Susanne Ard and Bea Carvalho from our non-fiction team choose their top five beautiful books this Christmas.
We absolutely loved Lost London 1870-1945 and Panoramas of Lost London and this year the team behind them has surpassed them in producing the even more beautiful, even more lavish London Hidden Interiors, which reveals the amazing spaces behind the capital’s closed doors. A gorgeous, full-colour celebration of place, design and style.
A stunning celebration of Quentin Blake’s life’s work in illustration to mark the great man’s 80th birthday. An unsurpassed collection of the beloved illustrator’s work, together with his fascinating story. A lovely gift for fans of his work and the many classic story’s which he has illuminated with his inimitable style. And as far as beautiful books go it’s great value too…
The bestselling Phaidon classic gets a revamp in this chunky A-Z of world artists, with a full page for each artist containing a stunning reproduction of a definitive work. As good as a stroll through the very best gallery in the comfort of your own home. A perfect introduction to the world of art, and a no-brainer for any art lover this Christmas.
Rosamund Kidman Cox
The tie-in book to the annual awards celebrating the best in wildlife photography (the winning entries are included in the Natural History Museum’s exhibition), this is a stunning collection featuring such diverse images as tree climbing lions, a cheeky little mouse indulging in a midnight feast, and the overall winner, a stunning underwater shot of bubble-jetting emperor penguins. There are lots of beautiful natural history books available this Christmas, but this is our favourite.
Following on from the enormous success of The Sartorialist: Closer brings together an all new collection of fashion blogger Scott Schuman’s photographs. Capturing the varied looks of men and women on the streets of London, Paris and beyond, and covering a huge array of styles and subjects, this is a real tribute to worldwide fashion. This is the perfect gift for the fashion conscious this Christmas.
Susanne Ard and Bea Carvalho, for Waterstones.com/blog
You can find these books at your local Waterstones bookshop (http://bit.ly/s6sdlu), or buy them online at Waterstones.com, by clicking on the titles above.
Have you been tempted by a beautiful book recently? Let us know in the comments below, and perhaps Santa will take the hint…