• Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life
    Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life
    ISBN: 9781921372476
    Title: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life
    Author: LAMOTT ANNE

    'Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'Here, for the first time, is a local edition of the bible of writing guides - a wry, honest, down-to-earth book that has never stopped selling since it was first published in the United States in the 1990s.In Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott, a bestselling novelist and memoirist, distils what she's learned over years of trial and error. Beautifully written, wise, and immensely helpful, this is the book for serious writers and writers-to-be.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Bleaker House
    Bleaker House
    ISBN: 9781509824403
    Title: Bleaker House
    Author: STEVENS NELL

    'Perfect' Lena Dunham'This year's literary sensation' Evening Standard8000 miles from home1085 calories a day3 months to write the novel that would make her nameAt least that was the plan. But when Nell Stevens travelled to Bleaker Island in the Falklands (official population: two) she didn't count on the isolation getting to her . . . Hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a book about loneliness and creativity. It is about discovering who you are when there's no one else around. And it's about what to do when a plan doesn't work: ultimately Nell may have failed to write a novel, but she succeeded in becoming a writer.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Bleaker House Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
    Bleaker House Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
    ISBN: 9781509824410
    Title: Bleaker House Chasing My Novel to the End of the World
    Author: STEVENS NELL

    When Nell Stevens was given the opportunity to spend three months in a location of her choice in order to write her novel, she was determined to rid herself of all distractions. So Nell decided to travel to Bleaker Island (official population: two) in the Falklands where she would write 2,500 words a day. But Bleaker House is not that novel. Instead this is a book about a young woman realising that the way to writing fiction doesn't necessarily lie in total solitude and a clear plan. Nor does it lie in a daily ration of 1085 calories, no means of contacting the outside world and a slow descent towards something that feels worryingly like madness . . . Hilariously funny, painfully honest, and beautifully observed, Bleaker House is part memoir, part travelogue, part story collection. It is an exploration of the narrow spaces between real life and fiction and, in the end, a book about failing to write a novel, but finally becoming a writer.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $38.00
  • Blockbuster! Fergus Hume & the Mystery of a Hansom Cab
    Blockbuster! Fergus Hume & the Mystery of a Hansom Cab
    ISBN: 9781922147943
    Title: Blockbuster! Fergus Hume & the Mystery of a Hansom Cab
    Author: SUSSEX LUCY

    Before there was Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, there was Fergus Hume's The Mystery of a Hansom Cab--the biggest- and fastest-selling detective novel of the 1800s, and Australia's first literary blockbuster. Fergus Hume was an aspiring playwright when he moved from Dunedin to Melbourne in 1885. He wrote The Mystery of a Hansom Cab with the humble hope of bringing his name to the attention of theatre managers. The book sold out its first run almost instantly and it became a runaway word-of-mouth phenomenon--but its author sold the copyright for a mere fifty pounds, missing out on a potential fortune. Blockbuster! is the engrossing story of a book that would help define the genre of crime fiction, and a portrait of a great city in full bloom. Rigorously researched and full of arresting detail, this captivating book is a must-read for all fans of true crime, history and crime fiction alike.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide 8ed
    Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide 8ed
    ISBN: 9781408113950
    Title: Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide 8ed

    Deciding what to read next when you've just finished an unputdownable novel can be a daunting task. The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide features hundreds of authors and thousands of titles, with navigation features to lead you on a rich journey through some the best literature to grace our shelves. This greatly expanded edition includes the latest contemporary authors and landmark novels, an expanded non-fiction section, a timeline setting historical events against literary milestones, prize-winner and book club lists. An accessible and easy-to-read guide that no serious book lover should be without.""The essential guide to the wild uncharted world of contemporary and 20th century writing."" Robert McCrum, The Observer

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Bloomsbury Group
    Bloomsbury Group
    ISBN: 9781855144767
    Title: Bloomsbury Group

    The Bloomsbury Group challenged Victorian conventions and presented new models of behaviour. They recorded one another in both words and images, and Frances Spalding explores these portraits against a background of biographies, including Virginia Woolf, Vanessa and Clive Bell and Duncan Grant.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
  • Bloomsbury Introduction to Children's & Young Adult Literature
    Bloomsbury Introduction to Children's & Young Adult Literature
    ISBN: 9781472575531
    Title: Bloomsbury Introduction to Children's & Young Adult Literature
    Author: COATS KAREN

    From Maria Edgeworth, Dr Seuss and Lewis Carroll to Sherman Alexie, Sharon Flake, and Gene Luen Yang, this is a comprehensive introduction to studying the infinitely varied worlds of literature for children and young adults.

    Exploring a diverse range of writing, The Bloomsbury Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature includes:

    - Chapters covering key genres and forms from fiction, nonfiction, and poetry to picture books, graphic novels and fairy tales
    - A history of changing ideas of childhood and adolescence
    - Coverage of psychological, educational and literary theoretical approaches
    - Practical guidance on researching, reading and writing about children's and young adult literature
    - Explorations of children's and young adult film, TV and new media

    In addition, "Extending Your Study" sections at the end of each chapter provide advice on further reading, writing, discussion and online resources as well as case study responses from writers and teachers in the field. Accessibly written for both students new to the subject and experienced teachers, this is the most comprehensive single volume introduction to the study of writing for young people.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $60.00
  • Book as a Work of Art
    Book as a Work of Art
    ISBN: 9788875700379
    Title: Book as a Work of Art

    This succinct catalogue features wonderful cover and interior spread reproductions of a selection of the most important and influential artist's books of the twentieth century. Beginning with St phane Mallarm 's 1914 Un Coup de D s Jamais N'Abolira le Hasard, now yellowed and slightly frayed around the edges, it includes works by Kokoschka, Kandinsky, Marinetti and other Futurists, Constructivists like El Lissitzky and such Dadaists as Schwitters, Tzara, Ernst and Duchamp. Photo experimentation by Maholy-Nagy is followed by Matisse's Jazz. There are Fluxus books by aa.vv., Daniel Spoerri and George Maciunas, mid-60s offerings by Ettore Sottsass, Dieter Roth and Andy Warhol, and Minimalist and Conceptual works by Carl Andre, Lawrence Weiner, Allan Kaprow, Vito Acconci and Bruce Nauman, followed by Arte Povera books and others from the 80s and 90s. Includes a gem-like illustrated bibliographies for all genres of artist's books, from the Futurists to books on typography.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $89.00
  • Book in the Hand Essays on the History of the Book in Nz
    Book in the Hand Essays on the History of the Book in Nz
    ISBN: 9781869402310
    Title: Book in the Hand Essays on the History of the Book in Nz

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $13.00
  • Book Lovers' Miscellany
    Book Lovers' Miscellany
    ISBN: 9781851244713
    Title: Book Lovers' Miscellany

    How is ink made? What is the bestselling book of all time? What are the oldest known books in the world? And how does one make sense of the colors found on Penguin paperbacks? The answers to these questions and many more await readers in The Book Lovers' Miscellany.

    The Book Lovers' Miscellany is a cornucopia for bibliophiles. With customary wisdom and wit, Claire Cock-Starkey presents a brief illustrated history of paper, binding, printing, and dust jackets, with a wealth of arcane facts that even the most avid book lovers may be hard-pressed to answer: Which natural pigments were used to decorate medieval bibles? Which animal is needed for the making of vellum? Curious facts are drawn from throughout the history of books and publishing, including many more recent examples, such as a short history of the comic and the story behind the massively successful Harlequin romance imprint Mills and Boon. Readers can explore the output of the most prolific writers and marvel at the youth of the youngest published authors--or lament the decisions of the publishers who rejected books that later became colossal bestsellers. The book also includes a collection of lists, including unfinished novels, books that have faced bans, books printed with mistakes, the most influential academic books of all time, and the longest established literary families.

    The perfect gift for every bibliophile, The Book Lovers' Miscellany is equally well suited to reading straight through or dipping into here and there.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $30.00

  • Book Lovers' Anthology: a Compendium of Writing About Books, Readers & Libraries
    Book Lovers' Anthology: a Compendium of Writing About Books, Readers & Libraries
    ISBN: 9781851242481
    Title: Book Lovers' Anthology: a Compendium of Writing About Books, Readers & Libraries

    "A blessed companion is a book a book that, fitly chosen, is a lifelong friend. Douglas William Jerrold "
    " Much reading is like much eating, wholly useless without digestion. Robert South "
    " If I had read as much as other men, I should have been as ignorant as they. Thomas Hobbes"
    Can books corrupt? Do badly written books sharpen or dull the minds of their readers? Ought we to take seriously the old saw that excessive reading can damage one s sight? "The Book Lovers Anthology "offers answers to these questions and many more with a remarkable collection of reflections on books, readers, and libraries by writers whose books are among the world s best known and best loved.
    Throughout the centuries, books have been a source of fascination and sometimes frustration for writers. Between the covers of the "Anthology "are excerpts from the novels of Jane Austen, George Eliot, and Jonathan Swift, among many others, all of whom paused in their fiction to extol the virtues of the written page. Those who are taken with the smell of books will find a like mind in Charles Dickens, who waxed poetic about the pleasant smell of paper freshly pressed. Very avid readers might even nod in knowing agreement with John Donne, who declared, I shall die reading. Other poets whose musings on libraries or books are excerpted for the "Anthology" include Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Milton, and Chaucer. These writings are interspersed by the meditations of essayists and diarists of centuries past among them, Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, John Ruskin, and Michel de Montaigne.
    With contributions from major writers across ages and genres, this is an essential anthology for which any bibliophile will want to find space on the shelf."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $43.00
  • Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation
    Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation
    ISBN: 9780500515914
    Title: Book of Books: 500 Years of Graphic Innovation

    The book has been the number one information carrier for many centuries; even in the digital age, books continue to sell and continue to be objects of desire. The Book of Books describes and, above all, demonstrates the visual history of the printed book, with graphic milestones and other surprising finds drawn from the University of Amsterdams Special Collections Library, one of the greatest libraries in the world. It is a superbly illustrated celebration of those printers, publishers and graphic designers who have extended the boundaries of their profession both aesthetically and technically, always to stunning effect.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $109.00
  • Book of Forgotten Authors
    Book of Forgotten Authors
    ISBN: 9781786484895
    Title: Book of Forgotten Authors

    'Joyous . . . fascinating' Cathy Rentzenbrink
    'I love it! A real gem' Joanne Harris
    'Will have the inevitable effect of sending readers in search of these intriguing lost names' Barry Forshaw

    Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead.

    So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves.

    Whether male or female, domestic or international, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner - no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten. And Fowler, as well as remembering their careers, lifts the lid on their lives, and why they often stopped writing or disappeared from the public eye.

    These 99 journeys are punctuated by 12 short essays about faded once-favourites: including the now-vanished novels Walt Disney brought to the screen, the contemporary rivals of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie who did not stand the test of time, and the women who introduced us to psychological suspense many decades before it conquered the world.

    This is a book about books and their authors. It is for book lovers, and is written by one who could not be a more enthusiastic, enlightening and entertaining guide.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Book of Lost Books  an Incomplete History of All the Great Books Youll Never Read
    Book of Lost Books an Incomplete History of All the Great Books Youll Never Read
    ISBN: 9781846971235
    Title: Book of Lost Books an Incomplete History of All the Great Books Youll Never Read
    Author: KELLY STUART

    The sequel to The Odyssey? Sylvia Plaths second novel? Stuart Kelly provides a wry and erudite account of books destroyed, misplaced, never finished, or never even begun from ancient Greek and Arabic masters through Shakespeare, Dante and Hemingway right up to the present day. The breadth of Kellys knowledge and his enthusiasm impressed critics in the UK and the USA.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
  • Book of Odds from Lightning Strikes to Love at First Sight, the Odds of Everyday Life
    Book of Odds from Lightning Strikes to Love at First Sight, the Odds of Everyday Life
    ISBN: 9780062060853
    Title: Book of Odds from Lightning Strikes to Love at First Sight, the Odds of Everyday Life

    From the popular Book of Odds website, this stylish and accessible reference book offers a fascinating peek at the probabilities that govern every aspect of human life

    Did you know that your odds of dying from drowning are higher than the odds of meeting your mate on a blind date? That the odds a child has seen Internet porn are the same as the odds a person is right-handed? That nearly one in three adults believes in UFOs and nearly one in six has reported seeing one?

    Drawing from a rigorously researched trove of more than 400,000 statements of probability, based on the most accurate and current data available, The Book of Odds is a graphic reference source for stats on the everyday, the odd, and the outrageous-from sex and marriage, health and disease, beliefs and fears, to wealth, addiction, entertainment, and civic life. What emerges from this colorful and captivating volume is a rich portrait of who we are and how we live today.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $45.00
  • Book of Qualities
    Book of Qualities
    ISBN: 9780060962524
    Title: Book of Qualities
    Author: GENDLER J RUTH

    From Beauty to Compassion, from Pleasure to Terror, from Resignation to Joy -- here is an insightful exploration of the rich diversity of human qualities. J. Ruth Gendler's evocative book has as its cast of familiar characters our own emotions, brought to life with a poet's wisdom and an artist's perceptive eye. In The Book of Qualities' magical community, Excitement wears orange socks, Faith lives in the same apartment building as Doubt, and Worry makes lists of everything that could go wrong while she is waiting for the train. In portraying the complexities of the psyche, Gendler uses the Qualities to bridge the distinctions between literature and psychology, and has created an original work that challenges us to look at our emotions in new and inspiring ways.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00

  • Book Production
    Book Production
    ISBN: 9780415593809
    Title: Book Production

    The digital revolution has brought with it a wider range of options for creating and producing print on paper products than ever seen before. With the growing demand for skills and knowledge with which to exploit the potential of digital technology, comes the need for a comprehensivebook that not only makes it possible for production staff, editors, and designers to understand how the technology affects the industry they work in, but also provides them with the skills and competencies they need to work in it smartly and effectively. This bookis designed to satisfy this need.

    Book Productionfalls into two parts:

    • The first part deals with the increasingly important role of production as project managers, a role which has not been adequately written about in any of the recent literature on publishing.
    • The second part deals with the processes and raw materials used in developing and manufacturing print on paper products. Case studies are used to illustrate why and how some processes or raw materials may or may not be appropriate for a particular job.

    With expert opinions and case studies, and a consideration of the practices and issues involved, this offers a comprehensive overview of book production for anyone working, or training to work in or in conjunction with the books industry."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $84.00

  • Book Publishing Industry
    Book Publishing Industry
    ISBN: 9780415887243
    Title: Book Publishing Industry

    The Book Publishing Industry focuses on consumer books (adult, juvenile, and mass market paperbacks) and reviews all major book categories to present a comprehensive overview of this diverse business. In addition to the insights and portrayals of the U.S. publishing industry, this book includes an appendix containing historical data on the industry from 1946 to the end of thetwentieth century. The selective bibliography includes the latest literature, including works in marketing and economics that has a direct relationship with this dynamic industry. This third edition features a chapter on e-books and provides an overview of the current shift toward digital media in the US book publishing industry. "

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $138.00

  • Book Thieves: the Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries & the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
    Book Thieves: the Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries & the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
    ISBN: 9780735221222
    Title: Book Thieves: the Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries & the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

    The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries and the Present Day Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
    For readers of The Monuments Men and The Hare with Amber Eyes, the story of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the small team of heroic librarians now working to return the stolen books to their rightful owners.

    While the Nazi party was being condemned by much of the world for burning books, they were already hard at work perpetrating an even greater literary crime. Through extensive new research that included records saved by the MonumentsMen themselves Anders Rydell tells the untold story of Nazi book theft, as he himself joins the effort to return the stolen books. When the Nazi soldiers ransacked Europe s libraries and bookshops, large and small, the books they stole were not burned. Instead, the Nazis began to compilea library of their own that they could use to wage an intellectual war on literature and history. In this secret war, the libraries of Jews, Communists, Liberal politicians, LGBT activists, Catholics, Freemasons, and many other opposition groups were appropriated for Nazi research, and used as an intellectual weapon against their owners. But when the war was over, most of the books were never returned. Instead many found their way into the public library system, where they remain to this day.
    Now, Rydell finds himself entrusted with one of these stolen volumes, setting out to return it to its rightful owner. It was passed to him by the small team of heroic librarians who have begun the monumental task of combing through Berlin s public libraries to identify the looted books and reunite them with the families of their original owners. For those who lost relatives in the Holocaust, these books are often the only remaining possession of their relatives they have ever held. And as Rydell travels to return the volume he was given, he shows just how much a single book can mean to those who own it."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $53.00
  • Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries & the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
    Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries & the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance
    ISBN: 9780735221239
    Title: Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe's Libraries & the Race to Return a Literary Inheritance

    By turns fascinating, harrowing, yet ultimately uplifting, this is the story of the Nazis' systematic pillaging of Europe's libraries, and the heroic efforts of the few librarians now working to return the stolen books to their owners. In the wake of one of History's most expansive cultural crimes, Anders Rydell shows just how much a single book can mean to those who own it.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Book Towns
    Book Towns
    ISBN: 9780711238930
    Title: Book Towns
    Author: JOHNSON ALEX

    The so-called "Book Towns" of the world are dedicated havens of literature, and the ultimate dream of book lovers everywhere. Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of the 40 semi-officially recognized literary towns around the world and outlines the history and development of each community, and offers practical travel advice.

    Many Book Towns have emerged in areas of marked attraction, such as Urena in Spain or Fjaerland in Norway, where bookshops have been set up in buildings including former ferry waiting rooms and banks. While the UK has the best-known examples at Hay, Wigtown and Sedbergh, the book has a broad international appeal, featuring locations such as Jimbochu in Japan, College Street in Calcutta, and major unofficial "book cities" such as Buenos Aires.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $33.00
  • Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
    Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child
    ISBN: 9780470372272
    Title: Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

    Donalyn Miller says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. No matter how far behind Miller's students might be when they reach her 6th grade classroom, they end up reading an average of 40 to 50 books a year. Miller's unconventional approach dispenses with drills and worksheets that make reading a chore. Instead, she helps students navigate the world of literature and gives them time to read books they pick out themselves. Her love of books and teaching is both infectious and inspiring. The book includes a dynamite list of recommended "kid lit" that helps parents and teachers find the books that students really like to read.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $42.00
  • Book: a Cover-to-cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time
    Book: a Cover-to-cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time
    ISBN: 9780393244793
    Title: Book: a Cover-to-cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time

    We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity s most important and universal information technology."

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $49.00

  • Bookbinding: The Complete Guide to Folding, Sewing & Binding
    Bookbinding: The Complete Guide to Folding, Sewing & Binding
    ISBN: 9781786271686
    Title: Bookbinding: The Complete Guide to Folding, Sewing & Binding

    Bookbindingis a unique and essential reference guide for designers, explaining industrial bookbinding techniques with a focus on the design and conception of print products. Packed full of insights from the world's best bookbinders, it contains everything you need to know about folding, stitching and binding to create beautiful books.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $95.00
  • Bookforum June/july/august Vol 20 Issue 2 (14/10)
    Bookforum June/july/august Vol 20 Issue 2 (14/10)
    ISBN: 074470742081
    Title: Bookforum June/july/august Vol 20 Issue 2 (14/10)

    Format: Magazine
    Price: $21.50
  • Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer
    Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer
    ISBN: 9781408129135
    Title: Booklife: Strategies & Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer

    Discussing a wide range of essential topics this important guide explores the art of writing in the modern technological age where the Internet has transformed relationships between the public and the private. Tips and advice are offered on publishing, deadlines, interaction with the readers, promotion and more.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Books for Living
    Books for Living
    ISBN: 9780385353540
    Title: Books for Living

    From the author of the beloved New York Times best-selling The End of Your Life Book Club, an inspiring and magical exploration of the power of books to shape our lives in an era of constant connectivity.

    Why is it that we read? Is it to pass time? To learn something new? To escape from reality? For Will Schwalbe, reading is a way to entertain himself but also to make sense of the world, to become a better person, and to find the answers to the big (and small) questions about how to live his life. In this delightful celebration of reading, Schwalbe invites us along on his quest for books that speak to the specific challenges of living in our modern world, with all its noise and distractions. In each chapter, he discusses a particular book--what brought him to it (or vice versa), the people in his life he associates with it, and how it became a part of his understanding of himself in the world. & These books span centuries and genres (from classic works of adult and children's literature to contemporary thrillers and even cookbooks), and each one relates to the questions and concerns we all share. Throughout, Schwalbe focuses on the way certain books can help us honor those we've loved and lost, and also figure out how to live each day more fully. Rich with stories and recommendations, Books for Living is a treasure for everyone who loves books and loves to hear the answer to the question: "What are you reading?"

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $51.00
  • Books for Living
    Books for Living
    ISBN: 9781444790788
    Title: Books for Living

    From the author of the best-selling and beloved The End of Your Life Book Club--a wonderfully engaging new book: both a celebration of reading in general and an impassioned recommendation of specific books that can help guide us through our daily lives.
    "I've always believed that everything you need to know you can find in a book," writes Will Schwalbe in his introduction to this thought-provoking, heartfelt, and inspiring new book about books. In each chapter he makes clear the ways in which a particular book has helped to shape how he leads his own life and the ways in which it might help to shape ours. He talks about what brought him to each book--or vice versa; the people in his life he associates each book with; how each has led him to other books; how each is part of his understanding of himself in the world. And he relates each book to a question of our daily lives, for example: Melville's Bartleby, the Scrivener speaks to quitting; 1984 to disconnecting from our electronics; James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room to the power of finding ourselves and connecting with one another; Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea to taking time to recharge; Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird to being sensitive to the surrounding world; The Little Prince to making friends; Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train to trusting. Here, too, are books by Dickens, Daphne du Maurier, Haruki Murakami, Edna Lewis, E. B. White, and Hanya Yanagihara, among many others. A treasure of a book for everyone who loves books, loves reading, and loves to hear the answer to the question: "What are you reading?"
    From the Hardcover edition.

    Format: Trade paperback
    Price: $38.00
  • Books Make a Home
    Books Make a Home
    ISBN: 9781849751872
    Title: Books Make a Home

    Books fulfil myriad functions in our lives. They provide information, foster our enthusiasms and spark our memories. But these personal treasures also add colour and a true sense of personality to our homes. Books Make a Home explores the important role they play as Decoration, as well as functional items. Author and bibliophile Damian Thompson tours the rooms of the home in turn; Living Rooms, Home Libraries & Studies, Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms, Corridors & Staircases and Children's Spaces; discovering a host of techniques for stacking, shelving and closeting volumes, and illustrating how space can be brought to life by books. Alongside inspirational photography is a wealth of practical design solutions for each space and every size of collection. You will learn how to make the best use of existing storage and create new space for an ever-growing collection; how to combine books with other personal effects to create eye-catching displays; and helpful feature spreads will illustrate how to organize and care for your books. Beautifully presented and elegantly written, scattered with quotes from famous readers throughout, Books Make a Home is an insightful guide to enjoying books with the eye as well as with the mind. Celebrates the unique personal connection between books and their owners. Practical solutions and innovative ideas combine with beautiful colour photography throughout.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, & Other Remarkable People
    Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, & Other Remarkable People
    ISBN: 9781863958295
    Title: Books that Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, & Other Remarkable People

    One hundred of today's most prominent literary and cultural icons talk about the books that hold a special place in their hearts - that made them who they are today.

    Leading authors, politicians, CEOs, actors, and other notables share the books that changed their life, why they love them, and their passion with readers everywhere.

    Edited by Bethanne Patrick, contributors include Al Roker, Carl Hiaasen, Dave Eggers, Emma Straub, Eric Idle, Fay Weldon, Fran Lebowitz, Gillian Flynn, Gregory Maguire, Jeff Kinney, Jim Shepard, Laura Lippmann, Lev Grossman, Liev Schreiber, Margaret Atwood, Mayim Bialik, Nelson DeMille, Rosanne Cash, Susan Orlean, Tim Gunn, and Tommy Hilfiger, among others.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
  • Books that Changed the World
    Books that Changed the World
    ISBN: 9781782069423
    Title: Books that Changed the World

    Books That Changed the World tells the fascinating stories behind 50 books that, in ways great and small, have changed the course of human history. Andrew Taylor sets each text in its historical context and explores its wider influence and legacy. Whether he's discussing the incandescent effect of The Qu'ran, the enduring influence of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, of the way in which Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe galavanized the anti-slavery movement, Taylor has written a stirring and informative testament to human ingenuity and endeavour. Ranging from The Iliad to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the Kama Sutra to Lady Chatterley's Lover, this is the ultimate, thought-provoking read for book-lovers everywhere.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Books That Saved My Life
    Books That Saved My Life
    ISBN: 9781925773149
    Title: Books That Saved My Life

    Great literature is thrilling. It will feed your hungry mind and take your heart on a journey. It will help you on the wonderful path to one of life's most elusive and hard-won freedoms, freedom from the ego.

    'His anecdotes will make you out laugh out loud. If you haven't read any books by him before, seek them out.' Good Reading

    Here is a book about the sheer joy of living, exploring forty texts that can enrich us in all manner of ways. Some are recent, such asHarry Potter; some ancient, such as Homer and Lao Tzu. There are memoirs (Nelson Mandela), poetry (Les Murray) and many of the world's great novels, from George Eliot's Middlemarchto Toni Morrison's Beloved. This book uses them to muse upon life in all its glorious complexity.

    Our guide, in entertaining short accounts of personal encounters with these works, is Michael McGirr: schoolteacher and father, reviewer of hundreds of books and lifelong lover of literature. His humour and insight shine through in essays that connect the texts he has selected with each other, and connect us to them.

    This is the ideal companion for a keen reader--and it may just inspire someone you know to become one, too. Never prescriptive, and often very funny, Books that Saved My Lifeis an invitation to reflect on the extraordinary gift of reading. 'It is a gift that is taking me a lifetime to unwrap,' McGirr writes. 'The excitement has never worn off.'

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Books: a Living History
    Books: a Living History
    ISBN: 9780500251652
    Title: Books: a Living History
    Author: LYONS MARTIN

    This lavishly illustrated volume explores one of the most versatile, useful and enduring technologies ever invented: the book. BOOKS: A LIVING HISTORY charts the evolution and influence of books around the world, from the cuneiform tablets of ancient Sumer through the development of movable type and the emergence of the modern information revolution. A feast for traditional book-lovers, as well as an inspiration for those excited by new electronic technologies, this beautifully produced volume celebrates the enduring power and magic of books.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $52.00
  • Books: a Living History
    Books: a Living History
    ISBN: 9780500291153
    Title: Books: a Living History
    Author: LYONS MARTYN

    This ambitious volume, newly available in paperback, explores the rich history of the book, one of the most efficient, influential and enduring technologies ever invented. For more than 2,500 years, the book, in a wide range of forms, has been used to document, to educate and to entertain. The eminent authority Martyn Lyons charts its worldwide evolution through the centuries, from the cuneiform tablets of ancient Sumer through the development of moveable type and the emergence of the modern information revolution. Among the carefully selected illustrations are Maya codices, Egyptian papyrus scrolls, medieval illuminated manuscripts, masterpieces of early printing from Gutenberg and Aldus Manutius, atlases from the great age of travel and exploration, primers and childrens books, dime novels and Japanese manga, and works of fiction ranging from Don Quixote to Level 26 , the worlds first digi-novel, and beyond.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
  • Books: Top Tens
    Books: Top Tens
    ISBN: 9780753728581
    Title: Books: Top Tens
    Author: BOUNTY

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
  • Bookshelf
    ISBN: 9781501307324
    Title: Bookshelf
    Author: PYNE LYDIA

    Object Lessons is a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.

    Every shelf is different and every bookshelf tells a different story. One bookshelf can creak with character in a bohemian coffee shop and another can groan with gravitas in the Library of Congress. "W"riter and historian Lydia Pyne finds bookshelves to be holders not just of books but of so many other things: values, vibes, and verbs that can be contained and displayed in the buildings and rooms of contemporary human existence. With a shrewd eye toward this particular moment in the history of books, Pyne takes the reader on a tour of the bookshelf that leads critically to this juncture: amid rumors of the death of book culture, why is the life of the bookshelf in full bloom?

    Object Lessons is published in partnership with an essay series in the "The Atlantic."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $23.00

  • Bookshop Book
    Bookshop Book
    ISBN: 9781472116666
    Title: Bookshop Book
    Author: CAMPBELL JEN

    We're not talking about rooms that are just full of books.

    We're talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I've-ever-been-to-bookshops.

    Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that's invented the world's first antiquarian book vending machine.

    And that's just the beginning.

    From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over two hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we've yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole).

    The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world.


    "A good bookshop is not just about selling books from shelves, but reaching out into the world and making a difference."

    David Almond

    (The Bookshop Book includes interviews and quotes from David Almond, Ian Rankin, Tracy Chevalier, Audrey Niffenegger, Jacqueline Wilson, Jeanette Winterson and many, many others.)

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
  • Bookshops A Cultural History
    Bookshops A Cultural History
    ISBN: 9780857054449
    Title: Bookshops A Cultural History

    Why do bookshops matter? How do they filter our ideas and literature? In this inventive and highly entertaining extended essay, Jorge Carrion takes his reader on a journey around the world, via its bookshops. His travels take him to Shakespeare & Co in Paris, Wells in Winchester, Green Apple Books in San Francisco, Librairie des Colonnes in Tangier, the Strand Book Store in New York and provoke encounters with thinkers, poets, dreamers, revolutionaries and readers.

    Bookshops is the travelogue of a lucid and curious observer, filled with anecdotes and stories from the universe of writing, publishing and selling books. A bookshop in Carrion's eyes never just a place for material transaction; it is a meeting place for people and their ideas, a setting for world changing encounters, a space that can transform lives.

    Written in the midst of a worldwide recession, Bookshops examines the role of these spaces in today's evershifting climate of globalisation, vanishing high streets, e-readers and Amazon. But far from taking a pessimistic view of the future of the physical bookshop, Carrion makes a compelling case for hope, underlining the importance of these places and the magic that can happen there. A vital manifesto for the future of the traditional bookshop, and a delight for all who love them.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
  • Bookstore Cats
    Bookstore Cats
    ISBN: 9781943876525
    Title: Bookstore Cats

    Reading an article about cats who live in bookstores inspired author Brandon Schultz to further investigate the lives of bookstore cats. Cats have strong personalities that enchant and engage, and it turns out there are many of them living in every reader's favorite environment: the bookstore. With personalities and histories as varied as the books they tend, each cat has a story worth telling. Collected here are their tales, along with enchanting photos of the feline employees in their shops. Most bookstore cats are famous in their local communities, many have been featured and profiled in entertainment outlets, and some even have their own books and social media accounts. Now, for the first time, some of the world's most beloved bookstore cats are collected together in one adorable directory, making the perfect gift for cat lovers, book lovers, shoppers, and the generally curious worldwide. Aside from keeping a bookseller free of mice, these noble creatures become part of the fabric of their environment and, while they chase away the mice, they lure in the world's cat-loving readers.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $35.00
  • Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading
    Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading
    ISBN: 9780224098854
    Title: Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading
    Author: MANGAN LUCY

    'Passionate, witty, informed, and gloriously opinionated' Jacqueline Wilson
    'Beautiful and moving... It will kickstart a cascade of nostalgia for countless people' Marian Keyes

    When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. They opened up new worlds and cast light on all the complexities she encountered in this one.

    She was whisked away to Narnia - and Kirrin Island - and Wonderland. She ventured down rabbit holes and womble burrows into midnight gardens and chocolate factories. She wandered the countryside with Milly-Molly-Mandy, and played by the tracks with the Railway Children. With Charlotte's Web she discovered Death and with Judy Blume it was Boys. No wonder she only left the house for her weekly trip to the library or to spend her pocket money on amassing her own at home.

    In Bookworm, Lucy revisits her childhood reading with wit, love and gratitude. She relives our best-beloved books, their extraordinary creators, and looks at the thousand subtle ways they shape our lives. She also disinters a few forgotten treasures to inspire the next generation of bookworms and set them on their way.

    Lucy brings the favourite characters of our collective childhoods back to life - prompting endless re-readings, rediscoveries, and, inevitably, fierce debate - and brilliantly uses them to tell her own story, that of a born, and unrepentant, bookworm.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $40.00
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