• Unreality of Memory: Essays
    Unreality of Memory: Essays
    We stare at our phones. We keep multiple tabs open. Our chats and conversations are full of the phrase "Did you see?" The feeling that we're living in the worst of times seems to be intensifying, alongside a desire to know precisely how bad things have gotten.

    Poet and essayist Elisa Gabbert's The Unreality of Memory consists of a series of lyrical and deeply researched meditations on what our culture of catastrophe has done to public discourse and our own inner lives. In these tender and prophetic essays, she focuses in on our daily preoccupation and favourite pastime: desperate distraction from disaster by way of a desperate obsession with the disastrous.

    Moving from public trauma to personal tragedy, from the Titanic and Chernobyl to illness and loss, The Unreality of Memory alternately rips away the facade of our fascination with destruction and gently identifies itself with the age of rubbernecking. A balm, not a burr, Gabbert's essays are a hauntingly perceptive analysis of the anxiety intrinsic in our new, digital ways of being, and also a means of reconciling ourselves to this new world.

    ISBN: 9781838950620
    Publication date: 20/08/2020
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Gabbert, Elisa
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $36.99
  • Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    Vindication of the Rights of Woman
    Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792. Passionate and forthright, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman attacked the prevailing view of docile, decorative femininity, and instead laid out the principles of emancipation- an equal education for girls and boys, an end to prejudice, and for women to become defined by their profession, not their partner. Mary Wollstonecraft's work was received with a mixture of admiration and outrage - one critic called her 'a hyena in petticoats' - yet it established her as the mother of modern feminism.

    ISBN: 9780241382622
    Publication date: 27/02/2020
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Wollstonecraft, Mary
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $30.00
  • 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 for Every Day of the Year
    Word for Every Day of the Year
    A weird and wonderful word and its meaning for every day of the year.

    Who knew that to dringle is to 'waste time in a lazy lingering manner'? Or that a sudden happy ending could be termed a eucotastrophe? Looking for an alternative word to 'bullshit'? Then try taradiddle.

    A Word for Every Day of the Year is a fascinating collection of 366 words and their definitions, perfect for anyone who loves the richness of the English language, its diversity and wants to expand their vocabulary. Each day offers a rare and remarkable word with its history and definition and occasionally a challenge to include it in our lives.

    ISBN: 9781787478589
    Publication date: 27/10/2020
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Poole, Steven
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • 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
  • Word to the Wise Untangling the mix-ups, misuse and myths of language
    Word to the Wise Untangling the mix-ups, misuse and myths of language
    Even the best wordsmiths can find themselves tripping over words that are commonly misused, mixed up or misspelled. Most of us have suffered the embarrassment of suddenly discovering that they have been using or spelling a word wrong for years, or, in some cases, their entire life. This useful reference untangles the mix-ups and misuses of language so that you can ensure you've got the word you're looking for, whether it's 'taught', 'taut', 'tort' or 'torte'. With definitions, examples of how to sharpen up text and improve your writing, lists of useful social media abbreviations and a discussion of unusual plurals, this playful look at the often bizarre and frustrating English language has got you covered. Word to the Wise will help you get your word use straight, whether you're writing a book, blog, email or text message.

    ISBN: 9781775593546
    Publication date: 01/09/2018
    Price: $12.00
    Author: Broatch, Mark
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $12.00
  • Wordy
    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
    LEARN HOW TO WRITE FICTION BY WRITING EVERY 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.

    ABOUT THE SERIES

    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
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