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Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant Brilliant Brilliant: Modern Life as Interpreted by Someone Who is Reasonably Bad at Living it
`This is a funny and beautiful book. What a little bastard.' RUSSELL BRAND `A millennial's answer to David Sedaris. No writer is funnier than Joel Golby.' DOLLY ALDERTON
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Myths from Mesopotamia: Creation, The Flood, Gilgamesh, and Others
The ancient civilization of Mesopotamia thrived between the rivers Tigris and Euphrates over 4,000 years ago. The myths collected here, originally written in cuneiform on clay tablets, include parallels with the biblical stories of the Creation and the Flood, and the famous Epic of Gilgamesh, the tale of a man of great strength, whose heroic quest for immortality is dashed through one moment of weakness. Recent developments in Akkadian grammar and lexicography mean that this new translation, complete with notes, a glossary of deities, place-names, and key terms, and illustrations of the mythical monsters featured in the text, will replace all other versions., ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Experiments on Reality
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Cost of Living
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England Your England
'England is a family in which the young are generally thwarted and most of the power is in the hands of irresponsible uncles and bedridden aunts. Still, it is a family.''England Your England' is one of the most compelling and insightful portraits of the nation ever written. Shot through with Orwell's deeply felt sense of patriotism and love for his homeland, the essay is at the same time unfailingly clear-eyed about the nation's failings: entrenched social inequality, a dishonest press and a class system that only works for those at the top., Written during the Second World War, as the bombs were falling on England, the essay today speaks to the nation's current moment of crisis just as urgently as it did in Orwell's own time. It is a crucial read for anyone who wants to understand who we are, and where we've come from.
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White
Bret Easton Ellis's first work of non-fiction is an incendiary polemic about what is going on in the world right now -guaranteed to entertain, surprise and provoke.
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Books v. Cigarettes
Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, this title explores entertaining essays that explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means.
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Remarkable Minds: A Celebration of the Reith Lectures
A beautiful collection of iconic talks by the world's most remarkable minds
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Dialogues and Essays
Stoic philosopher and tutor to the young emperor Nero, Seneca wrote moral essays - exercises in practical philosophy - on how to live in a troubled world. Strikingly applicable today, his thoughts on happiness and other subjects are here combined in a clear, modern translation with an introduction on Seneca's life and philosophy.
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Sylvan Cities: An Urban Tree Guide
'Full of gems; a manifesto for green cities. Babbs will turn us all into urban rangers, an unquiet army of neighbourhood watchers.' Max Adams, author of Wisdom of Trees
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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend.
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Everything in its Place: First Loves and Last Tales
A remarkable celebration of Sacks's varied interests, told with his characteristic compassion and erudition, and in his luminous prose.
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Communist Manifesto
The Communist Manifesto is one of the most influential pieces of political propaganda ever written. It is a summary of the whole Marxist vision of history and is the foundation document of the Marxist movement. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels were aged 29 and 27 respectively when The Communist Manifesto was published on the eve of the 1848 revolutions., The authors had been close collaborators since 1844, and the Manifesto is a condensed and incisive account of the world-view they had evolved during their hectic intellectual and political involvement of the previous few years. This new edition is critically and textually up to date, and includes the Prefaces written by Marx and Engels subsequent to the 1848 edition. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe., Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Three Dimensions of Freedom
Musician and activist Bragg diagnoses the crisis of accountability in Western democracies in this new series of political pamphlets. He argues that accountability is the antidote to authoritarianism, and that without it, people can never truly be free.
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We Should All Be Feminists
A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.
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Why I Write
Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, this title features essays that are suitable in today's era of spin.
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Selected Works
Lawyer, philosopher, statesman and defender of Rome's Republic, the author was a master of eloquence, and his pure literary and oratorical style and strict sense of morality have been a powerful influence on European literature and thought for over two thousand years in matters of politics, philosophy, and faith.
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Who Killed My Father
Who Killed My Father is the story of a tough guy - the story of the little boy I never was. The story of my father. Told with the fire of a writer determined on social justice, and with the compassion of a loving son, the book urgently and brilliantly engages with issues surrounding masculinity, class, homophobia, shame and social poverty.
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Republic and The Laws
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Years
At the confluence of autofiction and sociology, THE YEARS is 'a REMEMBRANCE OF THINGS PAST for our age of media domination and consumerism' (NEW YORK TIMES), a monumental account of twentieth-century French history as refracted through the life of one woman.
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Odyssey
Describes the adventures of Odysseus, Greek warrior, as he strives to return to his home island of Ithaca after the Trojan War. This poem also describes his endurance, his love for his wife and son.
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Ethics
Provides a coherent picture of reality, and a guide to the meaning of an ethical life. This book follows a logical format, it defines in turn the nature of God, the mind, the emotions, human bondage to the emotions, and the power of understanding.
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On Dogs: An Anthology
This entertaining anthology offers an array of writers past and present expressing their thoughts about dogs. The writers and poets collected within this anthology reflect on the joys and pitfalls of dog ownership with brilliant wit, insight, and affection. Introduced by internationally acclaimed actor and producer Tracey Ullman.
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Mad, Bad, Dangerous to Know: The Fathers of Wilde, Yeats and Joyce
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Good Immigrant
Award-winning writer Nikesh Shukla gathers twenty British Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic writers and artists to reflect on race, immigration and being `other' in Great Britain.
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Good Immigrant USA: 26 Writers Reflect on America
The Good Immigrant USA is a collection of twenty-six personal essays by writers and personalities exploring race, identity and culture, a follow up to the British Book Award nominated and crowdfunded publishing phenomenon, The Good Immigrant.
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Iliad
A translation of Homer's poem of war which is a magnificent testimony to the power of the Iliad. This volume retells the story of Achilles, the great warrior, and his terrible wrath before the walls of besieged Troy, and the destruction it wreaks on both Greeks and Trojans.
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Master's Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master's House
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Of Me and Others: 1952-2019
The essential essay collection from one of Britain's most fascinating and acclaimed writers and artists, Alasdair Gray
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I Choose Elena
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Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces
Michael Chabon, author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Manhood for Amateurs and Moonglow, returns with a collection of heartfelt, humorous and insightful essays on the meaning of fatherhood.
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Fame
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Notes to Self
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Revelations of Divine Love
Contains both the short text, which is mainly an account of the 'showings' themselves and Julian's initial interpretation of their meaning, and the long text, completed some twenty years later, which moves from vision to a daringly speculative theology.
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Pilgrim's Progress
This allegory of Christian life describes the pilgrimage of the hero, Christian, from the Shadow of Destruction via the Slough of Despond, the Hill of Difficulty, the Valley of the Shadow of Death and Vanity Fair, over the River of the Water of Life and into the Celestial City.
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See What Can Be Done: Essays, Criticism, and Commentary
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Gallic War: Seven Commentaries on The Gallic War with an Eighth Commentary by Aulus Hirtius
The Gallic War, published on the eve of the civil war which led to the end of the Roman Republic, is an autobiographical account written by one of the most famous figures of European history. On one level a straightforward narrative of the campaigns Caesar fought against the Gauls, Germans and Britons, it also serves a deeper political purpose, revealing him as a commander of breathtaking flair, courage and persistence - a man of the people, a man without rival. This new translation reflects the purity of Caesar's Latin while preserving the pace and flow of his momentous narrative of the conquest of Gaul and the first Roman invasions of Britain and Germany. The introduction includes a survey of Caesar's role and reputation in later thought, while detailed notes, maps, a table of dates, and glossary make this the most useful edition available. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe.Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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In Mid-Air: Points of View from over a Decade
A collection of witty, illuminating essays on life, art and family by the acclaimed author and New Yorker writer
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Time for New Dreams
A collection of essays by Ben Okri, one of Britain's foremost poets, and a Booker Prize-winning novelist, that explore such diverse themes as childhood and creativity, beauty, censorship, art and politics.
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Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches
Presents travel writings which chronicle the author's perilous journeys through Japan and also capture his vision of eternity in the transient world around him.
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Bluets
A raw, cerebral work devoted to the inextricability of pleasure and pain, and to the question of what role, if any, aesthetic beauty can play in times of great heartache or grief.
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Coventry
After the publication of Outline, Transit and Kudos - in which Rachel Cusk redrew the boundaries of fiction - this writer of uncommon brilliance returns with a series of essays that offers new insights on the themes at the heart of her life's work.
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Complete Fables
In a series of pithy, amusing vignettes, the author creates a vivid cast of characters to demonstrate different aspects of human nature. It shows you a wily fox being outwitted by a quick-thinking cicada, a tortoise triumphing over a self-confident hare and a fable-teller named Aesop silencing those who mock the author.
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Saga of the Volsungs: The Norse Epic of Sigurd the Dragon Slayer
Combines mythology, legend and human drama. This book focuses on the heroic deeds of Sigurd the dragon slayer who acquires magical knowledge from one of Odin's Valkyries. It incorporates strands from the oral narratives of the fourth and fifth centuries, when Attila the Hun and other warriors fought on the northern frontiers of the Roman Empire.
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My Squirrel Days
Comedian and star of The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper delivers a hilarious and uplifting collection of essays about one pale woman's journey from Midwestern naif to Hollywood semi-celebrity to outrageously reasonable New Yorker.
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Daemon Voices: Essays on Storytelling
A masterful collection of essays on storytelling by Philip Pullman, one of our greatest writers.
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Heart of a Stranger: An Anthology of Exile Literature
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Uncle Tom's Cabin
Stowe's rich, panoramic novel passionately dramatises why the whole of America is implicated in and responsible for the sin of slavery
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De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol & Others
Contains De Profundis, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, The Soul of Man under Socialism, The Decay of Lying and The Critic as Artist.
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Voices: How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life
***ONE OF BILLBOARD'S TOP TEN MUSIC BOOKS OF 2018***`A brilliant book about singing... I have been talking to Nick Coleman about music, in person and in my head, for forty years now.