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The Art of Falling
The Art of Falling
by Kim Moore
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Falling, 9 April 2016
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An enormous variety of poems and subject matter, all held together by their relationship to the title of the collection. A compelling central sequence about domestic violence, 'How I Abandoned My Body To His Keeping', is flanked by poems rooted in the quotidien North but threaded through with great humour and the strangeness of the dark. I really enjoyed this - and any poetry collection with a brass band in it must be worth a read!


Smith: A Reader's Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy
Smith: A Reader's Guide to the Poetry of Michael Donaghy
by Don Paterson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smith, 9 April 2016
I love the poetry of Michael Donaghy. If I were on a desert island and only allowed a single author's collected poems, his would certainly be on my shortlist. But Donaghy can be difficult sometimes - his work is metaphysical and allusive, plays tricks with the reader. In this book, Don Paterson, Donaghy's friend and editor, gives us his reading of a selection of poems. His commentaries are witty, knowledgeable and unpretentious: you feel like you're sitting in the pub, chatting about an old friend. This is a brilliant book for anyone who wants to get to know Donaghy's poems, or to know them better.


A Handful of Water
A Handful of Water
by Rebecca Gethin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Rebecca Gethin's subject matter ranges over landscape, World War ..., 9 April 2016
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Rebecca Gethin's subject matter ranges over landscape, World War I soldiers, prisoners and their visitors, animals and people, all delicately observed and richly realised. Meditative and moving, inventive and surprising: well worth a read.


Aural Matters in Practice: Advanced Tests in Aural Perception Based on "The Essential Hyperion" CD
Aural Matters in Practice: Advanced Tests in Aural Perception Based on "The Essential Hyperion" CD
by David Bowman
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for A level Candidates - CD IS INCLUDED, 20 May 2014
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Good supplementary exercises for improving listening skills.The music all comes from the established canon, and therefore some pieces are likely to be already known to a student who has listened widely, but it is useful nonetheless. In contrary to what is stated in the other review, the CD is included, so you don't need to buy it.


Language: The Basics
Language: The Basics
by R.L. Trask
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.90

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 7 April 2009
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This is a fascinating and engaging over-view of the study of language. While academically sound, with masses of suggestions for further reading, it is also a very accessible read - not at all intimidating for a complete beginner in language studies. Highly recommended.


The White Masai
The White Masai
by Corinne Hofmann
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling subject matter let down by style and structure, 1 Aug. 2008
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For me this was a book that got better as it went along. I was fascinated by the descriptions of tribal life, and found I had to admire Corinne for her determination and sheer guts. At the beginning the obsessive way the she referred to her husband ('my Masai', 'my darling', etc) really put me off - it was like some rather unsettling fictional unreliable narrator - but by about half-way through I found I couldn't put the book down.

It's not great literature, and I do feel that - particularly at the beginning - the style and structure could have been greatly improved. However, it was a fascinating tale, full of interesting detail and observation. At page 50 I was ready to give up , but because I had to read it for my reading group I persevered, and amazingly, at the end I find myself giving it a 3. It's only not a 4 because of the irritating style.


The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
by Stephen Fry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

10 of 37 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Clever, witty, but..., 1 Aug. 2008
Clever, but very opinionated. Its anti freeverse agenda makes it the Daily Mail of poetry books. I hope that would-be poets will balance their reading diet with a few less reactionary tomes.
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Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English (Grammar Reference)
Longman Student Grammar of Spoken and Written English (Grammar Reference)
by Prof Douglas Biber
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.75

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The nitty-gritty of English usage, 1 Aug. 2008
An invaluable reference book if you want to get right down to the real nitty-gritty of grammatical usage. Detailed and extensive, descriptive rather than prescriptive, and corpus-based, this is a grammar for the C21st.


The Functional Analysis of English: A Hallidayan Approach (Arnold Publication)
The Functional Analysis of English: A Hallidayan Approach (Arnold Publication)
by Thomas Bloor
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, straightforward, and very useful., 1 Aug. 2008
I bought this for the section on transitivity analysis, and was not disappointed - it was clear, straightforward and very useful. An invaluable addition to the bookshelf of anyone who's interested in how the language works.


The Art of English: Literary Creativity
The Art of English: Literary Creativity
by Dr Sharon Goodman
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is literary creativity?, 1 Aug. 2008
Like most textbooks published by the OU, this is excellent. It poses the question 'How does one define and identify literariness?', and, via a romp through textual, sociocultural and cognitive approaches gives the reader the means to make up his or her own mind on the subject. Many theories are touched upon, some perhaps in less depth than I would have liked, but there are plenty of references to follow up if one is particularly interested in certain approach.

This book is not about the kind of airy-fairy 'close reading' of most Eng Lit courses (and I speak as an Eng Lit graduate here!): it gets down deep into the nitty-gritty of language and studies its effect upon the reader. Highly recommended.


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