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The 2016 debuts we're (very) excited about

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You’d think that with Christmas being over and the fact it’s probably time to contemplate the January detox, we’d be starting to get the blues about now… But we’re actually feeling rather smug because 2016 is set to be a mammoth year for debuts. It can be tempting to stick to your favourite authors that...

Discover our Reading Group collections…

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We know a lot of you are members of a reading group and if you’re anything like us, it could also very easily be ‘Wine Club’ or ‘Monthly Gossip Group’. All too often you’re several bottles deep and on a two-hour tangent about your friend’s sister’s run-in with her raucous neighbours. It’s a treasured tradition...

Jessica Fellowes on her perfect Christmas Day

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When I was a very little girl, we spent every Christmas with my grandparents who lived in Sussex. My father is one of four boys – his younger brother, Julian, is the writer and creator of Downton Abbey – and we would all pile into the house, the brothers with their various wives and children,...

7. Books I'll be giving this year…

Presents in Ribbon
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. Tracy Rees THE VILLA by Rosanna Ley I’m going to be giving my Mum (uber-bookworm) The Villa by Rosanna Ley, because she...

Satsumas vs Tangerines – Chrissie Manby talks Christmas fruit…

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The 3 books I’d give as Christmas gifts…  The book I’ve most often given as a gift is Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life. It’s wonderful. Every writer should own a copy. Lamott covers everything from ‘shitty first drafts’ to the curse of professional envy with her trademark wit and warmth....

Harriet Evans on non-alcoholic festive cheer and time travel…

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I live with a man who one year bought me WINDSCREEN WIPERS for Christmas*. This is not a joke. I think he intended it to be a joke and then, ha, it was anything but. I used to think the most boring presents were ‘smellies’ as my best friend used to call them – first,...

6. It wouldn't be Christmas without…

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We’re back with more favourite festive things from more of our lovely Bookends authors. Delia, never-ending drapings of tinsel, hysteria… there’s something we can all relate to here. It wouldn’t be Christmas without… Julia Stagg … opening presents with my family on Christmas Eve. After a leisurely evening meal, Santa comes calling, hammering on the...

Kay Langdale on Christmas menu planning and falling out over a game of Monopoly…

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Five books I’ll give for Christmas which I’ve loved this year … Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See Anne Enright’s The Green Road Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins Jane Clarke’s The River Julia Margaret Cameron: the V&A book of Julia Margaret Cameron’s photographs which accompanies the current exhibition   It wouldn’t be Christmas without… * Cooking for...

5. Books I'll be giving this year…

Presents in Ribbon
The best thing about reading a book and falling in love with it completely, is then being able to pass it on to your friends and talk about it endlessly, right?! Here are some of the literary gifts our Bookends authors will be giving this year to spread that bookish love! Aren’t they a generous bunch? Eva...

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...


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