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  • Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories

    Rex Collings

    Product Code: BIHIL
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    This is a book to be read by a blazing fire on a winter's night, with the curtains drawn close and the doors securely locked. The unquiet souls of the dead, both as fictional creations and as 'real' apparitions, roam the pages of this haunting selection of ghost stories by Rex Collings. Some of these stories are classics while others are lesser-known gems unearthed from this vintage era of tales of the supernatural. There are stories from distant lands - 'Fisher's Ghost' by John Lang is set in Australia and 'A Ghostly Manifestation' by 'A Clergyman' is set in Calcutta. In this selection, Sir Walter Scott (a Victorian in spirit if not in fact), keeps company with Edgar Allen Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu and other illustrious masters of the genre.
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  • Letters of Note

    Shaun Usher

    Product Code: AVGBL
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    Letters of Note is a collection of over one hundred of the world's most entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters, based on the seismically popular website of the same name - an online museum of correspondence visited by over 70 million people. From Virginia Woolf's heart-breaking suicide letter, to Queen Elizabeth II's recipe for drop scones sent to President Eisenhower; from the first recorded use of the expression 'OMG' in a letter to Winston Churchill, to Gandhi's appeal for calm to Hitler; and from Iggy Pop's beautiful letter of advice to a troubled young fan, to Leonardo da Vinci's remarkable job application letter, Letters of Note is a celebration of the power of written correspondence which captures the humour, seriousness, sadness and brilliance that make up all of our lives.
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  • Funny Ha, Ha

    Paul Merton

    Product Code: CBQTM
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    80 of the funnest stories ever written, selected and introduced by comedian and broadcaster Paul Merton. From Anton Chekhov to Ali Smith, from P.G. Wodehouse to Nora Ephron, the greatest writers are those who know how to laugh. Here, award-winning comedian and broadcaster Paul Merton brings together his favourite funny stories of all time. Whether it's the silly, surreal, slap-stick or satirical that makes you smile, there's a story here to tickle every funny bone. From prize-winners and literary giants, to stand-up comedians and the rising stars of funny literature, this brilliant anthology is guaranteed to cheer your day.
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  • So That Went Well...

    Kate Moore

    Product Code: CAXXF
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    New correspondence from the Telegraph's best-selling series. In a year in which even the most seasoned commentators have struggled to keep pace with the news cycle, letter writers to The Daily Telegraph have once again provided their refreshing take on events. Readers of the Telegraph Letters Page will be fondly aware of the eclectic combination of learned wisdom, wistful nostalgia and robust good sense that characterise its correspondence. Baffled, furious, defiant, mischievous, they inveigh and speculate on every subject under the sun, from the rubbish on television these days to the venality of our MPs. With an agenda as enticing as ever, the eleventh book in the bestselling Unpublished Letters series will prove, once again, that the Telegraph's readers have an astute sense of what really matters.
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  • Common People

    Kit de Waal

    Product Code: BXMAC
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    Working-class stories are not always tales of the underprivileged and dispossessed. Common People is a collection of essays, poems and memoir written in celebration, not apology: these are narratives rich in barbed humour, reflecting the depth and texture of working-class life, the joy and sorrow, the solidarity and the differences, the everyday wisdom and poetry of the woman at the bus stop, the waiter, the hairdresser. Here, Kit de Waal brings together thirty-three established and emerging writers who invite you to experience the world through their eyes, their voices loud and clear as they reclaim and redefine what it means to be working class. Features original pieces from Damian Barr, Malorie Blackman, Lisa Blower, Jill Dawson, Louise Doughty, Stuart Maconie, Chris McCrudden, Lisa McInerney, Paul McVeigh, Daljit Nagra, Dave O'Brien, Cathy Rentzenbrink, Anita Sethi, Tony Walsh, Alex Wheatle and more.
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  • Midsummer Nights

    Jeanette Winterson

    Product Code: BWIMR
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    With Kate Atkinson, Sebastian Barry, Anne Enright, Alexander McCall Smith, Andrew O'Hagan, Kate Mosse, Andrew Motion, Colm Toibin, Joanna Trollope, Ali Smith, Jeanette Winterson & more In this stunning collection, the best and brightest writers working today reimagine familiar stories from the greatest operas. Don Giovanni's ghost haunts a young boy, Fidelio meets Porgy and Bess and two hapless men stage a Mozartian love test. Long-lost loves enter the dating game and undying witches finally get grey hairs. Funny, macabre or irreverent, these stories are charming for any opera lover and a beguiling collection in their own right.
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  • Japanese Legends and Folklore

    A.B. Mitford

    Product Code: BTPDW
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    Japanese Legends and Folklore invites English speakers into the intriguing world of Japanese folktales, ghost stories and historical eyewitness accounts. With a fascinating selection of stories about Japanese culture and history, A.B. Mitford who lived and worked in Japan as a British diplomat presents a broad cross section of tales from many Japanese sources. Discover more about practically every aspect of Japanese life from myths and legends to society and religion. This book features 30 fascinating Japanese stories, including: The Forty-Seven Ronin the famous, epic tale of a loyal band of Samurai warriors who pay the ultimate price for avenging the honour of their fallen master. The Tongue-Cut Sparrow a good-hearted old man is richly rewarded when he begs forgiveness from a sparrow who is injured by his spiteful, greedy wife. The Adventures of Little Peach Boy a tale familiar to generations of Japanese children, a small boy born from a peach is adopted by a kindly childless couple. Japanese Sermons a selection of sermons written by a priest belonging to the Shingaku sect, which combines Buddhist, Shinto and Confucian teachings. An Account of Hara-Kiri Mitford's dramatic first person account of a ritual Samurai suicide, the first time it had been reported in English. Thirty-one reproductions of woodblock prints bring the classic tales and essays to life. These influential stories helped shape the West's understanding of Japanese culture. A new foreword by Professor Michael Dylan Foster sheds light on the book's importance as a groundbreaking work of Japanese folklore, literature and history.
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  • Death of the Planet of the Apes

    Andrew E. C. Gaska

    Product Code: BSXCD
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    In Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Col. George Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) disappears into the Forbidden Zone, only to return in the film's climactic scene. For forty-eight years, the question has remained-what happened to Taylor? Finally the truth is revealed. Beneath the irradiated wasteland, the astronaut faces the deadly wonders of a gleaming city and its inhuman citizenry. On the surface the gorillas-led by General Ursus-launch an all-out assault to exterminate the savage animals known as humans. And out in the desert, the chimpanzee scientist Milo strives to reconstruct the spacecraft that brought the humans from the past. Events spiral at a breakneck pace, with the fate of a world at stake.
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  • The Spectator Book of Wit, Humour and Mischief

    Marcus Berkmann

    Product Code: BSYFF
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    Approaching its 200th birthday in the rudest of health, the Spectator is known for the quality of its writing and the deep eccentricity of some of its writers. Given the freedom to say what they want, they take that freedom and more, and the result is original, provocative, often very funny, sometimes plain wrong. From Jeffrey Bernard's reports from the Soho frontline and Auberon Waugh fulminating about hamburger gases in the early 1990s, we encounter in turn the wild stream of consciousness of Deborah Ross's restaurant reviews, the pinpoint etiquette advice of Mary Killen, Rod Liddle's frothing but elegantly sculpted outrage and the magazine's secret weapon, low life adventurer Jeremy Clarke. This bumper selection, which also includes eminent diarists, mad letter-writers and Boris Johnson, amounts to a masterclass in comic writing, lovingly compiled and edited by Marcus Berkmann, who still can't believe he wrote a monthly pop column for the magazine for twenty-eight years without being fired.
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  • The Language of Flowers

    Christine O'Brien

    Product Code: AEUYJ
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    This is an anthology of flowers in paintings, prose and poetry. It is an enchanting gift book for flower lovers everywhere, perfect for any occasion. It features beautiful floral paintings by Daniel Sherrin, Johan Laurentz Jensen, Mary Elizabeth Duffield, Madeleine Lemaire, Maria Dorothea Krabbe, Lais Hansen, and more. It presents poetry and prose extracts from the great writers of the Victorian period, including Algernon Charles Swinburne, Emily Bronte, William Wordsworth, William Cowper, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and many more. You can learn the meanings of flowers and the delightful symbolism and vocabulary invented by the Victorians. Flowers have always been cherished for their transient beauty and wonderful fragrance: from the tiny bell-like snowdrop to the majestic golden lily, and from Alcea to Viola, they have been written, portrayed in art, and sung about for centuries. As well as being loved for their beauty and fragrance, flowers have also come to symbolize certain ideas, messages and feelings, never more so than in the nineteenth century when the folklore and symbolism of flowers so preoccupied Victorian ladies and their gentlemen admirers. The classic pieces by celebrated writers in this anthology are accompanied by over 80 beautiful period paintings and painstakingly accurate botanical illustrations. Exquisitely designed, this is the perfect gift for flower lovers everywhere.
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  • Poems and Readings for Weddings

    Julia Watson

    Product Code: ADCHO
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    As recent reports suggest, many fewer weddings are now taking place in church. For those that are not having the traditional wedding service, it can be a problem finding suitable material to be read at a civil ceremony. And even some traditionalists like to have something extra read at their wedding lunch or party. This inspiring book offers 70 poems and readings which celebrate love and union - and offer the prospect of a lifetime's shared happiness.
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  • Fight of the Century

    Michael Chabon

    Product Code: CDGSN
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    A unique collaboration between the American Civil Liberties Union and authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, Fight of the Century features original essays by the most influential writers at work today-including Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Salman Rushdie, Jesmyn Ward, and more-each writing about a landmark ACLU case, published in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the organization. The American Civil Liberties Union began as a small group of idealists and visionaries, including Helen Keller and Jane Addams. A century after its founding, the ACLU remains the nation's premier defender of the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. In collaboration with the ACLU, prize-winning authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have curated an anthology of essays about landmark cases in the ACLU's 100-year history. In Fight of the Century, bestselling and award-winning authors present unique literary takes on historic decisions like Brown v. Board of Education, the Scopes trial, Roe v. Wade, and more. Contributors include Geraldine Brooks, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Dave Eggers, Louise Erdrich, Neil Gaiman, Lauren Groff, Marlon James, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Morgan Parker, Ann Patchett, Salman Rushdie, George Saunders, Elizabeth Strout, Jesmyn Ward, Meg Wolitzer, and more. Fight of the Century shows how throughout American history, pivotal legal battles, fought primarily by underdogs and their lawyers, have advanced civil rights and social justice. The ACLU has been integral in this process. The essays range from personal memoir to narrative history, each shedding light on the work of one remarkable organization as it shaped a country. Chabon and Waldman are donating their advance to the ACLU and the contributors are forgoing payment.
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  • The Superhero Symbol

    Liam Burke

    Product Code: CCXJO
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    As a man, I'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol... as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting". In the 2005 reboot of the Batman film franchise, Batman Begins, Bruce Wayne articulates how the figure of the superhero can serve as a transcendent icon. It is hard to imagine a time when superheroes have been more pervasive in our culture. Today, superheroes are intellectual property jealously guarded by media conglomerates, icons co-opted by grassroots groups as a four-color rebuttal to social inequities, masks people wear to more confidently walk convention floors and city streets, and bulletproof banners that embody regional and national identities. From activism to cosplay, this collection unmasks the symbolic function of superheroes. Bringing together superhero scholars from a range of disciplines, alongside key industry figures such as Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini, The Superhero Symbol provides fresh perspectives on how characters like Captain America, Iron Man, and Wonder Woman have engaged with media, culture, and politics, to become the 'everlasting' symbols to which a young Bruce Wayne once aspired.
  • Machines in the Head

    Anna Kavan

    Product Code: CCKAX
    Hardback
    This collection of Anna Kavan's short fiction and journalism marks fifty years since her death in 1968. From moving portraits of clinical depression to phantasmagoric visions of sci-fi wonder - including the previously unpublished story `Starting a Career' - the writings collected in Machines in the Head offer an accessible introduction to readers new to her work and a timely survey of Kavan's diverse writing talents for her fans. Her journalism, giving insight into her radical politics and her thoughts on writing and writers, is reproduced in full. Dr Victoria Walker has selected stories from across Anna Kavan's collections which represent the very best of her writing and show the incredible range of her style. In Machines in the Head readers will encounter: oblique and elegiac tales of breakdown and asylum incarceration from Asylum Piece (1940); moving evocations of wartime from I Am Lazarus (1945); fantastic and surrealist pieces from A Bright Green Field (1958); and stories of heroin addiction from Julia and the Bazooka. Her late sci-fi stories will appeal to fans of her last novel Ice, and published here for the first time, her story `Starting a Career' is a futuristic spy-thriller, whose protagonist sets out to become the world's greatest enigma. Anna Kavan's journalism, published in Horizon during the years 1943-6, is reproduced in full, introducing readers of her fiction to a further dimension of her writing. Her non-fiction is no less distinctive than her stories and novels, and her provocative, polemical style in both `New Zealand: Answer to an Inquiry' and `The Case of Bill Williams' was radical on first publication. These pieces were a platform for Kavan's pacifism, her anarchistic ideas and her call not simply to end the stigma surrounding mental ill-health and madness, but to overturn the social order which diagnoses it as a disease. Her book reviews reveal something of her own literary tastes and influences in the mid-1940s, but more often they are merely vehicles for her views on the psychological impact of modernity and wartime, and the necessary role of art and literature in turbulent times. Although Kavan is better known as a writer than an artist, she painted throughout her life; several of her distinctive paintings will be included in this collection to illustrate her stories. Readers will find the extraordinary range of Kavan's work represented in this anthology. She was determined to experiment throughout her writing career and this collection is, by turns, moving, funny, bizarre, poignant, often unsettling, but always distinctive and often unique.
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  • Kiss and Part

    Salley Vickers

    Product Code: CCBWB
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    What does it mean to 'kiss and part'? This collection of previously unpublished short stories from a stellar list of contemporary women novelists is a literary celebration of the spirit of place. Each contributor shares one thing in common - they have all stayed at a small cottage in the village of Clifford Chambers near Stratford-upon-Avon, courtesy of a trust set up to provide women writers with `a room of one's own', as Virginia Woolf put it. Clifford Chambers was the home of the Jacobean poet Michael Drayton, who incorporated the phrase `Kiss and part' into a sonnet. Each of the ten short stories in this collection takes this as its theme and the result is wonderfully eclectic mix of storytelling of the highest quality. All royalties go the Hosking Houses Trust to further encourage women's writing. The collection includes: Introduction by Margaret Drabble Buck Moon by Marina Warner `A Merrie Meeting' by Salley Vickers The Incumbent by Elizabeth Speller `Colossal Wreck' by Maria McCann The Visitation by Maggie Gee And the River Flows On by Joan Bakewell The Creature by Jill Dawson The Turn by Catherine Fox The Fabric of Things by Jo Baker `Place of Dreams' by Lucy Durneen
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  • Heartland

    Carly Holmes

    Product Code: CCASC
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    Ranging across the globe, from sheep-strewn Welsh hills to an edgy Belgrade, and encompassing themes as diverse as doppelgangers and jellyfish, this anthology is an exploration of human essentials, containing all the humour, poignancy and awe that being human evokes. Bringing together the twelve winning short stories and the twenty-one winning poems from this year's Penfro Festival competition, as selected by Niall Griffiths and Rhiannon Hooson, Heartland is a celebration of writing, and writers.
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  • Italian Renaissance Tales

    Anthony Mortimer (Professor Em

    Product Code: CBRYW
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    'Thus she was decapitated, and this was the end to which she was brought by her unbridled lusts.' For over two centuries after Boccaccio's groundbreaking Decameron, the Italian novella exercised a crucial influence over European prose fiction. With thirty-nine stories by nineteen authors, many translated for the first time, this anthology presents tales from the whole genre and period. Here we meet a rich cast of humble peasants and shrewd craftsmen, frustrated wives, libidinous friars, ill-fated lovers, and vengeful nobles. These works had a considerable impact in English, and the selection includes tales that have provided sources for Chaucer, Shakespeare, Webster, Marston, Dryden, Byron and Keats. The typical novella is situated in a precise time and place and features people who either existed historically or are presumed to have done so. The subject-matter, whether ribald or sentimental, comic or tragic, often reflects the social and economic conditions of its age and thus the novella has been seen as a crucial stage in the development of fictional realism and the emergence of the novel
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  • Letters of Note: War

    Shaun Usher

    Product Code: CBQHR
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    In Letters of Note: War, Shaun Usher brings together some of the most remarkable letters that encapsulate the human experience of war, from unimaginable feats of courage and compassion, to unthinkable episodes of violence and horror. Includes letters by: Martha Gellhorn, Alexander Hamilton Kurt Vonnegut, Mehmed IV J.R.R. Tolkien, June Wandrey Eleanor Wimbish, Luis Alvarez Canute Frankson, Gajan Singh & many more
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  • Best American Travel Writing 2019

    Jason Wilson

    Product Code: CBPFX
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    An eclectic compendium of the best travel writing essays published in 2018, collected by Alexandra Fuller. BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING gathers together a satisfyingly varied medley of perspectives, all exploring what it means to travel somewhere new. For the past two decades, readers have come to recognize this annual volume as the gold standard for excellence in travel writing.
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  • Best American Comics 2019

    ,Jillian Tamaki

    Product Code: CBOVX
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    Jillian Tamaki, co-author of This One Summer, picks the best graphic pieces of the year. Jillian Tamaki, coauthor of the New York Times bestseller This One Summer, selects the best graphic pieces of the year. The Best American Comics 2019 showcases the work of established and up-and-coming artists, collecting work found in the pages of graphic novels, comic books, periodicals, zines, online, in galleries, and more, highlighting the kaleidoscopic diversity of the comics form today.
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  • The Penguin Book of Oulipo

    Philip Terry

    Product Code: CBJBR
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    Brought together for the first time, here are 100 pieces of 'Oulipo' writing, celebrating the literary group who revelled in maths problems, puzzles, trickery, wordplay and conundrums. Featuring writers including Georges Perec, Raymond Queneau and Italo Calvino, it includes poems, short stories, word games and even recipes. Alongside these famous Oulipians, are 'anticipatory' wordsmiths who crafted language with unusual constraints and literary tricks, from Jonathan Swift to Lewis Carroll. Philip Terry's playful selection will appeal to lovers of word games, puzzles and literary delights.
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  • Letters of Note: Love

    Shaun Usher

    Product Code: CAXRM
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    In Letters of Note: Love, Shaun Usher gathers together some of the most powerful messages about love ever composed, whether inspired by love's first blush or the recriminations at its ending, the regrets of unrequited feelings and the joys of passions known. Includes letters by: Simone de Beauvoir, Frida Kahlo Georgia O'Keeffe, Zora Neale Hurston Evelyn Waugh, Vita Sackville-West Nelson Mandela, Ansel Adams & many more
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  • Letters of Note: Cats

    Shaun Usher

    Product Code: CAWNC
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    In Letters of Note: Cats, Shaun Usher collects together the most engaging missives that celebrate, eulogise, rail against and analyse the idiosyncratic ways of our feline companions. James Joyce, Elizabeth Taylor Erasmus Darwin, Ernest Hemingway Chester Himes, Raymond Chandler John Cheever, Edward Lear Sylvia Townsend Warner, Jack Lemmon & many more
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  • Letters of Note: Music

    Shaun Usher

    Product Code: CAWHT
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    In Letters of Note: Music, Shaun Usher brings together a riveting collection of letters by and about the musicians and music that enrich our lives, eliciting the full range of emotion from the human heart. Includes letters by: Ludgwig van Beethoven, Louis Armstrong Helen Keller, Madonna Jimi Hendrix, Audrey Hepburn Angelique Kidjo, Prince Eminem, Kim Gordon & many more
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