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

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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.

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

hopeful bump

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

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?

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

That Hilary Mantel one.

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

Bring up the bodies

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.

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)

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

The Book of Summers by Emilia Hall.

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

Sebastian Barry?

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.

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

Kate Morton's The Secret Keeper is excellent.

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

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

Thisisaeuphemism Mon 17-Dec-12 22:00:35

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...

notactuallyme Mon 17-Dec-12 22:11:14

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

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

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

worsestershiresauce Mon 17-Dec-12 22:19:48

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

CJ Sansom has written a series of historical thrillers

wonderwooman Mon 17-Dec-12 22:21:42

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


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