Struggling with what to buy certain people in your life this year for Christmas? We’ve all been there. But fear not, our team have spent a great deal of time hand-selecting gifts for loved ones for you this year, so you won’t have to pull your hair out over the perfect gift for your Auntie Ruth!




The Thrill-Loving Family Member



Derek Dell - Flash Before Your Eyes by Les Fields


Derek and Juliet Dell live in French Polynesia. Derek, now retired, owned an underwater photography and scuba diving business in the South Pacific for decades. The family arrives to celebrate Christmas and Derek teaches them the basics of diving. While hunting lobster for a beach barbecue, Derek's dive goes spectacularly wrong. He finds himself alone at the bottom of the sea. As he lay motionless and drowning, Derek's life begins to flash before his eyes. He recalls his experience with shark wrangling and other pioneer diving in the early South Pacific. Derek dives to the South Pacific's highest adventures while working to keep its deepest secrets. Clandestine activities born of post-Cold War fears. Derek must face this work and balance his family life as a single parent to a loving daughter. In these final moments, what does he think? How can there be a happy ending?




The Hopelessly Romantic Friend



Yellow Light by S. Elizabeth Cook


Yellow Light is the third work from Kentuckian, S. Elizabeth Cook's ‘arsenal' and is an expression of lament and heartbreak, but also of love, strength and perseverance. To borrow her own phrase, S. Elizabeth knows all too well ‘the beauty in heartache and the deflating pain of love', but she believes ‘you must fall and let it hurt'. Only through pain and experience, can one truly heal, grow and flourish. Yellow Light is a journey of such woes, but it is all an account of courage to stay strong and true, and of love and hope, and passion. Yellow Light is for all whose own path has darkened and yearn for something bright.






The Sports loving Uncle



Simple Words from the Saddle by Scot Whitlock


Is there a thriftier way to see the world, keep fit and avoid carbon emissions other than cycling? Bet anyone a million pounds they can think of one and get rich quick, for they won't get very far unless they get on a bike.

Unless, of course, they've read Simple Words from the Saddle and found out for themselves what cyclists are smiling about. Scot Whitlock has cycled through China and the Ukraine, round the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands, around France, Spain and even parts of England and Wales. Now his travels appear in one book where others can share the fun.

Almost as good as the real thing, Whitlock's lively and observant accounts will allow veteran cyclists to weigh up a selection of new trails to blaze, even as he tips off beginners about cycle routes safe for kids.

Can't do it on a bike? Don't blame him.



The Nerdy Sibling



The New World By Barry Leonard


Reputations count for nothing as master tactician Houdin returns to competition to apply his much-acclaimed gaming skills in a challenging new environment. A new game, Unity Online, run by artificial intelligence, in an unsettling new world. To embark on fresh quests and strive for hitherto unreached levels of performance, he has to assemble a combative team with the right combination of talents. The tests they face will stretch Houdin's powers of leadership and the skills of his team to the limit. They will have precious little time to learn and develop cohesion in hostile surroundings. Assumptions based on previous games are of scant help as the rules of engagement have changed radically. In a breathtaking adventure that involves threats from goblins, trolls, spiders, giants and other uncompromising adversaries, the team must adapt fast to stay in the contest and prosper.





To the Mother who Drinks Rosé



Two Point Five Cheers for the Library by Outi Pickering


Mimosa MacAroon, Vladimir Logoff and Claire Twinsett; just a few of the hilariously contrived characters set the scene for this well thought out novel based on ‘office politics'.

The career path of Outi Pickering and her experience as a librarian gives an excellent insight into multi-tiered management. Add to this a clever tongue-in-cheek observation of people and we have a very entertaining novel.

The ability to turn a mundane event - such as pigeons on the window sill, ordering and delivery of stationery goods and requisites - will have you identifying these same issues at some point in your years of employment. A simple theme but expanded into an excellent comedy. The recipe? A touch of ‘Faulty Towers', a teaspoon of ‘The Office', and a bit of ‘Open All Hours'. Ah, bliss!





 The Fun-Loving Kid



The Deep Dark Plughole by Jo Lee



An enticing story, which allows the children to become engrossed. This story tells you of a spider, which lives in the plughole of a bath. As you read on, you will discover it's a very hungry spider. As you peer from the edge of the bath, one tantalising snack after another gets gobbled up before your eyes. Don't be afraid, the spider only wants to play. Enjoy learning about the creepy crawlies and at the end - you will have a decision to make.





The History Loving Grandparent



Snapshots by Frank M Kelly


In this memoir, Frank M. Kelly deftly details life in Britain, from the start of the Great Depression through to the end of the London Blitz and the Second World War. Evoking William Blake's Jerusalem, Kelly vividly recalls the contrasting life in the dense, industrial lands of our capital and with its ‘dark Satantic mills', to life as an evacuee in the West Country's peaceful ‘pleasant pastures green'. Kelly expertly paints the life of the evacuee who was ‘coming of age' at such a difficult time for the Britain, and indeed the rest of the world, and the adjustments one was forced to make in both a post and pre-war world. Each page is imbued with pathos and dark humour; Snapshots is a must read for those with an interest in Second World War Britain, and for the amateur historian. As Kelly himself says, it is important for each generation to learn from the past, and who better to guide you through London, and indeed England, during the Blitz than a man who lived through it?