10 Best Book Gifts to Give & Receive this Season.
Check below for the “A” list of what the jolly good chap can bag in as Christmas gifts at Chapters!
Wrap up your literary year with the most anticipated fiction title of the year – the book that was never meant to be published. Read it as a sequel to “To Kill A Mockingbird” and you will be disappointed. Instead read it as it should be read as a work of a novice author and gain an interesting insight into how TKAM one of the most read and remarkable modern classics of our time was crafted.
“Too many people have been left disappointed to their own mis-imaginings of this book, but if you read it with an open mind (and try not to compare it too much to TKAM) I think you’ll be surprised. It was a wonderful story, filled with a range of ideologies and opinions that are great to sink your teeth into” – The Guardian
In this second most anticipated book of the year Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy heroine Lisbeth Salander returns in what is already the most controversial crime noir of the year. Love her or pity her this avenging female fury and Mikael Blomkvist from ‘The girl with the dragon tattoo’, ‘The girl who played with fire’ & ‘The girl who kicked the hornet’s nest’ are back to fight violent crime the millennial way.
The blockbuster fiction of the year. Starting out as
Amazon’s best book of January 2015 this book maintained its rank throughout the year on every best seller list. Just recently this was voted as one of the best books of 2015 by the Goodreads community which is the only forum made up of avid readers.
This much lauded psychological debut thriller with a most unusual central character is worth a close examination as a top contender on your gift list.
“The novel, in which a retired cop is taunted by the perpetrator of a massacre he never managed to solve, sees King steer clear of paranormal elements to focus on a very human evil. It beat titles by more traditional practitioners of crime writing including Ian Rankin, Stuart Neville and Karin Slaughter to be named best novel at the Edgar Awards in New York.”- The Guardian April 2015.
He has lived his whole life in the public eye, yet he remains an enigma. He was born to be king, but he aims much higher. A landmark publication, ‘Charles The Heart Of A King’ reveals Prince Charles in all his complexity: the passionate views that mean he will never be as remote and impartial as his mother; the compulsion to make a difference and the many and startling ways in which the heir to the throne of the United Kingdom and fifteen other realms has already made his mark.
Former RAF pilot and investigative journalist, Frederick Forsyth defined the modern thriller when he wrote The Day of The Jackal, described by Lee Child as ‘the book that broke the mould’, with its lightning-paced storytelling, effortlessly cool reality and unique insider information. This is his story.
‘We all make mistakes, but starting the Third World War would have been a rather large one. To this day, I still maintain it was not entirely my fault. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
During the course of my life, I’ve barely escaped the wrath of an arms dealer in Hamburg, been strafed by a MiG during the Nigerian civil war, and landed during a bloody coup in Guinea-Bissau. The Stasi arrested me, the Israelis regaled me, the IRA prompted a quick move from Ireland to England, and a certain attractive Czech secret police agent – well, her actions were a bit more intimate. And that’s just for starters.
All of that I saw from the inside. But all that time I was, nonetheless, an outsider.’
The Road To Character by David Brooks
Picked by ‘The Economist’ as one of the best books on society & culture in 2015 – The best-selling author of “Social Animal” David Brooks in this urgent and soul-searching book, explores the road to character. We live in a culture that encourages us to think about how to be wealthy and successful, but which leaves many of us inarticulate about how to cultivate the deepest inner life. We know that this deeper life matters, but it becomes subsumed by the day-to-day, and the deepest parts of who we are go unexplored and unstructured. The Road to Character connects us once again to an ancient moral tradition, a tradition that asks us to confront our own weaknesses and grow in response, rather than shallowly focus on our good points.
The Elephant Complex – J. Gimlette
Sri Lanka is a small island with a long, violent and enthralling history. Home to thousands of wild elephants, this is a place where natural beauty has endured, indifferent to human tragedy.
Journeying through its many regions – some haunted by war, many rarely seen by our eyes – award-winning travel writer John Gimlette interviews ex-presidents and cricketers, tea planters and terrorists, negotiating the complex relationships of Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim communities and the more sinister forms of tourism.
“A quest to understand the country, and not a mere description of it. . . While many travel writers on Ceylon often tended to trim and twist the country to fit it into their own neat narrative, Gimlette does not hide the incongruities and battlements he encountered — Sri Lanka Sunday Times
This books is the first in National Geographic’s 365-photo-a-day line of inspirational books, Daily Joy unites inspiring words of joy with lovely National Geographic images of the world–a perfect gift to keep on your bedside table to read just before bed or first thing in the morning. Crafted in the tradition of the successful ‘Offerings’ series from Abrams/Stewart Tabori & Chang, Daily Joy’s elegant design features 365 days of gorgeous National Geographic photography, each one paired with a meaningful quotation, meditation, or thought that will help readers find joy everyday of the year. Each month has a theme, and all the quotes are centred on it: Other titles in this series – Daily Gratitude and Daily Calm are available at Chapters.
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