- The Mail's columnists have chosen their best books of the year. Richard Littlejohn recommends Darktown by Thomas Mullen and Sarah Vine chose Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children.
- This wonderful book (a follow-up to Meadowland) is a hymn in praise of enlightened farming methods which reject lethal chemicals and allow insects, birds and flowers to thrive, as once they did.
- These picture books are a sumptuous feast for the eyes. They include the British Wildlife Photography Awards and Chanel Catwalk. They can be purchased from the Mail Book Shop.
- Frank Buckland was born in 1826 in Oxford, son of a geology professor there. He loved animals and in later life he tasted all sorts of animal meat in the hope of finding a new source of food for mankind.
- At the heart of Margaret Thatcher's radical revival lay the privatisation of state-owned firms and the spread of a share-owning democracy. Key to this was Big Bang.
- My Son's Not Rainman is a celebration of all the autistic traits that are not miraculous, but which still bring swirling rushes of emotion into the lives of struggling families.
- In this collection of the Economist magazine's 'explainers', their short articles answering questions on just about any and every topic you can imagine.
- Iain has more than 30 years of conservation experience (he even started a nature reserve in Sussex), and the proceeds of this book are donated to charity as he tirelessly works for zero profit.
- With 20-odd bestsellers under her belt, and 40 million-odd copies sold, Jodie Picoult obviously knows a good story when she sees one, and how to tell it.
- Meg And Mitch are the perfect couple, days away from their long-anticipated wedding and snowed into their log cabin, high in the Canadian Rockies.
- Connelly's admiration for the legendary Raymond Chandler is no secret, but this novel - featuring the grizzled Harry Bosch - is a compelling homage to Chandler’s Philip Marlowe and Los Angeles.
- This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer is published by Pan Macmillan at £20.
My child's not a genius, he's much more than that: A stand-up comedian's celebration of his autistic sonMy Son's Not Rainman is a celebration of all the autistic traits that are not miraculous, but which still bring swirling rushes of emotion into the lives of struggling families.
Do you know why hurricanes with girls' names kill more people or that Mexican criminals refer to their Kalashnikov rifles as 'goat horns'? No? Then you need to read this book...In this collection of the Economist magazine's 'explainers', their short articles answering questions on just about any and every topic you can imagine.
- Mary S. Lovell’s book is a portrait of high society in the twentieth century, told through the stories of the guests of Maxine Elliott and Prince Aly Khan at the Chateau de l'Horizon in Cannes.
- Sir David Tang is the glorious exception to the curse of social anxiety that tends to bedevil even the most confident. His Chinese name, Tang Wing-Cheung, means, he tells us, 'forever brilliant'.
- Ian Cobain, author of this well-researched and carefully written book, takes deadly aim at the official version of modern British history. It deserves to change the way we see our recent past.
- Mystery In The Channel follows in the wake of the 1929 Wall Street crash when the bodies of two partners of a leading private bank are found in their yacht adrift off the coast of France.
- Booker winner Penelope Lively has guts and style. You are in the hands of a master who can use a shopping trip to explore the whole spectrum of human behaviour. She is at her most affecting.
Saintly advice: âWear no iron nor haircloth nor hedgehog skins and do not beat yourself therewithâThe words of the hermit mystic Julian of Norwich echo down the centuries, curious words of comfort from an age of war, hardship, plague, religious persecution and horrible executions.
- Leaf through the pages of this evocative book, written and compiled by leading propaganda historian David Welch, and be transported back to wartime Blighty and its jolly stoicism.
- Isobel Charman’s account of how London Zoo was founded in the 19th century is a very personal one, told through the eyes of seven of the people involved.
- Incredibly, one British study showed that almost a fifth of parents had misspelled their child’s name on the birth register. Keira Knightley, for example, should have been Kiera.
- Craig Murray was sacked as British Ambassador to Uzbekistan in 2004. He had revealed that Britain was receiving information gained from victims of the barbaric tortures inflicted by the Uzbek state
PICTURE THIS: This elegant volume takes us through Brigitte Bardot's most classic looks - from a shirt slipped off her shoulders to her feline eyelinerMy Life In Fashion includes an extremely rare interview in which Bardot tells us how she put her stamp on style, and the glamorous photographs that accompany it are as show-stopping as ever.
The bear who liked a beer! Not forgetting a constipated llama, the giraffes who took a stroll through London and other astonishing tales from the worldâs most famous zooIsobel Charman’s account of how London Zoo was founded in the 19th century is a very personal one, told through the eyes of seven of the people involved.
Did David Cameron's ancestors have hooked noses? Trace the name - and you'll see that the Gaelic ‘cam’ means ‘bent’Incredibly, one British study showed that almost a fifth of parents had misspelled their child’s name on the birth register. Keira Knightley, for example, should have been Kiera.
- Michelle Paver’s descriptions of Himalayan mountain-climbing are terrifyingly lifelike — the lashing winds, glittering ice: you can see it all.
- Within a gold leaf and duck egg blue dust jacket, the pointy toothed bloodsucker skulks his evil way from Transylvanian mountains to Lucy’s bed in Whitby.
- This is the second in Burstall’s series about the quaint Cornish village of Tremarnock, featuring many of the same very real, likeable, engaging characters.
- It’s 1949 and, thanks to the newly formed NHS, East End teenage twins Lenny and Miriam are sent to the Kent countryside for tuberculosis treatment in a formerly private sanatorium.
- During World War I, a young Agatha Christie volunteered as a nurse at her local hospital in Torquay, where she qualified as an apothecary’s assistant, or dispenser.
- To celebrate the end of World War II, Diana’s aunt Joyce had paid for the two young women to travel to Florence for two weeks.
- Who better to write a book on happiness than a professional illusionist like Derren Brown? We all know - don’t we? - that the quest for happiness, as an end in itself, is a chimera.
- Tara Browne must be one of the few people who is more famous for dying than he ever was in life. His death ended up inspiring John Lennon to write the song A Day In The Life.
- If you love poetry, you should read this. But if you think poetry is too hard, too boring, too old-school, then you must read it. It might just change the way you see the world.
- Mike Massimino seems a nice bloke, smiley, calm and straightforward, as this memoir shows him to be. His book isn’t up there with the fairies, it’s completely down to earth — and that’s a recommendation.
PICTURE THIS: The perfect book for anyone feeling down in the dumpsÂ and ideal fix for the wannabe dog ownerWhat better way to showcase Man’s Best Friend than with a lovely collection of quotes and photographs all squished together in this adorable book? Sure to cheer up those with a canine crush.
Luftwaffe pilots blitzed on crystal meth, Goering injecting morphine with a gold syringe and the Fuhrer with the arms of a junkie. How drugs fuelled the Nazis: High Hitler!According to this book by German author Norman Ohler, the whole of the Third Reich was awash with narcotics. The apt title of Blitzed sums up how drugged up he believes the nation was.
- John de St Jorre’s earliest memory is of a young, blonde woman in a half-open blouse, standing in a large, tile-floored room as snow fell outside on Thirties London.
- Bainbridge’s biographer, Brendan King, was her editorial assistant for 23 years and has set himself the task to be a detective — sifting through her letters and journals.
- In New York in the early summer of 1893, the bodies of dead cats began turning up all over Brooklyn. The area already had a reputation for being overrun with ‘noisy tramp cats’.
- ‘Taking photos of attractive people doing attractive things in attractive places’ was how Slim Aarons described his work and this extraordinary book, Women, reflects that perfectly.
- Sam Bloom found an injured magpie. Have a look at these deeply moving photographs taken by Sam’s husband, and see how a feathered friend touched the lives of a whole family.
- Jenni Murray's book records the lives of 21 significant women in Britain. They not only served the advance of female equality but made significant discoveries or changes.
- Imagine Agatha Christie combined with Father Ted and you’ve got TV chat-show and Eurovision host Graham Norton’s literary debut in a nutshell.
- Former government ministers treated with rudeness by Jeremy Paxman need not read far into his memoir to discover why the presenter had such an urge to humiliate those in authority.
- The Secret Library is the first Christmas book Markus Berkman has bought this year but, he says, 'it's a cracker.' Author Oliver Tearle seeks to answer questions you hadn’t even thought to ask.
PICTURE THIS: Deeply moving photos show how a magpie called Penguin touched the lives of a whole familySam Bloom found an injured magpie. Have a look at these deeply moving photographs taken by Sam’s husband, and see how a feathered friend touched the lives of a whole family.
- Anne Cholawo was 27 when she bought a simple, stone house for £28,000 in the Isle of Soay, where she learned to sail, splice rope and nearly drowned on one terrifying occasion.
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