Archive | December, 2012

A few of my favourite things: book gift ideas for Christmas

2 Dec

Christmas Book Gifts

December is upon us, which means a heightened risk of death-by-elbow in every shopping centre in the world. I have officially started Christmas shopping and without sounding too Scroogey about it, it is stressssssful (bah humbug). But thankfully, online shopping for books is ridiculously easy (um as is going to your local bookstore and supporting independent trade, aherm). Anyway, here a few of the booky presents I’m dishing out this year.

For my book club… The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

We’re doing a Secret Santa style pressie sesh this year, with each of us bringing along a book we’ve enjoyed over the last year. I thought this would make a great present for one of my fellow book clubbers – we loved the glamour of 1930s Rules of Civility and this taps into a similar vein.  A fictional recollection of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to first wife Hadley, it’s set in the absinthe-fuelled realms of Jazz Age Paris – a time where you couldn’t step out of your studio apartment without bumping into the Fitzgeralds or being dragged off for a gin with Ezra Pound. Don’t be fooled by the slightly naff cover – it’s brilliantly bohemian and totally heartbreaking.

For my Nan… The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

My mum recently lent my nan her copy of 50 Shades. Needless to say, this has disturbed me on so many levels that I’ve been desperate to give my nan other books – ANY books – that will distract her from veering into questionable erotic fiction. Step forward then The Snow Child. Set in the Alaskan wilderness and following a couple who discover a mysterious young girl in the forest, it ticks every box for essential winter reading – snowy scenes, a touch of magic, and a vivid world you can really lose yourself in. And not a hint of a whip in sight.

For my soon to be Sister-in-Law… Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann

Vogue absolutely loved this one and it’s easy to see why. Told through 5 very different narrators and spanning from post WW2 to the late 60s, it’s a dark, sparkling tale of a glamorous East Coast family plagued by secrets. Think glamour, betrayal, murder…and a hell of a lot of gin and tonics along the way. Deliciously sun drenched bitterness that will have you captivated from the very first page – making it the coolest must-read of the year and a perfect present for my beeyootiful soon to be sis-in-law.

Are you giving any book gifts this year? Would love to hear your recommendations…

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