Best books for Father's Day 2016

Spoil Dad rotten this year with one of our top literary picks for Father's Day (on Sunday 19 June)

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The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

A creepily Gothic bestseller that is fast becoming the most-talked about book of 2016: Winner of the Costa First Novel, Book of the Year at the British Book Awards and 'an amazing piece of fiction', according to the King of Horror himself, Stephen King.

Number 11 by Jonathan Coe

The superb Jonathan Coe at his very best: a punchy satire on modern life crammed with jokes, plots and politics. A delight for all fans of What a Carve Up.

Cafe Assassin by Michael Stewart

Love a gritty prison drama? This page-turner comes from the unique voice of award-winning playwright and The Guardian's Not the Booker prize winner, Michael Stewart. 

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Shortlisted for both the Booker and Baileys Prizes, this hefty tome has astonished readers worldwide with its harrowing but beautiful account of male friendship, and even has its own Instagram and Twitter profile.

"I loved the way he wanted to portray the Lake District from the point of view of the people who live and work there, rather than the romantic ideal."

The Shepherd's Life: A Tale From the Lake District by James Rebanks

Rebanks gives us a glimpse into the life of a sheep farmer and writes candidly about what it is to belong to a land that knew Vikings, and be part of a family of shepherds stretching back generations. It will leave the reader aching for the hills.

Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman

The much awaited biography of Sir Paul from Philip Norman, author of the acclaimed Beatles biographies Shout! and John Lennon: A Life.

The Man with the Golden Typewriter by Ian Fleming

The names's Fleming - Ian Fleming. Does Dad fancy himself as the next James Bond? This book is an entertaining and revealing look at the letters of the man behind the iconic spy. 

The Sun and the Moon and the Rolling Stones by Rich Cohen 

Rich Cohen brings a fresh new look to the much chartered story of the Stones, having spent many months touring with the band during their Voodoo Lounge tour. One journalist observes that he "[wrings] new life even from the leathery faces of mummies like the Rolling Stones."

How It Works: The Dad by Jason Hazeley and Joel Morris

These hilarious little Ladybird classics parodies, which also include The Shed and The Hangover, have taken readers by storm since their release last year. How It Works: The Dad is the perfect light-hearted gift.


"One of my absolute favourite books in the whole world, ever. I read it at least once a year. Makes me laugh out loud, no matter how many times I read it."

The Corfu Trilogy by Gerald Durrell

Escape to the rocky shores and wooded hills of Corfu, where a young boy roams free among snakes, scorpions and fruit bats (all of which are more straightforward than his bohemian and rather unconventional family...). A warm, witty classic that is the inspiration for ITV's current series The Durrells, this will create a barefoot summer wherever you are.

A Very English Scandal by John Preston

This is the shocking true story of the trial of Jeremy Thorpe, the first British politician to be accused of conspiracy to murder. A real page-turner, this will grip and appall but perhaps not surprise readers with its account of the lengths politicians will go to avoid a scandal. 

The Secret War by Max Hastings

Did brains or battles win WW2? Veteran historian Max Hastings gathers hundreds of real spy stories to tackle this question in his latest book, resulting in a thrilling and informative insight into the crucial role played by espionage, code-cracking and deception.

The Night Manager by John Le Carre

Having withdrawal pangs from the BBC's fantastic adaptation of The Night Manager? Grab the original John Le Carre and revel in his impeccable plotting and ramped-up suspense. Just don't expect to get any sleep.

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

Naturalist, nature photographer and presenter Chris Packham's '70s childhood as a nature-seeking introvert is revealed in this beautifully written, engaging and exposing coming-of-age memoir.

SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard

Anyone who has enjoyed Mary Beard's recent TV series on Rome will relish this comprehensive, very readable, and completely fascinating history of the world's first superpower.


"A symphony of bizarre, dark, strangely comic, and surreal stories."

The Best of Roald Dahl - short stories by Roald Dahl

This year celebrates the centenary of much-loved Roald Dahl's birth. Rather than thinking how old that makes us all, get dear Dad this collection of Dahl's short stories for adults. The tales range from the downright bizarre to the terrifying; a wicked sense of humour whilst reading is necessary!

Sirocco by Sabrina Ghayour

Inspire Dad to spice up his culinary repertoire with this fabulous follow up to Sabrina Ghayour's bestselling Persiana.

Thatcher Stole My Trousers by Alexei Sayle

Stand-up fans will love this second volume of memoirs from the 'inventor of alternative comedy'. From MCing at the newly opened Comedy Store to his time with Comic Strip and The Young Ones, Sayle charts the 80s comedy revolution with wit and wisdom.

Black Box Thinking by Matthew Syed

Inspiring non-fiction about the relationship between success and failure, from the bestselling author of Bounce. Stuffed full of examples from many different industries, Mathew Syed shows us how to celebrate and take control of our failures. Read his webchat.

A Divided Spy by Charles Cumming

A gripping and suspenseful new spy novel from Charles Cumming, who has become a firm favourite of Mumsnet thriller fans and was described by Tony Parsons as 'the true heir to John Le Carre and Ian Fleming'.


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