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Coronation Street gift guide – all the best books and merchandise for fans of the soap

A soap fan's dream.

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Father's Day is coming up and if your dad or grandfather is a fan of Coronation Street, you can look no further for some gift inspiration.

We've gathered together some of the best Corrie-related books, DVDs and more, which would make the perfect present. Or why not treat yourself?

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1 60 Years of Coronation Street
ITV Ventures Limited
Hamlyn amazon.co.uk
£9.95

Released in late 2020 to celebrate Coronation Street's 60th anniversary, this official ITV book charts the soap's incredible history. There are family trees, a timeline of storylines, nostalgic imagery and exciting features, as well as interviews with key actors, producers and production staff.

2 Coronation Street - Best of 1960 - 1969 - [ITV] - [Network] - [DVD]
Network
amazon.co.uk
£29.99

For those who prefer classic Corrie to the modern-day show, this is a must-buy. The DVD collection features 80 episodes from the 1960s, featuring the trials and tribulations of iconic characters like Ena Sharples, Elsie Tanner and a young Ken Barlow.

3 Coronation Street - Best of 1970-1979 - [ITV] - [Network] - [DVD]
Network
amazon.co.uk
£29.99

Another huge collection of classic Corrie, this time from the 1970s. Eight outstanding episodes are included from each year, including Elsie Tanner's wedding to Alan Howard, Valerie Barlow's electrocution, the 1977 Silver Jubilee Street party and the warehouse fire.

4 Coronation Street - Best of 1980-1989 [ITV] - [Network] - [DVD]
Network
amazon.co.uk
£29.19

This 1980s 'best of' collection includes Ken and Deirdre's marriage dramas, Bet and Alec's wedding, a fire at the Rovers Return and the departures of Elsie and Hilda.

5 Coronation Street - The Best of 1990-1999 [ITV] - [Network] - [DVD]
Network
amazon.co.uk
£30.49

Highlights from the 1990s in this collection include Hayley Cropper's introduction to Weatherfield, Deirdre's wrongful imprisonment and Curly's pursuit of Raquel.

6 Coronation Street - The Best of 2000-2009 [DVD]
Network
amazon.co.uk
£31.99

For those who prefer their cobbles drama a little more up to date, check out this collection for Richard Hillman's reign of terror, Peter Barlow's bigamy, Mad Maya's revenge and Gail Platt's epic fight with Eileen Grimshaw in the middle of the street. "Go home, Gail!"

7 Christmas on Coronation Street: (Coronation Street, Book 1)
HarperCollins
amazon.co.uk
£7.50

This official novel introduces fans to a younger version of Elsie Tanner as she moves into Number 11 on Coronation Street in 1939, just as war is breaking out. It also features other familiar faces like Ena Sharples and Annie Walker.

As the Manchester Blitz impacts on life in Weatherfield, can the Street's residents pull together in time for Christmas?

8 Mother’s Day on Coronation Street (Coronation Street, Book 2)
HarperCollins
amazon.co.uk
£4.30

The second book in the Coronation Street novel series puts the focus on Annie Walker. It's 1942 and while Annie's husband Jack is away fighting in the war, a face from her past turns up at the Rovers Return.

9 Snow on the Cobbles (Coronation Street, Book 3)
HarperCollins
amazon.co.uk
£7.50

Snow on the Cobbles is the third instalment of the show's new novel series. As the Second World War comes to an end, newcomer Lizzie moves to the Street with her mother and brothers, hiding a few secrets as she settles in.

As with the previous books, the tale includes some familiar faces like Elsie Tanner and Hilda Ogden.

10 The Land Girls from Coronation Street: A heartwarming Saga set in wartime: Book 4
HarperCollins
amazon.co.uk
£11.99

The fourth book in the Coronation Street novel series focuses on Ena Sharples's overprotected daughter Vera, who joins the Land Army with her friend Lily. Even when Vera is down South, Ena can't resist meddling in her life – how will this affect Vera's hopes for the future?

11 The Stars of Coronation Street - 50 Years, 50 Classic Characters [DVD]
ITV Studios Home Entertainment
amazon.co.uk
£19.95

Another trip down memory lane, counting down the top 50 characters from Corrie history. This also includes the first ever Corrie episode, the first colour episode, and the 40th anniversary live episode.

12 Jumbo Games Coronation Street Trivia Board Game
Jumbo Games
Jumbo Games amazon.co.uk

Featuring more than 760 'true or false?' trivia questions, this is the perfect way to test your knowledge of the nation's favourite soap.

13 Deirdre: A Life on Coronation Street
Century
Century amazon.co.uk

Released in 2015 as a tribute to Anne Kirkbride after her death, this official ITV book takes a look back at some of Deirdre Barlow's most memorable moments on the cobbles – from her eventful love life, to the 'Free the Weatherfield One' drama.

14 The Road to Coronation Street [DVD]
ITV Studios Home Entertainment
amazon.co.uk
£3.35

Originally broadcast on BBC Four in 2010 to mark Corrie's 50th anniversary, this drama tells the true story of how creator Tony Warren first brought the ITV soap to our screens. EastEnders star Jessie Wallace plays the role of Corrie legend Pat Phoenix.

15 Unbroken: My Story of Survival
Hodder & Stoughton
amazon.co.uk
£3.99

Beverley Callard may have now closed the door on playing Liz McDonald, but fans can still catch up on her incredible life story in her 2010 autobiography.

16 The Little Book of Carla Connor: A decade in the life of a soap queen: An unofficial Coronation Street companion book
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
amazon.co.uk
£5.99

Calling all Carla fans! Released in 2016, this unofficial companion takes a look back at Queen Carla's first decade on the cobbles. (It was certainly eventful.)

17 A Perfect Duet. A Diary of Roy and Hayley Cropper: An Unofficial Coronation Street Companion
FBS Publishing Ltd
amazon.co.uk
£1.99

Available for Kindle, this unofficial Corrie companion celebrates Roy and Hayley's much-missed soap partnership.

18 Coronation Street--A Knight's Tale [DVD]
ITV Studios Home Entertainment
ITV amazon.co.uk
£2.30

Norris, Mary, Jason, Rosie, Reg and Curly all feature in this 2010 feature-length DVD special, showcasing a comedy of errors on a medieval weekend. Watch out for Brian Capron (Richard Hillman) making a cameo as 'Dickie the boatman'.

19 The Unwelcome Visitor: The Sunday Times Bestseller
Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton amazon.co.uk
£10.75

Denise, who played Corrie's Natalie Barnes between 1997 and 2000, opens up over her experiences with clinical depression in this candid book, which charts her journey over 30 years.

20 Jack Duckworth and me: My Life on The Street and Other Adventures
Simon & Schuster
amazon.co.uk
£7.98

The late Bill Tarmey is one of the most fondly-remembered Corrie stars after playing the legendary Jack Duckworth between 1979 and 2010. In this 2010 autobiography, he revealed the story of his early years and his time on the Street.

21 Julie Hesmondhalgh: A Working Diary (Theatre Makers)
Methuen Drama
Methuen Drama amazon.co.uk
£15.76

Kicking off in November 2016, Julie's working diary charts her busy life starring in TV, theatre, film and radio drama. Julie bowed out from her role as Corrie icon Hayley Cropper in 2014.

22 Coronation Street Stamp Presentation Pack 2020
Royal Mail
Royal Mail amazon.co.uk
£22.99

This Presentation Pack contains all eight special Corrie Royal Mail stamps starring much-loved characters and the four Miniature Sheet stamps featuring Rovers Return favourites.

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