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The Best of 2020

Troy

Stephen Fry

Signed first edition

"A romp through the lives of ancient Greek gods. Fry is at his story-telling best . . . the gods will be pleased, " The Times.

Hamnet

Maggie O'Farrell

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"The novel of her career... everyone I know who has managed to get hold of a copy is absolutely in love with it," The Observer.

Shuggie Bain

Douglas Stuart

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Winner of the 2020 Man Booker Prize. A superlative triumph.

A Song for the Dark Times

Ian Rankin

Signed first edition

"Only great novels capture the spirit of the age. This is one of them," The Times.

The Midnight Library

Matt Haig

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"An uplifting, poignant novel about regret, hope and second chances" David Nicholls

The Sentinel

Lee Child and Andrew Child

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" The collaboration here produces vintage Reacher, " The Financial Times.

I Wanna Be Yours

John Cooper Clarke

Signed first edition

"I Wanna Be Yours is fantastically entertaining . . . Every sentence he writes, you read in his voice," The Times.

Olive, Mabel and Me

Andrew Cotter

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Beautifully written, touching and laugh-out-loud funny, Olive, Mabel & Me is a treat for dog lovers everywhere.

Box 88

Charles Cumming

"An ambitious fusion of coming-of-age novel and gripping espionage thriller," The Financial Times.

Word Perfect

Susie Dent

Word Perfect is a brilliant linguistic almanac full of unforgettable stories. You'll never be lost for words again.

My Garden World

Monty Don

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This is Monty Don's personal journey through the natural year, observed from the immediate world around him.

A Life on Our Planet

David Attenborough

Signed first edition

David Attenborough shares his vision for the future and offers hope for a better world.

Women Don't Owe You Pretty

Florence Given

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Women Don't Owe You Pretty is the ultimate book for anyone who wants to challenge the patriarchy.

Feline Philosophy

John Gray

"Feline Philosophy is a wonderful mixture of flippancy and profundity, astringency and tenderness, wit and lament, " The Telegraph.

V2

Robert Harris

Signed first edition

"Astonishingly precise... V2 will keep you pinned on a compelling trajectory," The Sunday Times.

Cook, Eat, Repeat

Nigella Lawson

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"Lawson's latest book is the one I've been waiting for her to write," Diana Henry.

The Mirror and the Light

Hilary Mantel

Signed first edition

"Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall novels make 99 per cent of contemporary literary fiction feel utterly pale and bloodless by comparison." The Times.

Diary of a Young Naturalist

Dara McAnulty

Signed first edition

Winner of the 2020 Wainwright Prize, an utterly beautiful piece of nature writing.

Christmas is Murder

Val McDermid

Signed first edition

These evocative, atmospheric tales will shock and delight.The perfect book to curl up with on a winter night.

Fast Forward

Stephen Morris

Signed first edition

Iconic drummer Stephen Morris presses play once more to the tune of the long-awaited second volume of memoirs . . .

Kiss Myself Goodbye

Ferdinand Mount

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"Kiss Myself Goodbye is a witty, moving and beautifully crafted account of one woman's determination to live to the full," The Telegraph.

Really Saying Something

Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward

Signed first edition

Really Saying Something is a celebration of determination and a lifelong friendship, with an unbeatable soundtrack.

A Promised Land

Barack Obama

"It is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid," Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Ottolenghi FLAVOUR

Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage

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Yotam and co-writer Ixta Belfrage offer innovative vegetable dishes that deliver brand-new ingredient combinations to excite and inspire.

One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time

Craig Brown

A superbly-written, award-winning biographical mosaic of the Beatles. A joy to read.

Let's Do It: The Authorised Biography of Victoria Wood

Jasper Rees

"She kept us happy for years herself. I am thankful, for her and for this good biography." Libby Purves.

Entangled Life

Merlin Sheldrake

"A dazzling, vibrant, vision-changing book. I ended it wonderstruck at the fungal world. A remarkable work by a remarkable writer," Robert Macfarlane.

The Stonemason

Andrew Ziminski

A wonderfully-written celebration of English history and architecture.