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Four of my favourite: books for everyone


While Christmas is a time for good will and festive cheer; tis also a time for giving. And we all have those friends, relatives and colleagues who are all kinds of difficult to buy for. Whether an impossibly fussy aunt, or an awkward secret santa there are some situations when smellies and socks simply won’t suffice. So why not treat them to a book instead? From this year’s Man Booker Prize winner to some beautifully revived modern classics, I’ve curated some four of my favourite bookish finds to help you give the gift of festive cheer this Christmas.

Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

This year’s Man Booker Prize winner, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, is an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of realism, entering a thrilling, supernatural domain both hilarious and terrifying. Perfect for anyone in need of a captivating tale to hunker down with over Christmas.

Dry – Claire Liadart

Tis certainly the season to be jolly, but if you know someone wanting to avoid an endless string of hangovers, buy them Dry by Claire Liadart. Perfect for anyone with a penchant for cocktails but an aversion to the dreaded morning after, this non-alcoholic cocktail book is ripe with recipes and clever concoctions made with delicious flavours, the most distinctive combinations and the most adventurous recipes.

Bloomsbury Modern Classics

Bloomsbury’s beautiful modern classics are the perfect pick for both a stocking filler and a stand alone gift. Whether you know someone that fancies being whisked away to Indonesia, India and Italy with Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love or would want to dive head first into Ann Michael’s Fugitive Pieces; a novel of astounding beauty and wisdom based in Nazi-occupied Poland, the Bloomsbury Modern Classics series has something for everyone.

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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Editions

These stunning hardback books that celebrate 20 years of all things Harry Potter make a magical present for all fans of the beloved wizard. A high collectable must-have for all Harry Potter devotees, these beautifully illustrated books reignite the magic of Hogwarts twenty years after their first publication.

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