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Refresh Your Coffee Table With These 6 Books

On the lookout for some new books to spice up your coffee table? These 6 picks might take your fancy…

Something to flick through, a conversation starter and a decorative centrepiece, coffee table books are the pièce de résistance of every living room. Here are 6 that we’re into right now…

 

1. Subterranea, by Chris Fitch

Subterranea is where the world’s remaining mysteries are yet to be found. It’s where humans have kept their most sacred treasures and their darkest secrets. It’s where we have found evidence of our past and may, at some point, find an escape route for our uncertain future. But what would we find there today? A book of true exploration, this deserves the centre spot on your coffee table.

Get your copy here.

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2. The Lives Of Lucian Freud, by William Feaver

Much like Freud’s art, this book is another masterpiece – a huge one at that! Beautifully written packed with inside knowledge you never knew you needed, read this book cover to cover and then refer to it when necessary (kept on your coffee table, of course). Feaver’s advantage of close companionship gives Freud’s life a whole new dimension. He does him justice in this fantastic read.

Grab yours here.

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3. Who Ate the First Oyster?, by Cody Cassidy

Who wore the first pants? Who painted the first masterpiece? Who first rode the horse? In this bonkers (but brilliant) book, writer Cody Cassidy digs deep into the latest research to uncover the untold stories of some of these incredible innovators (or participants in lucky accidents). This one is perfect for you and for guests (and what a conversation starter, too!).

Click here to get yours.

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4. Just Kids, by Patti Smith

Along with never-before-published photographs and drawings, this edition captures a moment in New York when everything was possible and when two kids seized their destinies as artists and soul mates in this inspired story of love and friendship. This beauty of a book needs a place on everybody’s coffee table.

Get your copy here.

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5. American Utopia, by David Bryne & Maria Kalman

Out on the 10th December 2020, this joyful collaboration between old friends offers readers an antidote to cynicism, humanism, and hope. The text is drawn from David Byrne’s American Utopia, which has become a hit Broadway show and is soon to be a documentary from Spike Lee. The four-colour artwork, by Maira Kalman, which she created for the Broadway show’s curtain, is composed of small moments, expressions, gestures, and interactions that together offer a portrait of daily life and coexistence.

Pre-order your copy here.

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6. What Cats Want, by Yuki Hattori

What Cats Want: An Illustrated Guide for Truly Understanding Your Cat is the hardback book we all need in our living rooms. Cats are so mysterious. What makes them climb into tiny spaces? Why do they sleep that much? And, most of all, how can we give them a good life? Dr. Yuki Hattori answers all of this and more with his expert clinical knowledge and a deep love of cats. Don’t judge, just read.

Get your copy here.

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