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District and Circle - Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney's new collection starts 'in an age of bare hands and cast iron' and ends 'as the automatic lock / clunks shut' in the eerie new conditions of a menaced twenty-first century. In their haunted, almost visionary clarity, the poems assay the weight and worth of what has been held in the hand and in the memory. Images out of a childhood spent safe from the horrors of World War II - railway sleepers, a sledgehammer, the 'heavyweight silence' of cattle out in rain - are coloured by a strongly contemporary sense that 'anything can happen' and other images from the dangerous present - a journey on the underground, a melting glacier - are fraught with this same anxiety. But "District and Circle", which includes a number of prose poems and translations, offers resistance as the poet gathers his staying powers and stands his ground in the hiding places of love and excited language.

1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare -
James Shapiro
This work presents an intimate history of Shakespeare, following him through a single year that changed not only his fortunes, but the course of literature. How did Shakespeare go from being a talented poet and playwright to become one of the greatest writers who ever lived? In this one exhilarating year, we follow what he reads and writes, what he saw, and who he worked with as he invests in the new Globe theatre and creates four of his most famous plays - "Henry V", "Julius Caesar", "As You Like It", and, most remarkably, "Hamlet". This book brings the news, intrigue and flavour of the times together with wonderful detail about how Shakespeare worked as an actor, businessman, and playwright, to create an exceptionally immediate and gripping account of an inspiring moment in history.

Don't You Have Time to Think - Richard P. Feynman
Richard Feynman was one of the most inspirational men of our times. He won the Nobel Prize, wrote equations on napkins in strip joints, cracked safes for fun while working on the atom bomb, upset those in authority, and touched countless lives. He also wrote hundreds of witty, eccentric, and moving letters to his family, friends, critics, colleagues, and devoted fans around the world. Now these letters have been brought together for the first time. From down-to-earth advice to eager students to discussions of time travel, blunt rebuttals to journalists to poignant exchanges with his first wife as she suffered from tuberculosis, they will introduce you to a unique person whose wisdom and lust for life inspired all those who came into his orbit.

Revolting Rhymes - Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Synopsis: A collection of comic and often gory versions of popular fairy tales. Meet Cinderella, a young woman who wants to marry a nice ordinary man; and Goldilocks, that house-breaker who gobbles up your porridge and then breaks up the Chippendale.

Read Me and Laugh: A Funny Poem for Every Day of the Year

Synopsis: The Read Me brand has been a publishing sensation selling tens of thousands of copies and continuing to sell strongly for half a decade. This brand new collection features a funny poem for every day of the year from gentle smiles to belly laughs via nonsense and a touch of mirth this book is packed with gems new and old from poets such as Charles Causley, Roger McGough, Lewis Caroll, Paul Cookson and Wendy Cope.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (Dr.Seuss Board Books S.)

Synopsis: "From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere". Adapted from one of Dr. Seuss's best-selling titles, this delightful board book explores some of the funny things that exist in the Seuss's fantasy world. Along the way, young children are introduced to colours, counting, opposites and rhyme.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou

'I know that not since the days of my childhood... have I found myself more moved...'

Sunday Express
‘powerfully emotional, thought-provoking and brilliantly written’

Medea and Other Plays: "Medea", "Hecabe", "Electra", "Heracles"

Synopsis: Medea, in which a spurned woman takes revenge upon her lover by killing her children, is one of the most shocking and horrific of all the Greek tragedies. Dominating the play is Medea herself, a towering and powerful figure who demonstrates Euripides' unusual willingness to give voice to a woman's case.

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