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Goodbye Christopher Robin A. A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh by Ann Thwaite, Frank Cottrell Boyce Goodbye Christopher Robin A. A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh
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Goodbye Christopher Robin: A.A. Milne and the Making of Winnie-the-Pooh is drawn from Ann Thwaite's acclaimed biography of A. A. Milne, one of the most successful English writers ever, and the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, and of Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/09/2017

Simply by Sailing in a New Direction. Allen Curnow: A biography by Terry Sturm Simply by Sailing in a New Direction. Allen Curnow: A biography

Allen Curnow (1911-2001) is widely recognised as one of the most distinguished poets writing in English in the second half of the twentieth century. This major biography introduces readers to Allen Curnow's life and work: from a childhood in a...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2017

The Disappearance of Emile Zola Love, Literature, and the Dreyfus Case by Michael Rosen The Disappearance of Emile Zola Love, Literature, and the Dreyfus Case


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/09/2017

Influencing Hemingway People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work by Nancy W. Sindelar Influencing Hemingway People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work

Influencing Hemingway documents the places, people, and activities that influenced and intrigued the literary great. Arranged chronologically and punctuated with photographs, this book traces Hemingway's encounters and reflects on how they impacted and influenced his decisions, actions, philosophy of life,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Avid Reader A Life by Robert Gottlieb Avid Reader A Life

After editing The Columbia Review, staging plays at Cambridge, and a stint in the greeting card department of Macy's, Robert Gottlieb stumbled into a job at Simon and Schuster.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2017

The Madeleine Project Uncovering A Parisian a Life by Clara Beaudoux The Madeleine Project Uncovering A Parisian a Life


Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2017

Dylan Thomas: The Collected Letters Volume 2 1939-1953 by Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas: The Collected Letters Volume 2 1939-1953

The second volume of the definitive collection of Dylan Thomas's letters.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2017

Dylan Thomas: The Collected Letters Volume 1 1931-1939 by Dylan Thomas Dylan Thomas: The Collected Letters Volume 1 1931-1939

The first volume of the definitive collection of Dylan Thomas's letters.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/09/2017

Ariel A Literary Life of Jan Morris by Derek Johns Ariel A Literary Life of Jan Morris

Derek Johns was Jan Morris's literary agent for twenty years, and Ariel is a literary life, an appreciation of the work and achievements of someone who besides being a delightful writer is known to many as a generous, affectionate, witty...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Kafka The Early Years by Reiner Stach Kafka The Early Years

How did Kafka become Kafka? This eagerly anticipated third and final volume of Reiner Stach's definitive biography of the writer answers that question with more facts and insight than ever before, describing the complex personal, political, and cultural circumstances that...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2017

Orwell's Nose A Pathological Biography by John Sutherland Orwell's Nose A Pathological Biography

John Sutherland's original and irreverent new account of the life and work of George Orwell, exploring the 'scent narratives' that abound in Orwell's fiction and non-fiction.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

Oscar Wilde The Unrepentant Years by Nicholas Frankel Oscar Wilde The Unrepentant Years

Nicholas Frankel presents a revisionary account of Oscar Wilde's final years, spent in poverty and exile in Europe following his release from an English prison for the crime of gross indecency between men. Despite repeated setbacks and open hostility, Wilde-unapologetic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/09/2017

After Kathy Acker A Biography by Chris Kraus After Kathy Acker A Biography

Kathy Acker: Rich girl, street punk, scholar, stripper, victim, media-whore ... and cultural icon. The late Kathy Acker's legend and writings are wrapped in mythologies, many of them created by her. Twenty years after her untimely death aged just 50,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/08/2017

Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa by Joseph Farrell Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa

The story of the last years of the author of Treasure Island and Jekyll and Hyde, lived out in the earthly paradise of the Samoan Islands
Format: Hardback - Released: 29/08/2017

Shute The engineer who became a prince of storytellers by Richard Thorn Shute The engineer who became a prince of storytellers

Nevil Shute was a writer whose books were looked down on by literary critics and yet when he died he was one of the best selling novelists of his day. Books such as A Town Like Alice and On the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/08/2017

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Difficult Women by David, M. D. Plante, Scott Spencer Difficult Women
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Format: Paperback - Released: 26/09/2017

The Worlds of John Ruskin by Kevin Jackson The Worlds of John Ruskin

An introduction to the life, work and art of one of the most influential and exhilarating writers in English. With 165 illustrations printed in full colour, ranging from private notes to presentation drawings to lecture diagrams - mostly from the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 28/09/2017

A Very Queer Family Indeed Sex, Religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain by Simon Goldhill A Very Queer Family Indeed Sex, Religion, and the Bensons in Victorian Britain

We can begin with a kiss, though this will not turn out to be a love story, at least not a love story of anything like the usual kind. So begins A Very Queer Family Indeed, which introduces us to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/09/2017

Insomniac Dreams Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov by Vladimir Nabokov, Gennady Barabtarlo Insomniac Dreams Experiments with Time by Vladimir Nabokov
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Nabokov's dream diary, published for the first time-and placed in biographical and literary contextOn October 14th, 1964, Vladimir Nabokov, a lifelong insomniac, began a curious experiment. Over the next eighty days, immediately upon waking, he wrote down his dreams, following...
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

A Difficult Death The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen by Morten Hoi Jensen, James Wood A Difficult Death The Life and Work of Jens Peter Jacobsen
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Beautifully written, sympathetic and incisive, this is the first English biography of a major Scandinavian author who is ripe for rediscovery
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre Curtain Up by Julius Green Agatha Christie: A Life in Theatre Curtain Up

A revealing and witty new examination of how Agatha Christie became the world's most successful and popular female playwright, including details of never-before-published scripts and stories.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/10/2017

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life

Reviving the life and work of a neglected master, this biography establishes Shirley Jackson as a towering figure in American literature.
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2017

Manderley Forever The Life of Daphne du Maurier by Tatiana De Rosnay Manderley Forever The Life of Daphne du Maurier

An enthralling biography of Daphne du Maurier, the legendary author of novels including Rebecca and My Cousin Rachel.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Illustrated Letters of Virginia Woolf by Frances Spalding The Illustrated Letters of Virginia Woolf

The moving story of the life and work of novelist Virginia Woolf, revealed through her own letters to those closest to her.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Joan The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor by Simon Fenwick Joan The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor

Volumes have been written by and about Patrick Leigh Fermor, but his wife Joan is almost entirely absent from their pages. Now Simon Fenwick, the first archivist to see the Leigh Fermor papers, reveals a woman hitherto only fleetingly glimpsed....
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Anthony Powell Dancing to the Music of Time by Hilary Spurling Anthony Powell Dancing to the Music of Time

The long-awaited portrait of a literary master from one of our generation's greatest biographers, author of the definitive and acclaimed Matisse: The LifeAnthony Powell: the literary genius who gave us A Dance to the Music of Time, an undisputed classic...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

The Gourmands' Way Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy by Justin Spring The Gourmands' Way Six Americans in Paris and the Birth of a New Gastronomy

During les trente glorieuses - a thirty-year boom period in France between the end of World War II and the 1974 oil crisis - Paris was not only the world's most delicious, stylish, and exciting tourist destination - it was...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2017

The Invention of Angela Carter A Biography by Edmund Gordon The Invention of Angela Carter A Biography

Angela Carter is widely acknowledged as one of the most important and beguiling writers of the last century. By the time of her tragic and untimely death at the age of fifty-one, she was firmly established as an iconoclastic writer....
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/10/2017

Promise at Dawn by Romain Gary Promise at Dawn


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2017

Oriana Fallaci The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend by Cristina De Stefano Oriana Fallaci The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend


Format: Hardback - Released: 15/10/2017

Other books in this genre

Agatha Christie A Biography by Janet Morgan Agatha Christie A Biography

Janet Morgan's definitive and authorised biography of Agatha Christie, with a new retrospective foreword by the author.
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/08/2017

Letters to His Neighbor by Marcel Proust Letters to His Neighbor


Format: Hardback - Released: 22/08/2017

The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes Master Detective, Myth and Media Star by Mattias Bostrom The Life and Death of Sherlock Holmes Master Detective, Myth and Media Star

The story of the most famous detective in the world; a fast-paced and exciting living portrait of a phenomenon and icon of popular culture.
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/08/2017

Discovering the Hidden Wisdom of The Little Prince In Search of Saint-Exupery's Lost Child by Pierre Lassus Discovering the Hidden Wisdom of The Little Prince In Search of Saint-Exupery's Lost Child

The Little Prince is revered around the world. Two hundred million copies have been sold in 270 languages; it is the fourth best-selling book of all time. Part of its allure is that is seems incredibly wise but so simple...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/08/2017

Lin Yutang and China's Search for Modern Rebirth by Qian Suoqiao Lin Yutang and China's Search for Modern Rebirth

This book provides a comprehensive examination of the socio-cultural and political context of modern China in terms of its interaction with America and the West, focusing on the influence of the well-known Chinese writer and intellectual Lin Yutang (1895-1976). Offering...
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/08/2017

Rosalind A Biography of Shakespeare's Immortal Heroine by Angela Thirlwell Rosalind A Biography of Shakespeare's Immortal Heroine

Angela Thirlwell's acclaimed biography, now in paperback. An imaginative literary portrait of the most enduring female character in the canon of English drama: Rosalind (As You Like It)
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/08/2017

Had She But Known by Charlotte MacLeod Had She But Known

In the decades since her death in 1958, master storyteller Mary Roberts Rinehart has often been compared to Agatha Christie. But while Rinehart was once a household name, today she is largely forgotten. The woman who first proclaimed &quote;the butler...
Format: eBook - Released: 01/08/2017

The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn by Margaret Willes The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn

An intimate portrait of two pivotal Restoration figures during one of the most dramatic periods of English history
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

Strange Beautiful Excitement Katherine Mansfields Wellington 1888-1903 by Redmer Yska Strange Beautiful Excitement Katherine Mansfields Wellington 1888-1903


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

Into the Mountain A Life of Nan Shepherd by Charlotte Peacock Into the Mountain A Life of Nan Shepherd


Format: Hardback - Released: 31/07/2017

Cofio Hedd Wyn - Atgofion Cyfeillion a Detholiad o'i Gerddi by Robin Gwyndaf Cofio Hedd Wyn - Atgofion Cyfeillion a Detholiad o'i Gerddi


Format: Hardback - Released: 27/07/2017

DuBose Heyward A Charleston Gentleman and the World of Porgy and Bess by James M. Hutchisson DuBose Heyward A Charleston Gentleman and the World of Porgy and Bess

In 1924 DuBose Heyward (1885-1940) was a businessman absorbed in his Charleston heritage. One year later he was the world-famous author of Porgy, the first major southern novel to portray blacks without condescension. In this full-dress biography Heyward is seen...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2017

Beryl Bainbridge Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography by Brendan King Beryl Bainbridge Love by All Sorts of Means: A Biography

Dame Beryl Bainbridge was one of the most popular and recognisable English novelists of her generation. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, and her critically acclaimed novels The Dressmaker (1973), The Bottle Factory Outing (1974), An Awfully...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

Jane Austen and her World by Josephine Ross Jane Austen and her World

To coincide with the bicentenary of Jane Austen's death ( and her appearance on English banknotes ) in July 2017, this illuminating account of the novelist's life is told with particular reference to the great men and women who inspired...
Format: Paperback - Released: 13/07/2017

Apprenticed to Venus My Secret Life with Anais Nin by Tristine Rainer Apprenticed to Venus My Secret Life with Anais Nin

A Revealing Look at the Mentorship-and Manipulation-of Anais Nin In 1962, eighteen-year-old Tristine Rainer was sent on an errand to Anais Nin's West Village apartment. The chance meeting would change the course of her life and begin her years as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 11/07/2017

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