As a departure from the tendency there is at this season to offer lists of the best books of your year, or books you're looking forward to reading in the new one, I offer here my list of 10 books that I don't want for Christmas:
1. The Collected Apologetics of Madeleine Bunting. Please don't misunderstand me. I have derived much pleasure from the individual columns of Our Maddy of the Sorrows. But to have them all collected in one place would be something else.
2. My World of Books by Shane Warne. Great bowler, but perhaps not the most reliable guide to literature. ('I can honestly say I have never read a complete book in my life'.)
3. George Galloway's Democracy Primer. Yeah, but no.
4. A Bunch of Roses: The Soul of Zionism and the Horst Wessel Lied. Being the record of a four-way conversation between Steven and Hilary Rose and their infant children Jacqueline Rose and John Rose, on the need for a total academic, cultural, literary and knitting boycott of Israel.
5. 'Only 10 Games from Greatness': Gerard Houllier's Recipe for Premiership Triumph.
6. The Complete Harry's Place Blog Comments of Benjamin.
7. Victoria Beckham's Guide to English Cathedrals.
8. Selected Photographs of the Well-Meaning Good People of the Global Dinner Party. Featuring portraits of George Clooney, Joan Baez, Steve Bell, Glenda Jackson, and many other such anti-war luminaries.
9. The Wayne Rooney Book of Modern Etiquette.
10. Jacques Derrida in Monument Valley: The Postmodernist's Handbook to Appreciation of the Western.