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Matt Haig Recommends His Top 10 Christmas Reads

There can be few authors who so successfully capture the magic of Christmas as Matt Haig. Having gifted readers A Boy Called Christmas and The Girl Who Saved Christmas, this year he completes the trilogy with Father Christmas and Me. So, who better to choose the best books to make you feel festive? We sent Matt on a special Waterstones mission to the North Pole to collect a sackful of his top 10 favourite Christmas reads; here’s what he brought back with him.

Gifts from five literary Christmas characters

Gifts from five literary Christmas characters

Posted on 24th Dec, 2015 by Lucy Hounsom

With Christmas only hours away, author and bookseller Lucy Hounsom runs through some literary Christmas characters and the kind of gifts they might give...

Fourteen fantastic first lines

They say the first line is one of the most important parts of a book. Get it right and the readers’ eyes are all yours, get it wrong and they’ll start looking around, distracted by the feet of strangers or two birds fighting over a sandwich.

Five literary "skewed" Christmases

Five literary "skewed" Christmases

Posted on 21st Dec, 2014 by Hannah Vincent

Hannah Vincent, author of Alarm Girl, breaks out of the "perfect" Christmas tradition and instead explores a range of perfectly "skewed" festive tales...

Eight great ghost stories and gothic novels

Eight great ghost stories and gothic novels

Posted on 8th Apr, 2014 by John Boyne

John Boyne shares the ghostly tales which inspired his latest book This House is Haunted...