The Profile Christmas Book Gift Guide 2020

 Christmas is here! And as ever, we are happy to say that the present that you simply can’t go wrong with is a book.
We have an incredible line-up of non-fiction to make your job even easier – enjoy browsing our gift guide.

All books are available at your local bookshop (back from 2nd December!), or online via the links below.

For all our latest news and new non-fiction reads, join our newsletter.

Happy reading!

LIFE STORIES

life stories

In People Like Us, Hash Mohamed’s exploration of social mobility, we learn about his incredible journey from refugee to barrister. Debora Harding’s Dancing with the Octopus, is an intimate, unforgettable story of living with trauma. Ride with Emily Chappell up the mountains of Europe as she competes in the gruelling Transcontinental Race in Where There’s a Will.

READING CURES

WELLCOME BOOKS

Rediscover your sense of fun with the inimitable Michael Rosen’s Book of PlayBreaking & Mending is Joanna Cannon’s timely and eye-opening memoir of being a junior doctor. In Beneath the Skin, sixteen great writers share their thoughts on different parts of the body.  

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

In The Forager’s Calendar, John Wright shares month-by-month foraging tips. Mike Berners-Lees updated cult classic How Bad Are Bananas tells you the carbin footprint – of everything. The Seaweed Collector’s Handbook is a beautiful illustrated guide to an intriguing species, by artist Miek Zwamborn.

THE WORLD TODAY

THE WORLD TODAY

Dierdre Mask’s The Address Book is a fascinating exploration of addresses around the globe and what it means to have one – or not. In the impeccably timed The Rules of Contagion, epidemiologist Adam Kucharski explains how viruses and pandemics work. In Fracture, Matthew Parris looks into the lives of great people and asks how traumatic experience created their genius.

BOOKS FOR EMPATHY

BOOKS FOR EMPATHY

Elif Shafak’s How to Stay Sane in an Age of Division is a fierce manifesto for empathy. In Minor Feelings, Cathy Park Hong explores the experience of being Asian American. Mary Beard’s Sunday Times bestselling Women & Power gives voice to woman silenced throughout history. Together is Vivek Murthy’s call to arms for a less lonely world.

FUN FACTS… AND FABULATIONS

FACTS AND FABULATIONS

In Shaun Bythell’s Seven Kinds of People You Find in Bookshops we meet the furtive erotica browser, the crafty Antiquarian and more… Travel across the country and back in time on a cheese odyssey with Ned Palmer’s Sunday Times bestselling A Cheesemonger’s History of the British Isles. Comfort yourself with the tall tales of liberal life in Stuart Heritage’s Bedtime Stories for Worried Liberals.

MIND-BLOWING SCIENCE

MIND BLOWING SCIENCE

Eugenia Cheng’s X+Y argues for gender equality – founded in mathematics. Shortlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize, Matthew Cobb’s The Idea of the Brain is an epic journey from the ancient roots of neurology to the most astonishing recent research. Oliver Morton’s The Moon is a blend of science, memoir and social history as he looks at this mysterious celestial body.

BLOCKBUSTER HISTORY

HISTORY BLOCKBUSTERS

Margaret MacMillan’s War, a seminal study of how war has changed society, has been named a New York Times 10 best books of the year. In Alan Allport’s epic Britain at Bay, he shows the reality behind the myth of the Second World War. For the first time ever, Sybil Oldfield delves into the lives of the Britons on the Nazi’s hitlist in The Black Book.

LITERARY WISDOM

literary wisdom

The latest from The Economist Explains, Unconventional Wisdom is packed full of brain-busting facts and their explanations. Figuring Out the Past is the result of a mammoth study to tell the history fo the world through its vital statistics. Ryan Holiday’s Lives of the Stoics explores the life and wisdom of great, ancient thinkers from Zeno to Marcus Aurelius.