This much-anticipated holiday is the ideal time to make a start on reading your To Be Read pile! Members of the Oxford English and Secondary Schools marketing team share what they will be reading this festive period.
Kirsty: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, this Pulitzer Prize winning novel tells the story of Cora and Caesar, two slaves in the southeastern United States.
Lucy: The Ditch by Herman Koch, an exploration of pathological jealousy when Robert Walter, a popular mayor of Amsterdam, suspects his wife of infidelity.
Katie: Middle England by Jonathan Coe, the final part of a trilogy, following on from The Rotters’ Club and The Closed Circle.
Fi: Red Seas under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, the second book in a fantasy series that continues the adventures of Locke Lamora, a professional thief and con artist.
Lionel: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, this large-scale historical novel charts Thomas Cromwell’s rapid rise to power in the court of Henry VIII.
Susie: The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare. “I love to do a series marathon over the holidays!”
Helen: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong or Underland by Robert McFarlane
Kat: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, a haunting fantasy novel set near an ahistorical Victorian London.
Gina: Twas the Night Shift Before Christmas by Adam Kay, the follow up to the record-breaking million copy bestseller and 2018 Book of the Year, This is Going to Hurt.
Ria: Little Women by Louisa M Alcott, this classic is being reread before the film comes out!
Fiona: Circe by Madeline Miller, a captivating retelling of the Odysseus story from the point of view of the witch, Circe.
Madelene: 10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak, “A work of brutal beauty and consummate tenderness’ Simon Schama
Louise: Box of Delights by John Masefield, this children’s fantasy novel is a sequel to The Midnight Folk