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    Elizabeth Foley

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    If you've always felt a bit embarrassed at your precarious grasp on the plot of Othello, or you haven't a clue what a petard - as in 'hoist with his own petard' - actually is, then fear not, because Shakespeare for Grown-ups is the essential book for anyone keen to deepen their knowledge of the Bard's key plays and sonnets.

    Perfect for parents keen to help with their children's homework and casual theatre-goers and readers who want to enhance their enjoyment and understanding of the Shakespeare's most-performed plays, the book covers everything from the historical context of his writing to the key themes, his less familiar works and much, much more.

    With lively, in-depth chapters on all the key works including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard II, Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Merchant of Venice and Macbeth, Shakespeare for Grown-ups is the only guide to the Scribe you'll ever need.
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    Jane McMorland-Hunter

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    Classic Readings & Poems for Weddings, Christenings, Funerals and All Occasions will help ensure you have the right words for every important life event.

    Hand-picked by Jane McMorland Hunter, the book features everything from familiar favourites to lesser-known, yet no less stunning, pieces that can mark anything from a birth to a death; an engagement to a retirement and a wedding to a memorial service.

    Among the poems and readings are works from the poets Longfellow, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson as well as famous writers like William Blake, Wordsworth and William Shakespeare. There are also Apache prayers and Irish blessings, as well as quotes from books and speeches that mark moments of new life, unions, loss and solitude.
  • VINP
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    Featuring 'a visionary genius', 'the greatest poet since Shakespeare' and some of the best poetry from the Bard himself, this three-book collection offers up some of the best poetry from William Blake, W. B. Yeats and William Shakespeare.

    Shakespeare's sonnets were haunting, lyrical and often breathtakingly beautiful, and the anthology featured here showcases everything from his most famed work - 'Shall I compare three to a summer's day' - to his lesser-known poems that deserve more exposure. With an introduction from Germaine Greer, this is a must-have for anyone who appreciates one of the masters of the English language.

    Selected and introduced by Patti Smith, the eccentric William Blake is another genius who specialised in powerful and symbolic poetry, while the extensive W. B. Yeats collection reflects the turmoil, fervour, traditions and revolutions around the turn of the 20th century.

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    Samuel Beckett

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    After a wait of 80 years, Echo's Bones, Samuel Beckett's intended end-piece to his debut collection of short stories, More Pricks than Kicks, is published for the first time.

    Originally requested - and subsequently rejected - by his editor, it continues the story of Belacqua, the protagonist of More Pricks than Kicks' ninth story Yellow, as he enters the afterlife. Covering themes of science, philosophy, religion and literature, the text offers a darkly humorous take on human nature.

    A gothic fairy tale that shows the development of Beckett as a writer, this hardback edition belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who wants to find out more about the evolution of Samuel Beckett's writing.
  • WFLP

    Suheil Bushrui

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    This charming collection of love poems, compiled by renowned literature professor Suheil Bushrui, makes a wonderful anthology of some of the best-loved verses ever written. Taken from around the globe, this unusually varied collection contains nearly 200 poems from some of the world's most famous writers. From the indigenous peoples of Africa and Australasia to the foremost writers in history including Shakespeare and Dante, this beautiful hardback makes a delightful gift and is perfect for any lover of poetry or simply for someone special.
  • OLON

    Jane McMorland Hunter

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    Edited by Jane McMorland Hunter, Ode to London is a wonderful book full of epic poems that celebrates England's capital city and its vast and majestic presence.

    An anthology of poetry that explores life in England's bustling capital city, there are ditties about pie, mash and jellied eels featured alongside much-loved work from poets such as John Betjeman, TS Eliot and John Donne. The book is beautifully illustrated with scenes of London life and the poems featured celebrate every aspect of the city, from the Houses of Parliament and the Blitz spirit, through to red double-decker buses and the infamous rainy summers.

    A perfect gift for any proud Londoner or anyone who has fallen in love with this magnificent city.
  • JUBL

    Carol Ann Duffy

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    To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy brings together a dazzling array of contemporary poets to write about each of the sixty years of Her Majesty's reign in Jubilee Lines. Established poets such as Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke and Wendy Cope all contribute, alongside some of the newest young talent around, and every poem addresses a moment or event from their chosen year - be it of personal or political significance or both. This brilliant hardback offers a unique portrayal of the country and times during the Queen's reign. An unforgettable commemoration.

  • CPFM

    Max Morris

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    Compiled by Max Morris, Classic Poems for Mothers is an exquisitely illustrated anthology that contains inspiring and moving poetry for mothers from much-loved writers including the likes of Anne Bradstreet, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson and Rudyard Kipling. Many poets have been inspired by their mothers, and this collection brings together the joy, sorrow, loyalty and love they feel towards them.

  • PESS

    Christopher Dolley

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    The Penguin Book of English Short Stories is a fascinating book that celebrates the period between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth century when the English short story began to grow hugely in popularity. The book contains short stories from some of the most widely-known writers of the time, and although many are generally known for their novels, their shorter fiction is just as inspiring. Every story contained in this glorious book is concise, evocative, subtle and satisfying!
  • PSSS
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    Including 24 short tales written by Scottish men and women from Robin Jenkins to Muriel Spark, The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories represents the past and present of the country right through from the times of Roman Britain. Including powerful and moving insights into the spirit of the Scottish people and some truly beautiful writing, this is a must for anyone with an interest in Scottish heritage and excellent storytelling.
  • PIRS

    Benedict Kiely

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    The Penguin Book of Irish Short Stories from Benedict Kiely is a collection of thirty-eight short stories that cover many generations and moods of Irish writing. The mercurial, intoxicating, witty and sometimes sad stories range from Lady Gregory's moving retelling of an ancient love story through to the extraordinary and prolific reads of William Trevor. This is a must-read for any fan of Irish fiction.
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    Alun Richards

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    Including 24 short tales written by Welsh men and women from Dylan Thomas to Moira Dearnley, The Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories represents the past and present of the country from the valleys to the city streets. Including powerful and moving insights into the nature of the Welsh people and some truly beautiful writing, this is a must for anyone with an interest in the beautiful country.
  • ABBUP

    Philip Larkin

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    Larkin's final collection of poems shows, as does all his best work, his ability to adapt contemporary speech rhythms and everyday vocabulary to subtle metrical patterns and poetic forms. Many of the poems in the collection, which includes some of his best-known pieces ("The Old Fools", "This Be the Verse", "The Explosion", and the title poem) show the preoccupation with death and transience that is so typical of the poet. Rather than words comes the thought of high windows: The sun-comprehending glass, And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless. - from "High Windows".
  • LEAV

    Elizabeth Darcy Jones

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    A wonderfully quaint and quintessentially British book, Distinguished Leaves: Poems for Tea-Lovers from Elizabeth Darcy Jones describes 37 different teas as characters, revelling in their unique flavours and personalities. An exquisite and unusual little hardback, this light and refreshingly uplifting collection of verse includes descriptions of different tea types and hints for using loose leaf tea alongside the charm and wit of the author.

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    Howard Watson

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    Complete with verses from the likes of RL Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling, Ode to the Sea is a collection of poems celebrating the British coastline and life above and below the deep blue sea. This National Trust book contains beautiful illustrations of idlyllic days at sea, haunted shipwrecks and tempestuous storms. Edited by Howard Watson and featuring a foreword by Oliver Garnett, explore life along the shore and discover the mystical world beneath the waves.

  • AAEVE

    Carol Ann Duffy

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    Another cleverly constructed collection of poems from Carol Ann Duffy, The World?s Wife gives a hilarious and at times deeply meaningful voice to many women who never had their say. With her unique interpretation of the relationships endured by the likes of Mrs Aesop, Nancy Sinatra and Frau Freud, the British poet produces some fascinatingly witty and observant works of verse. Breezing through some of the best historical myths and bringing them to life in some style, this collection is fresh, cheeky and enormously entertaining.

  • ABBUO

    Philip Larkin

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    "The North Ship", Philip Larkin's earliest volume of verse, was first published in August 1945 and reissued in 1966 by Faber. The introduction, by Larkin himself, explains the circumstances of its publication and the influences which shaped its content. This is the first thing I have understood: Time is the echo of an axe Within a wood.
  • ADCZI

    Jon Stallworthy

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    There are almost as many definitions and different sorts of love as there are poets. Edited on the assumption that any poem which speaks of one human's desire for another is a qualifying factor, "The New Penguin Book of Love Poetry" is a rich and diverse anthology which ranges through time and fashion. Passion, urgency, simplicity, heartbreak and renunciation are all here in a volume that superbly represents 'man's changeless responses to the changeless changing seasons of his heart'.
  • ADCHP

    Matthew George Walter

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    This anthology reflects the diversity of voices it contains: the poems are arranged thematically and the themes reflect the different experiences of war not just for the soldiers but for those left behind. This is what makes this volume more accessible and satisfying than others. In addition to the established canon, there are poems rarely anthologised and a selection of soldiers' songs to reflect the voices of the soldiers themselves.
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    Emily Berry

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    "Dear Boy" is the dramatic and inventive debut by Emily Berry. These characterful, intelligent and darkly witty poems explore lives lived strangely in unusual worlds, through a series of deft and seductive soliloquies. In a collection with a taste for ventriloquy and wickedness, and a flair for vocal cross-dressing, the balance of power is always shifting in an unexpected direction - an ingenue masquerades as a femme fatale, a doctor appears more disturbed than his patient, and parents seem more unruly than their children. Eccentric, intimate, arch, anxious, decadent and sometimes mournful, the book's confiding, conversational voices tell stories recognisable and refracted, carried along by the undercurrent on which the collection ebbs and rides: the anguish and energy brought about by a long-distance love affair, which propels and terrorises and ultimately unites the work. "Dear Boy" is an irresistible and enlivening collection by a new poet of startling and various gifts.
  • ADBUO

    W. B. Yeats

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    This selection of the works of W B Yeats, includes the final book from the unfairly neglected narrative poem "The Wanderings of Oisin" and a number of lyrics from Yeats' work as poetic dramatist. It breaks new ground by allowing the reader to engage with a dozen poems in alternative versions; in many other cases it provides significant variants, so that Yeats's struggle to revise his poetry can be experienced with unusual immediacy.
  • AKFFI

    Jon Stallworthy

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    There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. Jon Stallworthy's classic and celebrated anthology spans centuries of human experience of war, from Homer's Iliad, through the First and Second World Wars, the Vietnam War, and the wars fought since. This new edition, published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, includes a new introduction additonal poems from David Harsent and Peter Wyton amongst others. The new selection provides improved coverage of the two World Wars and the Vietnam War, and new coverage of the wars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
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    James Bentley

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    Some Corner of a Foreign Field
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    Ana Sampson

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    Our rolling fields and verdant countryside have ever inspired some of the finest verse by our most cherished poets, and the very best are brought together in this thoughtful and enjoyable collection. Green and Pleasant Land features such best-loved poets as Keats, Larkin, Shakespeare, Hopkins and Wordsworth, who effortlessly conjure relaxing and nostalgic images of a better time and place. Be transported to a more lush and vibrant world with this celebration of all the beauty of our language and land. The perfect addition to any poetry lover's collection.