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Christmas Gift Guide 2020

26th November, 2020

Searching for that perfect gift this year? Whether you’re looking for the perfect novel, the latest non-fiction or a heart-stopping adventure from our children’s list, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up with our 2020 Gift Guide. 





From the Booker Prize shortlisted The New Wilderness by Diane Cook to the International Booker Prize longlisted Little Eyes, there’s no shortage of brilliant literary fiction to fill your stockings.

There’s also Silver Sparrow, from the winner of the 2019 Women’s Prize, Tayari Jones, and of course the ‘coming-of-age classic’ (Stylist) from Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, The First Woman.

And for those who love spooktacular reads, there’s Syd Moore’s The Twelve Strange Days of Christmas. Nothing says Christmas more than a good old fashioned ghost story on a dark winter’s night, so sit back and enjoy a little pinch of Yuletide mayhem.





There’s plenty on the non-fiction side to find its way under the tree. For fans of ancient history, Emma Southon’s A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is the perfect gift, a brilliant mix of history and true crime.

Music lovers can delve into House of Music, the incredible story of the most musical family in the world. Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason shares her story of raising her family of seven children, all of them classically trained musicians and most recently seen on Strictly Come Dancing.


Places of Poetry presents the best poems from the nationwide Places of Poetry project, selected from over 7,500 entries, and makes the ideal present for anyone. 


Beautifully produced, Salmon by Mark Kurlansky, author of bestselling Salt and Cod, is a deep dive into the mysterious life of the salmon, and how if we can save them, we can save the world… 





From our Rock the Boat imprint comes plenty of fiction to fill children’s stockings! 

The newest installment of the Playdate Adventures by Emma Beswetherick, The North Pole Picnic,  will take the girls on a frosty journey to the North Pole, where, before they can enjoy snowflake-shaped sandwiches, shimmering doughnuts and mountains of ice cream, they must first win the trust of the Arctic Queen and discover why the North Pole is melting. 

For adventurers aged 9-12, Damien Love’s Monstrous Devices is a rip-roaring journey. From Paris to Prague, Alex and his Grandfather flee across snowy Europe in a quest to unravel the riddle of a mysterious little robot, and outwit relentless assassins of the human and mechanical kind.

YA lovers can also jump into Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the latest instalment in the dazzling and unmissable Aurora Cycle series. Trust us, you’ll love being the one to introduce someone to this brilliant series. 

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