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Christmas Book Recommendations
Christmas books
Every day this week Front Row has invited a different critic to give their suggestions of the best books to pick up this Christmas.
Monday 11th Dec

CHRISTMAS FICTION

Peter Kemp's choice from this year's fiction:

Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky. Translated By Sandra Smith
Moral Disorder by Margaret Atwood
Sovereign by CJ Sansom
The View From Castle Rock by Alice Munro
Digging To America by Anne Tyler
Constitutional by Helen Simpson
Mother’s Milk by Edward St Aubyn
Everyman by Philip Roth
Amazing Disgrace by James Hamilton-Paterson
The Ruby In Her Navel by Barry Unsworth
Matters Of Life And Death by Bernard Maclaverty
Imperium by Robert Harris
The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
Gathering The Water by Robert Edric
 
Listen Again to Peter Kemp's review of these books.

Tuesday 12th Dec

CHRISTMAS CRIME

Jeff Park's selection of his favourite crime books of the past year:

The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill
Voices by Arnaldur Indridason
The Darkening Sky by Alison Joseph
Hour of the Cat by Peter Quinn
The Last Days of Newgate by Andrew Pepper
Never End by Ake Edwardson
The Faces of Angels by Lucretia Grindle
 
Listen Again to Jeff Park's review of these books.

Wednesday 13th Dec

CHRISTMAS NON-FICTION


Writer & Historian, Lady Antonia Fraser’s selection of the best non-fiction to pick up this Christmas:

Fatal Purity: Robespierre &The French Revolution by Ruth Scurr
Henry VIII's Last Victim: Life & Times Of Henry Howard, Earl Of Surrey by Jessie Childs
When Nixon Met Mao by Margaret Macmillan
Thatcher & Sons by Simon Jenkins
The Sun King’s Garden: Louis XIV, André Le Nôtre & The Creation Of The Gardens Of Versailles by Ian Thompson 

Listen Again to Lady Antonia Fraser's review of these books

Thursday 14th Dec

CHRISTMAS KIDS BOOKS - UNDER 10S

Georgia Metcalfe’s selection of books for younger kids:

Picture Books
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Mr Pusskins by Sam Lloyd
Meet Wild Boars by Meg Rossof
Down the Back of the Chair by Margaret Mahy
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton

Classics Re-issued with an Animated DVD
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Easy Reads
The Lost Happy Endings by Poet Carol Ann Duffy & Illustrated byJane Ray
Lucy Willow by Sally Gardner
Nicolai of the North by Lucy Daniel Raby
The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn & Hal Iggulden
The Worst Children's Jobs in History by Tony Robinson

To Read Out Loud
Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean

Listen Again to Georgia Metcalfe’s review of these books
Friday 15th Dec

CHRISTMAS KIDS BOOKS
- 10–14’s

Damian Kelleher’s choice of books for 10-14 year olds this Christmas

Non Fiction
Pick Me Up 10+

Fiction
Once by Morris Gleitzman 11+
A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve 10+
Uglies/Pretties/Specials by Scott Westerfeld 11+
Do The Creepy Thing by Graham Joyce 13+
Things I know About Love by Kate Le Vann 12+
The Dragon's Eye by Dugald Steer 10+
Beast by Ally Kennen 13+
H.I.V.E. by Mark Walden 10+

Listen Again to Damian Kelleher’s review of these books
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