Books topThe ultimate book gift guide

There’s a perfect book for everyone on your Christmas list, so we’ve teamed up with Waterstones to guide you through the choices.


Jamie1Save With Jamie by Jamie Oliver (Michael Joseph, £26)

Jamie gets the nation wasting less with his latest cookbook. The popular chef draws on his knowledge and cooking skills to help get the most out of your ingredients, save time and prevent food waste. This is cooking on a budget, Jamie-style, with no compromise on flavour. Enjoy recipes for comfort food that are certain to make you happy even in tough economic times.


Everyday cover1Great British Bake-Off: Every Day by Linda Collister (BBC, £20)

Simple, reliable bakes for every day scrumptiousness from a last minute cake for an office party or school fete, traybake for a child’s birthday or a midweek pudding. There are step-by-step photographs to guide you through the more complicated techniques and beautiful photography throughout.


Hairy Dieters1The Hairy Dieters: Eat For Life by The Hairy Bikers (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £14.99)

Si King and Dave Myers follow their bestselling diet book with even more delicious low-calorie recipes and easy-to-follow advice. Packed with 80 delicious recipes, tips, and techniques, this collection of diet recipes is the Hairy Bikers at their tasty best.


Bonkers1Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders (Viking, £20)

This funny and disarmingly honest memoir, is filled with stories of friends, laughter and occasional heartache – but never misery. From her childhood on RAF bases, where her father was a pilot, to her life-changing encounter with a young Dawn French, on to success and family, the book charts her extraordinary story, including the slip ups and battles along the way.


I Am Malala1I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, £18.99)

Few expected teenager Malala to survive being shot in the head at point blank range while riding the school bus home, but her miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey. This book charts how this devastating event uprooted her family, their fight for girls’ education, and of Malala’s parents’ fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.


Harry1Harry by Marcia Moody (Michael O’Mara, £20)

Prince Harry is arguably one of the most recognised faces in the world today, and over the years has attracted both criticism and praise. In his 29 years he has served on the frontline in Afghanistan, has set up his own charities, undertaken his first solo tour representing his grandmother The Queen, and has won a humanitarian award. This biography of the popular prince is an enlightening read charting how Harry steps out of the shadow of his older brother Prince William.


Mad About the Boy1Bridget Jones: Mad About The Boy by Helen Fielding (Jonathan Cape, £18.99)

Who hasn’t wondered what ever happened to Bridget Jones and Mr Darcy? After getting over the shock of Darcy’s death before you even open the book, prepare to enjoy a whole new enticing phase of Bridget’s life set in contemporary London. There are the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email cc, total lack of twitter followers and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. Another winner.


ebook-S&S.inddSense and Sensibility by Joanna Trollope (HarperCollins, £18.99)

A contemporary reworking of Jane Austen’s classic. Architecture student Elinor Dashwood values discretion above all. Her impulsive sister Marianne displays her creativity everywhere as she dreams of going to art school. But when the family is forced out of their beloved home, their values are severely put to the test. A fresh re-telling of the coming-of-age classic about young love and heartbreak, and how when it comes to money especially, some things never change.


embassy of cambodia1The Embassy of Cambodia by Zadie Smith (Hamish Hamilton, £7.99)

This is a rare and brilliant story that takes us deep into the life of a young woman, Fatou, domestic servant to the Derawals and escapee from one set of hardships to another. Beginning and ending outside the Embassy of Cambodia, which happens to be located in Willesden, NW London, Zadie Smith’s absorbing, moving and wryly observed story suggests how the apparently small things in an ordinary life always raise larger, more extraordinary questions.


An Officer and a Spy1An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris (Hutchinson, £18.99)

This novel is a compelling recreation of the Dreyfus affair – a scandal that became the most famous miscarriage of justice in history. Compelling, too, are the echoes for our modern world: an intelligence agency gone rogue, justice corrupted in the name of national security, a newspaper witch-hunt of a persecuted minority, and the age-old instinct of those in power to cover-up their crimes.


Saints of the Shadow Bible1Saints of the Shadow Bible by Ian Rankin (Orion, £18.99)

When a young woman is found unconscious at the wheel of her car, evidence suggests this was no ordinary crash – especially as her boyfriend is the son of the Scottish Justice Minister and neither of them will talk to the police. Meanwhile, John Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a big demotion and a bigger chip on his shoulder. When a 30-year-old case is reopened that suspects Rebus and his former team of corruption, it looks like the past won’t stay buried.


Solo1Solo by William Boyd (Jonathan Cape, £18.99)

A brand new James Bond adventure written by one of our finest novelists, this is a stylish, period novel featuring 007 as a veteran agent at 45. Spanning three continents, Bond’s new mission takes an unexpected turn while in Africa, forcing him to go ‘solo’ on a trip to America. Boyd returns to classic Bond – the human being, not the super agent. But fear not, there are cocktails, cars and women aplenty.

Children’s books

Pinocchio1Pinocchio by Michael Morpurgo (HarperCollins, £12.99)

In this stunningly beautiful interpretation of the classic story, Michael Morpurgo channels Pinocchio’s words to tell the famous puppet’s story in his own inimitable, cheeky and always funny way. Lavishly illustrated throughout in full colour by the acclaimed Emma Chichester-Clark, this is a must-have gift for all book lovers, and an utterly charming and surprising adaptation of a much-loved tale.


Diamond1Diamond by Jacqueline Wilson (Doubleday, £12.99)

Born to penniless parents who longed for a strong, healthy son, Diamond was a bitter disappointment. Discovering she has a gift for acrobatics, Diamond tries to use her talent to earn a few pennies, but a mysterious stranger spots her performing and makes a deal with her father. Sold for five guineas, Diamond is taken, alone and frightened, to become an acrobat at Tanglefield’s Travelling Circus. Another moving historical adventure from the much loved Jacqueline Wilson.


Demon Dentist1The Demon Dentist by David Walliams (HarperCollins, £12.99)

Book your appointment with the dentist this autumn – don’t worry, it won’t hurt a bit…! Demon Dentist is a jaw‐achingly funny and teeth‐chatteringly thrilling tale about an evil dentist who has an over‐the‐top devotion to teeth extractions. From the pen of comedian David Walliams, bestselling author of Gangsta Granny and Mr Stink.


john bishop1How Did All This Happen? By John Bishop (HarperCollins, £20)

The story of how a boy who, growing up on a council estate dreaming of ousting Kenny Dalglish from Liverpool FC’s starting line-up, found himself on stage in front of thousands of people nationwide at an age when he should have known better. In his own inimitable style, John Bishop guides us through his life from leaving the estate to marriage, kids and the split that led him to being on a stage complaining to strangers one night – the night that changed his life.


Jeeves and the Wedding Bells1Jeeves and the Wedding Bells by Sebastian Faulks (Hutchinson, £16.99)

This is a gloriously witty novel from Sebastian Faulks using PG Wodehouse’s much-loved characters, Jeeves and Wooster. Bertie Wooster, recently returned from Cannes, finds himself at the stately home of Sir Henry Hackwood in Dorset with Jeeves, his gentleman’s personal gentleman. On this occasion, however, it is Jeeves who is in the drawing room while Bertie finds himself below stairs – and he doesn’t care for it at all. Love, as so often, is at the root of the confusion.


johnny vegas new roughs.inddBecoming Johnny Vegas by Johnny Vegas (HarperCollins, £20)

From BBC Dickens adaptations to Benidorm and Ideal to the PG Tips ads, Johnny Vegas has become one of Britain’s best-loved comic actors. But before then, Vegas was a fearlessly confessional stand-up comedian and this book traces his journey. Once you’ve finished this darkly hilarious tale of family, faith and the creative application of alcohol dependency, you’ll never look at a copy of the Catholic men’s society newsletter the same way again…


Alex Ferguson1Alex Ferguson: The Autobiography (Hodder and Stoughton, £25)

Earlier this year, Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He saw his team change from a conventional football club to what is now a major business enterprise. Over the past four years, Sir Alex has been reflecting on and jotting down the highlights of his extraordinary career and in his new book he will reveal his amazing story as it unfolded, from his very early days in the tough shipyard areas of Govan.


Twin Ambitions1Twin Ambitions – My Autobiography by Mo Farah (Hodder and Stoughton, £20)

Mohamed ‘Mo’ Farah came to Britain from Somalia at the age of eight, leaving behind his twin brother, and with just a few words of English, and a natural talent for running. This book charts a moving human story of a man who grew up in difficult circumstances, separated from his family at an early age, who struggled to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles and realise his dream.


matt dawsons lions tales1Matt Dawson’s Lions Tales by Matt Dawson (Headline, £20)

A satisfying dose of wonderful Lions’ anecdotes, epic stories of triumph and despair, of camaraderie and controversy, and stirring examples of that special bond that only competing in the white heat of battle, halfway round the world, against the mighty All Blacks, Wallabies and Springboks, can engender. Lions Tales is peppered with insight and laugh-out-loud moments from Dawson’s own time in the iconic red shirt and also from his keen interest in the Lions’ remarkable 125-year traditions.

2 Responses to The ultimate book gift guide

  1. Ann Booth says:

    Still like to read real books.

  2. Joan Turnbull says:

    A great idea to get an insight into a book before you buy it especially if this is done on line

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