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May I recommend that as well as holiday reading you try holiday listening at Read Me Something You Love. Steve Wasserman invites people (and they're quite some people) to read him short stories or extracts from larger ones that, yes, they love. The reading is accompanied by conversation and it's mostly pretty wonderful.
The story, not for the faint-hearted, that really blew me away was Bones of the Inner Ear by Kiara Davenport here
I am off to the English seaside for a fortnight!
from The Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood © Rosie West