Top books for gifting this year

For our annual winter sale this year, we’ve highlighted some books below which are ideal for gifting (or keeping!) this season. All 50% off until 16th December when you use discount code LUP50 at the checkout.

See our selection below, and browse our website for everything else. 

100 placesA History of England in 100 Places
Philip Wilkinson

From the observatory in Greenwich where the modern measurement of time began, to England’s oldest inn carved into the sandstone in Nottingham, the choices are surprising, intriguing and enlightening. Some are well-known and others are less familiar, but all deserve to be celebrated as landmarks in England’s history.

‘Author Philip Wilkinson has done an impressively thorough and thoughtful job of putting the 100 in context, with attractive photographs … With the Angel of the North spreading out welcoming wings on the cover, it’s a startlingly eclectic collection.’
Stephen McClarence, The Yorkshire Post

Liverpool's Musical LandscapesLiverpool’s Musical Landscapes

Sara Cohen and Robert Kronenburg

Liverpool has gained a national and international reputation for popular music, most recently recognised in its designation as a UNESCO City of Music. This book examines Liverpool’s popular music through the history of the places where it has been performed and examines their role and significance. It explores the richness of Liverpool’s live performance scene and tells a story of changing music sites, sounds and experiences. In doing so it highlights music’s contribution to the city’s history and identity, and in turn shows how the city’s architectural and urban form has shaped its musical life and character.

Courts and Alleys

Courts and Alleys: A history of Liverpool courtyard housing
Elizabeth J. Stewart

As Liverpool grew in the 18th and 19th centuries, there was high demand for new homes. High-density back-to-back housing around courtyards provided cramped, dark and often damp homes to Liverpool’s working-class people. This book uses a range of historical and archaeological evidence to consider life in courts.




Jimmy Reid: A Clyde-built Man
W.W.J. Knox, and A. McKinlay

Described as “the best MP Scotland never had”, Jimmy Reid was one of the most important figures of twentieth-century Britain. From a poverty-stricken background in Glasgow, he became the spokesperson for the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders. This enlightening book looks at Jimmy’s epic journey, providing a fascinating insight into post-war Britain.




Liverpool Beyond the Brink
Michael Parkinson

Liverpool Beyond the Brink describes the extraordinary if incomplete renaissance of Liverpool during the last thirty years. Showing how much has been achieved, who helped and what its current challenges are, this is a fascinating commentary on one of the UKs most iconic cities.



9781786942128A Guide to Port Sunlight: Third Edition
Edward Hubbard and Michael Shippobottom

The third edition of a best-selling book on the Port Sunlight Village, with a new chapter on the Lady Lever Art Gallery, further information on key individuals and an increase in the number of illustrations.




dictionaryThe Liverpool English Dictionary
Tony Crowley

From ‘Abbadabba’ to ‘Z-Cars’, this remarkable dictionary records the rich vocabulary that has evolved over the past century and a half, as part of the complex, stratified, multi-faceted and changing culture of Liverpool. The roots/routes, meanings and histories of the words of Liverpool are presented in a concise, clear and accessible format.




Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Medicine
Tom Solomon

‘Inspired by meeting, conversing with, and medically treating Dahl in 1990…the book reflects the wealth of research undertaken by Solomon in archives, as well as his engagement with Dahl’s vast corpus, and the conversations with Dahl’s friends and families, in a concerted effort to diagnose the anecdotes shared during their witching hours on the ward.’ – Dr Jen Baker, The British Society for Literature and Science


royal courtLiverpool’s Royal Court
Ros Merkin

Liverpool Beyond the Brink describes the extraordinary if incomplete renaissance of Liverpool during the last thirty years. Showing how much has been achieved, who helped and what its current challenges are, this is a fascinating commentary on one of the UKs most iconic cities.




The Birds of Shropshire
Leo Smith on behalf of the Shropshire Ornithological Society

The Birds of Shropshire provides the most comprehensive record of the County’s avifauna ever published. Based on six years of fieldwork by over 650 different observers who submitted over 333,400 records, these records have been used to produce maps showing the distribution of almost 200 different species. The book includes an account for each species, describing its distribution and relative abundance, and the breeding status where relevant. Stunning images of 220 species have been contributed by 21 local photographers.

The Birds of Nottinghamshire
Jason Reece, Nick Crouch, David Parkin, Chris du Feu & Bernie Ellis in association with Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers

This book describes the past and present status of the 334 species that have been recorded in Nottinghamshire up to 2018. Lavishly illustrated (1,000 images!) with photographs taken within the county, and sketches from the internationally recognised artist Michael Warren, it is intended to be an authoritative reference to the birds of Nottinghamshire.

Please note: The 50% discount code is valid for all books except the Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment series.

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