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  • HISTORY OF WRITING
    HISTORY OF WRITING
    FISCHER STEVEN ROGER
    ISBN: 9781789143492
    Title: HISTORY OF WRITING
    Author: FISCHER STEVEN ROGER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: November 2020 New Release

    From the earliest scratches on stone and bone to the languages of computers and the internet, A History of Writing offers an investigation into the origin and development of writing throughout the world.

    Illustrated with numerous examples, this book offers a global overview in a format that everyone can follow. Steven Roger Fischer also reveals his own discoveries made since the early 1980s, making it a useful reference for students and specialists as well as a delightful read for lovers of the written word everywhere.

    Imprint: REAKTION BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • HOW TO THINK LIKE SHAKESPEARE
    HOW TO THINK LIKE SHAKESPEARE
    NEWSTOK SCOTT
    ISBN: 9780691207872
    Title: HOW TO THINK LIKE SHAKESPEARE
    Author: NEWSTOK SCOTT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A lively and engaging guide to vital habits of mind that can help you think more deeply, write more effectively, and learn more joyfully

    How to Think like Shakespeare offers an enlightening and entertaining guide to the craft of thought — one that demonstrates what we've lost in education today, and how we might begin to recover it. In fourteen brief, lively chapters that draw from Shakespeare's world and works, and from other writers past and present, Scott Newstok distills vital habits of mind that can help you think more deeply, write more effectively, and learn more joyfully, in school or beyond.

    Challenging a host of today's questionable notions about education, Newstok shows how mental play emerges through work, creativity through imitation, autonomy through tradition, innovation through constraint, and freedom through discipline. It was these practices, and a conversation with the past — not a fruitless obsession with assessment — that nurtured a mind like Shakespeare's. And while few of us can hope to approach the genius of the Bard, we can all learn from the exercises that shaped him.

    Written in a friendly, conversational tone and brimming with insights, How to Think like Shakespeare enacts the thrill of thinking on every page, reviving timeless — and timely — ways to stretch your mind and hone your words.



    Imprint: Princeton University Press
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    WILTSHIRE JOHN
    ISBN: 9780521024990
    Title: JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    Author: WILTSHIRE JOHN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Jane Austen has been read as a novelist of manners, whose work discreetly avoids discussing the physical. John Wiltshire shows, on the contrary, how important are faces and bodies in her texts, from complainers and invalids like Mrs Bennet and Mr Woodhouse, to the frail, debilitated Fanny Price, the vulnerable Jane Fairfax, and the 'picture of health', Emma. Talk about health and illness in the novels is abundant, and constitutes community, but it also serves to disguise the operation of social and gender politics. Behind the medical paraphernalia and incidents are serious concerns with the nature of power as exerted through and on the body, and with the manifold meanings of illness. 'Nerves', 'spirits', and sensibility figure largely in these books, and Jane Austen is seen to offer a critique of the gendering power of illness and nursing or attendance upon illness. Drawing both on modern - medical and feminist - theories of illness and the body as well as on eighteenth-century medical sources to illuminate the novels, this book offers new and controversial, but also scholarly, readings of these familiar texts.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $63.99

    Price: $63.99
  • LIBRARY : A World History
    LIBRARY : A World History
    CAMPBELL JAMES W P
    ISBN: 9780500023525
    Title: LIBRARY : A World History
    Author: CAMPBELL JAMES W P
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Ambitious and wide-ranging, this is the first single volume to tell the story of the library as a distinct building type, all around the world and from the beginnings of writing to the present day. In its highest form the library is a total work of art, combining painting, sculpture, furniture and architecture. From their designs for the libraries of ancient Rome to those of the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, architects have sought to outdo each other by producing ever more spectacular settings.

    The author and photographer have travelled the globe, documenting some eighty libraries. Architectural historian James Campbell contributes an authoritative and highly readable account. Will Pryce is one of the world's leading photographers of interiors and architecture. Arresting and technically flawless, his photographs are both lucid and deeply atmospheric.

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $59.99

    Price: $59.99
  • LOOK OF THE BOOK
    LOOK OF THE BOOK
    MENDELSUND PETER
    ISBN: 9780399581021
    Title: LOOK OF THE BOOK
    Author: MENDELSUND PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: January 2021 New Release

    As readers, we're all guilty of judging a book by its cover. The cover is the outward face of the text--done right, a cover can become iconic, but done wrong, it can definitely send the wrong message.

    The Look of the Book examines the art of the book cover through notable covers and the stories behind them, interviews with artists and literary luminaries, galleries of the many different jackets of bestselling books, and more. Authored by legendary designer and art director Peter Mendelsund--who has designed iconic covers for authors such as David Sedaris, Stieg Larsson, Yaa Gyasi, Jo Nesb , and Kazuo Ishiguro--and Harvard humanities professor David Alworth, this fascinating inside look at the intersection of culture and commerce challenges our notions of what a book cover can and should be.

    Imprint: Ten Speed Press
    RRP: $87.99
    Price: $87.99
  • LOST SPELLS
    LOST SPELLS
    MACFARLANE ROBERT
    ISBN: 9780241444641
    Title: LOST SPELLS
    Author: MACFARLANE ROBERT
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: December 2020 New Release

    Kindred in spirit to The Lost Words but intriguingly new in form, pocket-sized gem The Lost Spells introduces another beautiful set of spell-poems and artwork by formidable creative duo Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • Macquarie Compact Dictionary
    Macquarie Compact Dictionary
    ISBN: 9781760556631
    Title: Macquarie Compact Dictionary
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Macquarie Compact Dictionary is based on the complete Macquarie Dictionary Eighth Edition. It is an up-to-date record of the core of Australian English, in a convenient format.

    The Macquarie Compact Dictionary features:

    - more than 50,000 words and phrases
    - up-to-date entries such as cancel culture, deepfake, eco-anxiety, hygge, influencer, Me Too, ngangkari, single-use, social distancing
    - pronunciations in the International Phonetic Alphabet
    - idiomatic phrases
    - illustrative phrases showing how a word is used in context
    - free six-month subscription to Macquarie Dictionary Online

    Imprint: MACQUARIE LIBRARY
    RRP: $19.99
    Price: $19.99
  • MACQUARIE DICTIONARY   -   Eighth Edition
    MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - Eighth Edition
    EIGHTH EDITION
    ISBN: 9781760556594
    Title: MACQUARIE DICTIONARY - Eighth Edition
    Author: EIGHTH EDITION
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Macquarie Dictionary Eighth Edition is nationally and internationally regarded as the standard reference on Australian English. An up-to-date account of our variety of English, it not only includes words and senses peculiar to Australian English, but also those common to the whole English-speaking world.

    The Eighth Edition features:

    - a comprehensive record of English as it is used in Australia today
    - more than 3500 new entries such as algorithmic bias, cancel culture, deepfake, eco-anxiety, hygge, Me Too, mole mapping, ngangkari, single-use
    - thousands of updated entries to reflect changing perspectives relating to the environment, politics, technology and the internet
    - illustrative phrases showing how a word is used in context
    - words and phrases from regional Australia
    - etymologies of words and phrases
    - extensive usage notes
    - foreword by Kim Scott, multi-award winning novelist.

    Imprint: MACQUARIE LIBRARY
    RRP: $120.00

    Price: $120.00
  • MADMANS LIBRARY : The Greatest Curiosities of Literature
    MADMANS LIBRARY : The Greatest Curiosities of Literature
    BROOKE-HITCHING EDWARD
    ISBN: 9781471166914
    Title: MADMANS LIBRARY : The Greatest Curiosities of Literature
    Author: BROOKE-HITCHING EDWARD
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'Anybody who loves the printed word will be bowled over by this amusing, erudite, beautiful book about books. It is in every way a triumph. One of the loveliest books to have been published for many, many years.' Alexander McCall Smith

    From the author of the critically acclaimed and globally successful The Phantom Atlas, The Golden Atlas and The Sky Atlas comes a stunning new work. The Madman's Library is a unique, beautifully illustrated journey through the entire history of literature, delving into its darkest territories to hunt down the very strangest books ever written, and uncover the fascinating stories behind their creation.

    This is a madman's library of eccentric and extraordinary volumes from around the world, many of which have been completely forgotten. Books written in blood and books that kill, books of the insane and books that hoaxed the globe, books invisible to the naked eye and books so long they could destroy the Universe, books worn into battle, books of code and cypher whose secrets remain undiscovered... and a few others that are just plain weird.

    From the 605-page Qur'an written in the blood of Saddam Hussein, through the gorgeously decorated 15th-century lawsuit filed by the Devil against Jesus, to the lost art of binding books with human skin, every strand of strangeness imaginable (and many inconceivable) has been unearthed and bound together for a unique and richly illustrated collection ideal for every book-lover.



    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $45.00

    Price: $45.00
  • MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
    MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
    DE HAMEL CHRISTOPHER
    ISBN: 9780141977492
    Title: MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS
    Author: DE HAMEL CHRISTOPHER
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is rather like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no different from anyone else, and yet there is an undeniable thrill in actually meeting and talking to a person of world stature.

    The idea for this book, which is entirely new, is to invite the reader into an intimate conversation with a selection of the most famous manuscripts in existence, and to let each of those manuscripts illuminate the Middle Ages and sometimes the modern world too. Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts invites the reader to accompany the author on exclusive private visits to a dozen very varied collections, in different parts of the world, to discover twelve great manuscripts and to explore their historical and intellectual significance.

    Imprint: Penguin Books
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • MURDER YOUR DARLINGS : And other gentle writing advice from Aristole to Zinsser
    MURDER YOUR DARLINGS : And other gentle writing advice from Aristole to Zinsser
    CLARK ROY PETER
    ISBN: 9780316481885
    Title: MURDER YOUR DARLINGS : And other gentle writing advice from Aristole to Zinsser
    Author: CLARK ROY PETER
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From one of America's most influential writing teachers, a collection of 50 of the best writing strategies distilled from 50 writing and language books -- from Aristotle to Strunk and White.

    With so many excellent writing guides lining bookstore shelves, it can be hard to know where to look for the best advice. Should you go with Natalie Goldberg or Anne Lamott? Maybe William Zinsser or Donald Murray would be more appropriate. Then again, what about the classics - Strunk and White, or even Aristotle himself?

    Thankfully, your search is over. In MURDER YOUR DARLINGS, Roy Peter Clark, who for more than 30 years has been a beloved and revered writing teacher to children and Pulitzer prize-winners alike, has compiled a remarkable collection of 50 of the best writing tips from 50 of the best writing books of all time. With a chapter devoted to each piece of advice, Clark expands and contextualises the original author's suggestions and offers anecdotes about how each one helped him or other writers sharpen their skills.

    An invaluable resource for scribblers of all kinds, MURDER YOUR DARLINGS is an inspiring and edifying ode to the craft of writing.

    Imprint: Little Brown
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • NOT ALL DEAD WHITE MEN : Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age
    NOT ALL DEAD WHITE MEN : Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age
    ZUCKERBERG DONNA
    ISBN: 9780674975552
    Title: NOT ALL DEAD WHITE MEN : Classics and Misogyny in the Digital Age
    Author: ZUCKERBERG DONNA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Some of the most controversial and consequential debates about the legacy of the ancients are raging not in universities but online, where alt-right men's groups deploy ancient sources to justify misogyny and a return of antifeminist masculinity. Donna Zuckerberg dives deep to take a look at this unexpected reanimation of the Classical tradition.

    Imprint: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • ON WRITING
    ON WRITING
    BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    ISBN: 9781782117247
    Title: ON WRITING
    Author: BUKOWSKI CHARLES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The never-before-published letters of Charles Bukowski on the art of writing.

    A collection of previously unpublished letters from America's cult icon on the art of writing.Charles Bukowski was one of our most iconoclastic, raw and riveting writers, one whose stories, poems and novels have left an enduring mark on our culture. On Writing collects Bukowski's reflections and ruminations on the craft he dedicated his life to.

    Piercing, unsentimental and often hilarious, On Writing is filled not only with memorable lines but also with the author's trademark toughness, leavened with moments of grace, pathos and intimacy. In the previously unpublished letters to editors, friends and fellow writers collected here, Bukowski is brutally frank about the drudgery of work and uncompromising when it comes to the absurdities of life and of art.

    Imprint: CANONGATE
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • ONLY HAPPINESS HERE : In Search of Elizabeth Von Arnim
    ONLY HAPPINESS HERE : In Search of Elizabeth Von Arnim
    CAREY GABRIELLE
    ISBN: 9780702262975
    Title: ONLY HAPPINESS HERE : In Search of Elizabeth Von Arnim
    Author: CAREY GABRIELLE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'When I discovered Elizabeth von Arnim, I found, for the first time, a writer who wrote about being happy.'

    Elizabeth von Arnim is one of the early 20th century's most famous - and forgotten -authors. Born in Sydney in the mid 1800s, she went on to write many internationally bestselling novels, marry a Prussian Count and then an English Lord, nurture close friendships with H.G. Wells and E.M. Forster and raise five children.

    Her novels were ahead of their time in their representation of women and their pursuit of happiness. Intrigued by von Arnim's extraordinary life and vibrant career, Gabrielle Carey sets off on a literary and philosophical journey to know more about this talented author.

    From the Prime Minister's Literary Award winner of Moving Among Strangers, Only Happiness Here is part biography, part memoir and part reflection on human nature's obsession with finding joy.

    Imprint: University of Queensland Press
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • PEDANTIC : A hilarious and useful guide to the 100 terms smart people should know
    PEDANTIC : A hilarious and useful guide to the 100 terms smart people should know
    PETRAS KATHRYN
    ISBN: 9781760877996
    Title: PEDANTIC : A hilarious and useful guide to the 100 terms smart people should know
    Author: PETRAS KATHRYN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Your boss makes a joke about Schrodinger's cat-which is something you've heard of but you're a little vague about what exactly happened (or didn't happen) with that cat. Or you're reading a New Yorker article that explains that 'Solecism slipped into solipsism into full-blown narcissistic project.' An excellent point . . . if you're sure what 'solecism' means . . . or, for that matter, 'solipsism.'

    Language gurus Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras to the rescue! In the breezy and entertaining yet informative style of their New York Times bestseller You're Saying It Wrong, they give you a brief rundown on words smart people should know-from the worlds of science and the arts to philosophy, and from broader topics like quantum physics and ontology to more specific ones like Plato's cave and trompe l'oeil. They cover the Latin phrases we hear and read (prima facie, sui generis, and the like) as well as those that have entered our vocabularies from other languages (bildungsroman, sturm und drang).

    These are the words that, if you were asked directly, 'What does this mean?' you might hem and haw and try to change the subject. After reading this book, you won't have to.

    Imprint: Allen and Unwin Publishers
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark
    PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark
    BAIRD JULIA
    ISBN: 9781460757154
    Title: PHOSPHORESCENCE : On Awe Wonder and things that Sustain you when the World goes dark
    Author: BAIRD JULIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A beautiful, intimate and inspiring investigation into how we can find and nurture within ourselves that essential quality of internal happiness - the 'light within' that Julia Baird calls 'phosphorescence' - which will sustain us even through the darkest times.

    Over the last decade, we have become better at knowing what brings us contentment, well-being and joy. We know, for example, that there are a few core truths to science of happiness. We know that being kind and altruistic makes us happy, that turning off devices, talking to people, forging relationships, living with meaning and delving into the concerns of others offer our best chance at achieving happiness. But how do we retain happiness? It often slips out of our hands as quickly as we find it. So, when we are exposed to, or learn, good things, how do we continue to burn with them?

    And more than that, when our world goes dark, when we're overwhelmed by illness or heartbreak, loss or pain, how do we survive, stay alive or even bloom?

    In the muck and grit of a daily existence full of disappointments and a disturbing lack of control over many of the things that matter most - finite relationships, fragile health, fraying economies, a planet in peril - how do we find, nurture and carry our own inner, living light - a light to ward off the darkness?

    Absorbing, achingly beautiful, inspiring and deeply moving, Julia Baird has written exactly the book we need for these times.

    Imprint: Fourth Estate
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
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