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Gift Guide 04

Curated by Lucinda Boyle
Gift Guide 04

Join our Travel Specialist, Lucinda Boyle, as she unveils some of her favourite items from our shelves. From Karl Baedeker's pre-war guidebook of London to a volume of John Betjeman's poetry, there's a gift for everyone amongst Lucinda's choices.
Gift Guide 04
1. Karl BAEDEKER. Great Britain. London and its Environs. Leipzig, 1930. £120

This guide provides a fascinating look at pre-war London.

2. JOHN BETJEMAN. Selected Poems. Chosen and with a preface by John Sparrow.  London,1948. £1,375

I particularly like the association with Brian Aldiss. one of the best science fiction authors.

3. H. Rider HAGGARD. She. London, 1887. £550

This is one of my favourite adventure stories and I believe it has been copied many times since.

4. Major Erik SEIDENFADEN. Guide to Bangkok with Notes on Siam. The Royal State Railways, Siam 1928. £300

Thailand is one of my favourite places in the world  and this guide provides a good look at 1930’s Bangkok. I also like the connection to the cruise ship – the first one to have an outside swimming pool.

5. Harry St. John B. PHILBY. The Empty Quarter. London, 1933. £2,250

This journey through the desert in the 1930’s is remarkable and I think this is one of the best accounts of desert travels.

6. Evelyn WAUGH. Black Mischief. London, 1932. £2500

This is one of the best satirical novels ever published and I think it establishes Waugh as a genius. It is incredibly amusing and a book which is hard to put down.

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