MY IDEAL BOOK FOR FATHER'S DAY
22 June 2015
By Louise Buckley
Father's Day. The oft-forgotten lesser sibling to Mother's Day. But in the spirit of not forgetting fathers, I decided to ask some of our authors, who are also fathers, which book they wish they were receiving this father's day:
John Gwynne, bestselling author of The Faithful and the Fallen fantasy series
I'm going to be a cheeky dad and ask for two Father's Day book pressies! Waterloo, by Bernard Cornwell. Because I love history, because Waterloo is a battle that changed the world, and because it's Bernard Cornwell! And Darth Vader and Son, by Jeffrey Brown. Because - Geek-Fix combined with chuckles, what's not to like :)
Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell
Adam Nevill, author of Apartment 16, The Ritual and the upcoming Lost Girl (among others)
I would like the novels written for children about the Carey family. A family of adventurers who served in many military campaigns throughout British history. I read them as a boy and they inspired my interest in history. But I cannot remember the author's name or any evidence online that they even existed. If they never existed and were a figment of my imagination, I'd like Tomato Cane instead, by the late and great Nigel Kneale. I've never even seen a copy.
Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Shadows of the Apt series, Guns of the Dawn and Children of Time:
I can’t say a particular book. I’m a compulsive book buyer anyway. If there was a specific book I knew I wanted, I’d have it. But . . . being more serious than is my wont for these things: a book that would tell me what was going on in [my son's] head. That would be the holy grail of books. A book, the choosing of which would somehow give me a key to what he thinks and why he does things, written in a language I understand.
Louis Greenberg, one half of S. L. Grey (with Sarah Lotz) and co-author of locked-room thriller, Under Ground
Nick Harkaway's Tigerman caught me exactly where I am, yearning for escape and familiarity all at once. It's a style-straddling story about the taciturn walls and bridges between men and boys and how they decay. For Fathers' Day I'd love an hour or two to read more of it with a cup of coffee in the winter sun on my verandah while the children play peaceably at my feet. Chances are, though, I'll be engaged in some hard-fought matches of Premier League trumps, and that'll be just perfect too.
Tigerman by Nick Harkaway
Paul Cornell, author of London Falling and The Severed Streets:
Our little Tom is unlikely to have the wherewithal to pop out to the bookshop this Sunday, being two, but if he did, and if I didn't already have it, I'd love to get John Cowper Powys' A Glastonbury Romance, which is psychedelic, unhinged and deeply British. It goes well with tea and cake and a summer day.