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Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops

'Can books conduct electricity?' 'My children are just climbing your bookshelves: that's ok...isn't it?' A John Cleese Twitter question ['What is your pet peeve?'], first sparked the "Weird Things Cus..

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What to Read and Why

In this brilliant collection, the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller Reading Like a Writer, the distinguished novelist, literary critic, and essayist Francine Prose celebrates the pleasures of..

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Why We Write About Ourselves: Twenty Memoirists on Why They Expose Themselves (and Others) in the Name of Literature

For the many amateurs and professionals who write about themselves - bloggers, journal-keepers, aspiring essayists and memoirists - this book offers inspiration, encouragement and pithy, practical adv..

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Wild Things

An irresistible, nostalgic, and insightful--and totally original--ramble through classic children's literature from Vanity Fair contributing editor (and father) Bruce Handy. In 1690, the dour New Engl..

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Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature

Secret lives, scandalous turns, and some very funny surprises -- these essays by leading kids' lit bloggers take us behind the scenes of many much-loved children's books. Told in lively and affection..

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Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult

An irresistible, nostalgic, insightful-and "consistently intelligent and funny" (The New York Times Book Review)-ramble through classic children's literature from Vanity Fair contributing editor (and ..

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Women Who Read are Dangerous

What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries? Stefan Bollmann's Women Who Read Are Dangerous explores this popular subject in more than 70 artworks--draw..

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Word By Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries

Many of us take dictionaries for granted, and few may realize that the process of writing dictionaries is, in fact, as lively and dynamic as language itself. With sharp wit and irreverence, Kory Stamp..

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Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie

Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both..

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Word Detective: A Life in Words: from Shenanigan to Selfie

Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both..

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`Wordy is about the intoxication of writing; my sense of playful versatility; different voices for different matters: the polemical voice for political columns; the sharp-eyed descriptive take for pro..

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Work of Literature in an Age of Post-Truth

What is the role of literary studies in an age of Twitter threads and viral news? If the study of literature today is not just about turning to classic texts with age-old questions, neither is it..

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World in Thirty-Eight Chapters or Dr Johnson's Guide to Life

Samuel Johnson was a critic, an essayist, a poet and a biographer. He was also, famously, the compiler of the first good English dictionary, published in 1755. A polymath and a great conversationalist..

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World of the Book

All earthly existence must ultimately be contained in a book.'French poet StUphane MallarmU understood that books hold the world's stories. From the earliest known myths and legends to postmodern fict..

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Writer Abroad: Literary Travels from Austria to Uzbekistan

From the grand tour to the global village, novelists and poets have made particularly observant travellers. Many writers have been prone to wanderlust, eager to explore the world and draw inspiration ..

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Writer Says, The

The seventh in our popular Words of Wisdom series, The Writer Says summons readers to an intimate gathering of novelists, essayists, grammarians, academics, and journalists-a glittering cocktail party..

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Writers and Their Cats

This follow-up to Artists and their Cats celebrates the special bond between celebrated writers and the cats who share their bookish worlds. Charming photographs and winsome anecdotes of 45 famous aut..

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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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Written World: How Literature Shaped History

You're likely to list the invention of paper, the printing press and the world wide web as major influences on the way we share stories. You probably wouldn't include Malian singers, American astronau..

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Written World: How Literature Shaped History

From clay tablets to the printing press. From the pencil to the internet. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. This is the true story of literature - of how great texts and technologies h..

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Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life

A working father whose life no longer feels like his own discovers the transforming powers of great (and downright terrible) literature in this laugh-out-loud memoir. Andy Miller had a job he quite li..

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Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book

The story of a forbidden book that became a symbol of freedom and rebellion in the battle between East and West. 1956. Boris Pasternak presses a manuscript into the hands of an Italian publishing scou..

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