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Best books to give as christmas gifts


As Christmas approaches , our most recent BookBubble BookChat was all about books we would recommend to others in the group to buy as Christmas gifts. We ended up with a lovely range of books so here they are. I’ve already ordered a few!

Non FIction

The People Vs Tech, Jamie Bartlett

The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt

Rebel Ideas, Matthew Syed

Blink, Malcolm Gladwell

Hello World, Hannah Fry

Prisoners of Geography, Tim Marshall

Personal Accounts:

Walking the Americas, Levison Wood (other books in the series also recommended)

This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay

Over Hill and Dale, Gervaise Phinn, (the second volume of his entertaining memoirs of life as a School Inspector)


If you liked The  Binding, you will enjoy Kate Mosse’s books, in particular, Labyrinth and Winter Ghosts


Fiona Barton’s psychological thriller, The Widow. Two more featuring the same investigative journalist, Kate Waters, if this goes down well.

The Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith (the first is The Cuckoo’s Calling).

If you enjoyed The Stranger on Netflix, check out Harlan Coben’s books, the most recent of which is The Boy From the Woods.

Historical fiction:

 The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

CJ Sansoms’s Tudor thriller series, which starts with Dissolution

Contemporary fiction:

The Love Letter by Lucinda Riley

Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland, set in a York bookshop so what’s not to like!

Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce (see review on Personal Picks)

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

Beautifully illustrated:

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse by Charles Mackesy, a lovely tale about gratitude and kindness and very good for anxious readers of any age.