Christmas 2015: The best 6 nature books

Here are some of 2015's finest books to fire the imagination, engage the grey matter and invigorate the spirit over the festive period, chosen by our literary critics

New biography records the day John Osborne was chased by an angry mob

John Osborne, the writer of 'Look Back in Anger' and 'The Entertainer', was hailed as Britain's most provocative playwright. But, as this extract from a new biography by Peter Whitebrook reveals, his first and only musical was such a disaster that after the opening night, he was chased up Charing Cross Road by an angry mob - and fled to France soon after