Classic books for Christmas

05 December 2016

By The Window Seat

Our pick of the very best classic novels to give this Christmas. Whatever they're into, there's a timeless story for everyone on your Christmas present list. 

A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens
 
Charles Dickens' classic celebration of Christmas featuring the miserly, penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge who views the season for giving as 'humbug' is still a relevant and well-loved cautionary tale against greed over a century after it was originally written. 

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Ross Poldark 
Winston Graham
 
Romance, intrigue, betrayal, and one of the most heart-breaking love triangles in modern fiction brews in the first instalment of the celebrated Poldark series. Curl up this Christmas and experience the novel where it all began.
 
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 The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

'The strange and moving meeting between a little Prince and a pilot in the Saharan desert continues to enchant and beguile audiences with its hard-hitting universal truths.

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 Best Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen
 
The thirty stories collected here feature folk tales such as 'The Little Mermaid' and 'The Emperor’s New Clothes'. To some these stories may be more familiar as the wildly popular animated Disney movies but Hans Christian Andersen’s original versions have stood the test of time and are still cherished worldwide today.

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Peter Pan
J. M. Barrie
 
In a tale that never gets old (just like its characters!) Peter Pan continues to be a thrilling call to adventure for all children. Swashbuckling escapades in Neverland with Wendy, John, Michael, Peter and his Lost Boys are a rite of passage. Just beware of running into the spoil-sport Captain Hook.
 
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Ian Fleming
 
Jump into the world’s most loved magical, flying and swimming car for her first adventure ever. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang takes the Pott family and readers on a journey to stop a criminal gang in their tracks. Still as fun and frivolous as when it was first published.

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The Best of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
 
Showcasing the legendary, unparalleled sleuth at his best this collection is perfect to get lost in this Christmas. Follow Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they pit their wits against 'Napoleon of Crime' Professor Moriarty; assist European royalty threatened by disgrace; and solve the mysterious death of a young woman due to be married.

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The Jungle Book
Rudyard Kipling
 
One of the world’s best-loved books needs no introduction. Re-visit the heart-warming collection of short stories and poems about a human boy learning the Laws of Nature in the deep jungle from its local inhabitants. Includes the original illustrations by Rudyard's father J. Lockwood Kipling.
 
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass 
Lewis Carroll
 
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass are collected together here and brought to life by Sir John Tenniel's legendary illustrations in black and white. Escapism at its wackiest.

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The Secret Garden
Frances Hodgson Burnett          
 
The orphaned Mary Lennox is sent from her home in India to live with her uncle on the Yorkshire Moors. Only after discovering the secret garden does she evolve from the desperately lonely girl that her past caused her to be.
 
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  Jane Austen
 
Jane Austen's best-loved novel is an unforgettable tour de force of wit about the inaccuracy of first impressions, the power of reason, and above all the strange dynamics of human relationships and emotions. Continues to be considered as one of the most important novels of all time.

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The Way Through the Woods           
Colin Dexter
 
First published in 1992, The Way Through the Woods strikes the perfect balance between the best of Colin Dexter's cantankerous detective Inspector Morse, and the character as portrayed in the hugely successful television adaptation starring John Thaw resulting in arguably the most extraordinary murder investigation of Morse’s illustrious career.

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