Christmas Crackers: There's something for everyone

22 November 2017

Part two of our essential guide to giving people what they really want to read this winter - not forgetting yourself! Chosen by Sue Price.

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For the military ace

SAS Ghost patrol by Damien Lewis

The bestselling military history writer brings his trademark gusto to the story of the ultra-secret SAS unit posing as Nazi stormtroopers to perpetrate the most daring mission of the Second World War. Revealing lawlessness and a cost of do-or-die heroes in the blistering Sahara, it's a ferociously gripping read.

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For the music fan

Queen in 3-D by Brian May

What better for a Christmas gift than a book with a funky extra? This boxed volume comes with May's patented stereoscope for viewing the 3-D images of Queen, the majority taken by the guitarist himself. It's a totally immersive experience, enhanced by Brian's honest commentary about his life within and without the band.

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For the puzzle fiend

Bletchley Park Brainteasers by Sinclair McKay

The super-bright young women and men pulled into wartime Bletchley from all walks of life and with all sorts of talents often shared one striking attribute: a love of puzzles. These brainteasers, problems and enigmas are of the type used to recruit them as codebreakers. Perfect for crossword and Sudoku addicts.

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For the avid walker

Pilgrimage by Derry Brabbs

Europe's ancient pilgrim routes are currently flourishing, with the camino to Santiago de Compostela trodden by more than 278,000 people last year. Ten of the most inspirational trails, including the Via Francigena, through Switzerland and Italy, are explored in the lavishly illustrated guide. Heavenly.

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For the sports freak

How to build a car by Adrian Newey

Considered the true engineering genius of Formula One, Adrian Newey's cars are the most sought-after in the sport. This is the powerful memoir of his 35-year F1 career, told through the incredible models he has designed and the drivers he has worked with, including - most movingly - Ayrton Senna.

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For the bird expert

The Robin: A Biography by Stephen Moss

The robin is as much part of the festive season as mince pies and mistletoe, but how much do we really know about this red-breasted treasure? Naturalist and broadcaster Stephen Moss spent a year observing the robin to shed light on the lifecycle of Britain's favourite bird and examines why it is so deeply embedded in our hearts. A gem.

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For the book fanatic

Jacob's Room is Full of Books by Susan Hill

Acclaimed author Susan Hill charts a year of her life in books read and re-read, anecdotes and nature notes, taking in every style from Edith Wharton's novels to The Beano Annual and Coleridge's poetry. The bookworm in your life will be champing at the bit to read her recommendations.

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For the heritage hound

Britain's 100 Best Railway Stations by Simon Jenkins

So much culture and social history is encapsulated in our railway stations, yet rarely do we step back and admire them. From glorious London terminals to lesser-known stars such as Wemyss Bay, one hundred are joyously celebrated in this most sumptuous-looking book.

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For the keen cook, chosen by Tiffany Daneff

5 Ingredients by Jamie Oliver

Even if your cookbook shelf is rammed, I'd still suggest you make room for the latest Jamie offering, inspired by the successful Channel 4 series Quick and Easy Food. Limiting a main meal recipe to five ingredients simplifies the shopping and results in quicker preparation and fresh-tasting dishes. It's one of those books that makes you want to try every dish.

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Much More Veg by Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall

No more hiding the soggy cabbage under the gravy! Hugh's on a mission to put veg centre stage. Colourful roasts, big salads, hearty soups but no bread, pasta, pastry and absolutely no dairy, not even a knob of butter. Challenging, but properly inspiring. Perfect for vegans and veggies and for all eaters who are looking for some new ideas.

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Sweet by Yatam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh

If you are a fan, you've probably been waiting for this, the first book from the Israeli-British chef and his long- term collaborator to be dedicated to all things sugary. You won't be disappointed. Think rose water, pistachio, saffron and honey. But be warned: these recipes require commitment. Try the Persian Love Cakes and Halva Brownies.

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