What we'll be reading this Christmas

01 December 2010

 

Every weekday in the run up to Christmas, a different staff member will be letting you know what they'll be reading over the festive season.

So, if you're looking for gift ideas for the perfect Christmas book, or for some inspiration, then keep your eyes peeled!

Tell us what you'll be reading by leaving a comment below, or if you've already read it, let us know what you think!

15th December

I will be reading Edward St Aubyn's Booker-shortlisted Mother's Milk, which I've shamefully not got round to reading yet. This despite being persistently told, as a fan of Brideshead Revisited, that I will love him as a big hearted author of real wit. Edward's novel, At Last, publishes in May. Matt Hayes, Sales.

14th December

I will be reading a proof copy of the much talked about Ours Are The Streets by debut writer Sunjeev Sahota. There's been a great deal of talk about Sunjeev and this tale of a young man who becomes radicalized after the death of his father. I'll be poring over Rob Ryan's wonderful paper-cuts for Carol Ann Duffy's Another Night Before Christmas. And I hope to get on to The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall and a few stories from Angela Carter's Book of Fairy TalesChloe Healy, Publicity.

13th December

This Christmas, I'll be reading The Crime at Black Dudley by Margery Allingham - the first Albert Campion Mystery. If you are a detective mystery fan and you haven't read any Allingham there is no other mistress of the form who is so clever, funny or ever so slightly silly. Another book I'll be reading is The Portable by Dorothy Parker - 'Three things I shall never attain: envy, content and sufficient champagne'. Say no more. Finally, Armadale by Wilkie Collins - bigamy, murder, flame-haired beauties, sensational villains - all making a mockery of Victorian social constraints. Just another day at the office really. Dusty Miller, Publicity.

10th December

Last year I managed to get through something like a book each day for the week that I was at home, but this Christmas I fancy a different challenge: I want to tackle one single substantial novel. I want to read one of those 'must-read' books we all have sitting on the shelves winking at us, one of those books that makes me feel unbearably guilty each time I pass over it. But which one? Well, having just enjoyed my first visits to New York and Boston, I'm in the mood for something American, something which will complement my visit, so at the moment my plan is to read either Infinite Jest (for Boston) or Atlas Shrugged (for New York) this Christmas. Kris Doyle, Picador.

9th December

This Christmas I shall be catching up on all the reading I haven't managed to do this year.  Andrea Levy's The Long SongThe Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver and Troubles by J G Farrell are all top of the list. Ellen Wood, Marketing.

8th December

Christmas is all about curling up on the sofa with a big pile of books (and of course mulled wine and mince pies), so I'll be trying to read all of those that have accumulated over the year. Kirsten Reed's The Ice Age is top of the list, and then I've been longing to re-read Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood as it's an all-time favourite. Catherine Richards, Fiction.

7th December

I'll be in Qatar for Christmas, so I'm taking a few. I'll be re-reading Nelson Mandela'sConversations With Myself. I'll be swallowing the lump in my throat, again reading his heart-breaking correspondence with his family. For a bit of light relief, I'll be taking Nourishment - nothing like spending your holiday with a bunch of dirty letters and I can pass it on to my ma. I've recently discovered the mind-blowing work of J M Coetzee and am hungrily devouring his backlist - so I'll find a pocket for Waiting for BarbariansLee Dibble, Marketing.

6th December

Having read and loved Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall earlier in the year, I immediately ordered a copy of A Place of Greater Safety online, her novel of the French Revolution. I fully expected to start reading it as soon as it arrived. Mais, il est √©norme! So I have been saving it for my Christmas holiday. James Long, Digital.

3rd December

This Christmas I will be reading The Rules of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis. I was recently introduced to the disturbing yet fascinating world of Bret Easton Ellis with Less Than Zeroand Imperial Bedrooms, and can't wait to meet some more of his characters. Plus, I have a feeling it'll make me appreciate my own friends and family more - and isn't that what Christmas is all about?! Naomi Berwin, Marketing.

2nd December

I'm having a Victorian Dickensian Christmas, so I'm going to carry on reading Sketches By Boz, Peter Carey's Jack Maggs (a retelling of Great Expectations) and I might have a go at finishing Peter Ackroyd's London: A Biography as well (I'm not wildly optimistic that I'll succeed, but I quite like spacing it out - it contains too much fascinating information for you to keep in your head in one quick reading). Bruno Vincent, Non-Fiction.

1st December

I will be reading Don Paterson's Reading Shakespeare's Sonnets: one of our greatest British poets (and without doubt our greatest British poetry editor) has written a book about the greatest sequence of verse this country has ever produced. From reading a few entries so far I will count down the days to Christmas with re-readings of Shakespeare's sonnets guided by the most witty, imaginative, urbane and original spirit, a poet as well as a critic who therefore brings this poetry once more alive. Paul Baggaley, Picador Publisher.

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