Here is a selection of books which we think would make gorgeous additions to everyone's bookshelves this Christmas.
The quarter century or so before the outbreak of the First World War saw an extraordinary boom in the popularity and quality of short stories in Britain. This is the era of Oscar Wilde, Arthur Conan Doyle, Katherine Mansfield, Rebecca West, Joyce, Chesterton, Beerbohm, Lawrence and Saki. This a thoroughly enjoyable anthology and an absolutely stunning book.
Christopher Harding£25.00 £23.25
From the acclaimed author of Japan Story, this is the history of Japan distilled into the stories of twenty remarkable individuals. For anyone new to Japan, this book is the ideal introduction. For anyone already deeply involved with it, this is a book filled with surprises and pleasures. Japan seems to be on a lot of people's bucket lists, so this gorgeous book would make an ideal present for any budding travellers!
Susanna Clarke£14.99 £13.94
Rose has been reading this new book from the bestselling author of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. Piranesi is another brilliantly written fantasy from Susanna Clarke, in which Piranesi's solitary world in his labyrinthine house is unexpectedly disrupted. Lost texts must be found and secrets must be uncovered. Strange, gothic and enchanting, this is a beautiful book to have on your shelf.
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and Ester Gaya£20.00 £18.60
We absolutely love the Welcome to the Museum series created in collaboration with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew. Following the brilliant success of Botanicum, illustrator Katie Scott is back and this time we are learning about one of the most fascinating living organisms on the planet: fungi.
Jackie Morris and Robert MacFarlane£14.99 £13.94
From the creators of The Lost Words comes a dazzlingly beautiful, pocket-sized treasure with a magical new set of natural spell-poems and artwork. Moving, joyful and funny, The Lost Spells above all celebrates a sense of wonder, bearing witness to nature's power to amaze, console and bring joy.
Philip Pullman and Tom Duxbury£7.99 £7.43
For fans of the His Dark Materials series, old and new, this short story revisits the world created by master storyteller Philip Pullman and is illustrated beautifully throughout by Tom Duxbury.
Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN£14.99 £13.94
A thrilling new maze challenge adventure for Pierre the Maze Detective and all detectives aged 8+. Follow Pierre and Carmen to Canal City for hours of puzzle fun in this crazy and colorful activity book!