These books to read on winter days, are ideal when it’s cold and rainy or snowy outside, and you need some good sofa or armchair books to while away the winter nights.
- Wintering is the story of how Stephen Rutt and his partner moved to a house in Dumfries, and as they settled into their new home, thousands of pink-footed geese were arriving on Solway Firth from the Arctic Circle, to make it their winter home. And so begins this extraordinary odyssey. From his new home in the north to the further afield wide open spaces of the South, Stephen traces the lives and habits of five of the most common species of goose in the UK. With an expert eye and clear elegant prose, he paints perfect portraits of these large, startling and co-operative birds.
- Wintering is a beautifully written book that Elizabeth Gilbert writes is ‘every bit as beautiful and healing as the season itself’. Katherine recounts her own year-long journey through winter, sparked by a sudden illness in her family that plunged her into a time of uncertainty and seclusion. When life felt most frozen, she managed to find strength and inspiration from the wintering experiences of others, and the transformations that nature makes to survive. This beautiful memoir teaches us to draw from the healing powers of the natural world and to embrace the winters of our own lives. Also read Katherine’s book Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times.
- Winter. It’s bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer’s leaves? Gone. The world shrinks. The sap sinks. But winter makes things visible. Life matches up to the toughest of seasons. In this second novel, Ali casts a merry eye over a bleak post-truth era with a story rooted in history, memory & warmth. Its taproots deep in the evergreens: art, love, laughter. It’s the season that teaches us survival.
- The Nature of Winter by Scottish author Jim Crumley looks at the dark days of wild storms and the glistening stillness of winter landscapes in beautiful Scotland. He bears witness to golden eagles, red deer and even whales, as they battle weather affected by climate change. In the snow, Jim discovers ancient footsteps that lead him to reflect on his journey of writing about nature.
The Good Bear is a winter animal story from Norway. For readers age 9 and over, this story will warm the heart, and take children on an adventure they will never forget. Set during the Christmas holidays, Thea is looking forward to spending time with her father. She can tell him of her plans to be a writer, and maybe he’ll buy her the typewriter, she’s been dreaming of.
But when Thea arrives in Norway, everything feels wrong. Her father is as distant as ever, and now she has to share him with his new family: his girlfriend Inge and her children. Then Thea makes a surprising discovery. Deep in the snowy woods by the house is a bear. He’s scared and hungry, and desperately needs Thea’s help.
When the town hears about a bear living in the woods, Bear’s life is in even greater danger. Thea needs to show everyone that he’s not dangerous (he’s a good bear), if she is to save him.
About the Author
Sarah Lean is an English writer of children’s literature. The book is beautifully illustrated by Fiona Woodcock.