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Clemo Christmas gift guide 2023

HO HO HO it’s the Clemo Books Christmas gift guide, back again for 2023!

Gifting a book during the festive period is almost as nice as finding one under the tree with your name on it. We’ve compiled a list of Yuletide picks perfect for people you just don’t know what to get. We’ll have all of these in stock at Clemo Books’ new location 33b Bank Street, Newquay, open from Saturday 25 November.

Big Swiss by Jen Beagin

A 2023 Clemo Club favourite this book follows transcriber xx as she falls for someone she’s heard too much about. Sex therapist Om was one of our favourite characters - prepare to cringe. It’s also being adapted into a TV series starring Jodie Comer so could be a good pick for fans of Killing Eve.

Normal Women : 900 Years of Making History

Philippa Gregory has rewritten history through a female lens. Unlike the history books might lead us to believe women did play a role in major historical events. The bestselling period novelist maps an alternative account of Britain's past through the eyes of guild widows, highwaywomen and other pivotal female figures. Definitely one for period drama lovers.

How to Wild Swim : What to Know Before Taking the Plunge

A book for people that want to dip their toes into cold water swimming. It’s full of stories and tips to help people learn more about the outdoor pursuit that’s swept up lots of Cornish folk. Perfect for reading after you get home under a blanket with a cup of tea close by. 

Entangled Life (The Illustrated Edition)

If you like Merlin Sheldrake’s Entangled Life this illustrated edition will make the perfect companion copy. A beautiful hardback with over 100 illustrations to stare at makes it a lovely present for a fun-gi…

Weird Walk : Wanderings and Wonderings through the British Ritual Year

Set within the seasons this book explores a radical idea through walking the ancient landscape of Britain. It’s a perfect book for readers of the Weird Walk magazine or followers of their Instagram, or for people who just like a good walk outdoors. 


This book is reimagining the second half of women’s life weaving myth, psychology and memoir, Sharon Blackie argues that menopause ushers in a rich and vibrant new phase of life. Learn something new over the holiday and feel emboldened heading into a new year.

Light Over Liskeard

Perfect for those who want to leave tech behind with a book (and possibly for good), this tale follows Q as he retreats from his work as a quantum cryptographer to a bedraggled Cornish farmhouse. It’s a novel about what really matters in life from the bestselling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Storyland : Discover the magical myths and lost legends of Britain

Amy Jeffs bestselling Storyland has been reworked so that children and their grown ups can enjoy the myths and lost legends of Britain together. Will Cornwall’s own King Arthur feature? 

Christmas Eve at The Moon Under Water

A treat for the festive season, read this one together and be enchanted by the painterly illustrations and poetry by former poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. 

Clemo Books will be open throughout the Christmas season and we’ll even have a gift-wrapping service on selected dates. If you haven't spotted our shop location yet you can find Clemo Books at 33b Bank Street, Newquay, TR7 1DJ. We can’t wait to welcome you into Newquay’s new bookshop for our first Christmas in operation.  

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