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A book for dds 18th birthday

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Janevaljane Mon 05-Oct-20 21:12:04

I'd like to get dd a book for her 18th (as well as some other things). She's a great reader, loves dystopian fiction, Phllip Pullman etc. She's applying to uni to read philosophy and theology. Does anyone have any good ideas? Bonus points if it is a lovely edition!

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Borris Mon 05-Oct-20 21:13:39

A bit niche but if she happens to share a name with a classic book then a nice edition of that could make a good gift. Thinking Emma, Rebecca, Jane, Anne etc

Janevaljane Mon 05-Oct-20 21:15:22

She does but I've already done that! Great idea though!

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Neighneigh Mon 05-Oct-20 21:17:50

Bit out there but I have a copy of The New Sylva, it's a beautiful hardback book with lovely illustrations. You just need to be into trees!

HelloDulling Mon 05-Oct-20 21:19:38

alterego2 Mon 05-Oct-20 21:21:06

Might be a bit young but Brave New World? So much in that - that Sky have successfully avoided in their adaptation. Not sure there's a lovely new edition out. But you could look for a 1st edition

Janevaljane Mon 05-Oct-20 21:32:36

Not a bad suggestion thank you

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FindMeInTheSunshine Mon 05-Oct-20 21:36:26

I found News from Nowhere interesting to read as a counterpoint to Brave New World and 1984 at a bit older than your daughter and I think she'd find it interesting in relation to the subjects she's studying. Utopian rather than dystopian, but that's what makes it interesting and thought provoking in comparison. No idea about the editions though, I imagine if you mean a 1st edition you be spending a lot!

Stompythedinosaur Mon 05-Oct-20 21:37:00

A handmaid's tale (or another Atwood, I've loved all her books).

Or maybe American Gods by Neil Gaiman?

DuesToTheDirt Mon 05-Oct-20 21:46:03

I'd go with old school Sci Fi - John Wyndham, Ray Bradbury, Aldous Huxley.

Cheeseismymiddlename Mon 05-Oct-20 21:50:21

Not birthday but Christmas idea. Christmas Mystery by Josten Gaarder . Excuse spelling . The edition I have is beautifully illustrated .

MrsLeclerc Mon 05-Oct-20 22:16:44

You might find something on this book list that fits. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt or NW by Zadie Smith look promising.

emsmum79 Mon 05-Oct-20 23:01:45

This books would be good for your daughter. It was recommended to me by a professor of philosophy and it also has lots of references to speculative fiction.

GlummyMcGlummerson Mon 05-Oct-20 23:09:46

Cecelia Ahern has written a dystopian series "young adult" novels called Flawed and Perfect that are amazing and really bring into question about the kind of society we want to live in. Can highly recommend

rainbowninja Mon 05-Oct-20 23:14:56

A handmaids tale is a good shout as is anything by Simone de Beauvoir or Jean Paul Satre

Lyricallie Mon 05-Oct-20 23:38:40

If she's into comics at all I saw a beautiful illustrated version of handmaids tale in Waterstones a while back.

Wool by Hugh Howey

Intrusion by Ken MacLeod

Gone series by Michael Grant

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

I definitely read a lot of these as an older teen/YA.

Hope they help. If she's into fantasy at all I'd recommend Brandon Sanderson and Trudi Canavan. Literally any of their books.

1vandal2 Mon 05-Oct-20 23:47:51

A pattern of shadow and light by Melissa Mcphail. Beautiful books, they're pricier because they are huuuuuuge novels like massive each book and big concepts about the world and how it is created along with multi points of view, different threads.

MrsEricBana Mon 05-Oct-20 23:54:30

Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel - very topical! Can the arts survive after a global pandemic? Really good.

SpotTheCat Mon 05-Oct-20 23:54:57

Might be a bit young for her but The Giver and the following books by Lois Lowry?

MrsEricBana Mon 05-Oct-20 23:56:18

Also a hardback copy of The Arrival by Shaun Tan. Beautiful, thought provoking.

Janevaljane Tue 06-Oct-20 07:27:03

So many amazing suggestions, I'm really grateful, thank you. I would have definitely gone for the illustrated Handmaids Tale except she's studying it for A level and has read it to death grin. I will look through the ones I don't know.

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Janevaljane Tue 06-Oct-20 07:32:47

emsmum79 I've just bought that for her anyway, not as an 18th present but just because it looks brilliant and it's just what she needs to be reading. Thank you.

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Windinmyhair Tue 06-Oct-20 10:03:21

I imagine she might have read it, but Sophie's World is a great book.

Einszwei Tue 06-Oct-20 10:07:08

Man in the high castle?

dontgobaconmyheart Tue 06-Oct-20 10:17:04

I'd get her a book voucher, theres nothing more enjoyable if you're a book lover than actually going to a bookshop and choosing.

If not, Philip Pullman has a new book out this month, The Giver by Lois Lowry is aclasdoc, Station 11 by Emily StJohn Mandel is pretty popular and more contemporary. The fifth season or something by N.K.Jemisin perhaps.

What are some things she's recently read and liked? Does she like fantasy/YA novels?

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