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Please help me find lighthearted books about single women
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MsKL · 16/01/2021 12:18

I do like lighthearted books. Trying to recover from depression and anxiety, struggling to concentrate on anything heavy. But why are they all centred around finding love?! Is that all we've got to look forward to?

Any recommendations?

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RightOnTheEdge · 16/01/2021 12:21

Good question OP.
I haven't got any recommendations but I'd like to know too.
I'm finding it hard to find a book because I'm not in the mood for love stories and I've read so many detective books.
It would be good to get out of my book reading rut.

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MsKL · 16/01/2021 12:56

Hi @RightOnTheEdge. I've just finished Away with the penguins, not too much love in there except at the end really, and it was quite funny.

Hopefully someone will be along with suggestions.

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TheWindOnTheMoon · 16/01/2021 13:38

Have you read any Barbara Pym novels? They often have single women in them, and are not romances.

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MsKL · 16/01/2021 13:45

I haven't TheWind. I'll take a look. Any you'd particularly recommend to start with?

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highlandcoo · 16/01/2021 14:59

Try Old Baggage by Lissa Evans.

Mattie is now in late middle age. Her best memories are of her suffragette days and she is now looking for an outlet for her energy and intelligence, so starts a club for girls on Hampstead Heath.

This is funny and touching and thought-provoking, and if you enjoy it there are the other two books in the trilogy to follow.

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highlandcoo · 16/01/2021 15:05

Oh, and The Observations by Jane Harris is good fun.

Narrated by Bessy, a maid in a large Victorian house where there is something strange going on with her mistress. It's intriguing and amusing; I really enjoyed it.

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MsKL · 16/01/2021 15:16

Thanks @highlandcoo looking them up now!

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BooFuckingHoo2 · 16/01/2021 15:19

Watching with interest! Every book I read about a “single” woman seems to end up with them magically finding love.

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MsKL · 16/01/2021 15:21

Exactly @BooFuckingHoo2 ... surely it's possible to be interesting without looking for or finding love?!

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Palavah · 16/01/2021 15:28

Miss Marple?

Or stuff by Val McDermid? I've found crime novels oddly comforting when I want to avoid stories of romance.

Alternatively biography of a female explorer eg
www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/travel/2016/mar/30/top-10-inspiring-contemporary-uk-female-adventurers

Or, less recent, Gertude Bell or similar?

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redfernsydney · 16/01/2021 15:29

I have just finished the single thread by tracey chevalier. ....I enjoyed it...its about a single woman in the inter war period. ok.,There is a bit of romance. .it is not the main focus and it's a bit different to my normal choice, of thriller or contemporary novel

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MsKL · 16/01/2021 15:35

Thanks.

It just seems, unless it's historical fiction or crime, there's nothing, it's all love and happy ever afters!

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DemolitionBarbie · 16/01/2021 15:38

Lolly willowes is good. It's interwar tho.

Spinster aunt is so fed up with family using her as a skivvy that she goes to the country and becomes a witch.

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BooFuckingHoo2 · 16/01/2021 15:40

Someone needs to write a book about a modern day single woman who’s still single at the end of the book Grin.

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MsKL · 16/01/2021 22:51

Definitely! There must be other things to write about than love?

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TheWindOnTheMoon · 17/01/2021 12:18

@MsKL I'd start with Crampton Hodnet. It's my favourite Barbara Pym and it's very funny.

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MsKL · 17/01/2021 18:51

Thanks. Im not sure if it'll be a bit too old fashioned, but I'll download a kindle sample and see. I do prefer current day fiction.

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Viviennemary · 17/01/2021 20:03

I second Or even third Barbara Pym. Though a younger person might find them a bit dated.

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StrikingMatches · 17/01/2021 20:07

Not a work of fiction but I love this Rough Guide travel book. It features lots of stories of women who travelled alone. I found it very inspiring and the places visited are so diverse.

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BobbinThreadbare123 · 17/01/2021 20:11

I know it's crime, but Sue Grafton's Alphabet series is great. Kinsey Millhone is a great character. She's a PI in California. Series starts in 1980 when she's 30, and finishes as it turns to 1990 and she's 40. Except poor Sue died just after she finished Y....doesn't take away from the series tbh.

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TheWindOnTheMoon · 18/01/2021 09:36

Have you read Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams? It's modern, she's single but thinks she wants a relationship, although that's not what she really needs. I read it last year. Lots of strong female characters. I loved it.

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MsKL · 18/01/2021 12:35

Thanks, I'll look at that.

In the past I've loved books like The Queen and I.

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princessspotify · 18/01/2021 19:50

Jill Mansell writes fairly light-hearted books about single women

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princessspotify · 18/01/2021 19:51

Sorry just read the op again. Maybe not Jill Mansell as they're lovey dovey

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MaudTheInvincible · 18/01/2021 19:53

Another vote for Barbara Pym! I'd also recommend Sylvia Townsend Warner and Stella Gibbons.

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