Why did someone pay £40m for a balloon dog?

Jeff Koons's Balloon Dog (pictured left and right) sold for $58.4 million (£42 million), which is the same as the American budget to develop the Ebola vaccine. Don Thompson unveils the great lengths sellers will go to get art into the hands of the super-rich, and the reasons affluent individuals buy art only to lock them away in climate-controlled foreign duty free warehouses. There are 1.2 million artworks concealed in Geneva alone.

Rumours suggested King Charles I was controlled by his French queen, Henrietta Maria during the Civil War. Their relationship went on to spark religious conflicts before they parted in 1642.

Nona Baker known as Nin and her brother Vin were able to survive WWII by hiding in a Malayan jungle for three years. Authors Dorothy Thatcher and Robert Cross shared their unforgotten story.

The middle child of an immigrant family from China during the 50s and 60s, Amy Tan shares the trauma she faced throughout her childhood as she was forced to meet their expectations.

Mike Lewis reveals in his new book 'When To Jump' how he spent two years preparing to leave his job on Wall Street for life as a professional squash player and tips for changing career.

Diana Preston's Paradise in Chains revisits HMS Bounty

Diana Preston reveals the parallels between Captain Bligh and Mary Bryant on the HMS Bounty (pictured) in new book 'Paradise In Chains: The Bounty Mutiny And The Founding Of Australia' (pictured inset). Captain Bligh and eighteen men who were loyal to him were ordered of the boat and left to the mercies of the sea whilst on a voyage to Tahiti. The compelling tale has also previously been explored in various Hollywood movies.

An unnamed West End producer discusses the secrets and etiquette of the theatre in a hilarious new book. From where the ticket revenue goes to being sick of stalls stinking of kebabs and pizza.

Soldier Ellis Williams had his upper lip and half his teeth blown off his face during World War I. His nephew Garffild Lloyd Lewis recalls defining scenes from his uncle's memoir written in the 60s.

Author Sara Zaske discusses the culture shock and parenting changes she experienced when she moved to Germany from America with her family in a new book.

Roger Lewis curated a selection of this year's must read celebrity biographies and memoirs. His top picks include, 'Only Fools And Stories' by David Jason and 'What I Learn't' by Jeremy Vine.

Marcus Berkmann gives readers the chance to win £1000 in a festive book quiz. The challenge which closes January 15th, 2018, features questions based on this year's Daily Mail books pages.

Caroline of Ansbach was chosen to marry George II because of her ability to speak the same language and her fertility. Matthew Dennison recalls the impression she left on everyone she met.

Winner of last year's Daily Mail First Novel Competition Amy Lloyd, has since received a flood of interest in her disturbing psychological thriller. She shared how winning has transformed her life.

Charles Jennings and Paul Keers discuss 'real-life wine drinking' in their new book of hilarious essays, 'I've Bought It, So I'll Drink It'. Their contrasting personalities discuss every aspect of enjoying wine.

Mark Mason selects a range of reads from this year that make perfect stocking fillers. His selection includes Mac See And Unseen 2017 as well as a Our History Of The 20th Century.

Fiona Sampson uncovers moments in Mary Shelley's life

Author Mary Shelley (pictured left) wrote the famous Gothic novel Frankenstein (pictured right) exactly 200 years ago. Fiona Sampson uncovers the defining moments in Mary Shelley's life including the inspiration behind the story in a new biography. She also shares the tragedy, struggles and unimaginable sadness Mary experiences throughout her life.

Marcus Berkmann curated a selection of this year's best sports interest books to gift others this Christmas. Top picks include John McEnroe's sequel to his 2002 best seller and Ali: A Life.

Literary expert Ysenda Maxtone-Graham shares her top picks of books on the royals. Her selection includes 'Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses Of Princess Margaret' as well as 'My Husband And I'.

Dave Hill recalls the iconic moments of his music career as part of glam rock band Slade in new memoir. Despite his zany outfits he remained a conservative person at heart.

Damien Lewis diaries one of the most daring undercover operations of World War 2 in new book. He shares the story of Captain Henry Buck who recruited a number of men to go behind enemy lines.

A selection of stars from the Daily Mail including Richard Littlejohn, Craig Brown and Sarah Vine shared their favourite books from this year. From recommendations by ex-presidents to kids stories.

Jane Shilling curated a selection of this year's best gardening books to gift green-fingered individuals this Christmas. Top picks include The Secret Gardeners and Plant Love.

Secret of a long life? Stay AWAY from the doctor

Lydia Kang and Nate Pedersen unveil the forgotten experimental medical procedures that suggest practices were torture, rather than ways of making poorly people feel better in their new book (pictured inset). From amputations (illustrated left), lobotomies to smoking to kill germs (pictured right), the book features accounts of the history of pharmaceutical and medical notions, not for the squeamish.

Authors Cody Cassidy and Paul Doherty explore the myths behind some of the world's most gruesome fates including falling into quicksand and being swallowed by a whale.

Frank Paul's latest book contends with the toughest pub quiz's of all time. He collates questions asked at The Mill pub in Cambridge whilst cryptically linking the answers in each round

Field Marshal Lord Bramall was awarded an MC for his time at Normandy. In a new history book he collates speeches and writings from his time in the Armed Forces.

The love letters of Joan Leigh Fermor are shared in a new biography about her life. Her marriage to the travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor began 20 years after they first met in Cairo.

British expert Alexander Langlands believes new methods of manual labour could help sustain natural resources. He encourages readers to connect with their local environment in his new book.

Literary expert Katya Edwards compiled this year's best animal books which make perfect gifts for Christmas. Her top picks include Secret Life Of Cows and A Farmer And His Dog.