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The Gifts of Reading

The Gifts of Reading

Robert Macfarlane

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From the acclaimed author of The Old Ways and Landmarks -- an essay on the joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book Every book is a kind of gift to its reader, and the act of giving books is charged with a special emotional resonance. It is a meeting of three minds (the giver, the author, the recipient), an exchange of intellectual and psychological currency, that leaves each participant enriched. Here Robert Macfarlane recounts the story of a book he was given as a young man, and how he managed eventually to return the favour, though never repay the debt. From one of the most lyrical writers of our time comes a perfectly formed gem, a lyrical celebration of the transcendent power and humanity of the given book.
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Rooms of One's Own: 50 Places That Made Literary History

Rooms of One's Own: 50 Places That Made Literary History

Adrian Mourby

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Writers' relationships with their surroundings are seldom straightforward. While some, like Jane Austen and Thomas Mann, wrote novels set where they were staying (Lyme Regis and Venice respectively), Victor Hugo penned Les Miserables in an attic in Guernsey and Noel Coward wrote that most English of plays, Blithe Spirit, in the Welsh holiday village of Portmeirion. Award-winning BBC drama producer Adrian Mourby follows his literary heroes around the world, exploring 50 places where great works of literature first saw the light of day. At each destination - from the Brontes' Yorkshire Moors to the New York of Truman Capote, Christopher Isherwood's Berlin to the now-legendary Edinburgh cafe where J.K. Rowling plotted Harry Potter's first adventures - Mourby explains what the writer was doing there and describes what the visitor can find today of that great moment in literature. Rooms of One's Own takes you on a literary journey from the British Isles to Paris, Berlin, New Orleans, New York and Bangkok and unearths the real-life places behind our best-loved works of literature.
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And Yet...: Essays

And Yet...: Essays

Christopher Hitchens

$22.99
Christopher Hitchens was an unparalleled, prolific writer, who raised the polemical essay to a new art form, over a lifetime of thinking and debating the defining issues of our times. As an essayist he contributed to the New Statesman, Atlantic Monthly, London Review of Books, TLS and Vanity Fair. Any publication of a volume of Hitchens' essays was a major event on both sides of the Atlantic. Now comes the last of the last; a volume of Hitchens' previously unpublished essays, covering the themes that define Hitchens the thinker: literature, religion and politics. These essays remind us, once more, of the fierce, brilliant and trenchant voice of Christopher Hitchens.
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The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End

The Violet Hour: Great Writers at the End

Katie Roiphe

$22.99
The last days of five great thinkers, writers and artists - as they come to terms with the reality of approaching death Katie Roiphe's extraordinary book is filled with intimate and surprising revelations. Susan Sontag, consummate public intellectual, finds her rational thinking tested during her third bout with cancer. Seventy-six year old John Updike's response to a fatal diagnosis is to begin a poem. Dylan Thomas's fatal collapse on the floor of a Greenwich Village tavern is preceded by a fortnight of almost suicidal excess. Sigmund Freud understands his hastening decline. Maurice Sendak shows his lifelong obsession with death in his beloved books. The Violet Hour - urgent and unsentimental - helps us to be less afraid in the face of death.
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My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

Pamela Paul

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Pamela Paul has kept a single book by her side for twenty-eight years - carried throughout high school and college, hauled from Paris to London to Thailand, from job to job, safely packed away and then carefully removed from apartment to house to its current perch on a shelf over her desk - reliable if frayed, anonymous-looking yet deeply personal. This book has a name: Bob. Bob is Paul's Book of Books, a journal that records every book she's ever read, from Sweet Valley High to Anna Karenina, from Catch-22 to Swimming to Cambodia, a journey in reading that reflects her inner life - her fantasies and hopes, her mistakes and missteps, her dreams and her ideas, both half-baked and wholehearted. Her life, in turn, influences the books she chooses, whether for solace or escape, information or sheer entertainment. But My Life with Bob isn't really about those books. It's about the deep and powerful relationship between book and reader. It's about the way books provide each of us the perspective, courage, companionship, and imperfect self- knowledge to forge our own path. It's about why we read what we read and how those choices make us who we are. It's about how we make our own stories.
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A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf

A Secret Sisterhood: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf

Emily Midorikawa ,  Emma Claire Sweeney ,  Margaret Atwood

$39.99
A Secret Sisterhood uncovers the hidden literary friendships of the world's most respected female authors. Drawing on letters and diaries, some of which have never been published before, this book will reveal Jane Austen's bond with a family servant, the amateur playwright Anne Sharp; how Charlotte Bronte was inspired by the daring feminist Mary Taylor; the transatlantic relationship between George Eliot and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe; and the underlying erotic charge that lit the friendship of Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield - a pair too often dismissed as bitter foes. In their first book together, Midorikawa and Sweeney resurrect these literary collaborations, which were sometimes illicit, scandalous and volatile; sometimes supportive, radical or inspiring; but always, until now, tantalisingly consigned to the shadows.
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Death: Vintage Minis

Death: Vintage Minis

Julian Barnes

$7.99
When it comes to death, is there ever a best case scenario? In this disarmingly witty book, Julian Barnes confronts our unending obsession with the end. He reflects on what it means to miss God, whether death can be good for our careers and why we eventually turn into our parents. Barnes is the perfect guide to the weirdness of the only thing that binds us all. Selected from the book Nothing to be Frightened Of by Julian Barnes. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Calm by Tim Parks; Drinking by John Cheever; Babies by Anne Enright; and, Psychedelics by Aldous Huxley.
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Swimming: Vintage Minis

Swimming: Vintage Minis

Roger Deakin

$7.99
Is there anything quite so exhilarating as swimming in wild water? This is a joyful swimming tour of Britain, a frog's-eye view of the country's best bathing holes - the rivers, rock pools, lakes, ponds, lochs and sea that define a watery island. Charming, funny, inspiring, an assertion of the native swimmer's right to roam, a celebration of the magic of water - this book will indeed make you want to strip off and leap in. Selected from the book Waterlog by Roger Deakin. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Eating by Nigella Lawson; Liberty by Virginia Woolf; Summer by Laurie Lee; and, Desire by Haruki Murakami.
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Race: Vintage Minis

Race: Vintage Minis

Toni Morrison

$7.99
Is who we are really only skin deep? In this searing, remonstrative book, Toni Morrison unravels race through the stories of those debased and dehumanised because of it. A young black girl longing for the blue eyes of white baby dolls spirals into inferiority and confusion. A friendship falls apart over a disputed memory. An ex-slave is haunted by a lonely, rebukeful ghost, bent on bringing their past home. Strange and unexpected, yet always stirring, Morrison's writing on race sinks us deep into the heart and mind of our troubled humanity. Includes selections from the books Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Beloved by Toni Morrison. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Sisters by Louisa May Alcott; Love by Jeanette Winterson; Babies by Anne Enright; and, Language by Xiaolu Guo.
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Psychedelics: Vintage Minis

Psychedelics: Vintage Minis

Aldous Huxley

$7.99
Could drugs offer a new way of seeing the world? In 1953, in the presence of an investigator, Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gramme of mescalin, sat down and waited to see what would happen. When he opened his eyes everything, from the flowers in a vase to the creases in his trousers, was transformed. His account of his experience, and his vision for all that psychedelics could offer to mankind, has influenced writers, artists and thinkers around the world. The unabridged text of The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Drinking by John Cheever; Swimming by Roger Deakin; Eating by Nigella Lawson; and, Desire by Haruki Murakami.
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Liberty: Vintage Minis

Liberty: Vintage Minis

Virginia Woolf

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Why should one half be free to live, while the other is doomed to watch silently from the sidelines? In this visionary collection, Virginia Woolf leads us on a transformative journey through the liberating powers of the mind. From an exploration of why women were barred from writing and under what conditions they might break free, to the solace derived from haunting London's streets, these essays and stories present Woolf at her most impassioned, rendering the pursuit of liberty one of life's most poetic adventures. Selected from the books A Room of One's Own, The Waves and Street Haunting and Other Essays by Virginia Woolf. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Love by Jeanette Winterson; Home by Salman Rushdie; Language by Xiaolu Guo; and, Race by Toni Morrison.
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More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers

More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers

Jonathan Lethem ,  Christopher Boucher

$44.99
With impassioned appeals for forgotten writers and overlooked books, razor-sharp essays, and personal accounts of extraordinary literary encounters, Jonathan Lethem's More Alive and Less Lonely is an essential celebration of literature, from one of America's finest and most acclaimed working writers. Only Lethem, with his love of cult favourites and the canon alike, can write with equal insight about the stories of modern masters like Lorrie Moore and Salman Rushdie, graphic novelist Chester Brown, science fiction outlier Philip K. Dick, and classics icons like Moby-Dick.
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The Library Book

The Library Book

Thomas R. Schiff ,  Alberto Manguel

$120.00
In pre-Revolutionary War America, libraries were member-driven collections for the elite; it was not until 1790 that Benjamin Franklin helped to establish the first public lending library.

Throughout the subsequent centuries the library has evolved, but always remained central to the cultural life of the nation. Thomas R. Schiff 's photographs trace the history of the library through aesthetic and style while featuring legendary architects such as Charles F. McKim; Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; and I. M. Pei. The Library Book beautifully captures the shifting architectural styles and missions of the library in sweeping 360-degree panoramas - from the very earliest American libraries to the modernist masterpieces of Louis I. Kahn and others.

In his introductory essay, acclaimed author and library lover Alberto Manguel considers the story of the library in America, its evolving architecture and cultural role, and how the American model reflects the archetypal idea of the universal library. Including brief descriptions of each unique library, this book brings bibliophiles into one hundred libraries across the nation.
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Required Reading: Literature in Australian Schools Since 1945

Required Reading: Literature in Australian Schools Since 1945

Tim Dolin ,  Joanne Jones ,  Patricia Dowsett

$39.95
Required Reading examines for the first time what students have read and studied in the disciplines of English and literary studies at Australian schools and Universities after 1945. On the basis of this primary evidence the authors challenge enduring myths of curriculum history, the history of literary studies, critical theory, and cultural studies. They fill out the picture of how students were encouraged to read, when, where, and in which particular pedagogical and wider social and historical contexts. They relate dramatic changes to curriculum frameworks and syllabi, teaching and learning methods, social and cultural values and assumptions and the academic discipline of literary studies itself. Required Reading shows, finally, how flawed assumptions about the nature and history of English and Literature have since the 1980s obstructed the advancement of knowledge within both fields of scholarly endeavour.
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The Echoes of Valhalla: The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas

The Echoes of Valhalla: The Afterlife of the Eddas and Sagas

Jon Karl Helgason

$39.99
Tolkien's wizard Gandalf, Wagner's Valkyrie Brunnhilde, Marvel's superhero the Mighty Thor, the warrior heading for Valhalla in Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," and Donald Crisp's portrayal of Leif Eriksson in the classic film The Viking-these are just a few examples of how Icelandic medieval literature has shaped human imagination during the past 150 years. Echoes of Valhalla is a unique look at modern adaptations of the Icelandic eddas (poems of Norse mythology) and sagas (ancient prose accounts of Viking history, voyages, and battles) across an astonishing breadth of art forms.

Jon Karl Helgason looks at comic books, plays, travel books, music, and films in order to explore the reincarnations of a range of legendary characters, from the Nordic gods Thor and Odin to the saga characters Hallgerd Long-legs, Gunnar of Hlidarendi, and Leif the Lucky. Roaming the globe, Helgason unearths echoes of Nordic lore in Scandinavia, Britain, America, Germany, Italy, and Japan. He examines the comic work of Jack Kirby and cartoon work of Peter Madsen; reads the plays of Henrik Ibsen and Gordon Bottomley; engages thought travelogues by Frederick Metcalfe and Poul Vad; listens to the music of Richard Wagner, Edward Elgar, and the metal band Manowar; and watches films by directors such as Roy William Neill and Richard Fleischer, outlining the presence of the eddas and sagas in these nineteenth- and twentieth-century works. 

Altogether, Echoes of Valhalla tells the remarkable story of how disparate, age-old poetry and prose originally recorded in remote areas of medieval Iceland have come to be a part of our shared cultural experience today-how Nordic gods and saga heroes have survived and how their colorful cast of characters and adventures they went on are as vibrant as ever.
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On the Outskirts

On the Outskirts

John Kinsella

$24.95
Inspired by the natural worlds surrounding T3bingen in Germany, Cambridge in England, the village of Schull in southwest Ireland and the West Australian wheatbelt, Kinsella explores through his poems the protection and valuing of human and animal life, and the environment itself. Reflecting on how the local and international are in constant flux and exchange, these poems consider the plight of refugees, the degradation of the natural world, militarisation and the tensions of global violence. As Kinsella contemplates the failure of public memory to memorialise and adequately face the horrors of the past, he reflects on the unresolved issues of history such as Nazism (Germany) and colonisation (Ireland and Australia). Influenced by William Blake's poetry and art, in particular Dante's Divine Comedy, Kinsella evokes in his poems a strong relationship between the visual and textual. On the Outskirts is a work of strangeness and alienation, but also a work in which a light of redemption is sought - a rehabilitation in the human character and the healing power of 'nature'.
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Argosy

Argosy

Bella Li

$35.00
This innovative full-length collection, drawing inspiration from the surrealist collage novels of Max Ernst, is an arresting and utterly unique assemblage of poetry, collage and photography. In two parts, the book engages with themes of travel and exploration, language and loss, identity and originality, as well as the relationship between poetry and other disciplines: the visual arts, history, literature and film. Polyglot in sensibility and content, and daring in construction, Argosy defies categorisation. Grounded firmly in Australian contemporary poetic practice, the book is also outward-looking in its approach to form and content; it constitutes a landmark in both local and international poetics.
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Shakespeare's Fathers and Daughters

Shakespeare's Fathers and Daughters

Oliver Ford Davies

$43.99
A theme that obsessed Shakespeare in over 20 plays from Titus Andronicus to The Tempest was the relationship between a daughter and her father. This study traces chronologically the development of this theme, relating it to the little we know of his own two daughters, and sheds new light on his exploration of the family that so dominated his approach to drama. Drawing on a lifetime's experience of playing Shakespearean roles, Oliver Ford Davies, a former university lecturer and now an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC and Olivier Award winner, has written an engaging and deeply researched study of a topic that has intrigued him from playing Capulet in 1967, King Lear in 2002, to Polonius in 2008.
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Shakespeare on Stage Vol 2: Twelve Leading Actors on Twelve Key Roles

Shakespeare on Stage Vol 2: Twelve Leading Actors on Twelve Key Roles

Julian Curry

$29.99
In Shakespeare On Stage Vol 2, twelve leading actors talk about twelve of the best-known roles ever written, revealing how they combined their imagination and craft to produce revelatory performances that will be remembered for years to come.
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Russian Emigre Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky

Russian Emigre Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky

Bryan Karetnyk

$19.99
Fleeing Russia amid the chaos of the Russian Revolution and subsequent Civil War, many writers went on to settle in Paris, Berlin and elsewhere and forged new lives in exile. Much of their subsequent work, published in Russian-language magazines and books, is entirely unknown in the West and has only been recently discovered in Russia itself. As well as including stories by the most famous emigre writers, Vladimir Nabokov and Ivan Bunin, this collection introduces many lesser known voices: Yuri Felzen, known as 'the Russian Proust', Nadezhda Teffi, the hugely popular and funny story writer, and Georgy Ivanov, whose work of poetic prose 'The Atom Explodes' is a brilliant, haunting response to the upheaval and trauma of emigration. Exploring themes of displacement, nostalgia, loss and new beginnings, this anthology will transform the Anglophone world's understanding of Russian emigre writing in the twentieth century.
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The Penguin Book of English Song: Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden

The Penguin Book of English Song: Seven Centuries of Poetry from Chaucer to Auden

Richard Stokes

$29.99
Poetry and music have been associated with each other from the very beginning. The Penguin Book of English Song draws together a great variety of English poetry (including Irish, Scots and Welsh writers) that has reached a wider audience through the magic of music. Richard Stokes's rich anthology of verse stretches from the 14th century to the 20th, collecting poems that have inspired musical settings by one hundred English poets, along with a treasure trove of illuminating notes and marginalia about their lives, work and, often, their approach to music. Stokes gathers together in a single volume a huge amount of information about English song that will assist musicians in performing these works, and enlighten all those enthusiasts who delight in the fusion of words and music that has produced countless moments of incandescent magic.
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Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World

Beauty and the Beast: Classic Tales About Animal Brides and Grooms from Around the World

Maria Tatar

$29.99
Perhaps no fairy tale is as widely known as 'Beauty and the Beast' - and perhaps no fairy tale exists in as many variations. Nearly every culture tells the story in one fashion or another - such cultural phenomena as The Fault in Our Stars and Me Before You are recent examples - and it is impossible to find one version that laid the foundation for the rest. From Cupid and Psyche, India's Snake Bride to South Africa's 'Story of Five Heads', the partnering of beast and beauties has beguiled us for thousands of years. In this fascinating volume preeminent fairy tale scholar Maria Tatar brings together tales from ancient times to the present and from a wide variety of cultures.
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The Prince

The Prince

Niccolo Machiavelli

$22.99
It is safer to be feared than loved. These words embody the spirit of The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli's classic work of political philosophy. Machiavelli's advice for how a ruler should acquire and ruthlessly exercise power over others continues to be relevant to contemporary readers more than five centuries after it was first published. This is one of Barnes & Noble's 'Collectible Editions' classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an elegantly designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging. Durable and collectible, these volumes are an indispensable cornerstone of every home library.
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North and South

North and South

Elizabeth Gaskell

$19.99
Forced to move from the rural tranquillity of southern England to the turbulent northern mill town of Milton, Margaret Hale takes an instant dislike to the dirt and noise that seems to characterize her new home and its inhabitants - even the handsome and charismatic cotton mill owner, John Thornton. But as she begins to settle in, and to understand the nature of the surrounding poverty and injustice, events conspire to throw her and Thornton together. Amidst the chaos of industrial unrest, they must learn to overcome the prejudices of class and circumstance and admit their feelings for one another. One of literature's greatest romances, North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell is both an incisive social commentary and an electric portrayal of all-conquering love. This Macmillan Collector's Library edition of North and South features an afterword by Kathryn White. 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 Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

$19.99
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is the ultimate novel of retribution. Based on a true story, it recounts the story of Edouard Dantes, his betrayal and imprisonment in the sinister Chateau d'If. Years later, Paris is intrigued by the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, who bursts onto the Paris social scene with his millions. He encounters the three principal betrayers of Dantes who have prospered in the post-Napoleonic boom and, one by one, their lives fall apart. The book was a huge, popular success when it was first serialized in 1844, and remains the greatest tale of revenge. This beautiful, abridged Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Count of Monte Cristo features an afterword by Marcus Clapham. 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 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

$19.99
Rather than be 'sivilized' by the Widow Douglas, Huckleberry Finn - the grubby but good-natured son of a local drunk - sets off with Jim, an escaped slave, to find freedom on the Mississippi river. With the law on their tail, they navigate a world of robbers, slave hunters and con men, and Huck must choose between what society says is 'right' and his own burgeoning understanding of Jim's friendship and humanity. Nostalgic and melancholy in equal measure, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is a razor-sharp satire of the antebellum South that, despite beginning life as a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, is now seen in its own right as one of the most important of all American novels. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn features an afterword by playwright and screenwriter 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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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

$19.99
One of the most irrepressible and exuberant characters in the history of literature, Tom Sawyer explodes onto the page in a whirl of bad behaviour and incredible adventures. Whether he is heaving clods of earth at his brother, faking a gangrenous toe, or trying to convince the world that he is dead, Tom's infectious energy and good humour shine through. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer features an afterword by playwright and screenwriter Peter Harness. This beautiful Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an afterword by 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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Tarzan of the Apes (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

Tarzan of the Apes (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

$49.99
In this epic series, a British royal couple's son is orphaned on the coast of Africa, where he is raised by the great apes of the jungle. Able to walk between two worlds, he becomes not just Lord Greystoke but Tarzan of the Apes. In this beautiful hardcover Collectible Edition, you will find the first three thrilling installments in Edgar Rice Burroughs's landmark adventure.

Tarzan of the Apes: A mutiny on board their ship leaves Lord and Lady Greystoke stranded on a desolate African beach with their newborn son. Soon after, the aristocratic couple perishes, leaving the boy an orphan-until the she-ape Kala rescues the infant, names him 'Tarzan' ('white skin'), and raises him as one of her own. As he grows, Tarzan schools himself in the ways of both man and beast and rises to become king of the jungle. But when he falls in love with Jane Porter, a beautiful American explorer, he is forced to choose between the two very different worlds.

The Return of Tarzan: The adventure continues across two continents as Tarzan travels back to England, where he becomes embroiled in royal intrigue and espionage. Later, returning to his African jungle home, he is proclaimed leader of the Waziri tribe-and told about a fabulous lost city full of treasure ruled by a beautiful priestess. The priestess falls in love with Tarzan, but he cares only for his fiancee, the American beauty Jane Porter, and when she's kidnapped by a dangerous tribe of apelike men, Tarzan must use all his powers as king of the jungle to rescue her. B

Beasts of Tarzan: In this third thrilling installment in Edgar Rice Burroughs's perennially popular series, Tarzan is exiled on a wild island filled with dangers. There, he must enlist the help of a noble panther and a tribe of apes in order to return to the mainland and rescue his wife and infant son from the clutches of his nemesis, the villainous Nikolas Rokoff.
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Collected Ghost Stories

Collected Ghost Stories

M. R. James ,  Darryl Jones

$34.95
'I was conscious of a most horrible smell of mould, and of a cold kind of face pressed against my own...' Considered by many to be the most terrifying writer in English, M. R. James was an eminent scholar who spent his entire adult life in the academic surroundings of Eton and Cambridge. His classic supernatural tales draw on the terrors of the everyday, in which documents and objects unleash terrible forces, often in closed rooms and night-time settings where imagination runs riot. Lonely country houses, remote inns, ancient churches or the manuscript collections of great libraries provide settings for unbearable menace, from creatures seeking retribution and harm. These stories have lost none of their power to unsettle and disturb. This edition presents all of James's published ghost stories, including the unforgettable 'Oh, Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad' and 'Casting the Runes', and an appendix of James's writings on the ghost story. Darryl Jones's introduction and notes provide a fascinating insight into James's background and his mastery of the genre he made his own.
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Sisters: Vintage Minis

Sisters: Vintage Minis

Louisa May Alcott

$7.99
Your sister might be the kindred soul who knows you best, or the most alien being in your household; she might enrage you or inspire you; she might be your fiercest competitor or closest co-conspirator, but she'll always share with you a totally unique bond. Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are four of the most famous sisters in literature, and these stories of the joys and heartaches they share are a touching celebration of the special ties of sisterhood. Selected from the books Little Women and Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott. VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world's greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Also in the Vintage Minis series: Fatherhood by Karl Ove Knausgaard; Motherhood by Helen Simpson; Babies by Anne Enright; and, Love by Jeanette Winterson.
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De Profundis

De Profundis

Oscar Wilde ,  Rupert Hart-Davis ,  W. H. Auden

$16.99
Oscar Wilde wrote I don't defend my conduct, I explain it, when he was imprisoned in Reading Gaol in 1895 for his violation of England's stringent laws against homosexuality. Wilde's notorious liaison with the Marquess of Queensberry's son, Lord Alfred Douglas ( Bosie ), had so inflamed the Marquess that he made public attacks on Wilde's character and morals. In return, Wilde sued for slander, an action which, to Wilde's bitter astonishment, led to a series of scandalous trials and convictions. From his cell in prison, Oscar Wilde wrote De Profundis, the detailed and unsparing revelation of his love and tragedy.
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Devils

Devils

Fyodor Dostoevsky ,  Roger Cockrell

$19.99
As ideological ferment grips Russia, a small group of revolutionaries, led by Pyotr Verkhovensky and inspired by Nikolai Stavrogin, plan to spread destruction and anarchy throughout the country. Morally bankrupt, they are prepared to use whatever means necessary to achieve their goal, including murder and incitement to suicide. But when they are forced to test the limits of their doctrine and kill one of their own to secure the secrecy of their mission, the ragtag group breaks up in mutual recrimination.Devils is at once a compelling political statement and a study of atheism and its calamitous effect on a country that is teetering on the edge of an abyss. Seen as Dostoevsky's most powerful indictment of man's propensity to violence, this darkly humorous work, shot through with grotesque comedy, is presented here in Roger Cockrell's masterful new translation.
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Collins Latin Dictionary: Trusted Support for Learning, in a Mini-Format

Collins Latin Dictionary: Trusted Support for Learning, in a Mini-Format

Collins Dictionaries

$12.99
Extensive coverage of Latin in a compact, durable and portable format for maximum ease of use. The Collins Latin Gem is designed for all learners of Latin and comes with a handy index of geographical names * The Collins Latin Gem Dictionary offers extensive coverage of Latin and English. * The perfect complement to the dictionary - a handy supplement of Latin verbs and nouns. * The clear layout ensures that you can find the information you want quickly and easily. Other titles available in the Collins Latin dictionary range are the Collins Latin Dictionary and Grammar and the Collins Pocket Latin Dictionary.
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Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet

Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet

Philip Freeman

$22.95
The daughter of an aristocratic family, a wife, a devoted mother and a lover of women, Sappho was one of the greatest writers of her own or any age. Although most people have heard of Sappho, the story of her lost poems and the lives of ancient women they celebrate has never been told for a general audience. Philip Freeman paints a vivid picture of Sappho's world. He delves into religious rites, customs, the role of women in the family, medical knowledge and the experience of motherhood at the time. Through this contextual knowledge, a picture of Sappho's life emerges. Freeman uses his vast historical research, in conjunction with Sappho's poems and other Greek works of fiction, to bring us the closest we can come to knowing the biographical details of this most famous woman poet.
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Euthyphro. Apology. Crito. Phaedo

Euthyphro. Apology. Crito. Phaedo

Plato ,  Christopher Emlyn-Jones ,  William Preddy

$58.99
Plato of Athens, who laid the foundations of the Western philosophical tradition and in range and depth ranks among its greatest practitioners, was born to a prosperous and politically active family circa 427 BC. In early life an admirer of Socrates, Plato later founded the first institution of higher learning in the West, the Academy, among whose many notable alumni was Aristotle. Traditionally ascribed to Plato are thirty-five dialogues developing Socrates' dialectic method and composed with great stylistic virtuosity, together with the Apology and thirteen letters.The four works in this volume recount the circumstances of Socrates' trial and execution in 399 BC. In Euthyphro, set in the weeks before the trial, Socrates and Euthyphro attempt to define holiness. In Apology, Socrates answers his accusers at trial and unapologetically defends his philosophical career. In Crito, a discussion of justice and injustice explains Socrates' refusal of Crito's offer to finance his escape from prison. And in Phaedo, Socrates discusses the concept of an afterlife and offers arguments for the immortality of the soul. This edition, which replaces the original Loeb edition by Harold North Fowler, offers text, translation, and annotation that are fully current with modern scholarship.
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Orations, Volume I

Orations, Volume I

Aelius Aristides ,  Michael Trapp

$78.00
Publius Aelius Aristides Theodorus was among the most celebrated authors of the Second Sophistic and an important figure in the transmission of Hellenism. Born to wealthy landowners in Mysia in 117, he studied in Athens and Pergamum before he fell chronically ill in the early 140s and retreated to Pergamum's healing shrine of Asclepius. By 147 Aristides was able to resume his public activities and pursue a successful oratorical career. Based at his family estate in Smyrna, he traveled between bouts of illness and produced speeches and lectures, declamations on historical themes, polemical works, prose hymns, and various essays, all of it displaying deep and creative familiarity with the classical literary heritage. He died between 180 and 185.This edition of Aristides, new to the Loeb Classical Library, offers fresh translations and texts based on the critical editions of Lenz-Behr (Orations 1-16) and Keil (Orations 17-53). Volume I contains the Panathenaic Oration, a historical appreciation of classical Athens and Aristides' most influential work, and A Reply to Plato, the first of three essays taking issue with the attack on orators and oratory delivered in Plato's Gorgias.
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Apologia. Florida. De Deo Socratis

Apologia. Florida. De Deo Socratis

Apuleius ,  Christopher P. Jones

$69.00
Apuleius, one of the great stylists of Latin literature, was born ca. 125 AD in Madauros to a politically prominent family and received an elite education in the provincial capital Carthage and at Athens, where he began a lifelong allegiance to Platonic philosophy. In the later 150s, he married Pudentilla of Oea, a wealthy widow, and seems to have enjoyed a distinguished public career in Africa and perhaps as an advocate in Rome.Although Apuleius is best known for his picaresque novel Metamorphoses or The Golden Ass (LCL 44, 453), he also wrote and declaimed on a wide variety of subjects. This edition contains the other surviving works of Apuleius that are considered genuine. Apologia is a speech in which Apuleius defends himself against in-laws who had accused him of having used sinister means, including magic, to induce Pudentilla to marry him. The Florida is a collection of twenty-three excerpts from speeches by Apuleius. De Deo Socratis (On Socrates' God) locates Socrates' invisible guide and protector (daimonion) within the more general concept of daimones as forces intermediary between gods and humans.This edition, new to the Loeb Classical Library, offers fresh translations and texts based on the best critical editions.
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Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases

Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red: The Curious Origins of Everyday Sayings and Fun Phrases

Andrew Thompson

$19.99
Over 400 intriguing, entertaining, and often hilarious etymological journey The English language is riddled with phrases that are complete nonsense. Ever met a monkey's uncle, seen a red-handed thief, or put a sock in it when asked? You knows the real meaning of these common expressions, but do you know where, why, and how these idioms entered America's vernacular in the first place? Hair of the Dog to Paint the Town Red uncovers and explains the amazing and bizarre origins of 400 such phrases. Breezy and fun to read, this book of word trivia is far from being just an etymological dictionary. As if he were unraveling 400 little mysteries, the author reveals the backstory of each expression and tells how they've gained their new meanings. For example, you will enjoy following the exploits of the Marquis of Waterford. Was it the Mad Marquis' drunken excess and paint-brush wielding fun in the town of Melton Mowbray that inspired so many to paint the town red even today? This question and many others will be answered within.
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It's All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan

It's All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan

Tristan Donovan

$49.95
Board games have been with us longer than even the written word. But what is it about this pastime that continues to captivate us well into the age of smartphones and instant gratification? In It's All a Game, British journalist and renowned games expert Tristan Donovan opens the box on the incredible and often surprising history and psychology of board games. He traces the evolution of the game across cultures, time periods, and continents, from the paranoid Chicago toy genius behind classics like Operation and Mouse Trap, to the role of Monopoly in helping prisoners of war escape the Nazis, and even the scientific use of board games today to teach artificial intelligence how to reason and how to win. With these compelling stories and characters, Donovan ultimately reveals why board games have captured hearts and minds all over the world for generations.
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Let's Eat Grandma: Everything You Need to Know About Grammar

Let's Eat Grandma: Everything You Need to Know About Grammar

Joanne Adams

$24.99
Do you sometimes mix up your 'affects' and 'effects'? Do you know when to use 'less' or 'fewer'? And what about punctuation - would you like to feel sure about using semicolons? Grammar can be a bit of black hole in terms of size and matter, and if you're not confident about how it works, it can suck you up and spit you out before you can say 'there, their and they're'. Although this book won't give you the formula to the theory of everything grammatical, it will stop you from making embarrassing slip-ups, such as implying your grandmother would make for a tasty meal. So say goodbye to silly CV mistakes or red marker pen all over your essays, because this book offers up bite-sized tips and advice that'll make your writing instantly more impressive.
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Daily Mail Big Book of Quick Crosswords

Daily Mail Big Book of Quick Crosswords

Daily Mail

$12.99
A bumper collection of quick but tricky crosswords from the Daily Mail, with plenty to keep you occupied on the longest of train journeys or the rainiest of evenings. With over 400 puzzles, this is the perfect compilation for any keen crossword-lover.
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Daily Mail Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords

Daily Mail Big Book of Cryptic Crosswords

Daily Mail

$12.99
A bumper collection of cryptic crosswords from the Daily Mail, ranging from easier puzzles for novices to fiendishly tricky crosswords for seasoned puzzlers. With over 400 puzzles, this is the ideal compilation for any cryptic crossword-lover.
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Daily Mail All New Quick Crosswords 9

Daily Mail All New Quick Crosswords 9

Daily Mail

$12.99
Get ready for a brand new collection of quick crossword puzzles from the Daily Mail. With puzzles for all abilities, from novice to seasoned puzzler, there is something here for every crossword fan. Containing 200 all new crosswords, this is the perfect book for the daily commute, a long train journey, or even a cosy evening in.
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Daily Mail All New Cryptic Crosswords 9

Daily Mail All New Cryptic Crosswords 9

Daily Mail

$12.99
Banish boredom forever with this brand new collection of 100 tricky cryptic crosswords. From challenging anagrams to complex and misleading wordplay, these puzzles are bound to delight beginner and expert cryptic crossword-lovers alike. Devilishly difficult, these crosswords will provide hours of brain-teasing fun.
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Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Kory Stamper

$44.99
Brimming with intelligence and personality, a vastly entertaining account of how dictionaries are made a must read for word mavens.

While most of us might take dictionaries for granted, the process of writing them is in fact as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamper cracks open the complex, obsessive world of lexicography from the agonizing decisions about what and how to define, to the knotty questions of usage in an ever-changing language. She explains why small words are the most difficult to define (have you ever tried to define “is”?), how it can take nine months to define a single word, and how our biases about language and pronunciation can have tremendous social influence.

Throughout, Stamper brings to life the hallowed halls (and highly idiosyncratic cubicles) of Merriam-Webster, a world inhabited by quirky, erudite individuals who quietly shape the way we communicate. A sure delight for all lovers of words, Word by Word might also quietly improve readers’ grasp and use of the English language.
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Letters to a Young Writer

Letters to a Young Writer

Colum McCann

$22.99
I hope there is something here for any young writer - or any older writer, for that matter - who happens to be looking for a teacher to come along, a teacher who, in the end, can really teach nothing at all but fire. From the critically acclaimed Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award winner Let the Great World Spin, comes a paean to the power of language, and a direct address to the artistic, professional and philosophical concerns that challenge and sometimes torment an author. Comprising fifty-two short prose pieces, Letters to a Young Writer ranges from practical matters of authorship, such as finding an agent, the pros and cons of creative writing degrees and handling bad reviews, through to the more joyous and celebratory, as McCann elucidates the pleasures to be found in truthful writing, for: 'the best writing makes us glad that we are - however briefly - alive.' Emphatic and empathetic, pragmatic and profound, this is an essential companion to any author's journey - and a deeply personal work from one of our greatest literary voices.
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Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence

Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence

William Kenower

$29.99
'Fearless Writing' presents a new way of looking at writing. While there are many craft and publishing books for writers, 'Fearless Writing' tackles the writer's psyche. It explores the common fears all writers share rejection, embarrassment, shame and uses practical advice and exercises to dispel doubts and build confidence. With an emphasis on writing to fulfil your own expectations rather than someone else's, 'Fearless Writing' reveals the secret to writing without fear: Embrace your own imagination and curiosity.

'Fearless Writing' presents an altogether different view of the writing process. Rather than focusing solely on the writing process or the writing life, it combines the two with an emphasis on embracing the process. It addresses writers paralysed by writer's block, those afraid to share their work, and those writing for publication rather than passion. It presents a new way of looking at the writing life, one that is enjoyable, obtainable, and fuelled by emotional engagement and curiosity.

'Fearless Writing' begins by dispelling common myths and fears about writing. It teaches writers to "feel first and write second," to rely on instinct, and write what you love rather than what you know or what you believe can be published. Once writers have embraced their own passion for the story, the book builds on emotional engagement and craft by asking writers to examine the emotional significance of stories with the three-arc approach and implement conflicting emotions in their stories.

Finally, authors are encouraged to embrace marketing with the same confidence and passion by finding an audience that shares their enthusiasm rather than changing themselves to fit an audience.
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