It's the run up to Christmas, and  BooksfromScotland is full-to-bursting with recommendations for book gifts for every kind of reader. From fiction, poetry and memoir to humour, cookery and art, we hope you find something you'd like to put under the tree for a special someone.
Our Booksellers Recommend
It's not only BooksfromScotland you can rely on for great book recommendations. Our marvellous booksellers do it every day across the country. We asked a few of them what they'll be recommending to their customers this Christmas.
Nativity Poems
Rosemary Hector re-imagines the Nativity story through a series of poems offering different voices and perspectives.
The Best of the Big Yin

Billy Connolly's latest book is a collection of his best routines and stories. BooksfromScotland was happy to delve into the archives to hear some of them again.
Season's Greetings

When Stephen Rutt moved to Dumfries, he found that paying attention to the natural world helped root himself in his new home. His new book covers his first year there.
The power of reading

I Go Quiet is beautiful, special book celebrating the wonder of reading and the imagination. With illustrations this brilliant, you'll want to linger over every page!
David Robinson Reviews

The end of the year is often a time of reflection, particularly on those who are no longer with us. David Robinson is moved by the bravery and honesty of Kenneth Roy's memoir on his terminal illness.
The Call of the Wild

Andy Howard is gaining fans everywhere for his beautiful nature photography found in his two books The Secret Life of the Mountain Hare and The Secret Life of The Cairngorms. We spoke to him about his career so far.
It's All Material

The Secret Life of Tartan is a beautiful and fascinating history of Scotland's iconic cloth.  Within its pages, Vixy Rae speaks to many people involved in the tartan industry, including historian Peter MacDonald.
The Secret Life of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

After his career as an architect, and as his health started to falter, Charles Rennie Mackintosh moved to France. While there he concentrated mainly on painting vibrant and colourful watercolours.
I expect you to buy!

John Rain is a Bond superfan, starting a podcast to celebrate his love for all things 007. He has now written a book on the film franchise, and we caught up with him to discuss his favourite Bond moments.
Catch up with the rest of the Feeling Festive Issue
And there's more in our Feeling Festive Issue, including:
The Scots Whay Hae! Best of Books 2019 Podcast

I've been taking part in Alistair Braidwood's Scots Whay Hae! Best of Books Podcast for the last three years and it's always great fun to chat with him about the year in books. I hope you enjoy our overview of 2019, which includes loads of titles that have featured in BooksfromScotland over the year.
If you enjoyed our Feeling Festive Issue then you might also like our previous Burning the Yule Issue available to read in our archive of past Issues.

I hope you agree that the books we've highlighted this month are excellent choices for Christmas gifts. What books will you be giving people this year? What book would you like to see under your tree? Let us know by tweeting @scottishbooks and we'll share your highlights. 

We wish you a brilliant festive season and happy reading!

All best wishes,

Vikki Reilly

Online Editor
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