Top Ten Tuesday: ‘Winter’ Books


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. For the rules see her blog.

This week’s topic is a Freebie and I’m focusing on books with Winter in the titles.

  1. A Winter Book by Tove Jansson – a  collection of some of Tove Jansson’s best loved and most famous stories.
  2. The Nature of Winter by Jim Crumley –  a nature writer reflecting on mountain legends, dear departed friends and an enduring fascination and deep love for nature.
  3. Winter: an Anthology for the Changing Seasons edited by Melissa Harrison – a collection of prose and poetry about the winter season.
  4. The Winter Ghosts by Kate Mosse – a story of two lives touched by war and transformed by courage set in the winter of 1928.
  5. Winter by Christopher Nicholson – a novel about the last years of the writer and poet Thomas Hardy and his second wife.
  6. Winter by Ali Smith – 4 four people, family and strangers spend Christmas in a fifteen-bedroom house in Cornwall but will there be enough room for them all?
  7. Winter Solstice by Rosemary Pilcher – about Elfrida and Oscar, in the evening of their lives, as the winter solstice brings love and solace.
  8. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy –  about an Irish woman, Chicky Starr, who opens a hotel, and the people who come to stay for the first week.
  9. Winter Holiday by Arthur Ransome, Swallows and Amazons Book 4 – ice skating, blizzards, igloos and a polar expedition.
  10. The Willows in Winter by William Horwood – in this re-creation of The Wind in the Willows, William Horwood, the author of the Duncton trilogies, brings to life the characters of Badger, Water Rat, Mole and Toad.



  1. What a good idea, Margaret! Winter is exactly the right context for some stories, and there are certainly plenty of them out there. Those are some lovely covers, too.

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    • No, Liz I haven’t read them all, just the Kate Mosse one, although I have started Ali Smith’s book (which gave me the idea for this post). And they all appeal to me, so I hope to get round to them all eventually.


  2. This post is right up my street. I love wintery books so I shall be looking into a few of these, especially The Nature of Winter. I actually own The Willows in Winter and have read it and another of the Horwood sequels, all good. In fact I plan to reread The Wind in the Willows soon so perhaps I’ll reread these sequels too, thanks for the inspiration, Margaret.

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    • I own William Horwood’s memoir, A Boy With No Shoes, based on his childhood suffering in south-east England after the Second World War. Maybe I’ll get round to reading it next year …


    • I’ve read Ali Smith’s Autumn, the first book in her novel quartet Seasonal cycle. Each book is a standalone but are inter-connected the reappearance of characters from the earlier parts. As you say, intriguing.


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