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Pop into the shop and let us help you pick out the right books for your whole Christmas list!

In the meantime, h
ere are our picks for
the best books for Christmas 2023

Happy Christmas!

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The Rest is History

From the hit podcast - answers to many questions you wished you'd asked about history

A History of the Roman Empire
in 21 Women

Rome as you've never seen it before - brazenly unconventional, badly behaved and very feminine


Comedian David Mitchell gives his view of which Kings were good and which were frankly a bit crap

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Hardcore History

The Savage Storm

The story of the little known Battle for Italy from the best of the new generation of WW2 historians, 

Hunting the Falcon

Examines the seismic impact of the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn across Europe 

Emperor of Rome

The Queen of Classics shines her spotlight on the office of "emperor" - its privileges and constraints

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Serious Thinking

The Identity Trap

A balanced critique of how identity politics makes it harder to achieve progress towards genuine equality

Politics on The Edge

Insights into the murky world of politics from one of the few politicians to retain his integrity

This is Not America

Why the US model is a distraction - a bold new framework for understanding race in Britain today

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Lighter moments

The QI Book of Sports

A wonderfully curious grand tour of the world of sports, brought to you by the QI Elves

The Private Eye Annual 2023

A classic - packed, as always,
with the best satirical fun
and cartoons galore

Terrible Maps

Celebrates fun cartography in all its glory, like a map of countries that eat their national animals 

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the limits

The Bathysphere Book

An enigmatic treasure trove of a biography, from the 1930 diaries of the first deep sea exploration


An inspirational human history of space travel, from the Apollo missions to our forays to Mars

White Holes

Beyond the edge of theory and experiment,  experience the fever and the disquiet of deep science

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Sporting Heroes

Broadly Speaking

The autobiography of one of England's most popular - and most competitive - cricketers 

Throwing the Book

The world's best referee lifts the lid on a lifetime spent keeping the biggest names in rugby onside

What It Takes

Learn about the revolutionary  leadership style of England's most successful sports manager

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Lives of

Lawrence of Arabia

A gripping account of this mysterious adventurer, with unique insights from personal experience

Making it So

The wonderful life story of a British great - from 40 years in the RSC to Star Trek and comedy


The anarchic autobiography of a legend, of alternative comedy - combining wit and wisdom

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Gardens of

The Gardening Book

A fresh approach to gardening from the nation's favourite gardener - refreshingly accessible

The Book of Wilding

How to avoid being overwhelmed by climate change through practical individual actions

The Beekeeper's Bible
The most comprehensive beekeeping resource ever published - the ultimate guide!


McCartney: The Lyrics

The definitive texts of 161 songs with intimate, autobiographical commentaries on life and music.


A hugely entertaining lyrical memoir of life alongside Elton John, in all its surreal craziness 

The Reluctant Beatle
 A revealing portrait of George Harrison, the most undervalued and mysterious Beatle

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Mary Makes It Easy

Stress-free, easy and delicious - a new collection of 120 fool-proof recipes arranged in clear chapters

The Secret of Cooking

Packed with solutions for how to make life in the kitchen work better for real life cooking

Rick Stein's Simple Suppers
Informal, yet stylish, cooking for midweek, weekends and everything in between

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Poetry to ponder

Hansel & Gretel (for adults)

Hansel & Gretel as a darkly glittering contemporary fairy-tale for adults, from the poet laureate

And So This Is Christmas

51 poems showcasing the signature wit of Brian Bilston to celebrate the festive season

The Iliad
A new translation of the timeless classic - resonant language gallops along - very readable

New fiction,
old friends

Light Over Liskeard

A novel of life and love in the face of the crisis of modern civilisation from the author of Captain Corelli

The Fraud

A first historical novel from literary titan, Zadie Smith, set in 1873 Jamaica and England

Absolutely & Forever
A piercing story of first love in 1960s Chelsea - blighted by a secret that will alter everything

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Rollicking reads


Another bonkbuster with the legendary Rupert Campbell-Black

Surely everybody's guilty secret?!

The Three Graces

Tuscan friendships strained by an intriguing cast, convincingly presented - enthralling and funny

The Figurine
Bittersweet memories and the mystery of an inherited collection, set in the sun-soaked Aegean

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Prizeworthy fiction

The Bee Sting

A funny, thought-provoking story of one family desperately clinging on as their world falls apart

So Late in the Day

An exquisite new short story of Dublin life from the bestselling author of Small Things Like These

In Memoriam
An epic tale of the devastating tragedies of war and the forbidden romance that blooms in its grip

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Kennedy 35

The latest in the Box88 spy series taking our hero into the Rwandan genocide and an on-off love life

Killing Moon

Scandi-noir crime - drags Harry Hole out of retirement and back to an Oslo murder mystery

The Secret Hours
A standalone Berlin spy story, alongside the hugely popular Jackson Lamb series

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filler fun

The Winter Spirits

A dazzling collection of never-before-seen ghostly tales by a roll call of leading authors

Mistletoe Malice

A festive classic with fangs: A dysfunctional family reunites for the Christmas holiday from hell...

Adventure of the Christmas Pudding
Classic seasonal collection of five short stories featuring
Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple ...

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Three generations of women confront the legacy of the men who defined their lives by crime

The Sorcerer of Pyongyang

The power of empathy and the human imagination cuts through the oppression of 90s North Korea

Hitman's Guide to Housekeeping
Top hitman for the NY Croatian mafia gets stuck in limbo in Reykjavik - on Eurovision night...

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You Choose Christmas

A new story every time - we love how this series helps children free their imaginations. Enjoy! 

Bunnies in a Sleigh

It's Christmas Eve and Santa's elves have fallen suspiciously ill - cue the bunnies and chaos

Little Robin Red Vest
A 25th anniversary deluxe edition of the picture book classic about the true meaning of Christmas

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More festive

The Completely Chaotic Christmas

A brand-new Lottie Brooks story - will Lottie survive the festivities intact? A hilarious romp! 

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A quickfire sequence of festive frolics and sneaky snowmen for Andy and Terry on Christmas Eve

The Snow Girl
A truly special book of snow and winter magic with the warmest and most cheering beating heart

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Great gifts
for children

The Football School Encyclopedia

A fun, essential guide to the world of football, packed with hilarious illustrations and fascinating facts

A Treasury of Ballet Stories

Four stories from beloved classical ballets, illustrated with swans, princesses and sugar plum fairies

The Observologist
A playful field guide for budding natural scientists and observers of the world right under our noses

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