During my time at Waterstones, every family member would receive a book for Christmas, regardless of whether or not they enjoyed reading. Since then, I’ve put slightly more thought and consideration into my gifts, occasionally seeing past the bookshelves for a more appropriate gift. However, for those who love nothing more than receiving a great read, here are my recommendations.
1. Dominion, C.J. Sansom. One of my 2013 favourites, this is a great purchase for anyone who enjoys history and a good political thriller.
2. Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding. Bridget’s back. Helen Fielding’s third instalment of Bridget Jones has caused a stir amongst the Chardonnay lovers of the literary world, as Bridget returns as the fifty year old widow back on the dating scene once more. I’ve picked up a copy for my Mum, my godmother, and every other fifty-something Bridget fan I know.
3. The Book Thief, Markus Zusack. With the film having just been released, this is one book that must be read before watching the film. I’ve picked up a copy for my sister, whose only knowledge of great books comes from the film adaptations, horror!
4. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte. In this case, it’s less about the book and more about the cover. Waterstones have been selling these beautiful cloth bound editions of classics for a while now, but they’re the perfect Christmas gift for any book lover. I picked up two copies, one for my step-mother and one, well, for myself. Why not?
5. Bonkers, Jennifer Saunders. This is a great autobiography from Jennifer Saunders. Funny, well-written, and at times deeply moving, this is a great gift from the queen of British comedy.
6. One Night in Winter, Simon Sebag Montefiore. Set in Soviet Russia, this is the perfect accompaniment to any cold day spent in front of the fire. Another perfect read for any book lover, this is the book I have lent out the most in 2013.