• 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
  • 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
  • Diary of a Bookseller
    Diary of a Bookseller
    Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover's paradise? Well, almost ...

    In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff, who include the ski-suit-wearing, bin-foraging Nicky. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books (both lost classics and new discoveries), introduces us to the thrill of the unexpected find, and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

    ISBN: 9781781258637
    Publication date: 25/07/2018
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Bythell, Shaun
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Displaced Refugee
    Displaced Refugee
    In January 2017, Donald Trump signed an executive order stopping entry to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries and dramatically cutting the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the United States each year. The American people spoke up, with protests, marches, donations, and lawsuits that quickly overturned the order. But the refugee caps remained. In The Displaced, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers to explore and illuminate the refugee experience. Featuring original essays by a collection of writers from around the world, The Displaced is an indictment of closing our doors, and a powerful look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge.

    ISBN: 9781419729485
    Publication date: 01/04/2018
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Nguyen, Viet Thanh
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Doing English A Guide for Literature Students
    Doing English A Guide for Literature Students
    Doing English presents the ideas and debates that shape how we `do' English today, explaining arguments about the value of literature, the canon, Shakespeare, theory, politics and the subject itself.





    In his lucid and engaging style, Robert Eaglestone:




    orients students by encouraging them to think about what they are doing when they study literature;
    bridges the gap between English at A-level and International Baccalaureate to English in Higher Education by exploring traditional and theoretical approaches to literature and explaining key ideas and trends;
    explains to students why English, more than any other subject, is the cause of public debate and concern in the media and amongst politicians and educators.





    This popular and classic guide has been fully updated throughout to take account of recent research, educational changes and current events, and it now includes a chapter called `Why Study English?' - showing how and why the skills taught by English are transferable to a range of careers. This immensely readable book is the ideal introduction to studying English Literature.

    ISBN: 9781138039674
    Publication date: 08/08/2017
    Price: $41.99
    Author: Eaglestone, Robert (Royal Holloway, University of
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $41.99
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    This biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, written with reference to Browning correspondence only recently available, argues that the poet was a strong and determined woman largely responsible for her own incarceration in Wimpole Street. The author traces her life from her early childhood and adolescence and explores her marriage. She draws a picture of early Victorian family life and aims to show that Elizabeth was a considerable and dedicated poet, self-willed, witty and courageous. Forster has also edited the companion volume "Selected Poems" of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and is author of several other biographies.

    ISBN: 9781784872441
    Publication date: 31/08/2017
    Price: $38.00
    Author: Forster, Margaret
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • End of the End of the Earth
    End of the End of the Earth
    A sharp and provocative new essay collection from the award-winning author of Freedom and The Corrections

    In The End of the End of the Earth, which gathers essays and speeches written mostly in the past five years, Jonathan Franzen returns with renewed vigour to the themes - both human and literary - that have long preoccupied him. Whether exploring his complex relationship with his uncle, recounting his young adulthood in New York, or offering an illuminating look at the global seabird crisis, these pieces contain all the wit and disabused realism that we've come to expect from Franzen.

    Taken together, these essays trace the progress of a unique and mature mind wrestling with itself, with literature and with some of the most important issues of our day, made more pressing by the current political milieu. The End of the End of the Earth is remarkable, provocative and necessary.

    ISBN: 9780008299262
    Publication date: 14/11/2019
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Franzen, Jonathan
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Epic Continent
    Epic Continent
    These are the stories that made Europe.



    Journeying from Turkey to Iceland, award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber takes us on a fascinating adventure through our continent's most enduring epic poems to learn how they were shaped by their times, and how they have since shaped us.



    The great European epics were all inspired by moments of seismic change: The Odyssey tells of the aftermath of the Trojan War, the primal conflict from which much of European civilisation was spawned. The Song of the Nibelungen tracks the collapse of a Germanic kingdom on the edge of the Roman Empire. Both the French Song of Roland and the Serbian Kosovo Cycle emerged from devastating conflicts between Christian and Muslim powers. Beowulf, the only surviving Old English epic, and the great Icelandic Saga of Burnt Njal, respond to times of great religious struggle - the shift from paganism to Christianity. These stories have stirred passions ever since they were composed, motivating armies and revolutionaries, and they continue to do so today.



    Reaching back into the ancient and medieval eras in which these defining works were produced, and investigating their continuing influence today, Epic Continent explores how matters of honour, fundamentalism, fate, nationhood, sex, class and politics have preoccupied the people of Europe across the millennia. In these tales soaked in blood and fire, Nicholas Jubber discovers how the world of gods and emperors, dragons and water-maidens, knights and princesses made our own: their deep impact on European identity, and their resonance in our turbulent times.

    ISBN: 9781473665736
    Publication date: 14/05/2019
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Jubber, Nicholas
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Eternal Boy The Life of Kenneth Grahame
    Eternal Boy The Life of Kenneth Grahame
    The story of Kenneth Grahame, author of the children's classic Wind in the Willows, and of the vision of English pastoral that inspired it.

    A TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR. 'Matthew Dennison skilfully covers the facts, producing a vivid impression of this strange, shy, awkward figure. The result is a highly readable book' Literary Review . 'A haunting new biography ... A compelling account of Grahame's life' Daily Mail . 'A sensitively probing and nuanced portrait that makes sense of the darker character furled in the dreamer' New Statesman . During the week Kenneth Grahame sat behind a mahogany desk as Secretary of the Bank of England; at the weekend he retired to the house in the country he shared with his fanciful wife Elspeth and fragile son Alistair and took lengthy walks along the Thames in Berkshire, 'tempted [by] the treasures of hedge and ditch; the rapt surprise of the first lords-and-ladies, the rustle of a field-mouse, the splash of a frog.' The result of these pastoral wanderings was The Wind in the Willows : an enduring classic of children's literature; a cautionary tale for adult readers; a warning of the fragility of the English countryside; and an expression of fear at threatened social changes that, in the aftermath of the World War I, became reality. Like its remarkable author, it balances maverick tendencies with conservatism. Grahame was an Edwardian pantheist whose work has a timeless appeal, an escapist whose withdrawal from reality took the form of time travel into his own past.

    ISBN: 9781786697745
    Publication date: 08/08/2019
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Dennison, Matthew
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
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