‘A Literary Christmas’ is an anthology by the British Library, published in 2013.
While I realise this is a book I could potentially be the last person to know about, I really thought it was worth sharing if you’re still looking for a nice bookish gift. A few weeks ago I mooched around the bookshop for some ‘coffee table’ style poetry books I could flick through time to time. My eye’s attention was caught by this beautiful cover:
But also because it has the word ‘Christmas’ plastered on the front! That’s got to be perfect for me, I thought. And so quite on a whim, the book now rests on the chest in my bedroom. Having cast a glance at the contents I can see a lot of names I know and love, and a lot I have never read but respect just the same. Though I haven’t read the book cover to cover yet, I’m quite confident I will enjoy it. What I have read so far is encouraging. It’s working perfectly, which I intended it to be, as a book I dip in and out of occasionally.
For whatever reason, I didn’t expect it to be so traditional in content. But I love that I can sample segments of classic writers work without committing myself to full novels. Also the illustrations throughout are just beautiful. I really don’t think any book lover would be disappointed to find this under their tree.
I can’t believe there’s only a week to go!