• Creative Writing Coursebook
    Creative Writing Coursebook
    The success and popularity of creative writing courses at universities across the country belies the myth that writing can't be taught.

    The Creative Writing Coursebook, edited by Julia Bell and Paul Magrs, takes aspiring writers through three stages of essential practice: 'Gathering' - getting started, learning how to keep notes, making observations and using memory; 'Shaping' - looking at structure, point of view, character and setting; and 'Finishing' - being your own critic, joining workshops and finding publishers.

    Fully updated and including a foreword by Marina Warner and contributions from forty-five authors such as Kit de Waal and Amy Liptrot, this is the perfect book for people who are just starting to write as well as for those who want some help honing work already completed. Filled with a wealth of exercises and activities, it will inspire budding writers to develop and hone their skills. Whether writing for publication, in a group or just for pleasure this comprehensive guide is for anyone who is ready to put pen to paper.

    ISBN: 9781509868278
    Publication date: 22/08/2019
    Price: $47.99
    Author: Bell, Julia
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $47.99
  • Creative Writing Journal
    Creative Writing Journal
    It is said that everyone has a book inside them, but setting pen to paper (or fingers to a computer keyboard!) can seem quite daunting. The Creative Writing Journal contains everything you need to get the creative juices flowing.

    Inside you will find:
    * More than 25 exercises to spark ideas and explore your writing style
    * Tips on how to construct your work, and how to establish style and tone
    * How to do research and explore the world around you for ideas
    * Information on the basic rules of writing that need to be observed

    With space to complete the exercises and lots of handy tips from renowned writers to inspire your thoughts, you'll be writing away in no time!

    ISBN: 9781789500127
    Publication date: 15/07/2019
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Flanders, Julian
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Creativity: a Short and Cheerful Guide
    Creativity: a Short and Cheerful Guide
    Creativity is usually regarded as a mysterious, rare gift that only a few possess. John Cleese begs to differ, and in this short, immensely practical and often very amusing guide he shows it's a skill that anyone can acquire. Drawing on his lifelong experience as a writer, he shares his insights into the nature of the creative process, and offers advice on how to get your own inventive juices flowing. What do you need to do to get yourself in the right frame of mind? When do you know that you've come up with something that might be worth pursuing? What do you do if you think you've hit a brick wall?

    Not only does he explain the way your mind works as you search for inspiration, he also shows that, regardless of the task you've set yourself, you can learn to be better at coming up with a promising idea, refining it and knowing when you're ready to act on it.

    We can all be more creative. John Cleese shows us how

    ISBN: 9781786332257
    Publication date: 01/09/2020
    Price: $24.00
    Author: Cleese, John
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $24.00
  • Cult Writers 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know
    Cult Writers 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know
    Cult Writers handpicks 50 notable figures from the modern world of literature and explores the creative genius that earned them the cult label, while celebrating the works that made their names.

    What makes a cult writer? Whether pioneering in their craft, fiercely and undeniably unique or critically divisive, cult writers come in all shapes and guises. Some gain instant fame, others instant notoriety, and more still remain anonymous until a chance change in fashion sees their work propelled into the limelight. In Cult Writers Ian Haydn Smith introduces 50 novelists deserving of a cult status.

    The literary genres and subjects explored within these writers' pages are rich and diverse - acting as mirrors of their genius minds: from Irvine Welsh's gritty Edinburgh streets, to Ken Kesey's drug-fuelled madness; from feminist trailblazer Sylvia Plath to the magical realism of Angela Carter. Discover little knowns with small, devout followings and superstars gracing the covers of magazines: each writer is special in their individuality and their ability to inspire, antagonise and delight.

    With colourful and quirky illustrations by Kristelle Rodeia, Cult Writers is an essential addition to any book lovers library, as well as an entertaining introduction to our weird and wonderful world of literature.

    The Writers: Kathy Acker, James Baldwin, J.G. Ballard, Mikhail Bulgakov, Charles Bukowski, William S. Burroughs, Octavia E. Butler, Italo Calvino, Albert Camus, Angela Carter, Colette, Maryse Conde, Julio Cortazar, Philip K. Dick, Douglas Coupland, Marguerite Duras, Ralph Ellison, Elena Ferrante, Janet Frame, Jean Genet, Joseph Heller, Michel Houellebecq, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Ken Kesey, Chris Kraus, Milan Kundera, Ursula K. Le Guin, Doris Lessing, Cormac McCarthy, Carson McCullers, Yukio Mishima, Haruki Murakami, Anais Nin, Sylvia Plath, Thomas Pynchon, Raymond Queneau, Ayn Rand, Pauline Reage, Jean Rhys, Juan Rulfo, Francoise Sagan, J.D. Salinger, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Donna Tartt, Jim Thompson, J.R.R. Tolkien, Kurt Vonnegut, Virginia Woolf, Irvine Welsh.

    ISBN: 9780711250642
    Publication date: 09/06/2020
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Smith, Ian Haydn
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $27.99
  • Curious English Words and Phrases: the Truth Behind the Expressions We Use
    Curious English Words and Phrases: the Truth Behind the Expressions We Use
    Have you ever wondered where terms like `end of your tether', `gets my goat' or `letting ones hair down' come from? Or why we call some people `geezers', `sugar daddies' or `lounge lizards'? Or where the words `eavesdropping', `nickname' and `D-Day' come from?
    They are just a few of the many words and phrases that language expert Max Cryer examines in this fact-filled and fun new book. Max explains where these curious expressions come from, what they mean and how they are used. Along the way he tells a host of colourful anecdotes and dispels quite a few myths - Did Churchill originate the phrase `black dog'? And if `ivory tower' can be found in the Bible, why has its meaning changed so drastically?
    'Curious English Words and Phrases' is a treasure trove for lovers of language. Informative, amusing and value for money, this book is `the real McCoy'. From `couch potato' to `Bob's your uncle', you'll find the explanation here!

    ISBN: 9781925335873
    Publication date: 01/10/2018
    Price: $10.00
    Author: Cryer, Max
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $10.00
  • Daemon Voices On Stories and Storytelling
    Daemon Voices On Stories and Storytelling
    Inspired meditations on storytelling from one of the world's finest, most accomplished and adored writers. Pullman is a master of fiction and shares his thoughts on the origin of his own stories, the craft of writing and the storytellers who have meant the most to him. The art of storytelling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humour and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and storytelling. Essential reading for anybody with a hunger and a heart for truly great stories.

    ISBN: 9781910989548
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $26.99
    Author: Pullman, Philip
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.99
  • Dear Paris
    Dear Paris
    Be transported to the banks of the Seine, a corner boulangerie, or beneath the Eiffel Tower with these beautifully illustrated vignettes of life in the City of Light. What began as a way to fund travel became ten years of a letter subscription service delivering thousands of painted letters to subscribers who delight in fun mail!

    Eat, Pray, Love meets Claude Monet in this epistolary ode to Paris. What started as a whim in a Latin Quarter cafe blossomed into Janice MacLeod's years-long endeavour to document and celebrate life in Paris, sending monthly snippets of her paintings and writings to the mailboxes of ardent followers around the world. Now, Dear Pariscollects the entirety of the Paris Letters project: 140 illustrated messages discussing everything from macarons to Montmartre.

    For readers familiar with the city, Dear Paris is a rendezvous with their own memories, like the first time they walked along the Champs-Elysees or the best pain au chocolat they've ever tasted. But it's about more than just a Paris frozen in nostalgia; the book paints the city as it is today, through elections, protests, and the World Cup - and through the people who call it home. Wistful, charming, surprising, and unfailingly optimistic, Dear Paris is a vicarious visit to one of the most iconic and beloved places in the world.


    ISBN: 9781524862534
    Publication date: 17/03/2021
    Price: $45.00
    Author: MacLeod, Janice
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $45.00
  • Dear Reader
    Dear Reader
    From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Act of Love.

    'Reading has saved my life, again and again, and has held my hand through every difficult time'

    For as long as she can remember, Cathy Rentzenbrink has lost and found herself in stories. Growing up she was rarely seen without her nose in a book and read in secret long after lights out. When tragedy struck, books kept her afloat. Eventually they lit the way to a new path, first as a bookseller and then as a writer. No matter what the future holds, reading will always help.

    Dear Reader is a moving, funny and joyous exploration of how books can change the course of your life, packed with recommendations from one reader to another.

    ISBN: 9781509891542
    Publication date: 17/09/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Rentzenbrink, Cathy
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Decay of Lying
    Decay of Lying
    The Decay of Lying includes two of Wilde's most comprehensive - and witty - explorations of his aesthetic philosphy- 'The Decay of Lying' and 'The Critic as Artist'.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: 9780241472453
    Publication date: 24/09/2020
    Price: $13.99
    Author: Wilde, Oscar
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.99
  • Destiny Thief
    Destiny Thief
    A master of the novel, short story and memoir, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Everybody's Foolnow gives us his very first collection of personal essays, thoughts on writing, reading and living.

    In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend and reader. From a commencement speech to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humour in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors.

    Warm, funny, wise and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the perspective of one of our greatest writers.

    ISBN: 9781760632632
    Publication date: 01/08/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Russo, Richard
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Details on Love Death and Reading
    Details on Love Death and Reading
    Tegan Bennett Daylight has led a life in books - as a writer, a teacher and a critic, but first and foremost as a reader.

    In this deeply insightful and intimate work, Daylight describes how her reading has nourished her life, and how life has informed her reading. In both, she shows us that it's the small points of connection - the details - that really matter: what we notice when someone close to us dies, when we give birth, when we make friends. In life's disasters and delights, the details are what we can share and compare and carry with us.

    Daylight writes with invigorating candour and compassion about her mother's last days; her own experiences of childbearing and its aftermath (in her celebrated essay 'Vagina'); her long admiration of Helen Garner and George Saunders; and her great loves and friendships. Each chapter is a revelation, and a celebration of how books offer not an escape from 'real life' but a richer engagement with the business of living.

    The result is a work that will truly deepen your relationship with books, and with other readers. The delight is in the details.

    ISBN: 9781760855253
    Publication date: 01/04/2020
    Price: $30.99
    Author: Daylight, Tegan Bennett
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $30.99
  • Devotion
    Devotion
    From the renowned artist and author Patti Smith, a rare and generous look into the creative process

    A work of creative brilliance may seem like magic-its source a mystery, its impact unexpectedly stirring. How does an artist accomplish such an achievement, connecting deeply with an audience never met? In this groundbreaking book, one of our culture's beloved artists offers a detailed account of her own creative process, inspirations, and unexpected connections.

    Patti Smith first presents an original and beautifully crafted tale of obsession-a young skater who lives for her art, a possessive collector who ruthlessly seeks his prize, a relationship forged of need both craven and exalted. She then takes us on a second journey, exploring the sources of her story. We travel through the South of France to Camus's house, and visit the garden of the great publisher Gallimard where the ghosts of Mishima, Nabokov, and Genet mingle. Smith tracks down Simone Weil's grave in a lonely cemetery, hours from London, and winds through the nameless Paris streets of Patrick Modiano's novels. Whether writing in a cafe or a train, Smith generously opens her notebooks and lets us glimpse the alchemy of her art and craft in this arresting and original book on writing.

    The Why I Write series is based on the Windham-Campbell Lectures, delivered annually to commemorate the awarding of the Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University.

    ISBN: 9780300240221
    Publication date: 04/09/2018
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Smith, Patti
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $19.99
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