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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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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 Margaret Atwood, Jojo Moyes and John le Carre. Start their adventure on Christmas Day with one of these brilliant books.



Girl, Woman, Other

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

This year's joint Booker-winner follows the lives, struggles and loved ones of twelve characters - mostly women, black and British - across the country and through the years. A must for any literary fiction lover looking for a novel of our times.




The Testaments

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The biggest publishing event since Harry Potter, and joint Booker-winner, The Testaments is set ten years after The Handmaid's Tale and offers us a new glimpse into the dystopian world of Gilead, as seen through the eyes of three women. Whether they loved the first book or the TV series or both, this will be on lots of wish lists this Christmas.




Agent Running in the Field

Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré

The master of espionage returns with his 25th novel. 47-year-old Nat thinks his active spy days are over but the growing threat from Moscow puts him back in the game - meanwhile, it's his young, introspective badminton partner, Ed, who threatens to take Nat and those he loves down a path of political anger that will ensnare them all.




Christmas Shopaholic

Christmas Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Make them laugh this Christmas with a festive return to the world of the ultimate Shopaholic! Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) loves Christmas and the annual visit to her Mum and Dad. But this year her parents are moving to trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky to host instead. What could possibly go wrong?




Sword of Kings

Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

In the latest installment in the Last Kingdom series, Uhtred of Bebbanburg finds himself wrenched away from his hard-won ancestral home for an oath made to the dying King Alfred. Our ageing warrior-hero finds himself in a changing Saxon world which will leave behind anyone too tied to the past. A masterful historical saga.




The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

From the bestselling author of Me Before You comes another tale of remarkable women. Alice's impulsive marriage and move to America isn't proving to be the adventure she hoped for, but she discovers true freedom and friendship in Margery O'Hare, the town outcast on a mission to share the wonder of books far and wide.




The Confession

The Confession by Jessie Burton

Another hypnotic tale from the author of The Miniaturist and The Muse, this spellbinding novel follows Elise Morceau, tempted to glamourous L.A. by the alluring Constance Holden - and, three decades later, Rose Simmons, who seeks answers about the mother who disappeared when she was a baby.




The Starless Sea

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

If you're looking for the ideal book for booklovers this Christmas, look no further. Erin Morgenstern enchanted readers with her first novel, The Night Circus, and in her magical return she weaves a tale of mysterious books, lost worlds and star-crossed lovers. A literary delight from start to finish!





Circe by Madeline Miller

Bestselling novel Circe turns Homer on his head with a feminist spin to the well-trodden Odyssey. Marking Miller's much awaited return to the literary world, Circe took home the Fiction Award at this year's Books Are My Bag Readers Awards - and its delectable design makes it a gorgeous gift for any booklover.




The Secret Commonwealth

The Book of Dust Volume Two: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

With the BBC adaptation of His Dark Materials on screens across the country, there's no better time to be a fan of all things Pullman. The second volume in his latest trilogy picks up Lyra's journey seven years after the end of the Dark Materials sequence - and she's no longer a child. Adult (and older teen) fans will be immersed in this new adventure.





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Whether it's an inspirational cookbook, popular science writing or activism handbook, we reckon we've got you covered for non-fiction gifts this Christmas. Don't miss new books from Bill Bryson and Adam Kay, plus beautiful nature writing and history, topped off with some truly scrummy recipes. Which will you pick for your bookloving friends and family?


The Body

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Travel humourist extraordinaire Bill Bryson takes us on a different kind of journey. Full of astonishing facts and stories, this fascinating - and frequently funny - book explores the workings of the body and how it heals itself, revealing the marvels of the form we all occupy. Perfect for anyone with a thirst for knowledge!




Twas the Nighshift Before Christmas

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay

Books Are My Bag Readers Award winner and bestselling author of This Is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay - junior doctor-turned-comedian - gives a hilarious (and wince-inducing) glimpse into life on the NHS frontline at Christmastime. This funny, and sometimes heartbreaking, celebration of hardworking NHS staff will make a great stocking filler.




The Lost Orchard

The Lost Orchard by Raymond Blanc

From celebrated chef Raymond Blanc comes this paean to the forgotten varieties of British fruit, inspired by the orchard lovingly planted in the grounds of his Oxfordshire hotel-restaurant. Part recipe book, part love letter, all delectably illustrated, this will make a stunning addition to the collection of food enthusiasts everywhere.




Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister

Big Sister, Little Sister Red Sister by Jung Chang

A new book from the bestselling author of Wild Swans, here Chang turns her attention away from her own family and towards the human history of twentieth-century China, told through the stories of three remarkable women: the Soong sisters from Shanghai. Ideal for lovers of history in all its forms, from the most intimate to the epic.




The Hidden World of the Fox

The Hidden World of the Fox by Adele Brand

An ecologist with a lifelong obsession with our elusive neighbour the fox, Adele Brand uses her own experience with this most enigmatic of creatures to reveal how their astonishing senses, intelligence and behaviour allow them to thrive in contemporary urban habitats, and to make a plea for harmony between man and beast.




Last Christmas

Last Christmas by Greg Wise and Emma Thompson

Published to coincide with the seasonal movie of the same name, this is a collection of moving, funny and heart-warming personal anecdotes from writers, actors and comedians including Meryl Streep, Bill Bailey, Olivia Colman and Caitlin Moran, who each share their vision of the true meaning of the festive season.




How To

How To by Randall Munroe

Author and cartoonist Randall Munroe is back with hilariously overcomplicated solutions to everyday issues, from predicting the weather using Facebook image pixels to deciding if you're a baby boomer or a millenial by measuring the radioactivity of your teeth. Sure to entertain, delight and educate in (almost) equal measures!





Footnotes: A Journey Round Britain in the Company of Great Writers by Peter Fiennes

Peter Fiennes followed in the footsteps of twelve inspirational authors - from Dickens to Blyton - to write this part travelogue, part biography and part meditation on British identity which attempts to understand Britain through the books, journals and diaries of some of our greatest writers.





East: 120 Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes from Bangalore to Beijing by Meera Sodha

In a celebration of Asian cuisine like no other, this vibrant book is bursting with delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes from India to Indonesia, Singapore to Japan. Everything here is easily created using British ingredients and will bring a splash of taste and colour to anyone wanting to include more meat-free meals in their diet.



How to Save the World for Free

How to Save the World for Free by Natalie Fee

Know someone who wants to do their bit to fight climate change and pollution, but doesn't know where to start? This accessible guide to some of the biggest issues covers all aspects of our lives, from food and leisure to travel, and is full of tips and tricks that can make a real difference to the global environment.




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Biography and Memoir

Who doesn't love reading about the lives of the rich, famous and inspirational? And what a crop of biographies and memoirs to choose from this year, with legends aplenty - from Prince and Elton John to Julie Andrews - as well as the variously hilarious and heart-rending stories of booksellers, doctors and drag queens. Inspire a booklover with one of these fascinating books for Christmas.



Me by Elton John

The first and only official autobiography from one of the most iconic figures in British music history, the former Reg Dwight tells us all about his extraordinary life - from his early life as a shy boy in London to the excesses of the superstar lifestyle, to finding love and becoming a father. A rollercoaster ride for music lovers!




Face It

Face It by Debbie Harry

As enigmatic as she is iconic, Debbie Harry finally lets us in to her world. Admired as a performer, acclaimed as one of the world's most beautiful women, here she writes a memoir as dynamic as her life, interspersed with rare personal photos, original illustrations, fan artwork and more.




Gotta Get Theroux This

Gotta Get Theroux This by Louis Theroux

The master interviewer turns the focus back on himself in this fascinating memoir. From his career break on Michael Moore's TV Nation to high-profile celebrity interviews, and all the weird and wonderful people he's met along the way, Theroux reveals what really makes him tick, and what he really thought of those he's interviewed.





Homework: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews

The second volume of Julie Andrews' memoir tells, with her trademark charm and candour, the story of her time in Hollywood: from her iconic roles in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music to her relationship with Blake Edwards and the challenges of motherhood, step-motherhood and adoption.





Unicorn: The Memoir of a Muslim Drag Queen by Amrou Al-Kadhi

This is the incredible, heartbreaking and hilarious story of how a devout, god-fearing Muslim boy grew up to become a scathingly witty drag queen, and how he started to see Islam - and the world - through new eyes. Most movingly, it's also the story of the author's relationship with his mother, and his life-long search for belonging.




The Beautiful Ones

The Beautiful Ones by Prince

The much-awaited biography of one of music's most iconic, flamboyant and creative stars, this sumptious collection brings together the life story of Prince Rogers Nelson using his own writings, personal photos and handwritten lyrics. A must-have for any self-respecting Prince fan.




Breaking and Mending

Breaking and Mending by Joanna Cannon

This moving and powerful memoir, by the bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, tells Cannon's story as a junior doctor in a series of visceral, heart-rending snapshops. Cannon lays bare the emotional and physical toll of the medical profession, reminding us that we need to take care of those who care for others.




Who Am I, Again?

Who Am I, Again? by Lenny Henry

Lenny Henry brings his amazing life story to the page in his long-awaited memoir. From his childhood in Dudley to his years forging a television comedy career, via all the casual racism, bullying and challenges he encountered along the way, this is every bit as riotous, warm-hearted and revealing as you'd expect.





A Day Like Today

A Day Like Today: Memoirs by John Humphrys

Written to coincide with his retirement from the BBC, this memoir documents Humphrys' life - from his Cardiff childhood to his fascinating thirty-three year career presenting the popular news programme, Radio 4's Today - offering us a unique perspective on some of the great events of the last sixty years.




Confessions of a Bookseller

Confessions of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell

Soon to be a major TV series, The Diary of a Bookseller introduced us to Wigtown's premier independent bookshop. Here, its owner Shaun Bythell returns us to his world, with the characters we've grown to know and love, the highs and lows of working in a bookshop - and all the bizarre reqeusts his customers can throw at him.




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Picture Books and Young Readers (3-8)

From preschoolers who love to have stories read to them, to 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. From the latest picture book by bestselling duo Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler to a new festive treat from Claude creator Alex T. Smith, what journey will you start this Christmas?

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Starbird by Sharon King-Chai

This beautiful and unique book, which shimmers with shiny silver foil and sparkles with stunning illustrations, tells the story of Starbird, whose songs delight all who hear him. But when the Moon King traps him as a gift for his daughter, the colour and life in his voice begin to drip away... A gorgeous fable for adults and children alike.




The Little Island

The Little Island by Smriti Prasadam-Halls, illustrated by Robert Starling

A powerful fable for our times, The Little Island is the story of a farm. On the farm, all the animals were friends - until one day, the geese started to gossip and hatched a plan to leave. Will life be perfect now? Told with humour and hope, this is a story of building bridges, not barriers; respect, not resentment.




The Girl and the Dinosaur

The Girl and the Dinosaur by Hollie Hughes, illustrated by Sarah Massini

Marianne is often to be found on the beach, hunting for dinosaur bones rather than playing with other children, so she can build herself a special friend. One night she wishes that her dinosaur might come to life… This magical and gorgeously illustrated adventure is perfect for preschoolers and children learning to read.




The Smeds and the Smoos

The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

The dream team are back with another fun story told in Donaldson's flawless verse, sure to join The Gruffalo and Zog as a firm preschool favourite. The red alien Smeds never mix with the blue Smoos, so when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families aren't happy. But love conquers all and leads to a happy ending!





Oi Puppies! by Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field

Another fun frolic of a picture book, this time full of cute puppies (what's not to like?), this latest from the unstoppable Gray and Field will be on many a young booklover's wishlist this Christmas. Dog is looking after lots of puppies, and none of them will sit still. Luckily, Frog has a plan... and it's sure to be a silly, rhyming one.




Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures

Amelia Fang and the Lost Yeti Treasures by Laura Ellen Anderson

Everyone's favourite vampire is back for a fifth adventure! Amelia and her friends are invited to Florence's grandmother's 350th birthday party, and they're excited to visit the grand-yeti in her grand mountain home. But soon the yetis' treasure starts to go missing - can Amelia and her friends solve the mystery? Fun for ages 7+.





Star by Holly Webb

Anna borrows a tiny wooden tiger from her Russian grandmother's mantelpiece - and wakes the next morning to find herself in a snowy Russian village! A tiger cub has been spotted in the woods - can Anna brave the forest at night to help him? An enchanting tale for young readers who love Michael Morpurgo and magical animal stories.




Can I Touch Your Hair?

Can I Touch Your Hair? by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko

Irene and Charles have to work together on their classroom poetry project - but how can they when they're so different? The authors, Irene - who is white - and Charles - who is black - use this as the starting point to discuss race in a way that primary school-level readers will relate to, through a series of beautifully illustrated poems.





How Winston Delivered Christmas

How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith

This is a real festive treat from the bestselling author of the Claude series. Winston is a mouse on a special mission - he's found a letter to Father Christmas that didn't make it to the post box, so he's going to deliver it himself! Each chapter includes a fun festive activity, from making mince pies to creating your own decorations.





Kids Fight Plastic

Kids Fight Plastic by Martin Dorey

Children who want to know what they can do to help the environment should look no further. This essential book shows you how to become a #2minutesuperhero by completing 50 missions to fight plastic at home, school and on your days out. Perfect for young environmentalists through primary and beyond.




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Older Readers (9-12)

Independent readers are spoilt for choice this Christmas, with massive new titles from Liz Pichon and Jeff Kinney, plus more adventures from Cressida Cowell and Katherine Rundell - and not forgetting brilliant non-fiction too. Which books will your junior booklovers be delighted to unwrap on 25th December?

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Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really)

Tom Gates: Spectacular School Trip (Really) by Liz Pichon

There are three sad faces on Tom's school achievement chart - one more and Mr Fullerman won't let him go on the school trip! But as usual, events are conspiring against our young hero, and not just because his dog Rooster won't stop eating his homework. The seventeenth hilarious installment in the popular series is sure to delight!




Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay

These gorgeously illustrated volumes of the Harry Potter series are fast becoming collectors' items, and the fourth installment is no exception. Bringing the breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters to life, Jim Kay's stunning illustrations reveal all the magic of Hogwarts in a new way. For fans old and new.




Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney

Children everywhere will be making room on their bookshelves for the fourteenth book in Jeff Kinney's bestselling series this Christmas. Greg Heffley's family have received an unexpected inheritance, and decide to use it to renovate their home - but they soon find DIY is something someone else should probably do!




The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times

The Wizards of Once: Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell

The latest in the new series from Children's Laureate and bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series is another powerful magical adventure for older readers. Wish and Xar are now outlaws on the run, hunted by Warriors, Wizards and Witches. Are they ready for their most terrifying quest of all?





Heroes: Inspirational people and the amazing jobs they do by Jonny Marx and Gethard van Wyk

In our celebrity-obsessed world, this informative book casts a light on real-life heroes, from firefighters to scientists and doctors. They may not wear capes, but these incredible people all make a difference to our everyday lives. Stunningly illustrated, this will make a captifying and inspirational gift for children everywhere.




Skeleton Keys: The Unimaginary Friend

Skeleton Keys: The Unimaginary Friend by Guy Bass, illustrated by Pete Williamson

This is the first book in a darkly comic new series which will appeal to fans of David Walliams and Amelia Fang. Ben can't believe it when his imaginery friend the Gorblimey becomes unimaginary. But Skeleton Keys thinks there's something a bit off about Ben's newly-real friend...




Prisoners of Geography

Prisoners of Geography: Our World Explained in 12 Simple Maps by Tim Marshall, illustrated by Grace Easton and Jessica Smith

Bringing geopolitics to a younger generation, this brilliant illustrated edition of Tim Marshall's bestselling book explains in an accessible way how our very geography has shaped our politics; from the locations of natural landmarks to the uneven spread of natural resources. Perfect for inquisitive minds both young and not-so-young!




Wild Girl

Wild Girl: How to Have Incredible Outdoor Adventures by Helen Skelton

Blue Peter and Countryfile presenter Helen Skelton brings us her inspirational guide for getting outside, showing us that adventures definitely are for girls! Helen shares six of her most daring escapades, from kayaking the Amazon to cycling to the South Pole, and tells us how to find incredible adventures a little closer to home.





The Good Thieves

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

Vita Marlowe has just arrived in New York from England, only to discover her grandfather Jack has been cheated out of his home and possessions by a conman. Hatching a plan to make him happy again, Vita hires her own band of petty criminals to right the wrong. Another brilliant adventure from bestselling Katherine Rundell.





The Star Outside My Window

The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Raúf

Aniyah is 10, and has found herself in foster care after her mum disappears. When she sees a new star in the sky, she becomes convinced it's her mum, and embarks on an amazing adventure to make sure everyone else knows it too. A quirky, brave and poignant novel from one of next year's World Book Day authors.




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Teen and Young Adult 

From movie adaptations and graphic novels to bestselling 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 latest Holly Bourne, a Gothic adventure from Frances Hardinge and heartwarming LGBTQ+ graphic novel, Heartstopper.

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


You Can Change the World!

You Can Change the World! by Margaret Rooke

This inspirational book tells the stories of 50 incredible teenagers who've change the world around them; from volunteers to social entrepreneurs and campaigners. These teens have challenged their own differences and disabilities, or the damaging actions of others, to achieve amazing things, showing that anything is possible.





Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

From the Costa Award-winning Frances Hardinge comes a new fantasy novel, this time set in a maritime world. 14-year-old Hark and his best friend Jelt are scavenging street urchins living on the Island of Lady's Crave. But there is something dangerous lurking in the deep waters of the undersea - and Hark is about to be put to the test




The Places I've Cried in Public

The Places I've Cried in Public by Holly Bourne

No-one does unflinchingly realistic YA better than Holly Bourne. It looked like love. It felt like love. But this isn't a love story. Amelie thought Rees loved her as much as she loved him, but should real love hurt like this? Bourne dissects a toxic teenage relationship with her trademark empathy and emotional intelligence.




The Deathless Girls

The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

The much-anticipated YA debut from bestselling and award-winning children's author, Kiran Millwood Hargrave. Reimagining the story of Dracula from the perspetive of his enslaved brides, it's a compellingly Gothic tale of love and companionship sure to appeal to teens and young adults looking for a bit more bite to their vampire stories




The Black Flamingo

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta

A fierce coming-of-age story told in verse, this novel about a black gay teen reclaiming his identity as a drag artist is an outstanding achievement from one of the UK's leading poets. It's a bold story about the power of embracing your uniqueness, and a beautiful book about self-discovery.




Let It Snow

Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle

Recently adapted as a major Netflix movie, this bestselling teen novel by three leading YA authors is ready to be discovered all over again by teens looking for the perfect bit of holiday escapism. Three interconnected tales of love and romance bring out all the magic of the season.




Love, Secret Santa

Love, Secret Santa by S. A. Domigo

A festive teen romance to melt the coldest of hearts. Meet Angel Green - Christmas may be approaching but she's far too busy studying and volunteering to celebrate, and her fundraising partner Caspar is too unreliable to be of any help. But who's the Secret Santa leaving her amazing gifts - and is there more to Caspar than meets the eye?




Heartstopper Volume One

Heartstopper Volume One by Alice Oseman

It's boy meets boy in this bestseling LBTQ+ graphic novel, perfect for fans of The Art of Being Normal and Love, Simon. Charlie and Nick are at the same school but have never met, until the day they're made to sit together. Soon Charlie realises he's fallen hard - Nick couldn't possibly feel the same way... could he?





A Good Girl's Guide to Murder

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

This bestselling debut will appeal to fans of TV's Riverdale and the novel One of Us Is Lying. A slick and compelling murder mystery, it follows teen sleuth Pippa as she tries to crack a cold case as part of a homework assignment - but starts to uncover secrets that many in her town would prefer to stay hidden...






Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

Deja and Josiah have worked the same pumpkin patch every autumn all the way through high school. But now their final shift is here and the teens are feeling blue - until Deja suggests making their last shift go out with a bang. A romantic graphic novel about what it means to leave something - or someone - behind, with no regrets.




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