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tobee Wed 24-Dec-14 19:26:24

Any recommendations for my 19 year old daughte please? She's quite old fashioned, borderline aspergic.She hates things like Twilight and just straight forward girls copping off with boys type books. As a younger teen she loved Harry Potter and James Herriott. Anything but more grown up? She read Brave New World recently which is unlike her but it's more than I've done.

meandjulio Wed 24-Dec-14 19:29:01

Asimov - I Robot etc
Saki's short stories
Try Monica Dickens - One pair of feet, one pair of hands, the Happy Prisoner, Mariana etc

tobee Wed 24-Dec-14 19:37:16

Thanks - just passed it on to her.

MinnieOnceUponAChristmas Wed 24-Dec-14 19:52:30

Ben Aaronovitch has a series about a wizard policeman, (sort of a grown up Harry Potter smile
Raymond Feist magican series is quite good.
Has she tried Terry Pratchett, the Discworld series

Theas18 Wed 24-Dec-14 20:01:49

Call the midwife and the workhouse books by the same author.

Terry Pratchett and start the the diggers / truckers/ wings bromeliad trilogy. The nomes are just the best!

tobee Wed 24-Dec-14 20:47:21

Oh brilliant, loads of choice, thanks!

tobee Wed 24-Dec-14 20:48:45

PS she loves comedy, Python and Fonejacker etc.

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 24-Dec-14 20:50:51

Miss read, has gone out of fashion now but she is still a fabulous writer.
Mary Wesley, compromise between chick lit and something more highbrow.
Maeve Binchey - see above

ChristmasEveSteve Wed 24-Dec-14 20:51:33

The hero and the crown by robin McKinley
Game of thrones

LeBearPolar Wed 24-Dec-14 21:22:44

I wonder if she'd like Agatha Raisin? Crime novels set in the Cotswolds!

mmack Wed 24-Dec-14 22:54:39

I liked Brave New World and James Herriot as a teen as well. I hated Twilight too I think she has excellent taste. Other things I remember really liking at that time were Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell and the Anne of Green Gables books. Has she ever read Jodi Picoult or Diane Chamberlain? They might be good for a reader moving from teen fiction to more adult themed books.

tobee Thu 25-Dec-14 02:47:09

Thanks everyone! I started to read Agatha Christie when I was a teen. (I thought I was very grown up) but she thinks reading about murder is weird but I persist in trying to persuade her. She loved Anne of Green Gables as she has red hair!

tobee Thu 25-Dec-14 02:47:56

Ps I will suggest all of these.

Hakluyt Thu 25-Dec-14 02:49:15

Angela Carter. My dd is 19 and loves magic realism.

ChristmasEveSteve Mon 29-Dec-14 09:13:30

Fionavar series by Guy Gabriel Kay is very good.

SkaterGrrrrl Tue 06-Jan-15 14:34:38

Phillip Pullman's Dark Materials. 3 books, strong female heroine (girl of about 12) - the next step up from Harry Potter.

Northern Lights
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

They are wonderful!

tobee Tue 06-Jan-15 19:33:09

Thanks again all. You're spot on with Phillip Pullman - she's already read them!

tobee Tue 06-Jan-15 19:33:35

PS I might have a go myself.

Cornishblues Tue 06-Jan-15 19:39:04

She might be interested in and identify with Consequences by E. M. Delafield published by Persephone - the main character is probably what today would be recognised as aspertic, but lives in different times.

slev Tue 06-Jan-15 19:40:10

Another vote for Terry Pratchett. Very funny if that's your sense of humour (DH hates them but I just don't think he gets them!).

hugoagogo Tue 06-Jan-15 19:49:19

I was mad for the fionavar tapestry at that age, I wonder if it's bit dated though?
Yes to Pratchett and Neil gaiman too.
What about Tom Holt? They are funny and clever.
Bill bryson writes funny travel books which she might enjoy.
A recent find is Scarlett Thomas, also Jasper Fforde xx

hugoagogo Tue 06-Jan-15 19:51:08

Ffs kisses blush sorry about that; I was chatting and posting at the same time.

Jenijena Tue 06-Jan-15 19:51:12

Would Roald Dahl's adult stories (some are rather macarbre) be a good place?

A gentle story series is the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency.

Spinaroo Tue 06-Jan-15 19:54:00

The Help
The Five People you meet in heaven- Mitch Albin( and others if his)
Cecelia Ahern

tobee Wed 07-Jan-15 14:11:43

Still more thanks! Lol the kisses hugo.

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