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  • Faber and Faber quiz

    Mon, 02 Mar 2009 09:59

    The publisher Faber & Faber is 80 years old this year. Happy birthday Faber! To help celebrate their birthday, and our new look website, we have 15 copies -- so 15 chances to win! -- of each of the following books to give away:

    And what do you have to do to win these wonderful titles? Just answer the following questions and send the answers to me in an email entitled "Faber quiz answers" to faberquiz AT

    • 30s -- Who was Faber's famous poet editor during the 30s?
    • 40s -- Which famous Faber poet published his only two novels in this decade?
    • 50s -- Schoolboys. An island. A monster. What novel am I?
    • 60s -- The wife of a then yet-to-be poet laureate published her only novel this decade -- what was it?
    • 70s -- Poetry sometimes needs to be "acutely discomfiting." His first collection was published in 1973, which Faber poet said this?
    • 80s -- Which West End Musical that debuted this decade was based on a whimsical Faber book originally published in the late 30s?
    • 90s -- An English country estate. A butler. Appeasement and treachery. What Booker-winning novel am I?
    • 00s -- Which two Faber authors won the Nobel prize during the noughties?

    The competition has now ended. The winners will be announced in April's newsletter.

  • Our new look website

    Fri, 13 Feb 2009 09:56

    Well, as you can see, we've had a major overhaul of our website. I really hope you like it -- I love it!

    Over the next few weeks and months we'll continue to improve the content and the functionality of our new site -- and we'll get you some really exciting offers too. We have kept all the features of the old site -- our blog, our opinionated reviews, great author interviews and, of course, free worldwide delivery -- but we have transformed the look and feel to make it much easier for you to find exactly what you are looking for. And, with over 1.8 million books available for dispatch within 48 hours, there is an awful lot of books for you to go looking for!

    Perhaps the most important thing to say about the new website is that there is even more content on each page than first meets the eye! Each page is made up of both carousels and tabs. Click on the arrow at the side of each carousel and the current book covers will move along replaced by even more books and links to interviews and reviews. At the top of each carousel block there are tabs, click on these tabs and, again, we'll show you even more books!

    On the left hand column of each page are our browse categories. Clicking on a category e.g. Entertainment or Reference will take you to a category page displaying all the top books on that subject. Each individual book detail page, as you'd imagine, has a full set of bibliographic information on each book (including publisher, publication date, paperback/hardback etc).

    We've improved our search engine too. You can search using the search box at the top of each page, but if you want to refine your search further click on our advanced search and search via title, author, publisher and/or isbn. You even have the ability to further filter the books lists via popularity, price and publication date.

    If the book you want hasn't been published yet, we've introduced pre-orders. Order the book whenever you want and we'll send it as soon as it it is published. If your book happens to be out of stock at the moment, just add your email address, click the notify me button, and we'll let you know as soon as we have more copies.

    We know that our free worldwide delivery is something that you really value, so we've increased the number of countries that we ship to. We now send books for free to over 90 countries!

    To make our checkout procedure as simple as possible we've introduced a quick checkout where you can buy a book without checking in. You can now buy books in either British pounds, Euros or even American dollars.

  • Frugal books for thrifty times

    Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:25

  • Free e-book: Dawnthief

    Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:25

    Dawnthief -- free e-book! You might have noticed, Christmas is coming. So here at The Book Depository we thought it would be nice to give away another free e-book! In partnership with Orion, we are giving away a free e-book of James Barclay's Dawnthief (PDF; 2.7mb; if you need a reader, try the Adobe site. Click here if you want to buy the actual, real, proper book!) All you need to do is click on the link to download the PDF -- you don't need any fancy hardware or software. You can read Dawnthief straight from your PC:
    The Raven have fought together for years, six men carving out a living as swords for hire in the war that have torn Balaia apart, loyal only to themselves and their code. But when they agree to escort a Xesteskian mage on a secret mission they are pulled into a world of politics and ancients secrets. For the first time the Raven cannot even trust their own strength and prowess, for the first time their code is in doubt. How is it that they are fighting for one of the most evil colleges of magic known? Searching for the secret location of Dawnthief; a spell that could end the world? Aiming not to destroy it but to cast it. Dawnthief is a fast paced epic about a band of all too human heroes.
    Download free e-book of Dawnthief Buy Dawnthief
  • 9780753814017.jpg I don't normally suggest a Book of the Day but, goodness, y'all need to read this! The historian Roy Strong (most recently the author of the excellent A Little History of the English Country Church) called Antonia Fraser's The Gunpowder Plot "History as it should be written" -- and he's bang on!
    With a narrative that grips the reader like a detective story, Antonia Fraser brings the characters and events of the Gunpowder Plot to life. Dramatically recreating the conditions and motives that surrounded the fateful night of 5 November 1605, she unravels the tangled web of religion and politics that spawned the plot.
    "Told with impressive scholarship and panache... The result is a narrative that is clear, balanced, and builds to its denouement with a sense of pace and tension worthy of a John le Carre novel" according to John Adamson of the Sunday Telegraph. Indulge yourself!
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