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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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  • 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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  • Frank Sinatra Has a Cold by Gay Talese
    Frank Sinatra Has a Cold (English, Paperback) Gay Talese

    A selection of writings including a description of a meeting between two legends, Fidel Castro and Muhammad Ali; a dissection of the offices of Vogue magazine; an account of travelling to Ireland with hellraiser Peter O'Toole; and, a profile of fading baseball star Joe DiMaggio, which turns into a immaculately-crafted meditation on celebrity.

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  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    We Should All Be Feminists (English, Paperback) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

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

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

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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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  • 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich
    1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (English, Hardback) James Mustich

    The book to raise all books-a celebration of the reading life through an unexpected and compelling compendium of a thousand great books to get lost in.

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  • The Four Elements by John O'Donohue
    The Four Elements (Paperback) John O'Donohue

    In The Four Elements, poet and philosopher John O'Donohue draws upon his Celtic heritage and the love of his native landscape, the west of Ireland, to weave together a tapestry of beautifully evoked images of nature.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Origins of Dislike by Amit Chaudhuri
    The Origins of Dislike (English, Hardback) Amit Chaudhuri

    In this wonderfully rich and diverse collection of essays, Amit Chaudhuri explores the way in which writers understand and promote their own work in antithesis to writers and movements that have gone before. The book particularly illuminates new ways of thinking about Western and non-Western traditions, prejudices, and preconceptions.

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  • Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza
    Ethics (English, Paperback) Benedict de Spinoza

    First published in a posthumous edition of 1677, this work by Spinoza is a systematic attempt to work out the nature of God, the relation between mind and body, human psychology, and the best way to live.

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  • Limbo by Dan Fox
    Limbo (English, Paperback) Dan Fox

    An essay on being stuck, and its opposites, by the author of PRETENTIOUSNESS: WHY IT MATTERS.

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  • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
    Down and Out in Paris and London (English, Paperback) George Orwell

    Deals with the underworld of society. In this book, the author documents a world of unrelenting drudgery and squalor - sleeping in bug-infested hostels and doss houses of last resort, working as a dishwasher in Paris' vile 'Hotel X', surviving on scraps and cigarette butts, living alongside tramps, a star-gazing pavement artist and more.

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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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  • Human Relations and Other Difficulties by Mary-Kay Wilmers
    Human Relations and Other Difficulties (English, Paperback) Mary-Kay Wilmers

    Mary-Kay Wilmers has been a giant of the English literary world for decades. She was integral in the founding of LRB in 1979 during the year-long lock-out at The Times and has served as its editor in chief since 1992. Under her leadership, the magazine has pulled no punches and faced the inevitable controversies head on, leading the Observer to wonder whether LRB is 'the best magazine in the...

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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 Ring of Bright Water Trilogy by Gavin Maxwell
    The Ring of Bright Water Trilogy (English, Paperback) Gavin Maxwell

    The author went to live in an abandoned house on a shingle beach on the west coast of Scotland. A haven for wildlife - he settled there with the otters Mij, Edal and Teko. This title chronicles his life with these playful animals in this natural paradise and the story of the difficult last years and the final abandonment of the settlement.

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