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Faces: Profiles of Dogs

Recommended by Max

£10.99

Available in Hardback

Published November 2019

Published by Daunt

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‘It must be a nuisance to go through life with a Father Christmas moustache like that, but no doubt the Schnauzer gets used to it.’

In Faces, Vita Sackville-West traces the origins and history of forty-four dog breeds, reflecting on their characteristics with frank humour, from the silky gentle-eyed Afghan, ‘like somebody’s elderly Aunt Lavinia, who nourishes a secret passion for the Vicar’, to the Labrador Retriever, ‘dear, solid, faithful lump of a dog!’, and that ‘docile minion’ the Corgi.

First published in 1961, each profile is strikingly illustrated by Laelia Goehr’s original black and white photographs. Together, profile and portrait capture these canine characters in their various moods: benevolent, haughty, amused, wistful, or simply a little bit sleepy.

Charming and fascinating in equal measure, Faces is a memorable insight into ‘how very odd it must be to be a dog’.

Laelia Goehr (1908-2004) was born in Kiev, Russia. As a child she studied piano at the Conservatoire and gave her first public performance at the age of 10. After moving to the UK, Goehr studied photography under Bill Brandt. She published three books: Faces with text by Vita Sackville-West, Musicians in Camera with text by John Amis and A Little Tiger with text by Elspeth Huxley. Her photos have been exhibited over the world, and are held in collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

The Canterville Ghost

Recommended by Max

£4.99

Available in Paperback

Published November 2019

Published by Daunt

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‘There is no such thing, sir, as a ghost, and I guess the laws of Nature are not going to be suspended for the British aristocracy.’

Everybody in the county knows that the great manor of Canterville Chase has been haunted for three hundred years. But when the American minister Mr Otis moves in with his wife and family, they refuse to be frightened by something as Old World as a ghost.

The Canterville Ghost vows to have his revenge and terrify them all to death with his most despicable and evil deeds. But after the minister offers practical solutions such as Pinkerton’s Champion Stain Remover for the blood stain in the sitting room, and Tammany Rising Sun Lubricator for his rusty chains, and the twin boys torture him by throwing pillows at his head and pelleting him with their pea shooters, it’s the poor ghost who is left severely spooked.

Can he possibly rescue his reputation, or will the family finally offer him a chance to lay his – detachable – head down forever?

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse

Recommended by Max

£16.99

Available in Hardback

Published October 2019

Published by Ebury

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Soothing balm for the soul in these turbulent, polarised times, former Spectator cartoonist Charlie Mackesy’s tender illustrations have already become an online phenomenon. Now, his finest artwork has been gathered together in this beautifully produced volume, a book to treasure forever and a permanent reminder of the need for compassion and love in a world suffused with ignorance and hatred.

The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse are four friends who share a deep, unshakable bond. Through a series of brief but profound conversations, Mackesy teases universal truths and rich wisdom from the mouths of his characters, celebrating warmth and empathy in all its myriad forms. Exploring kindness through exquisite, sensitive artwork and delicate calligraphy, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse is a moving study in friendship and the perfect gift for those people that you hold closest to your heart.

Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas

Recommended by Max

£9.99

Available in Hardback

Published November 2019

Published by Pan Macmillan

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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat… but 1.4 million NHS staff are heading off to work. In this perfect present for anyone who has ever set foot in a hospital, Adam Kay delves back into his diaries for a hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking peek behind the blue curtain at Christmastime.

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas is a love letter to all those who spend their festive season on the front line, removing babies and baubles from the various places they get stuck, at the most wonderful time of the year.

Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone

Recommended by Max

£26.00

Available in Hardback

Published September 2019

Published by Penguin

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Jamie Oliver is back with brilliantly easy, flavour-packed, and accessible veg recipes.

From simple suppers and family favourites to weekend dishes for sharing with friends, this book is packed full of phenomenal food – pure and simple. Whether it’s embracing a meat-free day or two each week, living a vegetarian lifestyle, or just wanting to try some brilliant new flavour combinations, this book ticks all the boxes.

Sharing simple tips and tricks that will excite the taste buds, this book will also give people the confidence to up their veg intake and widen their recipe repertoire, safe in the knowledge that it’ll taste absolutely delicious.

A book for everyone, this is the perfect moment for Jamie to inspire every kind of cook with his super-tasty, brilliantly simple, but inventive veg dishes.

‘It’s all about celebrating really good, tasty food that just happens to be meat-free’ – Jamie Oliver