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The Book of the Grayling
sporting classics / 8th July 2016

It has always seemed to me that the Grayling is entitled to a better place in the estimation of anglers than the one usually accorded him….The trout is the angler’s fish of spring and early summer, when every soft breeze is laden with a perfumed invitation to see Nature at her best; the Grayling is a fish of the year’s old age: of that time when the morning silver of early winter mingles with the russet and amber of the woods, that want but the midday light of the Enchanter to blossom into gold…’ So begins this absolutely wonderful fly-fishing book that changed the world of angling forever. T. E. Pritt’s timeless classic The Book of the Grayling has inspired generations of fly-fishers. First published in 1888, it was long considered the definitive book on the subject of grayling. Pritt drew from a long and rich Northern English tradition of fly-fishing in the limestone rivers and streams of Yorkshire. Many of the methods and techniques he describes are still to be found in use today. This new edition of The Book of the Grayling makes Pritt’s eloquent prose available to fly-fishers and armchair adventurers the world over. BUY NOW

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Woodcraft
sporting classics / 8th July 2016

For generations of outdoor enthusiasts E.H. Kreps was a trusted authority on wilderness camping and survival. Woodcraft, as well as defining what we now call bushcraft, remains to this day an essential guide to living and travelling in the remote forests of Northern Europe and North America The first camp I remember making, or remodeling, was an old lumber camp, one side of which I partitioned off and floored. It was clean and neat appearing…but that was not really a wilderness camp, and while I realize that in many of the trapping districts where it is necessary to camp, there are often these deserted buildings to be found, those who trap or hunt in such places are not the ones who must solve the real problems of camp building. It is something altogether different when we get far into the deep, silent forest…. So begins E H Krepps’ classic account of Woodcraft which has led to a whole modern industry of the Ray Mears and Bear Grylls type outdoor adventure. What is interesting about Krepps’ writing is that he of course is writing before many of the modern comforts, materials and techniques had made any sort of appearance and for…

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Chats on Angling
sporting classics / 8th July 2016

H.V. Hart-Davis’s Chats on Angling offers timeless advice on the art of fly-fishing for Salmon, trout, sea-trout, and grayling. Whether dry-fly fishing for plump chalk stream trout of the Test and Itchen, or on one of England’s most exclusive fishing waters, the Driffield Beck in Yorkshire, or salmon fishing the big waters of Scotland and Ireland, Chats on Angling remains the classic, indispensable guide. As Mr Hart-Davis begins his book, many fishermen will agree…..‘To those who love angling, with all its associations and surroundings, no apology may be needed for inflicting on them in book form certain short articles which have mainly appeared in the columns of the Field. They are ‘Chats’ rather than didactic deliverances, and are offered in the belief that much will be forgiven to a brother angler, since all that pertains to the beloved pastime has some interest, and the experiences of the poorest writer that ever recorded his views and fancies may haply strike some responsive note. BUY NOW

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Letters & Sounds
red hand poetry / 7th July 2016

Letters & Sounds is a multi-voiced selection of some of İlhan Berk’s finest love poems, elegies and lyric prose. Brought into English by poet-translator George Messo, these poems dance and sing with the energy and experimental daring of their dazzling Turkish originals. ‘Poets of our time in any language ignore Berk’s poem—its treasure trove—at their own peril.’ MURAT NEMET-NEJAT ‘One of Turkish poetry’s most distinctive and necessary voices.’ WORLD LITERATURE TODAY BUY NOW

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In Mesopotamia
red hand unexpected / 7th July 2016

In Mesopotamia is the graphic account of Martin Swayne’s experiences as a medical officer during the First World War while on active service in Iraq and Kuwait. Swayne’s beautifully crisp prose draws a compelling and unflinching portrait of modern warfare. First published in 1917, In Mesopotamia speaks directly of the harrowing consequences of the West’s obsessive quest for influence over the Middle East. BUY NOW

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Eothen

Eothen (“From the East”) recaptures a bold young Englishman’s exploits in the Middle East during the 1830s. Alexander William Kinglake recounts his rambles through the Balkans, Turkey, Cyprus, Syria, Palestine, and Egypt in a style radically different from other travel books of his era. Rather than dwelling on art or monuments, Kinglake’s captivating narrative focuses on the natives and their cities. His adventures ― populated by Bedouins, pashas, slave-traders, monks, pilgrims, and other colorfully drawn personalities ― include crossing the desolate Sinai with a four-camel caravan and a sojourn in plague-ridden Cairo. Victorian readers were captivated by Kinglake’s chatty tone and his uncompromising honesty, and two centuries later this remarkable travelogue remains funny, fresh, and original. Presented here in a modern, up-to-date font, with an informative introduction by Simon C Drew. “My favorite travel book. Sparkling, ironic, and terrific fun.” — Jan Morris BUY NOW

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Pan
red hand unexpected / 7th July 2016

First published in Norwegian in 1894, Pan tells the story of Lieutenant Thomas Glahn’s life and adventures in a remote township in northern Norway, a scene described by Richard Eccles in his poignant introduction as ‘that remote, exotic, romantic, difficult landscape of extreme and epic beauty at the top of the world…’ This stunning new edition restores translator W. Worster’s powerful recreation of Hamsun’s enigmatic original and includes an informative introduction and notes by Richard Eccles. ‘The whole modern school of fiction in the twentieth century stems from Hamsun.’ Isaac Bashevis Singer BUY NOW

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The Return of the Divine Mary
red hand unexpected / 7th July 2016

‘The Return of the Divine Mary is a wonderfully eccentric, enchanting read. Traces of William Blake mingle with undertones of Bulgakov, Eco and Kafka to create a fast-paced, unpredictable drama constructed on an intriguing premise: What would the Virgin Mary be like as a young woman in modern society, and how would her contemporaries receive her?’ BUY NOW

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Poems from the Plastic Bag

From the mirthful and intoxicated world of performance poetry comes this extraordinary mix of poems for shouting, crying and laughing out loud. Lurking in the Plastic Bag of Poems is a riot of funny, irreverent and naughty words that you’ve probably thought but never thought you’d see put together quite like this, audaciously illustrated by Mr James Castleden’s seriously witty and eye-popping works of art. Trumpeted here in this unique collection in a glorious sympthongy is The Thong Cycle, the world’s most important literary work exploring this most understated of undergarments. Mr Eccles also peers into the imagination of the cabbage, the history of golf club banter, the clothes your mum buys you and the beauty of Britain’s tea towels. And a few other easy things like love, family and adultery. You’ll never look at plastic bags or poetry in quite the same way ever again. BUY NOW

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Turkish Poetry Today 2016
red hand poetry , turkish poetry today / 31st October 2016

In a new format Turkish Poetry Today 2016 offers the very best of modern Turkish Poetry to English readers. New features introduced in the 2016 edition include a Featured Poet Section, with an extensive selection of the work of Behçet Necatigil (1916-1979), and a section devoted to essays and reviews, including a translation of the famous Garip Manifesto, written by Orhan Veli Kanik in 1941, accompanied by a selection of poems by the Garip poets Veli, Oktay Rifat and Melih Cervet Anday. Also included are poems spanning the modern era of Turkish poetry, from the work of Ahmet Haşim and Nazim Hikmet to that of the generation of poets writing now, including Lale Mὔldur, Asuman Susa and Gökçenur Ç. Edited by Mel Kenne, Saliha Paker and Idil Karacadağ this edition really does take the initial energy, joy and insight into the full range of Turkish poetry of the earlier editions to another level.

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Mothwise
Uncategorised / 5th July 2016

Knut Hamsun’s 1904 classic, Mothwise, is set in the remote northern Norwegian trading post of Rosengaard. Ove Rolandsen, telegraph operator, eccentric scientist, and local Casanova, trades wits, fists, and kisses with a host of quirky neighbours. He serenades the curate’s wife and fights a drunken giant, but taking on Trader Mack, the town’s fish-glue magnate, is a more difficult matter. Fishglue. This most neglected of products is one of the key elements of Mothwise and you may never have read a piece of literature in which it figures so prominently. If you have read any Hamsun before then some of the other constituents may be more familiar: the setting in the far North of Norway where the sun never sets for two or three months that makes people act in such peculiar ways, the tales of love in all its many forms that bind and break across tiny isolated fishing communities and the characters that amuse and irritate and shine and disappoint that live and breathe from beginning to all-too-soon an end. Hamsun himself might have felt more affinity with fishglue than might be obvious: his marriage of six years to Bergljot is falling apart, he has no home and…

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Turkish Poetry Today 2015

The third issue of this unique journal dedicated to modern and contemporary Turkish poetry in translation. Turkish Poetry Today features many of most exciting poets writing in Turkish today, selected and translated by leading translators from around the world. With translations and originals side-by-side, Turkish Poetry Today 2015 includes extensive new work by Haydar Ergülen translated by İdil Karacadağ, Küçük İskender translated by Caroline Stockford, as well as poetry from Elif Sezen, Gökçenur Çelebioğlu, and Müesser Yeniay, and artwork by Şenol Bezci. BUY NOW

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