FESTIVE WINTRY FICTION
by Vanessa Lafaye (HQ, £7.99) A prequel to A Christmas Carol.
Orphans Clara and Jacob Marley scavenge the streets of Dickensian London before a chance to escape their poor life sets them on a path to Ebenezer Scrooge.
CHRISTMAS AT THE BEACH HUT
by Veronica Henry (Orion, £7.99, out 15 November) Lizzy Kingham is fed up of her family at Christmas, so she escapes to a beach hut in Devon. Will there be festive cheer when they track her down?
A WINTER BENEATH THE STARS
by Jo Thomas (Headline, £7.99, out 13
December) Halley is on a courier trip in Lapland when her package is lost. She must confront her heartache on the journey across the tundra to recover it.