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Literature for Dads

Here are links to books reviewed on the blog that Dads, as well as Lads, may enjoy...

Eleven - Mark Watson

Mark Watson is probably best known as a comedian who, as well as doing his own stand-up shows, is a regular panelist on shows including Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For You. However having just finished 'Eleven', Watson's 3rd novel, it is evident that in addition to having that rare quality of being able to make people laugh, he is also an outstanding storyteller...

And the Land Lay Still - James Robertson

Robertson has created an engrossing, hugely ambitious, but delightfully satisfying novel which is a pleasure to read from beginning to end. As Scotland moves towards a vote to decide on Independence it should be required reading for anyone who wants to know what it means to be Scottish.

Boxer, Beetle - Ned Beauman

This book will not be for everyone but if you are looking for something a little different from the supermarket sold, formulaic fiction currently proliferating bookshops bookshelves, give this debut author a go.

Boyracers - Alan Bissett

Bissett has captured superbly what it's like to be a teenager. For those of us (thankfully?) past those years it's a wonderful reminder of what it felt like to be free, up for it and yet petrified of the unknown. For the teenagers of today it will be reassuring to read that they maybe aren't that different after all.
Pack Men - Alan Bissett

This book is much more than a novel about a fan's trip to see his team play football. It will make you laugh, make you think and when you reach the last page you will hope it's not the last time you encounter Alvin and the boys from Falkirk.

Fergie - My Autobiography - Alex Ferguson

There is plenty to enjoy in this offering from, arguably, one of football's greatest ever managers. He is as forthright and outspoken as one would expect and one of the strengths of the book is that it is clear that the majority of what has been written has been done so by Ferguson himself. Although fans of Manchester United will enjoy this most, football fans in general will also find it an absorbing read.

Laidlaw - William McIlvanney

Jack Laidlaw is no ordinary detective. Emotionally damaged, a deep thinker and living by his own rules he patrols the streets of Glasgow trying in his own way to cleanse the city of criminals. Laidlaw is witty, has a dry sense of humour, an analytical mind and is a fascinating character, richly created by McIlvanney.


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