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    Classic Readings & Poems (Hardback)

    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.
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    For Who the Bell Tolls (Hardback)

    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.
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    The Elements of Eloquence (Hardback)

    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!
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    JANE
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    It's true to say that Jane Austen is more of a celebrity and media queen now than she was when she was writing and this intriguing, funny and very readable compilation by Rebecca Smith, the writer in residence at Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, provides authentic Austenian advice for over 70 modern dilemmas. Jane Austen is brought to life as a smart-cookie agony aunt in an upmarket glossy magazine column format and tackles vexing challenges in love, family, work, leisure, fashion and home. Smith has cleverly compiled answers from Austen's novels, letters and life to give a clear-eyed, witty and unsentimental view and tone that creates a book to turn to for advice and comfort, just as you would a best friend!
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    The World's Favourite Love Poems (Hardback)

    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.
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    Shakespeare's Sonnets (Hardback)

    William Shakespeare

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    A splendid collector?s edition of some of the finest works of poetry ever penned, Shakespeare Sonnets includes that immortal question: ?Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?? amongst other oft-quoted lines. Perfect for reading William Shakespeare?s poetry for pleasure rather than study, this beautiful hardback edition houses fascinating literature that deals with themes such as love, beauty and the effects of time ? making this collection just as significant now as it was in the Elizabethan era.

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    Secrets of The Lost Symbol (Paperback)

    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.

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    Classic Hymns & Carols (Hardback)

    John Betjeman

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    With a preface by John Betjeman, one of the most popular Poet Laureates of all time, Classic Hymns & Carols is a wonderful collection of 70 of the nation's most popular hymns. Whether you wish to find the right hymn or carol for a wedding, a christening or a funeral, or just want to remind yourself of a childhood favourite, this collection is an invaluable resource for every home, with lyrics for songs and carols written by literary giants including William Blake, Alfred Tennyson and Rudyard Kipling. Among the hymns and carols included are all-time favourites such as The Holly and the Ivy, Jerusalem, Abide With Me and All Things Bright and Beautiful.
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    A Little, Aloud (Hardback)

    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.