What books are your favourite authors buying their loved ones for Christmas? We’ve snaffled Robert Harris, Conn Iggulden, Veronica Henry, Ian Rankin and Jacqueline Wilson‘s shopping lists to find out… Do NOT read if you are expecting a present from any of them.
- For my wife Gill… Eat by Nigel Slater
Gill is also a novelist but she loves cookbooks and the new Nigel Slater is beautifully produced.
- For my daughter Holly… Night Film by Marisha Pessl
Holly works in publishing and likes to keep up to date with the latest trends. This novel is accompanied by an app that unlocks extra content as you read.
- For my son Charlie… A Blaze of Autumn Sunshine: The Last Benn Diaries by Tony Benn
There’s an entry in this last volume of Tony’s diaries where he comes to visit my family for lunch. Charlie and Tony got on very well so this is an easy choice.
- For my daughter Millie… One Direction: Where We Are
Millie loves One Direction. She’ll be delighted with this official book.
- For my son Sam… Doctor Who: The Essential Guide to 50 Years of Doctor Who.
Sam knows everything about Doctor Who but there may just be something new to him in here.
I’ll also be giving copies of The Hive by my wife Gill Hornby to friends. This is Gill’s debut novel. It received fantastic reviews and went into the top 10 bestseller list earlier this year.
- For my Mother… The Charleston Bulletin Supplements by Virginia Woolf and Quentin Bell
My mother is a huge Bloomsbury fan and this book of jottings about the residents and guests at Charleston between the famous author and her nephew will be a delight.
- For my friend Alice… Breakfast at Sothebys: an A-Z of the Art World by Philip Hook
Alice works in the art world and her grandfather worked for Sothebys, so this will be a fascinating insight into how art acquires its financial value.
- For my friend Claire… Chicken & Eggs – The River Cottage Handbook 11
Claire is hugely fond of her feathery brood, so this manual on how to care for them, and then what to do with the produce, will be second to none.
- For my son Jake… How Music Works by David Byrne
With an MA in composition, Jake already has a fairly encyclopaedic knowledge of how music works, but as he was brought up on the Talking Heads this is an essential for his music library.
- For my son Paddy… 11 Doctors, 11 Stories
There’s no shortage of Who merchandise for Who fans, but this is an extra special story book featuring nearly a dozen exemplary authors so I’m hoping this will keep him away from the TV/computer.
All my girlfriends will be getting a copy of The Misbegotten by Katherine Webb together with a tin of Bath Olivers for fireside devouring…
- For my son… Warp by Eoin Colfer - Bought on the strength of the Artemis Fowl books – and also because I have to say a time-travelling assassin sounds pretty good.
- For my wife… Never Go Back by Lee Child I think my wife likes it because the rugged six-foot five hero reminds her of me. Possibly.
- For my eldest daughter… Demon Dentist by David Walliams She loved Gangsta Granny and will hop up and down when she sees another one by this author.
- For my youngest daughter… Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling She’s just started the first one and is devouring it. Apparently, it’s quite a popular series.
- For my youngest lad… The Iron Man by Ted Hughes At six years old, it’s a good one for me to read to him. I haven’t looked at it in thirty years, but I remember it well and fondly.
- For… me… The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly – for me. He’s just one of those authors you can trust to deliver a good story every single time.
- I might buy my wife… The Hairy Dieters: Eat For Life by Si King and Dave Myers
We are both fans of their recipes – delicious, realistic, and healthy. (By “realistic” I mean you can cook them without too much faff.)
- For my son… Breakfast With Lucian by Geordie Greig
He’s studying art at college and is a fan of Lucian Freud, so this should keep him quiet on Boxing Day.
- For my sister… Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
My sister likes her crime fiction, and one of the best novels I’ve read this year is Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty. It’s the elegantly-written story of a confident successful woman who finds herself in court on a murder charge. The “why” will keep my sister turning the pages.
- For my daughter Emma… Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
Emma’s a great admirer of this award-winning international Haitian author and I know she’ll love this evocative novel about a seven year old child who goes missing.
- For my mother… The Great British Bake Off Everyday, by Linda Collister
My Mum’s 90 and hasn’t baked for many years, but she has a big crush on Paul Hollywood so she’ll appreciate the cover!
- For my best friend Trish… Everyday by Peter Gordon
We adore Peter Gordon and love to eat in his restaurants. This is a great selection of his tasty recipes. Maybe she’ll cook some of them for me!
- For my American friend Nancy… Laura Knight Portraits by Rosie Broadley
We went to the Laura Knight exhibition at the Portrait Gallery when Nancy was last in London. This will be a brilliant souvenir and shows the extraordinary range of her work.
- For my grown up niece Nicola… The Vintage Tea Party Book by Angel Adoree
Nicola’s very artistic and has recently bought her own house. This glorious book of vintage craft and recipes seems right up her street.
- If I had a young niece or nephew… Pinocchio by Michael Morpurgo
It’s a very stylish clever accessible reworking of the classic story by Carlo Collodi, with quirky colourful illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark.