Gifts you'll want to keep for your shelf
If you haven’t written your letter to Santa yet, take inspiration from over one hundred of the world’s most entertaining, inspiring and unusual ones in this bestselling collection. This celebration of written correspondence captures the humour, sadness and brilliance that make up our lives, making it the perfect gift.
He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice… Lists are the shorthand for what really matters to us: our hopes and aspirations, our rules for loving and living. A rich visual anthology that stretches from ancient times to the present day, taking in Michelangelo’s shopping list and Marilyn Monroe’s New Year’s resolutions along the way. This is definitely one for the nice list.
Another rich and inspiring collection from Shaun Usher, which reminds us that much of what matters in our lives finds its way into our letters. Read Helen Keller’s letter to The New York Symphony Orchestra, Richard Burton’s farewell note to Elizabeth Taylor, and Dumbledore’s response to a prospective Defense Against the Dark Arts professor.
Sylvia Linsteadt and Rima Staines
A collaboration between illustrator Rima Staines and author Sylvia Linstead resulted in the creation of this magical and mythical post-apocalyptic novel unlike any other. Lose yourself in this tale.
If last night you dreamt of Manderley, this is the book for you. It opens the doors to some of the most celebrated houses in literature, both real and imagined. Discover how authors’ personal experiences helped to shape the homes that have become icons of English literature.
The Rev’d Natalie Cross is drawn into the murky depths of peace-process politics in this psychological thriller. Caught in a world of intrigue and terror, she learns that the most dangerous people are not always those holding the guns – and she must abandon morality and tap into her own dark side to take them on.
Alys Fowler and Steve Benbow
Part beautifully designed coffee-table book and part manifesto, this is the story of how Alys, the Guardian gardening writer, learned how to keep bees; and Steve, the urban beekeeper, learned how to plant a pollinator-friendly garden. Their letters, emails, texts, recipes, notes and glorious photos create a record of the trials and joys of working with nature.
A biography of Laurie Cunningham, England’s first professional black footballer who represented Leyton Orient, West Bromwich Albion and was the first Englishman to play for Real Madrid. A story of fashion, football, funk and a fascinating life.