Book Reviews: Novel Presents; Treat Everyone in the Family to the Ideal Read - from Big Name Biographies to Bestsellers and Children's Stories

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Nigella Lawson - simultaneously every woman's domestic nightmare and every man's fantasy - returns with Feast (Chatto, pounds 25), a gorgeous, glossy collection of recipes for special events. Such as Christmas. Just don't say, "No pressure, mum, but if you could now slip into something sexy and knock up a fantastic three-course meal while the rest of us kick back in front of the Queen's Speech, that'd be great."


Is there a bloke left on the planet who hasn't yet read Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (Corgi, pounds 6.99), this year's conspiracy theory bestseller, and soon to be a Hollywood blockbuster? But if Dad's that man, then this is a surefire winner. It's a mind-boggling thriller which combines the cerebral and physical.


For women of a certain age What You Wear Can Change Your Life by TV's Trinny and Susannah (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, pounds 20) is just the thing. For a meatier read there's Sheila Hancock's The Two Of Us: My Life With John Thaw (Bloomsbury, pounds 17.99), a moving account of her marriage.


Schott's Miscellany was the surprise Christmas hit of 2002 and the brain-box behind it has now produced Schott's Sporting, Gaming And Idling Miscellany (Bloomsbury, pounds 9.99). A must-have book for know-alls everywhere, uncle need never spend another sleepless night worrying about the distance of Tiger Woods' iron shots.


To celebrate 100 years since Dr Seuss's birth, get your hands on the Miniature Library of 10 hardback editions of his stories, including The Cat In The Hat and Green Eggs And Ham (Harper Collins, pounds 24.99). Budding geniuses will love the facts and figures in The Top 10 Of Everything 2005 (Dorling Kindersley, pounds 12.99).


Forget JK Rowling, Jacqueline Wilson is top dog for tweenies. The Diamond Girls (Doubleday, pounds 10.99) is classic Wilson. …