Books To Change Your Life! Christmas Gift Ideas

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Whether you’re looking for inspiration, motivation or simply that little moment of zen, we’ve got the perfect books for you to get 2023 off to a good start!

Quiet Escapes: The definitive guide to travelling to find your Zen, by Emma Thomson. Quercus, HB, £22.

It can sometimes feel as though it’s impossible to escape the hustle and bustle of life but there are still a few little peaceful corners of the world where tranquillity reigns.

Top travel writer Emma Thomson invites us to take a peek at some of the best places to find your inner calm. From stargazing in New Zealand to an art safari in Zambia, this is the perfect book to inspire your next journey to seek out an oasis of calm.

You’ll Never Walk Alone: Poems For Life’s Ups and Downs by Rachel Kelly. Hodder & Stoughton,
HB, £16.99.

Poetry can be like a salve to the soul if you find just the right one to read in the right set of circumstances. This inspirational and soothing collection, organised according to the season, not only provides great comfort but acts as a friend, too, when there are times to celebrate.

As the title suggests, you’ll never walk alone when you have this trusty companion by your bedside.

Never Give In: The 12 Commando Rules for Life by Major Scotty Mills. Simon & Schuster, HB, £20.

Former Royal Marine, Major Scotty Mills, takes inspiration from his remarkable life and career to provide inspirational advice that anyone can apply to help them do better and reach their goals.

From leading the Marines on operations around the world, to dining at Buckingham Palace with the Queen, Scotty’s life experiences offer a fascinating insight into his life as a Marine and readers can’t fail to be inspired.

The Big Issue Presents Letter To My Younger Self: Inspirational Women devised and edited by Jane Graham. Blink. HB. £16.99.

The ‘Letter To My Younger Self’ interview feature is one of the most popular sections in The Big Issue magazine sold by people who are homeless. In the feature, a host of interesting people share their experiences, regrets and long-held dreams. This brilliant second volume features letters from a range of inspiring women such as Dolly Parton, Joan Bakewell and Julia Donaldson. A truly inspiring read.

Bake Yourself Happy by Steph Greenwell. Greenfinch, HB, £22.

Bread, cake and patisserie… celebrate cake in all its glorious forms in this stunning baking book which contains over 50 recipes, written by The Great British Bake Off contestant Steph Blackwell.

GBBO finalist Steph discovered the healing power of baking while struggling with her mental health. In Bake Yourself Happy she shares her favourite recipes and shows how the simple act of baking can work wonders when it comes to boosting your mood and improving your wellbeing.

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