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Best Reads For Christmas 2017 – Best New Books To Give This Christmas

We’ve rounded up the best books to give bookworms this Christmas. Each book has been read by a member of our team and handpicked as our favourite, so turn off the TV, snuggle up to the cosy fire and browse through the gift they can open and open again.

Best Reads For Christmas 2017 - Best New Books To Give This Christmas

Read on for our pick of the best books to buy now…

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The Evacuee Christmas by Katie King

Released October 19th

This heart-warming novel by Katie King will tug at heart strings. Set during World War Two the story is of  twins Connie and Jessie who are to be evacuated from London to Harrowgate and are stationed at a vicarage. Parents Barbara and Ted are comforted knowing Peggy (Barbara’s eldest sister who is pregnant) will also be going with them. The twins get into many adventures and troubles with the help of fellow pupil Tommy, but as Winter sets in, Connie who usually doesn’t show her feelings, starts to wish the war would end and they would be be home for Christmas but this Christmas Eve there will be a surprise arrival.

Katy from the team said: ‘A fabulous book which had me laughing and crying at the same time especially as you get to know each of the characters throughout the book. You’ll not be able to put this one down so make sure to have a box of tissues at the ready’.

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The Christmas Candle is published in Hardback by Century £20

A Christmas Candle by Katie Flynn

Released October 19th

The Sunday Times Number One Bestselling author Katie Flynn has once again produced another unputdownable book, The Christmas Candle see’s Eve Armstrong and her little brother, Chrissie being evacuated to Devon where they take up residence at Drake Farm. Welcomed by the cheerful and slightly bossy Mrs Faversham, Eve enjoys her time at the farm until newcomer Connie arrives. Connie is argumentative, stuck up and lazy and all she is intersted in is heading home to Liverpool. Eve’s best friend Johnny also helps around the farm and the pair have a special bond until Johnny heads away and makes Connie his new best friend. Will Eve fight for love or concede defeate?

Elaine from our team said: ‘The Christmas Candle is a touching story of war-time romance. Filled with love, loss and laughter you’ll be instantly engrossed and won’t want to put it down. Each of the characters have their own unique personality so picking a favourite character will be difficult but one thing is for sure – Connie is not mine!’

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The Wardrobe Mistress is published in hardback by Hutchinson, priced £14.99.

The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath

Released September 7th

The Wardrobe Mistress begins with the funeral of the great stage actor Charlie ‘Gricey’ Grice who has suddenly died. Widow Joan is grief sticken and finds comfort in the touch and smell of his clothes, she even imagines she can hear his voice, however one night she discovers her late husband’s secret and her world comes crashing down. Set post-war London, Joan (who is Jewish) learns Charlie was in with the fascists, was she ever his Venus de Mile End?

Read by Mandy who said: ‘McGrath grips your attention from the very start and shows how facisim affected all people from different walks of life. The characters and story are compelling, mysterious and you’re certainly in for a chilling ride’.

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Trullo The Cookbook by Tim Siadatan

Trullo The Cookbook by Tim Siadatan

Released 6th July

The cookbook even top chefs such as Nigel Slater have been waiting for, Tim Siadatan’s British takes on Italian cooking will be a foodie lovers dream this Christmas. Jam packed with delicious recipes for everyone including those on tighter budgets, health concious plus for cooks who want to push the bounderies more complex recipes have also been added.

Holly said: ‘I literally sat for a few hours going through recipes and making myself feel seriously hungry. I love how Tim explains different foods such as Bruschtta and even suggests ideas for different months. The ultimate book for those looking to start cooking (like myself) as there are so many un-daunting recipes to try however for those who think they’re already a culnary chef there are more than enough challenges to be had’.

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IKEAHACKERS.NET By Jules Yap, Founder of Ikeahackers.net

Released 10th August

DIY Hacks for every room in your home, this is the perfect book for crafters who love to find new and clever ways to express creativity in their home. What is IKEA Hack? basically you take your IKEA furnitre and transform it into somethign completely different.

Elaine said: ‘If you’re looking for upcycled projects this is not the right choice however Jules does show amazng ways to take pieces of IKEA furniture and turn these into something completely different. Full of colour, creativity and gives some brilliant ideas’.

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Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure

Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure

Released 9th September

Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure is bursting with different ways you can explore the planet. From Mountaineering and trekking in Argentina to Trail running and canoeing in Canada this book is for the adventurous type this Christmas.

John said: ‘I honestly couldn’t believe just how many ways you could explore a country until I read through the Atlas of Adventure. The photography is simply stunning and interviews will make your wish list as big as what is used to be when you wrote to Santa. As with all of Lonely Planet’s books you get so much information and can easily plan how you can best experience these exciting countries especially with the handy Guide to Symbols which are on each page’.

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Bake by Lorraine Pascale, published by Bluebird (£20)

Lorraine Pascale BAKE

Released 9th March

Bakers will fall in love with Lorrain Pascale’s 125 showstopping recipes including a Courgette, Lemon and Pistachio Drizzle Loaf to a stunning Christmas cake with Goji Berries and Dates.

Elaine said: ‘I was looking for original recipes to try my hand at before guests come round during the festive period and Lorraine’s book has given me so many different ideas which I’m not afraid to try out. First don’t go through her book if you hungry or you’ll end up ravaging the cupboards for cake! Each section (there are 10) contains different recipes plus a little information from Lorraine on what she likes and sometimes even dislikes.  A bakers dream this Christmas you’ll be amazed at the things you can produce’.

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The Language Of Flowers Poems - Everyman's Library

The Language Of Flowers Poems – Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets, edited by Jane Holloway

Released 3rd October

The Language of Flowers poems is a pocket sized book which goes through each season, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, expressing the symbolic meaning of flowers. On each of the poems the creator and year is mentioned and with the handy green ribbon bookmark you can keep place and revert back to favourite pieces. The charming book takes the reader through a journey of flowers inspired by colours and lifecycle of flowers.

Mandy said: ‘Flowers really do envoke different meanings and feelings this is why The Language of Flowers is the ultimate gift for the keen gardener as it includes poetry about Lupins, Irises and much more. Each of the poems are not long and are a great pick me up when sat indoors on a rainy day’.

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Five at the Office Christmas Party by Bruno Vincent (Quercus, £7.99)

Five At The Office Christmas Party – Enid Blyton, text by Bruno Vincent

Released 5th October

Five At The Office Christmas Party is an Enid Blyton book for grown-ups written by Bruno Vincent which see’s adults being confronted with the challanges of modern day life from trying to get on the property ladder to organizing poor Rupert’s failing company Christmas Party.

Katy said: ‘If you grew up with the Famous Five series this spoof would make a hilarious stocking filler. Entertaining and very mischievous I loved the gang being back together (including Timmy the dog) to once again take on the mission that seems undoable. If you’re looking for a real rib-tickler this would be the ideal choice’.

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The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories is to be > published by Century, in hardback on 2nd November 2017, priced £12.99.

The Christmas Stocking and Other Stories by Katie Fforde

Released November 2nd

Delve inside this CHRISTMAS STOCKING choc-full of perfectly themed, never-before-published seasonal short stories perfect for anyone who loves romance, humour and happy-ever-after endings.

Holly said: ‘A wonderful and magical Christmas read! Katie Fforde has done it again with six seasonal stories you’ll be transformed into a world of romance, humor and happy ever-afters.’

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Nadiya’s Bake Me A Festive Story
Released 5th October

Nadiya’s Bake Me a Festive Story publishes in hardback


Bringing together thirty festive recipes and original stories for children, you and your family can go on an exciting adventure straight from your kitchen all whilst baking! You can read our exclusive Q&A with Nadiya here.

How about visiting the Snow Queen’s palace then making her treacle ice cream or reading Nadiya’s version of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’, then cook a scrumptious nut roast. Mnady said: ‘You’ll have so much fun in the kitchen this Christmas baking with the whole family, packed full of briliiant recipes and amazing pictures, Nadiya’s Bake Me A Festive Story should be in everyone’s kitchen cupboard’.

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