20 Coffee Table Books That Are Perfect Christmas Gifts This Year

Got a GIFTING CONUNDRUM? You’ll get plenty of bang for a coffee table book, writes SARAH BREEN

 

1. GOING ONCE: 5 YEARS OF CULTURE, TASTE AND COLLECTING AT CHRISTIE’S

From furniture to vintage cars, rare art and jewellery, Going Once showcases 250 of the most outstanding objects sold at Christie’s since it was
founded in 1766. (Phaidon, €49.95)

2. AMERICAN DREAMER MY LIFE IN FASHION & BUSINESS

In his first autobiography, American fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger shares his extraordinary rise to fame, from the opening of his first store in 1969 to his current status as the King of East Coast Prep. Combining equal parts grit and glamour, it provides and incredible insight into the hard work behind Hilfiger’s multibillion dollar brand and business empire. Also, did you know he was a regular at Studio 54? (Ballantine Books, €25)

3. A DAY IN MAY 

A collection of moving real-life stories from the people most affected by last May’s equal marriage referendum: the LGBT community. Compiled by journalist Charlie Bird. (Merrion Press, €24.99)

4. PAGES FROM THE GLOSSIES

As well as more than 500 spreads from top magazines, this glossy book contains lively personal anecdotes from the famous fashion photographer himself. (Taschen, €34.99)

5. SELFISH

Now with “more me!” this updated version of Kim Kardashian’s ode to Kim Kardashian will delight fans and sceptics alike. We’re not kidding. (Universe, €20.95)

6. WOMEN

Featuring the remarkable women who influenced photographer Slim Aaron’s life, including Diana Vreeland, Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy, Women contains more than 200 stunning photographs. (Abrams Books, €55)

7. JAMIE OLIVER’S CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK

As well as everything you need to create the ultimate festive feast, Oliver also serves up plenty of ideas for leftovers and a rather tempting selection of cocktails. (Michael Joseph, €36.40)

8. HISTOROPEDIA

From Fatti and John Burke, the father and daughter team behind Irlandopedia, this gorgeous new installment will take readers of all ages on a time-travelling journey through Irish history. (Gill, €19.99)

9. THE CURATED CLOSET

Can’t see the wood for the trees in your wardrobe? Let minimalist Anuschka Rees guide you in creating a capsule that works for your lifestyle. (Ten Speed Press, €26.60)

10. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE HOUSE?

The first book from interior designer Lorraine Kirke is a celebration of her signature aesthetic: bold, fearless and daringly eclectic. A surefire hit for interiors fans. (Rizzoli, €35)

11. GARDENISTA

Featuring twelve enviable gardens, as well as lots of practical inspiration and advice, all that stands between you and a dreamy outdoor space is this book. (Artisan, €28.99)

12. BOTANICAL STYLE

Learn to decorate with nature, plants and florals, with expert guidance from interior stylist Selina Lake, in her seventh gorgeous book. (Ryland Peters and Small, €19.99)

13. A HISTORY OF THE EASTER RISING IN 5 OBJECTS

A unique perspective on the 1916 Rising told through 50 surviving objects, among them Seán Mac Diarmada’s hurley and Kathleen Lynn’s prison biscuits. (Mercier
Press, €19.99
)

14. BOWIE A TO Z THE LIFE OF AN ICON

Gone but certainly not forgotten, Steve Wide’s illustrated celebration of David Bowie’s incredible life and work is sure to delight fans of the Starman, young and old. (Smith Street
Books, €12.99
)

15. CREATING HISTORY

Published to coincide with the National Gallery exhibition of the same name, this tome includes chapters by leading Irish historians. (Irish Academic Press, €24.99)

16. THE MOON SPUN ROUND

You’re never too young to enjoy WB Yeats. This beautifully illustrated book is the perfect introduction for young poetry fans.(The O’Brien Press, €19.99)

17. HAVANA 

This amazing snapshot of the Cuban capital, captured by Bernhard Hartmann, proves exactly why Havana was the must-visit holiday destination of this year. Warning: you will want to book flights asap. (TeNeues, €59)

18. THE ART OF THE CHEESE PLATE

Take your dinner party game to the next level with this mouth-watering guide to fancy fromage and delicious pairings. (Rizzoli, €24.95)

19. NEVILLE JACOBS I’M MARC’S DOG

With 196,000 Instagram followers, Neville is the latest celebrity pet to take advantage of his reach. This peek inside his glamorous and stylish life offers plenty of star cameos and a look at how the other (Rizzoli, €13.95)

20. THE BIG BOOK OF BUGS

This jolly, fact-filled large format book is guaranteed to satisfy the curiosity of any bug-chasing child. Or adult. (Thames and Hudson, €12.95)

This article appeared in a previous issue, for more features like this, don’t miss our January issue, out Thursday, January 5.

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