Our books editor shares the reads she’ll be gifting this Christmas

Joanne Finney
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From Good Housekeeping

As a child, one of my most favourite presents was the book tokens (remember those?) I use to be given every year by my aunt and uncle. I still remember the excitement of heading to WHSmith to spend them, and the hours browsing the shelves deciding what to buy.

For me, the gift of a book is one of the best - it opens up whole worlds for the recipient, allowing them to travel through time and space in their imaginations. When gifting this year, you could plump for a recent best-seller, a cookbook by a big name chef or one of these books...

Dear Reader by Cathy Rentzenbrink

This love letter to reading from a former bookseller-turned-author is full of brilliant book recommendations.

Cook, Eat, Repeat: Ingredients, Recipes and Stories by Nigella Lawson

No one can beat Nigella when it comes to recipes that sound so delicious you want to lick the page!

What We'll Build by Oliver Jeffers

Parents and young children alike will love this hopeful story about a dad and his daughter who build a new world together.

Good Housekeeping The Ultimate Recipe Collection

Our very own Ultimate Recipe Collection is filled with dishes that really do taste as good as they look. There's more than 400 mouthwatering recipes for every type of get-together, making this the perfect gift they'll reach for again and again.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright by Fiona Waters and Britta Teckentrup

With an animal poem and a beautiful illustration for every day of the year, this is a gorgeous gift.

A Life On Our Planet by David Attenborough

Be inspired by the extraordinary life and adventures of the renowned naturalist and broadcaster.

Two Besides: A Pair Of Talking Heads by Alan Bennett

Some 30 years after the original Talking Head series was published, Bennett has written two new monologues – what a treat!

The Lying Life Of Adults by Elena Ferrante

Fiction lovers will adore this atmospheric coming-of-age tale set in Naples in the 1990s.

Serpentine by Philip Pullman

This novella revisits the world Pullman created in the His Dark Materials trilogy, where Lyra is now a teenager.

Quite by Claudia Winkleman

This collection of essays on modern life from the Strictly Come Dancing presenter is every bit as funny and warm as she is on screen.

Where Snow Angels Go by Maggie O'Farrell

A beautifully illustrated modern fairy tale that will appeal to adults as much as children.

Skincare by Caroline Hirons

I can't think of many women in my life who wouldn't love this no-nonsense guide to looking after your skin.

Dogger's Christmas by Shirley Hughes

This sequel to the hugely loved Dogger books is a nostalgic delight.

Limitless by Tim Peake

The exhilarating memoir charts Peake's journey from shy schoolboy to world-famous astronaut.

The Lost Spells by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

This gorgeous pocket-sized book full of beautiful nature-inspired poetry and artwork would make a perfect stocking filler.

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