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The Best Beautiful Books to Buy This Christmas

Posted on 2nd December 2020 by Mark Skinner

Whether spoiling friends and family or treating yourself, nothing says indulgence like a beautifully designed and presented book. In this blog we offer our pick of the most eye-catching, luxurious volumes available this Christmas, perfect presents one and all.  

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One of our greatest living novelists resurrects the short life of Hamnet Shakespeare, the Bard’s only son, in a profoundly moving account of grief, family and genius in an era where life was ever precarious.

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A breathtaking union of piercing prose and exquisite graphic art, legendary critic Kakutani’s primer in one hundred books that have spoken profoundly to her is an invaluable and beautiful resource for all booklovers.
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Sumptuously designed and as quirky and esoteric as befits the work of the pioneering Hollywood auteur, Accidentally Wes Anderson is a visual feast of location photography that has been inspired by the movies of Wes Anderson.
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Beautifully presented with illustrations of maps throughout, Francis’s meditation on the appeal of islands and isolation merges travel writing, memoir and philosophy to create a work at once intensely personal and truly universal.
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From the inspired pairing behind the award-winning The Lost Words comes a beautifully presented hymn to nature and language adorned with Jackie Morris’s exquisite illustrations of beloved woodland creatures.

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Truly irresistible for all bibliophiles, this gorgeously realised work details the strangest books in history, from a Qu’ran written in blood to volumes worn into battle.
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A stunning reproduction of William Smith’s pivotal geological maps from the early nineteenth century, this immersive volume is both a fascinating scientific accomplishment and a breathtaking icon of literary design.
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Whether strategic, tactical or generated for propaganda purposes, maps were a cornerstone of military operations during World War II, and this deluxe volume is the definitive analysis of their worth.
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An exhaustive, sumptuously presented guide to some of the nineteenth-century’s most iconic slaughters, Murder Maps delineates not just the cartographic angle to the crimes but also details developments in police methods and scientific and technological breakthroughs.
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Fully illustrated throughout, this rundown of one hundred creatures that have had the greatest effect on humanity is a consistently enlightening and engaging read from one of our most eloquent nature writers.
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A ravishing blend of ornithology, photography and art, Couzens’s exquisite book delivers an avian treat for every day of the year, accompanied by sublime illustration.
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From Queen Victoria to Andy Warhol, this gorgeous 20th anniversary edition of the bestselling The Assassin’s Cloak brings together the most absorbing diary entries from history’s biggest personalities for each day of the year.
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From roast hog with salt-baked potatoes and apple sauce to chocolate and ale cake, Kerridge’s new cookbook shares the most delicious dishes from the menus of his extraordinary two-Michelin-star pub.

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The ultimate expert guide to pastry, patisserie and baking, with more than 200 recipes and step-by-step techniques, from the creators of Larousse Gastronomique.
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In this spellbinding and heavily illustrated memoir, the iconic country singer and composer of such classics as Jolene and I Will Always Love You shares the stories behind her best-loved songs from across six decades.
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Gathered from the portfolios of wildlife photographers around the globe, the thirtieth volume accompanying this beloved award highlights all that is dramatic, humorous and jaw-dropping about the natural world.
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From countryside to cityscape, the thirteenth annual Landscape Photographer of the Year competition is commemorated in this beautiful volume that will change the way you see Britain’s ever-shifting environments.
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A marvel of exquisite design in itself, Lane’s absorbing volume details twenty-one royal gardens from Highgrove to the Taj Mahal in stunning full-colour photography and fascinating description.
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From Michelangelo to Marcel Duchamp and beyond, Gormley and Gayford’s extensively illustrated and stunningly presented volume is a riveting, iconoclastic history of sculpture through the ages.
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Tracing a path through Scottish art from the Neolithic to the present day, Goudie’s gorgeous book takes in everything from Celtic metalwork to the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
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A tantalising peek through the keyhole of some of our greatest modern interior designers' homes, this gorgeous edition is packed full of bravura design concepts and inspiration for the aspiring designer.
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The definitive monograph of the provocative cult artist, A Life in Ink documents Steadman’s iconic collaboration with Hunter S. Thompson alongside his satirical cartoons and children’s book illustration.
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A brilliant compilation of lore and the rhythms of the natural world, The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide to 2021 provides an inspiring compass for the upcoming year.
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The ultimate guide to the wonders of the night sky, this handsome almanac covers the progress of the constellations through the seasons and is the perfect gift for all budding stargazers.
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