in understanding the poem and the many different contexts in which it was performed and read.
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The Happy Prince & Other Stories

The Happy Prince & Other Stories

Oscar Wilde

$19.99
The richness of Oscar Wilde's way with words and ideas is given full range in this sparkling collection of short stories written between 1887 and 1891. From the comic tales of The Canterville Ghost and Lord Arthur Savile's Crime to the marvelous fairy stories and fantasies of The Selfish Giant, The Happy Prince and The Star Child, we are treated to the extravagance and dexterity of Wilde's exceptional wit, in stories that will appeal to both adults and children. Beautifully illustrated by Wilde's fellow decadent and aestheticist, the inimitable Aubrey Beardsley, this Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Happy Prince & Other Stories also features an afterword by author David Stuart Davies. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde

$19.99
Dorian Gray is young, arrogant, and devastatingly handsome. Confronted by his beauty in the form of a portrait, and struck by the terrible realization that he will age, Dorian wishes to retain his charms forever and finds his desire granted. He abandons himself to a life of hedonism, vice and murder, yet his face remains unmarked by his evil. But, hidden in his attic, the painting ages and corrupts, and one day Dorian must stand face to face with the man he has become. A perfect depiction of fin-de-siecle decadence, Oscar Wilde's only novel highlights the tension between the polished surface and murky depths of Victorian high society. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Picture of Dorian Gray features an afterword by the playwright and actor Peter Harness. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
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Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte

$19.99
One wild, snowy night on the Yorkshire moors, a gentleman asks about Wuthering Heights, the remote farmhouse inhabited by his mysterious landlord. He is told about the tragic romance of the beautiful, headstrong Cathy and the orphan Heathcliff, who - although desperately in love her - is rejected in favour of a rich suitor. But Cathy cannot forget him, and he develops a lust for revenge that will take over his life as he attempts to win her back, and to destroy everyone, and everything, he considers responsible for his loss. One of the great novels of the nineteenth century, Emily Bronte's haunting tale of passion and greed remains unsurpassed in its depiction of destructive love. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of Wuthering Heights features an afterword by David Pinching. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
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Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park

Jane Austen

$19.99
Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park, first published in 1814, tells the story of young Fanny Price, who is sent to live with her wealthy relatives, the Bertrams, at the age of ten. As she grows up, she develops deep feelings for her cousin Edmund Bertram, the only person at Mansfield Park who shows her true kindness. When the Bertram family is thrown into scandal and disorder, Fanny and Edmund must overcome the chaos around them so they can come to terms with the affection that they have for one another. A classic story that deals with social structures, friendship, morality, and love, Mansfield Park is now available in a handsome Word Cloud Classics edition, making it a treasured addition to any reader's bookshelf.
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Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

$19.99
A timeless classic, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey is both a coming-of-age story and a parody of the Gothic novels of the nineteenth century. Catherine Morland is destined to be the heroine of her own life story as she navigates friendships and romantic relationships, and as she learns to let go of childish notions of fantasy regarding the lives of others. Held from publication for more than a decade, this story was an instant success when it was finally released in 1817. This Canterbury Classic Word Cloud makes a fine addition to any home library.
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Classic Westerns: Zane Grey

Classic Westerns: Zane Grey

Zane Grey

$22.99
Wealthy but morally conflicted, Jane Withersteen seeks peace and freedom from the constraints of her oppressive society on the Western frontier. With the help of her loyal rider Bern Venters and the mysterious Lassiter, Jane fights back against the authorities who aim to restrict her power and happiness. Filled with thrilling horse rides, evocative descriptions of the landscapes, and tense showdowns, the story will leave the reader eager to find out what awaits just over the hills in the valley beyond. The two novels included here-the best-selling Riders of the Purple Sage and its sequel, The Rainbow Trail-established Zane Grey as the most popular Western writer of the early twentieth century. His works influenced countless authors and filmmakers for decades...and continue to do so today.
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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

$19.99
The orphaned Jane Eyre is no beauty but her plain appearance belies an indomitable spirit, sharp wit and great courage. As a child she suffers under cruel guardians, harsh schooling and a rigid social order but when she goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess for the mysterious Mr Rochester, the stage is set for one of literature's most enduring romances. A beloved classic and undisputed masterpiece, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre explores class, society, love and religion through the eyes of one of fiction's most unique and memorable female protagonists. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an afterword by Sam Gilpin. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector's Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector's Library are books to love and treasure.
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Teenage Writings

Teenage Writings

Jane Austen ,  Kathryn Sutherland ,  Freya Johnston

$17.95
'Jane Austen practising' Virginia Woolf Three notebooks of Jane Austen's teenage writings survive. The earliest pieces probably date from 1786 or 1787, around the time that Jane, aged 11 or 12, and her older sister and collaborator Cassandra left school. By this point Austen was already an indiscriminate and precocious reader, devouring pulp fiction and classic literature alike; what she read, she soon began to imitate and parody. Unlike many teenage writings then and now, these are not secret or agonized confessions entrusted to a private journal and for the writer's eyes alone. Rather, they are stories to be shared and admired by a named audience of family and friends. Devices and themes which appear subtly in Austen's later fiction run riot openly and exuberantly across the teenage page. Drunkenness, brawling, sexual misdemeanour, theft, and even murder prevail.
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The Island of Doctor Moreau

The Island of Doctor Moreau

H. G. Wells ,  Darryl Jones

$13.95
'The creatures I had seen were not men, had never been men. They were animals, humanised animals...' A shipwrecked Edward Prendick finds himself stranded on a remote Noble island, the guest of a notorious scientist, Doctor Moreau. Disturbed by the cries of animals in pain, and by his encounters with half-bestial creatures, Edward slowly realises his danger and the extremes of the Doctor's experiments. Saturated in pain and disgust, suffused with grotesque and often unbearable images of torture and bodily mutilation, The Island of Doctor Moreau is unquestionably a shocking novel. It is also a serious, and highly knowledgeable, philosophical engagement with Wells's times, with their climate of scientific openness and advancement, but also their anxieties about the ethical nature of scientific discoveries, and their implications for religion. Darryl Jones's introduction places the book in both its scientific and literary context; with the Origin of Species and Gulliver's Travels, and argues that The Island of Doctor Moreau is, like all of Wells's best fiction, is fundamentally a novel of ideas
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Macquarie Concise Dictionary

Macquarie Concise Dictionary

Macquarie Dictionary

$49.99
The Macquarie Concise Dictionary, like its parent dictionary, continues to adapt to reflect Australian English. It is both international and uniquely Australian, making it the standard dictionary for all Australians. The richness of Macquarie distilled into a compact format, the Concise meets the needs of the general reader in a book which is accessible, portable and easy-to-use. The Seventh Edition features: - hundreds of new words and definitions such as Bechdel test, fat-shame, freecycle, lane filtering, robopoll - words relating to technology, the internet and social media, such as big data, cyberwarrior, digital tattoo, domotics, dox, listicle, live-tweet, smart buoy - words and phrases from regional Australia, such as early minute, four-pointer, mufti day, Stobie pole - illustrative phrases which clearly show how a word is used in context - extensive usage notes - etymologies
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Macquarie Concise Dictionary

Macquarie Concise Dictionary

Macquarie Dictionary

$59.99
The Macquarie Concise Dictionary, like its parent dictionary, continues to adapt to reflect Australian English. It is both international and uniquely Australian, making it the standard dictionary for all Australians. The richness of Macquarie distilled into a compact format, the Concise meets the needs of the general reader in a book which is accessible, portable and easy-to-use. The Seventh Edition features: - hundreds of new words and definitions such as Bechdel test, fat-shame, freecycle, lane filtering, robopoll - words relating to technology, the internet and social media, such as big data, cyberwarrior, digital tattoo, domotics, dox, listicle, live-tweet, smart buoy - words and phrases from regional Australia, such as early minute, four-pointer, mufti day, Stobie pole - illustrative phrases which clearly show how a word is used in context - extensive usage notes - etymologies
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A Cabinet of Philosophical Curiosities: A Collection of Puzzles, Oddities, Riddles and Dilemmas

A Cabinet of Philosophical Curiosities: A Collection of Puzzles, Oddities, Riddles and Dilemmas

Roy Sorensen

$22.99
If you want to learn how to conform to confound, raze hopes, succeed your successor, order absence in the absence of order, win by losing and think contrapositively, look no further. Here you can unlock the secrets of Plato's void, Wittgenstein's investigations, Schopenhauer's intelligence test, Voltaire's big bet, Russell's slip of the pen and lobster logic. Among your discoveries will be why the egg came before the chicken, what the dishwasher missed and just what it was that made Descartes disappear. Experience the unbearable lightness of logical conclusions in Professor Sorensen's intriguing cabinet of riddles, problems, paradoxes, puzzles and the anomalies of human utterance. As you accompany him on investigations into the mysteries of truth, falsehood, reason and delusion, prepare to be surprised, enlightened, mystified and, above all, entertained.
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The Moscow Puzzles

The Moscow Puzzles

Boris A. Kordemsky

$22.99
A non-stop train leaves Moscow for Leningrad at 60 miles per hour. Another train leaves Leningrad for Moscow at 40 miles per hour. How far apart are the trains one hour before they pass each other? A man has to row a wolf, a goat and some cabbage across a river in a boat which will only hold himself and one of the three. If he leaves them alone, the wolf will eat the goat and the goat will eat the cabbage. How does he get them across? These and dozens of other problems of maths, logic and common sense appear in this classic Russian puzzle book, first published in 1956. Warm, charming and lavishly illustrated with over 400 diagrams and sketches, The Moscow Puzzles offers countless hours of entertainment for puzzle lovers of all abilities.
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The Canterbury Puzzles

The Canterbury Puzzles

Henry Dudeney

$22.99
Regular exercise is supposed to be as necessary for the brain as for the body. Many of us are very apt to suffer from mental cobwebs, and there is nothing equal to the solving of puzzles for sweeping them away. - Henry Dudeney (1847-1930) First published in 1907, Dudeney's The Canterbury Puzzles is a classic of the genre, based on characters from Chaucer's Tales. The book contains 114 puzzles suitable for young enthusiasts, recreational mathematicians and veteran puzzlers alike. As challenging today as it was over a century ago, this ingenious book will provide hours-worth of puzzles to keep your brain alert.
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Chess Strategy for Club Players: The Road to Positional Advantage

Chess Strategy for Club Players: The Road to Positional Advantage

Herman Grooten

$54.95
Every club player knows the problem: the opening has ended, and now what? With this new edition of his award winning book, International Master Herman Grooten presents to amateur players a complete and structured course on how to recognize key characteristics in all types of positions and how to make use of those characteristics to choose the right plan.

His teachings are based on the famous “Elements” of Wilhelm Steinitz, but Grooten has significantly expanded and updated the work of the first World Champion. He supplies many modern examples, tested in his own practice as a coach of talented youngsters.

In Chess Strategy for Club Players you will learn the basic elements of positional understanding: pawn structure, piece placement, lead in development, open files, weaknesses, space advantage and king safety. You will master the art of converting a temporary plus into other, more permanent advantages.

The author also explains what to do when, in a given position, the basic principles seem to point in different directions. Each chapter of this fundamental primer ends with a set of highly instructive exercises.

This new 3rd edition has, besides various corrections and improvements, a new introduction and a brand-new chapter called ‘Total Control’ with new exercises.
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Bradford's Pocket Crossword Solver's Lists

Bradford's Pocket Crossword Solver's Lists

Anne R. Bradford

$15.99
Hundreds of wide-ranging wordlists all sorted by length and then alphabetically to help with solving cryptic and quick crossword clues. Portable and pocket-sized, it is the ideal travel crossword-solving companion. A must for all crossword solvers, this book has been compiled with help from Anne Bradford. It gives hundreds of useful word lists covering a wide range of subjects, to give maximum help with solving crossword clues. Solvers can locate words by subject, spotting the word they need to complete their crossword grids quickly: the perfect companion volume to Bradford's Pocket Crossword Solver's Dictionary.
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I Used to Know That: Geography

I Used to Know That: Geography

Will Williams

$14.99
Have you forgotten all you ever learned about climate change? What do you really know about GM foods? Can you remember everything you learned at school about earthquakes? This useful guide reminds you of everything you once learned - or should have learned - about the earth, its resources and atmosphere, and human activity and its effects. Discover the physical world of rivers, glaciers and coasts; the human world of population changes and migration; agriculture, including farming, GM foods and the green revolution; and industry, from tourism to ports and old industry. I Used To Know That: Geography is an accessible yet fun way to revisit all the stuff you have forgotten from your school days but really should remember.
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Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English

Horrible Words: A Guide to the Misuse of English

Rebecca Gowers

$22.99
'Stuffed with entertaining detail ...Horrible Words is lively, provocative, witty and enlightening' The Times Nothing inflames the language purists like an illogical irregardless or a hideous otherization. But is it enough simply to dismiss these words as vile and barbarous howlers? Taking a genial tour far and wide through our linguistic badlands, Rebecca Gowers finds answers that are helpful, surprising and often extremely funny. 'Exuberant, erudite, informative and fun ...a call on all English-speakers to trust their own feel for their language, to relish their verbal inventiveness and to do battle against the pedants who tell them they are wrong' Michael Skapinker, Financial Times 'A very useful book, packed with good historical sense' Lynne Truss, The Times
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The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works

David Crystal

$27.99
A many-faceted exploration of spoken eloquence: how it works, how it has evolved, and how to tap its remarkable power

We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point of view and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, probes the intricate workings of eloquence. His lively analysis encompasses everyday situations (wedding speeches, business presentations, storytelling) as well as the oratory of great public gatherings.
 
Crystal focuses on the here and now of eloquent speaking - from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes, appropriateness, and how to wield a microphone. He explains what is going on moment by moment and examines each facet of eloquence. He also investigates topics such as the way current technologies help or hinder our verbal powers, the psychological effects of verbal excellence, and why certain places or peoples are thought to be more eloquent than others.

In the core analysis of the book, Crystal offers an extended and close dissection of Barack Obama's electrifying "Yes we can" speech of 2008, in which the president demonstrated full mastery of virtually every element of eloquence - from the simple use of parallelism and an awareness of what not to say, to his brilliant conclusion constructed around two powerful words: dreams and answers.
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Man Facts: Fascinating Things Every Bloke Should Know

Man Facts: Fascinating Things Every Bloke Should Know

Dan Bridges

$24.99
It's time to celebrate your inner geek with this treasure trove of lists and prime cuts of knowledge. Time to brush up on what you'd forgotten or misremembered, and discover what you never had a clue was true. Ranging across history, science and the natural world, taking in sport, film, food and much more, Man Facts gives you a wealth of up-to-date stats and eye-opening trivia that will make you a general-knowledge genius, or at least help you nail your next pub quiz. Dig in.
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Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook: A How-to Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree on the Number-One Genealogy Website

Unofficial Ancestry.com Workbook: A How-to Manual for Tracing Your Family Tree on the Number-One Genealogy Website

Nancy Hendrickson

$37.99
Your Step-by-Step Guide to Ancestry.com! Ancestry.com keeps growing, but how can you find your ancestors on the huge and ever-changing site?

In this workbook, an essential companion to the Unofficial Guide to Ancestry.com, you'll learn how to use Ancestry.com to its full advantage with detailed guides to searching Ancestry.com's digitized records. Each section briefly discusses how to search Ancestry.com for a particular type of record (including census records, vital records and historical publications), then shares detailed, illustrated tutorials that put those strategies into practice. And with the worksheets and genealogy forms in each section, you can easily plan your own Ancestry.com searches and apply what you've learned.

The workbook features:

* Introductions to using the seven most important record groups on Ancestry.com, plus tips to navigate AncestryDNA and use DNA test results in your research
* Step-by-step case studies showing how to use Ancestry.com to find ancestors and solve research problems
* Fill-in worksheets and forms that let you apply the book's techniques to your own research

Packed with expert advice, handy worksheets, and real-life search scenarios, this workbook will give you the hands-on knowledge you need to mine Ancestry.com for your family's records.
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Great Quotes from Great Women: Words from the Women Who Shaped the World

Great Quotes from Great Women: Words from the Women Who Shaped the World

Peggy Anderson

$22.99
Throughout history women have inspired and motivated society towards greater strength, courage, and justice. If you had the opportunity to ask the greatest women of all time for advice, wouldn't you jump at the chance? Drawing from the timeless wisdom of leaders such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhart, and Michelle Obama, each page of Great Quotes from Great Women offers motivation for your daily challenges, or inspiration to get back on your feet.
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How to Write Your Book

How to Write Your Book

Rachael Bermingham

$35.00
Rachael Bermingham international bestselling author of 4 Ingredients, Savvy and Read My Lips has compiled her vast experience in writing, producing, and creating not only her own books but thousands of other authors titles as well into this brilliantly guided book. An easy yet comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to write your own book by 10-time bestselling author, Rachael Bermingham.

In How to Write Your Book, Rachael begins with your book idea and walks you through every step needed to finish your manuscript and transform it into an amazing book you can share with the world, and be very proud of! How to Write Your Book is full of fantastic book industry secrets and information on how to set up your book for bestseller success that most authors never have access to.

In How to Write Your Book, you will be guided through:

    * What you need to have in place to write your book
    * How to transform your idea and words into a book!
    * Self-publishing vs. publishing - what's best for you
    * How to effectively schedule your time so you can write
    * Overcome writing blocks
    * Which book components you will need, and what else you can do to make your book stand out from the crowd
    * Writing styles and which one best suits you
    * Manuscript drafting and chapter creation
    * How the book production process works
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How to Market Your Book

How to Market Your Book

Rachael Bermingham

$35.00
Rachael Bermingham international bestselling author of 4 Ingredients, Savvy and Read My Lips has compiled her vast experience in marketing, selling, promoting, publishing and distributing books into this easy to follow step-by-step guide on how authors can market, promote and ultimately BOOST BOOK SALES.

'How to Market Your Book' is a practical guide with loads of essential book industry information every author needs to know by someone who has achieved what very few authors do; selling millions of books around the globe! Rachael shares all her insider knowledge and walks the reader through hundreds of detailed strategies from the pre-launch of a book to well afterwards helping authors understand, prepare, implement and take advantage of each step to not only sell loads of books, but also grow a successful business beyond the book! 

How to Market Your Book is the much anticipated, and frequently requested book by new authors.  Written by one of Australia's most successful authors, Rachael covers a lot of ground including:

* Book branding 
* Book launch 
* Discovering the reading target market 
* Distribution 
* Marketing foundations and systems needed 
* Media releases 
* How, when and who to contact in the media 
* How to work with bookstores and book retailers 
* Online retailing and marketing 
* Social media marketing 
* Book events 
* Lending and foreign rights 
* Affiliate marketing 
* How to design a marketing plan
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