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Dearly by Margaret Atwood (2020)

Before she became one of the world's most important and loved novelists, Margaret Atwood was a poet. Dearly is her first collection in over a decade. From minutely perfect descriptions of the natural world to startlingly witty encounters with aliens, from pressing political issues to myth and legend — this beautiful hardback edition is pure, bonafide Atwood, with fascinating endpapers that show the poet's handwritten drafts.

Long-term readers and new fans alike will treasure its insight, empathy and humour.

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen (1978)

In 1973 Matthiessen made the 250-mile trek to a Tibetan plateau in the high Himalayas, as part of an expedition to study wild blue sheep. It was an arduous, sometimes dangerous endeavour, but it was also a 'journey of the heart' - amongst the beauty and indifference of the mountains Matthiessen was searching for solace. He was also searching for a glimpse of a snow leopard, a creature so rarely spotted as to be almost mythical.

One of the greatest pieces of travel and nature writing ever, in a stunning hardback edition.  

Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)

It is the mid-1800s and Sethe is haunted by the violent trauma wrought by her former enslaved life at Sweet Home, Kentucky. Her dead baby daughter, whose tombstone bears the single word, Beloved, returns as a spectre to punish her mother, but also to elicit her love. Told with heart-stopping clarity, melding horror and beauty, Beloved is Toni Morrison's enduring masterpiece. 

Discover this stunning gift edition of Toni Morrison's prize-winning contemporary classic Beloved, featuring an introduction from Zadie Smith and special archival material. 

Gigantic Cinema edited by Paul Keegan and Alice Oswald (2020)

94% of Brits admit to having spoken about the weather in the last 6 hours. Needless to say, a book about the weather is a fairly safe bet for gifting! This striking anthology of poems and prose ranges from literary weather to scientific reportage, offering a new perspective on what is the oldest conversation of all.

Edited by acclaimed anthologist Paul Keegan and one of Britain’s best living poets, Alice Oswald, this is the perfect book to read together with the family wrapped up next to the fire as the rain patters against the window.

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (1848)

When the mysterious and beautiful young widow Helen Graham becomes the new tenant at Wildfell Hall rumours immediately begin to swirl around her. As her neighbour Gilbert Markham comes to discover, Helen has painful secrets buried in her past that even his love for her cannot easily overcome.

With illustrated french flaps, this elegant edition of an iconic story by the lesser-known Brontë sister would make any fan of the classics happy this Christmas. 

The Biscuit by Lizzie Collingham (2020)

Lizzie Collingham traces the humble biscuit's transformation from durable staple for sailors, explorers and colonists to sweet luxury for the middling classes to comfort food for an entire nation.

Like an assorted tin of biscuits, this charming and beautifully illustrated book has something to offer for everyone, combining recipes for hardtack and macaroons, Shrewsbury biscuits and Garibaldis, with entertaining and eye-opening vignettes of social history.

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (1933)

When he was a struggling writer in his twenties, George Orwell lived as a down-and-out among the poorest members of society. With sensitivity and compassion, Orwell exposed the hardships of poverty and gave readers an unprecedented look at life lived on the fringes of society. His vivid account is an enduring call to support the world's most vulnerable people 

The jacket of this stunning hardback edition features period artwork by Elizabeth Friedlander, one of Europe's pre-eminent 20th-century graphic designers. 

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985)

If you haven’t read this classic now is the time.  The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. Brilliantly conceived and executed, this powerful evocation of twenty-first-century America gives full rein to Margaret Atwood's devastating irony, wit, and astute perception.

This showstopping edition showcases the iconic design from award-winning artist Noma Bar. 

The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald (1995)

What begins as the record of W. G. Sebald’s own journey on foot through coastal East Anglia, from Lowestoft to Bungay, becomes the conductor of evocations of people and cultures past and present. From fishing fleets, skulls to silkworms, the result is an intricately patterned and haunting book on the transience of all things human.

A classic for the armchair traveller, this special Vintage Classics design edition features a pull out cover and is illustrated throughout. 

Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson (2020)

The perfect gift for the foodie in your household, Cook, Eat, Repeat is a delicious and delightful combination of recipes intertwined with narrative essays about food, all written in Nigella's engaging and insightful prose.

Chock-full of gorgeous recipes that will have you salivating, it’s a book that you and your family can enjoy together at the table.

 

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