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19 acclaimed books to get lost in this Christmas

Find the perfect novel – or short story collection – to get lost in, or to gift, with our recommendations of some of the best new, old and rediscovered fiction. All these books will transport readers far away from the chill outside.

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There are few things better than spending a couple of hours (or more) with a book. A thriller which keeps you on the edge of your seat, an immersive story about nature, a love story with a fantastical edge – all have the power to take you away from the stresses and strains of life.

Whether you're after the best books of 2021, something a little more classic, or an award-winning novel, we have you covered.

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