Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 of the best books for readers

Brilliant leafers to wrap up for bookworms

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 of the best books for readers

Choosing books for the discerning devourer of all things written is a deceptively difficult task.

Sure, you could pick up a bestseller or choose something from the discount section, but doing so is to ignore the relationship a reader has with their latest page-turner. From afternoons on the couch to hours on the bus, burying your head in a book is an intensely involved experienced - so you'd better choose wisely.

We're here to help, though, with these 15 stellar shelf-fillers bound to bring book-lovers unbridled joy. You can thank us later.

The Making of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey', by Piers Bizony (£32)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for readers: 15 books that make perfect presents

Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 galaxy-spanning movie masterpiece remains a cornerstone of the sci-fi genre – and now you can go behind the scenes of the space epic that created space epics.

With a complete compendium of interstellar images captured during production, as well as concept paintings, designs and publicity prints, this is the perfect present for would-be visual visionaries. Sadly, there’s no HAL included.

Buy The Making of Stanley Kubrick's '2001: A Space Odyssey' here

Beautiful You, by Chuck Palahniuk (£9)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for readers: 15 books that make perfect presents

Think of Fight Club. Then think of the diametric opposite of it. Does it involve the world’s most potent sex toys, so effective that women flock in their millions to buy them from a rogue named C Li Maxwell? So magnificent that they stop leaving their rooms? No? Well it should, because the author of the former just wrote a book about the latter.

Buy Beautiful You here

Reel History: The World According to the Movies, by Alex Von Tunzelmann (£11)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for readers: 15 books that make perfect presents

If you’d rather revel in the roll without going full-nerd, this romp through movie history on a quest to discern fact from fib might be just the trick. Did Cleopatra really bathe in milk? Was Abraham Lincoln really the first to patent swipe to unlock? Either of those may or may not be true, but if they’re featured in a flick then this book will probably tell you the truth.

Buy Reel History here

The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi (£11)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for readers: 15 books that make perfect presents

For those who prefer things a different type of wet, try this dark mashup of the corruption, deception and intrigue of Oil! with the post-apocalyptic terror of On the Beach.

Paolo Bacigalupi’s latest novel charts a journey on the edge of civilisation’s collapse, where bullets fly and deaths readily rack up, all in pursuit of Earth’s most valuable commodity. No, not a Stuff Magazine subscription: it’s a search for water.

Buy The Water Knife here

Sick in the Head, by Judd Apatow (£15)

Best Christmas gifts ideas for readers: 15 books that make perfect presents

Comedy is a notoriously personal preference: one man’s slapstick is in another’s stand-up sin bin, which makes finding gifts for funny-friends fiendishly difficult. But fear not, for this little leafer is packed with stories from everyone who’s anyone in the banter business. From personal anecdotes to starstruck stories, this is a thoroughly good laugh-a-long that talks to the likes of Silverman, Rogen, Schumer and Jonze - and everyone in between.

Buy Sick in the Head here

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