Great books you have read this year for my 81 year old Mum?

(19 Posts)
wonderwooman Mon 17-Dec-12 22:21:42

A couple of our book club reads which might be suitable:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vanishing-Act-Esme-Lennox/dp/0755308441

or

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Greatcoat-Hammer-Helen-Dunmore/dp/0099564947

Wolf Hall - Hilary Mantel (historical fiction set in tudor times)

CJ Sansom has written a series of historical thrillers

BubblesAndBeans Mon 17-Dec-12 22:18:10

Was going to suggest Kate Morton as well, i have really enjoyed reading her novels.

The daziel and pascoe books? Agatha raisin ones? (My granny was a similar age)

Ooh, well I loved the strangers child - Alan Hollingsworth - begins just before ww1 and the moves to modern day, I think.
Ans waiting for sunrise William Boyd was great - psychoanalysis, spies, theatre, London and Vienna in ww1...

ihatethecold Mon 17-Dec-12 21:57:22

The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window. It's such a good book. I saw someone else mentioned it earlier.
Best book I've read in a long time. grin

tripfiction Mon 17-Dec-12 21:42:41

The book that has gone down a storm, published 3 January is After the Fall by Charity Norman, set in New Zealand, and totally gripping. It has cross generational appeal

BOFingSanta Mon 17-Dec-12 20:30:07

Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper is excellent.

Cantdothisagain Mon 17-Dec-12 20:28:32

Susan Hill- has she read any of hers? The Simon Serrailler crime series is great. Intelligent readable sensitive writing - and not horribly gory.

Alonglongway Mon 17-Dec-12 19:20:59

Sebastian Barry?

DuchessofMalfi Mon 17-Dec-12 17:03:01

The Book of Summers by Emilia Hall.

EdithWeston Mon 17-Dec-12 16:51:22

Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James

The School for Manners series by MC Beaton (the Agatha Raisin author)

Roseformeplease Mon 17-Dec-12 16:47:56

The Blackhouse by Peter May (there is a book 2 - and book 3 due soon) detective but set on Lewis. Just finished Dominion which is fantastic.

ArtexTheHallWithBoughsOfMonkey Mon 17-Dec-12 16:46:48

Bring up the bodies

ArtexTheHallWithBoughsOfMonkey Mon 17-Dec-12 16:46:28

That Hilary Mantel one.

BertieBotts Mon 17-Dec-12 16:46:02

100 year old man who climbed out of the window? grin

There is some violence but not in a lurid/gory way, it's quite funny/ridiculous, someone gets squashed by an elephant by example. Read the amazon page to get an idea. It also cross references lots of big events in the 20th century so she might like that?

LittleAbruzzenBearLovesYuleLog Mon 17-Dec-12 16:45:31

What about Kate Morton or Kate Mosse? They might appeal. The Little Book by Selden Edwards is very good too, ooh and Rosamund Lupton

AfterEightMintyy Mon 17-Dec-12 16:41:19

hopeful bump

AfterEightMintyy Mon 17-Dec-12 13:11:02

She is extremely well read but gets most of her books from charity shops or as gifts so I think if I find her something published this year she won't have read it yet.

She is not into chick lit or the Catherine Cookson genre. She likes an intelligent thriller (not too gory) or detailed historical novels. She's read all the Kate Atkinsons and Barbara Vines but I'd like to get her something like that. But no sex or violence or anything too dark please!

Thank you.

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