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A book for every Dad

A book for every Dad

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Stuck for a Father’s Day gift for your Dad, Grandad, Uncle, or even another great man in your life? We’ve got you covered!


Whether he’s the Dad with all the cringe-worthy Dad jokes, the Dad who thinks he’s the next Bear Grylls, the Dad who can’t beat a bit of Sherlock or even the Dad who puts on the history channel while everyone looks at him in despair.


To find the best book to give this Father’s Day (and one he probably doesn’t already have), we’ve put together a gift guide and found a book for many multitudes of dad. We’re sure you’ll find a book to suit his unique personality!





For the Dad who craves adventure


Salt Water and Spear Tips

Thor F. Jensen


A Danish filmmaker, under the apprenticeship of three Papua New Guinean master sailors, set off from Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, on the 30th of August 2016 on a world-record circumnavigation of the island of New Guinea in a traditional sailing canoe called the Tawali Pasana. Over the course of 13 months and 21 days - and some 6300 km of high adventure - what became known as ‘the fellowship of the Tawali Pasana' created a modern-day odyssey (on a shoestring budget) battling relentless monsoon winds, dangerous seas, pirates and crocodiles. Prevailing against all the odds, the voyage generated enormous media coverage and inspired the young people of New Guinea to celebrate their extraordinary seafaring culture.

"Sailing a traditional outrigger canoe around the vast island of New Guinea is a journey through time, across myriad cultures upon the far-flung seas of Arafura, Seram, Bismarck, and the Pacific Ocean. Thor's voyage shows that, in the 21st Century, there are still great adventures!"




For the Dad who loves an epic



John T. Leonard


DS Tom Draven is a well-respected police officer in the Serious Crimes Unit. It is a stressful job and it's not surprising that he sometimes fails to put enough energy into his relationship with his girlfriend, Jess, and often has to let her down at the last minute when work calls. But when he starts to lose track of whole chunks of time, he begins to wonder if his mind is playing tricks on him.

When Tom starts to discover items belonging to him at a series of unconnected killings, he becomes convinced that someone is trying to fit him up. Tom knows he is innocent, but the forensic evidence is compelling, and he is arrested and charged with murder.

Events take a twisted and sinister turn as the dedicated and brilliant detective finds himself caught up in a tense and psychologically compelling battle with an equally clever and ruthless criminal.

As the trial commences, it becomes apparent that only one of them can win, and Tom must fight for his liberty and his life...






For the Dad who likes going back to the past


London Burning

Geoffrey Blackstone


The Blitz began in September 1940. Night after night the Luftwaffe bombed London, with the docks their main target. Over 500 firefighters lost their lives in the struggle to put out the fires. The London Fire Brigade was hugely augmented by the recruitment of the Auxiliary Fire Service at the start of the war. In this story, Janet Carew- Finch is sent by her mother from her grand house in Norfolk to do her bit.

Joining the AFS, she was sent to a fire station in Bermondsey where she had to muck in with a band of cockneys. Nicknamed Dicky, her strong sense of duty and adaptability soon made her popular. She was put in charge of a petrol lorry driving to some of the worst fires in the Blitz.

This is the story of a young woman in war-time and the resilience and good humour of the men and women she worked with. It covers life and death; falling in love; and is about grit and determination to win through. 






For the Dad with all the Dad jokes


The Buick Stops Here

Ian Hopkins and John Duignan


In the sequel to Skelp The Aged, Mungo and Ethel Laird return from the Algarve for medical reasons. Mungo is suffering from chronic insouciance but has been assured it is nothing to worry about; Ethel has a mysterious liver condition.


Instructed by Ethel to ‘find a project' while she is in hospital, Mungo finds himself the owner of the only loss-making bookmaker in the world. When a punter has an improbable winning bet and a nephew with a sledgehammer and Mungo cannot pay, he turns to loan sharks - the alternative was RBS.


With men and women of violence circling, Mungo discovers that his houseboy has rented their villa on the Algarve to Russian gangsters diplomats. Escaping with only a flesh wound he is reunited with his beloved master to add another thing for Mungo to worry about.


Now where did Ethel put that shotgun?







For the Dad who likes to escape from reality


Covert Alliance

Blair Wylie

When a megalithic pyramid is discovered on New Earth, it excites a great deal of attention from scientists and politicians alike. But when it becomes apparent that the pyramid may be linked to the Masters - an ancient and highly aggressive enemy - the military also start to take a close, and possibly unwelcome, interest.

Balancing the competing interests of scientists, politicians, the military and financiers falls on the shoulders of Prime Minister Phillip Wong. When evidence emerges that an unknown alien race has designed the pyramid to direct New Earth's attention to a specific, unexplored moon in the Sol-system, Wong draws on his considerable political strengths to set up a top-secret deep-space exploration.

When a direct message from the alien race forecasts that the Masters are intent on the total destruction of New Earth, and that only their own highly-sophisticated technology can save the human population, Wong and his advisers must decide whether they can be trusted.

Professor Francis Maldonado, Lieutenant Colonel Nils Knudsen and Major Asher Weismann will take on the mission to meet with the aliens and determine the course of action. But the moon-mission is just the first step in a series of events that will erupt into a fierce battle for survival between the Warrior Masters and the human race...



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