I would still like to beseech you to buy tickets for The Girls Musical by Tim Firth and Gary Barlow. I know I’m going on about it, but you’d all enjoy it, laugh, cry and come out feeling wonderful. But also buy your mum a book, or several.
The Mills and Boon Modern Girl’s Guide to Turning into Your Mother by Ada Adverse is a hoot. Horribly astute as well. Read it, and laugh, and then have a good think, and have a gin, a large one. Then another… Please read it. It will do you good.
Turning Into Your Mother by Ada Adverse Mills and Boon. £6.99
CORPUS by Rory Clements . Quite different, but just as gripping, and you might well need a bit of a refresher during it. Very tense, not a lot of laughs, but a really good read, and concept.
It’s 1936 – Europe is on the brink of a cataclysm. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland, in a country house near Cambridge, an elderly couple are discovered brutally murdered. Has it anything to do with the looming abdication of Edward V111 and the unstoppable march of fascism?
Fascinating times, great book. So often they are from this publisher.
CORPUS by Rory Clements. Zaffre. £12.99
So, CORPUS is the middle of the sandwich.
The Lavender House is the last slice. By Hilary Boyd
Looks lovely, and is another great book, especially for Mother’s Day as its theme is how much duty do we owe to our families as we get older, and how much do we owe it to ourselves to chase happiness?
This really is a conundrum because we’re so much younger when we’re older, these days, if you get my drift. Is it enough to be granny, or should we still be dancing on table tops? Or if not that, surely we have the energy and wits to carve a third phase interesting life?
The Lavender House Hilary Boyd. Pb £7.99. Quercus.