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

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

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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                    Melanie Golding
                    About the author

                    Melanie Golding

                    Melanie Golding is a recent graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, with distinction. Her short stories have been chosen to be recorded as podcasts by the Leicester-based festival Story City in 2015 and 2016, and to be performed at both the regular Stroud Short Stories event and their special 'best of' event at Cheltenham Literature Festival. In 2017 she won the short story prize at the Mid Somerset Festival, as well as the Evelyn Sanford trophy for highest mark in the prose class. She has taught creative writing in prisons and Young Offenders Institutions, as well as teaching music in a school for boys with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. She is now a full-time registered childminder and splits her time between that and writing. Little Darlings is her debut novel and has been optioned for screen by Free Range Films, the team behind the adaptation of My Cousin Rachel.

                    Books by Melanie Golding

                    Jennifer Spence
                    About the author

                    Jennifer Spence

                    Jennifer Spence has worked as an English teacher, a scriptwriter of soap operas and a technical writer. She is the author of three children’s books and a crime novel. She lives in Sydney.

                    Books by Jennifer Spence

                    Trent Dalton
                    About the author

                    Trent Dalton

                    Trent Dalton is a staff writer for the Weekend Australian Magazine and a former assistant editor of The Courier Mail. He's a two-time winner of a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism, a four-time winner of a Kennedy Award for Excellence in NSW Journalism and a four-time winner of the national News Awards Features Journalist of the Year. His debut novel, Boy Swallows Universe, published by HarperCollins in 2018, is a much-loved national bestseller and critically acclaimed, winning the 2019 Indie Book of the Year Award, the MUD Literary Prize, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing and the People's Choice Award at the 2019 NSW Premier's Literary Awards. In addition, at the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards, the book won a record four ABIA Awards, including the prestigious Book of the Year Award. Boy Swallows Universe has been published across thirty-four English language and translation territories.

                    Books by Trent Dalton

                    Holly Ringland
                    About the author

                    Holly Ringland

                    Holly Ringland grew up wild and barefoot in her mother's tropical garden in Northern Australia. When she was nine years old, her family lived in a camper van for two years in North America,travelling from one national park to another, an experience that sparked Holly's lifelong interest in cultures and stories. In her twenties, Holly worked for four years in a remote Indigenous community in the central Australian desert. She moved to England in 2009 and obtained her MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester in 2011. She now lives between the UK and Australia. Holly's essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. In 2015, the first chapter of The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart won Griffith Review's annual writer award, which included a week-long fellowship at Varuna House, Australia's top national writing residency.

                    Books by Holly Ringland

                    Dervla McTiernan
                    About the author

                    Dervla McTiernan

                    Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Law Society of Ireland, and practiced as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health Commission. In 2015 she submitted a story for the Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto competition and was shortlisted. This inspired her to complete the novel that would become The Ruin. She lives in Perth with her husband and two children.

                    Books by Dervla McTiernan

                    Victoria Purman
                    About the author

                    Victoria Purman

                    Victoria Purman is a multi-published, award-nominated, Amazon Kindle-bestselling author. She has worked in and around the Adelaide media for nearly thirty years as an ABC television and radio journalist, a speechwriter to a premier, political adviser, editor, media adviser and private-sector communications consultant. She is a regular guest at writers’ festivals, has been nominated for a number of readers choice awards and was a judge in the fiction category for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Her most recent novels are The Three Miss Allens, published in 2016, The Last of the Bonegilla Girls (2018) and The Land Girls (2019).

                    Books by Victoria Purman

                    Josephine Moon
                    About the author

                    Josephine Moon

                    Josephine Moon was born and raised in Brisbane, had a false start in Environmental Science before completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and then a postgraduate degree in education. Twelve years and ten manuscripts later, her first novel The Tea Chest was picked up for publication and then shortlisted for an ABIA award. Her bestselling contemporary fiction novels are published internationally. They include The Tea Chest, The Chocolate Promise, The Beekeeper’s Secret, Three Gold Coins and The Gift of Life. 

                    In 2018, Josephine organised the ‘Authors for Farmers’ appeal, raising money to assist drought-affected farming communities. She is passionate about literacy, and is a proud sponsor of Story Dogs and The Smith Family. 

                    She now lives on acreage in the beautiful Noosa hinterland with her husband and son, and a tribe of animals that seems to increase in size each year. She wouldn’t have it any other way.

                    Books by Josephine Moon

                    Melina Marchetta
                    About the author

                    Melina Marchetta

                    Melina Marchetta is a bestselling author in more than twenty countries and eighteen languages. She has published award-winning young adult, fantasy and crime fiction, including her acclaimed crime novel, Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil. Her much-loved Australian classic, Looking for Alibrandi, swept the pool of literary awards when it was published, and was also released as a film, adapted by Marchetta, winning an AFI Award and an Independent Film Award for best screenplay, as well as the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award and the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. The companion novel to Marchetta’s award-winning book Saving FrancescaThe Piper's Son, also received much acclaim in Australia and internationally, and in 2009 Marchetta won the prestigious Michael L. Printz Award from the American Library Association for Jellicoe Road. She lives in Sydney.

                    Books by Melina Marchetta

                    Nicole Alexander
                    About the author

                    Nicole Alexander

                    A fourth-generation grazier, Nicole returned to her family's property in the early 1990s. She is currently the business manager there and has a hands-on role in the running of the property.Nicole has a Master of Letters in creative writing and her novels, poetry, travel and genealogy articles have been published in Australia, Germany, America and Singapore.She is the author of five novels: The Bark CuttersA Changing LandAbsolution Creek, Sunset Ridge and The Great Plains.

                    Books by Nicole Alexander

                    Todd Alexander
                    About the author

                    Todd Alexander

                    Todd is the author of eleven books including his latest novel, Tom Houghton, released by Simon & Schuster in October 2015.  A graduate of Law and Arts, Todd started his career as a bookseller and spent 12 years working at eBay.  Today, Todd runs a boutique accommodation business and vineyard in the Hunter Valley with his partner, cat, pigs, ducks and chooks.  He is also an advisor to the online marketplace, Bountye.

                    Books by Todd Alexander

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