Our five favourite coffee-table books

October has begun with its reds and golds, dewy cobwebs and delicate mists. And as the nights draw in, our thoughts are increasingly turning to spending evenings leafing through a new coffee-table book or two in our warm and cosy living rooms.

Our five favourite coffee-table books

Here, we highlight some of our recent favourite coffee-table books, including a collection of Peanuts cartoons; a visual guide to the evolving design of the wedding dress and a look into the life and work of the great David Bowie. 

Whether you’re looking for an intriguing coffee-table book to occupy your guests or searching for inspiration, these offerings are sure to fit the bill—and look beautiful on your table while doing so.

1. Only What's Necessary : Charles M. Schulz and the Art of Peanuts

Only What's Necessary

This collection of  the best of the Peanuts newspaper strip was described by Vulture as 'a coffee-table book to end all coffee-table books — not just a beautiful object, but something anyone can flip through for an hour'. We agree!

Take Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock home with you.

2. David Bowie is

David Bowie is

This beautiful companion book to the V&A's blockbuster show is a visual tribute to the late great David Bowie, which explores his music, fashion from Ziggy Stardust to Thin White Duke to Heathen and every personality in between.

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3. The Wedding Dress: 300 Years of Bridal Fashion

The Wedding Dress

This book offers an intimate guide to the evolving fashion of the wedding dress with sumptuous images of the wedding outfits in the V&A's collection and contemporary accounts of weddings found in diaries, letters, memoirs and newspapers.

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 4. British Watercolours: 1750-1880

British Watercolours

This survey of watercolour masterpieces from the 18th and 19th centuries includes 300 exquisite reproductions of works by artists such as Turner, Blake, Constable, and Whistler - a beautiful introduction to the genre.

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5. The Horse: From Arabia to Royal Ascot


This richly illustrated book from the British Museum explores the central role that horses have played in the history of civilisation and examines their representation in art, mythology and literature. With over 200 colour images, it is the perfect gift for horse lovers.

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