• Exercise Book Creative Writing Exercises from Victoria Universitys Institute of Modern Letters
    Exercise Book Creative Writing Exercises from Victoria Universitys Institute of Modern Letters
    Exercise Book collects over fifty creative writing exercises used by Bill Manhire and his colleagues, not only at Victoria but throughout New Zealand and around the world. The celebrated writer/teachers who have contributed include Eleanor Catton, Curtis Sittenfeld, Emily Perkins, David Vann, Elizabeth and Sara Knox, Dora Malech and Kirsty Gunn. This book will be an indispensible resource for teachers and students, and excellent stimulation and entertainment for anyone wanting to give writing a go.

    ISBN: 9780864736857
    Publication date: 04/11/2011
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Manhire, Bill
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Far and Away The Essential A.A. Gill
    Far and Away The Essential A.A. Gill
    A.A. Gill was fearsomely well-travelled. As he wrote in the introduction to his first anthology 'A.A. Gill is Away', one of his ambitions when he started out was to 'interview places' - he wanted to go somewhere, get under its skin, ask it questions, find out what made it tick. And he turned out to be a genius at this: he could make you look at the familiar with completely fresh insight, and bring the unknown into vivid focus.

    This theme of travel - loosely interpreted - forms the heart of the next A. A. Gill anthology. Many of the stories he investigated still hold a real relevance: his article on the Rohingyas from 2014, for example, massively predated their situation, becoming a news story over here. His 2016 investigation of the wave of refugees into Mexico still casts a new light on a story that feeds into Donald Trump's border wall. There are some astounding set-pieces: Haile Selassie's funeral in Ethiopia; or Christmastime in Bethlehem at the turn of the millennium. Others are simply fun: Las Vegas, or a nudist beach in Greece with Jeremy Clarkson. And some of his travelling took place closer to home: a raucous night out in Humberside; joining a fishing trawler as it sets out from Scarborough into the North Sea; a reflective day spent exploring the life of Hyde Park.

    Of course, the subject that many people associate with Adrian Gill is restaurant and food writing: the advantage of framing this book with travel at its heart is that it allows the inclusion of the more spectacular of his restaurant reviews - whether he is travelling to an appalling Welsh hotel, or sitting down to the last ever night at El Bulli. His brilliant and hilarious dissections of different cuisines - Greek, French, Japanese - manage to get under the skin of nations simply by looking at what is on their plate.

    The Next Best of A.A. Gill collects some of his greatest writing - not a standard set of travel pieces, but subjects pulled from around the world that show all the different facets of the way he wrote: adventurous, funny, wise and always curious.

    ISBN: 9781474617376
    Publication date: 13/10/2020
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Gill, Adrian
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Fellowship
    In The Fellowship, Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. Lewis maps the medieval mind, accepts Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into a breath-taking story in The Lord of the Rings, while conducting ground-breaking Old English scholarship and elucidating the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. This extraordinary group biography also focuses on Charles Williams, strange acolyte of Romantic love, and Owen Barfield, an esoteric philosopher who became, for a time, Saul Bellow's guru. Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized sanity, Christians with cosmic reach, the inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years and did so.

    ISBN: 9780374536251
    Publication date: 10/06/2016
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Zaleski, Philip
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.99
  • Fictional Woman
    Fictional Woman
    The no.1 bestselling non-fiction hit! Tara Moss's first work of non-fiction - a fascinating mix of memoir and social comment - is sparking conversation all over the country. What are your fictions? Tara Moss has worn many labels in her time, including 'author', 'model', 'gold-digger', 'commentator', 'inspiration', 'dumb blonde', 'feminist' and 'mother', among many others. Now, in her first work of non-fiction, she blends memoir and social analysis to examine the common fictions about women. She traces key moments in her life - from small-town tomboy in Canada, to international fashion model in the 90s, to bestselling author taking a polygraph test in 2002 to prove she writes her own work - and weaves her own experiences into a broader look at everyday sexism and issues surrounding the under-representation of women, modern motherhood, body image and the portrayal of women in politics, entertainment, advertising and the media. Deeply personal and revealing, this is more than just Tara Moss's own story. At once insightful, challenging and entertaining, she asks how we can change the old fictions, one woman at a time.

    ISBN: 9781460751206
    Publication date: 01/03/2016
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Moss, Tara
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Fierce Bad Rabbits The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books
    Fierce Bad Rabbits The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books
    What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about?
    How is Meg and Mog related to Polish embroidery?
    And why does death in picture books involve being eaten?

    Fierce Bad Rabbits explores the stories behind our favourite picture books, weaving in tales of Clare Pollard's childhood reading and her re-discovery of the classic tales as a parent. Because the best picture books are far more complex than they seem - and darker too. Monsters can gobble up children and go unnoticed, power is not always used wisely, and the wild things are closer than you think.

    ISBN: 9780241354797
    Publication date: 06/08/2020
    Price: $26.00
    Author: Pollard, Clare
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Footnotes A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers
    Footnotes A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers
    A Guardian Travel Book of the Year

    Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards

    'The premise of this book is simple, or that is what it seemed when I started.'

    Peter Fiennes follows in the footsteps of twelve inspirational writers, bringing modern Britain into focus by peering through the lens of the past.

    The journey starts in Dorset, shaped by the childhood visions of Enid Blyton, and ends with Charles Dickens on the train that took him to his final resting place in Westminster Abbey.

    From the wilds of Skye and Snowdon, to a big night out in Birmingham with J. B. Priestley and Beryl Bainbridge, Footnotes is a series of evocative biographies, a lyrical foray into the past, and a quest to understand Britain through the books, journals and diaries of some of our greatest writers.

    And as Fiennes travels the country, and roams across the centuries, he wonders:

    'Who are we? What do we want? They seemed like good questions to ask, in the company of some of our greatest writers, given these restless times.'

    ISBN: 9781786077707
    Publication date: 06/08/2020
    Price: $24.99
    Author: Fiennes, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $24.99
  • Genius and Ink
    Genius and Ink


    Who better to serve as a guide to great books and their authors than Virginia Woolf?

    In the early years of its existence, the Times Literary Supplement published some of the finest writers in English: T. S. Eliot, Henry James and E. M. Forster among them. But one of the paper's defining voices was Virginia Woolf, who produced a string of superb essays between the two World Wars.

    The weirdness of Elizabethan plays, the pleasure of revisiting favourite novels, the supreme examples of Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Henry James, Thomas Hardy and Joseph Conrad: all are here, in anonymously published pieces, in which may be glimpsed the thinking behind Woolf's works of fiction and the enquiring, feminist spirit of A Room of One's Own.

    Here is Woolf the critical essayist, offering, at one moment, a playful hypothesis and, at another, a judgement laid down with the authority of a twentieth-century Dr Johnson. Here is Woolf working out precisely what's great about Hardy, and how Elizabeth Barrett Browning made books a "substitute for living" because she was "forbidden to scamper on the grass". Above all, here is Virginia Woolf the reader, whose enthusiasm for great literature remains palpable and inspirational today.

    ISBN: 9780008355722
    Publication date: 18/11/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Woolf, Virginia
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $27.99
  • Gifts of Reading
    Gifts of Reading
    From the acclaimed author of The Old Ways and Landmarks -- an essay on the beauty and joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book Every book is a kind of gift to its reader, and the act of giving books is charged with a special emotional resonance. It is a meeting of three minds (the giver, the author, the recipient), an exchange of intellectual and psychological currency, that leaves both participants the richer. Here Robert Macfarlane recounts the story of a book he was given as a young man, and how he managed eventually to return the favour, though never repay the debt. From one of the most lyrical writers of our time comes a perfectly formed gem, a lyrical celebration of the power and preciousness of the given book.

    ISBN: 9780241978313
    Publication date: 01/06/2017
    Price: $8.99
    Author: Macfarlane, Robert
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $8.99
  • Grandmothers
    An anthology of essays by twenty-four Australian women, edited by Helen Elliott, about the many aspects of being a grandmother in the 21st century. It seems so different from the experience we had of our grandmothers. Although perhaps the human essential, love, hasn't shifted much? In thoughtful, provoking, uncompromising writing, a broad range of women reflect on vastly diverse experiences. This period of a woman's life, a continuation and culmination, is as defining as any other and the words 'grand' and 'mother' rearrange and realign themselves into bright focus.

    The contributors- Stephanie Alexander, Maggie Beer, Judith Brett, Jane Caro, Elizabeth Cheung, Cresside Collette, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Helen Garner, Anastasia Gonis, Glenda Guest, Katherine Hattam, Celestine Hitiura Vaite, Yvette Holt, Cheryl Kernot, Ramona Koval, Alison Lester, Joan London, Jenny Macklin, Auntie Daphnie Milward, Mona Mobarek, Carol Raye and Gillian Triggs.

    ISBN: 9781922268600
    Publication date: 31/03/2020
    Price: $40.00
    Author: Elliott, Helen
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • H P Lovecraft Against the World Against Life
    H P Lovecraft Against the World Against Life
    Part biographical sketch, part pronouncement on existence and literature, the French best-selling novelist Michel Houellebecq's H. P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life was published in France in 1991 and is the first non-fiction text ever published by the author.

    In this encomium, France's most famous contemporary author praises his prewar American alter ego's style, which couldn't be much less like his own.

    With a foreword by a Lovecraft admirer, Stephen King, this eloquently translated edition is both an insightful introduction to Lovecraft's dark mythology and Houellebecq's deadpan prose.

    ISBN: 9782374950846
    Publication date: 03/09/2019
    Price: $29.99
    Author: Houellebecq, Michel
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $29.99
  • Hearing Things
    Hearing Things
    Hearing Things is a meditation on sound's work in literature. Drawing on critical works and the commentaries of many poets and novelists who have paid close attention to the role of the ear in writing and reading, Angela Leighton offers a reconsideration of literature itself as an exercise in hearing.

    An established critic and poet, Leighton explains how we listen to the printed word, while showing how writers use the expressivity of sound on the silent page. Although her focus is largely on poets--Alfred Tennyson, W. B. Yeats, Robert Frost, Walter de la Mare, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Jorie Graham, and Alice Oswald--Leighton's scope includes novels, letters, and philosophical writings as well. Her argument is grounded in the specificity of the text under discussion, but one important message emerges from the whole: literature by its very nature commands listening, and listening is a form of understanding that has often been overlooked. Hearing Things offers a renewed call for the kind of criticism that, avoiding the programmatic or purely ideological, remains alert to the work of sound in every literary text.

    ISBN: 9780674983496
    Publication date: 25/05/2018
    Price: $85.99
    Author: Leighton, Angela
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $85.99
  • Hero

    In his first work of nonfiction, the creator of the multimillion-selling Jack Reacher series explores the endurance of heroes from Achilles to Bond, showing us how this age-old myth is a fundamental part of what makes us human. He demonstrates how hero stories continue to shape our world - arguing that we need them now more than ever.

    From the Stone Age to the Greek Tragedies, from Shakespeare to Robin Hood, we have always had our heroes. The hero is at the centre of formative myths in every culture and persists to this day in world-conquering books, films and TV shows. But why do these characters continue to inspire us, and why are they so central to storytelling?

    Scalpel-sharp on the roots of storytelling and enlightening on the history and science of myth, The Hero is essential reading for anyone trying to write or understand fiction. Child teaches us how these stories still shape our minds and behaviour in an increasingly confusing modern world, and with his trademark concision and wit, demonstrates that however civilised we get, we'll always need heroes.

    ISBN: 9780008355784
    Publication date: 28/11/2019
    Price: $19.99
    Author: Child, Lee
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $19.99
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