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My Favourite Christmas Movie

With a weekend of Black Friday madness out of the way (we hope you bought lots of lovely books!), we’re well and truly into the festive spirit. That means hot chocolate, comfy PJs and Christmas movie time! But which of all the unforgettable Christmas films do we watch first? Take some inspiration from our fabulous authors…

Barbara Bourland, author of I’ll Eat When I’m Dead:

Christmas in Connecticut starring Barbara Stanwyck

Chrissie Manby, author of The Worst Case Scenario Cookery Club:

It’s got to be The Snowman.  Such beautiful animation and haunting music. I took my nephews to see the stage show when they were little.  All the children in the theatre were spellbound. The story was so compelling that when, at the end, the snowman melted away, a little girl sitting in the row in front of us actually cried out ‘Noooooo!’    

Jill Mansell, author of Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay:

My daughter Lydia and I both love to watch The Holiday, even though quite a few of the characters and many of the scenes are embarrassingly cringey. (Mr Napkin Head…aaargh. Kate Winslet lying in bed playing air guitar in her pyjamas…double aaargh.) I also find Jack Black’s overly nice character hard to stomach and wish he could have been played by Ryan Reynolds instead. Basically, the little country cottage in the snow is the shining star of the film. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve watched it. (Think of a number and double it. OK, quadruple it.)

Christmas Movie

Rosanna Ley, author of The Little Theatre by the Sea:

It’s A Wonderful Life (or any James Bond film which aren’t really Christmassy but let’s face it are always shown at that time of year – and who doesn’t like James Bond for the perfect post-Christmas dinner family entertainment)

Della Parker, author of The Reading Group:

Shrek.  Is that a Christmas movie?  Or anything else with the  ‘feel good’ factor. I love them all.


Once you’ve over-indugled on your favourite christmas movie, and are desperate for more festive fun, read Team Bookends’ die-hard decoration traditions: http://bit.ly/2A3c8dD