All booked up for Christmas
PUBLISHED: 11:22 06 November 2019 | UPDATED: 11:22 06 November 2019
Whether you want to lose yourself in someone else's story or get clued up on a period of history you know little about, the festive period is the perfect time to dive, nose-first, into a great book.
There's nothing quite like getting a new book for Christmas. Whether you choose a festive favourite, a beautiful picture book, the latest celebrity biography or the thriller you've been waiting all year to read, those long, laid-back days between Christmas and new year offer plenty of time to curl up with a new read.
To get some inspiration, we spoke to the team at Jarrold's book department to find out what they were hoping to find under the tree this year.
"The book I hope I'll find under the tree this Christmas is a beautiful new hardback about the life and work of the artist Reynolds Stone (1909-1979)," says manager and book buyer Holly Ainley. "A distinguished wood engraver, his legacy is all around us, from the coat of arms on the British passport, to the masthead for The Times. The book is full of illustrations, photographs and design; perfect for dipping in to after Christmas dinner!"
Emma loves 'Twas the Night Before Christmas - a true classic. "I can never fail to get into the Christmas spirit whenever I read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas' - it's such a classic!"
Debbie's choice, The Dark Rising by Susan Cooper, is something mysterious. "This thrilling tale of good versus evil set at Christmas, makes the dark nights seem packed with magic, mystery and snow!"
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Here are some more top Christmas picks from Jarrold:
Local interest - The Norfolk Almanac, by Keith Skipper; Brilliant Beacons: Portraits of East Anglian Churches, by Peter Tolhurst
Fiction - The Book of Dust Volume Two: The Secret Commonwealth, by Philip Pullman; The Giver of Stars, by JoJo Moyes; Agent Running in the Field, by John Le Carre
Childrens - Forgotten Fairy Tales of Brave and Brilliant Girls; The Polar Express, by Chris Van Allsburg
Biography - Me, by Elton John; Lady in Waiting, by Anne Glenconner
Festive favourites - 'Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas, by Adam Kay; Last Christmas, by Greg Wise and Emma Thompson