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Best books for father's day - Share your thoughts and enter a draw to win a bundle of books for the family.

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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 24-Apr-14 17:50:26

Don't panic it isn't upon us yet (15th June incase you're wondering) but after the interest in our round up of best books for Mother's Day we thought it would be nice to do the same for dear ol' pops. What better gift than the inspiration of a great book? (What's more they can be bought up to the last minute on Amazon and are the easiest gifts ever to wrap up).

We're in touch with publishers to find out what's new out there but we need your help. Post up what you think are the best book gifts to buy for father's day and why you think they will be appreciated. We'll close the thread on 30 May and everyone who's posted will be entered into a draw to win a bundle of books for all the family. We'll have the Best books for father's day page up and running with all the suggestions in plenty of time for Dh's big day.

goingdoolally Mon 09-Jun-14 21:45:42

Microadventures by Alastair Humphreys. This is the perfect book for Father's Day. Engagingly written with wonderful photography it will give all fathers who have forgotten the joys of adventure a kick up the backside to get out there with the children and rediscover the simple pleasures in reconnecting with and exploring the world around us.

What exactly is an adventure? Something that’s new and exhilarating. Something that launches you from your comfort zone into a different place altogether. An adventure changes you and how you see the world. And all an adventurer really needs is bags of enthusiasm and boundless curiosity.

Let Alastair Humphreys introduce you to the exciting world of microadventures – adventures that are close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective. A microadventure takes the spirit of a big adventure and squeezes it into a day or even a few hours.

AliceMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-May-14 12:31:22

This competition is now closed. Thanks to everyone for posting their great suggestions. Congratulations to badgerknowsbest who wins a bundle of books for the family. We will be in touch via pm in how to claim your prize.

Stay tuned for our Best books for Father's Day roundup coming soon - we will post a link to the page on this thread. Feel free to continue to post your book ideas here smile

sc00ter Mon 12-May-14 13:52:56

My husband loves to read biography's - He loves a success story. specially when the person has faced great odds and hardship to succeed.

burwellmum Sat 10-May-14 16:26:09

I have just ordered How I Won the Yellow Jumper: Dispatches from the Tour de France by Ned Boulting for my armchair cycling pundit DH.

hunhun007 Fri 09-May-14 17:40:38

We would suggest "XXX for Dummies" series. There is 100s of titles to chose from and every Father will find something for himself - new hobby or new knowledge all written in simple way and easy to follow steps.
We love the series!

Mr Nice by Howard Marks. Fantastic.

Oh Bernard Cornwell - Sharpe series.

Hornblower series by C S Forester.

Jack Reacher series.

Brian Moore's Autobiography, Beware of the Dog.

Racing in the Dark, David Millar's autobiography - DH raved about this. I want to find an equivalent for him as this year's Father's Day present so this thread is fantastic!

BreakingDad77 Thu 08-May-14 19:28:56

Patrick O'Brian's naval books (master and commander film based on one)
Factual, Generation kill and Black hawk down are good books.

Sci fi, ian banks, surface detail,

Fantasy classic Neil Gaimon, American Gods

thegambler Thu 08-May-14 17:58:55

Karl Ove Knausaggard's "Death in the family","A man in love", "Boyhood Island"

Harry Pearson's "A far corner", especially if from the North and into football, giving a little bit of biog away there aren't I.

One of Stuart Maconies travelish books, "Pies and prejudice" etc. depending on which part of the country you are from.

John Le Carre's Smiley series if into spies etc.

The QI books

Terry Deary's "Dangerous days in the Roman empire" Horrible histories for adults.

"How I rid the world of Jeremy Clarkson" not in print yet but it should be!!

sassolino Thu 08-May-14 17:53:47

Inspector Montalbano series by Andrea Camilleri (10 books at £9.99 from The Book People, a real bargain).
1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Keith Richards' autobiography looks fun.

missorinoco Wed 07-May-14 19:54:10

I bought the "My Dad" book from the children a few years ago. Slightly twee, but they like reading it with him, and he is too wise to tell me if he doesn't!

Dh is into non fiction. My suggestion for this year would be "Maggie and Me" by Damian Barr.About a boy growing up in Glasgow in the 80's and 90's. Beautifully written, funny and poignant.

mum2jakie Wed 07-May-14 19:49:29

My husband tends to prefer (auto)biographies rather than fiction. Recent successes have been the Alex Ferguson and Simon Cowell biographies.

Jeremy Clarkson has written a fair few satirical books if your Dad is a fan!

MakkaPakkasSponge Wed 07-May-14 13:06:21

My DH likes the Peter F Hamilton books, sci fi stuff always goes down well.

starlight36 Wed 07-May-14 12:21:08

'My Dad' by Anthony Browne is a firm favourite in our house. DD loves acting out all of the actions-particularly the happy hippo! The reading always ends with a big father/daughter hug. The pictures are charming and our small board book copy is well travelled.

catwomanga Wed 07-May-14 12:18:56

RE: telsa Mon 28-Apr-14 22:47:33
My DH loves history - a trait he is bequeathing to our DD.....

Funny you say this, telsa - my DH is adopted and one of the few things we found out about his biological mother is that she loved history, particularly historical fiction; something my husband is passing on to his son - is there really a gene for that kind of thing? So we buy anything by Bernard Cornwell, Frank Barnard or Conn Iggulden. He also likes Game of Thrones (he refuses to watch the show until the author finishes the series) which I know is fantasy, but it's been influenced by history and VERY loosely based on certain past events.

ShadowFall Mon 05-May-14 14:23:43

One that DH and toddler DS have been enjoying reading together recently is "Don't Worry, Hugless Douglas" by David Melling .

Briefly, Douglas's dad gives him a new hat, Douglas accidentally destroys the hat and is very upset, but his dad reassures Douglas and Douglas feels happy again. I thought it was a lovely little story about relationships between fathers and their children that's great for a dad to read with small children.

The Timewaster Letters by Robin Cooper is possibly the funniest book ever and ideal for dipping into.

Padeen Fri 02-May-14 15:25:03

There is a lovely new Alan Ahlberg book out called "Kicking a Ball" - it's like The Paper Dolls (weeps) but with a father and a ball not a mother and a pair of scissors.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Fri 02-May-14 15:16:45

My Dad doesn't read much fiction (he's only finished 3 books- Jothnathan Livingston Seagull, The Twits & The Kite Runner). I'm thinking about getting him a copy of a book I got for DH - letters of Note, compiled by Shaun Usher. It's a compendium of inspiring and entertaining letters, ranking from a letter from Queen Elizabeth II to President Eisenhower giving her drop scone recipe, to Gandhi's letter to Hitler and Leonardo da Vinci's job application.

Flying Saucer Rock'n'Roll by Richard Blandford is a perfect novel for anyone who was a teenager in Britain in the 90s. If he liked The World's End movie, he'll like this.

The author's other book Hound Dog is also brilliant and shockingly funny but needs a parental advisory label on it!

Anything by Terry Pratchett would be a safe bet in this house! DH is usually nose-down in a Pratchett book at any given pointgrin.

Louise1956 Thu 01-May-14 06:47:13

if my sons wanted to get their father a book i would advise Clive Cussler, his favourite author, or else something on sailing. Surely it depends on the taste of the man involved - the idea that a 'father' has some specific category of book he's supposed to like strikes me as very odd indeed.

tinypumpkin Wed 30-Apr-14 22:24:47

Anything by Lee Child for my Dad. Not 'Dad' specific but what he likes. Sadly the new one 'Personal' is not out in time. At least that would have helped with the usual 'what to buy' issue.

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