Top 10 Best Books for Father's Day 2017

Dads can be difficult to buy for, but not to worry: we've put together a list of funny, fascinating and thrilling books that would make great alternatives to socks and ties this Father's Day! Featuring humour, fun and interesting topics, see below for the best books for Father's Day 2017.

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1. Five Lose Dad in the Garden Centre

Bruno Vincent

Part of the hilarious Enid Blyton for Grown-Ups parody series, this book will bring lashings of laughter to dads this Father's Day. Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy decide to take Quentin to the garden centre as a treat for Father's Day. They've spotted a shed which is perfect for his wild experiments. But whilst looking at what could be the new love of his life, he appears to vanish into thin air. Surely, he couldn't have gone far? This light-hearted take on Enid Blyton's mystery stories would make the perfect Father's Day present.

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2. The Pub: A Cultural Institution

Pete Brown

Beer connoisseur Pete Brown has visited hundreds of pubs across the UK, and in this book, he reveals his absolute favourites. From cosy country inns to craft beer bars and the traditional local, he showcases pubs that ooze atmosphere and charm, whether it's for their food, people, architecture, location or ambience. He also reveals some truly eccentric pubs - ones that have outside toilets, limp sandwiches and disturbing decor! Featuring 300 pubs, the book focuses on each one's local history, including lovely pen portraits of punters, publicans, legends and myths.

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3. Socks: The Rule Book

Mitchell Beazley

Are you aware of the extensive etiquette concerned with wearing socks? Me neither. But thankfully, your dad can wise up with this funny and informative book, which divulges 10 important rules when it comes to wearing socks. Sock-related crimes of fashion are being committed every day, but this book provides great advice on how to avoid this fate. It answers all the most profound questions, such as: which socks best complement brogues? And are patterned socks permissible with sneakers? Every sock secret is revealed in this rib-tickling read.

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4. Sod It! Eat Well

Anita Bean & Muir Gray

This book provides all the help and knowledge you need when it comes to making the right food choices in your 60s, 70s and beyond. Based on the principles of the Mediterranean diet, backed up by cutting-edge scientific research, it will show you how to make subtle changes to your eating habits and offers a wealth of information so you can make informed, healthy food choices. It also answers some puzzling food quandaries, such as whether eggs are good for you and if sugar is really so bad. Fun and illuminating, this book is perfect for dads who are trying to eat healthier, providing plenty of easy-to-follow recipes.

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5. Match of the Day 365

Steve Wilson

The perfect gift for footie-mad fathers, this Match of the Day compendium looks back on some of the most important football stories during the Premier League era, one for every day of the year. Reminisce on some of the most dramatic moments and unforgettable goals, from more recent events like Sergio Aquero's last-gasp title winner in 2012 and Leicester's great escape in 2015, to some of the finest moments of the 1990s (Blackburn's unlikely league win, Man United's treble in 1999...). This book is guaranteed to enthral football enthusiasts.

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6. Collins Complete DIY Manual

Albert Jackson

This comprehensive DIY bible has sold over 3 million copies and will prove hugely helpful for DIY novices, enthusiasts and professionals alike. It provides up-to-date, detailed information on tasks including decorating, repairs, electricity and plumbing, featuring plenty of illustrations to ensure each job is performed safely and swiftly. It also covers recent changes to regulations and explains how you can work within them. There's even helpful new material on how you can use energy-saving DIY methods and save money whilst working on your home improvements.

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7. The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown

Vaseem Khan

For centuries, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has caused nothing but bloodshed. Now, it's part of the British Crown Jewels. Security is of utmost importance when they go on display in Mumbai, but when Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his very nose in a seemingly impossible act of theft. Will he - and his elephant - be able to find the criminal? This quirky, charming and enthralling book will delight fans of lighter crime.

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8. Proper Healthy Food

Nick Knowles

This isn't just healthy food: it's proper, which means it's hearty, nutritious and satisfying. Popular DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles reveals how a trip to Thailand inspired him to transform his diet and live a better life. He shares innovative vegetarian and vegan recipes which are sure to appeal to even the most meat-loving carnivore. From posh nosh to chunky vegan burgers to indulgent desserts, dads will be surprised at how delicious and substantial healthy food can be.

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9. The Urban Woodsman

Max Bainbridge

This chunky hardback book reveals how to transform the humble material of wood into fantastic bespoke cutlery, including spoons, bowls and boards. Carving expert Max Bainbridge shows you where to source local timber (at very little expense) and explains the tools you'll need and the cutting techniques required to create perfect items. Ideal for novices and experienced carvers alike, this brilliant book also divulges how to achieve the perfect finish, and dads will be crafting stunning contemporary homeware in no time.

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10. The Cycling Cartoonist

Dave Walker

Renowned cartoonist and bike enthusiast Dave Walker provides a hysterical illustrated guide to life on two wheels in this side-splitting read. From 20 Reasons to Love Cycling to the reasons why cleaning your bike is a chore to the skills required by cycling commentators, this spoke-tacular book will have cyclists (and their significant others) laughing out loud. The perfect gift for dads who cycle, the witty illustrations are sure to prove relatable.

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  • URBN
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    Max Bainbridge's The Urban Woodsman is a hardback book that shows how you can work with wood to make bespoke cutlery including spoons, bowls and boards.

    Max will show you where to source local timber from (without having to pay much at all) and then explains the tools you'll need and the cutting techniques you should learn to make them. He also reveals the ways to achieve the perfect finish.

    Wood you believe it? This book is ideal for both novices and experienced carvers and will show you how to make some stunning contemporary homeware.
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    Brought to you by the people behind Sock Club London - a members-only club that has been established to elevate and champion men's hosiery - this book reveals the 10 essential rules when it comes to wearing socks.

    Clearly, socks are a very serious business. But like any kind of fashion and style, there are many pitfalls to be aware of. This book will help you avoid making any fashion faux pas with your hosiery. It reveals the style of socks that best complement brogues; explains whether patterned socks are permissible with sneakers; and even tells you just how high you should rule your trouser legs up.

    All told with a knowing sense of humour, the book establishes clear guidelines for every single aspect of the sock world.
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    A connoisseur of beer, Pete Brown has visited hundreds of pubs across the UK and and in this book he reveals his favourites.

    From country inns to craft beer bars and the traditional local, he showcases those pubs that simply ooze atmosphere and charm - whether it's for their food, people, architecture, location or decor.

    From grand Victorian palaces to oh-so-cool gastropubs, Pete also gives credit to some of the truly eccentric pubs - the ones that have outside toilets, limp sandwiches and disturbing decor that just add to the atmosphere.

    With 300 pubs featured, 50 of which have full features, the book focuses on each one's local history and provides pen portraits of punters, publicans, legends, yarns and myths.
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    A staple of Saturday night viewing for football fans all over the country, this Match of the Day book is written by leading commentator Steve Wilson and looks back on some of the most important football stories that happened on every day of the year during the Premier League era.

    A trip down memory lane for any footy supporter, it recalls all the dramatic moments and unforgettable goals. From modern events like Sergio Aguero's last-gasp title winner in 2012 and Leicester's great escape in 2015 to some of the finest moments of the 1990s (Euro 96, Blackburn's unlikely league win, Man Utd's treble in 1999...), this book is a winner.

    Controversial decisions, game-changing transfers and much more are also looked back on with authority and for extra MOTD authenticity, there is a foreword from pundit and Premier League top scorer, Newcastle and England legend Alan Shearer.
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    The Famous Five for Grown-ups parody series has brought lashings of joy to so many who have grown up with Enid Blyton's stories and in this special spoof book, the gang take their father figure Uncle Quentin to the garden centre - with disastrous consequences.

    Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy decide to take Quentin to the garden centre as a treat for Father's Day. They've spotted a shed which would be perfect for his wild experiments. However, while looking at what could be the new love of his life, he appears to vanish into thin air. Surely he couldn't have gone far?

    A good-natured take on Enid Blyton's mystery stories, this book has been written by the hilarious author Bruno Vincent and will have you laughing out loud. It makes a perfect Father's Day present.
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    Renowned cartoonist and bike lover Dave Walker provides an illustrated guide to life on two wheels in The Cycling Cartoonist.

    From 20 Reasons to Love Cycling to objective comparisons between different modes of transport and the reasons why cleaning your bike is a chore to the skills required by a cycling commentator, this book will have riders (and their non-riding significant others) laughing out loud.

    A great gift for anyone who loves bikes, its witty illustrations reveal the truth regarding everything about them.
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    Based on the principles of the Mediterranean diet and backed up by the latest scientific research, Sod It! Eat Well is a book that will give you all the help and knowledge you need when it comes to making the right food choices in your 60s, 70s and beyond.

    Not a dieting plan, the book will help you make subtle changes to your eating habits and then have all the details you need to make informed, healthy food decisions. It will also provide answers to today's puzzling food questions including 'are eggs good for me?' and 'is sugar really that bad?

    An illustrated book, the personal, nutritional advice is complemented by easy-to-follow recipes for every meal of the day.
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    Inspector Chopra returns for his second case in The Perplexing Theft of the Jewel in the Crown.

    For centuries, the Koh-i-Noor diamond has caused nothing but bloodshed. It's now part of the British Crown Jewels and when they go on display in Mumbai, security is of the utmost importance. Yet when Inspector Chopra visits the exhibition, the diamond is stolen from under his nose in a seemingly impossible act of thievery. Will he - and his elephant - be able to find the criminal?

    Vaseem Khan's debut, The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra, was a huge favourite with Book People customers and we're pleased to say this new book is just as quirky, charming and enthralling. It will appeal to fans of Alexander McCall Smith.
  • Collins Complete DIY Manual - Hardback - 9780007425952 - Albert Jackson
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    Having sold over 3 million copies, Collins Complete DIY Manual is a comprehensive and authoritative book that will come in handy for DIY novices, enthusiasts and professionals.

    This latest edition provides up-to-date and in-depth information on tasks including decorating, repairs, electricity and plumbing. With illustrations and photographs to help you get each job performed safely and quickly, the book also covers recent changes to regulations and explains how you can work within them.

    There is even new material about how you can use energy-saving DIY methods and save money while making your next home improvements.
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    Popular DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles reveals how a trip to Thailand inspired him to change his diet and live a better life - and shares the recipes which will allow you to do the same.

    Now slimmer and healthier than ever before, this book is full of the vegetarian and vegan recipes that Nick loves. He promises these dishes will appeal to even the hungriest carnivore and the hearty nature of them will stop your tummy rumbling.

    From posh meals to impress to puddings that will delight everyone's taste buds, he even shows ho how to make a healthy raw chocolate cake. We highly recommend the proper chunky vegan burger.