Six weeks, friends. Six weeks to finish your Christmas shopping. Six weeks until you can't tell whether the third helping of Christmas pudding or the fourth glass of Baileys is responsible for your current state of nausea. The season is very nearly upon us, so it's about time that those who celebrate start feeling festive. But what if you're not yet saturated with the holiday spirit? Read one of these classic British books set at Christmas, and find yourself overcome with the urge to cover your flat in tinsel.
Unapologetically nostalgic about the Christmases of your youth? Turn to A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (also a solid present for your niece, or your godson, or any other difficult-to-buy-for child in your life). Deeply attached to the British countryside? Go for Laurie Lee's Village Christmas (or buy it for your mum, or uncle, or grandparents). Staunch murder podcast devotee, or ever so slightly Scrooge-like when it comes to unrelenting Christmas cheer? Turn to a murder mystery with a seasonal backdrop — Agatha Christie and Mavis Doriel Hay have you covered. There's an option for everyone, festive fans. Pour a Baileys, crack open the advent calendar three weeks too early, and get reading.