Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last Minute Gift Ideas at Kinokuniya Books

Christmas is almost here! If you haven't got your pressies sorted, the wonderful staff at Kinokuniya Books have recommended some 2010 highlights. 

The Gift Guide is also still available and is bursting with fantastic ideas from classics and art/design to cooking, children's books, inappropriate gifts, history, literature, books for booklovers, travel, film, manga, comics and more!

Can't decide what to get? Kinokuniya gift vouchers are the perfect solution as it gives your friends/family the freedom to choose their own present. Available in $10, $20 and $50 denominations.

Kinokuniya are open until 10pm tonight and tomorrow (Christmas Eve Day!) 9am - 7pm. There is also a complimentary gift wrapping service available. 

Literature Highlights: 

Helene - "So another year is nearly over and our reading piles grow larger by the day. Here are some more titles to add to your stack (or that of your friends' and family)":

Stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio is a great book for anyone needing to find a new author to read. This story collection features best original fiction from some of the most imaginative writers in the world, and showcases some of fiction's newer stars. Contributors include Joyce Carol Oates, Joanne Harris, Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale, Jodi Picoult, Peter Straub, Lawrence Block, Chuck Palahniuk, Diana Wynne Jones, Stewart O Nan, Joe Hill and many more.

The Booker Prize winning Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson, Jonathan Franzen's Freedom and Room by Emma Donoghue are all great reads and have proved popular with our staff and customers alike. Kino favourite Lian Hearn (of Across the Nightingale Floor fame) has a new novel set in Japan during the upheaval of the late 1800s and Toni Jordan brings us a screw-ball story of grifter and her con-artist family who may have met their match when they take on a millionaire philanthropist who is not what he seems in Fall Girl.

Cookbook Highlights: 

Erica - "We have had some wonderful cookbooks come through this year as the publishers have had to try to keep up with our customers' increasing interest cuisine and foodie culture. From Macrobiotics to Macarons, Slow cookers to Charcuterie we seem to have a book for everything and everyone. The standout for us (which we awarded the title of Kinokuniya Cookbook of the Year) is Degustation: A Chef's Life Through Menus by Alain Fabregues, a beautiful cookbook whose design is matched by the intricacy of the recipes within. Quay by Peter Gilmore (of Master Chef's Guava Snow Egg fame) and Bentley by Brent Savage (from the great restaurant in Surry Hills) are other favourites."



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