Books are the perfect Christmas presents to cover all eventualities

Actor and author Alan Alda, right, and Jonathan McCrea chat at the Science Communication Conference in Dublin. Picture:

A clever ad on radio at the moment points to a Christmas present worth giving because, even if you see someone at a party with precisely the same thing, your reaction will be to go over and rejoice with them, rather than to slink and sulk.

The item, of course, is a book, that most wonderful of Christmas presents, starting at toddler stage with The Gruffalo and Richard Scarry’s Busytown series, featuring Lowly Worm and other much-loved characters, and

moving right through all ages.

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