Win the top ten books for Christmas

A NEW chapter dawns with the new selection of books out for this Christmas, so features editor TRACEY SPARLING asked Waterstone's booksellers to select the best gifts for every member of your family.

By Tracey Sparling

A NEW chapter dawsn with the new selection of books out for this Christmas, so features editor TRACEY SPARLING asked Waterstone's booksellers to select the best gifts for every member of your family. You could win a complete set of all ten!

AT this dark cold time of year, why not turn on a glowing lamp of an evening, and get stuck into a good book?

Or stock up with literary presents for the rest of the family because there are a host of new titles to explore at this time of year. The Evening Star has teamed up with Waterstones to offer one lucky Star reader a great Family Gifts prize package.

The prize includes the store's top ten books for Christmas: My Manchester United Years, Eric Clapton, Al Murray's Pub Landlord, Long Way Down, Hurricane Gold, The Uncommon Reader, Nigella Express, Michael Palin New Europe, Russell Brand My Booky Wook, and Pippi Longstocking.

To take part in this prize draw, send your name, address and telephone number on a postcard to Waterstones Competition, Features, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN to arrive by December 6.

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The top ten books are also available from the Ipswich branch of Waterstone's and


The winner agrees to the use of their name and photograph for publicity purposes. There is no cash alternative. The competition is not open to employees of the Star or Waterstone's Booksellers Limited nor their respective families or anyone directly connected to the competition.

Usual Archant competition rules apply.


My Manchester United Years: The Autobiography by Sir Bobby Charlton

Headline £20

For the very first time Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton recounts his glory years at Manchester United, from the Busby Babes to winning the European Cup. A must for all football fans.


Eric Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton

Century £20

For the first time, Eric Clapton rock star, icon and a living legend tells the compelling story of his rollercoaster life. Recounting more than forty years at the forefront of his profession, twice surviving near fatal addictions to drugs and alcohol, the death of his four-year-old son, and the disintegration of relationships with a succession of beautiful women, this is a pungent, witty and painfully honest autobiography.


Al Murray: The Pub Landlord Book of Common Sense

Hodder & Stoughton £18.99

We live in an age of waffle, mumbo-jumbo and bad thinking. We're forever being fed dodgy information by so-called experts, politicians, journalists and jumped-up little graduates, whose bad ideas include thinking no one should win in running races at school, in case the losers get upset. Thank God then for Al Murray, Britain's favourite Pub Landlord. He's here to put good old fashioned British common sense back where it belongs.

Grown-up Brothers

Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman

Sphere £20

After their fantastic trip round the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn't shake the travel bug. And after an inspirational UNICEF visit to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth. Riding through spectacular scenery, often in extreme temperatures, Ewan and Charley faced their hardest challenges yet.


Hurricane Gold by Charlie Higson

Puffin £12.99

Charlie Higson's Young Bond series has been a phenomenal success and this latest thrilling adventure set in the Carribbean is sure to be top of many children's wish lists this Christmas.


The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Profile £10.99

The Uncommon Reader is none other than HM the Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace. She reads widely and intelligently. Her reading changes her world view and she comes to question the prescribed order of the world, and loses patience with much that she has to do. The consequence is, of course, surprising, mildly shocking and very funny.


Nigella Express by Nigella Lawson

Chatto & Windus £25

This new book is every working mother's dream and a joy for everyone who wants to cook but can't seem to find the time. Here are mouthwatering recipes, quick to prepare, easy to follow, that you can conjure up after a long day in the office or on a busy weekend, for family or unexpected guests


New Europe by Michael Palin

Weidenfeld & Nicholson £20

Lavishly illustrated guide to Eastern Europe in the charming company of Michael Palin the much loved traveller and ex-Monty Python star. Accompanies the popular TV series.

Grown-Up Sisters

Russell Brand: My Booky Wook by Russell Brand

Hodder & Stoughton £18.99

As famous for his outrageous personal life as he is for his TV presenting career, the riotous life story of the extravagantly backcombed womanising motormouth promises to be the most candid, shocking and entertaining memoir you will read this year.


Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren and Lauren Child

Oxford £14.99

Fabulous new edition of the children's classic, brought thoroughly up to date with illustrations from Lauren Child, creator of the enormously popular Charlie and Lola series of children's picture books. The perfect gift for mother and daughter to enjoy together.

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