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Language, Poetry and Essays - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary
Subtitle Fifth Edition
Author Bruce Moore (ed)
Publisher Oxford University Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9780195568875
incGST $39.95 Originally $69.95

The fifth edition of this invaluable lexicographical resource is presented in a special deluxe format with coloured endpapers and gilt edges. Thoroughly revised and updated, with hundreds of new words you won’t find in any other dictionary, it provides an authoritative description of Australian and international English unrivalled by other concise dictionaries and is offered at a very special summer price. Also available are a luxury centenary edition of The Concise Oxford Dictionary (Oxford University Press. HB. $57.95) and The Concise Oxford Dictionary: The Classic First Edition (Oxford University Press. HB. $38.95), a facsimile of the original 1911 edition adapted by Henry Watson Fowler and Francis George Fowler from The Oxford Dictionary.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Australian Poetry Since 1788
Author Geoffrey Lehmann, Robert Gray (eds)
Publisher UNSW Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742232638
incGST $59.95 Originally $69.95

This gorgeously designed anthology of Australian poetry since 1788 brings together poems that ‘the world can’t forget or is delighted to rediscover’. Edited by two important Australian poets of international standing, it includes major poets as well as lesser-known ones (and even Ern Malley gets a few entries). The poems range from lyric poetry to prose poems, the cerebral to the naïve, the humorous to the confessional. Particularly impressive, and adding a unique touch, are some wonderful translations of Aboriginal song poems. With over 1000 poems from 170 Australian poets, as well as short critical biographies, this is an anthology to be treasured.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays
Title The Best Australian Poems 2011
Author John Tranter (ed)
Publisher Black Inc
Binding PB
ISBN 9781863955492
incGST $24.95

In The Best Australian Poems 2011, celebrated poet John Tranter selects the most vigorous, varied and interesting poems of the last year. This sparkling collection shines a light on the phantasmagorical nature of poetry, evoking images, transformations and events that range from the playful to the melancholy by way of exuberance and satire. Featuring award-winning poems alongside brand-new works, as well as a mix of emerging and renowned poets, this is a volume of surreal beauty and emotional resonance. Poets include: Robert Adamson, Ali Alizadeh, Jude Aquilina, Ken Bolton, Pam Brown, joanne burns, Sarah Day, Bruce Dawe, Kate Fagan, Michael Farrell, Angela Gardner, Geoff Goodfellow, Lisa Gorton, Jennifer Harrison, Sarah Holland-Batt, Jill Jones, Cate Kennedy, Andy Kissane, Mike Ladd, Kate Lilley, Jennifer Maiden, David McCooey, Les Murray, Ouyang Yu, Felicity Plunkett, Peter Rose, Gig Ryan, Jaya Savige, Thomas Shapcott, Craig Sherborne, Pete Spence, Peter Steele, Maria Takolander, Andrew Taylor, Tim Thorne, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Alan Wearne and many more…

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Big Elephants are Useful
Subtitle A Compendium of Mnemonics and Idioms
Author S J Hartland
Publisher UNSW Press
Binding PB
ISBN 9781742230276
incGST $9.95 Originally $29.95

This diverting little book entertains with its collection of familiar and lesser-known mnemonics and idioms. Mnemonics are those helpful rhymes that help you to remember tricky rules and facts. Hartland’s useful selection takes in such categories as spelling (‘three e’s are buried in a cemetery’), music (‘every good boy deserves fun’), daylight saving (‘spring forwards, fall backwards’) and weather (‘the louder the frog, the more the rain’). Her idioms focus on those colourful turns of phrase that taken literally defy logic, including such topics as stupidity (‘a few clowns short of a circus’) and, again, the weather (‘raining cats and dogs’). Line drawings bring the words to life, and if you’re wondering where the title fits into the picture, it’s from the mnemonic for spelling ‘beautiful’: big elephants are useful to Indians for unloading logs.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays
Title Is That a Fish in Your Ear?
Subtitle Translation & the Meaning of Everything
Author David Bellos
Publisher Particular Books
Binding HB
ISBN 9781846144646
incGST $39.95

How do you translate a joke? Where does the border lie between translating and rewriting? In this playful yet erudite look at language and interpretation, dictionaries and dialect, award-winning French-to-English translator David Bellos takes us into the world of translation, its history and quirks, personalities and foibles. He tells stories, gives examples and provides arguments to discuss the ins and outs of translation, maintaining that a translation, while not superior, isn’t necessarily an inferior substitute for the original. Sprinkled with anecdotes and ponderings about context, meaning and interpretation, this is more a thought-provoking ‘why’ than a ‘how to’ book about translation, providing behind-the-scenes insights into famous literary translations from Tolstoy to Flaubert.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays
Title Modern Manglish
Subtitle Gobbledygook Made Plain
Author Neil James, Harold Scruby, Alan Moir
Publisher Scribe Publications
Binding PB
ISBN 9781921844508
incGST $24.95

The information superhighway brings more text to our door than ever before – unfortunately, most of it gets mangled along the way. Twenty years ago, Harold Scruby’s Manglish became an instant bestseller. This version expands on the consummate mangles of the original, with all-new Scrubyisms and recent classics from the shame files of the Plain English Foundation. Modern Manglish explores the traditional linguistic traps of mixed metaphors and mispronunciation; new words and old clichés; euphemisms, tautologies and jargon.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays
Title On Rereading
Author Patricia Meyer Spacks
Publisher Harvard University Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9780674062221
incGST $37.95

After retiring from a lifetime of teaching literature, Patricia Meyer Spacks embarked on a year-long project of rereading dozens of novels: childhood favourites, fiction first encountered in young adulthood and never before revisited, books frequently reread, canonical works of literature she was supposed to have liked but didn’t, guilty pleasures (books she oughtn’t to have liked but did), and stories reread for fun vs. those read for the classroom. On Rereading records the sometimes surprising, always fascinating, results of her personal experiment. Spacks addresses a number of intriguing questions raised by the purposeful act of rereading, and concludes that it helps us to make sense of ourselves – bringing us sharply in contact with how we, like the books we reread, both change and remain the same.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays
Title Oxford Treasury of Sayings and Quotations
Author Susan Ratcliffe (ed)
Publisher Oxford University Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9780199609123
incGST $32.95

This fully revised and updated edition brings together phrases, proverbs and quotations in a single thematic volume. Apt and memorable sayings are arranged under a wide range of subjects, giving explanations and origins of the expressions and tracing the links between them. Here you can find out about a Stepford wife under Conformity or Banquo’s ghost at Guilt, learn that when advising Caution in India they say ‘Call on God, but row away from the rocks’ while the English say ‘Let sleeping dogs lie’, and hear from Brigitte Bardot on Maturity that ‘It’s sad to grow old – but nice to ripen’. A full keyword index and generous crossreferencing allow the book to function both as a look-up resource and a browser’s delight.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - SPECIAL PRICE
Title Planet Word
Author J P Davidson
Publisher Michael Joseph
Binding HB
ISBN 9780718157746
incGST $39.95 Originally $45.00

‘We are connected by a filament of language that stretches from somewhere inside my brain to somewhere inside yours,’ says erudite comedian Stephen Fry in his foreword to this book, which is subtitled ‘The Story of Language from the Earliest Grunts to Twitter and Beyond’. Indeed. This book is a musthave for viewers of the BBC documentary mini-series Fry’s Planet Word, bringing forth and analysing mind-bending, hilarious and intellectually stimulating facts about the evolution of language.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature
Title Selected Poems
Author Tomas Transtromer
Publisher Ecco Press
Binding PB
ISBN 9780880014038
incGST $22.99

Nobel Prize in Literature said that they awarded Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer the accolade ‘because, through his condensed, translucent images, he gives us fresh access to reality’.

Tomas Tranströmer’s poems are thick with the feel of life lived in a specific place: the dark, overpowering Swedish winters, the long thaws and brief paradisal summers in the Stockholm archipelago. He conveys a sense of what it is like to be a private citizen in the second half of the twentieth century.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - SPECIAL PRICE
Title The Superior Person's Field Guide to Decetiful, Deceptive and Downright Dangerous Language
Author Peter Bowler
Publisher UNSW Press
Binding HB
ISBN 9781742230054
incGST $9.95 Originally $29.95

Peter Bowler has done an about face. In his earlier Superior Person’s Book of Words series, the self-confessed language curmudgeon preached the use of the obscure and the preposterous. Now, fed up with the obfuscation of language spread by corporate, political and military speak, he begs us to say what we mean and mean what we say. Taking a broom to euphemism and ambiguity, he calls for a return to plain speech, where corporate mission statements are recast as ‘objectives’, job cuts aren’t referred to as ‘downsizing’ and matrix is never used for the word ‘table’. Line illustrations by Leslie Cabarga enhance the wit of this elegant little book that takes us from A for Able (as in‘uniquely abled’) to Z for Zigzag Principle (or trial or error).

 
Language, Poetry and Essays
Title Thirty Australian Poets
Author Felicity Plunkett (ed)
Publisher UQP
Binding PB
ISBN 9780702239144
incGST $27.95

This is, as the back cover states, a ‘landmark anthology’. Taking as her initial filter poets born from 1968 onwards, Plunkett has collected a range of poets with at least one collection of work published, and reproduced a number of poems from each. With notable expatriates Emily Ballou, Emma Jones and Louis Armand alongside less generally known poets such as Michelle Cahill, Joel Deane, Simon West and Samuel Wagan Watson, the book brims with energy and sophistication and has, as David McCooey writes in his introduction, ‘a profound “worldliness” … that puts the designation “Australian” under numerous creative tensions’. This elegant collection of rigorous, inventive writing deserves to find its way onto all our bookshelves.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays
Title You Are What You Speak
Subtitle Grammar Grouches, Language Laws & the Power of Words
Author Robert Lane Greene
Publisher Black Inc
Binding PB
ISBN 9781863955416
incGST $24.95

Multilingual US columnist Robert Lane Greene takes a refreshingly anti-stickler look at language, celebrating its diversity and fluidity. As well as debunking rules of grammar and usage – who decided that we can’t end a sentence with a preposition or use a double negative? – Greene aims to inspire a sense of wonder in the miracle of language. Rather than using words as a weapon, whether of class, morality or national identity, he calls for a more flexible approach that embraces and celebrates difference. Most fun is had when he gently pokes fun at such seemingly arbitrary and contradictory rules of English usage as avoidance of the split infinitive – ‘mindless prescriptivism’s greatest height’ – passed along to us by self-proclaimed authorities including Swift, Fowler, Bryson and Truss.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title The Hall of Uselessness
Subtitle The Collected Essays
Author Simon Leys
Publisher Black Inc
Binding HB
ISBN 9781863955324
incGST $49.95

A collection of essays from the Belgian-born but Australian-based writer, Sinologist, essayist, literary critic and author (aka Pierre Ryckmans).

Simon Leys' cultural and political commentary has long been legendary for its profundity and acerbic wit. In The Hall of Uselessness his most significant essays are finally gathered together, on subjexts ranging from China to Orwell, from Quixotism to the sea. Leys feuds with Christopher Hitchens, ponders the popularity of Victor Hugo and analyses whether Nabokov's unfinished novel should ever have been published. He dissects Mao's Cultural Revolution and the Khmer Rouge, and discusses Waugh, Simenon and Confucius. He considers Chinese art, culture and politics, the joys and difficulties of literary translation and the fate of the university.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title The Rivered Earth
Author Vikram Seth
Publisher Hamish Hamilton
Binding HB
ISBN 9780241144916
incGST $29.95

Four libretti written by Vikram Seth to be set to music by Alec Roth, together with Seth’s account of the pleasures and pains of collaborating with a composer.

The Rivered Earth contains four libretti written by Vikram Seth to be set to music by Alec Roth - together with an account of the pleasures and pains of working with a composer. Entitled 'Songs in Time of War', 'Shared Ground', 'The Traveller' and 'Seven Elements', they take us all over the world - from Chinese and Indian poetry to the beauty and quietness of the Salisbury house where the poet George Herbert lived and died. Spanning centuries of creativity and humanity, these poems pulse with life, energy and inspired brilliance. They are accompanied by four pieces of calligraphy by the author.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title The Secret Life of Pronouns
Subtitle What Our Words Say About Us
Author James W Pennebaker
Publisher Bloomsbury
Binding HB
ISBN 9781608194803
incGST $35.00

We spend our lives communicating. We put thoughts into words to connect with family and friends, to express our desires, and increasingly, to earn our livings. In our lifetimes, we've zoomed through new forms of communication technology, going from typewriters to IMs, tweets, and text messages. More and more words are generated with each passing day. Hiding in that deluge of language are amazing insights into who we are, how we think, and what we feel. In The Secret Life of Pronouns, linguistic and social psychologist James W. Pennebaker uses his groundbreaking research in computational linguistics - in essence, counting the frequency of words we use - to show that our language carries secrets about our feelings, our self-concept, and our social intelligence.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title The Sons of Clovis
Author David Brooks
Publisher UQP
Binding PB
ISBN 9780702238840
incGST $39.95

In the mid-1940s, writers James McAuley and Harold Stewart submitted a series of poems to the modernist literary magazine, Angry Penguins, under the fictitious name Ern Malley. In a flurry of excitement, the poems were published in a special edition proclaiming the discovery of an important new Australian voice. When the hoax was exposed, it occupied the front page of newspapers around the nation for weeks. It is still Australia's best-known and most talked-about literary hoax. For the past twenty years, David Brooks has been on a quest to find the inspiration for the hoax and this journey has uncovered astounding facts that will overturn all previous assumptions about the hoax and its origins. The resulting book is not just an account of the Ern Malley hoax; it is also a fascinating study of literary hoaxes and poetry in general.

 
Language, Poetry and Essays - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Title The Taste of River Water
Author Cate Kennedy
Publisher Scribe Publications
Binding PB
ISBN 9781921844003
incGST $24.95

Kennedy’s third collection is full of compassionate, insightful and lyrical poems that make ordinary experiences glow.

Disarming, warm and always accessible, Cate Kennedy's poems make ordinary experiences glow. Everything that suffuses her well-loved prose is here: compassion, insight, lyrical precision and the clear, minimalist eye that reveals how life can turn on a single moment. Musing on the undercurrents and interconnections between legacy, memory, motherhood and the natural world, the poems in this exhilarating collection begin on the surface and then take us, gracefully effortlessly, to a far more thought-provoking place. Grounded in lived experience, with all its mysteries and consolations they resonate with a passionate, sensuous honesty.