24 Great Books in 2016: Day Twenty-Three

Today’s book is a little bit different from the rest of the list for a couple of reasons. One is that it’s actually a collection of short stories, and the other is that it was only a 4 star book for me, while the rest have been 5 star. There’s not a huge amount of difference between the two ratings though, and I really wanted to talk about this book!

home-book-cover

The authors in I’ll Be Home for Christmas were all given the brief of writing a story about ‘home’, however they wanted to interpret that. I loved almost all of the stories in it, and it was really interesting to see how different people had interpreted that one word. The  stories range from very lighthearted to very dark, and cover subjects such as found family, refugees, coming out, divorce and homelessness. That last is particularly appropriate as £1 from every book goes to Crisis, the UK homelessness charity. One of my favourite stories in the book is the one by Lisa Williamson, in which the main character is homeless even though she has a job. This is an issue that is very much in the news at the moment, but until I read this story, I had no idea that it was a problem that is as wide-ranging as it is.

Other favourite stories include Juno Dawson’s about a boy travelling home from university and worrying about coming out to his mum and Cat Clarke’s about a group of people forming their own family for Christmas. Obviously there were some that didn’t work for me, as you would expect in a collection of this sort, but overall this is a very strong collection of stories, and well worth the investment. It’s also nicely Christmassy!

4/5

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