Furcoat Christmas: Book bonanza

This year’s Christmas gift suggestions are based around the varying facets of my personality – because I’m sure that everyone can find a bit of @furcoat inside them if they look hard enough.

Yesterday it was all about embracing your inner, and indeed outer, goth. Thanks for the nice comments and tweets about it!

Today it’s one of my main loves in life – and something that I definitely don’t need any more of, really – books.

You can buy any of the books below through my Christmas Amazon bookstore and don’t forget that you can also buy my all-time favourites here and see what I’m currently reading here.

These are mostly 2012 releases, but there’s a few sneaky extra things in there too that are kind of relevant. Enjoy and stay tuned for more pieces o’ me this week.


Top row, left to right.

1. Kate: The Kate Moss Book, £42.50 – millions of pictures of the Mossatron. I hope this one is included.

2. The Persephone Book of Short Stories, £14 – I’ve never met a Persephone I didn’t like and this new anthology is basically guaranteed to be brilliant.

3. The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, £6.29 – I read this week that Julian Fellowes’ next project is The Gilded Age – a book about the millionaires of 1880s New York. Read up on the real world of high society American heiresses with Consuelo Vanderbilt’s totally fascinating autobiography which was published in 1953, but republished recently.

4. French Riveria: Living Well Was the Best Revenge by Xavier Girard, from £30 – I’ve been after a book on the history of the American exodus to the French Riviera in the 1920s for ages and even though this one seems kind of hard to get hold of, it looks like it might do the job. I can’t find much about it, but I’m hoping it’s full of tales of the real life Dick Divers of this world.

Middle row, left to right.

5. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, £4.89 – speaking of Dick Diver… Obviously I own this already, but Alma Classics have given it – and the rest of Fitzgerald’s books – a jazzy new cover which makes it look rather nice.

6. Daughter of Empire by Lady Pamela Hicks, £11.80 – I always like an old aristocratic lady’s biography and this one from the Queen’s BFF is apparently full of lols. I read a great interview with her recently and she seems like a jolly old raconteur so I’m sure it’ll be a good Christmas book – the kind of one I read in bed when I’m dozing off the cheese and port and don’t really need to concentrate.

7. Vidal Sassoon: How One Man Changed the World with a Pair of Scissors by Vidal Sassoon and Michael Gordon, £19.20 – we lost a good man in Vidal this year and this book seems like a good way of remembering him. Amazing graphics too.

8. Dressed to Kill: Virgina’s Jazz Age Fashion by Daisy Bates and Virginia Bates, £28.80 – it’s a book about 1920s fashion. Say no more.

Bottom row, left to right.

9. Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (of Sorts) by Russell Norman – mmm Polpo. Asparagus with Parmesan and anchovy butter; crispy baby pizzas with prosciutto and rocket; scallops with lemon and peppermint; mackerel tartare; linguine with clams; soft-shell crab in Parmesan batter with fennel salad; walnut and honey semifreddo; tiramisù; fizzy bellinis. I mean…

10. Dracula by Bram Stoker (Penguin English Library Edition), £4.79 – going to Whitby for new year, so it seems only right to re-read this and the English Library Editions all look pretty good as an added bonus.

11. Lost World: England 1933-36 by Dorothy Hartley, £9.60 – talked about this back here and would love to get hold of this new edition. Nice cover, eh?

12. Gatsby Cocktails by Ben Reed, £5.24 – looks a bit cheesy maybe but this new cocktail book features a good selection of 20s and 30s recipes, including some less-known ones. Mine’s a gimlet.

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