Block of Books
  • BECAUSE INTERNET : Understanding how language is changing
    BECAUSE INTERNET : Understanding how language is changing
    ISBN: 9781529112825
    Title: BECAUSE INTERNET : Understanding how language is changing
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Because Internet is for anyone who's ever puzzled over how to punctuate a text message or wondered where memes come from. It's the perfect book for understanding how the internet is changing the English language, why that's a good thing, and what our online interactions reveal about who we are.

    Language is humanity's most spectacular open-source project, and the internet is making our language change faster and in more interesting ways than ever before. Internet conversations are structured by the shape of our apps and platforms, from the grammar of status updates to the protocols of comments and @replies. Linguistically inventive online communities spread new slang and jargon with dizzying speed. What's more, social media is a vast laboratory of unedited, unfiltered words where we can watch language evolve in real time.

    Even the most absurd-looking slang has genuine patterns behind it. Internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch explores the deep forces that shape human language and influence the way we communicate with one another. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer 'LOL' or 'lol', why -sparkly tildes- succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread.

    'McCulloch is such a disarming writer - lucid, friendly, unequivocally excited about her subject - that I began to marvel at the flexibility of the online language she describes, with its numerous shades of subtlety.' New York Times

    Imprint: Vintage
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • BEYOND THE HEROS JOURNEY : A screenwriting guide for when you’ve got a different story to tell
    BEYOND THE HEROS JOURNEY : A screenwriting guide for when you’ve got a different story to tell
    ISBN: 9781742236995
    Title: BEYOND THE HEROS JOURNEY : A screenwriting guide for when you’ve got a different story to tell
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Telling a story is simple, right? You take a ‘hero’ and send them on a ‘journey’. There’s a beginning, middle and an end. But what if your story doesn’t fit into that basic structure?

    In Beyond the Hero’s Journey, BAFTA award–winning screenwriter Anthony Mullins presents an accessible, versatile and highly visual alternative to writing that dramatically expands the range of narratives open to writers, both emerging and experienced.

    Fun and easy-to-use, this book looks at much-loved films from around the world, including Moonlight, Lady Bird, The Social Network, The Godfather, A Fantastic Woman, Mulholland Drive, Shoplifters, Amour, Inside Llewyn Davis and Call Me By Your Name, to teach you the ins and outs of writing for the screen through identifying and taking control of character arcs.

    Beyond the Hero’s Journey is for every writer who has felt frustrated by the neat confines of writing guides. It will teach you to explore and excel in telling more complex, intricate and authentic stories — and show you how to share your own distinctive, original voice with the world.

    Imprint: Newsouth Books
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
    ISBN: 9781419746239
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A boldly illustrated celebration of literary history's most revolutionary, talented women writers

    Women have written some of our most extraordinary literary works while living in societies and cultures that tried to silence them. These women dared to put pen to paper to express the multifaceted female experience. In Bookish Broads, Lauren Marino celebrates fierce, trailblazing female writers, reworking the literary canon that has long failed to recognize the immense contributions of women. Featuring more than 50 brilliant bookish broads, Marino cleverly illuminates the lives of the greats as well as the literary talents history has wrongfully overlooked. Each intimate portrait delves into one woman's works and is accompanied by vibrant illustrations depicting each literary legend in her element and time.

    Imprint: Abrams
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9780413778420
    Title: CHARACTER
    Author: MCKEE ROBERT
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: August 2021 New Release

    Imprint: METHUEN
    RRP: $59.99
    Price: $59.99
  • DAEMON VOICES : On Stories and Storytelling
    DAEMON VOICES : On Stories and Storytelling
    ISBN: 9781910989548
    Title: DAEMON VOICES : On Stories and Storytelling
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Inspired meditations on storytelling from one of the worlds finest, most accomplished and adored writers.

    Pullman is a master of fiction and shares his thoughts on the origin of his own stories, the craft of writing and the storytellers who have meant the most to him. The art of storytelling is everywhere present in the essays themselves, in the instantly engaging tone, the vivid imagery and striking phrases, the resonant anecdotes, the humour and learnedness. Together, they are greater than the sum of their parts: a single, sustained engagement with story and storytelling.

    Essential reading for anybody with a hunger and a heart for truly great stories.

    RRP: $24.99

    Price: $24.99
  • DANTES DIVINE COMEDY : A Journey without end
    DANTES DIVINE COMEDY : A Journey without end
    ISBN: 9781789548778
    Title: DANTES DIVINE COMEDY : A Journey without end
    Author: THOMSON IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A lively and wide-ranging exploration of a literary masterwork and its influence on writers, poets, artists and film-makers up to our own time.

    Dante has no equal as he sings of other-worldly horror and celestial beatitude alike. Yet for all our distance from medieval theology, the Florentine poet's allegorical journey through hell, purgatory and paradise remains one of the essential works of world literature. At least fifty English language versions of the Inferno – the first part of Dante's poem – appeared in the twentieth century alone.

    If Dante's Divine Comedy speaks to our present condition, it is because it tells the story of Everyman who sets out in search of salvation in this world. Dante composed his great poem in the spoken Italian of his time. He wrote about suffering bodies and human weakness, and about divine ecstasy, in words that have resonated with readers and writers for the last seven hundred years.

    Imprint: Head of Zeus
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
    ISBN: 9780374134709
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    There are books out there, some shelved unwittingly next to ordinary texts, that are bound in human skin. Would you know one if you held it in your hand? In Dark Archives, Megan Rosenbloom, a medical librarian and a cofounder of the Death Salon, seeks out the historic and scientific truths behind this anthropodermic bibliopegy. Dozens of these books still sit on the shelves of the world’s most famous libraries and museums. What are their stories? Dark Archives exhumes their origins and brings to life the doctors, murderers, mental patients, beautiful women, and indigents whose lives are bound together in this rare, scattered, and disquieting collection. It also tells the story of the scientists, curators, and librarians like Rosenbloom—interested in the full complicated histories behind these dark artifacts of nineteenth-century medicine—are developing tests to discover these books and sorting through the ethics of custodianship. A whip-smart and witty writer, Rosenbloom has crafted a narrative that is equal parts detective work, academic intrigue, history, and medical curiosity. Thrilling, captivating, and macabre in all the right ways, Dark Archives encourages us to take another look at the very serious ways in which the powerful have objectified people over time—perfect for fans of Mary Roach, Lindsey Fitzharris, and the art of collecting.

    Imprint: Farrar Straus and Giiroux
    RRP: $44.99

    Price: $44.99
  • DREYERS ENGLISH : An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
    DREYERS ENGLISH : An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
    ISBN: 9781787464131
    Title: DREYERS ENGLISH : An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'An utterly delightful book to read, Dreyer's English will stand among the classics on how to use the English language properly.' ELIZABETH STROUT

    'A complete joy. For those who care about words - and for those who don't - Dreyer's English is the book we have all been waiting for. Wise, funny, no-nonsense, stylish and brilliantly practical. Ditch the beach books this year; take this instead.' RACHEL JOYCE

    An indispensable, New York Times-bestselling guide to the craft of writing from Random House's long-time copy chief and one of Twitter's leading language gurus.

    We all write, all the time- books, blogs, tweets, emails, emails, emails - and we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help.

    As Random House's copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike - not to mention his followers on social media - for playfully, brilliantly deconstructing the English language. Dreyer's English is the distillation of everything he has learned from copyediting thousands of books, the perfect guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.

    Both authoritative and amusing, Dreyer's English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en-dash; the rules and non-rules of grammar, including why it's OK to begin a sentence with 'And' or 'But' and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it's best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including 'very', 'rather', 'of course', and the dreaded 'actually'.

    And yes- 'Only godless savages eschew the Oxford comma.'

    Stuffed with advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people's prose, and - perhaps best of all - an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.

    This book is written in British English.

    'A fascinating guide to grammatical "rights" and "wrongs" - practical and useful' SUNDAY TIMES

    'Benjamin Dreyer's brilliant, pithy, incandescently intelligent book is to contemporary writing what Geoffrey Chaucer's poetry was to medieval English- a gift that broadens and deepens the art and the science of literature by illustrating that convention should not stand in the way of creativity, so long as that creativity is expressed with clarity and with conviction.' JON MEACHAM

    'Meet the guardian of grammar who wants to help you be a better writer. Benjamin Dreyer sees language the way an epicure sees food. And he finds sloppiness everywhere he looks.' THE NEW YORK TIMES

    'A fascinating guide to grammatical 'rights' and 'wrongs' - practical and useful' SEBASTIAN FAULKS, SUNDAY TIMES

    'If learning about the pillars of punctuation and grammar doesn't excite you, let Benjamin Dreyer change your mind ... he analyzes the English language without dipping into the drab technicalities, crafting a pleasing read for anyone who has an appreciation for the written word.' TIME MAGAZINE, BEST 10 NON-FICTION BOOKS OF 2019

    'Witty and piquant ... full of jokes - and equally full of deliciously deprecating footnotes.' JEWISH CHRONICLE

    'Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of Dreyer's English.' WALL STREET JOURNAL

    'Destined to become a classic.' THE MILLIONS

    'A mind-blower--sure to jumpstart any writing project, just by exposing you, the writer, to Dreyer's astonishing level of sentence-awareness.' GEORGE SAUNDERS, author of Lincoln in the Bardo

    'Pleasurable and instructive ... You can read Dreyer's English right through with unalloyed enjoyment, and learn a lot from it- not only from its rulings but from its attitude ... Benjamin Dreyer is wise and bitterly experienced and fantastically good company. You should buy his book and read it.' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT

    'Dreyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better- He'll entertain you while he's at it.' NEWSDAY

    'Boisterously well written ... I recommend it highly.' INDEPENDENT

    'It is Benjamin Dreyer's intense love for the English language and his passion for the subject that make the experience of reading Dreyer's English such a pleasure, almost regardless of the invaluable and practical purpose his book serves in such dark and confusing times for grammar and meaning.' AYELET WALDMAN & MICHAEL CHABON

    'An informative and entertaining handbook on how to write clearer English. It's pithy, witty and a near perfect example of the kind of writing it advocates' STING

    'Dreyer promises to reveal "some of the fancy little tricks I've come across or devised that can make even skilled writing better", and does so with accuracy, style, and humour' GUARDIAN

    'This work is that rare writing handbook that writers might actually want to read straight through, rather than simply consult.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

    Imprint: ARROW
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • EMIGRES : French Words That Turned English
    EMIGRES : French Words That Turned English
    ISBN: 9780691218854
    Title: EMIGRES : French Words That Turned English
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    English has borrowed more words from French than from any other modern foreign language. French words and phrases-such as a la mode, ennui, naivete and caprice-lend English a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that would otherwise elude the language. Richard Scholar examines the continuing history of untranslated French words in English and asks what these words reveal about the fertile but fraught relationship that England and France have long shared and that now entangles English- and French-speaking cultures all over the world.

    Emigres demonstrates that French borrowings have, over the centuries, 'turned' English in more ways than one. From the seventeenth-century polymath John Evelyn's complaint that English lacks 'words that do so fully express' the French ennui and naivete, to George W. Bush's purported claim that 'the French don't have a word for entrepreneur,' this unique history of English argues that French words have offered more than the mere seasoning of the occasional mot juste. They have established themselves as 'creolizing keywords' that both connect English speakers to-and separate them from-French. Moving from the realms of opera to ice cream, the book shows how migrant French words are never the same again for having ventured abroad, and how they complete English by reminding us that it is fundamentally incomplete. At a moment of resurgent nationalism in the English-speaking world, Emigres invites native Anglophone readers to consider how much we owe the French language and why so many of us remain ambivalent about the migrants in our midst.

    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • EX LIBRIS : 100+ Books to Read and Reread
    EX LIBRIS : 100+ Books to Read and Reread
    ISBN: 9780008421953
    Title: EX LIBRIS : 100+ Books to Read and Reread
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    From 'the most powerful book critic in the English-speaking world' (Vanity Fair) comes an inspiring and beautifully illustrated selection of the life-changing books that none of us should miss

    'Why do we love books so much?'

    For legendary literary critic Michiko Kakutani, books have always been an escape and a sanctuary, the characters of some novels feeling so real to her childhood self that she worried they might leap out of the pages at night if she left the book cover open. In Ex Libris, she offers a personal selection of over 100 works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry, with passionate essays on why each has had a profound effect on her life.

    From Homer's The Odyssey to The Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels, Ex Libris covers a rich and vast range of classics, old and new, that will help build a well-rounded reader and citizen of the world. With gorgeous illustrations by lettering artist Dana Tanamachi that evoke vintage bookplates leafed between Kakutani's inspiring essays, Ex Libris points us to our next great read - and proves an unmissable reminder of why we fell in love with reading in the first place.

    Imprint: William Collins
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • GIFTS OF READING : Essays on the Joys of Reading Giving and Receiving Books
    GIFTS OF READING : Essays on the Joys of Reading Giving and Receiving Books
    ISBN: 9781474615686
    Title: GIFTS OF READING : Essays on the Joys of Reading Giving and Receiving Books
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    'This story, like so many stories, begins with a gift. The gift, like so many gifts, was a book...' So begins the essay by Robert Macfarlane that inspired this collection.

    In this cornucopia of an anthology, you will find essays by some of the world's most beloved novelists, nonfiction writers, essayists and poets.

    'You will see books taking flight in flocks, migrating around the world, landing in people's hearts and changing them for a day or a year or a lifetime.

    'You will see books sparking wonder or anger; throwing open windows into other languages, other cultures, other minds; causing people to fall in love or to fight for what is right.

    'And more than anything, over and over again, you will see books and words being given, received and read - and in turn prompting further generosity.'

    Published to coincide with the 20th anniversary of global literacy non-profit, Room to Read, The Gifts of Reading forms inspiring, unforgettable, irresistible proof of the power and necessity of books and reading.

    Inspired by Robert Macfarlane

    Curated by Jennie Orchard

    With contributions by: William Boyd, Candice Carty-Williams, Imtiaz Dharker, Roddy Doyle, Pico Iyer, Andy Miller, Jackie Morris, Jan Morris, Sisonke Msimang, Dina Nayeri, Chigozie Obioma, Michael Ondaatje, David Pilling

    Max Porter, Philip Pullman, Alice Pung, Jancis Robinson, S.F.Said, Madeleine Thien, Salley Vickers, John Wood and Markus Zusak

    Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
    RRP: $32.99
    Price: $32.99
  • GREEK TO ME : Adventures of the Comma Queen
    GREEK TO ME : Adventures of the Comma Queen
    ISBN: 9781922268723
    Title: GREEK TO ME : Adventures of the Comma Queen
    Author: NORRIS MARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The Comma Queen returns with a buoyant book about language, love, and the wine-dark sea.

    In her New York Times bestseller Between You & Me, Mary Norris delighted readers with her irreverent tales of pencils and punctuation in the New Yorker's celebrated copy department. In Greek to Me, she delivers another wise and funny paean to the art of self-expression, this time filtered through her greatest passion- all things Greek.

    Greek to Me is a charming account of Norris's lifelong love affair with words and her solo adventures in the land of olive trees and ouzo. Along the way, Norris explains how the alphabet originated in Greece, makes the case for Athena as a feminist icon, goes searching for the fabled Baths of Aphrodite, and reveals the surprising ways Greek helped form English. Filled with Norris's memorable encounters with Greek words, Greek gods, Greek wine-and more than a few Greek men-Greek to Me is the Comma Queen's fresh take on Greece and the exotic yet strangely familiar language that so deeply influences our own.

    Imprint: Text Publishing
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
    ISBN: 9781760990046
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Georgia Richter and Deborah Hunn look at the business of becoming an author. In a friendly, informative and practical way they share all you need to know about inspiration and research, preparing to submit to a publisher, creating an author brand, legal, ethical and moral considerations, pitching and effective social media and much more.

    Imprint: Fremantle Arts Centre Press
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    ISBN: 9780521024990
    Title: JANE AUSTEN AND THE BODY : The Picture of Health
    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.

    RRP: $63.99

    Price: $63.99
  • LIBRARY : A World History
    LIBRARY : A World History
    ISBN: 9780500023525
    Title: LIBRARY : A World History
    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
    ISBN: 9780241444641
    Title: LOST SPELLS
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The unmissable sequel to the bestselling, award-winning, multi-adaptation hit The Lost Words

    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.

    Written to be read aloud, calling to forest, field, riverbank, ocean, and also to the heart, these 'spells' summon back what is often lost from sight and care, and inspire protection and action on behalf of the natural world. From Jay to Jackdaw, Oak to Barn Owl, Silver Birch to Grey Seal, they capture the special, individual spirit of each plant and creature. Above all, they celebrate a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature's power to amaze, console and bring joy.

    Imprint: Hamish Hamilton
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
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