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Mother’s Day Book Recommendations: From Sweeping Historical Sagas to Creepy Psychological Thrillers

May 8, 2019

Did you hear Cheryl’s interview on ABC Central West radio? Read on for the books she mentioned…

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’ve put together a gift guide for booklovers. From sweeping historical sagas to creepy psychological thrillers… there is something for every mum here.

For crime loving mums

The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

From the author of the critically acclaimed bestseller The Ruin comes a new crime thriller featuring DS Cormac Reilly and about loyalty and liability, political agenda and corporate corruption.

For the history loving mother

The Land Girls by Victoria Purman

A moving story of love, loss and survival against the backdrop of Australia in World War II by bestselling author of The Last of the Bonegilla Girls.

For the literature loving mother

Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Trent Dalton’s multi award-winning debut, Boy Swallows Universe is a funny, tender and raw coming of age story set in 1980s Australia.

For mums who love really scary reads

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding

After a traumatic birth, Lauren is alone on the maternity ward with her new-born twins when a terrifying encounter in the middle of the night leaves her convinced someone is trying to steal her children. Police arrive to investigate, but there’s nothing on the CCTV. No one believes her. Is she suffering from postnatal psychosis… or is something more sinister happening?

For country loving mums

Stone Country by Nicole Alexander

South Australia, 1919 – Ross Grant’s family coerce him into marrying Darcey Thomas, a woman he has never met. He does, but then leaves her just hours after the ceremony, and heads to Waybell, a remote cattle station in Australia’s last remaining wilderness, the Northern Territory. He has no plans to return. But Ross has not counted on Darcey’s determination to be his wife in more than just name.

For the mums who love ‘uplit’

The Gift of Life by Josephine Moon

Gabby is a heart transplant recipient. Krystal is convinced that Gabby has her deceased husband’s heart beating inside her chest, and that Gabby holds the clues she needs to move forward. The Gift of Life is a delightful page-turner that delves into the complex subject of organ transplants and the connection between the two women: The wife and the woman who received her husband’s heart.

For mothers who dream of running away and opening a vineyard (Or mums who just love wine)

Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga – a not-so perfect tree change by Todd Alexander

This is a heart-warming, honest story about a not-so-perfect tree change.

For those who enjoy a good memoir, Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga has it all – humour, wit, emotion, and, most importantly, photos of Helga the pig!

For mums who would love a time machine

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Spence

What would you do if you had the chance to change a pivotal moment from your past? How far would you go to save someone you loved?  These are just two of the fateful choices Stella must face in The Lost Girls, Jennifer Spence’s highly original combination of detective story and time-travel novel.

For stepmothers

The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta

A wonderful novel about Rosie, a young mother who returns to her father’s house after his death, and lives there with his wife Martha, whom he married less than a year after the death of Rosie’s mother. Martha is struggling to fulfil Seb’s dream, while Rosie is coming to terms with new responsibilities. And so begins a stand-off between two women who refuse to move out of the home they both lay claim to.

For the warrior mother

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland

After her family suffers a tragedy, nine-year-old Alice Hart is forced to leave her idyllic seaside home. She is taken in by her grandmother, June, a flower farmer who raises Alice on the language of Australian native flowers. Holly Ringland’s award-winning debut speaks for women who have survived the unspeakable.

For grandmothers

Sixty Summers by Amanda Hampson

In an attempt to recapture the sense of freedom and purpose they once possessed, three friends decide to retrace the steps of their 1978 backpacking trip through Europe and set off an odyssey that will test their friendship, challenge their beliefs and redefine the third age of their lives.



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