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  • Idris Elbaby Nadia Cohen

    John Blake 2014; US$ 14.99

    The first biography of the riveting actor who came to fame in The Wire He's the ruthlessly ingenious drug lord "Stringer" Bell in The Wire , the obsessive Detective Chief Inspector in Luther , and the star of Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom . Idris Elba inhabits each role as if he were born to play it, and approaches each performance as if... more...

  • The Weather Wheelby Mimi Khalvati

    Carcanet 2014; US$ 14.51

    In this, her boldest collection to date, Mimi Khalvati takes the weather, the seasons and the passage of night and day as the ground on which she draws her emblems of human life and love. Restricting herself in each poem to sixteen lines, set in couplets, Khalvati plays kaleidoscopic variations on this form, the lyric falling differently each time,... more...

  • Victorian Biographyby David Amigoni

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 68.95

    This book rethinks Victorian biography and some of its major practitioners from the perspectives of Bakhtinian and Foucauldian discourse theory. A re-reading of the writings of Thomas Carlyle, particularly "Sartor Resartus" and Oliver Cromwell's "Letters and Speeches", provides the basis for the central argument of the book: that the biographical... more...

  • A Preface to Wordsworthby John Purkis

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 66.95

    Probably the most famous of the Romantic poets, William Wordsworth worked with and influenced many of the leading poets of the age. This excellent introduction to his life and works sets his writing firmly in the context of his times. John Purkis provides an outline of Wordsworth's life and cultural background and their effect on his work, and examines... more...

  • A Preface to Greeneby M.A. Ph.D. (Professor) Cedric Watts

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 66.95

    Lively, informed and thorough, this survey of the life and works of Graham Greene opens with a biographical account setting the writer in context of his times and describing and exploring the influences, tensions and contradictions that occur throughout his work. The second half of the book devotes itself to the 'art of Greene' discussing his writing... more...

  • Stanley, I Resumeby Stanley Johnson

    Biteback Publishing 2014; US$ 29.17

    Stanley Johnson: one-time spy, politician, animal rights crusader and irresistibly brilliant raconteur. From his career as a Member of the European Parliament to his pioneering work saving the rainforests, Stanley Johnson?s life has roamed many avenues. Amongst much else, he has served on the staff of the World Bank and the European Commission,... more...

  • Ridiculous Criticsby Philip Smallwood; Min Wild

    Bucknell University Press 2014; US$ 89.99

    Ridiculous Critics offers an outline of eighteenth-century literary criticism that undermines its stuffy reputation. This history highlights the contempt, jocularity, irony, and buffoonery that also make up its critical spirit, with passages from critics, poets, novelists, and literary commentators celebrated and obscure. more...

  • The Railway Children (NHB Modern Plays)by E. Nesbitt; Mike Kenny

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 13.11

    Mike Kenny's imaginative stage adaptation of E. Nesbit's much-loved children's classic. Famously filmed, this story of a prosperous Edwardian family - mother and three children - forced into near-penury in the rural north of England captures the anxieties and exhilarations of childhood with great tenderness and insight. As Mike Kenny says of... more...

  • The Haunting (NHB Modern Plays)by Charles Dickens; Hugh Janes

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    A spine-chilling play by Hugh Janes, based on several original ghost stories by Charles Dickens. In an ancient, crumbling mansion, sheltering from the howling winds that tear across the surrounding desolate moorland, two men stumble across a dark and terrifying secret that will change both of their lives. When a young book dealer, David Filde,... more...

  • Overspill (NHB Modern Plays)by Ali Taylor

    Nick Hern Books 2014; US$ 14.57

    A poetic, explosive thriller about teenagers on a night out that ends in violence. Winner of Metamorphosis 2008. In Bromley every Friday night, same time and place, Potts, Baron and Finch get ready for their weekly dose of booze, birds and burgers. But their night out takes a dramatic and terrifying twist when an explosion rocks the town centre,... more...