December 22nd – Authors make a Christmas wish for books they hope to receive

Marcie’s quizzed some more authors and asked them to reveal which books they’d like to get in their stocking this Christmas. Here’s what they said. . .


Ian Rankin

I’m hoping to get the latest le Carré – I’ve been a fan for several decades and I hear good things about his latest. My son volunteers at an Oxfam bookshop and also usually finds a few eclectic and quirky treats for me.

Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré

Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie.

Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all. Agent Running in the Field is a chilling portrait of our time, now heartbreaking, now darkly humorous, told to us with unflagging tension by the greatest chronicler of our age.


Noelle Holton

Delighted to have been asked by the lovely Marcie Steele to share with her a book that I would like to see under my Christmas tree this year. The tagline had me intrigued: The bigger the lie, the harder the truth is to believe… And being a HUGE fan of Ian Rankin, I was pretty excited to see Westwind was being (re) published this year – billed as the classic lost thriller, I just have to have it. So I guess I better not be too naughty if I want Santa to bring me my Christmas #bookwish right!?

Westwind by Ian Rankin

It always starts with a small lie. That’s how you stop noticing the bigger ones.

After his friend suspects something strange going on at the launch facility where they both work – and then goes missing – Martin Hepton doesn’t believe the official line of “long-term sick leave”…

Refusing to stop asking questions, he leaves his old life behind, aware that someone is shadowing his every move. The only hope he has is his ex-girlfriend Jill Watson – the only journalist who will believe his story. But neither of them can believe the puzzle they’re piecing together – or just how shocking the secret is that everybody wants to stay hidden…


L J Ross

The book I’d like to see under my tree this year is And Then There Were None by the great Agatha Christie. It’s one of my favourite mystery novels and I’ve read it many times, but I’d love a collector’s edition.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U.N.Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.

The tension escalates as the survivors realise the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…


Teresa Driscoll

I’d love to find a shiny, new copy of The Jolly Christmas Postman under my Christmas tree this year. It’s the most gorgeous children’s Christmas story with special pockets filled with messages and postcards and games. My two boys adored it when they were little. They are all grown up now but I’ve kept all their favourite children’s stories in my study. The other day, I was going through this pile only to discover that our battered and much-loved copy of this book has several of the treasures missing. It’s silly, I know, as we don’t have any little ones joining us this year but I hate to think of a house without this book (pockets full!) on standby for Christmas.

The Jolly Christmas Postman by Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg

It’s Christmas Eve and the Jolly Postman is delivering greetings to everyone’s favourite fairy-tale characters.

He has a card for Baby Bear, a game for Red Riding Hood, a get-well jigsaw for poor Humpty Dumpty and lots more packages to deliver!

The Jolly Postman keeps on peddling his bicycle up hill and down dale. . . and into everybody’s hearts.


Caroline Mitchell

I’d like the next Mel Sherratt, Liar Liar. Grace is a detective with heart and I love reading of her endeavours to keep her streets safe. I love Mel’s books because she includes the gamut of emotions that real life police officers go through, which makes them such an authentic read.

Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt

The truth can be a dangerous thing…

When a young boy falls from a balcony in a block of flats, DS Grace Allendale witnesses the shocking aftermath of the tragic event. But strangely, no one will admit to seeing anything – and the parents will only tell the police that it was an accident.

Determined to sort the truth from the lies, Grace is thrown into a case that takes her to the darkest corners of the criminal world – and strikes closer to home than she could have ever imagined…


Reader Interactions


  1. Love these book choices, although I do have to say I would agree with Caroline Mitchell in choosing Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt as I adore her Grace Allendale books.
    Happy Christmas everyone!

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