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Christmas List 2017

Looking for some inspiration to find the perfect present? Our book shop team have rounded up a selection of beautiful and unusual books for adults and children from our wide selection of publications.

The SLG shop also stocks a wide range of gifts, artists’ editions and cards and this year in addition to regular opening hours, the shop is open on Mondays 4, 11 and 19 December so there is even more time to find the perfect Christmas gift.


Anni Albers Notebook 1970 – 1980

A superb facsimile of the only known notebook of the legendary Modernist polymath and famed textile designer Anni Albers.

Jean Painlevé

If you’ve enjoyed Blue Planet II on television recently, then this is the book for you. Marvel at the curious, aquatic imagery of French photographer and filmmaker Jean Painlevé (1902–1989).

Winter – Ali Smith

In this second novel in her acclaimed Seasonal cycle, the follow-up to her sensational Autumn, Smith’s shape-shifting quartet of novels casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory and warmth, its taproot deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter.

Make Trouble – John Waters

A perfect gift for budding creatives, this is an advice manual of sorts from the gloriously subversive film-maker who brought us Hairspray and Pink Flamingos, delivered with belligerence, wit and inspiration.

Mucus in my Pineal Gland – Juliana Huxtable

In 2017, one of our favourite poetry collections was Mucus in My Pineal Gland, the debut collection of artist and writer Juliana Huxtable.This startling new book expands Huxtable’s critique of gender, sexuality, politics, whiteness, and history while establishing her as a singular poetic voice.

Belly Full – Caribbean Food in the U.K

If all that bland turkey is getting you down, then this book, replete with sumptuous photographs of over 60 different Caribbean eateries in the UK, will re-enliven your tastebuds for the new year!

Women and Power – Mary Beard

A timely book that draws on Mary Beard’s classicist roots to explore the cultural underpinnings of misogyny, considering the public voice of women, and our cultural assumptions about women’s relationship with power.

Han Kang – The White Book

From the author of The Vegetarian, The White Book is a meditation on colour, beginning with a list of white things, that traces mourning, rebirth and the tenacity of the human spirit with an immeasurable talent for expression.

The Good Citizens Guide – Bertram Russell

Enter the delightful, satirical world of the Good Citizen, according to one of the best-known writers and philosophers of modern times. It is illustrated by Franciszka Themerson, a leading figure of the twentieth century avant-garde, whose apt and amusing images add an anarchic spirit to this delightful gift book.


The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

An illustrated spell-book in watercolour and gold leaf, from the rich creative minds of award-winning author Robert Macfarlane and acclaimed artist Jackie Morris. As nature vanishes from children’s language and their imagination, The Lost Words stands against the loss of magic, celebrating the joy of wild childhood and wild places.

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine – Mark Twain & Philip Stead

In Paris, a century ago, Mark Twain sat down with his two daughters and wrote them a fairy tale about a poor boy called Johnny and his animal friends, who come to understand that generosity, empathy, and quiet courage are gifts more precious in this world than power and gold. Today, fragments of the story have been recovered and sewn together by Philip Stead, with graceful, poignant illustrations by Erin Stead.

The Twelve Days of Christmas – Britta Teckentrup

Always popular with the SLG’s younger crowd, Britta Teckentrup’s illustrations are a perfect accompaniment to this well-known Christmas song.


Eaten too much this Christmas? Stuck with a stubborn hiccup? This hilarious offering from ‘India’s Dr. Seuss’ promises some absurd remedies, which will certainly have the opposite effect!  

Little Hazelnut

An unusual pop-up book illustrating the turn of the season in a snowy garden. Stunning, graphic artwork and a spare, charming text and superb paper engineering make this a collectible for children and adults alike.

Moomin Midwinter: Special Collectors’ Edition

A new special edition of the Tove Jansson classic, re-issued by Sort Of Books in its original stunning design.