I hate shopping for Christmas presents even more than shopping for clothes. Fortunately my family are all book readers and I like shopping for books! But it’s still difficult finding books suitable for each person, and today was no exception.

In the Trafalgar Square Waterstones I had no success. I took an instant dislike to the layout of the newish Foyles, though the café on the top floor was a pleasure. I eventually succeeded in Waterstones in Piccadilly – it has long been my favourite of their stores.

My day started off in bright sunshine and ended as the sun was setting, so there was some varied lighting and colours for taking pictures. Here are the best, with a little help from Photoshop.