The books I want for Christmas
The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (£13.50, incl p&p)
This is a book I’d like to tuck myself away for a day to read. It’s short in length but by all accounts big on ideas and power, and I’ve been hooked on Barnes’s writing since his 2005 novel, Arthur & George.
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson (£8.00, plus £1.50 p&p)
Bryson always manages to present important ideas and themes with a deft lightness of touch I can only aspire to.
The book I’ll be giving
The Lost Estate by Henri Alain-Fournier (£5.99, plus £1.50 p&p)
This is a book I’ve adored for decades; it depicts the twilight world between childhood and adolescence. I love passing the magic on.
Order Susie Dent’s Modern Tribes: The Secret Languages of Britain by Susie Dent for £13.50, incl p&p