We’ve been hearing about it since Halloween ended, John Lewis has released its advert, and now, with December beginning this week, it’s finally acceptable to mention the ‘C’ word.

The recent cold weather has been an excuse for mulled wine, mince pies, and lots of reading by the fire. If you’ve been as distracted as we have with the new Harry Potter and haven’t had time to sort out your loved ones’ Christmas stockings, then look no further. We’ve done all the hard work for you with our special Christmas offers this season.

Aintree: The History of the Racecourse

John Pinfold – NOW £24.99

Aintree - The History of the RacecourseJohn Pinfold’s exceptional history of Aintree racecourse has been hailed as “the sports book of the year” by the Racing Post. The perfect present for those hard-to-buy-for Dads.

When the World Came to the Isle of Wight

Ray and Caroline Foulk – NOW £24.99

When the World Came to the Isle of WightThis special signed edition of Stealing Dylan From Woodstock and The Last Great Event: with Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison about the original Isle of Wight Festivals in 1968, 1969 & 1970 is the perfect gift for music lovers.

Through the Palace Keyhole

Ann Hutchison Sawalha – NOW £5.99Through the Palace Keyhole coverAnn Hutchison Sawalha recollects her life as a young American girl uprooted from Detroit to join her Jordanian husband in the 1960s to run the family hotel chain. This inspiring memoir tells of their early struggles on both sides of the West Bank.

The Old Man and His Donkey

Julia Johnson – SPECIAL OFFER £4.99The Old Man and His DonkeyEveryone knows the story of the little donkey who carried Mary all the way to Bethlehem; read about the old man who still relies on his devoted and hard-working donkey to carry heavy loads in this beautifully written children’s book.

Don’t Toss Granny in the Begonias

Primrose Arnander and Helene-Marie Claudel-Gilly – SPECIAL OFFER £4.99

Dont Toss Granny in the Begonias coverIt’s time to start practising your French. The 14th January sees France’s first day of reading, encouraging libraries and bookshops to stay open late and allow workers to relax with a book after work. Enjoy this humourous collection of proverbs, out for the first time in paperback.

A Message For Santa

Tony RossA Message for SantaThe list wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas classic and this lesser known picture book about a girl who won’t let Santa down her chimney is one of my personal favourites.

Krissi Hill, Press Officer