1) SAS: Rogue Heroes – The Authorised Wartime History by Ben Macintyre. Macintyre had unprecedented access to SAS regimental archives and diaries to write this compelling tale of the intrepid early days of the SAS and the singular men picked for the regiment.
2) Fifty Years of Hurt: The Story of England Football and Why We Never Stop Believing by Henry Winter. Winter is The Times chief football writer and this ‘part lament, part anatomy of an obsession’ is a call for action to end the hurt suffered by England fans since 1966.
1) Hot Milk by Deborah Levy. Shortlisted for the 2106 Man Booker Prize, this is a gem of a novel. ‘Hot Milk is perfectly crafted, a dream-narrative so mesmerising that reading it is to be under a spell’ (The Independent)
2) A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax. We all need Ruby with us over the festive season. Be good to yourself and download on Audio books – Ruby reads us through her bestselling guide on how to improve our mental wellbeing; practical, funny and life changing.
1) A House Full of Daughters by Juliet Nicholson. As the granddaughter of Vita Sackville West, the historian Nicholson is part of a much documented family. But this is a personal tale of seven generations of women in her family as she searches for patterns of behaviour down the lines with intriguing and often harrowing details.
2) Stop the Clocks by Joan Bakewell. The acclaimed and outspoken broadcaster reflects on all she has lived through, how the world and morality has changed – both for good and bad – and what she will leave behind.
1) Private Eye Annual 2016. Obviously…
2) The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories from My Life by John le Carré. Our greatest living spy novelist comes in from the cold and opens up about his extraordinary life in this moving memoir.