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Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet
While Pooh's Way is closely aligned to the ancient principle of Taoist philosophy, Piglet exhibits the very important principle of Taoism of the Te, meaning Virtue of the Small. The Tao of Pooh and The Te of Piglet combines two of Benjamin Hoff's bestselling philosophy books.
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Consolation of Philosophy
Boethius was an eminent public figure under the Gothic emperor Theodoric, and an exceptional Greek scholar. When he became involved in a conspiracy and was imprisoned in Pavia, it was to the Greek philosophers that he turned. This work is a dialogue of alternating prose and verse between him and his 'nurse' Philosophy.
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Essays
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Fierce Bad Rabbits: The Tales Behind Children's Picture Books
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Mrs Gaskell and Me: Two Women, Two Love Stories, Two Centuries Apart
From the author of the beloved Bleaker House, Mrs Gaskell and Me is the story of two very modern women and their two love affairs, separated by a hundred and fifty years.
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Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy
The gripping story of the legal battle over the work of perhaps the most iconic writer of the twentieth century: a priceless cache of papers, an unprecedented international custody battle, and the unlikely journey of a trove of manuscripts from Prague to Palestine.
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Liberty: Vintage Minis
Why should one half be free to live, while the other is doomed to watch silently from the sidelines? In this collection, the author leads us on a transformative journey through the liberating powers of the mind.
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Circle of Sisters: Alice Kipling, Georgiana Burne-Jones, Agnes Poynter and Louisa Baldwin
The Macdonald sisters - Alice, Georgiana, Agnes and Louisa - started life among the ranks of the lower-middle classes. But as wives and mothers they made a single family of the poet Rudyard Kipling, the Pre-Raphaelite painter Edward Burne-Jones, Edward Poynter, and the Prime Minister, Stanley Baldwin. This title presents Macdonald sisters' story.
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Wide Sargasso Sea
Born into the oppressive, colonialist society of 1930s Jamaica, white Creole heiress Antoinette Cosway meets a young Englishman who is drawn to her innocent beauty and sensuality. After their marriage, however, disturbing rumours begin to circulate which poison her husband against her.
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Russian Emigre Short Stories from Bunin to Yanovsky
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Genius and Ink: Virginia Woolf on How to Read
FOREWORD BY ALI SMITH WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY FRANCESCA WADE Who better to serve as a guide to great books and their authors than Virginia Woolf?
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On Nineteen Eighty-Four: A Biography
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Stephen King at the Movies
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Moveable Feast
Looking back not only at his own much younger self, but also at the other writers who shared Paris with him - James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald - he recalls the time when, poor, happy and writing in cafes, he discovered his vocation.
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
As close to an autobiography as Stephen King has yet written and a brilliant guide for the aspiring writer, selected by both Val McDermid and Jeremy Vine as one of their top books.
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Life and Loves of E. Nesbit: Author of The Railway Children
Fitzsimons's eye-opening biography brings new light to the life and works of famed literary icon E. Nesbit, in whom pragmatism and idealism, tradition and modernity worked side-by-side to create a remarkable writer and woman.
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Depression: Vintage Minis
How does a writer compose a suicide note? This was not a question that the prize-winning novelist had ever contemplated before. In this true account of his depression, he describes an illness that reduced him from a successful writer to a man arranging his own destruction.
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Critical Studies: The Great Gatsby
Features a satire on the moral failure of the "Jazz Age". This book explores the intricate patterns of the novel, its chronology, locations, imagery and use of colour, and how these contribute to a seamless interplay of social comedy and symbolic landscape.
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My Judy Garland Life
An irresistible mixture of memoir, biography, cultural analysis, experiment and hero-worship about one person's enduring obsession. Anniversary Edition with new preface published to coincide with the new film, Judy, starring Rene Zellweger.
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Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965-2005
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Philip Larkin: A Writer's Life
Motion - affectionate but undeceived about the man's frailties, a diligent researcher and a deft reader of poetry - has written an equally exemplary 'Life' of him.' Peter Conrad, Observer'Honest but not prurient, critical but also compassionate, Motion's book could not be bettered.' Alan Bennett, London Review of Books
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Sadness Is a White Bird: A Novel
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Oscar: A Life
The first major biography of Oscar Wilde in thirty years is the most complete telling of his life and times to date.
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Fire Next Time
Sounds a clarion warning to the world.
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Expedition of Cyrus
'Men, the enemy troops you can see are all that stands between us and the place we have for so long been determined to reach. We must find a way to eat them alive!' The Expedition of Cyrus tells the story of the march of the Ten Thousand. The exploits of this famous army of Greek mercenaries in modern-day Turkey, Syria, and Iraq were described by one of their leaders, the Athenian historian and philosopher Xenophon., They were recruited at the end of the fifth century BC by a young Persian prince, Cyrus, who rose in revolt against his brother, the king of Persia. After Cyrus' death, the army was left stranded in the desert of Mesopotamia, a thousand miles from home. Their long march, across mountains and plateaux to the sight of 'The sea! The sea!', and back to the fringes of the Greek world, is the most exciting adventure story to survive from the ancient world., Xenophon's gripping narrative offers a unique insight into the character of a Greek army struggling to survive in an alien world. It is also the most sustained eyewitness account of the landscape of the vast and wealthy Persian empire. 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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On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures
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Illustrated Letters of Jane Austen: Selected and Introduced by Penelope Hughes-Hallett
An account of Jane Austen's journey into 'the true art of letter writing'. Penelope Hughes-Hallett celebrates a selection of Austen's correspondences that show her talent for expressing exactly what she perceived. Back in hardback for 2019.
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Sontag: Her Life
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Sherlock Unlocked: Little-known Facts About the World's Greatest Detective
In Sherlock Unlocked, Daniel Smith looks behind what we think we know about the well-known sleuth and reveals fascinating little-known facts of which every Sherlock aficionado should be aware.
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100 Best Novels in Translation
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My Life With John Steinbeck: The story of John Steinbeck's forgotten wife
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Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy
The gripping story of the legal battle over the work of perhaps the most iconic writer of the twentieth century: a priceless cache of papers, an unprecedented international custody battle, and the unlikely journey of a trove of manuscripts from Prague to Palestine.
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Mabinogion
The 11 tales of the Mabinogion combine Celtic mythology and Arthurian romance. This new translation recreates the storytelling world of medieval Wales and re-invests the tales with the power of performance.
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Little Faith
The moving new novel from the celebrated author of Shotgun LovesongsLyle Hovde is at the onset of his golden years, living a mostly content life in rural Wisconsin with his wife, Peg, daughter, Shiloh, and five-year-old grandson, Isaac.
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London Lover: My Weekend That Lasted Thirty Years
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Le Morte Darthur
This work begins with the birth of Arthur and the establishment of his kingdom and the fellowship of knights. It describes courtly society which is outwardly secure and successful, but which is, in reality, torn by dissent and ultimately treachery.
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Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith
Portraits of twenty renowned writers, with reflections on their struggles with faith and life, and on the way faith is explored in some their greatest works.
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Great Gatsby: York Notes for A-level
This updated edition is ideal to support students when studying and revising for the new A level English Literature exams.
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Virgil Aeneid X: A Selection
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Jane Austen at Home: A Biography
Historian Lucy Worsley visits Jane Austen at home, exploring the author's life through the places which meant the most to her.
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Never Let Me Go: With GCSE and A Level study guide
Designed to meet the requirements for students at GCSE and A level, this volume is intended equally for those studying independently, with a personal tutor, or in class. It covers the context of the novel and its author; detailed examination of themes, characters and structure; a close look the novel in the author's own words, and more.
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Collected Peter Pan
A new collection of J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan stories-from his first appearance in The Little White Bird to the final version of the Peter Pan play we know today.
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To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters
'To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, religion, all in one' - how the works of John Ruskin can teach us how to see our own world more clearly
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Stan Lee: The Man behind Marvel
This first true biography of Stan Lee is an eye-opening look at a pop culture visionary. This book traces Lee's life-from his Depression-era childhood to his years as a teen editor and ultimately to his triumphs as the genius behind some of the most beloved characters in pop culture history, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, and Thor.
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Astounding Illustrated History of Fantasy & Horror
Companion title to The Astounding Illustrated History of Science Fiction this new book reflects the same roots in Gothic literature but follows a complementary path through the 20th century, featuring a brilliant concoction of movie posters, stills, book covers, fantastic art and incredible timelines.
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Eileen: The Making of George Orwell
Zelda, Nora, Vera, and now Eileen - this is the story of George Orwell's first wife, a woman who shaped, supported and even saved the life of one of twentieth century's greatest writers
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Midsummer Night's Dream (No Fear Shakespeare)
No Fear Shakespeare gives you the complete text of A Midsummer Night's Dream on the left-hand page, side-by-side with an easy-to-understand translation on the right. Each No Fear Shakespeare containsThe complete text of the original playA line-by-line translation that puts Shakespeare into everyday languageA complete list of characters with descriptionsPlenty of helpful commentary
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Frankenstein: or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text
The most celebrated horror story ever written. The dreadful tale of Victor Frankenstein, a visionary young student of natural philosophy, who discovers the secret of life. In the grip of his obsession he constructs and animates a creature from dead body parts - with catastrophic results.
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: York Notes Advanced
With detailed analysis of the text, discussions on themes, historical backgrounds and author biographies, York Notes offers students the best insight into the world of English Literature.
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Charles Dickens
An exuberant and entertaining biography of Charles Dickens that captures the essence of the great novelist.