With Father’s Day fast approaching on 21st June, what better present than a book? Cost per hour, it’s the cheapest entertainment you can give him. History, British gothic horror, crime thrillers, sport – whatever he loves, there’s just the book for him! Please read on…
WW2 is still in the news, thanks to the 70th anniversary of VE Day last month. Historian Antony Beevor, writer of incredibly compelling books about the war, has just published Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble. It’s a must for a history buff.
Incidentally, if Dad’s a Peaky Blinders fan, check out Carl Chinn’s The Real Peaky Blinders: Billy Kimber, the Birmingham Gang and the Racecourse Wars of the 1920s. There’s just as much blood, guts and drama in the real thing. (And for Brummie fiction, take a look at the Birmingham Readers’ Map).
Sports lovers are well-served with biographies. Irish football international Tony Cascarino’s autobiography, Full Time, was first published 10 years ago, but for me it’s up there with the top non-fiction of all time. It’s a great read packed with revelations, and anyone who hasn’t read it definitely ought to.
Flicking to the fiction shelves, how about horror? Old master HP Lovecraft has been out of copyright for several years. For a distinctly British homage to his Gothic fiction, grab David J Rodger’s Oakfield – it’s really well written.
Finally, my crime thriller After The Interview is the book you’ll want to borrow back! Get it here.
You really can’t beat a book! If you’d like any more ideas, drop me a line at aaabbottstories[at]gmail.com.