Gift Guide 2021

The Pages of Hackney Gift Guide 2021

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As 2021 draws to a close, we have once again compiled our favourite gift ideas to help guide you through this year’s holiday season! You’ll find plenty of inspiring options spanning fiction, poetry, essays, children’s books, and in particular a range of amazing books that seek to build new futures—social, political, and planetary—while contending with historical and contemporary struggles.

This year we introduced all new book tokens that can be purchased for any amount, and can be redeemed online or in person. We also introduced a Pay It Forward board, where donations of any amount can be used to contribute to the cost of books for low-income and unwaged customers. And as always, our Subscription remains a brilliant way to give that special someone a whole year of amazing reads, each hand-chosen by us.

Gift wrapping is available for a flat fee of £2.20 per order (just select ‘Add Gift Wrapping’ during checkout, and add a message if you’d like), and we’re offering free UK delivery for all orders with a total of £50 or more (excluding Subscriptions).

Finally, a quick word of advice: buy as early as you can! The book world has been hit by supply chain issues throughout much of 2021, and while we’re not anticipating any specific issues we recommend browsing, making your choices, and placing orders as soon as possible to avoid any potential disappointment at the last minute.

Fiction Favourites

New Hardbacks from Rachel Cusk, Elif Shafak, Sarah Hall, and Colson Whitehead, plus our pick of the paperbacks including Musa Okwonga, Isabel Waidner, A.K. Blakemore, and Bryan Washington.
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Telling New Stories

A hidden history of the Balkans from Lea Ypi, London’s deep history with Tom Chivers, Saidiya Hartman’s reckoning with Ghana’s history, Jade LB’s legendary slice of East London youth culture.
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New Perspectives

Confronting empire and colonialism with Sujit Sivasundaram, Sathnam Sanghera, and Dan Hicks, plus new essays from Elizabeth Gaitskill, and an essential anthology of feminist writing from Hannah Dawson.
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A World Transformed

A landmark argument for trans liberation from Shon Faye, emancipatory poetry from Lola Olufemi, a critique of consumer culture and climate change from Aja Barber, and a major unlearning of human history from David Graeber & David Wengrow.
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Comforting culinary delights from Anna Jones, Zoe Alakija, and Nigel Slater, fancy cocktails from Richard Godwin, and exquisite interior design from Beata Heuman and Matt Gibberd.


A special Weird Walk Bundle, an invitation to trespass from Nick Hayes, aquatic essays from Nina Mingya Powles, and a history of mosses from Robin Wall Kimmerer.


Lost sounds of the coast from Jennifer Lucy Allan, a musical history of Black Britain from Jeffrey Boakye, and poetry from June Jordan, Naomi Morris, and Raymond Antrobus, plus one-of-a-kind Orcadian poetic sci-fi from Harry Josephine Giles.
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Stocking Fillers

Some great ideas for stockings or your office Secret Santa, including thoughts on allyship from Emma Dabiri, a guide to iconic artist outfits from Charlie Porter, and some favourites from Penguin’s Green Ideas series.
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Need Help Deciding?

We’d love to help you nail those trickiest purchases! Drop us a line letting us know as much as you can about the recipient and we’ll get back to you with some personalised suggestions.