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We have gift books for every taste this Christmas. From coffee table books to brilliant autobiographies and books that will inspire a new hobby or interest, there's something for all your friends and family in our hand-picked selection.

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Christmas: Gift Books

We have gift books for every taste this Christmas. From coffee table books to brilliant autobiographies and books that will inspire a new hobby or interest, there's something for all your friends and family in our hand-picked selection.

  • HSPI

    Haynes Supermarine Spitfire Owners' Workshop Manual (Hardback)

    Dr. Alfred Price

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    This Haynes Manual will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Royal Air Force's Supermarine Spitfire.

    The informative book reveals what it takes to own, restore and operate a Spitfire, while also giving a fascinating glimpse into the engineering and construction work behind such an incredible aircraft.

    Celebrate the centenary of the RAF with this detailed book. Its information is based around the Spitfire MK IX at RAF Coningsby.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £22.99
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  • TSZ2 3 years +

    A Treasury of Songs (Paperback)

    Julia Donaldson

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    A Treasury of Songs contains the words for 20 of Julia Donaldon's songs inspired by the likes of Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo.

    The book comes with a CD of Julia performing the songs herself - many of which will be familiar to children if they have been lucky enough to see Julia perform in person.

    Some of the songs and rhymes even have actions to carry out.
    • £5.99
    • RRP £9.99
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    TLVH

    The LEGO Visual History (Hardback)

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    This huge hardback is a marvellous gift for master builders of all ages. It provides a visual history of the world's favourite toy - from the very first brick through to the best modern kits.

    A nostalgic run through six decades, it celebrates the fact that even the early bricks are compatible with those that are made today and how LEGO has inspired so much imagination, creativity and innovation around the world.

    It highlights the best-loved and most interesting LEGO builds of all time and there are sure to be sets that you remember from your own childhood.
    • £5.99
    • RRP £25.00
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    DCVH

    DC Comics: A Visual History Collection - 8 Books (Collection)

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    Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are instantly recognisable superheroes all over the world and this eight-book collection covers over seven decades of DC Comics on a year-by-year and month-by-month basis.

    Packed with original comic book art by famed illustrators including Jim Lee, Alex Ross and Adam Hughes, these hardback books cover all the way from 1935 to the present day: The Bronze Age, The Silver Age, The Golden Age and The Modern Age. All presented in chronological order, each volume features key character profiles and guides to the iconic cities.

    With the success of the DC films, this is a must-have compendium for DC fans. In fact, when they receive the set they'll have a smile as big as The Joker's... These hardback books come presented in a keepsake slipcase.

    Format: Hardback
    • £9.99
    • RRP £63.92
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  • SCVG

    Science: The Definitive Visual Guide (Hardback)

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    From the experts at DK, this huge hardback book follows the story of scientific progress right from the invention of the wheel to the climate solutions of the 21st century.

    Capturing all the key scientific discoveries, it provides accessible yet detailed evaluations of the concepts, the inventions and the figures who have had such a powerful and important impact on our world.

    Fully illustrated and very accessible, this book makes science accessible and celebrates many of the world's biggest breakthroughs.
    • £9.99
    • RRP £30.00
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  • BLUP

    Blue Planet II (Hardback)

    James Honeyborne

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    Head beneath the waves and discover all about life under the sea with this hardback Blue Planet II book, a companion to the BBC's sequel to 2001's incredible nature series.

    The ocean is full of mysteries and this book explains how its life has changed dramatically over the past decade, with new species, behaviours and habitats being discovered all the time. This book is full of breathtaking photographs and stills from the show and brings to life the different parts of the ocean.

    From voyages of migration that show how the oceans are connected to the coral reeds and arctic ice communities that thrive and the shorelines that throw up challenges for their residents, this is a beautiful book for any nature lover. It also has a final chapter dedicated to the science and technology that was used in the making of the show.
    • £11.99
    • RRP £25.00
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  • QTIY

    1001 Quotations to Inspire You (Hardback)

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    'Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don't abandon the book.' Patti Smith, 2010.

    Featuring quotes from the likes of William Shakespeare, Nelson Mandela and Ellen DeGeneres, 1,001 Quotations to Inspire You Before You Die is a book that you'll be fascinated by. It will be a very special gift for anyone you know who loves history and culture.

    Stretching from the ancient world right through to the present day, it's full of big ideas, witty observations and important musings. The quotes cover topics including art and literature, culture, philosophy, politics, psychology and religion.

    Beautifully designed, the quotations are all placed in historical context and there is detailed information regarding from where each one came.
    • £9.99
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  • WNY2 7 years +

    Winnie-the-Pooh (Paperback)

    AA Milne

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    Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends from Hundred Acre Wood are never far from fun and adventure.

    In this classic story by A.A. Milne, Pooh Bear, Christopher Robin, Eeyore, Piglet, Tigger and co get into a tight spot, nearly catch a woozle and discover the wrong sort of honey.

    This book features E.H. Shephard's classic illustrations.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £8.99
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  • DMRM

    Dear Mr Murray (Hardback)

    David McClay

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    John Murray II published books by the likes of Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott and Washington Irving during his time in charge of the John Murray publishing house.

    This book celebrates 250 years of the publisher with a sparkling anthology of letters sent by authors. They reveal the stories behind some of the most influential books in history and also offer a fascinating glimpse into the friendships that existed between authors, publishers, readers, editors, printers and illustrators.

    You'll be able to find out exactly what Charles Darwin thought of negative reviews of On the Origin of Species; read Jane Austen's concerns about printing delays; and see just how Adrian Conan Doyle challenged Harold Nicolson to a duel for insulting his father in the press.
    • £5.99
    • RRP £16.99
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    TSGA

    The Secret Gardeners (Hardback)

    Victoria Summerley

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    Have a wander through some of Britain's favourite celebrities' (including Prue Leith, Cath Kidston and Julian Clary) gardens in this gorgeous book.

    With plenty of photographs to pore over, this book includes essays from the owners that explain their inspiration and passion for their private sanctuaries.

    With never-before-seen photographs, this book is a must for those who love gardens of all sizes and want inspiration for their own and for those who just like to be nosy and see how the other half lives!
    • £7.99
    • RRP £30.00
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    DYNS

    Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of Animal Families (Hardback)

    Stephen Moss

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    Tying in with the popular nature documentary from the BBC (narrated by David Attenborough, no less), Dynasties is a beautiful and immersive coffee table book that offers a detailed overview of the rise and fall of animal families.

    This keepsake hardback is packed with evocative photographs that help you get closer to the natural world - from penguins huddling together to keep warm to lions hunting as a pride. Stephen Moss' informative text also offers an astonishing account of these creatures' social lives.

    Chapters focus on the marsh lions of the Masai Mara, African hunting dogs, tigers and their newborn cubs, chimpanzee troops and penguin colonies. This book reveals how animals grow up and play together and how this evolves into rivalries and challenges for control.
    • £7.99
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  • BRWR

    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (Hardback)

    Susie Dent

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    Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable is an incredible 1,600-page tome that has been used for reference by authors ranging from Terry Pratchett to J.K. Rowling in its 148-year history. This latest edition is edited by Countdown's Susie Dent and features a brand new Collection of Curious Words.

    The huge hardback contains a catalogue of absurdities that have acquired near-mythical status and covers everything from customs to the world of newspapers and political alliances of yesteryear. The eccentric nuggets range from the Keystone Cops to the KGB!

    This coffee table book really is unlike any other reference book and invites you to take the scenic route to knowledge.
    • £12.99
    • RRP £45.00
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  • HWKH

    Haynes Hawker Hurricane Owner's Workshop Manual (Hardback)

    Paul Blackah, MBE

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    This Haynes Manual lifts the lid on the secrets of the Hawker Hurricane fighter.

    It looks at the construction of the vehicle and offers insights into what it takes to own and fly such a classic fighter. It also reveals how engineers keep it airworthy and gives an overview of its historical background.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £19.99
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  • GMCH

    Games from Childhood (Hardback)

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    Harking back to an era when all you needed to play fun games was a pen, some paper and your imagination, this book has easy-to-follow instructions for the favourite games from your childhood!

    From filling in the grids of Battleships to Hangman and cut-out card games including snap, dominoes and pairs, this compendium also presents gorgeous versions of Ludo and Snakes and Ladders.

    Providing a refreshing antidote to today's digi-centric world, these games are suitable for all the family and will help you test your logic and reasoning while having fun.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
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  • DYKW

    Do You Know What? (Hardback)

    Andrew Flintoff

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    Former cricketer, presenter and podcaster Freddie Flintoff answers all the big questions about life in this entertaining read.

    Freddie asks whether aliens actually exist, ponders what happens when we die and reveals the worst thing that can actually happen. He rants, raves, reflects, muses and offers pearls of wisdom on so many different elements of life.

    This is a brain dump that covers everything from family and love to the universe and the joys of wrestling.
    • £5.99
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  • IFYL

    If You'd Just Let Me Finish (Hardback)

    Jeremy Clarkson

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    Jeremy Clarkson returns with a book full of no-nonsense musings on the state of the world today.

    A lot has happened since Jeremy last published a book. For a start, an outspoken television star is now the most powerful man on the planet.. While this has all been going on, Jeremy has been busy trying to figure things out.

    In this witty book, he talks about the disabling effect of being vegan, how Blackpool could be improved by drilling a hole through it and why Tom Cruise can worship lizards if he really wants to...
    • £7.99
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  • VRYB

    Very British Problems: Volume 3 (Hardback)

    Rob Temple

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    From the horrors of the daily commute to the messages hidden in your email exchanges (who knew dropping the 'kind' from 'kind regards' could be so effective?), this humour book covers some of the traits that define the British nation.

    It looks at the awkward moments, cultural peculiarities and odd fixations all Brits have and celebrates everything from the most bizarre British pub names to the history of tea. It even promises to answer the always contentious issue of whether you should put the milk in first...

    So funny and so relatable, the third volume in the bestselling series that inspired the Channel 4 TV series of the same name is one that every Briton needs to devour.
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
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  • ONTD

    On This Day In History (Hardback)

    Dan Snow

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    This dip-in book offers jaw-dropping historical facts for every day of the year. From the shortest ever war to the first time John Lennon met Paul McCartney, it's packed with fascinating nuggets of information.

    Written by acclaimed historian Dan Snow, this book shows how every single day can offer an unexpected insight into our past and how together these stories provide a powerful and compelling human history of our world.

    You can also learn about why Julius Caesar should have been wary of the Ides of March; why a women's march in 1917 set off the Russian Revolution; and why Britain went to bed on 2 September and woke up on the 14th in 1752.
    • £5.99
    • RRP £14.99
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