Something to eat + something to read + something you want + something you need = BOOKS!
Please feel free to add or subtract, but here’s my list of must-buys for the season.
For the surfing fanatic in your life, you can’t go past William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days.
Hubba Hubby says it’s the best in its genre and (big call here) so well-written I’m gonna love it when he’s finished.
Nana’s insatiable lust for crime will be well-serviced this Xmas with Michael Robotham’s latest Life or Death.
It has already won the Crime Writers of America Gold Dagger Award and is regarded by many as his finest work yet.
A compelling thriller about a criminal’s escape from jail the day before his release and the remarkable hunt that ensues (read fast, Nana, ‘cos I have dibs on this one).
Got a hard-to-buy-for teen boy who’s read all the Cherubs and Percy Jacksons and isn’t sure where to go next?
Try him on Zeroes by YA super stars Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti.
Six kids, born in the Year 2000 with uncontrolled superpowers that make them more Zeroes than Heroes.
(Bonus here, if he likes it, there are more coming in the series.)
Our Miss Teen Queen is a girl who just wants to have fun and she knows what she wants this Xmas.
After steaming through Books One and Two in Ellie Marney’s Sherlockesque Every series, she already has the final book Every Move (Every, #3) on her wish list.
Just for fun, I also need to get her/someone/ anyone who grew up with Harry Potter, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.
It’s a wickedly funny take on magic school (except with a gay central love/hate affair, vampires, and the worst Chosen One ever). Ridiculously good fun.
Auntie B needs Reckoning: A Memoir by Magda Szubanski and her kids, the adorable Pig the Fibber by Aaron Blabey.
Uncle J can have Flesh Wounds by Richard Glover, because it’s funny, poignant and full of rollicking growing-up-in-the-seventies adventures.
(For those who think their family is weird, think again….)
And finally, for me, a book I’ve searched for fruitlessly over the years, and finally found….
A beautiful cloth-bound edition by Folio Books with full-colour plates and 328 pages of fencing, fighting, torture, poison, true love, revenge, giants, pain, death, passion and miracles.
Brimming with quotes, I’ll leave you with this one for Christmas:
“We’ll never survive!”
“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.”
― William Goldman, The Princess Bride
Wishing you the happiest of Christmases and may you all find someone kind to share it with. Cx