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Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

From the advent of the first works of literature many millennia ago, writers have used imaginary worlds both to entertain their readers and to examine concepts, highlight key issues and consider their..

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Literature Book

From Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby to Shelley's Frankenstein, the Literature Book documents the greatest literature ever written. Featuring over 100 best-selling books, plays and poetry from all over ..

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Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time

Reading is a revolutionary act, an act of engagement in a culture that wants us to disengage. In The Lost Art of Reading, David L. Ulin asks a number of timely questions - why is literature important?..

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Lost Gutenberg, The

'The remarkable tale of "Number 45", one of the finest copies of the Gutenberg Bible in existence . . . A fascinating story that touches on the origin of books, the passion of collectors, the unseen w..

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Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce

'A father...is a necessary evil.' Stephen Dedalus in Ulysses William Butler Yeats' father was an impoverished artist, an inveterate letter writer, and a man crippled by his inability to ever fini..

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Mathematics of the Breath and the Way: The Writing Life

In The Mathematics of the Breath and the Way, Charles Bukowski considers the art of writing, and the art of living as writer. Bringing together a variety of previously uncollected stories, columns, re..

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Ministry of Truth, The

1984 isn't just a novel; it's a key to understanding the modern world. George Orwell's final work is a treasure chest of ideas and memes - Big Brother, the Thought Police, Doublethink, Newspeak, 2+2=5..

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More Letters of Note: Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience: Volume 2

More Letters of Note is another rich and inspiring collection, which reminds us that much of what matters in our lives finds its way into our letters. These letters deliver the same mix of the heartfe..

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Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce's Ulysses

'The bomb has exploded. It will blow a hole in the well-guarded prison of English Literature.' The Quarterly Review. THE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK tells the painful, heartbreaking, exhilirating story of how..

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My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop

n My Bookstore our favorite writers-from Elin Hilderbrand, to John Grisham, to Dave Eggers-express their adoration and admiration for their favorite bookstores and booksellers. The relationship betwee..

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My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

Pamela Paul has kept a single book by her side for twenty-eight years - carried throughout high school and college, hauled from Paris to London to Thailand, from job to job, safely packed away and the..

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My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues

Pamela Paul has kept a single book by her side for twenty-eight years - carried throughout high school and college, hauled from Paris to London to Thailand, from job to job, safely packed away and the..

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Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve: The Literary Quirks and Oddities of Our Most-Loved Authors

Nabokov's Favourite Word is Mauve is a playful look at what the numbers have to say about our favourite authors and their classic books. Journalist and statistician Ben Blatt asks the questions that h..

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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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Novel Cure: An A to Z of Literary Remedies

Mumsnet 'Best Books for Christmas 2016' 'Ideal for anyone who has ever wondered what on earth to read next' SJ WATSON 'Witty, engaging and informative. The sort of book you choose for a frie..

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Novel Destinations: a Travel Guide to Literary Landmarks 2nd Edition

Follow in the footsteps of much-loved authors, including Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Mark Twain, Jack Kerouac, Jane Austen, and many more. For vacationers who crave meaningful trips..

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Novel of the Century: The Extraordinary Adventure of Les Miserables

'Never mind those self-help manuals urging that some classic novel may change your life; in this sparkling study of the birth, growth and afterlife of Hugo's evergreen blockbuster, David Bellos argues..

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Odd Type Writers: From Joyce & Dickens to Wharton & Welty, the Obsessive Habits & Quirky Techniques of Great Authors

Every great writer has a unique way of setting a story to paper. And, it turns out, many of these writers used methods that were just as inventive as the works they produced. Odd Type Writers explores..

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On David Malouf

'Here was a very-much-alive half-Lebanese writer (from provincial Brisbane, no less) producing English-language writing of the very first order ... The poetry was in the prose; it stayed and sprung it..

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On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

'I was born in the year J.M. Coetzee published his third novel, Waiting for the Barbarians. My mother read this dark, disturbing book with its multiple scenes of torture as she breastfed me at night, ..

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On Reading, Writing and Living with Books

"This little body of thought, that lies before me in the shape of a book, has existed thousands of years, nor since the invention of the press can anything short of an universal convulsion of nature a..

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Origins of a Story

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Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions

BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK A best-selling author and world-renowned bibliophile meditates on his vast personal library and champions the vital role of all libraries. In June 2015 Alberto..

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Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention

The Paper Trail tells the story of how a simple Chinese product has for two millennia allowed knowledge, ideas and religions to spread at an unprecedented rate around the world. Alexander Monro traces..

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Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

Every twenty- or thirty-something woman knows these books. The pink covers, the flimsy paper, the zillion volumes in the series that kept you reading for your entire adolescence. Spurred by the commer..

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Pen in Hand: Reading, Rereading and other Mysteries

"How can other people like the books we don't like? What benefit can we get from rereading a work? Can we read better? If so, how? These and many other questions, ranging from the field of writing to ..

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Penguin and the Lane Brothers: the Untold Story of a Publishing Revolution

A ground-breaking counter-history of Penguin Books - both amusing and moving, and with a strong new Australian aspect. How did the three Lane brothers enter publishing and build Penguin into a global ..

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Penguin Classics Book, The

Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known classics imprint in the world. From The Epic of Gilgameshto the poetry of the First World War, and covering all the greatest works of fiction, poetry, dr..

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Pistache Returns

Pistache (pis-tash): a friendly spoof or parody of another's work. [Deriv uncertain. Possibly a cross between pastiche and p**stake.] From the writer of such brilliant parodies as "Thomas Hardy's foot..

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Pleasure of Reading: 43 Writers on the Discovery of Reading and the Books That Inspired Them

In this delightful collection forty acclaimed writers explain what first made them interested in literature, what inspired them to read and what makes them continue to do so. First published in 1992 i..

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Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre

Don Paterson is not only one of our great poets, but also an esteemed authority on the art of poetry. The Poem is a treatise on the art of poetry in three sections - one on lyric, the music of poetic ..

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Prison Book Club

How to start a book club in a men's prison? After a violent mugging, Ann Walmsley was understandably anxious when her friend set one up and asked her to help. But curiosity got the better of her, and ..

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Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places

Feed your inner bibliophile with this volume on unearthed rare and antiquarian books. Few collectors are as passionate or as dogged in the pursuit of their quarry as collectors of rare books. In ..

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Rooms of One's Own: 50 Places That Made Literary History

Writers' relationships with their surroundings are seldom straightforward. While some, like Jane Austen and Thomas Mann, wrote novels set where they were staying (Lyme Regis and Venice respectively), ..

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Rooms of One's Own: 50 Places That Made Literary History

Writers' relationships with their surroundings are seldom straightforward. While some, like Jane Austen and Thomas Mann, wrote novels set where they were staying (Lyme Regis and Venice respectively), ..

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Satire, Celebrity, and Politics in Jane Austen

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Scribbles in the Margins: 50 Eternal Delights of Books

We lead increasingly time-poor lifestyles, bombarded 24/7 by petrifying news bulletins, internet trolls and endless noises. Where has the joy and relaxation gone from our daily lives? Scribbles in the..

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Searching for the Secret River

Kate Grenville's novel The Secret River moved and exhilarated many people when it was first published in 2005. Readers marvelled at the subtlety of its language, and the power of Grenville's storytell..

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Shakespeare

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Shelf Life: Writers on Books and Reading

Books; reading, collecting and the physical housing of them has brought the book-lover joy - and stress - for centuries. Fascinated writers have tried to capture the particular relationships we form w..

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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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Sherlock Holmes Book

The Sherlock Holmes Book chronicles every case of the world's greatest detective and his assistant Dr Watson. The game is afoot and now you can discover every detail of Sherlock Holmes' world. From th..

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Song of Middle-Earth: J. R. R. Tolkien's Themes, Symbols and Myths

Available for the first time in paperback, this is the pre-eminent critical study, and exploration, of how myth and legend played such a significant role in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. The Song of Mi..

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Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland

This title was shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Biography Award. This is the secret story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage. But beneath the fairy tale lie..

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Things I Don't Want to Know

'Unmissable. Like chancing upon an oasis, you want to drink it slowly... Subtle, unpredictable, surprising' Guardian Things I Don't Want to Know is the first in Deborah Levy's essential three-par..

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Things That Bother Me

Galen Strawson might be described as the Montaigne of modern philosophers, endlessly curious, enormously erudite, unafraid of strange, difficult, and provocative propositions, and able to describe the..

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This is Not a Border: Reportage & Reflection from the Palestine Festival of Literature

The Palestine Festival of Literature was established in 2008. Bringing together writers from all corners of the globe, it aims to help Palestinians break the cultural siege imposed by the Israeli mili..

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To Read Aloud

A literary toolbox for well-being, this selection of prose has the power to promote reflection and mindfulness when read aloud. Reading a story to another person creates a bond between two peo..

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To Read Aloud

Reading a story to another person creates a bond between two people. It is often assumed that reading aloud is only for children, but the practice was once a common pleasure for adults too. The time h..

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Torchlight List : Around the World in 200 Books

This witty, clever, mind-expanding and original book is destined to become a classic. A professor for over 40 years, Jim Flynn found fewer and fewer of his students were in love with reading. However,..

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Treasure Palaces: Great Writers Visit Great Museums

From a stunning villa on sunny Capri with Ali Smith to an unlikely temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writer..

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