J: A Novel

A life-changing novel by one of Britain's greatest novelists, winner of the Man Booker ...

Gift Picker

Looking for inspiration for a present?
Wondering what to read next? 

Our gift picker page will hopefully help answer these questions. Pulling together some of our best-loved and lesser know gems into easily recognisable themes and updated on a regular basis, those birthday and holiday read dilemmas could soon be a thing of the past!


 

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami
Trilobites and Other Stories – Breece D'J Pancake
A Death in the Family – Karl Ove Knausgaard
Revenge – Yoko Ogawa
Gravity's Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon
The Death-Ray – Daniel Clowes


 

Encylopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg
Soppy – Philippa rice 
Polina – Bastien Vives
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Ghost World – Daniel Clowes
Some Comics – Stephen Colins
David Boring – Chris Ware


HHhH – Laurent Binet
MOD – Richard Weight
150 Things Every Man should Know – Gareth May
Bumper Book of Dinosaurs – Kieron Pim
Sonic Wonderland – Trevor Cox
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil – Stephen Collins


Therese Raquin – Emile Zola
How To Be A Heroine – Samantha Ellis
Cider with Rosie – Laurie Lee
All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque
Moby Dick – Herman Melville
Doctor Zhivago – Boris Pasternak
Dickens at Christmas


 
Hyperbole and a Half – Allie Brosh
Middle Class Problems – Benjamin Lee
Tips for Meanies – Jane Thynne
Finding Jesus – Winston Rowntree
Breeds – Fenella Smith
Drunken Cookbook – Milton Crawford


 
The Quick – Lauren Owen
The Constant Nymph – Margaret Kennedy
Viper Wine – Hermione Lee
Fallout – Sadie Jones
Black Moon – Kenneth Calhoun
Prayers for the Stolen – Jennifer Clement



Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
Brighton Rock – Graham Greene
The Woman in Black – Susan Hill
Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates
Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky
Inherent Vice – Thomas Pynchon
The Railway Man – Eric Lomax



Crumb – Ruby Tandoh
How To Be A Domestic Goddess – Nigella Lawson
The Food of Italy – Claudia Roden
Primrose Bakery Christmas – Martha Swift
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook – Deb Perelman
Ms Marmite Lover's Secret Tea Party – Kirsten Rogers


 
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
Ghost Stories – M.R James
The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
Les Enfants Terribles – Jean Cocteau
The Fall of the House of Usher – Edgar Allan Poe


 
In the Wolf's Mouth – Adam Foulds
The Zone of Interest – Martin Amis
J – Howard Jacobson
The Children's Act – Ian McEwan
The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee
The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami


 
Arctic Dreams – Barry Lopez
While Wandering – Duncan Minshull
H is for Hawk – Helen McDonald
Claxton – Mark Cocker
A Buzz in the Meadow – Dave Goulson
Waterlog – Roger Deakin



Homework for Grown-Ups – E. Foley and B. Coates
Maths for Mums and Dads – Rob Eastaway 
Dr Johnson's Reliquary of Rediscovered Words – Dr N. Johnson
Grammar for Grown-Ups – Katherine Fry and Rowena Kirton
Shakespeare for Grown-Ups – E. Foley and B. Coates
100 Things Every Man Should Know – Gareth May
The Book of 365 – Hugh Brazier and Jan McCann


 
The Broken Word – Adam Foulds
New Light for the Old Dark – Sam Willets
Drysalter – Michael Symmons Roberts
All One Breath – John Burnside
Red Doc> – Anne Carson
Division Street – Helen Mort 
Black Country – Liz Black



The Sports Gene – David Epstein
Bobby Moore: The Man in Full – Matt Dickinson
Fear and Loathing in La Liga – Sid Lowe
Running Free – Richard Askwith
Gironimo! – Tim Moore
101 Damnations – Ned Boulting
Night Games – Anna Krien

 
Village of Secrets – Caroline Moorehead
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
Fields of Blood – Karen Armstrong
The Knowledge – Lewis Dartnell
Talking to Terrorists – Jonathan Powell
Centuries of Change – Ian Mortimer


Of Walking in Ice – Werner Herzog
Down to the Sea in Ships – Horatio Clare
In Patagonia – Bruce Chatwin
In Siberia – Colin Thubron
Meander – Jeremy Seal
Our Man in Havana – Graham Greene


Just So Stories – Rudyard Kipling
Treasure Island – R. L Stevenson
The Secret Garen – Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith
Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome