There’s something about the way the Winter chill inspires one to curl up with a book by the fireplace; even if it means we just have to imagine one. I associate December with magic, mystery and merriment - each of which somehow mix and mingle to create the perfect story to tell, or read, on a cold winter’s night.
Here are all the books I’m reading this month that have me wishing away my realities, with every degree that the temperature drops and every page that turns.
La Belle Sauvage: The Book Of Dust - Philip Pullman
Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua…