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December Christmas Stocking

Friday, December 17th 2010

Welcome to this year’s Christmas stocking from the Book Lounge – our collection of just some of the delectable and fabulous book we have on offer for your Christmas pleasure, or to help you in those last desperate moments of shopping before Christmas.

If you need help selecting the perfect gift for young Nigel or Auntie Flo, any of our booksellers would be delighted to help you.

So relax, pour yourself a glass of something sparkling, and enjoy…


Music by Andrew Zuckerman

The latest gorgeous offering from New York photographer Andrew Zuckerman, an extraordinary sequel to the highly acclaimed Wisdom. For this new, project, he now turns his unique perspective to music. Sixty eminent individuals – artists, composers, producers and performers – have all been subjected to Zuckerman’s democratic interview technique and hyperreal photographic style to create an inspiring, illuminating and brilliant glimpse into the world of music and musicians. Includes Tori Amos, Billy Corgan, Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono, Ozzy Osbourne, Tom Petty, Iggy Pop, Henry Rollins, Tom Waits, Philip Glass, Burt Bacharach and a great many more.

Swanlights by Antony

Antony of Antony and the Johnsons pres­ents his debut collection of visual art, thought-provoking dreamscapes composed of paintings, drawings, photogra­phy, collage, song lyrics, and writings. Often fragmentary images, these pieces capture liminal states and elements of the unconscious. Some images are reclaimed and reconfigured in order to transcend their previous form. The intersecting mediums inform each other and create an interesting dialogue with Antony’s music, his creative muse, and personal mythology.

David Attenborough’s First Life: A Journey Back in Time

Spanning billions of years, First Life reveals the extraordinary story of the evolution of the first life on Earth and its evolution into the first plant, the first animal, the first predator, the first to live on land. This beautiful book is a journey of discovery, showing us what these early animals would have looked like and how they would have lived, bringing them to life with the help of modern computer technology. First Life shows us how evolutionary features of the first creatures have been passed down to modern animals, including humans – this is perfect for your budding naturalist.

The Exquisite Book

In The Exquisite Book, one hundred indie artists play an ingenious version of the Exquisite Corpse drawing game. Each adorns a page with artwork having seen only the page of the artist immediately prior and using a single horizon line to connect the two. Some continue the story literally while others build on the previous page in more fanciful ways. With an illustrated foreword by Dave Eggers, and art from such luminaries as James Jean and Jill Bliss, this charming book is, simply, exquisite.

Atlas of the Remote Islands: Fifty Islands I Have Not Visited and Never Will by Judith Schalansky

Judith Schalansky was born in 1980 on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall. The Soviets wouldn’t let anyone travel so everything she learnt about the world came from her parents’ battered old atlas. An acclaimed novelist and award-winning graphic designer, she has spent years creating this, her own imaginative atlas of the world’s loneliest places. On each page is a beautiful map of the island, while on the other side unfold bizarre stories from the history of the islands themselves. This is an exquisitely designed and produced book.

Urban Design and Architecture by Kunibert Wachten

A journey through the architectural events of the 20th century, offering an exciting vision of the interrelation of people, time and architecture. Our major cities are condensed cultural histories that provide evidence of the changing rhythms of life of both the past and the present day. This richly illustrated compendium contains essays about styles, buildings, gardens and parks, along with short biographies of the most important architects who have shaped the 20th century with their creations.

Life by Keith Richards

Keef – he’s done it all and, amazingly, he remembers it all too! This rock-god and icon, creator of some of the most famous riffs ever, tells stories in this book that will put hairs on your chest. A must for the budding rock-god (of any age!) in your family.

Atlantic : A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories by Simon Winchester

For thousands of years the Atlantic Ocean was viewed by mariners with a mixture of awe, terror and amazement – an impassable barrier to the unknown. In this narrative tour de force, bestselling historian Simon Winchester dramatises the life story of the Atlantic, from its birth in the farther recesses of geological time to its eventual extinction millions of years in the future. At the heart of the book is the story of humankind’s evolving attitude to and relationship with the ocean. For millennia it has shaped the lives and cultures of those who have lived along its shores and have navigated its waters.

Under the Sun: The Letters of Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin is one of the most significant British novelists and travel writers of our time. His books have become modern-day classics which defy categorisation, assimilating elements of fiction, essay, reportage, history and gossip, inspired by and reflecting his incredible journeys. Tragically, Chatwin’s compelling narrative voice was cut off just as he had found it. While we shall never know the surprise of his unwritten works, Chatwin left behind an authentic conduit which allows us to return to him: a wealth of letters and postcards that he wrote, from his first week at school until shortly before his death at the age of forty-eight. Written with the verve and sharpness of expression that first marked him out as a writer, Chatwin’s letters gives a vivid synopsis of his changing interests and concerns throughout his life.

Just My Type: A Book about Fonts by Simon Garfield

Just My Type is a brilliant book of stories. About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham, while Amy Winehouse found her soul in 30s Art Deco. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, or Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi. About the pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers…and typefaces became something that we all have an opinion about – not just one for the geeks, this is a fascinating and beguiling book.

Parky’s People: The Interviews by Michael Parkinson

Here are the highlights of interviews by our favourite host, with some of our favourite (and not so favourite!) slebs –  Tony Blair, Henry Kissinger, John Betjeman,  Ken Dodd, Elton John., Fred Astaire, Stephen Fry, George Best, Muhammed Ali and SO many more. Only Parky can get them to open up like it’s closing time in the local pub – a consummate professional and a lovely chap, here is something to warm anyone’s Christmas stocking.

Sexually I’m more of a Switzerland: Personal Ads from the London Review of Books edited by David Rose

More of the funny (peculiar), ambiguous, unnerving, intriguing and possibly certifiable personal ads that have appeared in the LRB. Slightly worrying and very funny!

This advert is about as close as I come to meaningful interaction with other adults. Woman, 51. Not good at parties but tremendous breasts. Box no. 5436 

Straight line. Straight line. Funny line. Sucker punch. Busy man, 36. Box no. 9732



Unmentionables: From Family Jewels to Friendly Fire – What We Say Instead of What We Mean by Ralph Keyes

We say a lot about ourselves by what we don’t say. Words and phrases like ‘collateral damage’, ‘wardrobe malfunction’, ‘vertically challenged’, and old favourites like ‘unmentionables’ (trousers, apparently) or ‘lady of the night’ – all are ways of not using particular words.  This rollicking exploration history looks  at how taboos connected to sex, death, religion, war, politics, business and matters of status have produced an extraordinary linguistic creativity. Definitely one for contention and giggles after Christmas lunch!

The Year in Quotes 2010 by Mandy Rossouw and Andrew Donaldson

A cracking collection of the best quotes of the year in South Africa, ranging over a great many topics – the World Cup, Zuma, the World Cup, corruption, the World Cup, the economy, the World Cup and (last and very much least) Juliaaaaaas! The perfect present for the news-junkie: it’s The Year in Quotes.

Black Doll by Edward Gorey

The Black Doll is a little-known and never-produced screenplay by our favourite artist Edward Gorey, featuring vile villains, wicked women, sinister socialites, and a horrified heroine. It is the stuff silent melodrama but imbued with classic Gorey convolutions. Recently reissued after being unavailable for some time – the Gorey fan in your life (and we all have one!) will be ecstatic.

Mrs Fry’s Diary

Stephen Fry’s secret wife speaks out at last…

“Enjoyed a nice cuppa this morning with a HobNob and Jeremy Kyle. There was a woman on there who’d been married 16 years without realising her husband was gay. Extraordinary! Which reminds me, it’s our 16th anniversary in a few weeks. What a coincidence.”
Stephen Fry – actor, writer, raconteur and wit. Cerebral and sophisticated, a true Renaissance man.
Or is he?
Finally, his secret double life – the womanizing, the window-cleaning, the kebabs, the karaoke – is exclusively revealed by Edna, his devoted wife and mother of his five, six or possibly seven children. These diaries take us through a year in the life of an unwitting celebrity wife, and are rumoured to include scandalous nocturnal shenanigans, advice on childcare and, most horrifyingly, 101 things to do with a tin of Spam.
‘A good diary should be like a good husband – a constant companion, a source of inspiration and, ideally, bound in leather.’ – Edna Fry

Tender Volume II: A cook’s guide to the garden by Nigel Slater

When I dug up my lawn to grow my own vegetables and herbs I planted fruit too. A handful of small trees – plum, apple and pear – some raspberry, blackberry and currant bushes and even strawberries in pots suddenly joined my patch of potatoes, beans and peas. These fruits became the backbone of my home baking, the stars in my cakes and pastries and even inspired the odd pot of jam. More than this, I started to use them in new ways too, from a weekday supper of pork chops with cider and apples to a Chinese Sunday roast with spiced plum sauce. The hot family puddings and fruit ices we had always loved so much suddenly took on a delicious new significance.”

Taste Freedom by Neil Roake

Sometimes I pretend to be normal. But it gets boring. So I go back to being me.”

Neil Roake’s love of good food has brought him happy friends and a skewer-full of awards for Life’s A Beach Cottage.

Now he’s put his money where his mouth is and opened Freedom Café at Concierge Boutique Bungalows in Durban. And this beautiful and vibrant book is a celebration of his mantra, “local, fresh, direct”, as well as his energy and drive to create food, with love, for friends.

Braai Masters of the Cape Winelands

This very special book aims squarely at our heritage and the heart of what is truly South African: great food, glorious wine, stunning countryside and unsurpassed hospitality shared with friends around a braai. With mouth-watering recipes, useful braaing tips and techniques, as well as wine notes, this book is a tribute to South Africa’s beloved pastime.

Written, photographed and compiled by Wines of South Africa (WOSA), a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the exports of all South African wines in key international markets.

What to Cook and How to Cook It

What to Cook and How to Cook It takes 100 favourite everyday dishes and guides the reader through every step of the cooking process with recipes that absolutely anyone can follow. Beautifully designed and illustrated, with practical step by step photographs, What to Cook will equip any novice cook with a repertoire of simple, crowd-friendly dishes that they can cook to perfection with confidence.

Reinventing Food  – Ferran Adrià: The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat by Colman Andrews

Ferran Adrià has done things with food never dreamed of or attempted before. He has created thousands of new dishes, and designed new implements for eating them. His influence over the culinary world is unmatched. His story is entwined with the rise of elBulli: with no formal culinary training, Ferran Adrià took a traditional restaurant perched on a remote Catalan clifftop, and placed it in the centre of the culinary map.
Reinventing Food charts Adrià’s transition from comparative obscurity to becoming the focus of massive media attention – the story of how one young chef changed the gastronomic world, and reinvented food.

Senior Moments Doodle Book by Andrew Pinder

Who among us could honestly say they’ve never experienced a ‘senior moment’? Those frustrating times when one’s keys are ‘misplaced’ or one’s sunglasses (stuck firmly on top of head) are just nowhere to be found. Life is a minefield of senior slip-ups, and this book lets you express this angst in many ways – doodle your teenage fashion disasters, draw what’s in the old lady’s handbag, or customize the new car, bought during a mid-life crisis.

Doodle: A Chalkboard Calendar 2011

A calendar you can draw on, then erase and draw on again to keep you busy for the whole year! For every month, the Doodle Calendar features a paper ‘chalkboard’ surface with a drawing in need of a few finishing flourishes. With helpful prompts—”Give this guy a tattoo,” “Make this city come alive,” or “A new hairstyle today?”— the included chalk and a little imagination are all you need for 12 months of total entertainment!

Gold Standard Notebook – You’re Ideas are Priceless

The ultimate luxury stocking-filler – this is a notebook that is so cunningly disguised as a gold bar, that only experts can tell them apart. Perfect for all those “oooh…I must write that down” moments.

Play All Day by Taro Gomi

Something to keep the kids busy for simply hours and hours – a big colourful book of cardboard models to punch out and fold into boxes, mobiles, finger puppets, games, landscapes and more.  No mess, no pencils, just quiet children!

Snoopy and Pac Man Moleskine Notebooks

Very special, limited edition classic Moleskine notebooks, issued to celebrate the anniversaries of two cultural icons of our time!



Pop and Slot – Giraffe and Warthog

These charming little sets from innovative stationery designer Roger la Borde feature pop-out animals and scenery to assemble, unassemble and disassemble! Also comes as Rhinoceros and Zebra.

Matilda Writing Paper Set

A fabulous writing set from our favourite girl, for your favourite girl – with paper, envelopes, and the all-important STICKERS!

Yves Saint Laurent Colouring Book

If you are too cool for school, this is the must-have accessory – featuring previously unseen sketches this is an insight into a brilliant and stylish man, as well as a space for all your most couture thoughts.

Mother Goose Treasury

This is a classic collection of nursery rhymes, illustrated by the simply wonderful Raymond Briggs – now reissued for a whole new generation




Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein

Delightfully zany rhymes about a giraffe who accumulates some ridiculous things – like glue on his shoe and a bee on his knee – only to lose them again, one by one. An infectiously funny book from the inimitable Mr Silverstein.

Book of Bad Things

The Book of Bad Things – a long-rumoured, much-feared volume that some people believe has been present at many of the bad happenings in the world throughout history. The narrative concerns the author of our book, Count Droffig, who has spent a lifetime trying to uncover the dark secrets of The Book of Bad Things. His suspenseful story is packed with cryptic puzzles and interactive extras, all supporting a wealth of carefully researched factual information about bad stuff, in all its manifestations!

Hope this all helps – wishing you a very Merry and relaxing Christmas from all at the Book Lounge!