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              This Is Shakespeare: How to Read the World's Greatest Playwright

              This Is Shakespeare: How to Read the World's Greatest Playwright (Paperback)

              By Smith, Emma

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              Shakespeare's work - his language, stories and mind-expanding ideas - has endured and shaped our culture for over four hundred years. His plays have consistently been lauded for their emotional resonance, social relevance and cultural importance. But, why is it, exactly, that the...y mean so much to us? And what, in fact, do they actually mean? This lively, authoritative introduction explores twenty of Shakespeare's greatest plays in depth, exploding the myths that surround them, and illuminating why we can (and must) all read, enjoy, and argue about them. It is a book for people who enjoy the theatre, for students and enthusiasts--but also for all those people who feel they didn't get Shakespeare from the classroom, and want to have another go. It introduces a range of Shakespeare plays and some of the different methodologies and approaches readers might bring to them. It is up-to-date, covering recent topics in Shakespeare criticism - on collaboration and authorship, on gender and sexuality, on editing, and on the history of performance - via specific examples. Each chapter makes connections to others, but is also self-contained, allowing readers to dip in and out, prompted by their own interests or theatre-going.
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              ISBN 9780241361634
              Released AU 15 Apr 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              Islam: The Essentials

              Islam: The Essentials (Paperback)

              By Ramadan, Tariq

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              Hardly a day goes by without mention of Islam. And yet, for most people, and in much of the world, Islam remains a little-known religion. Whether the issue is violence, terrorism, women's rights or slavery, Muslims are today expected to provide answers and to justify what Islam i...s - or is not. But little opportunity exists, either in the media or in society as a whole, to describe Islam: precisely the question this short and extremely accessible book sets out to answer. In simple, direct language it will introduce readers to Islam, to its spirituality, its principles, its rituals, its diversity and its evolution.
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              ISBN 9780141980508
              Released AU 18 Apr 2017
              Publisher Penguin
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              Series Pelican books
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              A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop

              A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop (Paperback)

              By O'Rourke, Kevin

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              How have the intertwined histories of Britain and EU shaped Brexit? Why does the Irish border matter? How will these interactions shape Europe's future? After all the debates, manoeuvrings, recriminations and exaltations, Brexit is upon us. But, as Kevin O'Rourke writes, Brexit d...id not emerge out of nowhere- it is the culmination of events that have been under way for decades and have historical roots stretching back well beyond that. Brexit has a history. O'Rourke, one of the leading economic historians of his generation, explains not only how British attitudes to Europe have evolved, but also how the EU's history explains why it operates as it does today - and how that history has shaped the ways in which it has responded to Brexit. Why are the economics, the politics and the history so tightly woven together? Crucially, he also explains why the question of the Irish border is not just one of customs and trade, but for the EU goes to the heart of what it is about. The way in which British, Irish and European histories continue to interact with each other will shape the future of Brexit - and of the continent. Calm and lucid, A Short History of Brexit rises above the usual fray of discussions to provide fresh perspectives and understanding of the most momentous political and economic change in Britain and the EU for decades.
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              ISBN 9780241398234
              Released AU 3 Oct 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop

              A Short History of Brexit: From Brentry to Backstop (Hardback)

              By O'Rourke, Kevin

              First published in France as Une breve histoire du Brexit published by Odile Jacob in 2018.

              ISBN 9780241398272
              Released AU 6 Feb 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              Feminisms: A Global History
               

              Feminisms: A Global History (Hardback)

              By Delap, Lucy

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                1 Sep 20

              How has feminism developed? What have feminists achieved? What can we learn from the global history of feminism? Feminism is the ongoing story of a profound historical transformation. Despite being repeatedly written off as a political movement that has achieved its aim of female... liberation, it has been continually redefined as new generations of women campaign against the gender inequity of their age. In this absorbing book, historian Lucy Delap challenges the simplistic narrative of 'feminist waves' - a sequence of ever more progressive updates - showing instead that feminists have been motivated by the specific concerns of their historical moment. Drawing on an extraordinary range of examples from Japan to Russia, Egypt to Germany, Delap explores different feminist projects to show that those who are part of this movement have not always agreed on a single programme. This diverse history of feminism, she argues, can help us better navigate current debates and controversies. A tour de force from an award-winning expert, Feminisms shows that a rich relationship to the past can infuse today's activism with a sense possibility and inspiration.
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              ISBN 9780241398142
              Released AU 1 Sep 2020
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              What We Really Do All Day: Insights from the Centre for Time Use Research

              What We Really Do All Day: Insights from the Centre for Time Use Research (Paperback)

              By Gershuny, Jonathan; Sullivan, Oriel

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              Are we spending more time at work than we would have done fifty years ago? Are we sleeping less?How has the internet affected the way we use our spare time? Everything we do happens in time, and a detailed look at our daily lives reveals some surprising truths about the social an...d economic structure of the world welive in. This book delves into the unrivalled data collection and expertise of the Centre for Time Use Research to explore 55 years of change in our activities and behaviour and what it means for us today.
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              ISBN 9780241285565
              Released AU 8 Jul 2019
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 19+ years
              Series Pelican books
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              Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth

              Plunder of the Commons: A Manifesto for Sharing Public Wealth (Paperback)

              By Standing, Guy

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              We are losing the commons. Austerity and neoliberal policies have depleted our shared wealth; our national utilities have been sold off to foreign conglomerates, social housing is almost non-existent, our parks are cordoned off for private events and our national art galleries ar...e sponsored by banks and oil companies. This plunder deprives us all of our common rights, recognised as far back as the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest of 1217, to share fairly and equitably in our public wealth. Guy Standing leads us through a new appraisal of the commons, stemming from the medieval concept of common land reserved in ancient law from marauding barons, to his modern reappraisal of the resources we all hold in common - a brilliant new synthesis that crystallises quite how much public wealth has been redirected to the 1% in recent decades through the state-approved exploitation of everything from our land to our state housing, health and benefit systems, to our justice system, schools, newspapers and even the air we breathe. Plunder of the Commons proposes a Charter for a new form of commoning, of remembering, guarding and sharing that which belongs to us all, to slash inequality and soothe our current political instability. Guy Standing has held professorships at the University of Bath and at SOAS, was programme director at the International Labour Organisation and has advised the UN, World Bank and governments around the world on labour and social policy. He is the author of the bestselling The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Basic Income: And How We Can Make It Happen was published by Pelican Books in 2017.
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              ISBN 9780141990620
              Released AU 17 Sep 2019
              Publisher Penguin
              Interest Age 16+ years
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              Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding

              Chinese Thought: From Confucius to Cook Ding (Hardback)

              By Sterckx, Roel

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              We are often told that the twenty-first century is bound to become China's century. Never before has Chinese culture been so physically, digitally, economically or aesthetically present in everyday life in the Western world. But how much do we really know about its origins and ke...y beliefs especially compared to the many histories of Western philosophy? How did the ancient Chinese think about the world? In this enlightening book, Roel Sterckx, one of the foremost experts in Chinese thought, takes us through centuries of Chinese history, from Confucius to Daoism to the Legalists. With evocative examples from philosophy, literature and everyday life, he shows us how the ancient Chinese have shaped the thinking of a civilization that is now influencing our own.
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              ISBN 9780241385906
              Released AU 2 Apr 2019
              Publisher Penguin
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              Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans
               

              Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans (Paperback)

              By Mitchell, Melanie

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                1 Dec 20

              No recent scientific enterprise has been so alluring, terrifying, and filled with extravagant promise and frustrating setbacks as artificial intelligence. How intelligent are the best of today's AI programs? To what extent can we entrust them with decisions that affect our lives?... How human-like do we expect them to become, and how soon do we need to worry about them surpassing us in most, if not all, human endeavours? From leading AI researcher and award-winning author Melanie Mitchell comes a knowledgeable and captivating account of modern-day artificial intelligence. Flavoured with personal stories and a twist of humor, Artificial Intelligence illuminates the workings of machines that mimic human learning, perception, language, creativity and common sense. Weaving together advances in AI with cognitive science and philosophy, Mitchell probes the extent to which today's 'smart' machines can actually think or understand, and whether AI requires such elusive human qualities in order to be reliable, trustworthy and beneficial. Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans provides readers with an accessible, entertaining, and clear-eyed view of the AI landscape, what the field has actually accomplished, how much further it has to go, and what it means for all of our futures.
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              ISBN 9780241404836
              Released AU 1 Dec 2020
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              How to See the World

              How to See the World (Paperback)

              By Mirzoeff, Nicholas

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              In recent decades, we have witnessed an explosion in the number of visual images we encounter, as our lives have become increasingly saturated with screens. Drawing on art history, theory and everyday experience, this book provides an overview of how visual materials shape and de...fine our lives.
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              ISBN 9780141977409
              Released AU 29 Jul 2015
              Publisher Penguin
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