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  • 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: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    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
  • ROMANTIC AUSTEN
    ROMANTIC AUSTEN
    TUITE CLARA
    ISBN: 9780521054393
    Title: ROMANTIC AUSTEN
    Author: TUITE CLARA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A full-length scholarly monograph examining Jane Austen's writings within the traditions of Romanticism. It argues that Austen's central position within the literary canon can only be fully understood by locating her work within Romantic cultural traditions. Taking the contemporary Austen revival as its cue, the study presents a series of historically contextualized readings of Austen's juvenilia (Catharine, or The Bower and The History of England), Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Austen's posthumously published novel, Sanditon, to examine ways in which Romantic-period definitions of nation, culture and literature continue to function in contemporary readings of Austen and her period. An investigation of the sexual politics of national culture, heritage culture and literary canon-formation informs the study's discussion of the relationship between Romanticism, Austen and the literary canon.

    Imprint: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY
    RRP: $57.99

    Price: $57.99
  • SCIENCE OF STORYTELLING : Why Stories Make Us Human, and How to Tell Them Better
    SCIENCE OF STORYTELLING : Why Stories Make Us Human, and How to Tell Them Better
    STORR WILL
    ISBN: 9780008276973
    Title: SCIENCE OF STORYTELLING : Why Stories Make Us Human, and How to Tell Them Better
    Author: STORR WILL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Who would we be without stories?

    Stories mould who we are, from our character to our cultural identity. They drive us to act out our dreams and ambitions, and shape our politics and beliefs. We use them to construct our relationships, to keep order in our law courts, to interpret events in our newspapers and social media. Storytelling is an essential part of what makes us human.

    There have been many attempts to understand what makes a good story – from Joseph Campbell's well-worn theories about myth and archetype to recent attempts to crack the ‘Bestseller Code'. But few have used a scientific approach. This is curious, for if we are to truly understand storytelling in its grandest sense, we must first come to understand the ultimate storyteller – the human brain.

    In this scalpel-sharp, thought-provoking book, Will Storr demonstrates how master storytellers manipulate and compel us, leading us on a journey from the Hebrew scriptures to Mr Men, from Booker Prize-winning literature to box set TV. Applying dazzling psychological research and cutting-edge neuroscience to the foundations of our myths and archetypes, he shows how we can use these tools to tell better stories – and make sense of our chaotic modern world.

    Imprint: William Collins
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • SECRET LIFE OF BOOKS : Why They Mean More Than Words
    SECRET LIFE OF BOOKS : Why They Mean More Than Words
    MOLE TOM
    ISBN: 9781783964581
    Title: SECRET LIFE OF BOOKS : Why They Mean More Than Words
    Author: MOLE TOM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    We love books. We take them to bed with us. They weigh down our suitcases when we go on holiday. We display them on our bookshelves or store them in our attics. We give them as gifts. We write our names in them. We take them for granted. And all the time, our books are leading a double life. Books are far more than the words on their pages. Whether we favour leather tomes, dog-eared paperbacks or files on our phones, what we read and how we read it says a huge amount about us. From illuminated manuscripts to the last edition of the Yellow Pages, books tell us stories about who we are. The Secret Life of Books is about everything that isn't just the words. It's about how books transform us as individuals. It's about how books – and readers – have evolved over time. And it's about why, even with the arrival of other media, books still have the power change our lives. In this stylish and thought-provoking meditation, Tom Mole brings the expertise he has gathered running Edinburgh University's Centre for the History of the Book to write an illuminating account that looks at everything from binding innovations to binding errors, to books defaced by lovers, to those imprisoning professors in their offices, to books in art, to burned books, to those we'll leave behind. A striking text in a stunning package, it will change how you think about books.

    Imprint: Simon & Schuster
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • SENSE OF STYLE : THE THINKING PERSONS GUIDE TO WRITING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    SENSE OF STYLE : THE THINKING PERSONS GUIDE TO WRITING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    PINKER STEVEN
    ISBN: 9780241957714
    Title: SENSE OF STYLE : THE THINKING PERSONS GUIDE TO WRITING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
    Author: PINKER STEVEN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    What is the secret of good prose? Does it matter in an age of digital media? In this witty, mind-expanding book about the art and science of writing well, Steven Pinker shows that good style isn't just about rules - it's about empathy, coherence and adding beauty to the world.

    'Witty, direct and idiosyncratic . . . often laugh-out-loud funny . . . refreshingly uncensorious . . . It helps enormously that he is such a beautiful stylist himself.' Paula Byrne, The Times

    'Wonderful . . . No true lover of this chaotic, unregulated, magnificently vital language could fail to thrill.' Christopher Hart, Sunday Times

    'Brainy, funny . . . a comedy of linguistic bad manners.' Peter Conrad, Guardian

    'Outstanding . . . the one book I can unreservedly recommend as a guide on how to write well . . . unique as well as brilliant.' Oliver Kamm, The Times



    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY PARIS : A HISTORY OF THE RAG AND BONE SHOP OF THE HEART
    SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY PARIS : A HISTORY OF THE RAG AND BONE SHOP OF THE HEART
    HALVERSON KRISTA [ED]
    ISBN: 9791096101009
    Title: SHAKESPEARE AND COMPANY PARIS : A HISTORY OF THE RAG AND BONE SHOP OF THE HEART
    Author: HALVERSON KRISTA [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A copiously illustrated account of the famed Paris bookstore on its 65th anniversary

    This first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop - Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others--with hundreds of never-before-seen archival pieces, including photographs of James Baldwin, William Burroughs and Langston Hughes, plus a foreword by the celebrated British novelist Jeanette Winterson and an epilogue by Sylvia Whitman, the daughter of the store’s founder, George Whitman. The book has been edited by Krista Halverson, director of the newly founded Shakespeare and Company publishing house.

    George Whitman opened his bookstore in a tumbledown 16th-century building just across the Seine from Notre-Dame in 1951, a decade after the original Shakespeare and Company had closed. Run by Sylvia Beach, it had been the meeting place for the Lost Generation and the first publisher of James Joyce’s Ulysses. (This book includes an illustrated adaptation of Beach’s memoir.) Since Whitman picked up the mantle, Shakespeare and Company has served as a home-away-from-home for many celebrated writers, from Jorge Luis Borges to Ray Bradbury, A.M. Homes to Dave Eggers, as well as for young authors and poets. Visitors are invited not only to read the books in the library and to share a pot of tea, but sometimes also to live in the bookstore itself--all for free.

    More than 30,000 people have stayed at Shakespeare and Company, fulfilling Whitman’s vision of a “socialist utopia masquerading as a bookstore.” Through the prism of the shop’s history, the book traces the lives of literary expats in Paris from 1951 to the present, touching on the Beat Generation, civil rights, May ’68 and the feminist movement--all while pondering that perennial literary question, “What is it about writers and Paris?”

    Imprint: Thames & Hudson Publishing
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
  • SHAKESPEARES LIBRARY : Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature
    SHAKESPEARES LIBRARY : Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature
    KELLS STUART
    ISBN: 9781925603774
    Title: SHAKESPEARES LIBRARY : Unlocking the Greatest Mystery in Literature
    Author: KELLS STUART
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Millions of words of scholarship have been expended on the world’s most famous author and his work. And yet a critical part of the puzzle, Shakespeare’s library, is a mystery. For four centuries people have searched for it: in mansions, palaces and libraries; in riverbeds, sheep pens and partridge coops; and in the corridors of the mind. Yet no trace of the bard’s manuscripts, books or letters has ever been found.

    The search for Shakespeare’s library is much more than a treasure hunt. The library’s fate has profound implications for literature, for national and cultural identity, and for the global Shakespeare industry. It bears upon fundamental principles of art, identity, history, meaning and truth.

    Unfolding the search like the mystery story that it is, acclaimed author Stuart Kells follows the trail of the hunters, taking us through different conceptions of the library and of the man himself. Entertaining and enlightening, Shakespeare’s Library is a captivating exploration of one of literature’s most enduring enigmas.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • SHELF RESPECT : A Book Lovers Defence
    SHELF RESPECT : A Book Lovers Defence
    AUSTEN ANNIE
    ISBN: 9780751578676
    Title: SHELF RESPECT : A Book Lovers Defence
    Author: AUSTEN ANNIE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Decluttering is all the rage, but what do you do when your preferred style of interior decor is miles of overstuffed bookshelves? If you can't bring yourself to KonMari your collection, SHELF RESPECT will validate your life choices.

    The perfect gift for the book lover in your life: a celebration of the humble but oh-so-wonderful bookshelf. Do you alphabetise your books or organise by genre... or (heaven forbid) colour? Have you merged your collection with your other half's? (And do you write your name inside the cover, just in case?) Do you keep all the books you've read, or only the most cherished? (Is there such a thing as too many books?) Are you a Billy aficionado, or are we talking library ladders and bespoke Oak shelves?

    Bound to provoke (good-natured) debate between Bibliophiles, SHELF RESPECT is a charmingly illustrated book in defence of towering TBR piles and overflowing shelves... no matter how you choose to organise them.

    Imprint: SPHERE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
    THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
    RAPHEL ADRIENNE
    ISBN: 9781472144638
    Title: THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
    Author: RAPHEL ADRIENNE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The crossword is a feature of the modern world, inspiring daily devotion and obsession not just from everyday citizens looking to pass the time but icons such as President Bill Clinton and Martha Stewart. It was invented in 1913, almost by accident, when a newspaper editor at the New York World was casting around for something to fill some empty column space for that year's Christmas edition. Almost overnight, it became a roaring commercial success, and ever since then has been an essential ingredient of any newspaper worth its salt. Indeed, paradoxically, its popularity has never been greater, even as the world of media and newspapers, its natural habitat, has undergone a perilous digital transformation. But why, exactly, are its satisfactions so sweet that over the decades it has become a fixture of breakfast tables, bedside tables and commutes, and even given rise to competitive crossword tournaments?

    Blending first-person reporting from the world of crosswords with a delightful telling of its rich literary history, Adrienne Raphel dives into the secrets of this classic global pastime. At the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, she rubs shoulders with elite solvers of the world, doing her level best to hold her own; aboard a crossword-themed cruise she picks the brains of the enthusiasts whose idea of a good time is a week on the high seas with nothing but crosswords to do; and, visiting the home and office of Will Shortz, New York Times crossword puzzle editor and US National Public Radio's official Puzzlemaster, she goes behind the scenes to see for herself how the world's gold standard of puzzles is made.

    Equal parts ingenious and fun, THINKING INSIDE THE BOX is a love letter to the infinite joys and playful possibilities of language, a treat for die-hard cruciverbalists and first-time crossword solvers alike.

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $29.99
    Price: $29.99
  • TOUGH ENOUGH : Arbus Arendt Didion McCarthy Sontag Weil
    TOUGH ENOUGH : Arbus Arendt Didion McCarthy Sontag Weil
    NELSON DEBORAH
    ISBN: 9780226457802
    Title: TOUGH ENOUGH : Arbus Arendt Didion McCarthy Sontag Weil
    Author: NELSON DEBORAH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    This book focuses on six brilliant women who are often seen as particularly tough-minded: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus, and Joan Didion.

    Aligned with no single tradition, they escape straightforward categories. Yet their work evinces an affinity of style and philosophical viewpoint that derives from a shared attitude toward suffering. What Mary McCarthy called a 'cold eye'? was not merely a personal aversion to displays of emotion: it was an unsentimental mode of attention that dictated both ethical positions and aesthetic approaches.

    Tough Enough traces the careers of these women and their challenges to the pre-eminence of empathy as the ethical posture from which to examine pain. Their writing and art reveal an adamant belief that the hurts of the world must be treated concretely, directly, and realistically, without recourse to either melodrama or callousness. As Deborah Nelson shows, this stance offers an important counter-tradition to the familiar postwar poles of emotional expressivity on the one hand and cool irony on the other. Ultimately, in its insistence on facing reality without consolation or compensation, this austere 'school of the unsentimental'? offers new ways to approach suffering in both its spectacular forms and all of its ordinariness.

    Imprint: UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PR
    RRP: $47.99

    Price: $47.99
  • WELL EDUCATED MIND : A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION YOU NEVER HAD
    WELL EDUCATED MIND : A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION YOU NEVER HAD
    BAUER SUSAN WISE
    ISBN: 9780393080964
    Title: WELL EDUCATED MIND : A GUIDE TO THE CLASSICAL EDUCATION YOU NEVER HAD
    Author: BAUER SUSAN WISE
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The enduring and engaging guide to educating yourself in the classical tradition.

    Have you lost the art of reading for pleasure? Are there books you know you should read but haven’t because they seem too daunting? In The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer provides a welcome and encouraging antidote to the distractions of our age, electronic and otherwise.

    Newly expanded and updated to include standout works from the twenty-first century as well as essential readings in science (from the earliest works of Hippocrates to the discovery of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs), The Well-Educated Mind offers brief, entertaining histories of six literary genres?fiction, autobiography, history, drama, poetry, and science?accompanied by detailed instructions on how to read each type. The annotated lists at the end of each chapter?ranging from Cervantes to Cormac McCarthy, Herodotus to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Aristotle to Stephen Hawking?preview recommended reading and encourage readers to make vital connections between ancient traditions and contemporary writing.

    The Well-Educated Mind reassures those readers who worry that they read too slowly or with below-average comprehension. If you can understand a daily newspaper, there’s no reason you can’t read and enjoy Shakespeare’s sonnets or Jane Eyre. But no one should attempt to read the “Great Books” without a guide and a plan. Bauer will show you how to allocate time to reading on a regular basis; how to master difficult arguments; how to make personal and literary judgments about what you read; how to appreciate the resonant links among texts within a genre?what does Anna Karenina owe to Madame Bovary??and also between genres.

    In her best-selling work on home education, The Well-Trained Mind, the author provided a road map of classical education for parents wishing to home-school their children; that book is now the premier resource for home-schoolers. In The Well-Educated Mind, Bauer takes the same elements and techniques and adapts them to the use of adult readers who want both enjoyment and self-improvement from the time they spend reading. Followed carefully, her advice will restore and expand the pleasure of the written word.

    Imprint: NORTON
    RRP: $54.99

    Price: $54.99
  • WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BOOKS : The History and Future of Reading
    WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BOOKS : The History and Future of Reading
    PRICE LEAH
    ISBN: 9780465042685
    Title: WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BOOKS : The History and Future of Reading
    Author: PRICE LEAH
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Around 2000, people began to believe that books were on verge of extinction. Their obsolescence, in turn, was expected to doom the habits of mind that longform print had once prompted: the capacity to follow a demanding idea from start to finish, to look beyond the day's news, or even just to be alone. The "death of the book" is an anxiety that has spawned a thousand jeremiads about the dumbing down of American culture, the ever-shorter attention spans of our children, the collapse of civilized discourse.

    All of these anxieties rely on the idea of a golden age, when children and adults alike sat quietly for long stretches reading edifying literature that improved our minds and souls. A booklover by temperament as much as profession, literature professor Leah Price wanted to believe that. But as a historian of the book, searching out the traces of long-dead readers through their marginalia and their unbroken spines, she began to wonder if our current digital discontents were stirring up nostalgia for a past that had never existed.

    When you look at old books, what do you find? A few well-greased pagespreads limply scattered among hundreds that remained spotlessly crisp; essays stained with beer from reading aloud at the pub; novels crumpled from being hidden in a pocket. From the eighteenth-century dawn of mass literacy to the Cold-War-era triumph of the paperback, few books were read cover-to-cover, meditatively, in silence. We have been shocked - shocked!--by data from Kindle that shows that most readers start books but rarely finish them, or skip large sections in between. But it has always been so. And in fact, for much of history, "deep" reading was strongly discouraged. Doctors and clergymen warned that print could addict, distract, or corrupt--not the ideas it contained, but the very experience of running one's eyes over a page. Over the centuries, children and women especially were repeatedly warned not to spend too much time reading, lest it excite their minds and distract them from other, more edifying tasks.

    Impatient with untempered book worship, Price emphasizes the continuities between past and present reading practices, and dispels the myth of the Golden Age of Print on multiple fronts. An anti-nostalgic examination of the past, present and future of reading, WHAT WE TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BOOKS will fascinate bibliophiles and readers of all stripes.

    Imprint: BASIC BOOKS
    RRP: $39.99
    Price: $39.99
  • WORD DROPS : A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities
    WORD DROPS : A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities
    JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    ISBN: 9781783964376
    Title: WORD DROPS : A Sprinkling of Linguistic Curiosities
    Author: JONES PAUL ANTHONY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    If you're logofascinated, you are literally spellbound by language. Word Drops is a language fact book unlike any other, its linguistic tidbits all falling together into one long interconnected chain just with each fact neatly 'dropping' into place beside the next.

    What's more, throughout, footnotes are used to give informative and intriguing background to some of the most bizarre facts, covering everything from traditional Inuit games to the origin of the Bellini cocktail, from the precise length of one 'jiffy' to what the Romans thought hoopoe birds ate, and from what to expect on a night out with Dr Johnson to Samuel Pepys's cure for a hangover. Want to know the longest palindrome in Morse code, or who The Great Masticator was? Curious to know what Norwegian steam is, or what a jaaaar is? The answers are all here.

    For all of the logofascinated among us, this is an immensely pleasurable and unpredictable collection that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows (the literal meaning, incidentally, of supercilious).

    'Brilliant for anyone interested in the effervescent oddness of English' --Stig Abell

    Imprint: ELLIOTT AND THOMPSON
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • WORDS THAT GO PING
    WORDS THAT GO PING
    LASSERRE BARBARA
    ISBN: 9781760632199
    Title: WORDS THAT GO PING
    Author: LASSERRE BARBARA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    If it goes 'moo' then every child knows it's a cow. If it goes 'Wham! Bam! Crash!' we're in a fast-paced comic. But what goes 'krknout'?

    Barbara Lasserre takes us on a playful journey through the delightful world of words that mimic sounds. Normally relegated to children's books, cartoons and comedians, she shows how these often ancient words reveal unexpected things about the way we think, speak and act.

    A book for anyone who loves playing with words.

    'When it comes to the crunch, Words That Go Ping is bound to reverberate. Zipping between Norwegian kisses and Japanese silence, my brain is still humming.' - David Astle, writer, crossword maker and general word nerd

    'An immensely satisfying book covering a neglected aspect of language with impeccable skill, and written in an open, flowing and humorous style.' - Susan Butler AO, inaugural editor of the Macquarie Dictionary

    'Barbara Lasserre has conjured up a magical world of word mimicry. Her wondrous little book will delight all who love language.' - Richard Walsh, author and publisher

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • WRITERS MAP : An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    WRITERS MAP : An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    LEWIS-JONES HUW [ED]
    ISBN: 9780500519509
    Title: WRITERS MAP : An Atlas of Imaginary Lands
    Author: LEWIS-JONES HUW [ED]
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Maps can transport us, they are filled with wonder, the possibility of real adventure and travels of the mind. This is an atlas of the journeys that writers make, encompassing not only the maps that actually appear in their books, but also the many maps that have inspired them and the sketches that they use in writing. For some, making a map is absolutely central to the craft of shaping and telling their tale. A writer’s map might mean also the geographies they describe, the worlds inside books that rise from the page, mapped or unmapped, and the realms that authors inhabit as they write. Philip Pullman recounts a map he drew for an early novel; Robert Macfarlane reflects on his cartophilia, set off by Robert Louis Stevenson and his map of Treasure Island; Joanne Harris tells of her fascination with Norse maps of the universe; Reif Larsen writes about our dependence on GPS and the impulse to map our experience; Daniel Reeve describes drawing maps and charts for The Hobbit trilogy of films; Miraphora Mina recalls creating ‘The Marauder’s Map’ for the Harry Potter films; David Mitchell leads us to the Mappa Mundi by way of Cloud Atlas and his own sketch maps. And there’s much more besides.

    Amidst a cornucopia of images, there are maps of the world as envisaged in medieval times, as well as maps of adventure, sci-fi and fantasy, maps from nursery stories, literary classics, collectible comics – a vast range of genres.

    Imprint: THAMES & HUDSON
    RRP: $55.00

    Price: $55.00
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