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December 2023
Reading time 3 Minutes

Settle down by the fire with a classic this Christmas

From a festive farce wiith Jeeves and Wooster to murder and mayhem with Hercule Poirot, and a beautiful edition of Dickens' adored A Christmas Carol, we've picked out six seasonal classics to read this Christmas.

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

The tale of a miser visited by four ghosts has never looked more festive than it does in this gorgeous edition from Puffin Clothbound Classics.

A Christmas Memory

Truman Capote

This captivating collection brings together Capote’s best seasonal short stories from across his writing life – from the tale of a lonely woman who has a worrying encounter in wintry New York, to that of an unlikely festive miracle that occurs at a local drugstore. 

Jolly Festive Jeeves

PG Wodehouse

This collection of seasonal short stories is a joyous romp through Wodehouse’s most treasured tales, month by month, and features all the characters we know and love – from Jeeves to the Empress of Blandings herself. 

The Penguin Book of Christmas Stories

Edited by Jessica Harrison

From Hans Christian Andersen to Angela Carter and Anton Chekhov, this clothbound anthology is packed with great festive stories. Readers will be transported from frozen Nordic woods to an English country house, glittering Paris and a New York speakeasy in this collection.

Letters from Father Christmas

JRR Tolkien

Every December, an envelope bearing a stamp from the North Pole would arrive for JRR Tolkien’s children. These letters from Father Christmas feature charming tales, notes from Polar Bears and Elves, and beautiful illustrations. This book gathers together the enchanting letters Tolkien wrote between the 1920s and 1940s.

The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding

Agatha Christie

Can the great Hercule Poirot make the connection between five, interlinked festive cases? Of course he can – but it’s always fun to go along for the ride. This classic festive collection is vintage Christie. 

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