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Last-minute Xmas shopping crisis solved: 10 books for 10 kinds of people in yo life

FFS! It’s Xmas Eve, and you still haven’t done your Xmas shopping? We identify 10 kinds of readers and match them with 10 books published in 2016 guaranteed to bring pleasure and that.

Non-fiction

FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES DRUGS

Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany (Allen Lane, $55) by Norman Ohler 

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FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES NEW ZEALAND ART

This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art (Auckland University Press, $45) by Anthony Byrt

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FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES THREE HUNDRED YEARS OF UTTER DEPRAVITY

The Romanovs: 1613-1918 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $50) by Simon Sebag Montefiore

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FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN’T MIND YET ANOTHER REFERENCE AT THE SPINOFF TO THE LATEST BOOK BY STEVE BRAUNIAS AND IS IN FACT GLAD OF THE REMINDER TO GO AND BUY THIS BEAUTIFUL AND HAUNTING COFFEE TABLE BOOK

The Shops (Luncheon Sausage Books, $40) by Steve Braunias and Peter Black

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FOR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO POACH AN EGG

Scrumptious (Random House, $50) by Chelsea Winter

Fiction

FOR SOMEONE LIKELY TO ENJOY A VERY CLASSY NOVEL ABOUT SEXUAL POLITICS SET IN SUBURBAN LOS ANGELES (NAMED AS THE SPINOFF’S BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR)

Commonwealth (Bloomsbury, $33) by Ann Patchett

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FOR MUM LIKELY TO BE  TOTALLY CAPTIVATED BY AN EPIC NOVEL ABOUT FAMILY LIFE SET IN NZ FROM THE 1950s TO THE PRESENT (NAMED AS THE SPINOFF’S BEST NZ NOVEL OF THE YEAR)

 All Day at the Movies (Vintage, $38) by Fiona Kidman

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FOR DAD WHO BELIEVES THAT IF HE WASN’T SADDLED WITH A MORTGAGE AND A FAMILY THEN HE’D BE ABLE TO WANDER THE EARTH AND HANDLE HIMSELF JUST LIKE JACK REACHER

Night School (Random House $38) by Lee Child

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FOR A KID WHO LIKES HORSEY NOVELS; FOR A KID WHO PREFERS CRAZY FASHIONISTA NOVELS

Diamond Horse (HarperCollins, $19.99) by Stacey Gregg; Lily Max: Slope,  Style, Fashion (Luncheon Sausage Books, $22)

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FOR SOMEONE WHO WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SETTLE FOR THE NEW JOHN GRISHAM

The Whistler (Hodder & Stoughton, $37.99) by John Grisham

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