Christmas Crackers: There's something for everyone

31 August 2017

Part one 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 people person

Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

What a thoroughly addictive read this is. Through interviews, parodies and gossipy anecdotes, Craig Brown offers a witty, bittersweet portrait of Princess Margaret, whom Andy Warhol photographed, Picasso plotted to marry and who 'could freeze a daisy at four feet by just looking at it'. Royalists and non-royalists will devour it.

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For the science geek

What's next? by Jim Al-Khalili (ed)

Are you ready for a world that is controlled by artificial intelligence, for DNA-tailored drugs, the self-mending bike? Experts in future science tackle what lie ahead, from the inspirational (medicine and genetics) to the bizarre (time travel and teleportation), in a collection of mind-boggling essays that are just the thing for firing up your brain cells post-festive bingeing.

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For the history buff

The Templars by Dan Jones

This reads like a fast-paced action thriller, but is in fact the phenomenal true story of the Knights Templar, the shadowy military-religious crusading order that has intriugued historians, novelists - think The Da Vinci Code - and conspiracy theorist to this day. Mixing serious scholarship with tales of bloody battle, triumph and betrayal, it's superb.

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For the humour junkie

An almost perfect Christmas by Nina Stibbe

Much-loved Nina Stibbe applies her doleful humour to the insanities of Christmas in her variety pack of fiction, memoir and true disasters. Anyone who's suffered perennially dry turkey, the dreaded round-robin and having all your beloved's family in the same room at the same time, will laugh and laugh.

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For the travel addict

Islander by Patrick Barkham

The author's beguiling journey around 11 islands of the British archipelago starts big with the Isle of Man and ends tiny with Ray Island in Essex. Meeting inhabitants of all shapes and sizes from nuns to puffins to rare subspecies of vole, he teases out the magic of what it is to be an islander. Terrific armchair travel.

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For the nature lover

The inner life of animals by Peter Wohlleben

'True love among ravens? No question. Squirrels who know the names of their close relatives? That's been documented for a long time.' SO says one of today's most captivating nature writers in his intriguing book based on research that shows animals thing and feel in much the way we do. Wondrous.

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For the Outdoors type

The art of fire by Daniel Hume

A passion for discovering more about conjuring fire and its uses in different cultures takes Daniel Hume, an instructor at Ray Mears' Woodlore School of Wilderness Bushcraft, to the wildest corners of our globe to learn first-hand from tribesmen. He shares his remarkable experiences and techniques in this exquisitely produced book.

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For the gardener, chosen by Tiffany Daneff

Grow, cook, nourish by Darina Allen

As knowledgeable about growing as it is about cooking, which is what you'd expect from the founder of the famous Ballymaloe Cookery School in Co Cork. Each plant is given a section covering best varieties to sow, how to grow and finally what to cook to make the most of your crops (including managing gluts). One for enthusiasts, with as many aspirational crops (kiwi, scorzonera) as basics (onions, beets, leeks) and recipes that will broaden your repertoire. Can't wait to try the Roast Rhubarb Compote.

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Down to earth by Monty Don

'Compost', writes Monty, 'is like a starter dough. Its most useful role is to top up the soil's existing bacterial and fungal levels.' And this, his 16th book, is a rich humus distilling 50 years of gardening experience. A must for Monty fans wherever they garden: beautifully written, packed with advice and a great winter read that provides plenty of planting ideas for spring.

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The Orchid Hunter by Leif Bersweden

The author fails to get into Oxford and plumps instead to spend his enforced gap year not nurturing hippie dreads and tie-dyes but criss-crossing the UK to find all 52 native orchids. It's such an upbeat, charming, elegant and informed book that it will appeal to anyone who loves wildflowers, not just orchids. And as such it restores your faith (should you need to do so) in the human race.

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