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Clemo Christmas gift guide 2022




It’s almost Christmas bookworms! There’s nothing nicer than finding a book under the tree. A present that you can spend time with later in the day, after the Christmas dinner when everyone is a little bit sleepy. Keep a Ferrero Roche and glass of port nearby for the cosiest festive reading experience. Here’s a round-up of the best books this season.




Adrift: A Tale of Lego Lost at Sea by Tracey Williams

Newquay based author Tracey Williams has been beachcombing the shores of Cornwall for almost a decade looking for the Lego remnants of the Tokio shipping container units lost at sea off the coast of Lands End in 1997. Were you lucky enough to meet her at our Newquay Farmer’s Market book signing event? Read more about it here.




Briefly, A Delicious Life by Nell Stevens

One of Clemo Club’s favourite books of the year, this absolutely charming novel is pure escapism and a pick I’d recommend to people of all interests. Set in 1838 in a Mallorcan monastery readers view the erotic and chaotic relationship of a composer and an author, through the eyes of Blanca a teenage ghost. Read more.





Growing Goats and Girls by Rosanne Hodin

For anyone looking for the good life, or perhaps for a bookworm who grew up on a farm this read is a muddy and glorious look at rural life. Tapping into our collective dream of living more simply follow the author’s memoir as they learn to rear goats, chickens, cows and bees.




How To Read Water by Tristain Gooley

Natural Navigator Tristan Gooley shares knowledge, skills, tips and useful observations to help you enjoy the landscape around you and learn about the magic of the outdoors from your living room. Get out onto the South West Coast Path with this book and you’ll be even more in awe of our coastline!





Dear Dolly by Dolly Alderton

Fans of The High Low will know and miss Dolly Alderton’s antics. After Everything I Know About Love comes this collection of collection of excerpts from her much-loved Sunday Times Style column. Without judgement and full of empathy Dolly shares her advice infor

med by her own famous dating tales.





Boy Friends by Michael Pedersen

Be gone toxic masculinity, this love letter is an ode to the authors gorgeous male friendships throughout his life. This book is an intimate and original memoir of love, grief and male friendship by one of Scotland's brightest young talents. “Friendships just might be the greatest love affairs of our lives.”





Wahala by Nikki May

Ronke, Simi, Boo are three mixed-race friends living in London.They have the gift of two cultures, Nigerian and English. Not all of them choose to see it that way. Everyday racism has never held them back, but now in their thirties, they question their future.





Bandoola: The Great Elephant Rescue by William Grill

This book is truly a work of art! When a world war comes to Myanmar (Burma), one special elephant becomes a hero. As people are forced to leave their home in the Burmese jungle, Bandoola, his keeper Po Toke and war veteran James Howard Williams (Aka Elephant Bill), undertake a journey that will test their courage, taking trust, understanding and bravery to the very limit. I love this book so much!


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