Reading lists

Books to get you in the mood for Christmas

It might not be snowing yet, and you may have to work until the 24th, but you can still get into the festive spirit early with our selection of Christmas and holiday-related reads.

A selection of books to get you in the mood for Christmas, set against a soft peach-coloured background

As Christmas approaches, one starts to hear sleigh bells in the distance – and book lovers start looking for books that remind them of the festive season: the misty-eyed memories of holidays past; the joyous spirit of givingl and, of course, the difficulties that sometimes go hand-in-hand with family get-togethers and dinners.

Here, we revel in the books, classic and new, that capture the spirit of Christmas both as it's meant to be and as it really is, as we get in the mood for the most wonderful time of year. 

Classics heaped with snow

Touching and beautiful tales

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Chilling and sinister tales with a festive twist

Books for escapism

Gathering the family together

Illustration of a family sitting around a large book of The Thursday Murder Club

Christmas gift guide

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