Gifts are a wonderful part of Christmas, offering everyone the chance to show someone how much they care by giving them something special. And it’s not all about the price either, which is why books are always a different and thoughtful choice. Our carefully considered selection of books is sure to delight whatever reader you’re buying for this Christmas…
The breakout book of 2014: The Miniaturist
Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist has outsold every other debut fiction book in 2014 and is the bestselling literary debut of the decade so far. It stormed the charts on publication in July and has since gone on to win Waterstones Book of the Year and new writer of the year at the National Book Awards. Critics have heaped praise on Burton’s novel, inspired by a dollhouse in Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, and readers can’t rate it highly enough. It follows the story of eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman in the 17th Century who meets her husband for the first time on their wedding day. When she turns up to live in her hostile new home she is presented with a dollhouse that is the exact replica of it. Unbeknown to Nella, the dollhouse will become the key to unraveling secrets and determine her fate. Gripping, beautiful and full of suspense, this is a treasure of a book. Waterstones’ exclusive edition makes the perfect gift.
The ultimate classic: Great Expectations
If you are looking for a book that looks that little bit more special than perhaps others already on the bookshelf then it’s got to be the Penguin Classics Clothbound series. Each book is wrapped in beautiful colour block cloth and foil stamped with a striking image. The editions look fantastic lined up next to one another or standing solo and are the perfect literary treat. The popular classics in the series include Great Expectations, Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre.
For something a little different: Look Who’s Back
He’s back! And He’s Führious! Tumur Vermes’ Look Who’s Back is this year’s must-read satirical tickler. Adolf Hitler wakes up alive and well in Berlin in 2011, and proceeds to take the modern world by storm – as a uncannily talented impersonator who refuses to ever break character. The critically acclaimed and bestselling Look Who’s Back was championed by booksellers when it published in April this year following on from the huge success in Europe, selling 1.5 million copies in Germany alone. Described by the Sunday Times as ‘A darkly entertaining satire’ it offers a unique yet disturbing portrayal of modern Europe.
A modern twist: Pulp! The Classics
The front covers of classic books are often given a facelift by their publishers but none are doing it so well as Pulp! The Classics. Each cover in the series has been rebranded with a contemporary creative twist. The distinctive retro-looking covers feature 21st century celebrities reminiscent of the characters on the book they feature on. Redesigned and reset using the original unabridged text from some of the biggest and most popular writers, there is something for everyone. This fantastic series has built up a legion of fans and let’s face it who doesn’t want a copy of The Picture of Dorian Grey with Ryan Gosling on the cover gracing their their bookshelf?
The book-lovers book: The Bookshop Book
The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell (author of the wonderful Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops) is a love letter to bookshops all around the world. Jen weaves together tales of bookshops from around the world, from the oldest to the smallest, from boats to barns, from France to Mongolia as well as interviews with inspiring booksellers and bestselling authors about what bookshops mean to them and their favorites. This is a fascinating account of over 200 bookshops across six continents that will serve as your bookshop bucket list for years to come.
The no holds barred beauty book: Pretty Honest
Sali Hughes is the friend every girl dreams of; she has every make-up, hair and beauty tip down to a tee and delivers it in a fun, down-to-earth style that you immediately trust. Pretty Honest is the beauty book for real women on what works in real life. Journalist Sali Hughes offers a no-nonsense approach on easy, everyday applicable make-up tips and tricks that don’t cost a fortune and build up confidence. Whether it’s temperamental skin, decoding the myths of how lifestyle choices will affect your face or offering bridal make-up tutorials, Pretty Honest is the beauty manual you need.
For the entrepreneur: How Google Works
Eric Schmidt joined Google in 2001 and became the company’s CEO just a few months later. He is now the Executive Chairman at Google and is regarded as one of the key influencers in the digital world. Google is a forward-thinking business that has redefined the traditional corporate culture thanks to its innovative management techniques. Schmidt and fellow Google Employee Jonathan Rosenberg helped grow Google from a young start-up to a billion dollar company by relearning everything they thought they knew about management. How Google Works is a fascinating and educational insight into corporate culture, strategy, talent, decision-making, communication, innovation, and dealing with disruption in the workplace. Using first-hand experience and company examples, Schmidt and Rosenberg explain the importance of empowering employees to succeed.