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Books make wonderful Christmas gifts

Give a book with diverse characters

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As we near the end of 2020, a year that has been tumultous, challenging and life changing for many, it is time to think of Christmas gifts for our friends and family, even though Christmas 2020 will not be Christmas as we know it.

As the rush for Christmas gift buying begins, I want to raise awareness that books make great gifts. I admit that I am biased because I am a writer, but still, hear me out as to why books make particularly good gifts this christmas.

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In these cash strapped times following lock downs and restrictions on businesses, books make relatively inexpensive but thoughtful gifts.

I really like this quote by the writer Neil Gaiman, “Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it's much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world!”


In these covid 19 times, when many of us have not travelled as much as we would have liked to, a new novel gives you the opportunity to step into a different world and somebody else's shoes for a while. A book can make you laugh, relax and forget about your own world for a while.

You can enjoy a good book over and over. It doesn’t take up a lot of space. It can be enjoyed anywhere and anytime.

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If you are looking for an interesting novel with diverse characters to gift to an older child, family member or friend, consider my novel Looking Up about the experiences of thirteen-year-old Esi who moves from Ghana to London. It is available to buy from:


and from Black Bronze Shopping Mall

Give a book to someone this Christmas. You might just make their Christmas.


Seasons greetings to you all.


Abena Eyeson


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