What better journey is there than one with the promise of book-shaped presents and a mountain of mince pies waiting for you at the end of it? To keep you occupied on your Christmas travels, we’ve put together a selection of brilliant audiobooks, perfect for wherever you’re going and to keep whoever you’re journeying with entertained this Christmas.
To prepare for a day of pulling crackers, eating too much turkey and dozing off during the Queen’s speech, take a listen to Philip Van Doren Stern’s The Greatest Gift. Read by Edward Hermann and Madeline Maby, the book behind ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ is guaranteed to induce the festive feeling, no matter how hellish your journey.
Nora Webster tells the story of a young widow building a life for herself whilst bring up her two sons in 1960’s Ireland. Read by Fiona Shaw, this is Colm Tóibín at his tear jerking best. (You may want to ensure you’ve got tissues and dark glasses if listening on a busy train!)
If journeying with younger family members, The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas, read by authors and McFly boys Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter, will occupy and amuse, and stave off cries of ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ from even the most impatient of travellers.
If your Christmas holidaying is missing snow, Scandi crime legend Jo Nesbo’s The Son is the perfect listen. Plug in and prepare to be thrilled by the lastest Harry Hole tale, read by Sean Barrett.
Already planning a Boxing Day walk to work off the excesses of the festive season? Take inspiration from Clare Balding’s Walking Home, and hear Clare tell the story of her and brother Andrew’s journey on foot along the 71 mile Wayfarer’s Walk.
Kate Atkinson’s Costa Award winning Life after Life is guaranteed to make your journey fly by, and give you food for thought. Read by Fenella Woolgar, Life After Life follows the story of Ursula Todd’s many lives, and will leave you asking what would happen if we all had infinite chances to get things right.
What will you be listening to on your journey home? Let us know using #SeasonsReadings on the @PenguinUKBooks Twitter. Find out what some of our most famous Penguin’s will be reading this Christmas in our very special Secret Santa.