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  • Bermuda Shortsby James Patterson

    Santa Fe Writer's Project 2010; US$ 10.99

    In clothing, Bermuda Shorts are a kind of casual formal wear – and in this collection of essays, Bermuda Shorts is the perfect metaphor for James J. Patterson?s fundamentally serious but playful literary style. Patterson writes like the love child of Henry Miller and Mary Karr, with all the contradictions that implies — a philosopher who thinks best... more...

  • A Time For New Dreamsby Ben Okri

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 15.28

    Booker Prize-winning novelist and one of Britain's foremost poets, Ben Okri is a passionate advocate of the written word. In A Time for New Dreams he breaks new ground in an unusual collection of linked essays, which address such diverse themes as childhood, self-censorship, the role of beauty, the importance of education and the real significance... more...

  • Imaginary Homelandsby Salman Rushdie

    Random House 2012; US$ 13.89

    Drawing from two political and several literary homelands, this collection presents a remarkable series of trenchant essays, demonstrating the full range and force of Salman Rushdie's remarkable imaginative and observational powers. With candour, eloquence and indignation he carefully examines an expanse of topics; including the politics... more...

  • The Fighterby Tim Parks

    Random House 2008; US$ 13.89

    One of Britain's outstanding novelists, Tim Parks is also a provocative, entertaining and accomplished essayist. This new collection's title is drawn from D. H. Lawrence's fundamental belligerence, and how all the significant relationships in his life, including those with his readers and critics, were characterised by intense intimacy and ferocious... more...

  • Collected Proseby Paul Auster

    Picador 2010; US$ 22.99

    An essential collection from one of the finest thinkers and stylists in contemporary letters. The celebrated author of The New York Trilogy , The Book of Illusions , and Oracle Nigh t presents here a highly personal collection of essays, prefaces, true stories, autobiographical writings, and collaborations with artists, as well as occasional pieces... more...

  • Your Hate Mail Will Be Gradedby John Scalzi

    Tom Doherty Associates 2010; US$ 15.99

    * Winner of the 2009 Hugo Award for Best Non-Fiction Book Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded collects some of the best and most popular entries from the first ten years of award-winning Sci Fi author John Scalzi's blog ? a decade of Whatever , presented in delightfully random form, just as it should be. * Introduction by Star Trek actor Wil Wheaton more...

  • How to Be Aloneby Jonathan Franzen

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2007; US$ 17.99

    Passionate, strong-minded nonfiction from the National Book Award-winning author of The Correction s Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections was the best-loved and most-written-about novel of 2001. Nearly every in-depth review of it discussed what became known as "The Harper's Essay," Franzen's controversial 1996 investigation of the fate of the... more...

  • A Plea for Erosby Siri Hustvedt

    Picador 2007; US$ 16.99

    From the author of the international bestseller What I Loved, a provocative collection of autobiographical and critical essays about writing and writers. Whether her subject is growing up in Minnesota, cross-dressing, or the novel, Hustvedt?s nonfiction, like her fiction, defies easy categorization, elegantly combining intellect, emotion, wit,... more...

  • The Language of Passionby Mario Vargas Llosa; Natasha Wimmer

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2011; US$ 16.99

    Internationally acclaimed novelist Mario Vargas Llosa has contributed a biweekly column to Spain?s major newspaper, El País, since 1977. In this collection of columns from the 1990s, Vargas Llosa weighs in on the burning questions of the last decade, including the travails of Latin American democracy, the role of religion in civic life, and the future... more...

  • Visiting Mrs Nabokov And Other Excursionsby Martin Amis

    Random House 2010; US$ 12.49

    Fuelled by innumerable cigarettes, Martin Amis provides dazzling portraits of contemporaries and mentors alike: Larkin and Rushdie; Greene and Pritchett; Ballard and Burgess and Nicholson Baker; John Updike - warts and all. Vigorously zipping across to Washington, he exposes the double-think of nuke-speak; in New Orleans the Republican Convention... more...