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Mother's Day gifts for every mum

Searching for a Mother’s Day gift? Whatever she's into, we have the perfect book – from family recipes to forgotten classics. 

For the mum who's a true romantic...

A Secret Garden

Katie Fforde

If you want to treat your mum to romance, humour and happy-ever-after, then Katie Fforde’s new novel totally fits the bill.

Gardener Lorna and plantswoman Philly work together in a beautiful Cotswolds manor house. But it's been a while since love blossomed for either of them.

So when Lorna is introduced to Jack at a dinner party and Lucien catches Philly’s eye at the farmers’ market, it seems that dreams really can come true, and happy endings lie just around the corner. But an unexpected arrival from Lorna’s past and the discovery of an old and secret garden are about to make their lives a lot more complicated...


For the mum who’s a rebel at heart...

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

What if the princess didn’t marry Prince Charming, but went on to land a rocket on the moon? What if the jealous step-sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom?

Illustrated by sixty female artists from across the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls tells the real-life stories of one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Amelia Earhart to Michelle Obama, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are the tales of heroines who definitely don’t need rescuing.


For the mum who loves to cook...

Mary Berry Everyday

Mary Berry

Everyone’s favourite baker is back! As Mary herself says, ‘everyday cooking is about sharing your love of food with family and friends. With this book I hope that you will feel encouraged to create new favourites, making everyday meals into something extra-special.’

Your mum will adore discovering delicious family suppers, tempting food for sharing and plenty of sweet treats. The best thing is that they’re all made with everyday ingredients, with a clever twist.


For the creative mum...

Ordinary Made Extraordinary

Pascal Anson

If your mum is handy with a glue gun and loves nothing more than upcycling, this will fire up her imagination. Designer, artist and maverick-maker Pascal Anson shows you how easy it is to transform everyday items into extraordinary statement pieces.


For the mum who loves a good laugh...

According to Yes

Dawn French

If your Mum loves a book that's good for a giggle, Dawn French’s According to Yes is the perfect gift. Inspired by Dawn’s own youthful stint as the world’s least appropriate Mary Poppins, heroine Rosie creates chaos when she bounces into the lives of the uptight Wilder-Bingham family, in the rarefied and rigid world of Manhattan's Upper East Side.

As the family’s lives begin to unravel thread by thread, the consequences are explosive. Because after a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying . . . yes?


For the mum who's up for a political debate...

A Woman's Work

Harriet Harman

From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women’s issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no consideration for family life, Harriet Harman’s frank, inspiring and politically charged book showcases why the political representation of women matters, and which hurdles - personal, political and societal - have been faced, fought and sometimes overcome in the past thirty years.

For the mum who loves to curl up with a classic...

Agnes Grey

Anne Brontë

Published in 1847, Anne Bronte’s first novel is based on her experiences of working as a governess - the only respectable occupation available to unmarried women of ‘reduced circumstances’ at the time. When Agnes’s father loses the family savings, she determines to make her own living, and expand her horizons by taking a job as a governess.

Unfortunately, Agnes cannot anticipate the hardship, humiliation, and loneliness that await her in the brutish Bloomfield and haughty Murray households. Salvation finally comes in the form of the safe, kind curate Mr Weston, the only one to look at Agnes and see not a governess, but a woman.


For the mum who likes something a little racy...


Jilly Cooper

Does your Mum have a secret soft spot for a bad boy? If so, then the King of Cads, Rupert Campbell-Black, star of Riders and Rivals, is back in Jilly Cooper’s Mount! Set in the cut-throat world of flat racing, it features Jilly’s fantastic combination of rivalries – both on and off the field – and passions, together with a plethora of joyful puns and mischievous animals. As Helen Fielding says, Jilly is always guaranteed to be ‘flawlessly entertaining’.


For the literary mum...

Three Daughters of Eve

Elif Shafak

Set across Istanbul and Oxford, from the 1980s to the present day, Three Daughters of Eve is a sweeping tale of faith and friendship, tradition and modernity, love and an unexpected betrayal.

Peri, a wealthy Turkish housewife, is on her way to a dinner party when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground - an old polaroid of three young women and their university professor. A relic from a past - and a love - Peri had tried desperately to forget.

The photograph takes Peri back to Oxford University, to herself at eighteen, sent abroad for the first time. To her dazzling Professor and his life-changing course on God. To her home with her two best friends, Shirin and Mona, and their arguments about Islam and femininity. And finally, to the scandal that tore them all apart.

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