The Unexpected Professor by John Carey is a book I've had my eye on for a while - it's about Oxford, after all - and was given to me by my dear friends Lorna and Will.
The next two came from Our Vicar and Our Vicar's Wife, and were (I believe) both recommended by bloggers. Closely Observed Trains by Bohumil Hrabal is a fascinating-looking novella, and The Great Indoors by Ben Highmore is an equally fascinating-looking history of the home.
I am also in a LibraryThing Virago Secret Santa, which has thoroughly spoilt me this year (my Santa being the lovely Christina):
Look at these beauties! Such lovely wrapping, and those are all Christmas decorations on top (now gracing our tree). And, when unwrapped...
From left to right...
Peking Picnic by Ann Bridge (a novelist I like a lot); God on the Rocks by Jane Gardam (an author I've been meaning to try), and a really, really beautiful edition of The True Heart by Sylvia Townsend Warner.
This one deserves its own line: Out of the Red, Into the Blue by Barbara Comyns. My family had to cope with my squeals and excitement. I can't believe Christina managed to find this. I've been on the hunt for years, and thought it would be forever hopeless.
And, finally, from Colin - this beauty:
I spent an extremely happy day visiting Monk's House once, and this book is a gorgeous history of the garden, from 1919 (when the Woolfs bought it) until the present day. The photography is absolutely stunning.
So, lucky me! What did Santa and/or your friends and family bring you, in the book world?