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Gift Guide: Coffee Table Books of 2020

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been tough on everyone. And with the holidays just around the corner, we’re hoping to make the added stress of choosing that perfect gift for a special someone a little bit easier with a series of gift guides.

In this gift guide, we’ve chosen our favourites from this year’s new releases. These are perfect coffee table books, and make for luxurious gifts that the receiver will return to again and again. From interior design to film, architecture and more, this is a list of both bestselling and lesser-known titles, but each just as beautiful as the last.

Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art by Anthony Graham, Antwaun Sargent, Connie H Choi, Graham Boettcher, Hallie Ringle, Jamillah James, Jessica Brown, Lauren Haynes, Thomas Lax

Published: 17th Aug '20
Hardback
£45.00

This book spotlights new voices in the contemporary art world who have been ignored as well as curators who have been pushed to the margins. Contextualising artworks with thoughts from artists, curators and other experts, Young, Gifted and Black is an accompanying book to the exhibition but stands alone as a testament to the experience of working as a new Black artist today.

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Wild Interiors: Beautiful Plants in Beautiful Spaces by Hilton Carter

Published: 7th Apr '20
Hardback
£16.99

For the house plant fan, this is an invaluable guide and beautifully presented book on how to design your interiors with your plants in mind. Carter showcases the ways tiny homes and loft apartments can use house plants to their advantage, encouraging you to truly begin your plant journey.

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Story of Scottish Art, The by Lachlan Goudie

Published: 3rd Sep '20
Hardback
£30.00

Illustrated with beautiful artworks, ranging from sculptures by Paolozzi and design by Charles Rennie Macintosh to Pictish carved stones and Scottish colourist painting, Goudie narrates the history of Scottish artistic expression in a compelling and rich voice.

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Art of Drag, The by Helen Li, Jake Hall, Jasjyot Singh Hans, Sofie Birkin

Published: 1st Sep '20
Hardback
£18.99

From ancient theatre to RuPaul’s Drag Race, drag as an artform has existed for thousands of years. In this vibrantly illustrated guide, Hall presents the rich history of drag culture and explores the intersections of art, theatre, sexuality and fashion that led to this point.

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Gamish: A Graphic History of Gaming by Edward Ross

Published: 5th Nov '20
Hardback
£20.00

An exciting illustrated journey through the history of video games and what they really mean to us that will be a perfect gift for any video game fanatic.

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Do You Read Me?: Bookstores Around the World by gestalten, Marianne Julia Strauss

Published: 7th May '20
Hardback
£35.00

We love our bookshop, and we hope you do as well. If you’ve got a bookworm in your family who can’t ever walk past a bookshop without nipping in, Do You Read Me is the ideal holiday gift. It travels across the globe in search of the most unique bookshops hidden away in canal boats, Gothic cathedrals and the quietest corners of cities, discovering the stories, and the people, behind them.

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Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights by Margaretta Jolly, Polly Russell

Published: 23rd Oct '20
Hardback
£25.00

Accompanying a bold British Library exhibition, this collection of diaries, photographs and more archival material is testament to the history of feminism. From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, the exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights.

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For the Love of Trees by Anna Deacon, Vicky Allan

Published: 29th Oct '20
Hardback
£20.00

This is a beautiful celebration of our collective relationship with trees as well as personal stories, accompanied by photographic portraits of the particular trees that have impacted the contributors. A perfect coffee table book for a lover of nature. Get a signed copy here.

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Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers and the British Landscape by Susan Owens

Published: 13th Aug '20
Hardback
£25.00

Spirit of Place: Artists, Writers and the British Landscape by Susan Owens

Spirit of Place offers a panoramic view of the British landscape as seen through the eyes of writers and artists from Bede and the Gawain-poet to Gainsborough, Austen, Turner and Constable; from Paul Nash and Barbara Hepworth to Robert Macfarlane.  The perfect book for any art lover.

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