• 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
    1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
    People have always shared stories, whether to teach moral lessons, to entertain, or to record important events in history. Today the range of excellent fiction available to read is truly breathtaking - and choosing the right novel to read can appear a little daunting. This ground-breaking volume makes the task much easier. Whether you're trying to broaden your literary horizons, find the perfect book for a friend, or simply select a good read for yourself, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die is the only guide you will need to make the right choice.

    Offering concise critical insight to the novels and the writers that have fired imaginations and influenced cultures around the world, this newly updated edition covers the gamut, from the first Latin novel to survive in its entirety to Mohsin Hamid's highly topical novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Organised chronologically, and covering the whole range of literary styles, this indispensable reference traces the history of world fiction. Discover the stories behind the adjectives: Dickensian, Kafkaesque, Rabelaisian.and the writers behind the stories. From the dark recesses of the Marquis de Sade's jail cell to Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and from the society of Barbara Pim's Excellent Women to Don DeLillo's Falling Man, you'll find critiques of the most important and bestselling fiction ever written.

    ISBN: 9781760524036
    Publication date: 26/09/2018
    Price: $45.00
    Author: Boxall, Peter
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Agatha Christie a Life in Theatre
    Agatha Christie a Life in Theatre
    A revealing and witty new examination of how Agatha Christie became the world's most successful and popular female playwright, including details of never-before-published scripts and stories. Published in celebration of Agatha Christie's 125th birthday, Curtain Up! is an essential purchase for Agatha Christie fans worldwide. Everyone knows that The Mousetrap is the world's longest-running play, but this first ever book dedicated to Agatha Christie as a playwright tells how Christie prevailed against the male-dominated establishment to be the only woman to have three plays in the West End at the same time and became the most popular and successful female playwright in the world.Author and theatre producer Julius Green has been given unprecedented access to archives in the UK and USA and has uncovered unpublished and unperformed plays, as well as previously unknown facts and correspondence. Agatha Christie was a skilful and accomplished stage writer, and this long-awaited book is a fascinating, funny and revealing tale that theatregoers and Agatha Christie fans won't want to miss.

    ISBN: 9780007546961
    Publication date: 04/04/2018
    Price: $25.00
    Author: Green, Julius
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Ambulance Drivers Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    Ambulance Drivers Hemingway Dos Passos and a Friendship Made and Lost in War
    Rich in evocative detail--from Paris cafes to Austrian chateaus, from the streets of Pamplona to the waters of Key West--The Ambulance Drivers tells the story of two aspiring writers, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos, who met in World War I and forged a twenty-year friendship that produced some of America's greatest novels, giving voice to a generation shaken by war. In war, Hemingway found adventure, women, and a cause. Dos Passos saw only oppression and futility. Their different visions eventually turned their private friendship into a nasty public fight, fueled by money, jealousy, and lust. This is not only a biography of the turbulent friendship between two of the century's greatest writers but also an illustration of how war inspires and destroys, unites and divides.

    ISBN: 9780306823831
    Publication date: 27/04/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Morris, James McGrath
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life the Plants and Places that Inspired the Classic Children's Tales
    Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life the Plants and Places that Inspired the Classic Children's Tales
    Marta McDowell combines the skills of a historian, biographer and gardener as she explores Beatrix Potter's passion for plants. Her book combines rich visuals with quotations from the writer's works, letters and diaries, to introduce the reader to Beatrix Potter's Lake District gardens. The author's passion for her subject and her own horticultural knowledge provide new insights for the reader, as she frames Beatrix Potter's works in the context of her gardening life.

    ISBN: 9781604693638
    Publication date: 24/10/2013
    Price: $59.99
    Author: McDowell, Marta
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $59.99
  • Between Them
    Between Them
    From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sportswriter comes a deeply personal account of his parents - an intimate portrait of American mid-twentieth century life, and a celebration of family love Richard Ford's parents volunteered little about their early lives - and he rarely asked. Later, he pieced their stories together from anecdote, history and the occasional photograph, frozen moments linking him to another time. Edna Akin, a dark-eyed Arkansas beauty whose convent education was cut short by her itinerant parents, fell in love aged only seventeen. Parker Ford was a tall country boy with a warm, hesitant smile, who was working at a grocery in Hot Springs. They married and began a life on the road in the American South, as Parker followed his travelling salesman's job. The 1930s were like one long weekend, a swirl of miles traversed, cocktails drunk and hotel rooms vacated: New Orleans, Memphis, Texarkana. Then a single, late child was born, changing everything. In this book, Richard Ford evokes a vivid panorama of mid-twentieth century America, and an intimate portrait of family life.
    Exploring children's changing perception of their parents, he also reflects on the impact of loss and devotion. Written with the intelligence, precision and humanity for which Ford is renowned, Between Them is both a son's great act of love and a redeeming meditation on family.

    ISBN: 9781408884690
    Publication date: 04/05/2017
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Ford, Richard
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $22.99
  • Bibliophile An Illustrated Miscellany
    Bibliophile An Illustrated Miscellany
    Book lovers, rejoice! In this love letter to all things bookish, Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. Readers will:

    Tour the world's most beautiful bookstores.
    Test their knowledge of the written word with quizzes.
    Find their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books.
    Sample the most famous fictional meals.
    Peek inside the workspaces of their favourite authors.

    A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations, and pure bookish joy, Bibliophile is sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, inspiring writers, and any and all who identify as bookworms.

    ISBN: 9781452167237
    Publication date: 01/09/2018
    Price: $49.99
    Author: Mount, Jane
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $49.99
  • Bit Rot
    Bit Rot
    Bit Rot is a gem of the digital age. Reading Bit Rot feels a lot like bingeing on Netflix ...you can't stop with just one. 'Bit rot' is a term used in digital archiving to describe the way digital files can spontaneously and quickly decompose. As Coupland writes, 'Bit rot also describes the way my brain has been feeling since 2000, as I shed older and weaker neurons and connections and enhance new and unexpected ones'. Bit Rot the book explores the ways humanity tries to make sense of our shifting consciousness. Coupland, just like the Internet, mixes forms to achieve his ends. Short fiction is interspersed with essays on all aspects of modern life. The result is addictively satisfying for Coupland's legion of fans hungry for his observations about our world. For almost three decades, his unique pattern recognition has powered his fiction, and his phrase-making. Every page of Bit Rot is full of wit, surprise and delight.

    ISBN: 9781785151033
    Publication date: 13/10/2016
    Price: $37.00
    Author: Coupland, Douglas
    Format: Toy
    Price: $37.00
  • Book a Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time
    Book a Cover to Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time
    We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages-of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity's most important-and universal-information technology.

    ISBN: 9780393244793
    Publication date: 12/08/2016
    Price: $48.99
    Author: Houston, Keith
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $48.99
  • Book Lovers Anthology a Compendium of Writing About Books Readers and Libraries
    Book Lovers Anthology a Compendium of Writing About Books Readers and Libraries
    'Much reading is like much eating, wholly useless without digestion' - R. South 'If I had read as much as other men, I should have been as ignorant as they' - T. Hobbes 'Choose an author as you choose a friend' - W. Dillon 'A blessed companion is a book - a book that, fitly chosen, is a life-long friend,' wrote Douglas William Jerrold, over a hundred years ago.

    Major writers through the centuries have turned their minds to the subject of books, often with humour, sometimes with exasperation, always with affection. Between the covers of this rich selection are excerpts from the poetry of Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Milton and Donne, among many others. Novelists such as Austen, Dickens, Eliot and Swift have often paused in their fiction to extol the virtues of libraries, books and 'the pleasant smell of paper freshly pressed', or to satirize them mercilessly. Interspersed with these are the meditations of the great diarists and essayists of past centuries - Johnson, Boswell, Macaulay, Ruskin and Montaigne - writing in letters, journals and lectures on the vital importance of 'bright books' to the intellectual life of the nation.

    Can books corrupt? How do badly written books help the serious reader? How rife is plagiarism? Does reading excessively damage your eyesight? Which is the best-loved library? These questions and many more are vigorously discussed in this essential anthology for bibliophiles.

    ISBN: 9781851242481
    Publication date: 12/02/2016
    Price: $37.99
    Author: Bodleian Library
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.99
  • Book of Forgotten Authors
    Book of Forgotten Authors
    'Joyous . . . fascinating' Cathy Rentzenbrink 'I love it! A real gem' Joanne Harris 'Will have the inevitable effect of sending readers in search of these intriguing lost names' Barry Forshaw

    Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead. So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves. Whether male or female, domestic or international, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner - no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten. And Fowler, as well as remembering their careers, lifts the lid on their lives, and why they often stopped writing or disappeared from the public eye.These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced us to psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world.This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide.

    ISBN: 9781786484895
    Publication date: 05/10/2017
    Price: $39.99
    Author: Fowler, Christopher
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $39.99
  • Book Towns
    Book Towns
    Around 40 semi-official 'Book Towns' now exist around the world, with most concentrated in Europe, South-East Asia, North America and Australia, but until now, there has been no directory of their location, history and charm. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating literary towns, outlining the history and development of each community, as well as offering practical travel advice.The so-called 'Book Towns' of the world are dedicated havens of literature, and the ultimate dream of book lovers everywhere. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of the 40 semi-officially recognised literary towns around the world and outlines the history and development of each community, and offers practical travel advice.Many Book Towns have emerged in areas of marked attraction, such as Urena in Spain or Fjaerland in Norway, where bookshops have been set up in buildings including former ferry waiting rooms and banks. While the UK has the best-known examples at Hay, Wigtown and Sedbergh, the book has a broad international appeal, featuring locations such as Jimbochu in Japan, College Street in Calcutta, and major unofficial 'book cities' such as Buenos Aires.

    ISBN: 9780711238930
    Publication date: 28/03/2018
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Johnson, Alex
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $32.99
  • Book Whisperer Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
    Book Whisperer Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
    Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.

    ISBN: 9780470372272
    Publication date: 27/02/2009
    Price: $40.99
    Author: Miller, Donalyn
    Format: Trade Paperback
    Price: $40.99
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