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Profile Christmas Book Gift Guide 2017

We're hoping to make the next few weeks a bit easier for you with our Christmas gift guide. From funny to challenging to mind-boggling to chilling, there's something that'll fit happily on the shelf of the book lover in your life.

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FOR THE WIT


alan bennett


Alan Bennett's hugely enjoyable and insightful diaries from the last ten years - a Sunday Times bestseller

diary of a bookseller


The book that won a nation of readers' hearts: hilarious, wry dispatches from Shaun Bythell, owner of Wigtown Bookshop.

FOR THE GAME CHANGER


mary beard


The Sunday Times bestselling feminist manifesto from Professor Mary Beard, look at how powerful women have been perceived through the ages.

swearing is good for you 


The f*&!ng fascinating and entertaining new book that explores our relationship with bad language - proving that swearing is the sh!t. 

FOR THE SCIENTIST


what's next


Jim Al-Khalili and a team of 17 top science writers take on the future, tackling everything from teleportation to bioengineering.

how the zebra got its stripes


Scientifically proven Just-So stories for lovers of Planet Earth and Blue Planet. How did animals get to be the way they are?

FOR THE QUIZMASTER


game query


Test yourself against The Economist's champion quiz team in Game Query - the only quiz book you need this Christmas.

nemo's almanac


Wonderful, maddening, enlightening, Nemo's Almanac is the ultimate quiz book for bibliophiles. 

FOR THE CRIME LOVER


Ruth rendell


Ordinary people make spectactular criminals... Chilling stories from the master of psychological suspense. Previously unpublished and uncollected.

murder on christmas eve


The second volume of the bestselling festive crime collection includes writing from Val McDermid, Ian Rankin, and Margery Allingham.

FOR THE SPORTSPERSON


football philosophy


Philosopher Simon Critchley attempts to make sense of football, and to establish a system of aesthetics - even poetics - in the beautiful game.

anquetil


The legend of Jacques Anquetil, controversial French cycling star of the 60s, seen through the eyes of novelist and superfan Paul Fournel.

FOR THE THINKER


stoic journal


A 366-day journal to enable you to apply the stoic principles of wisdom and virtue for greater clarity throughout the year.

how to think


A clever, witty, contrarian treatise on how we can think better in order to rescue our inner lives.  

FOR THE BIBLIOPHILE


jacob's room


Susan Hill charts a year of her life through the books she has read, reread or returned to the shelf.

moomins


Beautiful collectors' editions of classic Moomin books including original cover artwork and a fold out map.

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