Waitrose and Partners Weekend Issue 579

50 25 NOVEMB ER 2021 If you’re looking for literary inspiration for your present list, Susannah Flynn asks some thoughtful Santas what they’d like to give to friends and family this year The precious gift of books at Christmas WEEKENDING CELIA IMRIE Actor and author The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present by Paul McCartney (Allen Lane) “Paul McCartney’s delicious Lyrics is a treasure trove. Gloriously illustrated with old snaps, posters with the Beatles’ bottom-of- the-bill, handwritten set lists, lyrics on scraps and exhausting tour lists criss-crossing Britain. We learn howPaul’s Liverpool-Irish- Catholic mother, who died when he was 14, subconsciously inspiredmany of the songs, from LadyMadonna to Let it be . My pal adores Paul and goes to all his concerts. She’ll have a feast! And who knew that the creamEleanor Rigby kept in a jar by the door was Nivea?” Celia’s novel Orphans of the Storm (Bloomsbury) is out now XAND VAN TULLEKEN Doctor and presenter Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (Transworld) “My father has always been obsessed with airplanes. My childhood was spent touring air shows and air museums and he inspired me to join the RAF at university, where I learned to fly a Bulldog trainer. Great Circle starts in the early 19th century and ends in contemporary Los Angeles. It describes the life of a female aviator, Marian Graves, and is the best kind of historical fiction – gripping story, epic scope and accurate, beautiful descriptions of flight and what it meant to fly as a woman born in the early 20th century.” Xand stars in Operation Ouch! at London’s Lyric Theatre, 4 December to 16 January. operationouchlive.com