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Episode 57: Christmas Special

Broadcast 25 December, 2018

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For a bumper end-of-year special, Melissa, Louise and Imogen are joined in the studio by author, illustrator and designer Jack Noel and fiction editorial director Lauren Fortune to discuss favourite Christmas reads and books of the year 2018.


Our guests

Jack Noel

Lauren Fortune


Christmas Favourites

Brambly Hedge: Winter Story by Jill Barklem

Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper


Books of the Year

Illustrated Books

Baby's First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley and Stephen Collins

The Girls by Lauren Ace and Jenny Lovlie

Inside the Villains by Clothilde Perrin

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

How to be a Lion by Ed Vere

The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton and Angela Barrett

Middle Grade

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity by Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman

The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle

Tin by Padraig Kenny

How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T Smith

Young Adult

In Paris With You by Clementine Beauvais translated by Sam Taylor

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain

A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

What if it's Us? by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli

Non Fiction

Sounds of Nature: World of Birds by Robert Frank Hunter

Suffragette by David Roberts

Secret Science: The Amazing World Behind Your Eyes by Dara O Briain and Dan Bramall

Rebel Cats by Kimberlie Hamilton

Discoveries of the Year

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Hopscotch in the Sky by Lucinda Jacobs and Lauren O'Neill


Find out more

Publishing industry insiders' 2018 books of the year


Image from How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T Smith (Macmillan Children's Books)