It is true that it might be a little bit early to start with the Christmas craze…But given the fact that Harrods did not seem to worry about it when recorded its Xmas ad in August, neither Easyjet when kicking off their festive season flights sale, I reckon that suggesting some cultural enrichment for the sake of the Christmas can not be wrong…What do you think?
Anyhow, I always feel the need to go through all the so-called books of the season’s reviews and pretty like the ones by fellows from Penguin Press, so off we go!
Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin
A riveting story of poverty and riches, loyalty and betrayal, triumph and tragedy, which examines the paradoxes and puzzles of our greatest novelist.
Empire by Jeremy Paxman
This acute and witty analysis of the British Empire reveals not only the way Britain influenced the world but how the empire shaped us.
How it All Began by Penelope Lively
An engaging, utterly absorbing, and brilliantly told novel that shows us how one random event can irrevocably change entire lives.
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond
David Almond’s long-awaited first book written for adults is a wonderfully imagined novel about a secret child who emerges into a post-apocalyptic world.
All That I Am by Anna Funder
A masterful and devastating novel of bravery and betrayal, that explores the risks and sacrifices people endure to protect their beliefs.
Comfort and Joy by India Knight
A blackly funny, tender dissection of the meaning of love – family love, sibling love, children love – this book will make you laugh and cry.