All I Want For Christmas… Is Books

Here are a few gift ideas for the book lovers in your life…

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

An unsettling novella, beautifully illustrated, with lots of attention to quirky detail right down to the library pocket attached to the front of the British edition. The design and illustrations within vary depending on the country of publication, so you may want to get more than one…

Murakami - The Strange Library - xmas pick


Here by Richard McGuire

An eagerly-anticipated graphic novel based on the influential 1989 6-page comic of the same name. Spread over 36 panels, the original comic told the story of a corner of a room over a time period ranging from 500 BC to 2033 AD. The graphic novel has been expanded to 300 pages, full-colour and is a must for enthusiasts of the genre.

Here by Richard McGuire - xmas pick


Nick Drake: Remembered for a While by the estate of Nick Drake

A stunningly-produced tribute to Nick Drake and his music, with contributions from friends, family, and critics. Included in the book are numerous interviews, photographs, reproductions of documents such as his mother’s scrapbook of press cuttings, images of handwritten and typed lyrics, excerpts from letters, and much more. This is a thoughtful and elegant book, and a real celebration of Drake’s life and work.

Nick Drake - xmas pick


Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly

A fashion icon, it is no wonder Vivienne Westwood’s memoir, written in collaboration with biographer Ian Kelly, is a stylish affair. Her fascinating life story is told here in her distinctive voice. Her clothes have a story, as she says, and that’s why they become classics—the same can probably be said of this book.

Vivienne Westwood - xmas pick


Lost in Translation by Ella Frances Sanders

Full of pretty and playful illustrations, this wonderful wordy book looks at words that have no equivalent in languages other than their own, eg, iktsuarpok, Inuit for the feeling of anticipation that leads you to keep looking outside to see if anyone is coming. A true delight!

Lost in Translation  - xmas pick


Little Big Boubo by Beatrice Alemagna

A lovely little book by Paris-based Italian author and illustrator Beatrice Alemagna that captures beautifully the exciting transition from baby to toddler.

Little Big Boubo - xmas pick

About Linda

Linda Fallon is the head buyer at Shakespeare and Company. Her favourite book (if forced to pick one) is 'A Confederacy of Dunces' by John Kennedy Toole, which she collects in different editions and languages. From Ireland originally, she has been working on perfecting her Gaelic shrug since moving to Paris in 2007.