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Words That Go Ping: The Ridiculously Wonderful World of Onomatopoeia

Words That Go Ping: The Ridiculously Wonderful World of Onomatopoeia

Barbara Lasserre

Barbara Lasserre brings the neglected world of onomatopoeia to life in this witty little gem of a book which will delight language lovers.

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All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

All the Lives We Ever Lived: Seeking Solace in Virginia Woolf

Katharine Smyth

A wise, moving debut about the pain of losing a parent and the power of literature to light our way through it.

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The Destiny Thief

The Destiny Thief

Richard Russo

A master of the novel, short story and memoir, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Everybody's Fool now gives us his very first collection of personal essays, thoughts on writing, reading and living.

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Browse: Love Letters to Bookshops Around the World

Browse: Love Letters to Bookshops Around the World

Ali Smith, Yiyun Li, Pankaj Mishra, Alaa Al Aswany, Michael Dirda

A celebration of bookshops all over the world, by an award-winning cast of writers

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'And I Quote...': A History of Using Other People's Words

‘And I Quote…’: A History of Using Other People’s Words

Elizabeth Knowles

How and why do we quote? And how do quotations develop and morph over time? Elizabeth Knowles draws on over twenty years' experience editing the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations to illuminate this essential part of the fabric of...

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Leading Lines

Leading Lines

Lucinda Holdforth

How to make speeches that seize the moment, advance your cause and lead the way.

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Make Blackout Poetry: Activist Edition

Make Blackout Poetry: Activist Edition

Noterie Abrams, Jerrod Schwarz

Blackout poetry is created by removing or blacking out existing text to create a new piece of art. Make Blackout Poetry: Activist Edition gives you a curated collection of political texts to deconstruct and repurpose to make...

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Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

John McPhee

McPhee offers ... guidance in the decisions regarding arrangement, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces, and he presents extracts from his work, subjecting them to wry scrutiny --Amazon.com.

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The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

Stuart Kells

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders is a love letter to libraries not just as mere collections of books, but as magical, fabled places.

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Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure

Books That Saved My Life: Reading for Wisdom, Solace and Pleasure

Michael McGirr

A profound, funny and uplifting collection of reminiscences about a life in books.     

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Mr Guilfoyle's Shakespearian Botany

Mr Guilfoyle’s Shakespearian Botany

Edmee Cudmore, Diana Hill

William Guilfoyle, credited as the architect of Melbourne's Royal Botanic gardens, was an eminent landscape designer, botanist and writer. Here are his collected writings on the dozens of plants, fruits and flowers William...

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In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes

In Search of Lost Books: The forgotten stories of eight mythical volumes

Giorgio van Straten, Simon Carnell, Erica Segre

As gripping as a detective novel, as moving as an elegy, this is the tale of a love affair with the impossible, of the things that slip away from us but which, sometimes, live again in the stories we tell.   

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The Library Book

The Library Book

Susan Orlean

Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to the beloved institution of libraries.

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Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction

Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ‘80s and '90s Teen Fiction

Gabrielle Moss

Bustle features editor Gabrielle Moss takes the reader on a nostaglic tour of teen book covers of yore, digging deep into the history of the genre as well as the stories behind the best-known series.

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 Read reviewBetween You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen

Mary Norris

The most irreverent and helpful book on language since the #1 New York Times bestseller Eats, Shoots & Leaves.

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Rewording the Brain

Rewording the Brain

David Astle

Master wordsmith and crossword guru David Astle shows how cryptic crosswords can boost your brain power and improve your memory and cognitive capacity.   

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The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities: A Yearbook of Forgotten Words

Paul Anthony Jones

The ultimate gift for wordsmiths and lovers of language: a word for every day of the year

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The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands

Huw Lewis-Jones

A team of distinguished and internationally acclaimed writers and illustrators share their personal insights into the maps they love, the maps they use and the maps that set them dreaming.

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That Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

That Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Means

Kathryn Petras, Ross Petras

An entertaining and informative guide to the most common 150 words even smart people use incorrectly, along with pithy forays into their fascinating etymologies and tangled histories of use and misuse --

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Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word

Book Towns: Forty Five Paradises of the Printed Word

Alex Johnson

Book Towns takes readers on a richly illustrated tour of these captivating literary towns, outlining the history and development of each community, as well as offering practical travel advice.

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows

Gloriously honest, enchanting and funny, this is a moving tale of post-war friendship, love and books, a captivating and completely irresistible novel of enormous depth and heart.

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Scorn: The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History

Scorn: The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History

Matthew Parris

A totally up-to-date compendium of the sharpest, wittiest and downright rudest insults in human history

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Literary Landscapes: Charting the Topography of Classic Literature

Literary Landscapes: Charting the Topography of Classic Literature

John Sutherland

Some stories couldn't happen just anywhere or any time - often the scenery , landscape or era is as central to the tale as any character - and just as easily recognised. What adventures would Heidi have had without her mountain...

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The Illustrated Dust Jacket: 1920-1970

The Illustrated Dust Jacket: 1920-1970

Martin Salisbury

A deep dive into the history of the illustrated book jacket, tracing its development across the twentieth century, reflecting some of the most iconic designs of the era

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On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

On JM Coetzee: Writers on Writers

Ceridwen Dovey

'I was born in the year J.M. Coetzee published his third novel, Waiting for the Barbarians. My mother read this dark, disturbing book with its multiple scenes of torture as she breastfed me at night, while my older sister slept...

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 Special priceWriters on Writers bundle

Writers on Writers bundle

Various

This bundle includes all three books in Black Inc's Writers on Writing series at a special price. 

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