David's Christmas Crackers

My picks this season: birds, more birds, some music, a deliciously wry Brexit thriller from 'The greatest comic writer of spy fiction in the English language' and a terrifying retelling of the Iliad told from the point of view of one of the war's victims.

Music Lessons: The College de France Lectures

Pierre Boulez, translated by Jonathan Goldman, Dr Jonathan Dunsby and Dr Arnold Whittall

From the publisher:

Pierre Boulez was appointed to the College de France in 1976, with the chair devoted to ‘Invention, technique and language in Music’, and he held his position until 1995. ...


Tim Dee

From the publisher:

Landfill is a groundbreaking book which confronts our waste making species through the extraordinary and fascinating life of gulls. As these fascinating animals have come ...

The Silence of the Girls

Pat Barker

From the publisher:

Shorlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Costa Novel Award Booker-winning novelist Pat Barker imagines the untold story of the women at the heart of ...