Christmas Gift Ideas: Everything Lavish

by |December 8, 2011

Our Everything Lavish collection is a range of stunning titles to make you tremble, drool and sigh with envy.  From the breathtaking marine photography of  Sea to the exquisitely sensual anthology Reflections to cheeky familiarity of The Complete Collection of Calvin and Hobbes, these are books you will want to run your fingers over again and again.


By Mark Laita

Internationally award-winning photographer Mark Laita turns his vast technical and artistic expertise to showcasing the creatures of the deep.

Laita’s breathtaking images of sea life are mesmerising; his cutting-edge photographic techniques unveil the full splendour and other-worldliness of the ocean’s creatures in an entirely new and thrilling way.

Sea showcases the exquisite beauty and technical brilliance of Laita’s images in a luscious large-format book. Leaping from the pages are piggy-backing sea horses, iridescent and deathly jellyfish, ethereal but menacing sting rays and deadly puffer fish – this master photographer reveals their colours, textures and personalities to us as never before.



By Guido Argentini

These female nudes from the master of erotic photography challenge our perception of what is real and what is not.

Argentini skilfully plays with mirrors to achieve unusual perspectives. The resulting images combine come-hither sensuality with sophisticated distance. With all this posturing and role-play, who knows what will happen next? Decide for yourself who is the fairest of them all.



By Greg & Lucy Malouf

Following on from the success of their award-winning books, Saha, Turquoise and Saraban, Greg and Lucy Malouf now offer a must-have collection of their delicious recipes. Middle Eastern food is one of the oldest and most sophisticated cuisines in the world. It’s a cuisine that is subtle, elegant and alluring, using exotic spices such as saffron and cardamom.

The book is divided into chapters such as Soups, Dips, Small Plates, Large Plates, Bakery, Sweet and Larder, making it easy to find the recipe you’re after. Discover the joy of Middle Eastern cooking for yourself with the mouth-watering recipes that Greg has created for the home kitchen, as he mixes centuries of tradition with modern techniques and flavours for both the home cook and experienced chef. With over 300 recipes included, this comprehensive recipe collection is sure to become a classic.


Formula 1: The Roaring 70s

By Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

An impressive time capsule in which every single detail tells a story. A treat for both motorsports fans and lovers of exceptional photography with 150 colour photographs.

With The Golden Age of Formula 1, legendary photographer Rainer W. Schlegelmilch created a homage to a special time in racing. That successful title not only showcased great sports images, it defined the essence of an era and also set a very high standard for Schlegelmilch’s new book, Formula 1. The Roaring 70s.

The color photography has an intriguing and exciting feel, leading the readers back to an ambiance far removed from today’s professionalism. Those halcyon days really did have a special charm all their own.

Even the uninitiated will become true fans.


Cool Escapes: Top of the World

By Martin Nicholas Kunz

396 pages with 700 remarkable resort photographs

Really getting away from it all is still possible – if you know where to go. This breath-taking guide profiles over 70 select resorts and hotels where you can fall asleep to just the murmuring wind or the gentle lapping of waves. Here, off the beaten track, you can savor the unspoiled wonders of our planet, in chic comfort, of course. From the jungles of Costa Rica to an Italian hill town, this compendium of footloose destinations will whisk readers away from everyday cares.


The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Collection

By Bil Watterson

This boxed set is over 10 kilograms! So if you are picking it up at the post office make sure you bring a strong pair of arms with you!

It is finely produced with a beautiful cloth hard case and looks absolutely stunning on a shelf. Once you slide one of the 3 gloriously bound books out of the casing and open it up you will be delighted by the colour and quality of the printing. Gram-for-gram, this has to be one of the best books on the market! For lovers of Calvin and Hobbes you will be in cartoon heaven. We strongly recommend and endorse this 3-volume set and will always try to have a copy in stock ready-to-ship, depending on supply. It won’t be in print for ever so please place an order as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss out.
Tony Nash, Booktopia CEO

I just had to hand over a copy of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes to a customer – it was one of the hardest thing I have had to do – it is so gorgeous – I want one! Won’t someone buy me one?
The Booktopia Book Guru.


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