The 10 Best bookends

From wooden pirates to brass chess pieces and Morph
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1. Morph


Those of us who grew up with Tony Hart's art programmes will recognise these. The Morphs will brighten any shelf .

2. Handmade Vinyl Record


You can jazz up your book collection with these. Though, be warned, you may end up with Frank Zappa's jazz efforts holding up your Orwell essays.


3. ICD


These props don't have any fiddly bits, they're just two dictionary-sized hunks of oak timber from the Lake District.


4. Acrylic


Looking for some low-key bookends? Then check out this whip-thin, see-through pair of acrylic ends from the ever-reliable John Lewis.


5. Falling


These are made of a thin metal that tilts at an angle, with your books held at 70 degrees. It makes for a pleasing effect, but suits hardbacks best.


6. Kinsley Brass Chess


These solid brass chess piece ends look like they should be gracing some old plutocrat's desk. You're unlikely to find anything sturdier or better made.


7. Fish


You don't have to be a huntin' and a fishin' type to appreciate these fish bookends. They have many virtues, not least their shiny looks and solidity.


8. Wooden Pirate


Here's a way to get your little ones reading: give them these colourful pirate bookends to hold up their favourite Harry Potter or Roald Dahl.


9. Statue of Liberty and Angel of the North


Your copies are looked over by New York's first lady and Anthony Gormley's vast sculpture. They're seriously cool.


10. Wise Old Owl


They may look like featherlight cuddly toys, but the black velveteen and silk owls are weighted with sand, so they won't ever fall off their perch.