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This Little Art by Kate Briggs This Little Art

Part-essay and part-memoir, THIS LITTLE ART is a manifesto for the practice of literary translation. Taking her experience translating Roland Barthes' lectures at the College de France as her starting point, Kate Briggs offers a portrait of translation as a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/09/2017

Jottings Under Lamplight by Xun Lu Jottings Under Lamplight

Lu Xun (1881 1936) is widely considered the greatest writer of twentieth-century China. Although primarily known for his two slim volumes of short fiction, he was a prolific, inventive essayist. These 62 essays-20 translated for the first time-showcase his versatility...
Format: Hardback - Released: 18/09/2017

The Supernatural Revamped From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic by Barbara Brodman The Supernatural Revamped From Timeworn Legends to Twenty-First-Century Chic

This book presents the supernatural as a truly international phenomenon, not restricted to the original folk characters, their literary representations, or popular media. Instead, we move around the world and into the twenty-first century, reshaping legends into a post-modern image...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/09/2017

Wandering Jew The Search for Joseph Roth by Dennis Marks Wandering Jew The Search for Joseph Roth

In this revealing 'psycho-geography', Dennis Marks makes a journey through the eastern borderlands of Europe to learn about the elusive writer Joseph Roth and the world in which he lived. The result is a riveting and involving documentary that reunites...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/09/2017

The Foreigner Two Essays on Exile by The Foreigner Two Essays on Exile

Richard Sennett has spent an intellectual lifetime exploring how humans live in cities. In this pair of essays he visits two of the world's greatest cities at crucial moments in their history to meditate on the condition of exile in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 14/09/2017

Border Crossings Essays in Identity and Belonging by Paul Longley Arthur Border Crossings Essays in Identity and Belonging

The border between intimate memory and historical revelation is explored in this wide-ranging collection, which features original contributions from leading figures in the life writing field from Australia, Canada, Europe, UK, and the USA. The transmission and preservation of personal...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/09/2017

Late Essays 2006 - 2017 by J. M. Coetzee Late Essays 2006 - 2017

Late Essays gathers together Coetzee's literary essays since 2006. There are four fascinating essays on fellow Nobel laureate Samuel Beckett and he looks at the work of three Australian writers: Patrick White, Les Murray and Gerald Murnane.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

South and West From a Notebook by Joan Didion South and West From a Notebook

From one of the most important chroniclers of our time, come two extended excerpts from her never-before-seen notebooks-writings that offer an illuminating glimpse into the mind and process of a legendary writer.
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole Known and Strange Things

A collection of essays from the award-winning author of Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief. It comes with pieces on politics, photography, travel, history and literature. It covers subjects as diverse as Virginia Woolf, W G Sebald,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Acker by Douglas A. Martin Acker


Format: Paperback - Released: 05/09/2017

Durations A Memoir and Personal Essays by Carolyn Osborn Durations A Memoir and Personal Essays

Explores the life of the author, from her Depression-era childhood in Tennessee to her adolescence in the Hill Country of Texas, from life as a small town cheerleader to life as a world-travelling author, from the child of a hard...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/09/2017

The Problem with Me And Other Essays About Making Trouble in China Today by Han Han The Problem with Me And Other Essays About Making Trouble in China Today

Satirical essays from China's most influential blogger on growing up millennial and making political trouble today.
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/08/2017

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Light The Dark Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process by Joe Fassler Light The Dark Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process


Format: Paperback - Released: 26/09/2017

100 Welcomes to a Dying Language A Hundir Inboos till a Diein Leid by Robert Alan Jamieson 100 Welcomes to a Dying Language A Hundir Inboos till a Diein Leid

This is a collection of Robert Allan Jamieson's Shetlandic poetry spanning the entirety of his writing life. It contains both original poetry and poetry in translation from many of the marginal or disappearing languages of the world, including Hungarian, Greek,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2017

True Stories And Other Essays by Francis Spufford True Stories And Other Essays

An irresistible collection of favorite writings from an author celebrated for his bravura style and sheer unpredictability
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/10/2017

Nasty Women Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America by Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Kate Harding Nasty Women Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America
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The 2016 election of Donald Trump to the U.S. presidency was a devastating blow to marginalised people around the country - immigrants, Muslims, the L6BTQcommunity, and black Americans. Intersecting with every one of those groups were women, who despaired over...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2017

A Body, in Spite A Slight Philosophy for Actors by Alain Jugnon, Nathanael A Body, in Spite A Slight Philosophy for Actors
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Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2017

The Rub of Time Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump. Essays and Reportage, 1986-2016 by Martin Amis The Rub of Time Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump. Essays and Reportage, 1986-2016

Of all the great novelists writing today, none shows the same gift as Martin Amis for writing non-fiction - his essays, literary criticism and journalism are justly acclaimed.
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Bit Rot by Douglas Coupland Bit Rot

In Bit Rot, Douglas Coupland explores the different ways in which twentieth-century notions of the future are being shredded, and creates a gem of the digital age. As Coupland writes, `bit rot also describes the way my brain has been...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Breaking Bad 101 The Complete Critical Companion by Alan Sepinwall, Damon Lindelof Breaking Bad 101 The Complete Critical Companion
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AMC's Breaking Bad is among the most beloved, critically acclaimed American television series of our time. Created by Vince Gilligan, the series charts the transformation of high school science teacher Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) into a cold, calculating...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2017

Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Parmenides by Proclus Proclus' Commentary on Plato's Parmenides

This is the first English translation of Proclus' commentary on Plato'sParmenides. Glenn Morrow's death occurred while he was less than halfway through the translation, which was completed by John Dillon. A major work of the great Neoplatonist philosopher, the commentary...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2017

The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick by Darryl Pinckney, Elizabeth Hardwick The Collected Essays of Elizabeth Hardwick
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Format: Paperback - Released: 15/10/2017

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own

In this extraordinary essay, Virginia Woolf examines the limitations of womanhood in the early twentieth century. With the startling prose and poetic licence of a novelist, she makes a bid for freedom, emphasizing that the lack of an independent income,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 19/10/2017

Animals Strike Curious Poses by Elena Passarello Animals Strike Curious Poses

Beginning with Yuka, a 39,000-year-old mummified woolly mammoth recently found in the Siberian permafrost, this book includes sixteen essays, each of which investigates a different famous animal named and immortalised by humans.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/10/2017

We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think Selected Essays by Shirley Hazzard We Need Silence to Find Out What We Think Selected Essays

Shirley Hazzard's nonfiction works spanning from the 1960s to the 2000s contribute to a keener understanding of postwar letters, thought, and politics, supported by an introduction that situates Hazzard's writing within its historical context and emphasizes her influence on world...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

I'll Be Your Mirror Essays and Aphorisms by David Lazar I'll Be Your Mirror Essays and Aphorisms

In his third book of essays, David Lazar blends personal meditations on sex and death with considerations of popular music and coping with anxiety through singing, bowling, and other distractions. He sets his work apart as both in the essay...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

Daemon Voices Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman Daemon Voices Essays on Storytelling

A masterful collection of essays on storytelling by Philip Pullman, one of our greatest writers.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/11/2017

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Shifting Interludes Selected Essays by Willie Morris Shifting Interludes Selected Essays

Covering the span of his forty-year career, a collection of eloquent essays by one of the South's favorite writers
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/08/2017

A Universe of One's Own by Antonia Hayes A Universe of One's Own


Format: Paperback - Released: 14/08/2017

Morningstar Growing Up with Books by Ann Hood Morningstar Growing Up with Books

A memoir about the magic and inspiration of books from a beloved and best-selling author.
Format: Hardback - Released: 01/08/2017

Opinionated The World View of a Jewish Woman by Sara Reguer Opinionated The World View of a Jewish Woman

A collection of essays which reflects the author's ability to communicate and educate on a variety of levels. Her writing is informative and inspiring, passionate and poignant and ranges from the comic to the tragic, all frequently peppered with personal...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/07/2017

Opinionated The World View of a Jewish Woman by Sara Reguer Opinionated The World View of a Jewish Woman

This collection provides a sweeping overview of Jewish life and culture as viewed through the eyes of an academic who is also a woman, equally at home in the real world and the ivory tower. The writing is informative and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/07/2017

Proxies A Memoir in Twenty-four Attempts by Brian Blanchfield Proxies A Memoir in Twenty-four Attempts

In this memoir in twenty-four essays, Blanchfield focuses on a startling miscellany of topics - Foot Washing, Dossiers, Br'er Rabbit, Housesitting, Man Roulette, the Locus Amoenus - that begin to unpack the essayist himself and his life's rotating concerns: sex...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017

Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles Draw Your Weapons


Format: Paperback - Released: 27/07/2017

Madame Bildungsroman's Optimistic Worldview by Nora Chassler Madame Bildungsroman's Optimistic Worldview


Format: Paperback - Released: 20/07/2017

The Art Of Resistance Illuminations on Chinua Achebe by Micere Githae Mugo The Art Of Resistance Illuminations on Chinua Achebe


Format: Paperback - Released: 20/07/2017

The Art Of Resistance by Micere Githae Mugo The Art Of Resistance


Format: Paperback - Released: 20/07/2017

We are Not Afraid by Gila Lustiger We are Not Afraid

Written in the wake of the Paris attacks on November 13, 2015, Gila Lustiger examines the deep-rooted motives behind the attacks, the rise of antisemitism in the banlieues, the profound flaws at the heart of the French governing system. She...
Format: Hardback - Released: 20/07/2017

Faulkner's Inheritance by Joseph R. Urgo Faulkner's Inheritance

William Faulkner's life was rich in what he saw and read, and he seems to have remembered all of it and put it to use in his fiction. Faulkner's Inheritance is a collection of essays that examines the influences on...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2017

Faulkner's Geographies by Jay Watson Faulkner's Geographies

Exploring the diverse functions of space in Faulkner's artistic vision, the eleven essays in Faulkner's Geographies delve deep into Yoknapatawpha but also reach beyond it, to uncover unsuspected connections and flows linking local, regional, national, hemispheric, and global geographies in...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/07/2017

A Room of One's Own by Tim Smith-Laing A Room of One's Own

As recently as the 1920s, the lack of great female writers was often considered evidence of women's inferiority. Virginia Woolf disagreed. Her 1929 essay argues that creativity is impossible without privacy and freedom from financial worries, and throughout history, women...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/07/2017

Treasure Palaces Great Writers Visit Great Museums by Maggie (Literary Editor) Fergusson, Nicholas (Director) Serota Treasure Palaces Great Writers Visit Great Museums
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From a stunning villa on sunny Capri with Ali Smith to an unlikely temple in the heart of Copenhagen with Alan Hollinghurst, Treasure Palaces brings together over twenty of the world's greatest writers to give their own personal tours of...
Format: Paperback - Released: 06/07/2017

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