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Jane Austen: The Secret Radical

Jane Austen: The Secret Radical

Helena Kelly

$39.99
'A sublime piece of literary detective work that shows us once and for all how to be precisely the sort of reader that Austen deserves.' Caroline Criado-Perez, Guardian

Almost everything we think we know about Jane Austen is wrong. Her novels don't confine themselves to grand houses and they were not written just for readers' enjoyment. She writes about serious subjects and her books are deeply subversive. We just don't read her properly - we haven't been reading her properly for 200 years. Jane Austen, The Secret Radical puts that right. In her first, brilliantly original book, Austen expert Helena Kelly introduces the reader to a passionate woman living in an age of revolution; to a writer who used what was regarded as the lightest of literary genres, the novel, to grapple with the weightiest of subjects - feminism, slavery, abuse, the treatment of the poor, the power of the Church, even evolution - at a time, and in a place, when to write about such things directly was seen as akin to treason. Uncovering a radical, spirited and political engaged Austen, Jane Austen, The Secret Radical will encourage you to read Jane, all over again.
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The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)

The Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)

John Sutherland ,  John Crace

$24.99
Did Charlotte Bronte take opium? Did the Reverend Bronte carry a loaded pistol? What, precisely, does 'wuthering' mean? Distinguished literary critic John Sutherland takes an idiosyncratic look at the world of the Brontes, from the bumps on Charlotte's head to the nefarious origins of Mr Rochester's fortune, by way of astral telephony, letter-writing dogs, an exploding peat bog, and much, much more. Also features 'Jane Eyre abbreviated' by John Crace, author of the Guardian's 'Digested Reads' column - read Charlotte Bronte's masterpiece in five minutes!
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Browse: The World in Bookshops

Browse: The World in Bookshops

Ali Smith ,  Yiyun Li ,  Pankaj Mishra ,  Daniel Kehlmann

$29.99
A celebration of bookshops around the world, by an award-winning cast of writers including Ali Smith, Pankaj Mishra, Elif Shafak and Daniel Kehlmann In Browse Henry Hitchings asks fifteen writers from around the world to consider the bookshops that have shaped them; each conjures a specific time and place. Ali Smith chronicles the secrets and personal stories hidden within the pages of secondhand books; Alaa Al Aswany tells of the Cairo bookshop where revolutionaries gathered during the 2011 uprisings; Elif Shafak evokes the bookstores of Istanbul, their chaos and diversity, their aroma of tobacco and coffee. Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor recalls the quandary of being asked to choose just one book at a favourite childhood store in Nairobi, while Iain Sinclair shares his grief on witnessing a beloved old haunt close down. Others explore bookshops they have stumbled upon, adored and become addicted to, from London to Bogota. These inquisitive, enchanting pieces are a collective celebration of bookshops - for anyone who has ever fallen under their spell.
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100 Australian Poems: You Need to Know

100 Australian Poems: You Need to Know

Jamie Grant

$29.99
Poetry? For today's readers? Yes, and not just for those who buy their poetry collections religiously either: this book is for everyone. Frustrated by the perception that Australian poetry is dry, inaccessible and focused only on the country's landscape, acclaimed poet Jamie Grant decided to form his own collection. One that properly encompassed the liveliness of our country's writing and showed that the only thing dry about Australian poetry was the humour within it. The collection ranges from the early nineteenth century of Francis Macnamara and Charles Harpur, through the later years of CJ Dennis and Henry Lawson, right up to the present day of Gig Ryan, David Malouf, Stephen McInerney and Kate Jennings. The preoccupations of the different eras are given a full airing - convicts and stockriders, the challenges of drought and war, the rivalry between Melbourne and Sydney, the divide between the city and the bush, and the different approaches of generations X, Y and Z. The 'smaller' issues have their outing too: love, barbecues, giraffes, sky writing and pumpkins so big they don't seem real. For anyone curious about what makes Australians who they are, this collection is a must-have. Illustrated throughout with etchings by Bridget Farmer, this book should be in every Australian home.
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Time Capsule

Time Capsule

David Ireland

$29.99
In Time Capsule the poem-like writings of a breadth of fictional voices are gathered together in an incisive reflection on contemporary existence. Painting students, surfers, pharmacists, retirees, sports lovers, budding writers, Toastmaster members, churchgoers, people from diverse walks of life - all muse on aspects of human experience, desire, beliefs and existential enigmas, as they put pen to paper to participate in a 'time capsule' project for an unknown future generation. David Ireland's writing is as original and inventive today as it was when his works first appeared on the Australian literary scene.
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Around the World in 80 Cliches: Cliche Compendium Featuring Translations from Around the World

Around the World in 80 Cliches: Cliche Compendium Featuring Translations from Around the World

Laura Lee

$17.99
Whether cliches get under your skin or make you laugh, this dictionary of cliches goes the extra mile to provide an essential resource for students, teachers, writers, and anyone with a keen interest in language. Excellent reference for casual browsing or an in depth read. And that's food for thought. Cheeky and informative, each cliche is presented in such a way that is guaranteed to entertain. Know where your cliche comes from, so you won't be afraid to use it.
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Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation

David Crystal

$22.99
This 'engaging history of punctuation' (Wall Street Journal) is not only the first history of its kind, but a complete guide on how to use English punctuation. Behind every punctuation mark lies a thousand stories. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. For a system of a few dozen marks it generates a disproportionate degree of uncertainty and passion, inspiring organisations like the Apostrophe Protection Society and sending enthusiasts, correction-pens in hand, in a crusade against error. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit, clarity and commonsense. He gives a fascinating account of the origin and progress of every kind of punctuation mark over one and a half millennia, and he offers sound advice on how punctuation may be used to meet the needs of every occasion and context.
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Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

Vulgar Tongues: An Alternative History of English Slang

Max Decharne

$29.99
Slang is the language of pop culture, low culture, street culture, underground movements and secret societies; depending on your point of view, it is a badge of honour, a sign of identity or a dangerous assault on the values of polite society. Of all the vocabularies available to us, slang is the most alive, constantly evolving and - as it leaks into the mainstream and is taken up by all of us - infusing the language with a healthy dose of vitality. Witty, energetic and informative, Vulgar Tongues traces the many routes of slang, beginning with the thieves and prostitutes of Elizabethan London and ending with the present day (where the centuries-old terms rap and hip-hop still survive, though their meanings have changed). On the way, we'll meet Dr Johnson, World War Two flying aces, pickpockets, schoolchildren, hardboiled private eyes, carnival geeks and the many eccentric characters who have tried to record slang throughout its chequered past. If you're curious about flapdragons and ale passion, the changing meanings of punk and geek, or how fly originated on the streets of eighteenth-century London and square in Masonic lodges, this is the book for you.
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Can You Solve My Problems?: A Casebook of Ingenious, Perplexing and Totally Satisfying Puzzles

Can You Solve My Problems?: A Casebook of Ingenious, Perplexing and Totally Satisfying Puzzles

Alex Bellos

$29.99
Are you smarter than a Singaporean ten-year-old? Can you beat Sherlock Holmes? If you think the answer is yes - I challenge you to solve my problems. Here is the story of the puzzle, one of mankind's oldest and greatest forms of entertainment and enlightenment, told through 125 of the world's best brainteasers from the last two millennia. It takes us from ancient China to medieval Europe, Victorian England to modern-day Japan, with stories of espionage, mathematical breakthroughs and puzzling rivalries along the way. You'll pit your wits against logic puzzles and kinship riddles, pangrams and river-crossing conundrums. Some solutions rely on a touch of cunning, others call for creativity, others need mercilessly logical thought. Some can only be solved by 2 per cent of the population. All are guaranteed to sharpen your mind. Let's get puzzling...
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The A to Z of Modern Manners: A Guide to Behaving Well

The A to Z of Modern Manners: A Guide to Behaving Well

David Meagher

$24.99
Some clear guidelines to navigate a rapidly changing world. Why has 'Mr Manners', David Meagher, decided to write another book on the subject? He abhors crude and crass behaviour, yet found himself getting mad at others and teetering on the edge of becoming one of the ill-mannered people he so despised. So, instead of getting angry all the time - and risking becoming known as that crazy guy who yells out his car window at people - he decided the time was right to get back into the manners business. The A to Z of Modern Manners looks at the new forces shaping the way we live, as well as some old ones, and suggests the best ways to behave. It's not about pointing the finger at people and calling out bad behaviour (okay, there's a bit of that but he hasn't named anyone); it's about using common sense and thinking about how your actions might make other people feel in that situation. There is no right or wrong way to walk and text simultaneously. There is, however, a way to do it that will cause the least inconvenience for everyone else using the footpath. You can work out what form that takes by having a little empathy for your fellow humans. That's just good manners.
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The Givenness of Things

The Givenness of Things

Marilynne Robinson

$22.99
A profound essay collection from the beloved author of Gilead, Houskeeping and Lila, now including Marilynne Robinson's conversation with President Barack Obama. Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her trilogy of novels - Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, Orange-Prize winning Home and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila - and in her moving essay collection When I Was a Child I Read Books. Now, in The Givenness of Things, she brings a profound sense of awe and an incisive mind to the essential questions of contemporary life and faith. Through fourteen essays of remarkable depth and insight, Robinson explores the dilemmas of our modern predicament. How has our so-called Christian nation strayed from so many of the teachings of Christ? How could the great minds of the past, Calvin and Locke-and Shakespeare-guide our lives? And what might the world look like if we could see the sacredness in each other? Exquisite and bold, these essays are a necessary call for us to find wisdom and guidance in our cultural treasures, to seek humanity and compassion in each other. The Givenness of Things is a reminder of what a marvel our existence is in its grandeur - and its humility.
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Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature

Not Just Jane: Rediscovering Seven Amazing Women Writers Who Transformed British Literature

Shelley DeWees

$27.99
A witty, fascinating feminist history of literary Britain.

You’ve likely read at least one Jane Austen novel. Chances are you’ve also read Jane Eyre; if you were an exceptionally moody teenager, you might have even read Wuthering Heights. English majors might add a couple of others to this list . . . but there the trail ends. Were there truly so few women writing anything of note during late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain

In Not Just Jane, Shelley DeWees weaves history, biography, and critical analysis into a rip-roaring narrative of the nation’s fabulous, yet mostly forgotten, female literary heritage. Focusing on the creative contributions and personal stories of seven astonishing women Charlotte Turner Smith, Helen Maria Williams, Mary Robinson, Catherine Crowe, Sara Coleridge, Dinah Mulock Craik, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon DeWees assembles a riveting, intimate, and ruthlessly unromanticized portrait of female life, and the literary landscape, during this era.

In doing so, she comes closer to understanding how a society could forget so many of these women among them pioneers of detective fiction and the modern fantasy novel who all enjoyed success, critical acclaim, and a fair amount of notoriety during their time, and realizes why, now more than ever, it’s vital that we remember.
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Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters 7

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Women of Letters 7

Michaela McGuire ,  Marieke Hardy

$32.99
Dear Madonna, Thank you for showing me that it is okay to be both a devoted mother and on a podium drenched in glitter. Love, Em Rusciano Dear Mum, My life is so much more fortunate than yours was and I'm sorry if my unplanned arrival was a part of that. Love, Anthony Albanese Dear Leigh Sales, What kind of psychopath is unmoved by fairy wrens? Love, Annabel Crabb The beautiful art of letter writing is still the best way to connect, to express a thought or a feeling. In this all-new anthology, Australia's queens of correspondence Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire have engaged our finest, sharpest minds to pen missives of courage and humour and wisdom. Collected from the hugely popular live Women of Letters salons, Signed, Sealed, Delivered gives an entertaining and heartfelt insight into some of our brightest Australian stars. All royalties for this book will go to Edgar's Mission animal rescue shelter.
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Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings

Nothing Sacred: Selected Writings

Angela Carter

$24.99
In the pursuit of magnificence, nothing is sacred,' says Angela Carter, and magnificence is indeed her own achievement. One of the most acclaimed novelists of her generation, her work as a journalist and critic was no less original. Long autobiographical pieces on her life in South Yorkshire and South London are followed by highly individual inspections of 'abroad'. Some of her most brilliant writing is devoted to Japan - exotically and erotically described here - so perfectly suited to the Carter pen. Domestically, Angela Carter used her mordant wit and accurate eye to inspect England and Englishness as it manifested itself throughout the land. Then she turns to her own craft, and her extraordinarily wide-ranging book reviews are masterpieces.
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Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf

Ira B. Nadel

$29.99
Featuring new details about Virginia Woolf's homes and personal life, this engaging biography offers a fresh insight into her work, focusing on how place as much as imagination fashioned her writing. Drawing on her letters, journals, diaries, autobiographical essays and fiction, it reveals Woolf's response to her surroundings, from the enclosed space of Hyde Park Gate to the open and free-spirited Bloomsbury. Throughout, Ira Nadel gives consideration to her technique as a novelist, the skills she learned from reading others' work and her concern with history, narrative, art and friendship. Virginia Woolf shows how the context of her life shaped her imaginative goals.
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The Wisdom of the Heart

The Wisdom of the Heart

Henry Miller

$25.95
In this selection of stories and essays, Henry Miller elucidates, revels, and soars, showing his command over a wide range of moods, styles, and subject matters. Writing from the heart, always with a refreshing lack of reticence, Miller involves the reader directly in his thoughts and feelings. His real aim, Karl Shapiro has written, is to find the living core of our world whenever it survives and in whatever manifestation, in art, in literature, in human behavior itself. It is then that he sings, praises, and shouts at the top of his lungs with the uncontainable hilarity he is famous for. Here are some of Henry Miller's best-known writings: an essay on the photographer Brassai; Reflections on Writing, in which Miller examines his own position as a writer; Seraphita and Balzac and His Double, on the works of other writers; and The Alcoholic Veteran, Creative Death, The Enormous Womb, and The Philosopher Who Philosophizes.
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Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry

Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry

Bonny Cassidy ,  Jessica L. Wilkinson

$25.00
Australia has a rich history of feminist poetry but there is no one kind of feminist voice. The seventy new poems commissioned for this anthology demonstrate a complexity of social, political, and cultural visions. Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry is united by the shared effort to shape 'responsible writing' on everyday subject matter- family, fear, dreams, love, literary inheritance, the body, power, fun, pain, metaphors of self. Each of these poems cut its own path through language. Together, their politics are restless, inextricably tied to the now.
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Bitter Sweet Love

Bitter Sweet Love

Michael Faudet

$27.99
Michael Faudet's whimsical and often erotic writing has captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of readers from around the world. He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships, and sex. All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes, and little short stories.
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Poetry by Heart: A Treasury of Poems to Read Aloud

Poetry by Heart: A Treasury of Poems to Read Aloud

Julie Blake ,  Jean Sprackland ,  Mike Dixon ,  Sir Andrew Motion

$26.99
Familiar poems and almost unknown poems. Love poems and war poems. Funny poems and heartbroken poems. Poems that re-create the world we know and poems written on the dark side of the moon. Poetry by Heart is an essential collection of over 200 poems, from Geoffrey Chaucer to Emily Dickinson, from Christina Rossetti to Benjamin Zephaniah, all carefully chosen for their suitability for learning and reciting. This is an anthology which celebrates the age-old pleasure of reciting poems - an anthology for all ages to treasure.
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Dirty Pretty Things

Dirty Pretty Things

Michael Faudet

$27.99
Dirty Pretty Things is the international bestseller by Michael Faudet. A finalist in the 2015 Goodreads Readers Choice Awards, his whimsical and often erotic writing has already captured the hearts and minds of literally thousands of readers from around the world. He paints vivid pictures with intricate words and explores the compelling themes of love, loss, relationships, and sex. All beautifully captured in poetry, prose, quotes, and little short stories.
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Poetry Please: The Seasons

Poetry Please: The Seasons

Various Poets

$22.99
This new anthology of poems, favourites from the nation's longest-running and best-loved request programme for verse, moves with the seasons, following the turning year from John Clare's 'pale splendour of the winter sun' to John Keats' 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness', by way of Larkin's 'young-leafed June' and Gerard Manley Hopkins' 'glassy peartree leaves and blooms' when 'Nothing is so beautiful as Spring'. As the year changes, so we change with it. Since time out of mind our daily lives have been shaped and directed by the seasons, and it is here that we find poems about harvest and hardship, growth and new life, the warmth of the life-giving sun, Christmas and the closing of the year. Poetry Please: Seasonal Poems is a vital and generous gathering to treasure.
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War Primer

War Primer

Bertolt Brecht

$26.99
In this singular book written during World War II, the renowned playwright and poet Bertolt Brecht takes photographs from newspapers and popular magazines and puts short epigraph poems to each, in a unique attempt to understand the truth of war using mass media. From catastrophic bombings, to propaganda portraits of leading Nazis, to scenes of unbearable tragedy on the battlefield, this is an anthology of horror, but accompanied by Brecht's razor-sharp deconstruction of what we see, through his taut, angry and direct poems. The result is an outstanding literary memorial to World War II, and also one of the most spontaneous, revealing and moving of Brecht's works.
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Auguries of Innocence

Auguries of Innocence

Patti Smith

$29.99
Auguries of Innocence is the first book of poetry from Patti Smith in more than a decade. It marks a major accomplishment from a poet and performer who has inscribed her vision of our world in powerful anthems, ballads, and lyrics. In this intimate and searing collection of poems, Smith joins in that great tradition of troubadours, journeymen, wordsmiths, and artists who respond to the world around them in fresh and original language. Her influences are eclectic and striking: Blake, Rimbaud, Picasso, Arbus, and Johnny Appleseed. Smith is an American original; her poems are oracles for our times. Smith curated the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England during June 2005 - one of the most successful Meltdown Festivals ever held, with virtually every event sold out. The performers included Tilda Swinton, Miranda Richardson, London Sinfonietta, and Tuvan throat-singing group and Patti Smith singing her debut album Horses (album) in its entirety, the first time she has ever done so. This live performance was released as Horses Horses.
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For the Love of Shakespeare: A Companion

For the Love of Shakespeare: A Companion

Beth Miller

$26.99
Did you know...* Shakespeare is the most filmed author of all time: he's been credited on more than 1,000 movies and TV shows. *'Obscene', 'gloomy', 'fashionable' and 'generous' are among the countless new words that Shakespeare introduced. (Actually, 'countless' is one of his too.) It's also because of the Bard that we say 'catch a cold', 'naked truth' and 'green-eyed monster'. * Almost all the moons of Uranus are named after characters from Shakespeare, including Titania, Oberon and Puck? For further fascinating insights, dive into this masterful miscellany and become a Shakespeare buff. There's never been a better time to take a fresh look at William Shakespeare's eternal works. A treasure trove of wit, imagination and emotion, his plays and poems continue to surprise, inspire, console and delight us. Whether you're a lifelong lover of the Bard or a curious newcomer to his world, this companion will lift the curtain on the unforgettable characters and stories of Britain's greatest dramatist.
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How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays

How Shakespeare Put Politics on the Stage: Power and Succession in the History Plays

Peter Lake

$65.00
A masterful, highly engaging analysis of how Shakespeare's plays intersected with the politics and culture of Elizabethan England With an ageing, childless monarch, lingering divisions due to the Reformation, and the threat of foreign enemies, Shakespeare's England was fraught with unparalleled anxiety and complicated problems. In this monumental work, Peter Lake reveals, more than any previous critic, the extent to which Shakespeare's plays speak to the depth and sophistication of Elizabethan political culture and the Elizabethan imagination. Lake reveals the complex ways in which Shakespeare's major plays engaged with the events of his day, particularly regarding the uncertain royal succession, theological and doctrinal debates, and virtue and virtu in politics. Through his plays, Lake demonstrates, Shakespeare was boldly in conversation with his audience about a range of contemporary issues. This remarkable literary and historical analysis pulls the curtain back on what Shakespeare was really telling his audience and what his plays tell us today about the times in which they were written.
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The Quest for Shakespeare's Garden

The Quest for Shakespeare's Garden

Roy Strong

$35.00
Published in association with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, The Quest for Shakespeare's Garden traces the origins of garden history and the Elizabethan garden, as well as telling the story of the Bard's own garden in Stratford-upon-Avon. Beautifully presented, the text is accompanied by quotations from Shakespeare's works and lush illustrations of his gardens, past and present, plucked from a multitude of sources including embroidered Elizabethan clothing and Victorian gardening books, as well as various gardens around the world. Roy Strong's detailed account is inspired by Shakespeare s works and supplemented by Francis Bacon's 1625 essay Of Gardens  which provides Elizabethan-era advice to garden enthusiasts on such topics as topiary, seasonal gardens, scents, aviaries, and more.
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The Illustrated Walden: Thoreau Bicentennial Edition

The Illustrated Walden: Thoreau Bicentennial Edition

Henry David Thoreau

$35.00
To coincide with the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth and TarcherPerigee's publication of Expect Great Things: The Life of Henry David Thoreau, here is a sumptuous rediscovery edition of the first illustrated volume of Thoreau's classic, as originally issued in 1897. In 1897, thirty-five years after Thoreau's death, Houghton Mifflin issued a two-volume Holiday Edition of Walden illustrated with thirty remarkable engravings, daguerreotypes and period photographs. In 1902 the publisher collected the work into a single volume. Now, to mark the bicentennial of Thoreau's birth in 1817, this timeless landmark is reproduced with all of the original illustrations and the complete text of his mystical, practical, magisterial record of a life in the woods.
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Daisy Miller and Other Tales

Daisy Miller and Other Tales

Henry James ,  Stephen Fender ,  Stephen Fender

$24.99
A wonderful new collection of tales exploring Henry James's favourite 'international theme': the experiences of Americans in Europe, and the meeting of the old world and new. Daisy Miller is one of Henry James's great heroines - a young, independent American travelling in Europe, whose flouting of social conventions has the potential to lead to disaster. Her story is here accompanied by six more set among English castles, Swiss hotels and French ports, and all riffing on a classic Jamesian theme: the clash between the old world and new, Europe and America. The tales included in this volume are 'Travelling Companions', 'Madame de Mauves', 'Four Meetings', 'Daisy Miller', 'An International Episode', 'Europe' and 'Fordham Castle', and the collection has been edited by renowned scholar of Anglo-American literature, Stephen Fender, under the general editorship of Philip Horne. This is one of three new volumes of James's greatest tales in Penguin Classics, and is accompanied by The Aspern Papers and Other Tales and The Turn of the Screw and Other Tales (forthcoming).
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Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary

Reading Latin: Text and Vocabulary

Peter V. Jones ,  Keith C. Sidwell

$44.95
Reading Latin, first published in 1986, is a bestselling Latin course designed to help mature beginners read classical Latin fluently and intelligently. It does this in three ways: it encourages the reading of continuous texts from the start; it offers generous help with translation at every stage; and it integrates the learning of classical Latin with an appreciation of the influence of the Latin language upon English and European culture from antiquity to the present. The Text and Vocabulary, richly illustrated, consists at the start of carefully graded adaptations from original classical Latin texts. The adaptations are gradually phased out until unadulterated prose and verse can be read. The accompanying Grammar and Exercises volume completes the course, although the present volume could be used as a self-standing beginner's reader if desired. This second edition has been fully revised and updated, with a new chapter containing stories from early Roman history.
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What the Dickens?!: Distinctly Dickensian Words and How to Use Them

What the Dickens?!: Distinctly Dickensian Words and How to Use Them

Bryan Kozlowski

$17.99
GRAB A BUMPER, FORGET YOUR FANTEEGS, AND ROAM AT A FOOT-PACE THROUGH THE TWISTY ALLEYWAYS OF THE VICTORIAN VERNACULAR! What larks! Dive into the world of literature's ultimate wordsmith, Charles Dickens, in this literary romp through his finest quips, barbs, and turns of phrase. Featuring 200 of Dickens' best-loved words, drawn from his fifteen novels and hundreds of short stories, What the Dickens?! is full of period-appropriate definitions, pithy commentary, and charming illustrations. Perfect for word nerds and book lovers of all ages, this volume will have you dragging your friends to the hippo-comedietta and bonneting your anti-Pickwickian adversaries like a proper Victorian in no time!
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The Chambers Book of Cryptic Crosswords: 100 Entertainingly Challenging Cryptic Crossword Puzzles

The Chambers Book of Cryptic Crosswords: 100 Entertainingly Challenging Cryptic Crossword Puzzles

Chambers ,  Eddie James

$22.99
Give your brain a workout with 100 puzzles from Chambers, the most crossword-friendly dictionary in the world Put your feet up and escape from it all with The Chambers Book of Cryptic Crosswords featuring a 'ton' of cryptic challenges to give your brain a workout. In each puzzle there are one or two easy clues to provide a way in, and all the solutions, bar the odd exception, can be found in the Chambers Dictionary. No specialist knowledge is required: if you have a good grasp of the English language and an interest in words, you should be able to crack the clues. This collection is designed to provide a fair challenge for seasoned experts, but also give 'average solvers' a decent chance of completing the puzzles. Entertaining, fun and challenging enough to tax even the most seasoned crossword aficionado, you'll need quick wits to go head-to-head with Chambers.
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Chess For Dummies

Chess For Dummies

James Eade

$32.95
Your quick and easy guide to chess Kings, queens, knights does chess seem like a royal pain to grasp? Taking the intimidation out of this age-old pastime, Chess For Dummies, 4th Edition is here to help beginners wrap their minds around the rules of the game, make sense of those puzzling pieces, and start playing chess like a champ. From using the correct chess terminology to engaging in the art of the attack, you'll get easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanations that demystify the game and give you an extra edge. Chess isn't a game you can master it's an activity that requires patience, strategy, and constant learning. But that's all part of the fun and challenge! Whether you're playing chess online, in a tournament, or with a family member or friend, this hands-on guide gets you familiar with the game and its components, giving you the know-how to put the principles of play into action from the opening to the endgame. * Grasp the principles of play and the nuances of each phase of the game * Familiarize yourself with the pieces and the board * Pick the perfect chess board and set * Know each of the pieces and their powers If you find yourself in a stalemate before you even begin a game, this friendly book helps you put your chess foot forward!
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Go Figure: Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: The Economist Explains

Go Figure: Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know: The Economist Explains

Tom Standage

$22.99
Which James Bond drinks the most martinis? What do Satanists really believe? How do hurricanes get their names? Why are bees disappearing? Is chocolate healthy? ...Go Figure has the answers. Bringing together the very best from the clever people at The Economist, Go Figure explains the mind-boggling, the peculiar and the profound, things you might always have quietly wondered about and yet more you didn't know you didn't know. Figure out why so many Koreans are called Kim, how bitcoin mining works, why eating insects makes sense and how to get ahead under a dictator - a treat for the knowing, the uninitiated and the downright curious.
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You're Saying it Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words - and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse

You're Saying it Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words - and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse

Ross Petras ,  Kathryn Petras

$24.99
For word nerds and grammar geeks, a witty guide to the most commonly mispronounced words, along with their correct pronunciations and pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and histories of use and misuse. With wit and good humor, this handy little book not only saves us from sticky linguistic situations but also provides fascinating cocktail-party-ready anecdotes. Entries reveal how to pronounce boatswain like an old salt on the deck of a ship, trompe l'oeil like a bona fide art expert, and haricot vert like a foodie, while arming us with the knowledge of why certain words are correctly pronounced the slangy way (they came about before dictionaries), what stalks of grain have to do with pronunciation, and more. With bonus sidebars like How to Sound like a Seasoned Traveler and How to Sound Cultured, readers will be able to speak about foreign foods and places, fashion, philosophy, and literature with authority.
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Knowledge: Stuff You Ought to Know

Knowledge: Stuff You Ought to Know

Ray Hamilton

$22.99
You can never know too much stuff. For example: * Today, the people of earth take more photos in two minutes than they did in the whole of the nineteenth century. * When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre museum in Paris in 1911, one of the suspects was Pablo Picasso. * The surface area of Russia is larger than the surface area of Pluto. This outrageously informative book is packed full of fascinating nuggets of history, science, literature, technology, sports, geography, culture and miscellanea from every corner of the world - enough mind-blowing trivia to ensure you're never short of a jaw-dropping conversation starter (or stopper) again.
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Creative Visualization for Writers: An Interactive Guide for Bringing Your Book Ideas and Your Writing Career to Life

Creative Visualization for Writers: An Interactive Guide for Bringing Your Book Ideas and Your Writing Career to Life

Nina Amir

$34.99
Writers stay in their heads, working with words and thoughts continually. Often, their thoughts get them stuck and their words become stumbling blocks to the completion of their projects. With this creative journal, author and creativity coach Nina Amir will help writers use both the analytical and creative sides of their brains, along with the proven tools of visualization and affirmation to achieve their goals. 'Creative Visualisation for Writers' will help them to express themselves as true artists and fulfil their potential as authors.

Creative Visualisation for Writers is designed so that readers can pick up the book and use it for a day, a week or a month - whatever time frame works for them. They can pick and choose from more than 150 interactive exercises, which include everything from storm writing and colouring, to drawing and diagramming. With so much variety, every writer will find numerous exercises that speak to them. And they can use the book over and over again whenever they need inspiration, relaxation, a way to work on or bring an idea into the world, or a creative boost.

The book provides a prescription any time the reader feels stuck, stressed, low energy, frustrated, lacking in confidence, or simply experiences a light bulb go on for a new idea - or needs a light bulb to go on.

By using the book in this way, readers will change their ways of looking at themselves, their works-in-progress and their ability to make those creative dreams realities. They will emerge with a new perspective, new habits, and many new ideas and goals designed to enhance or move forward their writing careers.

The book will be divided into five primary sections, including self-exploration, goals, creativity, visualisation, and focus.
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Troubleshooting Your Novel: Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems

Troubleshooting Your Novel: Essential Techniques for Identifying and Solving Manuscript Problems

Steven James

$29.99
Authors can tell when a novel is close to completion-they can feel it. They might have worked on their manuscript for months, maybe even years, and they're ready to send it in. Well ...almost ready. There's something that's just not quite right about the story, the plot, the characters-but they're not sure. They sense that it's weak somewhere, but they're not sure how to strengthen it, or it's too flabby and they don't know where to trim it, or it has dead spots and they're not certain how to ratchet up the tension. Whatever the issue, to publish their novel successfully, authors must make sure their stories are the sharpest they can possibly be before they send them to an agent or editor, or before they launch into the self-publishing realm. Troubleshooting Your Novel allows authors to pinpoint the issues that plague their manuscripts-and offers practical, easy ways to fix the issues and strengthen the story overall. Award-winning novelist Steven James guides them through the process of making their books the best they can be.
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Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology

Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writer's Guide and Anthology

Sean Prentiss ,  Joe Wilkins

$39.99
Offering guidance on writing poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, Environmental and Nature Writing is a complete introduction to the art and craft of writing about the environment in a wide range of genres. With discussion questions and writing prompts throughout, Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writers' Guide and Anthology covers such topics as: * The history of writing about the environment * Image, description and metaphor * Environmental journalism, poetry, and fiction * Researching, revising and publishing * Styles of nature writing, from discovery to memoir to polemic The book also includes an anthology, offering inspiring examples of nature writing in all of the genres covered by the book, including work by: John Daniel, Camille T. Dungy, David Gessner, Jennifer Lunden, Erik Reece, David Treuer, Bonnie Jo Campbell, Alyson Hagy, Bonnie Nadzam, Lydia Peelle, Benjamin Percy, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Nikky Finney, Juan Felipe Herrera, Major Jackson, Aimee Nezhukumatathil, G.E. Patterson, Natasha Trethewey, and many more.
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