Sunday 1 January 2017

Books for Blokes

This list started as an idea for my local library. They have a toddler session at the weekends, and it is mostly dads that bring the children along. The children end up taking out lots of books, but rarely the dads; hopefully some from this list they will find appealing and might make them read more.

Science Fiction & Fantasy
The Girl with all the Gifts – M R Carey
The City and The City – China Miéville
Railsea – China Miéville
Perdido Street Station – China Miéville
Blue Remembered Earth – Alastair Renyolds
On the Steel Breeze – Alastair Renyolds
Poseidon's Wake – Alastair Renyolds
Consider Phlebas – Iain M. Banks
The Player of Games – Iain M. Banks
Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman
American Gods – Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman
Rivers of London – Ben Aaronovitch
Pashazade – Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Effendi – Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Felaheen – Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Redrobe – Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Principles of Angels - Jaine Fenn
Consorts of Heaven - Jaine Fenn
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
A Darker Shade of Magic - V.E.Schwab
The Bone Season - Samantha Shannon
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August - Claire North
The Shining Girls - Lauren Beurkes

The Girl on the Landing  - Paul Torday
Clay - Melissa Harrison
The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
Crow Road – Iain Banks
The Business – Iain Banks
The Travelers – Chris Pavone
Reamde – Neal Stephenson
At hawthorn Time - Melissa Harrison
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón
The Trinity Six – Charles  Cumming
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – John le Carre
The Night Manager – John le Carre
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John le Carre
The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Mohsin Hamid
1984 – George Orwell
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
Last Night in Montreal - Emily St. John Mandel
Oryx and Crake - Magaret Attwood
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Long Way Round – Charley Borman and Ewan McGregor
Long Way Down – Charley Borman and Ewan McGregor
Walking the Nile – Levison Wood
Dare to Do - Sarah Outen
Walking the Himalayas – Levison Wood
Call of the Wild – Guy Grieve
Walking the Amazon – Ed Stafford
Arctic – Bruce Parry
Explore Everything: Place-Hacking The City From Tunnels To Skyscrapers – Bradley L. Garrett
Revolutionary Ride - Lois Pryce

SBS: The Inside Story of the Special Boat Service – John Parker
Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World – James Hamilton-Paterson
Spies in the Sky: The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence During World War II – Taylor Downing
Vulcan 607 – Roland White
Phoenix Squadron – Rowland White
Agent Zigzag – Ben Macintyre
Empire of the Clouds: When Britain's Aircraft Ruled the World – James Hamilton-Paterson

French Revolutions – Tim Moore
The Time of Gifts – Patrick Leigh Fermor
Between the Woods and the Water – Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos – Patrick Leigh Fermor
McCarthy’s Bar – Pete McCarthy
Tequila Oil – Hugh Thomson
This Cold Heaven: Seven Seasons in Greenland – Gretel Ehrlich
Round Ireland with a Fridge – Tony Hawkes
Bearback: The World Overland – Pat Gerrod
Shadow of the Silk Road – Colin Thubron
The Tent, the Bucket and Me – Emma Kennedy
Canoeing the Congo: First Source to Sea Descent of the Congo River – Phil Harwood
Drive Over lemons – Chris Stewart
Love of Country - Madeline Bunting
Climbing Days – Dan Richards
Boundless - Kathleen Winter
Adrift: A Secret Life of London's Waterways by Helen Babbs
Terra Incognita: Travels in Antarctica - Sarah Wheeler

Natural History
The Wild Places – Robert Macfarlane
Waterlog – Roger Deakin
Edgelands – Paul Farley
Crow Country – Mark Cocker
Nightwalk: A Journey to the Heart of Nature – Chris Yates
Sightlines – Kathleen Jamie
Findings – Kathleen Jamie
Strands: A Year of Discoveries on the Beach – Jean Sprackland
The Outrun - Amy Liptrot
To the River: A Journey Beneath The Surface - Oliva Liang

Are You Dave Gorman? – Dave Gorman
Fatherhood – Marcus Berkmann
Love, Nina: Despatches from Family Life - Nina Stibb

Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
Patrick Leigh Fermor – Artemis Cooper
The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman

Rain Men: The Madness of Cricket – Marcus Berkmann
Twirlymen: The Unlikely History of Cricket's Greatest Spin Bowlers – Amol Rajan
Soccernomics by Simon Kuper, Stefan Szymanski

Popular Science
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot
Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body - Jo Marchant
Bringing Down The House – Ben Mezrich
For Richer, For Poorer: A Love Affair with Poker – Victoria Coren
The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean - Susan Casey
Freakonomics – Steven D. Levitt
The Secret Lives of Colour - Kassia St Clair 
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
The Big Short – Michael Lewis
Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty and the Mad-Doctors in Victorian England - Sarah Wise
Bad Science – Ben Goldacre
Alex's Adventures in Numberland: Dispatches from the Wonderful World of Mathematics – Alex Bellos

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – Michael Lewis

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