Star Wars | The Wish-List Awakens

The Last Jedi is now officially in cinemas, Christmas is around the corner and, if it hasn’t already, the force of the wish-list awakens… 

Here’s our guide to 5 of the galaxy’s greatest gifts for the Jedi/Sith/Droid/Porg in your life:  

1. For the fan who’s already booked repeat viewings:

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Szostak

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box-office records as one of the highest-grossing films of all time, and its eagerly awaited sequel, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is sure to do the same. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, The Brothers Bloom, Brick) and production designed by Rick Heinrichs (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Captain America: The First Avenger), this episode, like every episode before it, owes its visual language and fully imagined cinematic landscape to an incomparable art department: the Lucasfilm ‘visualists.’ The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi explores their vision and illuminates their creative process in stunning detail. Featuring concept art and costume sketches, storyboards, and blueprints, fans will take a deep dive into the development of the fantastic worlds, characters, and creatures—both old and new—of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Featuring unforgettable art and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers, this visual archive highlights moviemaking magic at its finest.

Find out more here


2. The (Star Wars) mindfulness convert

Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book
By Jeffrey Brown

Jeffrey Brown’s reimagining of the Star Wars universe has delighted adult fans and young Jedi alike. This new adult colouring book is equally fun to share, featuring a careful translation of artwork from the bestselling Darth Vader and Son™ series to a large-format collection on crisp white paper, plus nine new images to colour.

Find out more here


3. For the Star Wars crafter:

Star Wars Kirigami: 15 Cut and Fold Ships from Across the Galaxy
By Marc Hagan-Guirey

Celebrated paper artist and designer Marc Hagan-Guirey has applied his genius to the Star Wars galaxy in this book of 15 unique kirigami (cut-and-fold) ships featured in the saga’s films. Ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, each beautifully detailed model features step-by-step instructions and a template printed on cardstock—all that’s needed are a utility knife, a cutting mat, and a ruler. Clear tips and guidance through the tricky stages help readers craft their own X-wing, Imperial Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, and a dozen more ships and vehicles, each accompanied by colourful and inspiring photographs of the final model on display (or ready for a jump to Hyperspace).

Find out more here


4. For the Star Wars collector: 

Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie (100 Postcards)

Ralph McQuarrie is the most iconic artist in the history of Star Wars. He worked hand-in- hand with George Lucas to help establish the saga’s visual aesthetic, its inimitable look and feel. Carefully selected from the definitive volume, Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie, these postcards are a celebration of Star Wars as a masterpiece of design and world-building. The deluxe keepsake package also functions as a display frame: the box features a die-cut window, so fans can rotate their favourite production design paintings into view.

Find out more here


5. For the joker: 

99 Stormtroopers Join the Empire by Greg Stones

Ninety-nine Stormtroopers join the Empire, and then their troubles begin. One takes a lunch break in the carbon freezing chamber. Two underestimate a princess. One picks the wrong time to ask for a promotion. Another fails to show Jabba the proper respect. And one interrupts Lord Vader’s private time, failing him for the last time. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Greg Stones brings a playful wit and sympathy for the plight of the troops as they meet their amusing ends, filling each colorfully painted scenario with fun Star Wars details and appearances by Han, Luke, Chewie, K-2SO, and many other characters. As the trooper count ticks down, how will the last one fare as he receives a very special assignment (on the Death Star)?

Find out more here


BONUS ROUND:

The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate
Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch
By Lara Starr, photography by Matthew Carden

BB-Ate is rolling into shops in the New Year so store up any gift tokens or pre-order now for some delicious recipes from across the galaxy!

Fuel up with Hans Soloatmeal, battle hunger with Admiral Ackbars, and so much more!

These easy-to-make, mouth-watering recipes feature characters and scenes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens as well as from the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And photographs action figures Star Wars figurines re-creating epic moments from the films provide an extra helping of humour.

Find out more here


When it comes to Star Wars, there’s something for everyone. Now to watch The Last Jedi again

Festive Favourites from Erin Gleeson

Festive Favourites

Embrace the festive feeling, whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Pancha Ganapati or even Festivus with some delicious wintery treats from master foodie Erin Gleeson: author of The Forest Feast, The Forest Feast Gatherings and The Forest Feast For Kids.

Sweet Potato Latkes

Sweet Potato Latkes
Image © Erin Gleeson

Holiday Cider Mule

Holiday Cider Mule
Image © Erin Gleeson
Festive Cabin
Image © Erin Gleeson
DIY Citrus Menorah
Image © Erin Gleeson

Happy (Early) Hanukkah Erin!

What are you favourite festive traditions? Let us know on Twitter #FestiveFavourites.

10 Great Gifts for Foodies

Merry Christmas from A&CB

10 Delicious Gifts For Foodies

 

Done

This is the handbook that answers the age-old question: how do you know when it’s done?  An indispensable tool for home cooks, whether they’re a novices or seasoned chefs.

£17.99 • Hardcover • Chronicle Books
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 Home Made Winter

Rediscover your passion for wholesome food with Yvette van Boven’s recipes intended for the winter season. Chapters include Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch; Pies & Sweet things for Tea Time; Beverages; To Start; and Dessert. She focuses on simple recipes for classic dishes that everybody thought were complicated to make, like croquettes, pulled pork and apple cider.

This book is sure to become the next must-have among home cooks.

£21.99 • Hardcover • Abrams Books
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 Gjelina

Gjelina is LA’s most talked-about restaurant, lauded by critics and loved by locals for its seductive simplicity and eclectic menu. This standout cookbook features 125 rustic and utterly delicious dishes that have had fans clamoring for a table since the resturant burst onto the scene.

A perfect present for the cook who has Gjelina at the top of their foodie travel list.

£21.99 • Hardcover • Chronicle Books
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 Layered

Give a baking whizz recipes for creating sky high, bakery-quality treats at home: it’s time to venture beyond vanilla and chocolate and take your baking skills up a notch. Including contemporary baking methods and industry tips and tricks, Layered covers every decorating technique you’ll ever need with simple instructions and gorgeous step-by-step photos that speak to bakers of every skill level.

An ideal gift for the baker who wants to reach new heights!

£18.99 • Hardcover • Abrams Books
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 Small Victories by Julia Turshen

The process of truly great home cooking is demystified via more than a hundred lessons called out as ‘small victories’ in funny, encouraging headnotes; these are lessons learned by chef Julia Turshen through a lifetime of cooking thousands of meals.

This entertaining and essential kitchen resource into a covetable gift for both beginners and accomplished home cooks.

£21.99 • Hardcover • Chronicle Books
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 The Chefs Library

The Chef’s Library is the world’s first attempt to bring together a comprehensive collection of cookbooks that are highly rated and actually used by more than 70 renowned chefs around the world.

Part reference, part culinary exploration, this book is a must-have for any cookbook collector or passionate foodie.

£25.00 • Hardcover with Jacket • Abrams Books
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 Forest Feast 2017 Calendar

Based on Erin Gleeson’s popular blog and bestselling vegetarian cookbook The Forest Feast, this delightful 16-month calendar reflects the rustic simplicity of locavore living and cooking.

This is the perfect calendar for any foodie’s kitchen or home.

£10.99 • Wall Calendar • Abrams Books
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 Food Listography

Listography for food enthusiasts! This journal serves as a unique autobiography as well as the ultimate bucket list for food lovers of all stripes.

£12.99 • Guided Journal • Chronicle Books
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 Food Gazing Notecards

This notecard set offers 20 notecards and envelopes for the stylish food lover. Each card features an iconic illustration celebrating the harvest. With 10 different designs to choose from, this set is ideal for foodies everywhere.

£10.99 • Boxed Notecards • Chronicle Books
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 Curious Feast

This delightful box features 100 postcards from 10 celebrated artists exploring the subject of food. Perfect for correspondence, this postcard box is a must for anyone interested in food and art.

£12.99 • Postcard Box • Princeton Architectural Press
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10 Beautiful Gifts For Book Lovers

10 Ideal Gifts for Book Worms

Whether they are book collectors, budding novelists or crafters – we’ve got you covered.

Boundless Books

In this book, a picture is indeed worth a thousand words. Within its covers are 50 literary classics, deconstructed and then put back together word-by-word to create singularly beautiful pieces of art.

A gorgeous Christmas present for any book lover: bibliophiles will find many of their favourite reads as well as lesser-known gems.

£25.00 • Hardcover • Chronicle Books
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Literary Paper Dolls

 

Experience literary genius first-hand with these paper doll versions of famous authors. Great wordsmiths such as William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf and more come to life in illustrator Kyle Hilton’s playful style. Bookish trivia and scholarly accoutrements accompany each writer.A unique stocking-filler for bibliophiles.

£9.99 • Paper Dolls • Chronicle Books
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If I Were a Book

 

This sweet celebration of the magic and wonder of books will delight readers of all ages. André Letria’s whimsical illustrations of a book as a kite, a tent, a ship and more are paired with José Jorge Letria’s thoughtful musings on the joys of reading.Seamlessly weaving together art and prose, this petite tribute to reading makes a timeless addition to every bookshelf.

£8.99 • Hardcover • Chronicle Books
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A unique autobiography and reading log for bibliophiles: with over 70 entertaining and thought-provoking list topics ranging from the quintessential (favourite books by genre, authors to explore) to the lovably idiosyncratic (favourite reading spots, books to skip), this illustrated journal is a perfect stocking-filler for a book worm.
£12.99 • Guided Journal • Chronicle Books
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Well-Read Women

 

The faces of literature’s most memorable female characters – from Anna Karenina’s icy grey gaze to Scarlett O’Hara’s sensual open lipped pout – vividly brought to life in 50 watercolour portraits by celebrated artist Samantha Hahn.This collection will become a new classic in every nostalgic book lover’s library.

£11.99 • Hardcover • Chronicle Books
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No Plot? No Problem

 

The definitive handbook for extreme noveling, by Chris Baty, founder of the wildly successful literary marathon known as National Novel Writing Month.This compendium is packed with tips and tricks, ranging from week-by-week quick reference guides to encouraging advice from authors and much more.  An ideal gift for the budding author in your life.

£9.99 • Paperback • Chronicle Books
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Card Catalog

Evoking memories of book-filled libraries, this handy notecard set reproduces the original cards used to keep track of literary classics. Each card features a different work of literature, straight from the storied collection of the Library of Congress.

£14.99 • Notecards • Chronicle Books
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Art Made from Books

 

Art Made from Books showcases a jaw-dropping assortment of art made from books – by cutting, painting, sawing, laminating, balancing or stacking: a unique collection of art for bibliophiles.

£16.99 • Hardcover • Chronicle Books
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Novel Living

 

In Novel Living, Lisa Occhipinti presents her ideas for preserving, collecting and displaying intact books and also deconstructing them to make craft projects.The perfect gift for crafty bibliophiles.

£15.99 • Hardcover • Abrams Books
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Give your favourite book lover the chance to take a unique trip down the rabbit hole in this colouring book filled with classic scenes and quotes from Lewis Carroll’s classic tale.

£9.99 • Colouring Book • Abrams Books
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Secret Santa Gift Ideas

Merry Christmas from A&CB

How to Wear Jewellery
For the fashionista

From classic strands of pearls to eclectic stacks of trendy bracelets, How to Wear Jewellery offers must-have guidance for anyone who loves wearing jewellery and is looking for new ways to style and update their collection.

£7.99 · Paperback · Abrams Books
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Paper Globe
For the globetrotter

Add wanderlust-inspired decor to any desk with this colourful 7-inch globe. Paper craft lovers and fans of vintage decor can travel the world on a moment’s notice: no passport required!

£9.99 · Kit· Chronicle Books
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The Essential RuPaul
For the diva

The Essential RuPaul celebrates Ru’s ‘herstory’ and philosophy (“if you can’t love yourself – how in the hell you gonna love someone else?”) as well as profiling the most loved and reviled queens from her TV series.

£8.99 · Hardcover · Smith Street Books
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 Vintage Tray
For the trinket queen

With a gentle reminder to “Treasure every moment”, this square porcelain tray is a perfect spot for keys, jewellery and other knick-knacks.

£9.99 · Porcelain Tray · Galison
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99 Things that Bring me Joy
For the optimist

A favourite scent, a sentimental possession, a fantastic vacation, a loyal friend – these are some of the 99 prompts in this journal that guide you to consider everything that makes you happy. With charming illustrations throughout, the journal is a lovely gift and a wonderful pick-me-up.

£9.99 · Guided Journal · Abrams Books
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All Black Cats Are Not Alike
For the cat lover

Every cat owner knows that no two cats are alike. This pitch-perfect illustrated book proves this simple fact by diving whiskers first into the unique personality, charisma and character of 50 real all-black cats.

£9.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Chronicle Books
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 Consequential Dilemmas
For the perpetually indecisive

Should I get married? Write a memoir? Drink at work? Our lives are composed of big decisions: use this book’s handy flowcharts to make your next choice with pseudo-scientific confidence!

£9.95 · Paperback · Knock Knock
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Liquid Education: Coffee
For the coffee addict

Don’t know your Robusta from your Arabica? Wish you could espouse the benefits of your Chemex over a French press? Maybe you just want to make a damn good cup of coffee at home. Liquid Education: Coffee will help you navigate the multitude of beans, blends and equipment available to make your way to your perfect cup.

£9.99 · Hardcover · Smith Street Books
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F*cking Quote Book
For the f*cking philosopher

This witty book gathers amazing, amusing quotations from some of history’s greatest figures – and adds “f*ck” to them. Sometimes it’s poetic or even poignant. But mostly, it’s pretty f*cking funny.

£6.95 · Hardcover · Knock Knock
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Knock Knock  Believe (in Your Selfie) Compact
For the selfie queen

Believe in Your Selfie.

This handy little mirror is a pocket-sized version of the BFF who kindly informs you that your lipstick’s smudged.

£6.95 · Compact · Knock Knock
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10 Gifts for Little Elves

Merry Christmas from A&CB

10 Christmas presents for cheeky little Elves

The Wish Tree

Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don’t believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion Boggan is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out. And along the way, they discover that wishes can come true in the most unexpected ways. The poetic text and heart-warming illustrations evoke the true essence of the Christmas season and will inspire wishers everywhere.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Chronicle Books · Available Now

The Forest Feast Kids

Written by popular food blogger Erin Gleeson, Forest Feast for Kids serves up quick, easy and fun vegetarian recipes that kids will love to make. In addition to its recipes – which span meals, party food, snacks and beverages – the book includes instructions on how to set a table, ideas for fun and crafty table decorations, guides on how to use utensils safely and a glossary of culinary terms.

A perfect Christmas present for budding little chefs.

£11.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books · Available Now

Pablo and His Chair

For his birthday, Pablo receives a chair. Disappointed and angry, he locks himself in his room, determined not to sit on his new chair. But he starts to play around with it and, by the end of the day, becomes a chair acrobat. Pablo sets out into the world, performing in amazing places and drawing great crowds. Eventually, he returns, chair in hand, having learned that the greatest gifts aren’t always the most obvious and often lie in our imagination.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Princeton Architectural Press · Available Now

Ada Twist, Scientist

Like her classmates Iggy and Rosie, Ada has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? She embarks on fact-finding missions and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. But, this time, her experiments lead to trouble.

Determined Ada Twist, with her boundless curiosity for science and love of the question “Why?”, is a perfect gift for curious young minds.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books · Available Now

Letters to Me, When I Grow Up

This kids’ version of the bestselling Letters to My Future Self brings young writers a fun new way to capture their childhood. Twelve prompted letters, bound into a keepsake book, invite kids to share stories, draw, or make lists reflecting on what they know now and what they imagine for their future. When they’re grown, this paper time capsule will become a cherished – and likely hilarious – look back on who they once were and who they have become.

£10.99 · Stationery · Chronicle Books · Available Now

They All Saw a Cat

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat and how perspective shapes what we see.

A truly inspiring message and a gorgeous gift for young readers.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Chronicle Books · Available Now

First Snow

Look out. Now look up. From the sky one flake falls, then another. And just like that – it’s snowing.

In this beautiful book, from debut creator Bomi Park, a young girl wakes up to the year’s first snowy day. The story is as subtly joyful as a snow day itself and will find its home in the hearts of young adventurers everywhere.

£10.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Chronicle Books · Available Now

Bunny Slopes

Time to tackle the bunny slope! Shake to help Bunny make it snow, tilt to help Bunny ski down the slope and turn to help Bunny escape a cliff in his path.

Bringing grins and guffaws with each turn of the page, readers will find Claudia Rueda’s innovative book as entertaining as the twists and turns of a ski slope.

£9.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Chronicle Books · Available Now

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Meet Baby Reindeer!

How does Baby Reindeer stay warm in the frosty weather? What yummy meal does Baby Reindeer find hidden beneath the snow? Follow along as he experiences his world, from playtime to bedtime. Warm illustrations plus a comforting story about the rhythms of a baby reindeer’s day make this perfect for the very youngest readers.

£4.99 · Novelty Book · Chronicle Books · Available Now

Tinyville Town Gets to Work!

Tinyville Town is a growing, thriving city full of interesting people. The townsfolk can’t wait to show you around!

In Tinyville Town Gets to Work!, we see the evolution of a construction project to solve a problem. When there is a traffic jam on the Tinyville Town bridge, the residents decide to work together to build a new one.

A fun story of community and team-work; perfect for Christmas!

£9.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books · Available Now

10 Gifts for Dad

Merry Christmas from A&CB

10 Christmas gifts for Dad: not a tie in sight.

Goatman

The dazzling success of The Toaster Project leaves Thomas Thwaites in a slump. His friends increasingly behave like adults, while Thwaites still lives at home, stuck in a big, dark hole. Luckily, a research grant offers the perfect out: a chance to take a holiday away from the complications of being human – by transforming himself into a goat…

What ensues is a hilarious and surreal journey through engineering, design and psychology. A great gift for a dad with a subscription to the New Scientist and a penchant for the strange.

£14.99 · Hardcover · Princeton Architectural Press
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Sunday Sketching

From award-winning artist and author Cristoph Niemann comes a collection of witty illustrations and whimsical views on working creatively. This survey of Niemann’s work combines photography and illustration in surprising and humourous ways. Taking its title from his New York Times column Abstract Sunday, this book covers Niemann’s entire career, and showcases brilliant observations of contemporary life through sketches, travel journals and popular newspaper features.

A tremendous inspirational resource: an ideal present for creative dads.

 £25.00 · Hardcover · Abrams Books
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Si Lewen's Parade

The Parade is a timeless story told in a language that knows no country – a wordless epic that, despite its muteness, is more powerful than the written or the spoken word. First published in 1957 in a limited edition, The Parade is a lost classic, newly discovered, remastered and presented by Art Spiegelman.

A unique gift for history loving dads.

£25.00 · Hardcover · Abrams Books
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The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game is a historically accurate graphic novel biography of  Alan Turing’s life. Written and illustrated by the award-winning duo: Jim Ottaviani and artist Leland Purvis, The Imitation Game presents a factually detailed account of Turing’s groundbreaking research and life as an unconventional genius who was arrested, tried, convicted and punished for his openly gay lifestyle, and whose innovative work still fuels the computing and communication systems that define our modern world.

A great stocking-filler for computer science buffs, comics fans and history aficionados.

£15.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books
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You Say You Want a Revolution?

Examining music, fashion, film, design, counterculture, mind-altering experiences, festivals and politics, You Say You Want a Revolution? investigates the cultural upheavals of five revolutionary years. Published to accompany the major exhibition, this book looks at how the revolutions of the 1960s changed the way we live today – and shaped the way we imagine the future.

The perfect gift for the dad with a record player and wild stories of his own.

£40.00 · Hardcover · V&A
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Power to the People

In words and photographs, here is the story of the controversial Black Panther Party, founded in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. Power to the People describes the struggles and celebrates the achievements of the only radical political party in America to make a difference in the struggle for civil rights.

A great gift for a dad fascinated by the civil rights movement.

£25.00 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books
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Bowie A to Z

An illustrated alphabetical tribute that celebrates the many faces and facets of cultural icon David Bowie. From Aladdin Sane to Ziggy Stardust, Bowie A–Z is densely packed with everything you need to know about the rock legend.

For the dad who is still in mourning over Bowie’s death.

£12.99 · Hardcover · Smith Street Books
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Dead Distillers

Dead Distillers presents 50 fascinating – and sometimes morbid – biographies from this historic trade’s bygone days, including farmers, scientists, oligarchs, criminals and the occasional US president. A spirited portrait of the unusual and storied origins of forgotten drunkenness.

Something a little different for the dad you always buy a bottle of whisky.

£15.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books
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Grids & Guides Gray

Like its black and red predecessors, this deluxe, cloth-covered Grids & Guides notebook offers 160 pages of varied graph paper interspersed with engaging charts and infographics, this time in full colour, from the human circulatory system to the geologic time scale.

This is the perfect notebook for Dad to fill with sketches, plans, lists and data.

£15.99 · Notebook · Princeton Architectural Press
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Frank Lloyd Wright On Architecture, Nature, And the Human Spirit Book of Quotes

Get to know Frank Lloyd Wright through this book filled with his quotes, which are grouped into twelve themes including “Humanity”, “Nature”, “Beauty” and many more.

For the dad who is fascinated by architecture.

£11.99 · Hardcover · Galison
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10 Gifts for Mum

Merry Christmas from A&CB

10 Gifts For Mum

Think outside the box for Mum’s gift this year.

Small Victories by Julia Turshen

Small Victories is a beautifully curated, deeply personal collection of what chef April Bloomfield calls “simple, achievable recipes“. Emphasising bold, honest food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert this cookbook is an ideal gift for Mum whether she is a culinary wizard or culinarily challenged!

£21.99 . Hardcover . Chronicle Books
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A Mother Is A Story
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A stunning collection of hand-lettered quotes and ethereal illustrations. Rendered in Samantha Hahn’s signature watercolours, A Mother Is a Story portrays the shared experience of motherhood in all its glorious, messy, sublime beauty. A beautiful, sentimental stocking-filler for Mum.
£12.99 . Hardcover . Abrams Books
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Stories for my Child

Also available: Stories for My Child: A Mother’s Memory Journal, a guided journal for capturing all the moments of motherhood, small and spectacular, from pregnancy through to adolescence.

Lartigue: Life in Color Open Book, Lartigue
Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894–1986) was the best-known “amateur” in the history of photography, famously discovered by the art world and given an exhibition at MoMA in New York when he was in his late sixties. His colour work, reproduced here for the first time, is astonishingly fresh: the French countryside, the women in his life, famous friends (Picasso, Fellini) and glimpses from his travels all come alive in this delightful book.This beautiful and lively collection is an ideal gift for mums who love photography.
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£21.99 . Hardcover with Jacket . Abrams Books
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Beatrix Potter
This magnificent collection celebrates the spectacular art of Beatrix Potter, brimming with famous images and rarely seen gems; ranging from character sketches and notebook pages to watercolour landscapes and natural history illustrations, this monograph explores Potter’s artistic process and reveals the places that inspired her timeless work.A definitive volume on one of the world’s most influential authors, a woman whose artistry deserves to be fully celebrated: a unique gift for mums who read you The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
£25.00 . Hardcover . Chronicle Books
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The Chefs Library
All chefs love and cherish cookbooks, and increasingly, cookbooks have become treasured manuals of the trade, as well as beautiful art objects. The Chef’s Library is the world’s first attempt to bring together, in a single volume, a comprehensive collection of cookbooks that are highly rated and actually used by more than 70 renowned chefs around the world.Part reference, part culinary exploration, this book is an inspiring collection of cookbooks for cooking mad mums everywhere.
£25.00 . Hardcover with Jacket. Abrams Books
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The name Phyllis Posnick is synonymous with Vogue and the extraordinary fashion editorials the magazine’s audience loves. This collection invites readers to glimpse the complex production process, the collaboration and creativity, behind each extraordinary editorial. Stoppers is a gorgeous gift for the mum who has always been your style guru.
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£45.00 . Hardcover with Jacket . Abrams Books
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Around That Time
Vogue’s Book of Houses, Gardens, People (1968) was a landmark publication among decorating books and it chronicles an important chapter in the history of Vogue. Around That Time showcases much of the material featured in the original book, plus never-before-seen photographs from those homes as well as images from additional homes Horst shot well into the 1980s.This book is a spectacular gift for design, decorating and visual art professionals and enthusiasts.
£45.00 . Hardcover with Jacket . Abrams Books
The Coveteur Private Spaces, Personal Style
Showcasing celebrities’ favourite clothes, accessories and objects in their private, rarely seen spaces, this book is an intoxicating combination of fashion eye candy, interior design and celebrity voyeurism. With its intimate documentation, The Coveteur examines the creative process and inspiration of 50 of the designers, models, fashion editors and other tastemakers who are defining the fashion zeitgeist of our times.We can’t think of a better gift for the mum whose wardrobe you’ve been raiding since you were tall enough to open the door.
£21.99 . Hardcover . Abrams Books
 This Annoying Life Colouring Book
Here at last is the colouring book that lets adults colour their way through the funny and true annoyances of everyday life. From trying to assemble flat pack furniture to dropping contact lenses on the bathroom floor, the sympathetically amusing illustrations offer real therapy and poke gentle fun at the meditative colouring craze.The colouring book for mums who have no patience for mandalas and motifs.
£9.99 . Colouring Book . Chronicle Books
Why Boys Need Parents
Boys will be boys. Unfortunately, they will also be arsonists, wrecking balls and eight-limbed ninjas of destruction…This book is a hilarious celebration of the wacky, illogical, dangerous and ridiculous things boys do; a great stocking-filler for the mum who’s always there to pick up the pieces.
£8.99 . Hardcover . Chronicle Books

10 Gifts for Him

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Christmas gifts for the men in your life

Christmas is just around the corner and we here at A&CB know how difficult it is to buy for men, so we’ve collated a list of 10 amazing gifts for the men in your life.

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Men and Style is equal parts style guide and intriguing conversation about masculine identity in the world of fashion. The book offers a much-needed source of inspiration for the growing number of men who enjoy expressing who they are through their clothes, manners and lifestyle.

A stylish gift for the fashionable man in your life.

£18.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books · Available Now

The Little Bacon Cookbook

Sure, we all like to add a slice or two of crispy bacon to our weekend breakfasts and brunches: but this is only a tiny part of the bigger porcine picture. Here you’ll find 40 easily achievable recipes that take bacon from the breakfast table and into all types of dishes.

The Little Bacon Cookbook is the perfect present for the man who frequently utters the words: “Because everything is better with bacon!”

£12.99 · Hardcover · Smith Street Books · Available Now

Tetris

In Tetris: The Games People Play, Box Brown untangles the complex history of Tetris and delves deep into the role games play in art, culture and commerce: revealing, for the first time, the true story of the world’s most popular video game.

An ideal gift for gamers of all ages.

£12.99 · Paperback with Flaps · SelfMadeHero · Available Now

Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die
In Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die, Chris Santella explores the best destinations to sip a cold beer. The book features the world’s top beer locations, from beautiful landscapes and beer festivals to breweries, classic drinking establishments and brand-new, under-the-radar spots.We can’t think of a better present for craft beer-loving men.
£15.99 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books  · Available Now
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Both a complex analysis of a master director’s vision and a painfully honest autobiography, The Oliver Stone Experience is as daring, intense and provocative as Stone’s films. Within these pages Stone shares anecdotes about Vietnam, his childhood, his struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder and his continual struggle to reinvent himself as an artist.A great gift for film buffs, Stone fantatics and anyone who loves Matt Zoller Seitz’s work.
£30.00· Hardcover · Abrams Books · Available Now
The Wes Anderson Collection: Bad Dads
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This book collects the best artwork from the first five years of Bad Dads, an annual exhibition of art inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. From paintings and sculptures to limited-edition screen prints, the artworks vary greatly in style, but share the imagery and characters from the mind of one of Hollywood’s most noteworthy and imaginative filmmakers.This unique collection is ideal for any Wes Anderson fan.
£18.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books · Available Now
The Modern Man Guide
This sleek guide combines wit and style to deliver serious advice in a cheeky tone. Divided into six key areas: style, grooming, food and drink, work, leisure, and dating, The Modern Man Guide is a guide to everything the modern man needs to be his best.A great stocking-filler that will appeal equally to the twenty-something and the established career man who has his sights set on that corner office.
£10.99 · Hardcover · Smith Street Books · Available Now
Shake. Stir. Sip.
Some of the best cocktails are the easiest to make and author Kara Newman figured out the secret: using equal parts of the main ingredients and adding a dash of bitters or a splash of soda to gild the lily. This book contains 40 simple recipes, proving that great, artisanal cocktails don’t have to come from a bar.
£10.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books · Available Now
Draplin Design
Esquire. Ford Motors. Burton Snowboards. The Obama Administration. While all of these brands are vastly different, they share at least one thing in com­mon: a teeny, little bit of Aaron James Draplin. Pretty Much Everything is a mid-career survey of Draplin’s work: case studies, inspiration, road stories, lists, maps, how-to’s and advice.
The complete package for the new generation of designers.
£25.00 · Hardcover · Abrams Books · Available Now
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This captivating illustrated collection brings together stories from dozens of international astronauts: men and women who’ve actually been there, bringing back accounts of the sometimes weird, often funny and always awe-inspiring sensations and realities of being in space.A hilarious little stocking-stuffer for the man who is still just a big kid.
£9.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books · Available Now

10 Gifts For Her

Merry Christmas from A&CB

Christmas is coming and we are here to help you pick the perfect Christmas gift for the book loving women in your life.

Inge Morath: On Style

Witty, playful and effortlessly chic, Inge Morath: On Style reveals the vital forms of fashion and self-expression that blossomed into existence in England, France and the United States in the postwar decades.

The perfect gift for someone in love with 50s and 60s fashion.

£40.00 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books
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Other Wordly

Discover words to surprise, delight and enamour. Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first.

Other-Wordly is an irresistible gift for lovers of words and those lost for words alike.

£8.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books
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Feminist Journal

Say it loud, say it proud.

This stylish journal is filled with inspiring quotes from feminists past and present. It’s a must-have accessory for any proud feminist and a great gift for all the awesome women in your life.

£7.99 · Blank Notebook · Chronicle Books
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Eat Pretty Every Day

365 bite-size daily readings that make it easy to put beauty nutrition know-how to use in everyday life. Eat Pretty Every Day is an ideal gift for women of all ages who want to learn the secrets to living well.

£10.99 · Paperback with Flaps · Chronicle Books
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Slim Aarons: Women

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Slim Aarons: Women explores the central subject of Slim Aarons’s career – the extraordinary women from the upper echelons of high society, the arts, fashion and Hollywood. We can’t think of anything more inspiring than this ultimate gathering of legendary women and beauty icons, including Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Diana Vreeland and Marilyn Monroe.

A beautiful gift for the inspirational women in your life.

£55.00 · Hardcover with Jacket · Abrams Books
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Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way

Conceived by illustrator Jennifer Orkin Lewis, this guided journal is both a tool and a cheerleader for carving out a moment of self-expression each day. Draw Every Day, Draw Every Way is the perfect gift for artists in need of a little inspiration and creatives seeking new challenges.

£12.99 · Guided Sketchbook· Abrams Books
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Celtic Tales

The traditional stories of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany and Wales, brought to life by Kate Forrester’s bold, graphic illustrations. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 16 stories in this compilation conjure forgotten realms and rare magical creatures in vivid prose. A beautiful gift for the those obsessed with folklore and fairy tales.

£14.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books
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With vibrant interior photographs and charming hand-drawn illustrations, Chez Moi is a design handbook that introduces contemporary French style, accented by girl-next-door advice on everything from fashion to beauty to cooking to shopping.

A delightful little book for any want-to-be Parisien.

£15.99 · Hardcover · Abrams Books
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Bad Girls Throughout History

Aphra Behn, first female professional writer.
Sojourner Truth, activist and abolitionist.
Ada Lovelace, first computer programmer.
Marie Curie, first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
Joan Jett, godmother of punk.

The 100 revolutionary women highlighted in this gorgeously illustrated book were bad in the best sense of the word: they challenged the status quo and changed the rules for all who followed. Give the gift of inspiration and self-worth to the incredible women in your life.

£12.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books
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50 Ways to Wear Denim

On the heels of the breakout hit 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf comes a celebration of a timeless and universally loved fabric: denim! 50 Ways to Wear Denim is an illustrated guide to styling denim in 50 different looks.

A must-have fashion resource brimming with inspiration, 50 Ways to Wear Denim will delight fashionistas and denim lovers of all ages: the pefect stocking-stuffer.

£9.99 · Hardcover · Chronicle Books
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