Whilst publishers will continue announcing new titles right through to November, ready to be wrapped and placed under the tree, there are some books that will make great Christmas presents that have already come onto the market in 2019. Some of these are included in this list of books that will make great presents this Christmas 2019.

Books are one of the classic Christmas gifts and can open up new worlds for many. While you can search only for a huge Christmas gifts guide you can also add in one of the Christmas classics that may have been passed down to you. Here is our list of 19 books for you to consider:

New in 2019

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

A debut novel set in a remote Russian community in which two sisters disappear, which sets in motion an evocative, moving and original debut novel which speaks to the complex yet enduring bonds of community.

The Dragonfly Sea by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

One of the most impressive and breath-taking authors from Kenya has written a vibrant coming-of-age novel about a young woman battling to find her place in the world.

The New Me by Halle Butler

A stinging parody of the false promise of reinvention, by Halle Butler, Granta Best Young American Novelist and National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree, making her one of the most celebrated young writers working today.

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

With astonishing empathy, the story blends the personal and the political into a powerful, original novel about migration and displacement.

The Capital by Robert Menasse

A timely satirical look at the current state of the European project is a dark comedy of manners packed with urgency. The inevitability of our times and the irony of fate.

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

The real story of a group of Mennonites in Bolivia after a grievous epidemic of drugging and sexual assault is fictionalised here in an electric and timeless novel about what it means to keep the faith truly.

The Moon and Her Stars by Rupi B. Kaur

A journey of love, falling, rising, inspiration, and growing. A poetic celebration of life and love in all its forms.

An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo

Two hundred years after the Mvskoke people were forcibly removed from their original lands, Joy Harjo returns to her family’s lands and opens a dialogue with history.

I’ll Give You a Dollar If You Consider This Art… by Toddy Smith and Darren Nuzzo

This acclaimed collection of stories, poems, comics, and other ponderables features writing heavily rooted in literature yet shaped by the 21st century.

Poetry and Prose Classics for Christmas

The Iliad

The Iliad is one of the two great epics of Homer, and one of the greatest war stories of all time, with a new audiobook edition published in 2019.

 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss

“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season! Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.” Just like Scrooge, he is the crankiest, scowling holiday grumps of all time.

 The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

A collection of poetic essays that are philosophical, spiritual, and, above all, inspirational. Now available in 23 languages, including bilingual editions.

1984 by George Orwell

A rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Written at the time when Stalin’s U.S.S.R. still deported the enemies of the Party to gulags, and the Cold War between this country and the USA had just begun.

The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter

This iconic Christmas tale, a tailor struggles to make it through a cold and long winter until a group of mice help him do his work.

The Greatest Gift by Philip Van Doren Stern

The text that inspired the Oscar-winning classic Christmas movie It’s a Wonderful Life, written and originally published in 1943.

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem, Maya Angelou

In this beautiful, deeply moving poem, Maya Angelou inspires us to embrace the peace and promise of Christmas, so that hope and love can once again light up our holidays.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

“A Christmas Carol” captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel. Perfect for those who believe that all who go around with Merry Christmas on their lips should be buried with a stake of holly through their heart. Bah humbug!

Letters from Father Christmas by J.R.R. Tolkien

An inventive and child-friendly collection of stories from one of our greatest fantasy writers.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

One of the best classic Christmas poems of all time: ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…

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