WIN! 2014's best books


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Happy Christmas from The Independent on Sunday! As our gift to you, we have sorted out your Christmas shopping. On 14 and 21 December, the IoS books section will reveal its books of the year, just in time for you to give them as presents. Even better, a handful of lucky readers stand a chance to win a stocking-full of books, so if you win, all you will have to do is the wrapping. Whether you’re struggling to find something for the film buff who has everything, trying to please that cricket-mad auntie, or hoping to keep your kids entertained until at least Boxing Day, we have some ideas for you.

Next Sunday, we’ll be recommending the best books about food, cinema, politics and poetry, as well as biographies and memoirs and the second of three batches of paperbacks of the year. The following week, we’ll reveal the top fiction, best sport books and most beautiful photography books, and suggest stocking fillers for the bookishly inclined. This week’s teenage reading and paperback picks will be included in the giveaway, as well as next week’s books for 6 to 12-year-olds and the following week’s picture books for little ’uns.

Check these pages next Sunday to find out which Hollywood legend ordered joke-shop glasses for all the crew after a co-star’s eye fell out, and which political read is “the one book you need before the election”. And on Sunday 21 December, have a look at our sports books round-up to learn which subject of “the most revelatory football book of the year” was “revered as a cool, decisive leader of men on the pitch, yet … off it he swilled lager like there was no tomorrow”.

To stand a chance of winning, just email the page number on which a single gift-wrapped book appears in this section of today’s paper, along with your postal address, to, stating in the heading of the email which category of books (Food, Cinema, Politics, Poetry, Biographies/Memoirs, Paperbacks, Photography, Fiction, Sport, Stocking Fillers, Teenagers, 6-12s, or Under 6s) you would like to win. Good luck – and please don’t forget to look up from your books when the turkey comes out.

Terms and conditions

Promotion closes on Wednesday 17 December at 23.59. Winners will be chosen at random from all correct entries, and each winner will receive one category of recommended books – please state your preference in the heading of your email. The books will be posted first-class on Friday 19 December, using Royal Mail UK inland services, for delivery in time for Christmas Day. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Only one entry per person. Entrants must be aged over 18. Usual promotion rules apply, see