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Aesop's Animals: The Science Behind the Fables

Despite originating more than two-and-a-half thousand years ago, Aesop's Fables are still passed on from parent to child, and are embedded in our collective consciousness. The morals we have learned f..

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Aestheticism and the Marriage Market in Victorian Popular Fiction: The Art of Female Beauty

Based on close readings of five Victorian novels, Hallum presents an original study of the interaction between popular fiction, the marriage market and the aesthetic movement. She uses the texts to tr..

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Americanon: Unexpected U.S. History in Thirteen Bestselling Books

"An elegant, meticulously-researched and eminently readable history of the books that define us as Americans. For history buffs and book-lovers alike, McHugh offers us a precious gift."-Jake Halpern,P..

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Around the World in 80 Books

A transporting and illuminating voyage around the globe, through classic and modern literary works that are in conversation with one another and with the world around them Inspired by Jules Verne..

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Au Revoir, Tristesse: Lessons in Happiness from French Literature

A lighthearted look at how to bring more humor, happiness, and joie de vivre into our lives through French literature Like many people the world over, Viv Groskop wishes she was a little more Fr..

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Beatrix Potter

Drawing on the V&A's collection of Beatrix Potter's artwork - the largest in the world - and little-seen material from international collections, this beautiful book explores Potter's achievements as ..

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Bibliophile: Diverse Spines

It's time to diversify your reading list. This richly illustrated and vastly inclusive collection uplifts the works of authors who are often underrepresented in the literary world. Using their ke..

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Book Collectors of Daraya, The: A Band of Syrian Rebels, Their Underground Library, and the Stories that Carried Them Through a War

'There is no jail that can imprison the free word, nor is there a siege tight enough that can prevent the spread of information.' MAZEN DARWISH, Syrian human rights activist, in a speech given on Apri..

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Book Nerd

With over 7 million Instagram posts tagged #booknerd, and millions more tagged with the likes of #bookworm and #bibliophile, it's clear: Book nerds rule! And what better gift than this joyous celebrat..

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Books Promiscuously Read: Reading as a Way of Life

Heather Cass White's Books Promiscuously Read is about the pleasures of reading and its power in shaping our internal lives. It advocates for a life of constant, disorderly, time-consuming reading, an..

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Bookseller's Tale, The

A lively cultural history of the book from a charmingly idiosyncratic bookseller 'The right book has a neverendingness, and so does the right bookshop.' This is the story of our love affair ..

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Bookshop Book, The

Every bookshop has a story We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and undergroun..

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Brief Notes on the Art and Manner of Arranging One's Books

One of the most singular and extravagant imaginations of the twentieth century, the novelist and essayist Georges Perec was a true original who delighted in wordplay, puzzles, taxonomies and seeing th..

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Chronicles of a Cairo Bookseller

The streets of Cairo make strange music. The echoing calls to prayer; the raging insults hurled between drivers; the steady crescendo of horns honking; the shouts of street vendors; the television set..

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Dancing on Ropes: Translators and the Balance of History

Would Hiroshima have been bombed if Japanese contained a phrase meaning 'no comment'? Is it alright for missionaries to replace the Bible's 'white as snow' with 'white as fungus' in places where snow ..

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Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin

There are books out there, some shelved unwittingly next to ordinary texts, that are bound in human skin. Would you know one if you held it in your hand? In Dark Archives, Megan Rosenbloom, a med..

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Dear Reader: Comfort and Joy of Books

From the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Last Act of Love. 'Reading has saved my life, again and again, and has held my hand through every difficult time' For as long as she can remem..

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Essays Two

Lydia Davis returns with a timeless collection of essays on literature and language. 'A writer as mighty as Kafka, as subtle as Flaubert, and as epoch-making, in her own way, as Proust'(Ali Sm..

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Everything and Less:  Novel in the Age of Amazon

As the story goes: Jeff Bezos left a lucrative job to start something new in Seattle only after a deeply affecting reading of Kazuo Ishiguro's Remains of the Day. But if a novel gave us, wh..

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Ex Libris: 100+ Books to Read and Reread

From renowned, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic, Michiko Kakutani, comes an inspiring and gorgeously illustrated selection of the life-changing books that none of us should miss 'Why do w..

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Flash Jim:  astonishing story of the convict fraudster who wrote Australia's first dictionary

The astonishing story of James Hardy Vaux, writer of Australia's first dictionary and first true-crime memoir If you wear 'togs', tell a 'yarn', call someone 'sly', or refuse to 'snitch' on..

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Guarded by Dragons: Encounters with Rare Books and Rare People

Rick Gekoski has been traversing the rocky terrain of the rare book trade for over fifty years. The treasure he seeks is scarce, carefully buried and often jealously guarded, knowledge of its hiding p..

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How Should One Read a Book?

'Where are we to begin? How are we to bring order into this multitudinous chaos and so get the deepest and widest pleasure from what we read?' Published for the first time as a standalone volume,..

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Illustrated Letters of the Brontes: The letters, diaries and writings of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, The

The Illustrated Letters of the Brontes is the story both of the real world of the Brontes at Haworth Parsonage, their home on the edge of the lonely Yorkshire moors, and of the imaginary worlds they s..

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In Love with Hell: Drink in the Lives and Work of Eleven Writers

'Wise, witty and empathetic . . . outstanding' JIM CRACE 'A fascinating treatment of the age-old problem of writers and drink which displays the same subtle qualities as William Palmer..

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In the Margins: On the Pleasures of Reading and Writing

'Elena Ferrante has established herself as the foremost writer in Italy - and the world.' - The Sunday Times A delightful collection of essays exploring reading and writing from the international..

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Janet Frames World of Books

This study investigates how Janet Frame weaves together literary sources from her extensive reading to create a web of intertextual relationships. Patricia Neville traces Frames passion for books begi..

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John McConnell: Design

John McConnell's list of collaborators includes many household names - Boots, Faber & Faber, Halfords, Clarks, John Lewis. The man behind the Biba logo (for which he won the D&AD Silver in 1969), the ..

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What are Kafka's stories about? Are they dreams? Allegories? Symbols? Things that happen every day? But where and when? In this remarkable book, Roberto Calasso sets out not to dispel the mystery..

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Library Book, The

A New York Times Book of the Year, 2018 A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution - our libraries. After moving to Los Angeles, Su..

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Literature in 30 Seconds or Less!: 100 Classics Cut Down for the Pace of the Modern World

Build your brain and blitz through the canon with Literature in 30 Seconds of Less!, a collection of illuminating synopses of the great works. Bursting with illuminating synopses of humanity's gr..

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Living and Dying with Marcel Proust

'A work buzzing with appetite and Proustian should be without it.' - Andrew Marr, author and broadcaster 'Literate, lively, and leavened by wry and gentle humour, Living and Dying ..

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Lolita in the Afterlife: On Beauty, Risk, and Reckoning with the Most Indelible and Shocking Novel of the Twentieth Century

A vibrant collection of sharp and essential modern pieces on the perennially controversial Lolita, by a wide range of celebrated writers, edited by the daughter of Lolita's original publisher. In..

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Madman's Library, The: The Greatest Curiosities of Literature

'Anybody who loves the printed word will be bowled over by this amusing, erudite, beautiful book about books. It is in every way a triumph. One of the loveliest books to have been published for many, ..

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New Torchlight List

"Writers' festivals, TV book shows, radio interviews, book clubs, TED Talks:today's novelists are a travelling roadshow. New books and their authors are thrown to the wolves, aka reviewers, to be sava..

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New York Times Book Review: 125 Years of Literary History, The

From the longest-running, most influential book review in America, here is its best, funniest, strangest, and most memorable coverage over the past 125 years. Since its first issue on October 10,..

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No One Round Here Reads Tolstoy: Memoirs of a Working-Class Reader

Mark Hodkinson grew up among the terrace houses of Rochdale in a house with just one book. His dad kept it on top of a wardrobe with other items of great worth - wedding photographs and Mark's Nationa..

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On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Biography of George Orwell's Masterpiece

From the author of the definitive biography of George Orwell, a captivating account of the origin and enduring power of his landmark dystopian novel Since its publication nearly 70 years ago, G..

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Orwell's Roses

From 1936 to 1940, the newly-wed George Orwell lived in a small cottage inHertfordshire, writing, and tending his garden. When Rebecca Solnit visited the cottage, she discovered the descendants of the..

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Philosophers' Library: Books that Shaped the World, The

The Philosophers' Library features the most important philosophy manuscripts and books as stepping stones to take your through the history of philosophy. By cataloguing the history of philosophy via ..

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Place For Everything: Curious History of Alphabetical Order

Few of us think much of the alphabet and its familiar sing-song order once we've learned it as children. And yet the order of the alphabet, that simple knowledge that we take for granted, plays far mo..

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Read the Classics: The Books that Nurtured Human Thought

Take a stroll through some of the most influential pieces of literature of all time with Read the Classics. From Aristotle and Plato to Kerouac and Tolstoy, don't just read the classics, learn w..

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Reading the Seasons: Books Holding Life and Friendship Together

It's an old cliche that books 'transport you'; but as any avid reader will tell you, there's far more to them than that. Alongside comfort and retreat, books offer insight into ourselves and others; t..

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Ready, Set, Memoir!: The Essential Guide to Telling Your Story

This authoritative and accessible workbook guides you through the memoir writing process so you can tell your own story with confidence! Ready, Set, Memoir! is full of helpful lists, exercises, ..

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Rebel Writers:  Accidental Feminists

'Make this your next inspirational read. Trust us, it's Oprah's Book Club worthy' Vice In London in 1958, a play by a 19-year-old redefined women's writing in Britain. It also began a movement th..

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Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen


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Scandinavian Noir: In Pursuit of a Mystery

For nearly four decades, Wendy Lesser's primary source of information about three Scandinavian countries-Sweden, Norway, and Denmark-was mystery and crime novels, and the murders committed and solved ..

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Secret Life of Books: Why They Mean More Than Words, The

We love books. We take them to bed with us. They weigh down our suitcases on holiday. We display them on our bookshelves, give them as gifts, write our names in them. We take them for granted. And all..

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Sinner and the Saint: Dostoevsky, a Crime and Its Punishment, The

From the acclaimed author of The Most Dangerous Book, the true story behind the creation of another masterpiece of world literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment In the summer of 186..

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Somewhere Becoming Rain: Collected Writings on Philip Larkin

Clive James is a life-long admirer of the work of Philip Larkin. Somewhere Becoming Rain gathers all of James's writing on this towering literary figure of the twentieth century, together with extra m..

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Swallowed By a Whale

In this specially-commissioned anthology, sixty accomplished authors share secrets and insights into their writing lives: on their inspirations, methods, wild ideas and daily routines; on the pleasure..

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