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6 must-read books for everyone on your Christmas list

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From pacy thrillers to cosy cookbooks, these are the latest titles to help you get ahead of your gifting…

If there’s a more reliable Christmas present than a good book, then we’ve yet to hear about it.

Whether you’re shopping for your best friend or an extremely distant cousin, you can’t really go wrong with a well-judged page-turner.

Now, assuming that everyone you know will already be receiving approximately seven copies of Sally Rooney’s latest, you’re going to need some alternative inspo to keep things fresh.

With that in mind, these are six eminently giftable titles to take care of all eventualities on this year’s list…

  • 1. The must-read debut

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    In Every Mirror She’s Black by Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström

    In this blistering contemporary debut, a trio of Black women seeking escape find themselves in Stockholm, a city that prides itself on being egalitarian and open.

    However, instead of a fresh new start, all three of them find themselves confronted by the same problems and prejudices they thought they had left behind…

    Drawing comparisons to Queenie and Americanah, it promises to be one of the most discussed novels of 2021.

  • 2. The cosy cookbook

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    Little Library Christmas by Kate Young

    A collection of 50 festive recipes covering everything from party nibbles to what to do with leftovers and, of course, showstoppers for the big day itself.

    The perfect gift for avid home cooks and armchair foodies alike.

  • 3. The children's saga

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    Circus Maximus: Race to the Death by Annelise Gray

    At the Circus Maximus, the greatest sporting stage of the ancient Roman world, where the best horses and charioteers compete in a race to the death, 12-year-old Dido dreams of glory.

    With her heart set on becoming the first female charioteer to race at the storied venue, Dido must overcome a society that bans women from participating, while also facing off against the villainous Emperor Caligula.

    Younger readers will be obsessed.

  • 4. The psychological thriller

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    Lemon by Kwon Yeo-Sun

    Tension galore in this Korean-set crime drama, in which an unsolved high school murder continues to haunt those who were close to the victim.

    Award-winning author Kwon Yeo-Sun’s first English-language novel, this is exactly the sort of wintry noir to curl up by the fire with as the nights start drawing in.

    Just the thing for the true-crime lover in your life.

  • 5. The classical epic

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    The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

    After her father’s death plunges her family into poverty, Amara lives as a slave in Pompeii’s infamous brothel, owned by a man she despises, her only value the desire she can stir in others.

    But Amara’s spirit is far from broken, and realising that everything in this city has its price, she starts to plot her escape…

    The first in a trilogy of novels centring on women in Pompeii, gift this Saturday Times bestseller to the friend who fell in love with Madeline Miller’s Circe and Song of Achilles.

  • 6. The best-selling history

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    Powers & Thrones by Dan Jones

    For the non-fiction reader in your life, this pacy history and Sunday Times bestseller tackles the weighty subject of how the world we know today came to be built, starting in the ruins of Rome and running through to the discovery of the new world in the 16th century.

    From Rome to Paris, Venice to Constantinople, this gripping historical narrative touches on some of history’s most famous and notorious men and women, while asking exactly how the West came to be the way it is.

    And you thought the perfect dad gift didn’t exist…

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