10 BEST SNOW DAY BOOKS

In honour of #blizzard2016 these are some of my favourite wintry reads....
  1. 1.
    Caribou Island by David Vann
    The bitter chill of Alaskan winter depicted in this brilliant novel will give you shivers however well wrapped-up you are. A gripping psychological roller coaster of a book.
  2. 2.
    Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter Høeg
    Probably the most detailed descriptions of types of snow you will ever read, as snow-expert Smila tries to piece together what happened to her young neighbour. Set in Denmark and Greenland.
  3. 3.
    The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis
    A warming winter read that's well worth revisiting. This could actually be read in one (glorious) snow day.
  4. 4.
    Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha Christie
    I always love curling up with an Agatha Christie novel when the nights get colder. The Sittaford Mystery is another classic that also makes heavy use of snow....
  5. 5.
    Dubliners by James Joyce
    The single best description of snow can be found in The Dead; the final story in this collection. I think of it every time it starts to snow.
  6. 6.
    The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith
    Another nostalgia-trip, I love the idea of 'Twilight Barking' as an emergency communications network.
  7. 7.
    Kurt Wallander series by Henning Mankell
    Almost any of these books will evoke the wintry beauty of Sweden while introducing you to one of the all-time greatest detective creations. I was so sad when Mankell died last year.
  8. 8.
    Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
    Ursula Todd is born and reborn on the same day, during a snowstorm, in 1910. Kate Atkinson is always a joy and this book is typically inventive and warm.
  9. 9.
    The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
    One to read to children, preferably while nestled near a real fire with mugs of hot chocolate. This haunting take will stay with them, and you.
  10. 10.
    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
    We'll end where we began, in Alaska. This is not a novel but I found it difficult to read as straight biography - the author lends too much of himself and his imagination to the tale - but the book is none the worse for that.