BUG-EYED guitar menacer Wilko Johnson has had quite the life, from stalking stages with ace pub rock combo Dr Feelgood to appearing in Game of Thrones and beating a cancer initially mis-diagnosed as terminal.
SO, WHAT are we going to be reading in 2018? Well, there's a plethora of big anniversaries, a promise of 'the next Girl On The Train' and, of course, a certain royal wedding on the horizon – all of which will throw up plenty of possibilities.
JANUARY is, typically, the time to delete Domino's from your speed dial, stop idly scrolling through Instagram and make some solid plans to atone for the unmentionable sins committed during Twixmas – the ambiguous period between Christmas and New Year, when most of us lose all sense of time and calories consumed.
AS A child surrounded by magnificent African wildlife – often having to chase a stray monkey from her garden – Co Down artist and illustrator, Alison Soye, developed a natural affinity for the larger-than-life animals she encountered when living in Rwanda and Malawi.
ASIDE from being one of architects who helped bring about the IRA ceasefire which precipitated the peace process, former taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader Albert Reynolds has another legacy; he encouraged a young pop music-mad seminarian to write about his passion.
ANYONE raised on a housing estate will recognise the camaraderie, grassroots decency and innocent abandonment of outside play that characterises Hearthlands, about growing up in the White City estate in north Belfast.
FICTION Marked For Revenge by Emelie Schepp, published in paperback by HarperCollins PUBLIC prosecutor Jana Berzelius returns to take on more Swedish baddies in the second part of Emelie Schepp's Marked For trilogy.
Knock Back by Pauline Burgess, published by Poolbeg Press Co Down writer and teacher Pauline Burgess is inspired every single day by the children around her, including her 10-year-old daughter Emma and her students at St Malachy's High School in Castlewellan.
OLD fashioned gingerbread and "big lumps of sugar" for grating may not immediately spring to mind for inclusion in any modern recipe book, but Lesley Simpson can smell an appealing whiff of nostalgia from across a kitchen table.
BOOKS are time-honoured Christmas gifts and there are plenty of new offerings to choose from, which would make lovely presents for a family member or friend – or just a well-deserved treat for yourself.