Christmas is an extra special time of year that comes with a multitude of challenges. What to buy your nearest and dearest (whose taste you can't always second guess) is just one of those big hurdles. Giving books is giving someone the gift of time spent alone, thinking about the world from a fresh perspective - a hugely valuable experience. In this list, we have curated your bookish buys. We have something for parents who wish to escape or those who love their facts. We've covered stories for partners who need some inspiration and books for the neurotic in your life to feel less alone. With our festive selection there's something for everybody, even your flatmates, so there's no excuse for Christmas stockings not to be stuffed with insightful tomes and brilliant stories to get lost in.More
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. All featuring a typewriter, because why not. Buy here.
Let's face it, Christmas can be wonderful, but we can all be driven slightly mad – from compulsive gift-shopping to competitive turkey-cooking, via risky re-gifting. The author of Love, Nina, the bestselling account of a nanny's immersion in literary London, now delves into the cherished traditions and practices of this time of year – and hilariously looks at everything that can go wrong. Buy here.