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Christmas is covered thanks to Sky Arts Book Club

The ever popular Sky Arts Book Club series returns for a unique Christmas Special on Sky Arts at 8pm Wednesday, 14 December. It follows on from the four-episode series that aired in September and a Summer Special featuring Minnie Driver in July, all available on Sky Arts catchup, Freeview and NOW TV.

Hosted by Andi Oliver and Elizabeth Day, with literary podcaster and youtuber Simon Savidge providing recommendations throughout, the Christmas Special leads with musician Sophie Ellis-Bextor who brings Love. Family. Food. Recipes from the Kitchen Disco to the table, and has her personal recommendations for Christmas books for the family. 

Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Christmas recommendations:

Sophie’s recommendations cater for most ages, as a mother of five aged three, seven, 10, 13 and 18.

  • Maybe by Chris Haughton – for younger children
  • My Hero Academia by Kōhei Horikoshi – for older children
  • Stories I Might Regret Telling You by Martha Wainwright – for music lovers
  • The Bomber Mafia by Malcolm Gladwell – military history
  • Face Paint by Lisa Eldridge – coffee table book about make-up
  • The Go-Between by L P Hartley – classic.

Books to cheer up even the grumpiest Christmas guest:

  • Elizabeth Day – The Complete Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
  • Andi Oliver – The Girl With the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
  • Simon Savidge – My Mess Is a Bit of a Life by Georgia Pritchett
  • Osman Yousefzada – Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood
  • Jane Garvey – Clive James on Television by Clive James
  • Fi Glover – Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
  • Maggie O’Farrell – O Caledonia by Elspeth Barker.

Simon Savidge’s additional Christmas Special recommendations:

Two more books on creativity if you enjoyed The Go-Between by L P Hartley: 

  • Wreck by Tom De Freston
  • Manifesto by Bernardine Evaristo.

Two more humorous books if you enjoyed Did I say that out loud? by Jane Garvey and Fi Glover:

  • The Marmalade Diaries by Ben Aitken
  • Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby.

Two more historical novels if you enjoyed The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

  • The Night Ship by Jess Kidd
  • The Dance Tree by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

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Shannon Maher

Shannon holds a bachelor’s in New Media and English, and a Master’s in Literary Theory. She has gone on to write for several online publications, specialising in the themes of culture and film criticism. Shannon is now the staff writer at Hurst Media Company, and covers a range of topics, specialising in culture, for

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