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Elena Ferrante's Key Words

Elena Ferrante’s Key Words

Tiziana de Rogatis, Will Schutt

Words are the keys to the mysterious, intoxicating labyrinth that is Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet, and to her Naples in all its serpentine charm. By identifying these key words, Tiziana de Rogatis masterfully navigates...

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The I Wonder Bookstore

The I Wonder Bookstore

Shinsuke Yoshitake

A delightful and witty illustrated celebration of the transporting magic of reading, books, and bookstores.

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Outspoken

Outspoken

Deborah Coughlin

History didn't listen to women, but that never stopped them from speaking out ...   

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The Little Book of Lost Words

The Little Book of Lost Words

Joe Gillard

In The Little Book of Lost Words, history buff Joe Gillard presents a handy guide for expressing yourself with history's best words.

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 Special priceGenius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read

Genius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read

Virginia Woolf

Who better to serve as a guide to great books and their authors than Virginia Woolf?

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Bowie's Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life

Bowie’s Books: The Hundred Literary Heroes Who Changed His Life

John O'Connell

Bowie's Books is much more than a list of books you should read in your lifetime: it is a unique insight into one of the greatest minds of our times, and an indispensable part of the legacy that Bowie left behind.

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 Special priceShelf Respect

Shelf Respect

Annie Austen

The perfect gift for the book lover in your life: a celebration of the humble bookshelf and all the wonderful ways we organise them.

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 Read reviewYellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978-1987

Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978-1987

Helen Garner

The private diaries of one of Australia's greatest living writers, the much loved, fearless and fierce Helen Garner.

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Incidental Inventions

Incidental Inventions

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

This is a must for all Ferrante fans.      

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Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books

Nina Freudenberger

A visual delight and inspiration for every bibliophile with a growing home library.

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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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 Read reviewThe Innocent Reader: Reflections on Reading and Writing

The Innocent Reader: Reflections on Reading and Writing

Debra Adelaide

Part-bibliomemoir, part-user's manual, Debra Adelaide shares a life dedicated to reading and writing.

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 Read reviewThe Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted

Robert Hillman

A gorgeously written, tender, and wise novel about love and forgiveness in 1960s Australia, in which a lonely farmer finds his life turned upside down by the arrival of a vibrant librarian.

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The Enchanted Hour

The Enchanted Hour

Meghan Cox Gurdon

A fascinating look at the scientific benefits - and joys - of reading aloud to children of all ages

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The Gifts of Reading

The Gifts of Reading

Robert Macfarlane

From the acclaimed author of The Old Ways and Landmarks - an essay on the beauty and joy of reading, for anyone who has ever loved a book.   

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Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books

Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children’s Picture Books

Clare Pollard

Sparkling with wit, magic and nostalgia, Fierce Bad Rabbits will make you see even stories you've read a hundred times afresh.

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The Little Library Year: Recipes and reading to suit each season

The Little Library Year: Recipes and reading to suit each season

Kate Young

Kate Young returns with a book about eating and reading through the seasons.

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The Future of Reading

The Future of Reading

Eric Purchase

Why do we read? What happens to our imaginations when we read? To our knowledge? What creative forces are unleashed? What are the wider implications of all of this?   

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Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Greek to Me: Adventures of the Comma Queen

Mary Norris

The Comma Queen returns with a fun, witty and wise romp through language and the crystalline Greek coast.

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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, now available in a smaller, competitively priced format.

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 Read reviewThe Art of Reading

The Art of Reading

Damon Young

We are not born readers, we learn to turn words into worlds. But why is fine writing lauded while excellent reading is ignored?

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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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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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Storytime

Storytime

Jane Sullivan

In Storytime, author and literary critic Jane Sullivan takes us from Wonderland to Narnia, Moomintroll to Mr Toad and from Winnie the Pooh to the Magic Pudding, to find out why her favourite childhood books were so vitally...

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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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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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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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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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