Day 18 - Enjoy that Christmas feeling with our festive reading list

Our top 10 festive titles in accessible formats

From Cecelia Ahern’s ‘The Gift’ to Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, there’s no better way to get in the mood for Christmas than by reading a Christmas classic. Our team has come up with a top 10 of Christmas reads – both fiction and non-fiction – which you can find in our library in accessible formats. 


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Our festive top 10

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern

Everyday Lou Suffern battled with the clock. He always had two places to be at the same time. As Christmas draws closer, Lou starts to understand the value of time. He sees what is truly important in life, yet at the same time, he learns the harshest lesson of all.

Snowdrops on Rosemary Lane by Ellen Berry

Lucy fell in love with tumbledown Rosemary Cottage as a child. So 30 years on, when she loses her city job and discovers the cottage is for sale, it feels like fate. She’ll raise her children in Burley Bridge and transform the cottage into a B&B with her husband. But a year can change everything….

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge is a heartless old miser who doesn’t enjoy Christmas and doesn’t think anyone else should, either. But, one Christmas Eve, some ghostly visitors take Scrooge on a journey that changes his mind for ever.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

Imagine a year without the chaos and frenzy that has become part of our holiday tradition – this is just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they plan to skip Christmas and embark on a Caribbean cruise instead. But as this weary couple is about to discover – it’s not as easy as that.

Rumpole at Christmas by John Mortimer

Rumpole’s idea of a good Christmas is exchanging presents with She Who Must Be Obeyed before settling round the fire at Froxbury Mansions for the traditional turkey with all the trimmings. But, as Rumpole will soon discover, the criminal fraternity never rests.

Claude’s Christmas adventure by Sophie Pembroke

Claude is a loveable, big-eared, permanently hungry French Bulldog, who loves his humans, the McCawley family of number 11 Maple Drive to be precise. When Daisy and Oliver McCawley start using new words like, “ferry”, “chateau” and “France”, Claude realises they won’t be spending this Christmas at home.

The Fallen by Michael Wood

It’s Christmas in Sheffield. But not everyone is enjoying the festive season. A man has been found brutally murdered in his own home. The victim is Iain Kilbride, a once-famous TV star who has faded into obscurity. For DCI Matilda Darke, this is the perfect chance to prove her newly formed Murder Investigation Team are up to the task.

The Queen’s Speech: An Intimate Portrait of the Queen in Her Own Words by Ingrid Seward

In this intimate portrait of Her Majesty, Ingrid Seward uses the Queen’s speeches as a starting point to provide a revealing insight into the character of the woman who has reigned over us since the days when Churchill was Prime Minister.

Christmas Chronicles: Notes, Stories and 100 Essential Recipes for Midwinter by Nigel Slater

The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel Slater’s love for winter. With recipes, decorations, fables and quick fireside suppers, Nigel guides you through the essential preparations for Christmas and the New Year, with everything you need to enjoy the winter months.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas

This magical account of Dylan Thomas’s childhood and of Christmas Day in a small Welsh town has become a modern classic. It belongs, as such, to the tradition of Christmas and the Christmas carol, the wreath on the door or the lighted tree in the window.