We have recommendations covering politics, creative magic and bestsellers in our last collection of book gift ideas from three of our lovely authors. You’ll have your whole family reading their way through 2016.
I’m going to be giving my Mum (uber-bookworm) The Villa by Rosanna Ley, because she loves her books AND – I’m excited about this – a second-hand copy of the Improved Modern Tutor for piano. It’s long out of print and she used it when she was a little girl and often speaks of it wistfully… Apparently no other piano book will do… Don’t tell her!
For a couple of my friends I’m giving I Saw A Man by Owen Sheers. If only to stop them stealing my copy!
My mum loves thrillers, but she’s generally read most of the things I suggest to her! I’m not sure she’s tried Claire McGowan, whose books feature the forensic psychologist Paula Maguire, and have a very atmospheric Northern Irish setting. This is the first book in the series and I think it’s a good place to start.
My dad is a politics and world affairs junkie. He’s retired now and spends most of the day reading, although the problem with buying him books these days is that he’s already got most of them. The New Middle East by Paul Danahar looks interesting – in fact, I’ll have a peep at it myself!
My sister is the Editor of Cosmopolitan. She always gets me beauty products as a gift and I tend to get her books. She likes non-fiction; so it’s a toss-up between Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear or My Paris Dream, by former Harper’s Bazaar editor, Kate Betts.
Set in occupied France, a thick tome of three books that my mum will love.
This reissue of the 1930s classic thriller would be right up my dad’s street!
A beautiful book about language and nature that would keep my oldest sister enthralled.
I’ve been looking forward to this being published and I think my middle sister would devour it!
My husband is a cycling nut (we both are) and this will be at the top of his list. Bound to keep him amused while he’s visiting his in-laws!
These are all books I would also love to get my hands on – so I’m giving with a view to borrowing!
Julia’s festive e-novella A CHRISTMAS WEDDING is available in ebook now.
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