• Unpunished Vice
    Unpunished Vice
    'I find it impossible to imagine anyone better read than White ... Wisdom and a certain kind of tenderness are to be found on every page' Observer

    Edmund White made his name as a writer, but he remembers his life through the books he read. For White, each momentous occasion came with books to match: Proust's Remembrance of Things Past, which opened up the seemingly closed world of homosexuality; the Ezra Pound poems adored by a lover he followed to New York; the biography of Stephen Crane that inspired one of White's novels.

    White's larger-than-life presence on the literary scene lends itself to fascinating, intimate insights into the lives of some of the world's best-loved cultural figures. Blending memoir and literary criticism, The Unpunished Vice is a sensitive, smart account of a life in literature.

    ISBN: 9781408870273
    Publication date: 16/05/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: White, Edmund
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • What Would Alice do Advice for the Modern Woman
    What Would Alice do Advice for the Modern Woman
    "Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Lewis Carroll's masterpiece Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its equally famous sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, are among the most quoted works in literature. In What Would Alice Do?, a handy, pocket-sized volume, are the pithiest quotations from the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and, of course, the irrepressible Alice, every one of them pertinent today...and guaranteed to put a Cheshire grin on your face! What Would Alice Do? offers advice for any unreasonable, demanding and downright confusing situation, from one of the most iconic female characters in literary history. Forthright, polite, and always true to herself, Alice will help you navigate life as she did Wonderland - just ask yourself, what would Alice do? Sir John Tenniel's original engravings have defined our image of Alice ever since the story was first published in 1865. Reproduced to the highest quality, the iconic images in this book will delight both fans and those discovering them for the first time.
    Featuring a foreword by Lauren Laverne, a gorgeous foiled cover and Tenniel's famous black line illustrations, this beautiful little book of Alice quotes makes a wonderful gift for any fan of Alice in Wonderland.

    ISBN: 9781447288527
    Publication date: 22/10/2015
    Price: $12.99
    Author: Carroll, Lewis
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $12.99
  • Why You Should Read Children's Books Even Though You Are So Old and Wise
    Why You Should Read Children's Books Even Though You Are So Old and Wise
    Katherine Rundell - Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and prize-winning author of five novels for children - explores how children's books ignite, and can re-ignite, the imagination; how children's fiction, with its unabashed emotion and playfulness, can awaken old hungers and create new perspectives on the world. This delightful and persuasive essay is for adult readers.

    ISBN: 9781526610072
    Publication date: 01/10/2019
    Price: $14.99
    Author: Rundell, Katherine
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $14.99
  • Wild Things the Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult
    Wild Things the Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult
    An irresistible, nostalgic, and insightful--and totally original--ramble through classic children's literature from Vanity Fair contributing editor (and father) Bruce Handy.

    In 1690, the dour New England Primer, thought to be the first American children's book, was published in Boston. Offering children gems of advice such as "Strive to learn" and "Be not a dunce," it was no fun at all. So how did we get from there to "Let the wild rumpus start"? And now that we're living in a golden age of children's literature, what can adults get out of reading Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon, or Charlotte's Web and Little House on the Prairie? In Wild Things, Vanity Fair contributing editor Bruce Handy revisits the classics of every American childhood, from fairy tales to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and explores the back stories of their creators, using context and biography to understand how some of the most insightful, creative, and witty authors and illustrators of their times created their often deeply personal masterpieces. Along the way, Handy learns what The Cat in the Hat says about anarchy and absentee parenting, which themes are shared by The Runaway Bunny and Portnoy's Complaint, and why Ramona Quimby is as true an American icon as Tom Sawyer or Jay Gatsby. It's a profound, eye-opening experience to reencounter books that you once treasured after decades apart. A clear-eyed love letter to the greatest children's books and authors from Louisa May Alcott and L. Frank Baum to Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mildred D. Taylor, and E.B. White, Wild Things will bring back fond memories for readers of all ages, along with a few surprises.

    ISBN: 9781451609950
    Publication date: 01/09/2017
    Price: $46.99
    Author: Handy, Bruce
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $46.99
  • Word a Day
    Word a Day
    It is estimated that on average an English-speaking adult has acquired a functioning vocabulary of 25,000 words by the time they reach middle age. That sounds like a lot - and more than enough for the daily purposes of communicating with each other in speech and writing. However, it is hard to feel quite so sanguine about our word power when considering those 25,000 words account for less than fifteen per cent of the total words in current usage in the English language. Furthermore, new words are created all the time and, as the word pool flourishes, can we afford to allow our vocabulary to stagnate?

    Logophile Joseph Piercy has the answer: a simple challenge to learn A Word a Day from this user-friendly onomasticon (that's a word list designed for a specific purpose - in case you were wondering ...). Each of the 365 words have been carefully selected for their elegance and pertinence in everyday situations and every entry contains a clear and concise outline of meaning, origin and sample usage in context, alongside fascinating word related facts and trivia. A Word a Day is a treasure trove of fascination and fun for all language lovers - delve in and enhance your vocabulary.

    ISBN: 9781789291636
    Publication date: 19/09/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Piercy, Joseph
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Word Nerd
    Word Nerd
    The English language is full of beauty and surprises.

    If you're a lover of the weird and wonderful, from fascinating etymology to the ten most overused and useless English phrases, this book isn't averse to a peppering of persiflage!

    Did you know:

    - pilots and air traffic controllers at major air international airports have to speak English

    - the hashtag symbol is an "octothorpe"

    - "bumfiddle" means to spoil a piece of paper or document

    - the word "noon" originally meant 3pm; the literal meaning of "bamboozle" is to make a baboon out of someone.

    This book contains a boatload of things you didn't know about the English language and it's a guaranteed prolix-free zone.

    ISBN: 9781788402019
    Publication date: 03/10/2019
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Powell, Michael
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $19.99
  • Wordy
    `Wordy is about the intoxication of writing; my sense of playful versatility; different voices for different matters: the polemical voice for political columns; the sharp-eyed descriptive take for profiles; poetic precision in grappling with the hard task of translating art into words; lyrical recall for memory pieces. And informing everything a rich sense of the human comedy and the ways it plays through historical time.

    It's also a reflection on writers who have been shamelessly gloried in verbal abundance; the performing tumble of language - those who have especially inspired me - Dickens and Melville; Joyce and Marquez.' Simon Schama

    Sir Simon Schama has been at the forefront of the arts, political commentary, social analysis and historical study for over forty years. As a teacher of Art History and an award-winning television presenter of iconic history-based programming, Simon is equally a prolific bestselling writer and award-winning columnist for many of the world's foremost publishers, broadsheet newspapers, periodicals and magazines.

    His commissioned subjects over the years have been numerous and wide ranging - from the music of Tom Waits, to the works of Sir Quentin Blake; the history of the colour blue, to discussing what skills an actor needs to create a unique performance of Falstaff. Schama's tastes are wide-ranging as they are eloquent, incisive, witty and thought provoking and have entertained and educated the readers of some of the world's most respected publications - the Times, the Guardian, the New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar and Rolling Stone magazine.

    Wordy is a celebration of one of the world's foremost writers. This collection of fifty essays chosen by the man himself stretches across four decades and is a treasure trove for all those who have a passion for the arts, politics, food and life.

    ISBN: 9781471180101
    Publication date: 01/05/2019
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Schama, Simon, CBE
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson's Guide to Life
    World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson's Guide to Life
    Samuel Johnson was a critic, an essayist, a poet and a biographer. He was also, famously, the compiler of the first good English dictionary, published in 1755. A polymath and a great conversationalist, his intellectual and social curiosity were boundless. Yet he was a deeply melancholy man, haunted by dark thoughts, sickness and a diseased imagination. In his own life, both public and private, he sought to choose a virtuous and prudent path, negotiating everyday hazards and temptations. His writings and aphorisms illuminate what it means to lead a life of integrity, and his experience, abundantly documented by him and by others (such as James Boswell and Hester Thrale), is a lesson in the art of regulating the mind and the body.

    Johnson's story touches on many themes that have enduring significance. He was, and remains, a perceptive commentator on the vanity of human wishes, the rewards and dangers of charity, the need to cultivate kindness, the complexities of family life (especially marriage), the effects of boredom and the fleeting nature of pleasure. He writes and speaks incisively and humanely about the ego, ambition, hypocrisy, fallibility and disorders of the mind, as well as the corrosive effects of obsession, the precariousness of fame and the skulduggery of the literary world. He is a source of profound good sense about what it means to teach, read, write and travel. More than that, though, he continually translates his experience of poverty, scorn, pain and madness into a rich understanding of how to be.

    ISBN: 9781509841943
    Publication date: 09/07/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Hitchings, Henry
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day
    Write a Novel in 10 Minutes a Day

    Would you like to write but have no spare time?

    Do you not know where to begin?

    Write A Novel In 10 Minutes A Day will help you sculpt a full-length piece of creative writing in just ten minutes a day. Starting with a daily practical exercise, it will help you manage your writing schedule within this time frame and help you bring your novel to life. You will be able to clarify your vision and review your time commitments, as well as understand your own abilities. Learning to observe the world around you, write quickly and tap into your unique voice will help you to create all the elements of your story and, by the time you've finished all the exercises, you'll have created something beautiful.


    The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

    ISBN: 9781529352474
    Publication date: 31/03/2020
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Grubb, Katharine
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Writers & Artists Yearbook 2019
    Writers & Artists Yearbook 2019
    This bestselling guide to all areas of publishing and the media is completely revised and updated every year. The Yearbook is packed with advice, inspiration and practical guidance on who to contact and how to get published.

    Foreword by Joanne Harris, bestselling author of 18 novels, including Chocolat

    New articles in the 2019 edition include:

    Ruby Tandoh Writing a cookbook
    Andrew McMillan How to become a poet
    Claire North Writing speculative fiction
    Frances Jessop Writing about sport
    Jane Robinson Writing non-fiction
    Tony Bradman A successful writing career
    James Peak Should I make an audio book?
    Wyl Menmuir Debut success
    Alice Jolly Crowdfunding your novel
    Andrew Lownie Submitting non-fiction
    Lynette Owen UK copyright law

    All articles are reviewed and updated every year. Key articles on Copyright Law, Tax, Publishing Agreements, E-publishing, Publishing news and trends are fully updated.

    Plus over 4,000 listings entries on who to contact and how across the media and publishing worlds

    In short it is 'Full of useful stuff' - J.K. Rowling

    ISBN: 9781472947499
    Publication date: 26/07/2018
    Price: $52.99
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $52.99
  • Writers and Artists Guide to Getting Published
    Writers and Artists Guide to Getting Published
    The W&A Guide to Getting Published provides the would-be published author with expert knowledge on securing a book deal - from preparing a manuscript for submission, to finding an agent, from working with an Editor, to effective self-promotion. It considers all stages in the `selling' of your idea, script and self and gives up-to-date information on how the publishing industry functions and how authors can best navigate its mysteries and complexities.

    Each chapter provides practical, how-to advice on what to do, where to seek additional help, what costs might be involved, cautionary dos and don'ts, and useful case studies.

    With expert input from writers, agents and publishing professionals, the new W&A Guide to Getting Published is the perfect toolkit for all aspiring writers.

    ISBN: 9781472950215
    Publication date: 28/11/2019
    Price: $34.99
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Writers and Artists Guide to Writing for Children and YA
    Writers and Artists Guide to Writing for Children and YA
    The W&A Guide to Writing for Children and YA provides informed, practical advice from a successful and experienced writer of children's books across all ages. Its coverage includes picture books through middle grade and young adult; fiction and non-fiction; books for reluctant readers and books for the education market. It is one author's lifetime of experience distilled into an engaging guide on how to manage, kickstart or begin your writing career.

    This is a heavily revised and expanded edition of Linda's Writing for Children (2008). Much has happened in both Linda's writing life and in the world of children's books since then. Staying true to the essence of the original, the new edition includes more advice and experience to reflect changes in digital publishing, self-publishing, and the explosion of YA and children's writing more broadly.

    ISBN: 9781472970053
    Publication date: 28/11/2019
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Strachan, Linda
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
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