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The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins (Second Edition)

The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins (Second Edition)

Bruce Moore (Editor)

$175.00
The Australian National Dictionary is a dictionary of Australianisms. The first edition of the dictionary was published in 1988 and contained around 10,000 headwords, compounds, idioms and derivatives. In this second edition the dictionary now contains over 16,000.

It includes words and meanings that have originated in Australia, that have a greater currency within Australia than elsewhere, or that have a special significance in Australian history. They include historical terms from the convict era, the gold rushes, farming, and the experience of war, colloquial terms, including rhyming slang and numerous lively and colourful idioms, regional terms from different states and territories terms from Aboriginal English, a major dialect of Australian English.

The Australian National Dictionary differs from general dictionaries in being based on historical principles, in the manner of the comprehensive Oxford English Dictionary.

The aim of this second edition is to chart the historical development of Australian words - the definitions begin with the oldest sense and move through to the most recent sense. As part of this history, it includes all obsolete words and all obsolete senses; because it is concerned with the complete history of a word, the historical dictionary places more emphasis on the etymology of a word than does the general dictionary.

There is detailed information on the origins of these Australian words, including comprehensive coverage of more than 550 words that have been borrowed from 100 Aboriginal languages. Quotations from books, newspapers, diaries, etc., show how words have been used over time. More than 123,000 quotations illustrate the entries.

New entries cover all aspects of Australian life, history, culture, and values, as indicated by this brief list:
ambo, barbecue stopper, bogan, budgie smugglers, bunny rug, captain's pick, chiko roll, chook lit, chroming, copha, corkie, couldn't run a chook raffle, do a Bradbury, drop bear, fairy bread, firie, goon bag, grommet, hip-pocket nerve, hornbag, humidicrib, karak, land of the fair go, marn grook, negative gearing, not happy Jan, pizzling, reg grundies, schmick, schoolies' week, seachanger, secret women's business, shirt-front, skippy, songline, spunk rat, trackie daks, ute muster, welcome to country.

The Australian National Dictionary is the only comprehensive, historically based record of the words and meanings that make up Australian English. It is a unique lexical map of Australian history and culture.

This beautifully produced edition is an absolutely wonderful enrichment to any Australian home filled with books and the love of reading.

EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street Sydney on Thursday 8 September

BOOK LAUNCH
Join us for a lively chat on the richness, history and humour of Australian English.
To mark the occasion of the publication of the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary, Lindy Jones (Abbey's bookseller and member of the judging panel of the Miles Franklin Literary Award) will host a panel discussion with Bruce Moore (editor of this edition and former Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre), Dr Amanda Laugesen (current Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre) and Kel Richards (broadcaster and author of The Story of Australian English).
Thursday 8 September
6 PM
Abbey's Bookshop
131 York street, Sydney
Free Event • RSVP ESSENTIAL
 
 
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The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins (Second Edition - Slipcase Edition)

The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins (Second Edition - Slipcase Edition)

Bruce Moore (Editor)

$199.00
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The Australian National Dictionary is a dictionary of Australianisms. The first edition of the dictionary was published in 1988 and contained around 10,000 headwords, compounds, idioms and derivatives. In this second edition the dictionary now contains over 16,000.

It includes words and meanings that have originated in Australia, that have a greater currency within Australia than elsewhere, or that have a special significance in Australian history. They include historical terms from the convict era, the gold rushes, farming, and the experience of war, colloquial terms, including rhyming slang and numerous lively and colourful idioms, regional terms from different states and territories terms from Aboriginal English, a major dialect of Australian English.

The Australian National Dictionary differs from general dictionaries in being based on historical principles, in the manner of the comprehensive Oxford English Dictionary.

The aim of this second edition is to chart the historical development of Australian words - the definitions begin with the oldest sense and move through to the most recent sense. As part of this history, it includes all obsolete words and all obsolete senses; because it is concerned with the complete history of a word, the historical dictionary places more emphasis on the etymology of a word than does the general dictionary.

There is detailed information on the origins of these Australian words, including comprehensive coverage of more than 550 words that have been borrowed from 100 Aboriginal languages. Quotations from books, newspapers, diaries, etc., show how words have been used over time. More than 123,000 quotations illustrate the entries.

New entries cover all aspects of Australian life, history, culture, and values, as indicated by this brief list:
ambo, barbecue stopper, bogan, budgie smugglers, bunny rug, captain's pick, chiko roll, chook lit, chroming, copha, corkie, couldn't run a chook raffle, do a Bradbury, drop bear, fairy bread, firie, goon bag, grommet, hip-pocket nerve, hornbag, humidicrib, karak, land of the fair go, marn grook, negative gearing, not happy Jan, pizzling, reg grundies, schmick, schoolies' week, seachanger, secret women's business, shirt-front, skippy, songline, spunk rat, trackie daks, ute muster, welcome to country.

The Australian National Dictionary is the only comprehensive, historically based record of the words and meanings that make up Australian English. It is a unique lexical map of Australian history and culture.

This beautifully produced edition is an absolutely wonderful enrichment to any Australian home filled with books and the love of reading.

EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street Sydney on Thursday 8 September

BOOK LAUNCH
Join us for a panel talk on the richness and history of Australian English.
To mark the occasion of the publication of the second edition of the Australian National Dictionary, Lindy Jones (Abbey's bookseller and member of the judging panel of the Miles Franklin Literary Award) will host a panel discussion with Bruce Moore (editor of this edition and former Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre), Dr Amanda Laugesen (current Director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre) and Kel Richards (broadcaster and author of The Story of Australian English).
Thursday 8 September
6 PM
Abbey's Bookshop
131 York street, Sydney
Free Event • RSVP ESSENTIAL
 
 
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Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years

Far and Away: Reporting from the Brink of Change: Seven Continents, Twenty-Five Years

Andrew Solomon

$35.00
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In 1991 Andrew Solomon rode a tank into Red Square in Moscow with a band of Russian artists protesting the coup after Gorbachev's resignation. In 2002 he was in Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban; in 2014 he travelled to Myanmar to meet ex-political prisoners as the country slowly, fitfully pushed towards freedom. We find him in Greenland in 2001 researching widespread suffering from depression and on the quest for a rare bird in Zambia in 1998. Far and Away tells these and many other stories of profound upheaval. With his signature brilliance and compassion, Solomon demonstrates both how history is altered by individuals, and how personal identities are altered when governments alter. A journalist and essayist of remarkable perception and prescience, Solomon captures the essence of these cultures across seven continents and twenty-five years and tracks seismic shifts - cultural, political and spiritual. He takes us on a magnificent journey into the heart of extraordinarily diverse experiences, yet shows us the common humanity uniting peoples and places all over the world.
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The Writer's Room

The Writer's Room

Charlotte Wood

$32.99
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Charlotte Wood's online journal The Writer's Room has become essential reading for writers at all stages of their careers, and also pure reading pleasure for booklovers everywhere. Charlotte's interviews with a wide range of well-known writers range in topic from the subject matter of the writers' work to quite intricate - and intimate - revelations about the ways in which they work. Charlotte's subjects are frank about the failures and successes, the struggles and triumphs of the writing life, and extremely generous in their revelations. A must-read for writers and readers...
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The Book of Shakespearian Useless Information

The Book of Shakespearian Useless Information

Bruce Montague ,  Tim Rice

$24.99
This book commemorates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death on 23 April 1616.

Everyone knows that the only book we buy more often than a work of Shakespeare is the Bible. But that’s just about all that most of us really know about the great man... whether we know it or not!

Have you ever wondered...why at the last minute Shakespeare scratched out his son-in-law’s name from his will... and left his second-best bed to his widow…or why Shakespeare himself had to play Lady Macbeth on its first performance?

In this excellent, engrossing and ever so slightly eccentric compendium, Bruce Montague (himself a distinguished Shakespearean actor of many years standing) sheds a light on the weird and wonderful life of the greatest playwright ever to have possibly not written all his own plays.
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The Book Lovers Quotation Book

The Book Lovers Quotation Book

Jo Brielyn

$22.99
Books are fantastic. Not only do they provide a wealth of knowledge and facts, they enable people to escape into different realities and worlds. Every book lover knows that a book is really a gateway to a story, one that can both inform and entertain. Reading books, going to the library, spending time in a bookstore are all common activities for the regular book lover, and this small book is for them. Full of wonderful quotes about loving books, stories and reading, The Book Lovers Quotation Book is another book that every bibliophile will want to add to their collection.
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OCR Anthology for Classical Greek GCSE

OCR Anthology for Classical Greek GCSE

Clive Letchford ,  Judith Affleck

$37.99
This is the OCR endorsed publication from Bloomsbury for the Greek GCSE set text prescriptions examined from 2018 to 2023. The texts covered are: Homer Odyssey 6:48-159 Iliad 3:1-112 Odyssey 7:184-297 Herodotus Histories 1.30-4, 86-7 and 6.125 (Solon & Croesus; How Alcmaeon Was Enriched by Croesus) Histories 3.17-25, 38 (The Ethiopians; The Power of Custom) Histories 2.2, 69-70, 129-33, 31-2 (Psammetichus; Crocodiles; Mycerinus; Pygmies) Euripides Alcestis 280-393 Electra 215-331 Bacchae 434-508, 800-38 Plato Phaedo 59c-60a, 115b-d, 116b-d, 117c-18a Plutarch A Spartan Childhood Lucian Anacharsis and Athletics The Isle of the Blest The volume starts with an introduction to ancient Greek history and culture, which will set in context the passages for the exams and give guidance on how to translate ancient Greek. The prescribed texts are set out in clear passages facing commentary notes, with further information on GCSE vocabulary and key terms as well as study questions. The full GCSE vocabulary is provided at the back of the book and a timeline, Who's Who, glossaries and map combine to give students a focused preparation for their exams. The book is supported by a companion website of further resources.
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A Country of Refuge: An Anthology of Writing on Asylum Seekers

A Country of Refuge: An Anthology of Writing on Asylum Seekers

Lucy Popescu

$32.99
A Country of Refuge is a poignant, thought-provoking and timely anthology of writing on asylum seekers from some of Britain and Ireland's most influential voices. Compiled and edited by human rights activist and writer Lucy Popescu, this powerful collection of short fiction, memoir, poetry and essays explores what it really means to be a refugee: to flee from conflict, poverty and terror; to have to leave your home and family behind; and to undertake a perilous journey, only to arrive on less than welcoming shores. These writings are a testament to the strength of the human spirit. The contributors articulate simple truths about migration that will challenge the way we think about and act towards the dispossessed and those forced to seek a safe place to call home.
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The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy

The Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy

J. M. Coetzee ,  Arabella Kurtz

$24.99
The Good Story is an exchange between a writer with a longstanding interest in moral psychology and a psychotherapist with a training in literary studies. J. M. Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz consider psychotherapy and its wider social context from different perspectives, but at the heart of both their approaches is a concern with stories. Working alone, the writer is in sole charge of the story he or she tells. The therapist, on the other hand, collaborates with the patient in telling the story of their life. What kind of truth do the stories created by patient and therapist aim to uncover: objective truth or the shifting and subjective truth of memories explored and re-experienced in the safety of the therapeutic relationship? Drawing on great writers like Cervantes and Dostoevsky and on psychoanalysts like Freud and Melanie Klein, the authors offer illuminating insights into the stories we tell of our lives.
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The Writer's Garden: How Gardens Inspired Our Best-Loved Authors

The Writer's Garden: How Gardens Inspired Our Best-Loved Authors

Jackie Bennett

$32.99
Great things happen in gardens. No one can doubt the importance of the garden in Roald Dahl's life as it was here where he worked, and here that he created James and the Giant Peach. And where would Jane Austen have been if she had never seen a 'walk', an ornamental lake, or a wilderness? Gardens hold a special place in many author's lives. For Beatrix Potter, Hill Top house was made possible by the new found freedom and wealth that a literary career can bring; for Sir Walter Scott, laying out his garden at Abbotsford was a way of distracting himself from mounting debts. In this book of 18 gardens and 20 writers, the author examines how the poet, writer, novelist derived a creative spirit from their private garden, how they tended and enjoyed their gardens, and how they managed their outdoor space.
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The Hatred of Poetry

The Hatred of Poetry

Ben Lerner

$19.99
No art has been denounced as often as poetry. It's even bemoaned by poets: 'I, too, dislike it,' wrote Marianne Moore. 'Many more people agree they hate poetry,' Ben Lerner writes, 'than can agree what poetry is. I, too, dislike it and have largely organised my life around it and do not experience that as a contradiction because poetry and the hatred of poetry are inextricable in ways it is my purpose to explore.'

In this inventive and lucid essay, Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defence of the art. He examines poetry's greatest haters (beginning with Plato's famous claim that an ideal city had no place for poets, who would only corrupt and mislead the young) and both its greatest and worst practitioners, providing inspired close readings of Keats, Dickinson, McGonagall, Whitman and others. Throughout, he attempts to explain the noble failure at the heart of every truly great and truly horrible poem: the impulse to launch the experience of an individual into a timeless communal existence.

In The Hatred of Poetry, Lerner has crafted an entertaining, personal, and entirely original examination of a vocation no less essential for being impossible. Readers will finish this essay exalted by Ben Lerner's love of poetry, by his apprehension of the impossible task of poetry to defeat time, and of poetry as the essence of language and meaning.
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Knocks

Knocks

Emily Stewart

$25.00
Knocks is the debut collection from one of the most exacting writers of Australian poetry's new wave. Stewart's poetry consistently surprises in its formal range, encompassing sonnets, erasures and found poetry, and striking at the level of the image - the computer ecstasy of first-person . The collection conveys the sense of an extended, stretched present, politically shadowed, where it is commendable / to sign up each day, but better / to maintain a patina of disobedient / actions, shoplifting or whatever . Individual poems consider place, persona, fandom, viruses, data and desire in evoking a residual gala of feeling . Yet out of variety emerges a very particular architecture: these are the works of a poet obsessed with the structure of the everyday; its litter and networks, idiom and drama: today a princess bites off her plait / today paper shredders are put to good use . Tender, argumentative, affecting - this is poetry that moves.
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Writing to the Wire

Writing to the Wire

Dan Disney ,  Kit Kelen

$24.99
Surely we are better than this? The seeking of asylum in Australia has been politicised in recent decades. Our national conversation has vilified people fleeing persecution and desensitised the Australian polity to human suffering. We are further marginalising the most vulnerable groups in the world and at greater expense than accommodating refugees in the community. What impact does this have upon our collective ethics and national identity? And if our public conversation is steering us into murky moral territory, where may a dissenting voice be heard? Writing to the Wire is a collection of poems by Australians and people who would like to be Australians. It is a book about the idea of being Australian. It is about who we are and who we would rather be. Writing to the Wire offers new ways to understand injustice, to speak out and tell stories. Poetry can show us what we're thinking and feeling in a way our politics has failed to do.
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The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau

The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau

Toby Fitch

$25.00
Nineteenth-century French poet Arthur Rimbaud told his friends in Africa that he had seen Australia . But what did he mean by seen ? Visited? Viewed on the horizon? Imagined? The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau is a book of antipodes-inversions-of the prose poems collected in Rimbaud's Les Illuminations, which Toby Fitch turns upside down, hijacking and re-versing their content. Here you will find collages, redactions, homophonic and metonymic mistranslations, pattern poems, concrete poems and other systematic derangements, some curiously child-like, others warped by the virtual world. Rimbaud's prose proves fertile ground in which to grow Bloomin' Notions-poems that see the land Down Under in an other light. In The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau, Toby Fitch releases hordes of godless hierodules to hack, frack and adirondack multiversal pathways through the parallel universes of Australian poetry. This is the archive as hi-rise, Rimbaud via Ashbery fed through the Shredder of Babel, where the jackhammered lupids of a Concrete aesthetic ruse, saturate, fold and bend in a 'double sex heartbeat ribcage jangle'. In this uniquely co-dependent autopoiesis, Fitch has produced an anonymous autobiography that is at once prolifically particular and breathtakingly universal. -Fiona Hile
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Love Dreaming and Other Poems

Love Dreaming and Other Poems

Ali Cobby Eckermann

$25.00
In Love dreaming & other poems Cobby Eckermann bears witness to a deep commitment to her traditional kin, culture and language as she tells the story of her search for her family on the traditional Yankunytjatjara and Kokatha lands in the north west of South Australia. At the same time, she lays bare the ongoing effects of governmental policy and paternalism on Australia's indigenous peoples.

Engaging with events around Alice Springs, these poems give firsthand witness to the 2007 Northern Territory Emergency Response by the Federal Government, commonly known as The Intervention, and its ongoing effects on regional and remote Indigenous communities. These poems lay open the complexity of the internal conflict felt among Aboriginal people today, as they constantly need to adjust to contemporary Australia.  Cobby Eckermann notes, 'My times in the desert are my happiest, and the soft blanket felt when my traditional language is spoken around me, is a feeling of pure love.' This is a collection by one of Indigenous Australian poetry's most vital new voices, sung with two eyes wide open to the present reality without fear or prejudice, with an overflowing love and care for the future.  

These are the offerings of a writer who has journeyed with great determination through apparently irretrievable loss, through chaos, disintegration and desolation, who has harvested the gifts of insight and emotional and spiritual intelligence and compassion, and who now reveals these insights to the eyes and ears of others through lucid images and punchy language. - Terry Whitebeach
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O'Sonata: Rilke Renditions

O'Sonata: Rilke Renditions

Chris Edwards

$25.00
O'Sonata is a suite of renditions-performances, interpretations, transliterations, transmogrifications- of Rainer Maria Rilke's Sonette an Orpheus, presented here as a parallel text. Dramatising the mythic role of Orpheus as futile Male ( a dick according to Eurydice), Chris Edwards' renditions also comprise interrogations of the lyric impulse, transported here to an Underland where becoming begets begone. There is joy and humour, a largesse, to the way he sketches clearly the peculiarities of (and the strange conjunctions and refractions between) world, self and words. His poems offer a deep-hearted laugh with us, the language-mobbed inhabitants of 'this great planet... the spaceship/ I grew up on.'
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Suite for Percy Grainger

Suite for Percy Grainger

Jessica L. Wilkinson

$25.00
Suite for Percy Grainger: a biography is an experimental poetic work on the life and times of one of Australia's most innovative and diversely accomplished musicians and composers, Percy Grainger. Alongside his immense musical output - including original compositions and folk-song arrangements - Grainger was also a keen essayist, a voracious reader, a dedicated letter writer, and an eager archivist, establishing the Grainger Museum as a repository for over 100,000 items including correspondence, clothing, musical manuscripts, instruments and everyday objects (not to forget his infamous whip collection). Of interest to Wilkinson, as a poet with one eye wandering into historical archives, is how one might write a biography sympathetic to Grainger's personality, lifestyle and philosophies.
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Summer Requiem: A Book of Poems

Summer Requiem: A Book of Poems

Vikram Seth

$22.99
'I have so carefully mapped the corners of my mind That I am forever waking in a lost country...' Summer Requiem traces the immutable shifting of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both 'gifts and harms'. Luminous, resonant and profound, these poems trace the dying days of summer, 'the hour of rust', when memory is haunted by loss and decay. But in the silence that follows, as the soul is cast adrift, there is also reconciliation with the transience of all things; the knowledge that there is a place, 'changeable, that will not betray'.
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Undying: A Love Story

Undying: A Love Story

Michel Faber

$24.99
How can you say goodbye to the love of your life? In Undying Michel Faber honours the memory of his wife, who died after a six-year battle with cancer. Bright, tragic, candid and true, these poems are an exceptional chronicle of what it means to find the love of your life. And what it is like to have to say goodbye. All I can do, in what remains of my brief time, is mention, to whoever cares to listen, that a woman once existed, who was kind and beautiful and brave, and I will not forget how the world was altered, beyond recognition, when we met.
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An Essay on Man

An Essay on Man

Alexander Pope ,  Tom Jones

$49.95
Voltaire called it "the most sublime didactic poem ever written in any language." Rousseau rhapsodized about its intellectual consolations. Kant recited long passages of it from memory during his lectures. And Adam Smith and David Hume drew inspiration from it in their writings.

This was Alexander Pope's Essay on Man (1733-34), a masterpiece of philosophical poetry, one of the most important and controversial works of the Enlightenment, and one of the most widely read, imitated, and discussed poems of eighteenth-century Europe and America. This volume, which presents the first major new edition of the poem in more than fifty years, introduces this essential work to a new generation of readers, recapturing the excitement and illuminating the debates it provoked from the moment of its publication.
 
Echoing Milton's purpose in Paradise Lost, Pope says his aim in An Essay on Man is to "vindicate the ways of God to man"--to explain the existence of evil and explore man's place in the universe. In a comprehensive introduction, Tom Jones describes the poem as an investigation of the fundamental question of how people should behave in a world they experience as chaotic, but which they suspect to be orderly from some higher point of view. The introduction provides a thorough discussion of the poem's attitudes, themes, composition, context, and reception, and reassesses the work's place in history. Extensive annotations to the text explain references and allusions.
 
The result is the most accessible, informative, and reader-friendly edition of the poem in decades and an invaluable book for students and scholars of eighteenth-century literature and thought.
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Justice

Justice

Tomaz Salamun ,  Michael Thomas Taren

$25.00
The final collection of poetry by one of the twentieth century’s great surrealist poets, Tomaz Salamun.

"And here, I think, is a poetics not of rebellion but of quest. alamun's tradition has been the disruptive, visionary side of European experimental art, Rimbaud, Lautreamont, the German expressionists, the French surrealists, the Russian futurists, the tradition in which poetry is an instrument for glimpsing a supreme reality, and for which all art is, finally, the scattered bits and pieces of that larger vision.

This accounts for Šalamun's eclecticism, for the sense of improvisation in his poems, the surrealist lists, the New York School fast jottings of what's going on at the moment, the disjunctions, and sense of play. They are tactics to set the centrifuge spinning, to start thedervish dance, in which some breakthrough might occur." Robert Hass in Poetry International Web
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The Merchant of Venice

The Merchant of Venice

Jennifer Mulherin

$16.99
The Merchant of Venice is one of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, and this series really brings it to life for those who are new to Shakespeare or who are studying the play at school. The story of how Shakespeare wrote The Merchant of Venice and how the play fits into his entire body of work are explored in an introductory chapter.
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The Bronte Sisters (Boxed Set)

The Bronte Sisters (Boxed Set)

Charlotte Bronte ,  Emily Bronte ,  Anne Bronte

$140.00
Jane Eyre | Wuthering Heights | The Tenant of Wildfell Hall | Villette. This stunning box set brings together the Bronte sisters' four greatest novels in beautiful Penguin editions designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith. From the bleak moors of Wuthering Heights to the Belgian capital in Villette, and the mysterious, gloomy country estates of Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, these four novels of passion and struggle show the most famous siblings in literature at the peak of their powers.
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The Fairy Tales and Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

The Fairy Tales and Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Tegner ,  Jeana Jorgensen

$45.00
Let your imagination soar with this stunning gift edition of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tales! The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen is the next edition in the Knickerbocker Classic series, featuring works from the famous Danish poet. His classic works include fairy-tale favorites such as, The Little Mermaid , The Ugly Duckling , The Princess and the Pea , Thumbelina , and The Emperor's New Clothes . Perfect for adults and children alike, The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen includes a ribbon marker to insure you'll never lose your place at bedtime. This stunning gift edition also has a full cloth binding, foil blocking on the spine, and is packaged neatly in an elegant slipcase.
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The Adolescent

The Adolescent

Fyodor Dostoevsky ,  Dora O'Brien

$16.99
Among Dostoevsky's later novels, The Adolescent occupies a very special place: published three years after The Devils and five years before his final masterpiece, The Karamazov Brothers, the novel charts the story of nineteen-year-old Arkady - the illigitimate son of the landowner Versilov and the maid Sofia Andreyevna - as he struggles to find his place in society and become a Rothschild against the background of 1870s Russia, a nation still tethered to its old systems and values but shaken up by the new ideological currents of socialism and nihilism. Both a Bildungsroman and a novel of ideas, dealing with themes such as the relationship between fathers and sons and the role of money in modern society, The Adolescent - here presented in a brand-new translation by Dora O'Brien - shows Dostoevsky at his finest as a social commentator and observer of the workings of a young man's mind.
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A Nest of the Gentry

A Nest of the Gentry

Ivan Turgenev ,  Michael Pursglove

$19.99
Coming back to the nest of his family home in Russia after years of fruitless endeavours away from his roots, Lavretsky decides to turn his back on the vacuous salons of Paris and his frivolous and unfaithful wife Varvara Pavlovna. On his return he meets Liza, the daughter of one of his cousins, whom he had known when they were children and who rekindles in him long-smothered feelings of love. News of Varvara's death arrive from France, offering Lavretsky the prospect of a new life, but a cruel twist threatens to shatter his dreams and forces him to re-evaluate his plans.Hailed as a masterpiece of Russian literature, A Nest of the Gentry - Turgenev's most successful and widely read novel, here presented in a new translation by Michael Pursglove - deals with the personal struggles of the individual in a period of turbulent social change.
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The Times Ultimate Killer Su Doku Book 8: 200 of the Deadliest Su Doku Puzzles

The Times Ultimate Killer Su Doku Book 8: 200 of the Deadliest Su Doku Puzzles

The Times Mind Games

$16.99
Specially compiled to provide the most deadly Su Doku challenge, this is the only volume for Su Doku enthusiasts who need a puzzle that really tests their mettle. Prepare yourself for the toughest Su Doku challenge there is. These diabolically difficult Ultimate Killer Su Doku puzzles will really put your brainpower to the test as you 'warm up' with the 150 Deadly Killer puzzles before steeling yourself to take on the 50 Extra Deadly Su Dokus. Are you ready for the challenge? Not for the faint-hearted. The puzzles use the same 9x9 grid as a regular Su Doku, but have an extra mathematical element that multiplies the challenge. The aim is not only to complete every row, column and cube so that it contains the digits 1 to 9, but also to make sure that the outlined sections, called cages, add up to the number given in each cage. If you survived the first five collections of Ultimate Killer Su Doku, then you might just be ready to take on the sixth...Warning: Not suitable for amateur puzzlers!
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What it Takes to Become a Grandmaster

What it Takes to Become a Grandmaster

Andrew Soltis

$39.99
Even an average chess player can find the same moves as a Grandmaster as much as 75 percent of the time but only the Grandmaster can find that other 25 percent. Packed with tips, tricks, and practical exercises, this book identifies the kinds of moves and techniques that account for that difference. It covers such topics as: Mysterious rook pawn moves, Tacking, Piece Nullification, King Feeling, and much more. Written by one of our best-loved chess authors in his trademark chatty, accessible but always informative style, What It Takes to Become a Grandmaster will reveal the secrets of how to join chess's elite ranks.
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Anti-Sicilians: Move by Move

Anti-Sicilians: Move by Move

Cyrus Lakdawala

$39.99
Anyone who plays the Sicilian Defense as Black must be prepared to meet a whole host of options for White known as the Anti-Sicilians. These includes popular choices such as the c3-Sicilian, the Grand Prix Attack, the Closed Sicilian, the King’s Indian Attack and all Bb5 lines, as well as numerous gambits and tricky sidelines which can be very difficult to meet for the unwary player.

In this book, International Master Cyrus Lakdawala examines the Anti-Sicilian lines and provides repertoire options for Black against all of them. Using illustrative games, he explains the positional and tactical ideas for both sides, highlights important move-order issues and provides answers to all the key questions.
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Tal: Move by Move

Tal: Move by Move

Cyrus Lakdawala

$45.00
Mikhail Tal is a true legend of chess. He was the World Champion and also holds the world record for the longest unbeaten run in competitive chess. Tal is widely regarded to be the greatest attacking player of all time. Nicknamed ‘the magician from Riga’, Tal was a creative genius who made it look as though absolutely anything was possible over the chessboard.

In this book, former American Open Champion Cyrus Lakdawala selects and examines his favourite Tal games, from the beginning to the end of his exceptional career. Lakdawala shows how we can all improve our chess by learning from Tal’s masterpieces.
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Literary Wit and Wisdom: Quips and Quotes to Suit All Manner of Occasions

Literary Wit and Wisdom: Quips and Quotes to Suit All Manner of Occasions

Richard Benson

$27.99
'One hates an author that's all author.' Lord Byron. With quips, quotes and insults from beloved literary figures such as William Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf and Ernest Hemingway to modern literati including Zadie Smith and Will Self, this charming book reveals your favourite authors' opinions on subjects from families, food and friendship to writing masterpieces, being married and silencing dim-witted critics. Literary Wit and Wisdom will ensure that you're never at a loss for the perfect witticism.
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Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out of it

Release the Bats: Writing Your Way Out of it

D. B. C. Pierre

$27.99
When DBC Pierre burst onto the scene in 2003, he arrived with no particular literary education. Finding he had something to say, he made the journey solo to that place where dreams and demons live, to try and turn feelings into words. Part biography, part reflection and part practical guide, Release the Bats explores the mysteries of why and how we tell stories, and the craft of writing fiction. DBC Pierre reveals everything he learned the hard way.
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