Christmas Books \ penguin.com.au
Seasonal reads this year range from the highbrow to the high table.
The beautifully bound Christmas Days by Jeanette Winterson (Penguin, $29.99) has both, comprising 12 tales of ghosts and love and festive miracles, accompanied by recipes for mince pies, mulled wine and Chinese dumplings.
Jamie Oliver’s weighty Christmas Cookbook (Penguin, $55) has more delicious suggestions, including tips to make the most of leftovers. For kids, there’s the New York City Ballet’s lavishly illustrated The Nutcracker (Simon & Schuster, $24.99).
Vinyl Reissues \ pinkfloyd.com
Vinyl is still enjoying a surprise boom in sales, while old music has started outselling new music.
There’s certainly plenty for collectors to get excited about this Christmas.
The Rolling Stones have released a boxset of their first 16 LPs in mono and David Bowie’s Who Can I Be Now? set collates his Thin White Duke period.
The big news for wax fans this year, however, has been the long-awaited and lovingly crafted remasters of Pink Floyd’s back catalogue.
The Avengers: Ultimate Collection
DVD, $199.95 (Madman)
No, not those Marvel Comics pretenders. These Avengers are the real deal – the unshakeable gentleman John Steed (Patrick Macnee) and glamorous spy Emma Peel (Diana Rigg), sent on all manner of madcap missions by the British government.
The stories are a glorious fusion of espionage and science fiction, with a ’60s pop art aesthetic.
This 40-disc box contains every surviving episode from the show’s six series run – available on DVD for the first time. A nostalgic treat.
Bridget Jones’s Baby
DVD, blu-ray and digital
Romantic reunions rarely work out well, but the third Bridget Jones film bucks expectations by being the funniest yet.
Bridget (Renee Zellweger) is even more endearing in middle age than in her early 30s.
After hooking up with ex Mark (Colin Firth) and tech whiz Jack (Patrick Dempsey), Bridge falls pregnant.
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