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See below for a selection of the latest books from Gift books category. Presented with a red border are the Gift books books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Gift books books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Medieval Knight

The Medieval Knight

Author: Christopher Gravett Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/11/2020

The 'knight in shining armour' has become a staple figure in popular culture, and images of bloody battlefields, bustling feasting halls and courtly tournaments have been creatively interpreted many times in film and fiction. But what was the medieval knight truly like? In this fascinating title, former Senior Curator at the Royal Armouries Christopher Gravett describes how knights evolved over three centuries of English and European history, the wars they fought, their lives both in peacetime and on campaign, the weapons they fought with, the armour and clothing they wore and their fascinating code and mythology of chivalry. The text is richly illustrated with images ranging from manuscript illustrations to modern artwork reconstructions and many photographs of historic artefacts and sites.

The Little Book of Friendship

The Little Book of Friendship

Author: Tiddy Rowan Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2020

100 years ago most people lived in small communities where they knew and were known by almost everyone. Their circle of friends encompassed family, a few neighbours and people they worked with who they saw on an almost daily basis. Friendships were conducted by letter, often with people who lived far away and were hardly ever seen in person. Nothing could be more different from our modern world. Nowadays people are often judged by the number of 'friends' they have on social media, and we're all in touch in an instant with people all over the globe. But as families contract and more people live on their own, and even within relationships we lead more independent lives; and though our circles of acquaintances may have widened extraordinarily, our real friends matter more than ever. Friendships can bring laughter and joy, stimulation and support, comfort and solace, but like all relationships they need to be nurtured to grow and survive. Dispelling the notion that more is better, maybe it's time to re-assess what makes a true friend, and what can be done to improve the important friendships we have and be selective in choosing new ones. Like the others in this series this is a book to offer help and advice, packed with apposite quotes and practical tips. The nuances of friendship can be hard to grasp, to be a good friend is a skill to be learned, so this book itself can be a friend to turn to.

Expect a Miracle

Expect a Miracle

Author: Danielle Steel Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

'The right words can bring you back to reality or make you dream, can comfort you when you're in despair or make you laugh out loud. The right words can open your mind or give you hope'. Danielle Steel is the author of over 170 novels and has sold more than 800 million copies of her books across the world. She is one of our best-loved writers today. As a young girl, Danielle began collecting quotations that had special meaning to her - a habit that has stayed with her over the years. In Expect a Miracle, Danielle has compiled some of her favourite quotations, proverbs and sayings to live and love by. These are words to comfort you, to move you, to inspire you, and to make you laugh. With a heartfelt introduction from Danielle, Expect a Miracle is the perfect road map to life, with grace, courage and humour. Whether you've read her books or not, this is a book filled with wisdom for everyone.

Be Wild, Be Free

Be Wild, Be Free

Author: Amber Fossey Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/2020

A book as beautiful, unique, funny, and important as you are. Do you ever hear the beasts scratching at the door? They want to be let out, to be wild & free! They were sleeping too long, and now they're getting feisty. Don't be afraid, they're pretty lovely inside, and never did i see a more lovely beast than you... So come inside. You might be surprised, to remember how to feel alive! With a heart to feel, a mind to learn & hands to build extraordinary things. Go forth, fiercely, bravely. In Amber Fossey's beautiful first book, we are each reminded to listen, to look, to feel, and to remember what it is that makes us human. We are shown that we no longer need to surrender to negative thoughts nor those who drag us down, and are prompted to ponder the beauty all around, reminding us how to simply love one another, and ourselves, again.

The Sherlock Holmes Escape Book: The Adventure of the British Museum

The Sherlock Holmes Escape Book: The Adventure of the British Museum

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2020

This is the second title in a series of Sherlock Holmes Escape Books: a unique, new form of puzzle book, in which the reader must solve the puzzles to escape the pages. Inspired by the urban craze for escape rooms, where players tackle challenges while trapped in a locked room, this is an escape room in the form of a locked book: filled with codes, ciphers, riddles and red herrings, plus an ingenious Hieroglyphic Code Wheel set into the cover. Taking on the role of Sherlock Holmes, in this new adventure readers find themselves trapped with Watson in the Enlightenment Gallery of the British Museum after a curator collapses in the Egyptian Collection. With King George V due to arrive at the nearby tube station, and rumours of an anarchist plot, Holmes and Watson must find their way through the museum, and fathom the involvement of both Mycroft and Colonel Sebastian Moran, if they are to win their freedom and save the day.

Kew Pocketbooks: Japanese Plants

Kew Pocketbooks: Japanese Plants

Author: Kew Royal Botanic Gardens Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2020

This stunning series of pocketbooks from Kew offers a snapshot into the diverse and beautiful world of plants. Each book lavishly showcases choice examples from individual plant groups or collections, and this new title showcases Japanese plants, from chrysanthemums, to cherry blossom, camellia and maples. Published to coincide with the new Japan festival at Kew Gardens in October 2020. The Library, Art and Archives at Kew is one of the most extensive botanical libraries in the world, with the oldest item dating back to the 1370s. In this pocketbook series from Kew, each book presents 40 botanical paintings from the collection, illustrating the variety within each plant group, as well as the diversity of the collection and artistic styles. An introductory chapter by a Kew expert provides an overview of the plant group or theme, and extended captions accompany each painting. The luxury finish on these books make them a must-have gift item, printed on uncoated paper and with a cloth and foil finish.

Kew Pocketbooks: Honzu Zufu

Kew Pocketbooks: Honzu Zufu

Author: Kew Royal Botanic Gardens Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2020

This stunning series of pocketbooks from Kew offers a snapshot into the diverse and beautiful world of plants. Each book lavishly showcases choice examples from individual plant groups or collections, and in this pocketbook a selection of plants are showcased from Honzu Zufu, a Japanese 17th century multi-volume manual of medicinal plants with a unique botanical style. Published to coincide with the new Japan festival at Kew Gardens in October 2020. The Library, Art and Archives at Kew is one of the most extensive botanical libraries in the world, with the oldest item dating back to the 1370s. In this pocketbook series from Kew, each book presents 40 botanical paintings from the collection, illustrating the variety within each plant group, as well as the diversity of the collection and artistic styles. An introductory chapter by a Kew expert provides an overview of the plant group or theme, and extended captions accompany each painting. The luxury finish on these books make them a must-have gift item, printed on uncoated paper and with a cloth and foil finish.

This Book Will Make You Kinder

This Book Will Make You Kinder

Author: Henry James Garrett Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2020

Why are you kind? Could you be kinder? The kindness we owe one another goes far beyond everyday gestures like taking out the neighbour's bins - although it's important not to downplay those small acts. Kindness can also mean much more. In this timely, insightful guide, Henry James Garrett lays out the case for developing a strong, courageous, moral kindness, one that will help you fight cruelty and make the world a more empathetic place. Building on his academic studies in metaethics and using his signature sweet animal cartoons, Henry explores the sources and the limitations of human empathy and the many ways, big and small, that we can work toward being our best and kindest selves. A world in which everyone was the fully-empathetic of version of themselves would be a very kind world indeed. And that's the world this book will move us toward.

Looking Back Life Was Beautiful

Looking Back Life Was Beautiful

Author: Grandma Marina, Grandpa Chan Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2020

Based on the Webby award-winning Instagram account Drawings for My Grandchildren, this beautifully-illustrated book celebrates the special love shared between grandparents and their grandchildren. Like many grandparents wishing to stay close to their grandchildren in a world in which so many families are spread across the globe, Korean grandparents Grandpa Chan and Grandma Marina, decided to learn how to use Instagram as a way to stay connected. What started as an intimate family project, their Instagram page @drawings_for_my_grandchildren has attracted a large following and their story has been featured in major press around the world. This book inspired by their Instagram page features Chan's watercolors accompanied by Marina's texts. Whether it's to celebrate Astro becoming a big brother to Lua or to share the story of how the grandparents met for the first time and fell in love during their college years, Looking Back Life was Beautiful echoes with the kind of family love that spans generations and traverses geography. A testament to the great wisdom only grandparents can provide to younger generations, Looking Back Life Was Beautiful will inspire families to always stay close and connected.

The Wisdom of Call The Midwife

The Wisdom of Call The Midwife

Author: Heidi Thomas Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Call the Midwife is loved across the world for its moving and intimate insights into the colourful world of midwifery and family life in the East End of London in the 1950s and 60s. The residents of Poplar and of Nonnatus House have brought comfort and joy to millions of people through their words and shared experiences. In this book you will find a collection of the best, most heart-warming and inspiring narrations and life-affirming quotes, taken from the original scripts by Heidi Thomas. There are lessons on love, friendship, motherhood, faith, family, home and much more - and we will hear from, among others, the voices of glamorous but vulnerable Trixie, forthright Nurse Crane, the delightfully witty Sisters Evangelina and Monica Joan and of course the wise and iconic narrations of Jennifer. The perfect book to see you through both hard and better times, this lovely collection will inspire and entertain in equal measure.

Journey

Journey

Author: Paulo Coelho Format: Diary Release Date: 15/10/2020

'You must get as much as you can from any journey, because in the end the journey is all you have. So why not live?' Follow your dreams and live your destiny. New York Times and international bestselling author of The Alchemist Paulo Coelho leads you down the path of reflection and imagination with thought-provoking questions, a personal introduction, and beautifully designed quotes from his most popular books, speeches, interviews, and posts. Journey is for Coelho fans and anyone seeking a space for discovery and inspiration. Paulo Coelho has sold over 230 million copies of his books, in 81 different languages in more than 170 countries across the world.

Eat My Glitter Dust

Eat My Glitter Dust

Author: Lucy Kirk Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2020

Get ready to live your best life, by way of the unicorn. Wouldn't it be brilliant if when 'adulting' got too much, you could turn to a unicorn best friend for advice? Eat My Glitter Dust imagines a world where these fierce creatures are alive in more than our imaginations and can teach us how to bring a bit of sparkle and sass into our everyday lives. Beautifully illustrated by artist Lucy Kirk, this self-care guide is packed with motivating quotes and life advice covering topics including love, friendship, work, and the all-important chill time many millennials struggle to prioritize. Eat My Glitter Dust will remind you to be fabulous in every aspect of your life, to work hard but play harder, be your best authentic self, celebrate the sweet things in life (coffee, doughnuts, friends), and spend time with nature... even if the most adventurous you usually get is watering the three succulents on your windowsill. This fun and quirky book will teach you how to live your best life and will look at home on any Instagrammable bookshelf or coffee table.