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  • Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014 cover photo

    Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014 [9781447269120]

    Clive James is one of our finest critics and best-loved cultural voices. He is also a prize-winning poet. Since he was first enthralled by the mysteri…

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  • Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense cover photo

    Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense [9780571269549]

    LONGLISTED FOR THE BAILLIE GIFFORD PRIZE Edward Lear's poems follow and break the rules. They abide by the logic of syntax, the linking of rhyme and t…

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  • David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet cover photo

    David Jones: Engraver, Soldier, Painter, Poet [9780224044608]

    As read on BBC Radio 4. As a poet, visual artist and essayist, David Jones is one of the great Modernists. The variety of his gifts reminds us of Blak…

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  • Secret Sisterhood, A: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf cover photo

    Secret Sisterhood, A: The Hidden Friendships of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf [9781781315941]

    'In digging up the forgotten friendships chronicled in A Secret Sisterhood, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have done much service to literar…

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  • One Hundred Writers in One Box: Postcards from Penguin Modern Classics cover photo

    One Hundred Writers in One Box: Postcards from Penguin Modern Classics [9780141197333]

    To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Penguin Modern Classics we are publishing an incredibly desirable and collectable postcard collection of 100 …

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  • Philip Larkin: Letters Home cover photo

    Philip Larkin: Letters Home [9780571335596]

    Letters Home gives access to the last major archive of Larkin's writing to remain unpublished: the letters to members of his family. These correspond…

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  • The Penguin Classics Book cover photo

    The Penguin Classics Book [9780241320853]

    A complete and wondrous guide to all of the Penguin Classics, from the Creative Editor of the series. Penguin Classics is the largest and best-known …

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    The Written World: How Literature Shaped History cover photo

    The Written World: How Literature Shaped History [9781783783137]

    From clay tablets to the printing press. From the pencil to the internet. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Harry Potter. This is the true story of litera…

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  • The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands cover photo

    The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands [9780500519509]

    Maps can transport us, they are filled with wonder, the possibility of real adventure and travels of the mind. This is an atlas of the journeys that …

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  • This Is Shakespeare cover photo

    This Is Shakespeare [9780241392157]

    A genius and prophet whose timeless works encapsulate the human condition like no others. A writer who surpassed his contemporaries in vision, origina…

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  • The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood cover photo

    The Genius of Jane Austen: Her Love of Theatre and Why She is a Hit in Hollywood [9780008225650]

    'This is the best book on Jane Austen I have ever read' - Paul Johnson, Spectator Jane Austen loved the theatre. She learned much of her art from…

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    Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing cover photo

    Free Woman: Life, Liberation and Doris Lessing [9781408878538]

    'The most intriguing and certainly the bravest work of literary scholarship I have ever read' Deborah Levy How might we live more freely, and will …

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  • The Odyssey cover photo

    The Odyssey [9780141192444]

    Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectibl…

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  • Letters to the Lady Upstairs cover photo

    Letters to the Lady Upstairs [9780008262891]

    A charming, funny, poignant collection of twenty-three letters from Marcel Proust to his upstairs neighbour 102 Boulevard Haussmann, an elegant addres…

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  • The Roald Dahl Quiz Book cover photo

    The Roald Dahl Quiz Book [9780141346687]

    Guaranteed to challenge, delight and amuse Dahl enthusiasts everywhere. Here are over 300 questions and answers based on six of Dahl's best-loved titl…

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  • Dictator Literature: A History of Despots Through Their Writing cover photo

    Dictator Literature: A History of Despots Through Their Writing [9781786075383]

    A Book of the Year for The Times and the Sunday Times `The writer is the engineer of the human soul,' claimed Stalin. Although one wonders how many…

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  • The Sonnets and a Lover's Complaint cover photo

    The Sonnets and a Lover's Complaint [9780141192574]

    Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectibl…

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  • DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition cover photo

    DC Comics Encyclopedia All-New Edition [9780241232613]

    Experience the DC Comics Universe like never before with The DC Comics Encyclopedia. New and expanded, this lavishly illustrated, jam-packed encyclop…

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  • Harry Potter - A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition cover photo

    Harry Potter - A History of Magic: The Book of the Exhibition [9781526607072]

    Harry Potter: A History of Magic is the official book of the record-breaking British Library exhibition, a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration between Bl…

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  • Invitation to the Dance: a Handbook to Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time cover photo

    Invitation to the Dance: a Handbook to Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time [9780099484363]

    A unique reference book for all fans of Anthony Powell's 12-volume novel, A Dance to the Music Time, which has become a literary landmark of twentieth…

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