The Prose Practice – Cracking Christmas Reads

I was actually rather thrilled when I received an email from Philippa earlier this week with a rather timely reading conundrum for Christmas which I am sure you can all help her with. I was going to add that this is the season of good will after all but you are always so helpful anyway, so without further ado I shall hand you over to Philippa and her prose problem…

Dear Simon,
I know that it’s a little late in the day as Christmas will be here in less than a week, but there are still some shopping days left, yet I was wondering if you and your lovely readers could come up with some fantastic Christmas reads for me to make my way through over the festive period. I don’t have children and this year it’s actually just me, my sister and my Mum and we are all planning on reading lots by the fire. We all have very eclectic tastes and wondered what you could suggest that are the perfect Christmas themed reads, we want Christmas to be the main feature really, apart from the obvious Dickens ‘Christmas Carroll’. We love all types of books but something thrilling and comic amongst the more literary suggestions would be wonderful. We look forward to your suggestions as we will be swapping what we read with each other over this period.
Many thanks,

Well my response has to be a Christmas themed cosy crime novel or two, and in fact you will be hearing about one I have just recently read on Christmas eve, you all well know how much I love the ‘Agatha Raisin’ mysteries and M.C. Beaton has started to write seasonal specials which I love curling up with to escape in a quiet corner. There are also some Christmas specials from the wonderful Queen of Crime Agatha Christie which I would look out for too. But what else is there, I am stuck and can actually only think of the Dickens ‘Christmas Carroll’ (which I haven’t read, sssshhhh don’t tell anyone) as another option so I would quite like your recommendations/suggestions too! I think I want to read something HUGE but am stuck between wanting to read a mammoth classic or a modern epic… hmmm!


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10 responses to “The Prose Practice – Cracking Christmas Reads

  1. the twelve days of christmas by trisha ashley is a great, curl up in front of the fire read!

  2. I’d recommend A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas (yes, even if you’re not Welsh!), The Railway Children by E. Nesbit or Little Women by Louisa May Alcott as great Christmas reads. Last year, a friend suggested Miracle and Other Christmas Stories by Connie Willis and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it over the holidays, so if you can get hold of a copy, I’d recommend that one, as well. Happy Holiday Reading!

  3. Try Dylan Thomas’ “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”! Nadolig Llawen 😀

  4. Every so often at Christmas I re-read The Unburied by Charles Palliser. It has all the right ingredients for a cracking Christmas read.

  5. I can just reiterate some of the ones mentioned above – this year i’ve loved Trisha Ashley’s TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

    Truman Capote’s story, A CHRISTMAS MEMORY is fabulous – as is the TV movie

    and Fannie Flagg’s REDBIRD CHRISTMAS is sweet.

    And I’ve just read and blogged about Cleo Coyle’s cosy mystery, HOLIDAY GRIND

  6. Bet

    I just finished A Proper Family Christmas by Jane Gordon-Cummings. Pure fluff, but very engaging and sometimes funny.

    I know that John Grisham writes Christmas books, but I have never read them, so I don’t know if they are any good.

  7. John Grisham’s Skipping Christmas is a very funny read – esp. if you live in an area where the neighborhood decorations are elaborate. 🙂

  8. So many good Christmas reads already mentioned, but, here are a few more, and how I love Agatha Raisin!

    Hercules Poirot”s Christmas – Agatha Christie (only thing Christmas like is the date of the story, but, a good read)

    The Christmas Train – David Baldacci (fun, mystery, train ride at Christmas across US)

    This Year Will Be Different – Maeve Binchy (short stories)

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