10 BEST SNOW DAY BOOKS
In honour of #blizzard2016 these are some of my favourite wintry reads....
- •Caribou Island by David VannThe 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.
- •Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow by Peter HøegProbably 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.
- •The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S LewisA warming winter read that's well worth revisiting. This could actually be read in one (glorious) snow day.
- •Hercule Poirot's Christmas by Agatha ChristieI 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....
- •Dubliners by James JoyceThe 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.
- •The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie SmithAnother nostalgia-trip, I love the idea of 'Twilight Barking' as an emergency communications network.
- •Kurt Wallander series by Henning MankellAlmost 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.
- •Life After Life by Kate AtkinsonUrsula 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.
- •The Snow Queen by Hans Christian AndersenOne 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.
- •Into the Wild by Jon KrakauerWe'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.