Best books for Mother's Day 2015



Whether you need to leave a subtle hint for your children, or you're searching for a gift for your own dear mum, this book list should offer some inspiration for a thoughtful Mother's Day present that'll last long after flowers have withered and chocs have been scoffed.


The-Darkest-HourThe Darkest Hour by Barbara Erskine

Sunday Times bestselling author Barbara Erskine's latest novel weaves between modern day and wartime Britain, as an art critic researches into the life of a wartime artist. As a former historian, Erskine's novels are consistently authentic and her notable storytelling never fails to pack a punch. It's already been heralded by Gransnet readers; NanKat says "I am trying to ration the book as it is so good and I don't want to finish it."


Life-Love-The-ArchersLife, Love and The Archers by Wendy Cope

A treasure box of poet Wendy Cope's prose, unearthed from the archives of The British Library. Discover hidden gems such as extracts from an abandoned memoir and unpublished essays, as well as her published works, including a hilarious collection of TV reviews written for The Spectator in the 80s. 


Etta-OttoEtta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper

Having spent her entire life in landlocked Saskatchewan, 82-year-old Etta wakes up one morning, opens her door, and sets off in search of the sea. She leaves behind her devoted husband, Otto, and a stack of recipe cards so he won't starve. Emma Hooper's universally-acclaimed debut novel follows both characters as they deal with loneliness, illness and death while remembering the first days of their relationship during World War Two. 


SummertimeSummertime by Vanessa Lafaye

Gransnet's February Book of the Month is set in 1930s Florida, where tropical storm clouds gather as the residents of Heron Key prepare for a barbecue amid simmering racial and social tensions. The situation deteriorates as the storm turns into a hurricane... Gransnetter Rosannie writes: "Based on a true story, it really brought home the terrible treatment of the black community. Summertime was a compelling read, beautifully written and skilfully crafted to create a great sense of anticipation of the disasters that occurred."


H-is-for-HawkH is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Our April Book of the Month is one-of-a-kind and utterly unmissable: a meditation on love, grief and the relationship between humans and the wild. Macdonald's description of training her goshawk, Mabel, is a masterpiece of nature writing, combined with a deeply affecting and gripping personal story. Winner of the Costa Prize and the Samuel Johnson Prize - and already an absolute classic.


Sophia-SuffragetteSophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand

Sophia Duleep Singh was born into Indian royalty, grew up in England as god-daughter of Queen Victoria and an aristocratic Englishwoman, and then went on a life-changing trip to India, becoming a revolutionary fighting for Indian independence and female suffrage. This remarkable true story is fast-paced and fresh, "a wonderful debut, written with real spirit and gusto," said William Dalrymple.


Romany-and-TomRomany and Tom by Ben Watt

DJ and musician Ben Watt has written a beautifully detailed, wise and moving memoir of his parents - two extraordinary people with rich and varied lives, and their decline into old age. Caitlin Moran said of the book: "You know when everyone last month was going 'Ben Watt's Romany and Tom is amazing?' I've just read it. It really is."


lives-of-girls-womenLives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

Nobel Laureate Alice Munro's only novel has recently been re-released. It follows the life of Del Jordan, a teenage girl in southern Ontario. Frustrated with her small town existence, Del becomes steadily more aware of the complicated social and moral nuances that lie beneath its surface. The Lives of Girls and Women was released in 1971 and has since become a modern feminist classic.


shop-girlShop Girl by Mary Portas

Once upon a time Mary Newton was a young girl from a large Irish family living in Watford and giggling her way through communion. Now, Mary Portas has become one of the UK’s best known retail experts, as famous for her hair as for her resolve to kickstart the British high street. Recalling her childhood in a loving working class family, personal tragedies and the heady beginnings of dressing shop windows at Harrods, this touching memoir is as heart-warming as the introductory dedication suggests: "To my Mum (how lucky I was getting you)".


the-family-projectThe Family Project by Harriet Green and John Paul Flintoff

A kind of Wreck This Journal for families: a crisply-designed scrapbook to write memories, list treasured objects, stick photos, record dates, store recipes and build a picture of your life together. There are inspirational quotes, ideas on how to build a family tree, plenty of blank pages for sketching/sticking/getting the kids involved. In the end, you'll have created an entirely unique and personal heirloom to hand down to the next generation.


girl-on-the-trainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

It kept President Twonk "awake until 4am", CheshireBlue cried out "I can't put it down. Can somebody come and iron the school uniforms please?!" The Girl on the Train is the book everyone is talking about this spring. If your mum enjoys gripping and well-executed thrillers then look no further. It's also Gransnet's current Book of the Month - so join in the discussion after reading.


Where the Wild Mums Are by Katie Blackburn and Sholto Walker

Where_The_Wild_Mums_Are_125"The Day Mum didn't get dressed and went on strike,
Dad called her A Wild Thing
and Mum said, 'Cook your own dinner'
and stomped off upstairs to run a bath."

This is a hilarious and heart-warming homage to the Maurice Sendak classic that will be enjoyed by any mum who's dreamt of taking a strike-day to pursue a party with a group of other wild mums.



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