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Top 10 Books for adults this Christmas

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If you’re anything like me, you’re probably utterly unprepared for Christmas, so here are some suggestions to help you choose some really great (and last-minute!) literary stocking fillers.

Thank you to The Book House for providing its Top 10 Books for Adults for your delectation. Hope it helps!  Ooo, and I’m reading number 10 right now and it’s brilliant.

1. Come Home at Once! by Guy Atkins

come home at once 2Beguiling volume containing the best of the author’s collection of Edwardian postcards, both sides of which are shown opposite each other, presented in a book the size of the original postcards. Some are tantalising, some hilarious, some shocking, all are fascinating.

2. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

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Deserved Winner of Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014 and shortlisted for Costa Biography Award 2014.  Beautiful to look at as well as to read, this is the moving story of a woman who learns to cope with her father’s death through her attempts to train a goshawk – and so much more!  Nature writing at its most exquisite.

3. The Miniaturist  by Jessie Burton

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Haunting and magical evocation of 17th century Amsterdam presented in a beautifully-produced little hardback.

4. I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

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Publicised as “the only thriller you need to read this year” – and for once it’s true.

5. Plumdog by Emma Chichester Clark and Plum


We are all Plumdog crazy.  Emma’s dog Plum writes her own blog every Friday (clever thing) and Emma dutifully illustrates it for her.  This is a partnership made in heaven because Plum is very good at expressing what it is like to be a dog and Emma is a very talented illustrator with many gorgeous children’s books to her name.  Clever publishers have gathered the best up into this charming volume which is for all ages and especially for anyone who likes dogs but even, quite frankly, for those who think they don’t…..

6. Question Everything – 132 Scientific Questions and Their Unexpected Answers from The New Scientist magazine

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Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas for those of an enquiring scientific mind without this annual offering from the pages of The New Scientist.

7. The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson


Marking the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the ‘Churchill Factor’ – the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the twentieth century.

8. Christmas Carols – From Village Green to Church Choir by Andrew Gant

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A charming little volume detailing history of some our best-loved carols by a local Oxford author (CD also available)

9. Ultimate Signspotting – Absurd and Amusing Signs from Around the World

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Hilarious collection of laugh-out-loud signs which would make the ideal gift for any would-be gap traveller, anyone who has travelled and also anyone who hasn’t travelled further than their armchair!

10. We are all Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

We are all completely..

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. Rosemary’s young, just at college, and she’s decided not to tell anyone a thing about her family. So we’re not going to tell you too much either: you’ll have to find out for yourselves, round about page 77, what it is that makes her unhappy family unlike any other….

All available at The Book House, 93 High Street, Thame, Oxon OX9 3HJ, 01844 213032

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