• 1599: a Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    1599: a Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    ISBN: 9780571214815
    Title: 1599: a Year in the Life of William Shakespeare
    Author: SHAPIRO JAMES

    An intimate life of Shakespeare and his age, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes but the course of literature
    How did Shakespeare go from being a talented writer of comedies and histories to become one of the greatest writers of tragedies who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw and who he worked with as he rebuilds the Globe theatre and writes four of his most famous plays - Henry V, Julius Caesar, As You Like It and, most remarkably, Hamlet.

    James Shapiro illuminates both Shakespeare's staggering achievement and what Elizabethans experienced in the course of 1599: sending off an army to crush an Irish rebellion, weathering an Armada threat from Spain, gambling in a fledgling East India Company, and waiting to see who would succeed their ageing and childless Queen.

    This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as a showman, businessman and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of a fascinating and inspiring moment in history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • 84 Charing Cross Road
    84 Charing Cross Road
    ISBN: 9781860498503
    Title: 84 Charing Cross Road
    Author: HANFF HELENE

    84, Charing Cross Road with introduction by Anne Bancroft. 'A charmer. Will beguile an hour of your time and put you in tune with [humankind].'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • A a Milne: His Life
    A a Milne: His Life
    ISBN: 9781447253075
    Title: A a Milne: His Life
    Author: THWAITE ANN

    A.A. Milne is one of the most successful English writers ever. His heart-warming creations--Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Tigger and Piglet--have become some of the best-loved children's characters of all time, and readers the world over are familiar with the stories from the Hundred Acre Wood. Yet the man himself has remained an enigma. Although in many ways his behaviour was that of a typical golf-playing, pipe-smoking Englishman, Milne refused to be typecast, and his publishers despaired when he turned from writing popular columns for Punch to writing detective stories. They complained again when the detective writer presented them with a set of children's verse, but when When We Were Very Young became one of the best-selling books of all time, Milne's credibility as one of the world's favorite authors was sealed. In this biography of Milne, Ann Thwaite reveals the man himself, in all his complexity. As W. A. Darlington put it in 1921, commenting on Milne's highly popular plays, 'Mr Milne is obviously at heart (like all humorists) a serious person, with things to say.' He had strong political feelings, and was a pacifist even before his experiences on the Somme in 1916. There was always something darker and more tangled under 'the bright glitter of surfaces'. At his father's school, Milne was taught by the young H. G. Wells, who remained a lifelong friend; later, J. M. Barrie called him 'my Mr Milne' and was 'uncommon proud of him'; later still, P. G. Wodehouse became one of his greatest admirers, and a friend - but was then deeply hurt by Milne's strong reaction to the notorious wartime broadcasts. Milne's personal relationships, including those with his wife and son, were not always easy. In A. A. Milne: His Life, Ann Thwaite has produced a vivid, sympathetic and entertaining portrait of both the man and his work, set in the context of his time, which stands as the definitive life of a writer whose work has earned some loathing (for its supposed 'whimsy') but much more devotion among readers of all ages, not only in English-speaking countries but all over the world.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
    $42.00
  • Adventures of Henry Thoreau: a Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond
    Adventures of Henry Thoreau: a Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond
    ISBN: 9781620401972
    Title: Adventures of Henry Thoreau: a Young Man's Unlikely Path to Walden Pond
    Author: SIMS MICHAEL

    Henry David Thoreau is an American intellectual icon; what made him so was the decade between his graduation from Harvard and the years he spent in a cabin he built himself on Ralph Waldo Emerson's land at Walden Pond--the formative decade that turned him into one of America's most influential writers.In a detailed and textured narrative, Sims brings Thoreau to life--striding across the page like a radical folksinger rather than the curmudgeonly recluse who occupies our mental image of Walden Pond. In this youthful period, he wrote his first book and refined the journal entries that formed the core of his later work, Walden; joined the anti-slavery campaign and studied Native American culture; spent the night in jail that led to his celebrated essay Civil Disobedience, which would inspire the likes of Gandhi and Martin Luther King; developed a scientific/poetic response to nature; and aligned himself with the Transcendentalism , which questioned assumptions about God, citizenship, and the Industrial Revolution.Sims relates intimate moments in Thoreau's daily life--teaching Nathaniel Hawthorne to row a boat; tutoring Emerson's nephew on Staten Island--and the deep influence of his parents and his beloved older brother, John, whose tragic early death haunted him. Chronicling Thoreau's youthful transformation, Sims shows how his intellectual development would resonate for the rest of his life, and throughout American literature and history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography
    After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography
    ISBN: 9780241318058
    Title: After Kathy Acker: A Literary Biography
    Author: KRAUS CHRIS


    Kathy Acker: Rich girl, street punk, scholar, stripper, victim, media-whore ... and cultural icon.


    The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, many of them created by her. Twenty years after her untimely death aged just 50, Acker's legend has faded, but her writing has become clearer.


    A few years ago, the writer Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick, found that her own experiences were becoming more and more like Kathy's. She began writing about Acker 'through the distance, but with this incredible frisson of feeling that often I could write "I" instead of "she."'


    This is 'literary friction': The first fully authorised biography of the avant-garde writer Kathy Acker, by the woman who arrived on the scene straight after her, who shared some of her boyfriends and friends, and her artistic ambitions


    Using exhaustive archival research and ongoing conversations with mutual colleagues and friends, Kraus traces the woman behind the notorious novels, and places her at the centre of a kaleidoscopic artistic world.


    'The path of the female artist. Is hell.


    Chris Kraus's veracious and intricately structured portrait rouses and stirs as it documents in meticulous and fascinating detail the life, work and body of Kathy Acker and what it takes to a become a 'great writer as countercultural hero.' Viv Albertine


    'This is a gossipy, anti-mythic artist biography which feels like it's being told in one long rush of a monologue over late-night drinks by someone who was there.' Sheila Heti



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $48.00
    $48.00
  • Agatha Christie a Biography
    Agatha Christie a Biography
    ISBN: 9780008243951
    Title: Agatha Christie a Biography
    Author: MORGAN JANET


    Janet Morgan's definitive and authorised biography of Agatha Christie, with a new retrospective foreword by the author.


    Agatha Christie (1890-1976), the world's bestselling author, is a public institution. Her creations, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, have become fiction's most legendary sleuths and her ingenuity has captured the imagination of generations of readers. But although she lived to a great age and was prolific, she remained elusively shy and determinedly private.


    Given sole access to family papers and other protected material, Janet Morgan's definitive biography unravels Agatha Christie's life, work and relationships, creating a revealing and faithfully honest portrait. The book has delighted readers of Christie's detective stories for more than 30 years with its clear view of her career and personality, and this edition includes a new foreword by the author reflecting on the longevity of Agatha Christie's extraordinary success and popularity.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Agatha Christie: the Disappearing Novelist
    Agatha Christie: the Disappearing Novelist
    ISBN: 9781781552629
    Title: Agatha Christie: the Disappearing Novelist
    Author: NORMAN ANDREW

    Agatha Christie was the most famous female crime writers of all time, and yet in December 1926 when she was 35 years old, became the subject of a mystery: her disappearance for a period of eleven days. Questions arose such as why did she abandon her motorcar on such a bitterly cold winter s night with her fur coat inside it? Why did Christie adopt a false name and claim that she originated from Cape Town, South Africa? Why did she not recognize either a photograph of her own daughter or husband when she was finally reunited with him? He accused her of playing a deliberate hoax on the police in an attempt to generate publicity as a crime writer. Others declared that this was an attempt to embarrass her unfaithful husband Archie (whom she knew was about to leave her) and gain sympathy at the same time. But was there another far more profound reason for her behavior whereby she became the innocent victim of circumstances completely beyond her control? Norman agrees with the "Fugue state" theory, suggesting that she had no conscious knowledge of her actions. All this and more can be revealed for the first time in Andrew Norman s gripping Agatha Christie: The Disappearing Novelist."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Agatha Christie's Complete Secret Notebooks
    Agatha Christie's Complete Secret Notebooks
    ISBN: 9780008129620
    Title: Agatha Christie's Complete Secret Notebooks
    Author: CURRAN JOHN & CHRISTIE AGATHA


    Agatha Christieâe(tm)s Complete Secret Notebooks brings together for the first time Secret Notebooks and Murder in the Making, two volumes that explore the fascinating contents of her 73 notebooks. This includes illustrations, deleted extracts, unused ideas, two unpublished Poirot stories and a lost Miss Marple.


    When Agatha Christie died in 1976, aged 85, she had become the world's most popular author. With sales of more than two billion copies worldwide in more than 100 countries, she had achieved the impossible âe" more than one book every year since the 1920s, every one a bestseller.


    So prolific was Agatha Christie's output âe" 66 crime novels, 20 plays, 6 romance books under a pseudonym and over 150 short stories âe" it was often claimed that she had a photographic memory. Was this true? Or did she resort over those 55 years to more mundane methods of working out her ingenious crimes?


    Following the death of Agatha's daughter, Rosalind, at the end of 2004, a remarkable secret was revealed. Unearthed among her affairs at the family home of Greenway were Agatha Christie's private notebooks, 73 handwritten volumes of notes, lists and drafts outlining all her plans for her many books, plays and stories. Buried in this treasure trove, all in her unmistakable handwriting, are revelations and details that will fascinate anyone who has ever read or watched an Agatha Christie story.


    Christie archivist and expert John Curran leads the reader through the six decades of Agatha Christie's writing career, unearthing some remarkable clues to her success and a number of never-before-published excerpts and stories from her archives. This book features Agatha's original ending of her very first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, painstakingly transcribed from her notebooks. It also includes a number of short stories from the archives reproduced in full, including the unpublished The Man Who Knew, How I Created Hercule Poirot, and an early draft for a Miss Marple story, The Case of the Caretaker's Wife.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $76.00
    $76.00
  • Agatha Christies Murder in the Making Stories & Secrets from Her Archive
    Agatha Christies Murder in the Making Stories & Secrets from Her Archive
    ISBN: 9780007396764
    Title: Agatha Christies Murder in the Making Stories & Secrets from Her Archive
    Author: CURRAN JOHN

    Agatha Christie ""s life and career told through the decades, from the never-before-published original ending to her first book to the unused ideas for her last, complete with three unpublished Agatha Christie stories - including a lost Miss Marple. In this follow-up volume to the acclaimed Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks, Christie archivist and expert John Curran leads the reader through the six decades of Agatha Christie's writing career, unearthing some remarkable clues to her success and a number of never-before-published excerpts and stories from her archives. Starting his investigation in the 1920s, John Curran examines the conventions of detective novels as they existed then and how Agatha Christie's publisher talked her into changing the ending of her very first book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a move that almost certainly changed the fortunes of not only her career but the future of the whole crime writing genre. For the very first time, this book prints Agatha's original ending, painstakingly transcribed from her notebooks. Every decade saw Agatha Christie's success grow to new heights. The emergence of the world-famous Collins Crime Club in 1930 brought with it the very first Miss Marple mystery, the austerity of the 1940s had Agatha Christie preparing to kill off Hercule Poirot, and the 1950s saw her experiment increasingly with formats influenced by more modern thrillers. Focusing on the detail of more than 20 Christie novels to illustrate this, John Curran shows the evolution of Agatha's writing through the decades, including the influence of the swinging sixties and seventies, concluding the book with a look at Agatha's last notebook, using his Christie knowledge to speculate about what she had in mind based on her brief notes for an unwritten final book. Also includes a number of short stories from the archives reproduced in full, including the unpublished The Man Who Knew, The Wife of the Kenite, and an early draft for a Miss Marple story, The Case of the Caretaker's Wife.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Agatha Christies Murder in the Making Stories & Secrets from Her Archive
    Agatha Christies Murder in the Making Stories & Secrets from Her Archive
    ISBN: 9780007396788
    Title: Agatha Christies Murder in the Making Stories & Secrets from Her Archive
    Author: CURRAN JOHN


    In this follow-up to Agatha Christie’sSecret Notebooks, Christie archivist and expert John Curran leads the reader through the six decades of Agatha Christie’s career. From the 1920s, every decade saw her success grow to new heights while the emergence of the world-famous Collins Crime Club in 1930 brought with it the very first Miss Marple mystery. This is Agatha Christie’s life and career, from the unknown original ending to her first book to the unused ideas for her last, complete with two unpublished stories.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • Albert Camus
    Albert Camus
    ISBN: 9781780234939
    Title: Albert Camus
    Author: HUGHES EDWARD J.

    Few figures of twentieth-century French culture carry such an air of romance and intrigue as Albert Camus. Though his life was cut short by a fatal car accident in 1960, when he was just forty-six years old, he packed those years with an incredible amount of experience and accomplishment. This new entry in the Critical Lives series offers a fresh look at Camus life and work, from his best-selling novels like "The Stranger" to his complicated political engagement in a postwar world of intensifying ideological conflict. Edward Hughes offers a particularly nuanced exploration of Camus relationship to his native Algeria a connection whose strength would be tested in the 1950s as France s conflict with the anticolonial movement there became increasingly violent and untenable.
    Ultimately, the picture Hughes offers is of a man whose commitment to ideas and truth reigned supreme, whether in his fiction, journalism, or political activity, a commitment that has led the man who disclaimed leadership I do not guide anyone, he once pleaded to nonetheless be seen as a powerful figure and ethical force.
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    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Alfred & Emily
    Alfred & Emily
    ISBN: 9780007240173
    Title: Alfred & Emily
    Author: LESSING DORIS

    Doris Lessing's first book after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature revisits her childhood in Southern Africa and the lives, both fictional and factual, that her parents led. 'I think my father''s rage at the trenches took me over, when I was very young, and has never left me. Do children feel their parents' emotions? Yes, we do, and it is a legacy I could have done without. What is the use of it? It is as if that old war is in my own memory, my own consciousness.' In this extraordinary book, Doris Lessing explores the lives of her parents, both of them irrevocably damaged by the Great War. Her father wanted the simple life of an English farmer, but shrapnel almost killed him in the trenches, and thereafter he had to wear a wooden leg. Her mother Emily's great love was a doctor who drowned in the Channel, and she spent the war nursing the wounded in the Royal Free Hospital. In the first half of this book, Lessing imagines the lives her parents might have made for themselves had there been no war, a story that has them meeting at a village cricket match as children but leading separate lives. This is followed by a piercing examination of their lives as they actually came to be in the shadow of that war, their move to Rhodesia, a damaged couple hulking over Lessing's childhood in a strange land. 'Here I still am,' says Doris Lessing, 'trying to get out from under that monstrous legacy, trying to get free.' Key title * Doris Lessing's first new book since winning the Nobel Prize for Literature. * Since winning the Nobel Prize there has been a major up-lift in consumer interest across Doris's backlist - her most recent novel 'The Cleft' has already sold nearly 50,000 copies around the world. * 'The Golden Notebook' has sold over 75,000 copies since its re-print in 2007.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Alice Behind Wonderland
    Alice Behind Wonderland
    ISBN: 9780195396195
    Title: Alice Behind Wonderland
    Author: WINCHESTER SIMON

    In the summer of 1858, in a garden behind Christ Church in Oxford, Charles Dodgson--better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll--dressed the six-year-old Alice Liddell in ragamuffin's clothes, and then snapped the camera's shutter. In The Alice Behind Wonderland , Simon Winchester uses the famous photograph of Alice as the launching pad for an appreciative energetic and penetrating look at the inspiration behind, and the making of, one of the greatest classics of children's literature. Indeed, Winchester shows that Dodgson's love of photography deeply influenced his view of the world, helping to transform this shy and half-deaf mathematician into one of the world's best-loved observers of childhood. Much like the fictional Alice's world, as the photograph is subject to closer examination, 'Alice Liddell as The Beggar Maid' becomes curiouser and curiouser, capturing a moment during a golden afternoon that would endure forever. 'Alice Liddell as The Beggar Maid' was, in short, the muse that would inspire the creation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland . Deftly engaging with Dogson's published writings, private diaries, and photography, Winchester weaves together the poignant, turbulent, and entirely fascinating story behind Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice. Acclaim for Simon Winchester ""An exceptionally engaging guideat home everywhere, ready for anything, full of gusto and seemingly omnivorous curiosity."" --Pico Iyer, The New York Times Book Review ""A master at telling a complex story compellingly and lucidly."" -- USA Today ""Extraordinarily graceful."" -- Time ""Winchester is an exquisite writer and a deft anecdoteur ."" --Christopher Buckley ""A lyrical writer and an indefatigable researcher."" -- Newsweek

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    ISBN: 9781783782543
    Title: Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    Author: ATHILL DIANA

    In this sequel to Costa Biography Award Winning Somewhere Towards the End, Diana Athill writes vivaciously, poignantly, and with extraordinary clarity about what really matters in the end, from the remarkable vantage point of her late nineties. Several years ago, Diana Athill accepted that she could no longer live entirely independently, and moved to a retirement home in Highgate. Initially a tremendous wrench, when she had acclimatized she found herself released from the daily anxieties of caring for her own property, and free to settle into her remaining years. From this vantage point, she reflects on what it feels like to be very old, and on the moments in her long life that have risen to the surface and which sustain her in these last years.What really matters in the end? And after a long life, what memories remain? As she approaches her 100th year, Athill recalls in sparkling, precise detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood, a vast and beautiful park attached to a large house; with humour, clarity and honesty she relates her experiences in the First and Second World Wars and her trips to Europe as a young woman; in the remarkable title chapter, she describes her pregnancy at the age of 43, losing the baby and almost her life - and her gratitude and joy on discovering that she had survived.With vivid memories of the past mingled with candid, wise and often very funny reflections on what it's like to be very old, Alive, Alive Oh! reminds us what really matters, and of the joy to be found in life.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    ISBN: 9781783782727
    Title: Alive, Alive Oh! & Other Things that Matter
    Author: ATHILL DIANA

    In this sequel to Costa Biography Award-winning Somewhere Towards the End, Diana Athill writes vivaciously, poignantly, and with extraordinary clarity about what really matters in the end, from the remarkable vantage point of her late ninetiesWhat matters in the end? In the final years of life, which memories stand out? Writing from her retirement home in Highgate, London, as she approaches her 100th year, Diana Athill reflects on what it is like to be in her nineties, and on the moments in her life which have risen to the surface and sustain her in her later years.She recalls in sparkling detail the exact layout of the garden of her childhood, a vast and beautiful park attached to a large house, and writes with humour, clarity and honesty about her experiences of the First and Second World Wars, and her trips to Europe as a young woman. In the remarkable title chapter, Athill describes her pregnancy at the age of forty-three, losing the baby and almost losing her life, and her gratitude on discovering that she had survived.With vivid memories of the past mingled with candid, wise and often very funny reflections on the experience of being very old, Alive, Alive Oh! reminds us of the joy and richness to be found at every stage of life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00
    $23.00
  • All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes
    All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes
    ISBN: 9781844085057
    Title: All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes
    Author: ANGELOU MAYA

    In this fifth volume of her autobiography, Maya Angelou emigrates to Ghana only to find that 'you can't go home again'. She comes to a new awareness of love and friendship, civil rights and slavery - and the myth of mother Africa.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $27.99
    $27.99
  • All Governments Lie: the Life & Times of Rebel Journalist I F Stone
    All Governments Lie: the Life & Times of Rebel Journalist I F Stone
    ISBN: 9781416556794
    Title: All Governments Lie: the Life & Times of Rebel Journalist I F Stone
    Author: MYRA MACPHERSON

    Boasting equal parts scholarship and style, "All Governments Lie" is a highly readable, groundbreaking, and timely look at I. F. Stone -- one of America's most independent and revered journalists, whose work carries the same immediacy it did almost a half century ago, highlighting the ever-present need for dissenting voices.
    In the world of Washington political journalism, notorious for trading independence for access, I. F. "Izzy" Stone was so unique as to be a genuine wonder. Always skeptical -- "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out," he memorably quipped -- Stone was ahead of the pack on the most pivotal twentieth-century trends: the rise of Hitler and Fascism, disastrous Cold War foreign policies, covert actions of the FBI and CIA, the greatness of the Civil Rights movement, the horror of Vietnam, the strengths and weaknesses of the antiwar movement, the disgrace of Iran-contra, and the class greed of Reaganomics. His constant barrage against J. Edgar Hoover earned him close monitoring by the FBI from the Great Depression through the Vietnam War, and even an investigation for espionage during the fifties.
    After making his mark on feisty New York dailies and in The Nation -- scoring such scoops as the discovery of American cartels doing business with Nazi Germany -- Stone became unemployable during the dark days of McCarthyism. Out of desperation he started his four-page I. F. Stone's Weekly, which ran from 1953 to 1971. The first journalist to label the Gulf of Tonkin affair a sham excuse to escalate the Vietnam War, Stone garnered worldwide fans, was read in the corridors of power, and became wealthy. Later, the "world's oldest living freshman" learned Greek to write his bestseller The Trial of Socrates.
    Here, for the first time, acclaimed journalist and author Myra MacPherson brings the legendary Stone into sharp focus. Rooted in fifteen years of research, this monumental biography includes information from newly declassified international documents and Stone's unpublished five-thousand-page FBI file, as well as personal interviews with Stone and his wife, Esther; with famed modern thinkers; and with the best of today's journalists. It illuminates the vast sweep of turbulent twentieth-century history as well as Stone's complex and colorful life. The result is more than a masterful portrait of a remarkable character; it's a far-reaching assessment of journalism and its role in our culture.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $61.00
    $61.00
  • All Tomorrow's Parties
    All Tomorrow's Parties
    ISBN: 9780802124838
    Title: All Tomorrow's Parties
    Author: SPILLMAN ROB

    Rob Spillmanthe award-winning, charismatic cofounding editor of the legendary "Tin House" magazinehas devoted his life to the rebellious pursuit of artistic authenticity. Born in Germany to two driven musicians, his childhood was spent among the West Berlin cognoscenti, in a city two hundred miles behind the Iron Curtain. There, the Berlin Wall stood as a stark reminder of the split between East and West, between suppressed dreams and freedom of expression.
    After an unsettled youth moving between divorced parents in disparate cities, Spillman would eventually find his way into the literary world of New York City, only to abandon it to return to Berlin just months after the Wall came down. Twenty-five and newly married, Spillman and his wife, the writer Elissa Schappell, moved to the anarchic streets of East Berlin in search of the bohemian lifestyle of their idols. But Spillman soon discovered he was chasing the one thing that had always eluded him: a place, or person, to call home. In his intimate, entertaining, and heartfelt memoir, Spillman narrates a colorful, music-filled coming-of-age portrait of an artist s life that is also a cultural exploration of a shifting Berlin."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: a Road Trip With David Foster Wallace
    Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: a Road Trip With David Foster Wallace
    ISBN: 9780307592439
    Title: Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: a Road Trip With David Foster Wallace
    Author: LIPSKY DAVID

    An indelible portrait of David Foster Wallace, by turns funny and inspiring, based on a five-day trip with award-winning writer Lipsky during Wallace's ""Infinite Jest"" tour.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Always Unreliable Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was in June
    Always Unreliable Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was in June
    ISBN: 9780330418812
    Title: Always Unreliable Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England and May Week Was in June
    Author: JAMES CLIVE

    All three volume of Clive James's sharp and funny autiobiography where first we meet the young Clive James - dressed in shorts and growing up in post-war Sydney. With Falling Towards England, we find Clive living in a Swiss Cottage B&B, where he practises the Twist, anticipates poetical masterpieces he's yet to compose, and worries about his wardrobe. Finally May Week was in June sees Clive at Cambridge University, where he enthusiastically involves himself in college life (generally female lives) until May week - not only in June but also a fortnight long - when he gets married. The rest is history, or awaiting a fourth volume of memoirs.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Amateurs in Eden: the Story of a Bohemian Marriage: Nancy and Lawrence Durrell
    Amateurs in Eden: the Story of a Bohemian Marriage: Nancy and Lawrence Durrell
    ISBN: 9781844087945
    Title: Amateurs in Eden: the Story of a Bohemian Marriage: Nancy and Lawrence Durrell
    Author: HODGKIN JOANNA

    A fascinating biography of a turbulent literary marriage and of an unusual woman struggling to live an independent life

    As the first wife of Lawrence Durrell, author ofThe Alexandria Quartet, Nancy Durrell has been a constant presence in the biographies of Durrell and others in the Bloomsbury set, yet always an enigmatic figure. To her husband, she was his introduction to London bohemian life and his companion during his formative years; to Anais Nin she was a mystery, famous for her quiet reserve; and to Henry Miller she was a friend and fellow artist. Here at last is her story. Joanna Hodgkin retraces her mother's fascinating life: the escape from her toxic and mysterious family; the years in bohemian literary London and Paris in the 1930s; marriage to Durrell and their discovery of the "Eden" of prewar Corfu; and her desperate struggle to survive in Palestine alone with a small child as the British Mandate collapsed. This is a riveting portrait of love, loss, and courage in a vanished world.




    Format: Paperback
    Price: $31.00
    $31.00
  • American Isis: the Life & Art of Sylvia Plath
    American Isis: the Life & Art of Sylvia Plath
    ISBN: 9780312640248
    Title: American Isis: the Life & Art of Sylvia Plath
    Author: ROLLYSON CARL

    On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, a startling new vision of Plaththe first to draw from the recently-opened Ted Hughes archive

     

    The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of myth. Educated at Smith, she had an epically conflict-filled relationship with her mother, Aurelia. She then married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the sturm and drang of married life in the full glare of the world of English and American letters. Her poems were fought over, rejected, accepted and, ultimately, embraced by readers everywhere. Dead at thirty, she committed suicide by putting her head in an oven while her children slept.
     
    Her poetry collection titled Arielbecame a modern classic. Her novel The Bell Jar has a fixed place on student reading lists. American Isiswill be the first Plath bio benefitting from the new Ted Hughes archive at the British Library which includes forty one letters between Plath and Hughes as well as a host of unpublished papers. The Sylvia Plath Carl Rollyson brings to us inAmerican Isisis no shrinking Violet overshadowed by Ted Hughes, she is a modern day Isis, a powerful force that embraced high and low culture to establish herself  in the literary firmament.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $53.00
    $53.00
  • Ammonites & Leaping Fish: a Life in Time
    Ammonites & Leaping Fish: a Life in Time
    ISBN: 9780241146385
    Title: Ammonites & Leaping Fish: a Life in Time
    Author: LIVELY PENELOPE

    A memoir that addresses ageing, memory, time and a life in the 20th century, by one of our greatest writers, Penelope Lively. 'This is not quite a memoir. Rather, it is the view from old age. And a view of old age itself, this place at which we arrive with a certain surprise - ambushed, or so it can seem. One of the few advantages of age is that you can report on it with a certain authority; you are a native now, and know what goes on here.'In this charming but powerful memoir, Penelope Lively reports from beyond the horizon of old age. She describes what old age feels like for those who have arrived there and considers the implications of this new demographic. She looks at the context of a life and times, the history and archaeology that is actually being made as we live out our lives in real time, in her case World War II; post war penny-pinching Britain; the Suez crisis; the Cold War and up to the present day. She examines the tricks and truths of memory. She looks back over a lifetime of reading and writing. And finally she looks at her identifying cargo of possessions - two ammonites, a cat, a pair of American ducks and a leaping fish sherd, amongst others. This is an elegant, moving and deeply enjoyable memoir by one of our most loved writers.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Ammonites & Leaping Fish: a Life in Time
    Ammonites & Leaping Fish: a Life in Time
    ISBN: 9780241966983
    Title: Ammonites & Leaping Fish: a Life in Time
    Author: LIVELY PENELOPE

    Taking in old age, the context of ones life and times, memory, reading and writing, and the identifying cargo of possessions - two ammonites, a cat, a pair of American ducks and a leaping fish sherd, amongst others - this is an elegant, moving and deeply enjoyable memoir by one of our most loved writers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
    $26.00
  • An Autobiography
    An Autobiography
    ISBN: 9780007314669
    Title: An Autobiography
    Author: CHRISTIE AGATHA


    Agatha Christie's 'most absorbing mystery' - her own autobiography, with new exclusive CD containing newly discovered priceless recordings from more than 40 years ago of Agatha dictating excerpts about her life as a writer.


    Over the three decades since her death on 12 January 1976, many of Agatha Christie's readers and reviewers have maintained that her most compelling book is probably still her least well-known. Her candid Autobiography, written mainly in the 1960s, modestly ignores the fact that Agatha had become the best-selling novelist in history and concentrates on her fascinating private life. From early childhood at the end of the 19th century, through two marriages and two World Wars, and her experiences both as a writer and on archaeological expeditions with her second husband, Max Mallowan, Agatha shares the details of her varied and sometimes complex life with real passion and openness.


    Then, in 2008, Agatha Christie's grandson made a remarkable discovery. While clearing out her old house in preparation for its opening to the public, Greenway in Devon, a box of old tape reels was found to contain the recordings of Agatha dictating her Autobiography for her typist. These remarkable recordings are not only an amazingly rare example of Agatha's voice, but they also partly explain the engaging nature of her Autobiography - for they reveal the normally reclusive Agatha telling her own story in a lively, spontaneous and often conspiratorial way, whose passion in talking about her life is captured in the printed Autobiography.


    Now this new edition comes complete with a CD of highlights from these priceless tapes, giving Agatha Christie's millions of fans the opportunity to hear the Queen of Crime's story in her own words, and rediscover her remarkable full story in this special edition of her book, which is newly introduced by Mathew Prichard, the grandson who discovered the tapes.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Anthem for Doomed Youth
    Anthem for Doomed Youth
    ISBN: 9781845292218
    Title: Anthem for Doomed Youth
    Author: STALLWORTHY JON

    Leading poet and former professor of English Literature, Jon Stallworthy, tells the story of the lives and work of twelve major poets of the First World War and provides selections of their best work. The First World War began with flag-waving, parades and poets inspired by abstract ideals. In part this reflected the national mood , but it revealed an almost universal failure to understand what modern mass warfare would really mean. The story of the 'war poets' is also the story of an awakening to the full horror of what the twentieth century came to know as 'The Great War'. Wilfred Owen said, 'My subject is War - and the pity of War'. He also said 'true Poets must be truthful'. The best war poetry was the work of writers who were also serving soldiers and was born out of their desire to tell the truth about what it was to be a soldier in the trenches - what it felt like, what it did to you and what it did to your fellow soldiers, friend or foe. The greatness of the poetry lay not just in the writer's talent, but in the unflinching accuracy with which it portrayed their terrible circumstances.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • Anthony Powell: A Life
    Anthony Powell: A Life
    ISBN: 9780241143834
    Title: Anthony Powell: A Life
    Author: SPURLING HILARY


    The long-awaited portrait of a literary master from one of our generation's greatest biographers, author of the definitive and acclaimed Matisse: The Life


    Anthony Powell: the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic of English literature. Spanning twelve spectacular volumes and written over twenty-five years, his comic masterpiece teems with idiosyncratic characters, capturing twentieth century Britain through war and peace.


    Drawing on Powell's letters and journals, and the memories of those who knew him, Hilary Spurling explores his life. Investigating the friends, relations, lovers, acquaintances, fools and geniuses who surrounded him, she reveals the comical and tragic events that inspired one of the greatest fictions of the age.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • Anybody Can Do Anything
    Anybody Can Do Anything
    ISBN: 9780295999791
    Title: Anybody Can Do Anything
    Author: MACDONALD BETTY


    “The best thing about the Depression was the way it reunited our family and gave my sister Mary a real opportunity to prove that anybody can do anything, especially Betty.”


    After surviving both the failed chicken farm - and marriage - immortalized in The Egg and I, Betty MacDonald returns to live with her mother and desperately searches to find a job to support her two young daughters. With the help of her older sister Mary, Anybody Can Do Anything recounts her failed, and often hilarious, attempts to find work during the Great Depression.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
    $40.00
  • Apollo in George Street the Life of David Mckee Wright
    Apollo in George Street the Life of David Mckee Wright
    ISBN: 9781921450341
    Title: Apollo in George Street the Life of David Mckee Wright
    Author: SHARKEY MICHAEL

    David McKee Wright was the most prolific poet in Australia around the First World War, and the influential literary editor of the Sydney Bulletin. He came to Australia from New Zealand with a reputation as a radical journalist and as his country's leading ballad poet, leaving behind a family whom he never met again. As editor of the Red Page of the Bulletin, he was the first significant arbiter of taste since J.F. Archibald, publishing Slessor's earliest poetry. At his death he also left two additional families, one of them wholly unknown to his first. This story introduces artists and writers such as Mick Paul, Dulcie Deamer, Ray Lindsay and brings to life aspects of the literary culture of New Zealand in the years before its independence, and of Australia in the early years of Federation. At times, it's a rattling good read.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $46.00
    $46.00
  • Appointment in Arezzo: a Friendship with Murial Spark
    Appointment in Arezzo: a Friendship with Murial Spark
    ISBN: 9781846973758
    Title: Appointment in Arezzo: a Friendship with Murial Spark
    Author: TAYLOR ALAN

    This book is an intimate, fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century. This colourful, personal, anecdotal, indiscrete and admiring memoir charts the course of Muriel Spark's life revealing her as she really was. Once, she commented sitting over a glass of chianti at the kitchen table, that she was upset that the academic whom she had appointed her official biographer did not appear to think that she had ever cracked a joke in her life. Alan Taylor here sets the record straight about this and many other things.With sources ranging from notebooks kept from his very first encounter with Muriel and the hundreds of letters they exchanged over the years, this is an invaluable portrait of one of Edinburgh's premiere novelists. The book will be published to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Muriel's birth in 2018.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
    $35.00
  • Ariel: a Literary Life of Jan Morris
    Ariel: a Literary Life of Jan Morris
    ISBN: 9780571331635
    Title: Ariel: a Literary Life of Jan Morris
    Author: JOHNS DEREK


    Jan Morris is one of the great British writers of the post-war era. Soldier, journalist, writer about places (rather than 'travel writer'), elegist of the British Empire, novelist, she has fashioned a distinctive prose style that is elegant, fastidious, supple, and sometimes gloriously gaudy. For many readers she is best known for her candid memoir Conundrum, which described the gender reassignment operation she underwent in 1972. But as Ariel demonstrates, this is just one of the many remarkable facts about her life. As James Morris she was the journalist who brought back the story of the conquest of Everest in 1953 and who discovered incontrovertible evidence of British involvement in the Suez Crisis of 1956. She has been described by Rebecca West as the finest prose stylist of her time, and her essays span the entire urban world. Her many books include a classic on Venice, a 1,600 page history of the British Empire, and a homage to what is perhaps her favourite city, Trieste. Her writings on Wales represent the most thorough literary investigation of that mysterious land.


    Derek Johns was Jan Morris's literary agent for twenty years. Ariel is not a conventional biography, but rather an appreciation of the work and life of someone who besides being a delightful writer is known to many people as a generous, affectionate, witty and irreverent friend. It is published to coincide with her 90th birthday.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $45.00
    $45.00
  • Ariel: a Literary Life of Jan Morris
    Ariel: a Literary Life of Jan Morris
    ISBN: 9780571331642
    Title: Ariel: a Literary Life of Jan Morris
    Author: JOHNS DEREK

    Jan Morris is one of the great British writers of the post-war era. Soldier, journalist, writer about places (rather than 'travel writer'), elegist of the British Empire, novelist, she has fashioned a distinctive prose style that is elegant, fastidious, supple, and sometimes gloriously gaudy. For many readers she is best known for her candid memoir Conundrum, which described the gender reassignment operation she underwent in 1972. But as Ariel demonstrates, this is just one of the many remarkable facts about her life. As James Morris she was the journalist who brought back the story of the conquest of Everest in 1953 and who discovered incontrovertible evidence of British involvement in the Suez Crisis of 1956. She has been described by Rebecca West as the finest prose stylist of her time, and her essays span the entire urban world. Her many books include a classic on Venice, a 1,600 page history of the British Empire, and a homage to what is perhaps her favourite city, Trieste. Her writings on Wales represent the most thorough literary investigation of that mysterious land.Derek Johns was Jan Morris's literary agent for twenty years. Ariel is not a conventional biography, but rather an appreciation of the work and life of someone who besides being a delightful writer is known to many people as a generous, affectionate, witty and irreverent friend. It is published to coincide with her 90th birthday.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • Art of Death: Writing the Final Story
    Art of Death: Writing the Final Story
    ISBN: 9781555977771
    Title: Art of Death: Writing the Final Story
    Author: DANTICAT EDWIDGE


    A moving reflection on a subject that touches us all, by the bestselling author of Claire of the Sea Light


    Edwidge Danticat's The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story is at once a personal account of her mother dying from cancer and a deeply considered reckoning with the ways that other writers have approached death in their own work. "Writing has been the primary way I have tried to make sense of my losses," Danticat notes in her introduction. "I have been writing about death for as long as I have been writing." The book moves outward from the shock of her mother's diagnosis and sifts through Danticat's writing life and personal history, all the while shifting fluidly from examples that range from Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude to Toni Morrison's Sula. The narrative, which continually circles the many incarnations of death from individual to large-scale catastrophes, culminates in a beautiful, heartrending prayer in the voice of Danticat's mother. A moving tribute and a work of astute criticism, The Art of Death is a book that will profoundly alter all who encounter it.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $29.00
    $29.00
  • Arthur & Sherlock: Conan Doyle & the Creation of Holmes
    Arthur & Sherlock: Conan Doyle & the Creation of Holmes
    ISBN: 9781408858547
    Title: Arthur & Sherlock: Conan Doyle & the Creation of Holmes
    Author: SIMS MICHAEL

    As a young medical student at the University of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle studied under the vigilant eye of Dr Joseph Bell. He observed as Dr Bell identified a patient's occupation, hometown and ailments both imagined and genuine from the smallest details of dress, gait and speech. Although Doyle was training to be a surgeon, he was meanwhile cultivating essential knowledge that would help him to develop and define the art of the detective novel. From Doyle's early days surrounded by poverty and violence, to his escape to University and finally to his first days as a surgeon in his own practice, acclaimed author Michael Sims traces the circuitous yet inevitable development of Arthur Conan Doyle as the father of the modern mystery, whose most famous creation is still the most well-known and well-loved of the canon's many members. Through Sims's deft analysis of Doyle's childhood and adult life, the incomparable Sherlock Holmes emerges as a product of Doyle's varied lessons in the classroom and professional life. Building on the traditions of Edgar Allan Poe, Emile Gaboriau, and even Voltaire, Doyle's new detective is not just a skilful translator of clues, but a veritable superhero of the mind in the tradition of his most esteemed teacher, Dr Joseph Bell. Sims's Arthur is just as vivid Doyle's own Sherlock Holmes in this enthralling biography of the man behind the most famous detective of all time.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Arthur Miller 1962-2005
    Arthur Miller 1962-2005
    ISBN: 9780753828472
    Title: Arthur Miller 1962-2005
    Author: BIGSBY CHRISTOPHER

    The first volume of Christopher Bigsby's award-winning biography of Arthur Miller was hailed as a masterpiece and the definitive account of Miller's early years. This is the second half of Miller's captivating story, covering his life from 1962 to his death in 2005.In 1962, Miller's legacy was incomplete. Ahead lay eighteen plays, five films, a novella and a handful of stories. On a personal level, 1962 saw the death of his second wife, the iconographic Marilyn Monroe, and his marriage to the photographer Inge Morath who was to transform him as a writer and a person. A visit to Mauthaussen concentration camp and to the Frankfurt trials of Auschwitz-Birkenau guards moved the Holocaust to the centre of his attention and he became a more directly political person. Christopher Bigsby brilliantly and elegantly maps out the journey of Miller's life and work. Shedding new light on Miller's complexities, and revealing unknown facts about his public and private life, Bigsby shares new insights and perspectives crucial to an understanding of one of the world's greatest playwrights.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh Diaries 1964-1980
    As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh Diaries 1964-1980
    ISBN: 9780241954461
    Title: As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh Diaries 1964-1980
    Author: SONTAG SUSAN

    Volume II of Susan Sontag's journals and notebooks from 1964-1980Providing a unique insight into the mind of one of the leading intellectuals of the modern age, Susan Sontag's As Conscious is Harnessed to Flesh chronicles the cultural, moral, and political journeys of this renowned critic and artist at the height of her powers.'Gold dust.' Sunday Times'A powerful self-portrait emerges. In its fragmentation . . . and passion, its combination of the erudite and the everyday, it is more true to life, both intellectual and emotional, than the most artful novel or careful biography. It may well be that Sontag's diaries will come to be seen as just as brilliant and important as anything she wrote.'& Sunday Telegraph'Mesmerising, fascinating.'& Guardian'Express the fullness and diversity of her intellectual curiosity. Revelatory in the most profound sense: they are existential fragments, self-selected thoughts, emotions, reactions . . . arising in one of the most remarkable minds of the twentieth century.'& The Times

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Diaries 1963-1981
    As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Diaries 1963-1981
    ISBN: 9780241145173
    Title: As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh: Diaries 1963-1981
    Author: SONTAG SUSAN

    This, the second of three volumes of Susan Sontag's journals and notebooks, begins where the first volume left off, in the middle of the 1960s. It traces and documents Sontag's evolution from fledgling participant in the artistic and intellectual world of New York City to world-renowned critic and dominant force in the world of ideas with the publication of the groundbreaking Against Interpretation in 1966.As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh follows Sontag through the turbulent years of the late 1960s - from her trip to Hanoi at the peak of the Vietnam War to her time making films in Sweden - up to 1981 and the beginning of the Reagan era. This is an invaluable record of the inner workings of one of the most inquisitive and analytical thinkers of the twentieth century at the height of her power. It is also a remarkable document of on individual's political and moral awakening. Praise for Reborn:'An exceptionally vivid, and often moving account of a young woman's painful journey towards acceptance of her own nature' Sunday Telegraph'Inspirational. Sontag shows us not just the importance, but the exhilaration of being earnest' New Statesman

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • At Home With Jane Austen
    At Home With Jane Austen
    ISBN: 9780711235465
    Title: At Home With Jane Austen
    Author: WILSON KIM


    Explore the homes which shaped our best-loved novelist.


    Jane Austen is among the most widely read and beloved authors in English literature. Her novels vividly depict the society and world in which she lived with humour and sharp social commentary. Jane's own life and emotional experiences, deeply influenced by where she lived in southern England and her travels to other parts of the country, are reflected in her works and in the importance of house and home to her characters.


    With newly commissioned photographs of Chawton House and Steventon Church and village in Hampshire, and a wide range of contemporary illustration, Kim Wilson explores the homes which shaped this best-loved novelist, bringing to life the domestic settings of her great works.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $65.00
    $65.00
  • Auschwitz Report
    Auschwitz Report
    ISBN: 9781781688045
    Title: Auschwitz Report
    Author: LEVI PRIMO & DE BENEDETTI LEONARDO

    Among the first written accounts of the concentration camps-a major literary and historical discovery.

    While in a Russian-administered holding camp in Katowice, Poland, in 1945, Primo Levi was asked to provide a report on living conditions in Auschwitz. Published the following year, it was subsequently forgotten and remained unknown to a wider public.

    Dating from the weeks and months immediately after the war, Auschwitz Report details the authors’ harrowing deportation to Auschwitz, and how those who disembarked from the train were selected for work or extermination. As well as being a searing narrative of everyday life in the camp, and the organization and working of the gas chambers, it constitutes Levi’s first lucid attempts to come to terms with the raw horror of events that would drive him to create some of the greatest works of twentieth-century literature and testimony. Auschwitz Report is a major literary and historical discovery.


    From the Trade Paperback edition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $22.00
    $22.00
  • Autobiography
    Autobiography
    ISBN: 9780415473736
    Title: Autobiography
    Author: RUSSELL BERTRAND

    In this humorous and decidedly charming autobiography, Russell offers readers the story of his life OCo introducing the people, events and influences that shaped the man he was to become. Autobiography is a revealing recollection of a truly extraordinary life. "

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $39.00

    $39.00
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