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Fast talking PI
Marsh, Selina Tusitala, author
Auckland : Auckland University Press, 2012
Fast Talking PI is the first 'singular, confident and musical' collection of poetry by Auckland writer Selina Tusitala Marsh. 'Tusitala' means writer of tales in Samoan, and Marsh here lives up to her name with stories of her life, her family, community, ancestry, and history. Her poetry is sensuous and strong, using lush imagery, clear rhythms and repetitions to power it forward. The list poem is a favourite style, but she also writes with a Pacific lyricism entirely her own. Fast Talking PI is structured in three sections, 'Tusitala (personal), 'Talkback' (political and historical) and 'Fast Talking PI' (already a classic). In poems like 'Guys Like Gauguin' she writes as a 'calabash breaker', fighting back against historic injustices; but in other poems she explores the idea of the calabash as the honoured vessel for identity and story. Ultimately, though, Marsh exhorts herself to 'be nobody's darling', as a writer she is a self-proclaimed 'darling in the margins', and Fast Talking PI proves it - a generous work that will thrill readers; 'a map in our arms / to get us over the reef'; and a tremendous first book.
Baker Berry PR9639.4.M345 A6 2012

The Essex Serpent : a novel
Perry, Sarah, 1979- author
New York, NY : Custom House, an imprint of William Morrow, [2016]
"Costa Book Award Finalist and the Waterstones (UK) Book of the Year 2016." "I loved this book. At once numinous, intimate and wise, The Essex Serpent is a marvelous novel about the workings of life, love and belief, about science and religion, secrets, mysteries, and the complicated and unexpected shifts of the human heart--and it contains some of the most beautiful evocations of place and landscape I've ever read. It is so good its pages seem lit from within. As soon as I'd finished it I started reading it again."--Helen MacDonald, author of H is for Hawk. An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love. When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend. While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year's Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. But unlike Cora, this man of faith is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief. These seeming opposites who agree on nothing soon find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart--an intense relationship that will change both of their lives in ways entirely unexpected. Hailed by Sarah Waters as "a work of great intelligence and charm, by a hugely talented author," The Essex Serpent is "irresistible. you can feel the influences of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, and Hilary Mantel channeled by Perry in some sort of Victorian seance. This is the best new novel I've read in years" (Daily Telegraph, London)"--
Baker Berry PR6116.E776 E87 2017

Home fire
Shamsie, Kamila, 1973- author
New York : Riverhead Books, 2017
"From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences. Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mother's death, an invitation from a mentor in America has allowed her to resume a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half the globe away, Isma's worst fears are confirmed. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up to--or defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaiz's salvation? Suddenly, two families' fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?"--
Baker Berry PR9540.9.S485 H66 2017

Beren and Lúthien
Tolkien, J. R. R. 1892-1973, author
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017
The tale of Beren and Lúthien was part of The Silmarillion, the myths and legends of the First Age of Middle Earth. Essential to the story is the fate that shadowed the love of Beren and Lúthien: for Beren was a mortal man, but Lúthien was an immortal elf. Her father, a great elvish lord in deep opposition to Beren, imposed on him an impossible task that he must perform before he might wed Lúthien. This leads to the heroic attempt of Beren and Lúthien together to rob the greatest of all evil beings, Melkor, called Morgoth, the Black Enemy, of a Silmaril. In this book, J.R.R.'s son Christopher Tolkien has attempted to extract the story of Beren and Lúthien from the comprehensive work in which it was embedded; but that story was itself changing as it developed new associations within the larger history. To show something of the process whereby this legend of Middle Earth evolved over the years, he has told the story in his father's own words by giving, first, its original form, and then passages in prose and verse from later texts that illustrate the narrative as it changed. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story, both in event and in narrative immediacy, that were afterwards lost.
Baker Berry PR6039.O32 B47 2017

The violins of Saint-Jacques : a tale of the antilles
Fermor, Patrick Leigh, author
New York : New York Review Books, [2017]
Baker Berry PR6056.E65 V5 2017

Come let us sing anyway : a collection of short stories
Ross, Leone, 1969- author
Leeds, England : Peepal Tree Press, 2017
Love silk food -- Echo -- Roll it -- Drag -- Breakfast time -- Pals -- President Daisy -- Minty minty -- Breathing -- Phonecall to a London rape crisis centre -- Velvet man -- Art, for fuck's sake -- The woman who lived in a restaurant -- Smile -- Covenant -- The Mullerian eminence -- Love letters -- What he is -- Fix -- The heart has no bones -- Mudman -- And you know this -- Maski-mon-gwe-zo-os (the Toad Woman)

From headless schoolgirls, to talking food and threesomes, pretty much anything can happen in these weird, luminous and witty short stories. Ranging in form from flash fiction to intense psychological drama, magical realism, horror and erotica, these strange, clever, frank and sometimes very funny stories can be serious too. Carefully crafted over 15 years, they explore unbounded sexualities, a vision of the fluidity of the person, and an oblique and imaginative take on politics - from the deaths of black people at the hands of the police, to the deep shifts in sensibility that signal subtle changes in the nature of capitalism - and much more. These stories may tickle, arouse and sometimes shock, but they will unwaveringly engage both the heart and the mind.
Baker Berry PR6068.O836 A6 2017

Lost horizon
Hilton, James, 1900-1954
New York : W. Morrow, 1936
A planeload of foreigners fleeing war-worn China find themselves in an idyllic valley in the Himalayas where time has virtually stopped.
Baker Berry PR6015.I53 L4 1936

French style : l'accent français de la prose anglaise
Philippe, Gilles, author
[Bruxelles] : Les impressions nouvelles, [2016]
Introduction : La référence et l'influence -- Le retard et la dette -- Chevaux de Troie -- 1. La France, c'est le style même -- Le moment Flaubert -- Le moment Gourmont -- 2. Le style, c'est la France même -- Écrire comme Renan -- Écrire comme Flaubert -- 3. Importer l'impression -- Traduire l'impression -- Donner l'impression -- 4. Henry James : un romancier anglais au style français ? -- Des gallicismes linguistiques -- Un gallicisme stylistique -- 5. Marcel Proust : un romancier français au style anglais ? -- "This strangely un-French prose of his" -- L'idiome et l'idiolecte -- 6. La leçon française -- T. S. Eliot, la France, le style -- Le style, la France, le Criterion -- Conclusion : La querelle des imaginaires -- Les deux corps de la langue -- Les deux corps du style.
Baker Berry PR129.F8 P45 2016

Shantaram
Roberts, Gregory David
New York : St. Martin's Press, c2003
Presents a novel based upon the life of the author about Lin, an escaped convict who disappears into the dark side of Bombay's streets and enters into a life of murder and betrayal, prison and torture, and war.
Baker Berry PR9619.4.R625 S53 2003

George Mackay Brown and the Scottish Catholic imagination
Bicket, Linden, author
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2017]
Baker Berry PR6052.R59 Z553 2017

Gothic Renaissance : a reassessment
edited by Elisabeth Bronfen and Beate Neumeier
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2017
Baker Berry PR423 .G68 2017

Twist
Little, Pippa, author
Todmorden, UK : Arc Publications, 2017
Baker Berry PR6062.I8278 T8 2017

March hares : an uncommonplace book
Higgins, Aidan, 1927-2015, author
Victoria, TX : Dalkey Archive Press, 2017
Baker Berry PR6058.I34 A6 2017

Shakespeare's First Folio : four centuries of an iconic book
Smith, Emma author
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2016
Introduction: Sir Edward Dering goes shopping -- Owning -- Reading -- Decoding -- Performing -- Perfecting -- Conclusion.

This is a biography of a book: the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays printed in 1623 and known as the First Folio. It begins with the story of its first purchaser in London in December 1623, and goes on to explore the ways people have interacted with this iconic book over the four hundred years of its history. Throughout the stress is on what we can learn from individual copies now spread around the world about their eventful lives. From ink blots to pet paws, from annotations to wineglass rings, First Folios teem with evidence of its place in different contexts with different priorities. This study offers new ways to understand Shakespeare's reception and the history of the book. Unlike previous scholarly investigations of the First Folio, it is not concerned with the discussions of how the book came into being, the provenance of its texts, or the technicalities of its production. Instead, it reanimates, in narrative style, the histories of this book, paying close attention to the details of individual copies now located around the world - their bindings, marginalia, general condition, sales history, and location - to discuss five major themes: owning, reading, decoding, performing, and perfecting. This is a history of the book that consolidated Shakespeare's posthumous reputation: a reception history and a study of interactions between owners, readers, forgers, collectors, actors, scholars, booksellers, and the book through which we understand and recognize Shakespeare.
Baker Berry PR3071 .S53 2016

Reading F.T. Prince
edited by Will May
Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2017
F.T. Prince (1912-2003) is now emerging as one of the most distinctive voices of twentieth-century Anglophone poetry. Born in South Africa, he came to England in the 1930s, where he studied alongside Stephen Spender and W.H. Auden. First published by T.S. Eliot, and celebrated in his day by poets as various as Siegfried Sassoon and John Ashbery, his poems have long intrigued readers with their formal experiments, Baroque influences, and intellectual puzzles. During his own lifetime, he found fame with the war poem 'Soldiers Bathing' (1942), and was known chiefly as a Milton scholar. However, this collection of specially commissioned essays sheds new light on his achievements and reveals his central place in the story of modern poetry. Enthralled by the canon, yet embraced by the avant-garde, he has influenced poets from Geoffrey Hill to Susan Howe, a unique conduit between the modernism and the Movement, British regionalism and American cosmopolitanism. Yet his poetry is not merely of interest for its continuing influence on wider tradition. Subtle, original, and various, F.T. Prince's poetry asks important questions about power, responsibility, and collective memory.
Baker Berry PR9369.3.P74 Z843 2017

Little sister
Gowdy, Barbara, author
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2017
Thunderstorms are rolling across the summer sky. Every time one breaks, Rose Bowan loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams about being in another woman's body. Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inhabiting a stranger? Disturbed yet entranced, she sets out to discover what is happening to her, leaving the cocoon of her family's small repertory cinema for the larger, upended world of someone wildly different from herself. Meanwhile her mother is in the early stages of dementia, and has begun to speak for the first time in decades about another haunting presence: Rose's younger sister. In Little Sister, one woman fights to help someone she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she always felt responsible. With the elegant prose and groundbreaking imagination that have earned her international acclaim, Barbara Gowdy explores the astonishing power of empathy, the question of where we end and others begin, and the fierce bonds of motherhood and sisterhood.
Baker Berry PR9199.3.G658 L58 2017

Let go my hand
Docx, Edward, author
London : Picador, 2017
Louis Lasker loves his family dearly - apart from when he doesn't. There's a lot of history. His father's marriages, his mother's death; one brother in exile, another in denial; everything said, everything unsaid. And now his father (the best of men, the worst of men) has taken a decision which will affect them all and has asked his three sons to join him on one final journey across Europe. But Louis is far from sure that this trip is a good idea. His older half-brothers are wonderful, terrible, troublesome people. And they're as suspicious as they are supportive ...because the truth is that they've never forgiven their father for the damaging secrets and corrosive lies of his past. So how much does Louis love his dad - to death? Or can this flawed family's bond prove powerful enough to keep a dying man alive?
Baker Berry PR6104.O28 L44 2017

The unaccompanied : poems
Armitage, Simon, 1963- author
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
Baker Berry PR6051.R564 A6 2017

The golden house : a novel
Rushdie, Salman, author
New York : Random House, [2017]
"A modern American epic set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture--a hurtling, page-turning mystery that is equal parts The Great Gatsby and The Bonfire of the Vanities On the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of "the Gardens," a cloistered community in New York's Greenwich Village. The neighborhood is a bubble within a bubble, and the residents are immediately intrigued by the eccentric newcomer and his family. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons: agoraphobic, alcoholic Petya, a brilliant recluse with a tortured mind; Apu, the flamboyant artist, sexually and spiritually omnivorous, famous on twenty blocks; and D, at twenty-two the baby of the family, harboring an explosive secret even from himself. There is no mother, no wife; at least not until Vasilisa, a sleek Russian expat, snags the septuagenarian Nero, becoming the queen to his king--a queen in want of an heir. Our guide to the Goldens' world is their neighbor Rene, an ambitious young filmmaker. Researching a movie about the Goldens, he ingratiates himself into their household. Seduced by their mystique, he is inevitably implicated in their quarrels, their infidelities, and, indeed, their crimes. Meanwhile, like a bad joke, a certain comic-book villain embarks upon a crass presidential run that turns New York upside-down. Set against the strange and exuberant backdrop of current American culture and politics, The Golden House also marks Salman Rushdie's triumphant and exciting return to realism. The result is a modern epic of love and terrorism, loss and reinvention--a powerful, timely story told with the daring and panache that make Salman Rushdie a force of light in our dark new age. Advance praise for The Golden House "A ravishingly well-told, deeply knowledgeable, magnificently insightful, and righteously outraged epic which poses timeless questions about the human condition. As Rushdie's blazing tale surges toward its crescendo, life, as it always has, rises stubbornly from the ashes, as does love."--Booklist (starred review) "Where Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities sent up the go-go, me-me Reagan/Bush era, Rushdie's latest novel captures the existential uncertainties of the anxious Obama years. A sort of Great Gatsby for our time: everyone is implicated, no one is innocent, and no one comes out unscathed."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"--
Baker Berry PR6068.U757 G65 2017

A column of fire
Follett, Ken, author
New York : Viking, [2017]
"International bestselling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of readers with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, two stories of the Middle Ages set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge. The saga now continues with Follett's magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire. In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious conflict dividing the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England. The shrewd, determined young monarch sets up the country's first secret service to give her early warning of assassination plots, rebellions, and invasion plans. Over a turbulent half century, the love between Ned and Margery seems doomed as extremism sparks violence from Edinburgh to Geneva. Elizabeth clings to her throne and her principles, protected by a small, dedicated group of resourceful spies and courageous secret agents"--
Baker Berry PR6056.O45 C65 2017

Augustown
Miller, Kei, author
New York : Pantheon Books, 2016
Author's note -- The flying preacherman -- This is how it starts -- The autoclaps -- Thanks.

"In the wake of Marlon James's Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, Augustown--set in the backlands of Jamaica--is a magical and haunting novel of one woman's struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth. Ma Taffy may be blind but she sees everything. So when her great-nephew Kaia comes home from school in tears, what she senses sends a deep fear running through her. While they wait for his mama to come home from work, Ma Taffy recalls the story of the flying preacherman and a great thing that did not happen. A poor suburban sprawl in the Jamaican heartland, Augustown is a place where many things that should happen don't, and plenty of things that shouldn't happen do. For the story of Kaia leads back to another momentous day in Jamaican history, the birth of the Rastafari and the desire for a better life"--
Baker Berry PR9265.9.M553 A93 2016

Set thy love in order : new and selected poems
Romer, Stephen, 1957- author
Manchester, UK : Carcanet Press Ltd, 2017
Set thy love in order: new & selected poems gathers the work of some thirty years, taken from Stephen Romer's four previous collections, along with a substantial selection of new poems. The title is a Dantesque imperative as old as the Trecento: Ordina questo amore, O tu che m' ami - set thy love in order, o thou who lovest me. Romer's central theme is encapsulated by these words, and his prolonged and painstaking exploration of the 'intermittences of the heart', frequently carried out with a Francophile self-consciousness and rueful wit, constitute so many variations on the theme. Romer's New & Selected articulates the constant oscillation between love, loss and longing, and the religious desire for 'refuge' or 'higher things', and how powerfully these can come to rhythm the life of the mind and the emotions. His more recent work has included poems of love and mourning for his parents, and elegies for friends. Derek Mahon singled out Romer's first collection Idols for its 'emotional candour and intellectual clarity', and since then the poet has endeavoured to turn the light of the intellect (and the wit) on the frequently chaotic and contradictory material of the heart. --cover.
Baker Berry PR6068.O46 A6 2017

Waiting for the nightingale
Burrows, Miles, author
Manchester : Carcanet, 2017
Baker Berry PR6052.U67 A6 2017

Leaving : a play
Woods, Don, 1937-
London ; S. French, 1989
Baker Berry PR6073.O6248 L4 1989

King Cromwell : a play
Davies, Oliver Ford
London : Samuel French, ©2005
Baker Berry PR6104.A875 K56 2005

Gym and tonic : a play
Godber, John, 1956-
New York : Samuel French, ©2000
Baker Berry PR6057.O274 G63 2000

The body in the clouds : a novel
Hay, Ashley, author
New York : Washington Square Press/Atria, 2017
"From the acclaimed author of the "exquisitely written and deeply felt" (Geraldine Brooks, author of The Secret Chord) novel The Railwayman's Wife comes a magical and gorgeously wrought tale of an astonishing event that connects three people across three hundred years. Imagine you looked up at just the right moment and saw something completely unexpected. What if it was something so marvelous that it transformed time and space forever? The Body in the Clouds tells the story of one such extraordinary moment--a man falling from the sky, and surviving--and of the three men who see it, in different ways and at different times, as they stand on the same piece of land. An astronomer in the 1700s, a bridge worker in the 1930s, and an expatriate banker returning home in the early twenty-first century: all three are transformed by this one magical event. And all three are struggling to understand what the meaning of "home" is, and how to recognize it once you're there. Widely praised for her "poetic gifts" (Booklist) and "graceful, supremely honest, [and] thought-provoking" (Kirkus Reviews) prose, Ashley Hay has crafted a luminous and unforgettable novel about the power of story, its ability to define the world around us, and the questions that transcend time"--
Baker Berry PR9619.4.H38 B63 2017

Beckett's political imagination
Morin, Emilie, 1978- author
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; Cambridge University Press, 2017
"There is, seemingly, little to say about Beckett's politics. Many interviews and memoirs portray a writer peculiarly unqualified for political activity, ill-at-ease with mundane realities, and more comfortable with philosophical abstraction. Some have celebrated his apparent detachment from the political world: notably, on the occasion of Beckett's seventieth birthday, Emil Cioran paid tribute to a figure living 'parallel to time,' gifted with the ability of making others 'understand history as a dimension man could have dispensed with'. Such established consensus, however, flies in the face of abundant evidence to the contrary. Beckett's texts, with their numerous portrayals of violence, torture, dispossession, internment and subjugation, harbour a real political immediacy, while his notebooks, manuscripts and correspondence reveal a fine and astute observer of political symbols, attuned to the long history of political myths in the Irish Free State, Nazi Germany, and France in the aftermath of the Second World War and during the Algerian War of Independence"--
Baker Berry PR6003.E282 Z78163 2017

European hours : collected poems
Rudolf, Anthony, 1942- author
Manchester : Carcanet Press Limited, 2017
Baker Berry PR6068.U28 A6 2017

In the absence of Absalon
Okotie, Simon, author
London : Salt Publishing Ltd, 2017
Baker Berry PR6115.K68 I58 2017

Granville Barker on theatre : selected essays
Granville-Barker, Harley, 1877-1946, author
London : Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2017
Baker Berry PR6013.R29 A6 2017

The collected short stories
Rhys, Jean, author
[London], UK : Penguin Books, 2017
Illusion -- A spiritualist -- From a French prison -- In a café -- Tout Montparnasse and a lady -- Mannequin -- In the Luxemburg Gardens -- Tea with an artist -- Trio -- Mixing cocktails -- Again the Antilles -- Hunger -- Discourse of a lady standing a dinner to a down-and-out friend -- A night -- In the Rue de l'Arriveé -- Learning to be a mother -- The blue bird -- The grey day -- The Sidi -- At the Villa d'Or -- La grosse Fifi -- Vienne -- Till September Petronella -- The day they burned the books -- Let them call it jazz -- Tigers are better-looking -- Outside the machine -- The lotus -- A solid house -- The sound of the river -- I spy a stranger -- Temps perdi -- Pioneers, oh, pioneers -- Good-bye Marcus, good-bye Rose -- The bishop's feast -- Heat -- Fishy waters -- Overture and beginners please -- Before the deluge -- On not shooting sitting birds -- Kikimora -- Night out 1925 -- The chevalier of the Place Blanche -- The insect world -- Rapunzel, Rapunzel -- Who knows what's up in the attic? -- Sleep it off lady -- I used to live here once -- Kismet -- The whistling bird -- Invitation to the dance.

Contains 36 stories including: Illusion--A spiritualist--From a French prison--In a cafe--Tout Montparnasse and a lady--Mannequin--(etc.).
Baker Berry PR6035.H96 A15 2017

The followers
Wait, Rebecca, author
New York, N.Y. : Europa Editions, 2017
"On the bleak, windswept moors of northern England, a small religious cult has cut itself off from society, believing they have found meaning in a purposeless world. Led by their prophet Nathaniel, they eagerly await the end times. But when the prophet brings in a new recruit, Stephanie, along with her rebellious daughter Judith, the group's delicate dynamic is disturbed. Judith is determined to escape, but her feelings are complicated by a growing friendship with another of the children, the naïve and trusting Moses, who has never experienced the outside world. Meanwhile, another member is starting to have doubts of his own, unleashing a horrifying chain of events that will destroy the followers' lives. In the aftermath, the survivors struggle to adjust to the real world, haunted by the same questions: if you've been persuaded to surrender your individual will, are you still responsible for your actions? And is there any way back?"--
Baker Berry PR6123.A377 F65 2017

Katherine Mansfield and psychology
editors, Clare Hanson, Gerri Kimber and Todd Martin ; editorial assistant, Louise Edensor
Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2016]
Explores the multiple ways in which Mansfield's fiction resonates with the landscapes opened up by psychology and psychoanalysis. In line with the recent surge of critical interest in early psychology, the contributors read Mansfield's work alongside figures like William James and Henri Bergson, opening up new perspectives on affect in her work. While these essays trace strands within the intellectual milieu in which Mansfield came of age, others explore the intricate interplay between Mansfield's fiction and Freudian theory, seeing her work as emblematic of the uncanny doubling of modernist literature and psychoanalysis.
Baker Berry PR9639.3.M258 Z7324 2016

The doll's alphabet
Grudova, Camilla, author
Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2017
""This doll's eye view is a total delight and surveys a world awash with shadowy wit and exquisite collisions of beauty and the grotesque." -Helen Oyeyemi, author of Boy, Snow, Bird "Down to its most particular details, The Doll's Alphabet creates an individual world-a landscape I have never encountered before, which now feels like it was been waiting to be captured, and waiting to captivate, all along." -Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be "Marvellous. Grudova understands that the best writing has to pull off the hardest aesthetic trick-it has to be both memorable and fleeting." -Deborah Levy, author of Hot Milk Dolls, sewing machines, tinned foods, mirrors, malfunctioning bodies-by constantly reinventing ways to engage with her obsessions and motifs, Camilla Grudova has built a universe that's highly imaginative, incredibly original, and absolutely discomfiting. The stories in The Doll's Alphabet are by turns child-like and naive, grotesque and very dark: the marriage of Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter. Camilla Grudova lives in Toronto. She holds a degree in Art History and German from McGill University, Montreal. Her fiction has appeared in The White Review and Granta"--
Baker Berry PR9199.4.G7855 A6 2017

A forgotten man : the life and death of John Lodwick
Elliott, Geoffrey, 1939- author
London : I.B. Tauris, 2017
John Lodwick (1916-1959) was one of the great novelists of the early twentieth century. Yet his novels, and indeed his own extraordinary life story, have been virtually lost to the mists of time. Geoffrey Elliott here, for the first time, pieces together Lodwick's eventful life, from his youth in Ireland, to his wartime experiences in the SOE and Special Boat Service, his subsequent literary career and his untimely death in a car crash in Spain at the age of just 43. Initially acclaimed by Somerset Maugham and Anthony Burgess, soon after his death Lodwick's novels fell out of fashion and they have largely remained out-of-print since. Elliott makes the case for a revival in the fortunes of this singular English novelist, in a biography which sheds new light on the early twentieth century literary scene, the surrealist art world and the real-life experiences of World War II.
Baker Berry PR6023.O324 Z65 2017

The witch of Edmonton
Dekker, Thomas, approximately 1572-1632, author
London ; Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2017
List of illustrations -- General editors' preface -- Preface -- Introduction. Curtain and cockpit : staging the supernatural in 1621 ; Collaborations: Rowley...etc. ; Reading Elizabeth Sawyer in 1621 ; Witchcraft and bigamy : 1621 and 1658 ; Danger and death : tragicomedy and domestic drama in 1621 ; London and Lancashire : staging witchcraft in 1634 ; The witch and the dog ; The witch regains the stage : 1921 to 2016: Edmonton on stage, The witch and the dog : reprise, Forget the hobby-horse! ; Printing "The Witch of Edmonton" : 1658 and 2016 -- Quarto paratext -- The witch of Edmonton -- Appendix: Casting "The Witch of Edmonton" -- Abbreviations and references. Abbreviations used in notes ; Works by and partly by Shakespeare ; Editions of "The Witch of Edmonton" collated ; Other works cited ; Modern productions cited. Index.

On 19 April 1621, a woman named Elizabeth Sawyer was hanged at Tyburn. Her story was on the bookstalls within days and within weeks was adapted for the stage as The Witch of Edmonton. The devil stalks Edmonton in the shape of a large black dog and, just as Elizabeth Sawyer makes her demonic pact, the newlywed Frank Thorney enters into his own dark bargain in the shape of a second, bigamous marriage. Torn between sympathy for Sawyer and Thorney and a clear-eyed assessment of their crimes, the play was the finest and most nuanced treatment of witchcraft that the stage would see for centuries. Lucy Munro's introduction provides students and scholars with a detailed understanding of this complex play.
Baker Berry PR2491 .W54 2017

A legacy of spies
Le Carré, John, 1931- author
New York, New York : Viking, [2017]
Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley, and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinized by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications. Interweaving past with present so that each may tell its own intense story, John le Carré has spun a single plot as ingenious and thrilling as the two predecessors on which it looks back: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Baker Berry PR6062.E33 L44 2017

Everywhere I look
Garner, Helen, 1942- author
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia : The Text Publishing Company, 2016
Whisper and hum -- Some furniture -- White paint and calico -- Suburbia -- Dear Mrs Dunkley -- Eight views of Tim Winton -- Notes from a brief friendship -- From Frogmore, Victoria -- My dear lift-rat -- While not writing a book: diary 1 -- Red dog: a mutiny -- Funk paradise: diary 2 -- Dreams of her real self -- Before whatever else happens: diary 3 -- Punishing Karen -- The singular Rosie -- The city at night -- The man in the dock -- On darkness -- The journey of the stamp animals -- Worse things than writers can invent -- How to marry your daughters -- X-ray of a pianist at work -- Gall and barefaced daring -- The rules of engagement -- The rapture of firsthand encounters -- Hit me -- My first baby -- Big brass bed -- Dawn service -- A party -- The insults of age -- In the wings.

"I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there's a stillness, a moment of silent freshness that feels like spring." Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition, flashes of anger and incidental humour. It takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for the murder of her newborn baby. It moves effortlessly from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice. Everywhere I Look includes Garner's famous and controversial essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother and extracts from her diaries, which have been part of her working life for as long as she has been a writer. Everywhere I Look glows with insight. It is filled with the wisdom of life.
Baker Berry PR9619.3.G3 E84 2016

War is here : the Vietnam War and Canadian literature
McGill, Robert, 1976- author
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2017]
Baker Berry PR9199.4.M427 M34 2017

The Hamelin incident : a play
Walker, Graham, 1939- author
London : Samuel French, [2016]
"This adaptation of the Pied Piper tale centres on the figure of Blankenfeld, the one member of the Town Council to feel a moral obligation towards the Piper once he has rid the town of rats. He alone is exempt from the doom the town brings upon itself by ignoring the Piper?s demands for his payment"--
Baker Berry PR6073.A412 H35 2016

Slow war
Hertwig, Benjamin, 1985- author
Montreal ; McGill-Queen's University Press, 2017
Genesis -- First kill -- Bush trails -- Weekend leave, Wainright to Edmonton -- Drunk-driving -- Emergent -- Night convoy, Kandahar -- Rumours, forward operating base Wilson -- Guard tower, Kandahar -- Ash Wednesday, freedom chapel Kandahar -- Salat -- First shot -- Somewhere in Helmand -- Three week's leave, Germany -- Rooftop, Panjwai -- Somewhere in the desert -- Evening at a burnt-out school with the Tenth Mountain Division -- Skoal -- Easter Sunday, forward operating base Wilson -- Fruit on a wooden table -- A visit from the Prime Minster -- Care package, Kandahar -- Homeward -- Icoonoclast -- Food habits of coyotes, as determined by examination of stomach contents -- Tinnitus, or the drive-thru window when you return -- Vehicle in flame -- Young soldier -- Young boy -- Home again -- Apple-pickling, after Afghanistan -- Winter buck -- Alternate -- Desire in sevens -- A compendium of hands -- July 22, 2006 -- Portrait of a family friend in your bedroom, signed camp Hallein (21/10/45) -- May 2, 2011 -- The liturgical leap into Monday, or some of the things you wish you'd told your grandfather -- Rock picking -- Road race, Christmas day -- Church going -- Poem for he dead after war -- Poem for the last time you wore your uniform -- Otto after the war -- Somewhere in Flanders/Afghanistan -- Stigmata -- For the soldier who slept across the hall -- On teaching Tim O'Brien to an amateur hockey team -- Visiting the old farm, Alberta -- Stories you tell when you wish to love again -- View from slide you onces lpet under -- Sunday mornings -- Remember your body again -- Quiet.

"Benjamin Hertwig's debut collection of poetry, Slow War, is at once an account of contemporary warfare and a personal journey of loss and the search for healing. It stands in the tradition of Wilfred Owen's "Dulce et Decorum Est" and Kevin Powers's "Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting." A century after the First World War, Hertwig presents the personal cost of war in poems such as "Somewhere in Flanders/Afghanistan" and "Food Habits of Coyotes, as Determined by the Examination of Stomach Contents," and the potential for healing in unlikely places in "A Poem Is Not Guantanamo Bay." This collection provides no easy answers--Hertwig looks at the war in Afghanistan with the unflinching gaze of a soldier and the sustained attention of a poet. In his accounting of warfare and its difficult aftermath on the homefront, the personal becomes political. While these poems inhabit both experimental and traditional forms, the breakdown of language channels a descent into violence and an ascent into a future that no longer feels certain, where history and trauma are forever intertwined. Hertwig reminds us that remembering war is a political act and that writing about war is a way we remember."--
Baker Berry PR9199.4.H4746 A6 2017

Hannah and Hanna : a play
Retallack, John, 1950- author
London : Samuel French, [2016]
Baker Berry PR6118.E599 H35 2016

A house without windows : a play
Valentine, Joe, author
London : Samuel French, [2016]
Baker Berry PR6072.A42 H68 2016

Grapefruit : a book of instructions + drawings = en instruktionsbok + teckningar
Ono, Yōko, author,
Lund : Bakhåll, [2011]
"This is Grapefruit--Yoko Ono's whimsical, delightful, subversive, startling book of instructions for art and for life--in a bilingual Swedish-English edition"--Back cover.
Baker Berry PR6065.N6 G72 2011

Chaucer's Canterbury tales (selected) : an interlinear translation
Chaucer, Geoffrey, -1400
Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's Educational Series, ©2012
Lively, absorbing, often outrageously funny, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is a work of genius, an undisputed classic that has held a special appeal for each generation of readers. The Canterbury Tales gather twenty-nine of literature's most enduring (and endearing) characters in a vivid group portrait that captures the full spectrum of medieval society, from the exalted Knight to the humble plowman. A graceful modren translation facing each page of the text allows the contemporary reader to enjoy the fast pace of these selections from The Canterbury Tales with the poetry of the Middle English original always at first hand.
Baker Berry PR1867 .H55 2012

Refugee tales
edited by David Herd & Anna Pincus
Great Britain : Comma Press, 2016
The migrant's tale / as told to Dragan Todorovic -- The chaplain's tale / as told to Michael Zand -- The unaccompanied minor's tale / as told to Inua Ellams -- The lorry driver's tale / as told to Chris Cleave -- The arriver's tale / as told to Abdulrazak Gurnah -- The visitor's tale / as told to Hubert Moore -- The detainee's tale / as told to Ali Smith -- The interpreter's tale / as told to Carol Watts -- The appellant's tale / as told to David Herd -- The dependant's tale / as told to Marina Lewycka -- The friend's tale / as told to Jad Amoli-Jackson -- The deportee's tale / as told to Avaes Mohammad -- The lawyer's tale / as told to Stephen Collis -- The refugee's tale / as told to Patience Agbabi.

Here, poets and novelists retell the stories of individuals who have direct experience of Britain's policy of indefinite immigration detention.
Baker Berry PR1309.R4 R44 2016

Premodern Scotland : literature and governance 1420 1587 : essays for Sally Mapstone
edited by Joanna Martin and Emily Wingfield
Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2017
Baker Berry PR8510 .P74 2017

Solar bones
McCormack, Mike, 1965- author
New York, NY : Soho Press, Inc., 2017
"On All Souls Day, the late Marcus Conway returns home. Solar Bones captures in a single relentless sentence the life and death of this rural Irish engineer, and his place in the globally interconnected 21st century. The book takes in local municipal failures and global financial collapse, the quotidian pleasures of family, ancient history and the latest headlines, the living and the dead. A vital, tender, acerbic, warm, and death-haunted work one of Ireland's most important contemporary novelists, Solar Bones builds its own style and language one broken line at a time. The result is visionary accounting of the now"--
Baker Berry PR6063.C363 S65 2017

Shakespeare in the marketplace of words
Lamb, Jonathan P., 1980- author
Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017
Shakespeare's writing practice : value, exchange, and the work of form -- The stylistic self in Richard II -- Portia's laboratory : The Merchant of Venice and the new science -- The medium and the message : As You Like It -- Hamlet's parenthesis -- Shakespeare rewords Chaucer : Troilus and Cressida -- Conclusion.

"Making innovative use of digital and library archives, this book explores how Shakespeare used language to interact with the verbal marketplace of early modern England. By also combining word history with book history, Jonathan P. Lamb demonstrates Shakespeare's response to the world of words around him, in and through the formal features of his works. In chapters that focus on particular rhetorical features in Richard II, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Hamlet, and Troilus and Cressida, Lamb argues that we can best understand Shakespeare's writing practice by scrutinizing how the formal features of his works circulated in an economy of imaginative writing. Shakespeare's interactions with this verbal market preceded and made possible his reputation as a playwright and dramatist. He was, in his time, a great buyer and seller of words"--
Baker Berry PR3077 .L36 2017

Nine continents : a memoir in and out of China
Guo, Xiaolu, 1973- author
New York : Grove Press, 2017
Baker Berry PR9450.9.G86 Z46 2017b

Madness and the Romantic poet : a critical history
Whitehead, James (Writer on romanticism), author
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017
"Madness and the Romantic Poet examines the longstanding and enduringly popular idea that poetry is connected to madness and mental illness. The idea goes back to classical antiquity, but it was given new life at the turn of the nineteenth century. The book offers a new and much more complete history of its development than has previously been attempted, alongside important associated ideas about individual genius, creativity, the emotions, rationality, and the mind in extreme states or disorder--ideas that have been pervasive in modern popular culture. More specifically, the book tells the story of the initial growth and wider dissemination of the idea of the 'Romantic mad poet' in the nineteenth century, how (and why) this idea became so popular, and how it interacted with the very different fortunes in reception and reputation of Romantic poets, their poetry, and attacks on or defences of Romanticism as a cultural trend generally--again leaving a popular legacy that endured into the twentieth century. Material covered includes nineteenth-century journalism, early literary criticism, biography, medical and psychiatric literature, and poetry. A wide range of scientific (and pseudoscientific) thinkers are discussed alongside major Romantic authors, including Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Hazlitt, Lamb, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Keats, Byron, and John Clare. Using this array of sources and figures, the book asks: was the Romantic mad genius just a sentimental stereotype or a romantic myth? Or does its long popularity tell us something about Romanticism and the role it has played, or has been given, in modern culture?"--
Baker Berry PR585.P85 W45 2017

Crime writing in interwar Britain : fact and fiction in the Golden Age
Stewart, Victoria, 1971- author
Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, 2017
Narratives of crime in interwar Britain -- Revisiting Victorian sensations -- F. Tennyson Jesse and the modern murderer -- In search of the perfect crime: Dorothy L. Sayers and detection in fact and fiction -- Dangerous men in interwar writing.

"Crime Writing in Interwar Britain The interwar period is often described as the 'Golden Age' of detective fiction, but many other kinds of crime writing, both factual and fictional, were also widely read during these years. Crime Writing in Interwar Britain: Fact and Fiction in the Golden Age considers some of this neglected material in order to provide a richer and more complex view of how crime and criminality were understood between the wars. A number of the authors discussed, including Dorothy L. Sayers, Marie Belloc Lowndes and F. Tennyson Jesse, wrote about crime in essays, book reviews, newspaper articles and works of popular criminology, as well as in novels and short stories. Placing debates about detective fiction in the context of this largely forgotten but rich and diverse culture of writing about crime will give a unique new picture of how criminality and the legal process were considered at this time"--
Baker Berry PR830.D4 S55 2017

All we saw : poems
Michaels, Anne, 1958- author
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017
"Poems of elegy in the aftermath of a great love from the internationally best-selling, award-winning novelist (Fugitive Pieces, The Winter Vault) and poet. In All We Saw, Anne Michaels returns with strikingly original poems to explore one of her essential concerns: "what love makes us capable of, and incapable of." Here are the ways in which passion must accept, must insist, that "death. give / not only take from us." This piercing short collection treats desire in a style that is chaste, spare, figuratively modulated, and almost classical in its precision. In lyrics that ponder what happens to the bodies of lovers--so vital when together, different when apart, death coming to one before the other--Michaels embraces both the intimacy and the vastness of the connection between two people. Love's sheltering understanding is a powerful presence in all the poems, with its particular imagery (the ringing fog, the white page of the bed), as is the shattering loss of its end. With Michaels, we enter a space that is "not inside / not outside: dusk's / doorway," where memory might be kept alive"--
Baker Berry PR9199.3.M453 A6 2017

Milton and the making of Paradise lost
Poole, William, 1977- author
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017
Part 1: Milton -- The undertaking -- School and the Gils -- An anxious young man -- Ambitions -- Milton's syllabus -- Securing a reputation -- Two problematic books -- Systematic theology -- Drafts for dramas -- Two competitors: Davenant and Cowley -- Going blind -- The undertaking, revisited -- Bibliographical interlude: publishing Paradise lost -- Part 2: Paradise Lost -- Structure -- Creating a universe -- Epic disruption -- Military epic -- Scientific epic -- Pastoral tragedy -- Contamination and doubles -- Justifying the ways of God to men -- Becoming a classic.

Milton and the Making of Paradise Lost tells the story of John Milton's life as England's self-elected national poet and explains how the single greatest poem of the English language came to be written. In early 1642 Milton--an obscure private schoolmaster--promised English readers a work of literature so great that "they should not willingly let it die." Twenty-five years later, toward the end of 1667, the work he had pledged appeared in print: the epic poem Paradise Lost. In the interim, however, the poet had gone totally blind and had also become a controversial public figure--a man who had argued for the abolition of bishops, freedom of the press, the right to divorce, and the prerogative of a nation to depose and put to death an unsatisfactory ruler. These views had rendered him an outcast. William Poole devotes particular attention to Milton's personal situation: his reading and education, his ambitions and anxieties, and the way he presented himself to the world. Although always a poet first, Milton was also a theologian and civil servant, vocations that informed the composition of his masterpiece. At the emotional center of this narrative is the astounding fact that Milton lost his sight in 1652. How did a blind man compose this staggeringly complex, intensely visual work? Poole opens up the epic worlds and sweeping vistas of Milton's masterpiece to modern readers, first by exploring Milton's life and intellectual preoccupations and then by explaining the poem itself--its structure, content, and meaning.--
Baker Berry PR3581 .P64 2017

It is easy to be dead : based on the brief life, letters and poetry of Charles Hamilton Sorley
McPherson, Neil, 1969- author
London : Oberon Books, 2016
"When twenty year old Charles Sorley was killed in action during the First World War, his devastated parents were left with only his letters and poems to remember him by. Using his extraordinary writings, together with music and songs from some of the greatest composers of the period, It Is Easy To Be Dead is a tender portrait of his brief life."--Page 4 of cover.
Baker Berry PR6113.C5865 I85 2016

Consent
Raine, Nina, author
London : Nick Hern Books Limited, 2017
"Why is justice blind? Is she impartial? Or is she blinkered? Friends Ed and Tim take opposing briefs in a rape case. The key witness is a woman whose life seems a world away from theirs. At home, their own lives begins to unravelas every version of the truth is challenged..."--Publisher's description.
Baker Berry PR6118.A346 C66 2017

The secret life : three true stories
O'Hagan, Andrew, 1968- author
London Faber & Faber, 2017
The slippery online ecosystem is the perfect breeding ground for identities: true, false, and in between. We no longer question the reality of online experiences but the reality of self-hood in the digital age. In The Secret Life: Three True Stories, Andrew O'Hagan issues three bulletins from the porous border between cyberspace and the 'real world'. 'Ghosting' introduces us to the beguiling and divisive Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, whose autobiography the author agrees to ghostwrite with unforeseen -- and unforgettable -- consequences. 'The Invention of Ronnie Pinn' finds the author using the actual identity of a deceased young man to construct an entirely new one in cyberspace, leading him on a journey into the deep web's darkest realms. And 'The Satoshi Affair' chronicles the strange case of Craig Wright, the Australian web developer who may or may not be the mysterious inventor of Bitcoin, and who may or may not be willing, or even able, to reveal the truth. What does it mean when your very sense of self becomes, to borrow a phrase from the tech world, 'disrupted'? Perhaps it takes a novelist, an inventor of selves, armed with the tools of a trenchant reporter, to find an answer.
Baker Berry PR6065.H18 A6 2017