As I get older, I try and put more effort into my father’s day gifts without piping up with my usual “let’s just get him a shirt” comment. This has as much to do with both of us getting older as it does to do with the fact that I’m pretty sure he hates shirts. Either way, over the years, your dad has likely got the short straw when it comes to Father’s Day gifts so if you want to redeem yourself, nothing says I’m thinking of you like giving a book.
Books are personal. You’ve taken the time to go in and choose a title he’ll enjoy; it’s thoughtful. (Oh and decidedly not like every other samey shirt you disregarded in the last five clothes stores – bonus points right there). Here are three books worth giving him this weekend that he’s bound to love.
House of Names by Colm Toibin (Viking, approx. €16.99, out now)
Tóibín, always an enthusiast of classic storytelling, turns his deft hand to Greek mythology in House of Names. Reimagining Aeschylus’ Greek tragedy The Oresteia, the story centres on Clytemnestra after she has carried out the murder of her husband Agamemnon. He sacrificed their daughter to win a war and now there’ll be hell to pay. It’s different to the likes of the beloved Brooklyn, but don’t be fooled; it’s beautifully written and equally brilliant.
The One by John Marrs (Del Ray, approx. €9.99, out now)
Online dating gets a twist in this dark thriller. Getting matched based on shared interests is a thing of the past thanks to a scientific breakthrough that changes looking for love forever. ‘Match Your DNA’ pairs a specific gene with the one person you’re genetically made for. It all sounds too good to be true. As it turns out, the results are far from perfect in some cases – and sinister in others. A compelling thriller.
Horace Winter Says Goodbye by Conor Bowman (Hachette Books, approx. €15.99, out now)
Horace Winter is old and has led an unexceptional life. He doesn’t go out much and his only real interest is in butterflies and moths. Suddenly, a minor fall turns out to be not so minor. He soon realises that life is short things must change. What follows is a journey that is both tender and sad, but a joy to witness. An absorbing read.