Christmas Gifts for Her
A Book People favourite, this beautiful diary will help you keep organised throughout 2018.
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Published in association with the RHS, it has detailed floral illustrations and ample space to note down appointments and special occasions.
Once again, we've brought together all six books (in keepsake hardback) that make up the Man Booker Prize Shortlist - including George Saunders' winner, Lincoln in the Bardo. Do you agree with the judges' decision of awarding this prestigious award to a supernatural thriller that features Abraham Lincoln's son?
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Celebrating the best contemporary fiction of the past 12 months, this year's shortlist has something for everyone and with our brilliant value collection, you're bound to find something to love. This year's list has everything from thought-provoking novels from acclaimed authors including Paul Auster and Ali Smith to a simply stunning debut from Fiona Mozlet.
Among these brilliant books are an atmospheric debut about violence in contemporary society; an intelligent read about relationships, time and ageing; a love story about two people bonding in a world that is falling apart; Paul Auster's account of four parallel lives; and a novel that asks 'how far would you go to belong?'
Philippa Gregory, author of the Cousins' War series, is often regarded as the queen of historical fiction and this meticulously researched novel focuses on the legacy left by Lady Jane Grey, a woman who was Queen of England for nine days.
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Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block... It's here where Jane turned her father's greedy grab for power into a tale of brave and tragic martyrdom.
Jane leaves all kinds of letters to her younger sister, Katherine, and they're all intended to help her enjoy her beauty, youth and to find love. Katherine's lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and when news of a secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she is also sent to the tower. She, too, leaves the youngest Grey sister, Mary, a letter with advice.
Mary is a beautiful dwarf who has been disregarded by the court and she finds it easy to keep secrets. After watching her sisters defy the Queen, Mary knows she is a possible heir to the throne, but she's determined to stay in charge of her own destiny.
In Roman times, blocks of text were commonly written as blocks without any wordspaces. During the Christian era, texts became more widely read and punctuation started to take on extra importance... This book finds Sunday Times bestselling author Caroline Taggart pointing out what really matters and what doesn't.
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She explains how, to a potential murderer or adulterer for example, there is a world of difference between 'If you are tempted, yield not, resisting the urge to commit a sin' and 'If you are tempted, yield, not resisting the urge to commit a sin'. However, the only surface difference is the positioning of a comma.
Apostrophes are there to help and to clarify meaning, to convey emphasis and to indicate that you are asking a question of quoting someone else's words... Punctuation is also ideal for telling readers when they should pause for breath.
This book also contains funny, silly and daft examples of misuse.
This indoor light-up bunting will help you brighten up any occasion. It can be personalised with any message you want.
Coming with 105 reusable letter, symbol and number stickers, this is perfect for parties and gatherings and the way it lights up will brighten any event.
Requires 3 x AA batteries
Dimensions: 205 x 270mm
'Friends are like stars... You don't always see them... But you know they are there' is the heart-warming statement featured on this gorgeous hanging decoration.
The ornament contains three white hearts with black text and star imagery that won't fail to put a smile on your (or the friend you gift it to's) face.
Dimensions: 360 x 185mm
If your children believe in fairies and unicorns and can't stop smiling, this is an enchanting display board for all of their treasured memories.
It includes a mirror with the quote 'Never stop smiling', a sparkly mini display board with a peg, a star-themed mini display board with a peg and a pink mini board with some string. It's accompanied by a magnificent illustration of a magic unicorn.
Box size: 280 x 400mm
The BBC is a national institution that draws praise and criticism in equal measure. This entertaining collection of letters stretches over 40 years of programming and captures just how much joy, fury and hilarity the broadcaster has brought to the nation.
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These never-before-seen letters and telegrams to the BBC provide a fascinating alternative history and cover momentous events ranging from the broadcast of the Coronation in 1953 through to the groundbreaking drama of Grange Hill ('just say no, Zammo!').
The letters have been categorised into different themes including political bias and the Royal Family and this is the perfect read for anyone who loves reading all about the moral outrage of the nation.
A set of three accomplished, heart-warming and endearing stories from the fantastic storyteller, Anne Donovan. A skilful novelist, these are humorous yet unsentimental reads that women all over the country will find both relevant and poignant.
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Set in her native Glasgow and written in Scots dialect to add extra authenticity, the two full-length novels Buddha Da and Being Emily are joined by Hieroglyphics, a brilliant and beautiful collection of short stories. We highly recommend these books.
Karen Swan's frothy festive tales are always a huge hit with romantic fiction fans and this year's The Christmas Secret is no exception.
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The new novel from the author of Christmas Under the Stars is set on the island of Islay and follows Alex Hyde, an executive coach who believes she can change the way companies operate. Her waiting list is months long but she can't turn down a unorthodox and highly lucrative crisis call that comes her way just before Christmas...
She finds herself heading off to help a whisky company in Scotland and ends up fascinated by their darkly charismatic CEO, Lochlan Farquhar. However, her usual methods are not working and she soon learns that nothing and no-one is as it first seemed...
Do you fancy a change from being human? This bright and beautiful set shows you how to take inspiration from flamingos and unicorns.
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Flamingos are strong, independent and fabulous. They can brighten any room and will do whatever they want. Even when life throws a flamingo a curveball, they're ready to embrace it. This little book works as a pick-me-up and will help anyone boost their confidence and be more brash by following the actions of flamingo: photobombing; not following the crowd; and embracing his pinkness.
Be a Unicorn explains how it's far more fun, magical and positive to be a unicorn than a human being. Illustrated with adorable (and adorkable) creatures, each spread comes with a funny or inspiring quote that will encourage you to follow your dreams: 'Being different could be hard, but Unicorn embraced it'; 'Unicorn decided to wear the bikini'; 'Unicorn found his smile was quite infectious'.
Tying in with her BBC series At My Table, Nigella Lawson's latest cookbook finds the popular chef celebrating the food she loves to cook for her friends and family. Her tasty recipes include new riffs on classic dishes and more exotic ideas.
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From the warming and comforting to the truly inspiring, the recipes range from pear and passion fruit chutney to chicken fricassee and Indian-spiced chicken to aubergine fatteh.
Of course, being a Nigella book, this is also bursting with sweet treats including emergency brownies, no-churn bourbon salted caramel ice cream and sunken chocolate amaretto cake.
You know the story of the starcrossed lovers, but you've never seen it in such unsqueakably good style as this - A Guinea Pig Romeo & Juliet.
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Born into the litters of two rival families, Romeo and Juliet fall tuft-over-paw for each other before learning that they are sworn enemies... There's soon a secret wedding on the cards and Romeo finds himself banished from the city after a fatal accident.
Romeo and Juliet hatch a plan to scurry away together, but there's a chance it will lead to heartbreak. One of Shakespeare's beloved plays, these rodents fill these iconic roles almost as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in Baz Luhrmann's 1996 film adaptation.
Colouring for grown-ups is one of the most popular activities around right now and this big gift box contains not only six high-quality colouring pencils and a sharpener but also a large Botanical Patterns colouring book and a smaller wordsearch and colouring book. A wonderful way to find mindfulness!
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Inspired by a selection of vintage photographs, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency author Alexander McCall Smith presents a selection of short stories about all kinds of love in Chance Developments.
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With a die-cut jacket and all five black-and-white photographs lovingly reproduced throughout the book, this is a gorgeous gift for any fan of the popular author. He looks at each photo and comes up with stories about the people captured in them.
From an estate in the Highlands of Scotland to a Canadian travelling circus, the stories are captivating from start to finish. They'll make you smile, laugh and cry and hope these characters find the love they're after - whether that be romantic, platonic, passionate or familial.
Katie Blackburn, the author behind the side-splitting spoof books Where the Wild Mums Are and Where the Wild Dads Went, adds a boozy twist to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas with this funny festive tale.
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Illustrated by Sholto Walker, the story is set on Christmas Eve and, as usual, Mum and Dad have not finished their wrapping yet. Dad suggests having a sherry 'to keep us both going' and this is swiftly followed by Baileys and rum... They then drift off to sleep with the living room in disarray.
All the Christmas preparations are in ruins but then a mysterious visitor manages to save the day...
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Bake a biscuit and leave a sweet message for a loved one with this cool set of personalised cookie cutters.
Providing fun for all the family, all you have to do is press the cutter down and slide the relevant words and letters into the grooves. Once you have chosen your words, push the cutter into the dough to see your message and then bake your biscuits in the oven.
These are fun to make and bake and delicious to eat!
Ages 3 plus
Contents: 1 net bag, 1 rolling pin, 1 stamp holder, 88 small letter stamps, 3 large cookie cutters (heart, star, rectangle), 7 phrase stamps (from, thank you, happy, holidays, birthday, welcome, I love you)
Whether you have a photo shoot, a fancy dress party or just want to recreate some of the defining poses of the past 100 years, this is the beauty bible for you.
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It provides step-by-step instructions for recreating every look from the dark and smouldering eyes of a jazz-age flapper to the electro icons of the 1980s. Focusing on make-up and hair, it's fully illustrated with step-by-step photography and is entirely practical.
This book is full of inspiring photographs and the instructions have been written by Louise Young, a renowned film, TV and fashion make-up artist and Loulia Sheppard, a film industry hair stylist.
Judith Flanders, an acclaimed social historian, looks over the history of Christmas in this cracking book. She reveals how the holiday has always mainly been about food, drink, revelry and presents.
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Among the jaw-dropping facts you'll learn are the reasons why people kiss under mistletoe, how Rudolph came to pull Santa's sleigh and how Coca Cola influenced the aesthetic.
Perfect for anyone who loves all things Christmassy, this book also reveals when Christmas wrapping paper was first introduced (it's later than you think!) and that Hogmanay actually originates from France!
Featuring enchanting illustrations of Big and Little Nutbrown Hare from Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram's bestselling Guess How Much I Love You, this beautiful calendar will help you plan the year ahead.
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It has plenty of space for writing down notes, events and reminders for every member of the family and comes with a colourful sticker sheet.
Dimensions: 412 x 290mm
This Pilates kit has everything you need to kick-start your practice. Not only does the box contain a 64-page paperback book and an instructional DVD but it also comes with an exercise mat (1600 x 580mm).
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The book and DVD will showcase many postures that you can try out - and they're suitable for everyone from beginners to the more advanced.
Box size: 320 x 245mm; Contents: mat, 64-page book, DVD<
DVD running time: 55 minutes
Tying in with the second series of ITV's hit drama series, Victoria, this book provides an in-depth look at the passionate and complicated relationship the Queen embarked on with Prince Albert.
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Both Victoria and Albert were both strong-willed and although they were brought together by an arranged marriage, this did not dampen the spark between them. They were first cousins but could not have had more different personalities - she was impulsive and emotional while he was cautious and logical. They were a very successful couple and this book looks at the differences between their public persona and their private lives.
Based on the couple's letters and diaries, this book provides a tantalising glimpse into the life of the couple . It's full of rich historical detail and gives insight into this incredible relationship.
There are also character profiles, interviews with actors and an overview of the production, costumes and props of the show.
Store your sugar, spice and all things nice in these brightly coloured jars that feature a dancing snowman and a very happy Father Christmas, who is looking forward to delivering his presents.
The snowman jar is presented in a festive red while Santa has a green Christmas-tree-feel. These are perfect for keeping all sorts of ingredients safe and secure.
Not microwave- or dishwasher-safe
Box size: 140 x 270mm, Each jar 100 x 110mm
These sparkling, LED-flashing baubles will add some pizzazz to your Christmas decorations.
This set contains a purple Santa bauble, a bright blue reindeer in a Santa suit bauble and a glittery silver bauble with a snowman figurine on its front.
When they start twinkling, you'll certainly feel festive!
Box size: 100 x 260mm