Top 10 books you should be buying for Christmas

Give the gift of reading this Christmas with a book they won’t want to put down.

We’ve gathered together the top 10 most popular books at Waterstones to help you find the perfect book for all the family.


As the first African-American First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama has emerged as an icon and inspirational woman of our era. This memoir written by Michelle invites readers into her world, sharing her experiences that have shaped her childhood through to her years as an executive balancing motherhood and work to her time spent at the White House with her husband and daughters.

This book is warm, honest and inspirational and will make the perfect gift this Christmas.



For the Harry Potter fan in your life, gift them J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald where the Wizarding World journey continues!

This mysterious and magical story follows the powerful dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald who was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. He escapes custody and gathers up his followers, most who are unaware of his true agenda… to raise pure-blood wizards to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to stop Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student who is unaware of the dangers that lie ahead to help him. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.



Turning a touchy subject into a light-hearted, humorous book, Ladybird’s The Story of Brexit will sure to make you laugh. It provides a timely answer for those who are simply confused by the complexities of Brexit. 

This is the ideal stocking filler for someone who doesn’t take life too seriously!



Chosen by the booksellers at Waterstones, Normal People is the second novel from the most talked-about debut novelist of 2017, Sally Rooney. Set in rural Ireland, Normal People follows the story of Connell and Marianne who live in the same small town but come from very different worlds. It is only when they both attend Trinity College in Dublin that their connection grows and lasts for time to come. It is a love story that shows how a person can change another person’s life and tells us about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.



Take your kids on an epic adventure this Christmas with David Walliam’s latest children’s book ‘The Ice Monster’. This is the story of a ten-year-old orphan and a 10,000-year-old mammoth. When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster – a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole – she wants to know more! A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature, and sparks the adventure of a lifetime – from London to the heart of the Arctic!



Delve into the mind of Stephen Hawking with his final thoughts on the universe’s biggest questions in his new book ‘Brief Answers to the Big Questions’.

Throughout his extraordinary career, world-famous cosmologist has expanded our understanding of the universe and unravelled some of its greatest mysteries. Discover his personal view on the challenges we are going to face as a human race, and where we are, as a planet, going to be heading next.

Can we predict the future? What is inside a black hole? Will artificial intelligent outsmart us? Find all this out in his brilliant book that will stimulate your mind and leave you wanting to know more.



Keep your gift receiver on the edge of their seats with this gripping read over the Christmas break.

Known as one of the world’s leading thriller writers, Lee Child is back with ‘Past Tense’. This nail-biting thriller follows Jack Reacher on an epic road trip across America where he stops off at a place he has never been before in New England woods, where he believes his father was born. It’s only when Reacher asks about his old family home in the city clerk’s office that he is told no-one named Reacher ever lived in that town. Was his father ever there in the first place?



Know someone who can’t get enough of interesting facts? Complied by the team behind TV hit series QI, blow their minds with their new book ‘2,024 QI Facts To Stop You In Your Tracks’ and discover the unusual facts you didn’t think you needed to know.



One of the most read and talked about books of 2018, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine touches on loneliness and social awkwardness with the story of Eleanor Oliphant. Eleanor Oliphant avoids social interactions and lives by a simple routine of frozen pizza, phone calls with Mummy and vodka. It’s only when doing act of kindness for stranger that Eleanor soon realises she needs to learn how to navigate the world around her and build connections with people.



Produced by the UK’s best selling satirical magazine and edited by ‘Have I Got News For You’ Ian Hislop, The Private Eye Annual 2018 presents the year’s best cartoons, jokes and spoofs from the magazine featuring humorous cartoons, sketches and photo bubbles. This book will make the perfect gift for the difficult to buy for Dad or a secret Santa gift, with it being under £10!


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