• 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
  • 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
  • Essex Girls For Profane and Opinionated Women Everywhere
    Essex Girls For Profane and Opinionated Women Everywhere
    Essex Girls are disreputable, disrespectful and disobedient. They speak out of turn, too loudly and too often, in an accent irritating to the ruling classes.Their bodies are hyper-sexualised and irredeemably vulgar. They are given to intricate and voluble squabbling. They do not apologise for any of this. And why should they?

    In this exhilarating feminist defence of the Essex girl, Sarah Perry re-examines her relationship with her much maligned home county. She summons its most unquiet spirits, from Protestant martyr Rose Allin to the indomitable Abolitionist Anne Knight, sitting them alongside Audre Lorde, Kim Kardashian and Harriet Martineau, and showing us that the Essex girl is not bound by geography. She is a type, representing a very particular kind of female agency, and a very particular kind of disdain: she contains a multitude of women, and it is time to celebrate them.

    ISBN: 9781788167451
    Publication date: 01/10/2020
    Price: $18.99
    Author: Perry, Sarah
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $18.99
  • 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
  • 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
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