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  • Romps, Tots and Boffinsby Rob Hutton

    Elliott & Thompson 2013; US$ 8.47

    You may not recognise the phrase, but if you have ever picked up a paper you?ll have come across ‘journalese?. Essentially, it covers words and phrases that are only found in newspapers – whether tabloid or broadsheet. Without them, how would our intrepid journalists be able to describe a world in which late-night revellers go on booze-fuelled rampages,... more...

  • There Stands My Houseby Hans Keilson

    Scribe Publications 2012; US$ 16.99

    The first English-language translation of the memoirs of Hans Keilson, one of Europe’s most masterful and remarkable writers In this unique work, which was composed in the 1990s and only recently rediscovered, Keilson brings back a bygone era in snapshots from a life spanning one hundred years. The external stations of this life — his youth... more...

  • Making the Best Man's Speechby John Bowden

    Constable & Robinson 2011; US$ 5.82

    This is a guide for prospective "best men" which aims to answer the anxieties about making the speech. It offers advice on speech-making essentials, great openings, strong middles, big finishes, plus putting it all together and delivering the speech itself. more...

  • Curiosities of Literatureby John Sutherland; Martin Rowson

    Skyhorse Publishing 2011; US$ 12.95

    Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984 ? When did cigarettes first appear in English literature? And, while we?re at it, who wrote the first Western, and is there any link between asthma and literary genius? Sutherland?s irreverent literary exploration illuminates every topic imaginable from author advances to Civil... more...

  • Curiosities of Literatureby John Sutherland

    Skyhorse Publishing 2011; US$ 12.95

    When did cigarettes start making an appearance in English literature? Which author's heart was purportedly eaten by a cat? One of our best-known and best-loved literary critics turns his attention to the more bizarre areas of literature in this miscellany of fact and trivia. Which author had the heaviest brain? What was the original title of 1984... more...

  • Literary Miscellanyby Alex Palmer

    Skyhorse Publishing 2010; US$ 14.95

    Wouldn?t it be great to be a fly on the wall as the great writers took pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard)? While reading this work, you?ll be just that. Here are behind-the-book stories and facts about authors, publishing and everything literary that will entertain both casual and serious readers. Among the questions asked and answered:      ?... more...

  • Allusions in the Pressby Paul Lennon

    De Gruyter 2004; US$ 182.00

    This corpus-based study of allusions in the British press shows the range of targets journalists allude to - from Shakespeare to TV soaps, from Jane Austen to Hillary Clinton, from hymns to nursery rhymes, proverbs and riddles. It analyzes the linguistic forms allusions take and demonstrates how allusions function meaningfully in discourse. It explores... more...

  • The Columbian Oratorby David W. Blight

    NYU Press 1998; US$ 89.00

    First published in 1797, The Columbian Orator helped shape the American mind for the next half century, going through some 23 editions and totaling 200,000 copies in sales. The book was read by virtually every American schoolboy in the first half of the 19th century. As a slave youth, Frederick Douglass owned just one book, and read it frequently,... more...

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