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12 Books to Give to Your Loved Ones This Christmas

A selection of 2018's must-read books for every literary personality.
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What a Hazard a Letter is: The Strange Destiny of the Unsent Letter

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£14.99

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Including writing by Ian McEwan, Abraham Lincoln, Virginia Woolf, and Vincent Van Gogh, this volume collates letters that, for a multitude of reasons, were never sent to their intended recipient. From tender expressions of love that went unrealized to letters whose non-arrivals changed the course of history, What a Hazard a Letter Is includes both fictional and historic messages that almost didn’t see the light of day.

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Wardrobe Wisdom: How To Dress and Take Care of Your Clothes

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£9.99

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Alicia Healey trained as a Lady’s Maid at Buckingham Palace before travelling the world as a wardrobe consultant for high-profile clients including a Middle Eastern Royal family. This guide gathers together Healey’s expert knowledge of what to wear for special occasions and how to make-do and mend with minimal fuss. It will make the perfect present for any style-conscious reader.

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Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places

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Divided into 10 categories including Music & Literature and Power, Protest & Progress, this book illustrates 100 historic English locations that mark the sites of remarkable events.

My Year

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Originally published in 1993 and out of print since 1998, this is a charming account of Roald Dahl's love of the countryside surrounding his Buckinghamshire home, an area that inspired many of his classic children's stories including Fantastic Mr. Fox and Danny, the Champion of the World.

A Little Book of Latin for Gardeners

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A Little Book of Latin for Gardeners uncovers the mysteries behind Latin plant names, providing useful lists of identifying adjectives and lively anecdotes, accompanied by beautiful woodcut illustrations. The guide draws upon geography, folklore, language and superstitions to assist and entertain any exquisitive gardener.

Validated

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?The infinite imagination of the legendary make-up artist Val Garland is presented with striking close-up photography and insightful quotations in a compendium of her boldest work to date.

Seeing Stars: A Complete Guide to the 88 Constellations

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£17.95

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Suitable for children aged seven to 10, Seeing Stars is a beautifully designed, accessible guide to the constellations that can be seen from Earth. The volume equips readers with the information they need to locate, name and tell the mythological and historical stories behind each cluster of stars.

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The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories

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This new collection, featuring neglected stories by John Bude, ECR Lorac and some lesser-known writers of crime fiction, brings together tales of less-than-cosy Christmases, guaranteed to keep its readers on the edge of the sofa all through the festive period.

How to be Invisible

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From the singer who garnered a number-one hit by singing about Emily Brontë's only novel comes another literary gem, How to be Invisible. The acclaimed musician has chosen lyrics from her 40-year career and arranged them in this poetic cloth-bound volume, her first published collection.

Normal People

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Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named Waterstones’ best book of the year, Sally Rooney’s second novel is a tale of unrivalled love, enduring friendship and male fragility. The Irish writer is regularly heralded as the voice of her generation – and any bookworm who follows the contemporary literary conversation should not miss the novel everyone is taking about.

Rare Birds Book Club

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Championing women’s literature with books written for women, by women, Rare Birds Book Club delivers fiction’s most formidable heroines to a reader’s door every month. The subscription service offers one-month, three-month, six-month and 12-month packages, and will certainly broaden the horizons of any reader keen to investigate the wealth of feminist literature.

A Year in Books

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For avid readers, a gift of a new title may be too risky, while a book voucher can seem impersonal. Heywood Hill’s ‘A Year in Books’ service offers each subscriber a personal bookseller who individually selects books based on their particular tastes, and offers knowledge to help them find books they might never have otherwise come across.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.co.uk.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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