Veronica Henry is the author of How to Find Love in A Bookshop, a delightfully heartwarming tale set in the idyllic Cotswold town of Peasebrook. Here Veronica shares the books she’ll be gifting to her friends and family this Christmas.
I love to give books at Christmas – mostly because they are so satisfying to wrap with nice sharp edges and no nobbly lumps! But also because books can be so personalised and can open up a new world.
The Palomar Cookbook (Mitchell Beazley)
My best friend and I had the best meal ever at The Palomar earlier this year, so she is getting their wonderful cookery book – she is a fine cook, so I’m looking forward to eating the results.
1984, George Orwell (Penguin Modern Classics)
My youngest is 13 and it is a constant challenge getting him off the computer and into reading. So I’m giving him the triumvirate of dystopian novels, which are all quite short (!) – 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World – in his stocking, hoping it will fire his imagination.
Landskipping, Anna Pavord (Bloomsbury)
My mother is a keen gardener and I have often given her books by Anna Pavord in the past, so this year it is the turn of Landskipping, a ’ravishing celebration of landscape’. I’m also giving her Alexandra Schulman’s Inside Vogue. When I was growing up my mum would sometimes treat us to a copy of Vogue to pore over at the kitchen table, so I know she will find it fascinating.
Knife, Tim Hayward (Quadrille Publishing)
My brother lives in Australia and is also a great cook, but postage is eye-watering so I am sending him a copy of the small but perfectly formed Knife by Tim Hayward – a love letter to this essential culinary tool.
Keep your eyes peeled on the 13th December as we give away a bumper prize of books, including How to Find Love in A Bookshop!