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 Anthologies and Essays

Reading Level:near fine

A young father high on Ritalin longs to leap into the tiger enclosure. A teacher who has been stood down for accessing porn on a school computer wants to re-establish contact with his teenage daughter. A carer out on a day trip is desperate to find a working toi... read more

What Sort of Man?: Stories

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 Anthologies and Essays

In 1987, when Hilary Mantel was first published in the London Review of Books, she wrote to the editor, Karl Miller, ‘I have no critical training whatsoever, so I am forced to be more brisk and breezy than scholarly.’ This collection of twenty reviews, essays a... read more

Mantel Pieces

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 Anthologies and Essays

Series:Korero Ser.

High Wire brings together Booker finalist writer Lloyd Jones and artist Euan Macleod. It is the first of a series of picture books written and made for grownups and designed to showcase leading New Zealand writers and artists working together in a collaborative a... read more

High Wire

All around us, nature is turning, growing...and working. Every day, hour by hour, magical transformations happen right in front of you. But it's not always easy to see them... Discover 50 nature stories, paused just long enough... read more

Slow Down: Bring Calm to a Busy World with 50 Nature Stories

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 Anthologies and Essays

80 of the funniest stories ever written, selected and introduced by comedian and broadcaster Paul Merton.
From Anton Chekhov to Ali Smith, from P.G. Wodehouse to Nora Ephron, the greatest writers are those who know how to have a laugh. Here, award-winning comedian and ... read more

Funny Ha, Ha

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 Anthologies and Essays

Series:Epitaphs of the Great War Ser.

Epitaphs of the Great War: The Last 100 Days is the third instalment in a collection that presents headstone inscriptions from the graves of soldiers killed during World War I. Limited by the Imperial War Graves Commission to sixty-six characters, these inscriptions are ma... read more

Last 100 Days

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 Anthologies and Essays

Series:Virago Modern Classics Ser.
Reading Level:near fine

Margaret Drabble | Beryl Bainbridge | Angela Carter | Maggie O'Farrell | Elizabeth Jane Howard | A. S. Byatt | Penelope Lively | Sarah Waters | Jonathan Coe | Diana Souhami | Jilly Cooper | Elizabeth Bowen | Mark Bostridge | Alexander McCall Smith | Sarah Dunant | Rac... read more

Writers as Readers: A Celebration of Virago Modern Classics

'Thoughtful, subtle, elegantly clever and oddly joyous, Every Third Thought is beautiful' Kate Mosse In 1995, at the age of forty two, Robert McCrum suffered a dramatic and near-fatal stroke, the subject of his acclaimed memoir My Year ... read more

Every Third Thought: On Life, Death and the End-Game

Should you finish every book you start? How has your family influenced the way you read? What is literary style? How is the Nobel Prize like the World Cup? Why do you hate the book your friend likes? Is writing really just like any othe... read more

Where I'm Reading from: The Changing World of Books

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 Literary Criticism

Since ancient times human beings have gathered together for social purposes. And since not very long after that writers have written about these occasions. The party is a useful literary device, not only for social comment and satire, but as an occasion where characters... read more

A Curious Invitation

Category:

 Literary Criticism

Series:Virago Modern Classics

Since her suicide in 1963 at the age of 30, Sylvia Plath has become a strange icon. This book addresses why this is the case and what this tells us about the way culture picks out important writers. The author argues that without a concept of fantasy we can understand neither Plath's work nor what she... read more

The Haunting of Sylvia Plath

Category:

 Literary Criticism

Series:Granta: The Magazine of New Writing

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