This year put down the novelty socks and get rid of the colourful tie that will only be shoved to the back of the cupboard. Instead get him something that will transport him to another world, will stay with him long after he’s finished it and is something that he’s actually interested in… a book of course! Our friends at Crime Files (http://crimefiles.co.uk/) have picked their top 10 books to give him for Christmas from the publishers who created Crime Files – Hodder, Headline and Quercus. Ranging from big bestsellers to breakthroughs to hidden gems. There’s something for everyone!
For your Wannabe Football Manager
Big Sam by Sam Allardyce
With nearly 20 years as a player – plus almost 25 years as a coach and manager – under his belt, Sam Allardyce is one of the most recognisable figures in British football. Over the last 42 years, Allardyce has seen it all. The game he so loves is radically different to that in which he made his debut back in 1973, and in telling his wonderfully colourful story for the very first time, Allardyce talks intriguingly about the changing face of players and managers.
Big Sam is available to buy here.
For Mr Know It All
The Big Bang Theory: The Official Trivia Quiz Book
This is the first official book to accompany one of the world’s favourite and funniest comedies. Including 1,600 questions from series 1 to 8, along with photos, hilarious quotes, a complete episode guide and fun features, such as excerpts from the Roommate Agreement and your chance to play ‘Emily or Cinnamon’, this book will remind you of all your favourite Big Bang moments.
The Big Bang Theory is available to buy here.
For fans of an Undiscovered Gem
Tenacity by JS Law
A sailor hangs himself on board a naval submarine. Although ruled a suicide Lieutenant Danielle Lewis, the Navy’s finest Special Branch investigator, knows the sailor’s wife was found brutally murdered only days before. Now Dan must enter the cramped confines of HMS Tenacity to interrogate the tight-knit, male crew and determine if there’s a link. Standing alone in the face of extreme hostility and with a possible killer on board, Dan soon realises that she may have to choose between the truth and her own survival.
Tenacity is available to buy here.
For fans of The Next Big Thing
The Girl in the Spider’s Web, David Lagercrantz
‘Elegantly paced, slickly executed, and properly thrilling.’ Observer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is back with a UK number one bestseller! Lisbeth Salander was the heroine who took the world by storm and broke the rules of every heroine before her. The first three books in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series have sold over 80million copies worldwide and now the fourth book in the series, The Girl in the Spider’s Web, promises to thrill and grip the reader just like The Girl did before.
The Girl in the Spider’s Web is available to buy here.
For the Woodcutter in your life
Norwegian Wood, Lars Mytting
Chopping and stacking wood is a pastime where the world makes sense once more. Because our relationship to fire is so ancient, so universal, it seems that in learning about wood, you can also learn about life. Part guide to the best practice in every aspect of working with this renewable energy source, part meditation on the human instinct for survival, this definitive handbook on the art of chopping, stacking and drying wood in the Scandinavian way has resonated across the world.
Norwegian Wood is available to buy here.
For fans of Legal Thrillers
Rogue Lawyer / John Grisham
‘John Grisham has perfected the art of cooking up convincing, fast-paced thrillers’ Telegraph
Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take. Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial – even if he has to cheat to get one. But things are about to get even more complicated for Sebastian. Arch Swanger is the prime suspect in the abduction and presumed murder of 21-year-old Jiliana Kemp, the daughter of the assistant chief of police. When Swanger asks Sebastian to represent him, he lets Sebastian in on a terrible secret . . . one that will threaten everything Sebastian holds dear.
Rogue Lawyer is available to buy here.
For the Cycling Enthusiast
The World According to G, Geraint Thomas
Sit back or saddle up as double Olympic gold medallist and multiple world champion Geraint Thomas gives you a warts and all insight into the life of a pro cyclist. Along the way he reveals cycling’s clandestine codes and secret stories, tales from the peloton, the key characters like Wiggins, Hoy and Cav, the pivotal races and essential etiquette. Funny, informative, diverting and droll, this is a joyful celebration of the world of cycling.
The World of Cycling According to G is available to buy here.
For the Leader in Business
Leading / Alex Ferguson with Michael Moritz
Sir Alex Ferguson is one of the few leaders who truly knows. In his 38 years in management, Sir Alex won an astonishing 49 trophies and helped grow Manchester United into one of the biggest commercial brands in the world. In this inspirational and straight-talking new book, Sir Alex reveals the secrets behind his record-breaking career. Whether you run a business, teach in a classroom, or work in a small team, LEADING will help you become a better leader.
Leading is available to by here.
For the Thinker
Thing Explainer / Randall Monroe
Many of the things we use every day – like our food-heating radio boxes (‘microwaves’), our very tall roads (‘bridges’), and our computer rooms (‘datacentres’) – are strange to us. Where do these things come from? How do they work? What do they look like if you open them up? And what would happen if we heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and many, many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone — age 5 to 105 — who has ever wondered how things work, and why.
Thing Explainer is available to buy here.
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