In honour of MOTHER’S DAY we’ve been doing a daily showcase of
wondrous, inspiring, challenging books by brilliant women.
We don’t believe there’s such a thing as a “mother’s day book”, but Mother’s Day is a pretty great excuse to shower these wonderful women with love – what says ‘I LOVE YOU’ better than a carefully chosen book?
So here are our highlights from the week, all available in store alongside some other beautiful books and brilliant reads.
Our Great Reads for Mother’s Day:
Aminatta Forna’s ‘The Hired Man’
Chosen for its fierce,captivating narrative. A challenging read, awash with echoes of Croatia’s scarred break with the former Yugoslavia, The Hired Man is beautifully written, suspenseful and immensely moving.
( Bloomsbury. Paperback. £7.99)
Edith Pearlman’s ‘Binocular Vision’
This captivating collection of 34 short stories by a true contemporary literary genius, Binocular vision is sharp, rythmic and insightful, each story a tightly woven gem. Not sure about short stories? This is the perfect place to start – bite size brilliance.
(Pushkin Press. Hardback/Paperback. £16.99/£8.99)
Elizabeth Reeder’s ‘Ramshackle’
An intricate, emotionally charged coming of age full of secrets and surprises.
(Freight Books. Paperback. £8.99)
Lorrie Moore’s ‘BARK’.
This exhillerating venture into uncomfortable truths and worldly observation has rightly been described as a collection of “taut, coherent, breathtaking enchantments”. The wry humour had us clutching our sides.
(Faber & Faber. Hardback. £14.99)
Judith Schalansky’s Atlas of Remote Islands, and recent novel The Giraffe’s Neck. These are both just so clever and so well written. The Giraffe’s Neck turns nostalgia on its head and offers a brilliant juxtaposition of human inertia and inevitable darwinian adaptation. Schalansky’s Atlas is a work of art, a soft, curious look at the world around us, and the world beyond us.
(Giraffe’s Neck. Bloomsbury. Hardback. £14.99)
(Atlas of Remote Islands. Particular Books. Hardback. £25)
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The lives are unique, the themes universal- a beautifully developed, hugely ambitious undertaking. Kidd deals with sorrow and survival and belonging, and delivers a searing indictment of the way we imprison others, and ourselves. Ultimately however, The Invention of Wings celebrates the courage of those who resist or conquer such imprisonment.
(Tinder Press. Hardback. £14.99)