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Literary studies and background reading for writers and book lovers

The Writer's Group Handbook

Thinking of setting, or perhaps joining, a writers’ group? This book has a good deal of practical advice on ...

18/07/2014

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The Fiction of Autobiography

A study of the autobiographical genre including memoir writing. Anyone working in this genre cannot rely only on ...

24/03/2014

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Haggard Hawks and Paltry Poltroons

This book features fifty English words (most of them very common) each with brief details of its history, plus ...

24/03/2014

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Swearing Like A Trooper

MJ Trow's book sets the bad language of the war in its historical context (it is subtitled Rude Slang of the ...

06/01/2014

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Bending Genre

Bending Genre is a collection of essays on the art of creative non-fiction which is fact based writing that uses ...

13/11/2013

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Failure a Writers Life

Failure, A Writers Life is a catalogue of literary monstrosities. Its loosely organized vignettes and convolutes ...

15/01/2013

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OK

OK – the book that charts the rise of the word OK from its inception to its current standing as perhaps the most ...

13/11/2012

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Choose The Right Word

This new book on English usage is complete with its seventy test-yourself questions. It examines most of the ...

13/11/2012

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Oxford Concise Companion to English Literature

Writers, published works, genres, movements in the literary world all featured in this companion. For important ...

05/09/2012

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The Life of Slang

This book traces the development of English slang from the earliest records to the latest tweet. It explores why ...

10/07/2012

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The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature

Fantasy fiction is created by imagining impossible things, a technique at the heart of all the genres that can be ...

18/06/2012

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So you think you can spell?

So You Think You Can Spell? is a great way to check your spelling skills and to widen your vocabulary in the ...

04/05/2012

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