• 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 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
  • 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 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
  • Alphamaniacs
    Alphamaniacs
    Are you a word person? A curiosity seeker? An explorer? Take a look at these twenty-six extraordinary individuals for whom love of language is an extreme sport. Step right up and read the genuine stories of writers so intoxicated by the shapes and sound of language that they collected, dissected, and constructed verbal wonders of the most extraordinary kind. Jean-Dominique Bauby wrote his memoirs by blinking his left eyelid, unable to move the rest of his body. Frederic Cassidy was obsessed with the language of place, and after posing hundreds of questions to folks all over the United States, amassed (among other things) 176 words for dust bunnies. Georges Perec wrote a novel without using the letter e (so well that at least one reviewer didn't notice its absence), then followed with a novella in which e was the only vowel. A love letter to all those who love words, language, writing, writers, and stories, Alphamaniacs is a stunningly illustrated collection of mini-biographies about the most daring and peculiar of writers and their audacious, courageous, temerarious way with words.

    ISBN: 9780763690663
    Publication date: 01/05/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Fleischman, Paul
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Art of Winnie the Pooh
    Art of Winnie the Pooh
    Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from the Hundred Acre Wood are some of the world's most beloved characters in children's literature. But before they appeared in many millions of books and in nearly fifty languages, they started life in the 1920s as the product of a unique collaboration between A. A. Milne and E. H Shepard; author and illustrator wove images and text together in a way that was utterly original for the time. For Shepard, it was a process that he relished, creating artwork for new editions right up until his death in 1976 at the age of ninety-six. In this beautifully presented, full-colour volume, readers will not only discover the story behind this remarkable partnership, but also follow the evolution of Shepard's work, from those first tentative sketches through to the illustrations we know and love, and even on to the characters' later incarnations at Disney.

    ISBN: 9781910552773
    Publication date: 07/09/2017
    Price: $51.99
    Author: Campbell, James
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $51.99
  • Assassins Cloak An Anthology of the Worlds Greatest Diarists
    Assassins Cloak An Anthology of the Worlds Greatest Diarists
    'A diary is an assassin's cloak which we wear when we stab a comrade in the back with a pen', wrote William Soutar in 1934. But a diary is also a place for recording everyday thoughts and special occasions, private fears and hopeful dreams. The Assassin's Cloak gathers together some of the most entertaining and inspiring entries for each day of the year, as writers ranging from Queen Victoria to Andy Warhol, Samuel Pepys to Adrian Mole, pen their musings on the historic and the mundane.

    Spanning centuries and international in scope, this peerless anthology pays tribute to a genre that is at once the most intimate and public of all literary forms.

    This new updated edition is published to mark the twentieth anniversary of the book's original publication.

    ISBN: 9781786899118
    Publication date: 05/11/2020
    Price: $55.00
    Author: Taylor, Irene
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $55.00
  • Banjo
    Banjo
    A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson is rightly recognised as Australia's greatest storyteller and most celebrated poet, the boy from the bush who became the voice of a generation. He gave the nation its unofficial national anthem 'Waltzing Matilda' and treasured ballads such as 'The Man from Snowy River' and 'Clancy of the Overflow', vivid creations that helped to define Australia's national identity.

    But there is more, much more to Banjo's story, and in this landmark biography, award-winning writer Grantlee Kieza chronicles a rich and varied life, one that straddled two centuries and saw Australia transform from a far-flung colony to a fully fledged nation.

    Born in the bush, as a boy Banjo rode his pony to a one-room school along a trail frequented by outlaw Ben Hall. As a young man he befriended Breaker Morant, and covered the second Boer War as a reporter. He fudged his age to enlist during World War I, ultimately driving an ambulance before commanding a horse training unit during that conflict. Newspaper editor, columnist, foreign correspondent and ABC broadcaster, he knew countless luminaries of his time, including Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Haig and Henry Lawson. The tennis ace, notorious ladies' man, brilliant jockey and celebrated polo player was an eye-witness to countless key moments in Australian history, and saw Carbine and Phar Lap race.

    Extensively researched and written with Kieza's trademark verve, Banjo is a lively and captivating portrait of this truly great Australian.

    ISBN: 9780733335914
    Publication date: 01/02/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Kieza, Grantlee
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $36.99
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