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Pygmalion : Popular Penguins by George Bernard ShawFrom $8.5
A barbed attack on the British class system, Pygmalion bothdelighted and scandalized its first audiences in 1914. Henry Higgins isthe Pygmalion figure who believes he can transform Eliza Doolittle, acockney flower girl, into a duchess at ease in polite society. The onething he overlooks is that his 'creation' has a mind of her own.About The AuthorGeorge Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856. Althoughessentially shy, he created the persona of G. B. S., the showman,satirist, controversialist, critic, pundit, wit, intellectual buffoonand dramatist. Commentators brought a new adjective into English:Shavian, a term used to embody all his brilliant qualities.After his arrival in London in 1876 he became an active Socialistand a brilliant platform speaker. He wrote on many social aspects ofthe day: on Common Sense about the War (1914), How to Settle the IrishQuestion (1917) and The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Socialism andCapitalism (1928). He undertook his own education at the British Museumand consequently became keenly interested in cultural subjects. Thushis prolific output included music, art and theatre reviews, which werecollected into several volumes such as Music in London 1890?1894 (3vols, 1931); Pen Portraits and Reviews (1931); and Our Theatres in theNineties (3 vols, 1931). He also wrote five novels and some shorterfiction, including The Black Girl in Search of God and Some LesserTales and Cashel Byron's Profession, both published in Penguin'sBernard Shaw Library.He conducted a strong attack on the London theatre and was closelyassociated with the intellectual revival of British theatre. His playsfall into several categories: 'Plays Pleasant'; 'Plays Unpleasant';comedies; chronicle-plays; 'metabiological Pentateuch' (Back toMethuselah, a series of plays); and 'political extravaganzas'. BernardShaw died in 19
I Could Pee on This by Francesco MarciulianoFrom $14.5
Cat lovers will laugh out loud at the quirkiness of their feline friends with these insightful and curious poems from the singular minds of housecats. In this hilarious book of tongue-in-cheek poetry, the author of the internationally syndicated comic strip Sally Forth helps cats unlock their creative potential and explain their odd behavior to ignorant humans. With titles like "Who Is That on Your Lap?," "This Is My Chair," "Kneel Before Me," "Nudge," and "Some of My Best Friends Are Dogs," the poems collected in I Could Pee on This perfectly capture the inner workings of the cat psyche. With photos of the cat authors throughout, this whimsical volume reveals kitties at their wackiest, and most exasperating (but always lovable).About the AuthorFrancesco Marciuliano is the author of Sally Forth, an internationally syndicated family comic strip that appears in nearly 800 newspapers around the world (created by Greg Howard). He was also the head writer for the highly praised PBS children's series SeeMore's Playhouse. He lives in New York City.
Nearly Impossible Dreams and Other Poems by Tara FinnFrom $12.5
Nearly Impossible Dreams is a unique poetry book written by talented 10 year old author, Tara Finn. It includes a collection of works composed by Tara between the ages of 8 to 10 years old. Not only does Tara love to play with words but she uses poetry to convey her thoughts and feelings. It is intriguing to see the mind of a child expressed in this form. This combined with Tara's creativity and ability to recognise the elements of a poem at such a young age makes the book even more captivating. The book uses illustrations by Michelle Harris to depict the essence of the poems to a beautiful effect. The poems appeal to school children; schools and educational organisations; libraries; universities; and poetry enthusiasts. It supports and encourages young Australian writers to achieve their dreams. Tara's talent was originally recognised through Forming Circles Pty Ltd which is an Australian organisation committed to creating social and ethical investment success stories. Founder and CEO of Forming Circles, Renata Cooper, said, "The book is an inspiring, uplifting, at times dark yet enlightening journey of a 10 year old. Tara truly represents the potential of upcoming Australian writing talent that we are proud to support." About the Author Tara Finn has been reading and writing since (almost) the day she was born. Her parents joked she came out with a book in her hand, cranky because she was up to a really good part. She is currently in Year 6 and looking forward to finally getting to High School. She has won four Sydney Youth Writing Awards, and been published in numerous publications. Tara's absolute favourite things in life are chocolate, boiled rice and netball, but not necessarily in that order. She has a younger brother and sister who drive her to distraction, a mother who makes her brush her hair and teeth (imagine!), and an Irish father
Danse Macabre by Stephen KingFrom $16.95
Hodder are boosting Stephen King's backlist with new covers and new author brand lettering to direct readers to the right King title for them. It was not long after Halloween when Stephen King received a telephone call from his editor. 'Why don't you do a book about the entire horror phenomenon as you see it Books, movies, radio, TV, the whole thing ' The result is this unique combination of fantasy and autobiography, of classic horror writing honed to an unforgettable edge by the bestselling master of the genre. Danse Macabre ranges across the whole spectrum of horror in popular culture from the seminal classes of Count Dracula and Frankenstein. It is a charming and fascinating book, replete with pertinent anecdote and observation, in which Stephen King describes his ideas on how horror works on many levels and how he brings it to bear on his own inimitable novels.About the Author Stephen King has been described as one of the most fertile storytellers of the modern novel. In 2003, he was given the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, the novelist Tabitha King, for most of the year in Maine, USA.
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No poet has been more wilfully contradictory than John Donne, whose works forge unforgettable connections between extremes of passion and mental energy. From satire to tender elegy, from sacred devotion to lust, he conveys an astonishing range of emotions and poetic moods. Constant in his work, however, is an intensity of feeling and expression and complexity of argument that is as evident in religious meditations such as 'Good Friday 1613. Riding Westward' as it is in secular love poems such as 'The Sun Rising' or 'The Flea'. 'The intricacy and subtlety of his imagination are the length and depth of the furrow made by his passion,' wrote Yeats, pinpointing the unique genius of a poet who combined ardour and intellect in equal measure.About The AuthorJohn Donne was an English poet, preacher and a major representative of the metaphysical poets of the period. His works are notable for their realistic and sensual style and include sonnets, love poetry, religious poems, Latin translations, epigrams, elegies, songs, satires and sermons. His poetry is noted for its vibrancy of language and inventiveness of metaphor, especially as compared to that of his contemporaries. Despite his great education and poetic talents, he lived in poverty for several years, relying heavily on wealthy friends. In 1615 he became an Anglican priest and, in 1621, was appointed the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Overland 217 by Jeff SparrowFrom $15.95
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Love Letters of the Great War by Mandy KirkbyFrom $16.95
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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce. A story-telling competition between a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight's account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend, to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook.About the AuthorBorn in London to a wine merchant, Geoffrey Chaucer (c1340-1400) became a royal servant and travelled as a diplomat to France, Spain and Italy. As well as being famed for his translations, his own work includes Troilus and Criseyde, The Book of the Duchess and The Legend of Good Women. Jill Mann has been Professor Medieval & Renaissance English at Cambridge University, and most recently Notre Dame Professor of English. She is the author Feminizing Chaucer (2002), and co-editor (with Piero Boitani) of The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer (2nd edn. 2003). Jill Mann has been Professor Medieval & Renaissance English at Cambridge University, and most recently she was Notre Dame Professor of English. She is the author Feminizing Chaucer (2002), and co-editor (with Piero Boitani) of The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer (2nd edn. 2003).
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