• 100 Books that Changed the World
    100 Books that Changed the World
    A chronological survey of the world's most influential books. Many books have become classics, must-reads or overnight publishing sensations, but how many can genuinely claim to have changed the way we see and think?In 100 Books that Changed the World, prize-winning author Scott Christianson brings together an exceptional collection of truly groundbreaking books - from scriptures that founded religions, to scientific treatises that challenged beliefs, to novels that kick-started literary genres. This elegantly designed book offers a sweeping, chronological survey of the most important books from around the globe, from the earliest illuminated manuscripts to the age of the ebook publication.Entries include: Iliad and Odyssey, Homer (750 BC), Gutenberg Bible (1450s), The Qur'an (AD 609-632), On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Nicolaus Copernicus (1543), Shakespeare's First Folio (1623), Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton (1687), Samuel Johnson's Dictionary (1755), The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith (1776), The Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft (1792), The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (1848), Roget's Thesaurus (1852), On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin (1859), The Interpretation of Dreams, Sigmund Freud (1899), Lady Chatterley's Lover, D.H. Lawrence (1928), The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1947), Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-tung (1964), A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking (1988).

    ISBN: 9781849944519
    Publication date: 19/03/2018
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Christianson, Scott
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $35.00
  • 100 Letters That Changed the World
    100 Letters That Changed the World
    The 100 letters collected in this beautifully illustrated book demonstrate the power of the written word to inspire, astonish and entertain.

    The letters range from ink inscribed tablets that vividly describe life in the Roman Empire to remarkable last wills and testaments, passionate outpourings of love and despair, and succinctnotes with deadly consequences.

    Entries include: A resume from Leonardo da Vinci, with barely a mention of his artistic talents; Henry VIII's love letters to Anne Boleyn, which eventually led to the dissolution of the monasteries; Beatrix Potter's correspondence with a friend's son that introduced the character of Peter Rabbit; SOS telegrams from the Titanic; Abraham Lincoln's letter that contradicted his fight against slavery; a legal letter marking the end of the Beatles; Emile Zola's open letter ("J'accuse!"); the scrawled note that brought about Oscar Wilde's downfall; as well as famous last words from Virginia Woolf to Kurt Kobain.

    ISBN: 9781911641094
    Publication date: 23/09/2019
    Price: $35.00
    Author: Salter, Colin
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • 642 Stories to Write
    642 Stories to Write
    The quirky inspiration of the 642 Series takes flight in this collection of fiction-writing prompts that will make anyone want to grab a pen and write what happens next. The prompts in this journal are craftted to offer fully-fledged story ideas, not simply writing exercises, taking the 642 Things to Write About series to new levels of creative amibition and quirkiness.

    ISBN: 9781452147314
    Publication date: 07/07/2016
    Price: $34.99
    Author: Chronicle Books
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • 642 Things to Write About Me
    642 Things to Write About Me
    Self-reflection meets creativity in this new journal from the bestselling 642 Series. Following the age-old advice to write what you know, this installment gives journalers the chance to write about a subject everyone knows very well: themselves. Packed with quirky prompts, it's a perfect tool for both soul-searching and brainstorming.

    ISBN: 9781452147307
    Publication date: 01/01/2003
    Price: $34.99
    Author: The Grotto
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $34.99
  • Accidental Dictionary
    Accidental Dictionary
    How well do you know your words?; Buxom used to mean obedient; A cloud was a rock; Raunchy originally meant dirty; Brimming with hidden histories and tantalising twists, The Accidental Dictionary tells the extraordinary stories behind ordinary words.; Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy accidents. There are intriguing tales behind even the most familiar terms, and they can say as much about the present as they do the past.; Busking, for instance, originally meant piracy. Grin meant to snarl. A bimbo was a man, nice meant ignorant, glamour was magic and a cupboard was a table...; Focusing on 100 surprising threads in the evolution of English, The Accidental Dictionary reveals the etymological origins and quirky developments that have led to the meanings we take for granted today. It is a weird and wonderful journey into words.; So, let's revel in its randomness and delight in its diversity - our dictionary is indeed accidental.

    ISBN: 9781783964383
    Publication date: 13/06/2019
    Edition: 2
    Price: $22.99
    Author: Jones, Paul Anthony
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.99
  • Alice Behind Wonderland
    Alice Behind Wonderland
    On a summer's day in 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church College in Oxford, Charles Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics, photographed six-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of the college dean, with a Thomas Ottewill Registered Double Folding camera, recently purchased in London.

    Simon Winchester deftly uses the resulting image-as unsettling as it is famous, and the subject of bottomless speculation-as the vehicle for a brief excursion behind the lens, a focal point on the origins of a classic work of English literature. Dodgson's love of photography framed his view of the world, and was partly responsible for transforming a shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the world's best-loved observers of childhood. Little wonder that there is more to "Alice Liddell as
    the Beggar Maid" than meets the eye. Using Dodgson's published writings, private diaries, and of course his photographic portraits, Winchester gently exposes the development of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.

    Acclaim for Simon Winchester

    "An exceptionally engaging guide at home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto and seemingly omnivorous curiosity."
    -Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review

    "A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly."
    -USA Today

    "Extraordinarily graceful."
    -Time

    "Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur."
    -Christopher Buckley

    "A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher."
    -Newsweek

    ISBN: 9780190614546
    Publication date: 15/10/2016
    Price: $25.99
    Author: Winchester, Simon
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.99
  • All the Lives We Ever Lived
    All the Lives We Ever Lived
    Following her father's death, Katharine Smyth turned to her favourite novel, Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, as a way of making sense of her bereavement. Written out of a lifelong admiration for Woolf and her work, Katharine's story moves between the New England of her childhood and Woolf's Cornish coasts and Bloomsbury squares, addressing universal questions about family, loss and homecoming.

    But All the Lives We Ever Lived, which braids memoir, biography, and literary criticism, is also an intimate reading of one woman's talismanic text. Through her thoughtful engagement with To the Lighthouse, and her adaptation of its groundbreaking structure, Katharine guides the reader toward a deeper understanding of Woolf's most demanding and rewarding novel - and crafts an elegant reminder of literature's ability to clarify and console.

    ISBN: 9781786492852
    Publication date: 07/02/2019
    Price: $36.99
    Author: Smyth, Katharine
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $36.99
  • Autumn in Venice
    Autumn in Venice
    National Geographic Traveller's the best books on European cities, 2019

    The remarkable story of Hemingway's love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there - a young Italian girl who inspired him to complete his great final work.

    In the autumn of 1948 Hemingway and his fourth wife travelled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called 'a goddam wonderful city'. He was a year shy of his fiftieth birthday and hadn't published a novel in nearly a decade.

    At a duck shoot in the lagoon he met and fell in love with Adriana Ivancich, a striking Venetian girl just out of finishing school. Di Robilant - whose great uncle moved in Hemingway's revolving circle of bon vivants, aristocrats, and artists - recreates with sparkling clarity this surprising, years-long relationship.

    Hemingway used Adriana as the model for Renata in Across the River and Into the Trees, and continued to visit Venice to see her; the Ivanciches travelled to Cuba, placing Adriana beside him as he wrote The Old Man and the Sea.

    This illuminating story of writer and muse - which also examines the cost to a young woman of her association with a larger-than-life literary celebrity - is an intimate look at the fractured heart and changing art of Hemingway in his fifties.

    ISBN: 9781782399407
    Publication date: 01/08/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Robilant, Andrea di (Author)
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Best of A. A. Gill
    Best of A. A. Gill
    For over twenty years, people turned to A. A. Gill's columns every Sunday - for his fearlessness, his perception, and the laughter-and-tear-provoking one-liners - but mostly because he was the best. 'By miles the most brilliant journalist of our age', as Lynn Barber put it. This is the definitive collection of a voice that was silenced too early but that can still make us look at the world in new and surprising ways.

    In the words of Andrew Marr, A.. A. Gill was 'a golden writer'. There was nothing that he couldn't illuminate with his dazzling prose. Wherever he was - at home or abroad - he found the human story, brought it to vivid life, and rendered it with fierce honesty and bracing compassion. And he was just as truthful about himself. There have been various collections of A. A. Gill's journalism - individual compilations of his restaurant and TV criticism, of his travel writing and his extraordinary feature articles. This book showcasesthe very best of his work: the peerlessly funny criticism, the extraordinarily knowledgeable food writing, assignments throughout the world, and reflections on life, love, and death. Drawn from a range of publications, including the Sunday Times, Vanity Fair, Tatler and Australian Gourmet Traveller, The Ivy Cookbook and his books on England and America, it is by turns hilarious, uplifting, controversial, unflinching, sad, funny and furious.

    ISBN: 9781474607759
    Publication date: 13/11/2018
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Gill, Adrian
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Best of Us a Memoir
    Best of Us a Memoir
    From New York Times bestselling author Joyce Maynard, a memoir about discovering strength in the midst of great loss--"heart wrenching, inspiring, full of joy and tears and life." (Anne Lamott)

    In 2011, when she was in her late fifties, beloved author and journalist Joyce Maynard met the first true partner she had ever known. Jim wore a rakish hat over a good head of hair; he asked real questions and gave real answers; he loved to see Joyce shine, both in and out of the spotlight; and he didn't mind the mess she made in the kitchen. He was not the husband Joyce imagined, but he quickly became the partner she had always dreamed of.

    Before they met, both had believed they were done with marriage, and even after they married, Joyce resolved that no one could alter her course of determined independence. Then, just after their one-year wedding anniversary, her new husband was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. During the nineteen months that followed, as they battled his illness together, she discovered for the first time what it really meant to be a couple--to be a true partner and to have one.

    This is their story. Charting the course through their whirlwind romance, a marriage cut short by tragedy, and Joyce's return to singleness on new terms, The Best of Us is a heart-wrenching, ultimately life-affirming reflection on coming to understand true love through the experience of great loss.

    ISBN: 9781635571790
    Publication date: 01/11/2017
    Price: $23.99
    Author: Maynard, Joyce
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.99
  • 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: Hard Back
    Price: $49.99
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