How does Santa get down the chimney? Discover the answer in one of this year’s best books for children. SALLY MORRIS selects the titles that will entertain and enthral all the family

How does Santa get down the chimney? Discover the answer in one of this year’s best books for children. SALLY MORRIS selects the titles that will entertain and enthral all the family

CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS BUNNIES IN A SLEIGH by Philip Ardagh Illustrated by Ben Mantle (Walker £12.99, 32 pp) The bonkers, bouncing bunnies are back in a new adventure, just in time to help Santa when his elves fall ill after gorging on sugary treats. They slide down chimneys, stuff themselves into stockings and get mixed … Read more

Divorced, beheaded, survived an IRA attack: Tony Rennell reviews the most compelling history books of 2023

Divorced, beheaded, survived an IRA attack: Tony Rennell reviews the most compelling history books of 2023

HISTORY  Hunting the Falcon: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn And the Marriage that shook Europe by John Guy and Julia Fox (Bloomsbury £30, 624 pp) She was not one of the most beautiful women in the world. A contemporary Venetian diarist described Anne Boleyn as having ‘unusually dark skin, a long neck and a wide mouth’. … Read more

From a pool party with Diana to a road trip with Billy Connolly – a bumper crop of riveting memoirs

From a pool party with Diana to a road trip with Billy Connolly – a bumper crop of riveting memoirs

The Unlikely Duke: Memoirs of an Eclectic Life by Harry Beaufort (Hodder & Stoughton £25, 320 pp) Well, not that unlikely a Duke as Harry Beaufort was born to the role — prep school, Eton and agricultural college (and a family tree going back before the Norman conquest) before taking over Badminton House and its … Read more

Why Liz Taylor needed 21 suites in a Paris hotel

Why Liz Taylor needed 21 suites in a Paris hotel

BIOGRAPHIES OF THE YEAR Erotic Vagrancy: Everything about Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor by Roger Lewis (Riverrun £30, 656pp) Can there be anything new to say about the king and queen of excess? The answer is a stonking yes, as Lewis brings his distinctive perception and wit to bear on the spell-binding, super-charged Hollywood couple who … Read more

Feast your eyes on these picture-perfect presents

Feast your eyes on these picture-perfect presents

Diana: The Life and Legacy of the People’s Princess by Brian Hoey (Pitkin £12.99, 189 pp) Is it really 25 years since Princess Diana died? It is, and this slender volume brings the story right up to date, with chapters on William, Kate and their children, plus Harry and Meghan and their various money-making schemes. Hoey … Read more

Mary Berry goes back to basics, while Jamie Oliver gets tasty in record time – and Nadiya spices up your life in our selection of 2023’s best cookbooks

Mary Berry goes back to basics, while Jamie Oliver gets tasty in record time – and Nadiya spices up your life in our selection of 2023’s best cookbooks

Mary Makes it Easy  by Mary Berry (BBC Books £28, 288pp) Dame Mary’s latest book is full of useful time-saving tips, tricks and shortcuts to make your life easier. Her food is elegant yet uncomplicated, with recipes such as chicken legs with smoky bulgur wheat, or a roasted vegetable wellington, and, of course, there are … Read more

How Bazball sexed up cricket

How Bazball sexed up cricket

Bazball by Lawrence Booth and Nick Hoult  (Bloomsbury £22, 352pp) England cricket has its ups and downs — the latest down being a World Cup campaign of more than averagely catastrophic dimensions.  But here’s a book about an unmistakable up: the transformation of the Test team from dreary also-rans to tough competitors full of attacking … Read more

WHAT BOOK would Adrian Edmondson take to a desert island?

WHAT BOOK would Adrian Edmondson take to a desert island?

By Daily Mail Reporter Published: 21:59 GMT, 23 November 2023 | Updated: 22:26 GMT, 23 November 2023 …are you reading now? Weirdo by Sara Pascoe. When comedians write novels they generally knock out a thinly disguised first draft of a drama series they’re trying to get commissioned. Weirdo is not like that. It’s a real … Read more