A Harry Potter classic, a collection of spooky stories

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    ROBYN WILDER’S CHRISTMAS READ IS… COLLECTED GHOST STORIES

    Before I had kids and moved out of London, what I’d like to do at Christmas-time is find the draughtiest, most Elizabethan-looking pub I could find and curl up in a corner of it with a book of MR James’ ghost stories. In Victorian times, the reading of ghost stories was a Christmas Eve tradition — and there are none scarier, nor more festive, than those of MR James. During his time as a Cambridge don, he would gather revellers by the fireside and recite tales of being pursued across a winter beach by unseen evil (Whistle And I’ll Come To You); a lurking, cobweb-covered ghost (The Tractate Middoth); and the discovery of a mysterious, ominous crown (A Warning To The Curious). Because Christmas isn’t Christmas, for me, unless I have a mince pie in my hand and a chill up my spine.
    • BUY Collected Ghost Stories on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

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    CAROLINE O’DONOGHUE’S CHRISTMAS READ IS… CALYPSO BY DAVID SEDARIS

    At Christmas, I always go back to stories about families more stressful than mine: David Sedaris, Adrian Mole, that kind of thing. This Christmas, I’m going to re-read and take my time with Sedaris’ Calypso, which I devoured in one day over the summer and want to come back for a second, more relaxed go.
    • BUY Calypso by David Sedaris on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

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    SAM BAKER’S CHRISTMAS READ IS… CASSANDRA DARKE BY POSY SIMMONDS

    I am a Posy Simmonds addict – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Gemma Bovary and Tamara Drewe – so a new graphic novel by her is a real event. Cassandra Darke is a slight departure – mean, selfish and solitary, living alone in her Mayfair flat, Cassandra is a female Scrooge with a pleasingly unpleasant edge. My plan is to spend Boxing Day reading this. Now, all I need is for someone to buy it for me!
    • BUY Cassandra Darke by Posy Simmonds on Amazon or pop in to your local bookshop.

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    VIC PARSONS’S CHRISTMAS READ IS… HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE BY JK ROWLING

    I generally, consistently, consistently end up re-perusing the greater part of Harry Potter at Christmas. Like, keeping awake until late the entire night to understand it. My sister does likewise. We could most likely cite the books to one another, through and through, so I have no clue why we try perusing them once more. Send help?

    • Purchase Harry Potter and the Cup of Fire by J. K. Rowling on Amazon or fly in to your nearby bookshop.

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    LAUREN BRAVO’S CHRISTMAS READ IS… NINA STIBBE’S AN ALMOST PERFECT CHRISTMAS

    I just know I’m going to love this as much as I’ve loved all her other books. I’m spending Christmas away from my family this year, which means I’m going to be a puddle of sentimental nostalgia for turkey panic, terrible Round Robin letters, remote-control wars and other mini festive melodramas. This might just be the next best thing.

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