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Christmas Book list

December 6th, 2017

Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us her top 10 Christmas gift book ideas.

The Greatest Magician in the World Matt Edmonson

Written by former professional magician and TV and radio star Matt Edmondson, The Greatest Magician in the World is an incredible interactive novelty gift book featuring a brilliantly witty and exciting quest story and everything you need to perform seven jaw-dropping magic tricks.

 

 

A Poem for Every Day of the Year Allie Esiri

A Poem For Every Day of the Year is a magnificent collection of 366 poems compiled by Allie Esiri. Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family, it is bursting at the seams with familiar favourites and exciting new discoveries. This soul-enhancing book is the perfect gift that will last the whole year.

 

 

Oi Cat! Kes Gray, illustrated by Jim Field

The laughter never ends with Oi Frog and friends …Don’t miss this hilarious follow-up to Oi Frog! and Oi Dog! from the award-winning Kes Gray and Jim Field. A brilliant rhyming read-aloud text, jam-packed with animals and silliness – perfect for children and parents alike.

 

 

The Wizards of Once Cressida Cowell

From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series – set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites. Perfect for boys and girls who love fantasy adventure…

 

 

The Christmas Chronicles Notes, stories and essential recipes for midwinter Nigel Slater

The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel Slater’s love for winter, the scent of fir and spruce, ghost stories read with a glass of sloe gin, and beeswax candles with shadows dancing on the ceiling. With recipes, decorations, fables and quick fireside suppers, Nigel guides you through the essential preparations for Christmas and the New Year, with everything you need to enjoy the winter months.

 

Bletchley Park Brain Teasers Sinclair McKay

Do you fancy mastering morse code? Discovering whether your crossword hobby might have seen you recruited into the history books? Do you think you could have outsmarted an enigma machine? If so and you’re a Bletchley Park history buff or a fan of the GCHQ Quiz Book, then this is the book for you.

 

 

The Silent Companions Laura Purcell

Curl up with gothic chiller The Silent Companions this winter, and send a shiver down your spine. Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge. With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks. For inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself…

 

Jenson Button: Life to the Limit My Autobiography

Jenson Button is one of the greatest racing drivers of his generation. His seventeen years in Formula 1 have seen him experience everything the sport has to offer, from nursing underpowered cars around the track to winning World Championships and everything in between.

 

 

Uncommon Type Tom Hanks

A collection of seventeen wonderful short stories showing that two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. Known for his honesty and sensitivity as an actor. Alternatingly whimsical, moving and occasionally melancholy, Uncommon Type is a book that will delight as well as surprise his millions of fans.

 

 

The Lost Words Robert McFarlane and Jackie Morris

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children’s lives. These are the words of the natural world — Dandelion, Otter, Bramble and Acorn, all gone. The rich landscape of wild imagination and wild play is rapidly fading from our children’s minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of nature words and the natural world they invoke..

 

Emma Corfield-Walters

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