Top Ten Books For Your Mother

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Mums deserve presents. They deserve an opportunity to put their feet up with a good book and relax - whether it be for mother's day, a birthday, Christmas, or just to show her that you love her, these are the perfect gifts to buy for your mother. Why not tell us about your favourite book for your mum?

Star Gazing by Linda Gillard


Intelligent women's fiction - a story driven by issues rather than froth - and highy recommended by Bookbag. Leave yourself time to read because once you reach a certain point you simply won't be able to put it down. You can also read an interview with Linda Gillard. Full review...

Is This Bottle Corked? The Secret Life of Wine by Kathleen Burk and Michael Bywater


A Notes and Queries style volume for wine. In fact, a very enjoyable dabble into history, public consumption and misconception, and a host more, in a style clearly leaving seasonal novelty trivia books way behind. Full review...

Gypsy by Lesley Pearse


It's 1893, and brother and sister Sam and Beth are living in Liverpool with their parents, Alice and Frank Bolton. They have a happy life together, with their father running a successful shoe repairs business, and a happy home. But their lives are shattered by the sudden death of their father. An absolutely amazing story of love, loss and wonderful adventures... you won't be able to put it down. Simply superb. Full review...

The Ballroom Class by Lucy Dillon


Three couples, all going through individual struggles, unite together to dance under Angelica's watchful eye. Will the foxy foxtrots and saucy sambas help the couples through? A wonderfully enjoyable book for anyone who loves dance, romance and a great read. Full review...

Stash-Busting Quilts by Lynne Edwards


A sumptuous collection of designs for patchwork quilts aimed at people with a little experience, but none of the designs are very difficult. The quilts use time-saving techniques but are not of the 'a quilt in a weekend' style. It's a book that's full of inspiration. Full review...

Cupboard Love by Laura Lockington


A life story with recipes - wonderful writing which will have you laughing, crying and wondering if you have time to cook today. Highly recommended. Full review...

A Late Dinner: Discovering the Food of Spain by Paul Richardson


This excellently written, engaging and interesting book about Spanish food and culture makes mouthwatering reading. Richardson travels throughout Spain meeting farmers, food producers and chefs, and is passionate about his subject. It is an excellent read, even for people who don't usually read books about food. Highly recommended. Full review...

A Guide to the Birds of East Africa by Nicholas Drayson


A sweet and gentle comedic novel in which Mr Malik does ornithological battle for the hand, heart and rock and roll skills of the delectable Rose Mbwika. Funny, sweet, and humane, and more germane than you could possibly imagine, it's from the school of Alexander McCall Smith. A perfectly relaxing read. Full review...

The Post Office Girl by Stefan Zweig


The tragic tale of Christine, suddenly taken from a Spartan existence in a provincial post office in the drab penny-pinching aftermath of WW1 to the indulgence and glamour of a luxury hotel by long-lost rich relations, only to be just as suddenly dropped and thrown back to interminable dreary toil. Her life is never the same and her meeting with an equally embittered soulmate leads to an unexpected yet inevitable denouement. Exquisitely written and breathlessly paced, it's a classic piece of literature from a master story-teller. Full review...

Hand of Isis by Jo Graham


Blending historical fact with a twist of the supernatural, Hand of Isis moves deftly through the wars and politics that shaped Cleopatra's remarkable life. A rich and decadent novel. Full review...

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