Some gifts are more than just a gift

The 2018 John Lewis Christmas advert is an emotional tribute to rock legend Elton John. I’m sure you’ve seen it, the way it ends is very poignant. Elton is reflecting on his life and on the first piano he was given as a Christmas present.  It ends with the tagline 'Some gifts are more than just a gift'.
One of our authors Claire Hastie has a similar story. In her short bio in her new book ‘The Guardians of the Athame’ Claire tells the story of how when she was eleven, she asked for a typewriter as her present for Christmas. Her love of writing has stayed with her all the way through her life and now that passion has led her to write and publish her own book.

A book is a way to fire an imagination, open up new vistas and ways of learning that no other medium can.

A modern equivalent of Claire’s typewriter would be a computer or tablet, but they can be expensive. There is another way that you can inspire a child to write, first make them a reader. If you are buying for a child this Christmas why not give them a gift that can indeed be more than just a gift. A book is a way to fire an imagination, open up new vistas and ways of learning that no other medium can. That boy or girl may not become a writer but if you can make them a reader for life you are giving them a gift that is way more than something that lasts until Boxing Day. It is a pleasure that lasts far beyond the abandoned toys, a passion that will give them somewhere to escape to and a gift that you hope they will pass on to their children. A book is truly the gift that keeps on giving.
If you are looking for a book to give this Christmas then you can check out Claire’s young adult fantasy novel and all our other books on our portfolio page.
Kim and I wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to engaging with you about books, reading, writing and publishing in 2019.