Let’s Make Christmas Extra Special


As Christmas draws ever closer Jarrold book buyer Chris Rushby has suggestions for some very special books to give as gifts.

Dear Reader,

The Jarrold Christmas Gift Guide is packed with great ideas for books on all kinds of subjects to give as presents. If you want something different and extra-special, though, here are a handful of books with some element of uniqueness about them. All are available only while stocks last.

Happy Christmas shopping,


Evolved – Special Limited Edition

Darcey Bussell



A standard edition is available, but this very special version of the first book from Darcey Bussell in over six years is limited to just 500 copies and will make the perfect extra-special gift for fans one of this country’s greatest ballerinas (not to mention Strictly judges!). The beautifully produced book, with over 150 glorious images of the star’s career, comes in a luxurious slipcase and each book is signed and numbered by Darcey Bussell.

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At Work – author signed copies

Annie Leibowitz



Annie Leibowitz is one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers. Originally published in 2008, this revised and updated edition brings her best-selling book back into print. The author addresses young photographers and readers interested in what photographers do, but any reader interested in contemporary history will be fascinated by her account of one of the richest bodies of work in the photographic canon. We have copies signed by the author.

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Tombland – author signed copies

C.J. Sansom



Jarrold was privileged recently to host a launch event at Norwich Cathedral for C.J. Sansom’s best-selling novel Tombland, seventh in the hugely popular Shardlake series and set in Norwich and Norfolk around the events of Kett’s Rebellion. It was the first event of this kind the author has appeared at in over ten years. It was a very special occasion and as a consequence we have copies of the book signed by the author. We’ve seen other bookshops in the region marking up the price of signed copies to many times the recommended retail price. We wouldn’t do that to you, though and signed copies are available at RRP.  

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Heroes – author signed copies

Stephen Fry



Stephen Fry is of course a Norfolk literary hero and his book Mythos, his inimitable retelling of the Greek myths, was a huge success. Now Fry is back, this time with a companion volume retelling the legends of the Greek heroes: Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. Hear how Oedipus solves the riddle of the Sphinx – and there’s plenty more where those stories came from. Jarrold has author signed copies of the book.   

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Lucian Freud

Martin Gayford


(RRP £395)

Jarrold price £345

It’s hard to do justice in words to this sumptuous book. With more than 480 illustrations, this is the most comprehensive publication so far on one of the greatest painters of the past century. Created in collaboration with the Lucian Freud Archive, this sumptuous, two-volume, slipcased publication celebrates Freud's work from the 1930s to his death in 2011, and includes hundreds of paintings, drawings and sketches, and etchings - even illustrated private letters. Nearly all the artworks included have been newly photographed by celebrated British photographer John Riddy. Jarrold has the book at a special price for online orders.

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Grimm Tales

Philip Pullman



Finally, a real one-off: deep in the vaults of the Jarrold book department we’ve discovered a single hardback copy of this 2012 retelling of classic fairy tales by acclaimed author Philip Pullman. Long out of print in hardback, we have one signed first edition copy of the book available on a first come, first served basis.   

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Chris Rushby has been a bookseller for nearly thirty years.

As an omnivorous reader he does his best to make sure we stock the books our customers want. As a published author he tries to empathise with the endless stream of writers who would love Jarrolds to stock their books.

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