It appears the festive season is upon us! If you’re in need of a little inspiration, 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.
Was your dad a fan of our postwar masterpiece The Evenings? He’ll love Gerard Reve’s Childhood – two darkly funny and mesmerising novellas. Sure to be an instant favourite if your dad is into modern classics.
In Search of Lost Books is now out in beautiful paperback and 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.
How about a book that is just as beautiful inside as out? The wonderful Bird Cottage examines the true life story of Len Howard, a remarkable woman who left her London life behind to devote the rest of her days to her one true passion: birds.
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. And now there’s The Legend of Sally Jones too, a beautiful graphic novel, making these the perfect Christmas gift set!
For a Fussy Friend
Buying for a friend who likes to rage against the status quo? Grab them Dreamers by Volker Weidermann, which in lucid, sharp prose, shows how a small group of prominent people at the end of the First World War in Germany organised a revolution that nearly altered the course of the twentieth century.
Do you have a friend who tends to judge books by their covers? The Unhappiness of Being a Single Man is a stunning book with a cult classic vibe – a new collection of Franz Kafka’s best short stories, it’s the ideal sophisticated stocking filler.