THE 12 READS OF CHRIST­MAS

From carous­ing crit­ters to sooth­ing stan­zas, there’s a book gift to suit ev­ery taste. YOU books ed­i­tor Kate Figes picks her de­sir­able dozen

Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - BOOKS - PHO­TO­GRAPH JEAN- PHILIPPE WOOD­LAND

CHIL­DREN OF ALL AGES

THE GRITTERMAN by Or­lando Weeks (Par­tic­u­lar Books) Sacked by the lo­cal coun­cil, the gritterman goes out one last time on Christ­mas Eve to make sure the roads are clear of snow. Writ­ten and il­lus­trated by ex-Mac­cabees front­man Or­lando Weeks (with a com­pan­ion al­bum to down­load). RRP €25.20

DOG LOVERS

AN­OTHER YEAR OF PLUMDOG by Emma Chich­ester Clark (Jonathan Cape) More hi­lar­i­ous car­toon strips from the per­spec­tive of the lov­able Plumdog. RRP €23.79

THRILL SEEK­ERS

AMER­I­CAN WAR by Omar El Akkad (Pi­cador) A haunt­ing post-apoc­a­lyp­tic tale about the har­row­ing ef­fects of vi­o­lence on one woman and her fam­ily – and a dis­turb­ing parable about the ru­inous ef­fects of war. RRP €20.99

FIC­TION EN­THU­SI­ASTS

HOME FIRE by Kamila Sham­sie (Blooms­bury Cir­cus) The sus­pense­ful, heart­break­ing story of an im­mi­grant fam­ily driven to pit love against loy­alty and faith against so­ci­ety, with dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences. RRP €23.79

AN­I­MAL AD­DICTS

COM­EDY WILDLIFE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY AWARDS edited by Paul Joyn­son-Hicks and Tom Sul­lam (535) En­dear­ing and amus­ing pho­to­graphs of an­i­mals hav­ing a good time – from hug­ging frogs to cheeky mon­keys. €13.99

FOOD­IES

A BAKER’S LIFE by Paul Hol­ly­wood (Blooms­bury Pub­lish­ing) One hun­dred recipes rep­re­sent­ing dif­fer­ent phases of his life – from learn­ing the ba­sics at his fa­ther’s bak­ery to hon­ing his skills as a top pas­try chef and find­ing fame on Bake Off. RRP €36.40

SOUL SEARCHERS

THE PO­ETRY PHAR­MACY: TRIED-AND-TRUE PRE­SCRIP­TIONS FOR THE HEART, MIND AND SOUL by Wil­liam Sieghart (Par­tic­u­lar Books) A poem for ev­ery con­di­tion – from lone­li­ness and lack of courage, via con­va­les­cence and in­se­cu­rity, to heart­break and hope­less­ness. RRP €18.20

ARTS & CRAFTERS

VI­TA­MIN C: CLAY AND CE­RAMIC IN CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART by Clare Lil­ley (Phaidon) A cel­e­bra­tion of ceram­ics, show­cas­ing 100 of the most im­por­tant artists work­ing in clay to­day. RRP €53.95

FASH­ION­ISTAS

FASH­ION PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: THE STORY IN 180 PIC­TURES by Eugénie Shin­kle (Thames & Hud­son) A sump­tu­ous col­lec­tion of iconic im­ages prov­ing that fash­ion pho­tog­ra­phy is an art form in it­self. RRP €55.95

FRAZ­ZLED FRIENDS

THE THINGS YOU CAN SEE ONLY WHEN YOU SLOW DOWN by Haemin Su­nim (Pen­guin Life) A beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated guide to mind­ful­ness and deal­ing with the anx­i­eties of mod­ern life by a Bud­dhist monk and med­i­ta­tion teacher. The world may move fast, but we don’t have to. RRP €14

GREEN FIN­GERS

THE GAR­DEN FARMER by Francine Ray­mond (Square Peg) A lav­ish monthly guide to get­ting the most from your gar­den through­out the year, whether it is grow­ing a few veg­eta­bles or rais­ing a flock of hens. RRP €20.99

CAT FANS

SU­PER­STAR CATS by Julie Tottman (Seven Di­als) Teach your cat easy tricks such as rolling over or jump­ing through a hoop with help from the an­i­mal trainer who worked on Lassie, 101 Dal­ma­tians and the Harry Pot­ter films. (She’s done a book for dog an­tics, too.) RRP €13.99

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