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OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH IS BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU BY SALLY ROONEY
OUR BOOK OF THE MONTH IS BEAUTIFUL WORLD, WHERE ARE YOU BY SALLY ROONEY

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    Anton Chekhov

    A Life In Letters

    $39.00

    From the teenager in provincial Russia in 1875 to his premature death in Germany in 1904, Chekhov wrote over 4,500 letters to a range of correspondents, including family and friends, his publisher and fellow writers – not to mention actresses. These letters tell the story of Chekhov’s life as a man and a writer and he emerges from them as a tough, generous, life-enhancing, and enigmatic character.Paperback: 624 pagesProduct Dimensions: 129 x 198 mmISBN: 9780140449228Published by Penguin Books

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  • Blake Bailey

    A Tragic Honesty

    $35.00

    Celebrated in his prime, forgotten in his final years, only to be championed anew by our greatest contemporary authors, Richard Yates has always exposed readers to the unsettling hypocrisies of our modern age. In Blake Bailey's masterful and entertaining biography, Yates himself serves as the fascinating lens into mid-century America, a world of would-be artists, depressed housewives, addled businessmen, high living, wistful striving, and self-deception. The story of Richard Yates here stands...

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  • St Augustine

    City Of God

    $39.00

    Written as an eloquent defence of the faith at a time when the Roman Empire was on the brink of collapse, this great theological and philosophical work by St Augustine, bishop of Hippo, examines the ancient pagan religions of Rome, the arguments of the Greek philosophers and the revelations of the Bible. Pointing the way forward to a citizenship that transcends worldly politics and will last for eternity, City of God is one of the most influential documents in the development of Christianity....

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  • G.H. Martin

    Domesday Book

    $89.00

    Domesday Book, compiled in 1086 at the behest of William the Conqueror, has been described as "the most valuable piece of antiquity possessed by any nation" (David Hume) and viewed by historians as the final act of the Norman conquest. Produced under the supervision of the most renowned Domesday scholars, this authoritative translation of the complete Domesday offers a remarkable portrait of England in the late eleventh century.Paperback: 1456 PagesProduct Dimensions: 156 x 234 mmISBN: 978014...

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  • Lucy Davis

    Focas #5

    $25.00

    The theme for the main section of Focas #5 emerges from the current global political context and the refractions thereof. The title is an ironic reference to George W. Bush's "second front" in the war on terror, but also Art as a "second front" of representational struggle. Rather than respond to this unavoidable context head-on, and risk reproducing or fetishising the violence of the Real in discursive form, these essays interrogate in a more tangential and oblique manner sites of Art, Relig...

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  • Marcus Aurelius

    Meditations

    $15.00

    Written in Greek by an intellectual Roman emperor without any intention of publication, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius offer a wide range of fascinating spiritual reflections and exercises developed as the leader struggled to understand himself and make sense of the universe. Spanning from doubt and despair to conviction and exaltation, they cover such diverse topics as the question of virtue, human rationality, the nature of the gods and Aurelius's own emotions. But while the Meditations...

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  • Aleksander Wat

    My Century

    $39.00

    translated by Richard Lourie In My Century the great Polish poet Aleksander Wat provides a spellbinding account of life in Eastern Europe in the midst of the terrible twentieth century. Based on interviews with Nobel Prize winner Czeslaw Milosz, My Century describes the artistic, sexual, and political experimentation--in which Wat was a major participant--that followed the end of World War I: an explosion of talent and ideas which, he argues, in some ways helped to open the door to the destr...

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  • William Hazlitt

    On The Pleasure Of Hating

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    William Hazlitt's tough, combative writings on subjects ranging from slavery to the imagination, boxing matches to the monarchy, established him as one of the greatest radicals of his age and have inspired journalists and political satirists ever since.Paperback: 128 pagesProduct Dimensions: 111 x 181 mmISBN: 9780141018928Published by Penguin Books

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  • Seneca

    On The Shortness Of Life

    $15.00

    The Stoic writings of the philosopher Seneca offer powerful insights into the art of living, the importance of reason and morality, and continue to provide profound guidance to many through their eloquence, lucidity and timeless wisdom.Paperback: 112 PagesProduct Dimensions: 111 x 181 mmISBN: 9780141018812Published by Penguin Books

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  • Arthur Schopenhauer

    On The Suffering Of The World

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    On the Suffering of the World is a collection of the later aphoristic writings of Arthur Schopenhauer, known for their incisive, aphoristic style and dark, pessimistic view of human existence.Paperback: 144 PagesProduct Dimensions: 111 x 181 mmISBN: 9780141018942Published by Penguin Books

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  • Ma Jian

    Red Dust

    $28.50

    In 1983, Ma Jian turned 30 and was overwhelmed by the desire to escape the confines of his life in Beijing. With his long hair, jeans and artistic friends, Ma Jian was under surveillance from his work unit and the police, as Deng Xiaoping clamped down on 'Spiritual Pollution'. His ex-wife was seeking custody of their daughter; his girlfriend was sleeping with another man; and he could no longer find the inspiration to write or paint. One day he bought a train ticket to the westernmost border ...

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  • Jenny Diski

    Stranger On A Train

    $23.00

    In spite of the fact that her idea of travel is to stay home with the phone off the hook, Jenny Diski takes a trip around the perimeter of the USA by train. Somewhat reluctantly she meets all kinds of characters, all bursting with stories to tell and finds herself brooding about the marvellously familiar landscape of America, half-known already through film and television. Like the pulse of the train over the rails, the theme of the dying pleasures of smoking thrums through the book, along wi...

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  • Melvyn Bragg

    The Adventure Of English

    $24.00

    English is the collective work of millions of people throughout the ages. It is democratic, ever-changing and ingenious in its assimilation of other cultures. English runs through the heart of world finance, medicine and the Internet, and it is understood by around two thousand million people across the world. Yet it was very nearly wiped out in its early years. In this book Melvyn Bragg shows us the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic di...

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  • Alain de Botton

    The Art Of Travel

    $27.00

    Few activities seem to promise as much happiness as going travelling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs and landscapes. But although we are inundated with advice on where to travel to, we seldom ask why we go and how we might become more fulfilled by doing so. With the help of a selection of writers, artists and thinkers - including Flaubert, Edward Hopper, Wordsworth and Van Gogh - Alain de Botton provides invaluable insigh...

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  • Helen Keller

    The World I Live In

    $29.00

    Out of print for nearly a century, The World I Live In is Helen Keller's most personal and intellectually adventurous work--one that transforms our appreciation of her extraordinary achievements. Here this preternaturally gifted deaf and blind young woman closely describes her sensations and the workings of her imagination, while making the pro-vocative argument that the whole spectrum of the senses lies open to her through the medium of language. Standing in the line of the works of Emerson ...

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  • Redmond O'Hanlon

    Trawler

    $25.00

    Redmond O'Hanlon describes his extraordinary three-week trip on an Orkney trawler as it journeys far into the north Atlantic in search of its catch. Young skipper Jason Schofield has a 2 million pound overdraft on his boat, the Norlantean, which is why he has to go out in a Category One Force 12 hurricane when the rest of the Scottish fleet has run for shelter. O'Hanlon may not be much help when it comes to seamanship--in the words of one of the crew, he doesn't know his arse from his tit--bu...

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  • Andrew Schroeder

    Tsui Hark's Zu: Warriors From The Magic Mountain

    $28.50

    Hong Kong cinema exploded into world culture during the 1990s, driven by its linkage with Hollywood's dynamic new digital special effects technologies. This book provides essential historical background to that remarkable set of events by analyzing the culture, political and technological network surrounding Tsui Hark's masterful but under-appreciated Zu: Warriors From the Magic Mountain. Schroeder examines how the film transformed Hong Kong action cinema from the 1980s to the present, which ...

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  • Friedrich Nietzsche

    Why I Am So Wise

    $15.00

    One of the most iconoclastic thinkers of all time, Friedrich Nietzsche continues to challenge the boundaries of conventional religion and morality with his subversive theories of the ‘superman’, the individual will, the death of God and the triumph of an all-powerful human life force.Paperback: 96 pagesProduct Dimensions: 111 x 181 mmISBN: 9780141018973Published by Penguin Books

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  • George Orwell

    Why I Write

    $15.00

    Whether puncturing the lies of politicians, wittily dissecting the English character or telling unpalatable truths about war, Orwell's timeless, uncompromising essays are more relevant, entertaining and essential than ever in today's era of spin.Paperback: 128 PagesProduct Dimensions: 111 x 181 mmISBN: 9780141019000Published by Penguin Books

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