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Posted by Emma Pagano on 15th Dec 2018

Great Christmas gifts for last-minute shoppers

Mob KitchenDoctor Who: Official Annual 2019It’s only ten sleeps till the big day, and if you’ve still not bought your presents, you might be starting to worry. But don’t panic! At A Great Read, there’s still time to get Christmas shopping all wrapped up – here are a few of our favourite titles to get you started …

Foodies on a budget will love Ben Lebus’ Mob Kitchen, which contains a wealth of ideas for feeding four people for under a tenner – including vegetarian, vegan and healthy recipes. From brunch to soups and salads, speedy lunches to one-pot wonders, and flashy dinner party ideas to ‘fakeaway’ fast food you can make at home, this book is packed with inspiration for starter cooks, students and anyone who loves to eat. And at only £4.99 – a huge saving of £10 on the RRP – it’s a real bargain too!

For Doctor Who fans, what could be better than The Official Annual 2019? Full of fascinating facts about all thirteen Doctors and the TARDIS team, as well as puzzles, games, quizzes and comic strips, this amazing annual will send the reader on an incredible journey and a fantastic quest. Their mission: to find the Doctor, and save the universe…  Doctor Who: The Official Annual 2019 is available in hardback on our site for just £6.89.

Past Tense

Jack Reacher is almost as much of a phenomenon as the Doctor, and his latest gripping adventure, Past Tense, has been hailed as one of Lee Child’s best books. It starts with Reacher travelling south for the winter, but changing his plans to follow a sign to the town where his father was born. But when he discovers that there is no record of anyone named Reacher having lived there, he starts to wonder what secrets his dad was hiding. Meanwhile, a young Canadian couple en route to New York to sell a valuable item find themselves stranded at a remote motel where something strange is going on. Before long, the two stories entwine – with shocking consequences. Past Tense is available on our website for £13.65.


Hit TV wildlife series Dynasties has been keeping millions of viewers hooked with its depiction of five extraordinary animal families struggling for survival and fighting to secure their territory for future generations. The tie-in book  Dynasties: The Rise and Fall of Animal Families by Stephen Moss contains over 200 breathtaking photographs and astounding insights from the BBC team behind the series. Each chapter tells the story of a different dynasty: mighty lioness Charm and her pride, determined leader David and his chimpanzee troupe, Blacktip the rebellious painted wolf and his pack, the emperor penguins of the Antarctic, and tigress Raj, an experienced huntress who will do anything to protect her cubs. A must for all nature lovers, this wonderful book includes a foreword from David Attenborough himself. It’s available for £13.59 on our website, saving you a massive £11.41 on the publisher’s price.

All these titles are available for free delivery in 2-6 working days – just make sure you order by the last posting date of Tuesday 18 th December. Happy shopping – and a very happy Christmas from all of us!