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Started by darkhorse on Dec 2, 2018 7:31:06 AM
Christmas Books: books with an Xmas theme for adults or children, fiction or non-

Did a brief search and I found this specific topic doesn’t seem to have been covered before.

I ordered a couple of second hand Carol Ann Duffy poem books, Wenceslas and Mrs Scrooge, to add to the kids’ book pile.

For bedtime reading, I juststarted Richard Ford’s “Let Me Be Frank With You”, four linked short stories featuring his regular protagonist, with an Xmas theme (so it says on the back cover).

Bought the anthology, The Faber Book of Christmas, as a grown-up addition to the box of children’s Xmas stuff in the attic.

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AlanII - 02 Dec 2018 07:32:15 (#1 of 26)

There’s a Truman Capote short story, A Christmas Memory, that’s very good.

darkhorse - 02 Dec 2018 07:33:02 (#2 of 26)

Hang on, still editing the thread header typos...gah!

thisonehasalittlehat - 02 Dec 2018 07:35:47 (#3 of 26)

Fiction or non what?

darkhorse - 02 Dec 2018 07:39:42 (#4 of 26)

That was deliberate, not a typo!

Catspyjamas17 - 02 Dec 2018 08:24:09 (#5 of 26)

The Box of Delights

The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas

RosyLovelady - 02 Dec 2018 08:28:57 (#6 of 26)

And there you have three heart-sinking words in one short title.

Catspyjamas17 - 02 Dec 2018 08:41:14 (#7 of 26)

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, of course.

Catspyjamas17 - 02 Dec 2018 09:26:04 (#8 of 26)

MR James' ghost stories were generally told on Christmas Eve.

TRaney - 02 Dec 2018 09:33:15 (#9 of 26)

For bedtime reading, I juststarted Richard Ford’s “Let Me Be Frank With You”

You must have very precocious kids dh

surferbaublewhatever - 02 Dec 2018 09:35:35 (#10 of 26)

For older children or those who can cope with ghosts: Cold Christmas by Nina Beachcroft. A bunch of children (and some adults who don't play a big part) are staying in a country house for a real old-fashioned Christmas; one girl who feels rather out of place keeps seeing a mysterious little girl in her room, and eventually teams up with a boy she initially detested to work out what happened to her. I haven't re-read it for years but I remember it as being very believable on what it's like to be a bit "different," as well as an interesting mystery.

TRaney - 02 Dec 2018 09:35:48 (#11 of 26)

We've just finished reading The Christmasaurus out of season.

As Fletcher is an ex-boybander I was ready to hate it on principle. But he's put some work into it and the kids love his books.

darkhorse - 02 Dec 2018 10:01:57 (#12 of 26)

Fletcher is perfectly ok, but I know what you mean about being ready to hate it. I feel that way about Walliams.

Perhaps best to focus on Matt Haig. Successful children's author who has the decency to be a clinical depressive.

TRaney - 02 Dec 2018 10:04:44 (#13 of 26)

It's so hard until they reach puberty and can become perversely judgemental like their parents. Ok, like their dad.

LordofMisrule - 02 Dec 2018 11:16:14 (#14 of 26)

#10 In a similar vein, I used to re-read The Children of Green Knowe most Christmases. A lovely winter book.

Delighted_User - 02 Dec 2018 11:19:23 (#15 of 26)

I can't remember anything about Clifford Amory's The Cat Who Came for Christmas apart from that it was worth reading, which most cat books aren't. So I can't vouch for how much actual Xmas there is in it; I suspect not much.

LordofMisrule - 02 Dec 2018 11:35:44 (#16 of 26)

Which reminds me: Mog's Christmas.

Gigi76 - 04 Dec 2018 10:17:51 (#17 of 26)

Catspyjamas17 - 02 Dec 2018 08:24:09 ( #5 of 16)

The Box of Delights

I'd forgotten about that - lovely book. What age do you recommend it for?

Leftie - 05 Dec 2018 11:52:04 (#18 of 26)

I recently got the new David Walliams book from WHSmith (about a woolly mammoth) and got "Bah Humbug" free.

There's a book out about Emmerdale Farm during World War One.

helbel - 07 Dec 2018 16:57:12 (#19 of 26)

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.

ottoline07 - 16 Dec 2018 17:27:36 (#20 of 26)

I just started Richard Ford’s “Let Me Be Frank With You”,

I read this a few months back. It's not even remotely Christmassy but I loved it nonetheless.

Am currently reading Christmas Day by Jeanette Winterson. It's an anthology of short stories with recipes and musings in between. It's making me feel quite festive.

I think the paperback which I have would make a nice present as it's illustrated by Katie Scott, the cover has little gold inlays and is very pretty.

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