Well we’ve tried to ignore it, but it seems the festive season is indeed upon us!
To ease you into your Christmas shopping (apologies for saying the ‘C’ word out loud), why not have a browse through the Pushkin Present Picker. There’s something for all of those tricky presents and fussy recipients, so you can start ticking things off your gift list.
How about our postwar masterpiece The Evenings? Darkly funny and mesmerising, it’s the book everyone is talking about. Sure to be an instant favourite if your dad is into modern classics.
In Search of Lost Books is perfect for a dad who is a devourer of books, and also into his detective stories. Giorgio van Straten is by turns spy, traveller and scholar, as discovers the stories behind eight lost tomes, vanished books from authors like Byron, Plath and Hemingway.
Is your mother a keen foodie? Always dragging you to the latest gastro pub opening? In the Restaurant is the tale of the restaurant in all its guises, from eighteenth-century Paris, to today’s new Nordic cuisine.
Is your mum into historical books? Was she always reading your diary as a child? Great! A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary 1939-1940, by bestselling author of War in Val D’Orcia Iris Origo, combines both, along with a sad and gripping account of Italy’s inevitable tumble into war.
For your Niece and Nephew
The Poet’s Dog is the ultimate festive children’s book, heartwarming and adorned with gorgeous snowy illustrations; it tells the tale of Teddy, a gifted dog who saves two children from a snowstorm – but maybe the children can find a way to save Teddy too.
Full of adventure and intrigue, The Murderer’s Ape follows Sally Jones, a unique gorilla who moves among humans without speaking but understanding everything. Her comrade stands accused of murder, and she embarks on a quest for to clear his name.
For a Fussy Friend
Buying for a friend who’s always ahead of the literary curve? Grab them The Dark Blue Winter Overcoat, edited by the super cool Icelandic writer Sjón and Ted Hodgkinson of the Southbank Centre. It’s an exquisite anthology which collects together the very best fiction from across the Nordic region.
Do you have a friend who tends to judge books by their covers? The Beauties lives up to its name, being gorgeous both on the inside and out. A collection of Anton Chekhov’s best short stories, it’s an ideal sophisticated stocking filler.