Last-minute Christmas gift ideas for book-lovers

Three sleeps ’til Christmas, and where are you at?
You’re putting off shopping, cursing the tat.
Perhaps we can help with a few good ideas,
Delivered in prose to spread Christmas cheer.

Something to treasure and squish in a stocking:

Treasure IslandTreasure Island
By Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduced by Kate Mosse
Beautiful, highly collectible pocket classics by White’s Books
Art Direction by David Pearson
£6.29 from Amazon

Something quite gruesome and really quite shocking:

127 Hours Book Jacket127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
By Aron Ralston
Tie-in with the recently released Danny Boyle film of the same name.
£4.48 from the Book Depository

Digital mania! Here are two brilliant apps:

malcolm tucker's iphoneMalcolm Tucker: The Missing Phone
Published for the iPhone by Faber
£3.99 from iTunes
mark kermode app ebookIt’s Only A Movie
by Mark Kermode
Published for the iPhone by Random House
£6.99 from iTunes

And a linguist’s companion by those hardworking hacks:

Guardian style by David Marsh and Amelia HodsdonGuardian Style
By David Marsh and Amelia Hodsdon
The latest edition of the editorial style guide for Guardian, Observer and guardian.co.uk
RRP £15.00 from the Guardian Bookshop

A great one for babies with art in their eyes:

Art for babyArt for Baby
Published by Templar books in support of the NSPCC
£8.19 from Amazon

And one for the brains who love QI:

The second book of general ignoranceThe Second Book of General Ignorance
By John Lloyd and John Michinson
Published by Faber, with an introduction by Stepehen Fry
£6.24 from Amazon

A foodies delight, full of taste sensations:

Cook
By Rebecca Seal
The best recipes from Observer Food Monthly, published by Guardian and Observer Books.
£17.50 from the Guardian Bookshop

And a guaranteed winner for hard-to-buy relations:

history of the world in 100 objectsA History of the World in 100 Objects
By Neil MacGregor
Companion book to the wonderful BBC Radio 4 Series of the same name.
£15 from Amazon (but be quick!)
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3 responses to “Last-minute Christmas gift ideas for book-lovers

  1. Great selection, inspired. Hopefully Amazon can deliver!

  2. Oh… please Santa can I have them all?

  3. Fidelma Horselip

    The baby art book is great for little babies, as it’s mostly black and white and little wee ones love the graphic shapes.

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