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Alex Potter shares her family's Christmas ritual

Flames in hearth
It wouldn’t be Christmas without… … writing a list and throwing it in the fire. And no, I’m not talking about that long list of presents you’ve scribbled on the back of an envelope and have been working your way through since the middle of November. The crumpled, folded-up list that’s taken up residence in...

Gifts for bookish teenagers

From beautiful bookish accessories to this year’s hottest young adult reads, perfect Christmas gifts for bookish teenagers. A bookish tote bag Waterstones Every book lover needs a tote bag. Asking For It by Louise O’Neill Amazon Does it matter if you can’t remember? A novel about betrayal and consent, truth and denial, in the age of...

4. What I'd like to find under the tree this year…

Under the Christmas tree
A page-turner, a posh piping kit and a… erm… plumber – read on to find out which of our authors have added these items to their wishlists this year, and what else they’ve been dropping a few hints about… Sarah Vaughan One of the joys of being a full-time writer is that I can now justify...

The Definitive Bookends Guide to Bookends

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Whether you’re looking for a book-themed gift, or you’re in need of some beautiful bookends to keep your favourite novels in place on your shelf we’ve curated a list of our favourite bookends so you don’t have to do the hard work finding the perfect set for you.   For the one who loves interior...

Christina Hopkinson shares her plans for the festive season…

Hampstead Heath, London
The books I’ll be giving are… My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante: yes I know everyone’s talking of this amazing quadrilogy of books about two friends growing up the Naples of the second half of the century, but they are as every bit as good as their reputation. The first starts with the friends at...

Emma Hannigan reimagines her wedding at Christmas

I got married seventeen and a half years ago. Hubby and I got engaged on New Year’s Eve, and managed to organise a wedding and dash up the aisle less than six months later. We never got around to being stressed about it, nor did we hit brick walls of panic on the lead up...

Natalie Meg Evans talks traditions, tinsel and Christmas-card-towers

Christmas cards in a line
It wouldn’t be Christmas without… As a child I adored Christmas. As I come from a family of borderline hoarders, Christmas cards, tinsel, decorations and wrapping paper would be carefully stored year on year. As soon as December arrived, and the advent calendar was hung up, my brother and I would get the boxes down...

Jo Thomas' ode to the most divisive of Christmas veg

Brussels sprouts
It really wouldn’t be Christmas without Brussels sprouts! What I love most about sprouts is the way they bring my family together. I love the fact that my husband has one sprout, once a year – it’s tradition. I love remembering the time my daughter thought she was being really cool and loaded her plate...

3. Books I'll be giving this year…

Presents in Ribbon
At risk of revealing to their friends and family what they’ll be unwrapping in a few weeks’ time, we asked our authors what books they enjoyed so much this year, they’ll be sharing the love with their nearest and dearest. Of course, books make the very best of presents, but we all know it can...

CrimeFiles suggests Gifts for Him this Christmas

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This year put down the novelty socks and get rid of the colourful tie that will only be shoved to the back of the cupboard. Instead get him something that will transport him to another world, will stay with him long after he’s finished it and is something that he’s actually interested in… a book...


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