• Boy Behind the Curtain
    Boy Behind the Curtain
    'Being a copper's son, I've always got one eye out for trouble. I can't help it. But I don't go looking for it anymore.' In Tim Winton's fiction, chaos shapes the lives of his characters. So too Winton's own life. The extraordinarily powerful true stories that make up The Boy Behind the Curtain take us behind the scenes, revealing the accidents, both serendipitous and traumatic, that have influenced his view of life and fuelled his distinctive artistic vision. By turns impassioned, funny, joyous, astonishing, this is Winton's most personal book to date, an insight into the man who's held us enthralled for three decades and helped us reshape our view of ourselves. Behind it all, from risk-taking youth to surprise-averse middle age, has been the crazy punt of staking everything on becoming a writer.

    ISBN: 9780143785996
    Publication date: 14/08/2017
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Winton, Tim
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
  • Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging Ones Books
    Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging Ones Books
    One of the most singular and extravagant imaginations of the twentieth century, the novelist and essayist Georges Perec was a true original who delighted in wordplay, puzzles, taxonomies and seeing the extraordinary in the everyday. In these virtuoso writings about books and language, he discusses different ways of reading, a list of the things he really must do before he dies and the power of words to overcome the chaos of the world.GREAT IDEAS. Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization and helped make us who we are.

    ISBN: 9780241475218
    Publication date: 24/09/2020
    Price: $12.99
    Author: Perec, Georges
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $12.99
  • Bring Your Own Book Game
    Bring Your Own Book Game
    Attention all bookworms and devotees of phraseology: you will love this game! Using prompts from a deck of cards and your own books you will race to find the best answer the questions provided. Lots of fun and creativity await you and your "book club!"

    ISBN: 759751001094
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Gw109
    Format: Not Applicable
    Price: $49.99
  • Burning the Books A History of Knowledge Under Attack
    Burning the Books A History of Knowledge Under Attack
    Opening with the notorious bonfires of 'un-German' and Jewish literature in 1933 that offered such a clear signal of Nazi intentions, BURNING THE BOOKS takes us on a 3000-year journey through the destruction of knowledge and the fight against all the odds to preserve it.

    Richard Ovenden, director of the world-famous Bodleian Library, explains how attacks on libraries and archives have been a feature of history since ancient times but have increased in frequency and intensity during the modern era. Libraries are far more than stores of literature, through preserving the legal documents such as Magna Carta and records of citizenship, they also support the rule of law and the rights of citizens. Today, the knowledge they hold on behalf of society is under attack as never before. In this fascinating book, he explores everything from what really happened to the Great Library of Alexandria to the Windrush papers, from Donald Trump's deleting embarrassing tweets to John Murray's burning of Byron's memoirs in the name of censorship.

    At once a powerful history of civilisation and a manifesto for the vital importance of physical libraries in our increasingly digital age, BURNING THE BOOKS is also a very human story animated by an unlikely cast of adventurers, self-taught archaeologists, poets, freedom-fighters -- and, of course, librarians and the heroic lengths they will go to preserve and rescue knowledge, ensuring that civilisation survives. From the rediscovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the desert, hidden from the Romans and lost for almost 2000 years to the medieval manuscript that inspired William Morris, the knowledge of the past still has so many valuable lessons to teach us and we ignore it at our peril.

    ISBN: 9781529378764
    Publication date: 03/09/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Ovenden, Richard
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Charles Dickens the Man the Novels the Victorian Age
    Charles Dickens the Man the Novels the Victorian Age
    Charles Dickens is the definitive illustrated guide to the man and his works with images of documents from Dickens' personal archive written by one of descendants. It follows Dickens from early childhood, including his time spent as a child labourer, and looks at how he became the greatest celebrity of his age - and how he still remains recognised as one of England's greatest names, even in the 21st century.

    It takes an intimate look at what he was like as a husband, a father, a friend and an employer; his longing to be an actor; his travels across North America; his year spent living in Italy; and his great love of France.

    Alongside Dickens himself, readers will meet his fascinating family and his astonishing circle of friends - and will discover when and how life and real-life personalities were imitated in Dickens's art. The cast of characters in Charles Dickens embraces an incredible array of famous, and occasionally infamous, Victorians.

    ISBN: 9780233006055
    Publication date: 05/09/2019
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Hawksley, Lucinda Dickens
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Chaucer A European Life
    Chaucer A European Life
    An acclaimed biography that recreates the cosmopolitan world in which a wine merchant's son became one of the most celebrated of all English writers

    Geoffrey Chaucer is often called the father of English literature, but this acclaimed biography reveals him as a great European writer and thinker. Uncovering important new information about Chaucer's travels, private life, and the circulation of his writings, Marion Turner reconstructs in unprecedented detail the cosmopolitan world of Chaucer's adventurous life, focusing on the places and spaces that fired his imagination. From the wharves of London to the frescoed chapels of Florence, the book recounts Chaucer's experiences as a prisoner of war in France, as a father visiting his daughter's nunnery, as a member of a chaotic Parliament, and as a diplomat in Milan. At the same time, the book offers a comprehensive exploration of Chaucer's writings. The result is a landmark biography and a fresh account of the extraordinary story of how a wine merchant's son became the poet of The Canterbury Tales.

    ISBN: 9780691210155
    Publication date: 22/09/2020
    Price: $54.99
    Author: Turner, Marion
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $54.99
  • Child Star
    Child Star
    Child star Owen Eugene had it all: a hit sitcom on prime time, a Saturday morning cartoon, and a memoir on the bestseller list. The secret to his success was his talent for improvisation . . . and his small size. But Hollywood ate him alive. On screen he made the whole world laugh, even as his life fell apart behind the scenes.

    Inspired by real-life child stars, Box Brown created Owen Eugene, a composite character whose tragic life is an amalgam of 1980s pop culture. In this fictional documentary-style graphic novel, we see how growing up in the spotlight robs young actors of a true childhood.

    ISBN: 9781250154071
    Publication date: 30/06/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Brown, Brian "Box"
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Cold Warriors Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War
    Cold Warriors Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War
    In this age of 24-hour news coverage, where rallying cries are made on Twitter and wars are waged in cyberspace as much as on the ground, the idea of a novel as a weapon that can wield any power feels almost preposterous.

    The Cold War was a time when destruction was merely the press of a button away, but when the real battle between East and West was over the minds and hearts of their people. In this arena the pen really was mightier than the sword.

    This is a gripping, richly-populated history of spies and journalists, protest and propaganda, idealism and betrayal. And it is the story of how literature changed the course of the Cold War just as much as how Cold War would change the course of literature. Using hitherto classified security files and new archival research White explores the ways in which authors were harnessed by both East and West to impose maximum damage on the opposition; how writers played a pivotal role (sometimes consciously, often not) in the conflict; and how literature became something that was worth fighting and dying for.

    With a cast that includes George Orwell, Arthur Koestler, Graham Greene, Boris Pasternak, Andrei Sinyavsky, Mary McCarthy and John le Carre, and taking the reader from Spain to America to England and to Russia, this is narrative history at its most enthralling and most pertinent - pertinent because even if on the face of it there is a huge difference between 140 characters and 100,000 words, at the heart of both is the power of stories to change the fate of nations.

    ISBN: 9780349141992
    Publication date: 02/08/2020
    Price: $29.99
    Author: White, Duncan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Complete Creative Writing Course:
    Complete Creative Writing Course:
    LEARN HOW TO WRITE CREATIVELY WITH THIS COMPREHENSIVE AND PRACTICAL COURSE.

    The only comprehensive Creative Writing title on the market that goes beyond introducing the basic genres to offering a complete journey along the writing path, including material on editing, redrafting and polishing a piece of work. Featuring the unique Workshop exercises to encourage readers to hone their work rather than just progressing through a number of exercises.



    Takes the reader from complete beginner or committed amateur to the point you've completed, edited and redrafted your work and are ready for publication.

    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: 9781529352467
    Publication date: 11/02/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Sykes, Chris
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $39.99
  • Confessions of a Bookseller
    Confessions of a Bookseller
    Shaun Bythell is the owner of The Bookshop in Wigtown, Scotland. With more than a mile of shelving, real log fires in the shop and the sea lapping nearby, the shop should be an idyll for bookworms.

    Unfortunately, Shaun also has to contend with bizarre requests from people who don't understand what a shop is, home invasions during the Wigtown Book Festival and Granny, his neurotic Italian assistant who likes digging for river mud to make poultices.

    ISBN: 9781788162319
    Publication date: 03/09/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Bythell, Shaun
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Consider This
    Consider This
    In this spellbinding blend of memoir and insight, bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk shares stories and generous advice on what makes writing powerful and what makes for powerful writing.



    With advice grounded in years of careful study and a keenly observed life, Palahniuk combines practical advice and concrete examples from beloved classics, his own books, and a"kitchen-table MFA" culled from an evolving circle of beloved authors and artists, with anecdotes, postcards from the road, and much more.



    Clear-eyed, sensitive, illuminating, and knowledgeable, CONSIDER THIS is Palahniuk's love letter to stories and storytellers, booksellers and books themselves. Consider it a classic in the making.

    ISBN: 9781472155511
    Publication date: 09/01/2020
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Palahniuk, Chuck
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Constellations Reflections from Life
    Constellations Reflections from Life
    'I have come to think of all the metal in my body as artificial stars, glistening beneath the skin, a constellation of old and new metal. A map, a tracing of connections and a guide to looking at things from different angles.'

    How do you tell the story of life that is no one thing? How do you tell the story of a life in a body, as it goes through sickness, health, motherhood? And how do you tell that story when you are not just a woman but a woman in Ireland? In this powerful and daring memoir in essays Sinead Gleeson does that very thing. In doing so she delves into a range of subjects: art, illness, ghosts, grief and our very ways of seeing. In writing that is in tradition of some of our finest writers such as Olivia Laing, Maggie O'Farrell, Robert Macfarlane, Rebecca Solnit and Maggie Nelson, and yet still in her own spirited, warm voice, Sinead takes on journey that is both personal and yet universal in its resonance.

    ISBN: 9781509892778
    Publication date: 31/03/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Gleeson, Sinead
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
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