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Delight the booklovers in your life

Here's our guide to the best book gifts available from your local bookshop this Christmas, from fantastic fiction to dazzling non-fiction, plus brilliant books for younger readers. Use our stockist search to find your nearest bookseller.

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Fiction

Non-Fiction

Young Readers (5-8)

Older Readers (9-12)

Teen and Young Adult

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Fiction

Whether you're shopping for a thriller fanatic or know a bookworm with particularly literary tastes, you'll find something here for every fiction lover. There's adventure, mystery and hilarity aplenty, plus new novels from favourite authors including Kate Atkinson, Sebastian Faulks and Khaled Hosseini. Start their adventure on Christmas Day with one of these brilliant books.

 

 

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Transcription by Kate Atkinson

This eagerly-awaited new novel from one of the nation's favourite writers tells the story of a young woman, recruited to the secret service during the war, whose life starts to unravel as she comes to terms with the consequences of idealism while working for the BBC. This will appeal to lovers of literary fiction and thrillers alike.

 

 

 

Washington Black

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Shortlisted for this year's Man Booker Prize in 2018, this is the epic story of a young slave who escapes his plantation in a hot air balloon, going on to travel the world in search of a place to call home. Another treat for literary booklovers, this is also an exciting adventure story which promises some much-needed escapism during the bleak winter months!

 

 

 

Tombland

Tombland by C. J. Sansom

The seventh novel in the bestselling Shardlake series, set in a chaotic England in the wake of Henry VIII's death, sees Matthew Shardlake embroiled in a series of gruesome murders as peasant revolts break out across the country. Fans of these compelling historical crime novels will be excited to read the next thrilling installment - and if it sounds right up your booklover's street, you could start them off with the first in the series, Dissolution.

 

 

Middle England

Middle England by Jonathan Coe

A searing, wryly comic and intelligent state of the nation novel for our strange times, this new book from the author of The Rotters' Club and What a Carve Up! follows a vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change. Perfect for anyone who likes their fiction rooted in the everyday and shot through with a healthy dose of comic critique.

 

 

 

Sea Prayer

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

From the author of The Kite Runner comes a heart-wrenching new short story, written in the form of a letter from a father to his son on the eve of their dangerous flight from their Syrian home. And this is a gift that goes even further; Khaled Hosseini is donating his author proceeds from the book to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the Khaled Hosseini Foundation to help fund life-saving relief efforts to help refugees around the globe.

 

 

Roar

Roar by Cecilia Ahern

From the beloved author of P.S. I Love You, this new collection is made up of 30 touching and often hilarious stories, from The Woman Who Slowly Disappeared to The Woman Who Returned and Exchanged her Husband. A heartwarming slice of bedtime comfort from one of the best romantic fiction writers working today.

 

 

 

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

This highly original murder mystery is being described as Gosford Park meets Inception, by way of Murder on the Orient Express. The beautiful Evelyn Hardcastle has been killed – but until Aiden, a guest at the tragic party, can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself… over and over again. If they're a fan of murder mysteries, speculative fiction or just love a really entertaining read, this ticks all the boxes and then some.

 

 

Paris Echo

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks

In the new book from the author of Birdsong we meet American postdoctoral researcher Hannah and runaway Moroccan teenager Tariq. Their lives are very different, but as they each embark on their own search for knowledge in Paris, they discover a city bursting with surprises and connections. In this moving novel, Faulks deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity, considering how, as individuals and societies – we learn to make peace with our history.

 

 

Normal People

Normal People by Sally Rooney

As huge fans of Conversations with Friends, we'll be giving Sally Rooney's latest to everyone we can this Christmas! Connell and Marianne grew up in the same small town, but they're from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, the connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This story about how one person's life can touch another's will dazzle literary fiction lovers, and cements Rooney's growing reputation as one of the finest authors of her generation.

 

 

Bridge of Clay

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Fans of The Book Thief will be excited to hear about the arrival of the much-anticipated second novel from Markus Zusak. Bridge of Clay, written in Zusak's distinctive style, tells the story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. At the centre of their family is Clay, a boy intent on destroying everything he has in order to become everything he needs to be.

 

 

 

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Non-Fiction

Whether it's the latest memoir or an inspirational cookbook, fascinating history or comforting poetry, we reckon we've got you covered for non-fiction gifts this Christmas. Don't miss the biggest book of the season - Michelle Obama's autobiography, Becoming - plus beautiful nature writing and photography, topped off with some truly scrummy recipes. Which will you pick for your bookloving friends and family?

 

Reindeer

Reindeer: An Arctic Life by Tilly Smith

This stunning book will make the perfect stocking-filler - not only is it beautiful, but what better time of year to read about those most magical of creatures, the reindeer? Self-confessed 'reindeer geek' Tilly Smith introduces us to nature's most adaptable arctic mammal in this extraordinary natural history, including charming anecdotes about her own Scottish herd.

 

 

 

Becoming

Becoming by Michelle Obama

An intimate, playful and and inspiring memoir from one of the most iconic women of our time, this will be on many a wish-list this Christmas. As First Lady of the United States of America, Obama created the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, becoming along the way a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world.

 

 

 

Mandela: His Essential Life

Mandela: His Essential Life by Peter Hain

This powerful biography chronicles the life and legacy of one of the twentieth century's most influential and admired statesmen. From his early years and on through a life and career of tireless freedom fighting and revolutionary political leadership, Lord Peter Hain tells Mandela's story to ensure we remember a man who must never be forgotten.

 

 

 

Simple

Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi

Finally, the cookbook we've all been waiting for: Ottolenghi's vibrant and delicious food made easy! We can't wait to tuck in, and this stunning book will look great on kitchen shelves everywhere; perfect for beginners and seasoned chefs alike.

 

 

 

The Green Roasting Tin

The Green Roasting Tin by Rukmini Iyer

If you know someone on a drive for better health in the new year, or in need of some simple ways to get more veg into their cooking, this collection of 75 vegetarian and vegan one-dish recipes will hit the spot. Each recipe is simple; just pop the ingredients into a roasting tin and let the oven do the work! Sounds good to us.

 

 

 

Life on Earth

Life on Earth by David Attenborough

The 40th anniversary edition of Attenborough's groundbreaking book comes complete with updated text and stunning new photography. It's the perfect coffee table gift, and will charm and delight booklovers young and old long after the Christmas decorations have been put away.

 

 

 

The New Silk Roads

The New Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

The Silk Roads offered a fresh new perspective on the history of our world. Now, Peter Frankopan's new book brings this story up to date, looking at the present and future of a rapidly-changing world. If you know someone with a keen mind and thirst for knowledge, this is the perfect gift; get them started with The Silk Roads.

 

 

 

Sincerity

Sincerity by Carol Ann Duffy

This is Carol Ann Duffy’s final collection as Poet Laureate: a frank, disarming and deeply moving exploration of loss and remembrance in their many forms. Gazing out from the autumn of her own life, Duffy turns her attention to the passage of time, for the people and things that have departed, and simultaneously turns her eye outwards to the uncertainty of our current political climate. Beautifully packaged, it's the perfect gift for poetry-lovers this Christmas.

 

 

 

 

Born Lippy

Born Lippy by Jo Brand

This guide to life by one of our favourite comedians is a must-read, and not just for her fans. A century after women got the vote (albeit married women over the age of 28), it's time to take stock of exactly what it means to be female today, which Brand proceeds to do in her trademark wry and acerbic manner. It's a gathering of all the things she wishes she'd known as a young woman, all the things she's learnt, and all that she hopes for the future.

 

 

 

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Young Readers (5-8)

For children just starting out as independent readers, there's a whole host of fantastic fiction and non-fiction out there from some of our favourite authors. Introduce them to Magical Myths and Legends, retold by the brilliant Michael Morpurgo, or send them on a festive adventure with Alex T. Smith's Santa Claude. What journey will you start this Christmas?

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Magical Myths and Legends

Magical Myths and Legends by Michael Morpurgo (ages 5+)

These timeless tales, chosen by the UK's best-loved storyteller, tell of brave heroes, mighty gods and magic spells, with beautiful illustrations to bring them to life. From Mulan to Icarus, Hercules to Gawain the Green Knight, this is a collection to be treasured for years to come.

 

 

 

Grandad Mandela

Grandad Mandela by Zindzi Mandela, Zazi Mandela & Ziwelene Mandela, illustrated by Sean Qualls (ages 5+)

Mandela's amazing life story is told through the eyes of his great-grandchildren, as they ask their grandmother - Mandela's oldest daughter - about the global icon of peace and forgiveness who spent 27 years in prison. Introduce your young minds to some big ideas with this beautifully illustrated book.

 

 

 

Santa Claude

Santa Claude by Alex T. Smith (ages 5-8)

Here's a brand-new festive tale starring everyone's favourite beret-clad canine hero, Claude! Claude and Sir Bobblysock think they've caught a burglar... but instead they've accidentally captured Santa Claus, and on Christmas Eve no less! Now it's up to them to deliver all the presents. Can they do it in time? Now a delightful TV series on Disney Junior, Claude has been a firm favourite with young bookworms for years, and this latest adventure is a fun return to his world.

 

 

 

Mariella, Queen of the Skies

Mariella, Queen of the Skies by Eoin Colfer (ages 5 to 8)

Mariella doesn't want to sleep - she wants to invent! Bedtime is just getting in the way of all her brilliant ideas, so the only natural step is to create a rocket-powered suit and fly around the world. But without sleep, all her brilliant ideas might just disappear... If you know a small sleep-evader, this could be the book for them!

 

 

 

 

Hubert Horatio

Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups by Lauren Child (ages 6+)

From the creator of Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola comes this new series about one of her most popular characters, Hubert Horatio. These gorgeously illustrated stories about the unconventional son of two unruly inventors are laugh-out-loud funny, making the perfect gift for young readers.

 

 

 

Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different

Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks, illustrated by Quinton Winter (ages 8+)

These are the extraordinary stories of 100 famous and not-so-famous men and women, every single one of them an inspiring pioneer and creative genius in their own way, who broke the mould and made their dreams come true. An inspirational and entertaining gift for young minds just starting to see their own place in the world.

 

 

 

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Older Readers (9-12)

Independent readers are spoilt for choice this Christmas, with massive new titles from David Walliams, Jacqueline Wilson and Jeff Kinney, plus magical adventures from Cressida Cowell and P. G. Bell - and not forgetting Jessica Townsend's follow-up to the bestselling Nevermoor. Which books will your junior booklovers be delighted to unwrap on 25th December?

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The Ice Monster

The Ice Monster by David Walliams (ages 7-12)

The big new book from David Walliams tells the story of a ten-year-old orphan... and a 10,000-year-old mammoth. Set in Victorian London, this epic tale takes its heroine, the orphan Elsie, on a thrilling adventure across the globe, all the way to the heart of the Arctic. No young bookworm's stocking will be complete without it!

 

 

 

My Mum Tracy Beaker

My Mum Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson (ages 7-12)

Tracy Beaker is back... and now she has a daughter! Jess and her mum do everything together, and Tracy has made the perfect life for them both, far away from the Dumping Ground. Okay, it's not quite perfect, but it's their happy home. But when Tracy's boyfriend whisks them away to his mansion, will things change forever? We think there will be plenty of now grown-up Jacqueline Wilson fans who'll be just as excited to read this one.

 

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney (ages 8-12)

It's snowing, and Greg Heffley's school is closed - but his neighbourhood has become a wintry battleground. He and his best friend, Rowley, find themselves in a fight for survival as they navigate massive snow forts and epic snowball fights. This is the 13th book in the hugely popular Wimpy Kid series, which has created millions of young booklovers. Want to start them at the beginning? Look for The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

 

 

The Train to Impossible Places

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell (ages 9+)

What would you do if you woke up and found a train roaring through your house? That's exactly what happens to Suzy in this exciting tale, as she's whisked aboard the delivery express for the Union of Impossible Places by a troll boy called Wilmot. Suzy has to deliver a cursed package... but the trouble is, it's begging her not to! What will Suzy do? This delightful adventure is perfect for fans of all things magical.

 

 

The Tales of Beedle and the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Chris Riddell (ages 9+)

Talking of magic, this stunning new edition of J. K. Rowling's fairytale classic, which hails from the Harry Potter universe, has been brought to life by the genius illustrator Chris Riddell. The five stories within, much loved by generations of witches and wizards, will make for magical bedtime reading for muggles everywhere.

 

 

 

Head Kid

Head Kid by David Baddiel (ages 9+)

Tom Gates meets Freaky Friday in the new book from celebrated comedian and bestselling author David Baddiel. Ryan's the naughtiest boy in school, and his new head teacher is a man so strict he even scares the other teachers. When they swap bodies, no-one is more surprised than them... and the school has never been more chaotic. But with the school inspectors on the way, will its worst pupil be able to fix it?

 

 

Wundersmith

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (ages 9 to 11)

The bestselling Nevermoor series continues in this second book. Morrigan Crow has escaped her deadly curse and joined the Wundrous Society, which promises her protection and belonging for life. But instead she's taught that a Wundersmith like herself is evil, and she must do everything in her power to suppress... well, her power. Fans of Harry Potter and His Dark Materials will love this magical world. Want to start them at the beginning? Look for Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend.

 

 

The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic

The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic by Cressida Cowell (ages 9 to 11)

From the author of How to Train Your Dragon, welcome to a world of wizards, warriors, magical creatures and powerful magic. Wish and Xar, heroes of the first book in this fantastical new series, may be destined to meet once again as witches create havoc in the Wildwoods and danger lurks behind every tree trunk. Want to start them at the beginning? Look for The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell.

 

 

 

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Teen and Young Adult 

From movie adaptations to award-winning YA, if you're looking for a gift for a book-loving teen, there's no better place to start than your local bookshop. Below we've picked some of our favourites, including the hilarious new book by real-life bookseller Chloe Coles, the inspirations for new films The Hate U Give and Love, Simon and more.

Looking for a gift for a particularly mature reader? They might love some of this fantastic fiction.

 

The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager

The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager by Andy Cope, Andy Whittaker, Darrell Woodman & Amy Bradley

Experts in the art of being happy use humour and positive psychology to help the teenager in your life discover how to be their best self, from dealing with the pressures of school and work to plotting a map for their future.

 

 

 

Bookshop Girl: Life's a Beach

Bookshop Girl: Life’s a Beach by Chloe Coles

Real-life bookseller Chloe Coles won us over with her first book, Bookshop Girl, in which 16-year-old Paige Turner tried to save her beloved bookshop from closure. Now Paige and her best friend Holly are heading off by themselves to a literary festival in Skegton-on-Sea. What could possibly go wrong? Fans of Holly Bourne and Louise Rennison will love this fun series.

 

 

 

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon finds more drama in his life than he'd like when an email falls into the wrong hands. Now a major motion picture, Love, Simon, this knockout debut novel is a coming-of-age coming-out story wrapped in a geek romance - perfect for older teens!

 

 

 

The Lost Witch

The Lost Witch by Melvin Burgess

Bea has started to discover startling new abilities; now a stranger tells her she has the rare powers of a witch, and her life is in danger. But who can she trust? Carnegie Medal-winner Melvin Burgess does it again with this thrilling fantasy about magic, myth and following your instincts.

 

 

 

The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Another bestselling teen novel to have been made into a movie this year, and the winner of the YA category at last year's Readers Awards, this powerful book about a black 16-year-old girl who is drawn to activism after witnessing the police shooting of a childhood friend was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. If the teenager in your life hasn't yet read this, it's one they won't want to miss.

 

 

 

Notes on My Family

Notes on My Family by Emily Critchley

This compelling and vivid account of a dysfunctional family is narrated by 13-year-old Lou, who chronicles the revelation of her teacher father's affair with a sixth former, her mother's psychotic breakdown and all the other ins and outs of a family life in which she is, invariably, neglected. A powerful crossover novel, this will appeal to older teens with a thirst for more challenging fiction.

 

 

 

 

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