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Father’s Day Fiction (and Non-Fiction) Reading List

Looking for a last minute gift? Send Dad on a wild adventure with these recommended books and audiobooks from our review team.

Father’s Day is upon us!

This coming Sunday is the day we say thanks to dad for all the good things he’s done. If you’re a last-minute shopper though, don’t despair. Send your father on a great big adventure with a good book or audiobook.

Some of our wonderfully dedicated team of reviewers have put together their recommendations and why they think your dad might enjoy each title. Below, you’ll find a collection of fiction, self-help, travel and more. Click the links to read our full review of each book, then get shopping.

And if you happen to be buying for yourself this year, happy Father’s Day!

Jo Vabolis recommends:

  • We Need to Talk About Mum and Dad, by Jean Kittson
    Jean Kittson’s guide to supporting the wellbeing, physical and financial needs of ageing parents is the perfect Father’s Day read for dads stepping into this complex role.

| Read more of Jo’s reviews |

Jessica Incoll recommends:

  • Anxious People, by Fredrik Backman
    A great, light-hearted and hilarious read that will have you hugging your kids by the end.
  • Croc Country, by Kerry McGinnis
    A page-turning outback mystery about courage and comradery. 

| Read more of Jess’ reviews |

Tracey Korsten recommends:

  • Radio Girl, by David Dufty
    For any dad interested in early radio, aviation, Australian history, or amazing women.
  • Swimming in the Dark, by Tomasz Jedrowski
    A moving first novel, set in 1980s Poland. Of special interest to the gay dad in your life.
  • Apeirogon, by Colum McCann
    A stunning true story about two fathers: one Palestinian, one Jewish Israeli, united by their shared loss of children in the conflict.

| Read more of Tracey’s reviews |

Rod Lewis recommends:

  • Danger 5: Stereo Adventures, by Dario Russo and David Ashby (audiobook)
    A riotously funny take on the spy genre with lots of kitsch, kooks and comedy featuring the original TV cast.
  • Orphan X series, by Gregg Hurwitz
    There’s 5 books so far in the Orphan X series – one of my favourite action heroes. Every book is edge-of-your-seat excitement!
  • How to Adult, by Anna Blackie
    Dads are supposed to know lots of things, but many boys today grow up not knowing how to adult very well. This guide teaches everything from doing taxes to other “shit you should know”.
  • The Sandman, by Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs (audiobook)
    Neil Gaiman’s epic dark fantasy about Morpheus, Lord of Dreams, comes to life in a stunning, full-cast production spanning 20 episodes.

| Read more of Rod’s reviews |

Sue Mauger recommends:

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Daniella Feltrin recommends:

  • The Lizard, by Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
    A fast-paced read, with a nod to eighties action films. The Lizard will be sure to keep dad’s attention from start to finish!

| Read more of Daniella’s reviews |

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