All we want for Christmas
Of course the festive season is all about giving rather than receiving. Even so, we couldn't help including a few bookish gifts in our letters to Santa.
Here's what book-lovers across the company are hoping to find in their stockings this Christmas.
The Reader on the 6.27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
'As the nights draw in, this heart-warming story of love in a lonely world would be just the ticket.'
'Okay, it's allegedly for 3+ but it's GORGEOUS and, as someone who lived in London for nearly 20 years, I still consider myself a Londoner at heart, so for me this hits the perfect spot, combining nostalgia and hours of fun. (Probably best if you also have kids, though, because you can pretend it's for them, even if it's not really...)'
Tom, Digital Communications
Set the Boy Free by Johnny Marr
'Because The Smiths are one of the greatest bands of all time, and Johnny Marr is one of the greatest guitarists of all time. So it's bound to be good.'
Abbie, Fiction Communications
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
'No-one ever buys me books for Christmas because they assume I can get my hands on whatever I want! So, I'm putting a massive plea in this year for the new Zadie Smith novel Swing Time.
I love that woman and everything she writes unashamedly. There is no greater observer of the social landscape of London and the humour in everyday interactions.'
Miss You by Kate Eberlen
'I love a bit of romance at Christmas time'
Kathryn, International Sales
Dissolution by C.J. Sansom
'Mystery, murder and political wrangling all set against the backdrop of the glamorous Tudor court - what's not to like?! All I want for Christmas is a time machine so I can travel back to Tudor London and scoff roast goose with Shardlake and Barak'
Bríd Enright, Trade Marketing
The Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard
'The Long View
by Elizabeth Jane Howard is the gift that I would give. It was my introduction to this author and I now love her. I plan on spending my Christmas curled up with The Cazalet Chronicles'.
'Intrigue and deception, flawed characters and dark deeds of the past - this will transform chilly winter nights.'
Francesca, Fiction Communications
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
'I would really love to receive The Essex Serpent
. I don't even think it would need to be wrapped it's so beautiful, so I'm going for it on looks alone.'
Sophie, Digital Communications
Rasputin by Douglas Smith
'I always like to save a nice big history book for the long Christmas break.
This year I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someone picks up on my hints and gives me Douglas Smith's biography of one of history's most fascinating figures, Grigori Rasputin.'