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The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide Volume 3: Reader's Guide Part 2 by Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, J. R. R. Tolkien The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide Volume 3: Reader's Guide Part 2
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Volume 2 of the most comprehensive in-depth companion to Tolkien's life and works ever published. This volume includes a superlative day-by-day chronology of Tolkien's life, presenting the most detailed biographical record available.
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2017

The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide Volume 2: Reader's Guide Part 1 by Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, J. R. R. Tolkien The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide Volume 2: Reader's Guide Part 1
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Volume 2 of the most comprehensive in-depth companion to Tolkien's life and works ever published. This volume includes a superlative day-by-day chronology of Tolkien's life, presenting the most detailed biographical record available.
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/11/2017

Charlotte Lennox An Independent Mind by Susan Carlile Charlotte Lennox An Independent Mind

Charlotte Lennox (c. 1729-1804) was an eighteenth-century English novelist whose most celebrated work, The Female Quixote (1752), is just one of eighteen works spanning a forty-three year career. Susan Carlile's critical biography of Lennox focuses on her role as the...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2017

Charlotte Lennox An Independent Mind by Susan Carlile Charlotte Lennox An Independent Mind

Charlotte Lennox (c. 1729-1804) was an eighteenth-century English novelist whose most celebrated work, The Female Quixote (1752), is just one of eighteen works spanning a forty-three year career. Susan Carlile's critical biography of Lennox focuses on her role as the...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2017

J. G. Ballard by D. Harlan Wilson J. G. Ballard

Prophetic short stories and apocalyptic novels like The Crystal World made J. G. Ballard a foundational figure in the British New Wave. Rejecting the science fiction of rockets and aliens, he explored an inner space of humanity informed by psychiatry...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/11/2017

J. G. Ballard by D. Harlan Wilson J. G. Ballard

Prophetic short stories and apocalyptic novels like The Crystal World made J. G. Ballard a foundational figure in the British New Wave. Rejecting the science fiction of rockets and aliens, he explored an inner space of humanity informed by psychiatry...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2017

Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie book series
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2017

Building Art The Life and Work of Frank Gehry by Paul Goldberger Building Art The Life and Work of Frank Gehry


Format: Paperback - Released: 13/11/2017

Obscenity & The Arts by Anthony Burgess Obscenity & The Arts


Format: Paperback - Released: 11/11/2017

The Trials of a Scold The Incredible True Story of Writer Anne Royall by Jeff Biggers The Trials of a Scold The Incredible True Story of Writer Anne Royall


Format: Hardback - Released: 07/11/2017

Appointment in Arezzo A friendship with Muriel Spark by Alan Taylor Appointment in Arezzo A friendship with Muriel Spark

This book is an intimate, fond and funny memoir of one of the greatest novelists of the last century.
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

The Uncommon Reader A Life of Edward Garnett by Helen (Junior Production Controller) Smith The Uncommon Reader A Life of Edward Garnett

Over a career spanning nearly fifty years Edward Garnett - editor, critic and publisher's reader - would become one of the most influential men in twentieth-century British literature.
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

Rhys Davies: A Writer's Life by Meic Stephens Rhys Davies: A Writer's Life

Rhys Davies (1901-78) was among the most dedicated, prolific and accomplished of Welsh prose writers.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

Translation as Transhumance by Mireille Gansel, Lauren Elkin Translation as Transhumance
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Slim half-memoir, half-philosophical treatise musing on translation's potential for humanist engagement by one of the great contemporary French translators, who has lived her life as a risk-taker, in post-war Germany and in Hanoi under bombardment in the 1970s.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

Rupert Brooke in the First World War by Alisa Miller Rupert Brooke in the First World War


Format: Hardback - Released: 31/10/2017

Coming Soon

Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser Prairie Fires The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the Little House on the Prairie book series
Format: Hardback - Released: 23/11/2017

Cecil Brown The Murrow Boy Who Became Broadcasting's Crusader for Truth by Reed W. Smith Cecil Brown The Murrow Boy Who Became Broadcasting's Crusader for Truth

The son of Jewish immigrants, war correspondent Cecil Brown (1907-1987) was a member of CBS' esteemed Murrow Boys. lthough he won every major broadcast journalism award, his accomplishments have been largely overlooked by historians. This first biography of Brown chronicles...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/11/2017

The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide Volume 1: Chronology by Wayne G. Hammond, Christina Scull, J. R. R. Tolkien The J. R. R. Tolkien Companion and Guide Volume 1: Chronology
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Volume 1 of the most comprehensive in-depth companion to Tolkien's life and works ever published, including synopses of all his writings, and a Tolkien gazetteer and who's who.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Virginia Woolf A Portrait by Carl Woodring, Viviane Forrester Virginia Woolf A Portrait
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Winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt award for biography, this remarkable portrait sheds new light on Virginia Woolf's relationships with her family and friends and how they shaped her work. Virginia Woolf: A Portrait blends recently unearthed documents, key primary...
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/12/2017

Hemingway at War - Ernest Hemingway`s Adventures as a World War II Correspondent by Terry Mort Hemingway at War - Ernest Hemingway`s Adventures as a World War II Correspondent


Format: Paperback - Released: 12/12/2017

Expect Great Things The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau by Kevin (Kevin Dann) Dann Expect Great Things The Life and Search of Henry David Thoreau


Format: Paperback - Released: 02/01/2018

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

Pronounced guilty of libel and sentenced to a year in prison, novelist Emile Zola went on the run. Michael Rosen brings to life the sleepy world of late Victorian suburbia, Zola's turbulent politics and his tangled private life.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018

Take Courage Anne Bronte and the Art of Life by Samantha Ellis Take Courage Anne Bronte and the Art of Life

Anne Bronte is the forgotten Bronte sister, overshadowed by her older siblings - virtuous, successful Charlotte, free-spirited Emily and dissolute Branwell. Tragic, virginal, sweet, stoic, selfless, Anne. The less talented Bronte, the other Bronte.
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/01/2018

Molly Keane A Life by Sally Phipps Molly Keane A Life

A wonderfully honest and deeply accomplished tribute to a complicated, talented mother and writer - 'An Irish writer whose only equal is Elizabeth Bowen' (Bookseller) - by her daughter.
Format: Paperback - Released: 11/01/2018

A.E. Housman Hero of the Hidden Life by Edgar Vincent A.E. Housman Hero of the Hidden Life

A.E. Housman (1859-1936) was an English classical scholar and poet who had an enormous influence on many British poets and musicians.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/02/2018

A Political Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft by Claire Grogan A Political Biography of Mary Wollstonecraft


Format: Hardback - Released: 01/02/2018

Joyce in Court by Adrian Hardiman Joyce in Court

An accessible and original book about Joyce, by a hugely respected figure in Ireland. A brilliant recreation of the late 19th- and early 20th-century legal system in Ireland.
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/02/2018

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Arthur & Sherlock Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes by Michael Sims Arthur & Sherlock Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes

'Fascinating ... A stimulating contribution to our never-ending fascination with Holmes himself, and, even more perhaps, his genial creator' Sunday Times A medical student at the University of Edinburgh, Arthur Conan Doyle studied under the vigilant eye of Dr Joseph...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/10/2017

Mickey Rourke and the Bluebird of Happiness A Poet's Notebooks by W. S. Di Piero. Mickey Rourke and the Bluebird of Happiness A Poet's Notebooks


Format: Paperback - Released: 17/10/2017

Origins of a Story by Jake Grogan Origins of a Story


Format: Hardback - Released: 17/10/2017

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: 16/10/2017

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

Promise at Dawn by Romain Gary Promise at Dawn


Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2017

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 context On 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,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 13/10/2017

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

WINNER OF THE SOMERSET MAUGHAM AWARDSelected as a Book of the Year 2016 in The Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Financial Times, Spectator and ObserverAngela Carter's life was as unconventional as anything in her fiction.
Format: Paperback - Released: 12/10/2017

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

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

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

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: 03/10/2017

Here I Stand The Life and Legacy of John Beecher by Angela J. Smith Here I Stand The Life and Legacy of John Beecher

A biography of a forgotten poet who used his name and influence to speak up for those on the margins of society. John Beecher (1904-1980) never had the public prominence of his famous ancestors, but as a poet, professor, sociologist,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2017

Byron by John D. Jump Byron

First published in 1972. John D. Jump, a leading authority on Byron and the Romantic period, here gives an account of Byron's literary achievement in relation to the age of revolutions in which he lived and in relation to his...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/10/2017

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