Lisa Dickenson - The Twelve Dates of Christmas - Little, Brown Book Group

The Twelve Dates of Christmas

The Complete Novel

By Lisa Dickenson

  • Paperback
  • £7.99

Hilarious, uplifting and romantic, The Twelve Dates of Christmas is perfect for fans of Kirsty Greenwood, Giovanna Fletcher and Lindsey Kelk. Previously published in ebook - now available for the first time in paperback. Winner of the Novelicious Debut of Year Award.

*WINNER OF THE NOVELICIOUS DEBUT OF THE YEAR AWARD*

'A perfect Christmas treat' Miranda Dickinson

At thirty, Claudia's life is stale and the romance with long-term boyfriend, Seth, has disappeared. Determined to inject some festive spark back into their love life, Claudia and Seth go on their first date in a very long time. But when the night ends in disaster, Claudia suddenly finds herself facing life - and Christmas - alone.

Life alone is exciting, scary and full of soon-forgotten exercise regimes and ill-advised attempts at crafting sexy underwear. It's also filling up with dates, surprisingly. With best friends Penny and Nick at her side, a surplus of festive markets, mulled wine and Christmas tunes, Claudia attempts to face all this change with gusto. One thing's for certain: this year, Christmas is going to be very different . . .

This is the story of Claudia and her twelve dates of Christmas. Hilarious, uplifting and romantic, it's a story about losing love, finding love, and discovering what's been there all along. Expect Christmas sparkle, butterflies-in-your-stomach romance and a lot of very funny moments in The Twelve Dates of Christmas.

Biographical Notes

Lisa Dickenson is the pseudonym for Beyoncé. OK, FINE, THAT'S NOT TRUE.

Lisa lives by the Devon seaside, stuffing cream teas in the gobs of anyone who comes to visit, and writing stuff down that she hopes is funny. Her first novel was the copyright-infringing Sweet Valley Twins: The Twins Holiday Horror, which she wrote in primary school and gave up on after five pages. Twenty-ish years later Lisa went on to be a *real author* and wrote the Novelicious Debut of the Year, The Twelve Dates of Christmas. She went on to write three other novels - You Had Me at Merlot, Mistletoe on 34th Street and Catch Me if You Cannes - and is currently working on her next novel, The Lake Sisters of Ciderwood.

Follow Lisa online for all her book news and Beyoncé-obsessing:
www.lisadickenson.com
Twitter @LisaWritesStuff
Facebook /LisaWritesStuff
Instagram lisawritesstuff

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9780751557299
  • Publication date: 22 Oct 2015
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Sphere
The Twelve Dates of Christmas is a festive gem. Sassy as Beyonce and warm as toast, it's a perfect Christmas treat. I loved it! — Miranda Dickinson
The Twelve Dates of Christmas is a fun and festive sweet treat of a book — Ali McNamara, author of The Little Flower Shop by the Sea
A very funny and touching tale ***** — Heat

You need to read this romcom! Fun, flirty and funny

— Fabulous
Hilarious and uplifting — Bella
Of all the Christmas romances published this year, The Twelve Dates of Christmas is one of the funniest and heart-warming — Red
A must read — Daily Express
Packed with hilarious situations, sparkling dialogue and characters you really root for — Sunday Express
High jinks and festive romance abound — Metro
The Twelve Dates of Christmas is a fun, flirty festive read full of Christmas sparkle and romance. As delicious as a box of Christmas chocolates, a real festive feast — Jo Thomas, author of The Oyster Catcher
A fun, festive gift of a book — Alexandra Brown, author of The Great Christmas Knit Off
Filled with sweet romance, clever and hilarious dialogue and a heroine you'd definitely want to root for. A fabulously written Christmas read you wouldn't want to miss. 10/10 — iheart-chicklit.blogspot.co.uk
I bloody loved it! I laughed so hard that people were staring at me! I cried, I got a little hot under the collar . . . and then I laughed some more . . . The biggest, most sparkly, snow-dusted 5/5! — Tishy Lou, tishylou.blogspot.com
A fun read full of wit and comedic moments that will have you chuckling away as you read. Reading about the journey home on the tube had me in stitches — Shaz's Book Blog, shazsbookboudoir.blogspot.co.uk
Fresh and hilarious . . . I can't remember the last time a book made me laugh like this . . . If you buy one Christmas book this year, it has to be this one. You will laugh, you will cry, you will go awwww and then you'll laugh all over again. 5/5 — Holly Martin, hollymartinwriter.wordpress.com
Sprinkled with humour, warmth and, of course, Christmas magic; I could almost smell that gingerbread latte! The characters sparkled . . . and to top it all, the Christmassy London setting truly made the story come alive for me. — Cathy Bramley, author of Ivy Lane
Constable

Halfway

B.E. Jones
Authors:
B.E. Jones
Hachette Audio

Forward . . .

Marcia Barrett
Authors:
Marcia Barrett

Coming to London aged thirteen from desperate poverty in Jamaica; pregnant at fifteen after being abused by a family friend; fifteen years later singing in Boney M, one of the biggest international groups of the late-1970s; a messy group split and millions in unpaid royalties during the 1980s; a 1990s solo career interrupted by six bouts of cancer - ovarian, breast, lymph node (twice), spine and oesophagus - and having to learn to walk again. Yet throughout Marcia Barrett has remained totally cheerful, relentlessly optimistic and a shining inspiration, looking on every obstacle as a mere inconvenience rather than anything insurmountable. Now, she is ready to tell her fantastic story, which is much more than just a pop star autobiography. It is a charming, candid, laugh-out-loud story of survival, triumph, indomitable spirit and total upfullness, often driven by sheer force of will. It is a feelgood story which will resonate amongst the many women who have hairbraiding copied from Marcia Barrett. But of course it has a mainstream audience too: the battles against cancer are relevant to all women, as is much of her early personal life and balancing looking after her mother and son with life on the road in Boney M.

Constable

Bethlehem

Nicholas Blincoe
Authors:
Nicholas Blincoe

The town of Bethlehem carries so many layers of meaning--some ancient, some mythical, some religious--that it feels like an unreal city, even to the people who call it home. Today, the city is hemmed in by a wall and surrounded by forty-one Israeli settlements and hostile settlers and soldiers. The population is undergoing such enormous strains it is close to falling apart. Any town with an eleven-thousand-year history has to be robust, but Bethlehem may soon go the way of Salonica or Constantinople: the physical site might survive, but the long thread winding back to the ancient past will have snapped, and the city risks losing everything that makes it unique.Still, for many, Bethlehem remains the "little town" of the Christmas song. Nicholas Blincoe will tell the history of the famous little town, through the visceral experience of living there, taking readers through its stone streets and desert wadis, its monasteries, aqueducts and orchards, showing the city from every angle and era. Inevitably, a portrait of Bethlehem will shed light on one of the world's most intractable political problems. Bethlehem is a much-loved Palestinian city, a source of pride and wealth but also a beacon of co-existence in a region where hopelessness, poverty and violence has become the norm. Bethlehem could light the way to a better future, but if the city is lost then the chances of an end to the Israel-Palestine conflict will be lost with it.

Orbit

Perfect Shadow

Brent Weeks
Authors:
Brent Weeks
Virago

The Last Girl

Nadia Murad, Jenna Krajeski
Authors:
Nadia Murad, Jenna Krajeski
Fleet

Black Teeth and a Brilliant Smile

Adelle Stripe
Authors:
Adelle Stripe
Robinson

Overcoming Panic, 2nd Edition

Vijaya Manicavasagar, Derrick Silove
Authors:
Vijaya Manicavasagar, Derrick Silove
Rick Steves

Rick Steves Amsterdam & the Netherlands, 2nd Edition

Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw
Authors:
Rick Steves, Gene Openshaw

ou can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in Amsterdam.With this guide, immerse yourself in the culture of Amsterdam as you stroll along canals and saunter through the red light district. Bike through historic streets to grand museums where you will marvel at the works of the great Dutch Masters. For dinner, sample fine fresh seafood, or stop at a coffee shop for some extra local flavor.Rick's candid, humorous advice will guide you to good-value hotels and restaurants. He'll help you plan where to go and what to see, depending on the length of your trip. You'll get up-to-date recommendations about what is worth your time and money. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves guidebook is a tour guide in your pocket.

Sphere

Catch Me if You Cannes

Lisa Dickenson
Authors:
Lisa Dickenson

'Funnier than Hugh Grant trying to dance' Heat (five-star review)5-star reader reviews for Catch Me If You Cannes'Another brilliant book by Lisa Dickenson - a wonderful, funny, romantic and exciting read''The characters are likeable and the descriptions of Cannes makes me wish I had been reading in the sunshine''A great fun book, lovely characters and loads of humour perfect escapism for the beach''Every second of Catch Me If You Cannes had me smiling, feeling so happy that I was able to enjoy this fabulous book. It is such a joyous reading experience'Catch Me If You Cannes is the perfect novel to settle down with in the sun. A must-read if you enjoy books about romance and friendship with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, this is a fantastic book for fans of Paige Toon, Zoe Cook and Jenny Oliver.Jess has decided it's time to get out of her comfort zone and live a little. So when her best friend Bryony, a journalist on a gossip magazine, is sent to cover the Cannes Film Festival, Jess decides to seize the day and go along for the ride. Two weeks of sun, glamour and exclusive entry into celeb-filled parties is just the kind of adventure Jess needs.Reality soon bites though when Jess and Bryony find they're staying in a dingy hotel far away from all the action and Bryony's expenses budget barely covers a glass of local wine. Undeterred, the two women are determined to live like the elite and enjoy one fancy night out to begin their holiday. So what if they have to tell a few white lies along the way? It's just this once. No harm done . . . right?Full of hilarious one-liners, sparkling blue seas and plenty of romantic moments, Catch Me If You Cannes is the story of two friends, a few white lies and one very sticky situation . . .

Little, Brown US

I Love My Haircut

Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Authors:
Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
Robinson

The Curious History of Dating

Nichi Hodgson
Authors:
Nichi Hodgson

'A new approach to romance... The heroines of Regency novels could teach today's young women a trick or two' Sunday TimesWhat if Mr Darcy had simply been able to swipe right?'This book was a real education for me. It's like a Lonely Planet guidebook to dating.'Gilo'Lessons to learn for committed singletons and happily married alike, and everyone in between.'Anon'I loved it.'Adele Taylor'I found it hard to put down.'richie666Dating has never been easy. The road to true love has always been rutted with heartbreak, but do we have it any easier today? How did Victorians 'come out'? How did love blossom in war-torn Europe? And why did 80s video-dating never take off?Bursting with little-known facts and tantalizing tales of lovelorn men and besotted women, Nichi Hodgson's intriguing history of amorous relationships, from enamoured Georgians to frenziedly swiping millennials (and everyone in between) may leave you grateful that you live - and love - today.

Sphere

The Shipbuilder's Daughter

Emma Fraser
Authors:
Emma Fraser

Glasgow, 1928. Margaret Bannatyne lost both of her brothers in the Great War and is now the last remaining child of wealthy and powerful shipyard owner William Bannatyne. Without a male heir to carry on the family business, William expects his daughter to do her duty, marry well and provide him with a grandson to inherit his business.Margaret cares deeply for her father but she has ambitions of her own: after witnessing a horrific accident when she was sixteen, she's determined to become a doctor. Her father, convinced she will never practise medicine, permits Margaret to complete her training. But he doesn't count on her falling in love with Alasdair Morrison.Alasdair, a union man at the shipyard, has been a thorn in William's side for years, and he didn't become one of the richest men in Glasgow only for Alasdair to take it all away - even if it means destroying his only daughter's happiness by forcing her to make a heartbreaking and impossible choice . . .

Robinson

Mindset - Updated Edition

Carol Dweck
Authors:
Carol Dweck

World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset.Dweck explains why it's not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn't foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area.

Basic Books

The Republic of Plato

Adam Kirsch, Allan Bloom
Authors:
Adam Kirsch, Allan Bloom
Constable

A Cold Case in Amsterdam Central

Anja de Jager
Authors:
Anja de Jager
Sphere

Another Little Christmas Murder

Lorna Nicholl Morgan
Authors:
Lorna Nicholl Morgan

A classic country house mystery republished for the first time in nearly seventy years. Perfect for fans of Murder at the Old Vicarage and Partners in Crime.When Dilys Hughes finds herself snowbound in the middle of a bleak and lonely stretch of Yorkshire, she has no option but to accept help from passing motorist Inigo Brown, who is on his way to visit his uncle.Arriving at his uncle's remote country house, Wintry Wold, the couple encounters a less than warm welcome from Inigo's new young aunt, Theresa. Why is she reluctant to let Inigo see his uncle, and is he really as ill as they are told?As the snowstorm brings more stranded strangers to their door, Dilys starts to realise that all is not as it seems at Wintry Wold. When the morning brings news of the death of Inigo's uncle, Dilys sets out to investigate - was it a natural death, or was it murder?

Hachette Audio

Chaosmage

Stephen Aryan
Authors:
Stephen Aryan

Voechenka is a city under siege. Decimated by the Battlemage war, its restless dead attack every night, begging the living to join them beyond the grave. Three survivors will fight to save the city. TAMMY, whose investigation could rescue Voechenka from its grisly fate. ZANNAH, who must pay penance for her war crimes. And BALFRUSS: scholar, traveller, and battlemage. 'Epic fantasy for readers who appreciate extra helpings of carnage with their backstabbing' Publishers Weekly on Battlemage 'Aryan's battle scenes are visceral masterpieces that transport the reader deep into the melee' Taran Matharu, author of the Summoner novels 'A vivid and rousing adventure with the kind of magic that punches you right in the face' Jen Williams on BattlemageOne of Fantasy Faction's Best Books of 2016.

Piatkus

All the Little Liars

Charlaine Harris
Authors:
Charlaine Harris

Sunday Times bestseller Charlaine Harris returns at last to her fan favourite Aurora Teagarden series with a brand new mystery Librarian Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small town: four children, including her fifteen-year-old brother, Philip, have vanished from the school football field. What's even more worrisome is the dead body found at their last known location. While the local police comb the county for the missing children, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the two incidents have something to do with a group of school bullies? Are Aurora's father's gambling debts related to the disappearance of her brother? Or could it be that Philip himself, new to town and relatively unknown, is the one responsible? With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother . . . if he's still alive.'Aurora Teagarden is back! Newcomers to the series as well as rejoicing long-time readers should leap at the chance to catch up with Aurora.' G.M. Malliet, award-winning author of the St. Just and Max Tudor mysteries

Sphere

Mistletoe on 34th Street

Lisa Dickenson
Authors:
Lisa Dickenson

'A perfect Christmas treat' Miranda DickinsonA sparklingly festive and romantic story set in New York at Christmastime, Mistletoe on 34th Street is readers' favourite Lisa Dickenson at her side-splitting, funniest best! Perfect for fans of Giovanna Fletcher and Claudia Carroll.Olivia has never experienced a snow-covered, 'traditional' Christmas before. Having grown up in a family that chose winter sun over decking the halls, she's not sure what all the fuss is about. So when she and her colleagues are stranded in New York after a work trip, Olivia is perfectly happy spending the holiday season in the Big Apple.Jon, Olivia's friend, on the other hand is desperate to get home in time for his big family get-together. Nevertheless, determined to make the best out of the situation, he sets out to show Olivia how enchanting Christmas in New York can be. And when handsome New Yorker Elijah is added to the mix, could the magic of the season finally be working its charm on Olivia? As 25 December draws closer, Olivia suddenly finds herself with a decision to make: who does she really want to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?Full of romance and festive magic, Mistletoe on 34th Street is the funniest and most charming love story you will read this Christmas!

Robinson

To Hell and Back

John Marzillier
Authors:
John Marzillier

Despite how rare one-off traumatic events may seem, the statistics show that the majority of us are likely to experience such trauma at some point in our lives. In this innovative and engaging book, Marzillier dovetails first-hand accounts from trauma sufferers with over 40 years of clinical practice to provide an honest, human description of how trauma affects us at the time and also after the event. Whether discussing accounts of terrorist bombings, natural disasters, road accidents or physical attacks, he looks at what these experiences do to us and offers practical and consoling advice - for both sufferers and their loved ones - on coping with the experience and developing resilience for the future.