Winter is the perfect time to hibernate and nourish our brains with a good book. Try these fantastic novels when it is too cold to venture out (or even when you simply would like to stay at home!)
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Despite being the second in the series of seven Narnia books, this can be read entirely alone. It contains a perfect blend of uncomplicated language and religious metaphor, to make it intriguing for both children and adults alike.
I know that it seems a bit ‘out there’ to actually read where it all began, but The Bible is a fantastic way to feel a sense of inner calm, regardless of what religion you follow.
The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco
Mazes, lies, conspiracies … this is a traditional detective fiction novel with a twist. The immense book will entertain you throughout many cold evenings and the change to medieval Northern Italy will provide just the right amount of escapism.
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
This heart-warming novella maps Ebeneezer Scrooge’s transition from avidly hating Christmas to finally being able to enjoy the feast with people who cared for him. This happened once he was shown the error of his ways by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson
Stay warm and delve into The Passion. This text recounts the lives of a Venetian woman and French soldier during the Napoleonic era. It is an excellent example of magical realism that seems so appropriate when accompanied by the wintery atmosphere.