Cristiano Ronaldo ‘set for crisis talks’ with Juventus chiefs following angry reaction to substitution in game against AC Milan

16 Nov

Cristiano Ronaldo will reportedly hold showdown talks with Juventus bosses following his angry reaction to being substituted last weekend. The 34-year-old was taken off by manager Maurizio Sarri in the 55th minute of their match with AC Milan. He then marched straight down the tunnel and left the stadium before the match had ended. Paulo […]

Leroy Sane’s Man City teammates ‘convinced’ he’ll sign for Bayern Munich next year

16 Nov

Manchester City stars believe Leroy Sane’s ‘head has been turned’ and a move to Bayern Munich is inevitable sooner rather than later. The Telegraph report that Sane’s peers are ‘increasingly convinced’ that this will be the forward’s last season at the Etihad. Bundesliga giants Bayern have had a long-standing interest in Sane, and remain intent […]

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane weighing up bid for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi next summer – reports

16 Nov

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is reportedly considering a bid for Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi next summer. The 19-year-old is seen as one of the most promising young talents in English football and almost left the Blues for Bayern Munich last January. Stamford Bridge chiefs rejected three bids for Hudon-Odoi before Frank Lampard was able […]

Moise Kean’s father believes he made a ‘mistake’ sending his son to England and wants Serie A return for Everton striker

16 Nov

Moise Kean’s father, Jean, has expressed regret over his son joining Juventus and says he would like the striker to return to Serie A as soon as possible. Kean, 19, sealed a £27million transfer to Everton in the summer, a move which had many in the football fraternity talking because of the talent Kean possesses. […]

My Ten Christmas Book Recommendations

16 Nov

We all know how difficult it is to buy the right Christmas present for a family member or friend. You can’t go wrong with a book. I spent twenty years in bookselling and publishing and although I am no longer involved, my love of books has not diminished. Nor, it seems, has anyone else’s. We are buying more books than ever, and still prefer the paper version over eBooks. It seems that the decline in the number of independent bookshops has been halted too. 

Below, I list a dozen books, all very different, which I have enjoyed reading this year. Some have even featured on my Iain Dale Book Club podcast

I hope if you buy any (or all!) of these books, you will do so from your local independent bookshop.

My book of the year is Charles Moore’s final volume of his trilogy of Margaret Thatcher biographies. This covers her final three years in power and then her declining years up until her death in 2013. (Listen to my interview with Charles Moore HERE).

Charles Moore Margaret Thatcher

Matt Stadlen is an LBC colleague and he’s a keen ornithologist. I am not, yet I can recognise a great book when I see one. He’s taken all the photos in this book and they are superb. His accompanying text really gets your ornithological juices flowing, and anyone would be pleased to receive this book as a gift. (Listen to my interview with Matt about the book HERE).

How to see birds matt stadlen

Gyles Brandreth has never written a boring book in his life. I have to admit that I cannot stand poetry, but even he got me interested when I did an hilarious interview with him about the book (listen HERE). 

Dancing by the light of the moon Gyles Brandreth

This is the second volume of Honourable Ladies and contains biographical essays about each of the 327 female MPs elected. It’s a whopping 900 pages, but funnily enough it’s also quite a good loo book!

Honourable Ladies

This is a brilliant book by Emily Maitlis which lifts the curtain on how news works, or often doesn’t. I did a brilliant interview with her back in April, which if you listen to, I doubt whether you can resist buying the book for yourself, let alone anyone else.

Emily Maitlis

Asa Bennett interned at Total Politics ten years ago and now is a brilliant journalist and commentator for The Telegraph. This wonderful book looks at the classics from Ancient Rome and Athens and translates their lessons into modern day politics. It’s also very funny. A great stocking filler if ever there was one. 

Romanifesto Asa Bennett

Obviously the Big Book of Boris qualifies as the ultimate stocking filler book! Only just published it features quotes, gaffes and mishaps by our revered Prime Minister. Guaranteed to be enjoyed by every politico in the land!

Big Book of Boris 3

When I interviewed Anita Anand I was ashamed at how little I knew about what happened at the Amritsar Massacre. She tells the story in a very dramatic way and at times you think you’re reading a novel. (Listen to my interview with Anita HERE).

Anita Anand

A delight of a book from the author of MAGGIE AND ME. I marveled at the research which must have gone into it, given it takes place in turn of the century South Africa – and I mean turn of the 19/20 century. (Listen to my interview with Damian Barr HERE).

Damian Barr

The great thing about David Cameron’s memoir is that it’s authentically him. You can hear his voice oozing through the pages. You learn about his motivations and he’s brutally honest about the things that went wrong. Guaranteed hit for any politico as a Christmas present!

David Cameron For the Record

Erling Haaland transfer update: Manchester United plot January signing and £85m bid should be enough

16 Nov

Manchester United hope to sign Norway wonderkid Erling Braut Haaland – and there have been several developments concerning his future over the past few days. The Red Devils are desperate to land the teenage Salzburg ace, who has stunned Europe with his goalscoring exploits this season. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who coached the player at […]

Northern Ireland looks set for the most unpredictable general election in its history

16 Nov

With the names of the candidates for this year’s general election finalized, Northern Ireland looks set to have an uncharacteristically unpredictable election, with seemingly competitive races in 10 of its 18 constituencies. The chart above shows the results of this week’s new LucidTalk poll, compared with the poll from August this year and previous election results. It suggests that support for Sinn Féin and the DUP has fallen back from levels at previous elections, and that Alliance have built on … Read more

Black Rice and Chinese Sausage Dressing

16 Nov

Wild rice stuffing is rarely anyone’s favorite on the Thanksgiving table. For this version, we swapped in nutty, chewy black rice, took a tip from fried rice and crisped it up in the pan, and added lap cheong, a cured Chinese pork sausage with a maple-…

Former Liverpool and Leeds star Dominic Matteo being treated in hospital after having surgery on a brain tumour

16 Nov

Former Liverpool star Dominic Matteo is being treated in hospital after having surgery on a brain tumour, the Merseyside club have announced. The 45-year-old, who spent eight years at Anfield from 1992-2000, underwent an operation on Monday and is currently being treated after coming out of intensive care, the European champions added in a statement. […]

DRS suffers system failure on Macau F3 debut

16 Nov

The new F3 car is being driven at the Guia circuit for the first time this weekend, and unlike its predecessor it features the DRS overtaking aid pioneered in Formula 1.A select number of drivers were able to use the device, but when it became apparent…

Frank Lampard’s assistant manager Jody Morris warned by Chelsea over future conduct on social media after his swipes at Jose Mourinho

16 Nov

Chelsea have warned Jody Morris of his future conduct on social media after he trolled former Blues boss Jose Mourinho. Frank Lampard’s assistant made two digs at the Portuguese after he expressed his concern over whether Chelsea could continue their good form into big games. Mourinho said he had been impressed with the Blues’ brilliant […]

Liverpool buy Brendan Rodgers’ £3.75m house and allow Jurgen Klopp to live their rent free as ‘reward’ for work with club

16 Nov

Liverpool have reportedly bought the house Jurgen Klopp was renting from Brendan Rogers and are allowing the German to live their rent free. Klopp succeeded Rodgers as Liverpool manager in October 2015, and has transformed the Reds into one of the best teams in Europe. He led the Anfield club to their sixth Champions League […]