• Agatha Christie A Mysterious Life
    Agatha Christie A Mysterious Life
    ISBN: 9781472269560
    Title: Agatha Christie A Mysterious Life
    Author: THOMPSON LAURA

    It has been 100 years since Agatha Christie wrote her first novel and created the formidable Hercule Poirot. In this biography, Laura Thompson describes the Edwardian world in which she grew up, explores the relationships she had, including those with her two husbands and daughter, and investigates the mysteries still surrounding Christie's life - including her disappearance in 1926.

    Agatha Christie is a mystery and writing about her is a detection job in itself. But, with access to all of Christie's letters, papers and writing notebooks, as well as interviews with her grandson, daughter, son-in-law and their living relations, Thompson is able to unravel not only the detailed workings of Christie's detective fiction, but the truth behind her private life as well.

    First published in 2007 as 'Agatha Christie: An English Mystery', this is a fully updated edition with a new introduction by the author

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • All My Cats
    All My Cats
    ISBN: 9780241422199
    Title: All My Cats
    Author: HRABAL BOHUMIL


    In the autumn of 1965, flush with the unexpected success of his first published books, the Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal bought a weekend cottage in Kersko, about an hour's drive east of Prague. From then until his death in 1997, he divided his time between Prague and Kersko, where he wrote and tended to a community of cats. Over the years, his relationship with them grew deeper, becoming a measure of the pressures, both private and public, that impinged on his life as a writer.


    All My Cats, written in 1983 after a serious car accident, is the chronicle of a cat lover who becomes overwhelmed by his cats and his life and is driven to the brink of madness by the dilemmas his indulgent love for the animals has created.



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  • All Things Consoled
    All Things Consoled
    ISBN: 9780857059130
    Title: All Things Consoled
    Author: HAY ELIZABETH


    Winner of the 2018 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Award for Non-fiction


    A poignant, complex and hugely resonant memoir about the shift from being a daughter to a guardian and caregiver, by a prizewinning author.


    From Elizabeth Hay, one of Canada's most celebrated novelists, comes a startling and beautiful memoir about the drama of her parents' end, and the longer drama of being their daughter.


    Jean and Gordon Hay were a formidable pair. She was an artist and superlatively frugal; he was a proud and principled schoolteacher with an explosive temper. Elizabeth, the so-called difficult child, always suspected she would end up caring for them in their final years, in part to atone for her childhood sins.


    Philip Roth once said, "Old age is a massacre". All Things Consoled takes you inside the massacre as Hay's ferociously independent parents become increasingly dependent on her.


    With remarkable wit and honesty, Hay lays bare the agony of a family coping as old age turns into the tragedy of living too long. In the end she arrives at a more nuanced understanding of her mother and father, and of herself as their daughter. They were and remain the two vivid giants in her life.



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  • Anthony Powell
    Anthony Powell
    ISBN: 9780141030791
    Title: Anthony Powell
    Author: SPURLING HILARY

    Peerless literary biographer Hilary Spurling turns her attention to Anthony Powell, an iconic figure of English letters. Equally notorious for his literary achievements and his lacerating wit, Powell famously authored the twelve-volume, twenty-five year magnum opus, A Dance to the Music of Time. This enduringly fascinating portrait of mid-20th-century Britain has never been out of print, inspiring TV and radio adaptations and elevating the author to The Times' list of fifty greatest British writers since 1945.

    Master novelist, well-connected socialite and keen-eyed social observer, Powell comes into focus as never before in this authoritative biography from one of our generation's greatest biographers.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
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  • Austen Biographic
    Austen Biographic
    ISBN: 9781781452929
    Title: Austen Biographic
    Author: COLLINS SOPHIE


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    Price: $23.00
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  • Autobiography of Alice B Toklas
    Autobiography of Alice B Toklas
    ISBN: 9780679724636
    Title: Autobiography of Alice B Toklas
    Author: STEIN GERTRUDE

    Stein's most famous work; one of the richest and most irreverent biographies ever written. "From the Trade Paperback edition.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $38.00
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  • Becoming Dr. Seuss Theodor Geisel & the Making of an American Imagination
    Becoming Dr. Seuss Theodor Geisel & the Making of an American Imagination
    ISBN: 9781524742799
    Title: Becoming Dr. Seuss Theodor Geisel & the Making of an American Imagination
    Author: JONES BRIAN JAY

    The definitive, fascinating, all-reaching biography of Dr. Seuss.

    Dr. Seuss is a classic American icon. Whimsical and wonderful, his work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. The silly, simple rhymes are a bottomless well of magic, his illustrations timeless favorites because, quite simply, he makes us laugh. The Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, Horton, and so many more, are his troupe of beloved, and uniquely Seussian, creations.

    Theodor Geisel, however, had a second, more radical side. It is there that the allure and fasciation of his Dr. Seuss alter ego begins. He had a successful career as an advertising man and then as a political cartoonist, his personal convictions appearing, not always subtly, throughout his books-remember the environmentalist of The Lorax? Geisel was a complicated man on an important mission. He introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well.

    Agonizing over word choices and rhymes, touching up drawings sometimes for years, he upheld a rigorous standard of perfection for his work. Geisel took his responsibility as a writer for children seriously, talking down to no reader, no matter how small. And with classics like Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Geisel delighted them while they learned. Suddenly, reading became fun.

    Coming right off the heels of George Lucas and bestselling Jim Henson, Brian Jay Jones is quickly developing a reputation as a master biographer of the creative geniuses of our time.


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  • Becoming George Orwell: Life & Letters, Legend & Legacy
    Becoming George Orwell: Life & Letters, Legend & Legacy
    ISBN: 9780691182742
    Title: Becoming George Orwell: Life & Letters, Legend & Legacy
    Author: RODDEN JOHN

    Is George Orwell the most influential writer who ever lived? Yes, according to Rodden's provocative book about the transformation of a man into a myth. He charts the astonishing passage of a litterateur into a legend.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $60.00
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  • Cancer Journals
    Cancer Journals
    ISBN: 9780241453506
    Title: Cancer Journals
    Author: LORDE AUDRE

    I would never have chosen this path, but I am very glad to be who I am, here.The Cancer Journals is an intimate, poetic and invigorating account of the experience of breast cancer, from biopsy to mastectomy, told by the great feminist and activist Audre Lorde. Moving between journal entry, memoir, and essay, Lorde fuses the personal and political to reflect on the many questions breast cancer raises- questions of survival, sexuality, prosthesis and self-care. It is a journey of survival, friendship, and self-acceptance.Grief, terror, courage, the passion for survival and for more than survival, are here in the searchings of a great poet. Adrienne RichThis book teaches me that with one breast or none, I am still me Alice Walker

    Format: Paperback
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  • Childhood
    Childhood
    ISBN: 9780241391938
    Title: Childhood
    Author: DITLEVSEN TOVE

    The first volume in The Copenhagen Trilogy, the searing portrait of a woman's journey through love, friendship, ambition and addiction, from one of Denmark's most celebrated twentieth-century writers

    Tove knows she is a misfit, whose childhood is made for a completely different girl. In her working-class neighbourhood in Copenhagen, she is enthralled by her wild, red-headed friend Ruth, who initiates her into adult secrets. But Tove cannot reveal her true self to her or to anyone else. For 'long, mysterious words begin to crawl across my soul', and she comes to realize that she has a vocation, something unknowable within her - and that she must one day, painfully but inevitably, leave the narrow street of her childhood behind.

    Childhood, the first volume in The Copenhagen Trilogy, is a visceral portrait of girlhood and female friendship, told with lyricism and vivid intensity.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $26.00
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  • Club: Johnson, Boswell, & the Friends Who Shaped an Age
    Club: Johnson, Boswell, & the Friends Who Shaped an Age
    ISBN: 9780300251784
    Title: Club: Johnson, Boswell, & the Friends Who Shaped an Age
    Author: DAMROSCH LEO

    In this captivating book, prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of "the Club," an extraordinary group of writers, artists, and thinkers in London, with the "odd couple" Samuel Johnson and James Boswell at its center. Book jacket.

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  • Cold Warriors
    Cold Warriors
    ISBN: 9780349141992
    Title: Cold Warriors
    Author: WHITE DUNCAN


    In this brilliant account of the literary war within the Cold War, novelists and poets become embroiled in a dangerous game of betrayal, espionage, and conspiracy at the heart of the vicious conflict fought between the Soviet Union and the West


    During the Cold War, literature was both sword and noose. Novels, essays, and poems could win the hearts and minds of those caught between the competing creeds of capitalism and communism. They could also lead to blacklisting, exile, imprisonment, or execution for their authors if they offended those in power. The clandestine intelligence services of the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union recruited secret agents and established vast propaganda networks devoted to literary warfare. But the battles were personal, too: friends turned on one another, lovers were split by political fissures, artists were undermined by inadvertent complicities. And while literary battles were fought in print, sometimes the pen was exchanged for a gun, the bookstore for the battlefield.


    In Cold Warriors, Duncan White vividly chronicles how this ferocious intellectual struggle was waged on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Among those involved were George Orwell, Stephen Spender, Mary McCarthy, Graham Greene, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, John le Carr , Anna Akhmatova, Richard Wright, Ernest Hemingway, Boris Pasternak, Gioconda Belli, and V clav Havel. Here, too, are the spies, government officials, military officers, publishers, politicians, and critics who helped turn words into weapons at a time when the stakes could not have been higher.


    Drawing upon years of archival research and the latest declassified intelligence, Cold Warriors is both a gripping saga of prose and politics, and a welcome reminder that--at a moment when ignorance is all too frequently celebrated and reading is seen as increasingly irrelevant--writers and books can change the world.

    --The Outline

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  • Cost of Living
    Cost of Living
    ISBN: 9780241977569
    Title: Cost of Living
    Author: LEVY DEBORAH

    Longlisted for the 2019& Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

    From the twice-Booker-shortlisted author comes a witty and audacious examination of writing and womanhood


    "Life falls apart. We try to get a grip. We try to hold it together. And then we realize that we don't want to hold it together."

    Crystalline, witty and audacious, The Cost of Living addresses itself to the dual experiences of writing and of womanhood, examining what is essential in each. Following the acclaimed Things I Don't Want to Know, which reflected deeply on the nature of gender politics and a life in letters, The Cost of Living returns to the same subject and to the same life, to find a writer in radical flux. If a woman dismantles her life, expands it and puts it back together in a new shape, how might she describe this new composition? "Words have to open the mind. When words close the mind you can be sure that someone has been reduced to nothingness."
    & & & & In this elegiac second instalment of her "living autobiography", Deborah Levy considers what it means to live with value and meaning and pleasure. The Cost of Living is a vital and astonishing testimony, as distinctive, wide-ranging and original as Levy's acclaimed novels.

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  • Crazy Brave: A Memoir
    Crazy Brave: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9780393345438
    Title: Crazy Brave: A Memoir
    Author: HARJO JOY

    In this transcendent memoir,grounded in tribal myth and ancestry, music and poetry, Joy Harjo, one of ourleading Native American voices, details her journey to becoming a poet. Born inOklahoma, the end place of the Trail of Tears, Harjo grew up learning to dodgean abusive stepfather by finding shelter in her imagination, a deep spirituallife, and connection with the natural world. She attended an Indian artsboarding school, where she nourished an appreciation for painting, music, andpoetry; gave birth while still a teenager; and struggled on her own as a singlemother, eventually finding her poetic voice. Narrating the complexities ofbetrayal and love, Crazy Brave is a memoir aboutfamily and the breaking apart necessary in finding a voice. Harjos tale of ahardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winningpoet and musician is haunting, unique, and visionary.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Dharma Bums Penguin Deluxe Ed
    Dharma Bums Penguin Deluxe Ed
    ISBN: 9780143039600
    Title: Dharma Bums Penguin Deluxe Ed
    Author: KEROUAC JACK

    Published just one year after On The Road, this is the story of two men enganged in a passionate search for Dharma or truth. Their major adventure is the pursuit of the Zen Way, which takes them climbing into the High Sierras to seek the lesson of solitude.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $40.00
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  • Doll
    Doll
    ISBN: 9781787300934
    Title: Doll
    Author: KADARE ISMAIL & HODGSON JOHN (TRANSLATOR)


    From the winner of the first ever Man Booker International Prize: 'a novelist of dazzling mastery' (Independent)


    At the centre of young Ismail's world is the unknowable figure of his mother. Naïve and fragile as a paper doll, she is an unlikely presence in her husband's great stone house, with its hidden rooms and infamous dungeon, and is constantly at odds with her wise and thin-lipped mother-in-law. But despite her lightness and unchanging youthful nature, she is not without her own enigmas.


    Most of all, she fears that her intellectual son - who uses words she doesn't understand, publishes radical poetry, falls in love freely and seems to be renouncing everything she embodies of the old world - will have to exchange her for a superior mother when he becomes a famous writer.


    Dedicated to the memory of his mother and circling back to his childhood in Albania, The Doll is Ismail Kadare's delicate and disarming tale of home and creative longing, of writerly aspiration, and of personal and political freedom.



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  • Doors of Perception & Heaven & Hell
    Doors of Perception & Heaven & Hell
    ISBN: 9780099458203
    Title: Doors of Perception & Heaven & Hell
    Author: HUXLEY ALDOUS


    WITH A FOREWORD J.G. BALLARD


    In 1953, in the presence of an investigator, Aldous Huxley took four-tenths of a gramme of mescalin, sat down and waited to see what would happen. When he opened his eyes everything, from the flowers in a vase to the creases in his trousers, was transformed. Huxley described his experience with breathtaking immediacy in The Doors of Perception. In its sequel Heaven and Hell, he goes on to explore the history and nature of mysticism. Still bristling with a sense of excitement and discovery, these illuminating and influential writings remain the most fascinating account of the visionary experience ever written.



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  • Down Below
    Down Below
    ISBN: 9781681370606
    Title: Down Below
    Author: CARRINGTON LEONORA; MARINA WARNER (INTRODUCTION BY



    Leonora Carrington is perhaps the most enchanting of the women Surrealists. Thedaughter of Anglo Irish privilege, she broke free of her manor-house upbringingand fled, first to art school, and then to the Continent. Though she is best knownas a painter of the gothic fantastic, with a cult following and one-woman shows atmuseums around the world, her writing is no less striking. Down Belowdescribesthe events of 1940, when, after her longtime lover, artist Max Ernst was sent toa concentration camp, Carrington was "led across the border of Knowledge" andimprisoned in a sanatorium for the insane. This powerful testament, reminiscent ofCarrington's great novel The Hearing Trumpet, ranks with the work of Sylvia Plathand Janet Frame in its raw evocation of madness.

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    Price: $35.00
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  • Drowned & the Saved
    Drowned & the Saved
    ISBN: 9780349138640
    Title: Drowned & the Saved
    Author: LEVI PRIMO

    Shortly after completing The Drowned and the Saved, Primo Levi committed suicide. The manner of his death was sudden, violent and unpremeditated, and there are some who argue that he kiled himself because he was tormented by guilt - guilt that he had survived the horrors of Auscwitz while others, better than he, had gone to the wall. 'The Drowned and the Saved dispels the myth that Primo Levi forgave the Germans for what they did to his people. He didn't, and couldn't forgive. Her refused, however, to indulge in what he called "the bestial vice of hatred" which is an entirely different matter. The voice that sounds in his writing is that of a reasonable man . . . it warns and reminds us that the unimaginable can happen again. A would-be tyrant is waiting in the wings, with "beautiful words" on his lips. The book is constantly impressing on us the need to learn from the past, to make sense of the senseless' Paul Bailey 'Levi writes of unspeakable things with charity, clarity and objectivity' Sunday Times 'Not a word he writes should be missed' Independent

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
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  • Eileen The Making of Orwell
    Eileen The Making of Orwell
    ISBN: 9781783527083
    Title: Eileen The Making of Orwell
    Author: TOPP SYLVIA

    Topp delivers the first biography of Eileen O'Shaughnessy and chronicles her nine-year marriage to author George Orwell, from a tiny village where they grew vegetables through the dangers of the Spanish Civil War and narrowly escaping the destruction of their London apartment in World War II.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $70.00
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  • Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited
    Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited
    ISBN: 9781780224862
    Title: Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited
    Author: EADE PHILIP


    NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THEGUARDIAN,SUNDAY TIMESANDFINANCIAL TIMES

    Fifty years after Evelyn Waugh's death, here is a completely fresh view of one of the most gifted -- and fascinating -- writers of our time, the enigmatic author of Brideshead Revisited.


    Graham Greene hailed Waugh as 'the greatest novelist of my generation', and in recent years his reputation has only grown. Now Philip Eade has delivered an authoritative and hugely entertaining biography that is full of new material, much of it sensational.


    Eade builds upon the existing Waugh lore with access to a remarkable array of unpublished sources provided by Waugh's grandson, including passionate love letters to Baby Jungman - the Holy Grail of Waugh research - a revealing memoir by Waugh's first wife Evelyn Gardner ("Shevelyn"), and an equally significant autobiography by Waugh's commanding officer in World War II.


    Eade's gripping narrative illuminates Waugh's strained relationship with his sentimental father and blatantly favoured elder brother; his love affairs with male classmates at Oxford and female bright young things thereafter; his disastrous first marriage and subsequent conversion to Roman Catholicism; his insane wartime bravery; his drug-induced madness; his singular approach to marriage and fatherhood; his complex relationship with the aristocracy; the astonishing power of his wit; and the love, fear, and loathing that he variously inspired in others.


    One of Eade's aims is 'to re-examine some of the distortions and misconceptions that have come to surround this famously complex and much mythologized character'.'This might look like code for a plan to whitewash the overly blackwashed Waugh,' comments veteran Waugh scholar Professor Donat Gallagher; 'but readers fixated on atrocities will not be disappointed . . . I have been researching and writing about Waugh since 1963 and Eade time and again surprised and delighted me.'


    Waugh was famously difficult and Eade brilliantly captures the myriad facets of his character even as he casts new light on the novels that have dazzled generations of readers.



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  • Family Record
    Family Record
    ISBN: 9780300238310
    Title: Family Record
    Author: MODIANO PATRICK

    An enthralling reflection on the ways that family history influences identity, from the 2014 Nobel laureate for literature

    A mix of autobiography and lucid invention, this highly personal work offers a deeply affecting exploration of the meaning of identity and pedigree. With his signature blend of candor, mystery, and bewitching elusiveness, Patrick Modiano weaves together a series of interlocking stories from his family history: his parents' courtship in occupied Paris; a sinister hunting trip with his father; a chance friendship with the deposed King Farouk; a wistful affair with the daughter of a nightclub singer; and the author's life as a new parent.

    Modiano's riveting vignettes, filled with a coterie of dubious characters--Nazi informants, collaborationist refugees, and black-market hustlers--capture the drama that consumed Paris during World War II and its aftermath. Written in tones ranging from tender nostalgia to the blunt cruelty of youth, this is a personal and revealing book that brings the enduring significance of a complicated past to life.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
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  • Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams
    Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams
    ISBN: 9780374536251
    Title: Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings: J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams
    Author: ZALESKI PHILIP & ZALESKI CAROL

    Best Book of June 2015 (The Christian Science Monitor)

    Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature

    C. S. Lewis is the 20th century's most widely read Christian writer and J.R.R. Tolkien its most beloved mythmaker. For three decades, they and their closest associates formed a literary club known as the Inklings, which met every week in Lewis's Oxford rooms and in nearby pubs. They discussed literature, religion, and ideas; read aloud from works in progress; took philosophical rambles in woods and fields; gave one another companionship and criticism; and, in the process, rewrote the cultural history of modern times.

    In "The Fellowship," Philip and Carol Zaleski offer the first complete rendering of the Inklings' lives and works. The result is an extraordinary account of the ideas, affections and vexations that drove the group's most significant members. C. S. Lewis accepts Jesus Christ while riding in the sidecar of his brother's motorcycle, maps the medieval and Renaissance mind, becomes a world-famous evangelist and moral satirist, and creates new forms of religiously attuned fiction while wrestling with personal crises. J.R.R. Tolkien transmutes an invented mythology into gripping story in "The Lord of the Rings," while conducting groundbreaking Old English scholarship and elucidating, for family and friends, the Catholic teachings at the heart of his vision. Owen Barfield, a philosopher for whom language is the key to all mysteries, becomes Lewis's favorite sparring partner, and, for a time, Saul Bellow's chosen guru. And Charles Williams, poet, author of "supernatural shockers," and strange acolyte of romantic love, turns his everyday life into a mystical pageant.

    Romantics who scorned rebellion, fantasists who prized reality, wartime writers who believed in hope, Christians with cosmic reach, the Inklings sought to revitalize literature and faith in the twentieth century's darkest years-and did so in dazzling style.

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    Price: $33.00

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  • Gather Together in My Name
    Gather Together in My Name
    ISBN: 9780812980301
    Title: Gather Together in My Name
    Author: ANGELOU MAYA

    "Gather Together in My Name" continues Maya Angelou s personal story, begun so unforgettably in "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." The time is the end of World War II and there is a sense of optimism everywhere. Maya Angelou, still in her teens, has given birth to a son. But the next few years are difficult ones as she tries to find a place in the world for herself and her child. She goes from job to job and from man to man. She tries to return home back to Stamps, Arkansas but discovers that she is no longer part of that world. Then Maya s life takes a dramatic turn, and she faces new challenges and temptations.
    In this second volume of her poignant autobiographical series, Maya Angelou powerfully captures the struggles and triumphs of her passionate life with dignity, wisdom, humor, and humanity."

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $35.00
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  • Grave on the Wall
    Grave on the Wall
    ISBN: 9780872867901
    Title: Grave on the Wall
    Author: SHIMODA BRANDON


    Award-winning poet Brandon Shimoda has crafted a lyrical portrait of his paternal grandfather, Midori Shimoda, whose life--child migrant, talented photographer, suspected enemy alien and spy, desert wanderer, American citizen--mirrors the arc of Japanese America in the twentieth century. In a series of pilgrimages, Shimoda records the search to find his grandfather, and unfolds, in the process, a moving elegy on memory and forgetting.


    Praise for The Grave on the Wall


    "In a weaving meditation, Brandon Shimoda pens an elegant eulogy for his grandfather Midori, yet also for the living, we who survive on the margins of graveyards and rituals of our own making."--Karen Tei Yamashita, author of Letters to Memory


    "Sometimes a work of art functions as a dream. At other times, a work of art functions as a conscience. In the tradition of Juan Rulfo's Pedro P ramo, Brandon Shimoda's The Grave on the Wall is both. It is also the type of fragmented reckoning only America could instigate."--Myriam Gurba, author of Mean


    "Within this haunted sepulcher built out of silence, loss, and grief--its walls shadowed by the traumas of racial oppression and violence--a green river lined with peach trees flows beneath a bridge that leads back to the grandson."--Jeffrey Yang, author of Hey, Marfa: Poems


    "It is part dream, part memory, part forgetting, part identity. It is a remarkable exploration of how citizenship is forged by the brutal US imperial forces--through slave labor, forced detention, indiscriminate bombing, historical amnesia and wall. If someone asked me, Where are you from? I would answer, From The Grave on the Wall."--Don Mee Choi, author of Hardly War


    "Shimoda intercedes into the absences, gaps and interstices of the present and delves the presence of mystery. This mystery is part of each of us. Shimoda outlines that mystery in silence and silhouette, in objects left behind at site-specific travels to Japan and in the disparate facts of his grandpa's FBI file. Gratitude to Brandon Shimoda for taking on the mystery which only literature accepts as the basic challenge."--Sesshu Foster, author of City of the Future


    "Shimoda is a mystic writer ... He puts what breaches itself (always) onto the page, so that the act of writing becomes akin to paper-making: an attention to fibers, coagulation, texture and the water-fire mixtures that signal irreversible alteration or change. ... he has written a book that touches the bottom of my own soul."--Bhanu Kapil, author of Ban en Banlieue



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    Price: $37.00
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  • Happening
    Happening
    ISBN: 9781910695838
    Title: Happening
    Author: ERNAUX ANNIE


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    Price: $29.00
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  • He
    He
    ISBN: 9781922330949
    Title: He
    Author: BAIL MURRAY


    An elusive, elliptical, often beautiful thread of recollections and observations, He. is not autobiography, or even memoir, but an almost anonymous portrait of a figure passing through time and circumstances.


    It begins with boyhood, in suburban Adelaide after the war. As the narrator remembers the years the focus shifts forward to the recent past and back again, often within the same paragraph, mirroring the randomness of memory. Through these vignettes and fragments we glimpse moments and lives--of parents, teachers, wives, and others; in Bombay of the 1960s, London of the 1970s, Melbourne and Sydney.


    He.is by Murray Bail, the acclaimed author of such classic novels as Homesicknessand Eucalyptus.


    Murray Bail lives in Sydney. His first book, The Drover's Wife and Other Stories, was published in 1975. He has won numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award for Eucalyptus. His most recent novel is The Voyage.


    'One of the most remarkable of the generation of Australian fiction writers that includes Peter Carey and came to first maturity 25 or so years ago.' Age


    'One of Australia's most original and imaginative writers.' Canberra Times


    'Murray Bail ranks as one of three indisputably world-class Australian novelists now practicing.' The New York Times Book Review



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  • Hemingway
    Hemingway
    ISBN: 9781781453438
    Title: Hemingway
    Author: JAMIE PUMFREY

    Most people know that Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a towering figure of American literature, a Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner and author of novels including The Sun Also Rises and The Old Man and the Sea. What, perhaps, they don't know is that he was an ambulance driver in the World War I and suffered 227 shrapnel wounds; that he wrote 47 different endings to A Farewell to Arms; that he hunted great white sharks and German U-boats with a machine gun; and that he survived two plane crashes in 48 hours. Biographic: Hemingway presents an instant impression of his life, work and legacy, with an array of irresistible facts and figures converted into infographics to reveal the writer behind the words.

    Format: Hardback
    Price: $23.00
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  • Historians
    Historians
    ISBN: 9781784109141
    Title: Historians
    Author: BOLAND EAVAN

    Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2020. A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year 2020. A Guardian Book of the Year 2020.

    A Sunday Independent Book of the Year 2020. An Irish Times Book of the Year 2020. A forceful and moving final volume from one of the most masterful poets of the twentieth century.

    Throughout her nearly sixty-year career, acclaimed poet Eavan Boland came to be known for her exquisite ability to weave myth, history, and the life of an ordinary woman into mesmerizing poetry. She was an essential voice in both feminist and Irish literature, praised for her 'edgy precision, an uncanny sympathy and warmth, an unsettling sense of history' ( J.D. McClatchy).

    Her final volume, The Historians, is the culmination of her signature themes, exploring the ways in which the hidden, sometimes all-but-erased stories of women's lives can powerfully revise our sense of the past. Two women burning letters in a back garden. A poet who died too young.

    A mother's parable to her daughter. Boland listens to women who have long had no agency in the way their stories were told; in the title poem, she writes: 'Say the word history: I see / your mother, mine. / ...

    Their hands are full of words.' Addressing Irish suffragettes in the final poem, Boland promises: 'We will not leave you behind', a promise that animates each poem in this radiant collection. These extraordinary, intimate narratives cling to the future through memory, anger, and love in ways that rebuke the official record we call history.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $33.00
    $33.00
  • Hitch 22: A Memoir
    Hitch 22: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781742376042
    Title: Hitch 22: A Memoir
    Author: HITCHENS CHRISTOPHER

    Over the last thirty years Christopher Hitchens has established himself as one of the world's most influential public intellectuals. His originality, bravery, range and wit made him first a leading iconoclast of the political left, and then later a formidable advocate of secular liberalism. As a socialist he opposed the war in Vietnam, after September 11 he emerged as one of the fiercest advocates of war in Iraq. In this long-awaited and candid memoir, Hitchens re-traces the footsteps of his life to date, from his childhood in Portsmouth with his adoring, tragic mother and reserved naval officer father; to his life in Washington DC, the base from which he would launch fierce attacks on tyranny of all kinds. Along the way, he recalls the girls, the boys and the booze; the friendships and the feuds; the grand struggles and lost causes; and the mistakes and misgivings that have characterised his life. HITCH-22 is, by turns, moving and funny, charming and irascible and inspiring. Agree or disagree, love him or hate him, readers of HITCH-22 have all agreed on one thing: they can't ignore him. This provocative memoir is an indispensable companion to the life and thought of an outstanding political writer.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • Homage to Catalonia
    Homage to Catalonia
    ISBN: 9781529032710
    Title: Homage to Catalonia
    Author: ORWELL GEORGE


    Homage to Catalonia remains one of the most famous accounts of the Spanish Civil War. With characteristic scrutiny, Orwell questions the actions and motives of all sides whilst retaining his firm beliefs in human courage and the need for radical social change.

    Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition is introduced by Helen Graham, a leading historian on the Spanish Civil War.

    When George Orwell arrived in Spain in 1936, he signed up to fight with the Republican army against Fascism. Homage to Catalonia is his bracing personal account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War. From the front line he describes,
    with brutal honesty, the frustrations and inefficiencies of battle; he is caught up in vicious street fighting in Barcelona and must flee for his life when Republican factions turn on each other.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $20.00
    $20.00
  • How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question & Twenty Attempts at an Answer
    How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question & Twenty Attempts at an Answer
    ISBN: 9780099485155
    Title: How to Live: A Life of Montaigne in One Question & Twenty Attempts at an Answer
    Author: BAKEWELL SARAH

    Brilliant, original, funny and moving - a vivid portrait of Montaigne, showing how his ideas gave birth to our modern sense of our inner selves, from Shakespeare's plays to the dilemmas we face today. How to get on well with people, how to deal with violence, how to adjust to losing someone you love - such questions arise in most people's lives. They are all versions of a bigger question: how do you live? How do you do the good or honourable thing, while flourishing and feeling happy? This question obsessed Renaissance writers, none more than Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), perhaps the first truly modern individual. A nobleman, public official and wine-grower, he wrote free-roaming explorations of his thought and experience, unlike anything written before. He called them 'essays', meaning 'attempts' or 'tries'. Into them he put whatever was in his head: his tastes in wine and food, his childhood memories, the way his dog's ears twitched when it was dreaming, as well as the appalling events of the religious civil wars raging around him.The Essayswas an instant bestseller, and over four hundred years later, Montaigne's honesty and charm still draw people to him. Readers come to him in search of companionship, wisdom and entertainment - and in search of themselves. This book, a spirited and singular biography (and the first full life of Montaigne in English for nearly fifty years), relates the story of his life by way of the questions he posed and the answers he explored. It traces his bizarre upbringing (made to speak only Latin), youthful career and sexual adventures, his travels, and his friendships with the scholar and poet Etienne de La BoÉtie and with his adopted 'daughter', Marie de Gournay. And as we read, we also meet his readers - who for centuries have found in Montaigne an inexhaustible source of answers to the haunting question, 'how to live?'

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    ISBN: 9780860685111
    Title: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
    Author: ANGELOU MAYA

    Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.'I write about being a Black American woman, however, I am always talking about what it's like to be a human being. This is how we are, what makes us laugh, and this is how we fall and how we somehow, amazingly, stand up again' Maya Angelou

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $28.00
    $28.00
  • I Remain in Darkness
    I Remain in Darkness
    ISBN: 9781910695975
    Title: I Remain in Darkness
    Author: ERNAUX ANNIE ; LESLIE TANYA (TRANS)

    A powerful meditation on ageing and familial love, I Remain in Darkness recounts Annie Ernaux’s attempts to help her mother recover from Alzheimer’s disease, and then, when that proves futile, to bear witness to the older woman’s gradual decline and her own experience as a daughter losing a beloved parent. Haunting and devastatingly poignant, I Remain in Darkness showcases Ernaux’s unique talent for evoking life’s darkest and most bewildering episodes.

    ‘Acute and immediate, I Remain in Darkness is an unforgettable exploration of love, memory and the journey to loss.’
    — Eimear McBride, author of A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $30.00
    $30.00
  • I Wanna Be Yours
    I Wanna Be Yours
    ISBN: 9781509896103
    Title: I Wanna Be Yours
    Author: CLARKE JOHN COOPER


    This is a memoir as wry, funny, moving and vivid as its inimitable subject himself. This book will be a joy for both lifelong fans and for a whole new generation.

    John Cooper Clarke is a phenomenon: Poet Laureate of Punk, rock star, fashion icon, TV and radio presenter, social and cultural commentator. At 5 feet 11 inches (32in chest, 27in waist), in trademark dark suit, dark glasses, with dark messed-up hair and a mouth full of gold teeth, he is instantly recognizable. As a writer his voice is equally unmistakable and his own brand of slightly sick humour is never far from the surface.

    I Wanna Be Yours covers an extraordinary life, filled with remarkable personalities: from Nico to Chuck Berry, from Bernard Manning to Linton Kwesi Johnson, Elvis Costello to Gregory Corso, Gil Scott Heron, Mark E. Smith and Joe Strummer, and on to more recent fans and collaborators Alex Turner, Plan B and Guy Garvey. Interspersed with stories of his rock and roll and performing career, John also reveals his boggling encyclopaedic take on popular culture over the centuries: from Baudelaire and Edgar Allan Poe to Pop Art, pop music, the movies, fashion, football and showbusiness - and much, much more, plus a few laughs along the way.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $50.00
    $50.00
  • Idiot Wind: A Memoir
    Idiot Wind: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781786897367
    Title: Idiot Wind: A Memoir
    Author: KALDHEIM PETER


    In 1987 a massive snowstorm hits New York as Peter Kaldheim flees the city, owing drug debts to a dealer who is no stranger to casual violence.


    Leaving behind his chaotic past, Kaldheim hits the road, living hand-to-mouth in flop-houses, pan-handling with his fellow itinerants. As he makes his way across America in search of a new life, the harsh reality of vagrancy forces him to face up to his past, from his time in Rikers prison to relationships lost and lamented.


    Kaldheim hikes and buses through an America rarely seen, and his encounters with a disparate collection of characters instills in him a new empathy and wisdom, as he journeys on a road less traveled.



    Format: Hardback
    Price: $37.00
    $37.00
  • In Memory of Memory
    In Memory of Memory
    ISBN: 9781913097530
    Title: In Memory of Memory
    Author: STEPANOVA MARIA

    With the death of her aunt, Maria Stepanova is left to sift through an apartment full of faded photographs, old postcards, letters, diaries, and heaps of souvenirs: a withered repository of a century of life in Russia. Carefully reassembled with calm, steady hands, these shards tell the story of how a seemingly ordinary Jewish family somehow managed to survive the myriad persecutions and repressions of the last century. In dialogue with writers like Roland Barthes, W.

    G. Sebald, Susan Sontag and Osip Mandelstam, IN MEMORY OF MEMORY is imbued with rare intellectual curiosity and a wonderfully soft-spoken, poetic voice. Dipping into various forms - essay, fiction, memoir, travelogue and historical documents - Stepanova assembles a vast panorama of ideas and personalities and offers an entirely new and bold exploration of cultural and personal memory.

    Format: Paperback
    Price: $44.00
    $44.00
  • In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary
    In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary
    ISBN: 9780571340927
    Title: In My Mind's Eye: A Thought Diary
    Author: MORRIS JAN

    Riffing on cats and Brexit, the Royals andthe annoyances of aging, the nonagenarianJan Morris delights with her wickedlyhilarious first-ever diary collection.

    Celebrated as the "greatest descriptive writer of her time" (Rebecca West), Jan Morris has been dazzling readers since she burst on the scene with her on-the-spot reportage of the first ascent of Everest in 1953. Now, the beloved ninety-two-year-old, author of classics such as Venice and Trieste, embarks on an entirely new literary enterprise--a collection of daily diaries, penned over the course of a single year. Ranging widely from the idyllic confines of her North Wales home, Morris offers diverse sallies on her preferred form of exercises (walking briskly), her frustration at not recognizing a certain melody humming in her head (Beethoven's Pathétique, incidentally), her nostalgia for small-town America, as well as intimate glimpses into her home life.


    With insightful quips on world issues, including Britain's "special relationship" with the United States and the #MeToo movement, In My Mind's Eye will charm old and new Jan Morris fans alike.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
    In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
    ISBN: 9781781255292
    Title: In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein
    Author: SAMPSON FIONA


    Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein in 1818, a prize-winning poet delivers a major new biography of Mary Shelley--as she has never been seen before.


    We know the facts of Mary Shelley's life in some detail--the death of her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, within days of her birth; the upbringing in the house of her father, William Godwin, in a house full of radical thinkers, poets, philosophers, and writers; her elopement, at the age of seventeen, with Percy Shelley; the years of peripatetic travel across Europe that followed. But there has been no literary biography written this century, and previous books have ignored the real person--what she actually thought and felt and why she did what she did--despite the fact that Mary and her group of second-generation Romantics were extremely interested in the psychological aspect of life.


    In this probing narrative, Fiona Sampson pursues Mary Shelley through her turbulent life, much as Victor Frankenstein tracked his monster across the arctic wastes. Sampson has written a book that finally answers the question of how it was that a nineteen-year-old came to write a novel so dark, mysterious, anguished, and psychologically astute that it continues to resonate two centuries later. No previous biographer has ever truly considered this question, let alone answered it.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
  • In the Dream House: A Memoir
    In the Dream House: A Memoir
    ISBN: 9781788162258
    Title: In the Dream House: A Memoir
    Author: MACHADO CARMEN MARIA


    A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties

    In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming.

    And it's that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope--the haunted house, erotica, the bildungsroman--through which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships.

    Machado's dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, fairy tales, Star Trek, and Disney villains, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.



    Format: Paperback
    Price: $25.00
    $25.00
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