Christmas Reads

December 14, 2016

What books get Tinder Press in the festive mood? Quite a broad range, it turns out…

Christmas reads always remind me of that lovely scene at the start of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, with the four March girls facing their first Christmas without their father, who is away fighting in the American Civil War. No goodie-filled stockings, but in the slip of each pillow, a little notebook – Jo’s crimson covered, Meg’s green, while Beth and Amy receive dove-coloured and blue. The perfect gifts, and a reminder that it’s the little things that count. So I may re-read one of my favourite childhood books this season, but I’m also on an Elizabeth Jane Howard Cazalet binge, and mostly likely will lie on the sofa by a crackingly fire and indulge in the goings-on at Home Farm. Imogen Taylor, Publishing Director

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Any of the Harry Potter books feel festive, but this one in particular – with the Yule Ball and Triwizard Tournament feasts – gets me right in the Christmas spirit. Up until the end, which just makes me feel sad. Katie Brown, PR Manager

My favourite Christmas read has to be The Snow Child – a Tinder Press favourite. It’s steeped in mystery, loss, charm and magic and of course the festive favourite, snow! Eowyn lives the real snow-filled adventure in her native Alaska so it really adds to the atmosphere and it’s perfect for Christmas. Vicky Palmer, Head of Marketing & Digital 

Perhaps slightly incongruously, I very much used to enjoy reading ghost stories at Christmas, particularly MR James’ Ghost Stories of an Antiquary. Nothing like a shiver up your spine on a chilly Christmas Eve. I should probably also say something highbrow like A Christmas Carol, but for me without the Muppets, it doesn’t have that same edge… Amy Perkins, Editorial Assistant

My ultimate Christmas read ever has to the The Lord of the Rings, which I devoured in the gap between school breaking up and the big day itself, aged about (?) twelve, and had me totally enthralled. This morning a very trusted person recommended The Long View by Elizabeth Jane Howard, which tells the story of a marriage backwards, and which sounds vastly appealing. Scandal of scandal, I’ve not read any EJH, so this Christmas will be her turn. Mary-Anne Harrington, Publisher

There are certain qualities that I look for in a Christmas read – I want it to feel rich, involving, slightly indulgent. When I was growing up I found a lot of those things in Agatha Christie (her brand of murder is strangely comforting); these days I often find myself reaching for something historical, like the novels of Sarah Waters or Hilary Mantel. This Christmas it’s going to be The Essex Serpent for me – it’s been winking at me for ages but I’ve made myself sit on my hands until now. Leah Woodburn, Associate Publisher

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