Here it is! Book Birdy’s list of recommended books for your mum this mother’s day.

I guarantee, there’s something here for every mum. So, get yourself to a bookshop and enjoy some browsing time, or buy on-line without leaving your couch. It’s up to you..

Smart and Funny Fiction

big little lies feature imageBig Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
School trivia nights aren’t supposed to end up in a riot, are they? This book is an iron-fist in a velvet glove. Smart and funny, and then quite serious.
Full review here


Us_featured image twoUs, by David Nicholls
Connie Peterson thinks her marriage has come to an end. Her husband, Doug, disagrees, and sets about trying to save it.
Full review here.


Light and Fluffy

the chocolate promise feature imageThe Chocolate Promise, by Josephine Moon
When a handsome stranger walks into her chocolate shop, Christmas Livingstone must re-thing her ban on falling in love. This book is a creamy-centered romance, with rocky-road sub-plots.
Full review here


Seriously Good Fiction

the wonder lover feature revisedThe Wonder Lover, by Malcolm Knox
Stacked as carefully as a tower of blocks, John Wonder is living not one, but three separate lives, with three separate wives. But then he falls in love, with the wrong woman.
Full review here


hopscotch feature imagesHopscotch, by Jane Messer
Beautifully crafted sentences tell the story of a family, struggling to maintain its functionality in a city of dysfunction.
Full review here


The Page- Turner

the girl on the train_featured imageThe Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
Your morning commute will never be the same after you read this gripping thriller.
Full review here



Short Stories

mothers grimm_featured imageMothers Grimm, by Danielle Wood
A contemporary re-telling of classic fairy-tales in the context of modern motherhood. Children take us to dark places, but these stories will help you to see the light.
Full review here


foreign soil feature imageForeign Soil, by Maxine Beneba Clark
A wonderful short story collection from an original Australian voice that probes how it feels to be the ‘outsider’. Nominated for a stack of literary prizes.
Full review here


Australian love stories_featured imageAustralian Love Stories, edited by Cate Kennedy
A collection of 29 short stories by established, emerging and new Australian writers. At their heart, these stories tackle the eternal question – What is love, and how do we experience it?
Full review here


True Stories

mothermorphosis_featureMothermorphosis, edited by Monica Dux
17 Australian story-tellers reveal what becoming a mother meant for them. The power of these stories stems from the truths they reveal.
Full review here



this house of grief featured image

This House of Grief, by Helen Garner
A powerful account of the trial of a man accused of murdering his three children by driving into a dam and drowning them.
Garner’s empathetic writing is extraordinary.
Full review here.


the wife drought featured imageThe Wife Drought, by Annabel Crabb
Crabb puts forward a fun and intelligent 300-page argument as to why women need ‘wives’ and men need ‘lives’.
Full review here

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