Writing about real lives takes various forms, which overlap and may be combined with each other: biography, autobiography, biographical criticism, biographical fiction, memoir, confession, diary. In these essays, the author...
Alain de Botton
Explores our relationship with 'the news'. Mixing current affairs with philosophical reflections, this title offers a guide to the precautions we should take before venturing anywhere near the news and...
A collection of essays, prefaces and occasional pieces written by the author for magazines and newspapers. It includes subjects ranging from Walter Raleigh to Kafka; Hawthorne to the high-wire artist...
'Raine the critic, like Raine the poet, is incapable of a dull thought.' Ian McEwan
Presents a response to George Orwell's 'Why I Write'. Taking Orwell's famous list of motives for writing as the jumping-off point for a sequence of reflections on the writing life...
Revealing how a formidable imagination can arise from the humblest of beginnings, this title paints a poignant, unforgettable portrait of a working-class woman writer's struggle for creative expression.
Jacek Hugo-Bader; Antonia Lloyd-Jones
The Kolyma region was the prime site of the Soviet Gulag, a wintry hell of permafrost and gold mines, where tens of thousands of Soviet prisoners died of exhaustion and...
In this remarkable debut poetry collection, National Book Award finalist and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers creates a startling, affecting portrait of a life shaped by...
Michael J. Gibney
Takes you behind the swinging doors of a busy restaurant kitchen, allowing you to inhabit this normally hidden world, in real time.
Combat Camera reveals the inner workings - and absurdities - of the British military's media operations in Afghanistan. A war memoir that draws on hundreds of...
Rudyard Kipling; Andrew Lycett
Edited and with a commentary by Kipling expert and author of the much-praised Kipling Abroad, Kipling and the Sea illuminates a side of Kipling's work that has for too long...
Why is it hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a comedian whose jokes...
Ian Nairn; Owen Hatherley
Sixteen short essays on places as varied as Glasgow and Norwich, Llanidloes and Sheffield, by the finest English Architectural writer of the Twentieth Century.
Gowers, Rebecca; Gowers, Ernest
'Be short, be simple, be human.'
When Sir Ernest Gowers first wrote Plain Words, it was intended simply as a guide to the proper use of English...
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