What to get somebody that has everything? The answer to that age old question is without doubt: a book. The humble novel can solves all your problems this Christmas, it is the perfect gift for everyone, from the barely-know-you secret santa exchange to the sentimental gift left under the tree for those nearest and dearest to you. Trust me it’s a foolproof plan (especially when Amazon does next day evening deliveries on Christmas eve…)
For your Mum : Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The book everyone was talking about this year and now soon to be made into a blockbuster movie starring Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck and the fit brunette from the Blurred Line Music video. Trust me, you’re Mum is going to want to read this sensational thriller about the woman who goes missing on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary before Ben Affleck inevitably takes his shirt of in the opening scene and she forgets the whole plot.
For your Dad: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
When in doubt for dads always go with this years Booker Prize. This novel tell the tale of Walter Moody, who leaves Edinburgh in 1866 to find his fortune in New Zealand. There he discovers twelve local men meeting to discuss a series of unsolved crimes and a mesmerising story ensues. This 800 page doorstopper is sure to be a welcome solace for your dad when he needs a rest from all the hectic festivities.
For your Bohemian Aunt: The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Written by the woman who was the inspiration for Coyote Ugly and best selling author of hippie bible Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert’s new novel about the journey of a woman seeking answers in the Enlightened Age promises to be nothing short of sensational.
For your Boisterous Brother: The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway
All boys love Hemingway. He was a rock star of his time and they are all enviable of his manly beard, his 1920s bar crawls, his rough and offensive way with words and the way he looks like he could kill a bull with his bare hands. The book that won him the Nobel Prize in 1954 is short and sweet, but is so filled to the brim with courage, tenacity and grace that it may even bring that tough big brother of yours to tears.
For your Fashionable Sister: Grace- A Memoir by Grace Coddington
An essential read for anyone that wants to know what goes on behind the scenes at Vogue written by the woman who has spent over 20 years at the helm of the American magazine. Anecdotes include dishing the dirt on Kate Moss and her “Kate strength” drinks, Anna Wintour’s reaction to the Devil Wears Prada and shooting P Diddy for the pages of Vogue
For your SATC Obsessed Friend: Rules for Saying Goodbye by Katherine Taylor
More clever and interesting than your average chick-lit, this book is full of quick wit, New York bars, break ups and cocktails – a must for those still pining for more Carrie, Big and Manolos.
For a Book Lover: Tequila Mockingbird – Cocktails with a Literary Twist by Tim Federele
A great stocking filler for any literature geek that is a lover of puns and/or strong spirits. With guides to making cocktails such as ‘Huckleberry Sin’, ‘A Farewell to Amaretto’, ‘Lord of the Mai-tais’ and ‘Gone with the Wine’ this hilarious manual is sure to be a hit over the festive period.
For a Christmas Classic: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Forget the Christmas Carol, this classic Dickens tale has sweeping romance, escaped convicts, comical characters and the scariest spinster of all time. You can download it free on your kindle and since the BBC don’t look like they are making an adaptation this year there is no excuse to not get stuck into this glorious book, at least before Downton’s Christmas Special Airs and someone else we love is inevitably taken away from us (R.I.P Matthew and Sybil).
For me: The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith
I’m a huge Zadie Smith fan, as intelligent as it is humorous her writing is the very definition of unputdownable. Her open, and inquisitive mind means her flawless prose is always a delight to read and it is no wonder critics have compared her to the almighty Dickens. I’m hoping I can find a copy of her new short story (69 pages short precisely) in my stocking. The story of Fatou, a young domestic servant who flees the Ivory Coast to start a new life in London is made up of 21 tiny chapters making it perfect subway reading material.