Charlotte Abrahams is the author of Hygge, a beautifully written and stylishly designed guide to the Danish philosophy that roughly translates to ‘cosiness’. Today she sat down with us and shared her bookish Christmas wishlist.
Books are my most favourite presents, both to give and receive. Last year, I went back to the classics. This year I have concentrated entirely on new releases and what treasures I have found. Here are my top four – friends and family please take note:
The Girl on the Stairs, Bernard Schlink (Orion)
I read The Reader in one greedy evening so I can’t wait to get my hands on Bernard Schlink’s latest – particularly as it is billed as ‘a tale of obsession, possession and a mystery painting.’
Book of Longing, Leonard Cohen (Penguin)
A new collection of poetry by the late, great, incomparable Leonard Cohen. I shall read it and weep with The Chelsea Hotel playing in the background.
Nomad, Alan Partridge (Trapeze)
Tear jerkers are all very well, but we all need a bit of humour in our literary lives too. Alan Partridge’s latest ‘memoir’ is guaranteed to make me laugh out loud.
Autumn, Ali Smith (Hamish Hamilton)
Ali Smith is one of the most exciting authors writing today. Her latest, written immediately after the UK’s decision to leave the EU, sounds like a novel for our divided times.
Keep your eyes peeled on the 13th December as we give away a bumper prize of books, including Hygge!