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.
FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES DRUGS
Blitzed: Drugs in Nazi Germany (Allen Lane, $55) by Norman Ohler
FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES NEW ZEALAND ART
This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art (Auckland University Press, $45) by Anthony Byrt
FOR SOMEONE WHO LIKES THREE HUNDRED YEARS OF UTTER DEPRAVITY
The Romanovs: 1613-1918 (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, $50) by Simon Sebag Montefiore
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
FOR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO POACH AN EGG
Scrumptious (Random House, $50) by Chelsea Winter
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
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
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
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)
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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