Mary Berry goes back to basics, while Jamie Oliver gets tasty in record time - and Nadiya

Dame Mary Berry's (left) latest book is full of useful time-saving tips, tricks and shortcuts to make your life easier. Jamie Oliver (right)roams all around the Mediterranean for his latest five ingredients book, with dishes ranging from garlicky Moroccan pasta to Greek lemon tzatziki chicken. And TV star Nadiya Hussain (inset) goes back to her roots here, recreating the dishes she ate when growing up.

In The Truth Detective, science writer and 'semi-pro' poker player Alex O'Brien's basic thesis is that learning and playing poker can help you in life and make us all into better, more rounded people.

Bazball is a book about he transformation of the Test team from dreary also-rans to tough competitors full of attacking flair and demonstrating joy in all they do thanks to coach Brendon 'Baz' McCullum.

Everything to Play For: The QI Book of Sports is packed with hilarious and interesting facts and stories. It's the perfect gift for any sports-mad person you know.

Packed with funny and moving scenes, the chapters of Mirrors of Greatness portray Churchill's views of other great contemporaries - de Gaulle, Gandhi, etc - and theirs of him.

Most Delicious Poison is full of insights into the natural world. Whiteman is fascinated by what he calls the 'paradox of toxins': that things that could kill you in large doses are often, in small doses, beneficial

Rebecca Gibb's gallop through wine fraud down the ages shows how the authenticity of wines is a grey area which relies heavily on expert opinion, something which has proved to be all too fallible.

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Beatles roadie whose passion for the band (and groupies) wrecked his life: Mal Evans

There have been many books about the Beatles, but this view of them through the eyes of their closest aide shows not just the extraordinary workload of the group, but how, without realising it, the Beatles' constant demands eventually became part of the crumbling scaffolding of Mal Evans's life.

During his 40-year career, Ball has endured many a hitch with revolving stages, mislaid props and 'actors not making it back on stage because of costume changes'.

Growing up on a farm where her parents raised cows, pigs and hens, Rosamund Young always thought sheep were rather dull animals, devoid of personality, but later found that to be wrong.

Cataloguing events in Britain between 1962 and 1965, David Kynaston's 700 pages find room for Manfred Mann's hit Do Wah Diddy Diddy, Hughie Green opening Ilford's furniture supermarket.

Historian Daniel Cowling looks at the successes and the failures that the four-year British occupation brought, delving deep into Foreign Office documents, private diaries, newspaper reports and interviews.

Jinny Blom is an award-winning landscape designer who has made gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show for both King Charles and Prince Harry. For her, gardening is the highest of art forms.

Author Natasha Tidd tells us of the medieval chronicler, Gerald of Wales, who claimed he knew a man on whom tiny devils appeared every time he was confronted with lies.

For seven decades, from the late 1940s, George Weidenfeld, an Austrian-born emigré, beguiled the British publishing world as his company Weidenfeld & Nicolson put out more than 6,000 titles.

Travels with a witty misfit: Billy Connolly on the dangers of nylon sheets, bungee jumping

With the death of Sir Ken Dodd in 2018, Sir Billy Connolly succeeded as our greatest living comedian - so I do hope he can cling on a little while longer. As he implies in Rambling Man, the outlook has been rather worrying. On a Monday not long ago, he was fitted with hearing aids. On the Tuesday, he was prescribed medication for gastrointestinal reflux. Come Wednesday, Billy was told he had prostate cancer and Parkinson's disease. No doubt, on Thursday and Friday, he stared into space swearing loudly, or else got cracking visiting graveyards. 'It just felt lovely in them,' Billy reports of his cemetery inspections. 'With my Parkinson's,' says Billy, 'I sometimes shake so much I can just sit in my living room with my eyes closed and pretend I'm rattling along in a freight train.'

In a lively narrative, delivered with wit and warmth, Brown shows how Eastern mysticism went from being suspect to venerable, and back again to a subject of scepticism.

Here's a technological advance that will change our lives, make us all richer and healthier and happier and better looking.

In her eye-opening account, Eight bears: Mythic past and imperilled future, Gloria Dickie starts by considering why the bear is so appealing to the human imagination.

Had I keeled over in America, I'd now be a corpse, as their medical system is unsympathetic towards anyone 'poor and chronically ill', which is pretty much the category I usually find myself in.

Lost and bewildered Walker may be when we first meet her, but she comes from a family with an extraordinary capacity for love. Her memoir reads like a novel...

Chris Broad went to Japan to teach English to Japanese students, and a decade later is established as a YouTube star with his Abroad In Japan videos explaining the country's customs and curiosities.

He was a military genius who lead an Arab revolt against the Turks in WWI and even had a

This corking biography from explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes provides a new but no less epic view of the life and legend of Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence (right and inset). And who better to look at the unique challenges that Lawrence faced than Fiennes? As a young Army officer, Fiennes was himself seconded to the Gulf state of Oman in 1967. He commanded an Arab guerrilla unit to fight off brutal Marxist rebels determined to overthrow the Sultan. The rip-roaring story of Lawrence's life is broken up every so often with parallels from Fiennes' own experiences. They don't look too dissimilar, either - the same fine-boned features - but their height is wildly different: Fiennes is well over 6ft, Lawrence was slightly built at 5ft 5in. But they both share a taste for high adventure. Pictured left is Peter O'Toole in the film.

The summer of 1907, animal trainer Madame Ella Jensen was top of the bill at the Gloucester Palace of Varieties with a speciality performance starring her and a cageful of lions.

With what sometimes seems like half of Europe and North America ablaze this summer, Fire Weather, by the Vancouver-based writer and journalist John Vaillant, could not be a more timely work.

Neil Oliver never says he doesn't believe in ghosts, but his book offers just as many rational explanations for sightings as it does sightings themselves.

The Tour de France is the biggest annual sporting event in the entire world. It is also the most exhausting, with 150-200km stages, often up some impossibly steep mountains.

The Swimmer: The Wild Life of Roger Deakin is a biography of the author of the much-loved Waterlog - a wholly original account of how he swam across Britain, via lakes, ponds, canals and more.

UK-based Lizzie Pickering's son, Harry, died at the age of six in 2000. He had been diagnosed with terminal spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) just before his second birthday.

The Jewel Box, Tim Blackburn's enchanting new book, not only celebrates moths but provides an introduction to the basic ideas of ecology and the study of the natural world.