There's something for everyone in our guide to the books that deserve to be snapped up as presents for friends and family this Christmas. These superb stocking fillers cover subjects ranging from Bieber to Brand, cookery to cricket, and Mad Men to meerkats...
'Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal' by Russell Brand
The legendary lothario returns to impart his sharp and surreal wit on a fresh account of the international megastardom that has enveloped his life. An ideal present for the hordes of readers who lapped up Brand's bestseller 'My Booky Wook', this sequel charts his latest adventures in the wacky world of Hollywood. Packed full of scandals, sex and one infamous voicemail, this celebrity memoir is one raucous and hilarious ride. Just don't tell Manuel...
'A Simples Life: The Life and Times of Aleksandr Orlov' by Aleksandr Orlov
An autobiography by a meerkat?? Simples! Aleksandr and his cohort Sergei have captured the imagination of the British public through their endearing series of adverts in recent years. Now they've translated their incomparable humour into a book covering their entrepreneurial escapades in Russia. As the amiable Aleksandr puts it: "I am hope that this book will show what can come of courage, hard work and a good fur-care regime."
'Life' by Keith Richards
It's a miracle that the hellraising Rolling Stone is in a state to pen his life story, given his notorious excesses. The guitarist's ascent from a child in post-war Kent to the riff-tastic creative force behind the likes of 'Jumping Jack Flash' covers the benefits and trappings of fame in a brutally honest style. His rucks with Mick Jagger and dalliances with some of the world's most lusted-after women are almost as addictive as the substances he consumed in copious quantities.
'The Brilliant Book of Doctor Who 2011' by Clayton Hickman
There won't be much blinking when Whovians feast their eyes on this book! That's not solely because of the Weeping Angels' presence inside, for there's an abundance of unseen pictures, exclusive insights from cast and crew including Matt Smith, plus a detailed look at the exciting new era of the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond. Be warned though - if you're buying this for a hardened fan you might want to put some tape over any images of those new 'Tellytubby' Daleksâ€¦
'The Saturdays: Our Story' by The Saturdays
While Girls Aloud galloped off into solo careers and Sugababes sauntered towards the dole queue, The Saturdays soared higher into the affections of the teenybopper crowd. This new book from the girlband is packed full of facts and gossip, detailing the individual stories of Frankie, Molly, Rochelle, Vanessa and Una. It makes for a wonderful gift for girls, with plenty of beauty and fashion tips - and young lads might also discreetly love it for the wealth of photos!
'Why Are You So Fat?: The Talksport Book of Cricket's Best Ever Sledges'
Ashes fever is set to grip England this winter, as Andrew Strauss's cricketers try to defend the sacred urn against the Aussies. It's been more than two decades since England last enjoyed a successful tour down under - and this highly amusing book will keep supporters smiling through rain or shine. It covers the funniest and fiercest verbals exchanged on the cricket pitch, featuring contributions from former England cricketers Darren Gough and Ronnie Irani.
'What You See Is What You Get' by Alan Sugar
Behind the hiring and firing on The Apprentice lies a compelling rags-to-riches story of an impoverished young lad moving from a Hackney council estate to multi-millionaire status. Written in his trademark bluntness, but peppered with frequent laughs, the autobiography follows his remarkable rise. From the fledging days of his Amstrad company to the contrasting success of his ventures into the world of football and television, Lord Sugar's tale is certainly inspirational.
'Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever, My Story' by Justin Bieber
Bieber fever has enveloped the globe, with his army of young fans ensuring that his name is almost permanently fixed as a trending topic on Twitter. It would be harsh to deny him an autobiography despite his age, given that we're recommending one by a fictional meerkat! The Canadian teen sensation explains his monumental rise from YouTube hopeful to chart topping sensation. 'Biebettes' will love you for this gift, but please discourage them from tweeting about it!
'The Ultimate Guide to Mad Men: The Guardian companion to the slickest show on television'
Don Draper. The mere mention of his name makes Mad Men fans swoon - regardless of their disposition! The gripping series set in the advertising world in 1960s New York has garnered plenty of acclaim and provoked much discussion about the mysteries lurking beneath the show's stylish surface. This guide enhances one's appreciation of the show, channeling a range of critical perspectives, shedding light on the cryptic clues and including a detailed episode guide.
'Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home' by Nigella Lawson
Tipped to top the festive book charts, Lawson's latest cookbook deploys her sultry charms to seduce food lovers with an array of recipes and advice. Her disarming qualities ensure that the preparation of mouthwatering cuisine no longer feels daunting, with plenty of simple dish suggestions that make full use of any leftovers. Cleverly divided into two sections - Kitchen Comforts and Kitchen Quandies - this tome features the Domestic Goddess at her engaging best.
'Woath It? Coase Ah am, Pet' by Cheryl Kerl
Who needs the real Cheryl Cole autobiography? The spoof version by Twitter sensation 'Cheryl Kerl' might be barely legible, but it uses its form to poke plenty of fun at the X Factor judge! To give a flavour of the book (and test your reaction to phonetic Geordie dialect!), here's what Ms Kerl had to say about her entry into the literary world: "Tuh think thar Ah'm ganna be joinin the ranks a the literaree greats leik Shakespeeah, Dickins an Joadun is berth humblin an tertally mint."
'The Fry Chronicles' by Stephen Fry
Adored by the nation, Stephen Fry has managed to prise himself away from Twitter to pen his latest memoirs - a follow-up to the acclaimed 'Moab Is My Washpot'. Covering the last thirteen years of his life in trademark uber-witty style, 'The Fry Chronicles' provides plenty of laughs with a wealth of fascinating tales. The legendary raconteur also delivers a candid look at the self-doubt that often threatened to derail his burgeoning career during turbulent times.
'A History Of The World In 100 Objects' by Neil MacGregor
Now here's an intriguing idea for a book! MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum, has tracked the development of the world through 100 objects created by mankind from its genesis to the present day. Kicking off with a very simple chopping tool from Africa, the book is a remarkable journey that sheds much light upon the ingenuity of us humans - and also its flaws. An ideal gift for those who are alienated by conventional text books, but have a passion for learning.
'Guinness World Records 2011'
An enduring institution, the latest Guinness World Records book contains a raft of updated and new records that will grip people of all ages and elicit plenty of disbelieving expressions brought on by the feats documented within. New features in the 2011 edition focus on the record-breaking technology that has enhanced culture, including a look at the 75th anniversary of television and the marvels of 3D cinema. This all comes bound in an impressive holographic cover too!
'Style' by Lauren Conrad
An ideal present for fashion-conscious girls (which is pretty much all of them!), this book features style tips from the luminous former star of MTV series The Hills and Laguna Beach. A true trendsetter, Lauren Conrad has avoided the pitfalls endured by most reality stars through her sheer talent as a fashion designer. She puts all her sartorial skills to good use here, with honest advice for ladies of all ages and sizes who want to look and feel good.
'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' by Stieg Larsson
It's worth having a discreet look at the bookshelves of your friends to check whether this bestseller resides there. If not, then snap up Stieg Larsson's phenomenal opener to the Millennium trilogy immediately! The story, told in far more intricate detail than the film adaptation, plunges a journalist and a computer hacker together to hunt for the truth surrounding a missing person. Dangerous, sexy and thrilling, this is a real 'must have' for anyone with reading capabilities.
'Life & Laughing' by Michael McIntyre
Not so long ago, Michael McIntyre sold just a solitary ticket for a gig at the Edinburgh Festival. Yet he soon managed to take the comedy world by storm and amassed sell-out tours, shifted millions of DVDs and scooped numerous awards. The reason? His masterful wit. Fortunately, the hilarity of his stand-up material isn't lost in translation to text. His LOL-inducing book is full of funny (and poignant) tales, including several doomed attempts to woo the opposite sex. Bless him.
'The Twilight Saga Atom Collection' by Stephenie Meyer
Do vampires suck? No way, according to the millions of Twilight devotees. Their hearts beat in time with the saga's dashing heroes - brooding bloodsucker Edward Cullen and hormonally-charged Bella Swan. If you want to keep an adolescent quiet this Christmas, give them this fangtastic collection - which features Meyer's quartet of Twilight novels in impressive packaging and complete with four art cards. Just make sure they don't totally shun the daylight â€¦
'The Longest Whale Song' by Jacqueline Wilson
Books for youngsters need not be patronising and simplistic twaddle. Acclaimed children's writer Jacqueline Wilson demonstrates this with her latest novel, which focuses on a young girl's immersion in the delightful world of whale song while her mother lies in a deep coma. Very accessible, amusing and emotionally intelligent, this is an ideal present for any reluctant readers out there. It shows why Wilson was named as the 'most borrowed' author of the last decade.
'Full Dark, No Stars' by Stephen King
Christmas is a time for presents, sprouts and general festive cheer - but it also lends itself well to a spot of horror. Step forward genre maestro Stephen King. His latest effort - four tales interwoven by the premise of a dormant 'stranger' lurking inside every person - is ideal for exploiting the chilly breezes and plentiful darkness of Winter. "Tight and energetic from start to finish" according to the New York Times, King's latest masterpiece makes for a frightfully good gift.