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Recommend a book for a friend please

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purplepeony Sun 07-Nov-10 16:06:43

I am a bit out of touch with modern fiction ...know what I like but not others.
If you like Sue Gee, Margaret Howard, Helen Dunmore, Penelope Lively-can youadd osme more?

Freind is 50 ish, educated to degree level, family type with 3 kids and dogs and into gardeing nad doemstic things..

Nothing too racy but not Jilly Cooper aga sagas (Joanna Trollope) etc etc either.

purplepeony Sun 07-Nov-10 16:07:31

sorry about typos- not illiterate just bad typing.

purplepeony Sun 07-Nov-10 16:08:39

I am losing it today- meant Margaret Forster.

want something for a b'day pressie.

sailorsgal Sun 07-Nov-10 16:41:22

My friend bought me "the other hand" by Chris Cleave. Not what I would normally read but am thoroughly enjoying it.

thelightsareon Sun 07-Nov-10 16:44:33

I just read The Last Letter From Your Lover, Jojo Moyes. Fantastic book smile

KurriKurri Sun 07-Nov-10 16:56:05

Well I'm 50, similar education and interests to your friend so here are a few I've enjoyed recently -

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel,

Pat Barker Regeneration Trilogy, and others

A.S Byatt - The Children's Book, or others.

I've just read one by Tracy Chevalier called Remarkable Creatures which was quite enjoyable - about two women fossil hunters in Lyme Regis in early part of Nineteenth Century - their friendship, struggles against male establishment etc.

Robertson Davies is also good IMO.

Little Stranger - Sarah Waters

I also enjoy the Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom - sort of whodunnits set in Tudor times, if thats her kind of thing.

purplepeony Sun 07-Nov-10 17:02:51

Oh these are all good ideas- thanks so much!

evenkeel Sun 07-Nov-10 21:38:31

Yes to most of the above, and I'd add Rose Tremain to the list. Another suggestion: at the moment I'm reading Colm Toibin's 'Brooklyn' (my first book of his) and it's spellbinding - beautifully written, if heartbreaking.

I also loved Gerard Woodward's novels about the Jones family (August, I'll Go to Bed at Noon and A Curious Earth). They chronicle the lives of a family that gradually falls apart, so wouldn't be to everyone's taste, but I just loved his writing and felt that I really knew all the characters and wanted to discover what happened to them.

If your friend's receptive to older novels, how about Elizabeth Taylor's books? They are great and most have been reprinted recently.

evenkeel Sun 07-Nov-10 21:39:30

Erm, Elizabeth Taylor the novelist, that is, not the much-married film legend! grin

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