Sunday 16 December 2012

Essential Christmas Reads from

In these modern stressful times of austerity and ever increasing bills, it's easy to forget about the simple pleasures in life - the scent from a Christmas candle, a delicious mince pie straight from the oven, or that lovely warm feeling you get when you're snug up on the sofa with a good book while there's a blizzard blowing outside! So this year enjoy Christmas the traditional way, with mince pies, mulled wine and one of our great essential Christmas reads!

Agatha Raisin and Kissing Christmas Goodbye
Agatha is dreaming of a white Christmas, with plenty of mulled wine and kissing under the mistletoe? But during the dark, grey days of early December Agatha is obsessed by her ex, James Lacey. In order to drive him from her thoughts (or possibly to win him back), Agatha concentrates on planning the perfect Dickensian Christmas, and is determined to not even let the murder of Mrs Tamworthy distract her from her task!


Night before Christmas
All Lydia's ever wanted is a perfect Christmas... So when her oldest friends invite her to spend the holidays with them, it seems like a dream come true. She's been promised log fires, roasted chestnuts, her own weight in mince pies - all in a setting that looks like something out of a Christmas card. But her winter wonderland is ruined when she finds herself snowed in with her current boyfriend, her old flame and a hunky stranger. Well, three (wise) men is traditional at this time of year...


Home for Christmas
A heart-warming story of love and friendship in wartime from the bestselling author of 'Where the Heart is' and 'London Belles'. It's September 1940 and the London Blitz has begun. For the four girls living at No. 13 Article Row, life must go on, despite the nightly bombing raids. Home for Christmas is a tale of four very different young women thrown together by war, finding freedom and independence - as well as love, passion and heartbreak.


It's the night before Hogswatch, and all is quiet, actually a little too quiet! The Hogfather (that fat jolly man who delivers presents) is missing! In his absence, Death decides to adorn himself in a red suit, false bread and a few cushions and say 'Ho Ho Ho'. While he's busy working out the mysteries of climbing down chimneys and drinking sherry, it's up to Susan to track down the real Hogfather and save Hogswatch! Pratchett works his magic with his wise and witty observations of the traditions of Christmas in this dark and delightful tale.


The Snowman
For many families, The Snowman has become as much a part of Christmas as mince pies. First published in 1978 it was made into an animated film in 1982 and has enchanted children and adults around the world ever since. This year, to mark the 30th anniversary of the film, the team behind it have made a sequel, The Snowman and the Snowdog, which is to be screened on Christmas Eve on Channel 4.


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