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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...

Kathryn Hughes: It wouldn't be Christmas without…

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For author of the Kindle bestseller THE LETTER, Kathryn Hughes, Christmas is a double celebration. With so much to to celebrate, she couldn’t just pick one thing… It’s almost that time of year again and whether you love it or loathe it, it’s difficult to ignore it.  For me, Christmas is always an extra special...

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

Under the Christmas tree
Sparkles, Chanel and silky pyjamas: three Bookends favourites let us in on what they’ve been asking Santa for this Christmas… Emma Hannigan I prefer giving gifts rather than receiving them. I also prefer other people’s birthdays to my own! But if I had a gun held to my head and was forced to choose something,...

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

Under the Christmas tree
Sparkles, Chanel and silky pyjamas: three Bookends favourites let us in on what they’ve been asking Santa for this Christmas… Emma Hannigan I prefer giving gifts rather than receiving them. I also prefer other people’s birthdays to my own! But if I had a gun held to my head and was forced to choose something,...

Brown paper packages tied up with string…

Here at Bookends, we can’t wait for Christmas and we’ve been busy compiling our lists to Santa. Of course, if he brought everything we’ve got our eye on he’d have no room on his sleigh for all of your presents – so we’ve cherry picked the gifts we’d really like to see under the tree...

'I never miss Carols from King's'

Christmas carols from King's - a festive tradition
Bookends author Marina Fiorato shares her favourite Christmas traditions with us… The soundtrack to Christmas for me is the Carol Symphony by Victor Hely-Hutchinson. My Christmas begins when I hear the first few arpeggios from the harp at the beginning of the variations on ‘The First Nowell’ which also happens to be the theme tune...

1. It wouldn't be Christmas without…

Christmas scene
As part of our first Bookends Christmas, we decided to ask our authors to give us a little snapshot into their festive traditions and plans. The responses we had were so entertaining, or heartwarming, or both, we thought we’d cram in as many as possible throughout December. Keep an eye out for contributions from all...

Win a Birchbox Beauty Box for a year!

Sample beauty products in a Birchbox Beauty Box
It’s Chrissie-mas time! To celebrate Chrissie Manby’s brilliant new novel, A WEDDING AT CHRISTMAS, and of course a little matter of Christmas itself being just a few weeks away, we’re giving you the chance to win a 12-month subscription to Birchbox – the No. 1 UK Beauty Box. Each month you’ll receive a delivery of...

Monica Wood on how to pull readers' heartstrings

Cry me a river… just not a whole river! Most readers like to cry for the same reason they like to laugh: they long to enter into a story so completely that their emotions overwhelm them. In my experience, though, readers are a crafty lot. They can tell the difference between drama and melodrama. Or,...


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