The ten best books to gift this Christmas
It’s been a bumper year for books. And since there really is no better present to give at Christmas, we’ve rounded up some of the best for the bookworm in your life.
Seven Brief Lessons in Physics by Carlo Rovelli
Carlo Rovelli’s tome might be small but it’s big on ideas. In under a hundred pages, the eminent Italian scientist introduces the reader to the most revolutionary discoveries of the twentieth century – from Einstein’s theory of general relativity to gravity and black holes. Poetic, playful and brilliant.
Seven Brief Lessons in Physics is published by Penguin at the hardback price of £9.99, for further information visit here.
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
“I didn’t stop giving hand jobs because I wasn’t good at it. I stopped giving hand jobs because I was the best at it.” With an opening to rival Dickens’, Gillian Flynn’s deliciously dark short story should offer the perfect antidote for any fans still suffering from Gone Girl withdrawal.
The Grownup is published by Crown at the hardback price of £9.99, for further information visit here.
Streisand: In the Camera Eye by James Spada
Barbra Streisand was, according to Cecil Beaton, “an ideal mannequin”. Edited by Streisand’s biographer, James Spada, this gorgeous new collection of 170 photographs captures the iconic singer in all her guises through the lens of legendary photographers including Beaton, Douglas Kirkland and Philippe Halsman.
Streisand: In the Camera Eye is published by Abrams at the hardback price of $40, for further information visit here.
Mog’s Christmas Calamity by Judith Kerr
Mog is back! Judith Kerr’s beloved tabby returns to cause chaos in this festive story, written and illustrated exclusively for Sainsbury’s, with all profits donated to Save the Children. The picture book has already rocketed to the top of the book charts. So if your little darling is a fan, snap up your copy quick!
Mog’s Christmas Calamity is published by Harper Collins for Sainsbury’s at the paperback price of £3.99, for further information visit here.
Spectacles: A Memoir by Sue Perkins
Strangers often shout “bake!” at Sue Perkins at the most inconvenient moments (like when her dog is vomiting over her at a motorway service station). This is just one of the things we learn from this laugh-out-loud memoir. Fans of Croydon’s funniest spectacle wearer are in for a treat.
Spectacles: A Memoir is published by Penguin at the hardback price of £10, for further information visit here.
A Notable Woman: The Romantic journals of Jean Lucey Pratt edited by Simon Garfield
Every once in a while, a literary gem is unearthed that sets the book world aquiver. These personal diaries – stretching from 1926 to 1986 – offer up a captivating portrait of one woman’s life, and a unique slice of British history. Give this to someone special this Christmas.
A Notable Woman: The Romantic Journals of Jean Lucey Pratt is published by Canongate Books at the hardback price of £20, for further information visit here.
Number 11 by Jonathan Coe
In this sequel to his 1984 novel, What a Carve Up!, Jonathan Coe takes aim at the absurdity of modern life. Librarians surviving on donations from food banks exist alongside the super-rich with their extravagant subterranean extensions. Book lovers with a soft spot for an entertaining state-of-the-nation satire won’t be disappointed.
Number 11 is published by Penguin at the hardback price of £16.99, for further information visit here.
The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris
To celebrate their centenary, Ladybird Books have had a modern-day makeover. Eight tongue-firmly-in-cheek anniversary titles have been published to help us grownups navigate 21st century life. The latest in the series is the perfect present for stressed-out Christmas hosts juggling turkeys and grumpy relatives.
The Ladybird Book of Mindfulness is published by Penguin at the hardback price of £6.99, for further information visit here.
The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
What to get the incurable romantic for Christmas? A love story with a twist of course. Laura Barnett’s brilliant debut novel follows two Cambridge students, Eva and Jim, and the three different paths their lives could take after a chance meeting (think Sliding Doors meets One Day).
The Versions of Us is published by W&N at the hardback price of £12.99, for further information visit here.
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink by Elvis Costello
Impress music aficionados this Christmas with this rollicking read. As rock autobiographies go, it’s a heavyweight (weighing in at 674 pages, it’s even longer than Keith Richards’ Life). Penned by Costello himself, it’s no surprise that the wordsmith’s memoir is as poetic, funny, strange and seductive as his songs.
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing is published by Blue Rider Press at the hardback price of £25, for further information visit here.