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HosepipeDan Wed 30-Apr-14 11:22:11

Hi, my friend is having a bit of a tough time professionally and is a bit low in general. What uplifting books do you turn to? Schmaltzy romances would best be avoided too I think? I want to really cheer her up.

ElectraOnAzaleaPath Wed 30-Apr-14 11:33:34

Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin.....And then the next seven in the series. They are exactly what you have asked for; intelligent, funny (and sometimes sad), life affirming novels that celebrate the diversity of humanity in all it's wonderful technicolour.

ElectraOnAzaleaPath Wed 30-Apr-14 11:38:27

PS- You are a lovely friend in thinking to buy your friend a book at a low time. When my son was very ill, friends all did wonderful things, like baking and cooking and even buying me a spa day. But my best and oldest friend posted from Australia her well-read copy of Love in a Cold Climate, figuring that what I really needed was to lose myself in something and to smile a little smile

skinmysunshine Wed 30-Apr-14 11:50:24

The One Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson and Where'd you go Bernadette by Maria Semple I found very uplifting.

Not a novel but The Society of Timid Souls by Polly Morland.

Something really funny like Jasper Eyre or Jeeves & Wooster?

HopeClearwater Wed 30-Apr-14 15:05:04

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn? Lovely book.

HosepipeDan Wed 30-Apr-14 17:46:06

Thanks all. Electra funnily enough she's moved to Australia. I'm going to do a package up with all her fave sweets and bits from the uk. I'll definitely get Tales... And try not to reread it before I send it!

Louise1956 Thu 01-May-14 07:17:01

Our village by mary Russell Mitford. A charming portrayal of village life 200 years ago, with delightful descriptions of diverse village characters, their lives, occupations, incidents, etc. very happy book.

skolastica Fri 09-May-14 09:54:46

Nobody's Fool - Richard Russo

shouldbeelsewhere Sun 11-May-14 22:40:59

I recently loved The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. Really feel good and a quick easy read too whcih helps when times are tough. But one of the main characters is terminally ill (this is a side plot really) so it might not be a great suggestion depending on why your friend is struggling right now.

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