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Presents sorted! 10 best books to gift in 2020

Books make for excellent Christmas presents - but with so many stunners coming out this year, which ones to gift? We picked the brain of local indie bookshop, Mostly Books in Abingdon

For fiction lovers: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

A beautiful story about a lonely young woman who, after deciding that her life isn’t worth living, takes some tablets and goes to sleep.  She wakes up in the Midnight library which is full of bookshelves and every book on the shelf represents her life as it could have been had she chosen a different path.  It’s like Sliding Doors in a book, is amazingly well written and sensitively deals with the concepts of loneliness and depression

For non-fiction fans: Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake

A scientific exploration of the world of fungi (more interesting than it sounds, honestly!). They are everywhere, and this delightfully written book, written like a story, explores how fungi provide a key to understanding both the planet and life itself.

For foodies: The Hand & Flower Cookbook, Tom Kerridge

The Hand and Flowers cookbook

A celebration of Tom Kerridge’s 15 years at The Hand & Flowers. This beautiful cookbook contains 70 recipes that have been served in the pub, some of which are still on the menu today. Amazing photographs and a real celebration of a culinary institution.

For gardeners: My Garden World by Monty Don

My Garden World by Monty Don

See the countryside and garden change month by month through Monty Don’s eyes thanks to his bestselling year-long journal (his gorgeous dogs Nigel and Nellie make several appearances, of course). Ideal for serious gardeners and casual hobbyists alike.

For anyone making New Year’s resolutions: 30 Day Kick Start Plan by Joe Wicks

The nation’s favourite stand-in P.E. teacher is back with a health and fitness book that’s perfect for the New Year. Packed with over 100 recipes and energy-boosting workouts, this is a great gift for anyone who always starts a new regime come Jan.

For crime aficionados: The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo

If you know someone who’s a fan of Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole books, then the latest mystery from the Norwegian crime novelist should go down a treat. It focuses on the lives of orphaned brothers Carl and Roy, and their dark family secrets threatening to make a reappearance.

For young readers: Isadora Moon Goes to a Wedding by Harriet Muncaster

Isadora Moon

Isadora is part fairy and part vampire. In this book, she is going to be a bridesmaid at her Aunt’s wedding but, as tends to be the case when Isadora is around, things don’t quite go according to plan. A beautiful hardback perfect for readers aged 6 and up.

For pre-teens: Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow, Book 3 by Jessica Townsend


The third installment in the Nevermoor series, Morrigan Crow and her friends are looking forward to their second year at the magical Wundrous Society but, after a strange illness takes hold of Nevermoor, Morrigan realises that it is up to her to find a cure.  Fast paced, full of magic and perfect for fans of Harry Potter.

For history buffs: Heroes by Stephen Fry

Heroes by Stephen Fry

Following in the footsteps of his bestseller Mythos, Stephen Fry returns with his re-telling of the stories of ancient Greek heroes. Expect classic tales told with a modern voice and signature Fry charm.

For working parents: The Work/Parent Switch by Anita Cleare

Could there be a more relevant book in 2020? If you know parents who have struggled with the homeschooling/work balance this year, this new tome from expert Anita Cleare is packed with practical advice.

You can pick up all of these books and more from Mostly Books in Abingdon, either in person or from their online shop – delivery is free within a five-mile radius!

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