Christmas is hurtling towards us. It's a time stuffed full of merriment, family time, and presents, but once all the crackers have been pulled, all the mines pies eaten, and all the squabbles are over and done with, you might find yourself with a lot of extra time on your hands. It’s the perfect opportunity to get stuck in to somebooks for the festive period — especially between that extra quiet period between Boxing Day and New Years Eve when everyone forgets what day of the week it is.
There have been some truly incredible books out this year, including those of shared Booker Prize winners Bernardine Evaristo, the first black woman to win the award, and Margaret Atwood. And in 2019, Malorie Blackman and Philip Pullman added to their iconic children’s fiction sagas, plus there were some wonderful breakout authors like Candice Carty Williams with her first novel Queenie.
So, whether you’re bored with turkey roasts and are looking for a new cookbook, or you're in need of a crime thriller to keep you on your toes, or simply want to get lost in a magical world, here is a list of books to get stuck into during the festive period: