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Alice's Adventures Under Ground: The Original Manuscript

One `golden afternoon' in Oxford, in July 1862, the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, accompanied three young sisters, Lorina, Alice, and Edith, on a boating trip. To keep the children amused, Dodgso..

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Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists, The

'A diary is an assassin's cloak which we wear when we stab a comrade in the back with a pen', wrote William Soutar in 1934. But a diary is also a place for recording everyday thoughts and special occa..

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Biographic: Sherlock: Great Lives in Graphic Form

Many people know that Sherlock Holmes was an enigmatic detective who, with his companion Dr. Watson, pursued criminals through Victorian and Edwardian England. What, perhaps, they don't know is that h..

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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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Bookseller's Tale, The

'The right book has a neverendingness, and so does the right bookshop.'This is the curious story of our long love affair with books. Whether comfort reads or cult novels, we carry them with us, inhale..

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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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Call Me Ishmael Phone Book: An Interactive Guide to Life-Changing Books, The

For fans of My Ideal Bookshelf and Bibliophile, The Call Me Ishmael Phone Book is the perfect gift for book lovers everywhere: a quirky and entertaining interactive guide to reading, featuring voicema..

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Cult Writers: 50 Nonconformist Novelists You Need to Know

Cult Writers handpicks 50 notable figures from the modern world of literature and explores the creative genius that earned them the cult label, while celebrating the works that made their names. ..

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Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work

Utterly fascinating' Daisy Goodwin, Sunday Times Benjamin Franklin took daily naked air baths and Toulouse-Lautrec painted in brothels. Edith Sitwell worked in bed, and George Gershwin composed a..

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Details, The: On Love, Death and Reading

A long and intimate relationship with reading has taught acclaimed writer Tegan Bennett Daylight that - in life as in books - the delight is in the details. Tegan Bennett Daylight has led a life..

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Don DeLillo, American Original: Drugs, Weapons, Erotica, and Other Literary Contraband

Don DeLillo, American Original is a startlingly original and provocative reinterpretation of one of the most important novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Adopting a direct approach that steers ..

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Edward Lear and the Pussycat: The Adventures of Famous Writers and Their Pets

Behind every great writer there is a beloved pet, providing inspiration in life and in death, and companionship in what is often a lonely working existence. They also offer practical services, such as..

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Emily Dickinson Notecards

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Enchanted Hour, The : The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction

'As soon as I began to read, I was filled with that kind of engrossed blossoming that happens somewhere inside of you when you start a really nourishing book.' - Pandora Sykes A conversatio..

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Encyclopedia of Rainbows Notecards

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Essential Paradise Lost, The

After its publication in 1667, John Milton's Paradise Lost was celebrated throughout Europe as a supreme achievement of the human spirit. Now it is little read. To bring readers back to Milton's ..

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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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Faber & Faber: The Untold Story

Faber and Faber is one of the world's greatest independent publishers. Literary superstars like T.S.Eliot, William Golding, Ted Hughes, and Sylvia Plath are synonymous with the name 'Faber', as are th..

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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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Gin Austen: 50 Cocktails to Celebrate the Novels of Jane Austen

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a person in possession of this good book must be in want of a drink. In six enduring novels, Jane Austen captured the fancies and foibles of Regency E..

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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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I Can't Remember the Title but the Cover is Blue: Sketches from the Other Side of the Bookshop Counter

As any retail or service worker will tell you, customers can be irrational, demanding, abusive, and brain-scramblingly, mind-bendingly strange. They can also be kind, thoughtful, funny, and full of pa..

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Invention of Rare Books: Private Interest and Public Memory, 1600-1840

When does a book that is merely old become a rarity and an object of desire? David McKitterick examines, for the first time, the development of the idea of rare books, and why they matter. Studying ex..

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Jane Austen

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Jane Austen's England: A Travel Guide

Walk in Jane Austen's footsteps with this unique travel guide - the first book to explore England in relation to its most beloved Regency author. Rambling across the rolling fields of Hampshire, along..

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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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Lark Ascending: The Music of the British Landscape, The

Written by one of our most celebrated music writers, The Lark Ascending is a lyrical exploration of how Britain's history and identity has been shaped by the mysterious relationship between music and ..

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Library Book, The

After moving to Los Angeles, Susan Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles..

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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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Moral Worlds of Contemporary Realism, The

Literature has never looked weirder--full of images, colors, gadgets, and footnotes, and violating established norms of character, plot, and narrative structure. Yet over the last 30 years, critics ha..

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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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Rebel without a Clause

The English language is changing constantly. We invent new words and phrases, we mash up idioms, we mispronounce, misuse, misappropriate. Sue Butler has heard it all and is ready to defend and disagre..

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Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen

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Scandinavian Noir: In Pursuit of a Mystery

For forty years, Wendy Lesser's primary source of information for three Scandinavian countries-Sweden, Norway, and Denmark-was mystery and crime novels, and the murders committed and solved in their p..

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Secret Life of Books, The

We love books. We take them to bed with us. They weigh down our suitcases when we go on holiday. We display them on our bookshelves or store them in our attics. We give them as gifts. We write our nam..

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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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Sherlock Holmes

Ever since Arthur Conan Doyle created the pipe-smoking, deer-stalkered character, Sherlock Holmes, he has become a part of popular culture for generations, and here every aspect of the legendary detec..

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Southern Cross Crime

Australian and New Zealand crime and thriller writing is booming globally, with antipodean authors regularly featuring on awards and bestseller lists across Europe and North America, and overseas read..

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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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Toni Morrison:  Last Interview

A wide-ranging collection of talks with the beloved author finds her refreshingly candid about her books and her life, race and misogyny, and more. In this generous collection of thought-provokin..

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Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader, A

Age range 10+ An expansive collection of love letters to books, libraries, and reading, from a wonderfully eclectic array of thinkers and creators. In these pages, some of today's most wonde..

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Voices From the Past: A year of great quotations - and the stories from history that inspired them

In a treasure trove for history buffs, W.B. Marsh fleshes out the context behind famous quotations associated with each day of the year, sending us back and forth in history from the time of the Ancie..

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Books: The History and Future of Reading

Around 2000, people began to believe that books were on verge of extinction. Their obsolescence, in turn, was expected to doom the habits of mind that longform print had once prompted: the capacity to..

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With Child: Lee Child and the Readers of Jack Reacher

With a foreword by Lee Child. Andy Martin spent a year in the company of Lee Child, creator of tough-guy hero Jack Reacher. With Child is the diary of their adventures, tracking the publication a..

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Worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien, The : The Places that Inspired Middle-earth

This new book from renowned Tolkien expert John Garth investigates the places that inspired the Lord of the Rings author to create his fictional locations and other aspects of Middle-earth. Featuring ..

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Writers: Their Lives and Works

Introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured novelist, playwright, or poet, biographical entries trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each individual and influenced their ..

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