Ni­cola Rus­sell picked 10 ter­rific Fa­ther’s Day reads. You can treat your dad to one of these books by en­ter­ing our com­pe­ti­tion (see be­low).

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - To enter the draw to win a book in time for Fa­ther’s Day, email awwed­i­tor@bauer me­dia.co.nz, with your cho­sen ti­tle in the sub­ject line, by 26 Au­gust 2016.

Thrillers 1 RED HER­RING by Jonothan Cul­li­nane, HarperCollins.

Johnny Mol­loy, a pri­vate detective, joins forces with feisty re­porter Caitlin O’Carolan to un­cover a con­spir­acy that goes to the heart of the es­tab­lish­ment and will threaten their own lives. Set dur­ing the bloody tur­moil of the 1951 Auck­land wa­ter­front dis­pute, Red Her­ring is a de­but thriller that delves into the world of union pol­i­tics and dark po­lit­i­cal agen­das. It’s line-up of mem­o­rable char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing some based on real-life fig­ures from re­cent his­tory.

2 OR­PHAN X by Gregg Hur­witz, Pen­guin/Ran­dom House.

This new re­lease from crime writer Gregg Hur­witz is a high oc­tane thriller about a boy taken from his or­phan­age home and trained as part of a top se­cret pro­gramme. There he is known only as Or­phan X and is sent to the most dan­ger­ous places in the world to do things his gov­ern­ment will deny any knowl­edge of. Then, us­ing ev­ery­thing he knows, Or­phan X dis­ap­pears, de­ter­mined to help those in need. But some­one is now fol­low­ing him, some­one who knows about his past.

War sto­ries 3 ACTS OF VAL­OUR, The His­tory of the Vic­to­ria Cross and New Zealand by Glyn Harper and Colin Richar­son, HarperCollins.

The Vic­to­ria Cross has been the high­est Com­mon­wealth mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tion for 150 years, with more than 40 awarded. Acts of Val­our tells each re­cip­i­ent’s story, up to the most re­cent, Wil­lie Api­ata. A great in­sight into our mil­i­tary his­tory.

4 LAD­DER TO THE MOON by P.J. Fry, Longview In­ter­na­tional.

P.J. Fry knows the re­al­i­ties of war, hav­ing served with the UN in the Mid­dle East. Set in 1977, Lad­der to the Moon ex­plores the hu­man cost of war via the re­la­tion­ship of a Pales­tinian woman and a New Zealand Army cap­tain serv­ing as a UN mil­i­tary ob­server on the Is­rael–Le­banon bor­der.

Mem­oirs 5 MY OLD MAN by Ted Kessler, Allen & Un­win.

An im­pres­sive group of con­trib­u­tors re­flect on their re­la­tion­ship with their fa­ther, in­clud­ing Florence Welch, Paul Weller and the chil­dren of Leonard Co­hen, Ian Dury and Johnny Ball.

In­spi­ra­tion 6 HOW FAR CAN YOU GO? by John Maclean with Mark Tabb, Si­mon and Schus­ter.

When as­pir­ing triath­lete John Maclean was struck down by a truck at the age of 22, he was left a para­plegic. His re­sponse was to be­come one of the world’s most ac­com­plished wheel­chair ath­letes. But he never gave up on walk­ing again and after dis­cov­er­ing a rad­i­cal new ther­apy, he re­alised his dream. This is his story.

7SHOE DOG by Phil Knight, Si­mon and Schus­ter.

At 24 and fresh out of busi­ness school, Phil Knight bor­rowed $50 off his fa­ther to cre­ate a com­pany. That com­pany was Nike, which now earns $30 bil­lion an­nu­ally. In this mem­oir, Knight de­scribes the wins and losses along the way.

Sport 8 RICHIE MCCAW: 148, Up­start Press.

A ret­ro­spec­tive of beloved ex-All Black Cap­tain Richie McCaw’s il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, with 500-plus pho­to­graphs and Richie’s own mem­o­ries of the matches. A rugby lover’s dream.

Mu­sic 9THE AGE OF BOWIE by Paul Mor­ley, Si­mon and Schus­ter.

The first full biog­ra­phy of David Bowie is writ­ten by the re­spected UK mu­sic/arts com­men­ta­tor Paul Mor­ley, who was the chief artis­tic ad­vi­sor of the record-break­ing David Bowie Is ex­hi­bi­tion. This is the story of the artist and the man, ex­plor­ing the way Bowie worked, played, struc­tured his ideas and cre­ated his­tory. A de­fin­i­tive ac­count of the life of a true star.

10 IN LOVE WITH THESE TIMES: My Life with Fly­ing Nun Records by Roger Shep­herd, Harper Collins

When a man work­ing in a record store recog­nised his favourite bands needed some­one to make their records, he stepped up to the chal­lenge. That man was Roger Shep­herd and his la­bel, Fly­ing Nun Records, de­fined an era of Kiwi mu­sic. In this mem­oir, he looks back at the pas­sion, ide­al­ism and the spirit of in­de­pen­dence that char­ac­terised the la­bel and the tough re­al­i­ties of the mu­sic in­dus­try.

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