• 100 Books that Changed the World
    100 Books that Changed the World
    A chronological survey of the world's most influential books. Many books have become classics, must-reads or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think?In 100 Books that Changed the World, prize-winning author Scott Christianson brings together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking books - from scriptures that founded religions, to scientific treatises that challenged beliefs, to novels that kick-started literary genres. This elegantly designed book offers a sweeping, chronological survey of the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts to the age of the ebook publication.Entries include: Iliad and Odyssey, Homer (750 BC), Gutenberg Bible (1450s), The Qur'an (AD 609-632), On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Nicolaus Copernicus (1543), Shakespeare's First Folio (1623), Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton (1687), Samuel Johnson's Dictionary (1755), The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1776), The Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft (1792), The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848), Roget's Thesaurus (1852), On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin (1859), The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1899), Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence (1928), The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1947), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1964), A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1988).

    ISBN: 9781849944519
    Publication date: 19/03/2018
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Christianson, Scott
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $35.00
  • 100 Children's Books that Inspire Our World
    100 Children's Books that Inspire Our World
    In 100 Children's Books That Inspired Our World, author Colin Salter brings together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking children's books - from Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer to the graphic novels of Dr. Seuss. All the classic children's authors are represented with one stand-out book, plus mentions for their best-known works.

    Entries include: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Charlotte's Web, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Matilda, Watership Down, Tales of Hans Christian Anderson, Grimms Fairy Tales, Peter Pan, A Bear Called Paddington, The Snowman, The Secret Garden, How to Train Your Dragon, Anne of Green Gables, Harry Potter, James and the Giant Peach, The Gruffalo, Mr Men, Coraline, Herge's Adventures of TinTin, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Finn Family Moomintroll, Swiss Family Robinson, Heidi, The Hobbit, The Red Balloon, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, His Dark Materials, The Railway Children, Noddy, The House at Pooh Corner, The Sheep Pig, Stig of the Dump, Fungus the Bogeyman, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Secret Seven, Famous Five, Black Beauty, The Diary of a Young Girl, The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Artemis Fowl and many more who lived happily ever after.

    ISBN: 9781911641087
    Publication date: 23/03/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Salter, Colin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • 100 Letters That Changed the World
    100 Letters That Changed the World
    The 100 letters collected in this beautifully illustrated book demonstrate the power of the written word to inspire, astonish and entertain.

    The letters range from ink inscribed tablets that vividly describe life in the Roman Empire to remarkable last wills and testaments, passionate outpourings of love and despair, and succinctnotes with deadly consequences.

    Entries include: A resume from Leonardo da Vinci, with barely a mention of his artistic talents; Henry VIII's love letters to Anne Boleyn, which eventually led to the dissolution of the monasteries; Beatrix Potter's correspondence with a friend's son that introduced the character of Peter Rabbit; SOS telegrams from the Titanic; Abraham Lincoln's letter that contradicted his fight against slavery; a legal letter marking the end of the Beatles; Emile Zola's open letter ("J'accuse!"); the scrawled note that brought about Oscar Wilde's downfall; as well as famous last words from Virginia Woolf to Kurt Kobain.

    ISBN: 9781911641094
    Publication date: 23/09/2019
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Salter, Colin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • 100 Posters that Changed the World
    100 Posters that Changed the World
    Classic posters from the last 300 years and the stories behind them.

    Posters have always been designed to seek an immediate response. From the time when paper was first affordable, the poster has been used to provoke a direct reaction, whether a public appeal, a legal threat, a call to arms, or the offer of entertainment. Newspapers might have the advantage of ubiquity in spreading the word, but a poster could be tightly targeted by its location.

    Organised chronologically, 100 Posters That Changed the World charts the history of poster design from their earliest forms as a means of information communication to the more subtle visual communication of the 21st century.

    As printing became cheaper, posters were used for more than just promoting the capture of local villains or announcing government decrees. Advertisements took over, citing up-and-coming events, auctions, public meetings, political rallies, sports games, lectures and theatrical performances.

    The technological leaps from engraving to aquatints to lithography, chromolithography and the offset press, all had their impact on what could be advertised by poster, and the art form took off spectacularly in the late 19th century with the influence of Lautrec and the Paris nightclubs. From then on, the poster became a sophisticated means of visual communication.

    In the West it was used to sell products - in the East it was used to sell regimes and control behaviour.

    Along with historic moments in poster evolution, 100 Posters That Changed the World charts the most impactful designs of the last 300 years - images that communicate a message whether commercial or political, images that sell a film, a musical, a cause or used for decoration, inspiration, motivation and affirmation. The affirmation for teenagers in the 1970s that Farah Fawcett was looking at you.

    ISBN: 9781911641452
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Salter, Colin T.
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $35.00
  • 30 Second Literature
    30 Second Literature
    Whether youre looking for a new author or genre to explore, this book provides you with summaries of the major literary genres, styles and histories. This introductory guide to literature is split into 7 chapters that cover:
    The History of Literature - from Sanskrit to Modernism
    The Novel - in all its glorious genres
    Literary Prose - non-fiction from diaries to philosophies
    Poetry - from the sonnet to the haiku
    Drama - interesting theatrical forms and genres
    Literary Devices - the techniques authors use in their works
    Literary Styles - the features and history of different styles of writing

    Each topic is summarized in 300 words and contains a small bibliography for you to expand your bookworm horizons. You can also brush up on literary terms ahead of that book-club meeting, as each chapter features its own glossary. Interspersed throughout the book are profiles of key literary figures that have impacted one of our most beloved hobbies. Literature is not just any written work; it is work that has stood the test of time, that is most widely thought to be of lasting merit. Just how particular books are elevated to literary status, reflects the values and judgements of society and mirrors the development of civilisation. This book is a broad overview of the multitude of voices used to describe our human experience.

    ISBN: 9781782408444
    Publication date: 03/03/2020
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Berthoud, Ella
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $32.99
  • 642 Stories to Write
    642 Stories to Write
    The quirky inspiration of the 642 Series takes flight in this collection of fiction-writing prompts that will make anyone want to grab a pen and write what happens next. The prompts in this journal are craftted to offer fully-fledged story ideas, not simply writing exercises, taking the 642 Things to Write About series to new levels of creative amibition and quirkiness.

    ISBN: 9781452147314
    Publication date: 07/07/2016
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Chronicle Books
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • 642 Things to Write About Me
    642 Things to Write About Me
    Self-reflection meets creativity in this new journal from the bestselling 642 Series. Following the age-old advice to write what you know, this installment gives journalers the chance to write about a subject everyone knows very well: themselves. Packed with quirky prompts, it's a perfect tool for both soul-searching and brainstorming.

    ISBN: 9781452147307
    Publication date: 01/01/2003
    Price: $34.99
    Author: The Grotto
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Agatha Christie A Mysterious Life
    Agatha Christie A Mysterious Life
    It has been 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. In this biography, Laura Thompson describes the Edwardian world in which she grew up, explores the relationships she had, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the mysteries still surrounding Christie's life - including her disappearance in 1926.

    Agatha Christie is a mystery and writing about her is a detection job in itself. But, with access to all of Christie's letters, papers and writing notebooks, as well as interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind her private life as well.

    First published in 2007 as 'Agatha Christie: An English Mystery', this is a fully updated edition with a new introduction by the author

    ISBN: 9781472269560
    Publication date: 30/04/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Thompson, Laura
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Agatha Christie First Lady of Crime
    Agatha Christie First Lady of Crime
    Includes a new introduction from Sophie Hannah, bestselling author of THE MONOGRAM MURDERS

    Agatha Christie was not only the biggest selling writer of detective stories the world has ever known, she was also a mystery in herself, giving only the rarest interviews, declining absolutely to become any sort of public figure, and a mystery too in the manner in which she achieved her astonishing success.



    H R F Keating, a crime novelist and respected reviewer of crime fiction, brought together a dozen distinguished writers from both sides of the Atlantic to throw light on this double mystery. Some analyse the art itself; some explain the reasons for her success, not just the books, but also in film and theatre.



    The approaches are penetrating, affectionate, enthusiastic, analytical, funny - even critical. Together, they give an almost unique insight into the life and work of the First Lady of Crime.

    ISBN: 9781474619448
    Publication date: 29/09/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Christie, Agatha
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Agatha Christie's Complete Secret Notebooks
    Agatha Christie's Complete Secret Notebooks
    Agatha Christie's Complete Secret Notebooks brings together for the first time Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making, two volumes that explore the fascinating contents of her 73 notebooks. This includes illustrations, deleted extracts, unused ideas, two unpublished Poirot stories and a lost Miss Marple.

    When Agatha Christie died in 1976, aged 85, she had become the world's most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide in more than 100 countries, she had achieved the impossible - more than one book every year since the 1920s, every one a bestseller.

    So prolific was Agatha Christie's output - 66 crime novels, 20 plays, 6 romance books under a pseudonym and over 150 short stories - it was often claimed that she had a photographic memory. Was this true? Or did she resort over those 55 years to more mundane methods of working out her ingenious crimes?

    Following the death of Agatha's daughter, Rosalind, at the end of 2004, a remarkable secret was revealed. Unearthed among her affairs at the family home of Greenway were Agatha Christie's private notebooks, 73 handwritten volumes of notes, lists and drafts outlining all her plans for her many books, plays and stories. Buried in this treasure trove, all in her unmistakable handwriting, are revelations and details that will fascinate anyone who has ever read or watched an Agatha Christie story.

    Christie archivist and expert John Curran leads the reader through the six decades of Agatha Christie's writing career, unearthing some remarkable clues to her success and a number of never-before-published excerpts and stories from her archives. This book features Agatha's original ending of her very first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, painstakingly transcribed from her notebooks. It also includes a number of short stories from the archives reproduced in full, including the unpublished The Man Who Knew, How I Created Hercule Poirot, and an early draft for a Miss Marple story, The Case of the Caretaker's Wife.

    ISBN: 9780008129637
    Publication date: 19/03/2020
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Curran, John
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Alice Behind Wonderland
    Alice Behind Wonderland
    On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London.

    Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image-as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation-as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature. Dodgson's love of photography framed his view of the world, and was partly responsible for transforming a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the world's best-loved observers of childhood. Little wonder that there is more to "Alice Liddell as
    the Beggar Maid" than meets the eye. Using Dodgson's published writings, private diaries, and of course his photographic portraits, Winchester gently exposes the development of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.

    Acclaim for Simon Winchester

    "An exceptionally engaging guide at home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto and seemingly omnivorous curiosity."
    -Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review

    "A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly."
    -USA Today

    "Extraordinarily graceful."
    -Time

    "Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur."
    -Christopher Buckley

    "A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher."
    -Newsweek

    ISBN: 9780190614546
    Publication date: 15/10/2016
    Price: $25.99
    Author: Winchester, Simon
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.99
  • All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf
    All the Lives We Ever Lived Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf
    Katharine Smyth was a student at Oxford when she first read Virginia Woolf's modernist masterpiece To the Lighthouse in the comfort of an English sitting room, and in the companionable silence she shared with her father. After his death - a calamity that claimed her favourite person - she returned to that beloved novel as a way of wrestling with his memory and understanding her own grief.

    Smyth's story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf's Cornish shores and Bloomsbury squares, exploring universal questions about family, loss and homecoming. Through her inventive, highly personal reading of To the Lighthouse and her artful adaptation of its groundbreaking structure, Smyth guides us towards a new vision of Woolf's most demanding and rewarding novel - and crafts an elegant reminder of literature's ability to clarify and console.

    Braiding memoir, literary criticism and biography, All the Lives We Ever Lived is a wholly original debut: a love letter from a daughter to her father, and from a reader to her most cherished author.

    ISBN: 9781786492869
    Publication date: 05/03/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Smyth, Katharine
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
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