Top Ten Books For Your Girlfriend

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Whether it's a birthday, Christmas, Valentine's Day, or just a random occasion to tell her you love her, books make great presents for girlfriends. Yes, yes, we know we're playing up to all the stereotypes with historical fiction, romance, celebrities, and lashings of chick lit, but you know she's going to enjoy them. If it's an anniversary and she's looking to get you a gift too, then make sure to point her in the direction of our Top Ten Books For Your Boyfriend. Why not tell us about your favourite books to get for your girlfriend?


The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

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Satisfying epic centring on a much-maligned figure of the Wars of the Roses - Elizabeth Woodville. Gregory manages to make her flawed but charismatic and contemporary but not anachronistic. A must for fans of romantic historical fiction. Full review...

What Is She Doing Here? by Kate Clanchy

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A remarkable and unforgettable memoir of a friendship with a Kosovan refugee. Full review...

The Seamstress by Frances de Pontes Peebles

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In 1928 seamstress sisters divide when rural Brazilian cangaceiros capture Luzia, while her sister marries into polite society. A well-researched and engrossing read, particularly if you, or your book group, like long novels. Full review...

The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

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A stunning novel following the tragedies which befell one family at the appalling and tragic events of the Salem witch trials, in 17th century America. Full review...

When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Set over a period of forty years, and told from the perspectives of two very different men, this is a stunning piece of fiction that explores family ties that go far beyond a pure genetic relationship. Fans of Jodi Picoult will enjoy this well-crafted story that is impossible to put down. Full review...

The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger

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The Mistress of Nothing is based on the true story of Lady Duff Gordon but concetrates on her maid. Meticulously researched and gloriously readable it comes highly recommended by The Bookbag. Full review...

Johnny be Good by Paige Toon

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A great, engaging story about a young PA to the stars, swept off her feet in her first job in Hollywood. Think sun, swimming pools and some sexy thoughts. Full review...

My Best Friend's Life by Shari Low

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A brilliantly funny book about a grass-is-greener scenario with lots of boys, booze and even a brothel thrown in for good measure. Full review...

Upfront and Personal: The Autobiography by Coleen Nolan

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A great read, entertaining and informative. Definitely recommended. Full review...

The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber

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A story of a family's endurance in the Badlands of South Dakota in the early twentieth century. An engrossing read, shortlisted for the 2009 Orange New Writer award. Book groups might well want to pick up this book. Full review...

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