While most dads can be tricky to buy for on Father's Day, if yours is an avid reader then you will never be short of gift ideas. In this blog post, we have chosen to feature a selection of great books that cover a wide array of subject matter and interests. From compelling crime thrillers to immersive historical fiction, with our extensive range of books, you'll be sure to find the perfect book for your dad.

Historical Fiction

The Mirror & the Light by Hilary Mantel

With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

A spellbinding epic tale of ambition, anarchy, and absolute power set against the sprawling medieval canvas of twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth is Ken Follett's classic historical masterpiece.

The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

In a land torn apart by conflict, an orphan boy has come of age. Raised by the Vikings, deadly enemies of his own Saxon people, Uhtred is a fierce and skilled warrior who kneels to no one. Alfred – Saxon, king, a man of god – fights to hold the throne of the only land still resisting the pagan northerners. Uhtred and Alfred’s fates are tangled, soaked in blood and blackened by the flames of war. Together they will change history.

Crime and Thriller Fiction

The Institute by Stephen King

Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts - telepathy, telekinesis - for concentrated effect. Thrilling, suspenseful, heartbreaking, The Institute is a stunning novel of a childhood betrayed and hope regained.

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

A Bird in the Hand by Ann Cleeves

Who could have known birdwatching was such a dangerous sport? In this Pan Heritage Classics edition, George Palmer-Jones attempts to unravel the murder of a young, innocent birder.

War & Military Fiction

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.

Zero Option by Chris Ryan

Another non-stop pulse-pounding thriller from the established master of the military fiction genre. SAS Sergeant Geordie Sharp is required to undertake two top-secret missions, in the full knowledge that, if things go wrong, the authorities will deny all involvement.

Drums of War by Edward Marston

It's France, 1705. Captain Daniel Rawson is always ready for adventure, so when the Duke of Marlborough proposes a dangerous undercover mission to discover what has happened to one of their spies, a Dutch tapestry-maker, Rawson happily accepts.

Science Fiction

The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis

This striking one-volume edition marks the 75th anniversary of Lewis's classic SF trilogy featuring the adventures of Dr Ransom on Mars, Venus and Earth. It includes an exclusive Foreword compiled from letters by J.R.R. Tolkien, who inspired Lewis to write the first volume.

Humans, Bow Down  by James Patterson

In a world run by machines, humans are an endangered species. The Great War is over. The robots have won. The humans who survived have two choices: they can submit and serve the vicious rulers they created, or be banished to the Reserve – a desolate and hopeless slum camp. Now, following the orders of their soulless leader, the robots are planning to finish what the Great War started and conquer humanity's last refuge.

Year One by Nora Roberts

As this world ends, a new one begins. From number one New York Times bestseller Nora Roberts - an epic, apocalyptic tale of good and evil, love and loss.


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