If you need a little inspiration for Christmas presents or are just looking for a really good read, here is this week’s selection of hot new releases.
The Boy I Love by Lynda Bellingham
Published by Simon & Schuster (on November 20), £14.99
The last novel by late actress Lynda Bellingham is published posthumously this week, revealing more of her natural storytelling ability. In the early 1980s, young actress Sally leaves London to take up a role in a Northern repertory theatre. Here she finds that the backstabbing nature of other actors is relieved by the company of her best friend, Jeremy – until, that is, he falls dangerously in love. A shadow is cast over the theatre as Sally finds that she must grow up quickly.
Great for: Fans of romance, drama and theatre
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: My Life as a Fairy Tale by Sophia Loren
Published by Simon & Schuster, £20
Anyone who wants to know what it’s like to be a screen siren should pick up Sophia Loren’s autobiography. She escaped her difficult background by winning a beauty pageant at the age of 14 and set out on the road to international stardom. The pin-up heroine takes her readers from her tough childhood in Naples right through to her starry Hollywood days, revealing secrets about her own life and her famous co-stars, which include Marlon Brando, Richard Burton and Gregory Peck.
Great for: Fans of biography, films and celebrity gossip
Money Master the Game: 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins
Published by Simon & Schuster, £14.99
The bestselling self-help guru returns with a welcome addition to any Christmas stocking – your guide to cracking the big money mystery. Based on interviews with more than 50 international financial experts, Robbins claims to have created a foolproof blueprint for obtaining financial freedom with the help of a lifetime income plan. Sounds like the gift that keeps giving!
Great for: Fans of self-help, lifetime plans and money
Play On: Now, Then and Fleetwood Mac by Mick Fleetwood & Anthony Bozza
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, £20
The extraordinary history of a legendary British-American band is explored by its only remaining original member, Mick Fleetwood. Looking back over the last five decades, the drummer sheds light on his early days as a musician, life in the fledgling band that would become an institution and some of the most colourful anecdotes from his unique career. From romantic highs to crushing heartaches, this is a story that all real music fans should read.
Great for: Fans of Fleetwood Mac, music in general and (inevitably) scandal
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
Published by Mantle, £18.99
As the first in a planned trilogy that will span a century of American history, Some Luck introduces First World War survivor Walter and his wife Rosanna as they begin their married life on a remote Iowa farm. With the gradual addition of their five children, they experience joy and hardship between the 1920s and the 1950s – their family grows up and the children embark on lives of their own, in a rich and compelling tale by Pulitzer Prize winning author, Jane Smiley.
Great for: Fans of historical fiction and family dramas