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Emma from Bookish in Crickhowell gives us her Mother’s Day book recommendations.


Daughters In Law
by Joanna Trollope
Back on form, Trollope explores the shift in family dynamics as children grow up and fly the nest. A gentle read with beautifully written characters.
Black Swan, £7.99


The Winter of our Disconnect
by Susan Maushart
Mum: Dinner on table. Come. Eat. Now
Bill: K
Sussy: Not Hungry. Will eat L8er
Anni: LOL
The experiment – unplugging her whole family (including three teenagers) for six months from all forms of technology. Brave, honest and funny. A must read for any parent tackling the minefield of raising children (or communicating with grandchildren!) in the digital age.
Profile, £8.99


A Tiny Bit Marvellous
by Dawn French
Beautifully observed comic story of the Battle family teetering on the edge. Mo is about to hit the big 50, and some uncomfortable truths are becoming quite apparent: She doesn’t understand either of her teenage kids, which as a child psychologist, is fairly embarrassing. Dora is about to hit the big 18 . . . and about to hit anyone who annoys her, especially her precocious younger brother Peter who has a chronic Oscar Wilde fixation. Then there’s Dad . . . who’s just, well, dad.
Penguin, £7.99


Ten Poems about Mothers
is a tribute to mothers everywhere; an appropriate (and schmaltz-free) alternative to a Mother’s Day card or a birthday card. In addition to their many other sterling qualities, mothers have inspired some extraordinary poems.  Full of affection, admiration and nostalgia, these poems put mothers centre stage.
Candlestick Press, £5.99


Call The Midwife: A True Story Of The East End In The 1950s
by Jennifer Worth
Recently adapted and well received for the BBC. A Poignant, historically accurate memoir of midwifery in the 1950s.
Phoenix, £7.99


Dear Mum (Journal of a lifetime)
This unique journal includes insightful and fun questions to give your mother the chance to find that ‘book’ within her . . . and give you a story that you will treasure and pass down through the generations.
You to Me £12.99


Rules of Civility

by Amor Towles
This quirky novel and accomplished debut novel, set in 1938, portrays twenty-something life in pre-war Manhattan – A stylish read that makes you want to walk into a bar, wrapped in sequins and order a martini!
Sceptre, £12.99


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