13 Books to Gift This Christmas

A list of recommended gifting for lovers of literature, food, art and more


14 Dec 2019

The best thing about Christmas is that it’s the season of giving — and what better gift than a really good book? The end of a year, nay, a decade, is an ideal time to slow down, unwind, and reflect — best accomplished, we believe, while steadily working your way through a great story.

We bring you books that will make for wonderful gifts — for yourself or your loved ones — this Christmas. We’ve got you covered with an array of interests too. From literature and food to nature and art, our curated list has something for just about everyone. So skim through, splurge a little, and bask in the warm glow of a great book.

‘Asymmetry’ (2018) by Lisa Halliday

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‘Christmas Stories’ (2007) by Everyman’s Library Pocket Classics Series

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‘Colour’ (2017) by Marion Deuchars

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‘The Family Table’ (2019) by Aysha Tanya

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‘Flaneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London’ (2016) by Lauren Elkin

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‘Hidden Kingdom’ (2019) by Nirupa Rao

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‘The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate’ (2016) by Peter Wohlleben

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‘Hokusai: A Life in Drawing’ (2016) by Henri-Alexis Baatsch

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‘The New Yorker Book of Literary Cartoons’ (2000), edited by Bob Mankoff

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‘Pictures from Italy’ (2012) by Charles Dickens, Art by Livia Signorini

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‘Rice, Noodle, Fish: Deep Travels through Japan’s Food Culture’ (2015) by Matt Goulding

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‘Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir’ (2019) by Ruth Reichl

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‘A Velocity of Being: Letters to A Young Reader’ (2018), edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Bedrick

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  • Nupur Joshi Thanks’s father worked in the public sector for most of his life and then in the private sector before starting his own business at the age of 59. Nupur says of the man who is her biggest inspiration,

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