Buying gifts for book lovers can be so difficult. With Christmas just around the corner, I thought I'd tell you about the wonderful Macmillan Collector's Library books, they really do make the perfect gift. Who wouldn't want these beautiful books on their shelves?
Small, practical and pocket-sized, real cloth hardcover binding, with beautiful colour illustrations, a ribbon marker and gilt edged pages. Titles that are familiar and well-loved and incredibly reasonably priced at just £9.99 each.
Just over a year ago Pan Macmillan acquired the independent publisher, Collector's Library, and re-launched in July this year as Macmillan Collector's Library
Pan Macmillan changed the jackets and came up with a stunning new design which makes the books more collectable than ever. The cloth is a beautiful shade of blue and the gorgeous coloured end-papers are printed in a bespoke design.
The nature of the list remains the same - all the greats of world literature are available, and many titles feature their original illustrations. From Jane Austen to Charles Dickens, from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to F Scott Fitzgerald, there is fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories and children's books, all beautifully produced and so competitively priced.
By the end of 2017, the whole collection will be available, in their stunning new livery.
A few of the titles published, and available now are: two novels by American great Ernest Hemingway, For Whom The Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms.
Crime and mystery writing is a very important genre for Macmillan Collector's Libary, and there is an anthology - Classic Locked-Room Mysteries - featuring stories from the likes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins and G K Chesterton. Drawing on Macmillan's own heritage, they have published the first two novels in Winston Graham's Poldark series - Ross Poldark and Demeiza. And for their rich history of children's books there is a beautiful illustrated edition of The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley. Another children's classic on offer is Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming, with charming illustration by Joe Berger.
I have a copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and my copy of Little Women is on order. These look beautiful on my shelf. They really are the perfect gift - and if you have to send gifts through the post, these are so compact and will cost very little to send.
To find out more about The Macmillan Collector's Library, do check out the Pan Macmillan website where you will find details of all the titles included.
Happy Book Shopping!