• 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Book Love
    Book Love
    Book Love is a gift book of comics tailor-made for tea-sipping, spine-sniffing, book-hoarding bibliophiles. Debbie Tung's comics are humorous and instantly recognisable - making readers laugh while precisely conveying the thoughts and habits of book nerds. Book Love is the ideal gift to let a book lover know they're understood and appreciated.

    ISBN: 9781449494285
    Publication date: 07/02/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Tung, Debbie
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $27.99
  • 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
  • Bookends: Collected Intros and Outros
    Bookends: Collected Intros and Outros
    A brilliant, idiosyncratic collection of introductions and afterwords (plus some liner notes) by New York Times bestselling and Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon-"one of contemporary literature's most gifted prose stylists" (Michiko Kakutani, New York Times).

    In Bookends, Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon offers a compilation of pieces about literature-age-old classics as well as his own-that presents a unique look into his literary origins and influences, the books that shaped his taste and formed his ideas about writing and reading.

    Chabon asks why anyone would write an introduction, or for that matter, read one. His own daughter Rose prefers to skip them. Chabon's answer is simple and simultaneously profound: "a hope of bringing pleasure for the reader." Likewise, afterwords-they are all about shared pleasure, about the "pure love" of a work of art that has inspired, awakened, transformed the reader. Ultimately, this thought-provoking compendium is a series of love letters and thank-you notes, unified by the simple theme of the shared pleasure of discovery, whether it's the boyhood revelation of the most important story in Chabon's life (Ray Bradbury's "The Rocket Man"); a celebration of "the greatest literary cartographer of the planet Mars" (Edgar Rice Burroughs, with his character John Carter); a reintroduction to a forgotten master of ghost stories (M. R. James, ironically "the happiest of men"); the recognition that the worlds of Wes Anderson's films are reassembled scale models of our own broken reality (as is all art); Chabon's own rude awakening from the muse as he writes his debut novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh; or a playful parody of lyrical interpretation in the liner notes for Mark Ronson's Uptown Special, the true purpose of which, Chabon insists, is to "spread the gospel of sensible automotive safety and maintenance practices."

    Galaxies away from academic or didactic, Bookends celebrates wonder-and like the copy of The Phantom Tollbooth handed to young Michael by a friend of his father he never saw again-it is a treasured gift.

    ISBN: 9780062851291
    Publication date: 21/01/2019
    Price: $32.99
    Author: Chabon, Michael
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $32.99
  • Books That Changed History
    Books That Changed History
    Featuring a foreword by James Naughtie.Turn the pages of the most famous books of all time and marvel at the stories behind them. Over 75 of the world's most celebrated, rare, and seminal books are examined and explained in this stunning treasury.Books That Changed History is a unique encyclopedia spanning the history of the written word, from 3000 BCE to the modern day. Chronological chapters show the evolution of human knowledge and the changing ways in which books are made. Discover incredible coverage of history's most influential books including the Mahabharata, Shakespeare's First Folio, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Penguin's first ever paperbacks. From Darwin's groundbreaking On the Origin of Species to Louis Braille's conception of the Braille system that we still use today, these are world famous books that have had the biggest impact on history. Every book is presented with breathtaking photography and fascinating biographies of those who created them. Books That Changed History gathers dictionaries, diaries, plays, poems, treaties, and religious texts into one stunning celebration of the undisputed power of books.

    ISBN: 9780241289334
    Publication date: 07/09/2017
    Price: $50.00
    Author: DK
    Format: Hard Back
    Price: $50.00
  • Bring Your Own Book Game
    Bring Your Own Book Game
    Attention all bookworms and devotees of phraseology: you will love this game! Using prompts from a deck of cards and your own books you will race to find the best answer the questions provided. Lots of fun and creativity await you and your "book club!"

    ISBN: 759751001094
    Price: $49.99
    Author: GW109
    Format: Not Applicable
    Price: $49.99
  • Calypso
    Calypso
    'Sedaris is the premier observer of our world and its weirdnesses' Adam Kay, author of THIS IS GOING TO HURT



    'He's like an American Alan Bennett' Guardian



    A New York Times Notable Book of 2018





    'Entrancing . . . This book allows us to observed not just the nimble-mouthed elf of his previous work, but a man in his seventh decade expunging his darker secrets and contemplating mortality . . . The brilliance of David Sedaris's writing is that his very essence, his aura, seeps through the pages of his books like an intoxicating cloud, mesmerising us so that his logic becomes ours' Alan Cumming, Scotsman



    If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with CALYPSO. You'd be wrong.



    When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.



    With CALYPSO, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny - it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's writing has never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.



    This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumour joke. CALYPSO is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet - and it just might be his very best.

    ISBN: 9780349141893
    Publication date: 28/05/2019
    Price: $27.99
    Author: Sedaris, David
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
  • Chronicles of a Liquid Society
    Chronicles of a Liquid Society
    Umberto Eco was an international cultural superstar. A celebrated essayist as well as novelist, in this, his last collection, he explores many aspects of the modern world with irrepressible curiosity and wisdom written in his uniquely ironic voice.

    Written by Eco as articles for his regular column in l'Espresso magazine, he brings his dazzling erudition, incisiveness and keen sense of the everyday to bear on topics such as popular culture and politics, unbridled individualism, conspiracies, the old and the young, mobile phones, mass media, racism, good manners and the crisis in ideological values. It is a final gift to his readers - astute, witty and illuminating.

    ISBN: 9781784705206
    Publication date: 15/11/2018
    Price: $30.00
    Author: Eco, Umberto
    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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