This festive season we are all looking for those perfect gifts to make our close and loved ones smile. Why not explore our gift shop for a range of books that would make an ideal present. Here are a few highlights:

LONDON, MOTHER***!: MIGRANT WOMEN IN MODERN LONDON BY DARYA PROTOPOPOVA (IN RUSSIAN), £9.99 plus delivery

What will happen to you in London if you rescue a parrot and your husband protests? What if your parents, having moved to England from Hong Kong, decide to open a take-away, with the only goal – to finance your career, even if you don’t want one? What if you forget to put your underwear away at a London gym? Or if you suddenly have a nightmare about the end of the world and start saving bees? And when everything is over, and you finally lie down on a disposable sheet, will the hair removal specialist convince you that you are doing great? Or will you continue, like Alice, chasing after the White Rabbit? Find out more and order here.

“Лондон, мать!” book cover ©Daria Protopopova

“FROM MOSCOW TO LONDON. NOTES ON HAPPINESS AND BUSINESS” BY ALISA ZOTIMOVA (IN RUSSIAN), £15 plus delivery

London, England, 2021. The protagonist (and also the author) Alisa Zotimova is 41, owns her own real estate business, has a young son Leo, and a loving husband Artem. Alisa is happy. But what is happiness? To adapt and succeed in a foreign country and culture; to win in a heavily men-dominated industry; to be financially independent, but not to scare away a worthy suitor and friends… Is there anything else left to strive for? And why is she not in her homeland Russia? In the course of the book, the author discovers and crystallises the answers along with her readers. Find out more and order here.

The book “From Moscow to London. Notes on happiness and business” by Alisa Zotimova

“FABERGE: IMPERIAL CRAFTSMAN AND HIS WORLD” (IN ENGLISH),£70+delivery 

This book accompanies the most ambitious exhibition ever mounted on the jewels of the Russian Imperial Court. With over 1,000 treasures by Faberge and other world-famous jewelers and goldsmiths, Faberge brings together famous works of art from the Hermitage in St Petersburg and the Kremlin Museum in Moscow, as well as the Forbes Magazine Collection, New Your and numerous private American and European collections, most of which have been exhibited in the United States. Exquisite objects including cigarette-cases, miniature animals, snuff boxes and, of course, the Imperial eggs – fashioned with technical excellence from gold, silver, precious stones and enamels – are all illustrated in full colour. Find out more and order here.

Faberge: Imperial Craftsman and His World. Book Cover