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100 Great Children's Picturebooks

Each book is a creation of genius and inventiveness, and their design and illustration represent such diverse trends as the Russian Constructivists, Italian Futurists and Postwar Neo-romantics. They a..

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500 Words You Should Know

Ever wanted to ameliorate your atavistic lexicon, engage in a little intellectual badinage or been discombobulated by tricky diction? 500 Words You Should Know has you covered. This book will inspire ..

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A Is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie's detailed plotting is what makes her books so compelling. Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself being a central p..

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A-Z Great Modern Writers

Artist and graphic designer Andy Tuohy turns his hand to the world of modern literature in this new instalment of the A-Z series. Rendered in his distinctive style, this new book features portraits of..

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Art of the Publisher

'All the books published by a certain publisher could be seen as links in a single chain'. In this fascinating memoir and manifesto the author and publisher Roberto Calasso meditates on the art of boo..

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Arthur & Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes

As a young medical student at the University of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle studied under the vigilant eye of Dr Joseph Bell. He observed as Dr Bell identified a patient's occupation, hometown and a..

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Arthur & Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes

'Fascinating ... A stimulating contribution to our never-ending fascination with Holmes himself, and, even more perhaps, his genial creator' Sunday Times A medical student at the University of Edin..

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Bestseller Code

'If you're someone who dreams of penning a bestseller, read this book' The Week'What if the success of E.L.James and Dan Brown was not so random? What if there were an algorithm that could pick out t..

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Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs,..

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Blockbuster!: Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab

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Book is a Book, A

A beautifully produced, small-format jacketed hardback with simple illustrations that are whimsical yet humorous. A book is to read. A book belongs in a library, on a bookshelf, in a bookshop, in your..

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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 choo..

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Book Lovers' Miscellany

Ever wondered how ink is made? Or what is the bestselling book of all time? Or which are the oldest known books in the world? Highbrow to lowbrow, all aspects of the book are celebrated and explore..

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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 ForshawAbsence doe..

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Books for Living: A Reader's Guide to Life

From the author of the best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity. 'I'm on a search ..

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Books That Changed History

With a foreword by James NaughtieTurn 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..

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Books That Changed the World: The 50 Most Influential Books in Human History

Books That Changed the World tells the fascinating stories behind 50 books that, in ways great and small, have changed the course of human history. Andrew Taylor sets each text in its historical conte..

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Bookshop Book

We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in..

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Why do bookshops matter? How do they filter our ideas and literature? In this inventive and highly entertaining extended essay, Jorge Carrion takes his reader on a journey around the world, via its bo..

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Bound in Venice: The Serene Republic and the Dawn of the Book

Venice in the 1500s is the mercantile and cultural capital of the world. There, the first printers, publishing houses and bookstores open for business, and thrive, finding fertile ground in the city's..

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Boy in the Book

When Nathan discovered a job lot of the first 106 adventures for sale on eBay, there was never any question that he would place a bid. When the books arrived, he lost himself in the old adventures. Ye..

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Britain by the Book: A Curious Tour of Our Literary Landscape

What caused Dickens to leap out of bed one night and walk 30 miles from London to Kent?How did a small town on the Welsh borders become the second-hand bookshop capital of the world?Why did a jellyfis..

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Brontesaurus: An A-Z of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte (and Branwell)

Did Charlotte Bronte take opium? Did the Reverend Bronte carry a loaded pistol? What, precisely, does 'wuthering' mean? Distinguished literary critic John Sutherland takes an idiosyncratic look at the..

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Browse: The World in Bookshops

A celebration of bookshops around the world, by an award-winning cast of writers including Ali Smith, Pankaj Mishra, Elif Shafak and Daniel Kehlmann In Browse Henry Hitchings asks fifteen writers from..

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By the Book

Every Sunday, readers of The New York Times Book Review turn with anticipation to see which novelist, historian, short story writer, or artist will be the subject of the popular By the Book feature. T..

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Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover

In celebration of the 70th anniversary of Penguin Classics, Classic Penguin: Cover To Cover showcases over ten years of stunning cover designs. It begins with the now-iconic redesign of the black spin..

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Clothing of Books

How do you clothe a book? In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing t..

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Collecting Children's Literature: Art, Memories, Values

When We Were Very Young Children's Books delight the young and the young at heart. From the gentle ritual of Goodnight Moon to the incredible odyssey of bad boy Max in Where the Wild Things Are, thes..

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Conspiracy of Ravens: A Compendium of Collective Nouns for Birds

'A murder of crows', 'a charm of goldfinches', 'an ostentation of peacocks': collective nouns for British birds have existed since at least the mid fifteenth century. They are thought to originate in ..

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Daily Rituals

'Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times Anthony Trollope wrote three thousand words every morning before heading off to his job at the Post Office. Toulouse-Lautrec did his best work at nig..

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Darkness Visible: Philip Pullman and His Dark Materials

What do Philip Pullman and J.K. Rowling have in common that has made both of their stories so successful? What does Pullman listen to while he writes - and who, or what, is Dust? Pullman's award-winn..

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Dear Fahrenheit 451: A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to Her Books

Have you ever wished you could tell your favourite books just what they mean to you? Or wanted to give a piece of your mind to the 'must-read' book that you wish you hadn't? Librarian Annie Spence has..

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Essays On World Literature: Shakespeare, Aeschylus, Dante

The Man Booker International-winning author of Broken April and The Siege, Albania's most renowned novelist, and perennial Nobel Prize contender Ismail Kadare explores three giants of world literature..

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Everything I Need to Know I Learned from A Little Golden Book

A humorous "guide to life" for grown-ups! One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life s..

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Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. Writing with humour and erudition, Fadiman revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving eas..

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Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers, and Book Lovers

From beloved"New Yorker"cartoonist Bob Eckstein, "Footnotes from the World s Greatest Bookstores"invites you into the heart and soul of every community: the local bookshop, each with its own quirks, c..

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Frantumaglia: Bits and Pieces of Uncertain Origin

Elena Ferrante is one of the greatest novelists of our time. Read her novels and don't worry about who she is: you will be entranced by her writing. Fragments is a riveting compilation, over the cours..

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Garlic, Mint and Sweet Basil: Essays on Marseilles, the Mediterranean and Mediterranean Noir

Available for the first time in English in Howard Curtis's brilliant translation this collection of personal essays shows Izzo at his most contemplative and insightful. He writes beautifully about the..

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Gate of Lilacs: A Verse Commentary on Proust

Over a period of fifteen years Clive James learned French by almost no other method than reading A la recherche du temps perdu. Then he spent half a century trying to get up to speed with Proust's gre..

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Gilded Chalet: Off-Piste in Literary Switzerland

Rainy summer of 1816. Paparazzi train their telescopes across Lake Geneva on the hanky-panky of Byron, Shelley and their womenfolk. Mary Shelley is inspired to write FRANKENSTEIN. Byron diets and dash..

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Girl Walks into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me About Life, Love, and Women's Work

How many times have you heard readers argue about which is better, Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights? The works of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne continue to provoke passionate fandom over a century after th..

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Good Story: Exchanges on Truth, Fiction and Psychotherapy

The Good Story is an exchange between a writer with a longstanding interest in moral psychology and a psychotherapist with a training in literary studies. J. M. Coetzee and Arabella Kurtz consider psy..

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Great Books of China

Great Books of China offers concise introductions - each of them accompanied by generous quotation (in English) from the book in question - to sixty-six works in the canon of Chinese literature. The b..

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Greatest Books You'll Never Read: Unpublished Masterpieces by the World's Greatest Writers

From a creative crisis to a dissatisfied editor, and from a bizarre twist of fate to an untimely death, behind each unpublished book lies a unique and compelling story. One of the giants of modern lit..

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History of the Book in 100 Books : The Complete Story : From Egypt to EBook
How English Became English: A Short History of a Global Language

The English Language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today? In Do You Speak English? Simon ..

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How to be a Heroine: Or, What I've Learned from Reading Too Much

Cathy Earnshaw or Jane Eyre? Petrova or Posy? Scarlett or Melanie? Lace or Valley of the Dolls? On a pilgrimage to Wuthering Heights, Samantha Ellis found herself arguing with her best friend about wh..

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I'd Rather Be Reading: A Library of Art for Book Lovers

I'd Rather Be Reading is a visual love letter to all things bookish. It features beautiful art, photography, and illustrations depicting the pleasures of books - from the likes of Jane Mount, Lisa Con..

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Illustrated Dust Jacket: 1920-1970


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Illustrated Letters of Virginia Woolf

The moving story of the life and work of novelist Virginia Woolf, revealed through her own letters to those closest to her. The letters - at times witty and irreverent, at times melancholy and intr..

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Improbable Libraries

From the rise of the egalitarian Little Free Library movement (motto: Take a book, return a book) to the growth in luxury hotel libraries, Alex Johnson whose parents were both librarians maps out the ..

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