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Figures in a Landscape: People and Places

The Sunday Times bestseller Paul Theroux collects a rich feast of his writing and essays - from travel to personal memoir - published all together here for the first time Drawing together a fasci..

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For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports

The global turmoil of the late 1980s and early 1990s severely tested every analyst and commentator. Few wrote with such insight as Christopher Hitchens about the large events - or with such discernmen..

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Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism

From the fiery intellectual provocateur - and one of our most fearless advocates of gender equality - a brilliant, urgent essay collection that both celebrates modern feminism and challenges us to bui..

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Gifts of Reading

From the acclaimed author of The Old Ways and Landmarks -- an essay on the beauty and joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book Every book is a kind of gift to its reader, and the act of g..

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Givenness of Things

Robinson has plumbed the depths of the human spirit in her trilogy of novels - Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, Orange-Prize winning Home and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila - and in he..

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Good Immigrant USA, The

An urgent collection of essays by first and second-generation immigrants, exploring what it's like to be othered in an increasingly divided America. From Trump's proposed border wall and t..

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Hall of Uselessness, The: Collected Essays

Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has spanned four decades, with no corner of the arts escaping his sharp eye and acerbic wit. The Hall of Uselessness forms the most complete collection ye..

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Hippocratic Writings

At the beginning, and interspersed throughout, there are discussions on the philosophy of being a physician. There is a large section about how to treat limb fractures, and the section called The Natu..

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A compendium of non-fiction pieces held together by the theme of 'Home' and commissioned from 21 of New Zealand's best writers. Strong, relevant, topical and pertinent, these essays are also compellin..

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Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities

At a time when political, environmental and social gloom can seem overpowering, this remarkable work offers a lucid, affirmative and well-argued case for hope. This exquisite work traces a history of ..

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Human Relations and Other Difficulties

Mary-Kay Wilmers has been a giant of the English literary world for decades. She was integral in the founding of LRB in 1979 during the year-long lock-out at The Times and has served as its editor in ..

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In Their Own Words 2: More letters from history

Letters, postcards, notes and telegraphs from the great and the good, the notorious and the downright wicked, shine a spotlight on a range of historical events and movements providing an immediate lin..

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In Writing

For Adam Phillips - as for Freud and many of his followers - poetry and poets have always held an essential place, as both precursors and unofficial collaborators in the psychoanalytic project. But th..

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Inner Workings: 2000 to 2005

'Coetzee the critic is every bit as good as Coetzee the novelist.' - Irish Times Following on from STRANGER SHORES which contained J.M. Coetzee's essays from 1986 to 1999, INNER WORKINGS, gathers toge..

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Invitation to the Dance: a Handbook to Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time

A unique reference book for all fans of Anthony Powell's 12-volume novel, A Dance to the Music Time, which has become a literary landmark of twentieth-century writing. More than a simple glossary, Inv..

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Italian Journey 1786-1788

In 1786, when he was already the acknowledged leader of the Sturm und Drang literary movement, Goethe set out on a journey to Italy to fulfil a personal and artistic quest and to find relief from his ..

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Jumping Ship & Other Essays


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Kaitiaki o te Po: Essays

"It's funny how often I forget the power of stories." In these brilliant and wide-ranging essays John-Paul Powley harnesses the power of stories to tell us about ourselves and where we come from. A..

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Karori Confidential


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Known and Strange Things

A blazingly intelligent first collection of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief.With these pieces on politics, photography, travel, history and literature ..

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Known and Strange Things

A blazingly intelligent first collection of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief. With these pieces on politics, photography, travel, history and literature..

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Last Lecture


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Late Essays: 2006-2017

Crossing J.M. Coetzee's range of well-known writerly interests, including Beckett, with essays on Australian writers including Gerald Murnane, Patrick White and Les Murray.The subjects covered range f..

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Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls

From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new book of essays taking his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Aust..

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Letter from Birmingham Jail

'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'This landmark missive from one of the greatest activists in history calls for direct, non-violent resistance in the fight against racism, and ref..

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Letter to My Mother

'As you are well aware, we never loved each other in your lifetime. Both of us pretended.' Simenon explores the complexity of parent child relationships and the bitterness of things left unsaid in thi..

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Letters of Intent: Selected Essays

'What we ought to do, as writers, is seize freedom now, immediately, by recognizing that we already have it.' Cynthia Ozick, one of 'the greatest living American writers', has, over a lifetime of obs..

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Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of cor..

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Letters to a Young Contrarian

In the book that he was born to write, provocateur and best-selling author Christopher Hitchens inspires future generations of radicals, gadflies, mavericks, rebels, angry young (wo)men, and dissident..

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Life with a Capital L: Essays Chosen and Introduced by Geoff Dyer

For D. H. Lawrence the novel was the pinnacle, 'the one bright book of life', yet his non-fiction shows him at his most freewheeling and playful. This is a selection of his brilliantly varied essays, ..

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Lion and the Unicorn, The

George Orwell's moving reflections on the English character and his passionate belief in the need for political change.The Lion and the Unicorn was written in London during the worst period of the bli..

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Me Talk Pretty One Day

Anyone that has read NAKED and BARREL FEVER, or heard David Sedaris speaking live or on the radio will tell you that a new collection from him is cause for jubilation. His recent move to Paris from N..

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More Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience

Follow-up to the phenomenal international bestseller.Including letters from:Jane Austen, Richard Burton, Helen Keller, Alan Turing, Albus Dumbledore, Eleanor Roosevelt, Henry James, Sylvia Plath, John..

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Moth Presents, The

Before television and radio, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories. Their bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted aro..

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Moth: All These Wonders

From storytelling phenomenon The Moth: a collection about risk, courage, and facing the unknown, drawn from the best stories ever told on their stages. All These Wonders features voices both familiar ..

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Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty

Mothers: An Essay on Love and Cruelty is guided by a simple argument: that motherhood is the place in our culture where we lodge - or rather bury - the reality of our own conflicts, of psychic life, a..

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Mouth Full of Blood: Essays, Speeches, Meditations

A vital new non-fiction collection from one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time 'Word-work is sublime, she thinks, because it is generative; it makes meaning that secures our d..

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My Own Story (Vintage Feminism Short Edition)

Vintage Feminism- classic feminist texts in short form WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY JESS PHILLIPS Soldier, criminal, militant, hooligan, revolutionary- these labels Emmeline Pankhurst took up and..

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My Seditious Heart

My Seditious Heart collects the work of a two-decade period when Arundhati Roy devoted herself to the political essay as a way of opening up space for justice, rights and freedoms in an increasingly h..

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Mystery Feast, The: Thoughts on Storytelling

Packed with ideas and inspiration, The Mystery Feast offers numerous pathways into the magical world of storytelling. Beginning with a poem, 'All we do', Booker prize-winning novelist Ben Okri present..

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Near-Death Experiences . . . and Others

This new collection from the legendary editor Robert Gottlieb features twenty or so pieces he's written mostly for The New York Review of Books, ranging from reconsiderations of American writers such ..

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New York City in 1979

'INTENSE SEXUAL DESIRE IS THE GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD'A tale of art, sex, blood, junkies and whores in New York's underground, from cult literary icon Kathy AckerPenguin Modern: fifty new books ce..

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Nobel Lecture, The

On October 13, 2016, it was announced that Bob Dylan had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, recognizing his countless contributions to music and letters over the last fifty years. Some month..

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Notes from a Public Typewriter

When Michael Gustafson and his wife Hilary opened Literati Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan, they put out a typewriter for anyone to use. They had no idea what to expect. Would people ask metaphysical..

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Notes of a Native Son

'The story of the negro in America is the story of America ... it is not a very pretty story'James Baldwin's breakthrough essay collection made him the voice of his generation. Ranging over Harlem in ..

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Notes on Camp

'The ultimate Camp statement: it's good because it's awful.'These two classic essays were the first works of criticism to break down the boundaries between 'high' and 'low' culture, and made Susan Son..

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Of All That Ends

Suddenly, in spite of the trials of old age, and with the end in sight, everything seems possible again: love letters, soliloquies, scenes of jealousy, swan songs, social satire, and moments of happin..

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On Disruption

The internet has shaken the foundations of life: public and private lives are wrought by the 24-hour, seven-day-a-week news cycle that means no one is ever off duty. On Disruption is a report from the..

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On Empson

From one of today's most distinguished critics, a beautifully written exploration of one of the twentieth century's most important literary critics Are literary critics writers? As Michael Wood says,..

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On Writers and Writing

What is the role of the writer? Prophet? High Priest of Art? Court Jester? Or witness to the real world? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood ex..

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One Way & Another: New & Selected Essays

One Way and Another is an affirmation of Adam Phillips' position as one of the most literary essayists today. With an introduction by John Banville. Throughout his brilliant career, Adam Phillips has ..

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