Summer Reading Guide: Language, Poetry & Essays

The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie

The Word Detective: A Life in Words: From Serendipity to Selfie

John Simpson

The story of words, cultures, the OED and John Simpson, a word detective with thirty-seven years of dictionary experience and twenty years as Chief Editor of the world's most important dictionary

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The Best Australian Essays 2016

The Best Australian Essays 2016

Geordie Williamson

'The essay creates a place for slow thought on hectic subjects, and that is what the best of this year's crop manage to do.' -Geordie Williamson

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The Best Australian Poems 2016

The Best Australian Poems 2016

Sarah Holland-Batt

'Above all, poetry - for both its readers and its writers - is a form that demands attentiveness and active intelligence. It treats language as a volatile and charged commodity, and one whose subtleties and nuances are worth...

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 Read reviewFrantumaglia: Bits and Pieces of Uncertain Origin

Frantumaglia: Bits and Pieces of Uncertain Origin

Elena Ferrante, Ann Goldstein

Translated by Ann GoldsteinElena Ferrante is one of the greatest novelists of our time. Read her novels and don't worry about who she is: you will be entranced by her writing.Frantumaglia is a...

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Quid Pro Quo: What the Romans Really Gave the English Language

Quid Pro Quo: What the Romans Really Gave the English Language

Peter Jones

A surprising, witty and entertaining journey through the Latin roots of the English language, by the bestselling author of Veni Vidi Vici and Eureka!

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E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962

E. E. Cummings: Complete Poems, 1904-1962

E. E. Cummings, George James Firmage, Stephen Dunn

This edition-newly typeset with an introduction by Stephen Dunn-presents the entirety of E.E. Cummings's transcendent body of work.

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Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

Laura Miller

A glorious, full-illustrated collection that delves deep into the inception, influences, and literary and historical underpinnings of nearly 100 of our most beloved fictional realms.

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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, whether you're searching for the perfect elegant riposte, the rudest polite letter ever written, or a brutal verbal...

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Envelope Poems

Envelope Poems

Emily Dickinson, Jen Bervin, Marta L. Werner

Another gorgeous copublication with the Christine Burgin Gallery, the Envelope Poems is a compact clothbound gift book, a full-color selection from The Gorgeous Nothings

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The Best Australian Stories 2016

The Best Australian Stories 2016

Charlotte Wood

'The paint itself is part of the painting's meaning; the words do not merely tell, but are the story...' -Charlotte Wood

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Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts

Christopher de Hamel

This is a book about why medieval manuscripts matter. Coming face to face with an important illuminated manuscript in the original is like meeting a very famous person. We may all pretend that a well-known celebrity is no...

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 Special priceThe Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins

The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and Their Origins

Bruce Moore, Amanda Laugesen, Mark Gwynn, Julia Robinson

The Australian National Dictionary 2e is the only comprehensive, historically based record of the words and meanings that make up Australian English. As the dictionary maps the history of Australian words, it is also a lexical map...

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 Read reviewEverywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

Helen Garner

Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition,...

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A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women: Essays on Art, Sex, and the Mind

Siri Hustvedt

A trail-blazing and inspiring collection of essays on art, feminism, neuroscience, psychology by the internationally bestselling novelist Siri Hustvedt

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 Special priceLooking for Clancy

Looking for Clancy

A.B. (Banjo) Paterson, Robert Ingpen

In 1889 the revered Australian folk poet, A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson, first published his ballad, Clancy of the Overflow. The verse achieved immediate popularity and, with the creation of his legendary character, Clancy - a...

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Best Australian Comedy Writing 2

Best Australian Comedy Writing 2

Luke Ryan

Editor and comedian Luke Ryan has searched the nation for the best comedy writing - collecting gems that have been published far and wide, and mining new comedy gold from our funniest writers. Featuring memoir, satire, fiction,...

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Milk and Honey

Milk and Honey

Rupi Kaur

milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity.

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In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays

In Other Words: Forty Years of Essays

Goenawan Mohamad, Jennifer Lindsay

Goenawan Mohamad is one of Indonesia's foremost literary figures and public intellectuals, and this translated volume of essays, from 1968 to 2014, demonstrates the breadth of his perceptive and...

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Fucking Apostrophes

Fucking Apostrophes

Simon Griffin

A hilarious, furious and profoundly useful short guide to the most maddening punctuation in English.

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