Father’s Day Gifts

We've gathered together some favourite titles below, but if nothing catches your eye, be sure to browse the whole site. With hundreds of books to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect Father's Day present.

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All Quiet on the Western Front book

All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque

The most famous German anti-war novel, based on Remarque’s own experiences in the trenches tells the story of a generation destroyed by war

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Between Silk and Cyanide book

Between Silk and Cyanide

Leo Marks

Unpublished until 1998 because of the Official Secrets Act, Leo Marks's memoir of his time as part of SOE has been acclaimed as one of the greatest accounts of espionage in the Second World War. An unforgettable story of heroism under fire, gallows humour, unswerving loyalty and fatal mistakes.

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Catch-22 book

Catch-22

Joseph Heller

Captain Yossarian is a rebel with a cause: to avoid flying the bombing missions over Italy and France that sooner or later will almost certainly result in his own death.

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The Complete Shorter Fiction book

The Complete Shorter Fiction

Herman Melville

With stories like ‘Bartleby, the Scrivener’ and ‘Billy Budd’, Melville’s short fiction is unmissable. Illustrated by Bill Bragg.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court book

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Mark Twain

A hilarious novel from the master of satire and irony. Factory manager Hank finds himself transported to legendary Camelot, but soon discovers that King Arthur's court isn't quite as chivalrous as he thought. Illustrated by David Hughes.

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The Devil's Dictionary book

The Devil's Dictionary

Ambrose Bierce

Ambrose 'Bitter' Bierce was immortalised by The Devil's Dictionary. His series of satirical definitions and irreverent aphorisms first appeared from 1881 to 1886 in the columns of a provincial newspaper, impaling the sacred cows of civilised life - and much else besides - upon the spikes of his own mordant wit.

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Frost Selected Poems book

Frost Selected Poems

Robert Frost

At the age of 86, Robert Frost read his poem ‘The Gift Outright’ at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. In turn, the new president paid tribute to Frost: ‘He has bequeathed his nation a body of imperishable verse from which Americans will forever gain joy and understanding’.

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The Good Soldier book

The Good Soldier

Ford Madox Ford

Ford's masterpiece. This extraordinarily influential novel tells the tale of John Dowell, who sits down one day to write the saddest story he ever heard

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Herzog book

Herzog

Saul Bellow

A masterpiece from one of North America's greatest post-war writers, illustrated with a series of mid-century photographs by Leonard Freed, Ansel Adams and others.

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy book

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

In the first in his 'trilogy of five', Douglas Adams introduces us Earthbound readers to Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Babel fish, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and Marvin the Paranoid Android.

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The Hobbit book

The Hobbit

J. R. R. Tolkien

A beautiful edition of Tolkien's classic children's story. Leaving his comfortable hobbit hole Bilbo Baggins goes on a reluctant adventure to defeat a dragon, and along the way he encounters the vile, but pathetic Gollum, and his ‘Precious’ – a ring to rule them all.

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How the Mind Works book

How the Mind Works

Steven Pinker

What is happiness? Why do we fall in love? How do we recognise faces? Pinker's exhilarating book explores the machinery of the mind – its origins and development, and how we use it to interact with the world.

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Impossible Journeys book

Impossible Journeys

Mathew Lyons

Before the modern age, only the intrepid, foolhardy or mad would undertake a voyage of exploration. Impossible Journeys tells the stories of 24 of these extraordinary journeys, from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era.

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Letter From America book

Letter From America

Alistair Cooke

Vibrant with wit and charm, covering the great events of history, but always interested in day-to-day life, Cooke's legendary broadcasts provide a remarkable portrait of the United States in the second half of the 20th century.

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The Maltese Falcon book

The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett

With this gripping 1930s thriller, Dashiell Hammett single-handedly reinvented the detective novel for the 20th century.

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