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A Guest at the Feast

A Guest at the Feast uncovers the places where politics and poetics meet, where life and fiction overlap, where one can be inside writing and also outside of it. From the melancholy and amusement..

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A Kidnapped West: The Tragedy of Central Europe

'The people of Central Europe cannot be separated from European history; they cannot exist outside it; but they represent the wrong side of this history; they are its victims and outsiders.' In a mo..

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Abominations

A masterful collection from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. Abominations: Selected essays from a career of courting self-destruction showcases Lionel Shriver's relentlessly sceptical..

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Abominations: Selected essays from a career of courting self-destruction

The first essay collection from one of the most acclaimed writers of our time. 'This trenchant, unrepentant collection reminds you that she's a brilliant writer... Order a copy in case she's canc..

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All Desire is a Desire for Being

A new selection of foundational works from the influential philosopher who developed the theory of mimetic desire Rene Girard eludes easy categories, bridging the fields of literary criticism, an..

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All Who Live On Islands

All Who Live on Islands introduces a bold new voice in New Zealand literature. In these intimate and entertaining essays, Rose Lu takes us through personal history - a shopping trip with her Shanghai-..

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Awakenings

'The story of a disease that plunged its victims into a prison of viscous time, and the drug that catapulted them out of it' - Guardian Hailed as a medical classic, and the subject of a major fe..

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Ayiti

'These early stories showcase Gay's prowess as one of the voices of our age' National Post, Canada From New York Times-bestselling powerhouse Roxane Gay, Ayiti is a powerful collectio..

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Between Starshine and Clay: Conversations from the African Diaspora

Foreword by Bernardine Evaristo Award-w inning author and cultural critic Sarah Ladipo Manyika takes us on aremarkable journey across contemporary cultural and political landscapes as shetalks to so..

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Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces 2004-2021

An exhilarating collection of non-fiction from the bestselling, double Booker Prize-winning phenomenon that is Margaret Atwood From cultural icon Margaret Atwood comes a brilliant collection of ..

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Burning Questions: Essays and Occasional Pieces 2004-2022

An exhilarating collection of non-fiction from the bestselling, double Booker Prize-winning phenomenon that is Margaret Atwood From cultural icon Margaret Atwood comes a brilliant collection of ..

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By the River: Essays from the Water's Edge

Twelve writers consider the subject of rivers and how they shape us throughout our lives, demarcating cities as well as moulding our creative consciousness. Tessa Hadley revisits Rumer Godden's ..

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Call of the Tribe: Essays, The

In The Call of the Tribe, Mario Vargas Llosa surveys the readings that haveshaped the way he thinks and has viewed the world over the past fifty years.The Nobel Laureate maps out the liberal thinkers ..

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Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism

Walter Benjamin, one of the foremost cultural commentators and theorists of this century, is perhaps best known for his analyses of the work of art in the modern age and the philosophy of history. Yet..

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Complete Prose: James K. Baxter 4 Volume Set

James K. Baxter was a great twentieth-century poet. He once declared, 'In contradiction ...I was born.' Sometimes at odds with God, often at odds with conventional society, he was at the same time a p..

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Dispatches from the Gilded Age: A Few More Thoughts on Interesting People, Far-Flung Places, and the Joys of Southern Comforts

In the middle of the night on March 11, 1980, the phone rang in Julia Reed's Georgetown dorm. It was her boss at Newsweek where she was an intern. He told her to get in her car and drive to the Madeir..

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Dispersals: On Plants, Borders and Belonging

A poetic and intimate essay collection on the lives of plants and their entanglement with our human worlds A seed slips beyond a garden wall. A seaweed drifts through an ocean. A tree is planted ..

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Diversity in Community: Indigenous Scholars Writing

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Every Day is To-Day: Essential Writings

In this collection, readers will rediscover Gertrude Stein as the bearer of a joyfully radical literary vision. A bold experimenter, her writing sparks with vitality, relishing in rhythm, repetition, ..

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Everything Abridged: Stories

Framed as a reference work of humorous "entries" that offer trenchant social commentary, Everything Abridged presages a dark vision of the near future but tells jokes in the face of it: An intelligenc..

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Fran Lebowitz Reader, The

Acerbic, wisecracking and hilarious, this is the definitive essay collection from New York legend and satirist, Fran Lebowitz, star of Martin Scorsese's hit Netflix series, Pretend It's a City. ..

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Funny Weather: Art in an Emergency

In this remarkable, inspiring collection of essays, acclaimed writer and critic Olivia Laing makes a brilliant case for why art matters, especially in the turbulent political weather of the twenty fir..

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Hitch in Time, A : Writings from the London Review of Books

'Revisiting this selection of diaries and essay-reviews from the London Review ofBooks is restorative, an extended spa treatment that stretches tired brains andunkinks the usual habitual responses whe..

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Ithaca

From returning to Ethiopia to find it wasn't as her memory had left it, to the Australian Army and Bible school, and culminating in an 800-kilometre trek through the Camino, Alie Benge writes of searc..

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Languages of Truth: Essays 2003-2020

A collection of the finest essays by the 'Best of the Booker' winner, following on from his much-acclaimed STEP ACROSS THIS LINE From 'Best of the Booker' winner Salman Rushdie, an incisive and i..

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Let Me Tell You What I Mean

From one of our most iconic and influential writers: twelve pieces never before collected that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of this legendary figure. Mostly drawn fro..

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Like Love: Essays and Conversations

'One of the most electrifying writers at work in America today, among the sharpest and most supple thinkers of her generation' Olivia Laing Like Love is a momentous, raucous collection of essays ..

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Little Doomsdays

The fifth in the ground-breaking korero series conceived and edited by Lloyd Jones, Little Doomsdays is another rich collaboration between an artist and a writer. This time legendary musician and pain..

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Little Give, A : The Unsung, Unseen, Undone Work of Women

Sometimes I think that carrying - other people, the continuity of history, generational identity, the emotional load of the everyday - is the main thing that women do. In Marina Benjamin's new se..

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Map Reading: The Nobel Lecture and Other Writings

'One of the world's most prominent postcolonial writers ... He has consistently and with great compassion penetrated the effects of colonialism and its effects on the lives of uprooted and migrating i..

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Migraine

'A mine of treasures, a source of visions, a microcosm of human experience and suffering, the philosopher's stone: Migraine is a remarkable achievement' - Sunday Telegraph. Migraine is an age-ol..

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Misfits:  Personal Manifesto

The ground-breaking much-awaited debut by leading British star Michaela Coel. A personal and powerful book about the life-changing power of transparency. From the brilliant mind of the creator an..

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No Country for Eight-Spot Butterflies

A collection of essays on resistance, resilience, and collective power in the age of climate disaster from Chamorro human rights lawyer and organiser Julian Aguon. 'A powerful, beautiful book. It..

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No Judgement: On Being Critical

As a critic, Lauren Oyler has spent a lot of time writing essays that attempt to convince an audience to pay attention to something that could easily be called irrelevant: usually a book. ..

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Notes on the Death of Culture: Essays on Spectacle and Society

'The most approachable and exhilarating Latin American writer of our times.' Robert McCrum, Observer In the past, culture was a kind of vital consciousness that constantly rejuvenated and revivif..

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Novelist as a Vocation

A charmingly idiosyncratic look at writing, creativity, and the author's own novels. A charmingly idiosyncratic look at writing, creativity, and the author's own novels. Haruki Murakami's ..

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Novelist as a Vocation

Thoughts and advice on the creative writing process from an international master of literature. A unique look at the craft of writing from a bestelling master of storytelling. In this engagi..

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On the Move: A Life

When Oliver Sacks was twelve years old, a perceptive schoolmaster wrote in his report: 'Sacks will go far, if he does not go too far'. It is now abundantly clear that Sacks has never stopped going . ...

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Pleasure of Thinking

The dazzling essays of the beloved, subversive Chinese writer Wang Xiaobo, a continual bestseller in China, now in English for the first time Wang Xiaobo made his name as a novelist but his essay..

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Quarrels with Himself: Essays on James K. Baxter as Prose Writer

`I know now that later in life I will write prose and good prose,' declared the nineteen-year-old James K. Baxter. And he did. The 2015 publication of Baxter's Complete Prose reveals his remarka..

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Quietly Hostile

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wow, No Thank You 'Brilliant, hilarious and perspicacious' - ELIZABETH DAY 'SO funny.' - SARA PASCOE 'Wildly, seditiously funny.' - New York T..

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Remember Love: Words for Tender Times

A valuable handbook for anyone white knuckling their way through the days from New York Times bestselling author and poet Cleo Wade. The beloved, bestselling author of Heart Talk, hailed as "the ..

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Room of One's Own/Three Guineas

A Room of One's Own, based on a lecture given at Girton College Cambridge, is one of the great feminist polemics, ranging in its themes from Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte to the silent fate of Shak..

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dissents

A collection of key dissenting and majority opinions from U.S. Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. During her 27 years as an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsbur..

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Selected Essays (Collins Classics)

HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. 'When I was about sixteen I suddenly discovered the joy of mere words' Best known for his remarkable novels Anima..

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Sex and Lies

'Striking.' - ELLE France'Brave.' - iNews 'Powerful.' - TLS 'Urgent.' - Evening Standard 'Original.' - Cosmopolitan n these essays, Leila Slimani gives voice to young Moroccan women who ..

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Strong Words 3: The Best of the Landfall Essay Competition

Strong Words 3 showcases the best of the best of Aotearoa New Zealand's contemporary essays from 2021 and 2022. Selected from entries into the Landfall Essay Competition, these essays are explorative,..

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Table Talk: Opinions, stories, and a play

Poet, fiction writer, critic, essayist, teacher and academic, C.K. Stead has made his mark on all these disciplines. While he has already written or edited over fifty books, there is no sitting on his..

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The Anatomy of Melancholy

A guidebook to melancholia or depression, and a masterly, all-encompassing examination of the human condition The Anatomy of Melancholy is the vast and only work by Robert Burton, the seventeenth..

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The Art of Dying: Writings, 2019-2022

When the New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl published his widely read autobiographical essay "The Art of Dying" in December 2019, he reported that he had lung cancer and his oncologist had given h..

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