7 Christmas gifts every bookworm will love

Here's what to buy the literature lover in your life this Yuletide...

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Give the gift of words this Christmas

Regarded by many as the greatest love story ever told (that’s not a bad reason to give it a try), Anna Karenina is a simple, timeless and beautiful piece of literature that not only explores the human condition but paints an exquisite portrait of 19th Century Russia. 

“Tolstoy towered above his age as Dante and Michelangelo and Beethoven had done”

– Sir Kenneth Clark

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One of the most enchanting novellas that literature has to offer, this fascinating story charts the friendship between a wannabe writer who has recently moved to New York City, and his neighbour Holly Golightly: girl about town, genteel gold-digger and free spirit. It is one of the quintessential American stories of the 20th century and a must-to-own for any serious literature fan.

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If you’re looking for a ‘perfick’ read and enjoy the outrageous antics of the Larkin family, this is definitely the right book for you. Brought alive in the 1990s by David Jason, Pam Ferris and Catherine Zeta-Jones in an ITV adaptation, The Darling Buds of May is without a doubt a quintessentially English read and deserves a place on every bookshelf across the land.  

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One of the Gothic novels that will never be forgotten, Brontë’s bold story of an orphan who overcomes a harsh life has led her to be considered one of the feminist icons of 19th-century literature. For anyone serious about reading, this simply must be amongst their collection…

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One of the greatest crime writers of British literature, Agatha Christie is known for producing world-famous stories that transcend the page and have become stars of the stage and screen across the globe. This fascinating edition of short stories is a beautifully curated – and lesser known- collection, offering insight into the detective (and author) that will thrill any fan of crime fiction.  

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This evocative tale told through the eyes of a butler tells the story of the tumultuous political, emotional and social changes that took place in Britain between the wars, and won Kazuo Ishiguro the Booker Prize in 1989. A personal journey that resonates deeply with the reader, this book is a modern classic that you must know if you are to be considered a bookworm.  

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Following the success of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, this was Austen’s fourth novel – written with confidence and flair at the absolute top of her game.  Recognised as being at least half a century ahead of its time, this brilliant book makes you fall in love with the protagonist and really want her to succeed.  

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