If you celebrate Christmas, there's a good chance you're a. In an acute state of panic, with 10 days left to go and about one person ticked off your Christmas shopping list, and b. Set to receive at least one gift this year from a well-meaning relative who still thinks you're 13 and shops for you accordingly. Allow me to swoop in with a suggestion: you graciously accept the gift, discreetly exchange it for a gift card, and use said gift card to pre-order one of these five books by British women coming out in 2019. See that segue? Absolutely seamless.
Here's another suggestion, while I'm at it. Perhaps you've already decided that your New Year's resolution is to read more books (in which case, have I got some tips for you). Placing a bunch of pre-orders set to arrive throughout the year is an easy way to keep that momentum going — and if you order them while ever so slightly under the influence, in the grand tradition of the holidays, there's a solid chance you'll have completely forgotten about ordering them by the time they land on your doormat. And just like that, your beloved and clueless relatives gave you the greatest gift of all: surprise.