I love Christmas, having small children does help one to get into the Christmas spirit - Christmas is so much more fun for children, full of wonder and mystery.
The much maligned O-word came up in conversation on the Writers’ Hub Facebook page this week – no, not Oprah…Optimism. Surely this is a good time of year to try and cultivate some optimism. (I have an unfounded optimism that my children will transform into altruistic angels this Christmas, like the boy in the John Lewis ad, but I must confess that I have already failed to impart awareness of deeper meaning to the holiday – having purchased Thomas the Tank Engine and Minnie Mouse Advent calendars for them.)
With all of this in mind, my Christmas recommendations are books about wonder, about miracles – they’re not necessarily happy stories but stories with some sense of hope or redemption. Also there are some stories about quirky families since, at this time of year, we can’t escape them.
- State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
- Extreme Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
- I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
- Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
- Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
- Possession by AS Byatt
- A Child in Time by Ian McEwan
- Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
- The Little Prince by Antoine Du Saint Exupery
- The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder