“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.” – Groucho Marx
If you’ve been through our Christmas Gift Guide yet are looking for a present to satiate the avid readers out of your friends and family, we’ve brought together a handy collection of some of the most interesting recent releases. You won’t find anything overly festive here, but you will find some gems that will provide much needed manna for the soul. Here are some new books for Christmas.
Any green fingered friend or family member will love this gift that really will keep on giving. The team at Gardeners’ World have pulled together the ultimate guide to the gardening year. It’s filled with planning and planting advice, as well as troubleshooting tips and gardening discovery, all illustrated with beautiful hand-drawings.
Having spoken to award-winning adventurer, Ross Edgley last year about his record breaking swim around the entire coastline of Great Britain, we know he’s in serious shape. His book, Blueprint, gives us mere mortals the secrets of his cutting-edge training programme so we can try and be our best selves too. Featuring 30 tailored workouts for training different phases and packed with digestible sports science to help optimise workouts, this holds the key to health. After you’ve digested your Christmas pudding of course.
This Japanese coming-of-age classic by Genzaburo Yoshino has just been published in English for the very first time, and it’s a real treat. It tells the story of fifteen year-old Tokyo resident Copper and his quest to find answers for some of life’s biggest philosophical questions. His wise uncle provides plenty of heart-warming wisdom along the way as Copper learns what really matters in life.
This epic survival story written by Julian Sancton, looks into an 1897 polar expedition that went terribly wrong. The Belgica set sail to become the first scientific expedition to reach the South Pole, but became frozen in ice and the crew were left trapped inside for the entire sunless, Antarctic winter. Drawing on first-hand crew diaries, journals, and the ship’s logbook this harrowing and fairly intense tale is also fascinating and totally captivating.
This new title from the consistently brilliant Reel Art Press, charts a period in American history when black men across the country adopted the clothing of a privileged elite and made it their own. This re-invention of the ‘Ivy Look’ from men outside of the mainstream challenging the status quo, continues to influence today’s modern menswear. The book features stunning images from some of America’s finest photographers.
We interviewed musician Baxter Dury recently about his rather brilliant autobiography that charts his eventful early years living with his father, the legendary British singer-songwriter Ian Dury. Aside from life with his dad there was the collection of strange characters that helped care for him and shaped his childhood, like the nefarious Sulphate Strangler. It’s an honest account of a difficult and at times slightly insane upbringing, which refreshingly these days was all written by Baxter himself in his own unique voice.
Another tale of adventure here, but perhaps unlike most you’ve ever heard of. The book focuses on Frenchman Guirec Soudee who decided to buy a 30-foot sailboat and set out across the Atlantic in the company of his pet hen, Monique. Their 45,000 nautical mile journey takes in the Caribbean, Greenland, Antarctica and plenty of other stops, with anecdotes of the likes of navigating treacherous icebergs with a chicken on the mast, there’s plenty of thrills and plenty to warm the heart.
Katherine May’s memoir is a poignant exploration of the dark and cold season we’re entering and how she attempted to embrace what winter is really all about. A time to slow down and care for ourselves, just as nature rests for transformation in the winter. Wintering is authentic, beautifully written and it may change minds on some people’s least favourite season.
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