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Book Recommendations
Front Row has invited different critics to give their suggestions of the best books to pick up this season, including books for Children, the best of Crime Fiction, and Audio Books.
Crime Fiction
Crime FictionFront Row crime specialist Jeff Park selects his favourite crime novels of the year...

Mind’s Eye – Hakan Nesser

Death on a Branch Line – Andrew Martin

The Vault – Roslund and Hellstrom

The Lost Prophecies – Knight, Morson, Jecks, Gregory, Gooden and Sansom

The Book of Murder – Guillermo Martinez

Water-blue Eyes – Domingo Villar

The Private Patient - P D James

The Pyramid - Henning Mankell

Curse of the Pogo Stick - Colin Cotterill

The First Fingerprint - Xavier-Marie Bonnot

Moonlight Downs - Adrian Hylands

The Victoria Vanishes - Christopher Fowler

Children  aged 8 to 14
Children's literature expert Damien Kelleher with his favourite picks for the young reader: from 8 years to pre-teens and beyond...

Illustrated books:
The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams with illustrations by Quentin Blake
Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear by Andy Stanton and David Tazzyman winner of the Roald Dahl funniest prize for books for children aged 7 - 14
The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart illustrated by Carson Ellis

A poetic book:
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech - the sequel to the Carnegie prize winning Love That Dog

For older readers

Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
Airman by Eoin Colfer
Parliament of Blood by Justin Richards
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
Jackdaw Summer by David Almond
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Non Fiction Books:
Spyology by Dugald Steer
Take Me Back: A trip through history from the stone age to the digital age from Dorling Kindersley
Children under 8
Children's illustration by Finnish artist Rudolf Koivu 1930sThe Daily Mail's Georgia Coleridge, author of Seven Secrets of Successful Parenting, gives her favourite books for the young set...

The Birthday Book edited by Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake (Jonathan Cape, £16.99)  for the Prince of Wales’s 60th
The Tiger who came to Tea by Judith Kerr (Harper Collins £6.99) 40th anniversary edition with furry stripes, pub April 2008
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond (HarperCollins £10.99) 50th anniversary edition
The Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schiffler (Alison Green £10.99)
The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg and Bruce Ingman (Walker £10.99)
How to be a Baby by Me the Big Sister by Sally Lloyd-Jones (Walker £10.99)
This Is London by Miroslav Sasek (Universe publishing inc £10.99) other cities also available
The Scribble Book by Herve Tullet (Tate Publishing £6.99)
Alphabet by Mathew van Fleet (Paula Wiseman Books £12.99)
Audio Books
Audio BooksWriter and journalist Christina Hardyment selects this year’s most popular audio books for Christmas.

British Writers (BBC/British Library)  Alistair Cooke interviews PG Wodehouse.

Dreams from my Father read by author Barack Obama (Canongate)

A Most Wanted Man read by author John le Carré (Hodder)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Stephen Fry reads the last of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books (Bloomsbury)

Oath Breaker, Ian McKellen reading Michelle Paver's fifth book in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series (Orion)

Gawain and The Green Knight by Simon Armitage reading his own retelling (Faber)

Gawain and The Green Knight by Benedict Flynn, read by Jasper Britton (Naxos)
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