Best stocking filler books for Christmas 2014
Looking for nuggets of literary gold to fill those stockings? From pithy quote books to personal essays, traditional trivia to Yuletide classics, we've rounded up a crop of pocket-sized treasures to keep both kids and adults content this Christmas.
Peanuts: Merry Christmas Snoopy! Charles M. Schulz
Christmas is a time for nostalgia and this little gem is sure to warm the hearts of die-hard Snoopy fans. In the story, Charlie Brown's attempts at making Christmas gifts leave him feeling like a failure, but as Peanuts creator Charles Schulz once said 'the greatest gift of all is doing that little something extra for someone.'
We Should All Be Feminists Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A powerful essay on the subject of gender equality from the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. Based on her 2013 TEDx Talk of the same name, this is a compelling testament to why "gender matters everywhere in the world".
Pooh's Christmas Party (Winnie the Pooh) Andrew Grey
Wonderful festive illustrations adorn each page of this story about Christmas in the Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh needs a little time to prepare his house for a Christmas party and enlists the help of friends Piglet, Christopher Robin, Tigger and Eeyore. The perfect addition to all Pooh fans' stockings.
Christmas at High Rising Angela Thirkell
Originally published in journals and magazines in the 1930s and 40s, these stories and essays by Angela Thirkell have been brought out as part of a selection of Virago Classics. Charming, irreverent and with a cover fit for a period edition of Vogue, this makes a very stylish stocking gift.
The Night Before Christmas Clemence C Y Moore
An exquisite stocking-filler-sized edition of the classic Christmas poem, first published in 1825. This book features magical silhouette illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat with festive scenes that transform with each turn of the page and a spectacular pop-up finale that can't fail to surprise and delight any reader.
The Greatest Gift Philip Van Doren Stern
It's A Wonderful Life has captivated audiences for decades, though few know the fascinating tale of its creation. When Philip Van Doren Stern struggled to find a publisher for his short story, he repurposed it as a Christmas card - that found its way into the hands of Frank Capra and Jimmy Stewart...
The Bookshop Book Jen Campbell
A perfect gift for bibliophiles. The Bookshop Book is both funny and touching, with amazing stories from booksellers all around the world - such as a man in Arizona who opened a bookshop that stocked his own book and nothing else, and another in Mongolia who sells books to herders of the Gobi desert.
Listellany: A Miscellany of Very British Top Tens John Rentoul
Every week in the Independent on Sunday, John Rentoul publishes a top 10, based on suggestions from the great British public. This debut collection features previously unpublished lists, from books most frequently bought but not read, to words that ought to be used more often, and best misquotations.
The third book from the anonymous writer of the Guardian's Secret Footballer column, this edition will educate even the most informed fanatic. Looking at all aspects of the beautiful game including tactics, politics, sponsorship - and an assessment of why England's national team has not moved forward.
Aunt Sass: Christmas Stories P L Travers
In the 1940s, author P L Travers wrote three autobiographical stories to give as Christmas gifts to friends. Each focuses on a character who asserted a lifelong influence on the narrator - particularly Aunt Sass, who was the inspiration for Mary Poppins. Funny, moving and charming, with beautiful illustrations.
Santa's Beard Matilda Tristram & Tom Duxbury
A unique, fun and interactive book that delights children no matter what age. All the tactile charm of touch and feel books but with a fantastic story as well. A must for young readers this Christmas.
Pocket Dolly Wisdom Hardie Grant Books
Songbird Dolly Parton is as much known for her sparky witticisms as her bestselling music. This handful of humour is complete with the Queen of Country's best-known quips, one-liners, solid Southern advice and life lessons. Perfect for banishing a bout of boredom and a cheery addition to any day.
Nonsense Limericks Faber Books
Faber Children's Classics have come up trumps with this revised edition of much-loved limericks from Edward Lear. With wonderfully lively caricature-style illustrations from Arthur Robbins, this laugh-out-loud hardback is perfect for rekindling some old-fashioned family time.
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