20th December 2018

Our Christmas Gift Guide

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A book for everybody this Christmas. 


For the music-lover


My Thoughts Exactly by Lily Allen

In her number one Sunday Times bestselling book, Lily Allen writes in her distinctive style with searing honesty about the highs and lows of her life. My Thoughts Exactly is a candid, utterly absorbing and compelling first book, dealing with fame, feminism, drugs, drink, co-dependency, relationships and so much more.

I already knew Lily’s take on life would be an interesting read, but I had no idea how moved I would be by the things she recounts in My Thoughts Exactly. It’s changed the way I listen to her music, I’m much more sensitive to her lyrics now.

-Lauren Hurrell, Audio Assistant


A Better Me by Gary Barlow

In this extraordinarily honest memoir and Sunday Times bestseller, Gary tells of his journey back to professional success, as well as mental and physical health. A Better Me is a remarkably frank account of Gary’s life as he battled with his demons, endured personal tragedy, and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in decades. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, Gary recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating sincerity and a human side that people rarely see.

Working with Gary has been a truly great and interesting experience and we were both aware going in to this the pressure to deliver something more than the usual celebrity memoir fare. I think Gary has delivered that that in spades with A Better Me. In my mind memoir can be one of the truly great literary forms and some of the best ever books such as Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings have at their very least been inspired by true events. But these books only ever really work if the author is honest, painfully so at times, but it’s that honesty that can touch people. It makes for a book that’s read years after its originally published. And with Gary you have one of the best ever comeback stories and who doesn’t love that?’

-Natalie Jerome, Acquisitions Director and Publisher


Thanks a lot Mr. Kibblewhite by Roger Daltrey

This is the story of My GenerationTommy and Quadrophenia, of smashed guitars, exploding drums, cars in swimming pools, fights, arrests and redecorated hotel rooms.

But it is also the story of how that post-war generation redefined the rules of youth. Out of that, the modern music industry was born – and it wasn’t an easy birth. Money, drugs and youthful exuberance were a dangerous mix. This is as much a story of survival as it is of success.

Four years in the making, this is the first time Roger Daltrey has told his story. It is not just his own hilarious and frank account of more than 50 wild years on the road. It is the definitive story of The Who and of the sweeping revolution that was British rock ‘n’ roll – perfect for the music fan in your life this Christmas.

Roger Daltrey’s story is not just his personal tale of working his way up from his working class roots to becoming one of the biggest rock stars in the world, it truly is the story of a generation. Read about the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, the live performances that changed the face of music, the drugs, the destruction, the fights and the music that changed the world.

-Oliver Holden-Rea, Senior Editor, Blink Publishing


For the history buff


The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

An internationally bestselling title, The Tattooist of Auschwitz has graced numerous ‘Books of the Year’ lists and recently spent its 10th week at the top of the Sunday Times general paperback chart. It’s the debut historical fiction novel that everybody is talking about and the perfect gift for the history buff and book-lover in your life this Christmas.

Revealing the story of Lale Sokolov, the tattooist of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, who falls in love with fellow prisoner, Gita – and so begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.

Simply and authentically told, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a love story and a story of hope and humanity in the darkest of times.

-Kate Parkin, Managing Director of Adult Trade Publishing


The Red Ribbon by Lucy Adlington

For fans of The Diary of Anne Frank and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

In this beautifully written and heartfelt YA novel, Lucy Adlington shines a light on a little-known aspect of the Holocaust and weaves an unforgettable story of strength, survival and a friendship that can endure anything.

The Red Ribbon moves me to tears every time I read it. Set in the women’s camp in Auschwitz, Lucy tenderly yet unflinchingly probes what life as women must have been like in this most hellish of situations. The bravery and the support of the women to each other, where even the gift of a short piece of red ribbon can be an enduring sign of friendship, is like nothing I have ever read. Female relationships in all their shapes and forms, some abusive, some deeply and bravely loyal are portrayed in this magnificent piece of writing that although set in the past, shines a light that is still relevant in today’s world.

-Emma Matthewson, Publishing Director – Children’s Fiction


Shelter by Sarah Franklin

Set in the early spring of 1944, Shelter is a beautiful, gentle and deeply powerful novel about finding solace in the most troubled times, about love, about hope and about renewal after devastation. It asks us to consider what makes a family, what price a woman must pay to live as she chooses, and what we’d fight to the bitter end to protect.

Following the unlikely friendship of lumberjill Connie and Italian Prisoner of War Seppe, Shelter is a novel about war and love, it’s about imprisonment and escape. It is about what really makes a family and outsiders searching for welcome and somewhere to call home – something that is on all our minds at this time of year.

-Sarah Bauer, Senior Editor


For the sport fanatic


Between the Lines by Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick was the heartbeat of Manchester United. For more than a decade he was the player that made them tick. Loved by his managers, lauded by his fellow professionals, worshipped by the Old Trafford faithful, yet regularly misunderstood by the wider public, Carrick was a player like no other.

Intelligent, calm, thoughtful – in this deeply personal book, Carrick reveals for the first time his battles with mental health and his struggles with the national side, as well as what it’s really like to win relentlessly under legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Carrick shows us the hidden secrets of the famous Carrington training ground, invites us to experience the camaraderie and clashes inside the United dressing room, and lets us feels what it’s like to walk out on the Old Trafford pitch alongside some of the biggest names in the game – from Ronaldo to Scholes to Giggs, Rooney and the rest.

The perfect Christmas gift for a football fanatic.

Football, mental health, success and failure – this candid book reveals what it’s really like to be a professional footballer.

-Matthew Phillips, Publishing Director, Blink Publishing


Dog Rounds: Death and Life in the Boxing Ring by Elliot Worsell

March 2016: boxer Chris Eubank Jr stops his opponent Nick Blackwell in round ten of a British title fight. Blackwell, having collapsed in the ring, then dies momentarily in the back of an ambulance, before being brought back to life. He remains in a coma for seven days. The boxing world is thrown into turmoil. The lives of the protagonists and the witnesses are changed forever.

Journalist and lifelong boxing fan Elliot Worsell was ringside that night and in the dressing rooms in the immediate aftermath. What he saw and heard would transform his view of the sport he loves and force him to question his own complicity.

This is an incredible read and, as will all great sporting books, goes beyond simply recounting the events to show how these brief moments echo throughout the sport and reflect the reaction within society. So powerful.

-Oliver Holden-Rea, Senior Editor, Blink Publishing


Do You Know What?: Life According To Freddie Flintoff by Andrew Flintoff

In this fantastic memoir, Freddie Flintoff expels an eclectic and entertaining smorgasbord of anecdotes, impressions, reflections, ruminations, musings, cogitations, observations, rants, confessions and pearls of wisdom on all aspects of life’s rich tapestry.

As a prolific philosopher of life’s most unfathomable questions, Freddie uses his own inexplicable experiences – from the sublime: giving up booze, shopping in Poundland with his family, exploring the wonders of the universe with his mates; to the ridiculous: wrestling with WWE’s finest, singing in a musical on the West End, pranking teammates – to help us all gain the comfort of his life mantra:

What’s the worst that can happen?

Perfect for the Freddie fan or sports lover in your life this Christmas.

The nation’s favourite cricketer/presenter/podcaster/writer/wrestler/boxer/tee-totaller/conspiracy theorist at his hilarious and off-the-wall best.

-Matthew Phillips, Publishing Director, Blink Publishing


For the foodie


Max’s Sandwich Book by Max Halley

This Sunday Times bestseller is the ultimate guide to creating perfection between two slices of bread.

Max Halley owns Britain’s most amazing sandwich shop. After working in some of the country’s best restaurants, he realised that the sandwich, humanity’s greatest invention, was due a renaissance. So Max decided to open his own place and reinvent the sandwich forever.

In his book, you will find award-winning creations from his shop (hello ham, egg and chips sandwich!) as well as brilliant and delicious ways to use your leftovers and over 100 recipes for making your own ingenious creations at home.

Max is a sandwich genius. Having made many sandwiches in my life, I thought I had the art down, but Max’s hints, tips, sauces, flavour combinations and use of crisps gave me the tools to reinvent the classics and truly up my game. I think it’s the perfect gift for the sandwich-lover in your life (even if that’s you).

-Oliver Holden-Rea, Senior Editor, Blink Publishing


So Vegan in 5 by Roxy Pope & Ben Pook

Are you, or someone you know, aiming to eat more vegan food in 2019?

If you want to cook vegan food at home but don’t know where to start, then this is the book for you this Christmas. Roxy Pope and Ben Pook, creators of ‘So Vegan’ – one of the world’s leading vegan recipe channels – will show you how to create fun and super tasty vegan recipes using just five ingredients, proving once and for all that vegan food is for everyone.

So whether you’re a full-time vegan, a curious carnivore or simply somewhere in between, So Vegan in 5 is your go-to guide for eating more delicious plants, packed with budget-friendly and time-saving recipes for the everyday cook.

Ben and Roxy are an incredible, dynamic team and their enthusiasm for all things vegan is totally infectious! Their recipes are simple, delicious, and their philosophy that vegan food is for everyone, no matter how often you want to cook it, is really refreshing.

-Natalie Jerome, Acquisitions Director and Publisher


For self-care…


Bathe by Suzanne Duckett 

Bathe explores the many types of baths and bathing from around the world – from the simple act of bathing at home to traditional communal baths as found in the UK, to Turkish hammams, Japanese sento or Onsen, Jimjilbang in Korea and Finnish and Swedish saunas.

This beautifully designed book is perfect for someone interested in self-care or someone in need of “me-time” this Christmas. Duckett illustrates how the act of bathing is not only a great way to unwind and switch off from the hyper-activity of modern-day life, but also has a host of scientific benefits, from stimulating the immune system to improving sleep.

Bathe is a lovingly produced and published book by team Lagom that’s a timely reminder as we manage the frenetic whirl of parties and seeing family and friends over the holidays to take some time out for ourselves and relax. Yes, relax over Christmas and New Year! Not an oxymoron! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

-Natalie Jerome, Acquisitions Director and Publisher


For little ones


Jane Foster’s Christmas

A bold and stylish introduction to the iconic and most-loved sights of Christmas by leading textile designer Jane Foster. From Father Christmas to Rudolph the reindeer, these cheerful, retro-inspired illustrations will make the perfect Christmas gift for little ones.


I just love Jane’s retro and beautiful artwork in this Christmas addition to her brilliant, and growing, collection of board books!

-Molly Holt, PR Assistant – Children’s


Mindful Kids by Dr. Sharie Coombs

No Worries, Hello Happy, Stay Strong and Be Brave are all titles in this thoughtful range of activity books for children, published by Studio Press.

Written by Dr. Sharie Coombes, Child & Family Psychotherapist, with an introduction and notes for grown-ups, these books promote and encourage children to complete activities and exercises which aim to tackle various emotions and feelings, from being bullied or feeling sad, to coping with anxiety and stress, in a fun and engaging way – making them great gifts for children this Christmas.

I’ve loved promoting this thoughtful new range of activity books for children. It’s so important for children to have an outlet to express themselves, and their worries or concerns. Studio Press has given them just that in the form of these fun and creative books.

-Molly Holt, PR Assistant


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