Weird and Wonderful

By The Notting Hill Bookshop

By The Notting Hill Bookshop

Any book you might find in an eccentric old mansion owned by a quirky professor of some kind is the sort of books we like the best. Here are some of our favourites!

Unnatural History Museum

Viktor Wynd and Theatre of Dolls

£35.00 £32.55

Anyone who has visited Viktor Wynd's cabinet of curiosities in the basement of The Last Tuesday Society in East London, knows the delightful weirdness Viktor Wynd never fails to provide. This book chronicles some of his favourite finds and his philosophy around collecting, all written in his trademark whimsical style. Entirely bonkers and absolutely joyful!

The History of Magic: From Alchemy to Witchcraft, from the Ice Age to the Present

Chris Gosden

£25.00 £23.25

Magic has been with us for millennia - from the curses and charms of ancient Greek, Roman and Jewish magic, to the shamanistic traditions of Eurasia, indigenous America and Africa, and even quantum physics today. This book is a captivating journey through the history of humanity and how magic has travelled alongside us since the very beginning. Fascinating and broad in scope, this book will give you not only a general lesson in human history, but also shine a light on how our magical past can help us better understand our present.

The Smile Stealers: The Fine and Foul Art of Dentistry

Richard Barnett

£19.95 £18.55

Following the history of dentistry from the Bronze Age all up to the modern age, this is a beautifully produced hardback with some truly gruesome and incredible contents. It is enormously interesting and illustrated throughout, and makes the perfect left-field gift for any morbidly curious person in your life!

The Voynich Manuscript

£35.00

The ultimate bookish mystery! Written in an unknown script by an unknown author, the manuscript has no clearer purpose now than when it was rediscovered in 1912 by rare books dealer Wilfrid Voynich. It has made appearances throughout history, was owned by actual Roman Emperors and sold in a mysterious auction in Rome in 1903. This facsimile is as baffling as it is beautiful, and is full of surreal and gorgeous illustrations throughout. You might not be able to read it, but you will sure be able to admire it nonetheless!

Soviet Bus Stops

FUEL and Christopher Herwig

£19.95 £18.55

Exactly what you think it is, but also not at all. Soviet Bus Stops contains exactly that - pictures of Soviet bus stops, but what many people don't know, is that Soviet bus stops was a thing of wonder indeed. Colourful, brutalist, decorated with shards of bright glass or twisted into fascinating concrete shapes, this book is both weird and an absolute delight to marvel at.

Phantom Architecture

Philip Wilkinson

£25.00 £23.25

A skyscraper one mile high, a dome covering most of downtown Manhattan, a triumphal arch in the form of an elephant: some of the most exciting buildings in the history of architecture are the ones that never got built. This book tells the story of some of the marvellous feats of architecture we never got to see - rarely because of any design flaws, but more often due to politics or lack of funding. This is an absolutely beautiful edition and a thrilling peak into some true just-missed marvels of the world. Perfect for the armchair architect in your life, or for anyone who enjoys imagining how close we often have been to living in quite a different world.

The Madman's Library: The Greatest Curiosities of Literature

Edward Brooke-Hitching

£25.00 £23.25

This is the ultimate Book About Books. Within these covers you can read about books written in blood and books that kill, books of the insane and books that hoaxed the globe, books invisible to the naked eye and books so long they could destroy the Universe, books worn into battle, books of every kind you could ever imagine. An incredibly interesting, beautifully produced read that will light up any bookworm's eyes!