Whether you’re looking for Christmas stocking fillers or just a good read, here’s this week’s selection of the latest great books.
The American Lover by Rose Tremain
Multi award winning author Rose Tremain can always be relied upon to captivate readers with her astute connection to human emotions and desires. In this latest collection of short stories, she explores a variety of themes through the eyes of intriguing characters and situations. A father in Canada finally breaks free of his demanding daughter, a woman escapes her claustrophobic London flat by reminiscing about a 1960s love affair in Paris and a Polish housekeeper catches the eye of a mysterious visitor to her employers’ grand house.
Great for: Fans of romance and stories about life’s truths
Published by Chatto & Windus, priced at £16.99
Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford
Established as an iconic literary chronicler in Ford’s trio of bestselling novels – The Sportswriter, Independence Day and The Lay of the Land – the fictional Frank Bascombe has become famous as a witty and candid social commentator. In this new book, four Christmas stories give Frank the chance to air his funny, wise and often inappropriate reflections on a wide range of social and political issues. Now 68, Frank is living in New Jersey in the devastating wake of Hurricane Sandy and he still has plenty to say about the world around him.
Great for: Fans of entertaining character and social commentary
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, priced at £18.99
Playing It My Way: An Autobiography by Sachin Tendulka
The most celebrated Indian cricketer of all time, Sachin Tendulka, retired in 2013 at the top of his game – he was the greatest run-scorer in the history of cricket and dominated his nation’s cricket for 24 years. Join him as he looks back over this remarkable career, from his Test debut at the tender age of 16 to his 100th international century. An intensely private man, he achieved immense fame in the sporting world and his decision to retire led to an emotional farewell that brought India to a standstill. Here’s your chance to hear his firsthand story of life both on and off the pitch.
Great for: Fans of cricket and biographies
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, priced at £25
Home Comforts by James Martin
‘Tis nearly the season to eat, drink and be merry, so you may as well make a start with James Martin’s new collection of tasty treats. As well as the traditional British dishes that Martin does so well, this book also includes lighter, modern options and some spicy offerings from all over the world. Perfect for a comfortingly indulgent family lunch or a satisfying meal to warm the cockles on a cold winter’s evening.
Great for: Fans of cookery and getting other people to cook well!
Published by Quadrille Publishing, priced at £20
The Peripheral by William Gibson
Two unsettling futures collide in a gripping tale from the bestselling author of Neuromancer. In America, Flynne is struggling to survive in a thin job market, having had to drop her well-paid employment playing online shooter games on behalf of a rich man. Seven decades later, Wilf enjoys a decadent lifestyle in a London that has survived the apocalypse, but he still likes to reach into the past. When Flynne takes part in a shady game prototype, she and Wilf’s disparate lives are drawn together with shattering consequences.
Great for: Fans of science fiction, gaming and dystopian futures
Published by Viking, priced at £18.99