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Gift Love Voltaire Us Apart Julia Edelman Fucking Apostrophes Simon Griffin Bad Girls Throughout History Ann Shen HB $22.99 What would Kant's sexts look like? How would Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir break up? What would Confucius think of Tinder? Comedy writer Julia Edelman's New Yorker article 'Excerpts from Philosophers’ Breakup Letters' was a viral hit in 2015. From that same font of wisdom comes a hilarious relationship guide with a philosophical edge, brought to life with charming illustrations from Hallie Bateman. HB $16.99 Apostrophes are a f'ing pain. The rules about how to use them are complicated, and have evolved haphazardly. Originally written as advice by a copywriter for designers—wont to insert and remove apostrophes at will, for visual effect—this is a light-hearted, pocketsized guide to getting the f'ing things right. Elegantly produced, this is the perfect gift for any pedant, as well as an indispensable guide in all our moments of grammar-related frustration. HB $37.99 Bad Girls Throughout History is a vibrantly illustrated volume featuring 100 women who were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. Gorgeously illustrated, the collection features bad girls from a range of places, eras, ethnicities, and fields—including Aphra Behn, Sojourner Truth, Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, Joan Jett and many more. Scorn Matthew Parris The Word Detective John Simpson HB $24.99 There's no pleasure like a perfect putdown. So here is a selection of the funniest, sharpest, rudest and most devastating insults in history, from ancient Roman graffiti to the battlefields of Twitter. Encompassing literature, art, politics, showbiz, marriage, gender, nationality and religion, this collection is the perfect source for all insults, whether you're searching for an elegant riposte, the rudest polite letter ever written, or a brutal verbal sledgehammer. PB $29.99 Language is always changing. No one knows where it is going but the best way to future-cast is to look at the past. John Simpson animates for us a tradition of researching and editing, showing us both the technical lexicography needed to understand a word, and the careful poetry needed to construct its definition. He challenges both the idea that di