Death and Mr Pickwick

An extraordinary novel about an extraordinary novel – Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick ...

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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!

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The Garden Forager - Adele Nozedar

Waterlog - Roger Deakin

Running Free - Richard Askwith

Chocolate - Molly Bakes

A Spool of Blue Thread - Anne Tyler

Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

The Narrow Road To The Deep North - Richard Flanagan

A Sting in the Tale - Dave Goulson

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

Four Fields - Tim Dee


Leaving Before The Rains Come - Alexandra Fuller

Lives of Girls and Women - Alice Munro

H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald

How to Eat - Nigella Lawson

The Violet Bakery Cookbook - Claire Ptak

 Wolf Hall

Tudor - Leand de Lisle

Elizabeth's Women - Tracy Borman

Children of England - Alison Weir

Henry VIII's Last Victim - Jessie Childs

Six Wives - David Starkey


The Aphrodisiac Encyclopaedia - Mark Douglas Hill

Kama Sutra Dot to Dot

The Love Book - Allie Esiri

London for Lovers - Sam Hodges and Sophie Vickers

Soppy - Phillipa Rice

Heart on a Plate - Emma Marsden


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

Boys and Boyfriends

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