A good book never fails to please, and with our diverse selection of the
best books for men, you’re sure to find something that he’ll love. From Pulitzer Prize-winning novels to page-turning biographies, we’ve found books to suit all interests.
Spark their Wanderlust with a collection of travel itineraries or have them cook up a storm with inspiring cookbooks – the right book is the perfect way sneakily drop hints for your other half, not to mention you’ll probably get to read it once he’s finished!
Need to buy a last-minute present for the man in your life? Look no further than our guide of the best books for men…
Purity – Jonathan Franzen
past any book shop and you’ll notice this eye-catching cover in the
window or on the best-seller shelf. Young Pip Tyler, real name Purity,
doesn’t know who she is, except that she’d wracked with debt and has a
precarious relationship with her mother. But a chance encounter with a
German peace activist leads her onto a path that may help her discover
her origins. Believe the hype around this page-turner.
The New York Times – 36 Hours: 125 Weekends in Europe
What better way to drop a ‘let’s go on holiday’ hint than with this book of weekend itineraries from The New York Times. The collection of the NYT’s 36 Hours feature details hundreds of hotels, restaurants and activities in Europe’s top cities. The perfect coffee table book for the adventurous man.
Ginger Pig Meat Book – Tim Wilson & Fran Warde
If your fella is the carnivorous type, look no further than the Ginger Pig Meat Book. With over 100 recipes, breed recommendations, stunning photographs and advice on what to ask your butcher, this is the ultimate book for meat-lovers. And it’ll get him cooking – sticky citrus-marinated pork chops anyone?
The Age of Innocence: Football in the 1970s
Football fans will love this nostalgic book about the beautiful game in the ’70s. Charting football’s global rise and the first generation of ‘superstars, The Age of Innocence gives an in-depth look at the cultural impact of football, the questionable fashion choices, the cars, politics, hooligans and crucial World Cup matches.
1000 Record Covers – Michael Ochs
Take a trip down memory lane with this collection of 1960s to ’90s rock records from the vast archive of journalist and disc jockey Michael Ochs. A must-have for any music lover.
How It Works: The Husband
Part of the best-selling Ladybird for Adult series, The Husband features page after page of hilarious mini-tales, jokes and illustrations that will tickle your hubby pink.
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
This winner of both the Carnegie Medal for fiction and the Pulitzer Prize is a must-read for any bookworm. Set in occupied France during World War II, Doerr’s novel followes a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide during the devastation of the war. You’ll want to read it once he’s finished, we promise.
More Letters Of Note
The coffee table book du jour is the follow up to the best-selling Letters of Note, a collection of entertaining, inspiring and unusual letters from around the world. Delve into the innermost thoughts of the stars, including Richard Burton’s farewell letter to Elizabeth Taylor, or David Bowie’s response to his first fan mail. A fascinating read for any history buff.
Tender is the Night – F.Scott Fitzgerald
This may be less famous than the Great Gatsby, but it no less worth a read. Set in the French Riviera in the 1920s, an American couple lead a glamorous lifestyle in their villa until a film star arrives in France and becomes attracted to the husband. A telling portrait of the idealism of the ‘Roaring Twenties’.
The Invention of Nature – Andrea Wulf
Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) has more things named after him than any other scientist, and he inspired famous figures like Charles Darwin and Simon Bolivar (even Napoleon was jealous of him!). Science- and history-lovers will relish Andrea Wulf’s Costa Book Award-winning biography.
So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed – Jon Ronson
Jon Ronson’s eye-opening commentary on the phenomenon of public shaming has been a hit since its release last year. It’s both a hilarious and thought-provoking read on modern life, and makes an excellent gift for any avid reader.
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli
As the title suggests, this book contains everything you wanted to know about the universe in seven short lessons. Don’t be put off by the mention of quantum physics or Einstein’s theory of general relativity – Rovelli explains them briefly but beautifully, making difficult concepts easy-to-digest.
The Nordic Cookbook – Magnus Nilsson
Scandinavian food is having a moment in the British kitchen – it seems we can’t get enough of their delicious culinary traditions, serving up everything from gravalax to juniper-infused pork. Buy your other half this tome of Nordic recipes and reap the rewards of his new kitchen skills.