#12Days: Veronica Henry’s Christmas gift list




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.







How to Find Love in A Bookshop is out now in paperback and ebook!

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!

Veronica Henry

Veronica Henry has worked as a scriptwriter for THE ARCHERS, HEARTBEAT and HOLBY CITY amongst many others, before turning to fiction. She won the 2014 RNA NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD for A NIGHT ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Veronica lives with her family in a village in north Devon.