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#FoylesFive: Magical Books

6th December 2017 - Matt Blackstock


#FestiveFive: Magical Reads

The leaves are falling, the mornings are frosty and the nights are long. It’s a magical time of year, filled with fun and laughter, but also ghosts walking on snowy paths… As this time of year is one of my favourites, I have gathered together a handful of magical reads. These books will enhance the supernatural tingle in the air and offer something to escape into; winter can be busy as well as enchanting.


Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

Makepeace is only young, but her life is already full of terrors. The spirits that most people dismiss or are oblivious to are all too real to her, haunting her constantly. As the 12-year-old Makepeace is thrown into disarray and into the middle of the English Civil War, her only defence could be the one thing she fears the most. A terrifying tale from Frances Hardinge, author of The Lie Tree, which will seep inside your mind and inhabit your every thought between readings.


Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson

The glorious Jeanette Winterson's twelve Christmas stories are the perfect way to get into the mood for Christmas. With haunting tales, stories full of joy, and even a collection of fantastic Christmas recipes, Christmas Days it the perfect gift for anyone, even yourself.


Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami

Not Christmassy at all, but a superb collection of short stories filled to the brim with weird happenings, encompassing the sense of magic that I personally find completely captivating. Vanishings, snakes, and time dissolving are all part of what makes this book and its author so so special.


What We See in the Stars by Kelsey Oseid

Almost nothing is a magical or as mesmerising as the stars. With this frankly dazzling companion under your arm, you can guide yourself across the night sky finding new and cosmic things to gaze upon.


Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O'Hara

This wonderful fairytale about a girl and her shadow is one of my favourite picture books of this year. Told with grace and charm, and with sublime illustrations that leap out of the page. It would be hard not to fall in love with this beautiful book.



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