A new read to enjoy in your winter evenings, there’s no excuse not to be inundated with books this season.
Our favourite pastime (we are editors, after all), reading is one of those gifts that we think everyone should indulge in. Whether it’s the simple enjoyment of being able to stop time and unwind after a long day, week or year (hi there, 2020), these are the best books to gift this Christmas.
Since there’s an unlimited number of great reads out there that are perfect for this time of year, we’ve pulled together a vast collection so you’re bound to find something to suit. From Matthew McConaughey’s new autobiography Greenlights to plant-based cookbooks, take a scroll and see what takes your fancy…
Greenlights is the memoir by award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey where he explores his life thus far with stories, wisdom and lessons aplenty. McConaughey says, “Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers.” A charming read with emotional honesty, this book is the perfect read for entering the new year.
Want to suss out everything there is to know about wine? Dan Keeling and Mark Andrew, the duo behind London’s Noble Rot, tell us how with Wine From Another Galaxy. This Christmas, get clued up with where different wines come from, how they’re made, where to buy them, how to taste them, and, most importantly, where to drink them. Whether you’re a wine pro or a beginner, this book is full of knowledge everyone needs.
An uplifting, feel-good read for everyone entering 2021, No Time Like The Future is a deeply touching account of Michael J Fox’s continuing battle with Parkinson’s disease having being diagnosed at just 29-years-old. Sharing his thoughts on ageing, mortality and the incredible power of optimism, give this autobiography a spot underneath your or their Christmas tree this festive season.
With cooking being a bigger part of our lives than ever before, now’s the perfect time to brush up on your culinary skills and learn to cook an array of amazing dishes that you can use to impress your loved ones for years to come. Who needs to go out to a restaurant when you can bring the restaurant home?! Following his Great British Adventure in 2019, James Martin has collated some of his incredible finds and recipes from all parts of the UK into this failsafe book.
“I’m Jamie Redknapp. Chances are my surname rings a bell… Growing up, Dad and grandad ‘Pop’ told us tall stories from London’s East End, but there was no artistic licence needed when I was actually kicking a ball about with legends like George Best, Bobby Moore, and Geoff Hurst.” In this personal account of Jamie Redknapp’s life and the family focus that is football, this autobiography is perfect for anyone who loves the beautiful game and the players behind it.
Do you LOVE chicken wings? ‘Cos same. From the award-winning and fried-chicken obsessed duo behind Wingmans, chefs Ben Ford and David Turofsky take us on a drooling adventure with their endless recipes of wings. Buffalo Wings, Korean Seoulja Boi Wings, Jamaican Heatwave Wings, Satays’faction Guaranteed Wings and more, become the chicken-wing pro you were always destined to be this Christmas with Wings & Things.
Between them, Johnny Herbert and Damon Hill have competed in 261 Grands Prix (with 25 wins), had 49 podium finishes, won one World Championship, gained 458 championship points, scored a Le Mans win, smashed two ankles, broken one arm, one wrist and one leg and cracked 60 ribs. If anyone knows Formula One, it’s these guys. With tales and talk both on and off track, if you too are a fan of this sport, Lights Out, Full Throttle is 100% for you.
“The vast majority of our country is entirely unknown to us because we are banned from setting foot on it. By law of trespass, we are excluded from 92 per cent of the land and 97 per cent of its waterways, blocked by walls whose legitimacy is rarely questioned. But behind them lies a story of enclosure, exploitation and dispossession of public rights whose effects last to this day.” The Book of Trespass explores privilege, ownership, rights and exploitation, this is a political read like you’ve never seen before.
This is the insight you’ve been waiting for into the world of rock ‘n roll and the golden-age of 1970s and 80s. Told through the eyes of music legend Bernie Marsden from world-famous rock band Whitesnake, he speaks about touring with AC/DC, befriending The Beatles, writing one of the most iconic rock songs ever and more…
When Nora Seed finds herself in the Midnight Library, she has a chance to make things right. Up until now, her life has been full of misery and regret. She feels she has let everyone down, including herself. But things are about to change. The books in the Midnight Library enable Nora to live as if she had done things differently. With the help of an old friend, she can now undo every one of her regrets as she tries to work out her perfect life… or is it perfect? From the author of How To Stop Time and The Humans, Matt Haig is back with another bestseller that you need to read right away.
Want to get into vegan cooking? Already a vegan pro looking to expand your repertoire? Plants Only Kitchen offers an explosion of flavour, with more than 70 vegan recipes that work around your lifestyle. Recipes, tips and advice galore, Gaz Oakley (aka @avantgardevegan) emphasises that a plant-based diet doesn’t mean missing out on taste.