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A World on Fire: An Epic History of...
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Amanda Foreman
 
A hefty book about Anglo-American diplomacy during the American civil war. It sounds daunting, but is a brilliant piece of exposition and story-telling.

Bernard Cornwell - 26/09/2013
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Embellished: New Vintage
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Karen Nicol
 
This is a very new book, but already one of my favourites. Karen’s distinguished career has included working with designers, exhibiting her own textile art and teaching students. In this very modern and stylish book, she explains how thrifted finds and ancient sewing and embroidery techniques inform her work. It’s a stylish guide to the power and possibilities of textiles and has made me excited about sewing all over again.

Katie Allen - 04/10/2012
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The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
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Iona Opie; Peter Opie; Marina Warner
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The Great Gatsby
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F. Scott Fitzgerald
I love the lyrical quality of the writing against the tightly constructed narrative.

Lauren Kate - 15/06/2012
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Music from Big Pink
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John Niven
 
Kill Your Friends author blurs fact and fiction, beaming drug dealing central character Greg Keltner into Woodstock, 1968, as The Band create their masterpiece.

Tom Doyle - 17/09/2014
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Beauty: A Very Short Introduction
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Roger Scruton
Roger Scruton is a philosopher who writes on a wide range of subjects within aesthetics. His observations on art and music are profound and stated with great clarity.

Alexander McCall Smith - 28/07/2011
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A Hundred Doors
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Michael Longley
Michael Longley is a Northern Irish poet of immense distinction. His work is subtle and beautiful. Many of his lines are simply haunting.

Alexander McCall Smith - 28/07/2011
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A Hundred Doors
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Michael Longley
This latest volume from one of our finest poets shows him at the height of his powers.

John Banville - 18/06/2012
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A Hundred Doors
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Michael Longley
Michael Longley is a Northern Irish poet of immense distinction. His work is subtle and beautiful. Many of his lines are simply haunting.

Alexander McCall Smith - 28/07/2011
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A Hundred Doors
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Michael Longley
This latest volume from one of our finest poets shows him at the height of his powers.

John Banville - 18/06/2012
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RHS Pests and Diseases
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Andrew Halstead; Pippa Greenwood
Let’s face it, gardening is not for the squeamish; only those of us who can stamp on a slug in bare wellies should attempt it. Gardening is really about killing things, and this book helps you identify them first.

Lindsey Davis - 20/03/2012
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Mary
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Vladimir Nabokov
Get it in the recently issued Penguin Classics hardback series.

John Banville - 18/06/2012
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Mr Midshipman Hornblower
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C. S. Forester
 
As an author, I suppose it’s not too odd to consider how certain books and series influenced me, though I read some of them many years ago, when my own books were still being sent back by publishers and agents everywhere. All the books on this list are first-and-foremost, highly enjoyable fiction. I read a couple of Forester’s Napoleonic era books in the tiny bunk of a tall-ship sailing the Pacific. I could not have asked for a better setting, with creaking wood all around and sore hands from hauling ropes on watch. In addition though, I think Hornblower himself is one of the finest characters ever created. Self-conscious, plagued by doubts and his own hardest judge, he is completely unable to forgive himself his faults. As a result, Forester gave me a glimpse of how complex and absorbing a written character can be.

Conn Iggulden - 11/09/2013
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The Ingmar Bergman Archives
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Paul Duncan; Bengt Wanselius; Erland...
 
Second in line from the better-selling Stanley Kubrick Archives, I actually prefer this volume because the filmmaker's life's work is so much messier, complicated, unstrung and confusing -- while his art is just as precise and masterful. Why Taschen decided to stick with the Kubrickian cover lettering is a little confusing, though easily overlooked for the treasure trove of material within, which

Chris Ware - 02/10/2012
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Styles of Radical Will
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Susan Sontag
 
I don't think many people would think this is Sontag’s best book - it's a bit histrionic, especially the essay about Hanoi - but I can’t get over how elegant her style was, at only 36. I suppose every girl writer these days holds Woolf and Sontag somewhere amongst their heroes, and in this sense I’m typical. They’re just too great to deny. The essay on silence is my favourite.

Zadie Smith - 10/08/2012
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The Commodore
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C. S. Forester
 
Forester's Hornblower series inspired a slew of imitators, Sharpe is one and so, surprisingly, is Star Trek! Hornblower is an impressively intricate character and his adventures are told masterfully.

Bernard Cornwell - 26/09/2013
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Danube
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Claudio Magris; Patrick Creagh
A subtly poetic account of a journey along a great river, and a masterly evocation of our European homeland.

John Banville - 18/06/2012
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of...
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J. K. Rowling
For me, this is the book where the Harry Potter series really took flight. There’s a confidence at work here that lifts the story, which is far darker and more ambitious than in the first two books in the series. The characters are familiar by now, and Rowling puts them through the emotional ringer as she deftly deals with time travel, escaped prisoners and the history of the terrible events at the heart of her story. It’s a beautiful novel that stands alone while also setting up the rest of the series, and a huge achievement.

Will Hill - 15/03/2012
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