There’s nothing like receiving a Christmas book gift that you can curl up with in front of the fire alongside a delicious glass of Christmas red. So if you are looking for an extra special thriller, cookbook or childrens books to fill the stocking this year then we have you covered. And if that isn’t enough choice you will find even more inspiration in  Summer reads (which are perfectly suitable as a Christmas book gift) or any of our popular Book reviews.

What Kitty Did Next by Carrie Kablean 

If you were a fan of Pride & Prejudice then you will love What Kitty Did next.  In this P&P sequel Kablean captures the style and feel of Jane Austin with skill and sensitivity. Who wouldn’t want to meet Lizzie & Jane again and of course find out what happened to the dashing Mr Darcy. This book follows the story of the Bennets second youngest daughter, Kitty, as she navigates Regency Britain Society, learns how to live outside of her elder sister Lydia’s shadow and find a husband. A must for Jane Austin fans.  

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Don’t wake up by Liz Lawler

They say this is the most gripping first chapter of any book you will ever read! This psychological thriller will have shivers running down your spine. Imagine waking up and realising that the worst thing that could ever happen to you has actually happened but no-one believes you.

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The Break by Marian Keyes

How would you feel if your husband decided to up sticks for 6 months after 17 years of marriage in an effort to go and ‘find himself’. That’s exactly the predicament that Amy finds herself as her husband Hugh announces he needs to ‘take a break’ and head off to carefree Thailand.  Reeling from this announcement,  almost immediately Amy is left juggling her three distraught daughters, a house to manage and her PR consultancy that needs to pay the bills. Will she be able to welcome Hugh back with open arms or follow the advice of her friends and move on? Quite a gripping, well written novel. A definite one to pop in the Christmas stocking.

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This is going to hurt by Adam Kay

We had to put this book into the Christmas stocking list even though we had already touted it for the best Summer Reads!  Just because it is is such an entertaining book and perfect for any adult in your family.

This is a brilliant book about the life of a junior Doctor on the NHS frontline. It is filled with laugh out loud amusing anecdotes juxtaposed perfectly with poignant tales of life and death. This one has stayed with us and we would definitely prescribe it. 

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Small Fry – a memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

This is a smart and captivating memoir by the daughter of Apple Founder Steve Jobs. Known for his explosive temper and stubbornness, Steve Jobs denied he had a daughter for many years but eventually acknowledged her. When her relationship with her mother grew strained at school she moved in with her father and into a thrilling world of mansions, holidays and private school. This is a poignant story about her life, trying to find her place between two imperfect parents, hoping for the approval and love she deserved. 

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Our House by Louise Candlish

Fi Lawson and her husband Bram are in the process of separating and have a ‘birds nest’ arrangement for co-parenting where each of them stays in the house when it is their turn to look after the children. Until one afternoon Fi arrives home later than normal and finds her house has been sold and another family are in the process of moving in. It unfolds that Bram has made several mistakes in his marriage which has affected more families than just theirs and this starts to unravel and makes for a twisty and totally compelling read. 

Vox by Jodi Christina Dalcher

We already reviewed this last month but we thought it was worth another mention for Christmas book stocking fillers and one to get conversation . This is the dystopian novel that has had everyone talking this year. Imagine a world where women live their lives in almost complete silence. Where your daily conversation is limited to just 100 words because of a new totalitarian government rule. Any more than that would result in a thousand volt shock to your system. For Jean McClellan, silence is not an option. If you loved The Handmaid’s Tale, you will be fascinated by the premise of this book

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Anatomy of a scandal by Sarah Vaughan

A high-profile marriage thrust into the spotlight. A wife, who is determined to keep her family safe now must face a prosecutor who believes justice has been a long time coming.

Anatomy of a Scandal centres around a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of an unthinkable crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately wants to protect her family from the lies which might ruin them. This novel is about a scandal that will rock Westminster. And the women caught at the heart of it.

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The Woman in the window by A J Finn

This has been the New York Times No 1 top seller and well deserved. Slightly reminiscent of Hitchcock thrillers, the characterisation is so well thought out and beautifully written. The story follows Dr Fox, an ex-psychologist turned agoraphobic, who lives alone and has developed a drinking problem. She spends her days obsessed with old movies and watching her neighbours from her window. Until one day she sees something that she cannot un-see.  What follows is a very tense thriller with more twists than a rollercoaster.

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I invited her in by Adele Parks

When Mel opens the door to find her long-lost friend Abi, she couldn’t be happier. They have so much to catch up on.  Abi, having lived a glamorous jet setting life is distraught after finding out that her partner of 17 years had been cheating on her. Mel, on the other extreme has a cosy but chaotic life with her supportive husband and three beautiful children. Their lives couldn’t be more different. But now Abi needs an old friend she can trust to lean on and Mel’s kind nature happily obliges. But Abi has her sights set on more than just a catch up and a glass of wine….

Mel invited her in … and then she took everything. 

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Books for Kids

The Ice Monster by David Williams

The Ice Monster is currently the No 1 bestseller from the best selling author David Williams. Elise, an orphan on the streets of London, hears about a mysterious wooly mammoth Ice Monster, she is intrigued and determined to find out more.  When a chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the ice creature it sparks an adventure of a lifetime that takes them from Victorian London to the heart of the Arctic!

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Guinness World Records 2019

What better present for the inquisitive mind than the Guinness World Records Book 2019±

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National Geographic Big book of space

We just love giving books to children as gifts and the National Geographic Kids series are just fabulous, especially this First Big Book of Space. There are so many other books to choose from such as The First Big Book of Dinosaurs, The Ultimate Bugopedia, Reptileopedia, or Dinopedia.No matter what they are interested in, we’re sure you’ll find a book to quench the investigative appetite of young curious minds.

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Where’s the Unicorn? Search & Find Book

Why search for Wally when you can search for Unicorns?! The perfect little stocking addition to keep your little ones busy. And at £3.99 it won’t break the bank.

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Cookbook Gifts

Ottolenghi SIMPLE

We have leafed through this and it is firmly on our Christmas Wishlist. The Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller,  is packed full of Yotam Ottolenghi’s award-winning recipes, made simply.  We love the concept of it’s name S (short for time – less than 30 min recipes), I (10 ingredients or less – the ‘I’ doubles for a 1!), M (make ahead), P (Pantry provisions), L (lazy) and E (easier than you think!).  A book that makes Ottolenghi’s beautiful, vibrant food even easier – yes please!

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Cook like a Pro – Ina Garten

Those that know us, know that we are huge Ina Garten fans so when we saw this newly launched ‘Cook like a pro’ we knew we had to have it!  Ina Garten, one of America’s most beloved cook-book author, shares her new recipes, tips and techniques in the most straightforward and easy way. From how to make an impressive raspberry baked Alaska, to her decadent chocolate chevron cake, Ina not only helps you cook like a pro but host like a pro too.

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Gizzi Erskine – Slow 

You’ll want to cook everything in this book! These recipes are really slow cooking at it’s best. Gizzi’s ‘Slow’ isn’t about shortcuts or quick fix recipes, it’s for people who want to be a bit self-indulgent time in the kitchen creating beautiful food. If you need to re-kindle your cooking mojo, this might just be the book for you.

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Bosh! by Henri Firth & Ian Theasby

The boys behind BOSH! – the cookery channel that has become a online phenomenon which is all about taking vegan food seriously mainstream. With over 140 plant based meals, this cookbook will revolutionise your health and your perception of good food.

 

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