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Give the gift of reading this Christmas

Dec 2023

If you're looking for a last-minute stocking filler, look no further than your local bookshop and give the gift of reading this Christmas!

The feelings evoked and memories created while reading a great book will stay with your loved one for a long time, possibly forever! Knowing you've put lots of thought and effort into choosing the perfect book for them means it'll be even more cherished.

To spread some festive cheer and to give you a helping hand, we've pulled up our stripy socks, put on our elf ears and explored some of the books we’ll be giving as gifts this Christmas.

For Children

The Frost Goblin - by Abi Elphinstone and Fiona Woodcock
Bertie likes to be quiet and sometimes feels like he doesn’t fit in, until one day he meets a family of goblins. Can the goblins help Bertie find his place in the world?

A Christmasaurus Carol - by Tom Fletcher
The newest Christmasaurus book is a magical adventure where Ebenezer Scrooge crosses over from his story to others to stop Christmas forever! Read how William and his friend the Christmasaurus work to track him down and save Christmas with some the help of some surprising new friends.

For Teenagers

Impossible Creatures - by Katherine Rundell

When Christopher finds his way to an archipelago of magical islands, he and his new friend Mal must go on a quest with a baby griffin to find out why the mythical creatures of the islands are suddenly perishing. With all kinds of fascinating monsters and an exciting voyage, this book will be a new favourite for years to come.

The Fourth Wing - by Rebecca Yarros
An exciting story set in an academy for dragon riders, Violet must struggle to prove herself to her classmates, her mother, and the dragons. With war on the horizon and a potential traitor in their midst, you’ll be staying up all night to finish this!

For Adults

Sharpe’s Command - by Bernard Cornwell

The latest in this famous series set during the Napoleonic Wars, Sharpe is sent undercover on a mission to an isolated Spanish village, deep behind enemy lines where he must use all his cunning and bravery to prevent two French armies from joining together and crushing the British forces. You can expect excitement and thrills in this adventure that makes history come alive.

Birnam Wood - by Eleanor Catton
Birnam Wood are a guerilla gardening group, an activist collective who plant crops wherever they think they can get away with it. Finding an isolated farm to begin their work on, the group meets an enigmatic billionaire with his own plans for the land – can they trust him? And, when challenged, can they even trust their own ideals?

With so many wonderful books available, it’s hard to choose which one to read first! Whether you follow one of our recommendations or find a narrative of your own, why not introduce your loved ones to their new favourite reads this Christmas?