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            Portable Magic: A History of Books and their Readers

            Portable Magic: A History of Books and their Readers (Hardback)

            By Smith, Emma

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            Most of what we say about books is really about their contents- the rosy nostalgic glow for childhood reading, the lifetime companionship of a much-loved novel. But books are things as well as words, objects in our lives as well as worlds in our heads. And just as we crack their ...spines, loosen their leaves and write in their margins, so they disrupt and disorder us in turn. All books are, as Stephen King put it, 'a uniquely portable magic'. In this thrilling new history, Emma Smith shows us why. Portable Magic unfurls an exciting, iconoclastic and ambitious new story of the book in human hands, exploring when, why and how it acquired its particular hold over humankind. Gathering together a millennium's worth of pivotal encounters with volumes big and small, Smith compellingly argues that, as much as their contents, it is books' physical form - their 'bookhood' - that lends them their distinctive and sometimes dangerous magic. From the Diamond Sutra to Jilly Cooper's Riders, to a book made of wrapped slices of cheese, Smith uncovers how this composite artisanal object has, for centuries, embodied and extended relationships between readers, nations, ideologies and cultures, in significant and unpredictable ways. She celebrates the rise of the mass-market paperback, and dismantles the myth that print began with Gutenberg; she reveals how our reading habits have been shaped by American soldiers, and proposes a new definition of a 'classic'. Ultimately, Smith illuminates the ways in which our relationship with the written word is more reciprocal - and more turbulent - than we tend to imagine- for better or worse, books do not simply reflect humankind, but have also defined who we are, turning us into the readers they would like to have.
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            ISBN 9780241427262
            Released NZ 17 May 2022
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives
             

            The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Pearl, Nancy; Schwager, Jeff

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              3 Jun 22

            Moving, joyful, and insightful collection of conversations with today's living literary legends about the books that changed their lives, made them think, and brought them joy, from 'American's Librarian' Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager --

            ISBN 9780062968494
            Released NZ 3 Jun 2022
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            Four Thousand Weeks: Embrace your limits and change your life with the smash-hit Sunday Times bestseller
             

            Four Thousand Weeks: Embrace your limits and change your life with the smash-hit Sunday Times bestseller (Paperback)

            By Burkeman, Oliver

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              2 Aug 22

            The average human lifespan is absurdly, outrageously, insultingly brief- if you live to 80, you have about four thousand weeks on earth. How should we use them best? Of course, nobody needs telling that there isn't enough time. We're obsessed by our lengthening to-do lists, our o...verfilled inboxes, the struggle against distraction, and the sense that our attention spans are shrivelling. Yet we rarely make the conscious connection that these problems only trouble us in the first place thanks to the ultimate time-management problem- the challenge of how best to use our four thousand weeks. Four Thousand Weeks is an uplifting, engrossing and deeply realistic exploration of this problem that draws on philosophy, literature and psychology to cover the past, present and future of our battles with time. It goes far beyond practical tips, and its many revelations will transform the reader's worldview. Drawing on the insights of ancient philosophers, Benedictine monks, artists and authors, Scandinavian social reformers, renegade Buddhist technologists and many others, Oliver Burkeman sets out to realign our relationship with time - and in doing so, to liberate us from its grasp.
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            ISBN 9781784704001
            Released NZ 2 Aug 2022
            Publisher Vintage
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Moby-Dick
             

            Moby-Dick (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

            By Melville, Herman; Edited by Blum, Hester

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              18 Aug 22

            This edition of Herman Melville's monumental novel includes a new introduction that is attentive both to the rich literary history of Moby-Dick, and to the book's sharp relevance to issues of environmentalism, disability, power, race, and sexuality today.

            ISBN 9780198853695
            Released NZ 18 Aug 2022
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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            Series Oxford World's Classics
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            Everything and Less: The Novel in the Age of Amazon
             

            Everything and Less: The Novel in the Age of Amazon (Hardback)

            By McGurl, Mark

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            How Amazon has changed literature

            ISBN 9781839763854
            Released NZ 1 Feb 2022
            Publisher Verso Books
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            Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain

            Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain (Hardback)

            By Jeffs, Amy

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            A vivid and beautifully illustrated mythology of the British Isles - reframing ancient stories that deal with human themes of extinction, connection to landscape, parenthood, defiance, love and loss.

            ISBN 9781529407976
            Released NZ 29 Mar 2022
            Publisher Quercus Publishing Plc
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            International Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology of Lost Voices
              

            International Poetry of the First World War: An Anthology of Lost Voices (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            Edited by Ruzich, Dr Constance M.

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            Ranging far beyond the traditional canon, this ground-breaking anthology casts a vivid new light on poetic responses to the First World War. Bringing together poems by soldiers and non-combatants, patriots and dissenters, and from all sides of the conflict across the world, Inter...national Poetry of the First World War reveals the crucial public role that poetry played in shaping responses to and the legacies of the conflict. Across over 150 poems, this anthology explores such topics as the following: - Life at the Front - Psychological trauma - Noncombatants and the home front - Rationalising the war - Remembering the dead - Peace and the aftermath of the war With contextual notes throughout, the book includes poems written by authors from America, Australia, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, and South Africa.
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            ISBN 9781350226067
            Released NZ 21 Apr 2022
            Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
            Interest Age 19+ years
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            Gather Together In My Name

            Gather Together In My Name (Paperback)

            By Angelou, Maya

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            The second title in Maya Angelou's bestselling autobiography is reissued in a new look to coincide with the publication of her new book

            ISBN 9781844085026
            Released NZ 1 Jul 2008
            Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
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            Walt Whitman: A Literary Life
              

            Walt Whitman: A Literary Life (Paperback, 1st ed. 2021)

            By Wagner-Martin, Linda

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            Walt Whitman: A Literary Life highlights two major influences on Whitman's poetry and life: the American Civil War and his economic condition. In addition to establishing Whitman's attention to the Civil War through journalism and memoirs, the book takes the approach of following... Whitman's life through his poems.
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            ISBN 9783030776640
            Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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            Series Literary Lives
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            The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens

            The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens (Paperback)

            Edited by Patten, Robert L.; Jordan, John O.; Waters, Catherine

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            The Oxford Handbook of Charles Dickens is a comprehensive and up-to-date collection on Dickens's life and works that includes original chapters on all of Dickens's writing and new considerations of his contexts, from the social, political, and economic to the scientific, commerci...al, and religious.
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            ISBN 9780192855718
            Released NZ 24 Dec 2021
            Publisher Oxford University Press (S1)
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            Series Oxford Handbooks
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