*New York Times Bestseller *One of NPR's Best Books of 2017A wise and entertaining guide to writing English the proper way by one of the greatest newspaper editors of our time. Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battle... read more

Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters


 Anthologies and Essays

Series:Virago Modern Classics Ser.

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

'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

Few could explain, let alone seek out, a career in criticism. Yet what A. O. Scott shows in Better Living Through Criticism is that we are, in fact, all critics: because critical thinking informs almost every aspect of artistic creation, of civil action, of interpersonal life. With penetrating insight... read more

Better Living Through Criticism - How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty and Truth

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


 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 can meet, fall in love, fall ou... read more

A Curious Invitation


 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

This title comes with a foreword by Ronnie Corbett. Loved by millions and collected here for the first time is the very best of Ronnie Barker's classic sketches, monologues, songs and, of course, the brilliant two-handers ... read more

Fork Handles: The Bery Vest of Ronnie Barker


 Literary Criticism

Series:Granta: The Magazine of New Writing

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Granta 114 : Aliens : 114


 Literary Criticism

A brilliant, wide-ranging collection of essays and journalism, spanning the photography of Martin Parr to the paintings of Turner, the writing of Scott-Fitzgerald to the criticism of Susan Sontag, and includes extensive personal pieces.

Working the Room: Essays

Herge's Tintin cartoon adventures have been translated into more than fifty languages and read by tens of millions of children aged, as their publishers like to say, 'from 7 to 77'. Arguing that their characters are as strong and their plots as complex as... read more

Tintin and the Secret of Literature


 Literary Criticism

Booker-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-censorsh... read more

A Time for New Dreams