48 shopping days to go…
I hate to say it but it is only seven weeks until Christmas and while I have made a start on the task of gift selection, there maybe some of you who are seeking inspiration, so here’s the very best of the RCL festive selection box…
Martin Pullen’s COMPLETELY USELESS GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS is a fantastic collection of the most exhaustive, witty and completely useless facts about the festive season. Illustrated by the author, who is a BAFTA nominated animator, this will delight readers throughout the big day and beyond.
Publisher: John Blake Publishing £7.99
ISBN 978 1 78219 477 4
For those who fancy something with a little more piquancy, how about Thea Bennett’s THEA BENNETT’S LONDON GIN: THE GIN CRAZE? A spirited journey into the history of Gin in London. A must have volume for gin-lovers and those with a passion for social history.
Publisher: Golden Guides Press £17.99
ISBN 978 1 78095 008 2
If you are of a more “crafty” persuasion and happen to live Stateside, then MAKE YOUR OWN GREETINGS CARDS by Steve & Megumi Biddle is definitely the book for you. Packed with everything you need to create Pop-Ups, 3D Designs and more, there is something for every occasion and what could be better than receiving a personalised keepsake greeting?
Publisher: Dover Publications $9.99
ISBN 978 0 468 49161 5
And if you happen to be seeking fodder for your e-reader, then for younger readers how about a new e-book exclusive novel from Daniel Blythe?
There’s a new pupil at St Agnes’ school, she’s a mysterious, otherworldly girl called Emerald Greene. A girl without a past, without a family or friends. When Jess and Richie decide to befriend her, they’re in for a few shocks – for Emerald lives in a mansion which doesn’t exist, and can see things nobody else can see. With unearthly apparitions stalking the land, Jess and Richie soon realise that their mysterious classmate might be the only one to know what’s happening. But it seems Emerald Greene has her own secrets – and nobody is quite sure whose side she is really on…
EMERALD GREENE AND THE WITCH STONES is now available on Kindle.
For those of you looking to feast on fiction once the Turkey is finished how about Cathi Unsworth’s critically acclaimed Weirdo under option to Picture Palace North and now available as a mass market paperback. Published by Serpent’s Tail.
Or perhaps Kevin Brophy’s The Berlin Crossing or Another Kind of Country both published by Headline.
Should you prefer something more rooted in reality how about Capital Crimes by Max Décharné, looking just as handsome in its pocket format guise. Random House Books.
For younger readers there is Sue Bentley’s perennially popular Magic series published by Puffin with Magic Reindeer: A Christmas Wish guaranteeing festive fun or Suzi Eszterhas’ Eye on the Wild series available from Frances Lincoln.