10 Books to Give Him This Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day just around the corner and the season of love very much upon us, now's the time to be thinking about what to get your beloved Valentine. We think showing your love through books is a beautiful sentiment so we've picked out some of our best books to give as gifts for him this Valentine's Day. So, whether he's a fiction fan or you can think of a particular hobby or interest he may appreciate a non-fiction book about, we've got a great variety of books in our list...

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If he's a fan of thrilling fiction...

1. I'll Keep You Safe

Peter May

In the latest of Peter May's fantastic thrillers, murder and betrayal are about to tear married couple and business partners, Niamh and Ruairidh, apart. When they travel to Paris on a business trip Niamh is shocked to discover her husband has been having an affair but when he is killed by a car bomb, Niamh is determined to find out who is responsible. However, so is Detective Sylvie Braque and Niamh has just become her prime suspect...

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2. Fools and Mortals

Bernard Cornwell

Historical fiction author Bernard Cornwell has chosen a very unusual subject for his latest novel. Set in the Elizabethan period during the rise of London theatre, Richard Shakespeare, the Bard's brother is dying to take to the stage but is constantly outshined by his older sibling. This compelling read brings together all the elements of good Elizabethan drama including sibling rivalry, betrayal and ambition.

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3. Reservoir 13

Jon McGregor

This incredible story of how one loss can impact a community for years to come was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017 and is a truly fascinating piece of literary fiction. When a girl goes missing from a quiet English village, the locals search to find her but as time moves on the girl is never found and the villagers return to a sense of normality despite the tragedy constantly hanging over them. This unique book deals with how the community adjusts and processes the mystery 13 years on.

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If he's more at home in nature...

4. The Wild Book

David Scarfe

Let him unleash his inner child with the range of activities in this fun adventure book. From cooking on an outdoor stove to sleeping under the stars to making your own swing, there's no end to the brilliant activities outdoorsy people can enjoy. So, if you have a man to buy for who loves spending time in nature this Valentine's day, this book may be just what you're looking for.

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If he's a history buff...

5. Spitfire Stories

Jacky Hyams

Anyone with an interest in history will enjoy having a read through this book of stories of those who designed, made and piloted the Spitfires during World War Two. Using documents, letters and photographs from the archives of the Imperial War Museums, this book pieces together the eye-opening history of these planes and the role they played in Britain's victory.

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If he's a sports enthusiast...

6. The World's 100 Weirdest Sporting Events

Geoff Tibballs

Buying gifts for sports fans can be tough but whatever game they call their favourite they'll still have a great laugh reading this quirky sports book. Geoff Tibballs has researched the weird and the wacky in the world of sports to identify 100 of the strangest sporting events from across the globe. From Germany's Mud Olympics to volcano boarding to cheese rolling, by gifting this book to your Valentine you might just be helping them pick out their next sporting obsession!

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If he's a foodie...

7. Gordon Ramsay Ultimate Fit Food

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay imparts his foodie wisdom to readers looking for meals that will help them build strength and get healthy. With recipes for all meals of the day, including breakfast, lunch, supper, snacks and sides, your Valentine will be fit and feeling great in no time - and, if you do give them this brilliant cookbook, they may just share their tasty new recipes with you!

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If he's got green fingers...

8. RHS: How Do Worms Work?

Guy Barter

This book from the Royal Horticultural Society answers all the questions the green-fingered have been asking for years as they tend to their gardens. From worms and insects to trees and plants, no part of garden life is over-looked in this quirky book on the subject. So, if you think your Valentine could do with some answers to his curious outdoorsy questions then get him a copy of this brilliant book.

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If he's got a flair for fashion...

9. The Quintessential Grooming Guide for the Modern Gentleman

Capt. Peabody Fawcett

If your Valentine likes looking immaculate then treat them to this grooming guide from Captain Fawcett. Taking inspiration from his extensive research, distant travels and advice he has gathered from barbers and style experts around the world, you'll find the very best tips and techniques for looking good. These techniques are all paired with handy step-by-step instructions and illustrations for him to follow. This really is the best gift for any gentlemen who need tips for improving their look.

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If he's a crafty character...

10. Artist's Drawing Techniques

If you think your Valentine would appreciate a book teaching them how to improve as an artist then this DK guide is the perfect present. With tips on how to draw with charcoal, pen and pastel, advice on all aspects of the process including how to pick a subject and step-by-step instructions on honing your craft, this comprehensive drawing book is a great addition to an aspiring artist's bookshelf.

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If none of these Valentine's Day gift suggestions are quite right then take a look through our website to browse our full range of books and gifts. And, of course, many of the books in this list would be of interest to women as well and we have a whole other blog post dedicated to Valentine's Day gift ideas for her too.

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    This horticultural book is ideal for anyone who has green fingers. It covers every aspect of gardens and gardening. It provides expert answers to all the questions a gardener wants to ask - and a few you may not have thought of...

    From how worms breathe to why trees get so big, this book is packed with photographs, engravings and diagrams that explain all you need to know about gardening.

    Written by the head of the RHAS Members' Advisory Service, this is ideal for fact-loving gardeners and covers everything from the quirky and whimsical to the practical.
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    Artist's Drawing Techniques will help you learn how to draw with charcoal, pen and pastel and gives tips on developing your style. It contains a whole host of step-by-step workshops from professional artists to help you along the way.

    From choosing a subject to mounting your finished masterpiece, this is the perfect book for any aspiring artist who wants to hone their drawing skills. It presents step-by-step instructions for over 80 techniques including cross-hatching, stippling, blending, and masking using pencil, charcoal, coloured pencils, and pastels.

    A chunky book full of illustrations, it features exercises and projects that will help you develop your skills and learn a whole host of different techniques.
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    Run, jump, craft, cook and wander with the help of the practical activities featured in The Wild Book. It shows how adventure can be closer than you think...

    From a homemade tree swing to your very own slip-n-slide and even cooking your own meals, this is a celebration of the natural world and the fun things you can do with it.

    Whether you want to reconnect with the great outdoors, are fed up of staring at a screen or fancy a night sleeping under the stars, the ideas and advice in this beautifully illustrated book are inspiring.
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    We all love master storyteller Bernard Cornwell for his seafaring and historical novels but Fools and Mortals finds him venturing into the Elizabethan era and following the life of Richard Shakespeare - the estranged younger brother of William.

    Set during one of Bernard's favourite periods of British history, this page-turner looks at the sibling rivalry that was ignited by the growth of theatre and also follows the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory.

    A high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal, this is a remarkable tale about performance, rivalry and ambition.
  • Reservoir 13 - Hardback - 9780008204853 - Jon McGregor
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    If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and Even the Dogs author Jon McGregor's Reservoir 13 is a page-turning read all about how one family's loss can haunt so many lives...

    It's midwinter in the early years of this century and a teenage girl has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers join the search across the moors as a media scrum descends their normally quiet home...

    Despite the disruption, life does go on and jobs still need doing - there are cows that need milking, fences need repairing, pints need pouring and a pantomime needs rehearsing...

    Full of important themes including nature, the environment, power and grace, this compelling novel takes place over 13 years and finds a stranger's tragedy casting a shadow over so many.
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    The world's greatest sporting spectacles include the World Cup, Wimbledon and the Olympics but what about those alternative events where participants risk their lives in pursuit of glory for scant reward e.g. Mongolia's yak racing.

    This light-hearted book covers the weird and wonderful of the sporting world including Germany's Mud Olympics, where competitors play soccer, volleyball and handball while knee-deep in mud; Oregon's Pig-n-Ford races where drivers speed around a track while carrying a live pig under one arm; and Australia's take on the Boat Race - where teams carry boats along the dry bed of the River Todd.

    Other amazing experiences include cheese rolling, volcano boarding and underwater hockey.
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    Peter May, the bestselling author of Coffin Road, heads back to the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in this chilling stand-alone thriller.

    Husband and wife Niamh and Ruaridh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed, a company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth. When Niamh learns of Ruaridh's affair with the Russian designer Irina Vetriv and witnesses the pair be blown up by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins.

    She returns to the Isle of Lewis with her husband's remains and finds herself the prime suspect in her murder case. A French detective is sent to the Hebrides to look into her past and soon Niamh and the detective are working together to discover the truth.
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    Gordon Ramsay is one of the world's most recognisable chefs and also a hugely talented athlete. In this book, he explains how eating well can lead to optimum health and fitness.

    This book is divided into different sections; each one offering ideas for breakfast, lunch, supper, sides and snacks and they all have different health-boosting benefits.

    There is a Healthy section packed with nourishing recipes that will enhance your well-being; a Lean section to encourage healthy weight loss; and a Fit section packed with pre- and post-workout dishes that will build your strength.
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    If you know a gentleman who takes great pride in their appearance and wants to scrub up in even better shape, they'll love the hints and tips included in this quintessential guide.

    Showing chaps how they can look their best every day of the year, this book draws from Captain Fawcett's far-flung travels, culturally rich experiences and extensive historical research and even has advice from barbers, style aficionados and master craftsmen of essential grooming items.

    Centuries-old techniques are showcased with step-by-step instructions and there are also illustrations, photographs, witty observations and literary quotations to pore over.
  • Spitfire Stories - Hardback - 9781782438168 - Jacky Hyams
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    Published in association with Imperial War Museums, this book is packed with tales of courage, heartbreak and humour set against the Spitfire's extraordinary history.

    Based on documents, letters, stories, photographs and articles from the museum's archives, it also uses interviews with designers, engineers, mechanics, ground staff and pilots to explain how this magnificent flying machine helped Britain to victory.

    The most famous plane of World War II and a source of national pride, the Spitfire is one of the most iconic aviation images of all time. This book celebrates the achievements of the people in charge of these planes.