Mother's Day books 2016
Looking for something to give your mum this Mother's Day? Books last much longer than flowers, so give the gift of reading with our fabulous selection of this year's favourites
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep - Joanna Cannon
It's the summer of '76, and Mrs Creasy has gone missing. As 10-year-old Grace and her best friend Tilly investigate, they begin to uncover the sticky secrets of their quiet cul-de-sac - and the true horror of a decade-old event. Fantastically received by Gransnet, and a great read for those who remember the hot summer of ’76.
Landskipping - Anna Pavord
Nobody Told Me: Poetry and Parenthood - Hollie McNish
Hollie's collection of poems and short stories about the ups and downs of pregnancy and parenthood has received wonderful reviews. Starting from before her baby was born, Hollie regularly wrote about her experiences and the things she suddenly found she needed to learn. It's a fascinating and honest read, at times heartwarming, and at others heartbreaking, but always beautiful.
Making It Up As I Go Along - Marian Keyes
Noonday - Pat Barker
Pat Barker's ability to create a historical atmosphere and superbly rounded characters is legendary, and her new novel is no exception. It focuses on the Blitz and the complex relationships between artist Elinor, now driving an ambulance around
London's bomb sites, and her husband and friends. As the city shudders under
ever-more-terrifying raids, intense feelings and old
obsessions drive the novel towards a shattering climax. As a treat, buy the whole trilogy (Life
Class and Toby's Room are the previous two titles, although each one stands
The Wolf Border - Sarah Hall
Spark Joy - Marie Kondo
Mumsnetters have been struck by Kondo fever this winter and have ably demonstrated that spring cleaning can be done at any time of year. A follow-up to Kondo's hugely successful The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Spark Joy adds illustrations to make tidying up even easier! That said, this is one to give to your mum in a 'this book will bring you joy' way, rather than a 'your house is a tip' way...
Pattern & the Secrets of Lasting Design - Emma Bridgewater
The Mum - A Ladybird Book
War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
The glorious BBC adaptation is, alas, over - but why not quench yearnings for gold-frogged uniforms, glittering balls and tempestuous romance with the original? Tolstoy's epic is undoubtedly one of the most engrossing novels ever written. Set during Napoleon's invasion of Russia, and focusing on three characters - the illegitimate son of a count, an aristocratic soldier, and the young woman whom they both love - it is also a sweeping overview of Russian society at the time. Once you've read it, you can brag about it for the rest of your life.
The Forgotten Summer - Carol Drinkwater
Best known for her best-selling memoir The Olive Farm, actress and author Carol Drinkwater has written an atmospheric tale of family secrets and forbidden passions. Set in a vineyard during a sizzling summer in Provence, The
Forgotten Summer is perfect for your mum to devour over a glass of wine.
Cockfosters - Helen Simpson
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