10 Books to Give Her This Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day fast approaching it's time to be thinking about what gift to get your beloved. So, if your Valentine is a big reader we've got lots of books to help you put a smile on her face. But, if she's not a fiction fan but does like nature, crafts, fashion and beauty, history, gardening, sports or cookery then we have some great non-fiction book gift ideas for you. Here are our picks for the 10 best books to give her this Valentine's Day...

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If she's a fan of thrilling fiction...

1. The Missing Girl

Jenny Quintana

This gripping psychological thriller is the perfect gift for any Valentine who loves a great mystery. When Anna's sister Gabriella went missing 30 years ago Anna decided to disappear too, she ran away from everyone she knew and set up a new life for herself abroad. But, when their mother dies Anna is forced to return home to sort through her possessions and in doing so she starts to uncover an uncomfortable truth - what happened to her sister...

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2. A Spool of Blue Thread

Anne Tyler

This terrific historical fiction book was shortlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction in 2015. This impressive piece of fiction is at its heart a story of love and family. As Abby Whitshank yet again recounts the story of how her and Red fell in love to her family, her children realise they need to decide how best to look after her and Red in their old age. This leads to an exploration into the history of the family, from the youngest generation to the oldest. Moving and funny, this novel will please all historical and literary fiction readers.

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3. Small Great Things

Jodi Picoult

When Ruth Jefferson, an African American delivery nurse, is assigned to a deeply racist couple they immediately ask to see someone else. Ruth quietly watches the hospital agree to their request but then she finds herself in the nursery with their baby who tragically passes away before Ruth has time to help. This leads to her being accused of causing the baby's death and having to clear her name in court. This heart-wrenching book is from the author of My Sister's Keeper and deals with some hugely important themes such as race and justice.

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If she's more at home in nature...

Unforgettable Walks

Julia Bradbury

This TV tie-in sees Julia Bradbury from Best Walks with a View describe 8 of Britain's best country walks with maps and details of the plants found along each route. These walks are from all over Britain and each are no more than 10 miles so if your Valentine likes the great outdoors, grab her this book and some walking boots and treat her to some fun walking trips this spring.

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If she's a history buff...

March, Women, March

Lucinda Dickens Hawksley

This book takes a look back over the complicated history of women's rights in Britain, starting in 1792 with Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women and moving through to the general election of 1929, the first in British history where both men and women over the age of 21 had the right to vote. Informative and inspiring, this book is a great gift for all amateur historians.

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If she's a sports enthusiast...

The World's 100 Weirdest Sporting Events

Geoff Tibballs

If you've got a sporty Valentine then you should treat them to this wacky book all about the 100 weirdest sporting events the world has ever seen. Included are elephant polo, underwater hockey and Australia's unusual version of a boat race (where teams run along a dried up river inside a bottomless boat). Get that special sports fan in your life a gift that will really make them giggle.

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If she's a foodie...

At My Table

Nigella Lawson

If your Valentine can't get enough of Nigella's new BBC show At My Table then they'll definitely love trying out the delicious meals in her cookbook. Recipes range from breakfast to dinner to dessert and include Egg Tortilla Pie, Apple Pork Chops and Warm Blondie Pudding. All the recipes come with mouth-watering photography that will make your Valentine determined to try out some new treats.

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If she's got green fingers...

The Secret Gardeners

Victoria Summerley

This is a great book for any gardeners looking for inspiration or who wants to nosey in what their favourite celebrities have done with their outdoor space. The photographs in this book share the gardens of celebrities such as Cath Kidston, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jeremy Irons and Ozzy Osbourne so there is a great range of garden designs for your Valentine to see and take ideas from.

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If she's got a flair for fashion...

Timeless

Louise Young

If your Valentine loves vintage beauty then she'll appreciate this gorgeous book that demonstrates how to master the hair and makeup of each decade over the last 100 years, from flapper chic to the supermodel style of the 1990s. With easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions and photography to show you who inspired each look and what the finished hair and makeup should look like, this book is the best gift for the fashion and beauty mad.

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If she's a crafty character...

Contemporary Home Knits

Jody Long

We have a great range of craft books and in this particular book your craft-loving Valentine can create her own contemporary knits. Starting off easy and progressing through to bigger projects, by the end of the book your Valentine will be able to make wall hangings, rugs, cushions, baskets and more. So, let her decorate the house with her new knits with the help of this excellent book.

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If you still haven't found the right book to wow them on Valentine's Day take a look through our website to see our full range of books and gifts. And, of course, many of the books would appeal to men as well but we do also have a Valentine's Day books for him blog post.

  • March, Women, March - Hardback - 9780233005256 - Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
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    Lucinda Dickens Hawksley
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    It is now a hundred years since the suffragette movement helped belatedly gain women (aged over 30 who met certain property qualifications) the right to vote. This must-read book marks the centenary by focusing on the courageous campaigners who refused to accept that men knew what was best for them.

    Based on archive letters, diaries and anecdotes, this hardback will take you from the publication of Mary Wollstencraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Women in 1792 through to the battle cries and slogans of the Suffragette movement during the early 20th century.

    The quest for equal rights changed the world and this compelling and important read - complete with a foreword by Dr. Helen Pankhurst - shows you how. It's an inspiring account of a very important time in our history.
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    Jody Long
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    Talented knitting designer Jody Long will show you how to decorate your home with a range of contemporary knitted projects.

    This book starts with an introduction to basic techniques so that the first project will be a breeze and includes instructions for larger items including a tea cosy, table set, wall hangings, throws, rugs, baskets and cushions of varying shapes and sizes.

    There are contemporary and stylish projects that will add style to every room.
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    Jenny Quintana
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    Jenny Quintana's debut novel is a powerful psychological thriller that will have you hooked from the very first page... You'll race through the pages and experience so many emotions.

    Anna's older sister Gabriella disappeared 30 years ago, but Anna has never stopped missing her. After the disappearance, Anna ran away from her family and built a life for herself in another country. However, the death of her mother has forced her to return home. While sorting through her mother's possessions, Anna begins to confront both her death and the huge hole that Gabriella's disappearance left...

    She also decides to learn what really happened to her sister. But is it too late to discover the truth?
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    Anne Tyler
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    Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015 and the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015, Sunday Times bestselling author Anne Tyler's A Spool of Blue Thread is a family saga to lose yourself in.

    Abby Whitshank has been telling the story of how her and Red fell in love to her family for years, but this time it's different. The couple are getting older and decisions ave to be made about how best to look after them and their beloved family home.

    As the whole family comes together, the conversation spools back through three generations of the Whitshanks, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define who and what they are. Naturally, hopes, fears, rivalries and tensions rise to the fore.
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    Jodi Picoult
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    Jodi Picoult, the author of My Sister's Keeper, examines themes of birth, death and responsibility in her latest page-turner, Small Great Things.

    A routine hospital procedure ends in tragedy when a newborn baby dies and there is no doubt as to who will be held responsible. It's the nurse who has been banned from looking after him by his father. However, the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child will never have imagined just how much this death will change their lives.

    Looking at the issues that both unite and divide us, this is a compelling novel all about prejudice and power.
  • Unforgettable Walks - Hardback - 9781784298845 - Julia Bradbury
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    Julia Bradbury
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    Tying in with the popular TV show Best Walks with a View, Julia Bradbury presents eight of the country's most-loved walks in a book that is part-practical guide and part-love letter to walking.

    Complete with maps and landscapes, the walks take in the likes of the South Downs, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District. As she writes about each walk, Julia focuses on the sights and sounds, flora and fauna and past and present of each path.

    They may be well-trodden, but each walk is still full of wonder and discovery - and a few pubs! Accompanied by maps and illustrations, each walk is under 10 miles showcase the diverse and beautiful landscapes of Great Britain.
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    Louise Young
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    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.

    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.
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    Nigella Lawson
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    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.

    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.
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    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!
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    Geoff Tibballs
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    The world's greatest sporting spectacles include the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Olympics but what about those alternative events where participants risk their lives in pursuit of glory for scant reward e.g. Mongolia's yak racing.

    This light-hearted book covers the weird and wonderful of the sporting world including Germany's Mud Olympics, where competitors play soccer, volleyball and handball while knee-deep in mud; Oregon's Pig-n-Ford races where drivers speed around a track while carrying a live pig under one arm; and Australia's take on the Boat Race - where teams carry boats along the dry bed of the River Todd.

    Other amazing experiences include cheese rolling, volcano boarding and underwater hockey.