Christmas Books 2017

Art & Design

The Art of Winnie-the-Pooh: How EH Shepard Illustrated An Icon
James Campbell                      £25.00
Includes never-before published sketches, finished artwork and family memorabilia.

The Art Museum
Phaidon                                   £39.95
An art-lover’s dream museum in book form: taking the reader on a tour of over 1,600 beautifully reproduced works.

Miss Violet’s Doll’s House
Sam McKechnie                      £20.00
Craft book with guides and templates for perfect rainy day cross-generational activities.

The Atlas of Beauty: Women of the World in 500 Portraits
Mihaela Noroc                        £25.00

The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920 - 1970
Martin Salisbury                      £24.95
50 artists and illustrators from the golden age of book covers.












The Paper Time Machine: Colouring the Past
Wolfgang Wild             £30.00
Famous B&W photographs coloured with amazing attention to detail – magical!

The Recent Past: Photographs of Devon
James Ravilious                      £30.00

Phantom Architecture
Philip Wilkinson                      £25.00
Historical designs and ideas for some madly fabulous buildings that were never built.











Food & Drink

Prosecco Cocktails
Laura Gladwin                        £7.99
40 delicious cocktail recipes.

The Modern Cook’s Year
Anna Jones                  £26.00
A year of vibrant vegetarian recipes combining flavours from all over the world.

Two Kitchens
Rachel Roddy              £25.00
Recipes, flavours and stories from the author’s kitchens in Sicily and Rome.












The Sunday Night Book
Rosie Sykes                  £12.99
Simple and easy to make recipes, from Things-on-Toast to one-pot dishes, perfect for that last, lazy meal of the weekend.

The Little Library Cookbook
Kate Young                 £25.00
From Paddington Bear marmalade to pizza worthy of Elena Ferrante. Eat like your favourite book characters with this book of literary recipes.


House & Garden

Flora: The Graphic Book of the Garden
Guy Barter                  £25.00 

Chevening: A Seat of Diplomacy
Julius Bryant               £30.00
The art, architecture, gardens and eccentric characters.

Urban Botanics         £18.00
Manike Koster & Emma Sibley
Endless inspiration for modern indoor gardening. 

Life in the Garden
Penelope Lively                       £14.99
Part memoir, part exploration of the famous gardens of literature.

Life In The Garden














Winter Gardens
Cedric Pollet               £30.00
20 of the most beautiful winter gardens in France and the UK.

Sevenoaks’ Forgotten Past: Lodges and Coach Houses
Elizabeth Purves & Geraldine Tucker                    £12.00

The Secret Gardeners
Victoria Summerley     £30.00
Sumptuous through-the-keyhole into the private gardens of celebrities who actually garden!

The Maverick Soul   £30.00 
Miv Watts & Hugh Stewart  
Gorgeous and glossy look inside the homes of 25 eccentric, eclectic bohemians.


Science & Nature

The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History
Susanna Forrest                      £9.99 

Vacation Guide to the Solar System: Science for the Savvy Space Traveller!
Olivia Koski & Jana Grcevich                £12.99

The Lost Words: A Spell Book
Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris              £20.00
Exquisitely illustrated gorgeousness! A book to treasure.

The Robin: A Biography
Stephen Moss              £10.99
Month by month account of Britain’s favourite bird and its place in our culture and literature

As Kingfishers Catch Fire: Books and Birds
Alex Preston & Neil Gower  £25.00
Fusion of ornithology, literary anthology and autobiography, stunningly illustrated.

As Kingfishers Catch Fire











Tamed: Ten Species That Changed Our World
Alice Roberts               £20.00

The Secret Life of Cows
Rosamund Young        £9.99
Affectionate record by a Cotswolds farmer – discovered by Alan Bennett.


History & Politics

Aelfred’s Britain: War and Peace in the Viking Age
Max Adams                 £25.00











Air Force Blue: The RAF in WWII
Patrick Bishop             £20.00
From the author of the acclaimed Fighter Boys and Bomber Boys.

When They Go Low, We Go High: Speeches That Shaped the World and Why We Need Them
Philip Collins              £16.99

China: A History in Objects
Jessica Harrison-Hall £29.95

Lady Fanshawe’s Receipt Book: The Life and Times of a Civil War Heroine
Lucy Moore                 £20.00

Black and British: A Forgotten History
David Olusoga                        £9.99

Defending the Rock: How Gibraltar Defeated Hitler
Nicholas Rankin                      £20.00

Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister
Nicholas Shakespeare             £20.00

Six Minutes In May













Talking To My Daughter About the Economy
Yanis Varoufakis                     £14.99
Brief history of capitalism from former Greek Minister of Finance.

Tiny Histories: Trivial Events and Trifling Decisions That Changed British History
Dixe Wills                    £16.99

Railways and The Raj: How the Age of Steam Transformed India
Christian Wolmar        £25.00


People & Places

Adventures of a Young Naturalist
David Attenborough    £25.00
The story of the 1954 Zoo Quest expeditions.

Islander: A Journey Around Our Archipelago
Patrick Barkham                     £20.00
Warm-hearted social, natural and literary history.

Women and Power
Mary Beard                 £7.99
Modern feminist classic in 115 pages.

Women & Power













Ma’am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret
Craig Brown               £16.99
Snobbery, deference, and humour in high society.

The Militant Muse: Love, War and the Women of Surrealism
Whitney Chadwick      £24.95 

Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North
Horatio Clare              £14.99
Off-beat Finnish travelogue by the author of Down to the Sea in Ships.

South and West: From A Notebook
Joan Didion                £10.00
Notes from Joan Didion’s road trip through 1970s Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, published for the first time.

The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor
Simon Fenwick                        £25.00
Engrossing biography of a talented photographer, traveller and adventurer.

Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World
Lyndall Gordon                       £20.00
Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner, Virginia Woolf. 

Black Earth City
Charlotte Hobson        £9.99
Intimate insight into Russia from the author of The Vanishing Futurist.

Black Earth City













Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography
Walter Isaacson                       £30.00
Illuminating guide to the Renaissance genius.

The Dawn Watch: Joseph Conrad in a Global World
Maya Jasanoff             £25.00
Spellbinding blend of history, biography and travelogue following Conrad’s routes and his four greatest works.

Britain’s 100 Best Railway Stations
Simon Jenkins             £25.00
Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs throughout.

A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary 1939-1940
Iris Origo                    £14.99
Newly published diary of the period preceding her War in Val d’Orcia.

A Chill In THe Air














Letters to the Lady Upstairs
Marcel Proust             £10.00
The comings and goings from a Paris apartment.

My House of Sky: The Life and Work of J.A. Baker
Hetty Saunders                        £20.00
Biography of the author of The Peregrine and The Hill of Summer.

Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense
Jenny Uglow               £25.00
Lavishly illustrated biography of Edward Lear.

Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Post-War Britain
Clair Wills                   £25.00 

Eastern Horizons: Hitchhiking the Silk Road
Levison Wood              £20.00
Account of a youthful expedition in Central Asia, from the award-winning travel writer.


Books on Books

The Diary of a Bookseller
Shaun Bythell              £14.99
Trials and tribulations of the secondhand book trade.

Book of Forgotten Authors
Christopher Fowler     £14.99
Uncover 99 wrongly forgotten authors – a quest that began in Sevenoaks…

Anna Karenina Fix
Viv Groskop                £14.99
Literary self-help memoir that looks to the Russian classics for answers.

Jacob’s Room is Full of Books: A Year of Reading
Susan Hill                    £12.99 

Literary Wonderlands
Laura Miller                £25.00
Over 2,000 years of fantasy worlds in one stunning collection.

Daemon Voices
Philip Pullman                        £20.00
Essays on storytelling, written over the course of 20 years.

Daemon Voices













Britain by the Book
Oliver Tearle               £12.99
A curious tour of our literary landscape.



The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night
Jen Campbell              £14.99
Modern fairy tales brimming with magic, outsiders and lost souls.

The Rest of Their Lives
Jean-Paul Didierlaurent         £12.99
From the bestselling author of The Reader on the 6.27.

Manhattan Beach
Jennifer Egan              £16.99
Enjoyable historical novel featuring gangsters, naval men, and a young female diver, set during the Great Depression and WWII.

Robert Harris              £20.00
The latest historical thriller from the acclaimed author.

The Sparsholt Affair
Alan Hollingshurst      £20.00
Spanning two generations: a group of friends bound together by art, literature and love.

Sleep No More
P.D. James                  £10.00
Bullying schoolmasters, unhappy marriages, and a murder in the small hours of Christmas Day in six short stories.

Little Fires Everywhere
Celeste Ng                   £14.99
Suspenseful novel by the much-lauded American author.

Sofi Oksanen               £12.99
Deliciously dark family drama from one of the brightest stars in Nordic literature.













A Spot of Folly
Ruth Rendell                £14.99
Ten (and a quarter!) new tales of murder and mayhem from the master of psychological suspense.

Ali Smith                      £16.99
Following the Man Booker shortlisted Autumn, a brilliant and original new novel.

Wish You Were Here
Graham Swift              £14.99
After his brother is killed in action, Jack Luxton and his wife journey to Iraq to retrieve his remains and confront the brothers’ past.

Wish You Were Here













A Gentleman in Moscow
Amor Towles               £8.99
21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov begins life under house arrest inside Moscow’s Hotel Metropol… A charming read!

Nine Lessons
Nicola Upson              £12.99
December 1937, Cambridge. Chief Inspector Archie Penrose and amateur sleuth Josephine Tey race to stop another attack.

Visiting Privilege
Joy Williams                £9.99
Often cited as the ‘greatest living master of the short story’, a treasure trove of stories spanning 40 years.



Sherlock: The Puzzle Book
Find out if you are as good as the genius detective with two hundred puzzles and challenges.    

Spy School
Are you sharp enough to be a KGB agent? Train your brain to think like a spy and never forget important details again.

Bletchley Park Brainteasers
Sinclair McKay                       £12.99
A challenge to see if you would have made the cut to join Bletchley Park.

The Cryptic Pub Quiz
Frank Paul                  £16.99
Combining the best of pub quizzes and cryptic crosswords.



Christmas Poems
Wendy Cope                £7.99
New works and some old favourites, published together for the first time.

Christmas Poems













Pablo Picasso’s Noel
Carol Ann Duffy                      £7.99
Gorgeously illustrated tale from the Poet Laureate.

The Sun and Her Flowers
Rupi Kaur                   £12.99
The new collection from the best-selling author of Milk and Honey.

Jackie Kay                   £9.99
In her first collection of poems as Scottish Makar, Kay brings three generations, and their fighting spirit, into sharp focus.

The Poetry Pharmacy: Tried-and-True Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind and Soul
William Sieghard         £12.99 



Over and Out: My Innings of a Lifetime with Test Match Special
Henry Blofeld              £20.00

Ali: A Life
Jonathan Eig               £25.00

Anquetil, Alone
Paul Fournel               £10.99
Innovative and very French portrait of the great cyclist.

Anquetil Alone













Different Class: The Story of Laurie Cunningham
Dermot Kavanagh      £20.00
The story of the first black footballer to represent England professionally.

Sixty Years of Jump Racing: From Arkle to McCoy
Robin Oakley              £25.00

Feeling is the Thing That Happens in 1000th of a Second: A Season of Cricket Photographer Patrick Eagar
Christian Ryan                        £20.00 


Christmas Specials

Murder on Christmas Eve
Ten Christmas themed murder mysteries from some of the best crime writers, living and deceased.

On Christmas: A Seasonal Anthology
Introduced by Gyles Brandeth   £14.99

Christmas: A Biography
Judith Flanders                       £14.99
From mummers’ plays to the invention of Sellotape.

Portrait of a Murderer
Anne Meredith                         £8.99
A classic Christmas crime novel, first published in 1933.

Christmas Pudding
Nancy Mitford             £9.99
Comic unravelling of a Christmas House Party.

Christmas Pudding













An English Christmas
Ed. John Julius Norwich  £14.99
A festive anthology of diary entries, recipes, ghost stories, poems, and more!

A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories
Georges Simenon                    £9.99
Three celebrated stories set in Paris at Christmas.

The Christmas Chronicles
Nigel Slater                 £26.00
Eat away the winter with a recipe for every day from November to February.

An Almost Perfect Christmas
Nina Stibbe                  £9.99
Stories and anecdotes from the author of Love Nina.