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15 Vintage stories of hope, in time for Christmas

From the coronavirus pandemic to the increasing urgency around tackling climate change, 2021 has been a tough year. Seek solace in these books, which bring hope, sometimes in unexpected ways.

Aerial picture of six books on a brown table, with Christmas decorations scattered around.
Image: Aashfaria A. Anwar T/A Studio Aash

It is an understatement to say that 2021 has been difficult. The coronavirus pandemic has continued on, restricting the ways in which we can relax. The climate crisis has regularly topped the news agenda, as scientists and activists around the world seek to persuade governments to take urgent action. And on an individual level, many people are dealing with upheaval and loss.

But there is hope to be found, in stories about the world and people around us. From life-affirming and inspiring memoirs to explorations of the power of nature, these books are perfect gifts to remind a loved one (or yourself) that there are better days around the corner.

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