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Claire Handscombe


Claire Handscombe moved from Europe to DC in 2012, ostensibly to study for an MFA in Creative Writing, but actually – let’s be honest – because of an obsession with The West Wing. She is the author of Unscripted, a novel about a young woman with a celebrity crush and a determined plan, and the editor of Walk With Us: How The West Wing Changed Our Lives. She also hosts the Brit Lit Podcast, a fortnightly show of news and views from British books and publishing. Blog: the Brit Lit Blog. Twitter: @BookishClaire

Colouring books are a fun luxury to enjoy over the holidays, perhaps with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie (but not the latter if you’re not British — it takes many years to learn to appreciate those). Whether you’re a Brit or just an Anglophile, there’s something for everyone in these UK-themed colouring books, and they make a great present. All of these were published in 2016, so fingers crossed, the friends and family who’d appreciate them as a gift this December probably won’t have them yet.

colour-me-britishColour Me British features classic cars, favorite products, iconic landmarks, and more.





british-castles-colouring-bookMedieval fortresses and royal palaces are just some of the intricately detailed scenes you can enjoy in the British Castles Colouring Book. Perfect for British history nerds.



the-great-british-colouring-mapSpeaking of nerds (a term of endearment here at Book Riot, where we wear the label with pride), map enthusiasts will enjoy this one. The Great British Colouring Map was designed in association with Ordnance Survey and includes coasts, cities, forests, and even an airport.



great-british-flower-showThe link with the UK might be tenuous in the Great British Flower Show, but we Brits do love our gardens, and a horticulturalist in your life may well dreaming of the Chelsea Flower Show as they colour this in.



the-great-british-bake-off-colouring-bookIf there’s one thing more soothing than colouring, it might be baking. Or eating things others have baked. Or watching repeats of The Great British Bake Off while colouring in The Great British Bake Off Colouring Book.



great-british-landmarksFrom natural wonders to feats of modern architecture, tour England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with your colouring pencils and Great British Landmarks.





the-london-colouring-bookThe London Colouring Book is one of a series of Past and Present colouring books, which include Wales, Manchester, and Sussex, among many others.



secret-londonColour your way to mindfulness with the UK version of Secret London or to calm with the US version (I don’t make the rules). Pick up some historical facts and insider info as a bonus!



london-buildlings-colouring-bookFrom the seventeenth to the twenty-first century, from cathedrals to tower blocks, the London Buildings Colouring Book includes the capital’s most iconic structures.





living-in-london-the-colouring-bookLiving in London: The Colouring Book seems pretty realistic, complete with tourists standing on the left on the escalator, Londoners trying to cross the road without getting run over, and a plate of broccoli that costs £9.99.




british-swear-words-colouring-bookIn fact, living in London is enough some days to have you reaching for the British Swear Words Colouring Book. Not that you need to live in London as a prerequisite. Living pretty much anywhere in 2016 probably qualifies you to need this.