It’s Mother’s Day in the UK this coming Sunday and I thought I’d recommend a few books I think would make brilliant gifts. What could be a better present for a mother than a book? Here are the five titles that I think mothers (and grandmothers) will enjoy reading.
Marry in Haste by Debbie Young
I reviewed Debbie Young’s wonderful collection of short stories on this blog last week (link below this post), but if you
missed it, this is a clever and heart-warming book about the different stages of a relationship from ‘Seeking’ and ‘Committing’ to ‘Enduring’.
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
I’ve just started reading this novel by the Italian author Elena Ferrante, and already absolutely love the narrative. This is book one in a series called ‘Neapolitan Novels’, and takes the reader to 1950s Napoli – to the vibrant, dark and scary world of 11-year old Elena and her best friend Lina.
Finland Forevermore by Diana Webster
This is a second part to an autobiography by British-born Diana Webster, who moved to Finland in 1952 for nine months – and is still there. ‘Finland Forever‘, the first part of her life story, deals with those first months, when she came straight from Oxford to teach English to Finns. This second instalment is set in the 1950s and early 60s, when Helsinki was teeming with spies, a fact everyone knew about but was never officially talked about, or mentioned. Just the sort of autobiography I will love.
Celebrating Grandmothers by Ann Richardson
This book is about the views and experiences of grandmothers, as told by grandmothers themselves. Ann Richardson has spent a life-time writing entertaining factual books about people’s experiences, and I think this, her latest publication, would be a perfect gift for a granny!
Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty
I have to admit to being slightly obsessed with Liane Moriarty. Her stories are all utterly engaging,
and once I start reading one of her books, I cannot put it down. Three Wishes came out at the end of January, and I’m saving it for my forthcoming skiing holiday to Sweden. (And I have to be very strict with myself so that I don’t start reading it before I leave).
The novel is about three sisters, who are all living very different lives. “Through everything, the bonds of the sisters are strong enough to withstand whatever life throws at them. That is until the night of their thirty-fourth birthday dinner, when home truths are revealed and things are said that can’t be taken back . . . ”
Here are my suggestions, hope you liked them.
Happy Mother’s Day!