Treat Old Bear this Father’s Day

June 5, 2014, Article by Tom in Books

It’s that time of year again, when we scramble desperately to find a suitable gift for Dad. Socks are so Christmas, and we can’t afford World Cup tickets, so what are we supposed to do? Well, fear not friends, as we have some lifesaving ideas for you…


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THE SPY WHO CHANGED THE WORLD – Mike Rossiter: This is the true story of arguably the most successful spy in modern history, Klaus Fuchs. Packed full of details about Fuchs’ sharing of America’s atom bomb secrets with the Soviet Russians, he will go down as one of the most influential figures of the Cold War. Brrrrr.


BEND IT LIKE BULLARD – Jimmy Bullard: The former Wigan, Hull and Fulham midfielder lifts the lid on his somewhat unconventional football career. This isn’t your standard football autobiography, as for a start Bullard has more charisma in his little finger than the average top flight football squad put together. A hilarious read from one of the beautiful game’s true characters. See Jimmy read an extract

oceanTHE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE – Neil Gaiman: A novel of memory, magic and survival from the legendary author of AMERICAN GODS, STARDUST, NEVERWHERE, the list goes on. This was named the Specsavers Nationak Book Awards ‘Book of the Year’ for 2013. So it’s not just us who absolutely loved it.

blood crows THE BLOOD CROWS – Simon Scarrow: The latest Cato and Macro adventure from the bestselling author. It’s an action-packed story, as our heroes find themselves back in Britannia to face some unruly locals. Expect blood, guts and glory.

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THE BOY IN THE BOOK – Nathan Penlington
: Nathan Penlington’s story of obsession, childhood nostalgia and adventure is one of our favourite books this spring. Nathan’s live show based on events in the book has been critically acclaimed, including a run at this year’s Tribecca Film Festival.

forbidden tomb
: Action-packed tomb-raiding at it’s very best – the return of The Hunters is certainly a welcome one. Out now in paperback, you can pick this one up for a bargain from any good bookshop.

murray PB
: Murray Mint! Was just one of the lame puns we banded around after Muzza’s extraordinary win at Wimbledon last summer. Now out in paperback, SEVENTY-SEVEN is the behind-the-scenes tale of Andy becoming the first British man since Fred Perry to win Tennis’s ultimate prize.


SMASHING PHYSICS – Jon Butterworth: For all those popular science nuts out there, this is the first ever insider account of the work at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the discovery of the Higgs particle – and what it all means for our understanding of the laws of nature. Is your dad a science nerd? Then this is the perfect gift for Father’s Day.

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TASTY – Tony Singh: As you may recall from our second BAKING BAD extravaganza, we’ve had a bash at a few of Tony Singh’s recipes with pretty thrilling results. With summer nearly upon us, there are some excellent-looking barbecue treats for your old man to try out here too.


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Inside Llewyn Davis: The latest offering from the Coen brothers, which received rave reviews on its cinematic release and is now available on DVD. Starring Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, it looks at one week in the life of a singer in 60s New York. It’s a stunning film with a great soundtrack. Highly recommended.

True DetectiveTrue Detective: The must-see TV series of 2014, True Detective blew everyone away with its stunning cinematography, script, soundtrack and, of course, incredible performances from leading men Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. So pick up the DVD, close the curtains and crack a crate of Lone Star. Great times.


war on drugs lost in the dream‘Lost in the Dream’ – The War on Drugs: The third album from Philadelphia’s indie heroes, ‘Lost in the Dream’ is a cracker and will appeal to fans of everyone from Bob Dylan to Talking Heads. Get a taste of what’s in store with this video for ‘Red Eyes’.

black keys turn blue‘Turn Blue’ – The Black Keys: Now on their eighth album, The Black Keys have slowly risen from indie darlings to festival headliners. ‘Turn Blue’ isn’t much of a deviation from their last few albums, but delivers more classic heavy riffs and plenty of tunes that are perfect to sing along to in the car.

Other ideas…


Beer? It’s a universally accepted fact that pretty much all Dads like beer, so why not treat him to a few bottles of good stuff? Most of the best breweries have online shops, such as Brew Dog, so get online and order something to suit his taste.


Subbuteo? World Cup fever is upon us, and rather than watch England crash out early on you can encourage the old man to reconnect with his childhood and play this classic game again. What’s not to love? You can buy the individual teams and everything.