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!

For The Dads

Why We Make Things And Why It Matters – Peter Korn
Skyfaring – Mark Vanhoenacker
The Knowledge – Lewis Dartnell
Lost Horizon – James Hilton
Gironimo! – Tim Moore
Love, Sex and Other Foreign Policy Goals – Jesse Armstrong
The Zone of Interest – Martin Amis
Hunters in the Dark – Lawrence Osborne

Easter Gift Picker

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 – Leanda 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 – Philippa 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


Encyclopedia of Early Earth – Isabel Greenberg
Soppy – Philippa Rice 
Polina – Bastien Vivès
Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
Ghost World – Daniel Clowes
Some Comics – Stephen Collins
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

Thérèse 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 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 Willetts
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 Garden – 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