The best books for your new ereader
1,227 QI Facts To Blow Your Socks Off by John Lloyd and John Mitchinson
With a ridiculously low price on Kindle at time of writing, this book is a classic stocking filler that does very much what it says on the tin. Followers of the QI TV show will lap it up, but you don’t have to be a Stephen Fry fanboy to appreciate its truckload of knowledge nuggets. Did you know that Scotland, for example, has twice as many pandas as it does Tory MPs?
Arcadia by Lauren Groff
Lovers of novels depicting a dark, dystopian future will lap up Groff’s exploration of the American hippie dream, which starts in a 1970s commune and winds up somewhere very, very different in 2018.
Osama by Lavie Tidhar
Winner of this year’s World Fantasy Award, Osama isn’t one of the many semi-fictionalised retellings of Bin Laden’s killing, but a pulpy (all the tropes are here, including a private detective protagonist hired by a mysterious woman) alternative history tale set in a world without global terrorism – a world in which Osama Bin Laden is not a bogeyman figure but the star of a series of popular graphic novels.
This Is Improbable by Marc Abrahams
Guardian columnist Abrahams delves headlong into the weird, wonderful world of unlikely scientific research in this funny tome, which is guaranteed to provide reams of pub conversation fodder.
I’m Starved For You by Margaret Atwood
Canada’s most celebrated author has embraced the ebook concept fully with Positron, her new collection of short stories exploring life in the near future. Each story is to be released as a separate, affordable ebook – and the erotically-charged I’m Starved For You is the first. At a mere 46 pages, it could be the ideal post-Christmas alternative to watching yet another Bond film.
The Big Screen by David Thomson
Thomson, one of the giants of film writing, embarks on an epic journey to chronicle the history of cinema through the movies and artists that have meant the most to him. Managing to be both deeply personal and wide-ranging, The Big Screen is a must for any fan of top drawer film criticism.