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25 Great Sentences and How They Got That Way

We all know the basic structure of a sentence: a subject/verb pair expressing a complete thought and ending with proper punctuation. But that classroom definition doesn't begin to describe the ways in..

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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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All the Knowledge in the World: The Extraordinary History of the Encyclopaedia

The encyclopaedia once shaped our understanding of the world. Created by thousands of scholars and the most obsessive of editors, a good set conveyed a sense of absolute wisdom on its rea..

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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: 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: ..

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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 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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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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Circus of Dreams: Adventures in the 1980s Literary World

Something extraordinary happened to the UK literary scene in the 1980s. A new wave of talented young novelists appeared in the space of five years, challenging the Establishment writers whose heyday h..

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Consuming Joyce: 100 Years of Ulysses in Ireland

"This book was crying out to be written." The Irish Times "Scandalously readable." Literary Review James Joyce's relationship with his homeland was a complicated and often vexed one. The public..

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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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Dinner with Joseph Johnson: Books and Friendship in a Revolutionary Age

A portrait of a radical age via the writers who gather around a publisher's dining table - from William Wordsworth to Mary Wollstonecraft Joseph Johnson became a bookseller and a maker of book..

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Encyclopedia of Rainbows Notecards

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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 Amazon.com, wh..

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Fairy Tellers: A Journey into the Secret History of Fairy Tales, The

'Like a child after the Pied Piper I pursued Jubber into a world both human and full of magic. A carnival of a book, rigorously researched and jostling with life' Amy Jeffs, author of Storyland: A New..

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Fierce Bad Rabbits: Tales Behind Children's Picture Books

What is The Tiger Who Came to Tea really about? How is Meg and Mog related to Polish embroidery? And why does death in picture books involve being eaten? Fierce Bad Rabbits explores the stori..

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Frantumaglia:  Writer's Journey

This book invites readers into Elena Ferrante's workshop. It offers a glimpse into the drawers of her writing desk, those drawers from which emerged her three early standalone novels and the four inst..

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Great Literary Friendships

Close friendships are a heart-warming feature of many of our best-loved works of fiction. From Jane Eyre and Helen Burns' poignant schoolgirl relationship to Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn's adventur..

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Heart of Flame: Katherine Mansfield's Flowers & Trees (2nd ed)

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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 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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Jane Austen Remedy

As she approached the age of seventy, Ruth Wilson began to have recurring dreams about losing her voice. Unable to dismiss her feelings of unexplainable sadness, she made the radical decision to retre..

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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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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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Little Book About Books: Quotes for the Bibliophile in Your Life

The world of books in one little book. It doesn't matter how well read you are, A Little Book About Books is packed full of quotes, one-liners and famous lines from names that everyone will reco..

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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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Not Even This: Poetry, parenthood and living uncertainly

'[A] clever, cosmic, moving and funny parenting physics and poetry adventure . . . It's wonderful' Max Porter via Twitter 'Clear, nimble and dexterous' Ocean Vuong 'It's a magica..

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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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Portable Magic: History of Books and their Readers

An effervescent and excitingly revisionist history of bibliophilia, from a globally respected Shakespeare scholar Most of what we say about books is really about their contents- the rosy nostalgi..

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Reacher Said Nothing: Lee Child and the Making of Make Me

It had never been attempted before, and might never be done again. One man watching another man write a novel from beginning to end. On September 1, 2014, in an 11th floor apartment in New York,..

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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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Rooms of Their Own: Where Great Writers Write

The perennial question asked of all authors is How do you write? What do they require of their room or desk? Do they have favourite pens, paper or typewriters? And have they found the perfect daily ro..

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Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen

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Short History of the World in 50 Books, A

The book has a unique status as an emblem of human culture and civilisation. It is a vessel for sharing stories, dispersing knowledge, examining the nature of our extraordinary species and imagining w..

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Short Story of the Novel:  Pocket Guide to Key Genres, Novels, Themes and Techniques

The Short Story of the Novel is a new and innovative introduction to the best works of fiction from the last 500 years. Simply constructed, the book explores 60 key novels from The Tale of Genji to My..

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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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Stasi Poetry Circle: Creative Writing Class that Tried to Win the Cold War

'Liebe Mitstreiter', he says. Dear comrades in arms. Today we are going to learn about the sonnet. Berlin, 1962. Morale is at rock bottom in East Germany, thrown into chaos by the new Berlin Wall..

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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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