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.


19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: ‘Winter’ Books

  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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    1. 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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    1. 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 …


    1. 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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