Find the perfect gift for a bookish mum

Tea and book

If you’ve got a particularly bookish Mum, you’ll know how difficult it can be to find the perfect pick for her. We’ve found some books which any Mum can love – whether it’s crime fiction, epic Australia history, time-travelling romance, or an ode to imperfect parenting.

Sometimes the best gift you can give the mother figure in your life is a cup of tea and a quiet day of reading.

And make sure you check out our other Mother’s Day guides:

Books to share with new mums

Books to share with busy mums (in need of a new hobby)

Books to get you through a difficult Mother’s Day

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart b format


The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart tells the enchanting and compelling story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way that she can break the patterns of the past, live on her own terms and find her own strength.

Spanning twenty years, and set between sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm and a celestial crater in the central desert, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart follows the life of Alice as she discovers that the most powerful story she will ever possess is her own.

FYI – it just won 2019 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year Award so it’s the perfect time to give Mum an award winner.


Paullina Simons


Can true love ever die?

So begins Julian and Josephine’s extraordinary adventure of love, loss, and the mystical forces that bind people across time and space. It is a journey that propels Julian toward an impossible choice which will lead him to love fulfilled … or to oblivion.

The Tiger Catcher takes readers from the depths of despair to the dizzying heights of joy in the first novel of an unforgettable trilogy of love lost and found.

It’s the perfect pick for a Mum who is a fan of OutlanderThe Time Traveler’s Wife or Jojo Moyes.




Boy Swallows Universe b format

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. It’s not as if Eli’s life isn’t complicated enough already. He’s just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way – not least of which is Tytus Broz, legendary Brisbane drug dealer.

But Eli’s life is about to get a whole lot more serious. He’s about to fall in love. And, oh yeah, he has to break into Boggo Road Gaol on Christmas Day, to save his mum.

A story of brotherhood, true love and the most unlikely of friendships, Boy Swallows Universe is a heartbreaking, joyous and exhilarating novel.


FYI – Boy Swallows Universe has recently won the 2019 Indie Book Award, the MUD Literary Prize 2019, the UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and the 2019 ABIA Book of the Year Award. It’s a phenomenon for a reason!



Why Mummy Doesn't


Gill Sims is  the author and illustrator of the hugely successful parenting blog and Facebook page ‘Peter and Jane’. Her bestselling books Why Mummy SwearsWhy Mummy Drinks and the newly released Why Mummy Doesn’t Give A… are hilarious first-hand accounts of the reality of parenting.

Mummy’s world is full to the brim with bad sleep, potty training, back chat, Frozen songs and school mummies. Mums will fall in love with Gill Sims and her cast of hilarious characters.





Rebel Women Who Changed Australia

Visionaries, pioneers, activists and artists – women who made a difference to Australia

An updated and condensed edition of Susanna de Vries’ Great Australian Women, this is a celebration of women who broke the mould, crashed through the ceilings, and shaped the nation in the fields of medicine, law, the arts and politics.


From Lillie Goodisson, pioneer of family planning, to Eileen Joyce, world-famous pianist, Enid Lyons, our first female cabinet minister, Stella Miles Franklin, who endowed our most celebrated literary prize, and Catherine Hamlin, who has given hope to thousands of women through her fistula hospitals in Africa, these are women who have made a difference. They are the women who helped to forge the Australia we know today.


The Land Girls



A moving story of love, loss and survival against the odds.


Melbourne, 1942 – 

War has engulfed Europe and now the Pacific, and Australia is fighting for its future. Flora, Betty and Lilian join the Australian Women’s Land Army, which will give them freedom and leave their lives forever changed.



We Must Be Brave


A novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship – and the astonishing power of a mother’s love.

December, 1940 – 

As German bombs fall on Southampton, the city’s residents flee to the surrounding villages. In Upton village, amid the chaos, newly-married Ellen Parr finds a girl sleeping, unclaimed at the back of an empty bus. Five-year-old Pamela, it seems, is entirely alone.


For any reader who loved All the Light We Cannot See and The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society, We Must Be Brave is a luminous novel about the ways we can rescue one another, and the many different forms that courage can take.

The Ruin


The Ruin draws us deep into the dark heart of Ireland and asks who will protect you when the authorities can’t – or won’t.

Galway,1993 –

Young Garda Cormac Reilly is called to a scene he will never forget. Two silent, neglected children – fifteen-year-old Maude and five-year-old Jack – are waiting for him at a crumbling country house. Upstairs, their mother lies dead.

Twenty years later, a body surfaces in the icy black waters of the River Corrib. At first it looks like an open-and-shut case, but then doubt is cast on the investigation’s findings – and the integrity of the police. Cormac is thrown back into the cold case that has haunted him his entire career – what links the two deaths, two decades apart?


This is a pick for the Mum who has spent years watching Forensic Files and Midsomer Murders.

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