Books are truly one of the best presents to receive, and naturally, as a group of 40+ book lovers, most of our team were lucky enough to be gifted with one or two this Christmas.


When asking our team which books they were lucky enough to find under the tree, we received an endless list. We've picked a few of our favourites.


Our Retail and Marketing team leader, Emma, received a beautiful edition of the Tales of Beedle the Bard, illustrated by the brilliant Chris Riddell.

The Tales of Beedle the Bard are the Harry Potter Wizarding World version of fairy tales, and contain some very sweet and magical stories, with annotations and notes by Professor Dumbledore.

This collection, like any earlier editions, was published in aid of the Charity Lumos, an international Children's charity founded in 2005 by J K Rowling herself.


She was also given a 30 year anniversary edition of Matilda, with her imagined as Chief Executive of the British Library.

This year marked the 30 year anniversary of the publication of Roald Dahl's beloved Matilda. In celebration, the story's original illustrator created three new covers for the story, each depicting Matilda 30 years later, as an adult. One shows her as an astrophysicist, one shows her as a world traveler, and one shows her as Chief Executive of the British Library. Of course, the latter is the one that was received by one of our booksellers.

91i0tkuV6cLAnd finally, a heartwarming tale by comedian Ben Miller, The Night I Met Father Christmas.

Ben Miller, comedian, actor, director and writer, released this lovely story in October this year, which he had written in the hopes of keeping his eldest son believing in Father Christmas.

It's the story of a rather mean and grumpy elf, who's shown the true meaning of Christmas.

The story is the perfect Christmas gift, something to read in this time between Christmas and New Year when you're not quite ready to let go of the festive season.


Period Piece: A Cambridge Childhood was gifted to one of our Darwin team members, Khushi, and this one is close to our hearts here at Bookbarn due to it's connection to one of our directors, William Pryor.

Written and illustrated by Gwen Raverat, Grand-daughter of Charles Darwin, the book is a memoir of childhood. Since its initial print run in 1952, the book has never been out of print.

If you're interested in giving it a read, we've got plenty of copies here at Bookbarn, and also some framed illustrations by this talented artist.



One of our customer care team, who is a mother-to-be, received a book that will (hopefully) help her with the challenge of motherhood, Little Miss Busy Surviving Motherhood.

Roger Hargreaves Mr Men and Little Miss books are loved by children everywhere, and like the adult versions of the famous five books by Enid Blyton, these for grown-ups books are entertaining and funny. Others include Little Miss Shy goes Online Dating and Mr Happy and the Office Party.

She also was given a copy of the Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffer, for her little bump, and A Guinea Pig Christmas Carol, which we absolutely love the sound of.

Our Health and Safety manager received a copy of Who Owns the Future by Jaron Lanier. Our director, William, had a copy of In Xanadu by William Dalrymple. The Full Stop Café Manager, Beki, received a copy of the Tattooist of Auschwitz, and The Vegetarian. 


We also gifted some books to others, which we were just as excited about.

Our COO Fenna gifted these to friends and family:
Arundhati Roy's The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, Han Kang's The Vegetarian and Nick Cave's The Death of Bunny Munro.


Our retail team leader gifted these:
Gary Russell's The Art of Lord of the Rings, Douglas Westcott's Go Swift and Far (signed), and 50 Things About My Mother.


Let us know which bookish gifts you found under the tree this year. Meanwhile, we've got some reading to do...