Oh you need 'Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day' without a doubt. It's a really easy, frivolous light read but is just lovely and well enough written (it's quite Austen-esque in its gentle irony) to satisfy the non-philistine aspects of your needs.
The Truth About Melody Browne by Lisa Jewell - I really enjoyed this easy read chick lit book but it has a very good story and is quite different from usual chick lit fare. Melody can't remember anything from before a house fire aged 9, then a hypnotist triggers flashbacks so she starts to investigate her past. Good quick read.
Cathy Kelly - I adore her earlier books, but once she got to "Secrets and Lies" she completely changed her style and I just didn't enjoy them anymore. You could try one from "before" and one "after" and see which you liked - they were all good, I just couldn't forgive her her style change I second the Sookie Stackhouse (Ture Blood) novels, or the Stephanie Plum series. If you want a bit more vacuous yet amusing and light then the "Undead and..." series by Mary Janice Davidson are good, and she has a great FB page where she interacts with fans regularly. If you want a few more dystopian "after the apocalypse/wnd of the world" stories, "Alas, Babylon", "Earth Abides", and the "White Flag of the Dead" series are all good - WFotD does feature child zombies in the final two volumes though, and might be a bit more upsetting/worse than the previous ones in the series.
I'm in hospital with DS long-term and love reading. I have my Kindle and would love some suggestions for books that won't take too much concentration to follow the story but are enjoyable.
Ordinarily, I enjoy reading a fair amount of trash anyway (Karin Slaughter ) but I also do love a good Thomas Hardy... and Wuthering Heights is my favourite book ever closely followed by The Handmaid's Tale so I'm not a complete philistine.
So basically something that will allow me to escape reality for a bit but without too much effort on my part