The classic Christmas novel is “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens (see 10 April) but there are plenty of other stories with Yuletide themes:
- “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry is a short story and ideal if you’re time poor.
- “Hercule Poirot’s Christmas” by Agatha Christie is a fun whodunnit and also a vignette of the merry Christmases of Christie’s Victorian youth.
- “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham starts off Scrooge-like, but not even Dickens could keep that up.
- “Hogfather” by Terry Pratchett. This is one of my nephew Ben’s favourites. He says it’s a fantasy/comedy masterwork and the characters include Death, a mainframe computer and the god of hangovers.
- “Visions of Sugar Plums” by Janet Evanovich is a bonus for Stephanie Plum fans and an excellent introduction to Stephanie Plum for others.
- “Village Christmas” and “Christmas Mouse” by Miss Read are as classically English as a robin on a Christmas card.
- “The Nine Tailors” by Dorothy L. Sayers is another mystery masterpiece.