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Gift Guide: Winter Reads of 2020

If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 has been tough on everyone. And with the holidays just around the corner, we’re hoping to make the added stress of choosing that perfect gift for a special someone a little bit easier with a series of gift guides.

This list spans festive crafts, cooking, memoirs and more as we collect our favourite wintry and Christmas-themed books of 2020.

 

Fifty Words for Snow by Nancy Campbell

Published: 5th Nov '20
Hardback
£12.99

Writer and Arctic traveller Campbell mulls over the words different cultures have for ‘snow’ in short vignettes, making it a perfect gift for someone to dip into over the winter period.

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Advent: Recipes and crafts for the countdown to Christmas by Kerstin Niehoff, Laura Fleiter

Published: 1st Oct '20
Hardback
£12.99

For the craftier person in your life, this book will provide them with an ideal present that will be useful every year from now on in the run up to the holidays.

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Little Library Christmas, The by Kate Young

Published: 1st Oct '20
Paperback / softback
£15.00

In this collection of fifty festive recipes, the author of The Little Library Cookbook is here to guide you through the festive period with both edible treats and reading recommendations.

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Christmas Memory, A by Truman Capote

Published: 29th Oct '20
Hardback
£10.99

Short stories from across Capote’s work are collected in this gift edition, range from nostalgic childhood tales to sinister works that reveal the dark undertones of the festive season.

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Christmas is Murder: A chilling short story collection by Val McDermid

Published: 5th Nov '20
Hardback
£10.00

Of course, for peak festive crime, who else would we turn to but Val McDermid and her new short story collection filled with dark stories that are perfect for frosty winter evenings. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan return to track a deadly killer threatening to strike on Christmas Day, amongst other dark and sinister tales.

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Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May

Published: 12th Nov '20
Paperback / softback
£9.99

Part memoir, part travelogue, Wintering considers winter not just as a season but as an emotional experience one goes through and explores the power of rest and retreat in difficult times. 

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Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days by Jeanette Winterson

Published: 1st Nov '18
Paperback / softback
£10.99

For a combination of fiction and food, this delightful collection brings together some of the author’s boldest tales with plenty of recipes for the festive season.

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