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    Series: General Military
    Samurai Armour Volume I: The Japanese Cuirass Trevor Absolon
    9781472807960 Hardcover ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES / Firearms & Weapons On Sale Date: November 21, 2017 Print Run: 15000
    $79.00 CAD 9.7 x 11.43 x 1.26 in | 372 pages Carton Quantity: 6 Canadian Rights: Y Osprey Publishing
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      For beauty, precision and strength, nothing has ever matched the combination of form and function found in the armour of the samurai. For a samurai, the consummate warrior, his suit of armour was so much more than 'just' protective equipment that could save his life in the heat of battle--it was the embodiment of his personality, social status and very soul.

      This volume, the first in a two-part series on the armour of the samurai, traces first the history of the samurai themselves and then examines the history and evolution of the cuirass ordou, the armour protecting the samurai's chest. Drawing on over 20 years of research and technical work by Trevor Absolon, a leading expert, this is a complete study of this fundamental aspect of samurai armour construction. Stunningly illustrated with photographs and diagrams throughout, this is more than just a detailed technical exploration; it is a meditation on a process that was, and still is, nothing short of an art form.

      Bio
      Trevor Absolon's passion for history and militaria was well developed by the time he bought his first book by Osprey Publishing at the age of nine. He moved to Japan in the early 1990s and immersed himself in all aspects of traditional Japanese culture, becoming, in 2007, the first and only non-Japanese national to ever hold a formal rank and title in the prestigious Soma Noma-oi, or Wild Horse Chase, the oldest and last authentic samurai equestrian event still held in Japan which dates back to the tenth century. Through his business and private collection Trevor has documented and studied tens of thousands of authentic items of samurai armour, which has helped him to achieve an unrivaled understanding of these fascinating items--attested to by his large international clientele of private collectors and renowned museums. Trevor has privately published three books on samurai armour and co-produced a documentary film about the Soma Noma-oi.
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    In the Darkroom Susan Faludi
    9780805089080 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General On Sale Date: June 14, 2016 Print Run: 125000
    $45.00 CAD 6.4 x 9.62 x 1.35 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Metropolitan Books
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      PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST
      ONE OF THENEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW'S 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
      WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

      From the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author ofBacklash, comesIn the Darkroom, an astonishing confrontation with the enigma of her father and the larger riddle of identity consuming our age.

      “In the summer of 2004 I set out to investigate someone I scarcely knew, my father. The project began with a grievance, the grievance of a daughter whose parent had absconded from her life. I was in pursuit of a scofflaw, an artful dodger who had skipped out on so many things—obligation, affection, culpability, contrition. I was preparing an indictment, amassing discovery for a trial. But somewhere along the line, the prosecutor became a witness.”

      So begins Susan Faludi’s extraordinary inquiry into the meaning of identity in the modern world and in her own haunted family saga. When the feminist writer learned that her 76-year-old father—long estranged and living in Hungary—had undergone sex reassignment surgery, that investigation would turn personal and urgent. How was this new parent who identified as “a complete woman now” connected to the silent, explosive, and ultimately violent father she had known, the photographer who’d built his career on the alteration of images?

      Faludi chases that mystery into the recesses of her suburban childhood and her father’s many previous incarnations: American dad, Alpine mountaineer, swashbuckling adventurer in the Amazon outback, Jewish fugitive in Holocaust Budapest. When the author travels to Hungary to reunite with her father, she drops into a labyrinth of dark histories and dangerous politics in a country hell-bent on repressing its past and constructing a fanciful—and virulent—nationhood. The search for identitythat has transfixed our century was proving as treacherous for nations as for individuals.

      Faludi’s struggle to come to grips with her father’s metamorphosis takes her across borders—historical, political, religious, sexual--to bring her face to face with the question of the age: Is identity something you “choose,” or is it the very thing you can’t escape?

      Bio
      Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and the author ofThe Terror Dream,Stiffed, andBacklash, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction. A former reporter forThe Wall Street Journal, she has written forThe New Yorker,The New York Times,Harper’s, andThe Baffler, among other publications.
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      Awards
      Kirkus Prize Winner 2016, Winner
      Library Journal Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      Kirkus Prize Finalists 2016, Short-listed
      Washington Post Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      NYT Outstanding Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      Pulitzer Prize - Finalist 2017, Short-listed
      Reviews

      “This book is a masterpiece.”
      Ann Patchett

      In the Darkroom is an absolute stunner of a memoir—probing, steel-nerved, moving in ways you’d never expect. Ms. Faludi is determined both to demystify the father of her youth—‘a simultaneously inscrutable and volatile presence, a black box and a detonator’—and to re-examine the very notion and nature of identity.”
      The New York Times(daily review)

      “Penetrating and lucid . . .In the Darkroom is Faludi’s rich, arresting, and ultimately generous investigation of her father.”
      The New York Times Book Review (front page)

      “A searching investigation of identity barely disguised as a sometimes funny and sometimes very painful family saga. . . .Faludi is a mercilessly droll and careful writer. The emotional incontinence and narcissism that pass for insight and power in memoirs these days is not for her. . . .All the same, I cried quite often as I read her book, and at [one] point, I had to go off and stare at some flowers for a while. . . . An out-and-out masterpiece of its kind.”
      The Guardian(UK)

      “Faludi's remarkable, moving and courageous book is extremely fair-minded all the way through.”
      The Guardian,(U.S. edition)

      “It’s a gripping and honest personal journey—bolstered by reams of research—that ultimately transcends family and addresses much bigger questions of identity and reinvention.”
      Entertainment Weekly

      “Many great writers eventually turn to biography, but rarely does it so directly crash into their lifelong intellectual pursuits. . . . very few can dissect a prevailing cultural norm as well as Faludi can.”
      The Washington Post

      “In this riveting book about a very complicated subject, Ms. Faludi . . . does a remarkable job tracking down the truth about her father, a person of multiple and contradictory identities . . . Ms. Faludi unfolds her father’s story like the plot of a detective novel.”
      The Wall Street Journal

      “Moving . . .In the Darkroom is Faludi’s emotionally harrowing quest to understand her dad
      . . . Faludi presents her father’s surgery in the context of a complicated, lifelong, protean search for identity.”
      Newsweek

      “Faludi’s eloquent, timely, and sweeping-yet-intimate new book . . . is a mash-up of genres and themes about family secrets, masculinity and femininity, feminism, violence, the Holocaust, taking revenge. Knitting it all together are questions of identity: Who?or what?makes us who and what we are? How immutable is the end result?”
      Elle

      In the Darkroom is an intensely personal journey for Faludi, and despite the intimate subject matter, she never loses her reportorial edge. . . . Through [her father’s] experiences, Faludi explores the larger questions of transgender politics and sexual identity in a nation whose past has detrimentally shaped its present. In the process, the hard-nosed reporter and feminist is forced to reevaluate the identity she has built as retaliation against an abusive and domineering father.”
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      “Wow. Susan Faludi's new book is so good. Like a really dry martini. Pow!”
      The Observer (UK)

      “Astonishing, unique . . . should be essential reading.”
      The Irish Independent

      “A classic autobiographical quest. . .Especially pertinent reading in these, our own dark times, when questions of identity keep coming to the fore, as matters of life and death.”
      NPR, Fresh Air(Maureen Corrigan)

      “Ultimately this book is an act of love . . . a fascinating chronicle of a decade spent trying to understand a parent who had always been inscrutable.”
      The Economist (UK)

      “Susan Faludi weaves together these strands of her father’s identity – Jewishness, nationality, gender – with energy, wit and nuance. . . . It is rare to read anything about anti-Semitism or transgender issues that works so hard to forgo polemic in favour of understanding. . . . Faludi has paid her late father a fine tribute by bringing her to life in such a compelling, truthful story.”
      New Statesman (UK)

      “Impressive. . .Sometimes reality delivers up not just a remarkable story, but a remarkable story containing a set of parallel motifs that seem too absurdly perfect to be credible. . .the epic battle, and eventually the epic rapprochement, between Susan and [her father] Stefánie?an irresistible force meeting an immovable object. . . .As impossible as her father is, Susan comes to recognize and feel compassion for the bewildering and titanic forces, inside and out, that batter Stefánie’spsyche.”
      Slate

      “A wrought and multi-layered memoir . . . Powerful and absorbing.”
      Publishers Weekly (starred)

      “Moving and penetrating . . . A gripping exploration of sexual, national, and ethnic identity.”
      Kirkus Reviews (starred)

      “Extraordinary: part riveting family memoir, part revelatory Holocaust history, but most of all a profound meditation on human identity. . . .In the Darkroom is nothing if not timely. It is also highly significant. . . .We live in an age overflowing with bitter battles over identity?with too little of Susan Faludi’s humane desire to understand.”
      National Book Review

      “A record of Stefanie Faludi's extraordinary life, and an unsettling interrogation of that modern obsession, identity. . . .Few have asked these questions with such riveting precision.”
      The Spectator (UK)

      “In the Darkroom is a unique, deeply affecting and beautifully written book, full of warmth, intelligence and. . .humour. It makes a flawless weave of biography and autobiography with an examination of identity politics, Hungarian history, the Holocaust and the reparable bond between parent and child.”
      The Saturday Paper (Australia)

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    The Speed of Sound Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir Thomas Dolby
    9781250071842 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: October 11, 2016 Print Run: 30000
    $38.99 CAD 6.2 x 9.39 x 0.98 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Flatiron Books
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      The remarkable story of rising to the top of the music charts, a second act as a tech pioneer, and the sustaining power of creativity and art.

      Thomas Dolby’s hit songs “She Blinded Me with Science” and “Hyperactive!” catapulted him to international fame in the early 80’s. A pioneer of New Wave and Electronica, Thomas combined a love for invention with a passion for music, and the result was a new sound that defined an era of revolutionary music. But as record company politics overshadow the joy of performing, Thomas finds a surprising second act.

      Starting out in a rat-infested London bedsit, a teenage Thomas Dolby stacks boxes by day at the grocery and tinkers with a homemade synthesizer at night while catching the Police at a local dive bar, swinging by the pub to see the unknown Elvis Costello and starting the weekend with a Clash show at a small night club. London on the eve of the 1980s is a hotbed for music and culture, and a new sound is beginning to take shape, merging technology with the musical energy of punk rock. Thomas plays keyboards in other bands’ shows, and with a bit of luck finds his own style, quickly establishing himself on the scene and recording break out hits that take radio, MTV and dance clubs by storm. The world is now his oyster, and sold out arenas, world tours, even a friendship with Michael Jackson become the fabric of his life.

      But as the record industry flounders and disillusionment sets in, Thomas turns his attention to Hollywood. Scoring films and computer games eventually leads him to Silicon Valley and a software startup that turns up the volume on the digital music revolution. His company barely survives the dotcom bubble but finally even the mavericks at Apple, Microsoft, Netscape and Nokia see the light. By 2005, two-thirds of the world’s mobile phones embed his Beatnik software. Life at the zenith of a tech empire proves to be just as full of big personalities, battling egos and roller-coaster success as his days spent at the top of the charts.

      THE SPEED OF SOUND is the story of an extraordinary man living an extraordinary life, a single-handed quest to make peace between art and the digital world.

      Bio
      Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, and then moved to Silicon Valley, where he has had an extraordinary career as an entrepreneur. He has been named Johns Hopkins University's first Homewood Professor of the Arts, where he will help create a new center that will serve as an incubator for technology in the arts. He lives in England with his family.
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      Awards
      NPR Best Book of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      Reviews

      "He rose during the advent of the British New Wave. But what was he, exactly? A singer-songwriter? Performance artist? Programmer? Engineer, poet, actor, inventor? And if we couldn't be sure, how possibly could he? This is the engaging, emotional, funny and surprising tale of Thomas Dolby -- a brilliant multi-hyphenate on his journey of discovery and self-discovery."
      -- JJ Abrams, Director, Writer, Producer


      "Whatever technology does to musicians will also be done to the rest of us -- but to Thomas Dolby first. Professor Dolby's candid memoir is fascinating. Its significance will grow."
      -- Bruce Sterling, author ofThe Epic Struggle of the Internet of ThingsandThe Mirrorshade anthology

      "Thomas Dolby has had at least four notable lives. The chart topping musician and ubiquitous MTV presence, the Silicon Valley innovator, the music director for TED and then, astonishingly, a professor at Johns Hopkins. His journey is as amazing as the book is well written. From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed every page of The Speed Of Sound. Brilliant."
      - Henry Rollins, bestselling author, journalist and musician

      "Musician Thomas Dolby debuts with an absorbing account of his pioneering work merging digital music with film, technology, and science. In this story-filled memoir, Dolby draws deeply on his experiences as a synthesized music guru and early internet geek, offering wonderful scenes involving such notables as Michael Jackson, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Steve Jobs, and George Lucas. His innovative accomplishments, rendered in fascinating detail here, are legendary."
      -Kirkus, Starred Review

      “In his engaging memoir, British New Wave icon Dolby retraces his journey from London stock clerk to pop star to unlikely success as a Silicon Valley pioneer…Dolby’s style—understated but acute—and wealth of anecdotes make for an enjoyable narrative… the bespectacled Brit is more Renaissance man than one-hit wonder.”
      - Publishers Weekly

      "Wildly entertaining"
      — Salon.com

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    Spider from Mars My Life with Bowie Woody Woodmansey, Tony Visconti
    9781250117618 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: January 03, 2017 Print Run: 50000
    $38.99 CAD 6.37 x 9.42 x 1.14 in | 320 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Press
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      In January 2016, the unexpected death of David Bowie rocked the globe. For millions of people, he was an icon celebrated for his music, his film and theatrical roles, and his trendsetting influence on fashion and gender norms. But no one from her inner circle has told the story of how David Jones—a young folksinger, dancer, and aspiring mime—became one of the most influential artists of our time.

      Drummer Woody Woodmansey is the last surviving member of Bowie’s band The Spiders from Mars which helped launch his Ziggy Stardust persona and made David Bowie a sensation.

      In this first memoir to follow Bowie’s passing,Spider from Marsreveals what it was like to be at the white-hot center of a star’s self-creation. With never-before-told stories and never-before-seen photographs, Woodmansey offers details of the album sessions forThe Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,andAladdin Sane: the four albums that made Bowie a cult figure. And, as fame beckoned by eventually consumed Bowie, Woodmansey recalls the wild tours, eccentric characters, and rock ‘n’ roll excess that eventually drove the band apart.

      A vivid and unique evocation of a transformative musical era and the enigmatic, visionary musician at the center of it, with a foreword by legendary music producer Tony Visconti and an afterword from Def Leppard's Joe Elliot,Spider from Mars is for everyone who values David Bowie, by one of the people who knew him best.

      " … those interested in rock history won’t want to miss this slice of music history." -Publishers Weekly

      Bio
      Michael "Woody" Woodmansey was the drummer for David Bowie's The Spiders from Mars from 1969-1973 on the hit albumsThe Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory,and The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust andThe Spiders from Mars. Born in Driffield, Yorkshire, in 1951, he is the last surviving member of The Spiders from Mars. He continues to play with his band Holy Holy and lives in London.
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      "An engaging behind-the-scenes look at an early phase in the life of one of rock’s most triumphant figures." -Booklist

      "A genial...glimpse into a brief but critical period of Bowie’s career." -Kirkus

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    Bear The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III Robert Greenfield
    9781250081216 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: November 15, 2016 Print Run: 50000
    $36.99 CAD 5.8 x 8.53 x 1.03 in | 288 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Thomas Dunne Books
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      The creator of the dancing bear logo and designer of the Wall of Sound for the Grateful Dead, Augustus Owsley Stanley III, better known by his nickname, Bear, was one of the most iconic figures in the cultural revolution that changed both America and the world during the 1960s.

      Owsley's high octane rocket fuel enabled Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters to put on the Acid Tests. It also powered much of what happened on stage at Monterey Pop. Owsley turned on Pete Townshend of The Who and Jimi Hendrix. The shipment of LSD that Owsley sent John Lennon resulted in The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album and film.

      Convinced that the Grateful Dead were destined to become the world's greatest rock 'n' roll band, Owsley provided the money that kept them going during their early days. As their longtime soundman, he then faithfully recorded many of the Dead's greatest live performances and designed the massive space age system that came to be known as the Wall of Sound.

      Award-winning author and biographer Robert Greenfield’s definitive biography of this Grateful Dead legend masterfully takes us through Owsley's incredible life and times to bring us a full picture of this fascinating man for the first time.

      Bio
      A former Associate Editor of the London bureau ofRolling Stone magazine, ROBERT GREENFIELD is the critically acclaimed author of several classic rock books, among themS.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones. With Bill Graham, he is the co-author ofBill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out, which won the ASCAP - Deems Taylor Award. His short fiction has appeared inGQ,Esquire, andPlayboymagazines. He lives in California.
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      “[Augustus Owsley Stanley III] was Walter White without all the moral conflict or drama, a trailblazing alchemist who mass-produced LSD and made millions before anyone thought to make it illegal. Bear remains interesting long after his era has passed… Essential for Deadheads but also an engaging cultural portrait for anyone interested in the era.”—Kirkus Reviews

      "The most mysterious man of the underground is finally revealed. Who changed life in the 20th century more than Owsley, who made the first million or so doses of LSD? He spent his life covering his tracks, avoiding photographs and spreading misinformation about himself, but now, finally, Robert Greenfield'sBear: The Life and Times of Augustus Stanley Owsleygives us the man and his great life in all its considerable glory."—Joel Selvin, author ofAltamont: The Rolling Stones, the Hells Angels and Rock's Darkest Day

      “Like Bill Graham and Jerry Garcia before him, Owsley Stanley comes alive on the page thanks to Robert Greenfield’s incisive ability to dig deep and illuminate a crucial and elusive figure in American music and popular culture.Bear is an invaluable part of any self-respecting Deadheads’ library.”—Alan Paul, author ofOne Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

      "Robert Greenfield ably provides a sorely-needed sorting of the facts, myths, and deeply original beliefs originating from Owsley Stanley, father of American LSD and idiosyncratic patron to the Grateful Dead. A complex figure of unparalleled importance in the counterculture—and, thus, 20th century history at large--the rarely interviewed or photographed chemist comes alive on his own Owsleyian terms while Greenfield clears up the untruths and sets a few new legends in motion."—Jesse Jarnow, author ofHeads: A Biography of Psychedelic America

      "Owsley “Bear” Stanley was an authentic shaman-alchemist whose production of millions of doses of LSD transformed a tiny San Francisco neighborhood into ground zero for a planet-wide challenge to conventional notions of reality. That he was also ornery, obsessive, and at times just plain odd was merely part of the package.Bear illuminates a fascinating story with insight and panache, and it’s essential -- no Owsley, no sixties as we know them; it’s that simple".—Dennis McNally, author ofA Long Strange Trip andOn Highway 61

      "Perfectly in line with his insightful biographies of Jerry Garcia and Timothy Leary, Robert Greenfield’sBearpaints a rich portrait of yet another counterculture icon, the legendary and ever-mysterious Owsley Stanley. Bolstered by Greenfield’s revealing interviews with his late subject, Bear proves Owsley was more than just the “King of LSD.” From sound systems to climate change, he was the forward-thinking Renaissance Man of the psychedelic era, and here, at last, is his full, fascinating story."—David Browne, author ofSo Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead

      "[T]he first full biography of the man whose obsessive drive for perfection gave the [Grateful] Dead their dedication to quality in their performances and recordings....Greenfield's anecdotalBear feeds a Deadhead's jones—those who were there during that Summer of Love or their children and grandchildren. Robert Greenfield's gossipyBear captures the genius and craziness of the man who turned on a generation and made the Grateful Dead into a rock powerhouse."—Shelf Awareness

      “. . . a poignant glimpse of a man with extraordinary power who ultimately used that power against himself.”—Boston Globeon Dark Star

      “The best book ever written about the Stones, if not music in general.”—Independenton S.t.p.: A Journey Through America With The Rolling Stones

      "The LSD made by the man we called Bear was some of the best. His influence is immeasurable. Robert Greenfield does a damn good job of telling us why that is so."—Counter Punch

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    Peter O'Toole: The Definitive Biography The Definitive Biography Robert Sellers
    9781250095947 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts On Sale Date: November 01, 2016 Print Run: 35000
    $39.99 CAD 6.44 x 9.57 x 1.4 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Thomas Dunne Books
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      Peter O’Toole was supremely talented, a unique leading man and one of the most charismatic actors of his generation. Described by his friend Richard Burton as “the most original actor to come out of Britain since the war,” O’Toole was also unpredictable, with a dangerous edge he brought to his roles and to his real life.

      With the help of exclusive interviews with colleagues and close friends, Robert Sellers'Peter O’Toole: The Definitive Biographypaints the first complete picture of this complex and much-loved man. The book reveals what drove him to extremes, why he drank to excess for many years and hated authority, but it also describes a man who was fiercely intelligent, with a great sense of humor and huge energy.

      Giving full weight to his extraordinary career, this is an insightful, funny, and moving tribute to an iconic actor who made a monumental contribution to theater and cinema.

      Bio
      ROBERT SELLERS is the author of a dozen books, includingWhat Fresh Lunacy is This? The Authorized Biography of Oliver ReedandHellraisers: The Life and Inebriated Times of Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed.He has been a regular contributor toEmpire, Total Film, The Independent, SFX,andCinema Retro,and has contributed to a number of television documentaries. He lives in the United Kingdom.
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      "[A]s energetic, unpredictable, and entertaining as the man himself... Sellers gives equal weight to the actor’s personal and professional lives—with O’Toole, at times, the line between personal and professional was nearly nonexistent anyway—and gives film buffs one of the best biographies of any actor to hit the shelves in many a year." —Booklist(starred review)

      "[T]his well-researched title provides a comprehensive view of a legendary actor and intimate details of a glamorous time with the help of the people who knew O'Toole best. Recommended for film buffs and those interested in the larger-than-life worlds of the London stage and classic Hollywood films, this volume would be best received by readers interested in the complexity and motivations of O'Toole." —Library Journal

      Praise for Robert Sellers

      “Wildly funny and, by the end, strangely moving.” —The Guardian(UK) onWhat Fresh Lunacy is This?

      “A brilliant and beguiling account of Reed’s life and times.” —Mail on Sunday(UK) onWhat Fresh Lunacy is This?

      “Outrageously entertaining history.” —The Daily BeastonHellraisers

      “The sprightly smash ’n’ dash of the prose so wonderfully captures the wanton belligerence of both binging and stardom you almost feel the guys themselves are telling the tales.” —GQonHellraisers

      “Like the rejuvenating martinis and blurry haze of cigarettes inMad Men, Robert Sellers’s nostalgicHellraisers . . . amounts to an unapologetic celebration of the plastered and the damned.” —The Wall Street Journal

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    Homeward Bound The Life of Paul Simon Peter Ames Carlin
    9781627790345 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Music On Sale Date: October 11, 2016 Print Run: 125000
    $39.99 CAD 6.37 x 9.39 x 1.38 in | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      A revelatory account of the life of beloved American music icon, Paul Simon, by the bestselling rock biographer Peter Ames Carlin

      To have been alive during the last sixty years is to have lived with the music of Paul Simon. The boy from Queens scored his first hit record in 1957, just months after Elvis Presley ignited the rock era. As the songwriting half of Simon & Garfunkel, his work helped define the youth movement of the '60s. On his own in the '70s, Simon made radio-dominating hits. He kicked off the '80s by reuniting with Garfunkel to perform for half a million New Yorkers in Central Park. Five years later, Simon’s album “Graceland” sold millions and spurred an international political controversy. And it doesn’t stop there.

      The grandchild of Jewish emigrants from Galicia in the Austro-Hungarian empire, the 75-year-old singer-songwriter has not only sold more than 100 million records, won 15 Grammy awards and been installed into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice, but has also animated the meaning—and flexibility—of personal and cultural identity in a rapidly shrinking world.

      Simon has also lived one of the most vibrant lives of modern times; a story replete with tales of Carrie Fisher, Leonard Bernstein, Bob Dylan, Woody Allen, Shelley Duvall, Nelson Mandela, drugs, depression, marriage, divorce, and more. A life story with the scope and power of an epic novel, Carlin’sHomeward Bound is the first major biography of one of the most influential popular artists in American history.

      Bio
      Peter Ames Carlin is a writer and the author of several books, includingBruce, a biography of Bruce Springsteen published in October, 2012. Carlin has also been a free-lance journalist, a senior writer atPeople in New York City, and a television columnist and feature writer atTheOregonian in Portland. A regular speaker on music, art and popular culture, Carlin lives in Portland, Ore., with his wife and three children.
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      "Definitive... Simon’s personal life, drug problems and marriages are intimately detailed, and figures from Bob Dylan to Woody Allen make cameos…Carlin has gone deeper than anyone yet.” —Rolling Stone

      "Respectful, insightful — and so very damning." —New York Daily News

      “Touching…pure pleasure” –People,book of the week

      "You can almost hear the melodic anthems Simon created through Carlin's exhaustively researched, deeply-felt prose." —Harper's Bazaar

      "[T]horoughly researched...Homeward Bound reveals many sides of a complicated, ambitious, insecure figure."—New York Times Book Review

      "The alchemy of pop stardom is a curious process, and few stories are as unlikely and as absorbing as that of the Jewish kid from Queens turned folk superstar. Fresh off 2012’s “Bruce,” his take on another quintessentially American subject, Carlin provides a brisk and engaging overview of Simon’s career and protean musical output…a good story, and Carlin tells it well…crisp and well-paced…lucid and evocative…Carlin is admirably even-handed when faced with Simon’s sometimesacrid personality.”—The Washington Post

      “Drawing on vast research and original interviews...[Carlin] traces Simon’s Jewish lineage back to Austria, where his grandfather, also named Paul, was born and raised before emigrating to the United States and becoming a successful tailor. He examines Simon’s deep-seated insecurities, including his lifelong hang-up about his height and a contentious relationship with his father.... Carlin is also fearless in his depictions of Simon’s less savory qualities, especially accusations thathe has a habit of ripping off ideas from other artists...[his] prose is notably scintillating.”—The Boston Globe

      "You hold in your hands a book just as epic and fine as "Sound of Silence" or "American Tune." Peter Carlin has gotten it all down, the partnerships, the comedy, the heartbreak and triumph of Paul Simon, who might well be the one who lasts. And it's not just the words—it's the music, that is, the sharp clarity of Carlin's writing that keeps the pages flying. The great gift ofHomeward Bound is to let you hear Paul Simon's great catalog of tunes all over again, as if for the first time."
      Rich Cohen,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones

      "The world of pop music has paraded its own mythologies for decades, insisting that art and business can be separated, that authenticity is the condition of the greats, that politics is as easy as a statement made from a stage. But the truths are different: art and commerce are regularly in unflattering bedroom situations, the greats spend much of their time adjusting masks, and politics only begins with a protest song. The case of Paul Simon, presented here by Peter Ames Carlin with an admirably even tone and unabashed skill, pushes these truths out front. Homeward Bound is a book you should read if the ruckus you hear behind those soaring melodies is of interest, as it should be."
      Warren Zanes,New York Times bestselling author ofPetty

      “While fans wait for Simon’s own story of his life, this insightful, well-researched work from Carlin (who penned an acclaimed Springsteen bio before Bruce did) will certainly do.” —New York Post

      "First Major Paul Simon Biography Is a Real Whopper: This compelling period in Simon’s career is expertly detailed – along with the rest of his life, musical and otherwise — in Peter Ames Carlin’s exceedingly well-written book. And while Paul Simon has been the subject of several, more slender bios, this is incredibly the first actual detailed tome, with the author conducting in-depth research and more than 100 original interviews." —Houston Press

      "Carlin achieves a satisfying balance across every decade of Simon’s life.Carlin also diagrams his subject’s personality in a way that fully informs and illuminates the music. Be advised: You’ll want to have Simon’s recordings on hand as you read Carlin’s engrossing account of how they got made—and with the road map he provides, you’re bound to hear something you never noticed before."
      Portland Mercury

      “[A] nuanced, fascinating portrait…Carlin expertly tracks Simon's professional career, from the earliest days with Garfunkel when they were finding their footing as performers, through the climax of their career as a band with their 1970 album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water,’ to Simon's solo artistic peak with the 1986 release of ‘Graceland.’ Simon's music career defies easy categorization—much as his relationship with Garfunkel does—but in Carlin's portrayal, his legacy as an innovative songwriter and musician is undeniable. An absorbing and layered study of ‘one of the most influential voices in Western popular culture.’” —Kirkus Reviews

      "Throughout this highly readable biography Carlin depicts an artist who is tough, smart, uncompromising, audacious, and incredibly talented." —Booklist


      "InHomeward Bound, biographer Peter Ames Carlin (who also published a best-selling 2012 bio of Bruce Springsteen) brings the shrewd eye of a reporter, as well as the enthusiasm of a lifelong fan, to his scrutiny of Simon...meticulously reported, often startlingly perceptive portrait...In this tough but compassionate examination of his life, his fans will come to understand Paul Simon a little better."—Dallas Morning News

      “The best Bruce Springsteen biographer yet takes on another iconoclastic singer-songwriter." —Oakland Press

      "[Homeward Bound] offers a sweeping panorama of the singer-songwriter’s life story...favoring a psychological approach to understanding its subject’s lifelong conflicts, ... [it] provide[s] a picture of a man struggling with the binary tensions of post-immigrant, postwar Jewish life in America."
      Forward

      “Carlin excels at telling a rattling good story, and his book is full of plenty of them. After readingHomeward Bound, you might dislike Simon or you might love him even more than you’ve ever loved him. No matter, you’ll certainly discover the forces which drive him and his songwriting, and you’ll gain a new appreciation for his songwriting genius… Even-handed and absorbing, Carlin’sHomeward Bound introduces us to a musician whose heart is restless until it rests in a song.”No Depression

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    Superficial More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries Andy Cohen
    9781250116482 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts On Sale Date: November 15, 2016 Print Run: 250000
    $38.00 CAD 6.43 x 8.8 x 1.22 in | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Henry Holt and Co.
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      The star-studded and sidesplitting follow up toThe Andy Cohen Diaries

      The megapopular host ofWatch What Happens: Liveand executive producer ofThe Real Housewivesfranchise is back, better than ever, and telling stories that will keep his publicist up at night.

      Since the publication of his last book, Andy has toured the country with his sidekick Anderson Cooper, hit the radio waves with his own Sirius station,Radio Andy, appeared onReal Time with Bill Maher despite his mother’s conviction he was not intellectually prepared, hosted NBC’s Primetime New Year’s Eve special, guest editedEntertainment Weekly, starred in Bravo’sThen & Now with Andy Cohen,offended celebrities with his ongoing case of foot-in-mouth disease, and welcomed home Teresa “Namaste” Giudice, from abrief stint in jail. Hopping from the Hamptons to the Manhattan dating world, the dog park to the red carpet, Cardinals superfan and mama’s boy Andy Cohen, with Wacha in tow, is the kind of star that fans are dying to be friends with. This book gives them that chance.

      IfThe Andy Cohen Diaries was deemed “the literary equivalent of a Fresca and tequila” by Jimmy Fallon,Superficialis a double: dishier, juicier, and friskier. In this account of his escapades—personal, professional, and behind-the-scenes—Andy tells us not only what goes down, but exactly what he thinks of it.

      Bio
      Andy Cohen is the host and executive producer ofWatch What Happens: Live. He is the executive producer ofThe Real Housewives franchise and hosts Bravo's highly rated reunion specials. He tours nationally with Anderson Cooper onAC2, hostsThen & Now with Andy Cohenon Bravo andRadio Andyon Sirius XM. He has won an Emmy and two Peabody Awards for his work. The author of twoNew York Times bestsellers,Most Talkative andThe Andy Cohen Diaries, he lives in New York City with his dog, Wacha.
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      "Andy Cohen isn't afraid to talk about anything in his life....the TV exec-turned-talk show host still manages to bring new meaning to the words "tell-all"....Superficialserves up an irresistible inside look at his glamorous, celebrity-packed life." —People

      “[A] gleefully name-dropping book”—W Magazine

      “Andy Cohen doesn't hold back….[he] promised his third autobiographical book would be 'bigger, better and dishier.' True that….entries offer fabulous snippets from Cohen’s fabulous life”—NY Daily News

      “His books are so funny, and he is one of the few authors who really make me laugh out loud.”—Anderson cooper, forArchitectural Digest

      "Remember that time you bought a pint of chocolate-chip ice cream, and you said you were just going to take a couple of bites, and then you ate the whole thing?...Yeah, that’s what reading Andy Cohen’s third book is like. It’s tasty and hard to put down"—Booklist

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    Stalin's Englishman Guy Burgess, the Cold War, and the Cambridge Spy Ring Andrew Lownie
    9781250100993 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical On Sale Date: October 04, 2016 Print Run: 25000
    $41.99 CAD 6.33 x 9.4 x 1.44 in | 448 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y St. Martin's Press
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      Guy Burgess was the most important, complex, and fascinating of "The Cambridge Spies"—Maclean, Philby, Blunt—brilliant young men recruited in the 1930s to betray their country to the Soviet Union. An engaging and charming companion to many, an unappealing, utterly ruthless manipulator to others, Burgess rose through academia, the BBC, the Foreign Office, MI5 and MI6, gaining access to thousands of highly sensitive secret documents which he passed to his Russian handlers.

      In this first full biography, Andrew Lownie shows us how even Burgess's chaotic personal life of drunken philandering did nothing to stop his penetration and betrayal of the British Intelligence Service. Even when he was under suspicion, the fabled charm which had enabled many close personal relationships with influential Establishment figures (including Winston Churchill) prevented his exposure as a spy for many years.

      Through interviews with more than a hundred people who knew Burgess personally, many of whom have never spoken about him before, and the discovery of hitherto secret files,Stalin's Englishmanbrilliantly unravels the many lives of Guy Burgess in all their intriguing, chilling, colorful, tragi-comic wonder.

      Bio
      ANDREW LOWNIE first became interested in the Cambridge Spy Ring when, as President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1984, he arranged an international seminar on the subject. After graduating from Cambridge University, where he won the Dunster Prize for History, Lownie went on to take a postgraduate degree in history at Edinburgh University. He is now a successful literary agent, and has written or edited several books, including a biography of John Buchan.
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      Awards
      The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year 2015, Long-listed
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      "A real-life page turner."-The New York Post

      “Mr. Lownie makes a convincing case that Burgess was the most important of the Cambridge spies. A must-read for intelligence buffs — and especially those charged with protecting our nation’s secrets.” -The Washington Times

      "A crack biography of a man who was a preposterous enigma."– Kirkus Reviews

      "Stalin’s Englishman is a fine biography about an effective spy and a disgraceful traitor who lived to enjoy Communist reality firsthand. It fills a major historical gap in espionage history."- CIA journal Studies In Intelligence

      "Awful human beings make for splendid biographies."-Times Best Biographies of the Year 2015 (UK)

      “A meticulously researched biography...an astonishing piece of research.”Sunday Times

      “Is there anything significant left to say about members of the Cambridge spy ring, Moscow's ‘magnificent five’? The answer, judging by this book, is a resounding yes.”Guardian

      “An abundance of vivid detail from many different voices, viewpoints and nationalities...Stalin's Englishman is a matchless and splendidly exciting read.”The Timesof London

      “This exhaustively researched and absorbing book, the first full biographical study and likely to remain the definitive life.”New Statesman

      “Complicated, revelatory: a superb biography more riveting than a spy novel.”Sunday Telegraph

      “As one of [Britain’s] foremost literary agents, Andrew Lownie certainly knows what makes a good book, and inStalin's Englishman he has delivered one of his own — many times over.”Independent

      “In this meticulous biography of the most colourful of the quintet, espionage expert Lownie argues convincingly that Burgess — often seen as a clownish buffoon - was the key member of the ring, and his treachery the most damaging.”Observer

      “A masterly biography.”Mail on Sunday

      “A hugely entertaining read about one of the most notorious spies ever. Eric Ambler couldn’t have provided a more fascinating story.” – Philip Kerr,New York Times bestselling author ofThe Other Side of Silence

      “A remarkable and definitive portrait of the truly ghastly spy and traitor Guy Burgess who should surely never have been permitted to do us so much damage. And a portrait of the snobbery and laxity that permitted an Old Etonian who had changed sides to get away with it for so long.”– Frederick Forsyth, former journalist and spy andNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Kill List

      “Andrew Lownie demonstrates that there is plenty still to be learned about Burgess...an enjoyable and convincing biography.”– Adam Sisman, author ofJohn le Carré: The Biography

      “Andrew Lownie’s biography of Guy Burgess is superb. Required reading for anyone interested in the Cambridge Five.”– Charles CummingNew York Timesbestselling author ofThe Trinity Six

      “This is a must-read for anyone at all interested in espionage. The definitive and revelatory biography of one of the greatest traitors of the Cold War.”– Jeremy Dunsauthor, author of the Paul Dark spy series and Codename: Hero

      “Shrewd, thorough, revelatory.”– William Boyd, author ofRestless

      “A masterly and penetrating study of this strange man, the rich well-connected, brilliant Cambridge scholar, who was a seriously dangerous agent for the Soviet Union from the 1930s until he fled with Maclean in 1951.”– Michael Hartland, author of Seven Steps to Treason

      "Stalin's Englishman comes as close to touching the tortured and tempestuous soul of Guy Burgess as anything I have read. It's superbly researched and written with an extraordinary elegance that takes you by the hand and guides you along the pathways of outrageous treachery. Truly exceptional."– Michael Dobbs, author ofHouse of Cards

      “Almost from the moment he skipped the country Guy Burgess has been the subject of biographers, from early journalists’ hastily assembled clippings, via the academic study, toStalin’s Englishman — the first ‘life’ that captures the man fully … the decadent, the drunkard, the outrageous sex bandit ... and above the all the first life to reveal the full extent of Burgess’s treason. Andrew Lownie’s book will be definitive for years to come.”– John Lawton, author of the Inspector Troy series

      “I loved it. Beautifully written and riveting from start to finish. Also very funny.”– Piers Brendon, author ofIke: His Life and TimesandThe Dark Valley: A Panorama of the 1930s

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    Guilty Thing A Life of Thomas De Quincey Frances Wilson
    9780374167301 Hardcover BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures On Sale Date: October 04, 2016 Print Run: 15000
    $42.00 CAD 6.27 x 9.13 x 1.32 in | 416 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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      National Book Critics Circle Award,Biographers International Organization Plutarch Award andLos Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist

      New York Times Book Review,Times Literary SupplementandThe Guardian Best Books of 2016

      Thomas De Quincey was an obsessive. He was obsessed with Wordsworth and Coleridge, whoseLyrical Balladsprovided the script to his life, and by the idea of sudden death. Running away from school to pursue the two poets, De Quincey insinuated himself into their world. Basing his sensibility on Wordsworth’s and his character on Coleridge’s, he forged a triangle of unusual psychological complexity.

      Aged twenty-four, De Quincey replaced Wordsworth as the tenant of Dove Cottage, the poet’s former residence in Grasmere. In this idyllic spot he followed the reports of the notorious Ratcliffe Highway murders of 1811, when two families, including a baby, were butchered in their own homes. In his opium-soaked imagination the murderer became a poet while the poet became a murderer. Embedded inOn Murder as One of the Fine Arts, De Quincey’s brilliant series of essays, Frances Wilson finds the startling story of his relationships with Wordsworth and Coleridge.

      Opium was the making of De Quincey, allowing him to dissolve self-conflict, eliminate self-recrimination, and divest himself of guilt. Opium also allowed him to write, and under the pseudonym “The Opium-Eater” De Quincey emerged as the strangest and most original journalist of his age. His influence has been considerable. Poe became his double; Dostoevsky went into exile withConfessions of an English Opium-Eater in his pocket; and Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, George Orwell, Alfred Hitchcock, and Vladimir Nabokov were all De Quincey devotees.

      There have been other biographies of Thomas De Quincey, butGuilty Thing is the first to be animated by the spirit of De Quincey himself. Following the growth of his obsessions from seed to full flowering and tracing the ways they intertwined, Frances Wilson finds the master key to De Quincey’s vast Piranesian mind. Unraveling a tale of hero worship and revenge,Guilty Thing brings the last of the Romantics roaring back to life and firmly establishes Wilson as one of our foremost contemporary biographers.

      Bio
      Frances Wilson is a critic, a journalist, and the author of several works of nonfiction, includingLiterary Seductions;The Courtesan’s Revenge;The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, which won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize in 2009;How to Survive theTitanic, the winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography in 2012, andGuilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2016. She lives in London with her daughter.
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      Awards
      Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      L.A. Times Book Prize - Finalist 2016, Short-listed
      The Guardian (UK) Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      National Book Critics Circle Awards - Nominee 2016, Short-listed
      The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      The Telegraph (UK) Best Books of the Year 2016, Long-listed
      Reviews

      Publishers Weekly Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2016

      "Wilson’s book is a revelatory study of its subject . . . She is a biographer with a De Quinceyan eye for pattern, and a sharp sense of the ironies that made her subject’s life at once so rich and so depleted." —Dan Chiasson,New Yorker

      "De Quincey recommended biography be written 'com amore' and 'con odio.' Love and hate. Frances Wilson delicately flavors her biography of the early-19th-century writer with both condiments but, above all, without censure . . . ." —John Sutherland,TheNew York Times Book Review

      "She has set out, with immense energy and flait, to 'hunt' De Quincey 'though all his doubles,' and unlike previous biographers . . . Wilson [is] especially prepared for the ambiguous, shape-shifting, changeling, illusive quality in De Quincey. She sees the need for stylistic fireworks as well as steady scholarship to illuminate his life. She writes with speed, flamboyance, and constant changes of viewpoint and perspective, offset by moments of calm, shrewd analysis . . [A] risky, sprightly,passionate biography, which goes further than anything previously in catching the strange, elusive Opium Eater." —Richard Holmes,New York Review of Books

      "InGuilty Thing, her entertaining, intellectually brilliant biography of De Quincey, Frances Wilson is just as truthful and evocative as her subject." —Jamie James,The Wall Street Journal

      "Wildly entertaining . . . Wilson renders De Quincey's life with extraordinary sympathy and sensitivity, a beautifully written account of one of our oddest writers." —Kate Tuttle,The Boston Globe

      "[Guilty Thing] eschews the traditional modes of biography—the recitation of a life’s arc, its major milestones, and an even-tempered portrayal—in favor of something as death-haunted and murder-obsessed as De Quincey himself . . . Wilson’s prose is at its best . . . when she mirrors and amplifies De Quincey’s own style . . .Guilty Thingis less unruly but still captures that propulsion that drives De Quincey’s greatest writings . . ." —Colin Dickey,The New Republic

      "Frances Wilson's smart new biography of De Quincey,Guilty Thing, judiciously narrates the life of a writer who responded to the question 'How cam you to dream more splendidly than others?' with the answer 'He whose talk is of oxen, will probably dream of oxen.' . . . With the recent publication of a newWorks of Thomas De Quinceyand scholarly biographies by Grevel Lindop and Robert Morrison, perhaps attention is being redirected in a promising way. Frances Wilson's book will play no small part in this sublimely pleasant development." —Eric Banks,Bookforum

      "[A] superb new biography . . . Wilson, who has shown herself to be a remarkable biographer of such strikingly different Romantic figures as the courtesan Harriette Wilson and Dorothy Wordsworth, sees the subterranean influence of the perennially peripheral De Quincey burbling up wherever she looks . . . Wilson is De Quincey’s first De Quinceyan biographer. Herself densely allusive, she follows him on his Piranesian stairways with balletic aplomb." —Alexandra Mullen,The New Criterion

      "This is a mesmerizing and agile biography of the 19th century English writer, best known for the autobiographicalConfessions of an English Opium-Eater. Wilson captures De Quincey's multifaceted personality and career—as obsessive literary stalker, "born journalist," and visionary author, as well as his continuing influence on our own time." —Publishers Weekly (named one of the "Best Books of 2016")

      “This is a seamless, stirring, sublime biography, which takes you to the heart, or rather the head, of the opium-eater.” —Daisy Dunn,Evening Standard

      “There are plenty of stylistic fireworks worthy of De Quincey here . . . The result is a great, complicated book.” —Daisy Hay,The Guardian

      “Wilson is steeped in her subject matter . . . A richly intelligent and well-informed study, which will surely become the favoured one for our time.” —Gillian Tindall,The Financial Times

      “In her pursuit, Wilson often catches decisively this most elusive character, and the chase is exhilarating.” —Hermione Eyre,The Spectator

      "Absorbing . . . De Quincey's previous biographers have sometimes felt duty bound to be balanced, comprehensive, to play the straight man in a double act with their grotesquely wayward subject. It's something of a relief, then, when Wilson suggests that what we need is not another biography of De Quincey but a 'De Quinceyan biography.' She takes pleasure in her quarry—and takes enjoyable risks with him—as she tracks him through his various lives . . . Wilson is responsive to [De Quincey's] writing throughout her book (she makes you want to read him, not merely know him)." —Matthew Bevis,Harper's Magazine

      “Startling . . . By harnessing the sparks created by the friction of these twin obsessions, murder and imagination, Wilson ingeniously illuminates the dark realms De Quincey’s spirit prowled . . . Wilson circumscribes her subject in an ingeniously De Quinceyan fashion . . . Exhilarating . . . [Wilson’s] remarkable book engenders in its readers those modes of thinking necessary to follow De Quincey as he shifts unpredictably into and out of every imaginable shape.” —Kelly Grovier,The Times Literary Supplement

      "In connecting the architecture of De Quincey’s wild, opium-fuelled mind with physical surroundings, Wilson provides a handrail through the pandemonium and isolation. He emerges from her book a sympathetic but irresponsible obsessive… Wilson has successfully brought De Quincey out from under the shadow of his contemporaries. He stands before us deeply flawed … But he was also a dreamer of the best dreams in literature" —Ruth Scurr,Daily Telegraph

      "Multilayered and wonderfully insightful" —John Walsh,Sunday Times

      "Stunning … A brilliant, giddy-making portrait not of a literary hanger-on, which is how posterity tended to see De Quincey, but of a genius, which is how he saw himself … Wilson’s narrative [has] a wonderfully hallucinatory effect … Energetic and wonderfully compelling"—Kathryn Hughes,Mail on Sunday

      "Guilty Thing brings triumphantly into focus a life racked by opium’s insidious effects … Beautifully crafted, Frances Wilson’s narrative sets up patterns, mirrors and doublings that make multiple intersections between De Quincey’s inner and outer worlds. An impressive contribution to literary biography, her book amounts to the most ‘De Quinceyan’ account of De Quincey we are likely to see"—Nicholas Roe,Literary Review

      "Wilson is forensic about the terrors lurking in De Quincey’s imagination … Wilson’s quirky, urgent biography, which is clearly steeped in extensive knowledge of the period, is an essential guide to this remarkable drug addict" —Daisy Goodwin,The Times, 9 April 2016

      "Wonderfully insightful" —Sunday Times

      "Wilson will enthrall readers with this mesmerizing and agile biography of English writer Thomas De Quincey . . . An impressively researched biography as dazzling as its subject." —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

      "Well-researched and elegantly written." —Kirkus Reviews

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