A combination of travel writing, nature and autobiography starts us off this month.

“The Snow Geese” by William Fiennes is beautifully observed and written.  If you want an “escape” in December, this one is for you.

“War Paint” is a biography of Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein – two extraordinary women who forged empires in the beauty business and who led the way in marketing in the 20th century.

Crime writing this month is represented by “Barking Mad” by Leigh Russell, a cosy crime plot which would have benefitted from better proof reading, and by Agatha Christie’s “The Thirteen Problems” – 13 short stories, and our introduction to Miss Marple with her insights into human nature – a good read.