Christmas is the best time to beautify your bookshelf, or those of someone close to you. As connoisseurs of all things bookish, we’ve pulled together our selection of truly beautiful books to delight when unwrapped.
Once there was a Fox who lived in a deep, dense forest. For as long as Fox could remember, his only friend had been Star, who lit the forest paths each night. From an award-winning designer comes an original fable about need and loss, beautifully created by Coralie Bickford-Smith.
Here in one volume are all eight of Nancy Mitford’s sparklingly astute, hilarious and completely unputdownable novels: Highland Fling, Christmas Pudding, Wigs on the Green, Pigeon Pie, The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate, The Blessing and Don’t Tell Alfred, with a stunning geometric cover.
Discover an enchanting underwater world hidden within the depths of the sea. With intricate pen and ink illustrations to complete, colour and embellish, readers will meet shoals of exotic fish, curious octopuses and delicately penned seahorses.
Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale of friendship and adventure is retold through the beautiful and intricate illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka, in deep blue cloth, with silver foil embellishments.
Part of Penguin’s beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.
Perfect to dip into, this beautifully illustrated collection brings together all the best-loved classics, selections from favourite books such as Peter Pan, Treasure Island, Mary Poppins and Heidi, and poems such as ‘The Owl and the Pussy-cat’ by Edward Lear, ‘You Are Old, Father William’ by Lewis Carroll and Rudyard Kipling’s ‘If’.
Often surreal and extremely vibrant, Lennon’s drawings were widely considered some of the finest interpretive art of the era, this collection is a beautiful showpiece and a timeless record of Lennon’s emotional, political, and imaginative spirit.
Born into the royal family, John has always known he doesn’t want to be king.
To escape his destiny he has run away and begun to build a different kind of future for himself. Stunningly created using paper-cutting.
Penguin by Hand is a collection comprising six of Penguin’s most popular women’s fiction titles of recent years, all with new and beautiful craft-inspired jackets. The Help is revisited with a hand quilted cover.
Charlotte Brontë’s most beloved novel describes the passionate love between the courageous orphan Jane Eyre and the brilliant, brooding, and domineering Rochester.
It seems a wonder such a pairing has not come about sooner. This special anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll’s tale fits in with the twisted take on Britishness that Dame Vivienne Westwood is famous for in a magical Wonderland setting.