Welcome to our biggest blog post ever!
To celebrate the Christmas countdown, we have been posting little snippets of book recommendations – one each day – as part of our own themed advent calendar on our Twitter and Instagram pages throughout December.
Now, with Christmas Day almost here, we thought what better way to share all our favourite books with you than in one place right here on our blog.
Why not sit down with a mince pie (or two) and join us as we get lost in a world of books?
Day 1: The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Day 2: To See Clearly: Why Ruskin Matters by Suzanne Fagence Cooper
“To see clearly is Poetry, prophecy, religion all in one.” A perfect present for art lovers and writers.
Day 3: The Jolly Christmas Postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
The perfect present for any child. A classic favourite.
Day 4: No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Bruton
Our resident 13 year old said it was “a really good book”. As a winner of the Books Are My Bag Reader Awards, this novel is wonderful for young teenagers.
Day 5: Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
This beautifully written lyrical narrative is ideal for those who love a good story.
Day 6: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
One of our customers chose this book, wanting a brilliant tale from Cornwall to send as a present to her friend in America.
Day 7: The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare
A winter journal fantastic to read at this time of year. It reveals an observation and celebration of the rhythm of the season.
Day 8: The Gifts of Reading by Rob Macfarlane
We would love to give every book by Rob Macfarlane as a gift for Christmas, but this one is truly an exquisite stocking filler.
Day 9: Book of Dust – Vol II: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
An amazing gift for all the fans of Philip Pullman.
Day 10 and 11: Any poetry book from the award winning publishers Guillemot Press
We are always proud to host events with Guillemot Press. They joined us for Lostwithiel’s recent Dickensian Evening, selling poetry collections in our shop.
Day 12: The Natural Home by Hans Blomquist
Our shop is full of books, plants and cosy places to hide. This book in particular is one of our favourites and a delightful gift for our customers.
Day 13: Peepo by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Another classic from Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Peepo is the perfect present for young children and our best selling baby book.
Day 14: Time and Place: A Pocket Book on the Art of Calendars by Alexandra Harris
All royalties for this book are donated to Common Ground, supporting arts and environmental projects that celebrate the seasons in our lives.
Day 15: A Single Thread by Tracey Chevalier
We have read and loved all her novels and this will definitely be one of our holiday reads.
Day 16: Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley
This is a brilliant book for all Jane Austen fans. Focusing on the places Jane lived in while she was writing, this book provides a great insight into the author’s life and the social history of her time.
Day 17: Polkerris: A History of the Village and its Pilchard Fishery by Nigel Hall
For those of us living in Cornwall, a book about our local history makes a great present at Christmas.
Day 18: Do Inhabit
Do Inhabit from the The Do Book Company is part of a series of books designed to help you learn something new and help keep you motivated when it comes to starting a new project. A fantastic gift for this time of year.
Day 19 and 20: Vintage classics Little Grey Rabbit’s Christmas by Alison Uttley and Fell Farm for Christmas by Marjorie Lloyd
Sometimes the old ones are the best!
Day 21: The Almanac: A Seasonal Guide for 2020 by Lia Leendertz
A magnificent read for all book and nature lovers.
Day 22: Brambly Hedge by Jill Barklem
Christmas wouldn’t be the same without Brambly Hedge!
Day 23: The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
The perfect read if you’re looking for something absorbing, unusual and well written.
Day 24: ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas
Our final choice for the Christmas advent calendar – a true classic!
We want to wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.