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  • The Gifts of Reading by Robert Macfarlane
    The Gifts of Reading (Paperback) Robert Macfarlane

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

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  • Tree and Leaf by J. R. R. Tolkien
    Tree and Leaf (English, Paperback) J. R. R. Tolkien

    Repackaged to feature Tolkien's own painting of the Tree of Amalion, this collection includes his famous essay, `On Fairy-stories' and the story that exemplifies this, `Leaf by Niggle', together with the poem `Mythopoeia' and the verse drama, `The Homecoming of Beorhtnoth', which tells of the events following the disastrous Battle of Maldon.

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  • The Monsters and the Critics by J. R. R. Tolkien
    The Monsters and the Critics (English, Paperback) J. R. R. Tolkien

    Complete collection of Tolkien's essays, including two on Beowulf, which span three decades beginning six years before The Hobbit to five years after The Lord of the Rings.

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  • Delight by JB Priestley
    Delight (English, Hardback) JB Priestley

    The original `well-being' book, republished for it's 70th Anniversary

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  • Sister Outsider by Professor Audre Lorde
    Sister Outsider (English, Paperback) Professor Audre Lorde

    Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. ...

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  • Myths from Mesopotamia by Stephanie Dalley
    Myths from Mesopotamia (English, Paperback) Stephanie Dalley

    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...

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  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
    The Prince (English, Paperback) Niccolo Machiavelli

    Classic, Renaissance-era guide to acquiring and maintaining political power. Today, nearly 500 years after it was written, this calculating prescription for autocratic rule continues to be much read and studied.

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  • Notes Of A Native Son by James Baldwin
    Notes Of A Native Son (English, Paperback) James Baldwin

    The author shares his views of black thought and the conditions of black life in America during the 1940's and early 1950's.

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  • The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
    The Road to Wigan Pier (English, Paperback) George Orwell

    Deals with the working-class life in the bleak industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire in the 1930s, the Road to Wigan Pier is a brilliant and bitter polemic that has lost none of its political impact over time. This title includes descriptions of social injustice, cramped slum housing, dangerous mining conditions, squalor, and more.

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  • Der Besuch der alten Dame by Friedrich Durrenmatt
    Der Besuch der alten Dame (Multiple languages, Paperback) Friedrich Durrenmatt

    Includes the full German text, accompanied by German-English vocabulary. Notes and a detailed introduction in English put the work in its social and historical context.

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  • Citizen by Claudia Rankine
    Citizen (English, Paperback) Claudia Rankine

    Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2015 and National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry 2015, this book examines the experience of race and racism in Western society through sharp vignettes of everyday discrimination and prejudice, which has impacted the lives of Serena Williams, Zinedine Zidane, Mark Duggan and others.

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  • Politics and the English Language by George Orwell
    Politics and the English Language (English, Paperback) George Orwell

    Includes all issues such as political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia. This title offers an essay on style.

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  • The Elements of Theology by Proclus
    The Elements of Theology (Multiple languages, Paperback) Proclus

    The text of Proclus' most famous work, based on a personal examination of some 40 manuscripts, is presented here together with a critical analysis, an English translation, and a philosophical and linguistic commentary.

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  • Essays by George Orwell
    Essays (English, Paperback) George Orwell

    Features that illuminate the life and work of one of the most individual writers of this century. Displaying an almost unrivalled mastery of English plain prose, this essays create a literary manner from the process of thinking aloud and continue to challenge, move and entertain.

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  • The Social Contract by Jean-Jaques Rousseau
    The Social Contract (English, Paperback) Jean-Jaques Rousseau

    In this translated classic, Rousseau argues for the preservation of individual freedom in political society. He says that we can only be free under the law by voluntarily embracing that law as our own. Hence, being free in society requires each of us to subjugate all our desires to the collective good, the general will.

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  • Writings for a Liberation Psychology by Ignacio Martin-Baro
    Writings for a Liberation Psychology (English, Paperback) Ignacio Martin-Baro

    A Spanish-born Jesuit trained in psychology at the University of Chicago and killed by a Salvadoran death squad in 1989, Martin-Baro devoted much of his career to making psychology speak to the community and to the individual. This collection clarifies his importance in Latin American psychology and reveals a major force in social theory.

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  • Changing My Mind by Zadie Smith
    Changing My Mind (English, Paperback) Zadie Smith

    Features a collection of essays on literature, cinema, art - and everything in between.

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  • The Second Body by Daisy Hildyard
    The Second Body (English, Paperback) Daisy Hildyard

    THE SECOND BODY is a brilliantly lucid account of the dissolving boundaries between all life on earth.

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  • The Flavor Bible by Karen Page
    The Flavor Bible (English, Hardback) Karen Page, Andrew Dornenburg

    Great cooking goes beyond following a recipe--it's knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on dozens of leading chefs' combined experience, the authors present the definitive guide to creating "deliciousness" in any dish.

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  • Symposium by Plato
    Symposium (Multiple languages, Paperback) Plato

    A translation that offers an introduction presenting both basic information and a sense of scholarly opinion.

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