The Madman’s Library: The Greatest Curiosities of Literature
The strangest books in world history take centre stage in this beautifully illustrated exploration. Some were written in blood, others taken into battle, one is invisible and another authored by the devil. A fascinating collection of literary secrets, eccentricities and surprises.
The Bookseller’s Tale
As manager of Waterstones bookshop in Canterbury for thirty years, Latham has accumulated an extravaganza of anecdotes. Mythical libraries, extraordinary collectors and insider gossip all have shelf-space in this bibliophilic delight.
Mantel Pieces: Royal Bodies and Other Writing from the London Review of Books
A treasure trove of book reviews, essays, memoirs and, of course, that famous lecture “Royal Bodies”. From Robespierre to Madonna, Mantel is perpetually illuminating and often brilliantly funny.
Burning the Books: A History of Knowledge Under Attack
Books are vital to human civilization, filled as they are with ideas and knowledge, history and culture. Yet books have often come under attack – they do still – as the director of Oxford’s Bodleian Library relates in this powerful history.
The Artful Dickens: The Tricks and Ploys of the Great Novelist
Dickens was a genius, not to say audacious, when it came to character and plot. Here Mullan explores the tricks and treats of the novelist: from the timely appearances of ghosts to the exploitation of coincidence and the origin of those now-world-famous names Scrooge, Copperfield and Twist.
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