39 Improving Gifts for Bibliophiles

By The Book: keep your friends and families riveted with these diverting volumes this Christmas.

Are you someone whose heart soars, rather than sinks, when given a new book for Christmas? Chosen well, a good book can be transformative, firing imaginations and transporting us to new worlds while we turn its propulsive pages into the wee hours.

Whether your intended recipient is in the market for cosy crime, haunting ghostly yarns or imagination-sparking children’s books, there is something on this list for readers of every persuasion – whether you end up buying for your beloveds, or just for you. We won’t tell.

By Nancy Alsop
October 2021

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Picture Books

If I Had A Unicorn

Gabby Dawnay, Alex Barrow, £7.99

Constance In Peril

Ben Manly, Emma Chichester Clark, £12.99

Middle Grade (Ages 9 – 12)

Young Adult

Popular Fiction

Literary Fiction

To Paradise, £20

Hanya Yanagihara

Oh! William, £14.99

Elizabeth Strout

Ariadne, £14.99

Jennifer Saint

Crossroads, £20

Jonathan Franzen


Coffee Table Books

Cookery Books

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