November is the month when celebrities, chefs, pop stars, football players and managers vie for their books to be in Christmas stockings.
Among this year’s publications are Sir Cliff Richard’s autobiography The Dreamer and Noel Fitzpatrick’s Being the Supervet: How Animals Saved My Life.
Also out is Banarama’s Really Saying Something and David Bailey: Look Again. The chefs are, as usual, out in force with Jamie Oliver’s 7 Ways, Nigella Lawson’s Cook, Eat, Repeat, and The Hairy Bikers’ Veggie Feasts leading the charge.
Monty Don is at the forefront of gardeners’ output with My Garden World, complete with a picture of his beloved dog on the cover – cute pets get ’em every time!
My pick of self-indulgent tomes is Dick and Angel Strawbridge’s A Year at the Chateau.
10 great books out in November
Starve AcreAndrew Michael HurleyIn the aftermath of their child’s death, a couple haunted by grief and guilt search for answers by digging into the past.Paperback: £7.49 Buy here
The Dead of WinterNicola UpsonA cosy Christmas turns into a hunt for a murderer in the lastest in the series featuring the fictionalised crime writer Josephine Tey.Hardback: £10.99 Buy here
The Art of Rest: How to Find Respite in the Modern AgeClaudia HammondA practical and inspiring book on the benefits of quality downtime and the secrets of how to unwind.Paperback: £8.49 Buy here
Mr Wilder and MeJonathan CoeThe evocative story of a young woman with a thirst for life and a slighted Hollywood director consumed by the past.Hardback: £16.99 Buy here
FirewatchingRuss ThomasIntroducing a new detective desperate to kickstart his career, Thomas’ debut paints a South Yorkshire city haunted by corpses.Paperback: £7.49 Buy here
The SearcherTana FrenchChicago cop Cal Hooper discovers that in the most idyllic small town, secrets lie hidden and people aren’t always what they seem.Hardback: £12.99 Buy here
The Midnight GuardiansRoss MontgomeryIn Blitz-bombed London, Col’s imaginary friends – a six-foot tiger, a badger and a tiny knight – spring to life to help him save his sister.Paperback: £6.99 Buy here
The Book of Two WaysJodi PicoultPlane crash Dawn finds herself thinking not of the perfect life she has, but the life she was forced to abandon 15 years ago.Hardback: £14.99 Buy here
Dogger’s ChristmasShirley HughesBeautiful picture book. Dave risks neglecting his favourite toy in the excitement of unwrapping his Christmas presents.Hardback: £10.99 Buy here
Love Your LifeSophie KinsellaCharming Mediterranean-set comedy of whirlwind holiday romance and everyday incompatibility.Hardback: £20 Buy here