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Mother's Day inspiration
It goes without saying that Mother’s Day, like so many other recent celebrations, is going to feel a little different this year. But that won’t stop us suggesting some wonderful new reads – from charming children’s books, to inspirational memoir – that might just be perfect if you’re looking for gift inspiration this fortnight.
Whether we’re together or not, there is still much to celebrate and revel in on Mother’s Day: your own mother or inspirational parent figure, your children treating you, or simply taking a moment to celebrate Mother Nature. And if none of these things fits the bill for you then this is just a great selection of books you might like to indulge in for yourself!
Happy Mother’s Day
The Complete Gardener
JARROLD PRICE £22
Everyone’s favourite gardener and definitely a favourite of my mum’s, Monty Don brings us a new, updated edition of his gardening bible, 12 years after the original. Our gardens will be more important than ever this summer and this is a comprehensive guide to everything from landscaping, planting, growing and pruning, suitable for seasoned gardeners or complete beginners. Additions include a new emphasis on gardening for wildlife and the impact of global warming on our gardens, plus over half the photos in this edition were shot at Monty’s own garden, Long Meadow, over the course of a year. What’s not to love?
Afternoon Tea at Home
You might not be able to take your mum out for afternoon tea this month but you can inspire her at home (perhaps even prepare and deliver tea to her home?) with this incredible new book for afternoon tea lovers! Written by master pâtissier Will Torrent with stunning food photography, there are recipes and tips for everything from patisserie, baking and chocolate work; my mouth is watering after reading recipes for tarts, scones, jellies and the daintiest sandwiches. That’s before I’ve even mentioned the ‘classic’ and ‘showstopper’ afternoon teas and the six special guest recipes from hotels including The Ritz, Harrods and The Dorchester. A gorgeous gift.
The Soul of a Woman
JARROLD PRICE £12.99
A perfect book for mothers and daughters. From literary legend Isabel Allende comes a meditation of feminism, power and what it means to be a woman. Allende, who came of age in the 1960s, has seen many positive changes for women during her lifetime, in marriage, society, the workplace, the family. But she also writes how much work there is still to be done and in her own words, hopes this book will 'light the torch of our daughters and granddaughters... They will have to live for us, as we lived for our mothers, and carry on with the work still left to be finished’. Full of wisdom between the beautiful, shimmering covers.
You might also love Isabel Allende’s latest novel in paperback, A Long Petal of the Sea
JARROLD PRICE £10.99
There’s little I need to say about this wise, honest, inspiring and revelatory memoir by the former First Lady of the US, except that if your mum hasn’t read it (or you for that matter), now is the time. It is out for the first time in paperback this week and also now available in a brilliant edition for younger readers. The paperback is packed with exclusive content: a new introduction by Michelle Obama, a letter from the author to her younger self, a book club guide and a Q&A. A wonderful read for anyone and everyone, Obama is a brilliant storyteller and invites you into her world to understand and witness both her public and private life, as she really lived it.
Funny, wise and charming motherhood sketches from former Norwich resident and NUCA graduate. Dunbar is an award-winning children’s illustrator but here she brings us a book for adults, based on doodles she started to make when she first became a mother. It is a record of the highs and lows – the ‘beautiful and maddening moments’ – of having children, which many parents will recognise. From the baby days to toddler years and the mayhem of sibling rivalry, the drawings and scenes she captures are honest, wry and quietly charming in their simplicity.
Brand new in paperback this is another instant classic from Judith Kerr OBE, creator of The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat. Gorgeously illustrated, this is a cosy, heartfelt story about children lucky enough to spend time with their mummy and the unique, happy time this can be for some. It has all of Kerr’s warmth and charm as well as her usual well-observed, knowing and witty edge.
Prices and availability checked Wednesday 3 March 2021