Welcome back to Book Break! I’m here today for a very special Christmas
edition. It is our 150th episode. And so I have some very special guests with
me here today… It’s Jean and Leena! Three generations of Book Break! Grumpy Grandpa here. How long has it been since you were off the
channel? It’s three years, maybe. Three years! And almost a year for you? Almost a year. And now we’re all back together! I know! We’ve got a really Christmassy day ahead of
us. We’re going to start by doing a Secret Santa session. We’re going to buy each other
some books. I’ll put the names in my hat. K, do you want to pick a name? Why do you guys look cool in your hats and
I look like an idiot? You look great! OK, let’s go and buy some books. Hehehe. [Music: We wish you a merry Christmas] The person that I’m buying for loves fantasy,
but I feel like she knows so much more about fantasy than I do, I won’t know what book
to get her. Just really surreptitiously buying for people.
They’re not here or anything… So I think Jean is a little bit more obsessed
with her gift bag than she is with the actual present. I’ll show you. Do you like it, Jean? Got sharks on it. May I have it back after you’re done with
it? Potentially, I’ll see how it – for a price,
for a price. OK, I’ll swap you. Well we’ve done our shopping. But before we
open these, we’re going to go have some Christmas lunch! Yum yum yum. Am I from a classic Christmas book? Is it written in the 21st century? Am I in a series? Am I from Harry Potter? Am I a wizard? Is it a Christmas book? Children’s book? Am I Neville?
Am I Hedwig? Is it by Charles Dickens? Am I Dumbledore?
Am I Hagrid? All these good men in Harry Potter. Am I grumpy?
Am I Scrooge? Yay! Am I Lupin? Yay Katniss Everdeen? Yeah
Yes! Well, that was delicious. So good. Everyone excited to go and get our presents
now? Gift time! OK, it’s present time. Yes! We’re here now at the National Theatre Bookshop,
which is gorgeous, and so Christmassy right now. Who wants to go first? I’m nervous. I’ll go first. OK. It’s for you. Me? Surprise! Merry Christmas. The receipt’s in there if
you’ve already got it. You’ve not got it, have you? No I haven’t! But I really want to read it,
how did you know? Because I know you love Owen Jones! It is Chavs by Owen Jones. I know you – He’s one of my favourite people. Yes, I know that you love Owen Jones, and
I know that you’ve met him, and I know that we both talk about how much we love his YouTube
channel. And that book is one of the best nonfiction
books ever written. It’s so good. This is perfect. And it’s Christmas red! It is! What’s more cheery than red chavs? Oh my god, it’s amazing. You’ll love it. Thank you, genuinely, thank you. OK, you ready? Yep. It’s for you! Oh my goodness! I never would have guessed. Merry Christmas! She’s already told me this book. Yeah, Jean’s wishing I gave it to her. So, this is – I recently read it. It’s by
a new publishing house called Silver Press. And they’re reissuing loads of classic books
that have gone out of print. So talking to women is Nell Dunn talks to
like lots of women she knew in her life in the sixties, so she basically just, it’s like
lots of transcripts of interviews. With like, either women who work in factories, or women
who were famous for their art. And she sits and gets drunk with them and
asks them questions about their lives. I love that. And now she’s got a new introduction talking
about the relevance of it, and what happened to those women after she interviewed them.
And it’s super brilliant and sad and empowering, and really clever. That’s so clever! So I think you’ll really like it. Thank you so much! I bet I’ll love it. So, mine’s for you. Llamas! Surprise. It’s a risk because I haven’t read it. I don’t know anything about it, but I was
like – I want to get something fantasy, but I don’t read fantasy so I don’t know what’s
good or not, I just know that you look fantasy. OK. So I was like looking on Goodreads in the
shop, like what do people say about this book? So this one’s like fantasy, mythology, womany. That sounds perfect. That sounds amazing. What is it? Oh my gosh, no I haven’t read
this. OK, good. That’s such a nice cover. The Mermaid by Christina Henry. Is this like a retelling of The Little Mermaid? Give it to me after. Give it to me. So we’re going to go and have some mulled
wine now, enjoy the rest of our Christmassy day. Next time we meet on Book Break, Christmas
will all be over, we’ll all have been in a post-Christmas haze, binge-watching the new
Watership Down on Netflix. So come back and join us next Thursday, because
I’m going to be talking all about the new Watership Down series. I’ve been lucky enough to see the first episode
and it’s so good, and I can’t wait to talk to you guys about it. I really want to watch it, I can’t wait! I’m terrified. So from all of us ghosts of Book Break past
and present, merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!