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  • TSHA
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    Packed with witty illustrations and inspirational quotes, The Shakespeare Book is an innovative and accessible guide to the complete works of The Bard.

    Covering every play, poem and sonnet, including lost and lesser-known works, the book is packed with stunning and hilarious illustrations that bring the themes, plots, characters and language of Shakespeare to life.

    Whether you're a student, a scholar, a keen theatre goer or just keen to discover more about the world's most phenomenal writing talent, this authoritative yet easy-to-understand summary of Shakespeare's complete works is a must.
  • GRAM

    Craig Shrives

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    Do you know the difference between affect and effect? Or where to put your apostrophes and when to use commas? Let Craig Shrives, the owner of www.grammar-monster.com, teach you everything you need to know with Grammar for Grown-Ups.

    If you need to write well for your career, or just want to brush up on your knowledge of grammar, this is the book for you. With its friendly tone and real-life examples of how to use grammar correctly, including quotes from everyone from Homer the Greek to Homer Simpson, this is comprehensive and light-hearted grammar guide for all ages.

    A methodical approach to all things grammar related, the handy book will become a much-needed point of reference whenever you're stuck between whether to use who or whom.
  • CRPM

    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.
  • FWBT

    David Marsh

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    Written in a very accessible, informative and easy-to-read format, this is the book for anyone who loves - or struggles with - English grammar.

    Written by David Marsh, the Guardian's Production Editor, the book upholds the Guardian's Style guide and answers puzzling questions along the lines of whether you should 'compliment' or 'complement' someone, when you should use 'which' and 'that' and why the Ghostbusters never asked 'Whom you gonna call?'

    With top question-and-answer tweets from the popular @guardianstyle Twitter account featured too, the book also reveals what the greatest headline ever written is! A great guide for grammar enthusiasts.
  • TEOE

    Mark Forsyth

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    From the bestselling author of The Etymologicon and The Horologicon, The Elements of Eloquence by Mark Forsyth is a deft, laugh-out-loud, irreverent examination of rhetoric that wordsmiths among us will devour with delight.

    From classic poetry to pop songs, advertising slogans and even the King James Bible, Forsyth picks apart the most unforgettable of phrases and explores the reasoning for their lasting appeal - with his inimitably entertaining and witty style.

    An ideal gift for those looking for literary immortality and perfectly entertaining reading for the lovers of linguistics and experts in eloquence among us, the book proves that it doesn't matter what you say, but more how you say it!
  • MHPP

    Jeremy Stangroom

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    From the author of the bestselling Einstein's Riddle, The Trolley Problem by Jeremy Stangroom offers a unique collection of philosophical dilemmas and thought experiments designed to tell you something about how you see the world.

    Packed with classic challenges, paradoxes and puzzles that famous philosophers have devised throughout history, the hardback book reflects upon each moral dilemma and provides readers an insight into overall views on morality and serves as a wonderful introduction to the key concepts of philosophy and ethics.

    Challenge your preconceptions, uncover your deeply held beliefs and broaden your mind with this essential book for anyone with an interest in ethics or a curiosity about nature and reality.
  • 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.
  • SOLS

    Arne De Keijzer

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    Secrets of the Lost Symbol builds upon the expertise and wisdom of Nobel Prize-winning scientists, historians, technologists and conspiracy theorists to help readers fully understand the mysteries behind the Lost Symbol. Featuring extracts, interviews and specially commissioned commentary, this fascinating guide presents a wealth of information behind Dan Brown's bestselling novel.

  • ALOLG

    Julia Cresswell

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    Did you know that coconut derives from the Spanish and Portuguese coco for 'grinning face'? Or that giraffes used to be called camelopards? Or that walrus has its origin in Dutch, meaning 'whale horse'. The Little Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins includes 1,000 word histories arranged across 100 wide-ranging themes, from food to phobias, from the universe to love. Featuring words with interesting or surprising origins, it is an irresistible collection of word histories, including dates of origin and an authoritative account of each word's derivation. Beautifully produced and attractively designed, this fascinating volume is a pleasure to browse. It also features a useful index so you can quickly find just the word you are looking for. It is the perfect gift for word lovers and for anyone with an interest in the English language.
  • ALBTA

    Caroline Taggart

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    Ever wanted to ameliorate your atavistic lexicon, engage in a little intellectual badinage or been discombobulated by tricky diction? 500 Words You Should Know has you covered. This book will inspire the reader to use uncommon words in their correct context, to utilize the English language to its full potential, and to test themselves on the words they think they already know. This is a book for the appreciator of correct usage, and contains words you thought you knew (decimate, caveat, nemesis), words you should know (euphemism, diatribe, tautology), and just a few that you might want to know (peripatetic, shibboleth, callipygian). Arranged thematically, each word is dissected, with a brief explanation of etymology, historical and modern usage, allowing you to fully understand and effectively employ the word in its proper context.For those interested in everything this eclectic language has to offer, who wish to celebrate its majesty and depth, this veracious cornucopia of knowledge will have you confabulating with the literary cognoscenti in no time.
  • AKYZC

    Chloe Rhodes

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    Why are geese in a gaggle? Are crows really murderous? And what makes lions so proud? Collective nouns are one of the most charming oddities of the English language, often with seemingly bizarre connections to the groups they identify. But have you ever stopped to wonder where these peculiar terms actually came from? Most of those found in this book have their origins in the Medieval Books of Courtesy, among the earliest works to be published in this country. Despite originating as a form of social etiquette reserved for the gentry, many of these collective nouns have survived to become a curious feature of today's everyday language. This absorbing book tells the stories of these evocative phrases, many of which have stood the test of time and are still in use today. Entertaining, informative and fascinating, An Unkindness of Ravens is perfect for any history or language buff.
  • ALALN

    David Crystal

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    Did you know that the English language has over 150 words for the adjective 'drunk' developed over 1,000 years? Be prepared to learn words you have never heard before, find out fascinating facts behind everyday words, and be surprised at how lively and varied the English language can be. Published to critical acclaim in 2009, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first comprehensive thesaurus in the world to arrange words by meaning in order of first recorded use. Using its unique perspective on how the English language has developed, Words in Time and Place takes 15 themes and explores the language in these areas over time - explaining when new words appeared, where they came from, and what such changes say about times in which they emerged. The themes chosen are varied, universal topics and show the semantic range of the thesaurus and what it can tell us about the words used in areas of everyday life. Learn about the different words for dying and money, or types of pop music, as well as words for a privy, oaths, and words for being drunk. Written by the world's leading expert on the English language, David Crystal, the book carries his trademark style of engaging yet authoritative writing. Each chapter features an introduction to the language of that topic, followed by a timeline of vocabulary taken from the historical thesaurus showing all the synonyms arranged in chronological order. The timelines are annotated with additional quotations, facts, and social and historical context to give a clear sense of how words entered the English language, when, and in which context they were used. Words in Time and Place showcases the unique and excellent resource that is the Historical Thesaurus and reveals the linguistic treasures to be found within. This fascinating book will appeal to anyone with an interest in words and in the development of the English language.
  • ALOD

    Angela Macmillan

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    A unique anthology, containing prose and poetry that has been hand-picked by Angela Macmillan for performing, even if it?s just to an audience of one, A Little, Aloud encourages us to share the power of the written word. A book to be treasured and shared with friends and family for years to come, this well-presented hardback will take the reader on a personal journey through short stories, poems and verse ? each of which offers something that everyone will enjoy, whether young or old.

  • ALTEU

    Stanley Sadie

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    The Classical Music Encylopedia, now fully updated, traces the development of Western music from medieval times through to the twenty-first century. Each chapter begins with an Introduction to the era, followed by an A to Z of the key composers and musicians of the era, with an expert's recommended recording for each entry. Within these, the musical greats - from Mozart to Stravinksy - have more extensive entries. The Styles and Forms sections discuss the many different styles of music, from the earliest notation to the minimalism of the twentieth century, while the development of each era's Instruments is also extensively investigated. Written by many of the world's leading experts in the field, this invaluable encyclopedia is comprehensive, easy-to-use and highly informative - an essential guide for readers of all levels.