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    The Sonnets

    A gorgeous, pocket-sized gift edition of Shakespeare's famous cycle of poems featuring an afterword by Peter Harness.

    Dublin: A Writer's City

    Dublin: A Writer's City can be imagined as a map of one of the world's great literary cities, taking the reader, area-by-area, through the neighbourhoods that shaped - and were shaped by - writers including Jonathan Swift, James Joyce, Anne Enright and Sally Rooney. It's illustrated, with maps to guide the reader.

    Betjeman in Ireland


    Goodbye Eastern Europe: An Intimate

    A farewell to Eastern Europe, and its vanishing culture of polytheism, vampires, sacred groves, and movable borders.

    Once Upon a Prime: The Wondrous Con

    'A hugely entertaining and well-written tour of the links between math and literature. Hart's lightness of touch and passion for both subjects make this book a delight to read. Bookworms and number-lovers alike will discover much they didn't know about the creative interplay between stories, structure and sums.' - Alex Bellos

    Shakespeare's First Folio: Four Cen

    Just a few hundred copies of the 1623 edition of Shakespeare's collected plays exist, making it one of the most sought-after publications in history. Emma Smith explores the First Folio's post-publication life, the stories of individual copies, and the way readers, forgers, collectors, actors, scholars, and booksellers have interacted with them.

    What to Read Next: How to Make Book

    A book to help make books part of your life

    Literature: history & criticism