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In amongst the stress and hubbub of the festive season, there’s no better way to unwind than stretching out with a cool and refreshing drink in one hand, and a good book in the other. Not only are books a great way to escape the pre-Christmas rush, they also make excellent gifts for loved ones of all ages.

 

Right now, booklovers everywhere can rejoice, as some of the most hotly anticipated titles are released just in time for Christmas.

From fiction and poetry, to memoirs and cookbooks, 2020 has a little bit of everything for readers this holiday season. So give the gift of reading this year, and take a look at our ‘Top 10 Books for Christmas’. You’re sure to find something that your beloved bookworm will love.

For the Kids

Pictures books make a wonderful gift for younger children at Christmas, offering the opportunity for parents to share a tender moment with their kids as they read together.

WHAT WE'LL BUILD by Oliver Jeffers

What We’ll Build
Oliver Jeffers

‘In this wonderful picture book filled with love, memories, hope and magic, Oliver Jeffers manages to steal your heart and capture your imagination. On each page, in every colour and every word, you’ll start dreaming of ways to plan your ‘together future’ with loved ones.’
Emily

From the creator of the global phenomenon Here We Are! Oliver Jeffers brings a spectacularly beautiful story of love to families this Christmas.

What We’ll Build tells the heartwarming tale of a parent’s boundless love, life’s endless opportunities, and all we need to build our ‘together future’. This gorgeous picture book follows a father and daughter as they use their own special skills and tools to lay the foundations for their life together.

THE GRANDEST BOOKSHOP IN THE WORLD by Amelia Mellor

The Grandest Bookshop in the World
Amelia Mellor

‘Day-brightening, gripping, laughter-inducing, heartwarming, exhilarating - I don’t think I’ll ever run out of words to describe the adventure Vally and Pearl will take you on. I can’t recommend this book enough.’
Lucy

In this brilliantly whimsical tale by Amelia Mellor, the ‘Cole’s Book Arcade’ is a magical bookshop in Melbourne, filled with talking parrots, voice-changing sweets, and many other wonders that defy imagination.

Join Pearl and Vally Cole in their quest to save their beloved bookshop from the mysterious Obscurosmith. Tasked with defeating seven challenges by the stroke of midnight, the siblings are swept into a dangerously high-stakes game to restore the bookshop, and their father, before both are lost to them forever.

This award-winning novel will bring a touch of magic and a spark of whimsy to your bookshelf this Christmas.

HOLLOWPOX: THE HUNT FOR MORRIGAN CROW by Jessica Townsend

Hollowpox
Jessica Townsend

'I loved returning to the enchanting world of Nevermoor, and to the lively and beloved cast of characters that I have missed so dearly. Featuring some coincidental parallels with life in 2020, Hollowpox is jam-packed with so many twists and turns that you’ll find it difficult not to read the book in one sitting. I just love how rich, vibrant and imaginative these stories are. With each new release in this series, Jessica Townsend further proves that she is a force to be reckoned with.’
Tanaya

In this highly-anticipated third entry into the spellbinding New York Times bestseller series, Nevermoor, Morrigan faces a new evil as a strange illness grips the land. As more people fall prey to the Hollowpox pandemic, and panic begins to spread, Morrigan realises that it’s up to her to find the cure that will save her beloved city.

For Adults

Whether you’re looking for a gift for a loved one, or searching for something for yourself this holidays season, these are the most highly anticipated titles for adults this Christmas.

HONEYBEE by Craig Silvey

Honeybee
Craig Silvey

'Find out who you are, and live that life.’

From the bestselling author of Jasper Jones, Honeybee tells the heartbreaking tale of how two suffering souls come together to save one another.

This tender and profoundly moving novel is filled with vivid characters and luminous words, telling the story of how two lives are forever changed by a chance encounter upon a bridge, and what brought them to that bridge in the first place.

At the heart of this tale is Sam: a solitary and resilient young person fighting to find their way in the world as their authentic self, and the troubles they encounter along the way.

Follow Sam on the journey as they learn when to persevere and when to be merciful, when to let go, and when to hold on.

TROY by Stephen Fry

Troy
Stephen Fry

‘A great story in the hands of a great storyteller’
Denise

For the lovers of myths and legends, the epic tales of the Trojan wars are brought to life by the infamous wit and humour of legendary author, actor and comedian: Stephen Fry.

This third and final entry into the bestselling Mythos series is filled with tales of tragic heroes, intoxicating love stories and the unstoppable force of fate. Illustrated throughout with classical art in-spired by the myths and legends, this gorgeous and compelling volume invites you to explore the captivating world of Ancient Greek legend.

HOME BODY by Rupi Kaur

Home Body
Rupi Kaur

‘This collection of poetry touched me deeply and there is something raw and profound in the way Rupi portrays emotions. Her poetry is filled with layers of meaning, and of pain, grief, struggle and rebirth. She brings the themes of feminism, immigration and displacement in her poetry, and articulates them so well you are left with unease and unrest in your core.’
Ketelen

For the lovers of poetry, beautiful writing and self-reflection, Home Body is the highly-anticipated third collection of poetry from the bestselling author of Milk and Honey and The Sun and Her Flowers.

Taking readers through a reflective and intimate journey through the past, present and into the future, this collection of raw, honest conversations with oneself remind the reader to embrace change and fill their lives with love, acceptance, community and family.

OTTOLENGHI FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ixta Belfrage

Flavour
Yotom Ottolenghi

‘Totally inspired. Vegetable-centric, unique combinations and flavour-driven recipes that are totally doable, plus the gorgeous photography make this the perfect cookbook to me... loved it…’
Karen

Take your tastebuds on a journey this Christmas with this inspiring new cookbook that will change the way you cook.

Breaking down the three key factors that create flavour, this innovative cookbook offers a range of exciting new vegetable dishes, all beautifully photographed to tantalise and inspire. Turn ordinary vegetables into extraordinary meals with Flavour.

A PROMISED LAND by Barack Obama

A Promised Land
Barack Obama

‘Have you ever noticed that if there’s a hard way and an easy way, you choose the hard way every time? Why do you think that is?’

For lovers of politics, democracy and true stories, this stirring and deeply personal account tells the tale of Barack Obama’s long and difficult journey to become the President of the United States.

In this highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, the 44th President of the United States takes you from his earliest political aspirations, right through to his pivotal victory on November 4th, 2008.

A Promised Land offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of U.S. politics, bringing you right into the oval office where Barack Obama wrestled with some of the greatest challenges and crises of his time.

Beautifully written, intimate and honest, Barack Obama gives us a rare glimpse of life as the United States’ first African American President.

THE SURVIVORS by Jane Harper

The Survivors
Jane Harper

'Another multi-layered, cleverly constructed top shelf thriller from Jane Harper. The Survivors takes you from the simmering sub story of unresolved discontent in a small coastal town, to the current events that have everyone on edge. When another tragedy occurs, the tension that Jane brings to the page is palpable. I loved this book - it’s an absolute must-read and a 10/10!'
Ted

From the bestselling author of The Dry comes a compelling new novel of mystery and murder.

After a reckless mistake leads to devastating consequences, Kieran Elliot finds himself haunted by the guilt of his past as he visits his family in the small coastal town he once called home. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away… Based in an evocative and quintessentially Australian setting, this deliciously atmospheric thriller explores the themes of parent-child relationships, grief, anger, and guilt.

A LIFE ON OUR PLANET by David Attenborough

A Life on our Planet
David Attenborough

‘I am 94. I've had an extraordinary life. It's only now that I appreciate how extraordinary. As a young man, I felt I was out there in the wild, experiencing the untouched natural world - but it was an illusion. The tragedy of our time has been happening all around us, barely noticeable from day to day - the loss of our planet's wild places, its biodiversity. I have been witness to this decline. A Life on Our Planet is my witness statement, and my vision for the future. It is the story of how we came to make this, our greatest mistake - and how, if we act now, we can yet put it right. We have one final chance to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the wonderful world we inherited. All we need is the will to do so.'
Sir David Attenborough

At 94 years old, Sir David Attenborough has explored some of the wildest places on our planet, dedicating his life to documenting the living world and its many wonders. But during his lifetime, he’s also seen the terrible impact humanity has had upon nature, and witnessed the decline of wild-life in a world struggling under Climate Change. Join Sir David Attenborough as he reflects upon his life’s work as a presenter and a natural historian, and shares his insights into the dramatic world changes he has beheld throughout his career, and what we can do to create a better future for us all.

‘Read this book to learn, but also to honour the man. We shall never see his like again.'
The Sunday Times

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