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History & Criticism

The Essential Paradise Lost


(29 reviews)

After its publication in 1667, John Milton's Paradise Lost was celebrated throughout Europe as a supreme achievement of the human spirit. Now it is little read. To bring readers back to Milton's masterpiece, John Carey... See More

£12.21 £12.53 Price verified one day ago
Essays & Correspondence

The Faber Book of Reportage


(153 reviews)

***FEATURED ON BBC 2's BETWEEN THE COVERS WITH SARA COX*** The Faber Book of Reportage is John Carey's remarkable collection of eyewitness accounts that draws on the voices and emotions of the people who experienced some of... See More

£13.96 £13.99 Price verified 21 hours ago
Biography & True Accounts

William Golding: The Man who Wrote Lord of the Flies


(73 reviews)

William Golding was born in 1911 and educated at his local grammar school and Brasenose College, Oxford. He published a volume of poems in 1934 and during the war served in the Royal Navy. Afterwards he returned to being a... See More

£7.21 £7.40 Price verified 20 hours ago
History & Criticism

The Violent Effigy: A Study of Dickens' Imagination


(21 reviews)

An exploration of the strange poetry of Dickens's imagination by leading academic and critic John Carey. Setting aside the usual interpretations of Dickens's work, A Violent Effigy delves into the wonderful, terrible fantasy... See More

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Biography & True Accounts

Thackeray: Prodigal Genius


(4 reviews)

A new approach to Thackeray. Although this study embraces all his work, it switches attention from his late novels, and bases the case for his imaginative vitality on the multifarious material - reviews, travel books... See More

£11.99 Price verified one day ago
Biography & True Accounts

The Unexpected Professor: An Oxford Life in Books


(256 reviews)

Best known for his provocative take on cultural issues in The Intellectuals and the Masses and What Good Are the Arts?, John Carey describes in this warm and funny memoir the events that formed him - an escape from the... See More

£7.49 £7.99 Save 6% Price verified 8 hours ago
Poetry & Drama

Duck Soup and Swansongs


'Witty, finely crafted, genuinely funny, Carey's poems surprise with their clever double takes on society's faults and foibles. At once erudite and bitingly topical, Carey has a keen eye for the humorous detail and the... See More

£4.00 Price verified one day ago
Science & Maths

The Faber Book of Science


(34 reviews)

The Faber Book of Science introduces hunting spiders and black holes, gorillas and stardust, protons, photons and neutrinos. In his acclaimed anthology, John Carey plots the development of modern science from Leonardo da... See More

£10.99 Price verified 3 hours ago
Poetry & Drama

100 Poets: A Little Anthology


(64 reviews)

A wonderfully readable anthology of our greatest poetry, chosen by the author of A Little History of Poetry A poem seems a fragile thing. Change a word and it is broken. But poems outlive empires and survive the devastation... See More

£10.16 Price verified 23 hours ago
History & Criticism

A Little History of Poetry (Little Histories)


(493 reviews)

A vital, engaging, and hugely enjoyable guide to poetry, from ancient times to the present, by one of our greatest champions of literature--selected as the literature book of the year by the London Times "[A] fizzing... See More

£8.99 Price verified 4 hours ago
Poetry & Drama

John Donne: Life, Mind and Art


(26 reviews)

'Donne is perhaps the most intellectual of English poets, and John Carey is perhaps the most intelligent of contemporary English literary critics. The encounter, as one might expect, is fierce and enthralling... This book is... See More

£9.99 Price verified 20 hours ago

Learning Better Than House and Land


This is a reproduction of a classic text optimised for kindle devices. We have endeavoured to create this version as close to the original artefact as possible. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with... See More

£6.36 Price verified 14 hours ago
Science Fiction

Not Worthy of the Air you Breathe


(8 reviews)

What would life be like if you ran a nation as a business and annually terminated your low-performing citizens in order to downsize? "Not Worthy of the Air You Breathe" follows three citizens of One-America through the year... See More

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