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Good Christmas novels?

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Loveleopardprint Mon 11-Nov-13 18:00:13

My book group wants to read a Christmas book next month but there does not seem to be much between A Christmas Carol and real chick lit. Any ideas??

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CaptainSweatPants Mon 11-Nov-13 18:02:36

Carole Matthews Mrs Christmas has a homely feel rather than chicklit

DuchessofMalfi Mon 11-Nov-13 18:58:09

How about The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder?

lucysnowe Tue 12-Nov-13 14:46:45

The Unburied by Charles Palliser

woowoo22 Tue 12-Nov-13 19:53:40

Jeff Guinn - any of the Christmas Chronicle books. They are feel good, earnest novels that are like having a nice cup of tea. Not chick lit. Very Christmassy, also good for a busy December as they're quick reads!

Loveleopardprint Tue 12-Nov-13 20:19:32

Thanks for the replies. We have decided on Christmas ghosts. A collection of short stories byDickens, Alcott etc. only 75p on Kindle and suits most of my group as there is a Xmas theme but also a bit of thriller/excitement.

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woowoo22 Tue 12-Nov-13 20:55:35

Sounds great smile

Feenie Tue 12-Nov-13 20:58:57

Aww, you could have had this one of Wally Lamb's - I love him.

Wishin' and Hopin' - A Christmas Story

LocalEditorStaffordshire Wed 13-Nov-13 09:03:56

Another homely one that warms your spirits A Redbird Christmas

Quite quick to read, which is good when you're busy at this time of year!

SarahAndFuck Wed 13-Nov-13 09:45:37

DuchessofMalfi I love The Christmas Mystery, although the bloke shouting "to Bethlehem" all the time got on my nerves grin

GinOnTwoWheels Wed 13-Nov-13 11:32:25

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham. Not like his usual legal novels. I really liked it, apart from I thought the ending was weak and a disappointment, but seasonal.

Unfortunately more expensive on kindle as you'll get second hand ones off amazon for 1p + P+P .

Louise1956 Wed 13-Nov-13 22:37:40

My favourite Christmas novel is Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie.

Twicethehugs Sat 23-Nov-13 14:44:24

Another vote here for Grisham's Skipping Christmas.

chinhealer Mon 02-Dec-13 16:00:54

One of the most evocative (and, frankly, disturbing... at least when I was I my pre-teens!) 'Christmas' novels I ever loved and which stands up to scrutiny in adulthood is The Dark Is Rising. (It's also one of (author) David Mitchell's fave books too, if that helps!)

WhenSarahAndStuckUpTheChimney Mon 02-Dec-13 23:52:41

I still love The Dark Is Rising, it's an excellent book.

mimbleandlittlemy Wed 04-Dec-13 14:34:08

The Snow Child is very evocative of winter and Christmas though isn't specifically set at Christmas.

Or you could do an adult analysis of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and then have mulled wine and mince pies fsmile

KarenHL Wed 04-Dec-13 14:38:45

The Christmas Train by David Baldacci might be a good one. It isn't overly long either, which would be a plus at this busy season.

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